FAO S4 and S5 Students

All exam leave sheets should be returned to the school office by Friday 28 March.

All course choice sheets should be handed in by Monday 31 March.  If you are leaving school at the end of this academic year you are still required to complete one.

FAO S4 and S5 – Exam Leave sheet

Exam Leave sheets were issued to S4 and S5 today (Tuesday 18 March).  If you have not yet received one, please collect one from your register teacher or the school office as soon as possible.  These must be returned no later than 28 March.

Work experience opportunity for eligible S4/S5 students

Pathways have been working with the in-house legal team at RBS, who are offering a work experience opportunity for current S4/S5 students, with an interest in studying law/business (this may include accountancy and economics), and who meet the legal profession’s PRIME commitment. Please note that this is also open to students who are not signed up to Pathways to the Professions.

Students are eligible for a place on a PRIME work experience placement if they:

1.  attend a state (non-fee paying) secondary school, and

2. either would be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university or are (or have been) eligible for free school meals.

Applications will also be accepted from those with other exceptional social, educational, financial or other personal obstacles (this may for example include students who are carers, or have been in care). Students can provide information in the additional information section on the application form.

Applications (see below) to be submitted by Fri 28 March 2014, by e-mail to RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

What does the programme involve?

The RBS Legal department will be hosting the week. They are supporting efforts to increase social mobility and to encourage young people to consider a career in law/business. They want to inspire students, opening their minds to the opportunities available. Whilst there will be some focus on law, including visits to a law firm and the courts, there will also be sessions covering the following: understanding financial institutions and the career opportunities available; life as a young lawyer; presenting skills; the importance of a growth mindset; confidence-building and sessions to help prepare students with the transition from school to university.

The programme is designed to give eligible students a real insight into working life, to support them to aspire to great things and achieve their full potential and to help them decide whether law or a career in business is something they really wish to pursue.

When/where is it?

Monday 16 June to Friday 20 June 2014 – travel costs will be reimbursed and lunch provided daily. Students will be required to make their own way to and home from the venue/s. It is in term time, so permission to attend would be required from the school as well as a parent/guardian.

Location – Edinburgh, including RBS Gogarburn office (by the airport) and town centre locations.

Applying/getting extra information

• Programme overview – see below for a full overview of the programme

• Permission from school – students will need to get permission from their school to apply, as if successful, they will be out of school during term time. The application form requires teacher approval for the applicant’s absence from school

• Permission from parents must also be given, as per the application form.

• Applications (form attached) to be submitted by Fri 28 March 2014, by e-mail to RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

• Confirmation of places will take place by Friday 6 April 2014 – to both student and teacher

• For more information – teachers, parent/guardians or students can email RBSLegalFirstStepProgramme.Edinburgh@rbs.co.uk

Pathways to Professions – Friday 14 February

“Next Steps: S5 Choices for the Professions” – Friday 14th February 2013

For S4 Pupils Target Subjects: Architecture, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine. This is a fantastic way for your pupils to get to grips with university entry requirements, which will help inform their future subject choices and also for them to find out a bit more about their professional area of interest. The day begins with a workshop looking into why Admissions staff look for certain qualifications for entry to these specific areas. Current University of Edinburgh students studying Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Architecture will then chat a bit about their own experiences. This provides the pupils with an excellent chance to ask any questions which they may have – and to get an honest answer from actual students studying the subject that they are interested in! Lunch will be provided courtesy of Pathways to the Professions.

**Only registered Pathways to the Professions pupils can apply for a place on this event, which has limited capacity.** All S4 pupils currently registered with Pathways have already received information by email about this event and will receive full details of the venue and how to get here once places are assigned. Any student not registered with Pathways yet should register asap and email me straight afterwards expressing an interest in the event.

To register for Pathways, pupils should fill in the short online registration form at:


Please bear in mind that this event is only suitable for current S4 pupils interested in pursuing a course in one of:




Veterinary Medicine




Oatridge College Open Day – Friday 21 February

There is an open afternoon at Oatridge College on Friday 21st February from 1.30 – 4.00 pm.

This will allow S4-5 students to visit the college without missing their classes at this vital time in the school year, assuming there is sufficient interest to run a mini-bus.

Any students interested in attending this event which is for those with an interest in counstyside management, horticulture, activity tourism, land based engineering, forgework, animal care, equine studies, agriculture or landscaping must give their names to their guidance teachers by the end of school on Friday of this week (24th January).

There will be a charge to cover the costs of using the mini-bus.

Revised Senior Phase Prelim Timetable 2014

The Senior Phase Prelim Timetable has been revised to. The only changes to the printed version are on Monday 27th Jan (English: Higher & National 5) – the timings of these exams has been modified. Please update your own version from here.

Senior Phase Prelims 2014 Version 2.0 revised from Version 1.1

Please note that a small number of pupils may have concurrent exams – please check to see if you are one of these pupils and if you are let your teachers know so that alternative arrangements can be made for you.

Senior Phase Coaching Session 2

The next coaching session is due to take place between Monday 6 January and  Monday 20 January.  Could students please make appointments to see their coach.  The focus of this meeting is ‘How can I maximise my success in the prelims?’

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

Skills Scotland Event – Thursday 31 October

The Skills Scotland event is aimed at students planning to go into employment, training, apprenticeships or to college when they leave school.

We would expect any S5 and 6 students with plans to do so or to use any of these as a back-up to university to attend.  S4 students who are planning to leave or might leave in the summer should also attend.

The cost will be £5.00 per trip to cover the cost of the coaches.

Further details can be found on the event website at: http://www.skillsscotlandedinburgh.co.uk/site/23/about-the-event.html

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as there are limited places available.

Places can only be secured by handing £5.00 per trip and completed consent form to Mrs Wilson in the guidance office.  Further information and consent form can be found on the link below

skills scotland letter only 2013 with consent as page 2.

NHS Careers event

Tuesday, 17th September 2013 at St Augustine’s High School 2-3 pm.

Open to S4, S5 & S6 year students who are interested in a career with NHS Lothian.

Pupils must be registered for the event and will be responsible for their own travel to and from the event.

If interested see Miss Patterson in guidance to collect a letter and have your name added to the list for the organisers to check.

East Lothian Young Chef Competition 2013

Open to all S4 students

Teams of 2 S4 students from 6 East Lothian secondary schools will have 90 minutes to prepare and serve a delicious 2 course meal based on local ingredients.  They will work under the scrutiny of a team of judges at Knox Academy on Friday 4th October.

The winners will be invited to attend the East Lothian Food and Drink Annual Awards Dinner at the Glasshouse Function Suite in Musselburgh on Tuesday 8th October.

The school heat will take place on Monday 9th September at 3.45pm.  Two winners will be chosen to represent Preston Lodge High School at the final.

If you are in S4 and are interested in taking part in the competition please come along to the Home Economics Department and register your interest by Thursday 5th September at the latest.  You will be given a recipe which you will make at the school heat.

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