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Preston Lodge High School 23 May 2014

May Newsletter

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Inside this issue:

Welcome

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School Updates

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S6 Destinations

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Learning In and Out of School

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PL Challenge

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Learning Skills Round Up

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S6 Sleepover

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House Update

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Sports Update

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Amended Calendar 2014-15

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Dates for your Diary

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@PrestonLodgeHS

Angela Constance MSP Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth & Women’s Employment chats to Erin Stewart and Kelly Hamilton at our Computer Club for Girls

Dear Parent/Carer Welcome to our May newsletter. The exam season is in full swing, and we are pleased that our new approach to examination leave seems to be working very well. A college-style approach has seen students out of school preparing for examinations, but has also seen students in two year classes attending over the exam period. We wish all students still sitting examinations the very best of luck, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on 9 June. As ever at this time of year, I would like to thank our departing S6 students for the contribution they have made to the school. Whether it be as senior team members, house captains, prefects, student councillors, library helpers, peer supporters, or many of the other roles that they have filled, we owe them a huge vote of thanks for all their efforts. They have made a big contribution to their school and their community and we will miss them very much. We really look forward to seeing them all twice more for our S6 March Out on 24 June, and at the S6 Prom. We are now finishing off the current academic year whilst getting ready for the new year ahead. Do please get in touch with us if you have any questions about any aspect of our work, and here’s to a successful conclusion to everyone’s examinations. Yours faithfully Gavin Clark Head Teacher

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School Updates

being taken up by Ruth Howie, who rejoins the school, having spent a year with us last session.

Staffing update

Sleep project

In Social Studies we welcome Gayle Russell back into our Modern Studies team after maternity leave. We also wish Catriona Henderson in Languages well as she embarks on a maternity leave.

We recently wrote to S1-3 families introducing a cluster sleep project that we will all be hearing a lot more about over the coming months and years. Our clusters schools have decided to focus on improving sleep patterns for young people and adults within the cluster, and we recently asked S1-3 students to complete an anonymous sleep questionnaire to inform that work.

In Science we have appointed Sarah Rankin to a permanent position in Biology, starting next session and Elaine Cargill into a permanent Physics post. In Numeracy we have appointed Jade Hunter into our Maths team. Congratulations, Sarah, Elaine and Jade. In Pupil Support we currently have Chris Thomas in our Guidance team during Clare Blakey’s current absence for a knee operation. Much of Chris’s PE timetable is

Thank you to the many, many families who responded to our questionnaire. The large response will provide us with really strong data to help inform next steps. Watch this space!

PRESTON LODGE HIGH SCHOOL PARENT COUNCIL WHAT’s it all about? Having a better understanding of what the school is trying to do for our children and to say to the school what we expect from them. WHY? To help support the school to deliver the best education possible for our children, in whatever form that takes for each child. As we are all aware all of our children are unique! HOW? By simply attending the meetings that are there for you. WHERE? All meetings are held in our school. WHEN? The first Thursday of every month, during term-time, at 7pm. WHO is it for?

YOU

BUT I AM TOO BUSY! There is no commitment required. Attend as and when you can. We are always open to new ideas and new members. Even come along to our meetings as a parent visitor, they are ALL open meetings. A great opportunity to find out more and see if you could help make a difference is at our Parent Council AGM. This will be held in the school at 7pm on Thursday 5th June 2014. We look forward to seeing you there.


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be wearing school uniform, including black shoes and a Due to the significant pressure that our school has tie! experienced in introducing the new National Qualifications, this year we have amended our Water bottles approach to activities in the last week of term. Rather For financial and environmental reasons our school than running a full week of activities, we will be offering office are not able to issue drinking cups to students. All students a variety of positive learning experiences on of our students were previously issued with a Preston Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week. A Lodge re-usable plastic sports bottle. If students no number of schools across the county have pulled longer have their bottle and would like to get hold of events like this entirely in a year when staff have faced another one they can buy them from the school office: unusual challenges around workload, but we believe £1.08 small, £2.00 large. that it is important that students who are not participating in residential trips have a worthwhile and enjoyable conclusion to the school year. We are confident that the slightly reduced duration of this year’s programme will allow us to deliver a very high quality learning experience for all young people. Further detail will be provided to all families very shortly. Italian Visit On Wednesday 6 March sixteen Italian students from Prestonpans’ twin town of Barga visited our school along with four of their teachers. During a very enjoyable visit the Italian students cooked scones, saw around the school and watched our student-produced film about John Bellany, who spent much of his time in Barga. The following evening, our pipe band was at the heart of a Scottish event at Longniddry Primary School. We are currently considering how we might take forward a Preston Lodge visit to Barga, and we will update our community once plans are in place. S3 prefects S3 students have just started a three week stint as prefects in and around the school. We really enjoy working with a committed group of S3 students each year, providing them with leadership opportunities that are not otherwise available to them. Do look out for them if you are visiting the school over the next month. School uniform One aspect of our new approach to examination leave is that far more students than usual are in and out of school dressed in casual clothes. This has, inevitably, encouraged many of our S1-3 students to relax their own uniform standards. I would ask parents/carers of all S1-3 students to remind their children during the exam season we very much expect all S1-3 students to


