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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S2 History Trip December 2009

Yet again, on a very cold December day, 30 S2 pupils, accompanied by Ms Fulford (a maths teacher!!), Ms Duthie and Ms Morris , braved the horrors of The Surgeons Hall Medical Museum and Ms Morris’s Masterly  Museum of Scotland quiz !!

The S2 group were fascinated by the descriptions of early operations without anaesthetics and had the chance to handle surgical implements from the 1880’s onwards.

They had the chance to practise keyhole surgery techniques and there was also a trepanned skull to examine  as well !

The sketch of a  dog, in pain, used in a 19th century blood transfusion certainly caught the pupils interest too !

Gorey stuff ! All part of the S2 medicine course.

And the winners of the Museum quiz ….. Ms Morris’s group, of course !!

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PLHS helps to make History!

On a bright, sunny October afternoon , Ms Duthie and Ms Morris were joined by six very enthusiastic pupils -Kieran, Morgan, Jamie, Isla, Taylor and  Steph- all dressed in green, purple and white.  Their aim ?  To follow in the footsteps of campaigners who had marched  exactly one hundred years ago to  try and achieve  votes for women. On the three mile march the PLHS group were cheered and applauded  by passers -by and their PLHS banner was greatly admired. Jamie was even interviewed by the media !  Everyone in the group felt that they were taking part in  making history  and the significance of this event was not lost on them. It was a super occasion and the PLHS group thoroughly enjoyed being part of it.  (The only disappointment was the no-show of Mr Stewart … he was probably at home washing the dishes !)

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 !

TESS: “Digging up yesterday’s rubbish”

Preston Lodge High School made the papers yet again – this time in TESS: the Times’ Educational Supplement in Scotland on Friday 6th March. The article features news of the recent archaeological project that a group of S1 history pupils participated in, investigating the Battle of Prestonpans. You can read the article here, or below:


Digging up yesterday’s rubbish

History is brought to life via archaeology and artefacts found on a famous battleground

In groups of two, the first-year pupils examine the artefacts, writing down size, shape and colour. They say what the objects feel like, and what they could possibly be. This may not be a real archaeological dig, but for the youngsters at Preston Lodge High in Prestonpans, it is the next best thing, re-enacting what happens and discovering what an archaeologist does.

The East Lothian school lies on part of the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought and won the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745 – his day of triumph before he Continue reading