CoWriter7 – Supporting Pupils with Dyslexia and Writing Difficulties.

katyS1Since the CoWriter7 site licence has been purchased for Williamwood High School,Co writer 2 pupils across all year groups are benefitting from this invaluable support. The S1 and S4 pupils are currently receiving basic training in CoWriter7 with a view to building skills towards independence. This training will continue with S2, S3 and S5 pupils during this academic year as they are given opportunities to learn the basic facilities and can experience success with the support.  More information can be viewed here.

Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Celeste Fernandes (S1) who won the West of Scotland Junior Ballet Championship on 5 August 2015.  Celeste also won the highest ballet mark of the week and danced the bursary which means that the judge will pick her 6 favourite dances of the week and Celeste will perform then again.  Congratulations Celeste!

Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Oliver Hunt (S1) who won a gold, silver and two bronze medals at the Scale Scotland 2015 model show in Edinburgh for his military models.  Oliver also achieved his international windsurfing licence during the summer holidays.  Fantastic achievements.  Well done!

S3 Sky Academy Visit

skyOn Monday 1 September, 30 Modern Studies pupils visited the Sky Academy studios in Livingston where they made a fun and informative news report about young people and voting in Scotland. With a little help from Sky staff, the pupils produced a ‘make, shape & share’  6 minute news report using the state of the art technology.  Each pupil was also presented with a copy of the finished article as well as a USB that they can use for their school work.

T in The Street Hits the Internet

DSC01722Our Intergenerational Project ‘T in The Street’ continued yesterday with our older people joining the S5 pupils in school. The group shared photographs that were special to them, accompanied by interesting and amusing stories. The pupils introduced the internet to the older people in order to research the places of interest from the photographs. More photos here.

Apprentice Butcher Opportunity

This exciting role for a Butcher’s Modern Apprenticeship is with a traditional butcher who manufactures and retails their own meat products to a local customer base. There are two vacancies, one in Netherlee and one in Clarkston. Full training in all aspects of butchery will be provided.   Successful applicants may be offered a two week work trial prior to commencement of employment.   Please send a CV and covering letter to stating the job reference number and the vacancy you are applying for (Netherlee or Clarkston) in all correspondence. All applications must be received by 18 September 2015. Pupils are encouraged to see Miss Mortimer in Science 12 for  assistance with their applications.

National Awards for Young Musicians

S6 pupil and percussionist, Ethan Skuodas, is one of 103 exceptional young instrumentalists, across all music genres, who won a 2015 Award from the National Charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM). Each outstanding young award winner receives financial help ranging from £200 up to £2,000 and they also benefit from individually tailored support, which may comprise mentoring, access to advanced skills workshops with professional musicians, master classes and opportunities to attend rehearsals with orchestras and other musical partners.  Competition for the 2015 Awards was extremely high but after careful deliberation the independent adjudication panel decided to award Ethan with a Robert Lewin Scholarship, named after the man upon whose legacy the charity was founded.  If you are interested in applying applications for awards for this year can be submitted from 1st Oct 2015, details can be found at their website

Possible Ex-Pupil

A family member is trying to track down any school photographs of her late father who may have attended Williamwood High School.  William Peter Brown-Findlay was born in 1922 and attended Kelvinside Academy until 1933.  He was on the cruise from Glasgow to Lochgoilhead  in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI.  His daughter is keen to source any photographs of Mr Brown-Findlay or others who went on the trip.  Please contact the school office manager, Mrs Mary Sinclair, if you have any information.

Apprentice Accountant Opportunity

Kaplan Financial are currently recruiting, on behalf of a key client based in the city centre, for an Apprentice Accountant.  Kaplan Financial regard this as a fantastic company with great career progression for good candidates.  The hours are 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, with a starting salary of £9,000.  If you are interested in this opportunity see Miss Mortimer in Science 12 for more information.

