Category Archives: Inter House Challenge

House Sports means race gets interesting…

S1 and S2 House Sports were held this week and the points totals won were added to the overall House Competition tallies for each respective house. Gosford came out on top with 130 points overall, with Grange in second place and Seton coming third.

In addition to departmental points, last month’s football competition (dominated by Grange) is also included in the most up to date tallies as are the following March successes…

  • Lauren Edmond (Gosford) for her participation in a production of Mother Goose at the Brunton Theatre
  • Ashton Ritchie (Grange) for winning the Photography Competition run by Ms Henderson
  • The school cross country runners (various houses)
  • The ELPs for their Red Nose Day Signalong Signing Session (various houses)
  • Fraser Whillans, Euan Cameron and Anna Devine (all Gosford) for National Badminton Championships
  • Rachael Amos (Seton) for being MVP at the recent East Lothian Multisports Championships
  • Finlay Hughes (Gosford) for being Player of the Tournament in the recent ELC Senior Sevens

Well done to all!

Total points at the start of the new Tax Year ūüėČ




Just one point now separates Gosford and Seton…and the gap to Grange is a little smaller. We look forward to the next 6 weeks and determining this year’s House Champions in good time for Prize Giving in June. At this stage it looks like Ms Binks might need to buy a hat…

Preston Lodge win Seniors Sevens…


Huge congratulations to the Preston Lodge Senior 7s school team who were crowned kings of the Sevens in East Lothian on Friday. 

PLHS were so keen that they actually took¬†two teams up to Meadowmill to compete and both teams played ‘out of¬†their skins’, representing¬†¬†the school with pride and with impeccable behaviour. The¬†‘A’ team were¬†magnificent all afternoon and surprised all the other teams with their¬†ability and desire, well done!

 In addition to the overall competition win, the Player of the Tournament was our very own Finlay Hughes (Gosford). Finlay secures some more house points for Gosford.

Classy Grange cruise to Inter House Football win…

What drama!

The competition kicked off with the seniors on Tuesday, a huge crowd came along to support their houses with the Gosford support being particularly vocal. The action started  with Seton beating a strong Gosford side in a close encounter in which a MoeMoe (Kieran Mullen) piece of footballing magic was the only thing that separated the teams.

Unfortunately for both sides however, pre-tourney favourites Grange then went on to¬†win all of their games with style¬†and take the lead going into the 3/4th year competition. The bookies had already¬†stopped taking money last week on a side filled with County and Regional players…

An even larger crowd came out to watch the 3/4th years do battle on Wednesday. The competition was fierce, all teams played with passion and skill but it was again a Grange County player, Mikey Hamilton, who was to turn out to be the star with a brace of outstanding goals. In the end every team one and lost one game a piece, making it a draw and the results from the Senior competition rolled over to the Junior matches on Thursday.

On Thursday again the masses came out to support the houses and the 1st and 2nd years were obviously inspired by the older teams who had preceded them as they played superbly. In the end, Grange were once again the winners with Gosford and Seton sharing 2nd place.

 House Football final results

Grange РWinners, 30 points

Seton – 2nd, 15 points

Gosford 2nd , 15 points 

Best Support РThe Gosford Massive 

Best Goal РKieran Mullen (Grange)

Staff v Students Football…

Pupils 0  Staff 2

( Bennion 10, Quinn 27)

 There were some outstanding performances from the teachers once again in this annual event. After a shaky start, things started to click for them and it was not just their knees and hips! 

Noteworthy performers from the staff side were Mr Ramsay with his leaping like a salmon heading skills, Mr Clark with his slip, slide, fall, handball combos, Mr Bell for his brave interceptions and blocks (ouch!) and Mr¬†Bennion for his cool as a cucumber finishing. Special mentions go to Mr Bishop for his¬†nonchalant defending style, Mr Cruickshank for his experience and calm demeanour under pressure and (last but not least) Miss¬†Dalgliesh for her¬†combative approach which contrasted with Miss Walker’s more delicate touches.

However, there were two players who stood out as the staff’s finest ‚Äď step forward dynamic duo Rose and Redford.¬†No matter where the ball was there seemed to be a bald teacher pressing or creating space and chances. Mr Rose was at the core of the team winning tackles and making passes while Mr Redford was happy kicking the ball, pupils or anything that came remotely close to him.

