December 2018

Published: 19 December 2018

Thanks to everyone who brought in empty glass jars for an upcoming Eco Committee project! We now have enough jars. Please recycle or reuse your jars instead!

We are still looking for empty and clean spray bottles - from household cleaning products and from body sprays. We'll only take spray bottles that have a removable lid and nozzle! Bring your donations to Miss Laudi's room. Thanks and happy holidays!

Published: 19 December 2018

Our final Eco Tip before the holiday break is a great one: bring your own reusable cup when you want to buy take away hot drinks! If you think ahead and put your reusable cup in your bag before leaving home, you'll save unnecessary waste from going to landfill. A few stats...

  1. Paper cups ARE NOT recyclable due to a wax lining that prevents the liquid from seeping through.
  2. In just 2 minutes, 10 000 paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom.
  3. 2.5 billion paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom each year.
  4. More than 7 million paper cups are used in the UK each day.

This is a HUGE amount of waste that we can all make an effort to avoid! The next time you go to a local coffee shop for your tea, hot chocolate or coffee, please please please say NO to that disposable cup! You might even want to make it your New Year Resolution to get a Keep Cup and to refuse paper cups!

Published: 18 December 2018

Could My World of Work pupil ambassadors please meet briefly with Mr Flood at his Office at the start of morning interval today, Wednesday?

Published: 18 December 2018

We are holding our annual Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 20 December.  Please come adorned in any festive items (within reason).

A donation of £1 would be very much appreciated.  Thanks

Published: 18 December 2018

Thank you to all Tutor Groups who made the effort to make and fill a Christmas Box.

The results are

  • Overall Winner - Meadowpark - Esk Class
  • Garleton Winner - 1G1 Miss Smith/MrWatson
  • Lammerlaw Winner - 2L3 Mr Moncrieff
  • Traprain Winner - 5C Mr Redford
  • Highly Commended - 6B Miss Reynolds

What a wonderful effort. Social Work, The Day Centre and Bield Housing at the Butts will be delighted.

Published: 17 December 2018

East Lothian Council are recruiting two Modern Apprentices in the following roles:

Licensing, Admin & Democratic Services

You will have a minimum of SVQ1/Standard Grade General level English/Maths or National 4 English/Maths or Literacy/Numeracy or Intermediate 1 Communication/Numeracy and/or relevant experience of working in an office environment. 

Opportunity information and to apply click here

Revenues & Welfare Support

You will have a minimum of SVQ1/Standard Grade General level English/Maths or National 4 English/Maths or Literacy/Numeracy or Intermediate 1 Communication/Numeracy and/or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through relevant experience.

Opportunity information and to apply click here

 

Published: 17 December 2018

A reminder to all S3 pupils that your electronic Profile should be completed for Wednesday 9th January 2019. All the pupils who did not begin the profile last Wednesday should attend a session in Mr Mc Swan’s room, during Period 3 on Tuesday 18th December 2018. Your teacher does know you need to attend.   Mrs Falconer

Published: 17 December 2018

For all those involved in the Christmas Concert, please see the rehearsal schedule below.

Monday

  • Period 1 Wind Band
  • Period 2 Piano Duet/Cello Solo/Guitar Group
  • Period 3 Jazz Band
  • Period 4 Orchestra
  • Period 5 Choir
  • Period 6 S4 Band & Choir

Tuesday

  • Period 1 Orchestra
  • Period 2 String Orchestra
  • Period 3 Goats Toes
  • Period 4 Staff Band
  • Period 5 Matinee performance
  • Period 6 Matinee performance
Published: 17 December 2018

Christmas Dance photographs will be put on display today, orders can be taken from Tuesday 18 December 2018 - see Mrs Ball for further details.

Published: 14 December 2018

The Library will be closed at the following times during the last week of term:

  • Monday Break: Pupil Librarian Meeting
  • Monday Lunch: Craft Corner
  • Tuesday Lunch: Pipe Band Warm Up for the Christmas Concert
  • Wednesday Lunch until Lunchtime Thursday: Mr Plain out of school.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

B. Plain

Published: 14 December 2018

Pupil Librarians,  please attend a meeting in the library at break TODAY, Monday 17th December 2018.

Published: 14 December 2018

The latest newsletter of training and employment opportunities from East Lothian Works can be viewed here.

