February 2020

Published: 28 February 2020

Senior pupils looking for work or an apprenticeship, please have a look at the latest East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter. There are a range of opportunities available, including a variety of Modern Apprenticeships with East Lothian Council.

Published: 28 February 2020

enjoyleisure would like to offer young people the chance of a career in the leisure industry!

Qualification - Experience - Interview

You will embark on a training programme, during which you will gain relevant qualifications and industry experience.

On completing the programme, all candidates are guaranteed an interview. If successful the candidates will be offered a job as a Leisure Assistant with enjoyleisure, and gain that important first step on the ladder to a career in the Leisure Industry.

Interested? Contact Direct Partners at: emily@directpartners.co.uk, or speak to Mr Flood.  

Published: 28 February 2020

This Wednesday (4 March 2020) period 3, David Dickson from Dunbar Grammar is coming in for the follow-up information session.

Mr Dickie 

Published: 27 February 2020

Any pupils now looking at course choices for S5/6 please feel free to come and have a look at Higher Photography examples in the Art Department. I am aware that this is a course you will have little knowledge of so come and ask any questions! There is an alternative course called NP4/5 which is the same level at Nat 4/5, again I am happy to talk you through the options.

Miss Reynolds

Published: 27 February 2020

The Scottish Land Commission wants to hear from young people across the country about their views or hopes for the future of Scotland’s land.

Have a think and visit The Scottish Land Commission website to take part.

Published: 26 February 2020

East Lothian Council has the following Property Maintenance Craft Apprenticeship Vacancies:

  • Apprentice Joiners x 2
  • Apprentice Electrician x 2
  • Apprentice Plumber x 2
  • Apprentice Painter x 1
  • Apprentice Blacksmith x 1

These are great opportunities to get paid while you learn a trade. For more information and to apply visit My JobScotland, or speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 26 February 2020

New club starting up on Friday 28 February after school with Active Schools Coordinator Michael Campbell!

Meet in PE straight after school, The club will run from 12:30-1:15 in the small gym!  

Looking forward to seeing pupils attending.


Published: 26 February 2020

Haddington Twinning Association is hosting their annual quiz night of Friday 13 March 2020. All other relevant information can be found here.

Published: 25 February 2020

Do you think of yourself as a born leader? Do you like to get involved in projects and events within the school? Do you have good ideas that you would like to share with fellow pupils? Then if so, this opportunity may be for you. We are looking for 2 House Captains to represent Garleton, Lammerlaw and Traprain from both S1 and S3. You would be expected to represent your House, help organise and run events to award points for your House and create a positive competitive atmosphere between the Houses. 


If this opportunity is for you, please write a short statement outlining what skills and attributes you have that would make you the ideal House Captain along with some ideas that you would put forward if you were to be our successful candidate. Alternatively, you can collect a form from Miss Campbell in RME1 to help you write your statement.


All entries must be handed in to Miss Campbell in Maths by Monday 16th March – Good luck!

Published: 25 February 2020

The Voice of the Future Conference 2002 will be hosted by George Watson's College in the week beginning 8 June 2020. The Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for young people from Scotland and around the world to meet together and to develop their capacity to be the Voice of the Future by researching and debating issues that will shape their lives.

During the four-day event you will examine the issues of Human Population Growth, Artificial Intelligence and Genetic Engineering. You will work in committees, conduct research, interrogate specialists, debate ideas and produce an issue paper, resulting in a petition to Parliament.

You will also have an opportunity to watch First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament, attend a dinner at Merchant's Hall an attend a reception at Edinburgh City Chambers.

This is an amazing opportunity to meet pupils from around the world (there are confirmed delegations from Ukraine, France, Malawi and Australia) to discuss issues, and will be a great addition to a CV, especially for those pupils interested a career or further education in Law, Politics, Economics, Geography or Science.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please attend a meeting in Mr Barnhurst's classroom (DR3) at break-time on Thursday.

