On Wednesday 17 June, some pupils at Williamwood High School were recognised for the outstanding contribution which they made to the school this year. The Converner’s Awards were presented at Eastwood Theatre to a variety of pupils from across all of the East Renfrewshire secondary schools. Congratulations to all pupils who received the award from Williamwood. Awards were presented for community services to Hassan, Sam, Karis and Charlie (S6) for their outstanding contribution as a charities committee. The committee raised in excess of £3000 this year towards many worthwhile causes. Andrew and Lewis (S5) were recognised for their creativity. Both Andrew and Lewis (S5) have excelled in their musical fields this year and won a variety of titles between them including the Young Musician of the Year and the Ailie Cullen Memorial prize. An award for community services was also given to Katie, Megan, Rachel, Christina, Taylor, Rhianna, Iona, Margaux, Laura, Rachel, Nikki, Sam, Shonagh, Amy, Jack, Amy, Cait, Heather, Alis, Aurora, Fiona, Vahri, Eilidh, Serena, Charlie, Frances, Ishara, Esme, Charlie and Cara (S6) for their efforts in Malawi. The Malawi team raised in excess of £12,000 to put towards their efforts as well as aiding the building of a new nursery whilst there. Kane, Tristan, Jamie, Callum and Daniel (S6) were also recognised with a community services award for their involved in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. The team participated in a variety of events and won £3000 towards their charity, Lifesavers Scotland. Daniel and Cara (S6) organised and lead a variety of events this year for the commemoration of the Holocaust Memorial Day. They organised for a Holocaust survivor to visit the school and present to the wider community. Lauren (S6) was recognised for a Sports Leadership award. Lauren has fully immersed in the life of the P.E department and has developed her leadership skills. Well done to all pupils.
Yesterday, some of our pupils were treated to a thrilling introduction to motorcycle riding. Pupils were briefed in safety procedures, protective clothing requirements, requirements of the theory and practical tests as well as motorcycle maintenance. They then had an opportunity to ride motorcycles in a safe, controlled environment where they learned how to control and manoeuvre the bikes. All pupils had an opportunity to experience bikes with automatic and manual gears. All pupils enjoyed the day and some have already expressed an interest in returning for further training. We would like to thank all of the staff at Harley’s Rider Training in East Kilbride.
Congratulations to Jennie Yang (new S2) who has been selected by Table Tennis Scotland to represent Scotland at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games which are taking place in Manchester in September. Well done Jennie and good luck!
Last Thursday, two of our S3 pupils were invited to a football training day organised by Inspiresport; the company that has arranged our successful trips to Feyenoord and Valencia. Ross and Callum participated in a full morning training session by Sunderland AFC coaches, Michael Havelock and Aaron Croft, and showcased the expectations of players at the English Premier League level. In the afternoon Ross and Callum participated in some competitive games, whilst the teachers attending the event, including Mr Worton, were given their own energetic training session concentrating on various aspects of coaching. We would like to thank Inspiresport, Sunderland AFC and also to St Peter and the Apostle High School for hosting the event. Both Ross and Callum also performed exceptionally well throughout the day.
On 16 and 17 June, parents of the new S1 pupils attended an information evening led by Mrs Kate Sinclair, S1 DHT, and the Headteacher, Mr William Inglis. The presentation provided important information about the systems and procedures for the new pupils attending S1. The presentation can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Cameron Walton (new S2) who was recently awarded the Player of the Year for his age group at the St Cadoc’s football team awards at the Redhurst Hotel in Giffnock. Cameron’s effort and dedication was recognised by this award after only his first year as a part of the team. Well done Cameron!
Mr Fitzpatrick has recently retired after seven years in post as Headteacher of Williamwood High School and 38 years in education. Prior to his appointment to Williamwood, Mr Fitzpatrick also served as Headteacher of St. Luke’s High School for a period of seven years and, before that, 16 years in St Ninian’s High School as Principal Teacher of Mathematics and Depute Headteacher.
The Parent Council considered many ways to mark John’s retirement and decided on two gifts. To acknowledge his lasting contribution to the school, the John Fitzpatrick Mathematics Prize will be awarded each year to the pupil in S5 with the highest achievement in mathematics. The second gift embodies many of the attributes we would associate with Mr Fitzpatrick – leadership, teamwork and achievement. At the last meeting of the Parent Council Mr Fitzpatrick was presented with a framed Celtic football strip, signed by seven members of the team which won the European Cup in Lisbon in 1967. As a lifelong fan and season ticket holder, Mr Fitzpatrick was absolutely delighted. “Wait until I show this to my sons!” he said.
