October 2020

Published: 29 October 2020

PoppyScotland provide support for current and former members of the Armed Forces as well as their families. At Knox Academy we are proud to be the local Area Organisers for PoppyScotland in Haddington. Due to current COVID restrictions our S6 PoppyScotland team is unable to go round classes with poppies this year. However, members of the Senior Leadership Team will be collecting every day next week as you arrive at school in the morning. You can also give a donation at the School Office. Please remember to bring your donation next week. Lest we forget.

Published: 29 October 2020

All S6 pupils should now have received an email detailing the opportunity to be involved in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival for next May, in the hope that circumstances will allow us to take part in 2021. 

Can I please encourage responses by Monday 9th November via. Google Forms. If there any questions please email Ms Borwick. 

Published: 29 October 2020

Reminder: all pupils should now have made appropriate choices for the next block of PE beginning on Monday 2nd November. You should also be aware of where you are meeting the teachers allocated for each activity to avoid congestion in the PE corridors. 

Please note: that as 2 of these activities are outside, please ensure you have appropriate kit for all weather conditions. If you have opted for yoga - you must have a change of kit for every lesson.

Published: 27 October 2020

Hi folks, can the LGBT+ Allies group meet in my room in M.9 today (Wednesday 28th) at lunchtime at 13:25. Bring your lunch and as always, new members welcome. 
Miss Stobie 

Published: 27 October 2020

Anyone looking for part-time or full-time work, including short-term work over the Christmas period, please see the attached flyers for current vacancies.

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 16/10/20

East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 23/10/20

Published: 27 October 2020

With hospital work experience very difficult to come by at the moment, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust are running a free, live, interactive work experience, run by doctors for students interested in medicine.

If interested, please speak to Mr Flood. Further information can be found here.

Published: 26 October 2020

Hi folks, due to the clocks going back we are moving training up to the 3G like last year. Times will change from 4-5 pm (Thursday) to give pupils enough time to get changed and walk up to the pitch. The pitch is up past Aldi, next to the skatepark on Whittingehame Drive. Pupils should arrive ready to go for a 4pm start.

Miss Stobie

Published: 16 October 2020

Applications for this year’s SQA Modern Apprenticeship programme are now open.  The programme allows successful applicants to spend a year with Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body, gaining valuable work experience and a nationally recognised qualification - Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Business and Administration. 

The training programme is open to all young people aged between 16 and 19.

The location is Glasgow or Dalkeith and the closing date for applications is Sunday 25 October 2020.

More details and information on how to apply can be found on the SQA website.

Published: 15 October 2020

Anyone looking for part-time or full-time work, including short-term work over the Christmas period, please see the attached flyers for current vacancies.

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 9/10/20

East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 2/10/20

TK Maxx Christmas Vacancies

Published: 14 October 2020

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity that runs a range of completely free of charge programmes for high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds.

Young people interested in Accountancy and Business, Banking and Finance, Engineering, Law, and Digital can apply for an insight programme with a specific employer or in a specific sector (e.g., JP Morgan, KPMG, Law Insight Programme). Successful applicants will receive mentoring from a professional in the sector, university application support and skills development, and either a face-to-face residential internship or an online internship with the named employer depending on government guidelines.

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 14 October 2020

"An amazing opportunity is available to work at our wonderful nursery setting, Loretto Nursery, Musselburgh for two Modern Apprentices to join our already fantastic team.

Loretto Nursery is in the process of developing into an Nature Kindergarten; there has never been a better time to join our team in this exciting new chapter."

For further information, please follow this link or speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 13 October 2020

Over the last year, the Eco-Committee has collected donations of uniform items so that these can be given a new life again! They deserve to be worn rather than to end up in a landfill where they would contribute to the release of greenhouse gases and then by consequence, global warming! We have a wide selection of items including:

  • 4 ties
  • white button up shirts (sizes age 11-16)
  • black jumpers (various sizes)
  • 8 black skirts (mostly small sizes)
  • 5 trousers
  • 7 blazers
  • 1 pair of men's shoes (size 9)

The uniform items are FREE to take, there is no cost! If parents/carers would like some items for their young people, they can get in touch with the school office or the Pupil Support Team. Alternatively, if students would like to come take an item themselves, they can come see Miss Laudi to arrange a time to see the clothes.