Published: 24 February 2020

This year's Poppyscotland Volunteer Gathering will take place on Saturday 18th April 2020 from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, Fife. If you would like to be part of the team next session and would like to go along, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 24 February 2020

Friday Mile is a new club that will be starting this week!

If you would like to take part in the Friday mile please meet in the PE Changing room corridor at 5 to 8 so we can start at 8! 

This is open to staff and pupils and can be done at your own pace! I look forward to seeing as many people down!!


Published: 24 February 2020

Senior pupils looking for work or an apprenticeship, please have a look at the latest East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter. There are a range of opportunities available, including a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration with East Lothian Council.

Published: 24 February 2020

Please could the following Italian Explorers see Mr Dempster or Mrs Gilies as a matter of priority, concerning queries surrounding paperwork.

  • Imogen
  • Elli
  • Thierry
  • Eilidh
  • Amber
  • Iona
  • Luke
  • Logan
  • Scott
  • Rhys
  • Michael
Published: 24 February 2020

Can all pupil librarians please attend a meeting at lunchtime in the library - bring your lunch!

Published: 24 February 2020

Reminder that knitting club is on in the library every Monday lunchtime - feel free to come along to learn or practice!

Published: 21 February 2020

Good Afternoon All

Looking for something to do this weekend when the weather is bad? Head along to the Haddington Bowling Club from 11 am til 2 pm. Grab a cup of tea. Tombola, Face painting. Hook a duck. Or just grab a bargain.

All proceeds go towards the school 2021 Zambia and Botswana expedition.

See you all then!

Published: 21 February 2020

The pitches and the good weather have been booked....

Team Captain's Meeting: There will be a short meeting for team captains for the first annual (hopefully) Knox Academy whole-school five-a-side football tournament in Mr McFadden's classroom (T1.11) at break time on Monday 24th February 2020. If you have already put a team together, or are interested in joining the tournament, please make sure you attend this meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting, speak to Mr McFadden, Mr Miller or Mr Barnhurst.

Spectators: If you are not interested in playing, please come along to support the event and cheer on your favourite team!

The tournament will be held at the Aubigny Astro on Friday 13th March from 12.30pm. This will be a fantastic, fun afternoon - an opportunity to blow off steam and tackle your teachers!

Teams should be made up of:

- An S5/6 captain
- A teacher
- At least one girl
- At least one S3/4 pupil
- At least one S1/2 pupil


Published: 21 February 2020

A reminder for all pupils interested in History - Horrible Histories Club runs at lunchtime on Mondays. Bring your lunch to DR3 and spend a relaxing half-hour watching episodes of Horrible Histories - a comical look at some of the more gruesome bits of history.

Published: 21 February 2020

How to get ahead in the music industry

Edinburgh College are running a career event for anyone interested in studying for a career in the music industry. The event covers a range of activities, introducing courses run in the college's state-of-the-art facilities, including:

- Learning about recording and live sound
- Learning how to create artwork and promotional material for a band/artist
- Learning about all the different roles and potential careers in the music industry
- Information about NC/HNC/HND Music Business
- Information about NC/HNC/HND Sound Production

The event takes place on Friday 27th March from 1pm to 4pm at Edinburgh College's Milton Road Campus, EH152PP

If you are interested, please speak to Mr Flood for further details.

Published: 20 February 2020

Could all pupils who are interested in going on the annual S6 Weekend to Dalguise in September 2020 please ensure they collect a letter and PC1 form from their registration teacher. Please hand back the completed PC1 form to Mr Redford by Friday 28 February 2020. First payment will be due by the following Friday (6 March 2020). Any questions please see Mr Redford ASAP.

Published: 20 February 2020

RM Rose are a local business with a depot in East Linton involved in the sale and service of equipment into the agricultural, construction and other industries. The world renowned  equipment they promote  can be varied and will include tractors, telescopic handlers, combine harvesters, cultivators,  excavators, utility vehicles , forklifts etc. Customers range from one man operations up to multinational companies. Nearly all this equipment is computer based and requires the use of computer technology for diagnosis/repair/servicing.

