NHS Lothian Vaccination Programme – Community Clinics for S1-S6 for HPV and MMR Catch Up

Did your daughter miss out on HPV (cervical cancer) vaccination when school nurses were with us?  There is another opportunity to get it in June.  More details are below.

Up to date with MMR vaccination ?  If not please see below for details of MMR clinics being run by NHS Lothian in June.  MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella. 

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Are You Protected?

Thanks to immunisation, diseases such as polio have disappeared in the UK. However, these diseases could come back as they are still seen in many countries throughout the world – which is why it’s so important to get your jabs.

Although you were probably immunised against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, and may have some protection, you still need a Teenage booster to complete your routine immunisations and give you longer-term protection.

Likewise you need a booster dose of the MenC vaccine as a teenager to be protected from meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal group C bacteria. The booster dose increases protection against MenC and is given at the same time as the tetanus, diphtheria and polio booster.

Likewise many teenagers have not had the two doses of the MMR vaccine required to ensure they are protected from Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

The HPV vaccine, given to girls in S2, protects against cervical cancer.

These vaccinations are provided in school by the NHS Lothian school nurse team. If you are due to be vaccinated you will receive a letter.  Please ensure you read this and discuss vaccination with your parents or carers.

Please return completed consent forms to the school.

More information can be found on the Immunisation Scotland website.

Fair Trade Tuck Shop – June 14th 2013

The Preston Lodge Fair Trade group and the Pupil Council are pleased to announce that they will be jointly running a trial Fairtrade Tuck Shop at break time on Friday June 14th 2013, in the Maths Social Area.

There will be the following items on sale to pupils and staff –

  • Fair Trade home baking
  • Fair Trade fruit
  • Fair Trade cold drinks

The long term aim is that this combined group of pupils will develop this initiative in the new session and hope to run an end of month Fair Trade Tuck Shop every last Friday of the month. Funds from the venture are going towards buying new outdoor furniture for the school garden.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday June 14th at break time in the Maths Social Area!

The Pupil Council and Fair Trade Group

Seasonal Influenza & Meningococcal Disease – Letter from NHS Lothian

We have been advised, by NHS Lothian, that there is an increased circulation of flu in communities.

Public health data shows that the increases have been seen particularly in the five to 14 age groups, both from GP consultations and respiratory outbreaks in schools, as well as calls to NHS 24.

There has also been cases of meningitis which do tend to increase at this time of year.

To increase awareness of these conditions in communities, we have been asked to distribute this letter from NHS Lothian to parents, pupils and staff in our community.

The letter can be read or downloaded here: 2012 12 21 NHS Seasonal Flu Letter

More information on seasonal Flu can be found here: NHS Scotland Flu Info

House Football Trailer goes viral…

A House Football event will be taking place next week at lunch time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A promotional video has been made by your House Captains to give staff and pupils alike more information about this popular event.

Captains will be round register classes towards the end of the week to ensure teams are selected properly but the dates you need to remember for your diary are:

  • Monday S1/S2 competition
  • Tuesday S3/4 competition
  • Wednesday Seniors competition

Who will win? Not even Keiran Mullen knows!

The House Team

Tug of war sees Grange and Seton wrestle for the honours…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our most recent house event – the Seniors Tug of War competition resulted in a huge crowd of pupils turning out to witness one of the best events so far. With our S6 pupils entering fully into the spirit of the competition, we saw red, blue and yellow leg warmers and leotards a plenty – and that was just the boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the competition for young ladies, ladylike behaviour went out the window as our teams fought valiantly for the title of Strongest House. In this particular event, Seton girls came out on top, with Grange second and Gosford third.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A clash of the titans ensued in the male version of this competition with pride and bragging rights very much driving everything that ensued. Grange boys came out on top in this competition as they beat both Seton and Gosford without too much effort – though this was not the case when an inital foul pull happened. A certain Mr Lanyon had somehow managed to sneak himself into the Seton boys team, impacting on their ability to be moved but was soon told off in no uncertain terms by Miss Dalgleish for being a bit of a chancer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final overall result of the combined girls and boys event saw Grange finish first, Seton second and Gosford third.

The competition  finale meant some truly colossal characters entered the arena to take on the pupils’ “strongest team” (Grange boys). A staff team with a combined weight of a French front row AND an English front row, laid down the gauntlet to our young heroes. The first tug of war was very close indeed and the Grange boys very much gave the staff a run for their money. However, there was just no shifting the academic giants that are Lanyon, Evans, Robertson and a couple of (by comparison) puny PE punters. The staff edged the Grange boys out – but only just. Mohammed simply couldn’t shift the mountain.

 

 

Rugby success for Paul Dixon and Raymond Mackie…

Congratulations go to Grange pupil Paul Dixon and former Seton pupil, Raymond Mackie, who have both been selected to represent Edinburgh this season. Raymond played for Edinburgh U18s when they beat Glasgow u18s at New Anniesland in March and Paul played for the u17 squad when they took on Caledonia at Murrayfield.

Preston Lodge sends heart felt congratulations to both boys and  hope that this is  the start of many sporting  honours to come.

Preston Lodge is always delighted to hear about the sporting successes of our pupils and welcome any information in this respect from pupils, parents and coaches alike.