Senior Awards Ceremony

On Thursday 11 September our annual senior awards ceremony will recognise the achievements of our pupils who were in S4, S5 and S6 last session. Pupils receive recognition in a variety of areas including subject, endeavour and sporting award as well as community and citizenship awards.

Congratulations to all of the S6 pupils who were Dux medal finalists. S6 pupils Lee, Anna, Lucy Sinclair, Neil McCall, Ishara Waidyarathna, Rachel Alexander, Aamir Hassan, Nicholas Clark and Allan Hart were all in the running for the Dux medal. Congratulations to Lee who is the Dux medallist for session 2013/14 and to Anna who is the Proxime Accessit.

Congratulations also to all of the S5 pupils who were Junior Dux medal finalists. S5 pupils Ayesha Ahmed, Lyndsay, Calum Steel and Sarah McCluskie were all in the running for the Junior Dux medal. Congratulations to Lyndsay who is the Junior Dux medallist for session 2013/14.

West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band

This week was the showcase concert for the West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band. This concert displayed a high calibre of performance from the school pupils involved. Congratulations to all of the Williamwood pupils who were involved in this fantastic concert:

Beth Robertson: Cello Alice Beglan-Grant: Bassoon
Lucy Gibson: Bassoon Andrew Vetttraino: Bassoon
Stuart Vettraino: French Horn Morven MacDonald: Percussion
Ethan Skuodas: Percussion    
Lisa Dignam: Flute Eve Burgoyne: Clarinet
Lewis Graham: Clarinet Andrew McCroskie: Clarinet
Richard Scholfield: Saxophone Gregor McInnes: French Horn
Lorna Paton: French Horn Alec Ross: French Horn
Daniel Petrie: Trumpet Callum Robson: Percussion

Musical Achievement for S4 Pupil

Congratulations to Lucy Gibson (S4) who has won an Associated Board Royal Schools Music scholarship to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the coming session. Lucy will also be playing at the Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Orchestra as a part of the BBC TV Proms on Thursday 28 August at 7.30pm on BBC 4.

West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra: Michael Stoakes Memorial Award

The West of Scotland Orchestral Trust has established a memorial award in memory of one of their past students, Michael Stoakes. To receive the award, staff decide which pupils have been the most outstanding members of the symphony orchestra and the concert band. This year, two Williamwood pupils received the award. Richard Scholfield for the Concert Band and Stuart Vettraino was the joint winner for the Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations to both pupils for this achievement.

Congratulations to Richard Scholfield who also achieved his saxophone diploma DipABRSM with distinction.

Eco Badges issued to Pupils for Walk and Cycle to School Week

Congratulations to pupils in S2, S3 and S4 who participated in the Walk and Cycle to School Week. For the full week, pupils kept a diary to record their methods of travel to and from school. Pupils have now been rewarded for their hard work and efforts by receiving an Eco Badge in recognition of their achievement at year group assemblies this week. Congratulations to S2 pupils Daniel, Ciara, Elliott, Fraser, Cameron, Kerry, Jack, Samantha, Rachel, Max and Ben. In S3, Christopher, Emily and Felix. In S4, Navya, Rumaisa, Eden, Jack, Bilal, Leigh and Adam.  More photos can be viewed here.

English Department Recommendations

The English department would like to highlight that the following plays are taking place throughout September.

1 – 6 September              1984                                Citizens Theatre

15-20 September             The Mousetrap                Theatre Royal

19-30 September             Hamlet                             Citizens Theatre

25-27 September             The Crucible (Ballet)        Theatre Royal

Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games Selection

Congratulations to Rachel (S6) who has been selected to represent her sport at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games Selection. Rachel is a long jumper and has been selected to compete in Manchester from Thursday 4-Sunday 7 September. This is a fantastic achievement which reflects Rachel’s efforts and sporting commitment over the last year where she has achieved a PB of 5.73m. We wish her well in her events and look forward to hearing about her progress when she returns.

S1 Freshers’ Fair

On Friday afternoon, pupils in S1 attended the annual Freshers’ Fair in The Street. Pupils had the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of clubs and activities available to them at Williamwood and they enjoyed chatting with senior pupils who assisted them in signing up.  All clubs are due to start next week.

S1 Freshers’ Fair

At the Freshers’ Fair on Friday 22 August, three S2 boys from the chess club expertly and enthusiastically promoted the club to the new S1 pupils. All of the members of the chess club made posters but Finlay, Joseph and Andrew volunteered to manage a stall at the fair and advertise the club that they look forward to every Wednesday after school. They set up two chess boards with a ‘killer move’ competition which attracted lots of keen S1 players and some staff to the table to take part. They also provided prizes for anyone who could find the move. The Chess Club runs after school on a Wednesday from 2.45pm-3.45pm in PS6 and anyone pupils who are interested can attend.

S6 Pupil Selected for Glasgow Warriors Rugby Team

Congratulations to Scott (S6) who has been selected for the U17 Glasgow Warriors rugby team. Scott played his first match on Friday 24 August against Ulster. Scott also plays for the Glasgow Hutcheson Aloysians who recently played an exhibition match at Ibrox as a part of the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens. Scott trains daily and is hoping to pursue a career in rugby. We wish him well in his endeavours and congratulate him on a fantastic achievement.

S6 Pupils Play Rugby Sevens at Ibrox Stadium during the Commonwealth Games

Thomas and Scott in S6 play Rugby Sevens for Glasgow Hutcheson Aloysians along with a number of ex-Williamwood pupils. Their team successfully made it to the final which was played at Scotstoun, in front of 10,000 spectators, at the end of June against Dundee High School. After a competitive match, the GHA lost the final 12-5 although the boys played incredibly well. As a reward for reaching the final stages of the competition, the GHA team also played an exhibition match against Dundee High School at Ibrox Stadium as a part of the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens on Sunday 27 July. The result for this 10 minute match was 7-7 in front of a packed stadium of 45,000 spectators, although the GHA won as they scored the first try. Both Thomas and Scott felt that this was an amazing opportunity and over-whelming experience. Congratulations to both current Williamwood pupils as well as ex-pupils in this amazing achievement.

Flying Start initiative

Tonight, Tuesday 26th August, the Parent Council launches the next phase of the Flying Start initiaitive. Designed to help support pupils make good career choices, Flying Start draws on the talents, knowledge and experience of Williamwood parents. If you would like to know more about Flying Start, please have a look at the Parent Council website or call Bobby Caldwell (Chair) 07771 773794 or Corinne Durand (Vice-Chair) 07887 794786. A full report of tonight’s event will appear on the website in due course.