They are looking for an apprentice to start at their East Linton depot – training will include manufactures courses and an SVQ qualification conducted both on and off site. Suitable candidates who progress through the company will be expected to carry out servicing /repairs in their workshops or on site and will have the use of suitable service van. The web site address is: www.wmrose.co.uk

Please apply in the first instance to  Ian Rose by email: ian@wmrose.co.uk

For more information, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 19 February 2020

Returning for a 5th year Jobs Roadshow will see around 70 employers with live vacancies come face to face with young people at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday 4 March 2020 with the aim to get Scotland’s future workforce Informed, Inspired and Hired.

It is anticipated that over 1,500 vacancies will be profiled at the event making it the best place to find out about the opportunities available after leaving school or college. These vacancies include Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, paid school leaver internships and full and part time job opportunities.

Jobs Roadshow 2019 saw over 1300 young people about to join the workforce connect with 72 businesses profiling over 2000 live opportunities. Employers were impressed by the level of the talent, confidence and drive the young people expressed at the event.

Rochelle Burgess, Associate Director, Edinburgh St James states;

‘Many young people may not be aware of the broad range of jobs and careers available in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism. Jobs Roadshow provided us with a great opportunity to share this information and inspire attendees to consider working in these sectors. We look for people who are passionate about people and many of the young people in attendance stood out on the day’

At last year’s event we asked young people to give one word to describe their experience, here is what they said;

At the event, young people will learn about the jobs of the future and the skills required to future proof their careers. They will also have the opportunity to get hints and tips on CVs and application forms through interactive workshops led by employers and tailored support from Skills Development Scotland.

When considering future careers it is important to know that between 2017 and 2027 it is estimated that there will be approximately 230,000 job openings in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. 81.5% of these will be replacement jobs and 18.5% will be due to growth in the economy.

While young people can book beforehand through their schools or college, they can also drop in on the day without booking. Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian (DYW) are also welcoming parents as we know the importance of involving them in activities like this.

Michelle Fenwick, Programme Director, DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian states;

 ‘94% of the young people surveyed at Jobs Roadshow 2019 felt more informed about jobs and careers and 87% said they felt more inspired to consider jobs/sectors they didn’t know about before. For employers wishing to profile themselves as an employer of choice and for those with roles that are not as visible to young people, Jobs Roadshow provides the perfect platform for influence and inspiration.’

For more information please contact the DYW team via email.

Published: 19 February 2020

Our annual Coursing Event will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20 February. Our partners from East Lothian Works, Edinburgh College, Foundation Apprenticeships and Queen Margaret University will be in school to speak with pupils and parents/carers. The programme is as follows:

Period 4 - S2 pupils

Period 5 - S3 pupils

Periods 6 and 7 - S4 and S5 pupils

5.30 pm - 6.20 pm - our partners will be in the School Library if parents/carers wish to speak with them individually about Career Pathways or individual courses

6.30 pm - 7.30 pm - Coursing Event for parents/carers/pupils in the Assembly Hall

Pupils should register at their class as normal and their teacher will take them to the correct area.


Published: 19 February 2020

All Italian Explorers must attend a meeting on Thursday 20 February 2020 at break.  Information will be issued around spending money arrangements and room allocation requests.

A number if individuals have still to hand in paperwork, and others are behind in payment schedules.

Passport photos and the passport form if not yet returned must be handed in as a matter of priority so that our application can be made well in advance of time. These were due before the February Break.

The final balance of £75 is due on Friday 6 March 2020, taking the total payments to £550.  As always if there are difficulties making payments on time it is vital that contact is made with the school.  Our final invoice to the Tour Company is due to be paid at the end of the month.

There will be a parents' meeting held to share itinerary information and final arrangements once everything is confirmed.  Please look out for this information.

