National 3 Environmental Science Project

DSCN0275Junaid, Ewan and Fraser are S5 pupils who study National 3 Environmental Science with Mrs Elliott.  As a part of their National 3 Environmental Science course, the boys have worked on projects to improve their environment.  Before Christmas, the boys focused on a bug house in the school eco garden.  Since the start of this year, they have focused on a major recycling and sustainability project.  The boys compiled an excellent report which includes their detailed findings as well as next steps.  As a part of their project, they created recycling stations in each science classroom as well as the science staff base.  Every week, they collected, counted and cleaned the plastic bottles and cans before Mrs Elliott transported them to a local recycling facility.  Their study included 17 classrooms over a 10 week period.  On average, the team collected 121 plastic bottles and 6 cans per week.  Over the 10 week period, the boys recycled over 1211 bottles and 58 cans.  In addition, the boys completed a staff survey about recycling habits both at home and in school.  100% of teachers surveyed said that they would use additional recycling facilities if they were introduced into the school.  The boys are keen to ensure that their project has a lasting impact on the school and have now contacted East Renfrewshire Council to suggest further improvements to the current recycling scheme in schools.  In recognition of their excellent work in this field, the boys have been awarded a Convener’s Award for their outstanding achievement in the community services category.  Ewan will collect the award on behalf of the team at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28 April at Carmichael Hall, Eastwood Park.  Well done to the boys!

Modern Apprenticeships in Childcare

ChildcareCarousel Training Centre are currently recruiting summer leavers for employment and training opportunities in the Child Care Sector (O – 5 years). Pupils can apply online at any time and will be offered an interview within 2 weeks from the date of application.  If successful during training, Carousel will assist applicants to find full time employment with a private nursery as close to home as possible.  Applicants need to be 16-19 years old and are required to have a minimum of 3 N4 or N5 qualifications including English.  Any pupils who are interested can see Miss. Mortimer for further details or apply online now at www.carouseltraining.com

Chess Club News

1Congratulations to all of the S1-S4 pupils who took part in the Delancey Schools’ Chess Tournament over the past 7 Wednesdays.  Each round was tense and exciting as the games started with a handshake followed by a 45 minute silent room with 26 players aiming to win their game.  The pupils enjoyed the badge, gold spots, mascots and other prizes as they gained points in the tournament.  Congratulations to the following 12 pupils who accumulated enough points to gain entry to the regional tournament in April: Joseph(S3), Finlay(S3), Andrew(S2), Jamie(S1), Adam(S2), Harry(S4), Emily(S2), Andrew(S1), Cameron(S3), Kaya(S1), Angus (S3) and Fraser(S3).  A special well done to Harry (S4) who won every single game and is our school chess champion.  Well done!  More photographs here.

Fantastic Modern Apprenticeship Opportunities for Summer Leavers

MAThe following modern apprenticeships are currently being advertised at www.apprenticeships.scot  Earn from £6,000 – £15, 600 per year while you learn and kick start a career in:

Retailer –  John Lewis PLC
Retail Manager – John Lewis PLC
Yard Assistant – Jewson
Application Developer – JP Morgan
Tax Advisor – Deloitte
Auditor – Deloitte
Building Services: Engineering Electrical – Wates
Building Services: Engineering Mechanical – Wates
Social Media & Marketing Assistant
Campaign Executive
Business and Administration
Customer Service
Finance and Customer Service
Project Manager
Systems Developer
Fashion Retail
Accountant
Digital Skills
IT Support
Salon Junior
Commis Chef
Dental Nurse
Health & Social Care

See Miss. Mortimer for further details.

Young Enterprise Team Success

young enterpriseCongratulations to the Young Enterprise Team who won Best Business in the East Renfrewshire district on Friday 18 March. Well done!  Silhouette specialises in handmade contemporary silhouette framed artwork and was created as part of the Young Enterprise Initiative.  Silhouette’s mission is to provide affordable, quality products that match the high quality products supplied by larger businesses, but are more cost effective and offer better value for our customers.  The company started off with a small range of silhouette designs and 30 frames.  As the business was new, the team were unaware of the demand for the designs and quickly sold out.  This led to us restocking and broadening the range to suit customers’ requests.  Their Facebook page allowed the business to interact, via social media, on a personal level with customers taking orders and personalising many frames to the specific needs of each individual customer.  The team have experienced a great deal of success this year and have also learned invaluable skills and experience from Young Enterprise.

S4 Pupil Achievement

drummerCongratulations to Tom (S4) who won the UK Drummer of the Year 2016 competition.  This year’s competition was held in Lemington Spa on Sunday 7 February.  Tom was in the final 10 from over 400 applicants and was also the only Scottish finalist.  Tom was judged by an acclaimed panel featuring drummers from Kasabian, Robbie Williams’ band and Ash Soan.  As the winner, Tom will also perform at the London Drum Show as well as other events throughout the year.  Tom started drumming at the age of 11 and has been dedicated and committed throughout his career.  Tom drums in the Senior Concert Band and also accompanies the Senior Choir.  He has also recently been selected by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland as their drummer for next year.  Tom also plays gigs in and around Glasgow including weddings and events as a part of the Williams Quartet.  This is a fantastic achievement.  Well done!

Aggreko Apprenticeship Programme 2016

aggrekoGlasgow Clyde College works in partnership with Aggreko to offer electrical and mechanical modern apprenticeship programmes, which are designed to develop the skills required to become a fully qualified electrical technician or mechanical craft. The four-year programme combines on-the-job training, academic study and the opportunity to travel.  Aggreko currently has opportunities for enthusiastic individuals looking for the best possible start in an engineering career which offers variety, interest and responsibility. The apprenticeship programme offers permanent employment, training and real prospects to develop a career with a global company.  Aggreko is a global leader in the rental of power generation and temperature control equipment. Based at Lomondgate, Dumbarton, Aggreko UK Ltd design and build a wide range of specialist energy solutions to the highest quality standards in a modern and dynamic manufacturing facility.

Qualification requirements for Technician (Electrical) Apprenticeship:
a minimum of four National 5s (or equivalent) in the following subjects:
Maths
English
Science (preferably Physics)
An IT/Technical based subject

Qualification requirements for Mechanical (Craft) Apprenticeship:
a minimum of four National 4s (or equivalent) in the following subjects:
Maths
English
Science
Craft/Technical

Aggreko offers a competitive salary and benefits package. If you have the necessary entry qualifications and would like to become part of the Aggreko team, please visit http://www.aggreko.co.uk/current-vacancies/, select the Apprentice vacancy and follow the instructions to apply.

Closing date: 25 March 2016
Candidates selected for interview will be required to attend a half day assessment centre as part of the selection process. Please note that following your application all correspondence from Aggreko and Glasgow Clyde College will be via email.

Spring Concert

The Spring Concert is taking place in Williamwood High School at 7pm in The Street on Wednesday 23 March.  Tickets are available at the music department at the cost of £4 adults, £2 concession.  This should be a very entertaining evening with a variety of bands, ensembles and choirs taking part.

Young Musician of the Year 2016

Our annual Young Musician of the Year competition took place on Thursday 17 March in the music department.  Again this year, the standard of performance was exceptionally high with the judges commenting that they thought the pupils were incredibly skilled.  The junior winner was pianist Liana Storey S2 with bassoonist Anna Ghiro S1 as runner up.  The senior winner was clarinettist Lewis Graham S6 with oboist Chris Vettraino S4 as the runner up.  Congratulations to all the pupils involved.