Category Archives: Foreign Trips

Holland 2019: Day 3 Phantasialand Adventure

Good Morning Preston Lodge – Valkenburg calling

What another spectacular day we have had, the weather was scorching hot with hardly a cloud in the sky. Temperature hit 34 °C and although some of the adventurers were feeling the heat, none were burned (not even the gingers!!)

A beautiful moment this morning when Jaime’s Granny met us at the Phantasialand bus park!! Thank you for taking the time.

Phantasialand was quite quiet and the queues were around 5 – 10 minutes on most of the rides – this seemed like a lifetime for some of the more “excitable” travellers.

Departure from Phantasialand was delayed as one leader could not find the bus, something she can work on in retirement when she has her own bus pass.! (btw the bus was where we left it)

We finished the day with bowling and a walk down into Valkenburg before up to the rooms for a shower, shave and bed. Some had forgotten to shave this morning!

 

Tomorrow we are having some “down time” in and around the beautiful town of Valkenburg,

High Ropes, Alpine Coaster, Swimming Pool and Laser Tag all on the agenda

Thank you to all of those who commented on the previous post, please hit the comment button and leave us a message.

Holland 2019: Day 1 & 2 The Journey and Arrival

Hello Prestonpans – this is Valkenburg calling.

Welcome to our first post from the adventure to Holland 2019.

The overnight crossing was very successful and our PL travellers where the stars of the dance floor and where complemented by other travellers for their good humour.

We have arrived in Valkenburg safe and sound and are settled into the Hotel Op De Boud.

The weather is spectacular. This has led to the perhaps inevitable but nevertheless unfortunate situation where three of the young people melted, although this will not be welcome news for parents it has resulted in additional space on the coach. Every cloud, etc.

The Rodelbahn was very popular with our adventurers and everyone used the chairlift , even  those who had previously indicated that they would be refusing due to height issues.

Ice cream has been very popular, however, it too is melting!

We will call again tomorrow after our outing to Phantasialand

Holland 2018: Final Report

Good morning to all our readers, thanks you to those who have been in touch, our travellers love to read your comments.

Today was our second cross border incursion to our third country – The Kingdom of Belgium.

Our visit to Bobbejaanland was accompanied by some beautiful weather and we had a great day in the sunshine. It all got too much for our First Aider (Jill Johnstone) who required to seek attention at the Medical Room, she was advised by the attending staff that there was little that they could do about ageing.

The young team continued to make the most of the great weather and the many thrill rides of Bobbejaanland before collecting Jill and taking her for a cup of tea and a wee scone.

The return journey had many sleepyheads recharging batteries for our final evening in the amazing  Hotel Op De Boud .

Bowling and Karaoke until bedtime.

All the staff would like to thank the parents and carers for entrusting your fantastic young people to our care for the past week. They have been great company and a real credit to their families and the school.

This is our final blog post of the trip as we have no internet access on North Sea Ferry.

See you all on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Holland 2018: The quiet day

Long lie this morning, breakfast at 08:00 Dutch time – which is Tuesday in the UK

The agreed collaboratively planned lesson:

What

  • To develop responsible team working skills where nobody is left behind
  • to provide multi-venue opportunities to show resilience and perseverance under pressure, requiring resourceful quick thinking to solve real life problems as they are encountered in a unfamiliar environment.

How

  • By tackling the Europe’s largest high ropes course and associated Alpine Roller Coaster
  • Water based activities in the fun filled Mosaqua pool
  • Team working at LaserTag at Valkenburg Agogo.

Our planned intention is to avoid added vomit as previously conducted self evaluation and reflection has identified that this is now an activity which we have all achieved Level 3 Secure by the end of S1 (although we will obviously not be using this language in reports)

Why

  • Why not

Holland 2018: Initial Report

Welcome to this initial report on the progress being made by our young people as they develop their four capacities and six R’s within the structure of the framework provided by the Preston Lodge High School “Aims & Values”.

This is a short reflective analysis of the impact of this experience and the opportunities provided through full participation in all of the learning tasks which have been planned by the highly trained staff and of course by completing the pack of graded worksheets.

We of course intended to complete several of these reflections over the duration of the sequence of planned teaching and learning episodes which will form a significant component of our Self Evaluation. We will have online questionnaires, focus groups, planned observations and lots of colouring in with highlighters.

Did we also say that the kids are fine? Well, yes, we think so. We’ll do a ‘headcount’ tomorrow morning to make sure.

Italy Ski Trip 2019

Meetings will be held in the assembly hall on Thursday 8th March at break time and again at lunch time.

Come along for a presentation on next year’s ski trip, and to receive an information letter.  The ski trip is open to all students, regardless of ski experience or ability.

If you can’t make either of the meetings, and are interested in this trip, then please see Mr Kidd or Mr Thomas for more information.

 

Pipeband in China: TV Spectacular

This is an amazing thing to watch. The Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band at the 19th Nanning International Folk Song Festival.

You should watch the first few minutes to get a sense of the magnitude of this event, a stadium audience of around 50000 and a massive TV audience – Scotmid are getting their monies worth from the sponsorship message on the bass drum!!

The show is around 2½ hours long but the section featuring our Pipe Band starts at around 01:44:00 with the band making their appearance around 01:47:30

Guangxi TV station 19th Nanning International Festival Opening Gala Concert

Preston Lodge Pipe Band at the 2017 Nanning Festival Gala Concert

There is also Chinese TV News coverage of the visit the band made to a school on the 1st day of their visit  http://www.nntv.cn/news/ms/2017-9-10/1505007957604.shtml

Pipeband in China: Nanning Day 4

Monday was to be a busy day rehearsing for the opening gala concert but we had some free time in the morning so visited the Quangxi Arts Institute which would be the equivalent of the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.

There were many music shops in the area and we visited the biggest one. The staff were incredibly helpful and demonstrated and allowed us to try a wide variety of traditional Chinese instruments. Lee bought a Hulusi flute which has similarities to the bagpipes in that it is a reeded instrument with a chanter and two drones. It is also in the same key as the bagpipes so perhaps we will be able to combine the two instruments in the future.

Lunch was a challenging affair with a variety of pretty unusual delicacies. Ducks feet were the order of the day and though a few of us tried to give it a go, in the end none of us had the stomach for it.

Our interpreter, Kimi, spent some time with us teaching us how to say our “Chinese” names with sometimes hilarious outcomes. In the end she awarded us all 90 – 100%.

The rest of the day was spent rehearsing for the show. The press were out in force and we gave interviews for various television stations throughout Asia. We were also in serious demand for photos and I’m sure by now the entire cast has had a selfie taken with at least one of us.

The day finished quite late and we did not get back to our hotel until 12.30am.

It’s showtime tomorrow so everyone will hopefully get a good nights sleep.