On Thursday night, ten acts performed in the annual Williamwood’s Got Talent contest. The judges, Mr Getty, Ms Martin, Ms Hutcheson and Mrs Hillhouse were amazed by the high standard of competition which included drummers, gymnasts, singers and a wide variety of other acts. The crowd were also delighted by an appearance from the Malawi group who performed a version of ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’. The show was hosted by Ewan Pringle and Samantha Greenwood (S6) and featured voiceovers from the X Factor’s very own Peter Dickson. First place was awarded to a singer and guitar act, Ruth Cosgrove (S6) and Jamie Miller (S6). Second place was awarded to drummers Tom Potter (S2) and Adam Hunter (S4) with Erin Cox (S2) being awarded third place after performing a rendition of a song by The Script. However, the highlight of the night had to be the ‘return’ of Mr Fitzpatrick and the senior management team as they performed a segment from Riverdance. Choreographed by Ms Simpson (BICT) and envisioned by Mr Henderson (BICT), the piece was performed by a group of teachers that were sadly not the SMT. The S4 production team, Jamie McQueen, Joe Gardner and Euan Odd, ensured that the night was a success. They were also supported by Ross Gunning. This report was written by Joe Gardner (S4).

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On Thursday night Williamwood exhibited its wealth of musical talent through the school’s annual Spring Concert.  This included performances from both senior and junior choirs, the concert band, the big band as well as the winners of the Young Musician of the Year competitions.  The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and was a great success. <click> further photographs.

Congratulations to 8 of our 6th year pupils who have successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.  Eilidh Ratcliff, Calum McInnes, Mara Gilchrist, Maaria Hamid, John Coggins, Nicole Brown, Beth Cowey and Catriona Beckett will be presented with their award at a ceremony in Holyrood Palace on Wednesday 3rd June by HRH Prince Edward or one of his representatives.  Pupils are congratulated on this significant achievement.

S5 pupils Megan Amner and Shonagh Joice from the Malawi Group travelled to Edinburgh to speak to the Scottish Malawi Partnership’s Youth Conference on Monday March 31st. The girls spoke about why international partnerships are important and why the Williamwood-Ekwendeni partnerhip is important to them. Both girls were widely praised for their contribution to a very worthwhile event which was attended by 160 people from schools all over Scotland.

Williamwood have also established a partnership with the charity Classrooms for Malawi (http://www.classroomsformalawi.org/) who are helping to co-ordinate plans for construction work while the group are in Ekwendeni in June. More information on the work of the charity can be found by watching this link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56xEsw-8YTk. Tony Begley travelled to Ekwendeni in February to determine which projects the group should be involved in and his input and experience have proven invaluable. The school looks forward to continuing to develop this partnership in the future.

80 National 5 Business Management pupils visited the University of Strathclyde Business School. The pupils were attending as part of an ongoing project with the Business School where they have been tasked with planning the introduction of a commercially viable app. As part of the final stage, pupils presented their ideas in front of their fellow pupils and were judged by academics at the university. During the visit the pupils also took part in a tour of the campus lead by Strathclyde student ambassadors. All groups have fully applied themselves to the tasks and gave excellent presentations. The winning concept was ‘E-lunch’ which designed by Eden, Emma, Kathryn, Robyn and Moizza. Second place was awarded to the ‘School Virtual Planner’ which was designed by Bilal and Ian and third place was the ‘School Planner’ which was designed by Gurpreet, Rahul, Anas and Steven. We would like to thank the University of Strathclyde for their involvement in this project and look forward to working with them again in the future.

It’s that time of year again! The popular Williamwood’s Got Talent has returned for 2014. Come and join us on Thursday 3rd of April at 7pm in the Ena Millar Theatre. There will be a variety of fantastic acts to enjoy during the show such as dancing, singing and the highly anticipated staff act! Tickets are £4 and can be purchased in the Street at lunchtimes.  Buy yours early to avoid disappointment!  click for further information

Two teams of S1 and S5 pupils represented Williamwood at the annual East Renfrewshire Dance Championships on Tuesday 25th March.  Both teams displayed their dedication and commitment by applying themselves fully to both training activities and their performance on the night.  Both teams should be commended on their performances and outstanding team spirit. click for more photographs

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The Eco Group are collecting 2 litre plastic bottles which will be used to build a greenhouse.  Pupils are asked to support this venture by donating clean, clear plastic bottles which have their labels removed.  Pupils should place the bottles in the collection bins in the street.

On Tuesday 25th March, Mr Sudding’s S3 Physics classes participated in an event held at the Museum of Rural Life run by the Scottish Power Foundation.  The event’s theme was renewable energy and the pupils were given the opportunity to hear two very passionate and experienced speakers as well as take part in interactive challenges which tested their problem solving skills.   

Teams had to discover the optimum angle to place a solar panel at, design and construct an impulse water turbine, decide which wave power company is best to invest in as well as investigating the efficiency of various blades at different angles on a wind turbine.  After each challenge, teams had to present their findings in a short talk. 

The day was both informative and fun.  Pupils enjoyed the tractor ride to the farm as well as the free juice at lunch time!  At the end of the day the winning team was announced and we are delighted to report that a Williamwood team consisting of S3 pupils Rumaisa, Rebecca and Lucy were the overall winners.  The pupils would like to thank Mr Sudding and Mrs Tod for planning and organising the trip.  Click here for more photos.  Article written by Rumaisa.

On Saturday 22nd March a group of S3 pupils enjoyed a trip to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to watch Manchester City versus Fulham. Pupils witnessed some outstanding football, a hat trick and a possible goal of the month by the Manchester City player Yaya Toure. Williamwood High School was also mentioned in the match day program where they welcomed the pupils to the match. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and the final score was Manchester City 5 – Fulham 0. The pupils would like to thank Mr Allan and Mr Sudding for accompanying them on the trip.

Last Thursday night, Williamwood hosted its annual Young Musician of the Year competition.  The standard this year was extremely high and all pupils should be congratulated on their achievements.  In the Junior category, the runner up was Christopher (S2) who plays the oboe and the winner was Campbell (S2) who won the judges over on bassoon.  In the senior category, the runner up was Lewis (S4) who plays the clarinet and the winner of the senior category, for a second consecutive year, was Richard (S6) who played the saxophone.    A fabulous night was had by all and the judges were extremely complimentary of the standar.  Well done to all pupils who participated.  click for more  <photographs>

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This year for Charities Week there were many fantastic events which took place from bush tucker trials to a slave auction.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the activities and a total of £2,400 was raised for our three charities:  Classrooms for Malawi; the Betty Cunningham International Fund and Sport Relief.   Thank you to everyone who contributed to a fantastic week of fundraising!  <click> for more photographs

SQA examination leave begins on Monday 28th April and ends on Tuesday 3 June 2014. During this period students attend school only for their scheduled examinations. If students wish to see their class teachers at any other time, appointments must be made by prior arrangement.

Please note the points attached and support the school in reinforcing this information with your son/daughter.

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Basketball team who completed the season on Wednesday 19th March by taking part in the Renfrewshire and East Schools Basketball Cup Final against a strong Gryffe High School team. The final was played at the Paisley Lagoon Leisure Centre and is the showpiece game of the local basketball season.  The final finished 78-58 to Gryffe.  However, the Williamwood team should be extremely proud of their efforts throughout the course of the season which has resulted in a Renfrewshire and East Schools Cup runners up place as well as a 3rd place finish in an extremely competitive Renfrewshire and East Schools League.  Overall, the team achieved 10 wins and only 4 losses across the season.  Congratulations to all of the players who represented the school this year.

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