Art and design visit to exhibition

Students studying Higher and Advanced Higher art and design were among 4,000 visitors to the Collins Gallery last Friday. On display were folios from last year’s Advanced Higher students from all over Scotland, including three from Williamwood; Euan Christie; Nicola Turnbull and Ruth Martin. The pieces, which were selected during the official SQA marking, demonstrated the wide range of skills covered by this course including creativity, problem solving, communication and analysis. In addition to examples of traditional drawing and painting, a wide range of design was exhibited such as architecture, fashion, graphics and jewellery. <gallery>

Kyle and Connor spend the day with Valencia FC coaches

On Monday 16 September, two of our pupils (Kyle and Connor) spent the day with four Valencia Football Club coaches at Peterhill Juniors Stadium. The boys were treated to a full day of coaching from four of the most experienced coaches in Spain who are responsible for the development of some of the world’s best players, such as David Silva and Juan Mata. It was an experience that they will not forget. Connor said ” It was amazing. The drills were really good. We were encouraged to keep the ball on the ground and play two-touch, rather than hold onto the ball too long.” Kyle added  “The games were good, too, especially the one where the pitch was divided into zones for defence, midfield and attack.”

Study skills workshop for parents on 23 October (new date)

From the school calendar, which is on the school website, you will see that we have arranged a workshop for parents to offer advice and guidance on study skills. The workshop will be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 23 October* in the school and will last 1½-2 hours.  It will allow parents to try out ‘study cards’, which many of our pupils use to help with note-taking, revision and preparation for examinations. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by completing the attached proforma and returning it to the school office no later than Monday 7 October. Thank you.

* This is a change from the original date of  1 October.

Williamwood STEM Fair on 2 October 2013

Williamwood High School is hosting its biennial STEM Fair from 5.30pm until 8.30pm on Wednesday 2 October 2013. The event promises to be an exciting opportunity for pupils currently in P6 to S2 and parents to see engaging science experiments, mathematics puzzles and games and applications of technology. Among many attractive exhibits and activities, the STEM Fair will feature a performance of Disgusting Digestion. The Glasgow Science Centre will stage this popular performance in the drama department (for P6 and P7 pupils only) from 6.00pm-6.45pm, a second performance from 6.50pm-7.35pm and a final performance from 7.45pm-8.30pm. We are hopeful that all P6/P7 pupils see one of the performances, however capacity is limited as each show can host no more than 120 pupils.  Further information about these <click> here

Race night for Malawi

We would like to say thank you to all parents, staff and friends of the school who supported our race night on Friday 13th September. An enjoyable night was had by all who attended and we managed to raise over £2,100 to put towards our group project in June 2014. Thank you, too, to everyone who donated raffle prizes, sponsored races and contributed in any way to a very enjoyable and successful evening. <gallery> 

Mr McKenna and the Malawi group

Senior awards ceremony

Last night, Williamwood celebrated another very successful senior awards ceremony. Pupils were recognised for sporting successes, contributions to community, academic achievements and hard work in class. Awards were presented by guest speaker Karen Campbell (pictured here with the head boy and head girl). Karen, an award winning crime novelist who has a long standing relationship with the school as both a former pupil and parent of former pupils, spoke about the value of school and inspiration for the future. We also enjoyed musical interludes from Ishara Waidyarathna, Richard Schoefield and singing group Nontet. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful celebration of the achievements of Williamwood’s senior pupils. <gallery>

Williamwood supporting pupils in Ghana

The life chances for uneducated young women in sub-Saharan Africa are very poor.  It is a life of early marriage, multiple early pregnancy, disease, hard physical work and early death (by UK standards).  That is why the Let Us Shine school was founded in Northern Ghana.  Let Us Shine is a Scottish charity with the founder (and still full-time active worker) being a Scottish pharmacist now married to a Ghanaian. Many thanks to everyone at Williamwood High School who indirectly have helped 100 girls through the recycling and reusing of lost property.

Alan McGinlay (formerly headteacher of  Mearns Castle High School) <gallery>

PTA blazer recycling initiative

Williamwood High School PTA has organised a blazer recycling initiative. If you are able and willing to donate a blazer of reasonable quality, which your child has outgrown and/or no longer needs, please telephone Fiona Higgins (PTA) on 0141 571 8485. The PTA will offer these blazers to other parents at a reduced price. All profits made will go to the PTA to support projects that will directly benefit Williamwood pupils.

The MAHER project

Sister Lucy Kurien, who is from India, met yesterday with S6 pupils to discuss a possible MAHER charity project for Williamwood. MAHER, which Sister Lucy  founded in 1997,  is a charity which provides shelter and support to destitute women and children. To date the organisation has  helped 1,832 children and 1,974 women and it currently houses nearly 1,000 women and children. The S6 pupils also enjoyed an excellent contribution from Gauss, a young man who has benefitted greatly from the practical support MAHER provides; Gauss performed a traditional Indian dance in traditional dress. The school donated £500 towards MAHER and hopes to donate more in the future.