Remembrance Day

Today, all of Williamwood remembered the heroes from the past and the present. Due to the current circumstances, we paid tribute with a virtual presentation from the school chaplains, played across all classes, honouring those who fought in the wars and those on the front line of today’s crisis, before the whole school fell into reflective silence for two minutes.  Thank you to former pupil, Asra, who crafted the beautiful poppies on display.

Message from PTA

Message from the PTA:

A big thank you to everyone who donated to the PTA Coffee and Commute Fundraiser. We have been overwhelmed with your generosity and have raised over £1300.

We will provide more information on what the money is used for in the near future.  At the beginning of the year, we purchased equipment for the social subjects faculty which was recently used on a geography field trip. Anna (S5) explains how using the equipment was helpful:

‘We went out to the river as part of my Higher Geography field trip to collect data for our assignments. We used various instruments such as a clinometer, flowmeter and calipers to measure the river and compare the upper to the lower course. This is essential to our understanding of how rivers behave and interact with the landscape around them. Having the proper instruments was really useful as it allowed us to take a hands on approach to our learning which has led to a better understanding of the topic. Combining the theory of the hydrological cycle that we learn in the class to actually seeing and measuring the processes in real life has really given me a greater grasp of physical geography.’

Digital Platforms – Homework Planners

All pupils received a presentation in PSHE lessons last week on the digital platforms that are currently being used by teachers across the school. Thin includes Google Classroom, school wifi and also digitla calendars/planners.  You may find this useful when supporting your child with online learning.
https://youtu.be/xm-h_NRi8fI

If you require any additional support in helping your child to access online learning, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully

Ross McLeish
Principal Teacher of Development

#BeKind Campaign

As you will be aware, we have launched the #BeKind campaign. We have met with students from each year group in focus groups as well as meeting with a variety of teachers and parents. All pupils were shown a presentation last week (view here) and this week we are launching nominations for kindness postcards. These postcards will be delivered to the individual pupils and a copy will be sent home as well as being on display in The Street area.  Postcards can be found in classrooms G.3, 1.3 and 2.3. and there is also a Google Classroom (code – naw3hkk) where pupils can nominate online if they wish.

Education Recovery Youth Panel

Recruitment is now underway by Young Scot and Children in Scotland for the Education Recovery Youth Panel.  Information can be found here.

Young Scot, in partnership with Children in Scotland, are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland, from different cultures and communities, to be part of the Education Recovery Youth Panel.

The panel – a successor to the earlier Scottish Learner Panel project – will provide a group of approximately 15 young learners, aged 9 to 18 years old (primary 5 – secondary 6) from across Scotland. The Panel will help shape the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 education recovery work, ensuring young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences are included in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plans for education.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th November and this will be followed by a selection workshop on Thursday 12th November.

We would be very grateful if you can share this widely with any stakeholders or networks who may have an interest.

Careers Fair

Welcome to the Williamwood High School Virtual Careers Fair 2020. Here you will find resources providing a wealth of information for our young people which will support them to make informed decisions regarding their future.

Use the ‘Young Person Scenarios’ video resource to see 6 common scenarios our young people find themselves in. This ranges from knowing the career they wish to pursue but want more information on the job itself to not knowing what to do after school.

Young Person Scenarios

View University websites, download prospectuses and find information on virtual open days using the ‘University and College Guide’ PDF document:

University and College Guide

Find career pathways based on your interests in over 20 career areas grouped by general interest. Simply view the interactive ‘Career Pathways’ PDF document:

Career Pathways

My World of Work is a fantastic tool to help young people explore the options available to them. Learn more from our ‘Careers Adviser – MyWoW Guide’ presentation on how to best utilise My World of Work:

Careers Adviser – MyWoW Guide

If you would like to discuss your career options or subject choices, please speak to your Pupil Support teacher. If you would like to speak to one of our dedicated careers advisers, please request an appointment from your Pupil Support teacher.

Williamwood PTA

The school relies on money raised by the PTA for many of its clubs and extra-curricular activities, so it’s essential that we continue with our fundraising, even though we can no longer have some of our key events. We’ve risen to the challenge presented by the current climate to think creatively about new ways to raise the money needed – and as always, we need your help.

Many of us have been working from home for some time now. You might be missing your visits to your favourite coffee shop and longing for a pumpkin spiced latte. You might be missing the commute for the chance of some quiet moments of reflection (or being wedged under someone’s armpit at peak commuter time!). However, you might also be taking comfort from the daily coffee and commuter debits no longer appearing in your bank statement, and the money you’re not spending.

So, here’s the idea. For the week beginning 26th October we’re asking you to help the school by donating the money you would otherwise have spent on your coffee or commute. How much you give is up to you – whether it’s the equivalent of a 5 cup a day caffeine fix for the whole week, that one cup a week you have as a special treat, or a train ticket. All we suggest is a minimum donation of £2.

We’ve tried to make this fundraising effort simple to hopefully encourage as many of you as possible to take part. It can all be done from the comfort of your own home – just make yourself a coffee, relax and login to ParentPay….

Thanking you in advance for your continued support.
WILLIAMWOOD PTA

University Virtual Open Days – UPCOMING DATES

ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY – MUST BOOK BY 26TH OCT, takes place 28th Oct Follow this link to book: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/visiting-days/ug/book/

GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART – Takes place26th – 30th Oct
Follow this link to book: https://vopenday.gsa.ac.uk/register-for-open-day-live/

ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND – Takes place 30th Oct
Follow this link to book: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/visit-us/open-days/

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF SCOTLAND – Takes place 31st Oct
Follow this link to book: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/open-days-info-sessions/

ABERTAY UNIVERSITY – Takes place 31st Oct
Follow this link to book: https://www.abertay.ac.uk/visit/open-days/

SRUC SCOTLANDS RURAL COLLEGE – Takes place 03rd Nov
Follow this link to book: https://ww1.sruc.ac.uk/courses-training/useful-information/open-days-and-events/

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN – Takes place 05th Nov
Follow this link to book: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/virtual-events-meetings.php

There will be a ‘Dress as You Please’ day on Friday 30 October 2020 with a Hallowe’en theme. Cost £2.00 per pupil. Charity to be sponsored is Shelter Scotland. Remember that Friday is a normal working day and all resources required should be brought in.

e-Sgoil are offering live webinar sessions that complement SCHOLAR’s e-learning resources
for over a dozen National 5 and Higher courses.
Upcoming online webinars from e-Sgoil:
e-Sgoil Study Support
Day Date Time Subject Level
Monday 26/10/20 5pm Mathematics National 5
Monday 26/10/20 6pm Business Management Higher
Monday 26/10/20 6pm Physics National 5
Monday 26/10/20 7pm Physics Higher
Monday 26/10/20 7pm Computing Science Higher
Tuesday 27/10/20 6pm Spanish Higher
Wednesday 28/10/20 5pm French Higher
Wednesday 28/10/20 5pm Gaelic Higher
Wednesday 28/10/20 5pm Mathematics Higher
Thursday 29/10/20 6pm Chemistry Higher
Thursday 29/10/20 6pm English Higher
Thursday 29/10/20 7pm English National 5
Thursday 29/10/20 7pm Mandarin National 5
Please note: For e-Sgoil webinars, advance registration is required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions

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