Children’s Parliament’s ‘Big Vote’ – January 15th to 19th 2021

Good morning,

On Friday 15th January 2020, Children’s Parliament will launch The Big Vote, a national vote for 8 – 14 year olds that will ask how we can make Scotland a more fair, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous place now and in the future.

 

How can children take part in the vote?

The vote will take the form of an anonymous survey and can be completed on the Children’s Parliament website at the following link from January 15th: https://www.childrensparliament.org.uk/the-big-ideas-big-vote/

What will children be voting on?

Throughout 2020 Children’s Parliament has been listening to the views and experiences of children across Scotland. Children identified four ‘Big Problems’ – climate change, discrimination, poverty and digital inequality – that they think need to be fixed now. We asked children across Scotland to share their ‘Big Ideas’ for how to fix the Big Problems and this vote is all about finding out which Big Ideas children think would make the biggest difference.

How long will the vote run?

The vote will be open from January 15th at 9:00am to January 19th at 6:00pm.

Why is The Big Vote happening?

Children’s Parliament is working in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament as part of The Action Project, hosted by the David Hume Institute, which aims to get children and adults all across Scotland thinking about what we need to do to move faster towards a country that is more ‘prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair’. Very importantly, this Project will develop ambitious yet concrete Big Ideas to do this that can be turned into real action. This vote will help us to know which Big Ideas are most popular amongst Scotland’s children.

What will happen as a result of the vote?

Children will vote on the Big Ideas using a range of criteria and the top two Big Ideas will be made into animations. These will be presented to the Action Project for consideration alongside other ideas from children, young people and adults across Scotland.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Orlaith at orlaith@childrensparliament.org.uk

Work Experience and Apprenticeships with Ernst & Young – Scotland

There is a fantastic opportunity with EY for students who are looking for a summer work experience or a possible apprenticeship in Accounting, Business & Finance. This event is specifically for Scottish students in S5 & S6. 

Webinar Details: 

  • Wednesday 20th January, 4pm – 5pm
  • Opportunities to secure paid work experience with EY this summer 
  • Keynote talk from a partner along with some engaging / interactive workshops
  • Information on all apprenticeship and graduate opportunities 
  • Recruitment process hints and tips
  • Open to all S5 & S6 students
  • Parents are encouraged to join the session

Registation Link: 

https://www.research.net/r/EY-Scotland

Update from Skills Development Scotland

As schools across Scotland are closed to the majority of pupils, Skills Development Scotland careers advisers will continue to provide careers information and advice by phone and digitally.

Our advisers will contact pupils who were scheduled to have a face-to-face appointments to make alternative arrangements.

Subject Choices

If your child is choosing their subjects, their school careers adviser will be providing support over the coming weeks to help them think about their choices, including a one-to-one conversation. There’s also the opportunity for you – as a parent or carer – to join the conversation and discuss where their options might take them in the future. As current government guidelines don’t permit these conversations to take place in person, we’ll seek to make alternative arrangements by phone or video conference.

You’ll also find lots of helpful tools and information to help with subject choices, on the careers service website, My World of Work. Visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk/subjectchoices

Please be aware that career information and advice is available online for anyone who needs it at My World of Work.  You can also contact your local centre to speak to an adviser or call the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000.

University of Strathclyde Faculty of Engineering UG Webinars 7th to 11th December

There are some exciting webinars taking place next week run by Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde University. Dates and information about registering can be found below:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Monday 7th December from 4pm to 5pm

CEE –  https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1d79ff2c304b119f2ab58d65014ee75bf9ed-df437b8d73978ae453hrea077f68aea77f9a

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tuesday 8th December from 4pm to 5pm

EEE – https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1d79ff2c304b119f2ab58d65014ee75bf9ed-252893280042b9f452va2dc723a33f7e7fb9

Engineering Academy

Wednesday 9th December from 4pm to 5pm

EA – https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1d79ff2c304b119f2ab58d65014ee75bf9ed-84d952d75a8963e8535861afb95c276ec9a7

Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Thursday 10th December from 4pm to 5pm

DMEM – https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1d79ff2c304b119f2ab58d65014ee75bf9ed-b82c1e0ae664a59352uhb58d12a9c500688b

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Friday 11th December from 4pm to 5pm

NAOME – https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1d79ff2c304b119f2ab58d65014ee75bf9ed-4e019c9386c09b32539a1e3b6bb02b87d03a

Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm

GSK one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies are putting on a very exclusive webinar for school students looking to get into a STEM related career. The webinar is taking place on the 26th November, 5pm – 6pm and is open to all students across the UK who would like to find a bit more about what a career at GSK could look like.

