Diana Award Winners

DSCN2161Congratulations to Williamwood pupils Asra (S5), Heather (S6), Cara (S2), Rachel (S2) and Cara (S2) who have all been awarded the Diana Champion Fundraiser award for their work with Mary’s Meals and Guides respectively. Further congratulations to Harjot (S6) who was awarded the Diana Champion Volunteer award after volunteering at Eastwood Care Home for one and a half years, helping and caring for the elderly every week.

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 pupils  who have received this prestigious award.


Scottish Athletic Championships

Congratulations to Reuben Nairne (S1) who successfully defended his National title in the U13 60m hurdles in a time just outside the Scottish and British records, which he set earlier this year.  Reuben also defended his long jump title at the recent Scottish Indoor Athletic Championships which took place at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February.  Reuben also competed in the 200m and achieved a silver medal.   Overall, Reuben achieved an impressive two gold medals and a silver medal.  Well done!

Easter School 2015

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 £21 for the full week.  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.

Home Care Voluntary Work

Tailor Made Home Care is a family run business based in East Renfrewshire which provides quality care and time to clients in their homes. If you are a caring and outgoing person, have access to transport and would like to make a difference in the lives of others, please come along to the open day that Tailor Maid Home Care, in partnership with WorkER, is holding on Thursday 5 March from 9.30am-11.30am in the Barrhead Foundry in the Upstairs Mezzanine Area on Main Street in Barrhead, G78 1SW and from 2.00pm-3.30pm in Clarkston Halls (Lesser Hall) on Clarkston Road in Clarkston, G76 8NE. Company directors and current members of staff will be there on the day to give you the opportunity to find out more about the company and vacancies available. More information can be viewed at Tailor Maid Home Care Poster and you can also contact WorkER on 0141 577 8438 or by emailing: worker@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Scottish Power Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

The school has been informed of a Scottish Power pre-apprenticeship programme.  The Scottish Power Engineering Foundation Programme involves studying at a local college mixed with technical training providing pupils with a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience. The programme combines on-site technical skills training and academic study at a local college in Edinburgh, Glasgow or West Cheshire. The closing date is 1 March 2015 and pupils can access more information about the programme and apply via the following website:


If you have any enquiries regarding the course, please contact: Natalie Murphy, Engineering Foundation Programme Co-Coordinator @ nmurphy@scottishpower.com

ASD Parent and Carers’ event

ASD Parent and Carers’ event, Wednesday 4th March, Orchard Park Hotel:  This event is intended to give those caring for children and young people on the autistic spectrum an opportunity to meet with other parents and share valuable information. This informal evening has been arranged in response to requests from parents and carers to provide opportunities to reduce isolation and to provide peer support.  Click <here> for more details.

Burns Supper

Burns Supper 2 (2)On Friday 13 February the S3 & S4 Scottish Studies classes held a Lunchtime “Burns Supper”. The Supper was attended by teachers from different departments across the school with music provided by Ms Parker’s traditional music band who led a special ‘sing-along’ of the popular Scottish song, Caledonia. The supper itself was prepared by the pupils with help from Mrs Rogers in the Food and Textile Technology Department. The supper was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. <Gallery of photographs>

Sporting Achievement

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The Scottish Indoor Athletic Championships took place at the Emirates arena on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February with Williamwood pupils representing their club, Giffnock North, at the event.

There were many excellent performances at the championships, but special mention must go to David Allen who won the Under-17 400m title to become National Champion in a thrilling race which resulted in a photo finish. David later competed in the 200m, taking the silver medal in his fifth race of the day; a superb achievement. David will now travel to Sheffield at the end of this month to compete in the British Championships.

Catering Service Vacancies

The East Renfrewshire Council catering service has vacancies in the Eastwood and Barrhead areas, ranging from 7.5 hours to 15 hours per week.  If you are interested in one of these posts, please contact the catering service directly on 0141 577 3319 or email facilitiesmanagement@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk