On Saturday (3 October) we held our first ever live Digital Open Morning.
And while, of course, we would have preferred to welcome everyone in person to our campus, we were delighted so many of you joined us online.
Over 69 live sessions involving pupils and staff, the aim was to show the breadth of the opportunities available at our school and to answer any questions prospective families may have about joining us.
Session topics covered life at Watson’s at every stage, from Preschool to Junior School and Senior School. Music, extra-curricular opportunities and Global education were also covered along with the practical aspects of applying to join us at Watson’s.
Principal, Melvyn Roffe, said: “We’ve had superb feedback from families who joined us; the scale of the ambition for our Digital Open Morning was lost on nobody and we were delighted that families who attended felt that we had given them a real insight into what Watson’s is all about”
As always, our pupils were great ambassadors for our school and excelled in talking openly and honestly about their experiences. Pupils taking part in our Music at Watson’s session delivered truly exceptional live musical performances.
During the welcome session our School Captains, Maisie and Calum, gave powerful speeches about their time at the school so far.
Maisie said, "My time at Watson’s has been about fantastic and long lasting relationships built between pupils and staff, and the variety of experience on offer as you move through the school.
“My favourite time at Watson’s is the time I spend right here on Campus, in our Art School.
“Being encouraged to be creative, and to explore your own thoughts through Art has, for me, been as much therapeutic as it has been challenging and educational.
“Not only have I forged strong friendships in Art, I have learned from the wonderful teachers about the importance of perspective, understanding differences of opinion and how to look at things from different angles.
"Art has taught me to be confident in my own expression and not afraid to try new things.”
Calum drew attention to the fact that at Watson’s, it’s about so much more than good exam results, although our pupils do achieve that year on year.
He said: "Pupils leave with so much more than good exam results. Shared experiences like projects, house competitions, music, sport, drama, international travel, or whatever they may be, give us something far more. Indelible memories that will last us forever.
“When you ask most pupils past and present for one of their favourite memories S3 Projects stands out.
“My group travelled 260 miles North of Edinburgh to the wilds of Durness. I will always remember spending my 15th birthday kayaking out to an island and sleeping under the stars, you return with lasting memories and strong friendships.”
If you missed our Digital Open Morning, you can register for our on demand service where you will be able to view the sessions that took place on the day. To register click here.
We will shortly relaunch tours of our campus for families considering our school for 2021/22. Final arrangements are currently being put in place taking into account current guidance - stay tuned!
If you are thinking of making the next step in joining us here at Watson’s, the application deadline is Friday 13 November. Applications can be made here.