November 2020

Published: 30 November 2020


World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.


Over 103,800 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK over 4,450 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.



Published: 30 November 2020

Language Learners International is a non-profit organisation which aims to create a space for international young language learners to read about other people's experiences of language learning, tips on how to study, different cultures, customs and traditions as well as complete language challenges and quizzes.

They are looking for young people to write blog posts in English about language learning, culture and linguistics. This would be a volunteering opportunity that could contribute towards college/university applications. 

If you are interested, please speak to Mr Flood or Miss Machen. More information can be found here.

Published: 30 November 2020

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

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

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Published: 27 November 2020

Today we spoke to the S3 students at assembly about the Duke of Edinburgh Award. A copy of which is available here DofE pupil information.

Any S3 pupil who is interested can apply to sign up for the award. This is a voluntary activity run by the Knox Academy  it involves a significant time commitment by the student but the rewards are substantial. 

If a student is interested they are asked to submit a by edubuzz email to Dr Lyon ( or in person to Dr Lyon, Mr Boyle or Philip Gilholm stating why you want to take part in the award and what you could bring to your team. More details can be found here Personal Statemenr 2020-2021.

Any questions then please contact the school Duke of Edinburgh Team.

Published: 26 November 2020

Senior Students are reminded that Prelims start on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Timetable of Prelim Exams

Personalised timetable letters were issued to registration classes on Friday 27 November 2020. Note: if any student notices an error or conflict we would ask them to speak with their class teacher as soon as possible.

We are encouraging a flexible approach to study for the duration of the prelims Wednesday 2 December 2020 – Thursday 10 December 2020 inclusive. Pupils should be in classes on Monday & Tuesday next week (w/c 30 November 2020), and back in on Friday 11 December 2020. Between these times they are welcome in the building to follow their normal timetabled classes, but we are assuming the majority will work from home and treat this as study leave.

Published: 26 November 2020

City of Glasgow College will be holding a Nautical and STEM virtual open week from 30 November 2020 to 4 December 2020. The event will give you an insight into careers and courses that are available with the Maritime industry, including the Merchant Navy, and further afield in the Engineering and electrical sectors.

For further information and to register, please click here or speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 26 November 2020

East Lothian Council is looking to get the views of young people about climate change. Students can share their opinions and ideas in the survey. The deadline for completing the survey is 10 December 2020. 

Published: 25 November 2020

CMS is the 6th largest law firm in the world and has recently been named in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. They are running a virtual insight evening on 7th December for anyone interested in a career in law, covering various opportunities available, including:

- work experience - a week of employability skills, on-the-job shadowing and networking opportunities,
- a law scholarship (£2500 grant for every year of your degree, mentoring and an internship), and 
- a solicitor apprenticeship - have your Law degree paid for by CMS, earn a salary and qualify as a solicitor within six years

For more information, please speak to Mr Flood or sign up here.

Published: 25 November 2020

The University of Dundee are running a virtual workshop for anyone who thinks they might be interested in studying Dentistry at university. You will be hearing directly from final year dental students covering various topics including applications to dental school, challenges faced at university, communication skills essential for a dentist and much more.

If you are interested, please speak to Mr Flood or email or to register, click here.

Published: 25 November 2020

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low-income backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run programmes which are completely free of charge and feature mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and professional development and skills workshops for high achieving young people across the UK.

This is a great opportunity for S5 to gain valuable experience and bolster their CVs. For more information and to apply, click here, or speak to Mr Flood.

Published: 25 November 2020

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

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

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Published: 18 November 2020

Transgender Awareness Week, is a one-week celebration leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday 20 November 2020  (TDOR), which memorialises victims of transphobic violence. This week transgender advocates raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy activities. The purpose of Transgender Awareness Week is to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity. Watch this clip to listen to 6 trans people who share their stories about what makes them proud, and how they feel we can make change for the trans community.


Published: 18 November 2020

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

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

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Published: 18 November 2020

Today's assembly was about Mental Health, specifically: 

  • What it is? 
  • How you can help?
  • How you can get help?

The full presentation can be viewed, with further details including handy websites.

Published: 17 November 2020

Hi folks,  

There wil be an LGBT+ Allies meeting in my room M.9 today at lunch (Wed 18th). Everyone is welcome

Miss Stobie

Published: 15 November 2020

The pupil leadership team have created a series of YouTube videos to assist with prelim or test revision. There are 4 different videos, with each one focusing on a different department or subject for more specific advice and tips, and another video on how to cope with stress. These can be accessed through the school YouTube Channel .

Published: 13 November 2020

If you have not already done so,  please visit the S1 STEM Google Classroom and complete the short questionnaire about your hot air balloon day.  Your help will make similar events even better in the future.

