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Wednesday April 23, 2014

Knightswood
Secondary

School
60 Knightswood Road
Glasgow G13 2XD

Telephone
0141 582 0160

FAX
0141 582 0161

e-mail
All e-mail addresses have been removed due to a large amount of unsolicited mail.

Current Roll: >1400
Non-Denominational
School day
8:55am - 4:00pm (Mon only)
8:55am - 3:10pm (Tue - Fri)
Lunch 12:50pm - 1:30pm

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Glasgow City Council


Other useful links


SQA Exam timetables
and other information


Our Maths Resources

Seemis Help
Seemis website offering help with click & go

Higher Still Notes
Course and revision notes to download for some popular Higher Still courses

Scholar
e-learning programme


RBS moneysense

 

 

Front Page News

The SQA exams are coming!
As these exams approach, all National 5 S4 and S5/6 pupils should now be preparing themselves properly. There are many Supported Study classes available after school in many subject areas. Past paper booklets are available from any good book shop and form a vital part of exam practice.
Some National 5 revision material for main subjects is available from the GLOW website

Link to SQA exam timetable for 2014

Explanation of new prelim format for parents and pupils. Powerpoint file (MS Office required)


At the moment you should..
Make sure you have your own equipment (pencil/pen, ruler, rubber, protractor, Scientific Calculator)
Practice past papers (available from all good book shops and on-line at Leckie and Leckie)
Attend school as often as possible
Attend Supported Study classes after school - Timetable for Easter school
Do all set homework and also develop a revision technique which best suits you
Ask teachers to explain anything you do not understand

When sitting an exam...

Arrive in good time for exams and check your seat number
Use all the time available (never leave the exam hall early, there are always things to do and check)

Countdown to the start of most SQA Exams...

S4 Maximising SQA Attainment timetable
All S4 pupils have received their Maximising Attainment timetables which gives them all the information they need for the upcoming exam period which starts on 29th April. The timetable has been drawn together after consultation with S4 pupils, the Parent Council and staff so that pupils get a balance of independent study time and focused teaching. During this time, it is compulsory for pupils to attend the classes listed on the timetable although they study independently in school or at home at times when they do not have a teaching period or exam. If pupils have any questions they should see their tutor teacher in the first instance.
All pupils have filled out a blank copy of the times and dates that apply to them.
Download a blank timetable
Downlad a timetable with available classes

All S4 pupils will resume timetable on 19th May, but there will be some extractions for revision and exams as noted.
New school timetable will start on Monday 9th June.
Please note that S5 and S6 will start their exam leave on Monday 28th April, (Friday 25th will be their last day). 

 

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Network News

This is a Glasgow Council publication which offers suport and advice to parents/carers by giving regular and reliable information about what Education Services are doing about additional support for learning.

Download the Latest edition

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Parent Workshops 2014
The school will be offering a number of workshops aimed at parents. Our aim is to increase parental engagement within the school and support parents to help them to assist their children’s home learning. “Research consistently demonstrates that where parents are involved with their children’s education and learning both at home and in partnership with the school...” (Education Scotland Parent and Carer involvement)
Dates for the Diary
“Live-N-Learn” on 31st March 7pm Assembly Hall – for parents of S4/5/6
These are relaxed and fun workshops. Parents are given strategies which allow them to support their children at school. We offer a first-hand insight into why your school is using Live-N-Learn and leave parents reassured that they are able to play an active role in their child’s education.
Topics Covered Include: Mind-sets, Building Confidence, Creativity, Getting Involved, & Interacting With Young People. Participating parents have said: “Entertaining and informative. It gave me ideas on how to help and encourage my child to learn."; "It was good to be given ideas and different approaches to deal with sometimes difficult teenage behaviour."; "This workshop should be compulsory!!"
“Internet Safety” on Thursday 3rd April 7pm – for parents of S1/2/3
We all buy technology for our children, like laptops or phones; yet know little about the risks young people may face online or how simple steps can help protect them. This workshop raises awareness of how to best protect our children by passing on essential knowledge and guidance.
Topics Covered Include:
* how to best protect our children from Internet danger
* intro to the Thinkuknow website
* media clips on cyber bullying, internet grooming, blocking inappropriate website
* how to report using CEOP (child exploitation and online protection centre)
* support and advice packs issued and explained; your questions answered
“Numeracy Workshop” on Tuesday 6th May 7pm – for parents of S1/2/3
Topics Covered Include:
* what our Numeracy E’s and O’s mean
* linking Numeracy across the curriculum
* treasure hunt/active learning activity - Numeracy in action
* numeracy booklet to support parents
“Support for Literacy” on Wednesday 4th June 7pm – for parents of S1/2/3
* to support the development of Literacy skills
* helpful and manageable strategies for use at home
* beneficial to learners who require additional support in reading, writing, talking or listening.

