2017 Career Ready Launch

On the afternoon of Friday 6 October 5 pupils took part in the massive launch event for Career Ready at the EICC. This launch involved nearly every school in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Pupils worked together with their mentors from industry on a range of ice-breaker activities. They also heard from previous Career Ready pupils who ...

Young Entrepreneurs

On Wednesday 11 October the Young Entrepreneur class were taken on a trip to Edinburgh University Business School. After a lunch, provided by the University, pupils experienced an Entrepreneur Lecture in one of the University Tutor Rooms. Pupils were then given a brief tour of the University’s facilities. They saw the Business School library, with ...

Connecting Classrooms

The Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, recently wrote to our school to thank WHEC for its continued participation in Connecting Classrooms with Barkly West High school, Northern Cape, South Africa. She said: 'I am writing to thank you for your school’s participation in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme, which ...

National 3/4/5 class visit Standard Life Aberdeen

National 3/4/5 class visited Standard Life Aberdeen at Lothian House on Lothian Road on 26 September 2017.  It was a successful and interesting visit.  A brief talk was given by a staff member from each department we visited as well as a tour round various offices (it was a massive building, with 7 floors).  We ...

Outward Bound course at the Loch Eil Centre

Massive congratulations to the group of S4 pupils who completed their Outward Bound course last week at the Loch Eil Centre, with Outward Bound Trust. Nine pupils, who were selected for this trip, thrived while taking part in challenges and activities aimed to push them out of their comfort zones and work as part of a ...

S2 Visit to Jupiter Artland

Accompanied by their art teachers and school librarian, S2 students recently visited Jupiter Artland: a sculpture park 15 minutes’ drive from the school and is one of the most interesting and exciting outdoor learning spaces in Edinburgh. Our mentor for the day was Catherine who, through drenching rain, enthused students by guiding them amongst the huge ...

Have Your Say On Our Centre Values – Stage 3

To All Stakeholders: We have been spending some time looking at what are values for WHEC. We are now on our last stage and I would greatly appreciate your input. Please complete the short surveymonkey link. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DG2Z6XH   Stage 3 of 3 is Open until Thursday 21st September WHEC’s Core values, for all stakeholders, are Aspirational Community   Learning Respect We now ...

S1 students at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Once again, every Wester Hailes S1 student had the opportunity to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens. Our first years met and chatted with authors on book themes varying from Elizabeth Laird’s grim and scary story of life as an orphaned teenager inside a Middle East refugee camp, to Maz Evans’ ...

S4 Work Placements 2017

All S4 pupils will have the offer of taking up a work placement for one week beginning Monday 6th November until Friday 10th November. This is part of our ongoing commitment to increasing our pupil’s awareness of the world of work as they plan their pathways to post school destinations. Students will be given further ...

Scottish Chamber Orchestra at WHEC

Over three days pupils and staff had the opportunity to work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to compose their own music. Pupils were encouraged to explore a range of ideas and influences, and were often asked to play their instruments in new and exciting ways. The culmination of the project was a day of recording ...

25th Anniversary of Teen Titles Magazine

Three S3 students were accompanied by the school librarian to Edinburgh Central Reference Library,  to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Teen Titles magazine. All three girls had written book reviews on new books for Teen Titles magazine, last session. Our students enjoyed the sunshine and eats in Princes Street Gardens while watching Fringe Festival performers ...

Behind the Scenes

Mrs Valentine and her S3 Business and IT class had a successful trip to the Odeon Cinema Wester Hailes. This trip was not to see a film, but to undertake business research. David was the employee who showed us around, and spoke to us, passing on his interest in film, as well as his knowledge ...

UK Maths Trust Junior Maths Challenge

The following students have been successful in this years UK Maths Trust Junior Maths challenge. (The UKMT are a charity whose aim is to advance Maths education in young children). Jack Shiels S1 - Bronze level, Asia-Leigh Irvine S2 - bronze level and Ryan Lewis S1 - Best in School and silver level……. Over 250,00 students from ...

Developing The Young Workforce Partnership Breakfast

On Thursday the 25th May Wester Hailes Education Centre hosted our first Business Breakfast Event. Our S3 took part in a networking morning with a variety of businesses, CEC partner agencies and school staff. In a short presentation we shared our Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) vision and our aspirations for the young people. It was a ...