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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

12 October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer Our students have so much to offer, and our new STEM Ambassadors are a great example of the capability and potential in our school.

A further example of our students’ capacity has been the wonderful commitment our S1s have shown to the Big Clean (page 2). Well done to all students involved!

So many S6 students put themselves forward for leadership opportunities in June, that we committed to creating meaningful roles for the many students who narrowly missed out on key positions.

A couple of dates for your diaries appear in this edition of PLus. We really look forward to our first ever Pipe Band concert on 6 November and I hope you will also be able to join us for our Christmas Fair on 1 December. The Preston Lodge Learning Foundation is coordinating what also looks to be set to be a another great Preston Lodge event.

Brandon Calder rose to the challenge and has impressed everybody with his commitment to creating new STEM Ambassadors within the school. There’s more about these new roles on page 6, and we are confident that our new ambassadors will really raise the profile of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

On 23 October we move to being a water-only school. Thank you, in advance for supporting this venture, and you can find out more on page 7. In the meantime, I hope that all of our families have a great October break. Gavin Clark Headteacher


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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S1 Big Clean The last two weeks have seen Preston Lodge S1 pupils participate in ‘The Big Clean’. Every pupil headed outside to litter-pick our local community, with groups covering Meadowmill, local public paths and the coastline of Prestonpans. The young people relished the chance to help to participate in this clean up and they all embraced the challenge wholeheartedly! The added incentive was of course, raising funds for next January’s outdoor education trip to Lagganlia in the Cairngorms. With a heavy emphasis on inclusion, the funding will ensure every family in Prestonpans, Port Seton, Cockenzie and Longniddry will be able to send their child on a fantastic three day outdoor experience. Activities will be led by fully qualified staff and supported by teachers and support staff from Preston Lodge. We are very grateful to our external funders of fantastic outdoor trip. We are also very grateful to several support staff within the school, who dropped their ‘day job’ to ensure the smooth running of these events. We had five fantastic days out and about and everyone at Preston Lodge is looking forward to the Lagganlia Adventure! Fiona Grant-Macdonald


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Mathematics Masterclasses Six of our S2 students are currently attending Saturday Maths Masterclasses at each of three Universities over 9 weeks. These masterclasses are a collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Napier. They are interactive and hands-on super-curricular classes designed to stretch and inspire young people, and allow them to broaden their mathematical knowledge and develop a sense of enjoyment in the subject. Classes are led by top experts from academia and industry, and cover a broad range of mathematical topics. All of our attending students have reported back that the first two sessions were very interesting and that they are having a lot of fun. So far they've investigated "How Round is Your Circle?", and have considered how statisticians have contributed to the data science revolution in "Surrounded by Data". Our students surrounded by data are Nora Gordon, Charlotte Wright, Milli Allan, Cami Murray, Daniel Ross and Sophie McIntyre! Philip Dorrian

Mathletics Winners The September Mathletics winners are: 1st: Emma Watt (9235 points) 2nd: Will McNeill (8012) 3rd: Zach Slater (6277) The class with the most points are 3C1 (Practical set) with 46856 points altogether. All prize winners have been awarded points on EPraise and Emma wins a £10 voucher from Hobbycraft (the shop of her choice). The £10 voucher can only be won once per pupil per year. Who will be the October winner? Make sure you are working hard on Mathletics this month - it could be you! Emma Little

Parent Council Clerk We are currently looking for a new clerk for our Parent Council. If you think that you might be interested in this role then please contact (email parentcouncil@eastlothian.gov.uk) and East Lothian Council can send you all the details of the role, and information on how to apply. Our Parent Council meets from 7-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month, and is a lively, constructive forum where the views of parents and carers are shared with the school. Our new clerk will not only receive a small fee for each meeting they administrate, but will also gain a real insight into the ways in which parents and carers can interact positively with their child’s school.


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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STEM Ambassadors Preston Lodge’s new STEM Ambassadors are Brandon Calder, Jamie Gallagher, Callum Hunter, Sam Hunter, Sobia Iqbal, Laura Kaminski, Michael Tran and Abbie Winter. STEM ambassadors aim to help students engage more with science, technologies, engineering and mathematics, helping show the range of careers, skills and opportunities available, as well as highlighting pathways towards such opportunities. We aim to liaise with industry to provide connections for students and increase availability for opportunities such as work experience. We will help departments by closely communicating with teachers and students, allowing for more out-of-class events and providing advice to students about what is useful and most effective in STEM subjects, based on our own experience. We aim to set up class talks about maths, homework groups for maths and science, support STEM clubs and events throughout the school, and much, much more! Our team of ambassadors will make sure STEM is effectively promoted and that students can engage with the skills, knowledge and potential futures STEM has to offer. Please approach Brandon Calder direct if you would like support with a project (pl13caldb@edubuzz.org) and watch this space for more details. Brandon Calder (S6)

