Holiday Care and Activities

Please see the Galleon Camps page for the latest information.

Easter Drama School

children perfoming under dramatic lightingOpen to any child in Primary 5 to S2, whether they attend George Watson's College or not, the Easter Drama School attracts over 40 pupils participating in various drama activities. The Drama School runs on the first five days (including the weekend) of the Easter break. The Easter Drama School engages pupils in various drama activities.  Usually following a theme, previous Drama Schools have explored Devised Drama, Process Drama, Dance Workshops, Singing, Costume and Prop Making and Design.

Summer Drama School

children putting on make up in front of mirrors

Open to any child in Primary 4 to P7, whether they attend George Watson's College or not, our Summer Drama 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 Miss Alice Culpin on 0131 446 6057 or contact

Pipes & Drums

pupils playing bagpipes outside the Music SchoolThe 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'

This 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.

Recommended ages from Nursery to approximately P4.

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.

Holiday Club

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Our holiday club is open to pupils who currently attend George Watson's College, in Preschool to Primary 7. It 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.

Holiday care operates between the hours of 7.45am and 6pm, 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 6pm.

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.

Holiday Club Fees for Session 2021/22

Preschool - Primary 7
Registration fee £10 per child
Named day £30 per day
Full week £140

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