S6 Graduation Ceremony

graduationOn Thursday 28 April, Williamwood held its annual Graduation Ceremony for the S6 class of 2016. The evening began with an introduction from DSCN0289Mr Inglis (headteacher) and then a motivational speech by Philip Donnelly, Head of Education at Scottish Film.  The evening concluded with valedictory speeches from Head Boy and Head Girl, Cameron Angus and Sarah McCluskie, and the S6 depute headteacher, Mr Hannah.  The Williamwood version of the popular songs by Take That starring the S6 class of 2016 and various staff members finished the evening on an entertaining and emotional way. Congratulations to all of the S6 pupils graduating. Special thanks to Philip Donnelly  for his attendance and inspirational words and the PTA who generously funded the hospitality at the end of the evening. A copy of last night’s programme can be viewed here.

Convener’s Award

Congratulations to pupils who received the Convener’s Award at a ceremony at Carmichael Hall at Eastwood Park last night.  The Convener’s Award recognises outstanding achievement by pupils across the secondary schools.  This year, we had eight individuals or groups who were recognised with a Convener’s award:

The JEF Team (Junaid, Ewan and Fraser S5) in recognition of their National 3 Environmental Science recycling scheme;
The Oxfam Group (Zaiba, Gareth, Kathryn, Jennifer, Hannah, Hannah, Carla and Amy S5) for their commitment and dedication to raise money for clean drinking water;
Amy (S5) for her outstanding commitment and participating in the Knitting Mania project;
T in The Street Intergenerational Project (Bilal, Esther, Rose, Kate, Rebecca, Nadia, Molly, Rowan, Lara, Zaiba, Leigh, Becky, Nicola, Honor, Lucy Jo, Gareth, Iona, Navya, Maryam, Carla and Rebecca S5) for the successful and innovative community project with senior members of the community;
Ethan (S6) for his outstanding achievements in percussion;
Calum (S4) for his independent learning and achievement in physics at both Intermediate 2 and Higher level;
Jenny (S1) for her continued commitment and dedication to raising money for her chosen charities and raising the profile of her cause;
Young Enterprise Group (Halina, Calum, Erin, Megan, Sophie, Luisa, Hannah, Callum, Lewis, Maariyah, Rachel, Ayesha, Jennifer and Luis S6) for their commitment to extra-curricular activities and success in the business world.

S6 ‘Take That’ Video

This year, Mr Hannah’s S6 year group created a medley of Take That songs to mark the end of their time at Williamwood High School.  As Mr Hannah favourite band, they felt that this was a fitting way to end their 6 years at Williamwood.  The video can be viewed on a laptop, PC or desktop here.  The video can’t be viewed through mobile devices.  We hope that you enjoy!

Apprenticeship Opportunities

There are three exciting apprenticeships available locally in the hair and beauty industry. This opportunity is for willing and enthusiastic pupils and full training will be provided.

Davidson and Green hairdressers in Stamperland Gardens
Contact:  Fiona Davidson 0141 621 0300

Vidal Sassoon in Princes Square, Glasgow
Contact:  Fern Kelly 0141 226 4484.

Rock Paper Scissors
110 Ayr Road  Newton Mearns
CV and covering letter either to the salon at the above address  or email: alisonheneaghan@icloud.com
Modern apprenticeship levels NVQ2 and 3 day release to college and full in salon training.   Starting wage, £132 pw.

If you have any further questions, please see Miss Smith or Miss Mortimer in the pupil support base.


Chess Club News

13055499_10153994147820155_2501652984559755562_nCongratulations to the 30 pupils who participated in the 2016 Delancey Chess Tournament.  All of the pupils enjoyed the seven rounds and gained prizes and a certificate for their achievement. A special well done to Harry Mitchell who won every single game and is our school chess champion.  Well done!  Congratulations also to the pupils who qualified for the Regional Rounds which were held in Airdrie on Sunday 24 April: Joseph, Finlay, Andrew, Jamie, Adam, Harry, Emily, Andrew, Cameron, Kaya, Angus and Fraser.  Andrew and Finlay have now successfully qualified for the National Rounds in Manchester in July.  Good luck! More photographs can be viewed here.

Pupil Achievements

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

S1 pupils: Elliot Ferguson Grade 4 Flute with merit, Anna Ghiro Grade 5 Bassoon with distinction, James Ross Grade 4 Bassoon with merit
S2 pupil:  Liana Storey Grade 8 Oboe with distinction

S1 pupil:  Orla O’Shea Grade 4 Clarinet with merit
S2 pupils: Cara Martin Grade 4 Clarinet with merit, Eilidh Mathieson and Aamina Syyed  Grade 4 Flute with merit

Communication Support Service Pupils create Window Display

MainS1, S2 and S3 pupils from our Communication Support Service were asked by Waterstones in Newton Mearns to help them create a winning window display. Waterstones stores are competing for a David Walliams prize which our pupils would benefit from if selected as the winners. The challenge was to create a ‘Welcome to the World of Walliams’ inspired window which was installed this week and will be there for 2 weeks in total. Props were all made by our pupils from cabbages, soup tins, rat-burgers to an orange dress and a puppet ‘Raj the shopkepper’. Artwork from Busby, Netherlee and Carolside Primary schools have also added to this amazing work of art. Van Gogh has also inspired elements of the display with sunflowers and vase. Please ask Waterstones staff for the comments log book to let us know your favourite work of window art.  Photographs can be viewed here.

Head Boy and Head Girl Awards Ceremony

DSC00475Congratulations to Sarah and Cameron who attended the Head Boy and Head Girl Awards Ceremony last week which was held at Eastwood House in Giffnock.  The ceremony recognises the hard work and contribution of head boys and head girls to the school community.  Both Sarah and Cameron have made outstanding contributions to the school community.  Well done!

University of Strathclyde S@S Accelerate Programme

accelerate programme accelerate 3 Accelerate 2Accelerate is a one-week programme, held at the University of Strathclyde, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 and S6 thinking about going to university. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils’ chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career.Follow this link for more information and to apply: www.strath.ac.uk/sees/wideningaccess/gettingready/accelerate/

British Schools Karting Championships

go-cartingCongratulations to Ather (S4) , Cameron (S4) and Ross (S4) who competed in the British Schools Karting Championships.  There were 12 competing teams in the local heat and the team achieved overall third place.  This is a fantastic achievement and the team have qualified for the National finals which are taking place today in Edinburgh.  The top two teams from the National heats will qualify for the British finals in July.  Good luck boys!