Our STEM Ambassadors


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Water Wise As of 23 October Preston Lodge will be a water only school. All other drinks will be banned from inside the school building (With execption of drinks that you can buy from the canteen). Instead we will be encouraging students to drink WATER by bringing their own water bottles into school. The permanent change has come about due to the positive feedback gained from staff and pupils after Fizz-Free February: ‘I would like Fizzy Juice but I think it would be a lot better for people’s health if you were only allowed water in school’ Students could identify the benefits of FFF in relation to their health. They noticed more people drinking water and believed people were ‘Less ‘Less Hyper’ in class. 100% of staff felt FFF was worthwhile. If students bring anything other than water into school they will be asked you to hand this over and can collect their drink at the end of the day. If it is during break or lunch time students will be given the option to go outside to drink it. Preston Lodge is Waterwise! #H2Only


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Christmas Fair Please come along and join us for an afternoon of festive fun at our PL Christmas Fair on 1 December! We are currently looking for donations for our raffle, and any help would be much appreciated. For all enquiries please contact Lorna Robertson or Julie Lowe on 01875 8111 70 Ext 265.


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Running Success Katie Johnson took part in the Scottish Schools Road Race Championships last Wednesday in Falkirk and she won the S2 girls race. Well done, Katie!

New School Pay system We have launched a short video to help explain the new SchoolPay system. This has been shared on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The video is also available via YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=uIP_OeF1rWo&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn You can also contact our school office on 01875 811170 if you have any queries.


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Edinburgh College Open Days Interested in starting a course at Edinburgh College in 2019? Come along to our campus open days in November and December to speak to teaching staff about the courses we offer, entry requirements, application advice and finding the right course for you. 22 November at Midlothian Campus 27 November at Sighthill Campus 29 November at Granton Campus 4 December at Milton Road Campus 3 - 7pm Staff will be on hand to give you guidance on funding, fees and student support during your time at college. You will also be invited to take a tour of the campus, including classrooms, workshops, libraries and social areas, giving you an idea of what it’s really like to be a student at Edinburgh College. Find out more at http://www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/newsandevents/edinburgh-college-open-days-winter/


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Free Sports activities Cost should never stop your child from taking part in sport! Does your child qualify for FREE access to sport and physical activities? www.activeeastlothian.co.uk/news/cost-should-never-stop-your-child-taking-part-2140 For more information please contact Active Schools Coordinator Graeme Bennion at Preston Lodge High School


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Preston Lodge is a community of learning. We value achievement, happiness and respect.

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Red Box Project In most schools there are a few young women who lack access to sanitary protection. The result? Anxiety, embarrassment, missed lessons, and missed education. Recently the Scottish Government have announced a scheme to reduce period poverty throughout schools and colleges by providing access to free sanitary protection, and we are pleased to announce the launch of The Red Box Project here at Preston Lodge. Supported by East Lothian Foodbank, The Red Box Project aims to alleviate the anxiety, embarrassment and stress caused by lack of sanitary protection by sponsoring and stocking a red box filled with sanitary towels, tampons and spare underwear. Any young woman in need of sanitary items will be able to access the red box from a number of locations in PL and take what she needs. Not just for that moment, but for the entirety of her period. The boxes will be kept in the following areas within school and will be stocked regularly: Guidance, PE, The Library, Julie Lowe’s Room and Lesley Wyllie’s Room. Posters will be placed in the girls’ toilets encouraging any young woman in need of sanitary items to ask for the Red Box. Plain bags will be included for discretion.


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Dates for Your Diary!

12 October 2018

Please note that these dates are subject to change

Monday 22 October

In-service Day 3

Tuesday 23 October

Pupils Resume

Wednesday 24 October

Careers Exploration Day

Tuesday 30 October

S5/6 Halloween Dance

Wednesday 31 October

Safety Play, School Daze (S1) - 9.45-10.25am

Thursday 1 November

P6/7 Open Evening, Parent Council meeting 7-9 pm School Photos (S1, S3 and S6)

Monday 5 November

S3 Target Setting/Tracking Period 1 sent to parents

Tuesday 6 November

Last week of S3 Options Block 1

Wednesday 7 November

Last week of S3 Options Block 1

Thursday 8 November

Skills Scotland Event (S4-6 AM only), S6 Remembrance Ceremony p6

Tuesday 13 November

First week of S3 Options Block 2

Wednesday 14 November

First week of S3 Options Block 2

Thursday 15 November

S2 Period 1 Target Setting/Tracking sent to parents

Tuesday 20 November

Senior TS/T Period 2 sent to parents

Wednesday 28 November

Girls into Physics Event (S2)

Saturday 1 December

Christmas Fair 11am-3pm

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