 

GSK Webinar Details: 

  • Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm
  • GSK are a £34 billion global pharmaceutical company
  • GSK have been behind some of the trials and testing for the Covid Vaccine
  • Hear from some of their scientists, recruitment teams and current graduates / apprentices
  • Opportunities to work at GSK and work experience summer placements
  • We are encouraging you to bring your parents along to this webinar

 

Registration Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YP-GSK

MYPAS Digital Drop-In

DIGITAL DROP-IN

 MYPAS are excited to announce a new way for young people to contact us.  Our Digital Drop-In is available for young people, aged 12-21 within the Midlothian and East Lothian areas.

 Young people will be able to chat with a MYPAS worker about any issue which is having an impact on their health and wellbeing, e.g. mental health, substance use, relationships, worries about school/college/work, etc.

 Drop-ins will run on Mondays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, starting on Monday 26th October 2020.

 Young people can access the Digital Drop-In by going to our website (www.mypas.co.uk) and clicking on the Chat button during the above times.  All conversations are confidential and we will not ask for any contact details.

S2 Schools Of Programme and Choices

S2 Schools Of Programme and Choices

The S2 Schools Of programme has now been finalised and S2 students will be making their choices during their Schools of lesson on periods 6&7 on Wednesday 26th. Teachers will go through the description of what is on offer and how to choose.

A description of the Schools on offer is shown below.

Students can make their choices in class on the 26th, or wait and do it at home after discussion with parents and carers. The deadline for completing the Form is the end of the day on Thursday 27th August. Students will find out their allocated School in registration on Tuesday 1st September and start their chosen programme on Wednesday 2nd of September.

The link to the Google Form is https://forms.gle/zR7kBL5DRTtJgjFk8

There is a very tight turnaround for this to allow us to allocate students and start the programmes as soon as possible. If there is a problem with making choices, or a student is absent, please email Jeni Allan at jallan@edubuzz.org and she will be happy to help.

School Of Title Description Spaces
School of Philosophy Philosophy, Film and Fresh Air

This course will help you to take the time and space to think about and discuss in depth some of the important questions many people ask to help them make sense of life. A variety of films will be used to stimulate discussion on specific issues – for example The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey, might stimulate a discussion about ‘how do we know what is real?’  At times the discussions will be taken outdoors, to walk in the footsteps of such famous thinkers as Aristotle, Plato, Nietzsche and Jobs, who believed that walking helped to generate deep thinking.

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School of Investigative Science

 

This course is aimed at students who have a keen interest in science and wish to hone their investigative and research skills.

You will get the chance to learn about topics not taught in the core curriculum and to improve your problem solving and teamwork skills. There will be an opportunity to develop the numeracy, data handling and data presentation skills that are a crucial part of every scientist’s toolkit. Scientists aren’t afraid to work hard, so you will need a good work ethic to get the most out of this course!

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School of Aspiring Mathematicians

 

Our super-curricular classes are designed to stretch and inspire you in the art and practice of Mathematics.  You will broaden your knowledge of Maths, and develop your enjoyment of the subject.  We will be solving puzzles, completing problem solving tasks and carrying out investigations, as well as exploring entirely new concepts that you haven’t studied in class. There will be an opportunity to enter the Scottish Mathematical Challenge Junior level where you can receive an award for your entry.

This course is aimed at students who enjoy puzzles, problem solving and… Maths!