Mr Fitzpatrick expressed his thanks for the fantastic support he has received throughout his school career from the Parent Council, Elected Members of East Renfrewshire Council, parents, pupils, staff, and the local authority.
From the Parent Council, many thanks to everyone who contributed to ensure that Mr Fitzpatrick’s retirement was marked in an appropriate manner, which acknowledges the tremendous contribution he has made to the education of young people over many years.
Congratulations to Ross Nesbitt (new S2) who has been selected for the Scottish Alpine Academy for the season 2015/16. Ross has consistently achieved throughout this year in his sport and this selection is a fantastic opportunity for Ross. Well done!
All pupils in the new sixth year took part in an induction day last week. The day started with a series of team building activities outside on the track where pupils attempted team skiing and an obstacle race as well as some other activities. Pupils then participated in a quiz based on the last five years which featured a round of teachers’ baby photos which provided much hilarity. After lunch, the pupils enjoyed cheering each other on as prospective Head Boy and Head Girl candidates delivered their speeches in front of their peers, head of year, head teacher and various other staff members. The pupils applied themselves fully to all activities throughout the day starting their final year at Williamwood in a positive manner. More photos can be viewed here.
The Scottish Schools Athletic Association Relay Championships took place on Friday 5 June where the Williamwood teams were very successful. In total, there were eight 4x100m relays. Williamwood won three of the races and achieved second place in another one of the races. The medals started with the group C boys which consisted of Adam (S4), Matthew (S4), Kasi (S4) and Calum (S4). The team stormed to victory, leading from the gun to win convincingly over the other teams. Following this, the group B boys which consisted of Andrew (S5) , Morgan(S5), Sam (S5) and Andy (S4) continued the winning streak. The boys upgraded from a bronze medal last year to win gold this year. The medal haul continued with the girls. The A team consisted of Lisa (S6), Iona (S6), Margaux (S6) and Rachel (S6). Rachel was handed the baton in second place from her team mates and stormed down the home straight to lead the team to gold. Following this, the boys A team which consisted of Gurdit (S6), Jason (S6), Calum (S6) and David (S6) ran a superb race to claim the silver medal. In the boys A/B category, our team of Fraser (S5), Marcus (S5), Aidan (S5) and David (S5) claimed the bronze medal in the 4x400m relays. All athletes competing demonstrated passion and determination for their sport and supported their team mates throughout. Well done! More photos cn be viewed here.
The standard of school uniform at Williamwood High School is very good. Uniform is an important aspect of the positive ethos within the school. Today all pupils were issued with a letter about the Uniform Evening which will be hosted by Man’s World and is taking place on Wednesday 17 June from 3.00pm until 8.00pm in The Street. There will also be an opportunity for returning S6 pupils to hand in their blazers on Friday 19 June in the Street from 11.00am until 1.00pm to allow additional braiding to be added. More information can be found here.
All pupils have been reminded of the standard of school uniform which is expected. Your ongoing support with this matter is greatly appreciated. Additional information about the standard of uniform can be found on this website as well as a link to the Dressing for Excellence leaflet.
Pupils from S4 to S6 enjoyed a visit to Stratford last week. They explored all things Shakespeare with visits to his birthplace, a backstage tour at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a live production of Othello. Pupils also participated in a workshop lead by a Royal Shakespeare Company director and held their nerve during a spooky ghost walk around Stratford’s old town. More photos can be viewed here.
The Scottish Schools Athletic Association Outdoor Championships took place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 of June in Grangemouth Stadium where Williamwood pupils showed superb athleticism to achieve a large number of medals. Rachel (S6) secured gold in the long jump continuing her superb form this season and showing why she is being considered for the Commonwealth Youth Games. This was closely followed by Iona (new S6) who won gold in the 80m hurdles. Not content with winning one medal, Iona continued her success on the Saturday with gold in the 300m hurdles showing her versatility. Over 400m David (new S5), returning from injury, earned a superb silver medal after only making the decision to compete two weeks ago. Oliver (new S5) added to the medals achieving a bronze in the 1500m Steeplechase. Reuben (new S2) started the medal winning performances on the Saturday achieving a bronze in the 80m hurdles to add to his silver medal in the pole vault. David (new S6) also jumped a personal best of 1.90m to win the silver medal in the high jump. The Williamwood athletes conducted themselves in an extremely mature manner throughout the competition. They were role models for the sport and their school; an advert as to why so many people are getting involved in athletics. Well done!