General News

Published: 07 February 2011

A letter was given out with the recent S4 reports giving details of a Mentoring Programme we offer between now and the examinations in May (see below).

Many pupils in past years have found this beneficial and there are still spaces available in this year's programme.

If you are interested or require more information please contact Mr Young (Depute) as soon as possible.

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Published: 07 February 2011

There are 3 new documents available to view on the website, and a useful website link, concerning Health and Wellbeing.

The documents are titled:

  • Curriculum for Excellence Factfile: Health and Wellbeing
  • Making the Difference: Healthy Choices
  • Hydration Matters
  • Sleep Problems

The documents (and web link) can be accessed via the Health and Wellbeing section (on the right of the navigation bar) under Parents/Carers or directly by clicking here.

Published: 03 February 2011

Let Academy Productions take you on a gory drama through the dark side of London town... not to be missed after 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th February
7pm - Tickets £5

Attend the tale of Sweeny Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
He shaved the faces of gentlemen
Who never thereafter were heard of again.
He trod a path that few have trod,
Did Sweeny Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Published: 03 February 2011

Have you noticed a new section on the Knox Academy website over recent weeks?

This is the new House News section, which appears on the front page.

Pupil reporters in the School Council are responsible for submitting articles relevant to their house: Garleton, Lammerlaw or Traprain.  The articles then pass through a moderation process before live publication.

The most recent articles:

At the moment these articles are not included in the daily news update ... look forward to these being added soon ...

Please also remember that recent School Council minutes can be read here.

Published: 03 February 2011

We have a hero in our midst!

Daniel Lomolt-Welch in 2T2 discovered an elderly lady lying on the ground at Knox Court when he was on his paper round.

He quickly came to her aid and managed to get an ambulance out to help her and take her to hospital.

The full story is on the front page of The East Lothian Courier. What a wee star!!!

Picture from: East Lothian Courier 03/02/11

Published: 02 February 2011

The information below explains your child's attendance sheet....


Example Attendance Sheet

  • Each day is split into two “openings” – for us that is registration and the beginning of period 5 (2pm).  So every day counts as 2 openings (except a Friday, which is why every Friday afternoon is marked as “H” meaning “closed”).
  • The numbers in the last 3 columns are cumulative i.e. they reflect the number of absences in the week PLUS the number in the week before for each category.  So, on this report the pupil was absent on the afternoon of 4th November i.e. one “opening” absence for that week and then absent on the afternoon of the 15th November (another “opening” absence), giving a cumulative total to the end of that week of 2 absences.  The pupil has not been absent since, so the number in the “Unauthorised” column will stay at 2 until there is a subsequent absence.
  • An “Unauthorised” absence remains marked as such until it can be confirmed as falling into one of the following categories:
    • Sickness
    • Medical and dental treatment
    • Bereavement
    • Short-term exceptional domestic circumstances
    • Religious observance
    • Meetings prior to and in court
    • Attendance at or in connection with a Children’s Hearing or Care Review
    • Weddings of immediate family
    • Agreed debates, sports, musical or theatrical productions not arranged by or in conjunction with the school
    • Sanctioned extended absence in relation to children of travelling families.

Therefore it is really important that parents and carers send in notes following an absence from school.  If you do not send in a note, the absence will remain “Unauthorised” and will affect the attendance record that can be asked for by colleges and prospective employers.

S Ingham
February 2011

Published: 02 February 2011

We would like to let you know of the availability of a new healthy living programme provided by NHS Lothian and East Lothian Council called “Get Going”.

Get Going is a free family healthy lifestyle programme which supports children to work towards a healthy weight. It’s about working together as a family to make small lifestyle changes. Supported by a trained coach, you’ll learn more about eating well and being more active. Children will get the opportunity to take part in fun, active games, while parents share ideas and experiences

Get Going consists of eight sessions, taking place in enjoyleisure sports centres or community venues once a week. It starts with a one-to-one consultation with the family and a specially trained healthy lifestyle coach. This is followed by a series of interactive group sessions.

Each week a different topic is covered, from introducing a healthier eating plan, to discussions around physical activity and thinking about the amount of time spent watching television or playing on the computer.

To find out when the next courses are available in your area or for more information please contact:


Get Going Administrator
Tel: 0131 536 0302


Your local Get Going Co-ordinator is:
Caroline Kaye
Tel: 01620 828 760


please also check out our website:


Published: 01 February 2011

The library will host an exhibition from East Lothian Museum Service for the next two weeks.

Rags to Riches highlights the lives of four emmigrants from East Lothian who all went on to a level of fame in their new home.

The exhibition focuses on John Ewart, David Syme, William Robertson Smith and Margaret Home Sievwright.

Rags to Riches will be on display until 11 February 2011.

Published: 31 January 2011

The Knox Academy Parent School Partnership will hold its February meeting on Wednesday 9 February 2011 starting at 6.15 pm. Immediately afterward, the Partnership will hold its AGM at 7.30 pm in the school library.

Please come along to both or either if you can. A report on the activities of the Partnership over the last year will be presented to the AGM and there will be an opportunity for parents to raise any matters.

We hope to see you there.

The PSP.

Published: 30 January 2011

As part of the Haddington Festival for 2011, Haddington Community Council are holding an East Lothian's Got Talent Contest during the Festival.

This is in aid of Leukaemia Research.

Further information can be found below (now updated with prizes) - the closing date for entries is 25 March 2011.

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