March 2020

Published: 30 March 2020

Now is a great opportunity to learn how to touch type, a very useful skill. There are various programs you can use. The top one is the one we use with our S3 elective classes:

These are all web-based programs so can be used at home. Open with Chrome.

Published: 29 March 2020

Watch brilliant performances every Thursday at 7pm from a range of National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days. Some of the best British theatre, Starting from 2 April 2020 with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors.

Published: 26 March 2020

This assembly is about how to stay healthy when we are not able to live our lives as we normally would. 

Website Email Readers - please visit the website directly to view this assembly

Published: 25 March 2020

Here are some fantastic opportunities at Lucy Cavendish College for Year 12 (S5/6) students and they've extended the deadline.

They are running three brand new essay and design prizes:

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 30 April 2020.

Preparing an entry for one of these competitions is a valuable experience for academically motivated students, allowing them to get to grips with University-style questions and is a great example of academic exploration for an application to Higher Education and a good educational way for students who are now at home to explore their subject of interest beyond the school curriculum.

This year we have questions covering a whole host of topics and a prize pool of £200 for each competition. If you have any queries about our outreach activities and open days please do not hesitate to get in touch at

Published: 25 March 2020

M&G are pleased to announce that applications for the M&G 2020 Apprenticeship Programme are now open.

They have a selection of Business and Tech roles and apprenticeships available in our Edinburgh and Stirling offices.

Candidates who wish to apply for the Business Apprenticeships – please apply via the M&G plc Apprenticeships Programme microsite

Candidates who wish to apply for the IT Apprenticeships – please use the following links:

Published: 23 March 2020

We are creating a series of online assemblies to allow us to share key messages with pupils during the current school closure.  This first video assembly is on the theme of safety.

Website Email Readers - please visit the website directly to view this assembly

Published: 23 March 2020

Thanks to a very generous contact within our school community we have received a fantastic offer on a rolling basis for FREE Kindle Books.

  • Are you interested in the sea, epic, mermaids, mermen and marine conservation?
  • Reading Level? Anyone who can handle Northern Lights or the Hobbit should be comfortable with them. 
  • Some of the action is set in Scotland: The author is a scuba diver, so the action is based on real locations and real animals. 

The FREE books are available for 5 days from the dates below:

There are paperback versions too, but Amazon doesn't allow a giveaway on those (yet). 

Thanks to the author for his generosity.

Published: 19 March 2020

Pupils who have instruments in school must take these home TODAY (Thursday 19 March 2020).

We will be trying to continue lessons in some format so it is important that you have your instrument.

Published: 19 March 2020

All pupils in S1-S3 have been added to the appropriate Google Classroom. Please accept the invite! You can also follow us on Twitter

If you did not receive the invite please use the following codes:

  • S1: 5sk3hkw
  • S2: pg4mp2s
  • S3: y5kab7i
Published: 18 March 2020

DofE training is cancelled today (18 March 2020) and until further notice.

Published: 18 March 2020

The Higher Administration & IT Assignment scheduled for Friday 27 March 2020 will now be completed a week earlier on Friday 20 March 2020.

Published: 17 March 2020

Considering the current situation we have decided to put a hold on the plans for the Leavers' Dance 2020. We will make a final decision regarding the event following the Easter Break. Please do not pay any more money into the fund for the timing being.

We will be in touch with any updates as and when we are able to.

Published: 17 March 2020

Payments and Order Forms were due by Friday 13 March 2020.  A number of S6 pupils have not yet placed an order - so one last chance if you would like a Class of 2020 Hoodie.

Return a completed order form and make online payment by Friday 20 March 2020.

Published: 17 March 2020

REMINDER: no morning fitness or netball will be running until further notice. If you have a netball kit form to return, please do so by Wednesday.

Published: 16 March 2020

The delivery of all Prevoc, Foundation Apprenticeship and School College Partnership courses is now suspended with immediate effect (this includes all East Lothian Works community based activities).

Further information will follow for affected pupils during the scheduled times of these activities.

Published: 16 March 2020

The Eco-Committee is still accepting clothing donations all this week for Rock Trust. So far we haven't received many donations so if any one in our school community would like to donate clean items to the cause, bring them to the school addressed to Miss Laudi or students can bring them to Miss Laudi's classroom.

