March 2023

Published: 30 March 2023

Today is International Transgender Visibility day (Friday 31 March 2023). It is a day to celebrate trans and non-binary people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide. 

Transgender flag - Wikipedia

What do we mean by transgender?

Everyone has a deep-rooted sense of their own gender. For most people, their gender identity will match the sex recorded on their birth certificate when they were born. But for some, their assigned sex isn’t true to who they really are. This is often referred to as being trans or transgender. There’s nothing wrong with being trans: it’s simply a part of the rich diversity of human nature. Trans people are a vital part of communities and cultures, as they have been throughout history.

Why do we need a day of visibility?

In a world where many people are prejudiced towards trans people and awareness of trans issues is limited, trans people can face hostility, discrimination and violence – simply for being who they are.

Living life openly as your true self is something most people take for granted. For trans people, living authentically – simply being visible - takes an enormous amount of courage. But with the increased visibility of trans people in our communities, the media and public life, comes awareness and changing attitudes – which is key to securing trans people’s fundamental rights. It’s time to stop vilifying those who are different from ourselves. It is important we stand up for the rights of the trans community and celebrate trans visibility. 

Registration classes should watch this video and consider what is one small change YOU can make to allow people who identify as trans or non-binary to be comfortable expressing who they are?

Published: 28 March 2023

Girls football will be at the 3G on Thursday 30 March 2023 from 4-5pm.

Miss Stobie

Published: 27 March 2023

The remaining items from the Eco-Committee's swish are going to the Reuse Festival organised by Lil (Lower Impact Living - Haddington's very own refill and zero waste shop). At this festival, there will be an even larger variety of items than we had here! The festival takes place this Friday 31 March 2023 at Ross High and Saturday 1 April 2023 at Tranent Library. This is another great opportunity to find some gems at a very low cost. More information can be found here

Published: 27 March 2023

In order to support the fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust a raffle will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (29/30 March 2023) at break time in the Social Area where small Easter hampers can be won, alongside some other goodies! Tickets will also be on sale on the evening of the Spring Concert. The tickets will cost 50p a strip and will go towards our target of raising £3000.00 whilst supporting the S6, staff and parent group who are conquering the Edinburgh 10k or Half Marathon at the end of May!

Published: 27 March 2023

During our swish, the Eco-Committee counted how many items found a new home! We're thrilled with the number of Knox students who engaged with the event! As the stats show, it was a great success! We hope everyone loves their new finds!

Published: 27 March 2023

The latest vacancies are now available from East Lothian Works.

East Lothian Works 24 March 2023

Speak to Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 27 March 2023

There are a number of steward and photography/filming opportunities available at Haddstock this year. Haddstock takes place over the weekend Friday 26 May 202 - Sunday 28 May 2023.

Our aim is to offer as much as we can to Knox Students that might help them with event experience and a few extra pairs of hands and help with documenting the event is extremely helpful for us. Volunteer roles we can offer are as follows and in return we give each student a Haddstock T-shirt, a £5 voucher for a drink/food and a reference if they would like it. Previous students who have volunteered before are returning this year. 


We can offer:

  • Stewarding alongside a responsible adult (over 16s)
  • Stewarding alongside a teacher (under 16s at Battle of the Bands or St Mary's school concerts)
  • Photography and video (bands have given permission to be filmed in applications)
  • Video/ interview documentary pairs - to gather info from revellers about where they've come from, what they've enjoyed etc. 
  • Tech/sound engineer shadowing 
  • Set up/ tidy away crew Fri 26, Sat 27 and + Sun 28 May 2023 

If you are interested in any of the opporutnities, please speak with Miss Middlemiss or Mr Dempster who will forward your interest onto the organisers.

Published: 24 March 2023

Haddington Athletic are looking for coaching volunteers aged 16 or over. This is a great opportunity for people to get their SFA coaching badges and could be put down on CV's or UCAS applications. See the attached flyer for more information. If you are interested, can you please speak to Thomas Salkeld or Miss Stobie.


Published: 23 March 2023

Eco-merits were delivered to students this week for their noteworthy environmental efforts. We received a total of 40 nominations! Well done to all students who earned one and big thanks to Ms. Halliwell for filling them all in by hand! Here are some of the nomination descriptions - so great to see!

Published: 22 March 2023

Do you read graphic novels? Maybe you took part in the Excelsior Award last year?

