March 2019

Published: 21 March 2019

Can all pupils part of this years Knox Book Group please attend a short meeting today (Thursday) at break time. As always please try to be there ASAP As we have very little time. We will meet (as usual) in the library 

Published: 20 March 2019

This is a reminder, as per the trip letter,  the final balance for the Paris Trip 2019 is due by the 22nd March. Any issues please speak to Miss McBride asap.

Published: 20 March 2019

M&GPrudential have opened the applications to their apprentice programme. There are 2 roles in Edinburgh and 9 in Stirling. If you are eager to start your career, then check out the variety of jobs below and start applying.

Application closing date: 5 April 2019. Role start date: September 2019

Edinburgh Apprenticeships

Digital Content Apprentice

 Working with M&GPrudential as a Digital Content Apprentice means becoming part of a brand with a global reputation and an exciting vision: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investments business.

Digital Solutions Apprentice

 The aim of our Digital function is to enhance the overall customer experience of our offerings and help with the commercial performance of our wider business. We do this through creative design, rigorous development and on-going improvements.

To view the apprenticeships in Stirling, please click here.


Published: 20 March 2019

Tarmac, Dunbar Cement Plant, have opportunities for 2  Modern apprenticeships this year (1 Mechanical & 1 Electrical) we have arranged a information evening on 26th March from 5pm-7pm for any interested candidates and there parents/guardians who wish to find out more information.

If anyone has any questions please contact Michelle Chisholm on +44 136 886 1263 

Click here to view the company's website.


Published: 20 March 2019

The sun is rising earlier nowadays, so why don't you too!? Yoga Club runs every Thursday 8-8:30am in the Drama Studio. We supply the yoga mats, all you have to do is wear something comfy! Staff are welcome too. Please see Ms. Cahoon or Mrs. Montgomery for more information.

Published: 20 March 2019

A reminder that final payments for the PGL Watersports trip must be made by this Friday 22/03/2019. Any issues with payment, please see Mr Redford as soon as possible.

Published: 20 March 2019

The completion of College application forms for the Schools/College Partnership will take place Periods 5 and 6 this afternoon in the Food Court Classroom. Your Period 5/6 teacher will tell you what time to go to the FCC.

Published: 20 March 2019

Well done to all the pupils who took part in the interviews on Monday morning. The interviewers were very impressed with the quality of the interviews.  A reminder that all other CVs and Covering Letters must be with Miss Bulloch, Mr Miller and Mr Redford by the end of the day today if you would like to be part of the interviews on Monday 25 March. Any questions, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 19 March 2019

Modern Apprentice - Business Administration - Human Resources & Payroll

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Modern Apprenticeship within the Council’s Human Resources division.

You will provide administrative support to staff within Human Resources. With good interpersonal skills, you will be flexible, confident and a team player. Training in the use of specialist software packages will be provided, however a basic knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office packages is desirable. There will be on-going support from an external training provider to achieve the SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. 

You must provide evidence of competency in Literacy and Numeracy skills (minimum of three Standard Grades level 3 passes or National 4's including English and Mathematics).

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.




Published: 19 March 2019

East Lothian Council are keen to continue its tradition of harnessing and developing the talent of young people in the local area and as such are looking to recruit apprentices in the following trade/discipline:

  • Apprentice Plasterer (2 vacancies)

This vacancy is restricted to applicants who currently live in the East Lothian Area and are aged between 16 and 24 years of age as at 29 July 2019.

Applicants should have achieved, or be expected to achieve the following qualifications by August 2019:

3 National 4 or 5’s, or 3 standard grades at credit/general level (1-4),

including English, Maths and one other subject.

Applicants must provide certified proof of the qualifications noted above at Stage 2 of the process (Theory Test).  Please note National 4 qualifications/predicted National 5 qualifications will be accepted but only if verified in writing by your school.   

Applicants will be required to pass the Theory Test and a Practical Test prior to interview.

The apprenticeship will run for 4 years and during this period every apprentice will attend an appropriate further education centre to attain the qualification applicable to this trade.  Apprentices will also work with teams of skilled craft operatives on a variety of different tasks applicable to the trade.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in this trade and be able to demonstrate a commitment to their own learning and show that they are keen to become a qualified tradesperson.

APPLY ONLINE closing date 31st March 2019.

Published: 19 March 2019

The Drama Studio/Modern Studies corridor will be closed from 9am-1.07pm then from 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2019 for SQA exams.

