December 2017

Published: 22 December 2017

The latest East Lothian Works' newsletter of employment and training opportunities can be viewed here.

Published: 21 December 2017

Tomorrow is Christmas Jumper day at Knox. Wear your most festive jumper and donate £1 in registration to help raise vital funds for Save the Children. Merry Christmas!!

Published: 20 December 2017

Well done to the Amnesty group who raised an amazing £405.02 from their "Give it up" sponsorship day and a badge and bake sale.

Thanks to everyone who supported the group in every way and for everyone who has got involved. 

Have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year! 

Mrs L Montgomery

Published: 19 December 2017

Can all those that attend girl's rugby please attend a very short meeting at the start of break on Wednesday 20th Dec in the PE classroom.

Published: 18 December 2017

We are trying out a new method of course choice this year and would like to trial it with S5 this Thursday P1 during core classes.

This is an opportunity for S5 pupils to see the choices on offer and to make changes if you can't get the subjects you'd like. We would like as many pupils as possible to be there to take part!

Many thanks

Ms MacLeod

Published: 18 December 2017

As the UK’s third largest employer, Royal Mail offers apprenticeships and trainee management opportunities on a different scale to other businesses. We deliver six days a week to more than 29 million addresses across the UK and our vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. But we can't do that without attracting the very best talent. So we offer apprenticeships that give a genuine insight into Royal Mail and our processes, and trainee management schemes that offer a fast-track into the business.

Our Apprenticeships

  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Technology
  • Logistics Management
  • Finance
  • 2B Sales

What you’ll gain

As a Royal Mail apprentice you'll gain a unique understanding of our 500 year old business. Crucially, you'll find out how we improve our customers’ experience across specific functions, while gaining qualifications and receiving a salary. All of which will set you up for a successful future. That could mean taking on more responsibility, further training and development, or looking for new opportunities across the business. Click here for further information.

Published: 15 December 2017

We have received details of the following Modern Apprenticeships:
Cultural Venue Operations, Trainee Administrator, Trainee Administrator/Receptionist, Bodyshop Advisor, Light Vehicle Technician, Trainee Administrator, Customer Service Administrator, Light Vehicle Service Technician, Digital Marketing Assistant, Scottish Government – Administrator, Retail Sales Assistant, Retail Assistant, Print Finishing, Bookkeeper, Software Engineer, Civil Engineer, Receptionist, Chef, Bar and Waiting Staff, Hairdressing Assistant, Hairdressing Assistant (Edinburgh), Medical Receptionist, Assistant Hairdresser, Lettings Administration Apprentice, Web Developer, Trainee Administrator, Hospitality Assistant, Infrastructure Analyst, Reception / Administrator, Business and Administration Assistant, Openreach Trainee Engineer, Power Engineer, IT - Network Engineer, Commis Chef, Childcare Assistant, Trainee Administrator, Trainee Administrator, Software Engineering (2018), Design Engineering Technical (2018), Business Apprentice, Design Engineering Technical Apprentice, Manufacturing Apprentice, Manufacturing Technical Apprentice.
Please contact your Guidance Teacher or Mr Flood if you are interested in any of the above opportunities.

Published: 15 December 2017

Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

Make a career in making things better
It’s time to start something amazing. If you’re looking to be part of a better energy
future, this apprenticeship will give you the skills, confidence and qualifications to join
our industry’s next generation.

Our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme
which focuses on the skills required to maintain our power stations. This could be one of
our coal, gas or nuclear plants situated around the UK. As well as the technical skills, we
will also help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of
our power stations. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and
Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate.

The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the Royal Naval
base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. During this time you’ll undergo
training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent
introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this
programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.
What you need to apply

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading
structure), National 5 or equivalent, including Maths, English and 2 of either
Science, Technical or Engineering subjects.
You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects
Desire to learn and develop your skills
Willingness to relocate as required

Advert IS live and will close on 15 January 2018.

