George Watson's College

George Watson's College

George Watson’s College provides a world-class education for children and young people.

Operating as usual

Watson’s is Head-over-Wheels for Cycling to School! 06/12/2023

We encourage our pupils and staff to protect our environment and promote healthy living by inviting those who can to swap the car for a bike and follow the eco-friendly route to school! 🚲 We have a number of initiatives and developments in place to support our quest to become as environmentally friendly as possible πŸ‘ Have a read of our latest news story ⬇️ to find out if cycling to school could be an option for you in 2024! 🏫

Watson’s is Head-over-Wheels for Cycling to School! Find out why cycling to school could be for you in 2024!

Photos from George Watson's College's post 04/12/2023

Yesterday our GWC Pipes & Drums Novice Juvenile B band performed at the Santa Toddle Parade in the Great Scottish Christmas Festival which took place in Inverleith Park πŸŽ… What a way to kick off the festivities! πŸ‘

Timeline photos 01/12/2023

Next Wednesday our U16 and U18 Rugby teams will play in the finals of the Scottish Schools Cup at Murrayfield πŸ‰

We are incredibly proud of our teams’ achievement and would love as many people as possible to come and support 🫢 Please read the advice from Scottish Rugby which gives further details about the evening and the expectations for spectator behaviour ➑️

Good luck to both our teams! πŸ‘πŸ€

Timeline photos 30/11/2023

β€˜Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh!’ 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
('Happy St Andrew’s Day’ in Scottish Gaelic) πŸ’™

Photos from George Watson's College's post 30/11/2023

To mark St Andrew's Day, our P6s enjoyed a 'Tartan Talk' from the brilliant Deirdre Kinloch Anderson OBE 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Deirdre spoke about the interesting history of Kinloch Anderson and what it takes to make a good quality kilt! πŸ‘ Pupils couldn't believe how heavy some of the fabrics were and even got to see the Balmoral Tartan - a fabric reserved for the reigning monarch and their piper ⭐

Photos from George Watson's College's post 29/11/2023

It's showtime for our P2s this afternoon after a brilliant dress rehearsal yesterday! ⭐ They sang their hearts out in a practice run of their 'Festival of Light' concert and are ready to show their families and loved ones today! ❀️ The countdown to Christmas is now on! πŸŽ„

Eco Group Discussions: The Thrift Shop 29/11/2023

Our Eco Group work together to encourage the school community to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible πŸ‘ In our latest news story, they discuss the importance of our Thrift Shop, highlighting when it opens its doors and what members of the Watson's community can expect to buy and sell on campus 🏫
Check out our link below to learn more ⬇️

Eco Group Discussions: The Thrift Shop Our Eco Group discuss the importance of the Thrift Shop, highlighting when the service is in operation and what items you can buy and sell on campus.

Timeline photos 28/11/2023

At the weekend the inaugural 'Caritas Banner' was held in our Music School 🎼 The competition was a Piobaireachd contest for pipers aged 18 & under, giving young players a platform to perform the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe whilst pitching themselves against some of the very best young pipers in the UK 🎢 It was split into three categories and attracted 52 pipers from across the country ⭐ The triumphant winner on the day was our very own Principal’s Piper, Lyle (S4) who is pictured with his brace of prizes including the Caritas Banner πŸ‘ GWC pupils saw further success with Gregor (S3), Eva (S3) and William (S3) picking up prizes in the 14 & under events - a great result and we look forward to the competition next year! πŸ…

Photos from George Watson's College's post 27/11/2023

Our P7s had a brilliant time in London soaking up the sights and visiting the Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, the London Eye and of course, the famous Globe Theatre where they participated in some fun drama workshops! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ They managed to do a lot in the short time they were there and were super ambassadors for the school as they wandered round the Big Smoke! πŸ‘

Photos from George Watson's College's post 24/11/2023

As part of P5's Go Outdoors topic, our pupils have been exploring the wildlife that is right on our doorstep at the beautiful Craiglockhart Nature Reserve πŸ‚ It was a crisp Winter's day but the leaves were full of bright, autumnal colours! 🧣

Timeline photos 23/11/2023

Our Higher Physics pupils have been investigating refractive index with different coloured light βš›οΈ Pupils will then go on and learn how this experiment can be linked to seismic monitoring πŸ‘

Photos from George Watson's College's post 23/11/2023

Our P1s participated in the paired reading of stories written by our very creative P5s πŸ“š They had a brilliant time together and it was wonderful to see both year groups engaging in fun, original storytelling πŸ“– Well done to all! πŸ‘

A β€˜Sparklejollytwinklejingly’ Experience in 'Elf' 22/11/2023

It's opening night of our sell out run of 'Elf'! ⭐
S6 Journalist and member of the crewing team, Amelia explains more about the musical and how her involvement 'behind the scenes' has benefited her πŸ‘ ⬇️
To all our audience coming to the show this evening, tomorrow and Friday - you're in for a cracker! πŸŽ„
Our programme sponsor for 'Elf' is James-Morrow Home Entertainment Systems Ltd. πŸŽ…

A β€˜Sparklejollytwinklejingly’ Experience in 'Elf' Our sell out production of Elf is set to be a festive hit! It takes many dedicated production team members to put on a show of this scale. Amelia (S6) explains how her role crewing the musical has benefited her.

