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T h e N e w s l e t t e r o f K n o x A c a d e m y
Dear Parents/Carers, Welcome to this, the first Knox News of session 2009-2010. I am sure that the session will be hectic, enjoyable and successful. I know you will support the school in encouraging your youngster to achieve their potential, not only in examinations but also across a range of activities and areas and I am sure we all look forward to hearing about their achievements during the year. The new term has been very busy and we have had a wide variety of events including the S1 Induction Morning, Live‟n Learn Seminars, sporting events, S1 Settling in Evening, Staff/S6 Weekend and more. Full details of all these events can be found later in the newsletter. A summary of the SQA results is contained in this newsletter. Congratulations to staff and pupils alike on an impressive set of results that reflect the hard work of last session. It is a great pleasure to see the seniors achieve the results necessary to move on to the next stage of their lives and careers. Since the last Knox News in June there has been some staffing changes. In August we welcomed the following staff to Knox: Ms S Auchinleck (Art and Design), Mrs Slowther, Dr Wilson and Miss Ward (Biology), Ms C Sayers (Geography), Ms C Morgan (Drama), Mrs H Harpur and Mr E Williamson (Mathematics), Mrs D Ferguson (Business Education), Mr J Greig (Computing), Mr O Edwards (English) and Miss C Irvine (Reception). Also, we welcome back Mr J Stirling and Mr A Lambert (PE). Mrs M Maxwell (English) will be taking maternity leave after the October Break and she will be replaced by Miss Z Machen. Following the departure of Ms Black, Ms J Duff has been appointed Acting Principal Teacher: Curriculum (Expressive Arts). We have an extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer in the school; please encourage your youngster to take part in these activities, details of which can be found later in this newsletter. We break for the October holiday on Friday 16 October at 12.05pm, pupils resume on Tuesday 27 October at 8.44 am. Very best wishes.
J B Craig Head Teacher
HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERN:
USE OF THE CAR PARK
Once again we have been having great difficulty at the start and end of the school day. Too many parents are bringing their cars into the campus to drop off their youngsters. This is causing obstructions and holds up the movement of the buses. This has become dangerous. The taxis have been unable to park safely and as a result, our pupils who require additional help have been put at risk and, on occasion, the wheelchair access has been blocked.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CAR INTO THE SCHOOL CAMPUS AT THESE TIMES UNLESS YOU HAVE A PRIOR ARRANGEMENT WITH ME.
Your co-operation with this is essential and would be appreciated. If you have any questions or comments regarding this, please contact me at the school.
RMPS N EWS
In September, pupils across the RMPS Department experienced special lessons to inform them about World Peace Day, which is held annually on September 21st. Here are a couple of reflections on what they learned. Peace One Day Poems Peace is quiet, so people can sleep Peace is no war, no children who weep Peace is a world where we get our own way This our dream, to have peace one day We know how hard this dream will be But not if everyone helps, not just you and me If soldiers can stop, why just for a day? Can‟t they see that the world is better this way? Lives can be saved, not crushed and forgotten Not left in the dark, alone, going rotten Just think, for a minute, of the life you would lead If there we no games or no toys, or nothing to read Today, peace seems so hard to achieve But when we‟re finally there, we‟ll be so relieved This one-man quest for worldwide peace Made humanity fit, piece by piece No-one else can save the world, that is up to us You might be wondering why we care, why we make such a fuss But even far, far in the future, years and years away I promise you we‟ll have peace, we‟ll have peace for one day! Abbey Ellis (2nd Year) Peace One Day was created by a single man A man with a passion for every human He travelled the world with his head held high, Stopping in Third World Countries as he passed by. Creating joy and spreading happiness, To people who are poor, starving, homeless A day without soldiers, no fighting no wars, Creating opportunities, opening doors. For the people of the world less fortunate than us, He met with world leaders and made such a fuss. But eventually he got his own way, So we now have Peace One Day Kirsty Wallace (2nd Year) L Francis RMPS
E X A M I NAT I O N R E S ULT S
The results for Knox Academy in the summer SQA examinations were good and are detailed below. The results are as a percent of the relevant S4 roll and are pre-appeal for 2009. Figures in brackets are for 2008.
Knox Academy 2008 S4 STANDARD GRADE Achieving 5+ at Grades 1-6 Achieving 5+ at Grades 1-4 Achieving 5+ at Grades 1-2 Achieving English at 1-6 Achieving Maths at 1-6 S5 HIGHER Achieving 1+ Higher at A-C Achieving 3+ Higher at A-C Achieving 5+ Higher A-C S6 ADVANCED HIGHER Achieving 1+ Advanced Higher at A-C 27 25 15(16) 13(13) 49 36 18 46 28 13 44(41) 26(25) 12(10) 40(39) 23(22) 10(10) 96 82 42 101 99 96 83 45 98 98 95(94) 84(81) 37(39) 97(97) 97(95) 88(89) 74(75) 33(33) 85(88) 85(87) 2009 East Lothian 2009 Scotland 2009
Congratulations to all involved. The results continue to be above the East Lothian (in all but one measure) and Scotland averages, however, as a school we are not complacent and we have raising attainment as a priority, we are committed to ensuring all pupils achieve their potential. I am sure all parents and carers will assist us in this by encouraging youngsters to work hard, complete homework, attend revision/study clubs, be punctual and attend all classes. By working together we will help all pupils achieve success. JB Craig Head Teacher
S ET Y O U N G A M BAS S A DO RS C H AL L E N GE
Last year the Technical Department entered a team of students (Gabby Jackson, Conor McHugh, Gareth Evans, Kelvin Craig and Fraser Thomson) into the SET Young Ambassadors Challenge. They completed a fantastic project about Energy and Renewables, and won the competition,which was open to all schools in Lothian region. Following their success the team are now entering their project into a National Science and Engineering Competition; The Big Bang. We have our fingers crossed and we are wishing the team the best of luck! This year we are entering another S2 team into the challenge; Molly Ferguson, Erin Craig, Caitlin Brock, Holly Merritt, Struan Stuart and Rebecca Friary. They have a lot to live up to but they are a great team, and we are sure they will do the school and themselves proud. A Leggatt Technical Department
OF T HE Y E A R SH OW
Alice Hill, 4G3, has had a spectacular year competing and winning Working Hunter horse shows throughout the country. Alice and her eleven year old horse, Kian‟s Choice (or Paddy to his friends) have now qualified for the Horse of the Year Show which is being held in Birmingham. The road to the Horse of the Year Show started off in Glasgow where Alice qualified for the Ponies UK championships. She then won the Super League and was Reserve Champion at the championships held in Nottingham in August, which now allows her to compete at the Horse of the Year Show. This year Alice and Paddy have also qualified for the Burleigh Horse Trials. We want to wish Alice the best of luck at the Horse of the Year Show and we will be keeping our fingers crossed that she returns home with more rosettes. R Couper Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator
R AG B AG T E XT I L E B A N K
Knox Academy has a new textile bank that you can use to recycle unwanted textiles of any quality. You can donate adults‟ and children‟s clothes, paired shoes, hats, bags, belts, curtains, 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 get recycling!! In June 2009 Knox Academy donated 145kg of textiles and raised £43.50 for school funds. Keep recycling!! N Davidson Business Manager
E X T R A - C UR RI CU L A R A CT I V I T I E S
These are some of the extra-curricular activities on offer. Further details can be found on the school web site in the extra-curricular pages and the daily bulletin.
