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 S1 activity days which took place in May this year and the John Watson’s Trust award again helped to fund a visit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. In June 2017 twenty students went 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.
WHEEA also supported a cross-curricular trip to the Royal Highland Show in June 2017, click here for a presentation on the trip Royal Highland Show 2017.
Senior Drama students immersed themselves in a Fringe Binge watching and evaluating various different theatre genre in August 2017 which will feed into their course work. The cost of this trip was subsidised by donations to WHEEA from Apple as part of their employee volunteer matching gifts program.
All of these projects aim to broaden horizons and increase the expectations and ambitions of our young people.