Active Kids Get Cooking in Home Economics

S1/2 pupils at Preston Lodge had the opportunity to submit a recipe of their choice and creation as part of a national initiative (Active Kids Get Cooking) supported by Sainsbury’s.

Pupils entered as part of the level 1 Bronze award, with ideas for using Local Produce and Hearty Soups. They had to consider healthy eating, food selection, planning, cooking and presentation. They also had to ensure safe and hygienic working practices.

Five pupils were then selected to take part in the School ‘Cook off’

Eilidh Alexander – 1Gr3 – Homemade Scotch Broth

Ashton Ritchie – 1Gr3 – Stuffed Butternut Squash

Courtney Ritchie – 1Gr3 – Sweet Potato, Carrot & Ginger soup

Sam Donaldson -1Se1 – Smoked Fish Cakes

Fraser Woods – 1Gr3- Clapshot Pie

The pupils created their dishes within 1hour 15minutes ready for the judges to undertake the very difficult task of deciding on the winners. The judges included Mr Stewart, Mr Galbraith and Mr Don Ledingham (Director of Education). They all agreed it was a very high standard.

The eventual winners were Courtney for the Hearty Soups section and Sam for the Local Produce section.

All entries will receive their Bronze award certificates shortly.

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Rotary Young Chef Competition – School Heat

Lee stars in the Kitchen


Enthusiastic young chef Lee Sneddon received a framed certificate and a Gift Voucher for £25 when he won the Longniddry and District Rotary Club’s Young Chef competition held at Preston Lodge School on the 14th January. The runner up was Sean Gaffney who also received a framed certificate and a gift voucher for £20.


The competition, which was entered by three girls and three boys, was judged by John Cleary who provides the catering at Craigielaw Golf Club and Hilary Cochran from Knowes Farm and Shop who also presented the awards to the winner and runner up respectively. President Peter Wood presented all the entrants with certificates, recognising their participation.


The organisers, the Club’s Youth Opportunities team chaired by convener Charles Simpson, appreciated the feedback from the Preston Lodge teaching staff that the pupils had enjoyed the experience, which they felt, was a genuine competition.


The event is part of a Rotary District 1020 initiative to encourage the development of life skills and the next stage is the zone competition at which the winners from Penicuik and Dunbar High Schools will compete with the Preston Lodge winner at Preston Lodge in early February

Macmillan Baked Potato lunch

Preston Lodge staff supported this very worthwhile cause when enjoying a ‘Baked Potato’ lunch recently- provided by the Home Economics department. £180 was raised and sent off to Macmillan to assist with the essential work for those living with Cancer.

S2 Cook Club

The S2 ‘Cook Club’ is starting this year on Wednesday 29th October and will run weekly till 3rd December. It is open to S2 pupils on a ‘first come’ basis. Booking forms are available from the Home Economics department or below. Names will be taken on receipt of the form and payment for the course.



Rotary Young Chef Competition

Take part in this year’s Rotary Young Chef competition. It is open to all S1-S5 pupils who are interested in cooking and can come up with some ‘imaginative’ ideas for a main course and dessert, within a budget of £10 for 2 people. Competition rules and entry form are available here. Don’t miss the chance to take part in this National Competition.



5* Afternoon Tea at Preston Lodge

Intermediate 1 Hospitality pupils entertained almost 40 local residents,relatives and friends for an excellent ‘Afternoon tea’, accompanied by musical entertainment from various solo and group pieces played by S4/5 pupils from the music department. It was an excellent opportunity to link with the community and offer a ‘ flavour’ of what the pupils do within their course and the Home Economics department. The pupils worked hard before the event and gave a very polished service to th

Active Kids get Cooking in Home Economics

Active Kids get cookingOpen to all S1/2 pupils in Preston Lodge High School

Why not take part in the ‘Bronze Award’ competition? There are 4 categories to choose from. Come up with an original idea or alter a recipes you have used or seen on TV. All entries should be submitted to the Home Economics department by Friday 7th November. 4 recipes will be chosen from each category and their will be a final’cook off’ at the end of November. If you require more information, ask any member of the Home Economics Department. Don’t miss out, prizes to be won!!!
Choose from the following options:-

  1. Super Shake – Develop a dairy based drink or smoothie which promotes the 5-a-day message. The drink should be for everyone to enjoy at breakfast time.
  2. Seasonal Soup – Make a hearty soup that encourages people to eat more seasonal vegetables and follows current healthy eating guidelines, particularly reducing salt content by using alternative flavourings.
  3. Top Toastie – Plan, prepare and cook a range of toasted sandwiches that could be sold at a youth club. Use a range of different types of bread and fillings.
  4. Local food – Plan, prepare and cook a recipe that reflects a local or regional area from around Scotland. Consider ways in which healthier cooking practices could be used.

Get Cooking at PL

Coming in September ’08. A chance take part in our adult / pupil cook club. The club will run after school from 4pm -5.15pm one night a week(day yet to be decided). Pupils are encouraged to register along with an adult family/friend or school staff member. Each week the partnership will create two dishes using locally sourced/seasonal produce. On the final week, all will create and enjoy a wonderful meal in the Home Economics department.

Don’t miss out, sign up now. Speak to or contact any member of the Home Economics department.