Published: 19 February 2020

Please note: as of next week, Monday 24th February the new activities block will begin for all S1-S3 pupils. This means that the majority lessons will be outside for athletics. Please come appropriately dressed for PE with a change of kit, and footwear as the weather is likely to continue to be cold, and wet!

Published: 17 February 2020

Girl's morning fitness is on as normal this Wednesday, for a 7.30am start, followed by breakfast!

Published: 17 February 2020

Reminder: netball will take place as normal this week.

  • JUNIORS: S1-S3 3.30pm - 4.15pm
  • SENIORS: S4-S6 4.15pm - 5.00pm *juniors are more than welcome to stay for additional training
Published: 17 February 2020

This is to let you all know that there will be a Paris Trip meeting on Thursday 19 March in T1.1 (Miss McBride's Room) at 5.30pm. If a parent or carer is unable to attend please ensure that someone will collect all essential information for you.

Please also ensure that a photocopy of your child's passport & EHIC card (still valid until the end of December 2020) are brought to the meeting. If you have no access to a photocopier or scanner/printer these documents can be photocopied at the meeting therefore please ensure they are brought along so this can be done ( If you son/daughter does not have a passport please ensure that the process of applying one is started ASAP).

Lastly, please be aware that the two final payment installments are fast approaching : 28 Feb & 22 March. Please can you ensure that these payment deadlines are adhered to as we are now in the process of paying important invoices.

Any issues with any of the above please contact Miss McBride or Miss Laudi ASAP.

Published: 07 February 2020

We have an exciting paid placement opportunity in Edinburgh for a school leaver. The outline of the placement (plus how students apply (via our YINI website) https://www.etrust.org.uk/yini-register) is:

Purpose of Job

To assist project teams in the production and administration of project information.  To ensure the smooth operation of the company's office function on a day to day basis through supporting and providing a service to the internal customer.

The Company

The company is a partnership of diverse design talents working together to create great buildings and places for living. Their aim, in everything they do, is to make a quality contribution to this purpose and to benefit society at the same time as meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations. The practice is comprised of different specialist design teams, all working together to create high-quality projects. In-house, they have architects, landscape designers, sustainability specialists, planners, a communications team, and support services including finance, marketing, HR and IT.

Who’s it for? S6 students who if successful, would be available to start their paid YINI placement in September 2020 (the role is for up to 12 months, before the student goes to university)

For more information, see Mr Flood.

Published: 07 February 2020

Job overview

Remit are recruiting on behalf of T + J Wallace who are searching for talented people to join their team as a Light Vehicle Service Technician Apprentice. Giving you the opportunity to become the best skilled Commercial Service Technician for the future enabling you to deal with the complex technology for the future vehicles, where career options and prospects are endless.

You will be working on vehicles such cars or light commercial vehicles. Duties will include carrying out servicing, fault finding, repair of vehicles, operating specialist equipment and all other associated tasks.
Training is not all hands on, we believe that learning to use a computer and understanding the theory behind the role is as important as using a spanner.

You will attend college as part of this apprenticeship.

What will I learn?

On the job training will be carried out in the employer’s workshop alongside your workplace mentor.

Off the job training will be typically one-week block release at college.

You will build portfolios to record training, experience and skills gained throughout your apprenticeship. You will be expected to self-study and with the combination of on the job and off the job training, you will be working towards the Modern Apprenticeship Framework standards for Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, including Core Skills.

What qualification or qualities are required?

The successful applicant will be confident, self-motivated and keen to work as part of a team. Having an interest in working in the automotive and engineering industries and inquisitive nature and a desire to fix things are just as important as academic achievements.

Must have 5 qualifications at National 5 level, these must include Maths, English and a Science. Predicted grades will be taken into consideration.

Initial Assessments and interviews will be carried by Remit Ltd.

Apply for this apprenticeship

Think this is the right apprenticeship for you? Click the "Apply now" button to start your new career with this apprenticeship.


