March 2010

Published: 31 March 2010

Due to the poor weather, tonight's Spring Concert has been postponed.

It will now take place on Tuesday 20 April at 7 pm.


Published: 29 March 2010

A reminder that school closes on Thursday 1 April at 4 pm for the Easter Holidays.

School resumes at 8.44 am on Tuesday 20 April.

This is the ideal time for pupils with exams to find some extra revision time.  The SQA exams start a week after the return to school on Wednesday 28 April, when S4 study leave commences.  Study leave for senior pupils starts on Monday 10 May.

Each year Knox Academy puts together a programme of revision sessions during the Easter Holidays in order to provide extra support for pupils with the additional opportunity to use the school library for self-study.

The study programme for this year can be viewed in the Extra-Curricular section of the website: Extra-Curricular > Easter Revision 2010.


Published: 26 March 2010

On the 25th of March 2010 the five members of Team Rise attended the end of year presentation of all the Young Enterprise businesses in the Lothians.

We were all pretty nervous of the unexpected during the journey and even more so as we pulled up to the Stuart’s Melville College Performing Arts Centre in Edinburgh.  There were 23 other businesses there from around Edinburgh and the Lothians.  We would not only be performing our presentation on the stage surrounded by all of them, but also the judges and many other adults involved.

As the evening went on however, we gained some confidence as we first won a silver plate for the ‘Best Human Resources Director', followed by third place for ‘Best Marketing Director’, a second place for ‘Best Production assisted by the Managing Director’ and a second place for ‘Best Sales Director’.

We were the 15th presentation and as we saw more teams it seemed all the more daunting to have to do it ourselves, however there was then a break to present more awards and to our absolute shock we were awarded a further two awards: a cup for ‘Best IT Director' and a trophy for ‘Best Business Idea’!  The company awarded the 'Best Company Award' would go onto the British final.  Here we managed to receive a third overall, which we were all very pleased with after our previous awards.

Altogether, the night was a huge shock in terms of our success for us all, and we therefore had a much better evening than any of us had imagined.  The Young Enterprise experience is something we have all benefited hugely from and we would recommend it to all S5 pupils next year looking for a definite challenge, and even to earn some extra cash!


Emma Lynas


Team Rise 
Emma Lynas   Managing Director
Tom Gates   Finance Director
Phillippa Jackson   Human Resources Director
Lewis Wilkie   Sales and Marketing Director
Andrew Wright   IT Director


Link Teacher: Colin Dempster
Business Advisor: Finlay Marshall



Published: 25 March 2010

Josh Nisbet has successfully completed quizzes on two titles in Accelerated Reader.

Josh passed both quizzes and is a nearly at the target to progress to the next level of Accelerated Reader.

Josh is this weeks AR Reader of the week.

Reader of the Week will be announced every Wednesday in term time.


Published: 18 March 2010

This weekend The Herald [20 March] and Sunday Herald [21 March] has a £3 off offer with Bright Red on SQA Past Papers.

The paper will also have their annual exam and revision guide. The guide aims to help you get the most from your revision programme.

Visit Bright Red Publishing and use promotion code Herald1 to take advantage of this discount.


Published: 18 March 2010

Each session Knox Academy runs a series of revision classes at lunchtime and after-school.

As pupils are working towards their Final Examinations in May, it is important that they are aware of the opportunities of extra support that are available.  This is a reminder that revision sessions along with many other extra-curricular activities are listed on this website.

For further details please access: Extra-Curricular > Timetable


Published: 17 March 2010

The Big Bang: National Science and Engineering Awards

Last May Knox Academy entered a team of S2 students in the Young SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Ambassadors Challenge, which was run in conjunction with Edinburgh University. The team won this event, beating schools from across the Lothians. The same team (Kelvin Craig, Gareth Evans, Conor McHugh, Gabby Jackson and Fraser Thomson) now in S3, then entered their project into the National Science and Engineering Awards, and they made it to the finals!

They went to Manchester last week to attend The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair. This was the exciting setting for the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition, where 240 teams and individuals with the best projects from all over the UK were invited to showcase their work to over 17,000 visitors, including students, journalists, celebrities and VIPs.

Judging took place on day one of The Big Bang - and the team had to present their project to two judging panels, and day two ended with a glitzy and prestigious awards ceremony where winners of the National Science & Engineering Competition will be announced. Although the team from Knox Academy didn't win, they were awarded a "Highly Commended", which was fantastic as there was a Winner, a Runner-Up and three Highly Commendeds for each category.

This was a massive achievement for the Knox Academy team, and a fantastic experience for them to compete and win an award at such a high level. Congratulation to them all!


Published: 16 March 2010

Do you need extra assistance with your Higher English work?

There will be a Higher English exam preparation session on Thursday 25 March between 4 pm and 5.30 pm.

It will be run in the English Department and will focus specifically on Close Reading.

See Mr Swinney for further details.


Published: 13 March 2010

S3 Business Management classes are currently taking part in "Make Your Mark with a Tenner" which gives pupils the opportunity to take part in a well supported, real life, exciting enterprise activity which both compliments and enhances the existing enterprise curriculum.

In the past this competition has demonstrated that it not only builds on enterprise capabilities but also improves pupils’ financial understanding and risk taking skills. What’s more, because this is all about social enterprise, pupils begin to learn about socially conscious ways to make money for good causes.

Pupils need to show enterprising spirit and make as much profit as possible in a way which benefits their community.

Exposure to real enterprise activities gives pupils a taste of what running a real venture could be like and this alone can tip many young people into seriously thinking about more enterprising activities.

One of Enterprise UK's entrepreneurial ambassadors, Sean Geddes from Domino's, visited the Business Education Department on Wednesday 10 March at lunchtime. There was much enthusiasm for the project with a full classroom of pupils attending.

All pupils who take part in the competition will receive a certificate outlining the skills they have developed and the winning team will win some start up capital and support from a business mentor to help them develop their entrepreneurial ideas.


For further information on the project visit the Make Your Mark with a Tenner website.


Published: 10 March 2010

S1 and S2 Competition

From Twilight to Naria to Hogwarts, find the quotes and win a fantastic hardback book.

Six quotes have been hidden in the English department corridors. Find the quotes and, using the entry form in the library, decide who said that in which novel. Clues can be found around the library.

Books that are up for grabs are Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush and Robert Muchamore's Brigands MC

Closing Date: 11.05 am Friday 19th March 2010.


Published: 08 March 2010

After hearing our success on BBC 5 Live, The Edinburgh Evening News contacted the school to see if they could do a feature on the Knox Academy Glee Club.

Two reporters attended one of our rehearsals and spoke to myself, Mr Campbell, and 4 pupils from S2 - S6.

An excellent article featured in the Evening News on Saturday 6th March 2010 can be viewed below:



Published: 05 March 2010

On Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2010), pupils from Knox Academy and other schools in the East Lothian area took part in The Legacy of Hope at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh at 7 pm.

The event, which was being held on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was an opportunity for young people in Scotland to look at the theme of what is 'The Legacy of Hope'.

It was a time to reflect on The Holocaust and ongoing human rights atrocities around the world.

The image below shows Knox Academy pupils reflecting with a candlelight vigil.


Pic: Julie Howden - The Herald