February 2019

Published: 28 February 2019

All those that are sitting N3, N4, N5 and Higher PE have their upcoming assessment day on Wednesday 13th March.

Please come to PE to ensure your name is on the appropriate register for football or badminton. If your name is missing, please notify your class teacher before next Wednesday (6th March) and add your name to the list.

The final list will be published next week and final arrangements will be communicated with those involved.

Published: 27 February 2019

With Exams fast approaching we want to help make sure that you are aware of the Supported Study the Mathematics Department offers.

In addition to lunchtime and after-school opportunities Monday to Thursday we are offering some Friday afternoon sessions starting from 1230. National 5 and Higher groups will participate in separate workshop Masterclasses we've specifically chosen based on Curriculum Quiz/ Prelim results and also our knowledge of the Exam. All are welcome to attend!

Click here to view the timetable of topic specific sessions.

We also have an 'open door' policy so please do come and ask us questions about anything you are unsure about! You may also find our 'How To Study Maths' leaflet useful.

TOP TIP - do not read notes... you need to do maths. Our RevisionHUB is a good place to start (video tutorials, 4 question challenges, etc.) and we'd highly recommend using the DLB Maths Past Paper resource to support thinking through problems. 

Mr Blair

Published: 27 February 2019

A reminder to all pupils sitting National 5 that I am holding a revision class every Thursday after school in M.9. This week I wil be revising:

Natural regions

  •  tundra and equatorial tropical forest climates and their ecosystems
  •  use and misuse of these environments by people
  •  effects of land degradation on people and the environment
  •  management strategies to minimise impact/effects


Miss Stobie

Published: 27 February 2019

REMINDER: training times as per last week.

Juniors: 4pm-4.30pm

Seniors: 4.30pm-5.15pm

Normal training times will resume next week.

Published: 26 February 2019

SQA Examination arrangements for Senior Pupils during April to June 2019 can be viewed below:

Published: 26 February 2019

Please note that the next payment of £300 for the New York 2020 trip is due on the 28th of February 2019. Please contact Mr Redford if for any reason you will be unable to meet the deadline.

Published: 26 February 2019

Public and School libraries will be closed on Wednesday 27th February due to a staff development and planning day. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Published: 25 February 2019

Can all those part of the pupil librarian team attend an essential meeting in the library on Thursday during morning break (feel free to bring your snack). 

All pupil librarians are expected to be there as sharp as possible as we have a lot to go through in a short period of time 

Published: 25 February 2019

The Girls Computing club officially starts back up this week (Thursday 28 Feb 2019) and will run every Thursday lunchtime in Mrs Stewart's room.

This term we will be focussing mostly on game design and development, as well as developing graphics using a variety of mediums. 

Please feel free to bring your lunch and as always all new members are welcome.

Published: 25 February 2019

Can all those who are part of this years Sports Council please attend a meeting on Wednesday lunchtime (feel free to bring your lunch) in Mrs Stewart's classroom (computing)

Make sure to note the change of venue and please arrive as sharp as possible. 

Published: 25 February 2019

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

Published: 22 February 2019

A French student from Aubigny will be visiting Haddington from the Saturday 18 May until Sunday 16 June as they have been award the Aubigny Scholarship this year, therefore he requires to be host in Haddington. In the past families have hosted students from around 1 week at a time. If you would be interested or would like some more information please speak to Miss McBride.

Published: 21 February 2019

Food waste is a problem! When you buy or cook food only to throw some of it away, this impacts our environment in many ways:

  1. Food waste generates greenhouse gasses. In landfills, food is broken down by bacteria that produce methane, a gas which is contributing to the warming of our climate. Also, preventing food waste means we can conserve limited landfill space.
  2. It's estimated that about 18 million tonnes of food goes to landfill ANNUALLY in the UK. That's wasted money that people are spending! The key is to only buy as much as you need. By being smarter with food purchases and by eating everything, a family of four could save as much as £70 each month.
  3. Food requires a lot of resources to grow and transport. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we have here in the UK are not even grown here and they are imported from other countries. This means that we're consuming fuel in trucks and planes to transport food, but it all goes to waste if we're not actually eating the food. Plus, growing crops requires a lot of resources like energy and water too, which gets wasted along with the food if it's not eaten.
  4. Thousands of people around the world don't have enough food to eat on a daily basis. We should be preserving the food that we are so lucky to have!