DAY TIME ACTIVITY STAFF IN CHARGE ROOM
Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Thursday Friday
1.20-1.55pm 4-5pm 1.20-1.55pm 1.20-1.55pm 4-4.30pm 1.05-1.30pm 1.05-1.30pm 4-4.45pm 1.20-1.55pm 1.20-1.55pm 4-4.45pm 12.20-1.20pm
Wind Band Orchestra Girls‟ Choir Soul Band/Big Band Brass Band Guitar Group Lower Strings Group Senior Choir Junior Choir Girls‟ Choir Percussion Group String Orchestra
D Robb/L Thorne K Johnston/E Orr E Orr L Thorne D Robb A Coady P Hair E Orr K Johnston E Orr D Swanson H Turbayne
Mus. 1 Mus. 1, Mus. 2, Social Area Mus. 2 Mus. 1 Mus. 1 Mus. 1 Mus. 2 Mus. 2 Mus. 1 Mus. 2 Mus. 2 Social Area
Sport & Physical Activity Extra-Curricular Timetable 2009-10 Activity Monday
Rackets Netball Girls‟ Rugby S1/2 Rugby Girls‟ Football Soccerone Tuesday Basketball Hockey Wednesday Trampoline S1/2 Rugby Thursday S6 Club Run Club Fit For Girls Dance (RFD) Football 5s
Lunchtime 4-5pm 4-5pm 4-530pm 4-5pm 4-5pm
Games Hall Games Hall Playing Fields Playing Fields Playing Fields Playing Fields
R Couper Nicola Love Keri Paterson Derek O‟Riordan & R Couper Megan McFarlane Mr Williamson &Mr Stirling Thomas Munro Miss Johnston & Mrs Garwood Miss Jeffrey Derek O‟Riordan & Mr Lambert
Rachael Weir & Gemma Herkes Alex Muir & Kirsty Young Miss McBrierty
4-530pm 4-515pm 4-530pm 4-530pm Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime 4-5pm 4-530pm
Games Hall Astro Turf Games Hall Playing Fields Games Hall Playing Fields Drama Small Gym Astro Turf
R Couper Adam Szymooszowskyj Mr MacDonald & Ms Easson Miss Morgan Jo Bain Francesca Campbell & Emily Sandie Mr Flood
S C H OL AR
Is your child in S5 or S6? Do you know about the SCHOLAR Programme? Would you like a password to see what SCHOLAR is about?
…read on… Heriot-Watt SCHOLAR is the world‟s largest e-learning education programme, with 100,000 registered users. Created by Heriot-Watt University (http://www.hw.ac.uk/), based in Edinburgh, SCHOLAR provides computer based learning materials to support teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects: ADVANCED HIGHER: Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computing, French, Information Systems, Maths and Physics. HIGHER: Accounting, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, French, German, Human Biology, Information Systems, Maths, Physics , Psychology and Spanish. INTERMEDIATE 1 & 2: Maths The SCHOLAR programme is designed to promote self paced, pupil centred learning in a teacher supported environment. The online learning materials are complemented by opportunities for teachers to attend staff development workshops and learn how to use SCHOLAR when teaching. SCHOLAR offers a well proven, innovative approach to academic study within schools, Further Education colleges and foundation programmes within universities. Over 400 secondary schools in Scotland are benefitting from using SCHOLAR. The online learning materials have been professionally developed and consist of textual and graphical descriptions, animations and simulations and online formative tests. The material is embedded within a Virtual Learning Environment that provides channels for student and teacher communications, frequently asked questions and progress reporting and monitoring. Teachers in school have been provided with passwords to issue to all pupils studying a range of subjects at Higher, Advanced Higher, Intermediate 1 and 2 Maths and Intermediate 2 Mandarin as summarised in the table. If your son or daughter has not yet received their password, encourage them to ask their teacher. In order to see the course materials SCHOLAR provides for your son or daughter, go to our website at http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/, click on Scotland then “Try Scholar” on the left hand bar. You will be presented with a preview of the available SCHOLAR courses. This is just a small sample of the entire course. If you would like to see more , contact email@example.com for a password which will enable you to browse the content of the entire course. You can use the same email address to send in feedback regarding your Scholar experience. J Young Depute Head Teacher
A L L PA RE NT S
The Maths Department is interested in forging stronger links with the community whilst also making Maths as relevant as possible. In order to do this we need your help. Most jobs use Maths so many of you use Maths in your work on a day to day basis. We would like volunteers to come in and talk about Maths at work. I would envisage this involving S1 pupils in the first instance. This need only be a short talk and then a question and answer session. If you would like to help please contact me at the school. Many thanks in hopeful anticipation. L.M.McInnes Head of Mathematics
J E WE L L E RY
For the last few weeks the Technical Department has been running a lunchtime jewellery making club. This has been a popular club and we currently have pupils attending from years S1-S5. The pupils have been designing their own jewellery and are learning different techniques to manufacture it from copper and silver. These techniques include cutting and shaping copper and silver, soldering, enamelling and casting. Pupils will also be learning felting working with the Art Department. This is a fun club and we are very impressed with the work the pupils are producing! They are all very hardworking with a brilliant attitude, and are very keen to learn. Lucy-Jade in S2 said “I‟m not bored on Wednesday lunchtimes anymore! It‟s great!” Beth in S1 said “It‟s really fun and I always want Wednesdays to come!” We are really looking forward to seeing the work the pupils produce on the run up to Christmas. A Leggatt Technical Dept
B AT T E RY B ACK
Knox Academy have signed up to be a „Battery Back‟ recycling centre, so if you have any batteries you wish to recycle please hand these into the school office. Please contact Mrs Davidson (Business Manager) with any queries. Thank you. N Davidson Business Manager
E N G L I S H D E PART ME NT U P DAT E
It‟s been a busy start to the term in the English Department. We are all very excited about the arrival of Accelerated Reader – a very sophisticated computer programme which helps pupils progress their reading. September also saw the arrival of the Scholastic Bookfair to the library. All S1 and S2 pupils have been issued with two things this term: the Language Toolkit and a Homework book. The Language Toolkit is a vocabulary and language that should be used by the pupils around the school to note important vocabulary and to help learn spelling and grammar as well as the derivation of words. It has so far been a great success, encouraging our pupils to take a genuine interest in the English Language. The Homework booklet contains a selection of tasks, giving pupils the freedom to choose which ones to undertake. Also it allows for extra work if pupils are feeling motivated. The first deadline, at the end of September, saw the pupils produce some fantastic work - they should be very proud. The extra-curricular clubs in the department are all up and running. Debating club has been opened up to pupils from all year groups and a new club, a senior book group, has been meeting weekly. Watch this space for further extra curricular opportunities. K Fairbairn English Dept
P O E T RY
