Wester Hailes Educational Enhancement Association (WHEEA) is a charity which was set up in 2004 to benefit the students of Wester Hailes Education Centre. It raises money to support a range of activities which enhance educational opportunities for all those who attend the Centre.
In the past it has contributed funding towards such activities as visits to the Edinburgh Book Festival; the annual First Year residential; equipment for students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; sports strips; dance costumes; field trips; school drama productions; our links with South Africa and much more.
This year WHEEA has been involved in supporting many activities for the students of Wester Hailes Education Centre including Project Wonderland – a collaboration between the school and the Lyceum Theatre; Debate Mate which develops skills and confidence through debating and an interactive visit from Zoolab in the Geography Department. The Grand Summer raffle held in June 2016 raised a grand total of £1427! This fantastic amount will help us to continue to subsidise trips and activities for our students.
WHEEA will be supporting S1 activity days taking place in May this year and the John Watson’s Trust award will again help to fund a visit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In June 2017 twenty students are going on an educational tour of the Battlefields in Belgium which WHEEA has raised funds for in the form of a grant from The Russell Trust and a donation from the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust.
All of these projects aim to broaden horizons and increase the expectations and ambitions of our young people.