National 5 Information Evening

MainOn Tuesday 10 November, Williamwood held an information evening for parents/carers of S4 pupils sitting the National 5 courses.  After a presentation from Mrs Sinclair, DHT, teachers made a series of 20 minute presentations on their own subject and gave advice on the best way parents/carers could assist and support their child’s studies for the new exams.   This was an informative evening for all who attended.  All of the presentations from the evening will be published in the ‘Information’ section of the school website over the next week.

Armistice Day Service

Main1-150x150On Wednesday 11 November, Williamwood held its annual Armistice Day service.  The service included a minute silence, a reading from a member of the school’s Chaplaincy team, Jeanne Roddick, and trumpet being played by an S5 pupil.  A wreath of poppies was laid by our Head Boy, Cameron, and Head Girl, Sarah, on a display created by the chaplains, S1 PSHE classes and a variety of pupils across all year groups.  This will also be displayed for the WWI Centenary Evening which is taking place tonight from 6.30-8pm.

This year, the theme of our remembrance display was based on the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died from Leukaemia after the Hiroshima atomic bombing in Japan. When having treatment in hospital, she was shown paper cranes and told an old Japanese legend, which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako’s first wish was to  get well again but when she realised that this wasn’t going to happen she wished for peace over all the world. After her death, young people all over Japan collected money for a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane which was placed in Hiroshima Peace Park. The children also inscribed a wish at the bottom of the statue which says:  “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.” The paper crane display in the street was created by Williamwood pupils as their wish for peace on Remembrance Day 2015. 

 

WWI Centenary Evening – Wednesday 11 November

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. Pupils in S1-S3 have been issued with a letter which details the evening.  Tear off slips should be returned to the office by Wednesday 4 November.  A copy of the letter can be found here.  Any members of the community who are interested in attending should contact Miss Lynne Smith or Miss Nichola Mortimar at the school.

Supported Study Programme

This year’s supported study programme can be found here as well as in the ‘Pupils’ section of the school website.  The timetable is not exhaustive.  In addition to this formal programme of supported study, many departments also offer informal sessions during lunchtimes, and many offer additional after-school sessions when the need arises.  Teachers will advise pupils in their classes of any such opportunities.  In order to secure the best possible results in the SQA examinations, we would urge pupils to take advantage of as much additional support as they can.  As well as supported study, we intend to offer Easter School sessions again this year.  A timetable for Easter School will be issued towards the end of February.

S1 and S2 Masterchef Competition

MainCongratulations to  all pupils who participated in the S1 and S2 Masterchef competition on Wednesday 4 November. The dishes were all outstanding and it was a difficult decision for the five judges to make.  Congratulations to Stanley S2 who achieved first place making teriyaki chicken and wasabi-lime salmon with sugar snap peas.  Hamish S1 achieved second place after making pork tenderloin wrapped in streaky bacon with mashed potato as well as passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake.  Niamh S1 achieved third place after making salmon with a pesto crust and roast vegetable cous cous as well as banoffee pie.  Thanks to Mr J Cowans and Mrs A Stewart (former Headteacher Woodfam High School) for being part of the judging team.  More photographs can be viewed here.

S6 Pupils Visit Auschwitz

Auschwitz 1On Wednesday 28 October, two S6 pupils (Adam Nimmo and Jessica Gaff) participated in the Holocaust Educational Trust visit to Auschwitz in Poland. Pupils participated from various schools across Scotland and were given a guided tour of both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau, followed by a memorial ceremony led by Rabbi Marcus. Both Jessica and Adam felt that the visit had a profound impact on them.  The aim of the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Lessons From Auschwitz initiative is to raise awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust and use this as a means of remembrance, but more importantly, to use the Holocaust as a talking point for modern day genocide; so that it might be properly addressed. As part of their next steps, our two S6 pupils will now organise events and assemblies in order to bring the issues of the Holocaust and genocide into their local school and community.  More photographs can be viewed here.

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.  Please complete this survey by Friday 13 November.  The survey can be found at:

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

Young Singer of the Year

On Wednesday 4 November, Williamwood’s Performing Arts faculty held its annual Young Singer of the Year competition.   The standard of entrants was fantastic and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.  The level of pupil talent was exceptional.  Congratulations to Jamie McQueen (S6) who won the senior award and the runner up Nicholas Mayer (S6).  The junior award was won by Elena Guevara Rose (S1) and the runner up was Shay O’Dowd (S1).  An overall Rising Star award was given to Cameron Black (S1).  Well done!

WWI Centenary Evening – Wednesday 11 November

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. Pupils in S1-S3 have been issued with a letter which details the evening.  Tear off slips should be returned to the office by Wednesday 4 November.  A copy of the letter can be found here.  Any members of the community who are interested in attending should contact Miss Lynne Smith or Miss Nichola Mortimar at the school.

Skiing Success

ski 2Congratulations to the Williamwood Skiing team who achieved first place and also became Scottish Champions at the 2015 Autumn Dual Slalom Series Finals at Snow Factor, Braehead on Thursday 29 October.  This is a fantastic achievement for Kyle (S5), Ross (S2), Kieran (S4) and Tom (S2).  The boys performed exceptionally to reach the finals and have now also qualified for the upcoming British Schools Ski Championship Races finals which are taking place on Sunday 22 November at Pontypool Ski Centre.  Good luck boys!  More photographs can be viewed here.