If you require any further information please email:


Published: 14 December 2017

We're delighted to announce that Knox Academy School of Rugby have been chosen as one of the Co-op's Local Community Fund Charities, which will help us to provide essential kit and training equipment for the boys and girls teams over the coming year. Its a great way for you to support rugby at Knox Academy and will ensure we can give all of the players the best experience possible. Every time you shop at the Co-op, you could be supporting rugby at Knox Academy at no extra cost to you. If you are already a member, all you have to do is visit this link and nominate Haddington School of Rugby as your local charity. If your not a member it is really straight forward to join- and costs you nothing- theres information here how to sign up

Thanks in advance for all your support! We'll keep you updated throughout the year to let you know how it is going!

Published: 14 December 2017

The staff and pupil Christmas lunch will be served in the Food Court on Tuesday 19th December

Lentil soup or Pate & oatcakes

Turkey and all the trimmings or Tomato and Basil Pasta

Selection of gateaux

Pupils - £2.10 for 2 courses and a selected drink or £3.00 for 3 courses and a selected drink

Merry Christmas from the Food Court staff

Published: 14 December 2017

Apologies for the late notice, but running club will not be on tonight.

Published: 13 December 2017

Could all pupils and staff who borrowed Roller Mats from the PE Department please return them ASAP.


Mr Murray

Published: 13 December 2017

A reminder that there are still concert tickets available and they can be purchased at morning break from Mr Redford in room DR.3.

Published: 13 December 2017

REMINDER: All PGL explorers must meet in the PE classroom today at 1:30pm. This is an important meeting which you must attend. If for whatever reason you cannot make the meeting you must speak to Mr Elms.

Published: 12 December 2017

There will be no Girls Junior Netball Club tomorrow, Wednesday the 13th December, as the seniors will be playing against Ross High. You are welcome to come along and support the Senior Girls.

Published: 12 December 2017

All PGL Explorers must meet in the PE Classroom on Wednesday at 1.30 (lunch time)! This is an important meeting which you MUST attend. If for whatever reason you cannot make the meeting you must speak to Mr Elms.

Published: 11 December 2017

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative school final will take place on Thursday morning during Periods 1 & 2. All S4 and S5 pupils will make up the audience for the event which will see six groups of S5 pupils compete to win a £3000 grant for a local charity. Please ensure you register with your Period 1 teacher before heading to the hall to watch the final and show your support to all the finalists.

Published: 11 December 2017

A reminder that Christmas Concert tickets can be purchased from Mr Redford (Room DR.3) at morning break each day this week. Tickets are cash only and on a first-come, first served basis.

Published: 11 December 2017

There will be no admission after 7.30 pm. Small bags only allowed in hall - Larger bags must be kept with coat in cloakroom.

No admittance if absent on day of dance.  Dress to impress.  For further details check the website: The WHAT? HOW? AND WHY? of School Dances.

The Snow Ball - Thursday 14th December - 7p.m. - 10 p.m.

Published: 11 December 2017

Dragons' Den presentations which were due to be held on Tuesday P1/2 will now start Tuesday P2 and continue until finished.  Please attend class as normal during Period 1, and arrive sharp at the beginning of Period 2.

Published: 10 December 2017

Tickets for the Christmas Concert are now on general sale. Tickets are on a first come; first served basis and can be purchased from Mr Redford (Room DR.3) between 1.30pm - 2.00pm on Monday or during morning break any day this week. Pease note tickets are cash only.

Performers who have made priority bookings can collect their tickets from the Music Department from Monday afternoon.



Published: 08 December 2017

ACT currently has a  unique opportunity for Christmas Leavers for Hairdressing Apprentices throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians, with funded places through Skills Development Scotland.

In addition to this we also have direct access courses into HNC Beauty Therapy or Make-up Artistry also starting in January.

For details and further information contact.

Joy Guyll

Educational Coordinator

Published: 08 December 2017

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) works with employers, schools and the colleges in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian to deliver Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy. They are looking to recruit a Modern Apprentice for the project, which is based at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in Edinburgh City Centre. 

You will be office based with some travel to events and meetings. Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce employs 20 people, the DYW project has a small team of 4.

