Holiday Care and Activities

Holiday Care and Activities

During the school holidays, we run a number of dedicated holiday camps catering for a range of ages and abilities.

Rowing

Rowing squadGeorge Watson’s College Rowing Club will be holding introductory Rowing sessions in the last week of the Summer holidays. These Try Rowing sessions are intended for pupils who are new to the sport, or who will be in S1 – S3 after the summer. The emphasis of the three-hour sessions will be on essential boat skills and basic technique in single and crew boats.

Cricket

Boys practicing cricketOpen to children in Primary 4 to S3, whether or not they attend George Watson's, this camp in the Easter holidays provides an opportunity for children to develop their cricketing skills in a fun and enjoyable environment, enabling them to enhance their skill levels prior to the new cricket season.

Hockey

Girl playing hockey

The Galleon runs a Hockey Camp in the Summer holiday. All courses are open to children whether or not they attend George Watson's, and will provide a great opportunity for them to brush up on skills and fitness for the start of the new season. The emphasis is on developing hockey skills and techniques in a fun environment. They are based at the Senior School, using both astro-turf pitches and the front grass pitch.

Rugby

Rugby coach and two players

During the Summer holidays The Galleon runs pre-season ‘Rugby Skills Courses’, for those children in the current Primary 3 to S5, whether or not they attend George Watson's. This is an opportunity to brush up on skills and fitness for the start of the new season. Based at the Craiglockhart pitches, the emphasis is on developing rugby skills and techniques in a fun environment. Activities include skill drills and practices, modified games according to age, level and ability and fun games culminating in the unique ‘Rugby Olympics’ on the final day.

Multi-Sports Camps (Easter)

boy and girls practicing hockey skills Multi Sports Camps are available for two weeks of the Easter holidays, running from 8.30–4.00pm, and open to children from current Primary 3 to S2, whether or not they attend George Watson's. These are full-day camps with the option of taking morning, afternoon or all day places. Our aim is to develop a range of skills within different sports. All of the activities will have qualified coaches and will follow a set programme, fitness-skills and games. A list of activities will be shown on the application form which will be available nearer the time.

Sports Camps (Summer)

children playing football

Summer Camps are available across five weeks of the Summer holidays, running from 8.15am–4.00pm, and open to children from current Primary 3 to S2, whether or not they attend George Watson's. Our aim is to develop a range of skills within different sports. All of the activities will have qualified coaches and will follow a set programme, fitness-skills and games. A list of activities will be shown on the application form which will be available nearer the time.

Tennis

Girl playing tennisDuring the Easter holiday The Galleon run Tennis Camp, open to children Primary 3 to S3, whether or not they attend George Watson's. This camp provides an opportunity for children to develop their tennis technical and tactical skills in a fun and enjoyable environment, enabling them to gain match play experience and enhance their skills prior to the tennis season.

For further information on the camps above contact galleon@gwc.org.uk

 

Easter Drama School

children perfoming under dramatic lightingOpen to to any child in Primary 5 to S3, whether they attend George Watson's or not, the Easter Drama School is becoming more and more successful, with over 40 pupils participating in various drama activities. Usually held on the first three days of the Easter holidays, this year the Drama School is running for the first five days (including the weekend). Previous Drama Schools have focused on Devised Drama, Process Drama, Costume Making and Design and usually follow a theme.

Summer Drama School

children putting on make up in front of mirrors

Open to to any child in Primary 5 to S3, whether they attend George Watson's or not, our Summer School provides workshops in singing, dancing, improvisation, acting and lots of Drama games. It provides the opportunity to encourage pupils to participate, build confidence and develop interaction through the medium of drama. Previous Summer Schools have followed themes of Glee, High School Musical, Oliver and Grease.

For further information on any of our Drama Schools, contact Mr Craig Serrels on 0131 446 6037 or contact drama@gwc.org.uk.

