The majority of pupils in S4 have now organised their work experience placement. However, there are some pupils who have yet to organise a placement. Any pupil who has yet to organise a work experience placement should contact Mrs McKirdy as a matter of urgency to organise a placement.
On Wednesday 24 August, parents of S3 pupils interested in participating in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award attended an information evening in The Street. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Congratulations to Kira Linich (S3) who became the first female junior champion at Stamperland Bowling Club on Sunday 28 August. Both Kira and Cameron Walton (S3) played well in the final. They were also the youngest finalists in the club’s history. Well done to both Cameron and Kira.
Higher and Advanced Higher Drama pupils visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Thursday 25 August. They attended three theatre performances – Luna Park, Labels and Diary of a Madman and saw a range of street theatre too. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day.
In partnership with Premiership Experience, the school will be running an overnight excursion to the Manchester Derby on 10 September 2016. The cost is £192 per pupil (44 tickets are available) and is open to all pupils.
Information letters and more details are available from Mr Allan (Chemistry) in Science 10.
An apprenticeship is a great way for young people to earn while they learn and get ahead in their careers. Skills Development Scotland have teamed up with the Daily Record to provide youngsters with everything they need to know about becoming an apprentice at the first Scottish Apprenticeship Show. It’s a unique opportunity for young people and the nation’s top employers to come together face to face in a lively and friendly environment. Scotland’s key employment categories will all be represented so whether it’s information on a career in engineering and manufacturing or media and communications, there will be something for everyone. Young people can ask questions, get answers and make informed choices about their future. Parents and carers can also get involved and find out why an apprenticeship could be the right move for their children. The Scottish Apprenticeship Show will take place at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on October 9-11, and Edinburgh’s EICC on 13-14 October.
Please contact Miss. Mortimer, by Friday 26 August, if your child is interested in attending with the school on Tuesday 11 October. The show is also running on Sunday 9 October if you wish to attend, find out more here: http://www.scottishapprenticeshipshow.co.uk/index.html
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.
Congratulations to Craig Thomson (S3) who competed in the British Teens Crossfit Championships in Brighton on Saturday 16 July. Craig was the youngest competitor in the ‘scaled ‘ division with all other athletes being 15 years old. Craig and his friend were the only two Scottish competitors. Craig placed first, third and second in three gruelling workouts across the day and was just beaten into second place overall in an exciting final event. Craig was praised for performing exceptionally well in the event and will return next year to compete again. Well done Craig!
Any pupil who has yet to collect any of the following items should see Mr Madden at the PE Base as soon as possible:
- Athletics ‘Certificate of Achievement’.
- Individual certificates for any team achievements that were included in the Junior Awards ceremony – only one certificate was issued to team captain / representative on the night itself.
- Medals for those who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the East Renfrewshire Athletics Championships.
There are a number of spaces for S1 pupils that are interested in guitar lessons. Please see Mrs Selbie for a letter regarding the auditions which will take place on Friday.
Congratulations to Cormac (S4) who was awarded the Daily Telegraph School Champion Award on Friday 10 June in London at the Telegraph Studios. Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell presented Cormac with his award and also signed a flag for the school with a motivational message: Go everyone at Williamwood. Go for your dreams. Love Sally Gunnell. In addition, Cormac featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 25 June, recognising his achievement. Cormac’s achievement was also included in the Early Day Motions in the House of Commons on Wednesday 2o July and Kirsten Oswald MP visited Cormac today to congratulate him further and present him with his Early Day Motion. Well done Cormac!
On Friday afternoon, all pupils in S1 attended the annual Freshers’ Fair in The Street. Pupils had the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of clubs and activities available to them at Williamwood and they enjoyed chatting with senior pupils who assisted them in signing up. All clubs are due to start next week. A copy of the presentation given to pupils can be found here, a copy of the booklet issued here and the sports timetable here.
A list of sporting achievements for 2015-2016 can be found here. All pupils who are now in S5, S6 as well as 2016 school leavers, must check the list to ensure its accuracy. Please make Mr Madden aware of additional sporting achievements accomplished during the previous school year, which are not already recorded or any errors on the list. Alert Mr Madden to any changes by Friday 19 August at the latest. Please note, only achievements directly connected to schools events are recognised in this ceremony. All other achievements, such as when representing your own sports club, should be recognised using the existing PE Department ‘Colours’ system
Congratulations to Ross (S3), Kieran (S5) and Kyle (S6) who have recently participated in the Anglo-Welsh Inddor Championships as well as the British Indoor Championships. In the Anglo-Welsh Championships, Ross achieved second place in the U16 category and overall 5th place. Kieran achieved third place in the U18 category and Kyle was fourth in the U18 category. At the British Indoor Championships, Ross achieved third place in the U16 category and overall eighth place. Kieran achieved third place in the U18 category and Kyle fourth place in the U18 category. Well done!