The Excelsior Award is the only fully independent, nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 9-18 decide the winner (via four age-appropriate categories) by rating each book as they read it! 

If you would like to take part, or would like to know more about it, speak to Ms Fry in the library.

Published: 21 March 2023

On Friday the 24 March 2023 there will be a bake sale at break time raising money for the Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal and also Oxfam.

The earthquakes have been devastating to both countries and their people. Any money raised will help so much to those who are directly affected and their families.

This is very important, especially to many people within the school so please if you can, bring in some change for the bake sale to help raise money for a great cause.

Thank you!


Published: 21 March 2023

Day 1 of the Eco-Committee's swish (free clothes store) was a roaring success! If you didn't make it on Tuesday, you'll be able to come by on Wednesday to browse our collection! If anyone has taken clothes that they now no longer want, please feel free to bring them back to the swish or to Ms. Laudi by the end of this week. 

WHEN: Wednesday 22 March 2023 at lunch break

WHERE: Library

WHAT: Come browse uniform items and a variety of clothes to enhance your wardrobe. You never know what gems you might find at a swish!

WHO: Open to all Knox students and staff.

COST: Free! There is no cost for students/staff to attend or take clothes.

Published: 21 March 2023

If you signed up to this camping trip, please come and see Mrs Reynolds (English) before Friday 23 March 2023.

This trip is now going ahead on the 27 April to the 28 April 2023. 

If you can no longer go please let Mrs Reynolds know so your place can be reallocated.

Published: 21 March 2023

Would you like to learn how to sew so that you can make your own clothes or repair them? Do you want to learn a new skill? If yes, this is the opportunity for you! 

WHAT: small group sewing workshop - learn the basics of sewing by assembling reusable cloth tote bags that are a great alternative to plastic shopping bags.

WHEN: one lunch time per week, day to be determined. 

WHO: open to all Knox students. Groups will initially be limited to a maximum of 3 students due to having only one sewing machine.

COST: there is no cost to participate.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: please see Ms. Laudi to let her know you're interested in participating. This will function on a first come, first served basis so if you're really keen, make sure to see Ms. Laudi asap.

Published: 21 March 2023

Tickets are now available for our Spring Concert which is pupil-led by the Spring Concert Committee

Thursday 30 March 2023 - CONCERT DAY

  • Matinee performance - 1.30 pm - 3.15pm (free - Our Community Kitchen, P7s)
  • Evening concert - from 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm (ticketed - open to everyone)

Tickets - £5 adult, £3 concession

Sold from Mr Tait in Technology Department at lunchtime (though available from the office for the wider community)

  • Light refreshments available during interval - teas, coffees, home baking
  • All funds split between Our Community Kitchen (as our chosen charity) and a Spring Concert Fund
  • Includes an exciting range of performances from the Knox Jazz Band, Pipe Band, Orchestra, String Group, Goats' Toes Folk Group and bands, duets + solos!


Published: 20 March 2023

We have an environmental management taster day even happening at our Edinburgh campus on Tuesday the 28th of March from 1.30pm until 5pm. This will involve some practical work involving going to a local rive/stream to do some sampling to test the pollution levels and biodiversity. Those in attendance will then return to the SRUC lab to compare their results to results gathered by the lead lecturer at an earlier day and time.

We have very limited spaces for this activity, though this would be an ideal activity for anyone interested in the environment who is looking to get some practical experience. Interested students can book a slot here

See Mr Flood, or your PSL, if you require more information.

Published: 20 March 2023

Scottish Seabird Centre – Café Assistants

Our café has one of the best views in the town and we’d love you to come and work with us!

We’re looking for enthusiastic people to join our team and can offer part time positions across the weekend during term time and more hours during the holidays.

We pay above the minimum wage and offer great discounts on our boat trips and in the centre.

Come and work with us and know that you are contributing to the main purpose of our charity - Inspiring and educating people about the Scottish marine environment, motivating them to care for it.

If you’re aged 16+, let us know why you’d like to join us by sending in your CV to


Published: 20 March 2023

The latest vacancies are now available from East Lothian Works.

East Lothian Works 17 March 2023

Speak to Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 20 March 2023

The National 5 Retail class will be selling a range of delicious sweet treats this Friday, 24 March 2023, at break time in the social area.  Proceeds will be donated to Oxfam, a worthy charity who help those in need all over the world.  We also want to thank the local shop manager, Angela, who has been fantastic by providing an excellent work experience for all the Retail class.  We can only accept cash payments so please remember to bring your spare change. 

