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Cultural programme

Our cultural programme consists of a variety of sports and projects, evening activities and weekend excursions giving our students many opportunities to develop their confidence in speaking English as well as experiencing Scotland’s rich culture and history. A lot of planning goes into this aspect of the programme to ensure that it is highly linked with the academic programme to produce a seamless overall experience for our students.


Sports & activities afternoons

On Monday afternoons, students can choose from a variety of exciting team or group sports or activities, all held on our campus at Fettes College, which may include football, tennis, basketball, badminton, table tennis, rounders, dodge ball, dance, arts & crafts, drama and media activities. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to keep our students active in both body and mind.


Project work

On one afternoon each week, when students are not on an academic excursion with their teacher, they will take part in an exciting project workshop with our team on or off campus. Examples include drama, arts & crafts, science & technology and multi-media workshops. These projects are designed to inspire and engage our students’ creative flair and give them opportunities to communicate meaningfully with each other.

Each project will produce something that can be worn, demonstrated, displayed, listened to or looked at such as tie dye t-shirts, dance routines, decorations for our themed evenings or multi-media shows for our graduation ceremonies.


Whole school events

In the evenings, students come together to enjoy either a whole-school event or a house activity. Our carefully thought-out whole-school events are exciting and great fun for all, while our house activities are more relaxed and allow students to unwind and get to know other students who they are living with.

Whole-school events may include Scottish evenings, themed discos, ceilidhs, fashion trashion shows, Mr and 
Ms Fettes, talent shows, the hugely popular “Capture the Flag” and
 our Fettes College ghost tour.

House evenings are tailored to the needs of students in each house and can allow them to prepare for the talent show, play football or relax in the company of new friends.


Off campus

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in and around Edinburgh that it 
is impossible for us to show you them all. Therefore, we choose the excursions based on our weekly themes and from among Scotland’s must-see attractions. Past examples include Glasgow, St Andrews, North Berwick, Stirling and Highland Games.

As our full-day excursions are planned in advance and our academic and cultural programmes are so highly linked, unfortunately it is not possible to change the planned excursions for individual groups.

On Friday afternoons, after the graduation ceremony, our students have free time to go shopping or visit one of Edinburgh’s many attractions with their group leader or an activity leader.