March 2019

Published: 29 March 2019

Henderson Grass Machinery Ltd in Haddington are looking for a full time parts/retail assistant. If you are thinking of leaving school in May and are interested please see Mr Flood.

Published: 28 March 2019

There’s a last minute bake sale at break on Friday 29 March 2019 in the Social Area. Spread the word!

#homebaking #cookies #shortbread #rockcakes

Published: 28 March 2019

This annual event where Knox competes against all other East Lothian schools is open to all pupils in S1 and S2 pupils for the following sports:

  • badminton
  • basketball
  • football
  • golf
  • hockey
  • rugby

Sign up sheets are now available on the PE notice boards for those that wish to be considered for the teams. Please note, that rugby will be organised through Thomas Salkeld.

Published: 28 March 2019

A reminder that all S6 pupils should go to the hall at the start of period 4 to have a group photo taken. Please come in full dress code including blazers and ties.

Lauren Taylor S6

Published: 27 March 2019

Can all S1-S3 junior netball players please come to the small gym at break time today (Thursday) and have a very short meeting with Miss Borwick.

Published: 27 March 2019

Basketball practice is cancelled after-school on Thursday 28 March 2019 due to the school concert.

Published: 27 March 2019

On Thursday 25 April 2019 at 6:30pm in T.4 (CDT), there will be a parents meeting for all students attending the S3 Activities Week trip to Paris. It is important that parents attend this meeting as we provide important information about the trip itinerary, times for drop off and pick up, and what to pack. It is also essential that students hand in their passports and EHIC cards at this meeting. If you have any questions, please see Miss McBride.

Published: 27 March 2019

This is a reminder of the deadline for returning choice forms.  Forms should be returned to the main school office before the end of the day MONDAY 1st APRIL.

At an assembly on Monday p6 all S2 & S3 pupils were given a letter and form detailing information about the suspended timetable in May.  Pupils are asked to choose from a wide range of packages for the 3 days.  For more details go to the activities week section of the website. 

If you have not got one of these letters, please collect one now from the main school office

Published: 26 March 2019

After the voting, which closed on Friday, the following ties have been selected. 

House Tie B won narrowly and the Achievement Ties A1/A2 won by over 150 votes, compared with the Achievement Tie with no gaps between the bands.

A reminder of the images can be seen on the original Have Your Say information news story.

The House Ties will feature:

  • Thin green band for Garleton
  • Thin yellow band for Lammerlaw
  • Thin red band for Traprain

Achievement Ties will come in two different versions:

  • one gold band and House colour
  • two gold bands and House colour

Assemblies will be held to explain the criteria for Achievement Ties (not linked to attainment which is different).  

The Achievement Review Group will meet soon to ensure agreement on the criteria for an Achievement Tie.  There are parents, staff and pupils on this group.  This group will meet twice yearly to look at nominations for Achievement Ties – which can be made by staff, pupils, parents/carers and community partners.

Published: 26 March 2019

REMINDER: Final payment (total £70.00) for S1 Activities Week is due on Friday 5th April. Please ensure any outstanding balance is paid by this date.

Published: 26 March 2019

Voting for the Scottish Youth Parliament closes on Thursday - cast your vote before its too late!

Go to Scottish Youth Parliament Polling Station to vote using your young scot card. Please see your tutor teacher or Miss Bulloch if you need a code to vote.

Remember Marilyn Briggs and Adnan Ros would love your vote!

Published: 25 March 2019

The Eco-Committee will be meeting in Miss Laudi's room on Tuesday at lunch time. All members are encouraged to attend. And if you would like to join the Eco-Committee, please come along!

Published: 25 March 2019

Can all pupils meet for an essential sports council meeting on Wednesday at lunch time. As per usual we will be in Mrs Stewart's room. Please bring your lunch as we have limited time. 

Published: 25 March 2019

Please vote for us to support Knox Academy's Activities Week!

Voting will take place in-store between Wednesday 1 May 2019 and Sunday 30 June 2019.

As I am sure many of you know, Knox Academy's Activities Week provides pupils with access to a whole range of different extra-curricular activities. The aim of the week is to allow pupils in S1-S3 to gain important skills that than in turn allow them to become a successful, valuable and responsible member of their community. Experiences in the past have included a huge variety of different activities such as cooking, mindfulness, mountain biking, sailing, build a band, cultural excursions and arts/crafts. Pupils are able to gain life skills, independence, resilience, accountability, all while having fun.

