Building and Sailing Coracles

In May, Dave Purvis came into the school for two days to work with eight pupils on the art of coracle building.

The idea was to replicate the traditional craft of coracle building as closely as possible, Dave brought all the materials.

The laths for the frame are made from Ash, these were cut especially and soaked for three days before using them.

Once the frame has been constructed by interweaving the laths we covered the outer shell with Calico.

The Calico is stitched and made smooth.

On completion it is covered with 3 coats of bitumen and left to dry.

The paddles are made from broom sticks with an ash blade.

We then took the Coracles to Port Seton Harbour for their maiden voyage.

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Timetable Change / Return from Study leave

Most of our S4(New S5) and S5 (New S6) pupils return from study leave on Monday 2nd June. Animated Alarm ClockThere are still a few that have examinations during this week:

Higher/Int2 ComputingAnimated Alarm Clock

Higher/ Int 2 Art and Design

Higher/Int2 Administration

Higher Drama – Higher German

These pupils will be involved in a one-day Enterprise activity on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday – Groups will be allocated on return.

S4 (New S5) pupils will be following an Induction course on Thursday-all day.

All pupils will follow their existing timetable when not taking part in these activities.

All returning S4 and S5 pupils should make use of this time to confirm their course choice and appointments will be available for discussion with their Guidance teacher

We will be changing the timetable on FRIDAY 6th June. On this day we will have registration extended to allow timetables to be issued to pupils.

SET(Science, Engineering & Technology) Summer School

Heriot Watt University

28 July – 1 August 2008

“A fun and relaxed way to find out what university life is all about”

Pupils from East and West Lothian schools will attend the RSE/Heriot-Watt University SET Summer Week, which has been planned to take place this year from Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August 2008.

Interactive SET workshops will be available on the following subjects:

– civil engineering (build a raft and test it on a wave basin);
– mechanical engineering;
– computer science;
– chemistry;
– actuarial maths;
– sports psychology
– physics (see lasers at work while making ice-cream!)

and there will be general sessions on “how students get by financially’ and ‘how to balance your studies with your social life’.

Web address:

Kickstart Summer Programmes

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University of Edinburgh

14-18 July 2008

Kickstart is presented jointly by Napier University, Queen Margaret University, the Scottish Agricultural College and the University of Edinburgh and is funded by East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils with support from the Lottery Fund. It is free to S5 students.

Kickstart is designed to provide students with an experience of University. The aim is to give as real an experience as possible (without the essays and exams!) with a deeper insight into some of the subject areas offered within Higher Education. During the week two distinct programmes are run, one focussing on Humanities and Social Science subjects, and the other on Health, Science and Technology subjects. Both programmes also contain a strong focus on the essential skills required to succeed in school, college, university and the workplace. At the end of Kickstart, you should have a clearer idea about what you want to do when you finish school.

Web address:

LEAPS Summer School

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Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) SUMMER SCHOOL

The LEAPS programme provides support and encouragement to school students whose ability to fulfil their academic potential has been adversely affected by social or economic circumstances. Aims to increase non-traditional student participation in HE. LEAPS works with all state secondary schools in the region, liaising with school staff and colleagues to identify eligible students.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>LEAPS 8 week Summer School: open to eligible students holding an offer of a UK degree programme place. The summer school prepares students for university life, helps develop study and social skills, boosts self confidence, reinforces knowledge of subjects, offers an opportunity for students to try out new subjects and to show potential to succeed on a degree course if they do not meet their SQA conditions.

Web address for summer school:

On Our Doorstep!

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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

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