Thank you for your support!

Published: 20 March 2023

The match on Thursday has been rearranged till after Easter. Girls football will now be in the games hall on Thursday 23rd and will start at 3:40 sharp. 

Miss Stobie

Published: 20 March 2023

Please ensure that if you wish to attend Dalguise in September, your initial interest form is returned by Wednesday 22nd March to either Ms Borwick or Mr Miller.

Published: 20 March 2023

During Eco-Week, we'd like for registration classes to learn more about the problems of fast fashion and clothing waste. This connects to our Swish event in which we are hoping to divert clothing waste and to give many garments a new lease on life! We'd also like to give you ideas of what you can do with old/unwanted clothes. The following YouTube videos offer a great range of information, statistics, and ideas to help make your fashion habits more environmentally friendly!

Why your $8 shirt is a huge problem

Fashion Waste - Behind the News

The True Cost of Fashion (The Economist)

How To Recycle Old Clothes | One Small Step

Zero Waste Daniel Turns Clothing Scraps Into Fashion 

How H&M’s Recycling Machines Make New Clothes From Used Apparel | World Wide Waste

2 Minutes Of Fact-Checkable Climate Change Facts For Skeptics - Climate town

Published: 15 March 2023

Can I ask teachers to highlight this event with your classes/ registration classes and remind pupils involved of the details for Friday.

Friday 17th March- 1.30-3.30pm

3G pitches Whittinghame Drive

Teams have now all signed up but players that haven't paid still need to bring their £1 donation on the day. Pupils not playing are welcome to come along and support the event and enjoy tea and cakes for a donation. It would also be great to see staff there to support our pupils. Thanks to anyone who has already made a donation or helped us get organised.

Miss Reynolds 

Published: 14 March 2023

The first ever SWISH (free clothes store) by the Eco-Committee isn't far away! Here are all the details you need to know to make the most of this event!

WHEN: at lunch times on Tuesday 21 March, Wednesday 22 March, and Thursday 23 March. The Thursday Swish will take place only if supplies last.

WHERE: Knox Academy Library

WHAT: Come browse uniform items and a variety of clothes to enhance your wardrobe. We have casual clothes, dresses, sports shoes, and more. You never know what gems you might find at a swish!

WHO: Open to all Knox students and staff.

COST: Free! There is no cost for students/staff to attend or take clothes.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Please don't bring food/drink into the library during the swish. We may need to limit the number of people in the library each lunch break in order to make browsing the clothes manageable. Entry will work on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Laudi.


Published: 14 March 2023

There will be an LGBT+ allies meeting tomorrow at lunchtime @ 13:25 in M.9 (Miss Stobie's room). Everyone is welcome!

Miss Stobie and Miss Fletcher

Published: 13 March 2023

The latest vacancies are now available from East Lothian Works.

East Lothian Works 10 March 2023

Speak to Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 10 March 2023

The Eco-Committee will be meeting on Monday 13 March 2023 at lunch time in Ms. Laudi's room. All are welcome. 

Published: 10 March 2023

All S5 pupils involved in the school DofE expeditions at the end of last session please attend a meeting on Wednesday 15 March 2023 in Mr Boyle's room, T2.8, at 1.20pm prompt.  You're welcome to bring your lunch, please make arrangements to arrive promptly. We will make final arrangements for you to receive your award certificates.

Published: 08 March 2023

Since 2019 Knox Academy has recognised achievement in school based extra-curricular and non-school based wider achievements through the award of Achievement Ties.  The Achievement Ties committee meets twice yearly to discuss nominations and allocation of Achievement Ties. There are two categories of Achievement Tie that can be awarded 'half colours' and 'full colours'.  There will be a presentation to all pupils on later this month during registration which outlines how pupils may achieve these awards. 

Nominations are now open and can be completed through a Google Form(link is external).

For information on eligibility for the awards please see the Achievement Ties 2022 document.  There will be a virtual assembly for pupils during registration next week informing pupils about the awards and how they might achieve them. 

The deadline for the first of two nomination periods this academic year will be Friday 21 April 2023.  Any applications received after this date will role on to the next meeting of the committee in November 2023.

