October 2019

Published: 31 October 2019

Mr Clark has had some interest for the National Geography Quiz but is looking for more pupils. S2 & S3 pupils are needed to allow this to go ahead. Please come and see Mr Clark on Tuesday so you can sign up alternatively leave your name with Miss Stobie. 

NB: Full details are within Bulletin post from Wed 30 Oct 2019 with the same title.

Published: 31 October 2019

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the decision has been made to cancel the ski trip for the time-being. This is due to limited numbers wishing to attend the trip. It may be that we have the opportunity to re-visit this trip in the new year. All parents/guardians have been contacted and should receive the return of their deposit in the next week.

Published: 30 October 2019

At S3 Parents Night on Wednesday 6 November, the Eco-Committee will leave its uniform rack in the front hall for parents who would like to take additional uniform items for their children. There is no charge for taking any items - the goal is to support families and to reduce clothing waste!

There will also be a donation box for anyone who would like to donate uniform items to us. We are accepting all sizes of blazers, white shirts, black jumpers, trousers, and skirts. Please ensure that uniform donations are clean before bringing them in. As a reminder, no hoodies will be accepted as these are no longer part of the Knox uniform. 

Published: 30 October 2019

The S6 School Magazine group is looking for S1 pupils who are willing to share their opinions on life at Knox Academy. If you are interested please see Amy Finlayson, Editor or e-mail knoxschoolmagazine@gmail.com. 

Published: 30 October 2019

Mr Clark has had some interest for the quiz but is looking for more pupils.  We still need some S2 & S3 pupils.  Please come and see Mr Clark on Tuesday so you can sign up alternatively leave your name with Miss Stobie. 



  • Teams will consist of THREE pupils, one each from S1, S2 and S3.
  • Teams will compete in a local heat and the winning team and runner up from each local (heat held before Easter) will travel to a Scottish final taking place in June – venue TBC.
  • See Mr Clark in M8 as soon as possible or leave your name with Miss Stobie. 


The topics for the first heats are found below and Mr Clark plans on running some lunchtime/afterschool coaching sessions to help those involved.  

Note: The winning team from the Scottish final will be asked to represent Scotland in a challenge weekend competition run by the Geographical Association.

Published: 29 October 2019

S6 pupils will be round classes on Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November collecting for Poppyscotland. We are proud to be the local area organisers for this charity. Please support Poppyscotland by bringing a donation on Thursday or Friday.

Published: 29 October 2019

There will be a meeting of the Poppyscotland team in M.11 at 1.30 pm TODAY, Wednesday.

Published: 29 October 2019

Starting next week (4 November 2019), Mr Barnhurst will be running a Horrible Histories club at lunchtime on Mondays. Bring your lunch to DR3 and spend a relaxing half hour watching episodes of Horrible Histories - a comical look at some of the more gruesome bits of history.

Published: 29 October 2019

Halloween Dance will finish at 9.30pm on Wednesday night NOT 10.00pm as previously advertised. 

This is to allow cleaning staff to ensure the school is ready for the following school day.  Please pass the word around to all concerned.

Published: 28 October 2019

Please note: there will be a meeting at Thursday lunch time (at 1.30pm) in the Games' Hall for those attending the swim meet on Thursday 7th November. This will be your opportunity to sign up to the swims of your choice. If you cannot make this meeting, please speak to Ms Borwick before Thursday.

Published: 28 October 2019

Please note: due to the Halloween dance, netball will run for S1-S3 only this week, from 3.30pm-4.30pm on Wednesday.

S1s: please remember and return your tournament permission form.

Published: 28 October 2019

There will be a meeting at lunch today, Monday 28 October, for all pupil librarians in the library. Bring your lunch!

Published: 27 October 2019

A reminder that all payments for the New York trip in February must be made by Friday 1st November. This includes  the final trip payment and any outstanding payments for Ice Hockey and/or Top of the Rock. Please ensure you contact Mr Redford with any concerns over payment prior to Friday's deadline.

Published: 24 October 2019

A reminder that the initial deposits were due before the October Holidays.  Please make payments as soon as possible. 

The next payment date will be Friday 8 November 2019.

Mrs Gillies is still waiting for a number of initial forms to be returned, replacement forms can be provided if necessary.

Published: 24 October 2019

TOURNAMENT: a tournament is taking place on Thursday 7th November at Ross High. Letters were issued at Wednesday night training. If you wish to be considered can you please see Ms Borwick by the end of the week to collect a parent permission form.

Published: 24 October 2019

There will be a team meeting today (Thursday 24 October 2019) at the start of morning interval in M.11 (Bus Ed). It would be great if everyone was able to attend.