Access your locker before registration or at lunchtime, the corridor shall be CLOSED at break time and from 5pm.

Published: 19 March 2019

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

Employment opportunities this week:

Apprentice Plasterer x2 (East Lothian Council)

Contact Centre Advisor (East Lothian Council)

Sales Assistant (WH Smith)

Retail Team Member (Krispy Kreme)

Published: 19 March 2019

REMINDER: no junior netball this week due to a senior fixture against Dunbar. Please come down and support for a 4.30pm start!

Published: 18 March 2019

We have been working with pupils, parents and staff reviewing our approaches to recognition of achievement and the House profiles. Information on how to vote is at the bottom of this article...

House Tie
From these discussions it has been agreed to move forward with a House tie, which will immediately link the pupil with their House and will form part of our school uniform from session 2020/2021.

All pupils should vote for either Option A (thick band) or Option B (thin band).

Achievement Tie
The Achievement ties will be awarded for a significant piece of work, winning awards, representing teams over the seasons and also for ‘diligence in their school work over the year’. 

The Achievement ties use a gold band combined with the relevant House colour.

BGE ties will have a single gold band, while Senior ties will have a double/thicker gold band.

For this vote choose either A1/A2 or B.

How to Have Your Say

  • Pupils will be asked to express their opinion in Registration Class votes. 
  • Parents/Carers are encouraged to respond to the Twitter Polls (House Tie Poll | Achievement Tie Poll) to show their preferences.
  • Staff and community partner votes also welcome!

The House ties use Lammerlaw as an example, while the Achievement ties use Traprain as the example.

Published: 18 March 2019

A reminder that Employability Skills interviews will be taking place this morning in the Library. Please arrive at the Library a few minutes before your interview. A list of names and times is in the Common Room and on the wall outside the Library. Any concerns, please see Mr Flood, who will be in the Food Court Classroom Period 1.

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: 18 March 2019

The clothing collection for Rock Trust will continue throughout this week until Friday 22 March. We're looking for clean clothes for ages 16-25. Please bring all donations to Miss Laudi's room. The deadline for buying a bamboo toothbrush for £2 is also this Friday. If you would like one, please place your order with Miss Laudi!

Published: 18 March 2019

Can all those that intend on playing the fixture against Dunbar on Wednesday please attend a short meeting today (Monday) in the small gym at 1.30pm. Due to the number of players if you do not attend this meeting it will be assumed that you are not available to play.

Published: 15 March 2019

Voting is now open to elect your new members for East Lothian in the Scottish Youth Parliament. Use your Young Scot card to vote using this link.                 .

More details about how to vote will be given in Assemblies on Monday - Wednesday and in Registration.

Remember we have 2 Knox Academy candidates - Marilyn Briggs and Adnan Ros who would love your vote!

Voting closes on 28th March 2019.

Published: 13 March 2019

Are you thinking of hairdressing as a career?

Are you a ‘people’ person who is thinking of leaving school at Christmas and is looking for an amazing, creative career in hairdressing?

Cheynes — Scotlands leading salon group — is looking for young people to join the Cheynes Experience Programme starting in August/September.

Key questions

Do you love fashion?

Do you like to try new things?

Do you love meeting people?

Do you have lots of energy?

Do you have a sense of humour?

If you tick all of the boxes then please apply now for a place on our extended work experience programme where every day is different and you can earn the chance to start a modern apprenticeship with Cheynes - one of the leading salons in the UK.

Please see your Guidance Teacher and/or Mr Flood if you are interested in this opportunity.

Published: 12 March 2019

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Knox students and staff, the Eco-Committee completely sold out of our first batch of bamboo toothbrushes! You're all amazing for making the switch! Due to demand, we're still taking orders for bamboo toothbrushes. If you'd still like to order some (you're welcome to buy more than 1), please bring in your money to Miss Laudi by the end of this week. Based on the number of payments, we'll order a new batch of toothbrushes and deliver them to you once they come in! At only £2 per toothbrush, it's an excellent price! Thanks for your Eco-Week support!

Published: 12 March 2019

Please could a couple members of the Leavers committee come to check the seating cards against the seating plan asap. Thank you for your help and time in advance. Miss McBride.

Published: 12 March 2019

Spring Concert - Thursday 28 March 2019

Tickets will be on sale at break time from T4 in the Design Technology Department.

Cost: £5 and £3 for concession.

Published: 12 March 2019

The latest issue of employment and training opportunities in East Lothian Works Newsletter can be viewed here.