Moral of the story: don't waste food!

Published: 21 February 2019

Edinburgh Project SEARCH helps people with disabilities who want to work full-time.

If you are 16–29 years old it could be for you. Come along to one of our information evenings to find out more.

Tuesday 5th March, Thursday 7th March, Monday 11th March or Wednesday 13th March 2019 6-7:30pm

Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

It’s a full time, one year programme where you will complete three internships and a recognised qualification. You will gain real experience and skills needed for work.
Internships are available at either The City of Edinburgh Council or NHS Lothian
How to Apply
You must:
• be between 16 and 29 years old
• want to secure a full time job (16+ hours)
• have a recognised disability
• be able to commit full time for 1 year (Mon-Fri, 9-4pm)
• be able to travel alone or learn how to do this by August 2019.
To book a place call 0131 529 3139 or email project.search@edinburgh.gov.uk or visit our website

Published: 21 February 2019

SKY Apprenticeship: Apprentice Opportunities for you!

You’ve probably never considered a job in Sky before - but if you’re looking for a job that gives great support and excellent benefits, this could be the perfect place for you.

Customer Service (Contact Centre Apprenticeship)

Technology Apprenticeship

Both opportunities are for permanent roles. You don’t have to have previous experience in these areas, all we’re looking for is a passion for Sky and willingness to learn! For application hints and tips you can check out our website.

Both applications are due to close on 4th March so please check out the links above and apply directly through our website if you’re interested in working with us!

If you have any other questions, please contact us directly at earlycareers@sky.uk

Published: 21 February 2019

Bookings are now open for Cardiff University’s Medicine Taster Days (Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June 2019, Heath Park Campus).  

Our Medicine Taster Days offer you a choice of two identical days packed with Medicine-related activities and talks.  Each day we run one programme specifically for students alongside another tailored to the needs of those who support them.

•     Our full-day Student Programme covers key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding for your medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing your personal statement. We also provide you with lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what medical school is really like.

•     Our separate, full-day Accompanying Person’s programme, designed for a parent, guardian, careers advisor or teacher, covers most of the same subjects but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide over the next few years.

Prospective medical students are invited to bring one parent, guardian, careers advisor or teacher with them but are also welcome to come on their own.  Individual teachers, careers advisors or parents can also attend without a student if they wish. 

Tickets for this popular event are free but do need to be booked

Published: 21 February 2019

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2019 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level. We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.  

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

Be over 16 years old

Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK

Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)

Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths

Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year

Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.

Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.

Be living, or have lived in, local authority care. 

Summary of the process:

Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage 

When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.

After the closing date (February 27th 2019)

Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.

All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.

Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.

Published: 21 February 2019

Applications are now open for University College London’s free Residential Summer Schools!

For successful applicants, UCL will cover the cost of travel (including flights if necessary), accommodation and food for the full week.

We would love to receive applications from high achieving S5 students from Knox Academy.

Our Residential Summer Schools allow students to experience university life, explore academic study and receive support and guidance around personal statement writing and applying to university. A flyer is attached to this email; please share this with your S5 students.

Please find dates and subjects of each Residential Summer School below:  


Week One Summer Schools: 22nd - 26th July 2019



Maths and Computer Science

Modern Languages

Psychology with Education

Applications are open. Application deadline: 28th February 5pm  


Week Two Summer Schools: 5th - 9th August 2019

Applied Health Research


Arts and Sciences


Chemical Engineering


Population Health

Applications are open. Application deadline: 18th March 5pm  


Week Three Summer Schools: 19th - 23rd August 2019



Fine Art



Natural Sciences

Applications are open. Application deadline: 18th March 5pm  

Further descriptions about all Summer Schools can be found here.

