Pre-Vocational College Courses 2008-9

Would your son or daughter be interested in undertaking a vocational course at college next year?  If they are in S2 or S3 at the moment, there are many different courses which could be appropriate.  All S3 courses are on a Friday afternoon, most S4 courses are during school time.  The courses are run by Telford College, Jewel and Esk Valley College, Oatridge College and The Shed vocational centre.  There are a number to choose from:

S3 courses 

Skills for Work (Plumbing,brickwork,carpentry, joinery)

Early education and childcare 

Hair and Beauty 

S4 Courses

Painting and decorating

Rural Skills(Estate Maintenance, Landscaping, Employability skills)

Sport and recreation

Small engines (Motorcycles, Outboard motors, Chainsaws, Lawnmowers, Pumps)

Construction crafts

Engineering Skills


Further information can be obtained from Guidance staff.  Register initial interest before 20th March.

Quality Improvement Officer visit

I just wanted to pass on a big thanks to the pupils and staff who put up with me popping in to their classes and asking questions as part of my ‘evaluation visit’ on Thursday 21st February. I saw some great learning and teaching going on and the pupils I talked to all spoke highly of the support they get from their teachers.

It was a pleasure to be in the school – I look forward to my next visit.

Alison Wishart, Quality Improvement Officer, East Lothian Council.

Course Choice Information Evening for S4 & S5 Parents – 18 Feb 2008

The purpose of the evening was to give students and parents information about the options available and the process to be completed re choices for senior courses. A good number of parents and students attended.

The presentations delivered by Mrs Robertson (DHT) and Gill Pert (Careers Adviser) can be viewed here, as well as information about Education Maintenance Allowance.

EMA Presentation 18 Feb 2008

18 Feb 2008 Julia Robertson Presentation

18 Feb 2008 Gill Pert Presentation

S2 Parent Information Evening 5th Feb 2008

The turnout for the S2 Parent Information Evening was very good. The purpose was to provide Parents/Carers with information about the Subject Choice process.

Mr.Bell gave a short presentation about the pupil programme in SE lessons and the support that can be offered to the young people in making these choices.

Gill Pert (Careers Advisor) also gave a presentation on the the role of Careers Scotland. In this presentation she gives advice and information on various websites that can be accessed for additional help in making these choices.

Mr.Stewart explained how the Options form should be completed DON’T tick the boxes – give your order of preference from 1 to 5 plus a reserve (6).

The presentations delivered can be viewed here:

Mr.Bell 5th Feb 2008 S2 Parents Info Evening

G.Pert (Careers Scotland) 5th Feb 2008 S2 Parent Info Evening

Cook Club – Competition winners

‘On-Our-Doorstep’ cook club held the competition final last night, with fourteen S2 pupils competing. They worked exceptionally hard during the 1 hour 30 minutes allocated to them to produce an exceptionally high standard of finished dish.

They were complimented by the 6 external judges who are all local produce suppliers from within East Lothian.

James Logan – Scotchip

Margaret Grant- Brodies

Mary Darling -Glenkinchie

Pamela Zenati – James Dickson & Son

Hilary Cochran- Knowes Farm Shop

Jane McKirdy- McKirdy Butchers

The winners were

1st Dean Martin 2Se2 ( received a voucher & cook book)

2nd Sean Gaffney 2Se2 & Gordon Flemming 2Gr3( Received cook book)

All participants received a certificate to recognise the enormous effort.

Well done to all concerned!

BBC Reporting Scotland – Interview PLHS Pupils

A BBC cameraman and journalist were in the school today to interview pupils for a National News story about the teaching of History and in particular Scottish History. They were interested to talk to pupils about their knowledge of local history events of national significance ie The Battle of Prestonpans.

The interviews were broadcast this evening at 6.30pm in “Reporting Scotland”

The article can be viewed on the follow the links to Reporting Scotland. We hope to have the full article on this site soon.

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.

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