Published: 16 March 2020

Hi folks, 

Due to recent information and with the 3G being closed, football training is cancelled till Easter. Well done to everyone that has been at training and who has volunteered this year so far. The turnout has been great and Knox football is going from strength to strength. 

Miss Stobie and Mr Miller

Published: 16 March 2020

Following the announcement from the government I am sorry to confirm that the PGL 2020 Trip is cancelled.

I will be in communication with the Tour Company regarding next steps and I will be in contact as soon as I know anything more.

Published: 13 March 2020

Following the announcement from the government I am sorry to confirm that the Paris 2020 Trip is cancelled.

I will be in communication with the Tour Company regarding next steps and I will be in contact as soon as I know anything more.

Published: 13 March 2020

After the Government Announcement yesterday (12 March 2020), we can now confirm that the Activities Week excursion to Italy is cancelled.

We are in discussion with the Tour Company and will be in touch once we have further information to share.

Published: 13 March 2020


  • Basketball Period 1 and Period 2
  • Dance Period 3
  • Trampolining Period 4 and Period 5

Please ensure your name is displayed in the PE department by Monday lunch time for the activity that you are being assessed in. Any queries, please see a member of the PE department as soon as possible.

Published: 12 March 2020

Information re names and interview times are on the noticeboard in the Common Room. Please check time for interview and feedback. Any concerns, please see Mr Flood on Monday morning.

Published: 12 March 2020

To close Eco-Week, we're sharing with you the websites of some vegan recipe bloggers. Here you'll find a huge range of plant-based recipes - both sweet and savoury - to try out at home!

  1. The Compassionate Road
  2. Fooduzzi
  3. Oh She Glows
  4. Rainbow Nourishments
  5. The Full Helping

Published: 12 March 2020

This year the football club has gone from strength to strength but we are still looking for new members to come down and participate (S1-S3). We welcome both beginners and experienced players. Boys and Girls train Thursday's after school, 4-5pm at the 3G. 

As the club grows, we are also looking to add to our collection of footballs. If you would be willing to donate a new or used ball that is in good condition, feel free to hand one in to Miss Stobie. 

Many Thanks,

Miss Stobie and Mr Miller

Published: 12 March 2020

All S4/5 pupils who have selected a College or Foundation Apprenticeship course for next session should go to the Food Court classroom at the start of Period 1 today.

Published: 12 March 2020

Here's another very simple, but very vegan recipe: rice pudding!


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of raisins
  • 1 pint of oat milk (or any vegan milk)


  1. Mix all ingredients and put in an oven suitable dish (leaving the rice raw)
  2. Put the dish in the oven for 1 hour at 180 degrees

Here's an alternative stove top recipe for vegan rice pudding.

Published: 12 March 2020

It's nearly here....

A reminder to all pupils and staff that the first annual Knox Academy Six-a-side Football Tournament takes places this Friday (13th March) at the Aubigny Astro from 12.30pm

12 teachers and 60 pupils will compete for glory and bragging rights in what may be the sporting event of the year (what even are the Olympics?).

Come down and support your favourite team, take advantage of the refreshment stand (all proceeds to support school football) and laugh as Mr Miller gets 'megged by an S1.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Published: 11 March 2020

TRAINING: in order to assist those that are completing their National and Higher PE one-off performances it has been proposed that additional sessions run. Please attend a lunch time session on Tuesday 17th March, ready to begin at 1.20pm. Please also ensure you attend Wednesday evening's training, as the one-off performances will be running on Wednesday 25th March. If you cannot attend, can you please let Ms Borwick know ASAP.

Published: 10 March 2020

All will be aware of the difficulties in Italy at the moment. However, until otherwise officially informed Italy preparations continue for our trip in May 2020.

A number of individuals were reissued with their PC1 Forms last week, regarding small (but important) elements that needed some attention. If you were one of these individuals and haven't returned please do so swiftly. We need these to progress trip paperwork with East Lothian Council.

If you haven't submitted your EHIC yet please bring this in, or ensure that we know you will require the card over the Easter Holidays. 

Most Explorers have made full payment which was due by Friday 6 March 2020, thank you for this, but several have outstanding balances which are now overdue. Please make these payments as soon as possible, or contact the school to discuss alternative arrangements.

Our planned Parents' Evening is on Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 7pm.


