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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.

Welcome from new Headteacher: Summer Newsletter

Gavin Clark, Headteacher, Preston Lodge High School

I would like to thank all the staff, students and the many parents I have already met for making my first week at Preston Lodge High School so enjoyable. I have had a wonderful time, and am really looking forward to the year ahead. Please do have a look at the August 2009 newsletter, where I give a little more detail about my views on education in general, my thoughts about Preston Lodge High School, and my vision for the school.

I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible at various school events over the coming weeks and months, but do get in touch right away if you would like to discuss any aspect of school life.

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Get Ahead Programme: Summer 2009: P7 to S1 Transition

Eighty-seven of our new S1 students took part in a one-day programme on Monday 10 August from 1000-1500 hours.

Students worked through a range of activities including teambuilding activities as well as cookery, craft and sport. The aim of the day is to ease the transition to High School and have fun!

Have a look on the video at our willing models who paraded up and down the catwalk in their teams creation!

Thank you to all the Staff and S6 students who made the day so successful.

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Preston Lodge History Club update…


During the past 6 months the coolest group of pupils started coming to History Club with the delightful Miss Strachan. So far they have learned about lots of different topics including the 1960s, the Cold War, Mary Queen of Scots and Hitler.

At the moment they are investigating the life and times of the Romans.

Don’t worry – they don’t do writing or essays! The group simply eat, chat and talk historical nonsense! Watch this space – where we will tell you what we’ve been up to…

Anyone interested in joining the History Club, please come along and see Miss Strachan – it’s free and fun!