On June 7th, the new S 2 took part in  a ‘Show Racism The Red Card Event’, which was organised by East Lothian Council. The event coincided with National Sports Week , as well as the  Anti – racism Day planned for Friday 10th June in PLHS.

Pupils were  firstly asked to define racism. There were many excellent answers to this. The group then watched a documentary which used football to highlight how common, and  destructive, racism is . The film included many prominent footballers, including Craig Levein, the Scotland football manager , and members of Hearts, Rangers, Celtic,  Man U and  Hibernian, all who spoke out  strongly against racism. The most moving partof the  film was a 13 year old  Scottish boy – a talented footballer – who was about to give up playing because he faced racial abuse every time he played a game.

Two ex- footballers – Mickey Weir of Hibs and Derek  Ferguson  –  then asnswered questions about racism in football :  what they felt caused racism, what the impact of racism is on people  and what we can do to stamp out racism. Both ex- players were very impressed by the quality of the questions asked by the pupils.

Comments were also made about how well behaved pupils were and how they listened attentively to what was being said. Let’s hope that PLHS pupils will help  make a difference by challenging ,and not accepting, racism.

Thanks to Mr Johnstone  and Mrs Christie in PE  for their help.


On May 9th, Leah Main, Shelby Garrity ( both S1) , Lewis Berg, Jack Gordon (both S2). Mr Bishop and Ms Morris handed in the donations ,from the Junk for Japan Appeal ,to the Red Cross shop in North Berwick. The Red Cross are one of the major aid agencies involved in trying to help the Japanese rebuild their lives after the tsunami of March this year. The manager of the shop was ‘delighted and overwhelmed’ by the donations from PLHS. It is hoped that these donations will raise £600 + for the Appeal. The Red Cross will be publishing PLHS’s efforts in their national magazine in the near future.
Well done, and thanks, to everyone who handed in donations.

What’s so funny about ‘Dirty Money’?

Ms Duthie’s second year class, 2B3, were given the option to come up with an alternative way of assessing the unit they had been studying on Children in Factories. Together, the class decided that the two main options would either be to produce a play, or a comic using the computer programme ‘Comic Life.’ The class split in two and over several weeks worked together to write, create and perform their chosen piece. Mrs Todd took reponsibility for the drama group, while Ms Duthie supervised the production of the comic. Both groups produced some excellent work, both informative and amusing! The play, ‘Dirty Money’ received such a good response that a repeat performance was arranged, for an invited audience of SMT and Guidance. The Comic Life pages are a bright and interesting addition to the displays outside the History classrooms.

After the drama performance/presentation of the comic pupils were asked to reflect on the experience-whether they had learned anything about themselves and to think positively about fellow group members. Overall, pupils felt that taking ownership of the piece of work like this not only made remembering key facts about the topic easier, but they had all taken risks and overcome their nerves/worries to do something they would never normally have done. Well done to all the group members who amazed us all with their talent and determination.


Tilinanu Orphanage Speaker

Last month former pupil Catriona Oliver came to Preston Lodge High School’s Modern Studies department to give S1-S4 pupils an insight into the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Catriona spent two prlonged periods at the Tilinanu orphanage in Lilongwe, Malawi and gave pupils an inspiring account of her time there as she helped to care for, and educate the 34 girls who reside at Tilinanu. Such was the inspiration of Catriona’s account of her time there, that a number of pupils have since contacted her to enquire about one day visiting the orphanage in Malawi themselves. It was fantastic for Preston Lodge pupils to see a former pupil making such a difference in the global community, and has undoubtedly inspired many to reach such heights in the future. We hope to have Catriona back in the department in the near future!

 Tilinanu Children

 For more information :

facebook : tilinanu orphanage a.h.p

Arthur’s Seat from The RME Dept, Preston Lodge.

