Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Iain (S5) and David (S4) who were awarded the Advanced Level 5 certificate from the Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre after only 14 lessons.  This is the highest certificate that the centre awards and both David and Iain only started taking lessons at the end of January this year.  Both boys have demonstrated great skill in this field.  David may now participate in the upcoming Freestyle training in the summer and Iain may work towards qualifying as an instructor himself.  Good luck to both David and Iain.

Primary Maths Challenge

maths challenge 2Well done to all of the primary 6 pupils from Busby, Carolside and Netherlee Primary Schools who recently competed in a Maths Challenge at Williamwood High School.  The event consisted of 3 rounds: a 10-question team challenge, a puzzle round and finally, a particularly energetic relay race.  The overall winners were the Pink Squares and congratulations go to Charis (Busby), Ben (Netherlee), Isla and Nathan (Carolside).  More photos can be viewed here.

Sports Day

IMG_0206Congratulations to all pupils who participated in the sports day on Thursday 20 May.  There were some fantastic achievements and display of athletic ability.  Well done to Kasi and Morag (S3), David, Ewan and Charlotte (S2) and Scott and Freya (S1) for achieving third place overall.  Congratulations to Matthew and Sarah (S3), Ben, Calum and Harley (S2) and Leo and Laura (S1) for achieving overall 2nd place.  Overall winners in first place were Jack and Freya (S3), Amine and Lara (S2) and Orla and Reuben (S1).  Well done!  Gallery of photographs here.

S1 Maths Fair

S1 Maths FairWell done to the S1 pupils who recently participated in the Maths Fair.  Pupils worked in groups to complete either the ‘smarties challenge’ where pupils used their statistics skills to analyse and  graphically represent data, ‘shape changing’ where they explored 3D shapes, areas and volumes, or ‘how far will it fly?’ in which they used statistics to investigate the flight of paper aeroplanes.

Particular congratulations to Zoe, Megan, Amy and Cailin who produced an excellent poster displaying their results from the ‘smarties challenge’ and also to Emily, Rae, Max and Amy Anna for their equally impressive poster from ‘how far will it fly?  More photographs can be viewed here.

Diana Award Winners

Congratulations to three Williamwood pupils who have been awarded the Diana Champion Volunteer award. Rebecca (S6) received the Diana Award for being a Diana Champion Volunteer in her local community. Rebecca has volunteered in the Food and Textile Department since August 2014. Rebecca originally assisted with 6 periods but as the week progressed she quickly became a valuable asset to the department and now assists with over 12 periods a week. James (S4) received the award after volunteering at the Glasgow Disabled Scouts. James has volunteered at the Glasgow Disabled Scouts for almost two years and has made a fantastic contribution to the work they do, helping both at their weekly Monday night sessions and their summer camp programmes. Bethany (S6) has volunteered at Isobel Mair School assisting the children and taking part in their day to day activities at school. The school has highlighted Bethany as being particularly caring towards the pupils who rely on the help of adults and volunteers alike. Congratulations to all pupils.

Apprenticeships

10 Modern apprenticeships in Business and Administration Level 3, within various organisations (including Barrhead Travel) throughout East Renfrewshire and Glasgow.  E-mail your CV to worker@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk by 25 May 2015.  More information can be viewed here.

1 hairdressing modern apprenticeship with a local salon.  Please see Miss McCullagh for more information as soon as possible.

Big Day Out 2015

Every year, we run Williamwood’s Big Day Out to give pupils a chance to relax and enjoy themselves with friends and teachers after a hard year of school work.  This year’s Big Day Out is taking place on Tuesday 23 June.  All pupils in S1-S5 have the opportunity to select an activity from a wide selection on offer.  Details of the activities on offer can be found here.  A copy of the letter that has been issued to pupils can be found here.  Details about the activity cost can be found on the activities booklet and pupils should decide which activity they would like to participate in quickly, to avoid disappointment.

Owl Magic

Owl 4Pupils in S2 were visited this week by Owl Magic as a part of the social subjects carousel activities. This enabled them to learn about the different habitats, threats to the owl population and the importance of conservation. Pupils also had the chance to hold the owls and thoroughly enjoyed their time with them. Pupils particularly enjoyed meeting a friendly barn owl called Cuddles. Unfortunately, changes in farm practices, climate change and urban sprawl are having a detrimental impact on these beautiful birds. Therefore, pupils will follow up this event by researching ways they can help conserve the barn owls in Scotland. More photos can be viewed here.

BBC Studios Visit

BBC Tour 8Miss Rhodes’ BBC School Report pupils and Mr Moore’s Debate Club went on a very informative and enjoyable tour of the BBC Scotland studios at Pacific Quay in Glasgow on Saturday 9 May.  It was an informative and educational trip where pupils were given a real insight into behind the scenes at a working studio.  More photos can be viewed here.

Secondary Games 2015

secondary gamesCongratulations to all of the pupils who represented the school in the Secondary Games on Thursday 7 May. All of the teams that were entered placed either 1st, 2nd or 3rd  resulting in every pupil receiving a medal. Consequently, the school was first overall and won its first Secondary Games trophy.   Well done!
Secondary Games 2015 results here.