A letter has been issued to all pupils in S5 and S6 providing details about an exam preparation evening on Tuesday 8 December for the parents/carers of pupils who are studying for the new higher qualifications. A copy of the letter issued can be found here. If you plan to attend but have not already submitted your return, please do so as soon as possible and by Thursday 26 November at the latest.
Miss Heslop and Mr Allan are delighted to be developing so many netballers this session. Across eight teams, six year groups and through the Netball club, there are over 100 girls involved in netball this session. All eight teams are well underway in their 1st round fixtures in the Scottish Schools Cup. The girls are performing to a high standard and learning valuable lessons in victory as well as defeat. We are always looking for new members and team selections are always under review. If you aren’t already, and wish to be part of growing netball in Williamwood, please see Miss Heslop (PE) or Mr Allan (Chemistry) for further information. Keep pivoting!
Congratulations to Aiden Comerford (S5), Andrew Love (S5), Oliver Watson-Sweeney (S5), Lynn McKenna (S3), Charolette McKenna (S3), Rachel Norrie (S3), Zoe Coyne (S2), Kristin Beattie (S3) and Iona Reid (S3) who all competed at the Scottish Schools Road Team Championships on Thursday 12 November. Congratulations to both teams who were placed first and are now the Road Team Champions. Well done!
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.
Congratulations to Williamwood pupils for receiving the prestigious Diana Award. Jenny (S1) received the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award for outstanding fundraising efforts where she has already raised £95,000 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital. In addition, the S5 Oxfam group have been also ben awarded the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award for raising money to help provide clean water in school in Africa. Ather Diab (S4) was awarded the Diana Champion Volunteer Award for giving back to his community through various volunteering activities such as working at his local pharmacy on a weekly basis. Well done!
Congratulations to three former pupils, Daniel Higgins, Emma MacLennan and Alice Burdge, who received their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from Prince Edward at Eastwood High School this morning. This is a fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Alisa (S5) and Jennie (S2) who participated in the North Ayrshire Table Tennis Open which was held at St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats. Over 150 players from all over Scotland and North of England competed at this event. Alisa achieved second place for the under 18s and Jennie successfully defended her under 15s (cadets) title. Both girls are part of the Scotland’s Youth Squad and currently play for Drumchapel Table Tennis Club. Justin Yang (S6) and Michael Zhang (S1)also competed. Justin was the runner up of Band 2 and Michael made it through to the semi-finals of the under 13s boys. Congratulations!
S4 student Chris Vettraino is performing the Jean Françaix Oboe concerto L’horloge de flore at the Junior Conservatoire Christmas concert on the evening of Saturday 12 December. Mrs Selbie has a number of tickets for this concert so if you are interested in attending, please see Mrs Selbie.
A big thank you to the advanced higher music students who provided the entertainment on Tuesday 17 November at lunchtime at Netherlee Age Concern in the Albertslund Hall in Newton Mearns. The pupils involved were Sophie Aziz and Luisa Walker singing duets, Lewis Graham on clarinet, Jamie McQueen singing songs from shows and Andrew Vettraino on piano.
All of the National 5 presentations from our information evening can now be viewed on the ‘information’ section of the school website.
Parents/carers can use this link to buy books for your child: http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/williamwood. Every book you buy helps to earn free books for school. The list of available books is changed twice a term. All books purchased will be delivered to Williamwood and given to your child to take home.
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 Malawi group would like to thank all parents, family and staff who came along to support the Fashion Show on Friday 13 November. It was a fantastic evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Due to their generosity, we managed to raise approximately £1800 which will go towards our building project in Malawi next summer. A special thanks to Princess Angel Star Boutique, Wish Boutique, Slaters Menswear and MacGregor and MacDuff kilt hire for allowing pupils to model their clothing.