 
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Holiday

Information about Glasgow sports clubs and programmes during the Spring Holidays will soon be sent to schools.
Schools will shortly be receiving their one postcard per child to distribute, which is an abbreviated card sign-posting families to the website to find out about sports programmes and Kids Clubs during the Easter holidays.
Full information on the programmes can be found here

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FoodbankEmergency Food for Local People in Crisis

Dear Parent/Carer,
As you will be aware, Knightswood Secondary ran a very successful food bank drive for 7 weeks in the run up to Christmas. We collected over 1500 items of food, which was an amazing achievement for everyone involved. 
We would now like to start another food bank drive for the 2 weeks before the Spring Holidays, weeks beginning 24th and 31st of March.  If you have any non perishable food in your house that you could spare please help us, help our local food bank by donating as much as you can.  Anything you would like to donate should be sent in with your son/daughter and given to his/her tutor teacher.

Acceptable Food 
Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Fruit juice (Long life carton), Tinned Vegetables, Pasta Sauces, Tinned Fish, Cereals, Tinned Rice Pudding, Instant Coffee / Tea Bags, Instant Mash Potato, Rice, Pasta, Tinned Meat, Tinned Fruit, Jam, Biscuits or snack bars, All other non-perishable foods.
Other Non Food Items
Nappies, Childrens' toys.

Many thanks for everyone’s support in the past and we hope to be as successful in the future.

Link to Glasgow NW Foodbank website

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Key Curriculum Support - CfE Implementation Board 
December saw the launch of ‘Key Curriculum Support’ a new online one-stop-shop for CfE allowing you to navigate easily to a bank of guidance, support and resources.  This simple tool aims to assist practitioners and parents when searching the web for CfE related materials and advice. This was created following feedback from some practitioners that information and resources were located on numerous different websites and were not always easy to find. Simply click on the button to take you to the Key Curriculum Support area of the Education Scotland website.  We would like to ask for your help in including this button on your school or local authority website.  Please copy and use this button as a resource on your school website.

Bill Maxwell (Chair of the CfE Implementation Board)   
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To: All parents of S3 and S4 pupils

The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) both recognise the importance of parents and carers having information to help them as their children progress through the new
qualifications.
The NPFS has been working to gather together information which parents might find useful at this important stage of their children’s education and have produced, with the support of Scottish Government, two new resources to help parents and pupils.
The first, Assessment in a Nutshell, describes the assessment process for the National Qualifications. The second is a set of Pointers for Parents and Pupils which provides tips and links to websites where there are resources for learning and
revising for the new qualifications.
Both organisations want parents to be at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence, andhope you will find these helpful. Further information will be available from your own school and we would encourage you to contact them if you have any questions.

Resources:
Glasgow Parent Council - Exam information flyer
Glasgow Parent Council -National Qualification Assessment information flyer
SQA - Information booklet about the new qualifications
Glasgow Parent Council - Pointers for parents and pupils

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Knightswood's Success!

