February 2020

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

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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!