November 2010

Published: 30 November 2010

School Closed - Wednesday 1 December

Knox Academy will continue to be closed to pupils today. 

Pupils should be aware, that for many subjects, there are resources available on this website which can assist in self-study during this period of severe weather:

From East Lothian Council:
Due to the continuing severe weather conditions, it has been confirmed that ALL East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Wednesday 1 December. Major efforts to open up safe access routes to schools will continue during the course of tomorrow (Wednesday). East Lothian Council appreciates that these closures are causing major inconvenience to parents and carers. However, every effort is being made to re-open schools in the face of severe weather conditions and transport difficulties.

Further updates for this week will be added here in due course with information also being available on Radio Forth and school websites.

School staff should continue to follow the Policy on Employee Absence due to Adverse Weather conditions.

Tuesday 30 November 3.30 pm (updated 8 am 01/12/10)

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Published: 30 November 2010

As a result of the severe weather this week, the Moonlight and Mistletoe Dance due to take place on Thursday evening has been postponed.

The Dance has been rescheduled for next week:  Thursday 9 December 7-10 pm.


Published: 26 November 2010

At an assembly this morning, S1 pupils were issued with information regarding Activities Week 2011.

Each S1 pupil will bring home an information letter, return slip and consent form.  Please return the required documentation to the School Office no later than Friday 3 December 2010.

Electronic copies of this documentation can be found here.

Published: 18 November 2010

Our fantastic day out was to the Stock Market Challenge at the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 18 November 2010. There were 27 teams from Edinburgh and the Lothians. Our team members were: Louis Luke (3G3), Bethany Quirk (3L2), Gemma Robertson (3G1), Kerri Scambler (3L1) and Robbie Watson (3G1). We were the team that were picked from the S3 Business Management classes, after a competition using the classroom version of the Challenge.

In the Stock Market Challenge there were 5 days (25 minutes in real time) where we had to compete to earn the most money from our investments. Every team started out with £13,400 worth of different shares and euros. The teams were made up of 5 roles: the Finance Manager, the Investment Analyst, the Media Analyst, the Floor Trader Buyer and the Floor Trader Seller. When we were buying and selling we had to buy when the price was low and sell when the price was high. We bought 40,000 shares of Sago (a company) at £500 and sold them when they were high. At the end of all 5 days we doubled our money and made an overall of £80,300, and came 5th out of all 27 schools.

We all enjoyed the challenge. The skills that we demonstrated were teamwork, taking risks, communication and decision making. We look forward to continuing to use the classroom version of the Stock Market Challenge throughout our Standard Grade Business Management course.

Published: 18 November 2010

On the evening of Wednesday 17 November, social networking was on the agenda for Advanced Higher Business Management pupils.  Aileen McKnight, Rachael Weir and Christina Laing joined the Business Education staff, Mr Dempster, Mrs Ferguson, Mr McFarlane and Mr Flood, for a viewing of The Social Network at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh.

The evening was a great success where everyone gained further insight into the foundation of FaceBook Inc and Mark Zuckerberg's role as an entrepreneur. Many examples were demonstrated in the film which will be useful in discussion throughout the Advanced Higher Business Management course: different managerial styles, leadership, motivation, working as part of a team and the conflicts within that team, and changes that occur as a enterprise grows into a company with worldwide influence.

A fantastic evening, enjoyed by all concerned.

Published: 16 November 2010

Show your SPOTS!

Lots of cakes and traybakes will be on sale on Friday 19 November in the foyer (beside the trophy cabinets) to help raise funds for Children in Need.

There will also be a “Guess the weight of the Pudsey Cake”

Published: 12 November 2010

The most recent version of the Extra-Curricular timetable is now available here.

Published: 12 November 2010

Knox Academy marked Armistice Day with a virtual assembly and 2 minute silence in classes around the school.

The presentation viewed by pupils and staff during the silence can be downloaded below...

Published: 10 November 2010

Minutes of the School Council meetings for September and October 2010 can now be viewed within the School Council section of the website.

Published: 07 November 2010

On Monday 1 November, on what could only be described as a foul night, 4 Young Entrepreneurs, travelled to Forrester High School in Edinburgh.  A Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) training evening (organised by Lothian YES) was held there which was far more pleasant than the weather outside!

Part of the Young Enterprise programme involves attending training evenings.  This training evening was for the Christmas Fayre which is held in Edinburgh at the Apex International Hotel, The Grassmarket, on Saturday 4 December 2010, 10 am – 3 pm, COME ALONG!

The training session was designed to give us the skills necessary to confidently sell products, to ensure that our table design is appealing and stands out from the crowd, but most importantly, to teach us organisational skills so that we have the best chance of success on the day.

The highlight of the night, however, was not the formal training, it was meeting the entrepreneur Peter Mclean.  Peter is Managing Director of the ‘Foodie Company Ltd’. He gave us invaluable advice on how to start up our own successful business.  Speaking to him after the event, we learned how to market our product, how to negotiate with suppliers and how to effectively price products.  (Peter started his company three years ago and now has a café in Edinburgh and is big competition to us in the Hamper side of our business.)

Overall, the night was a great success; a big thanks to Mr Dempster for taking us!

Further details on our products will follow...

Campbell Hastings (Managing Director)
Pride of East Lothian

Published: 06 November 2010

On Friday 15 October 2010, Knox Academy pupils competed in the 2010 Faculty Challenge.

The results and House Points awarded can be viewed below:


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Published: 05 November 2010

Last week, Miss Leggatt took two sixth year pupils, Emilie Sandy 6G1 and Ryan Bissoonauth 6G2 to Sam Burns Yard at Prestonpans on Monday 1 November.  They were looking for a chair to use in the up coming drama production of Sweeny Todd.

The group were successful in purchasing a swivel chair suitable for converting into a gothic barbers chair. The sixth year helpers will be doing the practical conversion in the Design Technology workshops in the next few weeks ready for the show just prior to Christmas.