If you are willing to join the pupil committee who help make judgments on awards please come and speak with Mr Clark.

Published: 08 March 2023

4G2 are running a mini football tournament and bake sale at the 3G on FRIDAY 17th MARCH 1.30- 3.30pm. This is to raise funds in support of Teenage Cancer Trust who are supporting a pupil at our school. Sign up to take part will be at Thursday break and lunch and Friday during break in the foyer. 


  • We need  a max of 12 teams of 7 players
  • Mini tournaments will be for S1-S3 or S4-S6/ staff
  • A donation of £1 per player is needed to sign up
  • Refreshments will be available for a donation

Any questions see pupils from 4G2 or Miss Reynolds (Art)




Published: 08 March 2023

The Scottish Ornithologists' Club and British Trust for Ornithology have just opened applications for young nature enthusiasts, ages 10 - 16 years, to apply to take part in the Scottish Bird Camp - a fully-funded weekend this May, in East Lothian, learning about Scotland's birds among like-minded others. Camp will include (subject to weather): a boat trip to the Bass Rock, bird ringing and nest finding demonstration, trips to nature reserves and more. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 March at 5pm.  Click for more information.

Published: 08 March 2023

Eastern Exhibition & Display Limited are offering a modern apprenticeship as 'Print and Business Administrator'  SCQF Level 6,for school leavers.  See link.

£22,672 per year. 


Hours of work:  Full-time (40 Hours)

Closing date:  31/03/2023

See Mr Flood, or Ms Goodsman, for more information. 

Published: 08 March 2023

The latest vacancies are now available from East Lothian Works.

East Lothian Works 3 March 2023

East Lothian Works 24 February 2023

Speak to Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 07 March 2023

There will be no girls football now on Thursday (9 March 2023). We will resume back next Thursday (16 March 2023). 

Miss Stobie

Published: 07 March 2023

As shared during last week's assembly, the Eco-Committee is trying a new Eco-Merit initiative. The goals of this initiative are to (1) encourage all Knox students and staff to carry out environmentally friendly behaviours on a daily basis and (2) recognise the efforts of Knox students and staff who are engaging in sustainable actions, no matter how small!

The deadline for staff to submit nominations is Monday 20 March 2023 and the Eco-Committee will deliver the Eco-Merits on Friday 24 March 2023. The reg group with the most Eco-Merits will get a special mention and we'll try to organise a little reward as well. We hope to see an increase in eco-friendly actions across the school over the next few weeks!

Published: 07 March 2023

For the first time ever, the Eco-Committee will be organising a clothes swish for Knox Academy students. A swish is an event where people can:

  • get a new wardrobe at zero cost
  • clear out their own wardrobe by donating unwanted/unworn garments
  • help the environment by diverting clothes from going to landfill

In order for our first ever swish to be a success, we need clothing donations to get us started. We will accept the following items:

  • Uniform items (no hoodies)
  • Formal wear (for prom - such as dresses, suits & ties)
  • Jeans, jumpers, trousers, shirts, shorts, outer wear, shoes
  • Items in sizes appropriate for S1 and older
  • Items that are clean & in good condition

We will NOT accept:

  • undergarments, swimwear, jewellery

Donations can be brought to the main office labeled for the Eco-Committee or students can bring donations to Ms. Laudi directly. The deadline for bringing in donations is Friday 17th March. We hope that the Knox Community will engage with this event as the Eco-Committee is really enthusiastic about promoting a culture of re-use!


Published: 06 March 2023

S4, S5 and S6 are soon to embark on the 2023 diet of the national SQA examinations.  The following letters from Miss Cook  should assist you in preparing for this.

S4 2023 Exam Arrangements

S5/6 2023 Exam Arrangements  

Published: 03 March 2023

The Eco-Committee will be meeting on Monday 6 March 2023 at lunch time in Ms. Laudi's room. All are welcome. 

Published: 03 March 2023

Lunchtime basketball run by House Captains will take place in the Games Hall week beginning the 6 March 2023.

  • S1 Monday
  • S2 Tuesday
  • S3 Wednesday
  • Seniors Thursday
Published: 02 March 2023

Any S1 pupil who wants to take part in the Tower Building STEM Activity on Thursday 9 March 2023 should return their form to Mr Taylor in T1.10 as soon as possible.  Forms were due back today, Friday.  Please hand them in by Monday at the latest.
Mr Taylor