Every year, we run Williamwood’s Big Day Out to give pupils a chance to relax and enjoy themselves with friends and teachers after a hard year of school work. This year’s Big Day Out is taking place on Thursday 23 June. All pupils in S1-S5 have the opportunity to select an activity from a wide selection on offer. Details of the activities on offer can be found here. A copy of the letter that has been issued to pupils can be found here. Details about the activity cost can be found on the activities booklet and pupils should decide which activity they would like to participate in quickly, to avoid disappointment.
Congratulations to Calum Young (S3) who won the S3/S4 category of the Scottish Schools Aquathlon Championships on Tuesday 26 April at the Dollan Aqua Centre in a time of 16:29. Calum participated in a 400m swim and 3km run. Well done on this fantastic achievement. Congratulations also to all of the Williamwood athletes who performed at the event.
Congratulations to Jenny (S1) who has been awarded the Young Scot of the Year Award 2016 in the Health category as well as the overall Young Scot of the Year 2016. This is an outstanding achievement from an inspirational pupil. Well done! The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards recognise the positive contributions of young people and celebrates this. There were over 1000 nominees for the twelve individual categories. Jenny was one of three finalists in the Health category and then went on to win the category. Jenny was then in the running for the overall award from the twelve individual categories. Jenny won the title of Young Scot of the Year 2016. This is in recognition of the amazing fundraising that she has organised for her two charities: Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Charity and the Catherine McEwen Foundation. So far, Jenny has raised an astonishing £111,000. The awards ceremony took place in Edinburgh at the Conference Centre on Wednesday 27th April. Jenny attended with her parents, brother Alex as well as Margaret and Derek from the Catherine McEwen Foundation. Speaking about the award, Jenny explained that it was “very unexpected as I was listening to all of the other amazing stories so it was quite a surprise to win”. Details of Jenny’s cause can be viewed here.
Jenny will now continue with her fundraising and use some of her new contacts to raise even more money for her chosen charities. Jenny’s next event is the ‘Arch to Arch Challenge’. Jenny’s dad, a family friend and member of the Catherine McEwen Foundation will be cycling 181 miles, running for 80 miles and rowing for 29 miles. Jenny is organising an event in school which will give parents of S1 pupils the opportunity to make a donation to her charities as well as all S1 pupils participating in an event in school on Thursday 19th May. All S1 pupils will participate in running, cycling or rowing in The Street for 10 minutes in an attempt to match the ‘Arch to Arch Challenge’. We wish Jenny good luck for her future fundraising activities.
The current S3 will participate in work experience in September 2016 as new S4 pupils for 4 days. The purpose of work experience is to demonstrate the relevance of school to the world of work for pupils. All pupils in S3 have been issued with a letter about work experience which can be viewed here. A copy of the ‘Work Experience: Self Found Placements’ form and the ‘Letter of Understanding’ can be found here. All pupils in S3 will also be shown the powerpoint here in PSHE classes over the next week.
The latest return date for self found placements in Friday 1o June 2016. If you require any additional information, please contact Mrs McKirdy, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.
A parent conference will be held in the school from 7pm-8.45pm on Tuesday 24th May. The theme of the conference is ‘Supporting Parents, Supporting Pupils’. Parents will be afforded the opportunity to attend two workshops, each lasting 45 minutes. A copy of the letter issued to pupils can be viewed here. Details of the workshops on offer can be viewed here.
Parents wishing to attend the parent conference should complete the option form and return to the school office by Thursday 12th May at the latest. Any questions regarding the parent conference should be directed to Mrs Gibson, Depute Headteacher, who is organising this event. The option form cen be viewed here.
Over the next week, all S3 pupils will receive a letter in PSHE about the upcoming block of lessons on Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships Education. A copy of the letter can be viewed here. Any questions about the S3 PSHE programme should be directed to your child’s pupil support teacher.
Three of our percussionists, S2 pupils David Aiton and Ewan Millar plus Ethan Skuodas S6, have been invited to take part in Tectonics Glasgow on Sunday 8th May at 6.15pm in the Old Fruitmarket. The pupils will be performing alongside professional musicians from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and our own percussion instructor, Elspeth Rose. Tectonics Glasgow is an annual music festival of new and experimental music presented by the BBC SSO at the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket. This year the festival takes place on 7-8 May.
