Preston Lodge High School has been selected as a finalist at the prestigious Scottish Education Awards 2010.
The school has been short-listed for the high-profile Health and Wellbeing Award in recognition of its success in promoting health as an integral part of school life.
Mike Russell MSP, cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning, said:
The reality of Scottish education is that we have hundreds of thousands of good pupils, taught by tens of thousands of excellent teachers within thousands of great schools.
The Scottish Education Awards give us the chance to recognise this and reward the best practice taking place right across the country.
Preston Lodge High School, as a finalist at this year’s awards, has demonstrated real commitment to supporting pupils to be ambitious and to strive to do better.”
Councillor Peter MacKenzie, East Lothian Council cabinet member for education and children’s services, said:
I am delighted that Preston Lodge High School has been nominated for this award.
Young people and staff have worked for several years on raising awareness of healthy living and have developed a range of innovative projects to do so, focusing not only on food and exercise, but also on the impact on environmental issues on health.
Their all-round approach has paid dividends for young people and staff, and the local community.”
The finalists have been chosen by a specially selected panel of judges.
At the Award Ceremony on Friday 18th June — we didn’t win … however, we did come a very close second and came back with a cheque for £500 to take forward Health and Wellbeing. Not to mention being the ONLY Scottish secondary school nominated for this award.
Amie-Jayne Russell, Ashton Ritchie, Hollie Salmon, Mrs Nicol and Mrs. Robertson represented Preston Lodge and had a ball! It was a spectacular event, hosted by Jackie Bird and Romeo – with a singing performance from Daniel Johnston (X-Factor).
Thank you to all staff and students who made it possible for us to get through to the finals (with a special mention to Liz Nicoll who keeps the Health and Wellbeing Group motivated and on track).
We’re already planning our nomination for next year!
We have a visit from the panel to consider our application for Level 3 accreditation for Health Promoting Schools on Monday 28th June and are confident we will achieve this.
For further information visit www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk