The S5 pupils involved in the intergenerational project ‘T in The Street’ have participated in a Dementia Friends workshop delivered by Alzheimer Scotland. This interesting and thought provoking session provided the pupils with an insight into the wide ranging challenges faced by dementia suffers and how they can be supported in the community.
Two of our S5 pupils, Gareth and Nicola, proudly represented our intergenerational project ‘T in The Street’ at East Renfrewshire’s special Digital Health and Wellbeing drop-in session today at Eastwood House. The event was showcasing how technologies can support health and wellbeing and enable residents of East Renfrewshire how to lead an independent life. The session was arranged by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) during Scottish Digital Health and Care Week, which is running from 7-11 December.
The senior netball teams and a staff team competed against one another on Monday after school this week in a light hearted, competitive match. In addition, the girls and staff enjoyed pizza together as a thank you for everyone’s time and effort this season so far. We are all looking forward to the second round of the Scottish Schools Cup. It is a very well earned Merry Christmas from Mr Allan, Miss Heslop and Anna Beattie. More photographs can be viewed here.
S4 pupils have been issued with their S4 reports as well as an appointment sheet. I would also like to remind you that S4 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 7 January 2016 from 4pm to 6.30pm in the school.
S6 Eco Deputes, Rona and Calum, collected the green eco-flag at a presentation on Tuesday 8 December at Rouken Glen Park. The award is in recognition of the excellent work done by many pupils over the years. East Renfrewshire Council is the first local authority in the country to have all secondary schools with the award. We are very proud of this excellent achievement of all our pupils. Well done! More photographs can be viewed here.
Congratulations to the Williamwood Skiing team who achieved third place in the British Schools Championships Boys Slalom in Wales on 22 November 2015. This is an outstanding achievement for Kyle (S5), Ross (S2), Kieran (S4) and Tom (S2). The boys performed exceptionally well to reach the finals and have consolidated their position in British skiing. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement. More photographs can be viewed here.
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), David Coburn (MEP for the Scotland region for the UK Independence Party) and Jamie (S6 pupil and performing arts depute). Unfortunately due to a parliamentary debate, the rt. Hon. Kirsten Oswald (SNP MP for Renfrewshire East) was unable to attend and was replaced by Saffron Dickson (SNP Student’s National Equalities Co-ordinator). 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 Tuesday 8 December, Williamwood held an information evening for parents of pupils in S5/S6. Teachers made a series of 20 minute presentations on their own subject and gave advice on the best way parents could assist and support their child’s studies for the upcoming prelims and exams in May next year. This was a highly informative evening for all who attended. The presentations will be available to view in the ‘Information’ section of the school website over the coming week.
On Wednesday 9 December, the 11 Diana Award winners attended the first ever Diana Award Inspire event at the Emirates Arena. At this event, pupils received their certificates at an awards ceremony which featured motivational speeches from Lesley MacDonald (Netball Scotland) as well as a performance from Nicholas McDonald of X-Factor fame. Pupils also participated in a series of workshops about sustaining their community involvement as well as planning for the future. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt that the activities were worthwhile.
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 been awarded the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award for raising money to help provide clean water in school in Africa. Ather (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. Congratulations to all of our Diana Award winners. More photographs can be viewed here.
Last Thursday, 90 National 5 Business Management pupils visited the University of Strathclyde Business School. The pupils were attending as part of an ongoing project with the business school where they have been tasked with planning the introduction of a commercially viable app. Pupils designed their apps during a full day event and then presented their business ideas. Academics at the university then judged the winners. All groups fully applied themselves to the tasks and gave excellent presentations. There were two winning apps on the day, ‘Foodtrest’ designed by Lara, Heather, Emily and Georgia and ‘Fix your face’ designed by Catrin, Jack, Taylor and Piper. An award was given for best group work to ‘Glam R Us’ comprising Humza, Jude, Abby, Daisy and Helena. Ewan, Ross and Michael were awarded prizes for best presenter. Well done! We would like to thank the University of Strathclyde for their involvement in this project and look forward to working with them again in the future. More photographs can be viewed here.
On Thursday, this year’s Young Enterprise group ‘Silhouette’ attended the Christmas Trade Fair at Intu Braehead. Since August, the company (run by S6 pupils) has been working tirelessly to create unique box framed art to sell at various events. Thursday’s event was a roaring success and proved to be the best night’s trading to date – well done! Silhouette’s products will be available at the PTA shopping night on Thursday 10 December. Customers can view the products in advance and make orders via the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SilhouetteYoungEnterprise
Any S5 pupil studying a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) related subject at Higher level with career aspirations within any STEM related field are invited to apply for this fantastic work experience opportunity. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain a valuable insight into a wide variety of careers. Successful applicants will be offered a four to six week placement during the summer of 2016 and travel expenses will be paid for depending on eligibility for funding. Interested applicants are asked to follow the links below to find out more information. See Miss Mortimer for further details and for help with your application.