Pipes & Drums

pupils playing bagpipes outside the Music School

The Pipes and Drums run camps in the Summer holidays open to pupils studying Pipes, Drums, Chanter, Stick & Pad at George Watson's College.

Pipers and drummers of all levels (including chanter/stick & pad) receive quality tuition at a suitable pace, on an individual and group basis covering instrument maintenance, music theory and practical work with the emphasis on fun.

On the afternoon of the final day, we stage a concert at which all pupils will be encouraged to perform for their family and friends before receiving a certificate for their efforts.

For further information contact Pipe Major Iain Simpson or Drum Major Mick O'Neill on 0131 446 6075.

Caritas Strings Summer School and Strings 'Taste and See'

We are delighted to be running two string summer schools in the summer holidays. One is for children already learning a stringed instrument and the other is for potential beginners.

Caritas Strings Summer School is for children already learning violin, viola, cello and double bass and gives tuition in a variety of ensembles and orchestras, the emphasis being on creativity and fun.

The 'Taste and See' Summer School is for children considering learning violin, viola or cello. It will give musicianship classes as well as an opportunity to receive initial tuition on all these instruments.

Highlights from the 2016 camp, compiled by Toby Jones (S2) can be seen below.

 

Nursery Plus

Boy and girl on bikeThe Nursery Plus Holiday Club is open to pupils who currently attend George Watson's College nursery. A variety of free-choice activities is available for the pupils including drawing, board games, construction toys, jigsaws, dressing-up, stories, music and outdoor play.

A planned activity takes place each day which the pupils are invited to join, if they wish. Activities include baking, music and movement, and craft activities such as clay, collage and painting. Outdoor activities in the garden allow children a free choice to enjoy large construction equipment, bats, balls, hoops, balancing beams or other pursuits. Organised team games, obstacle courses and circle games are available, if pupils wish to join in with them.

For further information, contact the Care Manager, Jennifer Alcock on 0131 446 6085.

Booking Forms

Date Event Eligibility Booking Form
15 October - 19 October 2018 October Holiday
 Programme (PDF)
Nursery Booking Form (PDF)
21 December 2018 Christmas Holiday Nursery Booking Form (PDF)
8 February - 15 February 2019 February Holiday Nursery Booking Form (PDF)
4 April - 23 April 2019 Easter Holiday Nursery Booking Form (PDF)

Holiday Club

children playing outsideOpen to pupils who currently attend George Watson's College, in Primary 1 to Primary 7, the Holiday Club provides a flexible package of care, allowing parents to opt for the care sessions that suit their individual needs.

The Holiday Club operates during all school holidays except for the Christmas and New Year period when the whole School is closed, and the five days prior to the start of the new school session in August. We will no longer be offering care on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

Holiday care operates between the hours of 7.45am and 6.00pm, with the option of booking a full day, morning or an afternoon. Morning sessions run from 7.45am until 1pm and afternoon sessions run from 1pm until 6.00pm.

Please note that pupils booked in for a half-day session must be collected by 1pm from the morning session and not dropped off until 1pm for the afternoon session. Pupils who attend either a morning or a full day session will require a packed lunch. Please note that we are a nut free school. A light breakfast is available to the children at the start of the day, and a healthy snack is provided in the morning and afternoon. Drinks are available to the pupils throughout the day. On some days it may be necessary for all children to attend for a full day as an outing is taking place. However, this will be clearly marked on the Holiday Club booking form.

For further information, contact the Care Manager, Jennifer Alcock on 0131 446 6085.

Booking Forms

Date Event Eligibility Booking Form
15 October - 19 October 2018 October Holiday
Programme (PDF)
P1-P7 Booking Form (PDF)
21 December 2018 Christmas Holiday P1-P7 Booking Form (PDF)
8 February - 15 February 2019 February Holiday P1-P7 Booking Form (PDF)
4 April - 23 April 2019 Easter Holiday P1-P7 Booking Form (PDF)