My Special Place My Goblin Green face covered in spots. Ripped rags for clothes. Bad, bad breath And a sharp, pointed nose. Right there under the stair, If you dare you will share The shock of his stare. Stealing socks, food and more That‟s what he does Every night, all night. By Peter Gilmour, 1G1 My special place is hidden in the trees but you can see The beautiful, blue sea. My special place has staff that are brill‟. So is Trevor When he cooks bbqs on the grill. In my special place the world just keeps going round. I my special place I have been lost but then found. In my special place I swim in the sea. In my special place I feel safe, happy and free. My special place is not just for me. My special place is for us all to see. And though some goodbyes are hard to say, The memories are always alive in My special place – Brighouse Bay. By Mary–Beth McFern, 2L1
P A RT NE R S HI P
WI T H
R WA N DA
For over a year now, Knox Academy and King‟s Meadow Primary School have been working on a partnership with the primary and secondary schools in the remote village of Ruhanga an northern Rwanda. In April of this year, we were visited by the head teachers of the schools, Arsene Dukundigena and Jean de Dieu Ngendahimana. They spent a week observing classes at Knox and King‟s Meadow, finding out a bit more about Scottish culture and how we approach learning and teaching. In May, I set off for a reciprocal visit, along with Russell Clegg from King‟s Meadow Primary. We were both excited, but a little apprehensive about our trip. Neither of us had been to Africa before, and most of what we knew about Rwanda had come from television reports or films about the 1994 genocide. We read our guide books studiously on the long flight¸ hoping to find out a bit more information about this small country. In terms of land area it is smaller than Scotland, with a population of 8.5 million. Unlike many African countries the landscape is lush and green, with steep mountains and beautiful lakes. The purpose of our visit was really to visit our partner schools in Ruhanga, and find out how learning and teaching takes place there. The village was a 2 hour drive from our hotel, along a steep, pot-holed, single-track road. When we first arrived at the school, we were greeted by groups of Primary and Secondary pupils who sang and danced a song of welcome for us. We had a tour of the classrooms – bare concrete rooms where classes of 45-50 pupils would receive their lessons. I observed lessons in Physics, Music and English where teachers simply taught using the blackboard and nothing else – no other equipment or resources. It made me realise how much we take for granted in our schools here, and how fortunate we are to have access to technology. The Rwandan pupils and staff were extremely friendly, and very keen to practise speaking English. Some of the pupils gave me letters and photos to bring back to Knox pupils. On our final day at the school, we were treated to a Cultural Exchange. Pupils from both the Primary and Secondary schools put on a display of traditional song, dance and drama. This was a very prestigious occasion, attended by the mayor of the district, and head teachers from several other schools in the region. Russell and I did our bit to promote Scottish culture by attempting to teach some Rwandan pupils to ceilidh, but they seemed to find it very difficult! Our week in Rwanda passed very quickly, but it was an experience which we will not forget in a hurry. Although we found a lot of the culture different and new, we found that we also had a lot in common. We share values about the importance of education, and we realised that we share common ground in the use of song, dance and drama in cultural celebrations. Knox Academy and King‟s Meadow Primary are now committed to linking with their Rwandan counterparts in a whole-school capacity. S1 pupils at Knox are finding out more about Africa and Rwanda in one of their ACE projects, and there are plans underway for fundraising events later in the year. We hope that the links will be strengthened and maintained in years to come, and that some Knox pupils may even get the chance to visit Ruhanga themselves. E Orr Music Dept
O N - L I NE L E A RN I N G
Following on from the use of mp3 audio revision files for Standard Grade Computing Studies, pupils are now able to access course revision materials and quizzes on-line. This pilot scheme is currently available to S4 pupils, who have been issued with log-ons to the RSLearning site. Quizzes are being used for tests and homework and can be accessed in the classroom, in the library, at home or anywhere that Internet access is available. Pupils get automatic feedback with a score for the test and wrong answers highlighted in red. To be effective, pupils should immediately review their wrong answers to find out where they went wrong. Each quiz allows up to three attempts, but these can be cleared and reset by the teacher. Members of staff are able to monitor pupil activity and progress on the site. Individual pupil performances and their answers to all questions can be viewed. Teachers will be able to determine areas that need further work in the classroom. Any pupil who has a long-term absence will find this a useful resource because they may be able to do some work from home and their teacher can check on their progress. You might like to try the demo pages at http://rslearning.co.uk/index.html. By the way, you can still copy the mp3 files to your iPod for free. Someone asked if it could be effective to listen to them while asleep. Nice idea, but I feel that you will benefit more when awake. B Dillin Head of Computing
U N I V E R SI T Y S UC CE S S
Congratulations to the following former pupils who have recently graduated from university: University of Glasgow Nicola Cochran Adam Gray Joe Hall Andrea Llano Anna-Marie McFarlane University of Aberdeen Callum Colquhoun Sarah Cruickshank Thomas Danks Jonathan Ferguson Roisin Halloran Paul McBean David McShane Catriona Rooney Christine Stuart M.B., Ch.B B.Sc B. Sc M.A B.Ed M.A B.Sc LLB M.A M.A. B.D.S B. Eng. M.B., Ch.B M.A Heriot-Watt University Andrea Clark BSc
S 5 & S 6 S T U DY S K I L L S W E E K : S E P T E MB E R 2 2 ND - 2 5 T H
All parents of pupils in S5&6 should now be aware these pupils were involved in a week concentrating on Study Skills. The Study Skills Working Group in school had come up with the idea after a number of parents, pupils and teachers had said that pupils didn‟t know how to study, what they should be studying and how much time they should be spending on study. As a pilot the group decided to programme a week of activities for S5&6. The week consisted of a number of events, starting with a Live „n‟ Learn Seminar. The intention during this seminar was to motivate pupils, encourage them to achieve the best they can and to look to their futures and the achievements they would like to make. On Wednesday morning Mrs Ingham presented an assembly discussing general Study Skills and all pupils were issued with a Study Skills booklet specific to their chosen subjects. Each department had provided information tailored to their subject and intended to support the pupils in how to carry out study at home. During class time on Wednesday and Thursday teachers were asked to present a Study Skills lesson that was specific to their subject. The aim of this was to make clear to pupils what the expectations were in terms of revision times and tasks and to look at different ways of revising and learning for specific subjects. On Friday, pupils attended a short session to consider the use of Study Timetables, and they were given a further opportunity to collect any subject specific information they had missed earlier in the week. In a move towards greater parental involvement we asked all pupils to get a parental signature on the back of their booklet. This was simply so that we knew the booklets had made it home and that parents were aware we had discussed methods and expectations with their children. It is now our intention to put all the Study Skills information on the website so that pupils and parents can access the help sheets and if you would like to know more or make a comment, please contact Ms H MacLeod H MacLeod Support for Pupils Faculty/PT Curriculum: Support for Pupils