Published: 11 March 2019

As a reminder, the eco-shop Lil (website here) will be at Knox Academy on Tuesday 12 March during lunch time in the social area and during S2 parents night from 5pm-7pm in the locker area. Lil will be selling a variety of eco-friendly products which you may be interested in trying out! This a great opportunity to explore your options and to try some eco-friendly items for the first time! They accept cash, card, and applepay. We're looking forward to welcoming Lil in to Knox!

Published: 11 March 2019

REMINDER:- payment dates for S1 Activities Week.

Deposit £25 to be paid by         Friday 8th February 2019

£25 to be paid by                      Friday 8th March 2019

£20 to be paid by                      Friday 5th April 2019 (Total £70.00 should be paid by this date)

Please ensure you are up to date with the above payments.


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: 11 March 2019

A reminder that all CVs and Covering Letters should be with Miss Bulloch, Mr Miller and Mr Redford by today at the latest. Interviews will take place on Monday 18 and Monday 25 March. Any concerns, please see your Core teacher.

Published: 11 March 2019

Following Friday's Assembly, any other S5 pupils who are interested in attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award opportunity in July should give their name to Mr Flood by the end of the day on Tuesday 12 March.

Published: 11 March 2019

ECO-WEEK is finally here! Last week in the bulletin and on Twitter, we told you about all our amazing events that we have planned and below is the full schedule. If you have any questions, please come see Miss Laudi. And most importantly of all, make the most of Eco-Week 2019! This is your chance to explore creative avenues into a more sustainable lifestyle! We hope to see you today at lunch time for our plastic-free beauty tutorial!

Published: 11 March 2019

Please note, there will be NO netball this week due to a primary event on in the hall.

Published: 11 March 2019

REMINDER: if you are performing in football or badminton on Wednesday 13th March for your PE one-off performance you must meet at the following times:

Football: 8.45am at the 3G

Badminton: P3 at the Games Hall

Please ensure you have the appropriate clothing and football. Badminton players should also have their lunch with them. Any questions - please come to PE.

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

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in Medicine. An event is being organised by a charity called ‘You can be a Doctor’, which is run by senior medical students and doctors.

Pupils and their parents are invited along to find out more about the unique requirements of applications to medicine, to hear about support on offer and more from current medical students and doctors.

Full details are noted below:

  • Date: Tuesday 2 April 2019
  • Time: 18:00 – 19:30
  • Location: Auditorium A, Chancellor’s Building, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB

Signup to this Event Online

Further information can be found in the promotional posteron twitter, or directly on the 'You can be a Doctor' website.

Published: 07 March 2019

Our final Eco-Week initiative is a clothing collection for Rock Trust, a charitable organisation that works with young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Rock Trust provides useful services like one-to-one support, group programmes, employability training, and volunteering/work experience opportunities. To help young people, Rock Trust also provides supplies like clothing. A year and a half ago, the Eco-Committee ran a donation campaign for Rock Trust and we collected 94 kilos of donations! Let's see if we can top that this year!

We're collecting donations of clean clothes in good condition (ages 16-25/sizes 8-16) from March 11 to 22 - that's two whole weeks! And this comes at a great time because you might be doing some spring cleaning at home and realize that in the depths of your closet, you have a lot of clothes you rarely wear! Rather than send those clothes to landfill, let's put them toward a good cause! Clothing donations can be brought to Miss Laudi's room from March 11-22. We look forward to seeing the Knox community come together for another good cause!

Published: 07 March 2019

Just a quick reminder that the Maths Department is running an afternoon study session from 12.30-1.30pm today (Friday 8 March 2019).

  • National 5 will focus on factorising/ completing the square in Mr Tait's room; and
  • Higher will focus on Double Angle & Addition Formulae in Mr Wren's room.

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

Published: 07 March 2019

A reminder to S6 pupils that the deadline for submission of CVs and Covering Letters is Friday 8 March. These should be returned to Miss Bulloch, Mr Miller or Mr Redford. Interviews will take place on Monday 18 March and Monday 25 March. Times will be confirmed next week.  Any concerns please see Mr Flood.

Published: 07 March 2019

All staff and pupils are entitled to download Microsoft Office for free to use while in education.  This could save you a substantial sum of money!

In order to activate you will need your Glow Login (you may not know what this is) - speak with Mr Dempster who will give you the details you need.

Visit to download the software prior to activation.