I cannot put it into words the difference these experiences make to our pupils, the only issue is that for some of them it is no longer an option to take part due to financial restrictions, however, thanks to various funding opportunities Knox Academy is breaking down this barrier!

Published: 25 March 2019

The Activity Days suspended timetable is fast approaching.  On Wednesday 15th May, Thursday 16th May & Friday 17th May the normal school timetable will be replaced by various activities that pupils can choose from.  The booklet of package choices are now on the school website on the Activities Week section

Choice forms must be returned to the SCHOOL OFFICE no later than Monday 1st April.


Published: 24 March 2019

The final set of Employability Skills interviews will take place Periods 1 and 2 on Monday in the Management Meeting Room. A list of 4 names is in the Common Room. Any concerns, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 22 March 2019

We look forward to welcoming our S4-S6 pupils to our extra supported study sessions being held on the afternoon of Friday 29 March 2019 from 12.45 pm until 2.15 pm.

Take full advantage of this opportunity to improve your understanding and develop exam technique further.

The full range of Study Sessions on offer can be viewed below or downloaded.

Published: 21 March 2019

Get out your diaries!

All subjects will be offering a supported study session on Friday 29 March 2019 from 12.45 pm - 2.15 pm.

Attend the one you need most support with to maximise this opportunity. Speak with teachers for full details.

Show your ambition and make it count to get the Grades you deserve!

Published: 21 March 2019

Can all pupils part of this years Knox Book Group please attend a short meeting today (Thursday) at break time. As always please try to be there ASAP As we have very little time. We will meet (as usual) in the library 

Published: 20 March 2019

This is a reminder, as per the trip letter,  the final balance for the Paris Trip 2019 is due by the 22nd March. Any issues please speak to Miss McBride asap.

Published: 20 March 2019

M&GPrudential have opened the applications to their apprentice programme. There are 2 roles in Edinburgh and 9 in Stirling. If you are eager to start your career, then check out the variety of jobs below and start applying.

Application closing date: 5 April 2019. Role start date: September 2019

Edinburgh Apprenticeships

Digital Content Apprentice

 Working with M&GPrudential as a Digital Content Apprentice means becoming part of a brand with a global reputation and an exciting vision: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investments business.

Digital Solutions Apprentice

 The aim of our Digital function is to enhance the overall customer experience of our offerings and help with the commercial performance of our wider business. We do this through creative design, rigorous development and on-going improvements.

To view the apprenticeships in Stirling, please click here.


Published: 20 March 2019

Tarmac, Dunbar Cement Plant, have opportunities for 2  Modern apprenticeships this year (1 Mechanical & 1 Electrical) we have arranged a information evening on 26th March from 5pm-7pm for any interested candidates and there parents/guardians who wish to find out more information.

If anyone has any questions please contact Michelle Chisholm on +44 136 886 1263 

Click here to view the company's website.


Published: 20 March 2019

The sun is rising earlier nowadays, so why don't you too!? Yoga Club runs every Thursday 8-8:30am in the Drama Studio. We supply the yoga mats, all you have to do is wear something comfy! Staff are welcome too. Please see Ms. Cahoon or Mrs. Montgomery for more information.

Published: 20 March 2019

A reminder that final payments for the PGL Watersports trip must be made by this Friday 22/03/2019. Any issues with payment, please see Mr Redford as soon as possible.

Published: 20 March 2019

The completion of College application forms for the Schools/College Partnership will take place Periods 5 and 6 this afternoon in the Food Court Classroom. Your Period 5/6 teacher will tell you what time to go to the FCC.

Published: 20 March 2019

Well done to all the pupils who took part in the interviews on Monday morning. The interviewers were very impressed with the quality of the interviews.  A reminder that all other CVs and Covering Letters must be with Miss Bulloch, Mr Miller and Mr Redford by the end of the day today if you would like to be part of the interviews on Monday 25 March. Any questions, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 19 March 2019

Modern Apprentice - Business Administration - Human Resources & Payroll

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Modern Apprenticeship within the Council’s Human Resources division.

You will provide administrative support to staff within Human Resources. With good interpersonal skills, you will be flexible, confident and a team player. Training in the use of specialist software packages will be provided, however a basic knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office packages is desirable. There will be on-going support from an external training provider to achieve the SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. 

You must provide evidence of competency in Literacy and Numeracy skills (minimum of three Standard Grades level 3 passes or National 4's including English and Mathematics).

A minimum of SVQ1/Standard Grade General level English/Maths or National 4 English/Maths or Literacy/Numeracy or Intermediate 1 Communication/Numeracy and/or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through relevant experience.