Published: 10 March 2020

Our third recipe is a perfect winter warmer: vegan vegetable ramen! Yum! This recipe has been shared with us by Verity, our very own Eco-Committee member and it looks great and full of nutrients!


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ red pepper
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ½ carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • Sweet corn 
  • 1 tsp curry powder 
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vegemite
  • 1 nest wholemeal noodles
  • Soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  1. Chop the garlic and onion, then cook in a pot with the sesame oil for two minutes on a low heat 
  2. Chop the pepper, carrot and celery and add to the pot
  3. Remove the corn from the cob and add to the pot
  4. Mix the vegetable stock, vegemite, 1 tsp of soy sauce in a bowl of boiling water
  5. Add the nest of noodles to the boiling water and let them soak
  6. Add the curry powder to the vegetables and stir
  7. Add the coconut milk to the pot and mix the vegetables through
  8. Add 1 tsp sauce to the pot
  9. Once the noodles have softened, add them and the stock mix to the pot and combine with the coconut milk and vegetables 
  10. Bring to the boil then simmer for 2 minutes

Published: 10 March 2020


Please access your locker before registration and at the end of the day, NO ACCESS AT BREAK due to performance exams, with SQA examiner, in the Studio

Published: 09 March 2020

Any S4/5/6 wanting to work on course works please, speak to Mr Tait - preferably the morning of the day you want to stay - and we will be available after school.

Normal Wed. after school is still on too !

In the last few weeks till Easter and the deadline, lets make the big effort to get the best grade.

Published: 09 March 2020

S3 Extracurricular Bronze DofE Training this Wednesday, 11 March 2020, is cancelled

Please use this opportunity to bring your eDofE account up to date.

All participants should make every effort to attend all of the sessions after this week.  Dates before Easter are 18th, 25th March, 1st April (no joke!)

Note that information about expedition dates is on Google Classroom.

Published: 09 March 2020

Our second vegan recipe to share with you is another delicious and easy one: Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. Apple sauce, coconut oil, and almond milk help to replace eggs in this recipe! Give them a try! Here's the link:

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffins


Published: 09 March 2020

Hi folks, 

if you are part of the LGBT+ ALLIES group or want to get involved, we are meeting briefly at 1:30 tomorrow (Tuesday 10th March) to discuss progress in the library.


Miss Stobie

Published: 09 March 2020

The Brunton in Musselburgh is running a Musical Theatre Easter School in partnership with Tommie Travers. Following last year’s sell-out Fringe production of Oliver! there has been a real demand for similar experiences.

The Easter School is open to 8 - 16 year olds, and runs from Sunday 5 2020 - Thursday 9 April 2020, culminating in a Showcase Performance on the Thursday evening at The Brunton. The experience focuses on a variety of musical theatre songs which will be performed in the showcase. As the children learn these songs under the guidance of a professional team, they will develop vocal techniques, have the opportunity to learn dance routines and also take part in fun drama games which build confidence.

The cost to participate is £120, and tickets for the Showcase Performance will be £10 adult, £9 child, £34 family of 4. 

Book your space now, or for more information please email The Brunton Easter School.

Published: 09 March 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is hosting two course specific events in the coming months that pupils may be interested in.

On 20th March, SRUC and the Scottish Racing Academy will officially launch the first course in Racehorse Care available in Scotland with an event at Musselburgh Racecourse. This event is an opportunity to find out more about career opportunities in the horse racing industry and learn more about the NC in Horse Care (Racehorse Care specialism). The course will be delivered at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre at SRUC Oatridge campus. Any pupil wishing to attend should contact or to secure their place on the big day.

On 29th April, SRUC Edinburgh is holding an Environment Taster Day at the King’s Buildings campus from 5pm – 7.30pm. This event will involve a practical workshop to test atmospheric quality using lichen and will also be an opportunity to find out more about the range of courses in Countryside and Environmental Management at SRUC. Pupils interested can book a place via

If you have any questions about either of the events, please feel free to get in touch with SRUC or speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 09 March 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: 08 March 2020

Can all S1-S3 netball players please attend a short meeting in the small gym today (Monday) at 1.30pm to discuss this week's tournament plans and kit orders. If you are unable to make the meeting, please see Ms Borwick before the end of the day. 

Published: 06 March 2020

For the 3rd year in a row, the Eco-Committee is running 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.

