Castlebrae Community High School

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In 2015, the International Festival went into partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and Castlebrae Community High School to begin a three-year residency programme at the school.

The International Festival is working with each of the 130 school pupils on a number of projects and programmes that will be designed and tailored for their needs, abilities and ambitions. The project is supported by James and Morag Anderson and The Robertson Trust

Workshops and projects
In 2015, the pupils undertook our Art of Listening and Soul Boxes programmes as well as dance and performance skills workshops throughout the Spring and Summer terms. A number of art students contributed to the guerrilla knitting project that culminated in a quirky and colourful exhibition at The Hub over the 2015 International Festival period. 

Every single pupil and staff member at the school has been involved in the From Castlebrae With Love film project. You can watch the finished film below:

In December 2016, Boy Blue Entertainment introduced the school pupils to their dynamic style of hip-hop dance at the workshops at Castlebrae Community High School. 

Work experience and mentoring
The special relationship between the school and the International Festival has further developed in 2016 with a start of work experience opportunities for many of the senior students. They have worked with the whole International Festival and Hub team on how to run a world class event, including one-to-one mentoring. The students will have an opportunity to further develop their new skills through work experience at the 2017 International Festival. This August sees the transformation of the school gym hall into an International Festival venue. 

Related blog and news stories

A chat with former Castlebrae student Jai Parsons

A look at the 2016 programme launch at Castlebrae

Project supported by James and Morag Anderson and The Robertson Trust