T HE I R P OI NT S
Congratulations to the following pupils who have reached 125 points in the Pupils Points System and have been awarded the Bronze Certificate. This is a fantastic achievement so early in the session, the boys have got some catching up to do! Emma-Lee Dick (2G2) Ben Fairgrieve (2T3) Stephanie King (3L1) Danielle Kitt (2G3) Jodie Lavin (3T1) Eilidh McClure (1G1) Oliver Massie (2G2) Eve Swinton (2G1) Connor Tinch (2G2) Kirsty Wallace (2G1) Beth Watters (3T3) Megan Wilson (3L1)
O U T LO OK : Z A MB I A
In June this year a group of eleven pupils from last year‟s Fourth and Fifth Year and Mr Francis took part in a life-changing month long expedition to Zambia and Botswana. The group undertook a five-day community project, a five-day expedition, a three-day safari and a trip to the Victoria Falls. Our community project was centred in a remote village called Kalonje, just twenty kilometres from the Mutinondo wilderness area. The objective was to help the locals build two new latrines for the community. We did this by collecting bricks and stones to line the latrines. We also worked closely with the school and played ball and skipping games with the kids. Although it was hard work there was a great sense of achievement at the end and we all were sad to say goodbye to the village - especially to all the children we‟d had so much fun with. Next was the expedition covering sixty-five kilometres through the beautiful wilderness of Mutinondo. We camped in the wild; cooking on open fires every night. We were the first group to be taken on this route and everyone was glad to have had that experience. We then crossed into Botswana where we had three days of safari consisting of two early morning game drives and two evening boat safaris. During the game drives we saw four of the „big five‟: the leopard, elephant, lion and buffalo, only the black rhino eluded us. On the boat rides we saw plenty of elephants and hippos and a few crocodiles, not to mention the stunning African sunsets. After our stay in Botswana we travelled back up to Zambia for the Victoria Falls that were amazing. The group also went either White Water Rafting or Jet Boating . Both of these were enjoyed in equal measure. All in all it was a fantastic experience and we would encourage everyone to take part in Outlook Expedition opportunities in the coming years. Rhona Duff 5T1
2 M O RO ’ S
D RI V E R
Knox Academy was given the opportunity to attend the „2Moro‟s Driver‟ event on Wednesday 2 September 2009. The event was organised by Lothian and Borders Police Road Safety Unit and was open to all pupils in S6. It was a multi-agency event, which was based on a play funded by Road Safety Scotland and performed by the Baldy Bane Theatre Company. It dealt with the fun, risks and the responsibilities involved when becoming a new driver and getting a first car. The event was held at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh and 74 S6 Knox Academy pupils attended the event. This was an extremely worthwhile event, especially at this time of year when our current S6 will soon become tomorrow‟s young drivers. E Garwood PT Guidance
Get SCRATCHing in ICT
No, the Second Year ICT classes haven‟t got an irritating disease, but they are itching to show their talents building programs in the SCRATCH environment. SCRATCH uses characters called sprites that can be controlled to run around, jump, make noises and much more. The program is built like pieces of a jigsaw. These can be re-arranged, broken up, or added to easily to try to program each sprite to act the way you want. This software was developed at MIT in Boston. It is available for Mac and PC and it is FREE. Go to http://SCRATCH.mit.edu/ to download your copy at home. The site gives some useful tips and examples of what can be achieved with SCRATCH. Last year the University of Edinburgh Department of Informatics kindly lent us a set of interface boards to use with SCRATCH programs developed by S4. The sprites were controlled using sliders, buttons and light sensors on the board. Hopefully S2 classes will get a chance to try out the boards this year. Look out for examples of pupil work on the website. B Dillin Head of Computing
V I C TO R I A S QUAR E
Pupils from the Standard Grade Drama class have been making their own radio plays based on fictional soap opera „Victoria Square‟. Each group had to create a mini-episode that would be turned into a radio drama. The mini dramas included; a granny dying and leaving her money to her dog (much to her children‟s anger), a man set on revenge for his family‟s death and a hard-hitting scene about drugs. All very dramatic! Everyone enjoyed their time behind the microphone, with sound effects and theme tune. J Campbell Drama Dept
D ALG UI SE 2 0 0 9
As a group of excited souls disembarked in the middle of the beautiful Perthshire scenery a wave of panic rippled through all 70 odd staff and pupils. How giant is the giant swing? Do I have to do it? What if I cry in front of all my friends? These questions and more were racing through everyone‟s head. We were able to try and calm the nerves on the Friday afternoon by settling in to our accommodation and playing a few games…the teachers being „Funky Seaweed‟ will live long in the memory. Despite Mr Stirling breaking Mr MacDonald‟s car they arrived in plenty of time to set up the evening‟s activities. We all crammed in to the small and sweaty hall and had a go at Mr Wren and Mrs Garwood‟s quiz. The fact that Mrs Garwood forgot the answers made things a little trickier, but we muddled through! And then there was the filmmaking, some good, same strange and some truly awful. I don‟t think we‟ll have to clear a space for Knox‟s first Oscar quite yet. The next two days were a blur of mud, blood, snotters, tears, screams, strains, scrapes, dancing, halfdrowing and huge amounts of fun. Everyone survived the giant swing - even Bruce Halloran and myelf…although the primary children watching might not recover as quickly. As Head of S6 it made me immensely proud to see Knox pupils throw themselves into everything we did with such enthusiasm and represent the school so admirably. A huge thank you to all for making it so enjoyable for the teachers. A massive thanks to the teachers who came along, without whom the trip would have been impossible – and the S6 would have no-one to laugh at. And extra-special thanks to Mr MacDonald for doing such a fine job of organising and leading the trip. S Illingworth Head of S6
T H E L I O N , T HE W I TC H
T H E W A RD ROB E
