Parents/carers of pupils with ASN are invited to a Cluster Parents’ ASN Forum, which has been arranged for Thursday 10 December from 1:45pm until 2:45pm in Netherlee Primary. The focus of the Forum is Resilience and Positive Psychology, including Mindfulness and sharing supportive strategies to develop the resilience of our pupils. Parents of P6 and P7 pupils with ASN from Carolside, Netherlee and Busby Primaries and Williamwood High School are all invited to attend. Mr Chris Atherton (Senior Educational Psychologist) will be leading the Forum with support. There will be time at the end of the session to ask questions in relation to resilience. We hope the forum will provide an opportunity for parents/carers to chat about the discussion topic in a relaxed and informative setting. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact John Moffat (Pupil Support) to book a place at the event on 0141 577 2500.
On Thursday 26 November, Williamwood held its annual Question Time event in The Street. The panel consisted of Patrick Harvie (co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party and MSP for the Glasgow region), Baroness Goldie of Bishopton (MSP for the West of Scotland region), Ken Macintosh (constituency MSP for Eastwood), Saffron Dickson (SNP Student’s National Equalities Co-ordinator), David Coburn (MEP for the Scotland region for the UK Independence Party) and Jamie (S6 pupil and performing arts depute). We would like to thank the advanced higher modern studies class, modern studies staff, janitorial staff and Mr Sudding, who all played a part in the organisation of the event. A special thank you to Mrs Monaghan who chaired the debate. The evening was well attended with many Williamwood pupils and parents asking questions. Everyone enjoyed an evening of thought provoking political debate and are already looking forward to next year’s instalment.
On Friday 6 November, two of our S1 pupils (Katy and Katy) attended a regional event at Mearns Primary School. This annual event is attended by a large number of both primary and secondary schools. The girls enjoyed hearing the personal experiences of other pupils with dyslexia along with musical and drama performances. The Williamwood High School video, which was made to raise awareness of dyslexia, was shown first on the programme at this event and our pupils were very proud to have been a part of this insightful video. The video can be viewed here.
As a part of anti-bullying week, all year groups received a presentation from Miss Harkins and were shown a video about the dangers and effects of bullying. To raise awareness, teachers and pupils have been selling wristband in order to raise the profile of anti-bullying around the school. In addition, a display in the shape of a tree has been set up in the street and pupils were asked in PSHE to write a few words which best represented bullying to them. On Thursday 19 November, pupils from drama staged a play and also held a workshop to raise awareness of the dangers of bullying online for all S1 pupils. The video can be viewed here.
Congratulations to the team who represented Williamwood High School at the regional final of the Further Mathematics Support Programme and UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Challenge: Michael McGowan and Alec Ross (S5); Andrew Vettraino and Ryan Yan (S6). The pupils participated in four rounds of paired and group challenges, and finished in 3rd place overall. Well done!
On Wednesday 4 November, we hosted our annual Young Singer of the Year competition. Over 60 pupils auditioned for a place in this year’s final. The fifteen finalists all performed to an exceptionally high standard and there was a huge amount of talent on display. The senior choir, junior choir and senior vocal ensemble all gave excellent performances whilst the adjudicators had the difficult decision of deciding the winners. The overall winner of the junior section was Elena Guevara-Rose (S1) with Shay O’Dowd (S1) taking the runner up prize. The winner of the senior section was Jamie McQueen (S6) who stole the show with his unbeatable performance. Nicholas Mayer (S6) took the runner up prize in this section whilst Cameron Black (S1) received a special ‘Rising Star’ award for his performance of ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Happy’. This was another incredibly enjoyable and successful evening. The event can be viewed here.
Congratulations to former pupil Nicolle who won a gold medal at the World Skills Competition and is now the number one chef in the UK. This is an amazing achievement for Nicolle who was a commercial cullinary arts vocational pupil at Williawood. Nicolle will now be heading to Abu Dhabi to compete in the World Skills final. Well done and good luck! More photographs can be viewed here.
The S3 Christmas Fair is taking place in The Street on Friday 4 December at morning interval and lunchtime. Pupils in S3 BICT classes and S3 CSS classes will be selling Christmas themed products including hot chocolate, baking, gifts and cards. There will also be a raffle in aid of Scottish Autism with prizes to be won! We would like to encourage pupils to support this excellent event and pick up a few early Christmas presents. There will also be an opportunity for pupils to guess Rudolph’s birthday to try and win Rudolph himself.
On Friday 22 November, pupils from both the advanced higher history and advanced higher modern studies classes visited the University of Strathclyde library. The purpose of the trip was to allow pupils to gain access to useful resources to help pupils to write their dissertations. All pupils found this day useful and informative.
The PTA organises many events each year to raise money for the school fund which is used to cover the costs of extra-curricular activities, to support pupils in hardship and to finance projects such as the Eco Garden, the S6 Graduation and school sports teams. this year, the PTA Christmas Shopping Night will take place on Thursday 10 December at 7pm. Please support this event and help us to raise even more this year. More information, and how to obtain a ticket can be found here.
An exciting business administration opportunity is available in the Giffnock area. This level 3 (Higher equivalent) modern apprenticeship is open to any S5 or S6 pupil wishing to gain excellent skills based training whilst earning at least national minimum wage, dependent upon experience. Any current S5 or S6 pupils who are interested in this opportunity should see Miss Mortimer for further information and for help with applications.
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for two trainee hairstylists in Giffnock. Successful applicants will work towards a level 3 (Higher equivalent) Modern Apprenticeship earning a salary negotiated with the training provider. Any current S5 or S6 pupils who are interested in this opportunity should see Miss Mortimer for further information and for help with applications.
Congratulations to the team who represented Williamwood High School at the national final of the Enterprising Maths Challenge held at the Glasgow Science Centre. Pupils involved were Martin Alpine and Lara Thomson (S3) as well as Lewis McPhail and Christopher Vettraino (S4). The pupils took part in four rounds of paired and group challenges and were rewarded with 1st place out of 59 schools in the relay round. Congratulations.