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S6 Destinations As part of our S6 leaving ceremony on Friday 25 April we gathered information from students about their planned next steps. We think this list amply demonstrates the diversity of our S6 students’ talents, and we wish them all the very best in their next steps. We should explain that this information is simply what students who attended the event wrote down! Josie Adams—taking a gap year Eilidh Alexander—Bagpipe apprenticeship Jamie Allan—Edinburgh College to study Digital Computing Media Rosie Allan—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism Management Lauren Baillie—College to do Health and Social Care Robbie Baillie—Queen Margaret University to study Film and Media

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Adam Connolly—Strathclyde Pharmacy

University

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Iain Crawford—College/University Liam Cullen—Edinburgh University to study Law and French Craig Cunningham—Hopefully Academy for Music in Edinburgh. Seton Sands for the summer! Katy Cunningham—Modern Apprenticeship in Childcare Laura Cunningham—Edinburgh University to study Languages Shelby Dalgliesh—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism Laura Denholm—Queen Margaret University to study Psychology Jennifer Dickson—College Andrew Donaldson—Family business JKThomson Lauren Donaldson—University to study Primary teaching Sam Donaldson—Don’t know yet

Carrie Bain—Hopes to go to college to study Equine Studies or a music-related course

Kirsty Dryburgh—Don’t know yet

Christopher Baldie—College to study Sports Coaching

Andrew Ferguson—College to study Business HND

Cameron Bathgate—College to study Business, then hopefully University

Emma Ferrier—Hopefully attend the MGA Academy of Performing Arts to study Musical Theatre

Chris Berg—Merchant Navy and Nautical Studies

Adam Forsyth—Not sure yet

Nicollette Blair—Hopes to go to University Vikki Blair—College for Travel and Tourism

Holly Harrison—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism

Lauren Blyth—Napier University to study Nursing

Liam Henderson—Professional footballer

Lauren Buchanan—Fitness industry

Jodie Hendy—Dental Nursing

Kieran Burnett—Hopes to go to University

Michael Hill—Don’t know/University

Kristina Burns—Edinburgh University to study Biological Sciences

Connor Horrocks—Edinburgh College

Rebecca Fairgrieve—Going to Germany for a year

Holly Bye—Hopes to go to College

Lewis Jarron—Edinburgh University to study Chemical Engineering

Tyler Byrne—Army

Emma Johnston—Edinburgh College Beauty Therapy

Anna Cairns—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism

Marisa Kerr—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism

Louise Cairns—Edinburgh College to study drama

Michael King—Edinburgh University to study History

Christopher Cameron—Napier University to study Product Design Engineering

Rachel Lannon—Edinburgh Management

Erin Connachan—Edinburgh College to study Level 2 Cookery

Jake Lavery—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism

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Ewan Leith—College Computing technical support

Lewis Russell—Edinburgh University to study Biology

Declan Luby—Merchant Navy

Erin Scott—Undecided

Nicholas Lynch—Edinburgh Electronic Engineering

University

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study

Isla MacAskill—Edinburgh University Primary teaching Melissa Marsden—Nursing or sports related course

Siobhan Sharp—College to study Admin and Care practices Cameron Simpson—Queen Margaret University to study International Hospitality and Tourism