All applications are shortlisted based on our eligibility criteria.  To convert GCSE and A-level grades to the Scottish equivalent (academic potential section of our eligibility criteria), please see the ‘UK applicants qualifications’ dropdown on any specific course page.

Published: 21 February 2019

All information can be found on the attached letter . The deadline for the return of the slip/payment is Friday 1 March.

Published: 20 February 2019

A trampoline block that begins on Friday 8th March to the 5th April is now open for bookings. This is ran by Active Schools but please come to PE if interested and to obtain a form. The cost of this block is £17.50.  Please register your interest by the end of this week as this is a popular activity.

Published: 20 February 2019

Monday mindfulness begins again this Monday at 8:10 in Music Room 2. 

Mindfulness is a great way to start your day.  It has been proven to decrease stress levels  and help promote positivity. Do not worry if you have not done it before - just come along and give it a go.

Published: 20 February 2019

Any S2 who are not also going on the PGL trip are invited to collect a clothing letter from Miss McBride by Monday 25 February.

Published: 19 February 2019

Following a successful application to Eco Schools Scotland, Knox Academy's Eco-Committee has earned its first Green Flag! Last year, we ran a variety of initiatives including our annual Eco-Week, a clothing collection for Rock Trust, and a campaign to place recycling bins in most of our classes. We're excited to receive this award and we have big plans in the pipeline for this year's Eco-Week! Eco-Week 2019 is happening from March 11 to 15 and yes, there will be memes! Keep up to date with our projects here on the school website and on our Twitter account. If you'd like to get involved with the Eco-Committee (we're pretty awesome), come see Miss Laudi!

Published: 19 February 2019

Friday 22 February 2019 is Purple Friday! Purple Friday is the last Friday of February every year, as February is LGBT+ History Month. It is a day to show support to the LGBT+ community and stand up against homophobia. This year, we want Knox to show their support, so there will be a dress down day, where you are encouraged to wear purple, and a bake sale in the social area at break. If you are dressing down, the recommended amount is £1 but any donations are welcome. Your donations will be going to Knox's new LGBT+ Allies group, who are working towards getting the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter for the school. 

Published: 19 February 2019

Haddington Twinning Quiz Night will be on Friday 2nd of March in the Town House in Haddington, doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. All other relevant information can be found on the attached flyer.

Published: 19 February 2019

The next meeting of Knox Reads Book Group will be this Friday, 22nd February, at break-time in the library. We will be discussing the next title we are going to read after shadowing the Teenage Book Award.

Published: 19 February 2019

The first rehearsal of the S1 and 2 choir will be this Thursday lunchtime in Music Room 2. 

We will be singing a selection of modern pop songs and song suggestions are very welcome.

Bring your lunch. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Published: 19 February 2019

A reminder that choir rehearsals are on Wednesday lunch time in Music Room 2. New faces will be warmly welcomed. 

Bring your lunch.

Published: 19 February 2019

Today's video is here

Thanks so much for supporting LGBT History month.

Published: 19 February 2019

Can all Pupil Librarians please attend a meeting in the Library on Wednesday 20th February at lunchtime? You are welcome to bring your lunch with you. The Library will be closed to accomodate the meeting. 

Published: 18 February 2019

The Eco-Committee will be meeting in Miss Laudi's room at lunch time today (Tuesday). It is ESSENTIAL that ALL members attend in order to finalise plans for Eco-Week. If you can't attend, please let Miss Laudi know.

Published: 18 February 2019

Lunch time clubs will resume with a change of structure as of this week. Please visit PE for more information.

  • Monday (S1): Trampolining (Games Hall)
  • Tuesday (U16s and U18s): Conditioning (Small Gym)
  • Wednesday (S2 and S3): Trampolining (Games Hall)
  • Thursday (S1): Football

Please arrive by 1.20pm if you wish to be involved.

