Watson’s to Celebrate 50 Years of Projects

Published on 29 February 2012 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Senior School

Image of hill with S3 pupils on projects and the Projects 50 logo2012 marks the fiftieth year since Sir Roger Young, then Principal, introduced S3 Projects at George Watson’s College in 1962. Very many pupils highlight S3 Projects as a ‘life-changing’ event and one of the memories of their life at Watson’s that will stay with them for a very long time.

The School is in the process of arranging their celebrations to mark this anniversary.

On Saturday 17 March we are holding a Projects@50 Day in School. This will be open to current pupils, staff, parents and former pupils and staff.

The programme and timings for the day are as follows:
11.00am - 11.30am    Coffee and time to browse archive material from past Projects.
11.30am - 12.30pm    Series of short talks in the Assembly Hall including the following speakers:
     Gareth Edwards, Principal - Welcome
     Sir Roger Young, former Principal - The idea behind Projects and the first groups in 1962
     Maxi MacLaren, former member of staff - Memories from Projects past
     Alan Bennett/Graham Gibb, current members of staff - Projects present and future
     Current S6 pupils - Sharing their own S3 Projects experiences.
12.30pm - 2.00pm - a light buffet lunch will be available in the Dining Hall and after this there will be time to catch up with old friends and again view the archive material from past years.
2.00pm - close

We are looking for any old photographs, video footage, log books etc for display on the day. If you have any material or would like to attend the event please get in touch by email or send material to Mr Graham Gibb c/o George Watson's College, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5EG or phone him on 0131 446 6000.

Our biggest challenge, however, is going to be trying to bag all 283 Munros during the month of May 2012 - entitled Munro Maynia. It is our intention to have a pupil, member of staff, former pupil, former member of staff, parent or governor on the top of every Munro in Scotland.

School Projects groups will be attempting to climb 50 Munros during Projects fortnight (14-25 May) and you are warmly welcome to add to the total by climbing others Munros anytime during the month of May. COULD THIS BE YOU? If so, email us or contact Mr Graham Gibb using the details above.

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