Published: 19 March 2019

East Lothian Council are keen to continue its tradition of harnessing and developing the talent of young people in the local area and as such are looking to recruit apprentices in the following trade/discipline:

  • Apprentice Plasterer (2 vacancies)

This vacancy is restricted to applicants who currently live in the East Lothian Area and are aged between 16 and 24 years of age as at 29 July 2019.

Applicants should have achieved, or be expected to achieve the following qualifications by August 2019:

3 National 4 or 5’s, or 3 standard grades at credit/general level (1-4),

including English, Maths and one other subject.

Applicants must provide certified proof of the qualifications noted above at Stage 2 of the process (Theory Test).  Please note National 4 qualifications/predicted National 5 qualifications will be accepted but only if verified in writing by your school.   

Applicants will be required to pass the Theory Test and a Practical Test prior to interview.

The apprenticeship will run for 4 years and during this period every apprentice will attend an appropriate further education centre to attain the qualification applicable to this trade.  Apprentices will also work with teams of skilled craft operatives on a variety of different tasks applicable to the trade.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in this trade and be able to demonstrate a commitment to their own learning and show that they are keen to become a qualified tradesperson.

APPLY ONLINE closing date 31st March 2019.

Published: 19 March 2019

The Drama Studio/Modern Studies corridor will be closed from 9am-1.07pm then from 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2019 for SQA exams.

Access your locker before registration or at lunchtime, the corridor shall be CLOSED at break time and from 5pm.

Published: 19 March 2019

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

Employment opportunities this week:

Apprentice Plasterer x2 (East Lothian Council)

Contact Centre Advisor (East Lothian Council)

Sales Assistant (WH Smith)

Retail Team Member (Krispy Kreme)

Published: 19 March 2019

REMINDER: no junior netball this week due to a senior fixture against Dunbar. Please come down and support for a 4.30pm start!

Published: 18 March 2019

We have been working with pupils, parents and staff reviewing our approaches to recognition of achievement and the House profiles. Information on how to vote is at the bottom of this article...

House Tie
From these discussions it has been agreed to move forward with a House tie, which will immediately link the pupil with their House and will form part of our school uniform from session 2020/2021.

All pupils should vote for either Option A (thick band) or Option B (thin band).

Achievement Tie
The Achievement ties will be awarded for a significant piece of work, winning awards, representing teams over the seasons and also for ‘diligence in their school work over the year’. 

The Achievement ties use a gold band combined with the relevant House colour.

BGE ties will have a single gold band, while Senior ties will have a double/thicker gold band.

For this vote choose either A1/A2 or B.

How to Have Your Say

  • Pupils will be asked to express their opinion in Registration Class votes. 
  • Parents/Carers are encouraged to respond to the Twitter Polls (House Tie Poll | Achievement Tie Poll) to show their preferences.
  • Staff and community partner votes also welcome!

The House ties use Lammerlaw as an example, while the Achievement ties use Traprain as the example.

Published: 18 March 2019

A reminder that Employability Skills interviews will be taking place this morning in the Library. Please arrive at the Library a few minutes before your interview. A list of names and times is in the Common Room and on the wall outside the Library. Any concerns, please see Mr Flood, who will be in the Food Court Classroom Period 1.

Published: 18 March 2019

This is an opportunity for parents, carers and guardians of LEAPS-eligible S5 pupils to come and find out more about the support LEAPS can offer a student who is planning to apply to higher education in S6, as well as providing the chance to speak to university admissions staff and SAAS about higher education options and funding via an exhibition. 

This evening will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019 from 7-9 pm at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh Campus, Riccarton).

Students are also very welcome to attend.

Find out more information about this event and register at the LEAPS Parents Website.

What is LEAPS?

LEAPS is a widening participation programme which aims to encourage and advise students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. We support young people in South East Scotland, raising aspirations and providing impartial advice about higher education. We currently work with 59 schools throughout South East Scotland, supporting pupils who match LEAPS eligibility criteria.

Published: 18 March 2019

The clothing collection for Rock Trust will continue throughout this week until Friday 22 March. We're looking for clean clothes for ages 16-25. Please bring all donations to Miss Laudi's room. The deadline for buying a bamboo toothbrush for £2 is also this Friday. If you would like one, please place your order with Miss Laudi!

Published: 18 March 2019

Can all those that intend on playing the fixture against Dunbar on Wednesday please attend a short meeting today (Monday) in the small gym at 1.30pm. Due to the number of players if you do not attend this meeting it will be assumed that you are not available to play.

