S1-S3 Junior Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all pupils in S1-S3 who received an award at the Junior Awards Ceremony on Friday 20 June. Mr Inglis congratulated the pupils on their outstanding achievements and introduced Tony Begley, founder of the charity Classrooms for Malawi, who was the guest speaker and also issued pupils with their awards. Pupil achievements were recognised for endeavour, sporting activities, S3 subject awards as well as S3 class awards. Details of the award winners can be found here and more photographs are here.

Get Energised! The Scottish Power Foundation

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.  The pupils’ achievements were also recognised in the local newspaper, The Extra, which can be accessed at:   http://www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/news/local-headlines/hi-energy-pupils-1-3445820

Scottish Schools’ Athletics Association

Pupils at Williamwood were some of the first athletes to use the Commonwealth track at Hampden. The pupils enjoyed this unique experience and had a fantastic Championship achieving 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Congratulations to all pupils who participated in the Championships. Gold medals were awarded to Max Lancaster (800m champion), Rachel Alexander (long jump and triple jump champion; bronze for 200m), Calum Alexander (silver for 75m hurdles and high jump), David Lambie (silver at high jump with a personal best of 1.85m), Iona Menzies (bronze for the pole vault and 4th for 80m hurdles). Other notable performances were by Jason Wu who was 4th in the 100m and 6th for the 200m as well as Danielle Kelly who was 4th in the 1500m final.Pupils at Williamwood were some of the first athletes to use the Commonwealth track at Hampden. The pupils enjoyed this unique experience and had a fantastic Championship achieving 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Congratulations to all pupils who participated in the Championships. Gold medals were awarded to Max Lancaster (800m champion), Rachel Alexander (long jump and triple jump champion; bronze for 200m), Calum Alexander (silver for 75m hurdles and high jump), David Lambie (silver at high jump with a personal best of 1.85m), Iona Menzies (bronze for the pole vault and 4th for 80m hurdles). Other notable performances were by Jason Wu who was 4th in the 100m and 6th for the 200m as well as Danielle Kelly who was 4th in the 1500m final.

ASDAN Key Steps Award

Congratulations to Sara and Michael (S4) who received their ASDAN Key Steps award in June. Key Steps is a skills based programme of activities in citizenship, community involvement, issues of identity, personal and social values, enterprise, finance, health and fitness, environmental matters and internationalism. Both Sara and Michael have applied themselves fully to the tasks. They also demonstrated the skills required to pass the award such as working well with others, improving their own learning, problem solving, literacy, numeracy and ICT. Well done!

School Uniform – Maintaining the Standard

The standard of school uniform at Williamwood High School is very good. Uniform is an important aspect of the positive ethos within the school. Today all pupils were issued with a letter about a Uniform Evening which will be hosted by Man’s World and is taking place on Wednesday 18 June from 3.00pm until 8.00pm in the Street. There will also be an opportunity for returning S6 pupils to hand in their blazers on Friday 20 June in the Street from 11.00am until 1.00pm to allow additional braiding to be added. More information can be found here.

All pupils have been reminded of the standard of school uniform which is expected. Your ongoing support with this matter is greatly appreciated. Additional information about the standard of uniform can be found on this website as well as a link to the Dressing for Excellence leaflet.

Scottish Schools Relay Championships

The Scottish Schools Relay Championships took place on Friday 13th June at Hutcheson Grammar. Congratulations to the under 17 girl’s team who are now the Scottish Champions. The team members are Rachel Alexander, Lisa Gavienas, Iona Menzies and Carla Boyce. The under 17 boy’s B team also won the bronze award. Their team members are Andrew Dallas, Morgan Allan, Tay Reid and David Allen.

East Renfrewshire Athletics Championships

The East Renfrewshire Athletics Championships were held on Friday 6th June at Linwood. Congratulations to all pupils who participated in this event. Williamwood won the overall title and, in total, received 18 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. Morgan Allan broke the 100m record which has been held since 2007. Well done to all of the talented athletes.  Click here for full details of all the winners.

S6 Elections

Congratulations to all S6 pupils who were successful in the recent elections. Andrew Cowden and Aurora McKinlay are the new Head Boy and Head Girl for 2014/15.

