Big Day Out 2016

Every year, we run Williamwood’s Big Day Out to give pupils a chance to relax and enjoy themselves with friends and teachers after a hard year of school work.  This year’s Big Day Out is taking place on Thursday 23 June.  All pupils in S1-S5 have the opportunity to select an activity from a wide selection on offer.  Details of the activities on offer can be found here.  A copy of the letter that has been issued to pupils can be found here.  Details about the activity cost can be found on the activities booklet and pupils should decide which activity they would like to participate in quickly, to avoid disappointment.

Pupil Achievements

Aquathlon - 3Aquathlon 2Congratulations to all of the Williamwood athletes who performed at the Scottish Schools Aquathlon Championships on Tuesday 26 April at the Dollan Aqua Centre.   Lewis Collinson (S3), Orla Lang, Katie Young, Hannah Nisbet, Kate Nisbet, Kira Linich and Zoe Coyne (S2) all participated in this event.  Well done!  Congratulations to Calum (S3) who won the S3/S4 category in a time of 16:29.  Calum participated in a 400m swim and 3km run.  Well done on this fantastic achievement.

S1 Pupil Achieves Young Scot of the Year Award 2016

CDSC_0050ongratulations to Jenny (S1) who has been awarded the Young Scot of the Year Award 2016 in the Health category as well as the overall Young Scot of the Year 2016.  This is an outstanding achievement from an inspirational pupil.  Well done!  The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards recognise the positive contributions of young people and celebrates this.  There were over 1000 nominees for the twelve individual categories.  Jenny was one of three finalists in the Health category and then went on to win the category.  Jenny was then in the running for the overall award from the twelve individual categories.  Jenny won the title of Young Scot of the Year 2016.  This is in recognition of the amazing fundraising that she has organised for her two charities: Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Charity and the Catherine McEwen Foundation.  So far, Jenny has raised an astonishing £111,000.  The awards ceremony took place in Edinburgh at the Conference Centre on Wednesday 27th April.  Jenny attended with her parents, brother Alex as well as Margaret and Derek from the Catherine McEwen Foundation.  Speaking about the award, Jenny explained that it was “very unexpected as I was listening to all of the other amazing stories so it was quite a surprise to win”.  Details of Jenny’s cause can be viewed here

Jenny will now continue with her fundraising and use some of her new contacts to raise even more money for her chosen charities.  Jenny’s next event is the ‘Arch to Arch Challenge’.  Jenny’s dad, a family friend and member of the Catherine McEwen Foundation will be cycling 181 miles, running for 80 miles and rowing for 29 miles.  Jenny is organising an event in school which will give parents of S1 pupils the opportunity to make a donation to her charities as well as all S1 pupils participating in an event in school on Thursday 19th May.  All S1 pupils will participate in running, cycling or rowing in The Street for 10 minutes in an attempt to match the ‘Arch to Arch Challenge’.  We wish Jenny good luck for her future fundraising activities.

Pupil Achievement

Three of our percussionists, S2 pupils David Aiton and Ewan Millar plus Ethan Skuodas S6, have been invited to take part in Tectonics Glasgow on Sunday 8th May at 6.15pm in the Old Fruitmarket.  The pupils will be performing alongside professional musicians from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and our own percussion instructor, Elspeth Rose.  Tectonics Glasgow is an annual music festival of new and experimental music presented by the BBC SSO at the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket.  This year the festival takes place on 7-8 May.

Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to S2 pupil Liana Storey who has been awarded the W Lindsay Lamb memorial bursary for pianoforte.  The bursary, founded in 1932, is awarded annually to the candidate who passes with the highest distinction marks in Grade 8 in Glasgow.