March 2020

Published: 23 March 2020

Thanks to a very generous contact within our school community we have received a fantastic offer on a rolling basis for FREE Kindle Books.

  • Are you interested in the sea, epic, mermaids, mermen and marine conservation?
  • Reading Level? Anyone who can handle Northern Lights or the Hobbit should be comfortable with them. 
  • Some of the action is set in Scotland: The author is a scuba diver, so the action is based on real locations and real animals. 

The FREE books are available for 5 days from the dates below:

There are paperback versions too, but Amazon doesn't allow a giveaway on those (yet). 

Thanks to the author for his generosity.

Published: 22 March 2020

Following First Minister's announcement (Sunday), NO PUPILS can come into school, even those who have coursework to complete.

Teachers will keep in touch via Edubuzz and Google Classrooms.

Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals should collect these from Knox Academy (Reception Area) for this coming week w/c 23 March 2020. Updates will follow on Friday (27/03/20) for the following week.

Please continue to follow news on the school website (signup for automatic updates) and via Twitter .

Published: 22 March 2020

Some pupils who were issued with School Chromebooks to take home are likely to have found it necessary to keep reconnecting them to their network after use. A change has been made to the Chromebook management setting today by East Lothian Council IT to allow them to automatically connect to home networks. 

That change may not affect wireless network connections set up before today. You may need to use the "Forget" option in the network settings screen and connect it again.

If you are still seeing a problem with connections dropping:

  • click the settings area, bottom right of the screen, to open the settings menu
  • click the cog, top right of that, to open the full Settings page
  • click Network menu option on left
  • where you can see your network listed under Network, click it
  • on the next screen, click the right-arrow beside it
  • check that "Automatically connect to this network" is switched on (showing as blue).

Feedback on this would be appreciated, as it will have been affecting any learners with loan devices.

Published: 21 March 2020

Free school meals will be available from Monday 23 March 2020 for all children who are in receipt of free meals or receiving clothing grants.

For the next week (w/c 23 March 2020), all Knox Academy pupils entitled to Free School Meals will be served at Knox Academy, from 11.30 am until 12.30 pm.

Further details will follow for the final week of term before the Easter Holidays.

Published: 21 March 2020

On Thursday afternoon, pupils were issued with the BGE Home Learning Tasks Booklet. It is our intention to have a balance of work available for students online (through the GoogleClassroom platform) and written work. This booklet is not designed to start and finish, but more for student to pick individual questions or topics to work on for a time, then move to another area when completed.  They can of course share their learning with you as parents, or with their peers for a little encouragement, support and advice on how to improve.  

We would encourage students to follow a routine as much as possible for their own development.  

It will be our aim to update GoogleClassroom as often as is practically possible and a Parental Guide to GoogleClassroom is also available.

As suggested in the document, there are a lot of educational programmes both on the television and as podcasts so please use these to support learning and prompt family discussions.  A balance between computer, reading/writing and exercise will be vital in helping your child’s mental health over the coming weeks.

We will be in touch with more work in the future, and please be patient with us as we as staff get used to the new way of teaching and learning in the current climate.

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Depute Headteacher

Published: 21 March 2020

“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”

The East Lothian Foodbank is running extremely low on the following items and need donations:

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Mashed potato
  • Fruit juice
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc)
  • Baby food 
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet rolls

There is also a shortage of volunteers due to many being elderly and self-isolating. 

If anyone would be interested in helping out please contact:

Published: 20 March 2020

Please check your Google classroom. Thanks.

Published: 20 March 2020

East Lothian Council has today (20 March 2020) issued an update from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:

  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare
  • The exam diet will not go ahead this year. The Scottish Qualifications Authority will put in place a certification model using coursework, teacher assessment of estimated grades and prior attainment.

The update includes information on:

  • Children's Hubs
  • Key Workers
  • Vulnerable Children
  • Remote Learning
  • Statement from Lesley Brown

The Full Update from Lesley Brown - Supporting our Children and Young People

Published: 20 March 2020

As you may be aware, the First Minister announced yesterday that the children of key workers should have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19. 

In response to this, East Lothian Council will be providing learning and childcare for the children of keyworkers who are registered in local authority schools and early learning and childcare centres. This provision is for key workers who do not have a trusted adult at home to care for their child/ren whilst they are at work.  This provision will be delivered through a Children’s Hub located in each of our six largest communities in East Lothian.  Where possible, parents/carers will be expected to transport their child/ren to their Hub.   

Scottish Government have identified key workers in three categories:

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff, Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers etc.) as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised). 

If you are a Keyworker and require support with childcare please could you complete the Key Worker Childcare Form (this is an editable PDF which you can enter text and then save) and email this information back to no later than 5pm Monday 23 March, 2020 with the subject heading ‘KEY WORKER SUPPORT’. Once this information has been collated by East Lothian Council we will contact you regarding the learning and childcare support we can provide for your child/ren.

Published: 20 March 2020

There is a great deal of information, coverage and opinion circulating about COVID-19.

Reliable advice, information and a list of trustworthy links for supporting children, young people and their families during this time can be found in the document below.  This contains advice on:

  • Information specifically for children and young people relating to COVID-19
  • Advice for speaking to, and supporting, children and young people about COVID-19
  • Support for children, young people and families who may experience additional worry due to a range of different circumstances they may be in and situations they may be facing 
  • Looking after the adults who care for children.

Helping Children, Young People and their Families - Managing Anxiety About COVID-19

Published: 19 March 2020

This is an unprecedented situation, and the closure of schools for an extended period will affect almost every family across Scotland.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has recently been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet, including disruption and postponement. However, as the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead.

Fiona Robertson (Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer) has been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.

Full details of this statement can be accessed on the SQA website.

Published: 19 March 2020


In CDT today, we have handed out over 100 packs of home learning suitable for any S1-3 pupils and we included stationery (rulers, paper, jotters, pencils etc) the packs had enough learning for up to 10hrs.

Some packs had more than 10hrs learning. We will make some more tomorrow, (only pencils and worksheets left) so anyone that wishes a pack please come and collect one and you are welcome to collect packs for friends who are absent.

Thanks to the S2 girls who helped make up the packs before registration #community