Published: 15 March 2019

Voting is now open to elect your new members for East Lothian in the Scottish Youth Parliament. Use your Young Scot card to vote using this link.                 .

More details about how to vote will be given in Assemblies on Monday - Wednesday and in Registration.

Remember we have 2 Knox Academy candidates - Marilyn Briggs and Adnan Ros who would love your vote!

Voting closes on 28th March 2019.

Published: 13 March 2019

Are you thinking of hairdressing as a career?

Are you a ‘people’ person who is thinking of leaving school at Christmas and is looking for an amazing, creative career in hairdressing?

Cheynes — Scotlands leading salon group — is looking for young people to join the Cheynes Experience Programme starting in August/September.

Key questions

Do you love fashion?

Do you like to try new things?

Do you love meeting people?

Do you have lots of energy?

Do you have a sense of humour?

If you tick all of the boxes then please apply now for a place on our extended work experience programme where every day is different and you can earn the chance to start a modern apprenticeship with Cheynes - one of the leading salons in the UK.

Please see your Guidance Teacher and/or Mr Flood if you are interested in this opportunity.

Published: 12 March 2019

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Knox students and staff, the Eco-Committee completely sold out of our first batch of bamboo toothbrushes! You're all amazing for making the switch! Due to demand, we're still taking orders for bamboo toothbrushes. If you'd still like to order some (you're welcome to buy more than 1), please bring in your money to Miss Laudi by the end of this week. Based on the number of payments, we'll order a new batch of toothbrushes and deliver them to you once they come in! At only £2 per toothbrush, it's an excellent price! Thanks for your Eco-Week support!

Published: 12 March 2019

Please could a couple members of the Leavers committee come to check the seating cards against the seating plan asap. Thank you for your help and time in advance. Miss McBride.

Published: 12 March 2019

Spring Concert - Thursday 28 March 2019

Tickets will be on sale at break time from T4 in the Design Technology Department.

Cost: £5 and £3 for concession.

Published: 12 March 2019

The latest issue of employment and training opportunities in East Lothian Works Newsletter can be viewed here.

Published: 11 March 2019

As a reminder, the eco-shop Lil (website here) will be at Knox Academy on Tuesday 12 March during lunch time in the social area and during S2 parents night from 5pm-7pm in the locker area. Lil will be selling a variety of eco-friendly products which you may be interested in trying out! This a great opportunity to explore your options and to try some eco-friendly items for the first time! They accept cash, card, and applepay. We're looking forward to welcoming Lil in to Knox!

Published: 11 March 2019

REMINDER:- payment dates for S1 Activities Week.

Deposit £25 to be paid by         Friday 8th February 2019

£25 to be paid by                      Friday 8th March 2019

£20 to be paid by                      Friday 5th April 2019 (Total £70.00 should be paid by this date)

Please ensure you are up to date with the above payments.


Published: 11 March 2019

S2 parents night will see the start of our Dress Code Donations. There will be a box next to the tea/coffee table for anyone who has any dress code they no longer need/have grown out of. We will accept official Knox Academy branded items and also clean additional dress code items. Please help us to protect the environment and support our school community, all donations are gratefully received and the box will be present at parent's nights from now on.

Anyone who has anything they would like to donate outwith S2 Parent's Night please feel free to hand in anything to be given to Miss McBride or Miss Laudi.  

Published: 11 March 2019

A reminder that all CVs and Covering Letters should be with Miss Bulloch, Mr Miller and Mr Redford by today at the latest. Interviews will take place on Monday 18 and Monday 25 March. Any concerns, please see your Core teacher.

Published: 11 March 2019

Following Friday's Assembly, any other S5 pupils who are interested in attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award opportunity in July should give their name to Mr Flood by the end of the day on Tuesday 12 March.

Published: 11 March 2019

ECO-WEEK is finally here! Last week in the bulletin and on Twitter, we told you about all our amazing events that we have planned and below is the full schedule. If you have any questions, please come see Miss Laudi. And most importantly of all, make the most of Eco-Week 2019! This is your chance to explore creative avenues into a more sustainable lifestyle! We hope to see you today at lunch time for our plastic-free beauty tutorial!

Published: 11 March 2019

Please note, there will be NO netball this week due to a primary event on in the hall.

Published: 11 March 2019

REMINDER: if you are performing in football or badminton on Wednesday 13th March for your PE one-off performance you must meet at the following times:

Football: 8.45am at the 3G

Badminton: P3 at the Games Hall

Please ensure you have the appropriate clothing and football. Badminton players should also have their lunch with them. Any questions - please come to PE.