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School of Arts and Crafts If you love inventing, creating, drawing and making things you will enjoy School of Arts and Crafts.  You will be introduced to new ideas, different techniques and a wide variety of lessons to do with the visual arts.  This might include drawing, painting, model-making, collage or photography for example.  There is no cost to this course, but we do ask for enthusiasm for arts and crafts and an open-minded attitude.  Suitable for beginners and experts alike! 60
School of Home Economics (HE) Food Product Development; sustainable practices. Developing new products from a design brief. Enterprise tasks, new business ideas for the food & drink industry. 20
School of Rugby You will work towards achieving a Dynamic Youth Award. Building on experiences of S1 SoR to develop skills, knowledge and teamwork. Participating in fitness routines to support personal development. 20
School of Football With input from Football ASC, you will work towards achieving a Dynamic Youth Award. Building on experiences of S1 SoF to develop skills, knowledge and teamwork. Participating in fitness routines to support personal development. This School welcomes boys and girls. 40

 

S1 Schools Of Programme and Choices

S1 Schools Of Programme and Choices

The S1 Schools Of programme has now been finalised and S1 students will be making their choices during their Schools of lesson on Tuesday 25th. Teachers will go through the description of what is on offer and how to choose.

A description of the Schools on offer is shown below.

Students can make their choices in class on the 25th, or wait and do it at home after discussion with parents and carers. The deadline for completing the Form is the end of the day on Wednesday 26th August. Students will find out their allocated School in registration on Monday 31st and start their chosen programme on Tuesday 1st of September.

The link to the Google Form is https://forms.gle/e84EcuNvMz9XjPNr5

There is a very tight turnaround for this to allow us to allocate students and start the programmes as soon as possible. If there is a problem with making choices, or a student is absent, please email Jeni Allan at jallan@edubuzz.org and she will be happy to help.

School Of Title Description Spaces
School Of Scottish Heritage Discovering Your Scottish Heritage

Our Scottish heritage covers a wide and varied range of topics. It can be linked to our history, landscape, media, culture, transport, sport, politics, languages, food – just about anything, as long as it is specific to Scotland! This course will allow you to use IT to carry out  some independent research on a Scottish topic of your choice, after first exploring some specific examples of Scottish heritage.

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School of Nature This course will investigate our local wildlife, especially the plants and small animals that are living in the school grounds and the surrounding area. For instance, we will set up and run a marine aquarium to observe creatures from the nearby shoreline. More general project work on wildlife and the environment will also be included.

This  course will often involve going outside for collection and survey trips, combined with follow-up and background work in the classroom. It is likely that we will also make displays to communicate the results of our studies to others in the school.

In addition, it is likely that the group will engage in the consideration of wider environmental issues, such as recycling and energy saving. We may perhaps become involved in the promotion of initiatives of this type across the school.

Ideally, the course will run all year, with the same committed and enthusiastic group. In the spring we may develop our activities into work towards the John Muir Award. This would be a project to ‘Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share a Wild Place.’

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School of Forensic Science This course will provide students with an understanding of some of the work involved as a Forensic Scientist.

You will cover various aspects of forensics such as pathology, entomology, DNA matching, fingerprinting, ballistics, crime scene analysis and various other methods of chemical and biological analysis and detection.

It will include some theory on different forensic techniques with numerous practical based activities, including a full crime scene investigation.

Students will have the opportunity to work on their laboratory and problem solving skills.

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School of Arts and Crafts The School of Arts and Crafts is aimed at pupils who enjoy being in Art and being creative. We will explore a variety of materials to develop your drawing and observational skills which will benefit you in your coursework. Also, you will have an opportunity to create a 3D piece of artwork working with others in a collaborative way. 20
School of Music You will develop your music theory skills by learning how to read, play and write your own music.

You will develop your practical skills on keyboard, xylophone, guitar and ukulele and will work together in small bands to create performances.

You don’t need to be a musical genius, but you do need to be willing to join in and to try new things!

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School of Healthy Living HE – 3 meals a day – looking at simple healthy options for breakfast, lunch & dinner. 40
School of Healthy Living PE You will work towards a Dynamic Youth Award, this school is all about getting out and getting active! How to keep active using alternative approaches. Pupils must bring PE kit. 40
School of Football You will be working towards Dynamic Youth Award and get an introduction to football, develop skills, knowledge, teamwork and fair play. 20

 

Longniddry Bus – Home to school transport

Could we kindly ask students to use the correct bus to and from school otherwise this may impact on other students not being allowed to access their allocated bus.  Many thanks.

