Young Enterprise Group

This term the Young Enterprise group have been working tirelessly to manage their photo booth service called Poser at many school events. Young Enterprise Scotland is an organisation which promotes entrepreneurship amongst young people.  Poser, a group of 9 S6 pupils, have been attending events such as the S1 disco, the Halloween disco, Christmas farye and the Christmas dances.  They also recently attended the Young Enterprise Scotland Christmas Fayre at Soar, Braehead along with all of the other teams in the Renfrewshire area.  Congratulations to the group for all of their hard work.

Christmas Concert

On Thursday 18 December, Williamwood held its annual Christmas Concert in the Ena Millar Theatre which featured performances from both the senior and junior concert bands; the junior and senior choirs; the senior vocal group; the string orchestra; the horn and percussion ensembles and the traditional and big bands.  S5 pupil Joe introduced the performances throughout the concert and some members of the audience also participated in a festive performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The evening was very well attended and demonstrated the outstanding talents of all of the pupils involved.  Thank you to the oustanding music department who organised this successful event.  More photos can be viewed here.

Christmas Assemblies

Today, all pupils attended their Christmas assembly.   The theme of the assembly was ‘Let in light and banish shade’ which encouraged pupils to reflect on the meaning of the Christmas season and to be kind to each other throughout it.  We wish all pupils and parents/carers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  More photos can be viewed here.

National 5 Business Management Pupils

On Friday 12 December,  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 started with exciting team building exercises including a balloon tower building challenge.  This was 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.  Another photo can be viewed here.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Modern Apprenticeship

The school has been informed of two vacancies for apprentice audio typists. One post is based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the other is at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (although this will move to the new South Glasgow University Hospital in June 2015). Both posts are aligned to the Business & Administration Framework and the minimum qualifications are National 4 English and two other National 4 Qualifications (National 4 Administration & IT are desirable).  An information session for interested applicants will take place on Friday 9 January. Places at this session need to be booked in advance and details of this can be found at www.nhsggc.org.uk/MA2015. The closing date for applications is Friday 16 January 2015.  Full details of the job role, salary, application process etc. can also be found at the above website.

Modern Languages Master Classes

On Tuesday 16 December, the Modern Languages department hosted a series of master classes for S3 pupils. Pupils selected which language they wanted to experience. Pupils could learn German with Frau Hutcheson, Spanish with Bea and Señor Kearney, Portuguese with Senhora Reid, Dutch with Océane, Italian with Mrs Kasci, Mandarin with Mrs Qin or Gaelic with Mrs Adams. The sessions were a great success and pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Photos of the sessions can be viewed here.

Williamwood Poets

Congratulations to S1 pupils Benjamin and Canbright who wrote poems entitled The Sniper and The Light which have been chosen for publication in War of Words – Scotland & Wales.   This is an incredible achievement for both pupils and we look forward to seeing their work in print when it is released at the end of February.

Higher Presentations

On Thursday 4 December Williamwood held an information evening for parents/carers of pupils sitting the Higher courses.  Teachers made a series of 20 minute presentations on their own subject and gave advice on the best way parents/carers could assist and support their child’s studies for the new exams.   This was an informative evening for all who attended.  The presentations can now be viewed on the ‘Information’ tab on the school website.

Pupil Achievement in Music

Congratulations to Campbell Lang (S3 – bassoon) and Chris Vettraino (S3 – oboe) who were performing in the Royal Festive Hall in London on Sunday 7 December with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. 

Congratulations to Tom Potter (S3) who is again through to the final 10 in the UK for the Young Drummer of the Year 2015.  He will be competing at the Spa Centre, Lemington Spa on Sunday 1 February. More information can be found here.

Congratulations to Chris Vettraino (S3) and Lewis Graham (S5) who have been chosen to perform concertos with the Junior Conservatoire this session.  This is a huge accolade and we are delighted that out of the three places, two have been achieved by Williamwood pupils.

S6 French Trip

On 8 December, the S6 Advanced Higher French class visited Paris for four days as part of a trip to a French primary school.   The pupils gave presentations to the French children on Scottish life and traditions and also gave them shortbread and tablet to try.   Pupils also got a chance to visit many of Paris’ famous landmarks and take a boat ride along the River Seine.   This was a wonderful opportunity for pupils to enhance their learning experience in preparation for their upcoming speaking exams in March 2015.

S3 Gymnastics Achievement

Well done to Cara in S3 on her gymnastics success.    She took part in a top level gymnastics competition in Hamburg, Germany in October where her team came 15th in the first round and 6th in the second round.    Cara also competed in Newcastle later on in the month and won 1 gold medal, 3 silver medals and a bronze medal.  Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.  See Cara in action here.

Winter Fashion Show

On Friday 12 December, the S6 Prom Committee held a Winter Fashion Show in order to raise money for their upcoming prom.  S6 girls modelled dresses from Fabulosity and Laura’s Dresses.   S6 boys modelled kilts from MacGregor and MacDuff and suits from Slaters.   The S6 Charities Committee also hosted a raffle, which raised £125 for the Lodging House Mission.   The evening was well attended with some beautiful dresses on display.