Senior Dance 2009

Our Senior Dance was held on Monday 21st Dec and was well attended by our fantastic S5 and S6 students.
They looked and danced brilliantly – once again they were a credit to the school, their families and our whole community.

Have a great Christmas Holiday!!!

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To view or purchase photographs of the Dance visit our Pro Gallery

For more video from the dance visit our YouTube Channel

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The Spirit of Christmas Past

Christmas from the PL Log Book

In this, Preston Lodge High School’s 85th session, we look back over the first log book (1924-1953) to see how pupils and staff spent December many years ago.

22nd December 1924

A school party was held for classes II, III and IV in Parish Church Hall today from 3.30 to 7pm.   The arrangements were carried through under the supervision of Miss Smith.   About 80 pupils were present.

24th December 1924

The school closed at 1.45pm today for the Christmas vacation.

21st December 1925

Owing to a heavy fall of snow the county roads are blocked and the attendance has fallen to 169.  The Ormiston bus brought in 15 pupils, but the Pentcaitland bus had to return empty as the road was completely blocked to traffic.

24th December 1925

Closed for holiday today.

24th December 1926

School closed for Xmas vacation at 1.15pm today.  A double attendance was registered, the interval having been cancelled.

23rd December 1927

School closed to day at 1.15pm – the mid-day interval was cut out and a double attendance worked.

21st December 1928

School closed today at 1.15pm.  Double attendance marked.  Prayers were held in the Gymnasium at 1.15pm.

20th December 1929

Staff Whist Drive Dance

21st December 1929

Senior pupils’ dance.  Accident to school bus at Tranent.

24th December 1929

School closed for Xmas vacation at 1.15pm.  Double attendance marked.

24th December 1930

School closed for Xmas vacation at 1.15pm a double attendance being marked.  Staff Dance held on Friday 19th Dec.  Senior Pupils’ on Saturday 20th December and 3rd year on Monday 22nd December.

1st December 1933

Performance of The Merchant of Venice given in Gym by the Osiris Players.  All pupils assembled in Gym at 1.30 and performance lasted till 4pm – a most successful experiment.

21st December 1938

1930s Christmas

Owing to severe snowstorm school closed at 1pm double attendance marked.

22nd December 1938

Same arrangements as yesterday.

23rd December 1938

School closed at 1pm for Xmas vacation.  Double attendance marked.

23rd December 1940

School closed for Xmas vacation.  The day was Monday – attendance poor.  Double attendance.

21st December 1942

Senior school party was held in evening.

22nd December 1942

Third year party was held in the evening.

23rd December 1942

School closes at 1.0pm.  Double attendance.  Christmas Holidays commenced.

7th December 1943

The school suffered a very great bereavement this day, as the Rector, A H Miller, Esq, MA, BSc, died at 6.15am (aged 46 years, at Preston Park).

The school closed at 1.0pm as a mark of respect.

8th December 1943

A short service was held in the Hall in memory of the late Rector.

17th December 1943

At a meeting of the staff it was decided to institute a fund as a memorial to the late Rector, Mr Miller, to establish prizes to be called Andrew H Miller Prize.

20th December 1943

Classes IV, V and VI held their annual party in the Gymnasium from 5.30pm to 10pm.

21st December 1943

Class III held its annual party in the Gymnasium from 5.0pm to 9.30pm.

27th December 1944

A Former Pupils’ Dance was held in the school at which were present several FPs on leave from HM Forces.

17th December 1946

The Literary and Debating Society presented two plays in two performances: 1. to school in afternoon and 2. to parents in the evening.

12th December 1947

Film “Modern Rugger” shown to the boys.

20th December 1948

Senior Christmas Party held in the Gymnasium in the evening about 120 teachers and pupils being present.

21st December 1948

Third Year Party (III A B C) in the evening, 100 present.

22nd December 1948

Third Year Party (III C, T H) 90 present.

23rd December 1948

School closed for Christmas vacation at 3.15pm. Mrs Hattan and Miss Fisher ceased duty, having resigned, Mrs Hattan for domestic reasons, Miss Fisher as she is soon to be married.

20th December 1950

The school attended divine service (Carol Singling) in Preston Parish Church.  Service was conducted by Rev. W Smith and Rev. Lawson.

21st December 1950

School closed for Christmas vacation.

15th December 1952

School attended divine service in Preston Parish Church.  Service took the form of “Nine Carols and Nine Lessons” read by pupils.  Rev Brownlee, Cockenzie, officiated owing to the unavoidable absence of Rev W C Smith.

Newsletter – December 2009

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Christmas Concerts 2009: Official Photographer

The 2009 Christmas Concerts were tremendous events.

Read more about them here.

The official photographer for the evening was S6 student Jack Helm who has put together this short video.

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More video of the concert will appear here soon.

‘EXPLORE’ – Preston Lodge’s New School Magazine

The School Magazine Team is pleased to announce the launch of ‘EXPLORE’ – PL’s very own magazine.

It’s full of interesting articles and artwork show-casing the talent of pupils in the school.

The first edition will be available to buy this week at the Christmas Concerts and from Wednesday during school hours, for only £1.50.

Numbers are limited, so remember your money and do not miss out!

Christmas Fair 2009

Preston Lodge High School hosted a Christmas Fair on Tuesday 1st December.

Pupils, staff and members of the community ‘shopped til the dropped’ at the various stalls which included Virgie Vie, The Body Shop, The Book People, selling jewellery, handbags, crafts and home baking. The guests were then able to enjoy coffee and a cake at the cafe.
The event was organised by Mrs Hoban, Miss Angus and her S3 Hospitality class and the school’s parent council.
The event raised around £800 for a variety of causes including money for pupils hoping to visit Ecuador next year and for S3 boys who have qualified for a badminton tournament taking place in Bulgaria next year.

PLHS Christmas Fair 2009
PLHS Christmas Fair 2009

Lothian and Borders Police – Youth Strategy

Lothian and Borders Police are about to rewrite their Youth Strategy and
want to hear from young people about how they feel police should respond
to issues and what they would expect from police.  The session will take
place on Tuesday 5 January 2010 from 10.30am to 3pm at The Performing
Arts Centre, Stewarts Melville College, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh.

This is an exciting opportunity and the first time the police have
actively involved young people in working together to develop strategy.
What you say will influence what the police include in this strategy so
this really is your opportunity to make a difference.

BBC Radio Scotland broadcast from PLHS

On Friday 4th Dec, BBC Radio Scotland broadcast their weekly topical news and discussion programme “Brian Taylor’s Big Debate” from the Assembly Hall at Preston Lodge.

Friday 4th Dec, 1:15pm on BBC Radio Scotland

On the panel:

Margo MacDonald,     Independent MSP
Keith Brown,     SNP MSP
Malcolm Chisholm,     Labour MSP
David Watt,     Director of the Institute of Directors
Clive Fairweather,     Former Inspector of Prisons

plus an audience from the Preston Lodge community

Listen Again here “Brian Taylor’s Big Debate”

BBC Radio Scotlands Brian Taylor
BBC Radio Scotland's Brian Taylor

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