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

2 December 2016

Dear Parent/Carer We were delighted to welcome the Seafood in Schools team into our building on Wednesday and Thursday this week, for what turned out to be an amazing cluster event. Students from all of our cluster primary schools joined our own young people for three workshops which helped them understand where seafood comes from, how it gets to their plates and why eating seafood is an important part of a healthy diet.

It was great to see younger cluster students interacting with Preston Lodge students in a positive atmosphere of discovery. More detail appears on page 2 and 3. Our cluster is closely connected to the sea and this event was particularly relevant for our students. Many thanks to the Seafood in Schools team for a really positive experience. The Two isles Baked Haddock was really delicious! Gavin Clark Headteacher

Important Notice The PL UCAS deadline is Wednesday 14 December. Students need to complete, pay and send applications by this date!

A fishy day ...


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

2 December 2016

Seafood in Schools roadshow sails into Prestonpans! Pupils from Preston Lodge cluster were given a treat this week, when the Seafood in Schools team brought their roadshow to town! They were joined by children from Prestonpans Infants, Cockenzie, Longniddry, Prestonpans and St Gabriel’s primary schools. On Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December, over 375 pupils attended three workshops to learn where seafood comes from, how it gets to their plates, and why eating seafood is an important part of a healthy diet. The first session used specially designed infographic charts to follow the journey taken by different species from sea to plate. Pupils also saw and handled a variety of fresh and live species, including crab, lobster, langoustine, cod, haddock, monkfish, squid and more. A popular ‘Come Dine’ workshop saw pupils learn about the benefits of exercise and a diet high in Omega 3, also known as a ‘superfishoil’. The pupils tasted samples of hot and cold smoked salmon supplied by highly respected local producers, James Dickson, who say “All our Smoked Salmon is smoked on the premises here in Cockenzie, East Lothian using traditional methods handed down through the family (now the 4th generation). This is smoked using oak wood chips which are sourced locally. Our delicious Smoked Salmon is prepared in our traditional marinade but can be tailored to your taste.” Chef Lecturer George Baker and his team from Edinburgh College, Milton Campus, demonstrated how to make a cold mackerel fish starter, a hot whitefish dish, and discussed how fish arrives at your plate. Recipes were available to take home, and the chefs hope that these dishes will be recreated in many kitchens over the next few weeks! All schools taking part in the workshops commited to undertake a seafood-based project using local partnerships during the year, and to disseminate the results to the rest of their school. In this way they are able to pass on information to a wide group of students. An added benefit to the programme was an evening session for parents, grandparents, siblings and guardians of all children attending the workshops. Maria and the team welcomed many people from the local community. Seafood in Schools is a project that aims to teach children about Scottish seafood; where it comes from, how it reaches our plates, and why eating seafood is good for us. It is funded by Scottish Government, Seafish, The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust and the Scottish Whitefish Producers’ Association, and also relies on in-kind contributions and involvement by the fishing and aquaculture industries. It is run by Seafood Scotland. www.seafoodscotland.org For more information please contact: Nicki Holmyard, SiS Manager on 0771 127 2637 nicki@seafoodscotland.org or visit: http://www.seafoodinschools.org


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

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Saltire Success Louis Robertson (S6) and Rhys Heaven (S4) both took part in the Saltire festival last weekend. Various events across East Lothian were a celebration of St Andrews’ day and the home of the flag. Louis performed as part of a Scottish music night at the Brunton theatre, Musselburgh on Friday evening. Rhys performed on Saturday evening in Dunbar Gold Club and then again on Sunday afternoon at the MacDonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick as part of a comedy gala. Both performed a mixture of acoustic covers and their own songs, giving excellent performances. Gail Lugton


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

U15 girls football team The U15 girls football team have progressed to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. The girls played a very good James Gillespies side, and took a 2-0 lead into the last ten minutes of the match. James Gillespies pulled the lead back to finish the match 2-2 and take the match to penalties. Preston Lodge won the match 3-1 on penalties after two great saves from Lauren Smith and goals from Nicole Hogg, Nicole Campbell and Mairead Brown. This a great result for the girls. This is the seventh year in a row the girls team have reached the last 16 of the Scottish cup. Graeme Bennion

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

2 December 2016

Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016 Congratulations to Elijah Duff for taking part in the District round of the Rotary Young Chef competition. This round took place at Penicuik High School on Friday 25th November. Elijah made Moroccan Chicken with Cous Cous and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Wendy Waldie


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

2 December 2016

Blindwells Consultation We received some more pictures last week of our student contribution to the Blindwells Consultation. Congratulations once again to all involved. Our students truly helped to build the community to which they belong.


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Dates for Your Diary!

2 December 2016

Please note that these dates are subject to change

Monday 19 December

Christmas Concert (evening)

Tuesday 20 December

Christmas Concert (evening)

Wednesday 21 December

Senior Dance (tbc)

Thursday 22 December

Talent Show—All Break

Monday 9 January 2017

All Resume

Thursday 19 January 2017

HPV Vaccinations (S1/2 Girls only) S2 Options Event (day) and S2 Options Meeting (evening)

Tuesday 24 January 2017 Prelims start Thursday 2 February 2017

S2 Parents’ Evening/S3 Reports to Parents

Friday 3 February 2017

Prelims end

Monday 6 February 2017

Expressive Arts prelims start

Wednesday 8 February 2017

S3 Options Event (day) and S3 Options Meeting (evening)

Friday 10 February 2017

Expressive Arts Prelims end/ All Break

Monday 20 February 2017

In-service Day 4

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Wednesday is Monday/ S3 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 23 February 2017

S4/5 Options meeting (evening)

Plus friday 2 december