Veterans Lunch

veteran's lunchThree pupils from Advanced Higher History attended a lunch and roadshow hosted by Veterans Scotland on Wednesday 16 September at Paisley Town Hall.  The roadshow discussed how the nature of conflict has changed throughout the last 100 years. Pupils also learned about the problems veterans face and the role of various charities such as Poppy Scotland in helping veterans.

Diana Award Winner Visits Althorp

photo 4-8 photo 5-8On 31 August, Asra (S6) visited Althorp as a Diana Award winner.  This was a special day as it was 18 years since the Princess of Wales passed away.  Asra visited Althorp with her mum and found the experience very rewarding.  Asra visited two exhibition rooms which displayed childhood photographs, letters, Spencer house furniture and a bridesmaid’s dress from her wedding.  Asra also visited Princess Diana’s grave which was an emotional experience.  Asra found the experience “incredible, emotional and heart-warming” and a day that she will “never forget”.  Congratulations again to Asra on her fantastic achievement of being a Diana Award winner.

Study Skills Evening for Parents of S1-S3 Pupils

From the school calendar, which is on the school website, you will see that we have arranged a workshop for parents to offer advice and guidance on study skills. The workshop will be held at 7.00pm on Thursday 1 October in the school and will last 1½-2 hours.  It will allow parents to try out ‘study cards’, which many of our pupils use to help with note-taking, revision and preparation for examinations. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by completing the attached proforma and returning it to the school office no later than Thursday 24 September. All pupils in S1-S3 were issued with this letter today.  Thank you.

Premiership Experience

IMG_4774Last weekend, 30 pupils and 3 staff travelled south of the border for an overnight excursion where we watched two Premier League matches. Pupils were fortunate enough to secure tickets for Manchester United v Liverpool on Saturday followed by a cross country trip to the North East to watch Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. In addition, pupils also visited the home of Manchester City Football Club, the Etihad Stadium, for a behind the scenes tour.  Pupils also participated in ten-pin bowling and a training session. It was an action packed 36 hours! We will be offering more Premiership Experience excursions in the future. Photo gallery here.

S1 Information Evening

MainOn Tuesday 15 September, parents/carers and pupils attended an information evening for new pupils in S1. Mr Inglis (HT) and Mrs Sinclair (S1 DHT) spoke briefly to parents/carers about the vast range of opportunities for all pupils at the school as well as the format of the evening.  Parents/Carers then had the opportunity to walk around the school, take a look at the work covered in each individual department and attend some mock lessons on various subjects as their children begin their first year at Williamwood.  A copy of the presentation can be viewed here.  More photographs can be viewed here.

United Kingdom Youth Parliament

UKYPEvery day the challenges we see in the media reminds us of how lucky and precious our democracy is. This year, the United Kingdom’s Youth Parliament (UKYP) is asking young people to stand up and make their mark. UKYP has been asking young people all across the country their priorities and the faculty of social subjects is delighted to support this effort. With policies ranging from Votes at 16 to greater provision of mental health services, all pupils over the next week will complete a ballot in support of the policy they believe should be debated in the House of Commons this November by UKYP. You can find out more and get involved by clicking here

Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Jamie King (S1) who was an Awards for Youg Musicians winner this year.  Jamie has been invited to an event in London on Sunday 1 November where he will be playing with fellow awardees and members of the Sinfonietta including John Orford who is Professor of Bassoon at the Guildhall and Royal Academy of Music.  Congratulations Jamie!  More information can be found at http://www.a-y-m.org/

Rugby

Williamwood High School made a fantastic start to this year’s Glasgow North Conference Rugby Tournament on Thursday 10 September against Hyndland Secondary School. The boys played extremely well and were a credit to the school, with all teams securing convincing wins. The results were:

S1 Team          –      65-10
S2 Team         –      64-0
S3/S4 Team   –       73-0

Our next fixture is against Shawlands Academy on Wednesday 16 September which will be played at Cartha Rugby Club, Pollok Country Park. We are aiming to kick off at 4pm.  Good luck to the boys who are participating.

Air Quality

As part of the commitment to improving local air quality, East Renfrewshire Council now has powers to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who don’t switch off their engines when stationary. Council officers will be carrying out patrols around local schools and speaking to drivers who let their vehicles idle unnecessarily.  As well as contributing to cleaners air around schools, this will also contribute towards the ethos of Health Promoting Schools and Eco-Schools.

Air quality within East Renfrewshire is generally good and meets national standards, however, East Renfrewshire Council is always keen to make further improvements. Within East Renfrewshire, road traffic is the main source of air pollutants. Parents and others taking children to and from school can help to reduce children’s exposure to exhaust fumes by leaving the car at home, by parking further away from the school and by turning off their engines when stationary.

Senior Awards Ceremony 2015

MainOn Thursday 10 September, senior pupils in S4, S5 and S6 received recognition for their achievements throughout 2014-15. Guest speaker, Austin Lafferty (solicitor, broadcaster, journalist and artist) opened the ceremony by encouraging pupils to apply themselves fully to their chosen career and to enjoy the job that they pursue. Pupils received awards for endeavour, sports as well as subject attainment in the recent SQA exams. Mr Inglis also congratulated all pupils in their achievements and passed on his good wishes for the next academic session. Full details of the award winners can be found below:

S4 Endeavour Awards 2014-2015

S4 Subject Awards 2013-2014

Sports Awards 2014-2015

Special Awards 2014-2015

Guest Speaker

Photographs

S1 Parents’ Information Evening

From the school calendar, which is posted on the school website, you will know that an information evening for parents of pupils in S1 is taking place on Tuesday 15 September. The evening will begin at 7pm.  The purpose of this information evening is to give parents and guardians an opportunity to visit the various departments of the school where you will be able to see examples of pupil work and course materials, speak with staff members, observe some pupils at work and even join in with some of the lessons.  More information can be found here.