About Mr.Bennion

Sports Coordinator at Preston Lodge High School- If you are interested in coaching or have any questions about Extra-Curricular please contact me on 01875 811 170

Extra-Curricular Sport

Mr Bennion would like to thank all the pupils and coaches for their participation in Extra-Curricular sport in Term 1.

There has been some outstanding team and individual performances throughout the term and we would like to congratulate all for their hard work and efforts.

I would also like to Thank all the coaches for their contribution to the teams this year and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Well done to all involved and hope you all have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year

Girls Success

Girls sport at Preston Lodge High School is becoming more and more of a success especially between October and December 2011.

We have had some great individual success with Dollar Miller in Karate (British Champion), Alica Steele in Kickboxing (European Champion), Kirsty Edwards in Basketball (Scotland) and Jennifer Currie in Football (Scotland).

These are only four pupils who have reached a significant achievement in recent times. However we have high level performers in Hockey, Gymnastics, Golf and Dance.

As well as this we have our school teams which have been performing to a high level. The hockey team S1-S3 play weekly fixture against other schools in the lothians and borders. Our Senior Girls football team have also reached the last 8 of the Scottish Cup. In addition to this our badminton team has won the Lothians Quaich to qualify for the Scottish Badminton final again.

With great success from the girls we are looking to progress the opportunities we have for girls and for more girls attendance at clubs.

Hopefully 2012 will continue this success and we can have more girls involved

Senior Girls Football

The Senior Girls football team played Boroughmuir in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday 13 December.

The game was played even though the weather condition were terrible, due to high winds and rain. Even with this both teams adapted to the conditions well and contributed to a good game of football.

Both teams went into the game full of confidence of proceeding to the last 8 of the Scottish Cup. With the game end to end and both teams trying to take the lead the game was full of incidents.

Preston Lodge started to take advantage in the midfield and through this they got the break when Emmelie Young went through one on one with the goalkeeper to score and take a  1-0 lead. This is how it stayed until half-time due to some outstanding defending from the time and great save from Jennifer Currie.

The team started the second half with more urgency to get the second goal. They had a couple of opportunities through Hannah Bruce and Rebecca McArthur, but the Boroughmuir goalkeeper kept the score to 1-0.

With the score at 1-0 Boroughmuir had a free-kick in the last minute. Preston Lodge had to defend and two great saves from Jennifer Currie brought the game to a close and sent the girls through to the last 8 of the Scottish Cup.

Well Done Girls!!

Jennifer Currie, Lauren Donaldson, Katie Cochrane, Cara Ross, Chloe Connachan, Ashild Nordbotten, Anna-Marie Tolk, Amie-Jayne Russell, Kirsty Edwards, Rebecca McArthur, Emmelie Young, Brooke Armstrong, Hannah Bruce, Caitlin McCaig.

Disability Festival at Meadowmill

Pupils from Preston Lodge High School attended the East Lothian Multi-Sports festival at Meadowmill Sports Centre on Tuesday 22 November 2011.

The pupils got to try different sports: Football, athletics and Archery These sessions were run by specialised coaches and gave them a taster of clubs that run at meadowmill on a regular basis. All the pupils from Preston Lodge had a great day as they always do at these event.

They would like to thank the Sports Development team and Disability Sports Development officer, Rob Woodhead. The pupils from Preston Lodge will be building up to their next festival with regular classes of Boccia, Archery, Athletics, Football etc throughout the year. Keep you the good effort

S1/S2 Bring A Friend For House Points

Preston Lodge High School are now going to introduce ‘Bring a Friend’ to extra-curricular sport.

Pupils that ‘Bring a Friend’ will gain points for their house as long as the friend continues to come to the club.

There is registers in place for the current clubs. Any new members will be added and they will gain house points along with their friend.

If you have any questions please see Mr Bennion in the PE Department.

Preston Lodge pupil Double Scottish & European Champion

Preston Lodge High School pupil Dean Apicella (S4) competed in the Kickboxing ISKA European championships. The championships were held at the Palazzo Del Turismo in Lido de jesolo province of Venice Italy from the 25th-29th October. 

The completion was open to all within the EU and with many countries attending the competition standard was very high. Dean was ranked in two different competitions which were set by weight. These were:

 -51 kilo semi contact points fighting

-51 kilo continuous fighting 

Dean had competed in much National competition, but this was the most high profile competition he had attended.

 After some excellent performances he took gold in both sections to become double ISKA European champion. 

This was an outstanding performance considering these two titles were won only ten days after he had become Double WKA Scottish Open Champion. This event was held in Ravenscraig sports centre in Motherwell. 

Dean fought in two sections

-50 kilo (junior) semi contact points fighting

-50 kilo (senior) semi contact points fighting

 Well Done  Dean. A great achievement.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

All extra-curricular clubs have now started back. We are trying to recruit as many players/pupils as possible to strengthen our teams we currently have as well as expand our new clubs. We are happy for people of all standards to attend.

All Clubs 3.45-5.00 unless stated:

Mon: S1-S6 Hockey, S1-S3 Rugby, S1-S6 Running Club, S1-S6 Girls on the Go (Multi-sports)

Tues: S1-S2 Football, S1-S6 Basketball, S1-S6 Table Tennis

Wed: S1 Badminton (Lunchtime), S1-S3 Rugby, S3-S6 Football, Girls Football, Archery

Thurs: S2-S6 Badminton, S1-S4 Trampoline.

Fri: Gym & Swim (Mercat Gait 12-30-4.00), Football Matches, Golf Matches.

Active Schools Coordinator Mr Bennion, is also trying to start Dance, Zumba and other sports. If you are interested please come and see Mr Bennion.

We would like more people to attend so please come along and have fun with your mates at the school’s extra-curricular sports clubs

Interhouse Golf Tournament

The draw has been made for the interhouse golf, which will be played by the pupils over the winter. The groups are below. Please report once you have played a match so we can update the league tables on a regular basis.

Group 1:

Fraser Johnston (6 Set), Cameron Simpson (4 Gra), Marc Reid (3 Gos), Fraser Whillans ( 5 Gos)

Group 2:

Calum Wilson (4 Set), Craig Cunningham (4 Gra), Euan Cameron (5 Gos)

Group 3:

Ryan Clark (5 Set), Fraser Woods (Gra), Lewis Berg (3 Gos)

Group 4:

Euan Russell (5 Set), Ali Stewart (4 Set), Liam Strock (3 Gos), Lee Binmore (4 Gra), Martin Lord (5 Gos)

There will also be a sheet put up on the noticeboard in the PE department. Make sure you are checking this on a regular basis.

If you have any other questions please see Mr Bennion and Mr Sellwood

U-14s Football

U-14s football will now be on a Tuesday after school 3.45 to 5.00pm. All pupils in S1 and S2 are welcome to come along and represent the school in playing football. Mr Steven Halliday will be the U-14s coach and Mr Bennion will be taking the S1 team.

Come and see Mr Bennion if you have any questions.