Category Archives: Achievements & Awards

PL at Scottish Education Awards!

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.

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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.

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S2 Boys WIN BBC National Landscape Competition

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. is 3 years old!

  • today, 8th March 2010, is celebrating it’s 3rd Birthday!


It’s been 3 years to the day since was first registered on, the East Lothian educational blogging community. And what a long way we’ve come!

Starting with just two main sites – the main site, and ‘Today @ PLHS’ – the daily notices for use in school, we now have around 30 contributing sites from subject sites, to yearbooks, to pupil web jotters, is a vast network of contributors from around the school. By far the largest portion of, has over 120 teachers, pupils and office staff adding to the site almost daily.

Consistently top of the web traffic hits across the community, is beating the likes of Don Ledingham’s Learning Log, North Berwick High School (and all the other High Schools in the area), and is currently sitting at 1580 email subscribers consisting of parents, pupils and alumni. News from the school is now frequent and more easily accessible than most others!pl

Debuting new web technologies to the education scene in East Lothian has been’s specialty – from RSS feeds to newsletters, embedded forms and calendars, interactive magazines and documents, to widgets and discussions – is making web publishing available to the many, and not exclusive to the technically able few. It just goes to show how quickly new technologies arise in just a few short years – who knows what features will be around in the next few years?!

So thank you to all our avid readers, contributors, editors and technical helpers, and Well Done and Happy Birthday to!

S5 Outdoor Challenge 2009: Preston Lodge win again!!

Preston Lodge High School continues winning streak!!

In recent months, Preston Lodge High School has excelled in the ELC Outdoor Challenges organised for each year group by East Lothian Council’s Outdoor Education Department.

Last session Preston Lodge retained the S6 Challenge, followed by success in the S2 Orienteering Challenge.  A few weeks ago we entered two teams into the S4 Outdoor Challenge, which was held at John Muir Country Park.  The Preston Lodge teams proved too much for the other secondary school teams and took joint first places.

On Friday 25th Sept the S5 Outdoor Challenge 2009 was held around North Berwick Law,  two Preston Lodge teams of S5 students secured first and third place in a very closely fought competition.

In these challenges, the competing teams are faced with a variety of  physical and mental challenges such as an orienteering, tight rope course construction, fire-lighting problems, rock climbing etc.

The photograph shows the S5 winning team, with proud Preston Lodge staff Gordon Kidd and Brian Frost who assist in running these events.  The winning students (from left to right) are; Andrew O’Brian, Neil Moyes, Kier Stewart, Stephen Huish, Lindsay McNeil and Samantha Naylor.

S5 Outdoor Challenge 2009 - Winners
East Lothian S5 Outdoor Challenge 2009 - Winners Preston Lodge

Chemistry teachers, Kidd and Frost, both former Preston Lodge High School pupils, said, “These events are thoroughly enjoyed by all who take part.  We see the students from all schools working very closely together in their respective teams and the confidence that is instilled in them by these events is wonderful.”

The next Outdoor Challenge is on Friday 9th October, and it will be the turn of the S3 pupils from across the county to do battle.

Can Preston Lodge maintain their impressive run and make it 5 in a row?

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A great response from the current S3 in getting involved. Anyone still interested or with money outstanding should get this handed in by Monday afternoon (28th September).

We will be having a meeting at lunchtime on Wednesday 7th October in Mr Kidd’s room. Hopefully the logbooks will be with us. To help us allocate you a staff mentor, please think about getting a group together of you and your friends (up to a maximumof 7 pupils). We will do our utmost to accommodate you in friendship groups.


Two small groups are out on practice expedition next week (1st – 3rd October) with a few finally being assessed after being snowed off in the Spring last year! Please ensure you get a staff permission sheet from Mr Kiernan and approach your teachers for ‘appropriate discussions’.

Likewise, any other pupils interested should get logbook fee into a member of the team before Monday 28th September. A short meeting will be held in Mr Kiernan’s room after your return from work experience. Watch this space.


A lot of pupils have expressed an interest in participating but there have been few uptakes on this. A short meeting will be held in Mr Kidd’s room at break-time on Tuesday 29th September to finalise the participants list.

East Lothian S4 Outdoor Challenge 2009

Some of our regular readers may recall that in the 2007 S6 Outdoor Challenge our two teams came 1st and 2nd in this annual competition involving all six of the East Lothian Secondary Schools. In the 2008 S6 Outdoor Challenge our team once again won their competition. Our S6 are undefeated in this event.

How could our S4 better this ??
Well on Friday 4th Sept our two S4 teams took part in the S4 Outdoor Challenge 2009 and managed to improve on the 1st and 2nd place standard of 2007 – by coming 1st equal – with each other!!

Well done to both of our teams for setting such a high standard.

PLHS Team 1

PLHS Team 2

Scott Robertson Sean Gaffney
Paul Dixon Jack Longmuir
Maia Aitken Mark Singer
Jenna Stevens Karen Munro
Rachel Connachan Jennifer Tait
Jack Ferguson Emma Cullen

The event comprised of a variety of physical and mental outdoor based challenges including orienteering, fire-starting, rope work skills etc…

Both the School and Outdoor Education staff and organisers were immensely impressed by the way both Preston Lodge teams worked together to score the highest number of points out of all the teams – in almost every task.

Consequently, in the end there was nothing to separate both teams and a joint first place was secured – by a long way for our school.

The competition was organised by East Lothian Outdoor Education staff and each secondary school sent two teams to the John Muir Country Park near Dunbar.

A great day out for the pupils (and staff!), and a high bench-mark set early for the year ahead.

Well done and congratulations to all of those involved.

Fiddlesticks Concert

Fiddlesticks in Concert

Thursday 2nd April


Ross High Hall

Fiddlesticks, a new orchestra of pupils from the Ross High and Preston Lodge cluster schools, will be performing a concert of modern arrangements of folk music.

They proved very popular at the Christmas concert so please come along and give them your support.

Tickets £3 (concessions £1) available at Ross High School Reception (01875 610433)

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Fiddlesticks will also be in concert at the Longniddry Church on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm

After January’s sell-out concert by the senior students of Preston Lodge High School – and what a fabulous night that was! – we now have another not-to-be-missed date for your diary. On Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm, Longniddry Parish Church will welcome a new string orchestra made up of players from this part of East Lothian. “Fiddlesticks”, organised by our schools’ string instructor, Mrs Carolyn Wilson, is a group that is full of budding talent, so it will be lovely to enjoy their music presented in a range of different styles.
Admission is free, with donations welcome on the night to benefit this latest venture in East Lothian Schools music. Do come along once again, and encourage the youngsters in their music!