Ex Corde Caritas: Love from the Heart
Our school’s motto is ex corde caritas, which means “love from the heart”.
This reflects Watson’s original charitable foundation and underpins our support programme for charities, both near and far.
We fundraise for a number of charitable organisations who demonstrate positive impact upon those they help, and where such support can be used towards building sustainable solutions.
Over the last 10 years, our community at Watson’s has raised more than £373,000 for dozens of charities.
How do we decide who to support?
As explained in our Charities Policy, we have three types of charity partnerships. These are:
- Permanently supported charities including those which provide disaster relief
- Strategic partner charities who align with our overall approach to community engagement, defined through our Project 810
- Annual partnerships which offer support to a wide range of organisations, which are assessed each year via our charities board
Both our pupils and staff are involved in the selecting charities we support, and our Deputy School Captains sit on the school’s charities board, which reviews our approach, formally, and is chaired by our principal, Melvyn Roffe.
Who we are supporting this year
This year, we are excited to be working with Tiny Changes, Green Team, WWF, Changing Faces and The Welcoming. These charities were put forward by members of our school community and voted on by pupil panels.
We also link with local and international charities as longer term charity partners, which include Drum Riding School for the Disabled, Lady Haig's Poppy Factory, Social Bite, Eric Liddell Centre, Sporting Start, Scottish Love in Action and Feed the Minds.
Something for everyone to get involved in
We’ve got Wee Watson’s Sleep Outs, selling (and wearing) of bobble hats, cool Christmas jumpers, and so much more.
Our annual Charities’ Day is a Watson’s tradition. Free from uniform for the day, the Watson’s community is able to enjoy lots of fun whilst raising plenty of money at the same time.
Support for charities 2021-2022
Usually, each year in February we invite pupils, parents and staff to nominate charities for the school to support during the following school year. These are then considered by panels of pupils and agreed by our Charities Committee.
However, we are conscious that fundraising could be more challenging this year with key events not taking place in the usual way. We have therefore decided that we would like extend support for our 2020-21 charities to also include 2021-22.