A huge congratulations to S2 whose English Department Dragon’s Den final was held on Friday 9th September.
The judges were extremely impressed by the high standards of creativity, innovation and teamwork.
The final involved the top five teams from the year group and, after a long deliberation, the judges eventually chose Mr. McCluskey’s group product, “The Spin-O-Matic”, as this year’s winner. More photographs here.
On Wednesday 21 September, S1 pupils attended a school disco sponsored by Williamwood’s PTA. This annual event was great fun and everyone had a good time. Many thanks to the PTA for continuing to support this successful event. More photographs can be viewed here.
Any pupils who have not yet had their photographs taken for full or half sports colours should see Miss Heslop in the P.E. Department by Friday 7 October at the latest.
The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council takes place on Monday 3 October. The Parent Council represents the voices and views of parents to the school and helps support many areas of school activity. The Annual Report can be viewed here. Please come along to support your Parent Council, and find out how you can get involved. The AGM will be in the school’s conference room at 7.30pm – all are welcome.
We appreciate that the school car park has limited parking spaces and is busy at the beginning and end of the school day but pupil safety is paramount. Therefore, we would like to remind parents that pupils should only be dropped off in the ‘drop zone’ on the left hand side of the school car park in the morning or in the bus lane next to the nursery. Parents should not park at the disabled bays as is it not safe to do so and blocks the road leading to safety concerns for pupils. Access and use of the disabled bays are for parents or pupils with a disabled badge. There is a strict 5mph limit in the car park at all times. S2 form captains have tried to raise awareness of these issues by creating posters to encourage drivers to be safe in the school car park. Where possible, please encourage pupils to walk to school. A letter about the safe use of the car park can be viewed here. Some of our S2 form captains have also created a humorous video which can be viewed here. We appreciate your on-going understanding and support with regards to the school car park.
From the school calendar, which is available on the school website, you will know that the ‘Walk’ event takes place tomorrow (Thursday 22 September). S1 pupils will be involved between periods one and three and S2 pupils between periods five and seven. This is a sponsored event which involves a five mile walk around the local area. Pupils in S1 and S2 have permission to wear their own clothes for the full school day. An envelope will be issued which pupils should use to bring in their sponsorship money on the day of the event. Should you require any further information, please contact Mr Worton in the Science department.
The letter which was issued to pupils is available here.
On Monday 19 September, a group of S4-S6 pupils took part in the Model United Nations Conference at Hutchesons’ Grammar School. More information, as well as more photographs of the committees in action, can be found on the social subjects department page. A special thanks to Mr McDougall and the Model United Nations pupils at Hutchesons’ Grammar School for a well organised and very enjoyable morning of debate.
On Friday 16 September, S2 social subjects pupils had a great day out at the MacRoberts Art Centre in Stirling to see the ‘Glasgow Girls’. The play tells of the story of six teenagers who successfully campaigned for some of their classmates who were seeking asylum from their war torn home countries. The production, which was put on free of charge for school pupils, should assist modern studies pupils in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the current refugee crisis.
Photographs taken recently by Gillman and Soame have been issued to S1 pupils today. Orders can be placed online or by post , directly with Gillman and Soame, but must be placed by 15 October otherwise an additional cost will be incurred. Please note, orders should not be returned to the school as we are not in a position to process orders.
On Tuesday 4 October the school will be holding our parent conference from 7.00pm to 8.45pm. The theme of the conference is ‘Supporting Parents, Supporting Pupils’. We have organised a selection of themed workshops that we think parents might find interesting, some delivered by our own teaching staff and others by colleagues from the educational psychology team, social work , police, health etc. A copy of the letter issued to pupils can be viewed here. Completed forms should be returned to the school office or returned by email to email@example.com by Thursday 22 September at the latest. Should you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the school on the above telephone number and ask for Mrs Shirley Gibson (Depute Headteacher) who is organising this event
From the school calendar, which is available on the school website, you will know that a study skills workshop for the parents of pupils in S1-S3 will take place on Thursday 29th September*. The aim of this event is to help parents to support their children in preparing for class tests and assessments in the early stages of secondary school. The workshops will focus on simple study techniques which may be of benefit to pupils such as mind mapping, the use of study cards, effective note-taking and literacy skills. The workshops also aim to introduce parents to a range of online resources that pupils can use to assist them in their studies. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by completing the tear-off slip (attached) and returning it to the school office or send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 16th September.
*Please note that pupils are not expected to attend with their parents.
The S1 disco is on Wednesday 21 September from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are available from the ‘Street’ area at lunchtime all week and cost £3 each. Please buy your ticket soon to avoid disappointment.
Congratulations to Cormac (S4) who won two gold medals and one silver medal for the 800m, 1500m and standing long jump at the Perth Track and Field Championships. Well done Cormac!