Rebecca McArthur—Heriot Watt University to study Mathematics

Taylor Slarks—Travel and volunteering abroad

Carley McCann—Edinburgh University to study History

Reece Soutar—College

Lewis McCann—Edinburgh University to study Civil Engineering

Alistair Stewart—Edinburgh University to study Sport and Recreation Management

Grant McCathie—RAF, Aircraft technician Cameron McEwan—College

Erin Stewart—Queen Margaret University to study PR and Marketing

Shaun McFie—College to study childcare

Abbie Storry—Travel the world

Marc McGovern—Apprenticeship Engineering

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Mechanical

Sean Snedden—College

Lois Taylor—Edinburgh University to study Law Chelsea Thompson—Hope to be a midwife

Aimee McIntyre—Taking a gap year to travel and work Liam McKenzie—Aberdeen University English Literature Rachel McMeel—College to get another qualification then University to do primary teaching Caitlin McMillan—Napier University Accountancy

Lauren Thomson—Aberdeen University to study Primary Education Shannon Thornton—Heriot Watt University Biology Shaun Tracey Brown—Edinburgh College to study Coaching and Developing Sport (HND)

Rachael Milne—Edinburgh University to study Nursing Studies

Jenny Tran—London School of Economics to study Law

Dale Muir—University/College

Liam Turnbull—College

Craig Munro—Stirling University to study English

Alana Vance—go to University

Julia Murphy—Scholarship to Dartmouth College, USA to study Engineering

Cameron Watt—Dundee or Napier University to study Product Design

Lee Murray—Edinburgh College to study Social Sciences

Sean Welsh—College to study Sound Production

Bronwyn O’Neill—Stirling University Film and Media

Alistair White—College to study Sports Coaching

Stephanie Provan—Edinburgh University English

Calum Wilson—University Management

Grant Regan—Backpacking around

Aaron Tulloch—College

to

study

Ashton Ritchie—St Andrews University to study medicine

Michael Wilson—Elmwood College to study golf

Courtney Ritchie—Napier University Graphic Design

Connor Woods—University to study Electronics

Charlotte Robertson—Hoping to go to University

Fraser Woods—Aberdeen University

Louissa Robertson—Apprenticeship Mechanical Engineering

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EDF—

Sarah Robertson—Hoping to go to University Ami Rowley—Edinburgh College to study Health and Social Care

Sports

Jason Wood—University to study Engineering

Cameron Wyllie—Heriot Watt University to study Biology


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Learning In and Out of School Charities Preston Lodge’s S6 charities committee organised a coffee morning on Friday 28 March to hand over cheques to their chosen charities for 2013-14. Genes for Jeans Day Sick Kids Children in Need Stand up to Cancer Harlawhill Day Centre Marie Curie Make a Wish

£ 639.61 £ 1092.84 £ 776.95 £ 579.10 £ 601.02 £ 535.95 £ 570.00

Diabetes UK

£ 571.95

East Lothian Special Needs Sports Relief

£ 790.00 £ 600.00

The S6 charity committee have been a credit to the school and have organised a variety of different events throughout the year, raising an incredible total of £6765.42 A special thanks to the Home Economics Department who organised a Fashion Show and to the Music Department for organising a Charity Music Concert where the money raised was donated towards our chosen charities Pauline Christie

performance from one of our minibands at Livingston. Our second miniband also finished in the mix with a very credible 6th place, and 17 bands took part. The consistency of both performances has given our pupils the confidence to go out this season knowing they have nothing to fear from other bands and that they are capable of going out and winning more competitions. The full summary of results is available on the RSPBA website: http://www/rspba.org/results In the solo piping Ben Muir continued his fine run of form winning the 14 years and under March Strathspey and Reel Competition. 19 competed. Computer Club for Girls Computer Club for Girls is a great way to learn new skills and how to use software on the computer. I give up my Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes to spend 45 minutes designing websites and lots of other things using online programs. A few weeks ago, Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth & Women’s Employment came in to visit along with staff from a computer company called CompanyNet to see what we do. Their visit to Computer Club for Girls was part of International Girls in ICT Day. We were asked some questions and got our pictures taken and even got some amazing gifts from CompanyNet. It’s a good opportunity to gain knowledge and a better understanding of how some computer programmes work, and it’s a lot of fun. If you are interested in coming along, Computer Club for Girls takes place every Monday and Wednesday lunchtime in Miss Webster’s room. Rebecca Burgoyne (S2)

Our S6 Charities Committee hand over their cheques

PL Pipe Band PLHS Pipe Band recently secured their first ever victory in the Novice Juvenile grade with an outstanding

Computer Club for Girls students with Angela Constance MSP


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Little & Large Cooking Competition 2014 The first round of the Little & Large competition took place at Preston Lodge High School on Wednesday 14 May. Two P6 pupils from all the cluster primary schools worked with an S3 student from Preston Lodge High School to create a pizza with side salad and a fruity cheesecake.