Published: 06 February 2020

A Haddington based apprentice opportunity for 16+ pupils.

Modern Apprenticeship | 1 Position available

Agricultural Service Engineer


What qualification or qualities are required?

  • Minimum of
  • NAT4 English and Maths
  • Interest in machinery would be beneficial
  • Practical mechanical experience beneficial

Further details available online

If you need help applying, come and speak to the Teachers in the Tech Dept. we are here to help !


Published: 05 February 2020

This is just a reminder to ask pupils/parents to please keep to the Payment deadlines for the Paris Trip 2020. At present there should only be two more deadlines for payments of the last working day in February & March.

Please do not pay spending money into the account as we use a different system for this money. We will organise a Parents Meeting following the February Break to ensure that parents/pupils have all the necessary information.  

Published: 04 February 2020

East Lothian Hockey development are running 3 competitions across the below dates in March. All games will be played 7 v 7. 

  • U15 and U18's Boys 7s - Friday 6th March 2020
  • U18's Girls 7s - Friday 13th March 2020 
  • U15 and U18's Mixed - Friday 20th March 2020  

All events will be 1:30-4:30pm

If you are interested in any of these events please come to PE to see Thomas Salkeld or Miss Graham in PE.

Published: 04 February 2020

Could all pupils involved with the PE Practical Performance Assessments on Tuesday 18/02/20 (first day back after Feb break) please check the PE notice board to ensure they are allocated to the correct activity.

If there are any issues or names missing, please ensure you speak to one of the PE staff by Friday 7th February 2020.

Published: 04 February 2020

S5/6 pupils who are interested in putting a team together for the first annual (hopefully) Knox Academy whole-school five-a-side football tournament should come along to Mr McFadden's classroom (T1.11) at break time on Thursday 6 February 2020 for a short meeting.

The tournament will be held at the Aubigny Astro on Friday 13th March from 12.30pm. This will be a fantastic, fun afternoon - an opportunity to blow off steam and tackle your teachers!

Teams should be made up of:

  • An S5/6 captain
  • A teacher
  • At least one girl
  • At least one S3/4 pupil
  • At least one S1/2 pupil

S5/6 pupils who are interested in putting a team together should come along to Mr McFadden's classroom (T1.11) at breaktime on Thursday 6 February 2020 for a short meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting, speak to Mr McFadden, Mr Miller or Mr Barnhurst.

Published: 04 February 2020

All Italian Explorers must attend a meeting on Wednesday 5 February 2020 at break.  The purpose of this brief meeting is to thank those who have returned all documentation, and to hear any creative 'excuses' from those who haven't.

It is vital that the following is returned, in order for trip organisation to progress:

  • PC1 - Parental Consent Form
  • EHIC - or let Mrs Gillies know that it has been applied for/required for family holidays
  • Passport Form
  • 3 Passport Photographs

Thanks to all who have returned promptly.

Published: 04 February 2020

Reminder that sewing club takes place after school on Tuesdays in the library - all skill levels welcome, including beginners!

Published: 03 February 2020

PE Practical 'one-off' performance assessments will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 18th February

Football - p1-p4

Badminton - starting 1pm  till end of school day.  

For those of you doing Football and Badminton as your 2 assessed performances you will have p5 to have your lunch.  Those pupils doing badminton but not football will also get p5 for their lunch break.

Please check PE notice board before Friday this week to confirm your name is allocated to the activities of your choice.  We will also publish team lists for football.

Wednesday 18th March

Basketball - p1 & p2

Trampolining - p4 & p5

You must attend your activity to get a final grade - doctors notes only for absences relating to illness, no other excuses will be accepted.

Published: 03 February 2020

For those that are attending the netball tournament on Wednesday please attend a short meeting at lunch time today (Monday) at 1.30pm in the small gym.

Published: 03 February 2020

Knitting Club has been moved to Monday lunchtimes - feel free to come down to the library to work on your knitting skills or learn how to knit!