The School’s motto is ex corde caritas “love from the heart”. It reflects the School’s original charitable foundation, but equally it underpins our programme of charitable and community work which is a feature of a Watson’s education.
Pupils in the Junior School participate in a number of charitable activities to both generate money for excellent causes but equally to raise awareness of the respective causes. A number of the charities are associated with the topic work being studied by the children.
The Junior School has a long-standing relationship with Drum Riding for the Disabled where we sponsor a horse, Watson.
Every year, just before Christmas, pupils bring in non-perishable goods and toiletries and these are delivered to St Catharine’s Convent to help homeless people.
Small groups of musicians visit local residential care homes for the elderly to entertain pensioners in our community and there is usually a sing-along to some classic tunes as well.
Primary 7 pupils visit the Lady Haig Poppy Factory and help make some poppies. Some workers at the factory are invited to attend the P7 VE Day celebration at the end of their WW2 topic.
Session 2017/18 saw over 100 Primary 4 children volunteer participate in the Junior Duke programme which sees them undertake 10 activities at home, in their own time, in a range of areas eg packing their own rucksack before going for a walk, a domestic chore and an Eco challenge.
Every term, numerous pupils do something themselves to raise money for a cause that means a lot to them, raising money by having a bake sale, busking at rugby internationals, having a garage sale or participating in a sponsored event.
We are always very proud of the work Junior School pupils do to care for other people and to raise awareness for good causes.
“I think helping people makes our life wonderful and when people who we help have a bright smile on their faces, you can feel the feelings that they feel.” Grace (Class of 2016)
In the Senior School our programme of charitable fundraising culminates in our annual Charities day held in June. Each form in S1 to S4 run a stall and the monies raised is divided between an international, a national and a local charity, selected each year by the pupil Charities' Committee.
Throughout the year, groups raise funds for different charities usually by running bake sales.
Pupils and staff are involved in the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning and we also support our veterans and the education of two young people in South America on an annual basis. School trips to Kenya and Malawi raise funds to work with local charities whilst in the country.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which is available from S3 provides pupils with the opportunity of volunteering at all three levels of the Award.
“The recurring theme behind CAS is the idea that it is an opportunity to try out something new and learn that you may have more skills than you thought…” Alex (Class of 2015)
In Senior 5 and 6, all pupils whether they are taking the International Baccalaureate or Scottish qualifications can participate in the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme. This programme gives pupils the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of challenging situations.