128 East Coast Buses has capacity for S1-S4 

M-F

Johnny Cope Stone                       0803

Seton East                                      0805

Longniddry Station                        0811

Preston Lodge HS                          0820

M-TH    F

Preston Lodge HS                          1535     1225

Longniddry Station                       1543     1233

 

S5 & S6 Prentice coaches

(M-F)

Longniddry Rail Station                0755

Longniddry Inn                               0756

Longniddry – Dean Road              0757

Preston Lodge High School          0808

 

(M-TH) (F – 111 service)

Preston Lodge High School          1535     1230

Longniddry Rail Station                1544     1243

S3 Schools Of Programme and Choices

S3 Schools Of Programme and Choices

The S3 Schools Of programme has now been finalised and S3 students will be making their choices during their Schools of lesson on Tuesday 18th. Teachers will go through the description of what is on offer and how to choose.

A description of the Schools on offer is shown below.

Students can make their choices in class on the 18th, or wait and do it at home after discussion with parents and carers. The deadline for completing the Form is lunchtime on Wednesday 19th August. Students will find out their allocated School in registration on Monday 24th and start their chosen programme on Tuesday 25th.

The link to the Google Form is https://forms.gle/A7PA2vgNVxRUdXyd8

There is a very tight turnaround for this to allow us to allocate students and start the programmes as soon as possible. If there is a problem with making choices, or a student is absent, please email Jeni Allan at jallan@edubuzz.org and she will be happy to help.

School Of Title Description Spaces
School Of Film Making This course will give you the opportunity to learn how to make a film professionally.  You will be taught how to use high tech film equipment and how to work together as a film crew.  Everyone in the crew will have the opportunity to take on the role of director, camera person, sound person and clapperboard person.   You will use your ideas to decide on a film you would like to make, plan it properly (Pre-production), film it (Production) and then you will be taught how to edit what you have filmed using Final Cut on the iMac (Post-Production).  At the end of the course you will have made at least two films which will be posted on YouTube and you will be skilled in the film-making process.   The film group usually films on location outside of the school building; attends the INTO FILM Festival and participates in courses led by a variety of outside film partners. 10
School of Aspiring Scientists This course is aimed at students who already have an interest in science and are considering studying science in the senior phase or beyond.

You will develop study skills that will help you to maximise your performance in S3 science, get the opportunity to boost your knowledge and understanding of core S3 science courses, and have additional time to fill any gaps in your understanding of these courses in order to best prepare you for continuation in that subject or uptake of that subject in S4.

You will have the opportunity to gain a Maths for Science award, further boosting the key problem solving skills used across all sciences. You will also do an Investigating Science award, honing your experimental and investigative skills, aiming to maximise current and future attainment.

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School of Arts and Crafts in the local community Students will explore the local area and its coastal location using a range of Arts and crafts to include, photography, collage, model-making, drawing and painting. You will have an introduction to digital photography and use the images you create to develop your Art skills. 40
School of Creative Baking (HE) This course will be offered as an introduction to one of our certificate courses, practical cake craft. Students will also work towards two National progression awards in Cake baking and the course can be used as a contributor to the Bronze level Youth Achievement award.

The course content will cover a wide variety of Cake baking & Cake decorating skills and techniques, following the format of the ‘Great British Bake off’, having themed weeks e.g. bread week, biscuit week etc. This will culminate in the creation of a fully decorated Christmas cake.

There will be a cost for this course of £35 for the year. Support is available through the Preston Lodge Learning Foundation Community Fund.

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School of Healthy Living (PE) Active participation in a wide variety of activities which help promote lifelong participation and engagement with ambition for a healthy lifestyle and long term benefits. Pupils will work towards gaining a Bronze Youth Achievement award through completion of a number of participation challenges and creation of a personal portfolio. Pupils must bring PE kit & be keen to try out new activities; not traditional, competitive sports. 30
School Of Drama During this course you will work in small groups towards creating and rehearsing your own drama.  This course would be suited to those who enjoy both scriptwriting and performing.  We will also look at how lighting, sound, costume, set and props can be used to enhance the drama. 20