Congratulations to S2 pupil Liana Storey who has been awarded the W Lindsay Lamb memorial bursary for pianoforte. The bursary, founded in 1932, is awarded annually to the candidate who passes with the highest distinction marks in Grade 8 in Glasgow.
On Thursday 28 April, Williamwood held its annual Graduation Ceremony for the S6 class of 2016. The evening began with an introduction from Mr Inglis (headteacher) and then a motivational speech by Philip Donnelly, Head of Education at Scottish Film. The evening concluded with valedictory speeches from Head Boy and Head Girl, Cameron Angus and Sarah McCluskie, and the S6 depute headteacher, Mr Hannah. The Williamwood version of the popular songs by Take That starring the S6 class of 2016 and various staff members finished the evening on an entertaining and emotional way. Congratulations to all of the S6 pupils graduating. Special thanks to Philip Donnelly for his attendance and inspirational words and the PTA who generously funded the hospitality at the end of the evening. A copy of last night’s programme can be viewed here.
Congratulations to pupils who received the Convener’s Award at a ceremony at Carmichael Hall at Eastwood Park last night. The Convener’s Award recognises outstanding achievement by pupils across the secondary schools. This year, we had eight individuals or groups who were recognised with a Convener’s award:
The JEF Team (Junaid, Ewan and Fraser S5) in recognition of their National 3 Environmental Science recycling scheme;
The Oxfam Group (Zaiba, Gareth, Kathryn, Jennifer, Hannah, Hannah, Carla and Amy S5) for their commitment and dedication to raise money for clean drinking water;
Amy (S5) for her outstanding commitment and participating in the Knitting Mania project;
T in The Street Intergenerational Project (Bilal, Esther, Rose, Kate, Rebecca, Nadia, Molly, Rowan, Lara, Zaiba, Leigh, Becky, Nicola, Honor, Lucy Jo, Gareth, Iona, Navya, Maryam, Carla and Rebecca S5) for the successful and innovative community project with senior members of the community;
Ethan (S6) for his outstanding achievements in percussion;
Calum (S4) for his independent learning and achievement in physics at both Intermediate 2 and Higher level;
Jenny (S1) for her continued commitment and dedication to raising money for her chosen charities and raising the profile of her cause;
Young Enterprise Group (Halina, Calum, Erin, Megan, Sophie, Luisa, Hannah, Callum, Lewis, Maariyah, Rachel, Ayesha, Jennifer and Luis S6) for their commitment to extra-curricular activities and success in the business world.
This year, Mr Hannah’s S6 year group created a medley of Take That songs to mark the end of their time at Williamwood High School. As Mr Hannah favourite band, they felt that this was a fitting way to end their 6 years at Williamwood. The video can be viewed on a laptop, PC or desktop here. The video can’t be viewed through mobile devices. We hope that you enjoy!
There are three exciting apprenticeships available locally in the hair and beauty industry. This opportunity is for willing and enthusiastic pupils and full training will be provided.
Davidson and Green hairdressers in Stamperland Gardens
Contact: Fiona Davidson 0141 621 0300
Vidal Sassoon in Princes Square, Glasgow
Contact: Fern Kelly 0141 226 4484.
Rock Paper Scissors
110 Ayr Road Newton Mearns
CV and covering letter either to the salon at the above address or email: email@example.com
Modern apprenticeship levels NVQ2 and 3 day release to college and full in salon training. Starting wage, £132 pw.
If you have any further questions, please see Miss Smith or Miss Mortimer in the pupil support base.
Congratulations to the 30 pupils who participated in the 2016 Delancey Chess Tournament. All of the pupils enjoyed the seven rounds and gained prizes and a certificate for their achievement. A special well done to Harry Mitchell who won every single game and is our school chess champion. Well done! Congratulations also to the pupils who qualified for the Regional Rounds which were held in Airdrie on Sunday 24 April: Joseph, Finlay, Andrew, Jamie, Adam, Harry, Emily, Andrew, Cameron, Kaya, Angus and Fraser. Andrew and Finlay have now successfully qualified for the National Rounds in Manchester in July. Good luck! More photographs can be viewed here.