Design and Technology Department STEM Day

STEMDay 040The recent STEM day was attended by 50 S2 pupils on Friday the 18 December and was organised by Miss Gallagher, Principal Teacher of Design and Technology. The theme of the STEM day was a design and engineering task based on a ‘sustainable island’ sponsored by Tomorrow’s Engineers and delivered by Tom Adams from the Smallpeice Trust.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) days provide short introductory sessions for S2 pupils to enhance their understanding of, and aptitude for, problem solving, creativity, design, and engineering.

Pupils were involved in a smart building project with a focus on two areas of engineering. Pupils worked in small teams of six to design and build a system to filter, collect, detect and pump collected rainwater as part of an integrated system on a new smart building.  Pupils designed and built a watertight water-collection unit, building in a filtration system. They also had to assemble and solder an electronic water-detector and make a circuit for an electric pump in order to detect and then pump the water which has been collected. Pupils understood that this water could be used to flush toilets and water plants in the smart building.  Congratulations to all of the pupils who participated in this year’s STEM day and to the three winning teams who are photographed with the DHT for S2 and the Smallpeice Trust presenter Tom Adams.  More photographs can be viewed here.

First Lego League Success

20151208_141050A group of six S1 pupils attended the First Lego League tournament on Tuesday 8 December at the Glasgow Science Centre. The team, with their robot ‘Run For Your Life’, have been practising every week after school since the start of term to compete in the Glasgow regional competition.  The S1 pupils performed extremely well and won the Robot Games Knock-Out Round posting the highest score of all 18 teams in each of the 7 stages.  Well Done to Mahad, Rahul, Roddy, Alistair, Ross and Michael.  More photographs can be viewed here.

Higher Presentations

On Tuesday 8 December Williamwood held an information evening for parents/carers of pupils sitting the Higher courses.  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.  The presentations can now be viewed on the ‘Information’ tab on the school website.

S4-S6 Christmas Dance

On Thursday 17 December, Williamwood held its annual S4-S6 Christmas dance.  200 pupils attended the evening where they perfected their dancing techniques.  Pupils had great fun dancing to traditional ceilidh music after weeks of preparation in PE.  Thanks to the PE department who organise these successful events and to the staff who help to supervise.

S1-S3 Christmas Dance

PC160453On Wednesday 16 December, Williamwood held its annual S1-S3 Christmas dance.  180 pupils attended the evening where they perfected their dancing techniques.  Pupils had great fun dancing to traditional ceilidh music after weeks of preparation in PE.  Thanks to the PE department who organise these successful events and to the staff who help to supervise.  More photos can be viewed here.

Pupil Achievements in Performing Arts

National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain – Under 13s

Congratulations to S1 pupils Anna Ghiro and Jamie King who both have got into the Under 13s orchestra on bassoon.


National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Congratulations to S1 pupil Elena Guevara Rose who has got into the NYCGB.  Elena is the first pupil from Williamwood to get into this choir.


NYOS success

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is an organisation which provides a variety of orchestras, jazz bands and training ensembles for students aged from 8 to 25 years old.   We are delighted that a large number of Williamwood pupils again have received places in a wide variety of these ensembles for 2016.    The pupils involved are:

NYOS Symphony Orchestra:

Campbell Lang S4 – Bassoon

Andrew MacLeod S6 – Trombone

Ethan Skuodas S6 – Percussion and timpani

Senior Orchestra:

Alice Beglan-Grant S5 – Bassoon

Sophie Boyd S4 – Violin

Chloe Ghiro S3 – Violin

Chris Vettraino S4 – Oboe

Junior Orchestra:

Ben Drake S2 – Bassoon

Josef Heidinger S2 – Bassoon

Jamie King S1 – Bassoon

Finlay Overend S3 – Trombone

Aalia Shah S2 – Violin

Young Composer of the Year 2015

To mark the centenary of WW1 it was decided that entrants of the Young Composer of the Year Competition would use an aspect of WW1 as a focus for their stimulus.

Work was completed both as school lessons and also during after school works shops, where pupils were encouraged to consider how to express an aspect of life during the war.

Using a variety of perspectives conveyed by artists, writers, musicians and film makers as a starting point, the young composers developed expressive work that reflects on stimulus such as soldier’s struggles with day to day life in the trenches, of mother’s waving their children off to war and of the terror on the battle field. The result was thought provoking and sensitively constructed work that the adjudicators; Mr Doherty and Mr West were very impressed with.

The composer’s work had been divided into Junior and Senior sections. Sam King (S4) was awarded Senior Young Composer of the Year, while Jennifer Hepburn (S3) was awarded Junior Young Composer of the Year. Music scores by senior and junior competitors; Lewis Graham (S6) and Caleb Hunter (S3), were highly commended for their distinguished work.

The winning candidates work was performed at the WW1 commemoration evening in Williamwood with a very positive reception.

ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall exam success

Congratulations to the following pupils on their success in their recent Associated Board and Trinity examinations.

S1 Pupils: May Jackson Grade 4 Violin with merit, Nina Jackson Grade 4 Violin with distinction
S2 Pupils: Aalia Shah Grade 6 Violin with distinction, Tom Simmonds Grade 5 Violin with distinction
S3 Pupils: Nina Adams Grade 4 Viola with merit, Charlotte McKenna Grade 4 Violin with merit
S4 Pupils: Sophie Boyd Grade 7 Violin with merit, Callum Corrie Grade 4 Viola with merit, Mark Miller Grade 4 Violin with merit

S2 Pupil: Orla Lang Grade 6 Oboe with merit
S3 Pupils: Kitty Lamont Grade 4 Flute with merit, Catriona Macintosh Grade 4 Flute with distinction, Alasdair Notley Grade 6 Oboe with merit, Julie Sinclair Grade 4 Flute with merit

We are always delighted to celebrate the talent of the pupils at Williamwood so please let Mrs Selbie know if we have missed anyone out.