Parent Conference

PICTURE 2On Tuesday 24 May, our first ever parent Conference took place. The evening started with a short introduction from Mr Inglis, Headteacher, and then a video about PICTURE 1Williamwood High School and the wider achievement opportunities available to pupils.  Parents/carers then selected two sessions to attend.  Over 120 parents participated in the sessions which covered topics such as social media; stress and anxiety; navigating the teenage years; the importance of sleep and emotional wellbeing; mindfulness, UCAS and college; modern apprenticeships, SAPPhire – skills for work, my world of work and sexual health.  Evaluations of the evening were all incredibly positive with parents/carers commenting that the sessions were “amazing and very informative” and that they “feel inspired to make positive changes in my relationship with my children”. Parents/carers also commented that the sessions were “informative, entertaining and superbly delivered”.  We would like to thank all of the guest speakers as well as parents/carers for making this event such a success.  A copy of the wider achievement video can be viewed here.

S1 Fundraising Activities

jenny cookCongratulations to all S1 pupils and staff who were involved in the Arch to Arc challenge on Friday 20 May which was World IBD Day.  S1 pupils tried to mirror the 181 bike miles, 29 rowing miles and 87 running miles completed by competitors.  S1 pupils and staff managed to achieve 181 bike miles, 83 rowing miles and 94 running miles.  So far, we have raised £2363 (and still counting!) for Jenny Cook’s charities.  Jenny is a spokesperson for several charities and the money will be split between the Catherine McEwen Foundation, Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Charity and Multiple Sclerosis.  Other S1 pupils provided fantastic entertainment in The Street during lunchtime.  Well done to everyone who participated in this fantastic event. More photographs here.  A video about Jenny’s experiences and cause can be watched here.

Calling All Budding Entrepreneurs

Orbit%20Logo%20A fantastic opportunity has arisen with Orbit, a Social Enterprise, which aims to build world class skills through entrepreneurship in teenagers aged between 16 – 18 years old.  There are a limited number of places on this 15 week programme and it would be well suited to pupils planning on studying business management or account and finance.

The following information is taken from their website:
Imagine a place, where a simple idea can grow into something much larger.  Orbit is a business incubator, designed to launch teenagers, aged between 16-18, into setting up their own businesses.  We partner with high schools and academies, and they supply us with our budding entrepreneurs.  Demand is enormous, but after our application and selection process, we take successful applicants into our LaunchPad.  Once per week, on a weekday evening, we meet at the LaunchPad – our meeting rooms. Through our 15 week programme, teenagers will be partnered with a business mentor, whom will guide them through every stage of setting up a business.   Orbit provides every participant with:

  • A business mentor, whom is a real entrepreneur;
  • Professionally produced business ‘incubation guides’, giving you a handbook for setting up a business;
  • Access to leading business figures, whom talk to participants on a 1-to-1 basis;
  • A vibrant community of other budding entrepreneurs to network with;
  • Access to e-resources, where engaging video content adds to the learning experience;
  • The opportunity to become a part of our community.;
  • Being a Social Enterprise, you can trust that we are not in this for cynical aims; We thrive on the generosity of our volunteers. Everything starts with our teenage participants, and everything ends with our teenage participants; they are our focus.”

For further information visit:
If you are interested in applying for a place please contact Miss. Mortimer ASAP as the deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.

Villareal Trip

Game15 S2 pupils and 2 members of staff recently enjoyed a 6 day football trip to Spain with Europa League semi-finalists Villarreal CF as the host club. In addition to receiving training sessions at the club’s world class training ground, the children also played out a competitive 0-0 draw with the local side C.D. Drac Castellon.  The squad also attended the La Liga fixture between Valencia and Real Sociedad and received a tour of Villarreal’s Madrigal stadium. Time was also spent at both the pool and beach in Benicassim, before the trip ended with a visit to the Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC.  Overall, it was another thoroughly successful football trip and over the coming weeks, the current S1 should look out for details of next year’s trip to Real Madrid!  More photographs can be viewed here.

Scottish Canals Procurement Apprentice Opportunity

scottish-water-large (2)This is an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to earn whilst they learn and commit two years to gaining recognised qualifications and experience and taking home a great salary.  As a company, Scottish Canals spend millions of pounds every year on things as wide ranging from stationery to maintaining and upgrading the Falkirk Wheel, and the way in which we decide the best way to spend that money is through a process called procurement.

In return for hard work and dedication, you will earn a salary of just over £16,000 and gain an SVQ level 3 in Procurement and CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) Level 2. You will sit 5 exams over the two years and spend on average one day per week ‘doing college’ at City of Glasgow College in an online environment. For the rest of the time you will be an active and important member of the Procurement function, working alongside the Procurement Manager who will mentor and develop you to ensure you add real value to the company.

In this job you will be involved with the analysis of how money is spent to determine what new contracts are needed as well as helping with the administration of existing contracts. You will work with staff from across the country and other interested parties to help develop tender and contract documents as well as assisting in the evaluation and award of new contracts that are vital to the company  Your training will start with a few weeks getting bedded in to the company and learning some commonly used terms and most importantly, what the procurement function actually does!  You will then be enrolled in City of Glasgow College to undertake a SVQ level 3 which will take between 12 and 15 months. Once this is complete we will use the remaining time to enhance your qualification to CIPS level 2 in year 2. Although the college provides the coursework and exams, most learning is completed through online modules so you will need to be self-motivated and have great time management to ensure you meet the targets set.  The learning isn’t just at College, however, and you will be learning more daily throughout shadowing and assisting the Procurement Manager. He will get you involved in real tasks, growing with complexity throughout your time with us.  This is a fantastic opportunity to start a long and rewarding career in Procurement.