Judges, Mrs Beattie and Mrs Robertson The winning dishes

The standard was very high and the eventual winners were Alexis Craig and Jackalyn Dickson from Cockenzie Primary School, along with Jack Fisher from S3. They now go on to represent the cluster at the final at Knox Academy on Thursday 22 May.

Foodie Event at Edinburgh College

Well done to the other S3 students who took part – Rebecca Sheddan, Morgan Foulner and Kasey Johnstone. Wendy Waldie

Students from Preston Lodge and Musselburgh Grammar

Preston Lodge Hospitality and Tourism Academy students attended a Food Festival being held at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus recently. Local businesses had stalls and were offering samples of their wares. The Academy students had made a variety of soups for members of the public to sample.

The Winning Team


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PL Challenge

Mrs Nanson’s Block 3 class showing off their finished puppets

S1 pupils are now into their fourth and final PL Challenge block. Block 3 culminated on the last Tuesday before Easter with a Challenge event. This was run in practical sets, and gave each class one last chance to win points for the grand PL Challenge prize day out. It was a fantastic afternoon, and staff were very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm the pupils put in to each of the five different activities. These ranged from solving a murder mystery to building a spaghetti and jelly baby tower


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It was a fast paced, fun afternoon, with an emphasis on developing problem solving and team working skills. It also had a very strong emphasis on respect, and pupils were asked to reflect on the behaviour and attitudes of themselves and of others. At the end of the Challenge, pupils were invited to reward their peers with a Respect Nomination. There were a fabulous 171 nominations in total. Notable mentions should go to those pupils who received more than one Respect Nomination from their peers. Well done to: 1a1: Jamie Gallagher (2), Abbie Winter (3), Prentice Crummy (4) and Callum Jones (2) 1a2: Melody O’Brien (2), Cameron Gallagher (2) 1a3: Hannah Laurie (4) 1a4: Christy Weir (6), Shaun Tait (2) 1b1: Sobia Iqbal (5), Beth Anderson (2), Ryan Clairmount (3), Douglas Jones (2) 1b2: Bradley O’Brien (2), Jorji Campbell (3), Ben Mitchell (2), Molly Bowerbank (2) 1b3: Stephanie Ritchie (2), Callum Hunter (3) 1c1: Craig Wallace (2), Kinga Kalinowska (2), Rebecca Laing (2), Cameron Scott (2) 1c2: Lewis Duffy (2), Adam Bathgate (2), Kristie Cullen (2), Ethan-Ross Davidson (2), Amy Morgan (4), Ailie Brown (2) 1c3: Jenni Luby (3), Rhys Davies (3) Further special mentions should go to 1c1, for receiving a class nomination from Ms Balsillie who was working in the room next door, and to Ms Tait, who was the only teacher to receive a nomination! With the Block 3 Challenge event over, and all the Respect nominations in, we are now in a position to name the winning practical class set. It was a very close result. 1b2 did a tremendous job, moving from 6 th place after Block 2 to 2nd place after Block 3, and missing the top spot by just one mark. Just one point separated 1b2 and 1c3, who came 3 rd. But the ultimate winners were 1a4, and it is this class that will get to join Mr Frost for a Friday morning at Musselburgh Lagoons. Well done 1a4! Hannah Fulford, PT Classroom Practice

Learning Skills Round Up S1 Learning Skills S1 pupils have been reflecting on their learning in PL Challenge, by writing their own report. These will be sent home along with their S1 report from staff. We have been very impressed with how well the pupils were able to reflect on their learning, and on their development of the key learner attributes – the 5Rs (Resilience, Reflective, Resourceful, Responsible and Reasoning). Here are a few quotes from the reports: "Before PL Challenge I was quiet with hardly any friends in my class, but through my first PL Challenge I developed confidence and now I have really good friends." “In Film Making and Act Now as well as the Design Challenge, it took loads of communication skills and confidence.” “I have learned a lot of things including how to make glue and slime, how to make cups on the 3D printer and how to use Mixcraft, also movie making and editing.” “I have learned many things in PL Challenge especially teamwork and social skills. I’ve become a new independent man/teenager. I have learnt how to work well in groups and work well independently.”


