National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016

Congratulations to bassoonists Lucy Gibson S5 and Andrew Vettraino S6, clarinettist Lewis Graham S6 and horn player Alec Ross S5 who have all got into NYOGB 2016.  This is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted that four pupils from Williamwood have received a place in this outstanding orchestra.  The students will get the opportunity to perform in many exciting venues including performing live on television in the BBC Proms in the Albert Hall next year.

Williamwood’s Question Time

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On Thursday 26 November, Williamwood will be hosting its highly successful Question Time event in The Street at 7pm.   There are  5 excellent panellists who have confirmed their attendance at the event: Kirsten Oswald (SNP), Ken Macintosh MSP (Labour),Baroness Annabel Goldie MSP (Conservative), Patrick Harvie MSP (Green) and David Coburn MEP (UKIP).  Doors open at 7pm and we start promptly at 7.30pm.  This promises to be a fantastic night of political debate.  Free tickets for this event can be collected from rooms 2.3, 2.4 and the Social Subjects base.  More information can be found here.

Scottish Youth Parliament

Scottish youth parliamentScottish youth parliament 2.jpgThis year pupils at Williamwood have been exercising their voice by taking part in consultations with the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) and the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP). After a week of assemblies by local Members of SYP – including former pupil Amy Perry, a fantastic total of almost 1800 consultations were returned by all year groups. Williamwood’s participation will help both UKYP and SYP better understand the views and priorities of our pupils which they can use to campaign and inform politicians from all parties across Scotland and the UK over the next few years.


S1 Pupil Receives Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award

DSC_0050We are delighted to announce that Jenny (S1) has been recognised for her outstanding fundraising by being awarded the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award.  Jenny has raised money for Yorkhill Hospital and the Catherine McEwen Foundation.  Jenny has raised £96,000 so far and is aiming to raise £100,000 by the end of 2015.  The UK Point of Lights is a national award which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are doing extraordinary things.  Jenny was presented with her award by Lord Dunlop this morning as well as a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron.  Jenny is an inspiration to her peers and her community and we wish her well with her future fundraising activities.  Well done Jenny!  More photographs can be viewed here.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony

DSC_0015On Thursday 12 November Williamwood held its annual awards ceremony for pupils who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver award scheme. Parents/carers who attended heard presentations from the award winners on their experiences of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold scheme and enjoyed musical performances from a variety of pupils.  Congratulations to all pupils who achieved their bronze or silver Duke of Edinburgh award.  A copy of the programme can be found here.  More photographs can be viewed here.

100 years of housing IDL project

On Monday 2 November, members of three local sheltered housing complexes, Hawthorn Court, Linnpark Court and Montgomerie Court, visited the school to mark the end of an inter-disciplinary project that focused on one hundred years of housing in East Renfrewshire. Advanced higher art, geography and history pupils were involved in this project and created an exhibition that was based in Rouken Glen Park Pavilion and Barrhead Health Centre. The visitors were greeted with a variety of refreshments whilst watching a short film that the advanced higher history pupils helped to create. Everyone had a great time and it was a very successful IDL project.  Well done!

Malawi Fashion Show – Friday 13 November

The Malawi group of 2016 have organised a fashion show tonight (Friday 13 November) from 7-10pm in The Street.  The fashion show will involve S5 and S6 pupils modelling items of clothing from Wish Boutique, Princess Angel Star Boutique, Oxfam, Slaters Menswear and MacGregor and MacDuff kilt hire. There will also be a charity auction with some fantastic prizes to be won. In addition, finalists in the Young Singer of the Year competition will be performing. Tickets are priced at £5 and can be purchased on the night. It is a BYOB event for those over 18 years old.  More information can be found here.

WWI Centenary Evening

MainOn Wednesday 11 November, we hosted our first WWI Centenary Evening which was an interdisciplinary learning showcase event in The Street.  The exhibition allowed pupils, parents and members of the wider community to view work completed by pupils in S1-S3 during their broad general education.  A variety of stalls were on display such as work from Netherlee Primary School, the history, English, mathematics, science, BICT, modern languages, food and textile technology, design and technology, physical education, performing arts and art and design departments.  Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy dance and music performances as well as poetry recitals and the ‘sporting truce’.  The Chaplaincy team opened and closed the evening as well as S5 pupil Reece playing the bagpipes.  In addition, there was also a recreated WWI bunker as well as artefacts from the Living Historians.  The evening was a huge success and we would like to thank all of the pupils, teachers and outside agencies who contributed towards this.  A copy of the programme can be found here and more photographs can be viewed here.

John Muir Award

Main John MuirCongratulations to all of the S2 pupils who received their John Muir Award recently.  The S2 pupils completed a week long residential trip at the Lochgoilhead Centre in September this year to achieve this award.  Well done!  More photographs can be viewed here.  A list of all award winners can be viewed here.

Young Singer of the Year 2015

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.