Note any files created with the downloaded software will become read-only when you leave school, and you won’t be able to create any new ones. The software checks regularly for the continued existence of the Glow-based subscription. Once you leave school and disappear from current SEEMIS student records, the account is closed. At that point you would be prompted to pay for a normal subscription in order to be able to edit your files again.

Published: 06 March 2019

Can all S5 pupils who are keen to go on the S6 Weekend to Dalguise in September please ensure they have returned their PC1 Form to Mr Redford by Friday at the latest. The £50 deposit is also due on Friday, please see Mr Redford if there any concerns about meeting the deadline.


Published: 06 March 2019

Can all S5 pupils who are keen to go on the S6 Weekend to Dalguise in September please ensure they have returned their PC1 Form to Mr Redford by Friday at the latest. The £50 deposit is also due on Friday, please see Mr Redford if there any concerns about meeting the deadline.


Published: 06 March 2019

Our bamboo toothbrush pre-order sales have been going extremely well this week and now we have a limited number remaining! There are only 17 medium and 7 soft bamboo toothbrushes left! If you'd like to get one, act fast and buy one from Miss Laudi for £2!

Published: 06 March 2019

The Eco-Committee is extremely excited to announce that we're bringing an ECO-SHOP to Knox Academy for Eco-Week! Lil is an online/mobile shop that specializes in products aimed at helping people reduce their impact on the environment... in other words, Low Impact Living. Lil champions a lifestyle that is kind to the environment through natural, ethical, and low waste products.

Lil will be selling their eco-friendly products at Knox on Tuesday 12 March in the social area at lunch time. They will also be with us during S2 Parents Night on Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Lil will be selling a variety of items including shampoo bars, soap bars, reusable straws, lunch boxes, deodorants, lip balms, and more! You can look at Lil's products on their website here, just bear in mind that they won't be bringing in their pantry items (e.g. loose food) or liquid refills. Lil conveniently accepts cash, card, and applepay. So moral of the story: come explore what sustainable products Lil is bringing in and perhaps buy some to try out!

Published: 05 March 2019

If you're interested in reducing the amount of plastic you use in your daily routine, but you're not quite sure how, then the Knox Eco-Committee's Plastic-Free Beauty Tutorial is just the thing for you! We'll be bringing in a wide range of plastic-free products to show you how we use them and to inspire you to make some eco-friendly swaps! We'll be talking about plastic-free toothpaste, shampoos, moisturizers, deodorants, lip balms, make up remover, and much more! The workshop will take place at 1:20pm in Miss Laudi's room at lunch time on Monday 11 March. We encourage all interested students and staff to come along with your lunch and a pal!

Published: 04 March 2019

For Eco-Week, the Knox Eco-Committee and Film Club are collaborating to put on a screening of the animated Pixar film WALL-E.  The film follows a "waste allocation" robot who is alone on Earth because it has been abandoned by humans due to the sheer volume of rubbish and waste left behind. Unexpectedly, WALL-E embarks on a space adventure that just may save the future of humankind. Intrigued? You can watch the trailer here. If you would like to watch the film next week in the library during Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday lunch times, please collect a form from Mrs. Gourley. 

Published: 04 March 2019

Are you interested in a career in Early Years?

Are you aged between 16-19 years old?

Do you want to work towards an industry recognised accredited qualification?

Would you like to work full time as a Childcare Modern Apprentice in a nursery working with babies to children aged 5 years old?

Carousel's process is simple:

We interview you for the training position.

We assist you to secure employment while undergoing your training.

You will be trained over 15-18 months to be a fully qualified Childcare Practitioner, undertaking an SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 7.

You graduate upon completion.

No experience is necessary.

Work and earn while you learn!


Published: 04 March 2019

There will be a 'She Rallies Girls' Tennis Camp' during the Easter Holidays open to all girls across Scotland from the 8th-10th April 2019 at St Georges School for Girls in Edinburgh. See additional information. This is a great opportunity for any girls at Knox Academy who are keen tennis players. The camp is aimed at girls, aged 5-18 years.

Published: 04 March 2019

Interviews for the new Knox Academy School Librarian are being held tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 5th March. To allow the candidates to view the library and for a group of pupils to meet and ask them some questions, the library will be closed P5 & 6. Paired Reading will be accommodated in the study room and Careers Interviews in the library office as normal.

Published: 04 March 2019

Can all pupils in the Sports Council attend another meeting on Wednesday at lunchtime in Mrs Stewart's room (computing). 

Please feel free to bring your lunch 

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.

Published: 04 March 2019

Last call for all clothing letters - these must be with Miss McBride at the very latest by Friday 8 March.