ELP “On our doorstep” for Burn’s Night…

Black gold – a Prestonpans mining poem

This week as we look to celebrate the birthday of the national bard, Robert Burns, the ELP pupils have chosen to read and discuss a poem called Black Gold. This poem was written by Prestoungrange Poet Laureate, John Lindsay, to mark Burn’s Night 2006.

It can be read again at home with your child by clicking on the link above.

In class we have talked about the following thoughts and ideas having read the poem:

  • mining is/was a very dirty job
  • miners work hard – they get very sweaty!
  • mining is/was a dangerous job – the poem speaks about death
  • miners are like brothers – with jokes and fun at lunchtime
  • miners work hard because their fathers worked hard too
  • coal is called black gold because it is important and precious even if it is dirty and dusty

More information about the work the ELP pupils are doing for On our Doorstep can be found in the Support for Learning pages of the school website.

On-Our-Doorstep – Cook Club

The Home Economics department has been running an after school cook club for a few months now. It was open to any S2/3 pupils to participate. Almost 30 registered with between 20 – 26 turning up each week.

The aim was to source local produce from within East Lothian. We were delighted with the support we received from local businesses in the area. Each recipe was designed to include one or more food items from the area.

Pupils became aware of what could be sourced so close to home and benfited from 1st class fresh produce from the suppliers. Each week it was recorded on an East Lothian map to identify the spread avaiable.

The 30th of January is the final night with 14 of the pupils competing in a practical cookery competition to produce a ‘main meal for 2 people using local produce’. 6 of our suppliers are acting as judges that evening which will show a vast array of talent and culinary delights.

Our thanks must go to all who supported the club, especially the local suppliers. Well done to all who participated.

See attached link for dishes made. Recipes & Suppliers List

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.

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