Chess Club

pic for websiteThe school chess club are looking forward to starting the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge next week.  This annual tournament is very popular and around 1500 schools and clubs in the UK are involved.  Everyone has the opportunity to win prizes and the best player from each school goes through to an area ‘Megafinal’ and, skills permitting, to the North South Gigafinal and then the National Terafinal!  Click here to view some photographs of the chess club members celebrating the start of the tournament with a chess cake, baked by S1 pupil Emily.

Sporting Achievement

image3Congratulations to Williamwood pupils Kieran (S3), Ross (S1) and Kyle (S3) who competed in The Gordon Skiers Open 2015. Kieran ran in the under 16 boy’s race and came 6th overall. Ross ran in the under 14 boy’s race and came 5th and Kyle also ran in the under 16 boys and came 13th overall.  Well done!

S@S Accelerate Courses

S@S Accelerate 1 and 2 are two separate week long programmes for pupils at the end of S4 and S5 being held at the University of Strathclyde. Led by current university students who will act as your mentors, you and your team will complete an exciting 5 day Challenge Programme, as well as attending career workshops and getting a chance to see what student life is like.

S@S Accelerate 1 offers 4 areas that you can choose from:

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Mini Space Academy)
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Sport

S@S Accelerate 2 offers 6 areas that you can choose from:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Physics

The cost of S@S Accelerate is £100.   For more information you can visit the S@S Accelerate website at www.strath.ac.uk/irl/accelerate or you can contact them by telephone on 0141 548 3799.  More information on accelerate 1 can be found here: Accelerate 1 and here: Accelerate 2

CoWriter 7 – Full Site License Purchased

Jonny McAllister2Around 25 pupils have successfully been using CoWriter 7 on their school netbooks to improve their spelling and writing over the past year. Due to the amazing results produced with this invaluable support, the school has now bought a full site license so that more pupils can benefit from the magic of CoWriter!  Pupils are already reaping the rewards of this software.  Jonny, an S1 pupil commented: “It’s really handy if you’ve got anything like dyslexia or learning difficulties because you don’t have to ask the teacher how to spell certain words, all you have to do is look at CoWriter. It makes me feel more independent and it is like I don’t have dyslexia anymore because it makes me type faster. I don’t need to stop for any hiccups. The good vocabulary which is in your head is not trapped there anymore, so you’ll get better grades”.

Options Evening for Pupils in S2

DSCN2064On Thursday 29 January, Williamwood held an information evening for parents of S2 pupils on the upcoming S3 options process. The evening began with a brief introduction from Mr Inglis, Headteacher, and was then followed by a presentation from the Depute Headteacher of S2, Mrs Cheyne.  Pupils and parents were then given the opportunity to visit different departments in the school to obtain more information on the wide array of subjects on offer to pupils. This was a highly informative evening for all who attended.  More photos can be viewed< here>.

A copy of the options form, the presentation by Mrs Cheyne and a link to the S3 Options website can be found in the ‘Information’ tab on the school website.

Scottish National Relay Championships

Congratulations to all of the pupils who competed on Saturday 24 January in the Scottish National 4x200m Relay Championships at the Emirates Stadium.  Congratulations to David and Morgan (S4) who ran in the under 17 male team and achieved Gold; Reuben (S1) who ran in the under 13 male team winning gold; Iona (S5) who ran in the under 17 female team achieving silver; Calum (S3) and Amine (S2) who both ran in the under 15 male team achieving silver and finally to Freya (S3) and Orla (S1) who ran in the under 15 female team placing 5th in the final.   Congratulations to all pupils involved for this fantastic achievement.

Promote the Vote

The We-CTV Competition vote is now live!

Young people across Scotland have been working hard to produce creative pieces to combat interpersonal violence as part of the Scottish Youth Parliament’s We-CTV competition.

The competition challenged participants to use their creative skills to promote anti-violence messages, and educate their peers on issues such as knife crime, abuse and online bullying. All of the young people participating in the We-CTV competition have shown great enthusiasm to make a difference in their local community, and shape discussion that can pave the way to a safer and fairer society.

Now YOU have the chance to vote to determine the winners of the competition by voting for your favourite creative submission. There will be a winner in each of the three categories so you will be able to vote for the winner of each category.

The online vote will be open between 26th January and 8th February 2015. You can cast your vote and help spread the word here: http://www.syp.org.uk/we-ctv-2014-W21page-496