Williamwood High School STEM Fair

STEM fairThe Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fair will be held on Wednesday 7 October 6pm – 8:30pm.  This event has been highly successful over the last few years engaging both pupils and parents in a variety of activities.  We are delighted to welcome back the Glasgow Science Centre with their entertaining and informative show, Disgusting Digestion, as well as welcoming new partners who will be attending for the first time.

All pupils in P6/P7 from our associated primary schools as well as all pupils in S1/S2 will receive a letter which will provide more details in the coming weeks.  More details will be posted on the website nearer the time.

NYOS Success

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is an organisation which provides a variety of orchestras, jazz bands and training ensembles for students aged from 8 to 25 years old.   This year again we are delighted at the large number of Williamwood pupils represented in a wide variety of these ensembles.  It is also great to see past pupils still performing.  The pupils involved this year are:

NYOS Symphony Orchestra:

Past pupils

Megan Ferries  – Bassoon

Luke Maher  (Summer only) – Horn

Frances Paton  – Cello

Stuart Vettraino   – Horn

Senior Orchestra:

David Aiton S2 – Timpani/Percussion

Rhianna Christie (past pupil) – Oboe

Lucy Gibson S5 – Bassoon

Andrew FJ MacLeod S6 – Tenor Trombone

Alec Ross S5 – Horn

Andrew Vettraino S6 – Bassoon

Chrisopher Vettraino S4 – Oboe

Junior Orchestra:

David Aiton S2 – Timpani/Percussion

Sophie Boyd S4 – Violin

Eve Burgoyne S5 – Clarinet

Lindsey Cairns S3 – Violin

Ben Drake S2 – Bassoon

Chloe Ghiro S3 – Violin

Josef Heidinger S2 – Bassoon

Andrew McCroskie S5 – Clarinet

Ewan Millar S2 – Timpani/Percussion

Lorna Paton S5 – Horn

Emma A Wilson S4 – Violin

National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland:

Mark Hendry (past pupil) – Double Bass

Tom Potter S4 – Drums

Jazz Access:

Tom Potter S4 – Drums

Brass Training:

Finlay Overend S3 – Tenor Trombone

Wind Training:

Anna Ghiro S1 – Bassoon

Jamie King S1 – Bassoon

Orla Lang S2 – Oboe

Alasdair Notley S3 – Oboe

James Ross S1 – Bassoon

James Andrew Ross S1 – Bassoon

Percussion Training:

David Aiton S2 – Timpani/Percussion

James Baptie S3 – Timpani/Percussion

Ewan Millar S2 – Timpani/Percussion

ABRSM and Trinity Exam Success

Congratulations to the following pupils on their success in the summer 2015 diet of the ABRSM and Trinity examinations.


S1 Pupil:  Anna Ghiro Grade 4 Violin with distinction

S2 Pupil:  Liana Storey Grade 8 Piano with distinction

S3 Pupils:  Chloe Ghiro Grade 7 Violin with distinction, Daisy Major Grade 5 Cello with distinction, Ciara O’Shea and Lynn McKenna passed Grade 5 Cello

S4 Pupils:  Eilidh Galloway Grade 7 Clarinet with distinction, Chris Vettraino Grade 6 Tuned Percussion with distinction

S5 Pupil:  Steven Clark Grade 8 Guitar with distinction


Trinity College London

S2 Pupils:  Eilidh Mathieson Grade 3 Flute with merit, David Aiton Grade 3 Tuned Percussion with distinction

S3 Pupil:  James Baptie Grade 3 Tuned Percussion with merit

S4 Pupils:  Eilidh Akilade and Freya Menzies passed Grade 6 Clarinet, Laura Beattie Grade 6 Clarinet with merit, Becky Paton Grade 8 Piano with distinction

S5 Pupil:  Sanjana Gomez Grade 4 Flute with merit

S6 Pupils:  Sammy Finnigan and Scott Logan both passed Grade 8 Clarinet with merit, Andrew Vettraino Piano Performance Diploma with distinction


We are always delighted to celebrate the talent of the pupils at Williamwood so please let Mrs Selbie know if we have missed anyone out.