Timeline photos 22/11/2023

Pupils from all over the country will be attending 'The Caritas Banner' Piobaireachd Competition this Sunday in our Music School πŸ₯ Good luck to all our Pipes and Drums pupils who are participating πŸ‘ Spectators are welcome at the event which kicks off at 9:30am and finishes at approximately 3:15pm ⭐

Photos from George Watson's College's post 21/11/2023

Some of our S3s recently began working on the volunteering element of their Bronze The Duke of Edinburgh's Award πŸ‘ They teamed up with Driftwood Adventure to focus on a thorough canal clean πŸ—‘οΈ Several bags of rubbish were cleared from the canal - including a bike! 🚲 Next term, pupils will be tree planting with our charity partners, the John Muir Trust πŸ‘

Club of the Month: Model United Nations 17/11/2023

The recent MUN Conference was a great success with our pupils doing an exceptional job immersing themselves in various political debates 🌐 S6 Journalist, Ruby, documents the day, drawing on why MUN is a beneficial extracurricular activity within the school community ➑️

Club of the Month: Model United Nations S6 Journalist, Ruby reports on the recent MUN Conference.

Photos from George Watson's College's post 17/11/2023

'Elf' is officially a SELL OUT! πŸŽ… Judging by our recent rehearsal footage, our audiences are in for a real festive treat! 🎁 Pupils have been working so hard to bring the story of Buddy the Elf to the stage! 🧝 Have you got your tickets?! 🎫

Our programme sponsor for 'Elf' is James-Morrow Home Entertainment Systems Ltd. πŸ‘

🚨 EXCITING NEWS! 🚨 Our Sports Department are now on Instagram! πŸ‘ Give them a follow on @gwc_sport to keep up with all the latest news direct from the PE team! πŸπŸ“πŸŽΎπŸˆβš½οΈπŸ€ #AimHigh 15/11/2023


Our Sports Department are now on Instagram! πŸ‘

Follow the link below ⬇️ to find their handle () on our official GWC page and tap to follow! πŸ™Œ if you don’t already follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for? ☺️

The best way to keep up to date with the latest sports news πŸπŸŽΎπŸ“πŸ€βš½οΈπŸˆ

🚨 EXCITING NEWS! 🚨 Our Sports Department are now on Instagram! πŸ‘ Give them a follow on @gwc_sport to keep up with all the latest news direct from the PE team! πŸπŸ“πŸŽΎπŸˆβš½οΈπŸ€ #AimHigh

GWC partners with The Edinburgh Remakery 15/11/2023

Do you have a drawer full of old laptops, tablets, cables and smartphones that you want to dispose of sustainably and securely? Our new TechBox is the answer and has been installed at the Galleon πŸ’» To find out why this is a brilliant initiative, have a read of our latest news story ➑️

GWC partners with The Edinburgh Remakery Find out more about our new TechBox initiative and the positive impact it can make.

Timeline photos 14/11/2023

This week we are marking Anti-Bullying Week πŸ«‚ The theme this year is 'Make A Noise About Bullying' which we kicked off with Odd Sock Day 🧦 We joined together as a school to show that it's okay to be different and to stand up against bullying and discrimination ❀️

Photos from George Watson's College's post 14/11/2023

Our P4s have been learning all about Diwali - the Hindu festival of light πŸ›• Two of our classes listened to the story of Diwali as told by our guest speakers, Soniya Rane and Suni Waddell before getting creative and making candle holders - one class decorated pre-made holders while the others were making their own out of clay πŸ•―οΈ

Timeline photos 13/11/2023

On Friday, 10 pupils participated in the North Berwick MUN Conference 🌐 They represented Canada and Israel in committees such as Media, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Politics and made fantastic impressions - from researching to writing resolutions, they worked collaboratively with each other and with other pupils from various schools around Scotland πŸ‘

The culmination of their hard work was the Canadian delegation being named Best Delegation for the Conference πŸ… This was an incredible achievement as they were up against some very experienced (and much older!) MUN delegates ⭐ Congratulations to all our pupils πŸ‘

Timeline photos 10/11/2023

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them ❀️


When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today ❀️

Photos from George Watson's College's post 09/11/2023

Our skiers have enjoyed some brilliant success at the Dual Slalom skiing finals at Hillend 🎿 The P1-4 Team came 4th in their race with 7 successful runs, winning 4 out of 7 races πŸ‘ The S1-3 Team won Gold and were overall champions (in the S1-S3 category) with a tight final against Boroughmuir πŸ‘ Lastly, the Open (Senior) team were unlucky and lost to Robert Gordon's College in the final, bagging their silver medals πŸ‘ Great work from our skiing teams ⛷️

Photos from George Watson's College's post 09/11/2023

This morning it was our P2s' chance to show their families all their hard work this term πŸ‘ Pupils were very busy presenting their learnings and enjoyed having some familiar faces in the classroom ✏️ What a fun, engaging morning! πŸ™‚ Our P3-P7 pupils will have their classroom showcases over the next few weeks - what a busy month in our Junior School ⭐