Published: 18 February 2019

Please see below changes to times for this week for Netball:

JUNIORS 4.00pm-4.30pm

SENIORS 4.30pm-5.15pm

Published: 18 February 2019

Can all those in the school hockey team, please attend a short meeting at lunch time on Wednesday at 1.30pm in the Small Gym. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Published: 18 February 2019

Please could members of the charities committee come and see Miss McBride asap. I need to speak to someone regarding the funds being sent to the relevant charities.

Published: 18 February 2019

Please could members of the Leavers Committee come to see Miss McBride very briefly at the start of lunch on Tuesday 19 February. I just need the committee to choose a font for place cards.

Published: 18 February 2019

It is World Thinking Day on Friday 22nd February therefore all Girlguiding and Scouting members are invited to wear a piece of uniform to school that day, this includes trip uniform as well as official uniform.

22 February was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide. Scouts celebrate it as B.-P. Day or Founders' Day

If you would like to find out more about either organisation please click on the following links.

Published: 18 February 2019

All pupils going on PGL or Paris during activities week 2019 are invited to collect a clothing letter from Miss McBride by Monday 25 February.

Published: 18 February 2019

Please could all pupils going on the Paris Trip 2019 hand in their passports to Miss McBride by Monday 25 February. The information contained on the passport is required by the tour company therefore a photocopy will be made and the passport can be handed back in case it is needed over the Easter break.

Published: 15 February 2019

Haddington Sport are on the lookout for an aspiring camera operator to record home games for Haddington Athletic and Haddington Bowling Club.

This is a great opportunity to gain some sports filming experience.  

You may wish to speak with Mr Dempster for some general advice before taking on a filming project.

Contact  on Twitter for further information.

Published: 15 February 2019

 A special Edinburgh Book Festival event with #1 bestselling American author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas. This is an exclusive chance to see Thomas discussing her new book On the Come Up with feminist poet and contributor to 404 Ink's Nasty Women anthology, Nadine Aisha Jassat, in her only Scottish appearance. Tickets are selling fast - don't miss out!

When: Saturday 9 March, 2pm-3pm Where: Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre (George Square) Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

Get your ticket here


Published: 15 February 2019

AECOM – 2 Edinburgh Apprenticeships

Transportation Planning Apprenticeship & Roads Civil Engineering Apprenticeship  Edinburgh see details and apply in link 

Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme 2019

Applications for the The Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme (GDP) opened 30 January 2019, with successful applicants starting in September 2019. Click here for further information and to apply online.

OPITO -  Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP)

OPITO Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) online application to apply visit the OGTAP website and complete the application form. Please check you are eligible to apply for the scheme before completing the application. Closing date for applications is Thursday 28 February 2019 at 4pm. Click here to apply.

University of Edinburgh Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships with University of Edinburgh open to anyone, however funding for the training is only available to those aged 16-24 click here for information.

Leonardo Company - Apprentices

Leonardo Company early career opportunities for 2019 closing date 13 March 2019. They offer over 200  engineering, cyber and business roles for those looking for apprenticeships, graduate schemes and placements within the UK's advanced technology sector. Find the role for you.

Edinburgh Recruitment for Craft, Technical, Business and Degree Apprenticeships. Click on the link for full details and to apply. Leonardo in Edinburgh are recruiting for Manufacturing Technical Apprentice (8 positions), Design Engineering Technical Apprentice (5 positions), Manufacturing Apprentice (8 positions), Business Apprentice (7 positions).

Published: 15 February 2019

The Seabird Centre is re-opening in Easter after a refurbishment and is looking for people to work in our café, boats, gift shop and Discovery Centre teams. We are looking for capable, enthusiastic people who are confident communicators and available for the summer. For school pupils, we are happy to discuss their availability.

In return we offer: jobs where no two days are the same, work in a 5-star visitor attraction in small enthusiastic teams, a free familiarisation boat trip and we pay above the minimum wage. All this, in North Berwick, a lovely seaside town!

It might be helpful to note that we ask for a CV with covering letter. This is so we can see which position the applicant thinks suits them best. For information, the Seabird Centre ensures that all applicants receive a response to their application.

More information can be found here

Published: 15 February 2019

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

Published: 08 February 2019

February is LGBT+ History month

Watch this video to find out what it's all about.