A joint man of the match award to Redford and Rose,¬†PL’s own¬†Xavi and Iniesta (sorry Mr Thomas, had to change the original metaphor as Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole are s-o-o-o-o 1990s ‚Äď get with it, Mr Egg Chaser!)

Thanks to all the teachers involved ‚Äď for a short time we can all walk a little taller now! Thanks also to the pupils who competed gallantly but will probably not want to admit they participated…you know who you are!

 Mr Thomas

Footnote ‚Äď this Staff v Seniors match was a pre-curser to the main event this week of the Inter House Football competition. See the article about this event for more details.

Inter House Football next week!

The Inter House Football Competition takes place in the week beginning March 21st. The games will take place at lunchtime with the following schedule in place:

  • SENIORS on Tuesday 22nd March
  • S3/4 on Wednesday 23rd March
  • S1/2 on Thursday 24th March

Please see Mr Thomas, Mrs Binnie, your register teacher or House Captain if you want to take part. We would like to be able to field strong sides for all houses so please get your boots looked out and join in!

See you at the astro all next week!

House Committee Meeting March 14th 2011…


A reminder to all House Captains and interested staff that there will be the weekly meeting of the House Committee today at lunch time in Learning Zone 5 (Mrs B’s room).

Thanks to those who turned up last week, especially Mr T ūüėČ

Items on the agenda include

  • feedback from captains assemblies
  • House tie?
  • next lunchtime sports competition
  • notice boards – update
  • prizes
  • any other business

Red Nose week of events!

Our House Captains have announced the following range of events to take place this week in aid of Comic Relief. Don’t forget it is Red Nose Lunch in the school canteen on Thursday too!

  • Monday : Football card fundraiser. Sheets will come round classes. Mrs Christie will sell squares in the staffroom. ¬£1 per square. ¬£10 prize and ¬£40 to Comic Relief on each card
  • Tuesday: Bake sale in front foyer – bring money for a cake at break!
  • Wednesday: Dance mat competition over lunch. 50p to enter and¬†fantastic prizes to be won.
  • Thursday: Charity football match over lunchtime¬†¬†on astoturf. ¬†Donation to play or spectate.
  • Friday: Dress up in red with ¬£1 to be collected in register classes. A RAVE (!) IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL during break. You even get your own glow stick…

Scores on the doors for February…

The House Challenge points for February have been collected, collated and tallied. There have been some outstanding performances from individuals and groups throughout the course of the month. Some highlights have been…

  • Steven Imlah (Gosford) winning Swimmer of the Month Award at Musselburgh Swimming Club
  • Gosford Seniors and Juniors winning the House Basketball Competition
  • Grange S3/4 team winning the House Basketball Competition
  • Jennifer Currie (Grange) U15 National Girls Football Squad
  • Cameron¬†Wyllie (Seton) facilitating a presentation for DoE group
  • The DRAMA OSCARS (see¬†additional post for more details of this lovely idea)

At the close of play on Monday February 28th 2011, the totals in the House Competition stand at…

GRANGE     760

SETON         563



With RED NOSE DAY and the PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (see Miss Henderson for details) already on the go for March there will be a number of opportunities for everyone to get involved and secure vital house points. Remember that you can also win points in class and through everyday work that all count towards helping your house. Grange have had an outstanding year so far but this competition is far from over!

Honours even at the House Oscars…

The Drama Department have awarded their own Oscars this week in honour of Colin Firth and associated other British winners in Hollywood this past weekend. These awards have come with their own house points and reflect the high quality of young performer we have in all three houses.

Mrs Thacker told’s Showbusiness correspondent –

“The red carpet was out, the lights were in place, the cameras were rolling…the designer uniforms were resplendent! Our pupils have excelled this year and we felt it important to acknowledge their achievements in true Oscar style”.

And the winner is…

Most Dramatic Performance                               

ERIN STEWART           



Most Improved Performance                             

JADE ROSS                       



Special Achievement Award                                

Robert McMillan          



Most Realistic and Believable Performance 

JOSIE ADAMS             



Best Costume Award                                                 

ELLIE PURVIS               



Best Characterisation Award