Library News

Published: Mon 27 Apr 2015

The fantastic teen author Sam Hepburn is coming to Knox Academy on April 28th.

Sam's writing is informed by her hugely fascinating career as a documentary producer for the BBC, which has taken her all over the world to discover stories from people across the globe. 

Sam will talk to S2 Pupils during their Period 5 English Class about the inspiration and research for her latest book If You Were Me.The novel tells the story of a young Afghan asylum seeker who is accused of a terrorist bomb attack. As he lies injured in hospital his 14 year old sister sets out to prove his innocence. A tense and gripping thriller, If You Were Me deals with themes of tolerance, prejudice and the power of lies and is sure to spark debate.

Following the event pupils will have the opportunity to discuss the novel and creative writing styles with Sam. Copies of Sam's two novels will be on sale for £6 per title. A pre order form was issued to pupils via English teachers to guarantee a signed copy of the book.

Sam's publisher, Chicken House, has organised her tour of East Lothian with East Lothian School Librarians' and respective English Departments across the authority. Knox Academy is Sam's last stop in East Lothian following visits to Ross High and Musselburgh Grammar.

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Published: Tue 21 Apr 2015

S1 have been working on a personal investigation of a country of their choice in classes throughout March/April.

The project content and criteria was created by the pupils after class discussion of what would make a “good” project and topics chosen. Classes were visited by Mr Plain, the School Librarian, who reminded pupils of resources available, how to utilise the library catalogue and booking system whilst giving a demonstration of Encyclopaedia Britannica online. 

The classes spent 1 period researching their chosen topic in the library, where PC, internet and book resources were accessible and they could order any additional resources they required. Pupils were then given 2 periods in class to access the project boxes which had been ordered in by Mr Plain through the School Library Service (thank you!) and stock from the School Library. 

It was expected that additional work be put into these projects in the pupils own time, at home or in the School Library and the end products are OUTSTANDING! 1G1, 1G2 and 1T1 deserve a special mention and a display has been set up in the School Library to showcase their projects. Great work and I hope you all enjoyed researching your chosen country!

Miss Jeffrey

Published: Tue 3 Feb 2015

Haddington Library and Tyne and Esk Writers are hosting workshops in March. The workshops are open to all young writers; those aged 8 – 12 have their workshop on Saturday 7th March 2015 and the following Saturday, 14th March 2015, will see 13 – 16 year olds flex their writing talents. Places are limited and can be booked at the public library in the John Gray Centre.

B. Plain

Published: Wed 8 Oct 2014

National 4/5, Higher Success Guides and Speciman Exam Papers are now available to order in school. Order forms can be collected from Mr Plain in the Library, with orders due back into school before end of school on Friday 24th October.

Hodder Gibson (Nationals only) offers 20% discount on their SQA approved titles and Leckie & Leckie offer 30% on their titles.

B. Plain

Published: Thu 2 Oct 2014

Scran is heading towards its 20th birthday. To celebrate this milestone Scran is running a National photography competition on “What Scotland means to me” School pupils are invited to put on their creative thinking caps to win iPads for themselves and their school.   

The competition web-page reminds entrants that Scran “likes odds and ends and bits and pieces and stuff” giving a wide platform for participants to choose their subject.

Closing date is the 31st October 2014. For more details click here.