From the school calendar, which is available on the school website, you will know that a study skills workshop for the parents of pupils in S1-S3 will take place on Thursday 29th September*.  The aim of this event is to help parents to support their children in preparing for class tests and assessments in the early stages of secondary school.  The workshops will focus on simple study techniques which may be of benefit to pupils such as mind mapping, the use of study cards, effective note-taking and literacy skills.  The workshops also aim to introduce parents to a range of online resources that pupils can use to assist them in their studies.  If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by completing the tear-off slip (attached) and returning it to the school office or send it by email to no later than Friday 16th September.

*Please note that pupils are not expected to attend with their parents.

Business & Administration Modern Apprenticeship

This is an opportunity to earn while you learn through an SVQ Level 3 apprenticeship in Business & Administration which has arisen in Thornliebank. The post will start with immediate effect, with a flexible working pattern of 20-40 hours per week over 5 days. The salary meets National Minimum Wage and full training will be provided.

To apply for this opportunity please send CV to by 30th September 2016.

(Please note if there are a number of strong applications the closing date may be brought forward)
For help with your CV and application please see Miss Mortimer in Science 15.

BAE Systems Engineering Apprentice Open Evening

website-bae-systemsBAE Systems are holding an open evening on Thursday 3 November between 5pm and 8.30pm to launch the 2016/2017 apprentice recruitment campaign.  The event will be hosted at BAE’s Govan site.  It’s the perfect opportunity for people to find out how to get started on a career in engineering.  Attendees can meet BAE apprentices, graduates and experienced engineers, try out 3D visualisation technology, take a tour of the production areas where ships for the Royal Navy are currently under construction and also see the apprentice training centre.

The event is open to individuals ages 16 and over, as well as interested parents, carers and teachers. This information is initially available only through schools, before being advertised externally, so register quickly to guarantee your place.  If you  are interested in attending the event you can register for tickets by emailing Entry is by ticket only and registration must be completed by Friday 14 October.  More information can be found here.

Please see Miss. Mortimer should you require further details.

Pupil Achievement

eidWell done to Aamina (S3) who helped refugees within the Glasgow community for Eid this year.  Aamina asked family members to donate gifts for both children and adults.  Aamina then wrapped the gifts and delivered to two different charities in Glasgow. Each gift had a special Eid greeting in Arabic to make them feel more welcome.


On Tuesday 13 September, parents/carers and pupils attended an information evening for new pupils in S1. Mr Inglis (HT) and Mr Hannah (S1 DHT) spoke briefly to parents/carers about the vast range of opportunities for all pupils at the school as well as the format of the evening.  Parents/Carers then had the opportunity to walk around the school, take a look at the work covered in each individual department and attend some mock lessons on various subjects as their children begin their first year at Williamwood.  A copy of the presentation can be viewed here.  More photographs can be viewed here.

Pupil Achievement

charity evening 1On Saturday 10 September at the Grand Gala evening 2Central Hotel in Glasgow, there was a Charity Gala Evening in memory of Jen Bremner.  Sadly, Jen died last October of cancer.  The event was attended by 280 guests and was hosted by Fred MacAulay.  Through various prize auctions, over £23,000 was raised for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.  Kyle (S2) dyed his hair aqua to help raise money for his mum’s fundraiser.  Kyle raised £1,500.  Well done to Kyle on this fantastic achievement!

Supported Study Programme

Pupils have been issued with a letter about the supported study programme.  The letter can be viewed here.  This year’s supported study programme can be found here as well as in the ‘Pupils’ section of the school website.  The timetable is not exhaustive.  In addition to this formal programme of supported study, many departments also offer informal sessions during lunchtimes, and many offer additional after-school sessions when the need arises.  Teachers will advise pupils in their classes of any such opportunities.  In order to secure the best possible results in the SQA examinations, we would urge pupils to take advantage of as much additional support as they can.  As well as supported study, we intend to offer Easter School sessions again this year.  A timetable for Easter School will be issued towards the end of February.