Published: 14 December 2018

Starting in January 2019, East Lothian Works and Edinburgh College offer introductory courses based in the community, with FREE crèche and help with travel costs for residents of East Lothian.
Make a Start with Free Adult Learning Courses

  • Thinking about returning to work or going to college?
  • Would like to increase your skills and confidence?
  • Need study to fit in with your busy life?

Courses suit careers in:

  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Health & Social Care (work with families, children and young people, vulnerable groups)

Each course includes SQA units delivered by Edinburgh College

You develop skills in:

  • Everyday English and Maths
  • Employability
  • English for Speakers of other languages (ESOL)

TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE AT OUR INFORMATION SESSION:
Call East Lothian Works on 01620 827262 or e-mail

Published: 14 December 2018

The Social Mobility Foundation 2019 Aspiring Professionals Programme, which is free of charge for S5 students, deadline is fast approaching. You can find details below and it is hoped some applications from Knox Academy will be placed. Good Luck!

Social Mobility Programme have some great opportunities within their Law sector, including opportunities with J.P Morgan, so please if you are interested in these subjects areas check you fit the criteria and apply!

You can find out more about the Aspiring Professionals Programme here. Click here to view the application criteria.

Application Guidance Notes     Application Form

Closing Date: 19th December 2018

Published: 14 December 2018

We are now entering the last week of school before Christmas,  with the big social dance happening as usual on the last day of term.  PE will not have an 'extra' member of staff next week - so the offer of pupils coming down to PE during CORE time is no longer available!  Please make sure you go to your PSE, RMPS, Enhanced classes folks! 

Thanks

PE DEPT

 

Published: 13 December 2018

There will be a Pupil Librarian meeting on Monday (17 December) at break time in the library. Attendance is essential, please feel free to bring a snack.

Published: 13 December 2018

Can all those on the sports council please attend a short meeting on Monday at lunch time in the small gym.

This will be our last meeting of the term so it would be great to see as many people who are involved there. 

Published: 13 December 2018

Friday 14th December 2018, period 3 the House Quiz will take place. All pupils will be required to go to their timetabled classes, where you will then be put into House groups to complete the quiz. This is an excellent opportunity to win points for your house working as a team.

We hope you all enjoy it, and participate fully.

Many Thanks, your House Captains

Published: 13 December 2018

A reminder to all choir pupils to meet at the school entrance 10 minutes before the end of Lunch (13:40) today.

See you all there!

Published: 12 December 2018

We are looking for S5 buddies to help with the transition of pupils from P7 to S1. You will be matched up with an S1 and act as a support and mentor to them. The opportunity could be used as part of Duke of Edinburgh/Saltire Award/Volunteering. We are looking for around 30 buddies and the support would carry onto S6 (2019/2020). If you are interested can you let Ms Fox know in the Pupil Support Base.

Thanks,
Ms Stobie & Ms Fox

Published: 12 December 2018

For all those involved in the Christmas Concert, please find attached the rehearsal schedule.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (PDF)

Monday

  • Period 1 Wind Band
  • Period 2 Piano Duet/Cello Solo/Guitar Group
  • Period 3 Jazz Band
  • Period 4 Orchestra
  • Period 5 Choir
  • Period 6 S4 Band & Choir

Tuesday

  • Period 1 Orchestra
  • Period 2 String Orchestra
  • Period 3 Goats Toes
  • Period 4 Staff Band
  • Period 5 Matinee performance
  • Period 6 Matinee performance
Published: 12 December 2018

Could the choir members who were given a PC1 form please return it to Mrs Loughrey BEFORE break time today.

If you are a member of the choir but were not given a PC1 form do not worry - you already have a signed one in the office.

Rehearsal is at lunch time today.

Published: 12 December 2018

A Polar-Gear water bottle has also been left in M.12 last week.  Currently has orange squash inside.  Is this your water bottle?

Published: 12 December 2018

Did you leave a Black Jacket in M.12?

Visit Mr Dempster to reclaim - has been awaiting collection for one week - it looked like the jacket had been left deliberately. Some items in pockets including a key.

Published: 11 December 2018

With the holiday season upon us, the Eco-Committee would like you to think about the environmental impact of wrapping presents. Every year, a massive amount of wrapping paper is sent to landfills, making wrapping presents a wasteful practice. Most wrapping paper is recyclable, except for shiny, metallic, and glittery types of wrapping paper. BUT the good news is that there are environmental solutions to wrapping paper. For example, you can use gifts bags, which can be reused, you can wrap presents in plain brown paper and decorate it or you can even pack presents in old boxes (e.g. shoe boxes) and decorate the boxes. The idea here is to cut down on single-use items that end up in landfill! Be creative this Christmas and make an effort to wrap presents more sustainably!

