The Scottish Schools Climbing Competition

Scottish Schools climbing 1Congratulations to Carla (S1), Amy (S4) and Callum (S1) who represented Williamwood in the final of the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition on Saturday 18 March at the Glasgow Climbing Centre. They were competing with climbers from schools across Scotland and had been selected after success in the qualifying rounds in December.  All three pupils achieved success on Sunday.  Carla achieved second place in the S1/S2 girls lead climbing category.  Amy achieved third place in theS3/S4 girls lead category and Callum achieved third place in the S1/S2 boys bottom rope category.  Well done! More photographs <here>

S3 Pupil Visit Strathclyde Business School

P3250007On Wednesday, 70 National 5 Business Management pupils visited the University of Strathclyde Business School. The pupils were attending as part of an ongoing project with the Business School where they have been tasked with planning the introduction of a commercially viable app. As part of the final stage, pupils presented their ideas in the impressive court senate suite to their fellow pupils and were judged by academics at the University. All groups fully applied themselves to the tasks and gave excellent presentations. There were three winners on the day. Best app idea went to ‘Gra-feet-i’ designed by Andrew, Cameron, Christie, Grace, Lewis, Keyser and Mhairi. The best presentation was delivered by Holly, Kerry, Louise and Sarah for their app idea, ‘Style-up’. However, the overall winning concept was ‘S’Cool Buddy’ designed by Assad, Barkaat, Hannah, Kirsty, Pam Ray and Ross.  Well done to all pupils who participated.  We would like to thank the University of Strathclyde for their involvement in this project and look forward to working with them again in the future. <Gallery of photographs>

Spring Concert 2015

Spring Concert 3On Thursday 26 March, Williamwood’s Music department held its annual Spring Concert in The Street. The evening began with an introduction from music teacher Ms Parker and featured performances from Williamwood’s Brass Band, Wind Octet, Junior and Senior Choirs, Guitar Ensemble, Junior and Senior Concert Band, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Accordion Quartet, String Orchestra, Traditional Band, Percussion Ensemble and Big Band. The evening was very well attended and demonstrated the outstanding talents of all of the pupils involved.  Thank you to the outstanding music department who organised this successful event. <Gallery of photographs>


SSSA 1 SSSA 2Congratulations to the Williamwood ski team who finished 2nd place overall in the novice category at the SSSA Alpine Race Series.  The team included Florian (S6), Andrew (S4), Craig (S3) and Andrew (S2). The event was held at Nevis Range on Thursday 19 March following a qualifying event on Monday 16 March at Glencoe.  Andrew (S4) also finished in 3rd place individually which is an amazing achievement.

Glasgow Music Festival

We have had further success at the Music Festival in the last few days.  On Thursday 19 March, Woodwind Solos A class bassoonist Ben S1 came second and oboist Liana S1 came third.  On Friday 20 March, Woodwind and Brass Concerto class Lewis S5 won on clarinet, Andrew S5 came second on bassoon and Chris S3 came third on oboe.  Lewis also won the Woodwind and Brass Sonata class.  S1 pupil Aalia came joint second in the Violin Solos C class.  Lewis and Andrew came joint second in the Instrumental Duets class with the Williamwood Bassoon Duet.  Andrew then went on to win the Woodwind and Brass Solos Premier class.  On Saturday 21 March, S3 pupil Lukas won the Violin Solos B class with Emma S3 coming in second.  At the last night of the festival Andrew won the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize, which is the award given to the performer or group of performers who, in the opinion of the adjudicators, gives the most outstanding performance of the Festival.

Young Musician of the Year 2015

young musician 5On Thursday 19 March we held our annual Young Musician of the Year competition in the lovely acoustic setting of Williamwood Parish Church. The standard of performance was exceptionally high giving the judges a real challenge on the night.  Congratulations to all pupils involved.  The Junior winner was bassoonist Campbell S3, with joint runners up, pianist Liana S1 and oboist Chris S3. The Senior winner was clarinettist Lewis S5 with bassoonist Andrew S5 as the runner up. <Gallery of photographs>

UKMT Maths Challenge

20.3.15Congratulations to four pupils who participated in the UKMT Maths Challenge on Wednesday 11 March. The competition took place at the University of the West of Scotland at the Hamilton campus.  Our team was comprised of Katie (S2), Lewis (S2), Tom (S1) and Iliane (S1).  The team achieved an impressive 6th position out of 30 schools. Well done!

Scottish Youth Parliament

Scottish Youth ParliamentCongratulations to Amy (S6) who was recently elected as the Eastwood Representative for the Scottish Youth Parliament. Amy will now act as member of the parliament for 2 years hoping to achieve elements of her election manifesto including improved PSHE and lowering the national voting age to 16. Well Done Amy!

S2 Pupils Participate in BBC News School Report

BBC news dayBBC news day logoOn Thursday 19 March, 13 S2 pupils had the opportunity to experience life in the newsroom as they participated in the BBC School Report News Day. Pupils decided on their stories, held an editorial meeting, conducted surveys and interviews, produced copy, filmed reports and edited their work. Throughout the day pupils demonstrated the ability to work in teams, to think independently and to meet strict deadlines.    All of the reports are available on the English Department’s website as well as at the link below. Please check out the work of these budding journalists.  It was an excellent day. Well done S2!

Musical achievements at Glasgow Music Festival

Congratulations to Sophie (S3) who won the Violin Solos A class on Tuesday 10 March.

Congratulations also to the Senior Concert band who won their class School Concert Bands A on Sunday.  On Tuesday, the Junior Cello Quartet won their class Chamber Music B and the Senior Girls Vocal Ensemble came second in their class Intermediate Vocal Ensembles.

On Thursday, Lewis (S5) won the class Modern Woodwind and Brass Solos with Chris (S3) coming second.  Andrew  (S5) won the Woodwind Solos – Open class with Chris (S3) coming second.


Some S4 Pupils studying RMPS with Miss Campbell have been learning about the issue of female genital mutilation in the UK and abroad. The issue of female genital mutilation was studied in line with Medical Ethics and with a back drop to recent Comic Relief initiatives. Pupils were shocked to learn that 65,000 girls in the UK are at risk of this. This issue will be examined further by East Renfrewshire Council during the event Protecting Women and Vulnerable Adults which will be being held in Clarkston Halls on Tuesday 7 April from 7pm – 8.30pm.


Youth Philanthropy Initiative Winners

photo 2Congratulations to Kane, Jamie, Callum, Daniel and Tristan who have been awarded £3000 from the Youth Philanthropy Initiative to go towards the Lifesavers Scotland charity.  The group delivered an outstanding presentation to win the money but they also volunteered for the non-profit making charity, raising funds to ensure that blood is delivered to hospitals free of charge.  The money they have raised will go towards a new bike and help to advertise the charity more.