Published: 23 October 2019

A reminder that football training for ALL S1-3 boys and girls is on as normal TODAY (Thursday 24 October 2019). Details are as follows:

What: Knox Academy S1-S3 Football Team training
When: Thursday 3:45-5:00 (if you have to leave before 5pm for other commitments, it is not a problem for you to leave a bit early)
Where: 3G pitches (next to the skate park)
Cost: FREE

Published: 23 October 2019

Can you knit or do you know someone who can?

We are S5 pupils and we would love it if you could help us out. As part of our YPI project, we have selected the charity ‘Bliss’. 

Bliss is a UK charity dedicated to supporting mothers with premature babies and ensure that every baby born premature or sick has the best chance of survival. To  support the charity we have started knitting clothing items, which we will donate to the Simpsons maternity unit, where Bliss is located.

We have set up a donation spot in Mr Redford's room, where you can drop off the knitted items. Many of the patterns are simple and easy to follow, and it would make a big difference to the lives of many babies and their family as there is currently a shortage of clothing items in the neonatal unit. For patterns either visit the Bliss website where they can be downloaded free or contact one of us.

Please do not hesitate to contact Julia, Hannah or Kate by email if you have any questions and if you would like to help support us. 

Published: 23 October 2019

For pupils interested in a career in dance, Dance for All are hosting the following:

An Open Day on Tuesday 26 November 2019 - experience a day-in-the-life at DFA's full-time dance college + Q&A for parents & dance teachers - booking required.
Festive Fling on Fri 6 December, 7pm - get in the holiday spirit with our festive college student showcase - tickets available soon.
Auditions on 17 December 2019 - interviews, reviews, alumni success, College Prospectus, application form and more on the website.

See information in the following documents (click on picture to see full-size).

If interested, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 23 October 2019

The National Healthcare Weekend conference is taking place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November at the University of Stirling for pupils wanting to explore careers and apply to medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Doctors, dentists and vets will provide invaluable insight and network with pupils attending. The programme is:

Day 1: Insight into Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary

14 unique talks for each specialty looking at experiences from A Levels, throughout university and leading to life as a fully qualified professional.

Day 2: Medicine only UCAS Lectures

A full day of lectures covering work experience, personal statements, interview techniques etc, led by our team of doctors.

You can download the flyer at this link: https://medicmentor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/National-Healthcare-Weekend-November-Flyer-Scotland-2020.pdf

Students can register and find out more information here: https://medicmentor.co.uk/national-healthcare-weekend/

Please see Mr Flood if you are interested in attending.


Published: 23 October 2019

Have you not signed up for Activities Week yet?  Would you be interested in becoming an Italian Explorer?

Speak with Mr Dempster, Mrs Gillies, Mrs Gourley or Mrs Ball for more information.

Published: 23 October 2019

REMINDER: for those that currently have an outstanding permission form and PC1 for the East Lothian Swim Gala on Thursday 7th November (during the school day), please return this to PE as soon as possible. This will allow us to put the strongest team possible forward!

Published: 22 October 2019

Exciting news!  The very first training session for the S3 DofE extracurricular group will take place on Wednesday 30 October 2019 in Mr Boyle's room (T2.8) straight after school until around 4.45pm.

See Mr Boyle or Phil if you have any questions/issues

Published: 22 October 2019

All pupils going on the trip to the King's Theatre to see Frankenstein today (23 Oct) should go to the food court at 12:40pm to eat their lunch. Ms. Cahoon will meet you there and the coach will leave at 1pm. We are expecting to return back to Knox at approx. 5:30pm. 

Published: 22 October 2019

This is a reminder that the next payment deadline for the Paris Trip 2020 is Thursday 31 October. Please see Miss McBride ASAP if there is any issue with this.

Published: 21 October 2019


On Saturday 26th October it is Intersex Awareness Day.

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female. In many countries, intersex children are subjected to repeated surgery and treatment to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain - and violating their rights. The United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm. 

If you want to find out more click here 



Published: 11 October 2019

There will be a short meeting at the start of morning interval TODAY in M.11.


Published: 10 October 2019

Thanks to everyone who supported World Mental Health day by wearing yellow and buying cakes, oranges and sunflowers from our stall.

We managed to raise £59.10 for the charity Young Minds and have raised awareness of mental health.

Well done everyone.

L Montgomery

Published: 09 October 2019

Friday 11 October 2019 is a dress down day to fundraise to help Knox Academy achieve the Silver Award for the LGBT Charter.

Pupils are encouraged to wear purple and to bring in a donation.

Thank you on behalf of the LGBT+ Allies Group

Published: 09 October 2019


10 October 2019 is World Mental Health Day

We would like to raise awareness of the day by wearing something yellow. 