Published: 10 December 2018

There shall be a meeting about the Connections theatre project on Thursday 13th December 2018 from 4pm-4.15pm in the Studio.

Miss Whitfield

Published: 10 December 2018

Please could all Players hand their forms to Mrs Lewis  in L3 by Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Break or Lunchtime.

it is imperative that the forms are handed in, any player who hasn't handed their form in, I'm afraid will not be playing.

Thanks
Mrs Lewis

Published: 10 December 2018

All pupils shadowing the Teenage Book Award, please come along to the next meeting in the library at break-time on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

 

Published: 10 December 2018

The latest newsletter of employment and training opportunities from East Lothian Works can be viewed here.

Published: 10 December 2018

Can the girls that have been attending morning fitness/breakfast club, please ensure they come to PE at either break or lunch today.

Published: 09 December 2018

Pupils in the Employability Skills class should go to the Library at the start of Period 1 today, Monday.

Published: 09 December 2018

Our My World of Work pupil ambassadors should go to the Food Court Classroom at the start of Period 1 today, Monday, for a training session with Gordon Craig from Skills Development Scotland.

Published: 07 December 2018

This weeks screening is Arthur Christmas (U), an animation about the magic behind the Santa Claus. The film will start at 1.20pm on Tuesday 11th December in the Library and continue on Wednesday and Thursday the same week. If you would like to watch the film but not yet a member, you can collect a sign up sheet from Mrs Gourley in Maths (M1.3) or Mr Plain in the Library. The library will be closed to non-film club members.

 

Published: 05 December 2018

Wednesday 19 December 7pm in the school hall.  Suggested donation of £3 per entry on the door.  All welcome, thanks   

Published: 05 December 2018

Could all pupils who have signed up for the PGL Watersports trip to France please attend a meeting in the PE Classroom at 1.35pm today.  There are still spaces so if you aren't already sign up for a trip and would like to go, please come along also.

Published: 05 December 2018

If you attend girls' morning fitness, can you please come to the PE classroom during lunch time today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday). This will only take a few minutes of your time.

Published: 04 December 2018

Owing to the school dance on Thursday could all pupils involved in the National Theatre Connections project please attend a short meeting in the Studio, 1.30 on THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER.

Published: 04 December 2018

Tickets go on advanced sale from the 5th of December 2018 and on general release from the 9th of December 2018.

Published: 04 December 2018

The deadline for the 2nd installment of S3 Activities Week Residential payments has now passed. Please ensure that you keep to these deadlines as it can affect the viability of the whole trip. The school's preferred method of payment is online. Please speak to Miss Maguire in the office if you are having any difficulties with regards to online payments.

If there is any issues with keep to the payment deadlines the school/trip leaders are available to try and support, however, we cannot help if you don't come and speak to us therefore please could pupils speak to their trip leader in the first instance. The best Funding option comes from East Lothian Education Trust, an application form was given out to those who requested it with trip letters. Any questions please speak to Miss McBride.

Published: 04 December 2018

Our Eco Tip this week asks you avoid paper towels and to opt for a more reusable and sustainable option instead: cloth napkins! Many brands of paper towels are actually made with a plastic fiber, so they are not fully compostable and if they're too dirty, they're not recyclable either! So the next time you want to use a paper towel, consider avoiding it and using an alternative to avoid creating extra waste!

Published: 03 December 2018

All pupils attending Wendy and Peter Pan trip on Friday 7th December should first register with their registration class then QUICKLY come to the bus in the rear carpark, behind PE. Bus must leave at 9am. All pupils to wear full school uniform. Bus shall return to Knox between 1.15-1.30pm

Published: 03 December 2018

The Eco-Committee is looking for donations of empty and clean spray bottles. These can be spray bottles from cleaning products (e.g. window cleaner, surface cleaner) or spray bottles from body sprays. As long as the spray nozzle can be removed in order to refill the bottle, we'll take it! Please bring these to Miss Laudi's room.

Published: 03 December 2018

There will be a Leavers Dance Committee meeting on Thursday at Lunchtime in Miss McBride's room. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Published: 03 December 2018

The Basketball is cancelled this week due to the Christmas Dance.  We will return for our last session for the winter on Thursday 13 December 2018.