Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

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.

Cookery Competition for S4 students

East Lothian Young Chef Competition 2013

Open to all S4 students

NOTE – Change of Date for School Heat 

Teams of 2 S4 students from 6 East Lothian secondary schools will have 90 minutes to prepare and serve a delicious 2 course meal based on local ingredients.  They will work under the scrutiny of a team of judges at Knox Academy on Friday 4th October.

The winners will be invited to attend the East Lothian Food and Drink Annual Awards Dinner at the Glasshouse Function Suite in Musselburgh on Tuesday 8th October.

The school heat will take place on Thursday 12th September at 3.45pm.  Two winners will be chosen to represent Preston Lodge High School at the final.

If you are in S4 and are interested in taking part in the competition please come along to the Home Economics Department and register your interest by Thursday 5th September at the latest.  You will be given a recipe which you will make at the school heat.


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

The Great ‘PL’Comic Relief Bake Off

Well done to all who have submitted their entry forms.

Last forms must be received by 12noon friday 8th March.

All pupils who have entered will compete in their heat on MONDAY 11th March              4pm -5.30pm.

All staff who have entered will compete in their heat on THURSDAY 14th MArch      4pm- 5.30pm

The finalists on Friday 15th March will create a selection of ‘their own design’ cupcakes to sell at morning break. The winner will be judged and announced.

All proceeds go to Comic Relief.

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

Get Going – Celebration Open Day – Tues 3rd July



Tuesday 3rd July

Musselburgh Sports Centre

2 – 4pm

Do you want to know more about Get Going?  This family healthy lifestyle programme aims to encourage children to get active, eat well and work towards a healthy weight. This is a fantastic opportunity for families, particularly those with any concerns about healthy weight, to come and learn more about the programme and ask questions in a very relaxed atmosphere.

During a fun packed couple of hours you will get to take part in lots of fun activities as a family and individually, look round the market place, make smoothies, enjoy fruit tasting and leave with lots of goodies from water bottles to a 5 a day fruit bag. 

Come as a family and enjoy the start of the summer holidays with a healthy kick. Places need to be booked in advance and tickets will be sent out prior to the day.

To book your place, please contact:- by 29th June 2012

Caroline Kaye

Tel: 01620 828 760 / 07530 311 852


Remember to wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for taking part in physical activity.