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“In Orienteering we did a team task and our group worked well together and we included everyone and their ideas so we had the best chance of winning.� S2 Thinking Skills In S2, we are revisiting some of the content from S1 Learning Skills, and applying our improved Thinking Skills to take these core areas further. This includes work on mindset and memory. The first of our mindset lessons is based around an inspiring animated talk by Steven Claunch. His talk is available on YouTube (search for Steven Claunch Overcoming Obstacles) or click on this link. Screenshots from our PowerPoint are shown below, and this will give parents/carers an idea of the discussion points pupils were asked to reflect on. It was an excellent opportunity for pupils to test out their Higher Order Thinking Skills, as well as their group discussion skills.

S3 Studying Skills S3 pupils are now close to finishing their S3 Profiles, and these will be sent home in June. For the rest of this term they will be preparing for the Senior Phase by developing skills for studying. Areas they will be looking at include researching, planning & organisation, and exam technique. Hannah Fulford, PT Classroom Practice


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S6 Sleepover

What did you think of the films on offer?

The school’s charity S6 sleepover was held on 28 February this year. The S6 News Committee interviewed a few people who took part in the activities to find out what they thought.

Lewis – Awrite, coulda been better

What did you have for dinner? Grant Regan - Domino’s. Me and Icepole had a half and half. He had cheese and tomato and I had, I don’t know, just put Mighty Meaty Lewis Russell – Kebab from the chippy up the street. It was gid, aye.

Grant – Nae bad like. Liam – Terrible. Jess – Hardly comparable to even the weakest works of Bergman and Fellini. How much did you raise? Grant – Twenty pound! Lewis – Twenty two pound. All – OOOOOOOH Liam – I’m sure it’s like, four trillion dollars… Jess – I try not to concern myself with the material value of massless concepts such as charity.

Liam Cullen – Pizza. Cheese and tomato. Jess Rooney – Rustlers quarter pounder from the Scotmid up the street, cooked in the HE microwave.

Do you agree that Alice Munro’s short story oeuvre truly warrants a Nobel Prize? Grant – Prally aye.

What activities did you partake in?

Lewis – Can’t say I’ve heard of her.

Grant – We threw about basketballs for two hours, then I watched ‘The Conjuring’, then we messed about on the crash mats.

Liam – Absolutely. Jess – The Moons of Jupiter aside, I don’t think that any short story could be worth such a prestigious award.

Lewis – Hee haw. Liam – Um. Movie-watching. Um. Food-eating. Food eating and, um, games activities.

How did you sleep?

Jess – We started off the evening instagramming pictures of our dinner and discussing Venezuela.

Lewis – Terribly. Worst sleep I had in ages. Apart from that one time…

When did you finally give in to the tempting demon of unconsciousness? Grant – That was about four in the morning.

Grant – Meh. All right I guess.

Liam – Uuuuh… With difficulty. Jess – I did not sleep. I like to compare myself to Margaret Thatcher in that sense, and many others. I was thinking about Glasgow, Sunday 16 March.

Lewis – I don’t know. Liam – Uh, four, I think…

What was your favourite moment of the sleepover?

Jess – About 8pm the next day! AHAHAHAHAHAHA

Grant – Annoying Icepole enough that he wanted to kill everyone.

What’s your opinion on the current conflict in Crimea?

Lewis – Going home to my bed.

Grant – Britain should take back their colonies.

Liam – Um… I’d just say the food.

Lewis – I’ve no really thought about it in all honesty.

Jess – When I had the eureka moment that this universe is only part of the mind of a greater being, and every decision, that we make affects the universe that this being controls and resides in.

Liam – It’s terrible. Jess - If you had told me two weeks ago that Putin would have done this, I would have been very surprised. His psychology is not, at this point, very hard to discern.


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Would you do it again? Grant – (Laughing) Naw. Lewis – Aye, why no? Liam – Hyesss! Jess – Yes says Jess. Jess says yes. Yes, yes, yes. Craig Munro and S6 news committee

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events left to win points. However, points can still be won in class time if teachers feel students have done something which requires 'going the extra yard'. On behalf of the House Committee it should be noted that the House Captains did a fantastic job this year. Each meeting was enjoyable and productive and the captains demonstrated a level of maturity that allowed them to help organise some terrific events. Well done! The current points totals are..