Photos from George Watson's College's post 08/11/2023

Our P1s loved having their families in class this morning ✏️ Pupils got the chance to showcase everything they have been working on so far this term and it was clear to see they have been very busy learners! πŸ‘ Great work from all our P1s ⭐

Photos from George Watson's College's post 07/11/2023

Rehearsals are well underway for our Music at Watson's concert this evening 🎼🎢 It's shaping up to be a brilliant performance full of the superb musical talent we have at GWC! ⭐

Timeline photos 07/11/2023

With Armistice Day on the horizon, P7 were discussing the significance of poppies, looking at what the different colours represent 🫑 They have been learning how to hand sew and created these felt poppies, ready to wear on Friday for our remembrance service ❀️


We were thrilled to invite Tommy & Davy Zwy (Class of 2005) back to Watson's this week.
As our Junior Duke Awards Ambassadors, they spoke about their lives since leaving school, the joy of learning new skills, the challenges they have faced, their resilience and also the importance of caring for others.
We were all very impressed to learn that they had raised over Β£150k for Motor Neurone Disease Charities πŸ‘ An incredible inspiration.
We look forward to welcoming them back again in June to congratulate the pupils on their Junior Duke achievementsπŸ…

It was great to see Tommy and Davy Zyw (Class of 2005) yesterday, who are our new Junior Duke ambassadors for 2023/24. They enjoyed a brief visit to their old classroom before inspiring our Junior School pupils at assembly with their presentation on perseverance, motivation and achievement.

Photos from George Watson's College's post 03/11/2023

Our Mock Court teams performed with great distinction last night at the Court of Session in Edinburgh πŸ‘¨β€βš–οΈ They acted as lawyers & witnesses during their mock trials in front of real sheriffs and judges πŸ‘©β€βš–οΈ This was the culmination of 2 months of external tutorials where they learned how to prepare legal documents and conduct themselves in court πŸ‘ Great work!

Photos from George Watson's College's post 03/11/2023

Rehearsals are well underway for our S3 production of 'Elf' which is set to take to the stage from 22-24 November in our Senior School Hall 🎭 Pupils are working hard to bring this 'sparklejollytwinklejingley' story to life - it's going to be a cracker! πŸŽ…

Our programme sponsor for β€˜Elf’ is James-Morrow Home Entertainment Systems Ltd. πŸŽ„

Timeline photos 31/10/2023

Three of our P4s recently performed in the Clarsach Society's Open Platform at Craiglockhart Parish Church 🎢 Chloe, Beatrix & Neve played brilliantly and certainly did Watson's proud! 🎼

Timeline photos 20/10/2023

Prior to our pupils heading to Malawi, Alison Ashford (GWLC Class of 1969) & other Former Pupils heard about pupils' plans to take a number of cosy knits for newborn babies to East Africa ❀️ The ladies immediately set to work with their knitting needles and the rest, as they say, is history 🧢

"We heard that current pupils were taking these little outfits to Malawi when we were stitching the GWLC150 Commemorative Tapestry. It involved another craft, knitting, that many of us also enjoyed doing so we were delighted to help.” πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ό

Huge thanks to everyone who has knitted items for the Malawain babies overseas πŸ™ These outfits will go a long way to keeping little ones warm and cosy πŸ‘Ά

Timeline photos 18/10/2023

Congratulations to Jamie and Emily who have been awarded Arkwright Scholarships after a rigorous selection process πŸ‘ An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most esteemed of its kind in the UK, designed to inspire students to pursue their dreams and change the world as an outstanding engineer of the future 🀝 We look forward to hearing about Jamie and Emily's future successes as budding Engineers ⭐

Timeline photos 13/10/2023

Our Advanced Higher Art & Design pupils recently participated in an Encaustic Workshop πŸ–ŒοΈ Encaustic is an ancient painting method in which wax and pigment are fused onto a surface with heat to create fantastic craftsmanship πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ¨ We loved the textures and colours in each painting πŸ‘


At our monthly lunchtime music concerts last week, we focussed on our brilliant vocalists who performed an array of different styles and genres 🎡 A lot of practice went into the various pieces and we were thoroughly entertained! πŸ‘ Well done to all our pupils 🎀

Photos from George Watson's College's post 12/10/2023

P1J took their phonics lesson to another level by making lollipops out of plasticine to help them learn the 'L' sound 🍭They rolled and wrapped the colourful clay which was great for strengthening their pincer grip and developing their fine motor skills ✍️

Timeline photos 12/10/2023

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Our School

George Watson’s College provides a world-class education for children and young people from Preschool to S6. We encourage our pupils to develop a love of real learning through an inspiring curriculum and an extensive and inclusive enrichment programme.

We challenge and support our pupils to discover their own limitless potential. We nurture the knowledge, skills and confidence they will need to become engaged and successful citizens and make their own unique contribution to the world.

We are proud of our heritage and passionate about our plans for the future.

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