‘That really is the most enormous wardrobe, why somebody’s spilt sugar on the floor. It’s all crunchy. Why… it’s a lamppost. Whoever heard of a lamppost inside a wardrobe’. Yes you are right… we are stepping into Narnia for our Christmas production this year. Pupils from S1 – S6 will take to the stage to recreate the wonderful story of „The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe‟. With Beavers, Lions, a White Witch and four lost children you will really be in for a treat! „This is hopefully going to be a fantastic production‟ says Mr Campbell who will be directing the show. „We really want to involve the audience in the magic of Narnia so we are going to incorporate some exciting staging. We have a wonderful cast from all areas of the school and I‟m extremely happy that we have managed to cast the four children from S3 – S6. Our fighting director starts after the October holidays so the pupils are getting excited about working on the battle sequence.‟ Gavin McManus (S3) who plays Mr Beaver says „It‟s a good experience and I‟m really happy and excited about getting the part of Mr Beaver and I‟m looking forward to the performance week. I‟m going to be nervous but it‟ll be fun‟. „The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe‟ will be staged in the main hall on 9 th and 10th of December 2009. Tickets will go on sale from the school office. Look out around the school for more details. C Morgan Drama Dept
S P ORT S ’ U P DAT E
Athletics Fiona Cleat, 5L2, has had an outstanding season on the athletics circuit which gained her selection for the Scotland team to compete at the Celtic Games held in Carmarthen, Wales in August. Fiona was part of the U17 relay team that came second and she also came fourth in the individual 300m hurdles. Fiona has also competed in the Scottish Schools Athletic Championships in June where she came second in the 300m hurdles and then again in the Scottish athletic age group under-17-titles where she managed to win the same event with a time of 47.81s (over a second quicker than her closet rival) in August. Badminton Megan Richardson and Hannah Laing (both 4G1) continue to build on their success in a season that is classed as a development year. Megan and Hannah who have made the step up to Under 17 and Under 19 levels are now competing against opponents that are a few years older than them. On the 6th September the girls played in the U19 Midland tournament at Grangemouth. Hannah reached the semis being knocked out by the number 1 seed. The same opponent then beat Megan in the final 21 -15 and 21-19. They got through to the semis in the doubles but were again beaten by the number 1 seeds before Megan and her partner reached the mixed doubles finals and won. On Sunday 13th Sept the girls played in the U17 Glasgow tournament and won, narrowly beaten in the doubles final by the number 1 seeds. Basketball Knox Academy hosted the first round of matches for the U15 girls‟ team and senior boys‟ team in this year‟s East Lothian Basketball Cup in September. This is the first year that this event has run and after being part of the event I am sure it will continue. With 5 out of the 6 East Lothian schools represented there was a great atmosphere in the Knox Games Hall and the matches did not disappoint. First up was a strong Knox senior boys‟ team that beat an injury plagued Ross High team 30-14. North Berwick then beat Musselburgh before Knox triumphed over Dunbar 28-14. The U15 girls‟ tournament sadly saw the Knox team lose both their matches but with promising performances to the new-look team, Knox will surely get their first win in the next round of matches being held at Knox in the future. Eilidh McClure (1G1) attended the Basketball Scotland‟s Talent Identification Programme on Sunday 4th October at Bathgate Academy and was successful in gaining access to the programme for 2009/10. This is the first step on Scotland‟s high performance pathway and a key development experience for aspiring young players. County Sports Last year‟s County Sports were cancelled due to the heavy rain in June but thankfully the PE staff from all East Lothian Schools managed to work hard to rearrange the date for the 2nd September this year. However, our top athletes were a little off the pace after a long summer vacation and Knox Academy only managed to finish 5th. Missing some of our athletes on the day due to other commitments did hamper our performance but there were some individual displays that deserve some recognition. Fiona Cleat (5L2) on the track was as usual a great success in the senior championships. Neil Black, 2T2, on his first attempt in the sand pit on the junior boy‟s triple jump and Kimberly Smith, 3L2, competed in three different age groups in the relays. It was a tremendous effort from all the participants and we will be looking to improve on our 5 th place in the next County Championships next June.
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Jack Rogan (1G3) has been driving, chipping and putting to success this summer on the golf course. At his home course, Whitekirk, he was fourth in the Professional‟s Day tournament, tied first in the summer competition and won the Junior Stroke Play. Playing away from his home course, he came third in the Woll Junior Open and won the Junior Invitational at Castlepark. We look forward to welcoming him into the school team. Hockey Knox Academy S2 hockey team managed to reach the semi finals of the September festival held at Meadowmill Sport Centre. Qualifying with a win, a draw and a loss from their group stage, Knox faced a strong North Berwick team in the semis that eventually went on to win the festival. A spirited performance from the girls saw Kirsty Steven on target in attack and Holly Taylor organising a strong defence. The team will now face the 5 other East Lothian schools in matches over the next few months. Outdoor Education Challenge Knox Academy entered 2 teams into the S5 Challenge held at North Berwick Law on Friday 25 th September organised by the East Lothian Outdoor Education team. There were mixed results for the two teams as one finished 2nd and the other finishing in 8th place out of 9 teams that entered. The day was made up of 8 small challenges ranging from team building, orienteering and climbing. The Knox team that were runners up behind Preston lodge were Declan Kane, Kris Bleakley, Kelsie Hamilton, Tina Laing, Robyn Szymoszowskyj and Kirsty Young. PaiS Knox Academy has eight athletes in this year‟s East Lothian‟s Performance Athletes in Sports (PAiS) programme, which looks to develop the pupils with the potential to becoming the stars of future. The programme was a massive success for some of our young athletes last year with our 2 badminton players being selected for Scotland and Alex Spence being included in the Scottish Rugby Union Junior Academy. This year Hannah Baxter has been selected as the U16 City of Edinburgh Kool Kats captain (Basketball) and Shaun Lund has been included in the U18 East District Hockey squad. Athletes: Hannah Baxter Fraser Bell Shaun Lund Catherine Dodson Hannah Laing Megan Richardson Michael Hill Bruce Halloran * new this year Basketball Hockey Hockey Hockey Badminton Badminton Football Swimming
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Nine Second Year pupils have been included in the East Lothian Falcons squad for the next season‟s rugby development programme. The boys will get the opportunity to train with other boys in the region and hopefully go on to represent East Lothian in the U15 pathways programme. Squad: Paul McClung, Jack Hamilton, Neil Black, Connor Munro, Harvey Blake, Gregor Denholm, Mark Robertson, Alexander Ingram & Paul Fairgrieve.