SuccessKnightswood Secondary School has enjoyed a hat-trick of successes this year, including a national award for the head teacher and special recognitions for two of the pupils.
In April one of our senior students, Louise Wylie, was awarded runner up in the Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition.  Louise was one of three pupils shortlisted from across the UK in the sixth form category. She had to write a short article on a human rights issue, and was selected out of 800 entries. The final took place in London, and included a training session on how to create a newspaper front page.  Louise is now taking the editorial lead in our termly issue of Knightswood News.

Mrs Dingwall, who has been at Knightswood for two years, won the prestigious award of Scottish Head Teacher of the Year.  The school’s Parent Council put forward the nomination and after the Education Scotland judges had visited the school and met members of the school community, she was selected as one of the 3 Scottish finalists. Then it was off to the ceremony in June, where the winner was announced!  As the national winner, Mrs Dingwall is now a finalist in the UK Education Awards. The ceremony will take place in London on 20th October and will be broadcast on BBC2! 

And there’s even more success to share!  One of our young people in S4, Cameron Ironside, is a finalist in the Young Community Champion category of Scotland’s Unsung Heroes.  Cameron lives ‘good citizenship’ within the school and in his local community.  He has been a volunteer for the Dumbarton Road Corridor regeneration project for an incredible 4 years!  The group tries to tackle drug and alcohol addictions by working with schools and youth groups through peer education programmes.  Cameron has reached the final 3 in the category.  We had an STV film crew in school at the beginning of the session to capture some footage of Cameron talking about his community work and the school’s view of all he does.   ‘Cameron’s Story’ will be part of a broadcast on STV, RBS Unsung Heroes series on 18th October and BBC2 is broadcasting the UK Teaching Awards ceremony (held on 20th Oct) on Sunday 27th October at 4pm We will all have to wait until the Awards Ceremony in November for the winner to be announced. Click on this link http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting/ - scroll down the page and click Learn More – click on the play button to show the video of Cameron in action. To vote you need to register to STV – this only takes a minute or two. Voting closes on Wednesday 6 November 2013.
Further information on the RBS website

Knightswood’s young people and staff are aiming high, and flying high, and we could be soaring even higher after the UK Education Awards and the Scottish Unsung Heroes finals!
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S1-3 Reward and Praise trip to London & Alton Towers May 2014
We are planning a S1-3 trip to London and Alton Towers in May 2013. Our school trips have always been a great successful due to the high quality activities, excellent pupil behaviour and because pupils like that they are being rewarded for consistent hard work and effort.
Full details and application form available here
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Knightswood Newsletters

Available editions



June 2012 All pages
May 2013 All pages
Dec 2013 All pages

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Absence Notes

For parents.
Save yourself having to write a note to cover for your child's absence from school. Download, print off and complete an absence form instead. A great time saving idea!
Give the completed form to your child on their first day back after an absence which should be given to the student tutor.

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Annual award ceremony 2013
On Monday 24th of June our annual award ceremony was held in the school's assembly hall. Over 160 students from all years received awards. Among the invited guest were
Commander Chief Inspector David Pettigrew
Councillor Malcolm Balfour
Councillor Judith Fisher
Councillor Paul Rooney
Associated Primary Head Teachers and Primary 7 staff, members of the Parent Council and the P.T.A. and the school Chaplains.
Awards were given in the following categories:-
· Endeavour awards.
· Sporting awards.
· Subject awards.

There was entertainment provided for the parents and teachers which included a performance from the school orchestra.

Event programme
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Fond Farewells...

Jim Marshall - Biology, 1984 - 2013 DHT: Retired

Brian Grubb - Physics, 1998 - 2012 retired

Lorna Ray - Drama, 2006 - 12 retired
Helen Clegg - Science Technician, 2001 - 2012 early retirement
Helen Taylor - School Office, 2010 - 2012 retired
Suj Munir - Maths, end of probationary year
Chis Adams - Maths, Emigrating to Canada

Ian Muchan Head Teacher (2004 - 2011): Retired

Sam Tullis Geography (1987 - 1997) DHT (1997 - 2011): Retired

Duncan Johnston Duncan Johnston : Maths (1974 - 2010) : Retired

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