As the DYW Business Support Modern Apprentice you will be trained and your day would include:
Answering and directing calls to team members or taking messages
Responding and directing incoming emails and enquiries about DYW
Greeting visitors and offering refreshments
Supporting the team in planning and delivering events, like careers events in schools, buisness breakfasts and conferences.
Supporting the team in prepraing for meetings and training workshops
Recording information on the project database, printing reports for the team.
Stock audits and ordering materials
Social media posts and tracking for DYW
Writing and posting website content

For further information and details of how to apply, click here. Closing date: Friday 15th December 2017.

Published: 07 December 2017

How to Disappear performance begins 7.30 pm and comes down at 9 pm. Meeting at Traverse Theatre at 7.10pm on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Published: 07 December 2017

There will be a Bake Sale for Sleep In The Park, in the Social Area at break on Friday 8th December 2017. Please come along and support S5/6 pupils and staff, Mrs Fraser & Mr Murray, who will

Sleep In The Park on Saturday to end homelessness in Scotland.

Charities Committee

Published: 07 December 2017

Can all S6 pupils, who have not done so already, please hand in their baby photos ASAP to a member of the yearbook committee or email to, as we our running out of time. Secondly, pen portraits need to written before the 18th December and emailed to


Yearbook Committee

Published: 07 December 2017

Thanks to everyone for supporting Amnesty International in the Give it Up event.

Please note there is no badge and bake sale this week as there is a bake sale for the Sleep in the Park event.

It will take place next Thursday instead.  (14th December)

Published: 07 December 2017

The next Eco-Committee meeting will be on Tuesday 12 December in Miss Laudi's room at lunch time (1:20pm). All are welcome!

Published: 06 December 2017

The Edinburgh College Course Information Days (for August 2018 starts) are earlier this year and will take place on Tuesday 7 December at Granton Campus, Thursday 12 December at Milton Road Campus and Thursday 14 December at Sighthill Campus. We plan to run a bus to the Information Day at Milton Road Campus on Tuesday 12 December. There are 47 places available on the bus and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you are planning to leave school at the end this session and would like to attend please collect a letter and Parental Consent Form from your Guidance teacher. Any questions please see Mr Flood or your Guidance teacher.

Published: 06 December 2017

Can all those that attend girl's rugby please attend a quick meeting at the start of break today (Thursday 7th December).

Your kit has arrived!

Published: 06 December 2017

Could all School of Rugby pupils meet in main hall straight after lunch tomorrow (Thursday). Please bring shorts, socks, trainers and SOR T-shirts and hoodies.

Published: 06 December 2017

Would all S2 pupils who are part of the Decipher Assist project please meet in PSB tomorrow (Thursday) straight after break. Those who have not returned their PC1 form please do so today before lunchtime hand them in to PSB.

Published: 06 December 2017

This is a reminder that S4 French revision is open to all this Thursday from 4-5pm in Miss McBride's room (T1.1) prior to the assessment next week. There has also been some new revision materials put up on Google Classroom for you to use.

Published: 06 December 2017

Could YPI school finalists please attend a short meeting in Mr Redford's room at Break today. It is important that all teams attend. Mr Redford

Published: 05 December 2017

Arabian Nights trip leaves the back car park at 9am sharp! Get your registration mark and then come to the back car park to get on the bus. We should return by 1pm.

Published: 05 December 2017

Any former pupils from Yester Primary may wish to sign the retiral card we have for Mrs. Hilsley. You can sign it in the school office.

Published: 05 December 2017

For security reasons, it is important that all school doors are locked during the school day. All doors are monitored by cameras and it has
come to our attention that some people are exiting a door during the day and intentionally leaving it open so they can re-enter. This should not be happening and is a security concern. During the school day (when the doors are in lock down), all students and staff must enter
through the front door.
Thank you. Mrs Slowther

Published: 04 December 2017

Pupils, who are attending Sleep In The Park must attend an important meeting in the library, Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 1.15pm.

Charities Committee.

Published: 04 December 2017

Tickets for the Snow Ball to be held on Thursday 14 December 2017 will go on sale in the locker area at break on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December costing £5 each.  Points must be above -15.   Remember Dress to impress!
M Ball

Published: 04 December 2017

Employment and training opportunities can be found in the latest issue of East Lothian Works Newsletter, click here to view.

Published: 01 December 2017

Can all those that attend girl's rugby please attend a short meeting at the start of break on Monday 4th December in the PE classroom.