Charity Week Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE), have organised a free UCAS and careers event which is aimed at prospective university applicants. Charity Week is a student-led volunteer initiative that fundraises for orphans and needy children, delivering sustainable projects to benefit young lives across the world. The event is open to all S5 and S6 pupils and will be run by professionals and students in a number of disciplines, who will be providing an insight on all major aspects of the application process. The event is free of charge although early registration is highly recommended as spaces are limited. More information can be found here. Following on from last year’s success, this year’s event details are below:
Title: Launch Your Future
Date: Saturday 17 September 2016
Time: 10.30am to 3pm
Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building
Facebook event: http://bit.do/LaunchYourFutureEvent
Register at: http://bit.do/LaunchYourFuture
Congratulations to the following pupils in the Communication and Support Service unit who have achieved the John Muir award. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done!
- Heather Grieve (S2)
- Callum Taylor (S2)
- Heather Macpherson (S3)
- Sean Mackenzie (S3)
- Esaam Kane (S3)
- Ryan Jeffrey (S3)
- Glen Gregan (S3)
- Talha Zubair (S3)
Congratulations to Cormac (S4) who was awarded the Daily Telegraph School Champion Award on Friday 10 June in London at the Telegraph Studios. Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell presented Cormac with his award and also signed a flag for the school with a motivational message: Go everyone at Williamwood. Go for your dreams. Love Sally Gunnell. In addition, Cormac featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 25 June, recognising his achievement. Cormac’s achievement was also included in the Early Day Motions in the House of Commons on Wednesday 2o July and Kirsten Oswald MP visited Cormac today to congratulate him further and present him with his Early Day Motion. Well done Cormac!
On Saturday 16 July 2016, Craig Thomson (S3) competed in the British Teens Crossfit Championships in Brighton. Craig was the youngest competitor in the ‘scaled ‘ division with all other athletes being 15 years old. Craig and his friend were the only two Scottish competitors. Craig placed 1st, 3rd and 2nd respectively in 3 gruelling workouts across the day and was just beaten into 2nd place overall in an exciting final event. Craig was praised for performing exceptionally well against much older and physically bigger athletes and he intends to return next year when he is 14 to win the event!
Congratulations to Kira Linich who became the first female junior champion at Stamperland Bowling Club on Sunday 28 August. Both Kira and Cameron Walton played well in the final. They were also the youngest finalists in the club’s history. Well done to both Cameron and Kira.
Attention S1 – Remember to enter the ‘name the BICT mascot’ competition by 19 September via the BICT base with a chance to win a prize! If you didn’t manage to pick up an entry form at morning assembly then feel free to collect one from the BICT base. Good Luck!
Our hugely successful intergenerational partnership with The Richmond fellowship Scotland Dementia Services has continued this session. Our S5 pupils have begun the project in earnest with two planning workshops, where they have been introduced to our older group members from the community, and they have started to plan their ten week reminiscence project together. We look forward to updating you with our progress over the coming weeks and sharing photos from our fun, and tea, filled sessions.
The West of Scotland Orchestral Trust has established a memorial award in memory of one of their past students Michael Stoakes. To receive the award, staff decide which pupils have been the most outstanding members of the symphony orchestra and the concert band. This year I am delighted that two Williamwood pupils received the award on Monday night. Alec Ross for the Concert Band and Ethan Skuodas for the Symphony Orchestra. Well done!
Members of teaching staff across the Williamwood Cluster have produced a series of videos which explain how the topic of fractions is taught across both the first and second levels of Curriculum for Excellence. These short clips have been designed to assist parents/carers in assisting pupils with their homework tasks.
Introduction to Fractions – https://youtu.be/10LXeNlN9xo
Ordering Fractions – https://youtu.be/jGXAC_WL2B4
Find a Fraction of a Number – https://youtu.be/om_KvWxGuBg
Changing Between Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions – https://youtu.be/1R2SZ1Z74Bc
All pupils going to Manchester for the derby should return their purple consent form to Mr Allan (Science) as soon as possible. Anyone not wishing to take their place should let Mr Allan know as soon as possible so that a replacement can be found.
Jenny (S2) is continuing to raise money for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. So far, she has raised over £110,000. As a school, we organised an S1 activity last year in the form of an Arch to Arc challenge in The Street. Jenny’s dad is continuing to raise money for Jenny’s chosen charity by completing the Arch to Arc (London to Paris) challenge. The challenge involves running 87 miles from Marble Arch in central London to Dover, rowing 29 miles across the Channel to Calais and then cycling 181 miles from Calais to Paris, covering a distance of almost 300 miles over the course of six days. More information can be found here. Please see Jenny (S2) if you are interested in further supporting her chosen charity.
On Thursday 1 September, senior pupils in S4, S5 and S6 received recognition for their achievements throughout 2015-16. Guest speaker and previous Williamwood pupil, Martin Stewart, (children’s author) opened the ceremony by recounting some stories from his time at Williamwood as well as encouraging pupils to apply themselves fully to all areas of their lives; to be ambitious and pursue their happiness. Pupils received awards for endeavour, sporting achievement, special recognition as well as subject attainment in the recent SQA exams. Mr Inglis also congratulated all pupils on their achievements and passed on his good wishes for the next academic session. Full details of the award winners can be found below:
Order of Service
S4 Endeavour Awards 2015-2016
S4 Subject Awards 2015-2016
Sports Awards 2015-2016
S5 Endeavour Awards 2015-2016
S5-S6 Subject Awards 2015-2016
Special Awards 2015-2016
Guest Speaker biography and photograph