Newsletter May 2010

The May 2010 Newsletter

is being distributed via pupil post – or you can read it here in full colour!!

On our Publications Page you  will find  copies of all our recent Newsletters along with a  selection of historical documents from our archives.

Have a look!!

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Open Day Italiano!


May 26th 2010.


 Open Doors Afternoon 2pm-4pm

Evening Concert @7pm.


  • Visit the display of work in the school hall and foyer areas
  • Our HE dept have organised a variety of stalls in the market place
  • Taste our Italian ice cream, pizza, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, baking, bread
  • Visit our Italian cafe
  • Bask in the sunshine in the Italian garden created by our pupils in the Learning Zone
  • Listen to the music rehearsals in the hall
  • Join us at 7pm for a master recital of Italian musical pieces by our exceptionally talented school musicians and singers



PL Log Books: May 1925

PLHS Logbook CollageThe serialisation of our historical Log Book continues, with the entries from May 1925

1st May

“May Day” or “Labour Day” – school is closed to-day by order of Executive Officer.

8th May

Stationery received from Messrs McDougall.

15th May

To-day is first day that the school furnace has not been “on”.  The school was very warm without it.

18th May

Mr Allatt did not attend here to-day as he was required in Edinburgh for the Musical Festival.

19th May

Five class-room thermometers received from Messrs McDougall’s Educational Coy. Ltd.  This completes requisitions No 650, 651 & 652.

20th May

No music classes to-day, as Mr Allatt was attending Edinburgh Music Festival.

21st May

James Nicholson Class 1 Secondary, the only pupil in Preston Lodge competing at the Edinburgh Musical Festival this week, tied second place in the juvenile Scots’ song class, gained first place in the juvenile song class, & first for violin playing.

26th May

Mr Philip H.M.I. visited the school this morning and inspected the mathematical work of Class 2 (girls), Class 3 & Class 4.  The work tested was almost exclusively geometry.

Be Part of PL 85! Tickets on Sale NOW!

Preston Lodge High School is holding a coffee evening on Thursday 10th June from 5-8pm to celebrate the anniversary of its 85th session.  The school’s first session took place in 1924/25.

Tickets cost £1.50 and can be bought from:

  • PL’s school office,
  • Hall’s Newsagents, High Street, Prestonpans,
  • Links Road Garage, Port Seton,
  • Nicholson’s General Store, Longniddry.

Tickets include tea, coffee, cake etc; the first viewing of the Preston Lodge High School Reminiscence Film, a new exhibition of old photographs; tours of the school and a chat with faces from the past.

All welcome.  Hope to see you there.

You MUST have a ticket to attend!

Numbers are limited so buy soon to avoid disappointment! for more information.

Extra In-Service Day 18th August

Extra In-Service Day: Wednesday 18th August 2010

East Lothian Council have announced the inclusion of an additional In-Service day for Session 2010-11.

This will be on Wednesday 18th August 2010 consequently pupils will now return to school for the first day of the new session on Thursday 19th August.

There will now be a total of 7 In-Service days in Session 2010-11.

The full list of session dates can be viewed and  download here  School Session Dates for 2010-11

or view our School Calendar for a full list of events and important dates for pupils and parents

Heriot-Watt University Summer Programme

Science Engineering and Technology Summer Week:

Monday 26th –  Friday 30th July  (9.30-3.30 pm)

Going into S6 in August?

Thinking about your options after school and wondering what University would be like? Heriot-Watt University offers a relaxed and informal way for school students to experience University life by taking part in a one week summer programme.

Students take part in a number of workshops to meet new people, try something new, learning new skills and boost their confidence.

The whole week is free even the transport. Interested?

Please complete an application form which can be downloaded here, or collected from the Business Education Noticeboard

If you would like further information or to speak to a S6 pupil who took part last year, please see Mrs Scott.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to explore all your options!

For more information visit the Heriot-Watt website page

PL Log Books: April 1925

PLHS Logbook CollageThe serialisation of our historical Log Book continues, with the entries from April 1925

3rd April

The attendance for the past week has been very low owing to the prevalence of influenza.

9th April

The school closed this afternoon for Easter vacation; reopens Tuesday 21st inst.

Mr Gray off school to-day with leave of absence granted.

15th April

School piano received today from Mr Steele, Edinburgh.

20th April

To-day was observed as a casual holiday.

21st April

Classes recommenced at 9am today.  Mr Alexander Ross M.A., transferred from Prestonpans Public School took up duty to-day as assistant in English, Mathematics.  Miss Janice Ritchie, who had held this post temporarily did not return to Preston Lodge after the vacation.  She was paid up to 9th April inclusive.

24th April

Following the letter received from Scottish Education Department to-day,

“Advertising your letter of 19th November last  I am directed to return herewith one copy of the scheme of instruction in Science, which is approved for the purpose of Leaving Certificate Examination (Higher Grade) .  Department Reference Number 24/E 16096.  Mr James A Reid temporary teacher of Classics and English, left school this afternoon.

27th April

Mr A. McKenzie M.A. commenced duty to-day as teacher of Classics and English.

Attendance report for month ending 24th April.

Average No. on Roll: 220.66

Average Attendance: 196.8

% Absent: 10.9%

The high percentage of absentee is due to the prevalence of influenza.

29th April

In connection with the Day School Certificate (Higher) an examination in Mathematics was held to-day, – 1st Paper 9.15-10.30am, & 2nd Paper 11.50am-12.20pm.  The papers were sent down by Mr W. E. Philip H.M.I.

30th April

The Authority visited the school to-day.

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