Preston Lodge Christmas Concert



Preston Lodge High School Christmas Concert will be held on the nights of Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th December at 7 pm.

Tickets are available from Monday 1st December and priced at £3 for adult and £1 for OAPs and concessions.

You can purchase them directly from the Music Department, School Office or in the entrance area of the school at morning break times.

This event sells out every year so please get your ticket early to avoid disappointment.


Torness Power Station – Apprenticeship Information Days


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Torness power station will be holding three information days about its very successful apprenticeship scheme on Saturday 8 November 2014, Saturday 6 December 2014 and Saturday 10 January 2015 to let prospective recruits know more about it. These will start at 10.00 in the morning, take place in the visitor centre and last for about two hours until 12.00. You must book a place in advance.

From studying at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth for the first two years to what qualifications are needed and how to apply, the information day will prove invaluable to anyone considering a career in engineering maintenance.

Torness power station director, Paul Winkle said, “We are all very proud of what we do here at the power station, both locally in offering jobs and nationally by producing a large percentage of the nation’s low carbon electricity demands. This day will give us a chance to share this enthusiasm with those wishing to apply to join our apprenticeship scheme in 2015.

“In the current climate, an apprenticeship offers a real alternative to going to university. Our scheme is very highly regarded and the sky is really the limit for our apprentices. Several members of EDF Energy’s executive team started with the company in this way, so the message is this course could be the start of a truly amazing engineering career.”

While anyone who meets the criteria can apply, EDF Energy is very keen to encourage young women to consider a career in engineering with the company. 24 year old Stefany Chisholm from Dunbar is a third year apprentice at Torness power station and says, “I would encourage any young person who thinks this is the job for them to apply. I am thoroughly enjoying my training with EDF Energy and it really is a great opportunity.”

The information day will have a number of staff on hand to share their experiences of working in the nuclear industry. There will also be a presentation and an opportunity to ask questions about the programme.

If you would like to come along or find out more, please contact call Margaret Wenham on 01368 873 847 or email:

You will need to register your attendance in advance for the specific date and time.

You can visit Torness Visitor Centre Mon- Friday between 9 am and 4.30pm. If you would like a plant tour, which is also available at the weekend, you will need to book in advance on 01368 873 909 or you can e-mail

For more information please look at www.edfenergy/apprentices


3rd year mechanical maintenance apprentice 24 year old Stefany Chisholm from Dunbar.

Lindsey Ingram
Office:  01355 846283
Mobile:  07813230379

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations.  EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use.  EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013.  Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.


Skills Scotland Event – Thursday 13 November

Skills Scotland Event, Royal Highland Centre,

Thursday 13th November 2014 (8.45 – 1.00)

The guidance team have arranged the above visit above for students in fourth, fifth and sixth year.

The cost will be £4.00 per trip to cover the cost of the coaches there and back.

We will meet in LZ7 (in uniform) promptly at the start of lesson 1 (8.45). We should be back for the start of lunchtime, so students can attend their afternoon classes as normal.

The Skills Scotland event is aimed at students planning to go into employment, training, apprenticeships or to college when they leave school. We would encourage any S5 and 6 students with plans to do so or to apply for any of these as a back-up to university to attend, and S4 students who are planning to leave or might leave in the summer to attend. Below is a short section from the event publicity information.

Further general information about the event can be found on the following links:

Video link:

General event info link:

Allocations are on a first come first served basis as only 58 places are available

(and if not all filled, no bookings will be accepted after Friday 7th).

Places can only be secured by handing £4.00 per trip and completed consent form (which can be accessed on the attached document) to Mrs Wilson in the guidance office.

Columba Academy 6 Christmas Hampers

Columba Academy 6 are looking for your kind donations of Christmas food items as we xmas elfare creating Christmas food hampers to be distributed to families in need within the East Lothian area. We are working with the Children’s Wellbeing department in East Lothian council who are going to deliver these hampers in the run up to Christmas. Last year we managed to create 16 hampers and we are hoping to build on this with your help!

There will be boxes delivered to each department today (5 November). Could we ask you to collect any items brought by pupils and add them to the donation boxes? There will also be a box in the staff room, at the front desk and in Helen Findlay’s room. We will be speaking to pupils about this in assembly week beginning 17th Nov, however donations are welcome from now.

See below for a list of suggested items that we are looking for.

Thank you in advance for all your help,

Columba Academy 6

Hampers list


Charity Concert


The Charities Committee and Music Deaprtment will be holding a concert at 7pm on Thursday 13th November to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Music Department or the school office. Tickets will also be available on the night.

The more tickets we sell the more money we raise so please come along and help our students support a worthwhile charity.

Do you want to be a PL Digital Leader?

Are you keen on the use of technology in your learning? Do you have views on how we could be using technology better in our learning as a school? Are you prepared to take a leadership role in the use of technology in learning at PL?

If this sounds like you, you might be interested in helping form our school’s first Digital Leaders Team. If you’re interested and would like to find out more, please come to a meeting in Mr Kelly’s room (upstairs in Science) at 1.15pm on Monday 10th November.

Computer Club 4 Girls

If you are a girl in S1-S3 and interested in learning how to mix music, arrange a fashion show, computer clubcreate your own mobile app and computer game then come along to CC4G every Wednesday after school in C27.  The club runs from 3.45pm until 4.30pm.  See Miss Webster if you have any questions.