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 DisabledLady Haig's Poppy Factory, Social BiteEric Liddell Centre, Sporting Start, Scottish Love in Action and Feed the Minds.

We also have long-standing relationships with Unicef, the Disasters Emergency Committee, the Watson's Malawi Partnership and the George Watson’s Family Foundation.

Something for everyone to get involved in 

Whether it’s fashion shows, ceilidhs and concerts, toy fairs, sports days or food bank collections, there are lots of ways our community can get involved and support others. 

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. 

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