About Mr.Stewart

Depute Head Teacher at Preston Lodge High School Head of Gosford House. Volunteer Presenter on East Coast 107.6FM.

Bannockburn and Stirling Castle 2010


Yet again Bannockburn, and Stirling Castle , were under siege from sixty S1 History students ! (bravely accompanied by Ms Duthie, Mr Lanyon, Mr Sellwood, Mr Bishop, Mr Nicholson and Ms Morris  !)

Pupils were interested in  watching Mark, at Bannockburn  ,show  the  correct use of medieval weapons  such as the broadsword, mace and crossbows.  Tehy could not believe how many ways there was to cut off a head using medieval weapons !   The pupils were  also engrossed  by the  new film which shows  Robert the Bruce’s victory at Bannockburn (even Messers Lanyon and Sellwood were impressed !). The fun part was dressing up in chain mail and realising how heavy it was !

Then  lunch , quickly followed by Stirling Castle. Again, pupils were impressed by the hammerbeam roof of the Great Hall ( no metal nails were used !) and by the fact that people in the Castle would have eaten swans, pig heads and partridges !!  Then came  the opportunity to dress as lords, ladies in waiting ,jesters and page boys. Great fun !

On the bus home , a chance for everyone  to show their knowledge in a dastardly quiz produced by Mr Sellwood.  The winners – The Auld Yins : Bishop,Morris and Nicholson !!!

Another GREAT trip ! Roll on next year !!!

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Edinburgh Castle Trip May 2010

On a sunny day at the beginning of May a small but very select group of S3 History students had the pleasure of accompanying Mr.Stewart (a maths teacher!!) on a trip to Edinburgh Castle.

The focus of the trip was a presentation on life in the Castle at the outbreak of WW1. We were met by our guide Bob who was dressed as a WW1 Sergeant in the Cameron Highlander.

Bob gave us a tour of the some of the areas of the Castle most important in the period 1914-18, then explained what life was like for Highland soldiers before, during and after their time in the trenches.

We visited the Scottish National War Memorial and then awaited the 1 o’clock gun. Bob arranged for us to get right up to the gun – (at 5 past 1) – where Sergeant James Shannon (The Gunner) explained the history of this ceremony and his role.

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Holocaust Memorial Day Film

This short film was produced by Preston Lodge High School students, as part of their efforts to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2006.

Since being posted on YouTube in December 2006 this 7 minute video has been viewed more than 56000 times, by people all around the world.

Unfortunately due to the East Lothian Council – Internet Access Policy, “YouTube” is blocked in schools, as a result the embedded video below will not be viewable in school.


Watch out for this years Holocaust Memorial Video coming to this page soon!

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Bannockburn and Stirling Castle Trip

Tuesday 26th May saw Stirling being beseiged yet again by marauding hordes – no, not the English, but 60 S1 pupils from Preston Lodge. The advance party (Ms Duthie, Mr Arnot and Mr Stewart’s coach) spent the morning at Stirling Castle, whilst the other coach, with Ms Morris, Ms Marr and Mr Bishop, brought up the rear and visited Bannockburn. Come half-time and it was all change, with time for a picnic lunch outside Bannockburn.

Apart from a few spits of rain, the weather was excellent, as was the behaviour and enthusiasm of all the pupils. At both venues they got a chance to dress up in medieval armour and clothing, including chain mail which weighed a ton (well… that’s what it felt like!) The pupils learned many interesting facts about life during the times of the Scottish Wars of Independence and showed a keen interest by asking loads of questions.

I would like to congratulate the pupils for giving such a good image of the school, and the other members of staff for their help in accompanying this trip. A special award goes to the pupils who had to sit beside a teacher on the coach! This was a great way to end S1 History in 2009 – roll on The Stirling Invasion, 2010!

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Edinburgh Castle Trip

Another successful trip to Edinburgh Castle ! The S3 class , accompanied by Ms Duthie, Ms Kazamoglu and Ms Morris, spent the morning finding out about life for a Scottish soldier during World War One. Pupils had the opportunity to hear first hand accounts, handle artifacts and visit the Scottish National War Museum. One highlight was to have  a group photo taken beside The One O’Clock Gun !

Again the pupils were brilliantly behaved and were a credit to PLHS !

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Votes For Women !!

S3 History students spent the day at the Peoples Palace Museum in Glasgow. This was part of their Standard Grade history course. They viewed exhibits  connected to topics which they had covered in their course e.g a steamie, a single end,  70s fashions but the highlight was taking part in a Suffragette rally ! Pupils learnt about the Suffragette campaign for the vote and how  militant Suffragettes were force fed. then, led by a ‘Suffragette’ pupils demonstrated in support of women’s suffrage. Sterling campaigners were Rachel Murdoch and Martin Shanley !

The actress who led the session was very impresssed by the pupils attitude and behaviour which she described as ‘excellent’. (In fact she came in on her day off to host this session because she had been so impressed by last years S3 group too !).

Well done to everyone including Ms Duthie and Ms Marr for making it a fab day !

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Archaeologist visit – A great way to learn !

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The S1 history course features a unit on archaeology so it was really exciting when Natasha- an archaeologist at Glasgow University- came into the dept to work with classes. She brought in many artifacts such as coins, buttons, musket balls and even a cannon ball – all of which were over 300 hundred years old. Pupils were shown how an archaeologist dates and records such artifacts and then they had the opportunity to handle, and record, the artifacts for themselves. Everyone got a real kick out of handling 300 year old items. The sessions were enjoyed by everyone . Natasha also said how great it had been to work with pupils at PLHS and how she would like to come back to work with other classes in the future. The dept also hopes to take pupils up to the site of the Battle of Prestonpans where Natasha and other archaeologists are excavating that site. It is  also funny to think that PLHS was built on part of the site of the battlefield. Not many schools can say that !

The Battle of the Sexes !

The S3 G/C history class have been studying the topic of Womens Rights. They had to research the arguments FOR women being given the franchise : women were responsible citizens who had to abide by laws they could not have any influence over, women paid tax but had no parliamentary repersentatives;male criminals and drunkards could vote but all women could not ! Then the class researched the arguments AGAINST women’s suffrage : women were inferior -the Bible said so; women could not think for themselves and women would be easily swayed by handsome man !

The final task was a debate – Suffrage or Not in 1900 ! As you can see the debate  became VERY heated as pupils argued their case (even the token sexist boys who had to argue in favour of womens rights !!!)

The result – a vote in  which 97% of the class said women should have the vote – the dissenters …..THE BOYS !!!!!