General News

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

Published: 29 April 2019

A message about Money Mules from Police Scotland...

Dear Parent or Guardian, 

Across the country, young people are increasingly being asked by fraudsters to receive and send money through their own bank accounts, sometimes keeping some of the cash for themselves.  This is commonly known as being a money mule.

Criminals need money mules to launder the profits of their crimes.  Mules will usually be unaware of where the money comes from – often fraud and scams – and that it can go on to fund crimes such as drug dealing and people trafficking.

Fraudsters will approach young people online or in person, including through social media, and at school, college or sports clubs.  Sometimes it’s people they know who persuade them to become a money mule, often because they are also doing it.

Being a money mule is illegal. 

When someone is caught, their bank account will be closed, and they will have problems getting student loans, mobile phone contracts and credit in the future.  They could even face arrest for money laundering which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.  

We need your help to warn young people about the dangers and consequences of becoming a money mule.   
Tell-tale signs that someone might be involved include them suddenly having extra cash, buying expensive new clothes or top-of-the-range mobile phones and gadgets with very little explanation as to how they got the money. They may also become secretive, withdrawn or appear stressed. 

You can find out more information and advice by visiting the Money Mules website.

If you are worried that someone close to you might be caught up in money mulling, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111
You can also report a fraud in Scotland to Police Scotland by calling 101

Please do not attempt to contact any individual you suspect of being involved in money muling.

Published: 26 April 2019

Good grief – have we really just come back from a 15 day holiday? I certainly felt refreshed and recharged on Tuesday and I could see that pupils (and staff?) were keen to be back in a routine, but I have hardly had time to draw breath this week and it’s all for very good reasons.

A well intentioned friend suggested that this is perhaps a quieter time for secondary schools because of exams and seniors leaving school but I had to point out that this is actually one of our busiest times with transition, planning for alternative courses and concluding reports and IEPs, all of which generate a certain amount of energy and optimism. It’s always gratifying to record pupils’ achievements and this session in particular has seen some Meadowpark pupils achieve recognition for their hard work in SQA qualifications. Read more here...Newsletter 26.04.19

Published: 25 April 2019

More and more families are enjoying the convenience and safety of paying for school meals online via SchoolPay.

This supports the school to be more efficient as payments online cost East Lothian Council only 15p to manage but cash/cheque payments are over £8.

The short video below summaries the SchoolPay system. More information can be found on the East Lothian Council website and a previous Q&A video published here.

Published: 25 April 2019

Over the next few weeks S1 Learning Conversations will take place.

In the Mathematics Department we will issue each learner with an updated Assessment Profile (example here, previously issued before Christmas) and a Learning Journey grid. The Assessment Profile will include information on progress so far and details of how you can support your young person.

Here is our plea:

Home-School partnership is crucial to raising attainment and we really need your help so please keep encouraging your young person to work through their Learning Journey grids and sign each block when you have checked their work. 

The electronic copy of the Learning Journey (with links to video tutorials and exercises) will be on Show My Homework but can also be accessed here.

Learning Conversations and Targets are often seen as "one off  things" that are not returned to. Assessment Profiles and Learning Journeys (alongside weekly Curriculum Quizzes and Mathletics tasks) are our attempt at:

  • helping our learners realise the power of regular retrieval practice;
  • knowing where they 'are' with their learning ;
  • progressing their learning with effective revision (not everyone knows how to revise Maths/ know where to begin); and
  • developing good study habits.

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