The Design and Technology department are delighted to continue their partnership with BAE Systems Naval Ships and recently participated in a ‘Get Girls Into Engineering’ event hosted by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). The group of girls from S3-S6 participated in a series of challenges based around the theme of ‘ I’m an engineer and I can help’. The team participated in a flooding emergency challenge and were tasked with three practical STEM activities supported by BAE Systems STEM Ambassadors and SCDI staff. The girls also enjoyed the opportunity to experience a shop floor tour as well as a demonstration of the 3D visualisation suite. Thank you to Rebecca MacLennan (SCDI) and Kerri Chappell (BAE) for organising such an exciting and informative event and we look forward to our continued partnership with BAE throughout 2016. More photographs can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Ben Drake (S2) who has achieved a place in the NYO Inspire Wind Ensemble this year. This project is open to students aged 13-19, at grade 6 standard or above. The philosophy behind NYO Inspire is simple: to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers of all backgrounds, both as musicians and as audience members. Ben also has been invited to play with the Grampian Youth Orchestra on their 2016 Summer Tour. They will be performing in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. An exciting year ahead for Ben.
There is an information evening on 11 February 2016 5-8pm which provides pupils and parents with the opportunity to speak with current BAE Systems apprentices and engineers to hear first hand about the work they do. The event is open to individuals aged 16+ as well as interested parents, guardians and teachers. Entry is by ticket only. To apply, please register by Friday 5 February by emailing email@example.com
GTG have several apprenticeship opportunities in Mechanical, Business Administration and Parts which can be viewed at www.gtg.co.uk The start date for Arnold Clark Apprentice Technicians is September 2016 and the first stage of the application process will include literacy and numeracy tests. If interested, pupils should complete the form here. For more information, pupils can also contact Nicola Sutherland, recruitment resourcer, on 0141 435 4490.
Congratulations to Connor Black (S2) who has been awarded a place with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds, established, developed and administered by The National Piping Centre, the World Centre of Excellence for the study and promotion of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Launched in 2002, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind bringing together Scotland’s most talented young pipers and drummers at a national level. Membership is drawn from the whole of Scotland; its pipers and drummers come from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds. This is a fantastic achievement for Connor. Well done!
On Thursday 28 January, Williamwood held an information evening for parents of S2 pupils on the upcoming S3 options process. The evening began with a brief introduction from Mr Inglis, Headteacher, and was then followed by a presentation from the Depute Headteacher of S2, Mrs Gibson. Pupils and parents were then given the opportunity to visit different departments in the school to obtain more information on the wide array of subjects on offer to pupils. This was a highly informative evening for all who attended. A copy of the options form, the presentation by Mrs Gibson and a link to the S3 Options website can be found in the ‘Information’ tab on the school website.
Congratulations to Andrew MacIntosh (S4) who participated in the Brodies Scottish Schools Swimming Championship 2016 which took place at Tollcross on Saturday 30 January. Andrew is now the Scottish Schools Champion in the 200m breaststroke for 15/16 year olds. Well done!
The largest chess tournament in the world is about to begin for the second year in Williamwood High School. The first seven rounds of the Delancey U.K. Schools Chess Tournament will begin on Wednesday 10 February after school. Pupils will take part in the school rounds following all of the formal rules of chess which includes starting and finishing with a handshake from their opponent. The pupils will gain points and prizes during the seven week tournament and the highest scorers will gain entry into the regional event in the summer term. Successful players at the regional level will gain entry into the U.K. competition in July 2016. The 25 players will help with the organisation and running of the tournament which proved to be the highlight of the chess club last year. Good luck to all of the players
Congratulations to Cara McDickom who has been selected by City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club to compete in the Mardis Gras Invitational competition in Mobile, Alabama, USA in February 2016. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Cara the best of luck.
We appreciate that the school car park 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 front of the school 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. During the school day, the ‘drop zone’ and bus lane should not be used for parking and the bus lane cannot be used at the end of the day due to the First Service buses. There is a strict 5mph limit in the car park at all times. We appreciate your on-going understanding and support with regards to the school car park.
Today, S3 and S4 practical woodworking pupils who have an interest in the joinery industry had the opportunity to engage with Morgan Sindall Construction and infrastructure ltd through a combination of discussion and practical demonstrations. The pupils received a brief introduction to the industry and possible career paths. Pupils participated in a discussion about technical craft and pupils were taken through a range of sample fixings which are used in construction projects. Pupils then participated in a practical demonstration of the construction of sample partitions. The school have a successful partnership with Morgan Sindall and we look forward to continuing our work with them in the future. More photographs can be viewed here.
The Scottish Government has launched a website dedicated to supporting anyone worried about child sexual exploitation. The website contains information for children, young people, friends and families. The website is:
All S2 pupils have been issued with a letter which provides details of the upcoming Options Information Evening which is taking place on Thursday 28 January from 7pm – 9pm in the Street. This information evening will help parents to support their child through an important transition in their school careers. A copy of the letter can be found here.