A Word from Mrs Ingham, Head Teacher

It was good news for Knox Academy School of Rugby from Saturday’s East Lothian 7s Tournament. Out of our 5 teams competing, three won silverware. Well done to our S1, S2 and U15 team on winning their sections. It has been a hard season for all the players in the School of Rugby, so it was fantastic to finish the season on a high. I look forward to the traditional end-of-season dinner hosted by Haddington Rugby Club, when I’m sure I’ll be hearing about the team’s triumphs in more detail. Thanks to all the sponsors, parents, friends and coaches who have worked so hard to make the pupils’ experience such a good one.

On Wednesday we had a “double whammy” of P7 transition events. Our prospective S1s came up to get a taste of what it’s like in the “big school”, meet some new people and to complete activities in the PE and English departments. Mr MacDonald (PE) writes: 'The Health and Wellbeing transition event was a massive success as the S3 Sky Sports Leadership group demonstrated great character to deliver a fantastic programme that was both exciting and enjoyable for all primary pupils. The efforts of the Active Schools Coordinators and the staff within the Haddington cluster, who supported this event, have to be recognised.” Mrs Rankine (English) said, “From a Literacy perspective, the transition event went really well. P7 pupils worked collaboratively in small groups to create a poster about their Commonwealth country. They worked really hard, with the help of our own S2 pupils, and produced bright, colourful and informative posters. The S2 helpers were organised, supportive and positive, engaging really well with the P7s and responding to all their questions and concerns. We were delighted with them. A good day had by all.”

On Thursday, 17 S1 pupils, accompanied by Mr Flood, Miss McPhee and Mrs Gillies, visited the Avant Homes Burnell Park development in Haddington to mark the unveiling of a new plaque dedicated to Sgt P A Burnell-Phillips, the development’s namesake. Burnell-Phillips, a heroic fighter pilot during the Second World War, died in a plane crash near the development in 1941. To mark the unveiling of the commemorative plaque, Avant Homes donated 20 Hawker Hurricanes Airfix kits to the school that pupils built and painted as their own personal tributes to the pilot. Well done to all the pupils involved who were a credit to the school.

Also on Thursday our pupils were participating in the East Lothian Youth Games. They participated in a wide variety of sports, from Football to Golf and, by all accounts, played hard and were great team players. Unfortunately, overall, the team did not manage to place in the top three, but we are no less proud of them and their positivity for that. 


So all-in-all it’s been a week of collaboration and supporting each other at Knox Academy. Not too shabby.

Have a great week.

S Ingham