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Rotary Young Technologist Tournament 2009


Rotary Technology Tournament provides an opportunity for students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, as well as to practice oral, written and graphical communications skills.

The Tournament is a one-day event for teams of 4 students from local schools and
colleges who undertake a previously unseen challenge against the clock of a design, build
and test nature. Teams can enter at basic, intermediate or advanced levels.

The task is and its execution develops team building, communication skills, planning and time management, as well as solving a design and technology problem.

The day culminates in the testing session when teams can see the performance of competing designs and solutions.

On Thursday 3rd of March, three teams of Preston Lodge pupils traveled to the Rotary Young Technology tournament at Musselburgh Grammar School.

The twelve Preston Lodge young people from our school were a credit to the school and they participated in the competition with maturity and enthusiasm.

The S1 & S2 team were not placed but their invention fulfilled the criteria best of all the 16 competing teams.

The S3 & S4 teams achieved second place in their category and were only, according to the judges, ‘a hairsbreadth away from winning’. The majority of teams in this age group were S4 pupils or had a S4 representation – our team consisted entirely of S3 pupils.

The winners of the Senior Event were the team from Preston Lodge.

Mathew Banks, Kirsty Fraser, David Gibson and Sam Gray produced a fantastic structure which blew the opposition away. Like the intermediate team these four S5 pupils were up against teams comprising of pupils older than themselves and in S6.

All of the Preston Lodge S5 team are in Mr.Noble’s Higher Graphic Communication class, but the qualities required to do well in a competition like this, collaboration, setting challenging goals, thinking creatively and independently……are skills developed throughout the school.

The accompanying teacher, Mr.Cruickshank commented:

I think that a major contributing factor to the success of PL pupils in the competition is the excellence of the curriculum offered to youngsters in this school and I am sure that a large number of the staff have added value to the educational experience that these children have so far received in Preston Lodge High School.

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Lee’s a music star at age 15 but he’s ‘Keepin’ it Reel’

A Preston Lodge pupil made the papers this week – here’s the article which featured in the ‘East Lothian Courier‘:

Lee Mannion, of Rowanhill Way (pictured front with striped sweatshirt), plays percussion with 15-piece band KODA and their album ‘Keepin’ It Reel’ was released last Monday.

KODA is made up of young musicians between the ages of 14 and 18 from all over the south of Scotland who play accordian, fiddle, bagpipes, piano, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and provide vocals, creating a unique contemporary sound.

The S4 Preston Lodge High School pupil – who also plays in Prestonpans-based band ‘Unplugged’ – has been in KODA for three years and performed at last year’s Scottish music festival T in the Park. He sits his intermediate 2 music exam this year.

Although the band is well known for its cover versions of modern popular songs, its latest album contains traditional Scottish music and songs played in a contemporary style. ‘Keepin’ it Reel’ – priced £12 – is available locally from J Robertson, Links Road Garage, Port Seton and Strawberry Corner Garden Centre, Wallyford.

The band’s next performance will be at a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2009’ event at Dalkeith Schools Community Campus on Sunday, March 29.

S4 Prelim Exam Timetable

The S4 pupils will begin their diet of Prelim Examinations on the 12th November. Pupils will sit examinations in most but not all subjects at this time.

Many of our S4 Intermediate courses will not have Prelim examinations until February. A copy of the timetable can be downloaded here.

All pupils should confirm with subject teachers which examinations they are to sit, and take a careful note of the times of these exams.