Make the Most of the Knox Website!

Are you a regular visitor to the school website? If not, you could be missing out.

Most of the subject departments update their pages regularly. You can find detailed information about your child’s courses, examples of worksheets and homework tasks. All of these will help you to help your child with their homework and revision.

The pupils are given information from the Daily Bulletin at school each day, and this is also available on the website. This will help you to see what is happening at school every day.

The Prelims timetable, the Head Teacher’s report, sports bulletins, and other ‘what’s on’ information can also be found on the school website,  www.ka-net.org.uk

Ecolife Thanks

If you were not able to come to this fantastic event, I can only say that you missed one of the most fun-filled events of the year. The PSP would like to offer their thanks and congratulations to Miss Slowther, Miss Ward and Dr Wilson from the Biology department, for all their hard work and dedication in organising such a wonderful evening. It was wonderful to see staff and pupils working together so well for such a good cause and having so much fun in the process. No –one who saw the fashion show will ever forget it. The models, pupils and staff, were terrific in promoting the clothing from local charity shops.  Well done, everybody!

If you were fortunate enough to attend, I’m sure the school would appreciate your feedback.

Any of you who have an interest in ecological matters would be more than welcome to become involved with the school eco-group. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the school and to witness the enthusiastic, creative work done by staff and pupils together. You can contact me, Vicky Cole, via the PSP website or contact any of the above named members of the biology department. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ecolife Evening

ECOLIFE         4th November

Swap In The City

Fashion Show

Craft Stalls

Don’t forget to come along and give us your support!

The staff and students have been working really hard to provide us with, what I am sure will be, a tremendous evening.

The event starts at 7pm and goes on until 9.

£3 at the door.

All are welcome

Home Economics

We have had a number of queries from parents regarding the amount of cooking undertaken in Home Economics. We raised this at our last PSP meeting and Mrs. Craig clarified that other activities were undertaken as part of HE as well as cooking. In 2nd year, there were three periods of HE per week, and one hour of cooking took place every 4 weeks. It was also explained that while cooking was still taking place, there was now more emphasis on the theory side of HE as part of Curriculum for Excellence. HE has moved from Technology to Health and Well Being within the school’s departments, and some aspects are now covered in other areas of the curriculum. Mrs. Craig clarified that the budgetary constraints which the HE department faces are no greater that those of any other department and that the school is not considering asking pupils to bring in their own ingredients.

Activities Week Excursions

We have had a couple of queries re. the Activities Week Excursions recently and asked Mrs Craig for some feedback at our last PSP meeting. Mrs Craig explained that costs of excursions were kept as low as possible, with staff working to get the best deal possible in terms of booking early, accommodation and price haggling where possible. A question had been raised about visiting theme parks, and this was done at the request of pupils, for example on return journeys and was sometimes built into the package by tour operators. Again, the best price possible was always sought.

Financial assistance is available, and Mrs Craig emphasised that no child had been turned down from attending a school visit because of lack of funds.

Tim Holden
Chair, PSP

Tesco Lunchtime Shopping

We have had some correspondence regarding whether the 5th years should have to queue outside in order to gain entry into Tescos at lunchtime, particularly when the weather is bad. While this measure is designed to control the rush at lunch time the 5th years felt that there must be a better solution. Mrs Craig has spoken with the 5th years and is corresponding with Tescos to explore whether some alternative could be found.

We should be able to report back when we find what they come up with.

ECOLIFE

The biology department have planned a wonderful event for the evening of Thursday 4th November. The ECOLIFE evening is for pupils, parents and the whole community. As well as craft stalls, food and information, there will be a fashion show and a chance to swap your unwanted clothes, games, CDs etc; great fun for those of us who remember Swap Shop.

It would be great if you could support this evening and tell all your friends. For details of how you can help, see the article in the ‘news’ column on the Knox Academy home page, or contact  Mrs Slowther, Miss Ward or Dr Wilson via the school office – 823387.

This promises to be a really fun evening and a wonderful opportunity for pupils, parents and the community to join together for a good cause. Hope to see you there!!

Knox Academy Cadet Force March & Service

The Knox Academy Combined Cadet Force marches into history!

(The service for laying up of the CCF colours)

After 104 years as part of the Haddington community Knox Academy CCF has been forced to close. On Sunday 5th Sept 2010 the CCF colours will be handed over to St Mary’s Church for safe keeping.  All current and past members of the CCF and members of the public who wish to show their support, are invited to march behind the CCF colours as they make their way to St Marys Church for the final time. There will be a Reception in the Town House afterwards to which all participants are welcome.

Timings:

  • 1000hrs   Muster outside the Corn Exchange
  • 1015hrs  Form up behind the pipe band
  • 1020hrs  March Off
  • 1100hrs  Church Service
  • 1200hrs  March back to Corn Exchange then Town Hall for Reception

Knox Academy Cadets Update

At last week’s Parent School Partnership meeting the Provost, Sheena Richardson, read out the following statement:

A Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent is an educational partnership between a school and the Ministry of Defence.  For such a partnership to function to proper effect, the senior management team of the School must be closely and enthusiastically involved in the governance of the Contingent (or indeed the governance of any partnership with another Contingent).  These moral preconditions do not describe the situation with the Knox Academy CCF Contingent and therefore, the MoD must, with huge regret, endorse the Head’s decision to close the CCF.

However, the offer to form a closed detachment of Army Cadet Force (ACF) remains – a detachment based upon a school and whose membership is limited to pupils at the school.  This would be subject to further discussion and agreement by:

  • the school (brokered by the Provost and the Parents’ Group),
  • the existing Contingent Commander to take on the role of ACF Detachment Commander, and others including parents joining the ACF to assist in the running of the Detachment
  • The local ACF Battalion

Regrettably, a failure to deliver on any one of these agreements could mean that the only alternative is for Knox pupils to join one of the local ACF detachments, as individual cadets.  This is a relatively simple process, and a number of cadets have already transferred across as a matter of routine.

An agreement has been reached between the Provost and the MoD that the Haddington community dimension of this offer would need to be confirmed by 11 June 2010.

S1 Parents’ Evening

Several parents have asked why the s1 parents’ evening is held so early on in the year. It seems that, some years ago, the parents requested an early meeting so that they knew who would be teaching their children and how the children were progressing before too much time had passed.

However, some parents are not too happy with this arrangement. The children have not met all their teachers so early on in the year, and there is a wait of about 18 months before the next parents’ evening. They would prefer a meeting in the summer term, when all the teachers have had chance to get to know the children thoroughly.

What are your views? Do you like the current arrangement or would you like it to be changed? Let us know your views and we can present them to the school. You can submit a comment to this article.

Thanks.