Published: 13 October 2020

If you were part of the first group of S1 pupils building Hot Air Balloons on the 1 October 2020 then please come back to my room (T1.10) this Thursday at the start of period 1.  We will have the chance to launch your balloons and see how high they can fly.  You will return to your normal classes from the start of period 2.

Published: 12 October 2020

All S4 and S5 pupils have now been assigned an updated Block Choice form for Senior Core classes. Please complete this via. Google Classroom by Friday.

For anyone that requires access to the Google Classroom please use the following code: y5kab7i

Published: 12 October 2020

Reminder: National, Higher and Advanced Higher PE one-off performances for football and hockey will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Aubigny Sports Centre Period 6 and Period 7.

Please ensure you use your lunch break to change and make your way down by 1.45pm. There will be no access to the main building and we will remain outside for the double period. Please bring suitable clothing, as you will not all be playing at once. Any questions, please see a member of PE.

Published: 11 October 2020

A summary of Study Support Sessions that are either already running or will be over the coming weeks are now available in the Extra-Curricular Study Support Timetable.

Please make use of these sessions, they can make a huge difference to your performance/attainment.

Published: 09 October 2020

We are currently looking for pupils from all year groups to apply to be on this year's Pupil Council. This year's council will be hosted virtually but we are still looking for representatives from every year group including Vice House Captains from S5 and House Captains from S6. This gives you the opportunity to have your voice heard by the school and make a difference for you and your classmates. 

If you think you are confident, approachable and a good communicator then this opportunity is for you.  

It is great for your applications to jobs and further study, and gives you the good feeling of being part of the school community.  It is also a good opportunity for building your social skills.

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2020 and you can apply by filling the PUPIL COUNCIL - APPLICATION FORM

Published: 09 October 2020

Thank you to all pupils who regularly come to school equipped with a face covering.

If you arrive at school without one for any reason, please ensure you enter via the main entrance to ask for one at the office, rather than traveling in the building without one until you get to registration.

Remember as members of an Eco Schools Green Flag school and as responsible citizens we are encouraged to source re-usable face coverings to reduce impact on the environment

Published: 08 October 2020

As you may already have heard, Young Scot are working with Scottish Youth Parliament and YouthLink Scotland on a second full version of the Lockdown Lowdown survey.

The latest version of our #LockdownLowdown survey is asking 11-25-year-olds how they feel about their lives as lockdown restrictions change. The Scottish Government commissioned the survey, and they will use the results to shape their response to COVID-19.

In April, East Lothian young people submitted 94 responses to the first full survey, from a total of 2,418 across Scotland.  It would be great to get more young people from all across Scotland and from the widest possible range of communities  to complete it this time around to ensure that the results paint the full picture.
As one of the most impacted groups, it's essential that young people have their voices heard. Young people and their friends can also earn Young Scot Rewards points for sharing their opinions.  

Published: 08 October 2020

The Knox Academy Poppy Scotland Team will be delivering the poppies to the organisations today (09/10/2020) after school. This is a large job and to ensure that it happens as smoothly and efficiently as possible we are asking any 6th years that can assist to meet in the Food Court Classroom at 1pm. 

Hope to see as many of you there as possible! 

Published: 07 October 2020

National coming out day is on Sunday 11 October 2020. To celebrate this and pride at Knox Academy, the LGBT+ ALLIES group have come up with a pledge: 'I actively encourage and promise to support any of my peers who identify as LGBT+ at Knox Academy’. If you want to pledge your support for the LGBT+ community at Knox Academy, there will be a rainbow flag in Miss Stobie's room which you can sign. Let's try to get as many people involved as possible. If you are struggling to 'come out' there are resources available here. Elton John gives some great advice in this clip and that he is proud to be part of the LGBT+ community.


Published: 05 October 2020

An assembly on biases in particular racial bias in recognition of black history month.

Reading lists created by Jane Hill are also useful to further explore this topic and start reading about and understanding what racism is, where it comes from, and what we need to do to stop it.

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

Published: 05 October 2020

Anyone who would like to be involved in the S6 Leavers' Dance Committee (2021) needs to come to see Gail and Mr Tait at lunch time on Monday 12 October 2020 in the school library. 

Published: 05 October 2020

There are still a few places left to join the Hot Air Balloon making event on Thursday morning.  Last week's group had great fun and all test launches went to plan.  To join in this week join the S1 STEM Google Classroom (Code 6375uup) and sign up to the event along with your parent/carer.  Ask your science teacher to show you some images from last week.