The successful female deputes are Rachel Alexander, Katie Allan, Heather Allan, Megan Amner, Taylor Blair, Amy Clark, Margaux Durand Watson, Erin Elliot, Amy Krawczyk, Zoe Lachlan, Clare MacLeod, Cara Marinelli, Robyn McHendry, Lauren McTrusty, Anna Muir, Karis O’Brien, Blise Orr, Suzanne Proctor and Lucy Sinclair.

The successful male deputes are Paul Abrami, Conor Bisset, Ross Brennan, Thomas Brown, Lee Burton, Jack Clifford, Tristan Cumming, Hassan Iqbal, Sam Johnston, Harjot Kambo, Max Lancaster, Daniel Lawrie, Jack MacGillivray, Blair McHarg, Daniel Moffat, Charlie Murphy and Charlie Watson Sweeney.

Convener’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

Congratulations to the nine S6 pupils who were recognised for their achievements in the Convener’s Award for Outstanding Achievement 2014. Their achievements will be recognised at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 18 June at Carmichael Hall. Photographs of the pupils can be viewed here.

Ruth, Rebecca and Lana will receive an award for community services for their participation in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. The girls won the top prize (£3000) for their chosen charity, the Glasgow City Mission. Ruth, Rebecca and Lana applied themselves fully to the task and have made a real difference to their chosen charity.

Lawrence will receive an award for extra curricular activities as he was the main leader of the charities committee; assisted the school office with their duties; the main organiser of the school prom, graduation and year book as well as attending the local primary schools to teach French. All of these tasks were tackled with enthusiasm and dedication where Lawrence demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Mairi will receive an award for sports leadership. Mairi has been an exceptional addition to the P.E. department and was fully committed to sport and assisting other pupils. Mairi demonstrated her organisation, communication and leadership skills throughout the year. Mairi also supported pupils from Isobel Mair School assisting in their integration into the life of the school.

Luke will receive an award for creativity. Luke is a talented musician who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to his field. Luke won the regional round of the brass section in the BBC Musician of the Year competition as well as playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and winning the Gilbert Innes Brass prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Luke also performs in a variety of bands and orchestras.

Richard will receive an award for creativity. Richard is a talented musician who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to his field. Richard won the Gilbert Innes Woodwind prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as the East Renfrewshire young Musician of the Year competition. He is also through to the Rotary Young Musician final for Scotland and the North of England. Richard also leads many of the band rehearsals as well as arranging pieces of music.

Niall will receive an award for extra curricular activities. Niall has been an outstanding addition to the Science department. Niall was heavily involved in the S1/S2 Science Club as well as the Primary Science Club and the STEM fair. Niall also volunteered on a weekly basis to assist pupils in S2 classes. Niall has demonstrated his outstanding leadership through a variety of activates within the science department.

Sean will receive an award for community services. Sean has demonstrated outstanding leadership at Isobel Mair school throughout the year. Sean consistently supported pupils both at Isobel Mair and at Williamwood both in class and their interactions outwith the classroom as well. Hic commitment to this voluntary work is commendable and he is continuing to volunteer at his local care home.

An Evening of Jazz

The Williams Quartet performed an ‘Evening of Jazz’ on Friday 30 May in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. The quartet consists of Richard Scholfield (S6), Luke Maher (S6), Mark Hendry (S5) and Tom Potter (S2). They were joined by vocal soloists Matthew Wilson (S4) and Alexandra Renfrew (S6). The Williams Quartet formed after meeting at the Williamwood Big Band who rehearse every Tuesday after school. Congratulations to the Quartet for an enjoyable evening.

S5 Malawi Group Receive the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award

Congratulations to the S5 Malawi group who were recently rewarded for their hard work and effort whilst fundraising over the last year for their Malawi project. The 30 pupils in the Malawi group were successfully nominated for a prestigious Diana Award in the category of Champion Fundraiser. The £15,000 raised will be used to fund the renovation of three classrooms at Ekwendeni Primary School as well as building a nursery in Encongolweni. The pupils leave for Malawi today for two weeks and we wish them a safe journey and a productive trip.

The Diana Award recognises young people who have made a positive difference in their schools and communities. More information on the Diana award can be found at http://diana-award.org.uk/ Congratulations to all 30 pupils in the Malawi group who have received this prestigious award.

The local newspaper, The Extra, also published an article about the fantastic fundraising efforts of the Malawi group which can be viewed at http://www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/news/local-headlines/kind-hearts-and-classrooms-1-3436080