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The Christmas Concerts 2008

Two fantastic evenings at Preston Lodge Christmas Concert

The Annual Christmas Concert took place on the evenings of the 9th and 10th December. Once again the musical talent of the young people of Preston Lodge was on display. To a packed house, the singers, dancers and musicians of all ages entertained us with a variety of acts of many genres.

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The Christmas Concert Charity Raffle raised £423 this year. All the money will be donated to charity. We would again like to thank the following local businesses for their generous contributions.

Longniddry Golf Club

Musselburgh Racecourse

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

Jules Health and Beauty

Edinburgh Rugby

Skin and Tonic

The Filling Station

Strawberry Corner

Viv Strachan and pupils.

We would also like to thank staff who supported the event in any way, without all your help it would not have run so smoothly.

For more photographs from the Concert click here

East Lothian S6 Challenge 2008 – PLHS triumph again!

The annual East Lothian Outdoor Education S6 challenge was held on 28th November at Yellowcraigs. Following the tremendous success of the Preston Lodge teams in the 2007 challenge the pressure was on the current sixth year to rise to the challenge.

Rise to the challenge they did and for the second consecutive year the Preston Lodge team brought home the Silver Salver Trophy as winners of the 2008 event.

Well done to all that took part and to the Preston Lodge teams for competing so well.

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See some more photos of the 2008 “S6 Challenge” by clicking here.

Christmas Concert 2008

This year’s Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December at 7.30 pm in the School Hall. This event is a sell out every year so buying tickets early is essential.

Tickets Cost £ 3 for adults and £ 1 for concessions/students.

Tickets can be purchased from Monday 24th November in the foyer during morning breaks or by contacting the school office.

This year’s Concert will range from traditional festive treats to Santana and Coldplay.

Industrial Action: Wed 24th Sept – School OPEN

We have received notification that members of Unison, GMB and T & G Unite will undertake industrial action against the proposed Local Government pay offer. This action is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 24th Sept 2008.

It is likely that non-teaching members of staff may undertake strike action. While this dispute does not involve teaching staff, the industrial action may impact on the service we deliver to pupils.

Pupils should attend school as normal on Wednesday, please be aware that lunches are unlikely to be provided except for those who are entitled to free meals. Pupils should bring a packed lunch which can be consumed in the Dining Hall.

Contingency plans have been put in place to ensure that pupils are able to access the school as usual. Please ensure that your children are sent to school on Wednesday 24th September.

Accelerated Reader programme at Preston Lodge…

Accelerated Reader is a literacy programme being rolled out at Preston Lodge High School during the 2008-09 session. As the most widely used reading software in the world, it’s aim is to build a culture of reading throughout the school and make reading practice more effective for every student involved.

Based around modern technology, the programme sees pupils reading books pitched at their own reading level – and at their own pace. On completion of the book, the pupil sits a computer-based comprehension quiz that allows the software to analyse their understanding of the text they have read. The software generates a comprehensive report that allows staff to help the pupil decide what the next step for them may be in terms of progress through the reading scheme.

A pilot study was held in Preston Lodge during session 2007-08 involving a number of (then) S2 pupils. This cohort undertook 5 week blocks of Accelerated Reader and, by the end of the pilot, were shown to have made significant progress in their personal reading levels. The decision to roll the programme out to all new S1 pupils in 2008-09 was made and every first Year pupil in Preston Lodge this year will have blocks of Accelerated Reader timetabled into their curriculum.

In addition, the previous participants in the Pilot Study will be given the chance to continue their own progress now that they are in S3 and a new S2 cohort will also be given the opportunity to join our literacy programme.

The school hope that parents and carers will support this venture by encouraging their child’s participation in the programme and reading at home. You can download or read the  Accelerated Reader Parents’ Guide this will provide further insight into this programme and answer any questions parents and carers may have. The school Learning Support department can be contacted at any time should there be any further unanswered queries about Accelerated Reader.

The Accelerated Reader Programme at Preston Lodge has been devised and introduced by the Support for Learning department in conjunction with the English department and the school librarian. Please contact Mrs V Hoban (vhoban@prestonlodge.elcschool.org.uk) in the Learning Support department for further details.

Parent Guide Book

On Our Doorstep!

Flyer for On Our Doorstep

Preston Lodge High School warmly invite you to our Open Afternoon on Thursday 22nd May 2008, from 2.30pm until 6pm.

“On our Doorstep” is our whole school cross-curricular project for 2008.

 

What will you see?

  • An amazing exhibition showcasing all the work from our subject areas (foyer and assembly hall)
  • “The Market Place” (in school dining hall)  Local food producers will be setting up stalls selling local produce and school pupils will be running their own market garden stall where you can buy some of the plants and flowers they have been growing this year.
  • Rolling programme of music and drama (school hall and drama studio)

All parents and pupils welcome. Please enter by the Market Place

Primary 7 into S1 “Get Ahead” Programme – Friday 8 August

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Does your child start at Preston Lodge High School in August 2008?

We are running a one day fun programme with all our new recruits to ease the transition to secondary school. Pupils working in register classes will take part in a range of activities will allow them to become more familiar with the school and the other pupils in their register class.

Please encourage your child to take part.

The letter and consent form have already been issued via Primary Schools but they are also available here.

Get Ahead Programme 2008 consent form

Pupils should pass consent slip to their primary school teacher or e-mail me at dscott@prestonlodge.elcschool.org.uk.