The Williamwood High School Music Festival is taking place on Tuesday 10 October in the Music Department at 7pm. A number of very talented pupils have successfully auditioned to compete in either the junior or senior sections. Pupils will be performing an interesting programme on a variety of instruments. Tickets will be available from the Performing Arts Department from Tuesday 26 September. Please see Ms Parker in the music department for further details.
Congratulations to Amy Pollock (S3) who has been successful in securing a place in The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the Associate programme of Modern Ballet. Well done!
The work completed by the school Malawi partnership was recognised in the UK parliament last week by Colin Clark MP in a special Westminster Hall Debate looking at the Scotland-Malawi relationship. Colin Clark MP said “Williamwood school in East Renfrewshire, which is in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton), has sent more than a hundred pupils on visits to towns in Malawi and raised more than £25,000 for Classrooms of Malawi, leading to the construction of a local nursery and the completion of 14 classrooms at Ekwendeni Primary School”. If interested, the whole debate can be viewed online. You can help support the current group who will travel to Malawi in June 2018 by attending our race night on Friday 6 October. It will take place in The Street and tickets are priced just £6. This is a BYOB event.
Congratulations to Andrew Lappin (S3) who won Gold in his category at the Heart of England Judo Championships held in the University of Wolverhampton on Saturday 2 September. Well done!
On Tuesday 12 September, parents and pupils attended an information evening for new pupils in S1. Mr Inglis (HT) and Mr Fisher (S1 DHT) spoke briefly to parents about the vast range of opportunities for all pupils at the school as well as the format of the evening. Parents 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.
The Wall is an active fundraising event organised by the PE department for S1 and S2 pupils in which they participate in an inflatable obstacle course to raise money for the school, through their own fundraising efforts. The event takes place on Thursday 21 September where pupils complete as many circuits of the course as possible in 10 minutes. Pupils in S1 and S2 have had a special assembly to find out details of their forthcoming sponsored event. Pupils are very excited about this event and are currently seeking sponsors from family and friends. A copy of the letter and sponsor form issued to pupils can be viewed here and here.
We are organising a collection of goods on behalf of the charity; Scottish Action for Refugees (SAFR). SAFR are collecting various items for Syrians in need during this upcoming winter. Pupils are encouraged to bring in goods which can be left in boxes in The Street. The items will be passed on to SAFR who are hosting a coffee morning/collection on Saturday 30 September at Clarkston Scout Hall. More information about the items required can be found here. Donations should be made no later than Friday 29 September.
Next week is Walk or Cycle to School Week where pupils/staff are encouraged to make an effort to improve their health and wellbeing by becoming more active. In order to provide an additional opportunity for pupils to exercise, the social subjects department have agreed that they will take pupils out to the track for 15/20 minutes each period next week to allow them to walk around the track, hopefully managing one mile each day as promoted by the Scottish Government’s Daily Mile Challenge.
Pupils should make sure that they have appropriate footwear and perhaps a waterproof jacket on the days that they are in social subjects.
We are pleased to announce that our third successive intergenerational project, Tea in The Street, has been launched with an afternoon tea party. Our current S5 pupils have eagerly signed up to participate in this fantastic project, taking on a digital theme this year. We welcome nine older participants from The Richmond Fellowship Dementia Service, who are all thrilled to be working with our pupils and we look forward to updating you with our progress over the next 10 weeks. We would also like to take this opportunity to send our very best wishes to Lorraine, who is moving on from The Richmond Fellowship to take up another post. She will be sorely missed as she was the driving force behind this project when it began in 2014.
We are establishing a school credit union in partnership with Pioneer Mutual Credit Union Ltd. A collection point will operate in the social subjects department at interval every day, allowing pupils to deposit money into their accounts. Membership is free to all pupils but a minimum deposit of £1 is required to activate the account. More information can be found here.
Parents were welcomed to the school on Monday evening to see how their children were learning in S1 mathematics, with examples of the four operations, integer work and percentages. The teachers in the maths department covered examples and involved the parents with discussions and working, with S6 maths deputies and prefects joining in as helping hands. The evening was aimed to give parents the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the methods used to teach their children to support their learning in the home. Further to this, it demonstrated the expectations of pupils in our department and indeed the school. Parents commented that it was a ‘great experience’ and ‘made a big difference to how they would help their child’. Photographs here.
As part of Maths Week Scotland 2017, senior pupils attended a very interesting talk hosted by University of Strathclyde lecturer Professor Adam McBride on the importance of maths, which can be useful in many professions. Also, students Alice Chisholm and Johnny Love from the Strath Science Scouts gave a presentation on where a degree in maths can take someone in the career world. Due to the high levels of problem solving required, a degree in maths can open many career prospects in several different areas. Photographs here.
S2 pupils have been tasked with working in groups within their classes to design, cost and produce a lunch box. Pupils began the task yesterday, looking at a variety of different ways in which they could design their box which would make it appealing both visually and also financially. As the week progresses, the pupils will gain a greater understanding of the financial implications involved in producing a product and will present their lunchbox idea to their class at the end of the week with a prize for each winning group per class. Photographs here.
Pupils in S3 have been tasked with researching, planning and presenting a two week holiday for a family of four to Orlando, Florida. To give a deeper understanding of what is required to book a holiday, two members of staff from Thomson Holidays at Braehead attended classes and presented on how to plan a holiday which meets the needs of their customers. S3 pupils were fully engaged in the presentation, recognising the many aspects of planning a holiday that they did not initially consider. As the week continues, the groups of pupils will be planning their ideal holiday, having to manage their budget effectively when they encounter areas of difficulty. Photographs here.