House Update

Seton

968

Gosford

908

Grange

851

The final scores will be announced at the new S6's overnight induction on the 12th June. The senior house rugby was postponed on Thursday 20 April as the wind and rain was definitely not ideal for the brand of running rugby Preston Lodge are famed for. Instead the 7s were played on Monday 24 May in glorious sunshine and the rugby that was played was top drawer.

It’s all to play for! Chris Thomas

The first match was Gosford vs Grange which set the tone, every player giving their best, but the combination of Lewis Berg, Jack Gordon and Cameron Menzies caused Grange all kinds of problems. Only some last ditch defending from Cameron Watt and Cameron Simpson kept Grange in the hunt. As the game progressed Grange started to tire and the relentless pressure told. In the end Gosford ran out winners 28 - 7. The 2nd match involved Seton and Grange. Seton had their fair share of 'prancing pony footballers ' but they also had Connor Forlow pulling the strings keeping them organised. The combination seemed to work as they beat Grange 17-7 setting up a grand final between Gosford and Seton. The final kicked off at a ferocious pace. Seton were not going to be intimidated by the strong Gosford side. However, Cameron Menzies took matters into his own hands and ploughed over in the corner, dragging several Seton defenders with him to open the scoring. Lewis Berg then scored in the other corner to seal the match and the tournament. Player of the day was Cameron Menzies. Cameron was at the heart of everything for Gosford. He tackled, passed, kicked, ran, scored. A complete performance—well done Cameron. Now that S6 have gone there are only a handful of

House Rugby Cup, Galbraith Trophy, Gosford were the recent winners


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Preston Lodge Sports Personality Evening 2013-14

Trophy Winners line up on stage at our Sports Personality Evening

Preston Lodge High School celebrated their Sports Personality Evening on Thursday 3 April. The evening was held in the school assembly hall to celebrate the success of our teams and individuals. On the evening Special Guests Ben Cairns (Ex-Edinburgh and Scotland Rugby) and Sarah Warnock (Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Long Jumper) attended the event to reflect on their sporting achievement and give advice to pupils. As well as the two special guests Fiona O’Donnell MP, Iain Gray MSP, Councillor Peter MacKenzie, Local Clubs, Parents and Pupils all attended to celebrate the success of Preston Lodge pupils. On the evening awards were handed out to our teams for ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ and ‘Player of the Year’ we also rewarded our Scotland Stars who have represented the school at district and national level. The winners of the awards on the evening were as follows: Hockey Awards S1 Most Improved Player of the Year—Helen Reilly S1 Player of the Year—Sam Hunter S2/S3 Most Improved Player of the Year—Libby O’Brien S2/S3 Player of the Year—Charley Rafferty Seniors Most Improved Player of the Year—Tarryn Wood Seniors Player of the Year—Mekala Osborne Badminton Awards Most Improved Player of the Year—Sam Davie


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Player of the Year—Melissa Marsden Basketball Awards Most Improved Player of the Year—Brad Scott Player of the Year—Louis Robertson Girls Football U-15 Girls Most Improved Player of the Year—Mariah Lindsay U-15 Girls Player of the Year—Paige Reilly Senior Girls Most Improved Player of the Year—Claire Connelly Senior Girls Player of the Year—Mekala Osborne Rugby Awards S1 Most Improved Player of the Year—Drew Stevenson S1 Player of the Year—Callum Hunter S2 Most Improved Player of the Year—Daniel McCann S2 Player of the Year—Alexander Clarke S3 Most Improved Player of the Year—Jack Leslie S3 Player of the Year—Louis Robertson Football Awards U-13s Most Improved Player of the Year—Mark Forsyth U-13s Player of the Year—Macauley Anderson U-14s Most Improved Player of the Year—Kieran Jack U-14s Players of the Year—Daniel and Jordan Purves U-16s Most Improved Player of the Year—Kai Austin U-16s Player of the Year—Brandon Archibald Seniors Player of the Year—Adam Forsyth Special Achievement Award Calum Wilson Active Schools Coordinator Graeme Bennion would like to thank all the parents, pupils, coaches, volunteers over the past year for all their efforts. All the photos taken from the evening can be found on www.facebook.com/ ActiveSchoolsPrestonLodge

