Guten Tag ! Käsebrot mit Mayo, bitte!

Guten Tag! Käsebrot mit Mayo, bitte! This was one of the sentences you would have heard the Modern Languages Department on Friday afternoon.

The German Department organised a German taster lesson for those pupils in S2 who showed an interest in taking German in S3. Pupils learned about German food and drink and a pop-up Delikatessen with delicious german breads, cheeses, a selection of cold meats: Salami and Schinken and fresh salad were served.

<click> here to see a few photographs from our successful event.

Guten Appetit!

Frau Hutcheson

Easter School April 2014

All pupils in S4, S5 and S6 have been issued with a copy of this session’s Easter School Timetable, a covering letter for pupils. and a letter for parents.

The charge for Easter School this session is £39 for the full fortnight (or £21 for week 1 and £18 for week 2). There is no charge for pupils in receipt of free school meals.

You can pay online using the Payments4Schools system. Alternatively, payment can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to East Renfrewshire Council) at the school office using the tear-off slip attached to the letter issued to parents.


Easter School Timetable (attached)

Covering Letter for Pupils (attached)

Letter for Parents (attached)


S3 Business Management Commonwealth Games Product Development Challenge

S3 Business Management pupils took part in a product development challenge as part of their Marketing Unit. Pupils had to devise a new product which could be marketed and sold during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 2 groups were selected from each of the 3 classes and presentations were made to all Business Management pupils in the library.

The winning group was a Commonwealth Games Calendar by Eden, Moizza and Robyn. An excellent idea, prototype and presentation skills ensured first position for the group.

The winners and runners up received a prize of shopping vouchers. Well done!


The Mawuvio’s Outreach Programme is a non-governmental programme based in Kissemah Village, Accra, Ghana.  Williamwood donated some lost property to the school which was issued to orphaned pupils whose parents have died of AIDS or other more curable diseases like malaria.  The pupils presently live with relatives and foster parents, although, a new residential site, 30 miles north of Accra, will soon be opening.  More information can be found at

Launch of Strathclyde University Partnership

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   On Monday National 5 Business management pupils began working on a unique project with the University of Strathclyde Business School.  The 4 week project will see S3 pupils, under the expert guidance of University students, develop a commercially viable computer app. The project kicked off with an exciting tower building challenge followed by master-classes on creativity and problem solving.  Ideas have already been generated, but are being kept top-secret until the final presentations at the University later in the session.

5-a-side football tournament on Sunday March 9th

The Malawi group are organising a 5-a-side football tournament on Sunday 9th March at Pro-Soccer, Rouken Glen.  We are looking for teams to enter in the tournament and welcome entries from parents or pupils in S4-S6. The entry fee will be £50 for a team of pupils, £75 for a team of adults.  There is no limit on the number of players in each squad and the tournament is open to all regardless of age, gender or footballing ability. 

If you wish to enter a team, please contact Mr McKenna via the school mailbox  and put ‘Mr McKenna – football tournament’ in the subject box.

Scottish athletic championships

Williamwood pupils once again struck gold at the Scottish Indoor School Championships with excellent performances from all our athletes, most of whom achieved personal best times. Special mentions go to Iona Menzies (S4) who was the under 16 champion in the 60m hurdles and also achieved a pb in the high jump. Rachel Alexander (S5) also triumphed in two events, the over 16 200m and long jump. David Allen (S3) was also successful and struck gold in the under 16 400m. Other notable performances came from Max Lancaster (S5), Tayyib Reid (S4) and Calum Alexander (S2). Overall it was a day of outstanding achievement by Williamwood athletes with 12 pupils achieved new personal best times. All pupils who attended the championships should be congratulated on their performances.

National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain 2014

Congratulations to S2 pupils Campbell Lang (bassoon) and Chris Vettraino (oboe) who have both been awarded with scholarships for the most outstanding auditions for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain 2014. These scholarships are awarded to only 4 students in the entire orchestra and we are very proud that two of the awards are going to Williamwood pupils. Campbell and Chris will receive their scholarships in March at an Awards Ceremony in the Royal College of Music in London.

Holocaust event

Monday 27th January marked Holocaust Memorial Day and this year’s theme was ‘Journeys’. Two of our sixth year Advanced Higher history pupils, Robbie Christie and Robbie Hannah, recently visited Auschwitz as part of the Lessons From Auschwitz project. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, they spoke to year group assemblies about their experiences and how they were affected by the visit. They also created a display in the Street which included some photographs of their own journey and a display of old shoes to encourage pupils to think about the millions of lives that were lost.

East Renfrewshire Council also organised a Holocaust memorial event on Tuesday 28th January at St Ninian’s High School which was hosted by Provost Alastair Carmichael. This event was an opportunity for our community to come together and remember the millions of people who lost their lives or had their lives changed forever, not only during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, but also during subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. At this event, sixth year pupils from across the seven secondary schools in the council spoke about their journey and the impact that it has made to their lives. Robbie made an important contribution to the event which proved to be a moving and thought-provoking experience for all in attendance.