Last week, three S3 pupils participated in the Youth Speaks Public Speaking competition at Mearns Castle High School where they performed a speech they had constructed with Mr Smith over the last few weeks on gender equality. The pupils achieved joint second place in the competition. Congratulations to Annie, Grayson and Mahdiya.
The S5/S6 ASDAN pupils have enjoyed making their own books for children as part of the Communication Unit. This involved thinking about topics for 5 year olds and relevant vocabulary which would engage a young child. The pupils then practised reading their books in class and at home, before enjoying a trip to the local nursery, the Cartmill Family Centre, where they had the opportunity to read their own books to the nursery children. All of our pupils showed enthusiasm and confidence throughout the task, enjoyed reading their books out loud, engaging with the children and reading fluently. They were a credit to Williamwood during the visit and hope to work with the nursery staff and pupils again soon.
Prizes in the first week include:
– A voucher from Gifted, Clarkston
– Beautiful Christmas Decorations from Gill Chestnut, Artisan Glass
– Wine and Prosecco
– Arran Aromatics gift set
– Chocolates and candles
Raffle tickets are still available through ParentPay and from the school office right up to Monday 19th December.
School dance tickets will go on sale at lunchtime on the following dates:
S1-S3 Dance Friday 8 December (£3)
S4-S6 Dance Tuesday 12 December (£5)
Pupils should go to the P.E. base to purchase the tickets. There are only 300 tickets available for each dance so purchase yours early to avoid disappointment. Last year, the senior dance was a sell-out.
Monday 18 December S1-S3 Dance 7pm – 10pm
Tuesday 19 December S4-S6 Dance 7.30pm – 10.30pm
On Thursday 23 November, Williamwood High School held a Question Time event for both pupils and parents. The event was organised by S6 Advanced Modern Studies pupils as well as teachers of Modern Studies. The panel consisted of Ross Greer (Green MSP for the west of Scotland region), Kirsten Oswald a former SNP MP for East Renfrewshire Constituency from 2015-2017, Euan Blockley a Conservative Councillor for the Linn ward and is Scotland’s youngest councillor, Paul O’Kane a Scottish labour councillor for Newton Mearns and Neilston and our very own Ellie Watson an S6 pupil who did an excellent job alongside seasoned politicians in a captivating debate. A special thanks to BAM staff for helping out with the facilities, Mr Sudding for helping out with sound, the Malawi 2018 team for supplying tea and Coffee and a special thanks to Mrs Monaghan for chairing the debate.
A group of five S2 pupils accompanied by Mr Doohan recently took part in a Smart STEMs interactive conference at Clyde College Glasgow. The pupils spent the morning with a programmer and an engineer listening as they detailed the challenges they face in their daily role. Pupils then participated in master classes in forensic science, Minecraft, childcare, construction, horticulture, textiles and even go karting. The pupils met with many STEM industry experts throughout the day and left feeling enthusiastic about a future career in STEM.
Pupil studying Higher Physical Education attended the Scottish Open Grand Prix on Thursday 23 November. They were able to watch some of the world’s top players competing against one another in both singles and doubles matches. Williamwood pupils were also given special permission to interview several players, asking them a series of questions which relate to the Higher course, specifically concerning how the players cope emotionally with the demands of performance. Some of the players our pupils met and interviewed include Nathan Robertson (former World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist), Adam Hall, Eleanor O’Donnell and Julie MacPherson (Scottish National Champions), plus Ciar and Ciatlin Pringle (former pupil). The experience will enhance pupils’ understanding of key course concepts and also the quality of their written answers, in preparation for their prelim and exam paper. Pictures here.
Click here to watch a video clip of Ciar and Caitlin specifically mentioning the support of their former school at the event, with Williamwood pupils in the background of various shots watching their doubles match very attentively.
Thank you to all of the pupils who participated in last week’s Pupil Conference. More than 300 students from S1 to S5 listened to a talk from Brian Costello from Headspace. The title of the talk was “I am not an Elephant” and in it Brian discussed the differences between feeling and thoughts. Later on in the day, pupils worked with S6 pupils to explore some of the topics raised. The pupils also worked in teams to help to design a set of values for the school. It is vitally important that the pupils in the school are vocal on the issues that affect them and this year’s conference was a huge success. Well done! More photographs here.
On Tuesday, a group of 25 S2 pupils enjoyed a fabulous excursion to Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park just outside Edinburgh. The pupils were treated to a guided tour and then worked on writing their personal proposals to add to their own sculpture at the park. Pupils took in works by many contemporary sculptors including Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley and Anya Gallaccio. The Art and Design department have made strong links with the sculpture park and hope to open the trip up again in the near future. More photoraphs here.