General News

Published: 18 March 2019

This is an opportunity for parents, carers and guardians of LEAPS-eligible S5 pupils to come and find out more about the support LEAPS can offer a student who is planning to apply to higher education in S6, as well as providing the chance to speak to university admissions staff and SAAS about higher education options and funding via an exhibition. 

This evening will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019 from 7-9 pm at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh Campus, Riccarton).

Students are also very welcome to attend.

Find out more information about this event and register at the LEAPS Parents Website.

What is LEAPS?

LEAPS is a widening participation programme which aims to encourage and advise students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. We support young people in South East Scotland, raising aspirations and providing impartial advice about higher education. We currently work with 59 schools throughout South East Scotland, supporting pupils who match LEAPS eligibility criteria.

Published: 15 March 2019

School session dates have now been published by East Lothian Council for Session 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Downloadable documents are available on our website: School Info > Session Dates

Published: 15 March 2019

We are hugely grateful to Miss Laudi from Knox Academy Eco-Committee for providing us with a wealth of information, motivation and opportunities to consider our own responsibility in Meadowpark to our community and wider society in relation to reducing our reliance on plastic.

Tyne class concluded the week with a thought provoking assembly which highlighted just how much plastic we have around us in school. From chairs, DVDs, trays, pens, glue sticks, telephones and computers we have become possibly over-reliant on this product which we discovered enters the eco-system, including our bodies as BPA (bisphenol A) which is an industrial chemical that has been used as an element of polycarbonate plastics used to make food containers and plastic bottles since the 1960s. Although safe in very low levels there has been increased awareness of BPA possibly leeching into the food chain and can have possible health effects on brain development and possibly behaviour. Read more here ...Newsletter 15.03.19

Published: 14 March 2019

The Mathematics Department has been using Mathletics since December to set home learning tasks and also promote independent learning. So far, results look positive with increasing usage, engagement and improvement.

All parents/carers can create a parent account which they can use to monitor their child's progress. You can create this account using the steps found in this parent letter. ​You will need your child's  login details to create the account.

Published: 11 March 2019

S2 parents night will see the start of our Dress Code Donations. There will be a box next to the tea/coffee table for anyone who has any dress code they no longer need/have grown out of. We will accept official Knox Academy branded items and also clean additional dress code items. Please help us to protect the environment and support our school community, all donations are gratefully received and the box will be present at parent's nights from now on.

Anyone who has anything they would like to donate outwith S2 Parent's Night please feel free to hand in anything to be given to Miss McBride or Miss Laudi.  

Published: 10 March 2019

Maths Department Masterclasses continue this week. So at lunchtime or after school we have:

  • Solving Trig Equations for National 5; and
  • Composite and Inverse Functions for Higher.

In addition we are running our second Friday afternoon study session from 12.30-1.30pm this week.

  • National 5 will focus on quadratic equations and graphs (factorised form) in Mr Wren's room; and
  • Higher will focus on Area under a curve/ between two curves in Mr Tait's room.

Click here to view the timetable of masterclasses up until Study Leave.

Published: 08 March 2019

As the days are getting longer and lighter and thoughts turn to Spring I was contacted by the education representative from David Wilson Homes this week asking if we were still keen to put bird boxes up around the school grounds.  Naturally, I chirpily replied, indeed we are. I am hopeful that this will take place before Easter, so that both pupils and birds can benefit and we can monitor the activity of our feathered friends.

Pupils are naturally drawn to being outdoors and have learned to use whatever they find to regulate or stimulate sensory need. This week some of the planks that have been set aside for the Playpod had been creatively manoeuvred onto the tyres. The planks are sturdy enough to withstand the young people bouncing on them so I did not have the heart to remove them in case they were broken and so play happily continued. Read more here...Newsletter 08.03.19

Published: 05 March 2019

Details of arrangements for the end of the Spring Term and start of the Summer Term are contained within this letter from our Head Teacher.

Published: 04 March 2019

I was delighted to see the feedback from the SQA this week indicating that the verification of National 2 courses and Personal Achievement Awards undertaken by Esk class was approved. In some areas the evidence was  cited as good practice and gives us credence that we are certainly on the right track to be providing a climate of learning that will see our pupils become successful learners and confident individuals.

We are still in the early stages of developing our senior phase and transition beyond school. That said I have had feedback that one former pupil has been attending college successfully and they  hope to continue to enhance the qualifications attained here at Meadowpark. Read more here...Newsletter 01.03.19

Published: 04 March 2019

If you have not already handed in your passport to be photocopied please does so as a matter of urgency. The deadline has now passed. Thank you to those of you who have already came to speak to me if there are unable to do this at the moment, please see Miss McBride is there are any issues at all with this.