We're collecting donations of clean clothes in good condition (ages 16-25/sizes 8-20) from March 9 to 20 - 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. We look forward to seeing the Knox community come together for another good cause!

Published: 06 March 2020

The Eco-Committee's theme for Eco-Week this year is Food & Climate Change. Specifically, we want everyone to understand how our eating habits have an impact on the environment and climate change. Meat consumption and livestock agriculture are significant causes of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. As such, adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet - even a few days a week - can make a difference. The Eco-Committee will be sharing vegan recipes each day this week and our first one is fantastic: vegan chocolate chip cookies! We promise they're delicious and easy to make! Here's the link:

The Most Wonderful Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever


Published: 06 March 2020

Knox Academy has been made aware of a number of Summer Internships, which will take place in London and Silicon Valley, with optional trips to industry hubs across Europe (including Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic)
Internships are available in Medicine, Investment Banking, Law, Engineering and Tech and offer some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The full brochure of opportunities should be viewed in addition to the highlights below.

Internship Highlights:

  • Trade the stock market live inside the London Stock Exchange
  • Argue a human rights case before a judge in London's Supreme Court
  • Embark on a 'Supercar' trip to Italy, with experience-days at Lamborghini and Pagani  
  • Experience Emergency Theatre in a London hospital
  • Visit the headquarters of some of the most iconic brands in Silicon Valley: Google, Amazon, Dell and more
  • Experience life as a student at some of the world's most iconic universities: Oxford, UCL, Stanford and Berkeley

For all London internships:  

  • Full accommodation on UCL's campus in central London, meals, guardianship and airport transfers are available
  • Choose to attend for either 2, 5 or 10 days as preferred
  • Attend the internship at the end of July OR end of August to suit availability
  • The 10-day internship includes an optional all-inclusive 3-day professional experience trip to another European city
Published: 05 March 2020

Completed application forms are to be returned to Mr Dickie by Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Published: 05 March 2020

Our meeting for parents of Italian Explorers will take place on Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 7 pm in the Assembly Hall. 

We will update you at this point on itinerary and travel arrangements, which are still awaiting final confirmation from the Tour Company.

Trip arrangements are progressing as normal.

Please ensure that final payments are made on time, or contact is made with the school if there are any difficulties.

Published: 05 March 2020

Happy World Book Day!

To celebrate, there are three events in the library:

  • Shelfie Competition: Try and match the bookshelf to the teacher... harder than it seems. 
  • Review Competition: Write a review for your chosen book - competition ends at the end of March.
  • Blind Date with a Book: Come and choose a book based on only a few key words. 

There are prizes to be won!

Published: 04 March 2020

A reminder to all Italian Explorers that the final payment of £75 is due this Friday 6 March 2020.

After this date spending money payments can be made into the school account, if you wish the school to deal with currency conversion.

All Explorers were issued with a letter a couple of weeks ago detailing spending money arrangements.

Published: 04 March 2020

A reminder that the final payment of £150 for the PGL France trip is due this week. Please see Mr Redford as soon as possible if there are any issues making the payment. 

Published: 03 March 2020

A follow-up to last week's Assembly. Any S5 pupil who is interested in attending the Poppyscotland Volunteer Gathering on Saturday 18 April or the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in July 2020, please give your name to Mr Flood.

Published: 03 March 2020

As discussed at the Assembly last week, any S5 pupils who would like to apply for an Edinburgh College or Foundation Apprenticeship course in S6 must let their Guidance teacher know by the end of the day on Wednesday 4 March. Applications will be completed on the morning of Thursday 5 March. Any concerns, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 03 March 2020

The nominations for the achievement ties 2020 are now available. If you have been working hard and achieving new goals which deserve to be recognised or know of someone else, perhaps a friend or a peer, who has excelled in a particular area please complete a nomination form. The nomination forms can be found using the online form for nominating someone for an achievement tie or alternatively submit a copy of the nomination form to the school office by Monday 23rd March at the latest.

Remember that there are two categories for the achievement ties

  • Category 1: School-Based Extra-Curricular Activities and/or Non-School based wider achievements (Half Colours Achievement Tie)    
  • Category 2: Non School-Based Activity - Regional/National Awards or Representation (Full Colours Achievement Tie)

To find out more information around achievement ties please see the document:

"The Criteria for Achievement Ties".