Young Enterprise Marketing Award

Young Enterprise 2015The S6 Young Enterprise company Poser have received a marketing award in recognition of their innovative business idea and creative use of marketing.  The team picked up the award at yesterday’s regional finals which saw over 20 schools compete for a variety of awards. The photobooth company, set up by nine S6 pupils last September, has been an instant hit with customers and was a popular choice amongst the judges at yesterday’s event. The enterprising group have yet to decide if they will continue with their venture beyond school, but they did accept a booking for a rival company’s school prom!

S1 Sporting Achievement

Congratulations to S1 pupil Craig Thomson who was chosen to represent Scotland at the Five Nations Squash Competition. Craig is the number 1 under 13 player in Scotland and is seeded number 1 for the under 13 boys team. Craig will also play for the West of Scotland in the Inter Regional Competition to be played at Colinton Castle in April 2015.  Well done!

East Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to the following teams and pupils who all recently took part in the East Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships. Details of the individual and team achievements in the race can be found below:

Participant Race Place
S1 Boys Team S1 Boys 2nd
S2 Boys Team S2 Boys 3rd
S3 Boys Team S3 Boys 2nd
S1 Girls Team S1 Girls 1st
S2 Girls Team S2 Girls 1st
S3 Girls Team S3 Girls 1st
Calum Young S2 Boys 3rd
Fern Conway S3 Girls 2nd
Freya Menzies S3 Girls 3rd
Danielle Kelly Senior 3rd
Oliver Watson Sweeney Senior 1st
Zoe Coyne S1 Girls 3rd
Orla Lang S1 Girls 2nd
Lynn McKenna S2 Girls 2nd
Charlotte McKenna S2 Girls 3rd

S3 Sports Achievement

Congratulations to S3 pupil Andrew McIntosh who won gold medals in both the 200 and 100m breastroke and the 200 individual medley alongside silver in the 400 individual medley in the age 14 group at the SASA West District Long Course Senior Age Swim Championship on March 7 & 8 at Dollan Aqua Centre East Kilbride.  Well done!

S1 Sport Achievement

Congratulations to S1 pupil Jennie Yang who recently received a letter from Table Tennis Scotland to represent Scotland at the forthcoming Ardo Open in Dusseldorf Germany in August 2015. This is the second year that Scotland will send players to the event.  Good luck Jennie.

Holocaust Survivor: Bob Kutner

Holocaust Memorial Night 6We would like to pay our respects to Holocaust survivor Bob Kutner who sadly passed away this week.  Bob lived briefly in Nazi Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler for a number of months before his family decided they had to leave Germany. This was, for him, the beginning of an incredible journey across Europe, with time spent living in Italy and Nazi occupied France, which finally brought him to Britain where he became an army interrogator. Bob recently gave what would have been one of his last ever talks at the school’s very first Holocaust Memorial Day evening in January this year. This event was organised by S6 pupils Daniel and Cara and their Advanced Higher History teacher Miss Smith, who would all like to personally express their sadness at his passing as they were all inspired and moved upon hearing his incredible story. Bob received an amazing response at this event.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and Bob’s valuable contributions to Williamwood High School will never be forgotten.

Pupils achieve success at the UK Athletics Championships

David English ChampsThe UK Athletic Championships took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on the 28 February and 1 March with pupils from Williamwood representing their club, Giffnock North.  David (S4) and Rachel (S6) performed exceptionally well to medal in their events where the top athletes in the country were all competing.  David ran a superb race to run a personal best time of 50.24 seconds for the 400m, securing the bronze medal in the under 17 age group. This was a superb way to end his indoor season having already taken the Scottish 400m title.  Rachel also jumped a personal best of 5.97m in the long jump, securing the silver medal in the under 20 age group. Photo can be viewed here.  Having had a slight injury this season, to recover and finish off her indoor season in this manner was a fantastic achievement.  Both athletes are now in hard training getting ready for the outdoor season.

Pupils cheer on the British team at the Davis Cup Tennis

tennisOn Friday, a group of pupils visited the Emirates Arena in Glasgow to watch Great Britain take on the USA in the Davis Cup. Britain’s Andy Murray won his match in 4 sets against Donald Young of the USA before Britain’s James Ward won a 5 hour battle against the world number 20 John Isner.  Kirsty Hunter, Erin Ralston, Ross Overdijking, Emma Hunter, Mirin Cowey, Ciara O’Shea, Emma Wilson, Mark Stephen and Douglas Loudon were among the thousands of fans there to cheer on Team GB.  Many members of the audience, staff and TV crews were highly impressed with how smart our pupils looked which earned them some air time on BBC1!

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are now open and run until Friday 13 March. We have seven fantastic candidates at Williamwood High School who have been speaking and you  at year group assemblies. Pupils can vote for the candidate of their choice by accessing http://elections.youngscot.org . To vote you must have a Young Scot card and use the long number on your card to access the website. Any pupil who does not have a Young Scot card should go to ICT 10 on Wednesday 11 March where they will be issued with a temporary number in order to vote. Please ensure that you select the Eastwood constituency. Get involved and choose your representative!

PTA Quiz Night

Quiz night poster 2015 websiteThe PTA organises many events each year to raise money for the school fund which is used to cover the costs of extra-curricular activities, to support pupils in hardship and to finance projects such as the Eco Garden.  Last year, the Quiz Night raised in excess of £1000 for school funds.  Please support this event and help us to raise even more this year.

On Friday 13 March, the PTA have organised a Quiz Night to take place in The Street from 7-11pm.  Tickets cost £5 per person and can be purchased from the school office or by completing this form:  Quiz Night Flyer 2015