Published: 12 November 2020

The Modern Languages department has received pen pal replies from the school in Aubigny, France. If any S4 students would like to see their pen pal letter, they can come collect it from Miss Laudi.

Published: 12 November 2020

Are you are interested in learning how to use the lighting and sound setup in the Assembly Hall, and additionally perhaps have a particular interest in drama or music?

This is a great opportunity to volunteer and learn new skills at the same time!

If you are interested in being involved please complete this Google Form.

Published: 11 November 2020

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

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

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Published: 11 November 2020

Staff from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde will be online and ready to answer any queries from 10am-2.30pm on Saturday 14th November.  The live Chemistry presentation will take place at 10.15am-10.35am.

To sign up, click here.

Published: 11 November 2020

Linklaters is offering an online internship to provide 16-18-year-olds with a virtual work experience for all those considering a career as a lawyer.

Please click here or speak to Mr Flood for further information.

Published: 11 November 2020

The Little Princess Trust - donation and fundraiser 

This weekend I will be shaving and donating my hair to The Little Princess Trust which is a charity that not only funds cancer treatment research but also creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer.

Along with this I hope to fundraise for the charity alongside my hair donation. It would be amazing if as many people as possible could sponsor me in this as I am hoping to raise as much as I can before the big chop.

Feel free to follow this link and donate...

Thanks, Elise Hayman

Published: 11 November 2020

A list of pupils who were awarded endeavour certificates/achievement ties for individual achievements at local, national or international level hasbeen emailed to all staff.  These will be awarded on Thursday at 11.30am (Period 4) at the Food Court,  if you have any of them in your registration classes or during classes at this time please ask them to register at their P4 classes and then come to the food court for their award which will be presented by Ms Cook.  If those pupils involved can bring a jacket as we plan to take some socially distanced photographs outside weather permitting.  Please do congratulate as many of them as you can.  Staff have had an email from Ms Cook listing the pupils involved so if staff could ask pupils to attend.  I will send a reminder email later today.



Published: 10 November 2020

Knox’s Girls+ Computing Club is back up and running, welcoming girls, trans, and non-binary people with open arms! The club is pupil lead and we are excited to get more people involved with computing. It's a place where you can learn about different areas of computing you might not cover in class, take part in competitions, work together on larger scale projects, and gain access to a selection of interesting opportunities.

Meetings will be held every Thursday lunchtime in Mr McSwan’s room (M1.14). 

Feel free to contact Marilyn Briggs, Louise Allan or Mr McSwan in Computing for more information.


Published: 08 November 2020

This year the annual Children in Need appeal is happening on Friday and although this year we are limited in what we can do, we have still decided to raise money for the charity.

In order to stick to current guidelines we have decided to hold a 'Come as Yourself' day which is a chance for everyone to dress down and encourages people to embrace their identities in return for a small donation. 

We are asking for a £1 donation to come dressed down but everyone's situation is different so please just bring as much as you can comfortably spare. There will be people stood at the doors on Friday with buckets for you to drop your donation into so please have money ready as you enter the building.  

S6 pupils will also be dressing up in fancy dress and we also ask if they could bring a donation of at least £1 as well. 

Published: 05 November 2020

Can all pupils in the Girls Rugby Team please be aware that as of this Monday (09/11/2020) we will be training at the Rugby Club instead of the back pitches. Training times will remain 4pm-5pm and remember to wear your warm kit.As always new players are always welcome. 
Any questions or queries please see Mr Mackay in maths or Louise Allan. 

Important Edit: For those who do not know where the rugby club is Louise will be waiting in the PE corridor at 15:50 to walk down anyone who is unsure or would like to walk along with the rest of the team. 

Published: 04 November 2020

As of this Monday (09/11/2020) there will be a debate club running weekly at lunchtimes in Mr Elder-Smith’s room (RMPS). The club will be primarily pupil lead and weekly activities will be determined by popular demand and suggestions from attendees. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a go as all year groups and abilities are welcome.

Published: 04 November 2020

Poppies will be available to buy at the Front Entrance to the school before and during Registration for the next few days. Please bring a donation. It would be great to see as many pupils and staff as possible in Knox Academy wearing a poppy.

Published: 04 November 2020

Due to the ongoing restrictions and the limited options on a Friday and Saturday night for the young people in Haddington it has created the opportunity for a partnership with a number of ELC services to provide ways and options to give our young people something to do - this includes piloting open football sessions on a Saturday night.

Details are:   

Open Football (Under 18s)

Starts: Saturday 7th November

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: 3G Whittingehame Drive

Cost: Free

If you have any questions prior to attending on Saturday, please email Ms Borwick:

Published: 03 November 2020

Interested in a career in the Royal Air Force after school?

Please have a look at the attached information sheet and videos, or speak to Mr Flood for further information.

RAF Careers Information Sheet

Published: 03 November 2020

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

For further information, please speak to Mr Flood.

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