Sport Updates Andrew Horne Andrew recently played for Scotland in all three games at the BMW Wellington International Festival, Berkshire and was named most improved player at the end of the festival. Andy did himself, the school and his country proud and will be presenting his playing shirt to the school for display. Scotland 40 Newcastle Falcons 3 Scotland 29 Wales Druids 29 Scotland 26 England North 14


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Scotland U16 22 England U16 (Elite) 32 Scotland scored 18 tries in 4 games - now that's not something you hear about a Scotland team very often! Rugby PLHS S2's took a strong squad through to the festival of rugby 7s at Scotstoun in Glasgow. The boys played in a tournament vs some of the top sides in Scotland. PL represented East Lothian and the Borders. This was combined with a day out watching the final of the Glasgow 7s featuring the best 7s teams in the world. The boys played Perthshire, Ayr and Ross, Sutherland. In the end we came 2nd in our pool but played some excellent rugby. Only a last second try stopped us going through the day unbeaten. Stand out players were Euan Bathgate, Alex Clarke and Ben Muir, but all 10 players acquitted themselves well. As a learning experience it was fantastic. To play 7s then watch close up the likes of the All Blacks training and playing, followed by soaking up the atmosphere of 15 000 people during a pitch parade was incredible. A great day was had. Many thanks to Brian King and the parents who came along on the day. PL rugby continues to grow. Chris Thomas

Our S2 Rugby 7’s team

Preston Lodge High School U-13s Football Team Preston Lodge High School U-13s Football Team has been crowned East-Midlothian League Champions for 20132014. This is the first time Preston Lodge has won the U-13 league since it was set-up in 1974. The team won 11 out of 12 games and were only beaten in their last game against Lasswade when the League was already sealed. The team have performed well throughout the year and are still in with a chance of winning three other trophies. The league has been very competitive this year and Preston Lodge had seven victories by one goal. A 3-2 victory


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against Musselburgh Grammar on the first day of the season and a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture proved to be the two crucial games after Musselburgh Grammar finished in second place. The team sealed the win with a 2-1 win at Newbattle. With the final game against Lasswade the boys wanted to try and finish of the season winning every match. However, a 5-2 win for Lasswade meant the team finished with 11 win out of 12 and a 92% win rate for the season. The boys were presented with the trophy after the match by John Frame and Scotland International and Rangers player Ian Black This is a great achievement for the team and the school. Many of these pupils play more than one sport for the school and have shown a great attitude and commitment to turn up every week. The school would like to Thank Ali McEwan and Scott Currie for helping out throughout the year. Also thank you to all the pupils’ family members who have supported the team. G Bennion

Team Photo Back row: Graeme Bennion (Active Schools Coordinator/Coach), Ali McEwan (Coach), Scott Bennion, Sam Taylor, Aaron Hall, Alistair MacLachlan, Macauley Anderson, Craig Wallace, AJ Kirkpatrick, Rhys Davies, Ian Black (Rangers FC Player) Scott Currie (Coach) Front Row: Evan Friery, Onas Idas, Ellis Grieve, Alexander Williamson, Marc Forsyth, Ryan Robertson, Keith Bathgate, Michael Crowe, Kieran Douglas Other players who have played throughout the season: Bradley O’Brien, Aaron McConnachie, James Hunter, Cameron Smith

Our League Winning U-13 Boys football team


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Dates for Your Diary!

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Please note that these dates are subject to change

Friday 23 May

S1 Reports to Parents

Friday 30 May

S2 Careers Carousel

Monday 2 June

S1 Sports Day

Wednesday 4 June

S2 Sports Day

Thursday 5 June

S3 Sports Day

Friday 6 June

End of Exam Leave

Monday 9 June

Youth Games Work Experience Week 1 (3Gr1, 3Go1, 3Se1)

Tuesday 10 June

S5/6 Induction

Wednesday 11 June

S5/6 Induction

Monday 16 June

Work Experience Week 2 (3Gr2, 3Go2, 3Se2)

Tuesday 17 June

5K Walk

Friday 20 June

S2 Reports to Parents

Monday 23 June

Aims and Values Awards Ceremony (during school day)

Tuesday 24 June

Prizegiving

Wednesday 25 June

P7 Visits

Thursday 26 June

P7 Visits P7 Parents Evening

Friday 27 June

P7 Visit

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