Each day in February we will be finding out about a different LGBT+ icon

Today it is Alan Turing - please see the Word Document on Alan Turing which has been sent to regi teachers.

Knox RRSA and LGBT+ group

Published: 08 February 2019

Friday 22 February 2019 is Purple Friday! Purple Friday is the last Friday of February every year, as February is LGBT+ History Month. It is a day to show support to the LGBT+ community and stand up against homophobia. This year, we want Knox to show their support, so there will be a dress down day, where you are encouraged to wear purple, and a bake sale in the social area at break. If you are dressing down, the recommended amount is £1 but any donations are welcome. Your donations will be going to Knox's new LGBT+ Allies group, who are working towards getting the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter for the school. 

Published: 07 February 2019

Foxlake are recruiting for their 2019 season. They have opportunities in the following:

Wakeboarding, Ropes Course & Zipline Instructors 

Candidates must:

• be over 18 years old in May 2019.

• be friendly, approachable& outgoing.

• be capable of working in aclose team.

• have strong communication skills.

• deliver excellent customer service.

• be strong swimmers.

• be comfortable with working at heights.

• enjoy working outdoors.

Junior Instructors

(role includes, greeting customers, issuing and cleaning equipment and having an active role in keeping the site clean)

Candidates must:

• be over 16 years old in May 2019.

• have excellent communication skills.

• be friendly, approachable and outgoing.

• enjoy working as part of a team.

• able to work under pressure.

• enjoy working outdoors.

No previous experience needed as full training will be provided. Please view the Foxlake website for further information.

Please submit your CV to james@foxlake.co.uk

Published: 07 February 2019

The school has been contacted by a local business that is providing a pupil with the opportunity to gain work experience in Accountancy.  You would ideally be available for 2-3 hours on a Friday afternoon and would gain valuable experience in a business setting. The business is located in Haddington.  If you are interested in this position please contact your Guidance Teacher or Mr Flood.

Published: 07 February 2019

The University of Glasgow is running a new free one-week Summer School this year, in partnership with the Sutton Trust. It will run from 7-12 July 2019 and is open to pupils who have just completed S5 and are continuing on to S6. It is a residential Summer School, with pupils living in University accommodation for the week. All meals will be provided and taken in University refectories and the Students’ Unions.

There are places across four broad subject streams:

Medical Sciences


Social Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Further details of the courses are below.  

Pupils will meet existing undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff within their areas of interest, and attend workshops on: subject choice; applying to university; the UCAS system; student finance; student welfare and support, and academic and study skills. Evening activities will be organised such as: cinema evening; sporting and student club evenings; tours of Glasgow and the University campus.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to complete our online Academic Skills module. Successful completion of the Sutton Trust Summer School and Academic Skills Module could lead to an adjusted offer of entry being made if a pupil subsequently applies to the University of Glasgow, as part of our contextualised admissions system of adjusted offers of entry for applicants from widening participation backgrounds.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Thursday 28 February. Pupils must apply via the Sutton Trust website and ensure they meet the criteria for application.

Published: 07 February 2019

Recruiting for the next Kwikfit – Geared up for Engineering Programme starting on 18th March 2019 is now underway.

This programme is aimed at young people aged 16-24 living in Edinburgh and East Lothian who are looking to explore the automotive engineering sector. Geared up for Engineering is a combination of training, support and work experience and participants can expect to complete the following:

Accredited and certificated Health and Safety training (such as manual handling, safety awareness) 

SQA Core Skills

Introduction to the automotive engineering industry through the eyes of KwikFit

Practical sessions delivered by Kwikfit within their training centre

Various employability focussed workshops

Work placement opportunity

Through care support to explore options and secure opportunities in employment, education or further training

All young people who apply will be invited to attend an interview. We may contact referrers prior to interviews should we feel we need further information regarding applicants.  

Completed application forms can be sent via post or e-mail by 5th March 2019. Please see your Guidance Teacher or Mr Flood if you interested in this opportunity.