After weeks of preparation, two teams of geography pupils in S2-S4 represented Preston Lodge and East Lothian at the local heats of the Worldwise Quiz, hosted at George Watson’s College. Making up the teams were Brodie Sandilands (S4), Adam Vince (S4), Julia Gribbin (S3), Jason Wood (S3), Harriet Owen (S2) and Lee Goodyer (S2). Despite not progressing to the local final, both teams performed very well, excelling in the ordnance survey map skills round of the competition. All of the pupils demonstrated exemplery dedication in preparation for the quiz and were excellent ambassadors for the school, setting the bar high for next year’s Worldwise Quizzers! To acknowledge their efforts the geography department presented each team member with a World Fact File.
With just four days to cram in all the sights and do some shopping 24 pupils and 3 staff made a valiant effort to make the most of their trip to New York.
From the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, from Broadways Billy Elliot to Strawberry Fields and Central Park Zoo, from 5th Avenues Apple Store and Abercrombie & Fitch to Time Squares American Eagle and M&Ms Store we did the lot. We came we saw we conquered.
Despite sore feet, empty purses & wallets from too much shopping and a delay on the return flight this has been a great trip enjoyed by all.
A range of photographs can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintlanyon/sets/72157625199494214/
As part of the new S1 Challenges some pupils are working on how to improve areas of the coastline in East Lothian to attract more people. As part of this they have designed an online survey which they would very much appreciate you completing. It should only take a couple of minutes.
Click here to take our Online Survey
The icing on the cake of what has been a truly remarkable activities week came yesterday afternoon when we received news that one of our pupil entries in the national ‘Your Landscape, Our Crew’ competition has been selected by a BBC panel to be one of 5 films to be produced as part of the BBC Landscape Series this summer.
Kyle Davidson and James Armstrong are the winning pupils who entered a story board based around the Battle of Preston Pans.
Final details are still to be arranged but at some point between the 14th and 25th June Kyle and James will be joined by a further 16 lucky S1 and S2 pupils for a day long workshop with a BBC Film Crew where they will assist in the production of the film.
A fantastic achievement for all concerned including Marrion Morris who worked closely with the boys and also Gillian Duthie who helped with one of the other two entries. The three entries submitted were all deemed very strong contenders but alas only one could win. The teams led by Siobhan Sharp, Kieran Grieg and Emma Ferrier should also be congratulated on their efforts.
After a fun filled day of fancy dress, head shaving, leg waxing and general fundraising a grand total of £1025 was raised by the school for Children in Need. This is a truly fantastic achievement and everyone involved did a fantastic job showing just how charitable the pupils and staff of Preston Lodge really are.
12 lucky S6 pupils made the trip through to the BBC studios in Glasgow in the evening to present a cheque and also be filmed as part of the live broadcast. En-route to the studios they contacted the Chris Evans Radio 2 Drive Time show explaining how the school had raised money and in the closing moments of his show Preston Lodge got a mention.