Congratulations to Callum Gallagher (S5) who won the Junior Kildaltron Cross Golf competition and to Andrew MacIntosh (S4) who achieved a place in the Scottish Swimming National Youth Development Squad. Well done!
The Malawi group are hosting a race night on Friday 11 September in The Street from 7pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are £6 per person and can be purchased from the school office or from Mr McKenna, Mr Atkins or any member of the Malawi group. All money raised will go towards funding a group project while we are in Malawi in June 2016. All guests are encouraged to B.Y.O.B and a picnic.
An information evening is taking place tonight at 7pm in The Street for parents of any S3 pupils interested in participating in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Pupils who are interested should ensure that the enrolment form and £50 deposit is submitted to Mrs Gibson (DHT) by Friday 28 August. A copy of the letter issued to parents can be viewed here and the enrolment form here.
Congratulations to Anna Ghiro (S1) who achieved a distinction in the ABRSM grade 4 violin exam. Congratulations also to Chloe Ghiro (S3) who also achieved a distinction in the ABRSM grade 7 violin exam. Well done girls!
Parents/guardians are invited to attend sessions which are being run by Dyslexia Scotland East Renfrewshire group. All meeting will be help at Mearns Castle High School from 7.15pm – 8.15pm. Details of the sessions on offer can be found here.
Congratulations to Beth (S6) who won the World Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 15 August at Glasgow Green. Beth plays in the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. Beth plays the tenor drum and has already achieved an impressive grade 1. She is highly committed to the band and practises up to three times a week. There were two parts to the championships on Saturday; Beth and the band achieved a clean slate and received a trophy to recognise their World Champion status. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Beth and the band well with their future endeavours.
On Thursday 10 September our annual senior awards ceremony will recognise the achievements of our pupils who were in S4, S5 and S6 last session. Pupils receive recognition in a variety of areas including subject, endeavour and sporting award as well as community and citizenship awards.
Congratulations to all of the S6 pupils who were Dux medal finalists. S6 pupils Calum S, Calum O, Julie Graham, Scott Hamilton, Arran MacDonald, Lyndsay McCall, Rona McLarty, Andrew Vettraino, Eilidh Wilson and Jason Wu were all in the running for the Dux medal. Congratulations to Calum S who is the Dux medallist for session 2014/15 and to Calum O who is the Proxime Accessit.
Congratulations also to all of the S5 pupils who were Junior Dux medal finalists. S5 pupils Amy Coulter, Gareth Marchon, Chloe Munro, Alec Ross and Rumaisa were all in the running for the Junior Dux medal. Congratulations to Rumaisa who is the Junior Dux medallist for session 2014/15.
On Friday afternoon, all pupils in S1 attended the annual Freshers’ Fair in The Street. Pupils had the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of clubs and activities available to them at Williamwood and they enjoyed chatting with senior pupils who assisted them in signing up. All clubs are due to start next week. A copy of the presentation given to pupils can be found here, a copy of the booklet issued here and the sports timetable here. More photos can be viewed here.
Any S5/S6 pupil who is interested in filling a part-time vacancy with Malcolm Shepherd Accountants should see Mrs Hoy by Wednesday 26 August. Malcolm Shepherd Accountants are looking for a student to work some weekday evenings from 4-6pm. The post would include general office work, scanning documents and filing etc.
As part of the Social Subjects Carousel activities in June, S2 modern studies pupils participated in a BBC skills workshop in June creating a very informative piece about their choice of topic; school uniform. The carousel activities last for four weeks and pupils focus on topics outwith the regular curriculum to help them build skills such as teamwork and independent research. Pupils were joined by BBC staff from the L.A.B project http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kl3tf who guided our pupils through a full day of how to organise, film, edit and produce a mini documentary which was both fun and engaging. Well done to Ruaridh, Finlay, Fraser, Jennifer, Nyla, Jamie, Sebastian, Iona, Molly, Linsday, Angus, Humza, Rebecca, Saniya, Aimee and Andrew – your video will be shown at your year group assembly and can be also viewed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0304lq4 on the BBC website.
On Tuesday 18 August, former Williamwood pupil Joe competed in the Class Clowns stand-up comedy competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The competition, for ages 12-18, was staged at the Gilded Balloon which is Edinburgh’s top comedy venue. Joe successfully made it to the final where he faced 4 other teenagers from all across Scotland. The competition was judged by venue founder Karen Koren, comedians Kevin Day and Jo Brand! After some deliberation, Joe was announced as the winner, making him the first ever Class Clowns winner in Edinburgh and the “funniest teenager in Scotland”. Joe was supported by many of his peers and staff on the night. His professional and slick style of delivering relatable, honest material was commended by the judges. The comedy baton was gladly passed from one Jo(e) to another!
The school has previously organised six highly successful football development tours with Inspiresport (an official partner of the Scottish Schools Football Association) and we are currently looking to organise a trip to Villarreal for May 2016 (exact date to be confirmed). The trip gives young footballers from Williamwood High School the opportunity to train with expert professional youth coaches from Villarreal, at the club’s state of the art training facility. It includes 5 days and 4 nights in Spain, potentially including a trip to a La Liga match and a range of other exciting activities. Pupils will also receive an exclusive Under Armour training kit as part of their package. It is important to emphasise that this trip is for all S2 football enthusiasts of any gender or ability level, all of whom will greatly benefit from the coaching as well as other educational and cultural benefits that Spain has to offer. An information evening for parents, carers and pupils is taking place on Tuesday 25 August in The Street area of the school at 6pm. should last no more than one hour. An experienced representative of the tour company will present information about the trip in detail and be on hand to answer your question. If any pupils are unable to attend the evening but are still interested in the trip then they should pass their names to Mr Worton in Science as soon as possible.
On Sunday 16 August, pupils from Williamwood High School represented their athletics club, Giffnock North, at the National Athletics Relay Championships which were held at Aberdeen Sports Village. David (S5), Morgan (S5) and Andy (S4) competed in the under 17 men’s team where they became National Champions with an extremely impressive performance leading from the start. David became the National Champion over 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m this season which was a fantastic performance. Reuben (S2) anchored his under 13 boys relay team to a gold medal to continue an excellent season for Reuben. In the under 15 girls race, Freya (S2) and Freya (S4) ran the third and fourth leg in their relay to gain the bronze medal in a very competitive race. A superb performance by everyone who was involved!