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Knox Academy‟s first game of the S2 rugby season was against a strong Dunbar Grammar side that had already beaten Preston lodge and Ross High. However it was Knox who got on the score sheet first and never looked back. In the first minute a surging run saw Neil Black cross the line which was then followed by a brace from Paul McLung and a superb solo effort from Harvey Blake. Dunbar did manage to pull one try back before the half to make the half time score 28-7. The second half was much like the first with another try for Neil Black, a debut try from first year Lorne Black and tries from Connor Munro and Alexander Ingram. Paul McLung had a great day with the boot converting 5 and Connor Munro slotted over the kick after his own try. The final score was 52-12. Knox Academy travelled to Royal High on a windy Saturday morning on 3rd October. Only managing to travel with thirteen boys Knox thought they may struggle against a strong Edinburgh side. However, with the home team plagued by illness the game was played as an eleven-a-side match. Knox continued their great start to the season with a 27-65 victory that saw Neil Black bag 6 tries. Others on the score sheet were Harvey Blake, Alexander Ingram, Gregor Denholm and new comer Sasha Dubitskiy with a double. Captain Connor Munro and Harvey Blake shared the kicking duties. The under 15 team had a hard start to this year‟s Brewin Dolphin (formally the Bell Lawrie) Cup with a round 1 tie versus local rivals Dunbar Grammar. With a relatively young and inexperienced team Knox Academy were on the wrong end of 10 try thriller. However, the try of the day needs to be awarded to the Knox Academy captain Jordan Currie 4L3 who took a short pass from Peter Wilson 3T2 to beat three defenders and race to score under the posts. The team that was made up of a large number of S2 pupils will now compete in the lower tier competition where they can build and practise for next year‟s Cup when they will be competing against boys of the same age and development. Soccerone The first East Lothian Soccerone event took place at the Aubigny Astro Turf on Tuesday 29th September. The S2 and U15 boys‟ teams competed in the first round of matches and both the Knox teams got off to flying starts with one win each and one draw each. Both the S2 and U15 team beat Musselburgh and drew with North Berwick. The next event that Knox will host will see these teams face Ross High and Dunbar. R Couper Sports and Physical Activities Coordinator Soccer Results Knox Academy under 16 boys‟ football team were victorious over Whitburn Academy in the Scottish Schools Shield. Knox took a one goal lead when Jonathan Bisset scored the opening goal early in the first half. Whitburn then took the lead with a goal either side of half time but Knox equalised quickly with a goal from David Fairgrieve. After 80 minutes of normal time and twenty minutes‟ extra time the game could not be decided so it went to penalties. Knox Academy finished the game with good saves from Josh McFarlane in goal and a winning penalty scored by Richard Waddell. J. Stirling Knox Academy Director of Football
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Health and Well-being
Many of you will be aware that we are piloting a new course this year with S1. The course involves pupils in 3 activities over the course of the year and for 11 weeks, they are concentrating on discovering more about their own health and well-being and the choices they make with regard to this. For the current rota all Garleton classes (60 pupils) are with the Guidance, PE and HE staff trying out a huge range of new activities and researching a range of health topics. Each week pupils are encouraged to try out a new activity and we are very grateful to the many volunteers who have come into school to let the pupils experience these activities. So far the rota includes: Cheerleading Dance Athletics Dodgeball Judo Potted sports Pilates Kite making and flying Ultimate Frisbee Surfing! (in the hall!!) Mr Couper doing the Haka! As well as encouraging the pupils to „get active‟ and participate in new activities, a lot of learning goes on too. The emphasis has very much been on discovery and a move to the pupils being responsible for their own learning, and moving away from the old style lessons in front of the board. Pupils have learnt how to take their blood pressure and what it means. They have assessed their own levels of balance, agility reflex and lung capacity. They looked at working out a person‟s BMI and what affects this number. Guest speakers have been brought in from the Police and Integration Team to look at the topics of drugs, smoking and alcohol. Currently we are also hoping to find speakers to look at the topic of Mental Health. Each week pupils complete a diary telling us what they have learnt about health and assessing their own health. They also set targets for improving their health. As well as 2 weeks of sex and relationships education, looking mostly at revision from Primary School and puberty, we have spent 2 weeks looking at Healthy Eating. Pupils made themselves healthy sandwiches trying out new fillings and ingredients and they have also participated in a fruit tasting. The aim of all these lessons is to make pupils increasingly aware of their own health, the choices they make and how those choices may affect their futures. As ever, if you have any questions about any part of this course, please don‟t hesitate to get in touch. We are always looking for new volunteers to come in and exhibit your favourite activity to new faces, so if you would be interested in this, or offering an incentive to pupils to come along to your club or activity, please get in touch. H MacLeod PT Support for Pupils
F R I DAY M O R NI N G S A R E AC E!
