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Knox News June 2009

Knox News June 2009

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Knox News
Dear Parents/Carers,Welcome to the last Knox News of session 2008-9. The summer term has been very busy with a wide variety of activities taking place in and out of school. This makes for a bumper edition.At the end of term we will say farewell to the following members of staff:After over 7 years at Knox Academy, Miss Black (Music and Principal Teacher (Curriculum: Expressive Arts) is leaving to takeup the post of Depute Head Teacher at Grangemouth High School. During her time at the school, Miss Black has developed andexpanded the music department as well as overseeing the increase in extra-curricular music activities (who could ever forget the
Samba Band‟s debut?). As well as being a valued member of the Music Department, Miss Black has been a highly regarded and
effective member of the extended Management Team and has played a role in many whole school initiatives and events. MissBlack has been a loyal and supportive colleague, her hard work, enthusiasm and commitment will be missed. I am sure you joinme in wishing her every success in her new, richly deserved, and promoted post.Two members of staff have resigned their posts due to family commitments. Mrs Jones (Geography) is leaving after four years atthe school and Mrs Muirhead (Business Education) after six. Both members of staff have been very successful teachers and havecontributed to the wider life of the school by being part of extra-curricular activities and trips. Certainly Outdoor Education andEnterprise will miss their input and expertise.The eight teachers who have been with us for their probationary year will be leaving: Ms R Dawson (English), Ms S Christie(Art), Ms J Warren (Geography), Mr J Stirling (PE), Ms H Cairns (Business Education) Mr F Haddow (Chemistry) Ms C Fin-layson and Ms J Kubis (both Mathematics). All are talented teachers and we wish them every success in their careers.Also, we say farewell to Ms L McDougal, an ex-pupil of Knox, who has been working in the Pupil Support Base for most of thissession. Ms McDougal is returning to university to train as a teacher of English.I am sure you join me in thanking all of the staff above and wishing them good luck for the future.Ms G Good (Biology) is taking a 2-year career break and will be spending this time in China, this should ensure another excitinginternational link for the school.This means there will be many staff changes after the summer:The following permanent appointments have been made: Mr E Williamson (Maths) and Ms C Slowther (Biology). Temporaryappointments are: Ms G Wilson and Ms L Ward (Biology).All staff will take up their posts in August and I am sure you join me in wishing them good luck. Full details of staffing for nextsession will be issued in the August Pack sent to all parents and carers.
On the 12th June we held the Leavers‟ Ceremony to say farewell to pupils leaving from S4 and S5 and, of course, the whole of 
S6. We wish all our leavers health and happiness.Many of our pupils will have a tense time in August waiting for the SQA results. The results should reach pupils in the post onTuesday 4 August; no information will be available from the school before that date.A big thank you to all sections of the school community for another hectic, successful and enjoyable session.School closes at 12.05 pm on Friday 26 June, the autumn term starts at 8.44 am on Wednesday 19 August.Best wishes for a relaxing summer.JB CraigHeadteacher 
June 2009
The Newsletter of Knox Academy
Knox NewsPage 2
Many congratulations to Simon Simpson who was nominated for the annualJohn Lockhart Young Achiever Award and gained a runner-up prize at theceremony on Sunday 24 May in St Mary's Church. The award was started bythe Lockhart family in memory of their son, John, and is presented byHaddington Community Council to a young person (aged between 5 and 18)who has worked hard for the community; or has helped another person in thecommunity; or has had to battle against illness or personal tragedy; or who hasgained personal achievement through sheer hard work. When asked, staff 
simply said that Simon “is a star” who has worked hard to achieve the best that
he can in a world that, due to his autism, can be sometimes confusing andfrustrating.Simon was delighted to get his certificate and the ceremony was part of whathas been for him a very successful Fourth Year at Knox Academy.We wish Simon well for his Fifth Year.S InghamDepute Headteacher Knox Academy has a new textile bank which you can use to recycle unwantedtextiles of any quality.
You can donate adult and children‟s clothes, paired shoes, hats, bags, belts, cur-
tains, towels and bed linen (sheets, pillow covers, duvet covers). It is important that the textiles are dry,clean and in a bag. Please do not donate soiled or wet textiles.
Knox Academy receives £300 for school funds for every tonne of textiles deposited, so getrecycling!!
 N DavidsonBusiness Manager 
Earlier this session four pupils from the Advanced Higher Biology class took part in a British Biologycompetition. James Turvill, Robert Watt, Hannah Mainstone and Kayleigh MacMillan represented KnoxAcademy in this highly competitive event that is open to all UK schools. One of our pupils, Kayleigh
MacMillan achieved a “Highly Commended” award. The content of the competition is based on the A
-Level course which Kayleigh hasn't completed, but using her knowledge from Advanced Higher and per-sonal reading she managed to perform extremely well. Congratulations go to Kayleigh for doing so wellin such a tough competition.G GoodBiology Department
Awards’ ceremony
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The group of 14 pupils from Aubigny enjoyed good weather during their visit in April. The visitors fromCollège Gérard Philipe (which has taken part in a school exchange programme with Knox Academy over many years) were hosted by local families and we are very grateful to them for looking after our Frenchguests so well. As well as visiting the school, they went to Edinburgh Castle and the Bass Rock and theygot together with their Scottish friends for ten pin bowling in Edinburgh. They ended the week with anevening of Scottish music, hosted by Haddington Twinning Association during which the TwinningScholarship was presented. For the first time ever, the Twinning Scholarship was presented to a boy: Nick Thompson is in Sixth Year at Knox and plans to go on to university after the summer. He hopes totravel to Aubigny at the end of June and spend a month doing work experience in the primary school andcouncil buildings there. Mr Hutchinson, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages at Knox Academy pre-sented the award.E ElliottModern Languages DepartmentIn early March, an excited group of S5 & 6 RMPS pupils boarded a bus destined for Samye Ling, aBuddhist community situated in Dumfries & Galloway. After the original date being cancelled in Decem- ber due to adverse weather conditions, we were all doubly excited. After the admittedly long 2 hour  bus ride we rolled up at Samye Ling a little tired to be met by our tour guide for the day, Pende. He intro-duced himself to us, and we set out to view the numerous sights, from the spectacular main temple,with its intricate architecture, to the wonderful statues located all around the area. Our first stop was togo inside the aforementioned temple where various Buddhist concepts and ideas were explained to us.The long day had meant our stomachs were ruling our heads so we made our way to the not quite so spec-tacular dinig hall. This was compensated for by the food, which was very tasty, the potatoes in particular.To follow this we set out again to end our tour, and we saw the remaining sights, including the stupawhere we received a talk from a lay person called Maggie. Sadly soon after it was sadly time to leave thiswonderful place, so we hopped on the bus, where many of us slept the return journey away, rounding off a terrific day.Michael McKenzie and Louis FergusonS6
“Green Tara” statue in the
grounds of the Temple.

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