Category Archives: School News

S2 Parent Information Evening 5th Feb 2008

The turnout for the S2 Parent Information Evening was very good. The purpose was to provide Parents/Carers with information about the Subject Choice process.

Mr.Bell gave a short presentation about the pupil programme in SE lessons and the support that can be offered to the young people in making these choices.

Gill Pert (Careers Advisor) also gave a presentation on the the role of Careers Scotland. In this presentation she gives advice and information on various websites that can be accessed for additional help in making these choices.

Mr.Stewart explained how the Options form should be completed DON’T tick the boxes – give your order of preference from 1 to 5 plus a reserve (6).

The presentations delivered can be viewed here:

Mr.Bell 5th Feb 2008 S2 Parents Info Evening

G.Pert (Careers Scotland) 5th Feb 2008 S2 Parent Info Evening

Cook Club – Competition winners

‘On-Our-Doorstep’ cook club held the competition final last night, with fourteen S2 pupils competing. They worked exceptionally hard during the 1 hour 30 minutes allocated to them to produce an exceptionally high standard of finished dish.

They were complimented by the 6 external judges who are all local produce suppliers from within East Lothian.

James Logan – Scotchip

Margaret Grant- Brodies

Mary Darling -Glenkinchie

Pamela Zenati – James Dickson & Son

Hilary Cochran- Knowes Farm Shop

Jane McKirdy- McKirdy Butchers

The winners were

1st Dean Martin 2Se2 ( received a voucher & cook book)

2nd Sean Gaffney 2Se2 & Gordon Flemming 2Gr3( Received cook book)

All participants received a certificate to recognise the enormous effort.

Well done to all concerned!

BBC Reporting Scotland – Interview PLHS Pupils

A BBC cameraman and journalist were in the school today to interview pupils for a National News story about the teaching of History and in particular Scottish History. They were interested to talk to pupils about their knowledge of local history events of national significance ie The Battle of Prestonpans.

The interviews were broadcast this evening at 6.30pm in “Reporting Scotland”

The article can be viewed on the follow the links to Reporting Scotland. We hope to have the full article on this site soon.

S2 Construction Challenge

Ten S2 pupils took part in the Construction Challenge at Napier University. This competition organised by Careers Scotland is open to schools from across Lothians and Borders.

Over the afternoon the pupils performed really well in a number of challenges related to the construction and engineering industry.

The Preston Lodge Team were:

Jack Longmuir 2Se2
Shaun Gaffney 2Se2
Samantha Cunningham 2Se2
Rachel Murdoch 2Gr1
Valerie Quinn 2Gr2
Charlie Laiesk 2Gr2
Maia Aitken 2Gr3
Murray McKirdy 2Go1
Scott Robertson 2Go2
Mark Singer 2Gr2

Well done to all those that took part.

National AH maths prize for Martin Dickson

Martin Dickson who left sixth year in June 2007 has won National Prizes for outstanding performance in the Advanced Higher Mathematics and Advanced Higher Applied Mathematics. Martin scored 98% and 99% respectively in these exams in 2007.

The National prizes for outstanding performance in the mathematics examinations were introduced in 1997 and these awards have continued and expanded each year since then. In 2007 the prize money has been donated by the AEGON life company, The Nationwide Building Society, The Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the London Mathematical Society, Oil & Gas UK, the Scottish Mathemtical Council and The Glasgow Mathematics Journal.

Martin is now studying mathematics at Trinity College in Cambridge.

Christmas Concert 2007

What a fantastic performance from the many talented young (and not so young) people of Preston Lodge. A huge thanks to the music department – staff and pupils. It was great to see pupils from the Primary schools taking part with such enthusiasm. Well done to you all.
We hope to have music clips from some of the performers on this site soon.

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Science, Engineering and Technology Project


Two graduates from Torness Power Station are backing a bid to enthuse youngsters in a career in science as part of a new scheme launched for the first time in East Lothian.

Dermot O’Loughlin and Tim Whitmore, both graduate engineers at the East Lothian based nuclear power station, are supporting a group of youngsters from Preston Lodge through the ten week Go4SET programme.

The new initiative, run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) brings together S2 pupils, teachers and industry representatives to encourage young people to fulfil their potential through careers in science, engineering and technology.

Working as a team, the pupils will be working on a water conservation project, and will have to research, design and build a model for recycling water for their school.

Recycling water is something the Torness graduates are extremely knowledgeable about, as running a nuclear power station requires extremely pure water to pass through the boilers and turbine to produce steam and generate electricity.

Producing this pure water is expensive and therefore requires to be recycled and used again.

In addition, sea water, used to cool different systems within the plant, is also recycled back into the environment.

Mentors Dermot (27) from Edinburgh and Tim (23) from Prestonpans said: “As well as sharing our experience of water conservation on a commercial scale, we will be helping the pupils develop project management techniques to ensure they cover all the areas they need to but also in methods of developing ideas to solutions.”

“As mentors, we get a great sense of personal satisfaction from helping in this project and encouraging others to follow what has so far been a very positive experience in the engineering profession and nuclear industry for us.”

Colin Cruickshank, a technology teacher at Preston Lodge is delighted that Torness Power Station is supporting the project.

He said: “It is great to have Dermot and Tim on board and who will be sharing their valuable skills and knowledge to help improve our school environment through this science project. The pupils are all keen to do their bit to improve water efficiency by harnessing rain water to reduce the school costs and help the environment too.

Go4SET Pupil Photo

The Preston Lodge pupils taking part in the project are all from 2nd year, they are

  • Owen Thomson 2Gr2
  • Callum Price 2Gr2
  • Lee Matzke 2Gr3
  • Taylor McKillop 2Gr2
  • Sandy Nicoll 2Go2
  • Ronan Hare 2Gr3
  • Kate Wilson 2Go2
  • Karen Munro 2Se1
  • Nicholas Garrity 2Gr2
  • Andrew Kerr 2Gr3
  • Neil Wylie 2Se1

Only six schools in South East Scotland are involved in the project and Preston Lodge is the only East Lothian school taking part.
Dr Aileen Lothian, Go4SET Regional Co-ordinator said, “Go4SET aims to give schools the opportunity of working with and being mentored by specialists chosen from the complete spectrum of science, engineering and technology (SET) disciplines”.

“Work related learning, within an industrial enterprise context, is at the core of the Go4SET experience. Pupils will benefit from personal development in their education, enhancing their powers of creativity and innovation. “