Dyslexia Scotland

The Glasgow East Renfrewshire branch of Dyslexia Scotland would like to invite parents, pupils and teachers to an open meeting on Tuesday 3 November at Mearns Castle High School.  The presentation will be delivered by Mary Jane Bird on Study Skills from 7.15pm-8.15pm.  More information can be found here.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

youth inititativeCongratulations to Alistair, Ross O, Fin and Ross J (S5) who were successful in securing £3000 for the local charity, East Renfrewshire Good Causes. The group were competing against another 10 groups of S5 pupils who were representing various local charities. The competition was part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative which took place over a 6 week block in PSHE and involved all pupils in S5. The final presentations were delivered to a panel of judges in front of 300 S3 pupils.  The standard was very high and congratulations to all finalists who participated.

Careers Fair

MainOn Tuesday evening almost 1,000 pupils and parents/carers attended Williamwood’s annual careers event. This was an excellent opportunity for pupils to speak to representatives from businesses, universities, colleges and civil servants from all over Scotland.   This evening also gave pupils and parents the chance to speak to real professionals to hear first-hand about their industry. The evening was very successful and was evaluated highly by all who attended. More photos here.

National 5 Information Evening for Parents

On Tuesday 10 November, we are hosting an exam preparation evening for the parents of National 5 candidates.  All S4 pupils were issued with a letter today which contains more important information.  A copy of the letter issued can be found here.  This event is for parents.  In order to organise the evening, we require your child to return the slip by Tuesday 3 November at the latest.  This is to allow us to create the sessions for the evening.  A similar event will take place on 8 December for Higher candidates.

WWI Centenary Evening

WW1 CentenaryWilliamwood’s first WWI Centenary Evening will take place on Wednesday 11 November in The Street from 6.30pm-8.00pm for any interested pupils and parents/carers. There will be a variety of events taking place during the evening. The Chaplaincy team will speak about the importance of remembrance and entertainment will also be provided by the performing arts department. In addition, there will be a bookbinding workshop led by the art and design department as well as local veterans who will be speaking about their experience of war. Living Historians, a Scots History group focusing on the Scottish experience in WWI, will also be attending the evening and will be bringing along some interesting WWI resource handling boxes. Pupil work which has been completed during the Broad General Education (S1-S3) will be displayed in The Street during the event.

Pupil Conference

MainOn Tuesday 6 October, Williamwood held its first Pupil Conference where pupils from all year groups participated in a series of discussions about important issues within our school community.  The discussions were led by S6 pupils, who had received appropriate training.  Discussions then took place to identify an issue which would be tackled by the whole school.  Over the next few weeks, the most important issue will be chosen by pupils and this issue will be dealt with as a school. This event was highly successful and we were impressed by the quality of leadership from S6 pupils as well as the contributions from all pupils.  Photographs from this event can be viewed here.

Careers Fair – Parking

Due to the popularity of the Careers Fair taking place on Tuesday 27 October and the limited car parking spaces in the school grounds, we would like to encourage pupils, parents and visitors to walk to the event or car share, where possible.  We would also ask that parents do not park in Newford Grove as this is a private residential area.  Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter.

East Renfrewshire Survey

East Renfrewshire Council is currently reviewing their administration and clerical processes.  This includes looking to improve the current online payments systems.  Therefore, the Council are seeking the views of parents/carers on your preferred method of general communications with schools as well as your thoughts on the online payment solutions.  The survey can be found at:

https://getinvolved.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/education/4bfdfa85

Sports Photographs

All pupils with half or full colours for Physical Education who have not already had their photograph taken must see Miss Heslop as soon as possible.  Sports photographs will take place Tuesday 3 November at 1pm. Pupils should wear clothing from their sport and may wish to bring trophies or medals for their photograph.

Young Singer of the Year

young singer of the year 22.10.15The final of this year’s Young Singer of the Year competition takes place on Wednesday 4 November at 7pm. This competition is an exciting and popular event with talented singers from every year group.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Mrs Dippie in the Performing Arts department at a cost of £4 for adults and £2 concession.  Congratulations to all of the finalists.  More information can be found here.

Careers Fair

Each year Williamwood hosts a careers’ evening for S2, S4, S5 and S6 pupils and parents. The careers’ evening has always proved very popular and attracts very large numbers of pupils and parents. This year’s event will be held from 7.00pm until 9.00pm on Tuesday 27 October.  The careers’ evening, which has been organised in partnership with the Parent Council, promises to be an interesting and informative event with representatives from universities, colleges and industry.  Pupils have been issued with a letter which can also be found here.

PTA Event

Williamwood PTA organises a variety of events to support the school and raise money for the school fund.  This money is used towards the costs of extra-curricular activities, to support pupils in hardship and to finance projects like the Eco Garden, S6 graduation and sports teams.  The upcoming event is a ‘Girls’ Night Out: Psychic and Disco’ which is taking place on Friday 30 October in the Street.  The cost is £5 per adult.  All pupils have been issued with a flyer about the event which can also be viewed here.