The view of Edinburgh, from the RME Department, means that it enjoys many a visit from guests in the school to enjoy the panorama which spans from The Pentlands, across the skyline of Edinburgh, The Forth; with its bridges, to Fife and the North Sea; it is, quite simply, breathtaking. Captured last week at sunset after a fresh covering of snow, we can now share this view with you all; Happy Christmas everyone, from us all in the Social and Moral Department!


S1 Meet a Jacobite !

Alan, from Charging through History, came into school and spent the morning with the entire S1. He spoke briefly about the Jacobite Rebellions and , off course , the Battle of Prestonpans .   Pupils quickly came to learn that the Jacobite Rebellions were not just a Scots vs English conflict !  Alan also dispelled the idea  of Mel Gibson pulling a broadsword over his head from a baldrick  ….. unless  he had seven foot arms !  The pupils then watched a very moving film on Culloden which showed the brutality of 18th century warfare .

Then the hands on session ! Some pupils had the chance to dress up in plaid and all pupils were given the chance to hold a broadsword and  a Brown bess musket rifle. Pupils commented on how heavy these were  and how difficult it would have been to fight with them.

Alan’s enthusiasm for the Jacobite period shone through and was very much appreciated by the pupils ! Again, the pupils were excellent and  they were a  credit to the school.

We Won !!!

Last week the BBC contacted PLHS to say that James Armstrong and Kyle Davidson , both S2, had been successful with their entry into the BBC Competition : ‘Your Landscape Story : Our Crew ! ‘

In 300 words the boys had to tell their Landscape Story. Their story focuses on the landsape and history of this area. It looks at why, and where , the Battle of Prestonpans took place . The boys said that they would like to produce a film which would be a documentary / drama about the Battle – its effect on Prestonpans in 1745 and how it affects  Prestonpans today.

The boys stated that they could get their information, for the film  ,from a variety of sources –  from archaeologists from Glasgow University who were involved in  a dig at the battle site last year; from the Prestonpans re- enactment society,  from visiting Prestongrange Museum ….. all of these must have impressed the judges !

So, on Tuesday 15th June, a camera crew and technicians  from the BBC will come into PLHS to work with James , Kyle and 14 other lucky S1/2 pupils to help them produce their film .

 We can’t wait to see it on the BBC ! Well done James and Kyle !

S4 Euthanasia Seminar

Famous author - Sir Terry Pratchett will call for a tribunal to be set up where people can apply for legal permission to end their lives

Famous author - Sir Terry Pratchett will call for a tribunal to be set up where people can apply for legal permission to end their lives

The fourth year have done themselves, the RME department and the school proud this week by taking part in a seminar on euthanasia conducted by a team of dedicated professionals. The fourth year have impressed with their level of participation, their willingness to learn, their respect for the views of others and lastly their good manners on receiving visitors into their school.

Three of our communities ministers, Rev Dr Robin Hill, Rev Jamie Griggs and Rev Robert Simpson, together with our local youth worker, Nicola Bruce collaborated to present the seminar examining Christian attitudes to Euthanasia. Our guests demonstrated beautifully a spirit of compassion and understanding through their obvious fondness for one another and respect for each others views despite a possible conflict of opinion. The team were equally impressed with the pupils and particularly a group cutting a name for themselves in the RME department; Cameron Purves, Tara Guiney, Marwan Chouh, and Chloe Reid.

Euthanasia is an issue which will, at some point, touch the lives of most people making it an issue which has gained an extremely high profile in the media and modern political and academic debate. The MSP Margo McDonald is putting up a fight to have euthanasia and assisted suicide legislated in Scotland. On Monday, in the famous Dimbleby Lecture, Sir Terry Pratchett “made a provocative call for assisted suicide to be legalised.” Might this indicate public favour? The matter of legislature is one that concerns our S4 who have developed a firm understanding of the issues involved; like who make s critical decisions and how can we safeguard against unnecessary deaths?

This week’s seminar was an opportunity for us all to be reminded of our goals when considering such important ethical issues regardless of our religious identity; that man is capable of compassion and this compassion should guide us in our ethical endeavour.

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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