Please support the day and you can make an optional donation to the charity during registration. There will be a Bake Sale at break time in the foyer.

Please see Mrs Montgomery for more information or if you would like to get involved.

L Montgomery

Published: 08 October 2019

Due to an issue beyond our control the Browns Book Bus has had to be canceled for this Thursday. We are hoping that we will be able schedule the bus to come another time soon.

Published: 08 October 2019

Poppyscotland materials have arrived. As agreed at the meeting last week, we will be meeting after school today in M.11 (Bus Ed) to organise poppies and tins. All members of the team should be there. If you cannot attend, please see Laura or Kuba or Mr Flood.

Published: 08 October 2019

There will be a meeting in T2.2 (Ms. Cahoon's classroom) on Thursday 10 Oct at 1:30pm for pupils attending the King's Theatre trip to see Frankenstein. The trip takes place on the day pupils return back to school following the October Break (23 Oct.); please see Ms. Cahoon THIS WEEK for details of the trip if you are unable to attend the meeting. 

Published: 08 October 2019

The trip to the King's Theatre to see An Inspector Calls is TOMORROW (Wed 9 Oct). Pupils are allowed out of class at 12:40pm to have lunch in the food court before meeting at the front foyer at 12:55pm. We return back to Knox at approx. 5:30pm. Please see Ms. Cahoon if you have any questions or concerns. 

Published: 07 October 2019


This Thursday (10 October 2019) 1G1, 1G2 and the 2nd half of 1T1 will be going to to Edinburgh College.  Make sure you check with your register teacher that you are on the list for this Thursday.

All you will need on Thursday is a warm, waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. You should be in full dress code. If you normally get a school lunch then go to the food court BEFORE registration and choose a lunch.  Mention to the ladies that you are going on the S1 trip.

As soon as you register go to the food court and meet with Mr Dickie.

Keep checking the bulletin for updates.

Published: 07 October 2019

Please note: there will be NO netball running this week due to the P7 Open Evening being set up in the hall. We will resume the first day back (Wednesday 23rd October) after break.

Published: 06 October 2019

Can all Pupil Librarians please come into the library at some point today (Monday 7 October 2019) to have a look at the new and updated timetable for this session. 

Published: 04 October 2019

LAST CHANCE to buy tickets for the Halloween Dance! £3 per ticket.

When?  Wednesday 9th October at BREAK time 

Where?  In the foyer beside the trophy cabinets 

Published: 04 October 2019

SQA have published their YOUR COURSEWORK information booklet for this session.

Your coursework, whether a project, portfolio or assignment, shows us how well you know the subject and gives you extra marks to add to your final grade.

Download the booklet directly (PDF)

Published: 04 October 2019

A Book Bus will be visiting Knox on Thursday 10 October, where you will have the opportunity to browse and buy from over 4,000 titles on board a double-decker bus.

Further announcements will be made in English classes, if you would like to go please speak to your English teacher or Miss Todd in the library. Remember to bring cash!

Published: 03 October 2019

A reminder for all going on the S3 PGL Activities Week trip that permission slips and deposits are due by Friday. Please get in touch with Mr Redford if there is any issue with payment.

Published: 03 October 2019

Race night on Friday 11th October at Haddington Rugby Club to raise money for Young Enterprise group, "Madhatters". Tickets are £3 (includes raffle and snacks) and can be bought on the night. Starts at 7:30 and all age groups are welcome!

Published: 03 October 2019

Can all charity committee members attend the meeting in the library on Wednesday 9th October at lunch.

Published: 03 October 2019

Have you got a creative mind? Do you love writing? Want to be part of something fun?

We are starting a Creative Writing Club immediately after the October holidays on Tuesday lunch in the library.

Come along on the first Tuesday back to find out what it's all about.

All are very welcome!

Published: 02 October 2019

As part of the achievement nomination process, Mr Moncrieff requires two pupils from each year to sit on the achievement committee. This is an excellent opporunity to contribute towards the school and enhance your CV. It will be conducted within school hours, and will only happen twice this academic year. If interested, please make yourself known to Mr Moncrieff in his classroom, on a Monday or a Tuesday.

Published: 02 October 2019

Could those in the S3 Sports Leadership Group (or those who would like to be involved) please come for a short meeting at break in the games hall with Mr Tainsh on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Published: 02 October 2019

There will be a meeting today (Thursday 3 Oct) for pupils attending the An Inspector Calls trip to the King's Theatre on Wednesday. If you cannot attend the meeting, please see Ms Cahoon for info. 

Published: 01 October 2019

Last chance to order your school photograph will be Thursday 3 October 2019.

See Mrs Ball to place your order.