DESTINATION: AFRICA As part of „A Curriculum for Excellence‟, S1 Traprain pupils have been working on a project entitled Destination: Africa for 11 weeks on Friday mornings. The project ties in with Knox Academy‟s link with Ruhanga Secondary school in Rwanda, and gives pupils a chance to find out more about our partner school. It also encourages them to find out more about the African continent and culture through History, Art, Music, Drama, Geography and Citizenship. Activities include: A trip to TESCO to investigate Fair Trade produce The Big African Quiz The Chocolate Game, investigating the journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar Mask Making African Drumming and Dance Scrapbook Making Research Tasks Letter Writing Dramatising African folk tales The project is led by Miss Orr (Music), Miss Johnston (Art) and Miss Jeffrey (Geography) but several other members of staff have been keen to get involved and offer their expertise, including Mrs Craig and Mr Couper! All the pupils who have taken part in the project so far have thrown themselves into the tasks with great enthusiasm and have really enjoyed themselves. We look forward to seeing the rest of S1 in Destination:Africa over the next few months. E Orr Music Dept
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies As part of the new-look Friday mornings for S1, the RMPS Department has been delivering their S1 course in a slightly different way. Instead of S1 pupils coming to the department for one period per week over the year, they come for three hours every Friday for eleven weeks. So far, pupils have made films about what it means to be a human being, made posters, tried to answer the big questions of life in about 200 words, had a visit from one of our local ministers (is it true you only work one day a week?) and will be filming in St Mary‟s parish church. Three hours certainly sounds like a long time to be doing anything, however, the youngsters have taken to it with gusto, having more time to debate issues, try a bit of drama and getting an opportunity to reflect on the topics at a deeper level. S Ingham Depute Head Teacher
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The S4 Standard Grade Drama Pupils went to Festival Theatre in Edinburgh to see the Touring Production of the West End hit „Little Shop of Horrors‟. „Little Shop of Horrors‟ tells the story of lonely shop worker Seymour who is in love with his co-worker Audrey. When Seymour finds a mysterious plant one day his luck changes and suddenly everybody wants to be Seymour‟s friend but when the plant suddenly likes the taste of blood things take a nasty turn because this is no ordinary plant, this is a man eating plant from outer space! S4 pupil Jordan said „I thought the production was brilliant, I had seen the movie and I didn‟t like it but the stage show was really good. I thought the plant was amazing how it kept on growing and moving. It was really good. The show was good and meeting the stars topped it all off‟. Pupils had the chance to meet the cast after the show, asking them questions about their work as actors and having their photo taken with Claire Buckfield (2.4 Children and Dancing on Ice star) who played Audrey and Alex Ferns (best known as Eastenders baddie Trevor) who played the Dentist. Mr Campbell said „The pupils were excellent in the theatre and it was great for them to experience this exciting show in Scotland at the Festival Theatre. The cast were amazing and I think everyone had a really enjoyable evening.‟ Previously the Standard Grade pupils have seen „Mary Poppins‟ at the Edinburgh Playhouse and „The Mystery of Irma Vep‟ at the Royal Lyceum. C Morgan Drama Dept
Y O U N G E N T E RP R I SE :
Our team of 8 enthusiastic entrepreneurs have begun our quest to create the best product/service ever to have graced Knox Academy‟s Business Department. This year Young Enterprise is all about challenging ourselves as much as possible and putting in the hard graft to give you all an exciting new product/service. Watch out around the school for up-dates on our progress! Bruce Halloran 6L
I N SI D E S TORY H E A DL I NE
Time Capsule 2009 We have created a Time Capsule which is intended to preserve photographs of everyday objects for future generations of pupils to discover. The objects in the Time Capsule reflect the inventions that were useful to us in the 21st Century. Some of the things we buried include: a mobile phone, money, school bag, deodorant, pens and school work! Here is our letter to future pupils. Dear future person(s) We have buried these photographs to show you some of the things we found useful in 2009. Bikes were a common form of transport. We hope you still have them. Maybe you get around on sky cycles in your days. Nearly everyone seemed to have a mobile phone. I expect you now communicate with special bio-chips. At least you won‟t get into trouble like we did at school! Shoes were important to us. Everyone loved trainers, we never took them off. Perhaps you are born with them on your feet nowadays. Well, these are just some of the things we valued. We expect you are now all getting educated in a big shiny class with a robot teacher and holograms and things. Bet you are still late for class though. Some things never change. Yours truly Mr. Halliday‟s S2 English class of 2009.
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A big thank you to all who helped with our two summer events: the Duck Derby and Teas in the Park. We raised a massive £1298. Events that are planned for the next term are: AGM – 27th October in the school Library from 6.30pm. This will be followed by a meeting of the Support Group. We would be delighted to welcome new members. You can decide what level of involvement you want with the group, but the more the merrier! Whole School Dance – Tuesday 1st December 7.00pm-10.00pm M Ball
T O N E R C ART RI D G E S
YOUR TRASH IS WORTH CASH!!! If you are guilty of throwing away old inkjet cartridges and mobile phones, read on…..
Knox Academy has signed up to a leading recycling programme Recycool, a scheme that will help boost school funds and divert products from landfill. Every time you donate a cartridge or old mobile phone to us for the Recycool programme, the school will receive a cash donation and the company will plant trees in our name. Please put your old mobile phones, inkjet and toner printer cartridges to one side You will be helping the environment and helping our fundraising. What‟s more, it won‟t cost you a penny. This session we have already recycled 4 mobile phones, 28 laser cartridges and a whopping 229 inkjet cartridges!!! FACTFILE Mobile phones contain cadmium, a dangerous toxic substance. Binned mobile phones end up in landfill sites, where corrosion to their batteries causes cadmium to leech out into the surrounding soil. Mobiles and printer cartridges are valuable and can be recycled to help the environment. Phones that are unsuitable for recycling are disposed of safely, without harm to the environment. Fewer than one in 25 mobile phones is recycled. Only 5% of printer cartridges are recycled. The rest, worth approximately £57 million, are buried in landfill sites. They could be helping worthwhile charities. It takes more than 1.5 pints of oil to make a new toner cartridge. In the last decade it is estimated that printer cartridges worth around £500,000,000,000 were dumped in landfill sites. They could have been used to provide much-needed cash to worthwhile charities. Please contact Mrs Davidson (Business Manager) for more information. Items for recycling can be handed in to the school office. Thank you. N Davidson Business Manager
T H U R SDAY F O OT BAL L
S 3 - S6
Thursday Football takes place at the Aubigny Centre, with 7 teams each week, approximately 45 boys. Games are very competitive, but played in a good spirit. The Jetsons have made a flying start and are well ahead of the rest of the teams. R Flood Technology Faculty
P A R E NT S C HO OL P ART NE RS HI P N E W S
