Photograph: Class 1B: 1944?

Thank you to Janet Johnston (nee Anderson) for providing this photo of Class 1b from 1944 (we think)

The pupils are:

Janet Anderson, Annie Mathieson, June Black, Mary Somerville, Jean Wylie, May Henderson, Mary Moir, Bettie Glasgow, Mary Burns, MAry Buchan, The MacKay “Twins” Margaret and Isobel?, Bettie Stewart, Alma and Cathy

The girl in the Trinity Academy  blazer is Eleanor Stanton ?

Do you recognise any others or know if any of these details are not quite correct – then get in touch.

Former Head Boy Graduates

Former Preston Lodge Head Boy Kris McConnachie has graduated from University of Surrey with a Batchelor of Music – Tonnmeister (Honours).

Kris was admitted to the Associateship of the University of Surrey with Distinction.

Since graduation Kris has been working with the BBC at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

Preston Lodge FP Graduates 2009

We are pleased to have been informed by these Universities about the progress made by some of our FPs.
Congratulations to all of you from everyone at Preston Lodge.

St Andrews University Crest

University of St Andrews

Paul Archibald, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics

Cameron Hunt, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Marine Biology

Glasgow University

University of Glasgow

David Manderson, Bachelor of Science

Heriot Watt Crest

Heriot Watt University

Mark Gilroy, BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Sara Goldsmith, MA in International Management and Languages

Kezia Richardson, BSc in Clothing Design and Manufacture

Jennifer Quin, BSc in Clothing Design and Manufacture

Alan Limerick, BSc in Construction Project Management

University of Aberdeen

Jillian Gardner, BSc in Geography

Eilidh McDougall, Bachelor of Music with Education

Do you know about any other graduates, please let us know

Lisa Ayton at the MOBO Awards

From East Lothian Courier 8th Oct 2009

Lisa Ayton at MOBO Awards

A PORT Seton gymnast mixed with some of music’s hottest stars at this year’s televised MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards after being chosen to show off her skills on stage.

Lisa Aytoun appeared alongside chart-topping artists Lemar and X Factor winner Alexander Burke at the 14th annual MOBO awards, held last week in front of a capacity crowd at Glasgow’s SECC.

The 20-year-old tumbled onto the stage to help present awards after impressing organisers at an audition just days before the show.

“My friend phoned me and we went along to the auditions in Glasgow and I had to show them what I could do as a gymnast,” said Lisa.

“I had to hold a vinyl record and do tumbles at the same time as the vinyl was what the winner’s name was printed on at the awards show,” she explained.

“I was a fantastic experience going up on stage and being part of it and I got to meet a lot of people and celebrities who were all really nice to me backstage.

All my family and friends were really supportive and watched it on TV so it was great for them to see me perform.”

The awards ceremony featured the best of British and international urban music talent, and was held outside London for the first time in its history.

Among those who performed was Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya.

Lisa, of Gosford Road, is a former pupil of Preston Lodge High School and is in her third and final year of study at Dance for All in Edinburgh where she is completing a professional stage dance course.

As well as performing gymnastics within award-winning Midlothian TeamGym, Lisa also teaches dance and gymnastic classes and has been part of a group of dancers who recently got through to the second round of a new TV show to be aired on Sky One called ‘Just Dance’.

“We have just found out that we managed to get through the first round so hopefully we will be able to go all the way and it would just be fantastic if we were able to get through,” she said.

Enterprising FP Daniel Robertson

From East Lothian Courier 17th Sept 2009

Daniel Robertson takes award

Preston Lodge High School former pupil computer scientist has fought off fierce opposition to reach the final stages of a competition designed to find the UK’s most enterprising student.

Daniel Robertson won a place in the regional final of Shell Step’s annual search and now travels to Glasgow next month for the chance to reach the national finals in London.

The 21-year-old – studying Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh – took part in a Shell Step work experience placement at LEEP Recycling in Roslin and used his computing skills to produce a document formalising their business procedures, particularly in relation to their software system.

Daniel, of Schaw Road, said: “It’s great to get through to the Scottish final especially since the competition was so tough. I had a wonderful time at LEEP Recycling and will be doing more for them. The Shell Step placement has been invaluable to me. Not only have I been able to use my knowledge from my university course in a real business environment, but I’ve also improved my people’s skills and loved working in a team.”

Shell Step is a leading creator of tailored work placement programmes for students in small and medium-sized businesses.

A national network of skilled agents matches student applicants, from all academic backgrounds, to predefined business projects that take place over the summer during an eight week period.

Ken McLean general manager, LEEP Recycling said: “Daniel has been invaluable to us this summer. This is the third time we have been involved with the Shell Step programme, and we’d certainly recommend it. He has produced a comprehensive user manual that will be used to train staff that will save us time and makes us far more efficient. We wish Daniel the best of luck in the Scottish final.”

Daniel is pictured with a certificate by Alex Baird, plant installation manager at Shell’s Mosmorran facility in Fife

Louise Laing (S6:2008-9) in Thai/Burma border school.

We are delighted and proud to inform our readers of the amazing work that Louise Laing has been doing in the months since leaving Preston Lodge.

Louise Laing in Burma

Louise was in S6 (2008-9) and in August she traveled to Hle Bee School in Myanmar (Burma), the link school of Forthview Primary (Pilton, Edinburgh) to teach English, for 5 months.

After a few very tricky days, Louise is now in her element, loving her work in the school and confidently managing to live independently in this fascinating town on the Thai-Burma border.

Last year the pupils of Preston Lodge raised a splendid amount of money for Burma Educational Scholarship Trust and for the school Louise is now teaching in – about £760.

To read more about the exciting and courageous work that Louise is doing please visit her blog.

1943 – 1949 Photos : Class 1A 1943

We have recently been contacted by one of the girls from class 1A of 1943, Janet Bretta Souness (now Christie). She has kindly sent us some signed photos of the Staff and pupils from the 1940s. These include Prefects, Hockey and Rugby teams and Magazine Co.

In the 1943 photo of class 1A, Janet is the unnamed pupil beside Ruth Greenshields.

Four of the girls from Class 1A still have an annual (June) reunion in Edinburgh – others are most welcome and should contact Janet for more information, “”

Thanks very much to Janet for keeping in touch with Preston Lodge and for sharing these photos with us.

We hope you enjoy these photos and look forward to receiving more from other FPs in the future.

Past Prefect Photos

Remember all those photos that used to be up in the foyer of the school? Well here they are! (or at least some of them). Click here to visit our Flickr site, where you’ll find prefect and S6 photos from the last 50 years (although not all years have been uploaded yet, most of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 50’s are here). You’ll also find some staff photos from the last 20 odd years. Plenty more class and sports teams photos to come!

Feel free to comment here or at flickr!

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Former Pupil to go exploring!

Former pupil Emma Cowan (20) from Longniddry, is preparing to follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone on a charity mission in Malawi. Emma hopes to travel to Malawi in January to teach for six months. However she has to raise £2500 and is appealing for sponsors to help make the trip possible. Emma learned about the poverty in Malawi while studying sociology at Reading University.
If you wish to help Emma out, visit

Reunion: Class of ’92 – ’98

Did you start S1 at Preston Lodge in the summer of 1992?

Did you leave at the end of S4 in June 1996, S5 in June 1997 or S6 in June 1998?

If so this reunion is for you!!

It is going to be at The Gothenburg, Prestonpns on Saturday 24th May, from 7pm until midnight.

A buffet a few drinks and a chance to catch up, £5 per person to cover the buffet and any additional costs (anything we have left over can go to charity?).

More details to follow see also this link