Which qualification or qualities are required?
Someone who is enthusiastic and keen to succeed
Someone who has great communication skills, both written and verbal
Someone who can analyse data, ask the right questions and doesn’t mind spending a lot of time looking at spreadsheets!
Qualifications – Someone who ideally has 5 Standard Grades (Level 1 – 4) OR 5 National Level 5 grades. Qualifications must include Maths and English.
Closing date:  3 June 2016

To apply, please send your CV and Covering Letter to
See Miss Mortimer for help with your application.

Vacancy: Management Accounting Trainee

SQA pictureA fantastic opportunity has arisen with Taylor Wimpy West Scotland (Paisley) for a Management Account Trainee.

The aim will be to equip the trainee with an appreciation of the Company’s overall business and an in-depth knowledge of the Finance function within the Regional Business Unit.  The overall training will enable the trainee to carry out the key activities as detailed below. Thereafter, and subject to the trainee’s performance over a four year period and a suitable vacancy, it will be the intention to employ the trainee in an appropriate permanent position within the Finance Department.  The Management Accounting Trainee will study part time at an agreed college/training provider to gain the CIMA Diploma in Business Accounting Practice.  On successful completion of the diploma the trainee will then be eligible to continue their studies with the CIMA Professional Qualification.

Key experience
Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word and Outlook)
Ability to multi-task and prioritise workload
Working as part of a team
3 Highers at Grade C or above to include English and Maths

Training Progression
Exam results and college reports will be reviewed at the appropriate time, and continuing employment will be dependent upon satisfactory results
The Trainee will be appraised every three/six months to review progress
The Trainee’s salary will be reviewed annually

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send your C.V. to:  Michelle Cameron, Finance Manager, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Unit C Ground Floor, Cirrus Building, Marchburn Drive, Paisley PA3 2SJ or via email to  Closing date for applications is 15 June 2016.
See Miss. Mortimer ASAP if you are interested in finding out more and for help with your application.

Work Experience for Current S3 Pupils

The current S3 will participate in work experience in September 2016 as new S4 pupils for 4 days.  The purpose of work experience is to demonstrate the relevance of school to the world of work for pupils.  All pupils in S3 have been issued with a letter about work experience which can be viewed here.  A copy of the ‘Work Experience: Self Found Placements’ form and the ‘Letter of Understanding’ can be found here.  All pupils in S3 will also be shown the powerpoint here in PSHE classes over the next week.

The latest return date for self found placements in Friday 1o June 2016.  If you require any additional information, please contact Mrs McKirdy, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

S4 Pupil Achievements

ZinniaDuring study leave, some S4 pupils from the Communication Support Service have been participating in lessons delivered by Mrs Rogers in hospitality to improve their life skills.  Last week, pupils made pizza and this week pupils made a cake.  Zinnia (S4) made a cake and gave it to Mrs Sinclair (DHT).

S3 Masterclasses

MainDuring the afternoon on Tuesday 18 May, all pupils in S3 had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass of their choosing. Sessions included Make-up Artistry,  F1 Car Design, Chemistry of the Cupcake and a Team Building class where a group were put through their paces by four Royal Marines Commandos. The Coach for Success masterclass took a group of pupils to Ibrox where they developed coaching skills whilst attendees of the Heartstart masterclass learned how to deal with life threatening emergency situations calmly and effectively. Pupils engaged fully in these activities and enjoyed developing skills in new and engaging ways.  More photographs can be viewed here.

Primary Pupils Participate in Maths Challenge

IMG_0454Well done to all of the Primary 6 pupils from Busby, Carolside and Netherlee Primary schools who recently competed in a Maths Challenge at Williamwood High School.  The event consisted of 3 rounds: a practical puzzles round, a 12-card challenge and finally, a particularly energetic relay race.  The overall winners were the Orange Squares and so congratulations go to Carly Carmichael (Busby), Aiden Bothwell (Netherlee), Eve Ballantyne and Lauren Murray (Carolside).  Photographs can be viewed here.



An excellent opportunity has arisen for two hardworking and enthusiastic people to join Tennent Caledonian Breweries as Modern Apprentices. The successful candidates will work in the quality assurance team, based at Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow.

You will be employed on a 24 month contract and will work in a supported learning environment to develop the skills and knowledge which will assist you to complete a Level 3 Qualification in Life Sciences and Related Science Industries and progress in your future career. You will be based on-site at Wellpark Brewery 4 days per week and spend one day per week at Glasgow Kelvin College undertaking the SVQ to complete the Modern Apprenticeship.

You will be required to work in a busy multi-disciplinary laboratory, gaining practical experience of conducting various test procedures including chemical, microbiological and sensory analyses and testing of relevant samples and reporting on results to relevant stakeholders.

Apprentices will be expected to:
Committed to their own learning to enhance their skills and knowledge
Develop knowledge and skills to enhance the company workforce
Complete their qualification, and to make satisfactory progress throughout the course or in their apprenticeship placement
Attend all training events applicable to their apprenticeship

These roles would suit a school leaver who has a particular interest in Chemistry and Biology, or a college student completing a science related NC programme. Candidates must have a Glasgow postcode and be 18 years old or above on commencement of the apprenticeship in August 2016.

If you are interested in becoming a TCB apprentice, please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter detailing why you think you are suitable for the position to Jennifer Stirling at