Careers evening is a big success

On Tuesday evening almost 1,000 pupils and parents attended Williamwood’s annual careers event. This was an excellent opportunity for pupils to speak to representatives from universities and colleges from all over Scotland. They also had the chance to hear first hand from actual professionals in the Real People, Real Jobs section and from students in the Real Students, Real Courses section. The evening, which is organised in partnership with the Parent Council, was very successful and was evaluated highly by all who attended.   <gallery>

Exam preparation evening for the parents of Intermediate candidates

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Williamwood High School is once again hosting an evening for parents of Intermediate candidates to help them support their children with SQA exam preparation. A letter has been posted to the parents/carers of all S4 pupils. Letters will also be issued to relevant S5/S6 pupils over the course of this week; a copy of the letter can be found here. We are asking parents to return the reply slip  to the school office by Friday 1st November. Please note that a similar event for the parents of Higher candidates will be held on 12 December.

Former pupil’s music success

John Roberts, who left Williamwood four years ago to study oboe at the Royal College of Music in London, has just been appointed Principal Oboe of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. This is a remarkable achievement for such a young man and he is the youngest ever British oboe player to be appointed to such a prominent position. This year John has also appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Scottish Opera Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Young Singer of the Year 2013

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Young Singer of the Year competition. Tickets, priced at £3/£2, can be purchased from music staff in the Performing Arts Base or Music Studio 4 . The standard of performance this year is extremely high and showcases fantastic singers from S1-S6. The Junior Choir, Senior Choir and various vocal groups will also be performing, so this is an event not to be missed! Light refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.  <click>

PTA launches new website

Williamwood’s PTA organises a number of events throughout the school year. These raise funds and help bring together the wider school community. The PTA has recently refreshed its website and is keen for parents to use it. You may access the website using the ‘PTA’ button at the top of the page. For those of you who do your shopping on the Internet, the PTA encourages you to do so via its website. When you do this, the PTA can earn a percentage of any spending without costing you any more money. Click here for more.

Careers’ evening on 29 October 2013

Each year Williamwood hosts a careers’ evening for S2, S4, S5 and S6. The careers’ evening has always proved very popular and attracts very large numbers of pupils and parents. This year’s event will be held from 7.00pm until 9.00pm on Tuesday 29 October.  The careers’ evening, which has been organised in partnership with the Parent Council, promises to be an interesting and informative event with representatives from universities, colleges and <more details>

National Poetry Day 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition, for their poems on the theme of water. The winning pupils were Emma (S3), Matthew (S1), Kerry (S1) and Daisy (S1). The runner up was Emma (S1).  All the pupils read their poems in the library at lunchtime on Tuesday, 8th October. This year’s event also saw a performance of the poem H2O by Miss Baillie’s S3 Science class.  A huge thanks to Miss Baillie for coaching the performers and providing them with beautiful embroidered tee shirts.

Supported study programme 2013/14

Please find attached a copy of this session’s supported study programme which I would ask you to discuss with your son or daughter.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TIMETABLE IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE. Many departments offer supported study opportunities that are not listed in the formal timetable . In addition to this formal programme of supported study, many departments also offer informal sessions during lunchtimes and may offer additional after-school sessions as required. Teachers will advise pupils in their classes of any such opportunities. Supported study sessions for Higher and Intermediate 2 mathematics take place each Saturday morning and are open to all pupils studying mathematics. Please note that changes may be made to this schedule from time to time. Teachers will advise pupils in their classes of any changes as they arise. Please telephone Mr Inglis (depute headteacher) or ask your son/daughter to speak to him directly, if you wish to discuss any aspect of supported study provision.  <attached>

Recent trip to Paris

An excellent time was had by all who attended the recent trip to Paris. Mr Henderson and three staff led 32 students to the French capital where they visited iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur. The group also cruised down the River Seine and finished off the tour with an action packed stop at Disneyland. The pupils and staff only wished they could have remained for the October break!

Information for parents on the new SQA qualifications

From August 2013, new qualifications are being introduced in Scotland . The new Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers will replace the existing Access, Standard Grade, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications.  These new qualifications are designed to give your child the skills he/she will need to succeed in the 21st century.  <click> for a guide to the new National Qualifications for parents/carers.