General News

Published: 31 May 2019

Taking a group to Dounans Outdoor Centre was an opportunity to see the majority of our young people at their very best. Young people who have such a very different take on life participated in team building activities, piled plates high with foods that had previously been banished by them and laughed. They dug into their own reserves for self-regulation by following comforting rituals and trusting that all of us there were on that journey together. Read so much more here...Newsletter 31.05.19

 

Published: 30 May 2019

Once again our S1 pupils have not disappointed and have been a credit to themselves!

Over the last few weeks they have been working in Business & IT to plan the launch of their own Deli.  This has involved considering brand names, logos, and choosing a suitable location.  Each group carried out market research on potential product ideas from a suggested range of Soups, Sandwiches and Smoothies.  Product labels were designed, and consideration to suitable packaging.  Promotional material was created including business cards and flyers, with a view to their display at their 'stall'.

Each group was asked to deliver a short presentation to invited parents and guests on their allocated day. 

Thanks to everyone who was able to come along or passed on their best wishes. It was great to see so much support and to have another opportunity to speak with parents/carers.  One comment received mentioned how good it was to see skills in action across different curriculum areas.

This week the S1 evaluated their performances and they are now looking forward to starting a new topic in S2 Business & IT on Monday.

  

Published: 30 May 2019

There are outbreaks of measles in the UK, Europe and the USA. Measles is very infectious but can be prevented with MMR vaccine.  MMR protects against mumps and rubella too.

NHS Lothian is inviting S1-S6 pupils who have not been vaccinated to clinics this summer term and in the holidays. Look out in the post for your clinic invitation.

Make sure to get vaccinated! Together we can stop the spread of measles.

Published: 24 May 2019

The 123 service bus is a supported bus route tendered by East Lothian Council and operated by Eve Coaches the route will not initially be amended to the common school day changes starting on the 3 June 2019. The reason for this is the route is designed to allow people to travel to work, shopping and medical appointments in the first instance.

Transport Services understand out of catchment pupils from Gifford or Pencaitland use the service to travel back and forward to Knox Academy. The service is not designated as Home to school transport.

Transport Services will be conducting a Public Transport consultation starting in June to help shape the next Supported Services Tender, which is due to start 1 April 2020. The consultation will be done over various media methods:

  • Online consultation
  • Public meetings in Musselburgh, Tranent, Prestonpans, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar.
  • Attendance at Community Council meetings if requested
  • Comments by email transportservices@eastlothian.go.uk and Flyer questionnaire

Anything that comes out of the consultation prior to the actual tender that is regarded, as being urgent maybe carried out under a change to the current registrations.

Senior Transport Officer
East Lothian Council

Published: 23 May 2019

As from 3 June 2019 the new school times will be as follows.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8.30 am - 3.25 pm
  • Friday: 8.30 am - 12.15 pm

Details of the new week structure including the timing of each lesson as well as break/lunch are also available.

A letter with details of the school times and information about school buses will be issued to pupils on Friday 24 May 2019 at registration.

Published: 22 May 2019

Summer is almost upon us and that means time to enjoy the East Lothian Summer Activities programme.

Our partners at EnjoyLeisure also have a wide range of classes on offer.

There are loads of outdoor activities for you to choose from plus a huge range of activities in our Libraries and Museums. Whatever your age or interests we are sure you will find  something you will enjoy in our 2019 Summer Programme. All the information can be  found below including how to book, pay and then the rest is up to you.

If you or your child has additional support needs, please contact the Service providing the activity on the contact numbers on each page for advice on the suitability of the activity.
 

Get Creative with arts Ccmps, drama workshops, stage make up, sewing clubs, lego robotics and animation, musical theatre, beach games and lots lots more...

East Lothian Councils annual Arts Service summer programme has something for all ages and abilities.

 

Published: 17 May 2019

Knox Academy is pleased to invite applications for the following vacancy:

Closing Date: Sunday 2 June 2019

We will consider applications from those wishing to work 38/39 weeks per year (term time only) OR 52 weeks per year.  This will be discussed with those invited to interview.

 

All current and previous vacancies can be viewed within our Recruitment section of our website.

Published: 16 May 2019

Whether you work in a school or have school-aged children yourself, you’ll know the importance of a good school library – and not just for learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn’t just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing too.

Nominate Knox Academy to win using the form on the National Book Tokens website, and if your entry is picked, not only will your chosen school be able to refresh their library for generations of children to come with our massive £5,000/€5,000 National Book Tokens prize, you’ll also take home £100/€120 of National Book Tokens just for you.

The more nominations your school receives, the higher their chances of winning – so don’t forget to share on Facebook and Twitter!

About National Book Tokens

National Book Tokens have been inspiring booklovers since 1932. We work with our charity partners at World Book Day, Book Aid International and Read for Good – and through the thousands of people who give National Book Tokens as gifts and rewards to children and young adults each year – to encourage a lifelong love of reading among children everywhere.

Accepted in thousands of bookshops, online and on eBooks, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward and inspire.

Published: 14 May 2019

This newsletter is a mid-week special because so many good things happened last week and so much is occurring this week that I know come Friday I will have no energy to collect my thoughts and report back effectively.

To summarise – we had Bank Holiday Monday on 6th May which is always a bit of a treat, especially as the weather was great, but leaves those of us at the chalk face with the same to-do list and less time for completion. On Friday 10th May Knox Academy SLT had an extremely productive and dare I say enjoyable session on Friday discussing improvement planning and asking just how good is our school and are we getting it right for every child? There was some lively debate and professional dialogue prompted and encouraged by Lesley Brown, ELC Chief Operating Officer for Education. We were fortunate enough to be about of school which allowed us to have uninterrupted opportunities for reflection... Read more here...Mid-week special

Published: 03 May 2019

This week we were able to take delivery of a fantastic trike which was procured as a result of one of our teachers, Mr Morrison participating in the 13km Foxtrail race on 3rd November. Having previously taken ownership of an adapted trike that was kindly donated by one of our parents; we have witnessed how important it is that all pupils have the opportunity to practice their cycling skills. For some the 2 wheeled bike is just a bit tricky, and therefore an adult sized 3 wheeler is ideal.  Pupils who might ordinarily be a bit shy about participating in strenuous activities have been quite vocal about wanting a turn.

After much fund –raising and saving we are on the verge of having a trampoline put into the playground. This trampoline is designed to be robust enough to withstand many years of bouncing and is fully surrounded by safety rubber. We are delighted that Roy Auld from Proludic has maintained an excellent working relationship not only with ELC and Meadowpark and has had opportunities to meet pupils and staff in order to glean what would work for them. Read more here...Newsletter 03.05.19

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