Your Parent Council is back at work again and has already held its second Parent School Partnership (PSP) meeting of the academic year. The PSP consists of elected parent representatives, teachers and head teacher. It meets on a regular basis 8 times per year to discuss the various issues which arise. Any parent may attend the meetings. In a nutshell, the Parent Council functions are: supporting the school in its work with pupils; representing the views of parents; promoting contact between the school, parents, pupils, and the community; and reporting to the Parent Forum (the parent body) An excellent website which gives a full description is: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/parentsaspartnersinlearning. Given that the essence of the Parent Council is to represent the parents‟ views, communication is key. We have our own email list for this – PAMELA – which is separate from the Knox Academy list. If you haven‟t already signed up then please do if you can at http://www.knoxparents.org.uk/ This website also publishes news bulletins about Knox activities. Please do contact us about any school issues. You can find our contact details at: http://knoxparents.googlepages.com/contact Last year was very busy and reasonably successful for the Parent Council. Issues successfully tackled included the relaxation of the roll cap that had been applied to Knox Academy; and, through the county wide organisation of parent councils (ELAPCM), took the budgeting issues directly to the leadership of the county council as part of last year‟s budget consultation exercise. This year we have identified improving school / home communications as a priority. Budgeting cuts will also come around again and we are waiting to hear what the budget proposals will be for 2010/11. T Holden, Chair
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E M AI L
After the October holiday the school will be accepting absence notes via email. If you wish to do this please email the address below, putting your child‟s name and tutor group in the subject line. We realise that this system might be open to abuse, but we will be storing the emails and parents and carers can still request absence print outs to check that they are up to date with absence notes. If absences remain unexplained by either letter or email for a month they will be changed to either “N” for “unreasonable excuse” or “T” for “truancy”. firstname.lastname@example.org S Ingham Depute Head Teacher
A U B I G N Y & T WI N NI N G
For Activities Week this session, a large number of pupils have chosen to go to Aubigny and Paris, which will help them to know our twin town as well as helping towards the work for their Standard Grade exam. They will be able to write to pupils in our twin school in Aubigny and meet them when they‟re there. The French pupils won‟t be able to visit our school and town this year as they did last year, so we hope they will manage in 2011. Twinning Scholarship This scholarship is offered to S5 &6 pupils who would like to spend a month in Aubigny in the summer.Haddington Twinning Association provide travel and accommodation with a family. You just need some spending money. You don‟t have to be good at French to do this and some work experience is provided. Anyone who is interested should speak to Mrs.Elliott and write (in English) why they would like to apply. Nick Thompson came into school in September to talk to some S5&6 pupils about the month he spent in Aubigny this summer. He enjoyed working at the primary school as well as the tourist office. Aubigny was busy in the middle of July celebrating the franco-scottish connection. Nick writes... As I was awarded the Twinning Scholarship during my sixth and final year at Knox Academy last year, I spent a month of the summer in Aubigny staying with two French families and gaining work experience. I started off as a classroom assistant in the town‟s primary school and then spent two weeks helping out in the tourist office. Although it was a little daunting at first I soon settled in and of course got plenty of practice speaking French, while getting a valuable insight into daily life and French culture. I think the main reason I enjoyed myself so much was just because everyone I met there, in particular the families I stayed with and the people I worked with, were so welcoming and kind to me. I‟m trying to keep in touch with some of the friends I made over there and I‟d love to go back one day. And I‟d also like to say a big thank you to everyone in the Twinning Association who worked to organise my trip - it was a fantastic experience and a wonderful opportunity for me. E Elliott Modern Languages
C OAC HI N G A WAR D
In early September one of our Geography Staff, Miss L Jeffrey, was awarded the Coach of the Year Award at the Scottish Gymnastics Awards Dinner. This was in recognition of her work with youngsters in the City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club. Congratulation to Miss Jeffrey J B Craig Headteacher
D AT E S S E S SI O N 2 0 1 0 - 2 0 1 1
Staff TERM 1 Staff Resume Monday 16th August 2010 Tuesday 17th August 2010 Staff Break Autumn Holiday Staff resume Staff Break Staff Resume Friday 17th September 2010 Monday 20th September 2010 Tuesday 21st September 2010 Friday 15th October 2010 Monday 25th October 2010 Tuesday 26th October 2010 Staff Break Thursday 23rd December 2010 TERM 2 Staff Resume Monday 10th January 2011 Tuesday 11th January 2011 Staff Break Staff Resume Staff Break Spring Holiday Good Friday Easter Monday Friday 11th February 2011 Monday 21 February 2011 Friday 8th April 2011 Monday 18th April 2011 Friday 22nd April 2011 Monday 25th April 2011 TERM 3 Staff Resume May Day Holiday Staff Resume Victoria Day Staff Resume Tuesday 26th April 2011 Monday 2nd May 2011 Tuesday 3rd May 2011 Monday 23rd May 2011 Tuesday 24th may 2011 Wednesday 25th May 2011 Thursday 26th May 2011 Staff Break Friday 1st July 2011
(In-Service Day 1) (In-Service Day 2) Pupils Resume
Pupils Resume Pupils Break (In-Service Day 3) Pupils Resume Pupils Break (End of Term 1)
(In-Service Day 4) Pupils Resume Pupils Break Pupils Resume Pupils Break (End of Term 2)
Pupils Resume May Day Holiday Pupils Resume Victoria Day Schools Closed (In-Service Day 5) (In-Service Day 6) Pupils Resume Pupils Break (End of Term 3) Schools Closed
Please take note of the session dates above when planning for holidays. Holidays that are taken during term time, unless because of exceptional circumstances, will be recorded as “Unauthorised”. Holidays taken during term time will impede your child‟s academic progress as they often find it difficult to catch up on work that has been missed. Last session 97 pupil working weeks were lost due to unauthorised holidays.
P H OT O GR AP HY
Amateur photographer, Emma Campbell, 5T2, recently had her talent recognised in the Rotary Young Photographer competition winning the regional section. Her composition is entitled “Shadwell Army Attack”.
D R E S S C O DE
The Dress Code for Knox Academy is outlined below. Years 1 to 6 inclusive: · · · · · · · · · · · White collared shirt (boys shirts should be tucked in) School tie (to be worn at the neck) „V‟ neck sweater or fleece (plain – navy or black). No other colours allowed Smart black trousers from waist to toe. (No jeans/cargo or hipster trousers.) Smart black skirt Black shoes (no trainers) Shorts may not be worn other than PE in classes Headwear may only be worn in school for religious or health reasons Jewellery should be kept to a minimum and be discreet Accessories should be in dress code colours only eg bags, scarves and hats Belts should be black or navy only.
Items that are NOT Dress Code: Hooded Tops Strappy/Vest tops Hipster trousers Skirts worn over trousers or footless tights Footless tights Big belts that are not black or navy Large beads/pieces of jewellery Shorts of ANY kind (long or short)
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Dates for the Diary: Tuesday 27 October Thursday 29 October Tuesday 3 Novermber Wednesday 4 November Wednesday 4 November & Thursday 5 November Friday 6 November Monday 9 November Tuesday 10 November Monday 16 November Monday 23 November Wednesday 25 November Tuesday 1 December Wednesday 2 December & Thursday 3 December Tuesday 8 December Wednesday 9 December & Thursday 10 December Thursday 10 December Friday 11 December Monday 14 December Wednesday 16 December Tuesday 22 December Wednesday 6 January 2010
Pupils Resume S4 Parents‟ Consultation (5-7pm) Dep Tet Polio Injections (S2) S4 Music Prelims Parent School Partnership Meeting (6.15pm) Higher Drama Event (6pm) S1 Challenge S4 Prelims being S1 Progress Reports Issued S1 Parents‟ Consultation (5-7pm) Enterprise Week S4 Work Experience Week S5/6 Progress Reports Issued Whole School Dance S5/6 Music Prelims S5/6 Parents‟ Consultation (5-7pm) Drama Production The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe HPV Injections (S2/4/5 Girls) S6 Challenge S2 Progress Reports Issued Christmas Concert (1.45 & 7pm) S6 Pantomime All Break Pupils Resume