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.

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.

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

Engineering the Future for Girls (S3 Girls)

Engineering the Future for Girls

Monday 8 – Friday 12 June 2020                                                  

Please see below leaflet describing Strathclyde University’s 1-week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June). Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and all student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5. The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week. For the pupils’ convenience, we have arranged for Mentors to accompany pupils from and to Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station and Buchanan Bus Station at the start and end of each day.

Pupils should apply using the online application form available on our website: www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November 2019 and pupils will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of their application. The selection panel will meet in January 2020 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 31 January 2020.

In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Friday 6 December 2019, in order for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School, please email: engineeringthefutureforgirls@strath.ac.uk


School Photos – Monday 4 November (S1-3 only) – S6 will be taken on Monday 2 December

Please find below times for pupils photos taking place on Monday 4th November.

1Go1 8.45am

1Go2 8.55am

1Gr1 9.05am

1Gr2 9.15am

1Gr3 9.30am

1Se1 9.40am

1Se2 9.50am

3Go1  10.00

3Go2 10.10am

3Gr1 10.20am

3Gr2 10.30am

3Se1 11am

3Se2 11.10

As the photographer has to be away by 11.30am it could be possible that we might not get through 3rd year. In this case the missed classes will be postponed until Monday 2 December when S6, S6 friendship Groups & Sports Teams will be taken. Thanks

S1-S3 Vet Medicine Information Evening – Wednesday 27th November 2019

S1-S3 Vet Medicine Information Evening – Wednesday 27th November 2019

Vet Medicine Information Evening is aimed at S1-S3 pupils and their parents/guardians and will take place on Wednesday 27th November from 19:00 – 20:30 at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Easter Bush, Midlothian.

The event aims to give pupils and their guests an idea of what it involves being a vet and a vet student as well as what it takes to become a vet. By the end of the session, pupils and their parents/guardians should be able to:

  • Identify some of the variety of areas vets can work in once qualified
  • Discuss some of the main roles/tasks carried out by vets
  • Discuss the some of the main aspects of a vet medicine degree & student life
  • List all the universities in the UK that currently offer Vet Medicine degrees
  • List the main subjects pupils need to take when they get to S4, S5 and S6
  • Discuss some of the basics of the application & selection process for Vet Medicine

This is an exciting new event we are running for the first time this year. We hope as many pupils as possible will benefit from finding out more about what it takes to become a vet at this early stage in school and help prepare them for what will be require in their later years in school should they want to pursue a career as a vet.

Pupils and their parents can get more information and sign up at the following link: https://vet-info-evening.eventbrite.co.uk

For those of you who use social media, we also have a tweet you can re-tweet using the following link: twitter.com/UniofEdWPteam/status/1184835823302254597         

School Photos Monday 5 November

School photos are taking place on Monday 5th November. Full school uniform should be worn. The timings for the photos are listed below:

1Go1 8.45am 

1Go2 9.00am

1Go3 9.15am 

1Gr1 9.30am 

1Gr2 9.45am 

1Se1 10.00am

1Se2 10.15am

3Go1  10.30am 


3Go2 11.00am 

3Gr1 11.15am

3Gr2 11.30am 

3Se1 11.45am

3Se2 12.00pm

3Se3 12.15pm

S6 group photo with SMT will be taken at 12.30pm SHARP.

12.50pm Senior Team and House Captains.

6Go1 1.45pm 

6Go2/3 2.00pm

6Gr1 2.15pm 

6Gr2  2.30pm 

6Se1/2 2.45pm

New immunisation programme against meningitis

Consent packs for vaccinations from NHS Lothian were distributed to pupils in S3 to S6 on Tuesday 1 December.

Every year, pupils in S3 are offered the Teenage booster to complete their life long protection, through routine immunisations, against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

In addition this year all S3 – S6 pupils are recommended a meningitis vaccine (ACWY). This is to protect against the W strain of meningitis which is on the increase across the UK.

Please read the letter, discuss the vaccinations and return completed and signed consent forms to school by Friday 11 December.injections

Respectful Relationships Focus Groups

The Quality Relationships in Learning Project is having a focus group meeting on Wednesday 29th of April at 1.10pm in Mr Kelly’s room upstairs in Science.

Any pupils in S1 to S3 are invited to come along and share their views. In this focus group questions about learning at PL will be asked.

Drinks and snacks will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch!

Work Experience 2015

All S3 students have a week of work experience in June.

3go1, 3Gr1, 3Se1 go in the week 8-12 June 2015
3Go2, 3Gr2, 3Se2 go in the week 15-19 June 2015

Students can find their own work placement but they must have the paperwork for this completed by their planned employer and return it to their guidance teacher by the 31st of March to enable it to be health and safety checked and processed in time for June.
We find that students are often most satisfied in their work experience when they choose their own employer, rather than relying on the limited number and variety of places we will have available on the database in the summer term.

The letter and self-found form are below should you wish to print it out yourself.
Printed copies are being issued by students’ guidance teachers and are also available in the guidance office.

Please note that the letter of understanding needs to be given to the employer as well as the self-found form, but only the self-found form needs to be returned to school (completed by the employer) by your child/guardian and it is this we need before the end of term if we are to try to have your choice of work experience approved.

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Dan Smith – Thursday 25th September

brothers_secretDan Smith is coming to PL today!
All S3s are due to attend the event, periods 3 & 4. Please go to your normal period 3 class for registration, then make your way down to the hall asap!

Dan will chat about about writing and about where ideas come from. He will also talk a bit about himself, his childhood and some of his experiences living in Brazil – a few stories about some of the interesting people he met and things he did – and how he collected ideas for some of his books.

S3 Army Work Experience

The students who have applied for S3 army work experience have all been accepted.

Please collect your joining instructions, kit information and consent form from Miss Patterson in the guidance office as soon as possible.

NB: The army consent forms have to be taken with you to the barracks on the first day of your week there, not returned to school.

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My Place Photography Competition

The My Place Photography Competition is a built environment photographic project run by the Scottish Civic Trust for primary and secondary school-aged children throughout Scotland.  It aims to provide young people with the opportunity to express their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on the heritage, buildings and archaeology around them.

All entries will be placed in an online gallery, displayed in a public exhibition and recognised with a certificate.

Two winners will be selected by a panel of judges and these will go on to represent Scotland in a worldwide exhibition and catalogue.

Competition deadline: 31 JANUARY 2014

If you would like to enter this competition or would like more information please see Mr Lanyon