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S3 Projects at 60

Whether you attended George Watson’s Boys’ College, George Watson’s Ladies’ College or George Watson’s College, outdoor adventures have been an important part of a Watson’s education. For some, those adventures came through S3 (Third Year) Projects, which have been part of the core curriculum since 1962.

No matter the circumstances that led to each individual participating in an outdoor experience, all came with challenges to be overcome, new friendships to be made and new risks to be assessed and taken.

For many pupils, their S3 Project trip has remained the most memorable moment in their Watson’s journey, often recounted as a life-changing experience. And, it is for that very reason that throughout 2022 we will be hosting events that celebrate the past 60 years of S3 Projects, but also looking to the future.

Events that celebrate camaraderie and challenge, life-long friendships, lessons learned and benefits gained, sites seen and hopefully revisited:

Munro Bagging Challenge

April - September 2022

Back in 2012, for the 50th anniversary of S3 projects, one feature was the ascent of every Munro in Scotland by a Watsonian or group of Watsonians. The photographs taken on every summit were part of a major exhibition in School displayed on a special Projects50 weekend to which we were delighted to welcome back Sir Roger Young, former Headmaster, whose foresight led to S3 Projects and outdoor education becoming an integral part of the curriculum.

For the 60th anniversary this year, and at the request of several Watsonians, we will be repeating the Munro Challenge. 

This time, we've set ourselves two challenges - firstly for Watsonians to bag all 282 Munros and secondly for 1000 Watsonians to take part in the bagging, all by 30 September!

You can plan and prove your bags on our dedicated website.

Munro Bagging Challenge

Projects Photography Competition

February - September 2022

What better way to remember your Projects experience than taking photos inspired by your S3 Projects memories? The 12 winning photos will be used for a 2023 school calendar.  

Watsonians can submit photos from anywhere in the world. For data protection purposes, photos should not include people where they can be clearly identified. Photos need to be at least 2MB in size, at least 3000 pixels wide and should be submitted to by 30 September 2022.  A panel will select the winning entries for the calendar. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be split between the John Muir Trust and George Watson’s Enrichment Fund, which provides one-off grants to pupils who - because of their family’s financial circumstances - might not otherwise be able to participate fully in enrichment activities such as sport, music and the arts, Duke of Edinburgh Award and travel related to their academic subjects.

Caritas Lecture - 25 October, Colinton Road, Dr Mike Stroud, OBE

Our Caritas Lecture this year will be given by Dr Mike Stroud, OBE.  Mike is a Hospital Consultant Physician here in Edinburgh, but is perhaps best known for his record-breaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is a world authority on human endurance and nutrition and amongst the most well known expedition scientists. 

Projects at 60 Exhibition

A specially curated exhibition ‘Sixty Memories for Sixty Years’ will be staged at Colinton Road. Full details to follow.

Your S3 Projects at 60 Committee

  • Norman Murray, Chair (Class of 1967)
  • Liz Smith (Class of 1978)
  • Maxi Maclaren (Class of 1963)
  • Dave Pyper
  • Richard Travers
  • Laura Tyzack

Further details on how to get involved will be released over the coming months. To find out more about upcoming events and how to enter the photographic competition, like and follow our Facebook Page and update your details with the Development Office.

Proposed Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill

S3 Projects at 60

Munro Bagging Challenge

For the 60th anniversary of S3 Projects we will be repeating the Munro Challenge to bag all 282 Munros. 

You can plan and prove your bags on our dedicated website.

Munro Bagging Challenge