Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to all pupils who represented Williamwood in the East Renfrewshire Schools Cross Country Championships. This was once again another successful year for our runners with every team placing at the event. Please see below for specific year group placings:

S1 girls – 2nd
S1 Boys – 1st
S2 Girls – 3rd
S2 Boys – 1st
S3 Girls – 2nd
S3 Boys – 1st
Senior Girls – 2nd
Senior Boys – 2nd

Williamwood Netball

This week has been an exceptionally busy week for the Williamwood netballers. Both pupils and staff have been working extremely hard to prepare the S1, S2 and S3 for Scottish Schools Cup quarter final action. S1 took to the court on Tuesday afternoon against a very experienced Perth High. The girls fought to the very end in a difficult match, resulting in Perth High progressing to the semi-finals. Following that match, the S2 girls took to the court and put in a commanding performance from the first whistle against Woodmill High of Dunfermline resulting in a semi-final match against Webster’s High School of Kirriemuir to follow during week beginning 11th March. Finally, the S3 girls took an early lead against Lathallan school in the first quarter but some excellent shooting from the oppositions GA saw Lathallan progress to the semi-finals. The school are very proud of all your efforts girls. Well done!

Volunteering Opportunity

Cosgrove are looking for volunteers – 16 years plus – to support their Child Services play schemes during the spring and summer school holidays 2019.

April 1st – 4th and 8th – 11th

July 8th – Aug 9th

The play schemes run Monday to Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm and will offer volunteers a range of days and times to suit, however they ask for a minimum commitment of two days volunteering, preferably consecutive days.

Volunteers will be involved in a variety of creative, fun and practical activities: arts and crafts group, music, drama, dance, baking. There is also scope for you to share your own particular hobbies and interests with the children, such as music or sport. There may also be opportunities for the volunteers to support children with an activity in the wider community such as an outing to the local swimming pool, a soft play area or a day trip to the coast. 

Two references will be required and a Disclosure PVG check will be carried out for all volunteers. If you would like to find out more please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Lauren Jarvis Tel 0141 620 2500. ljarvis@cosgrovecare.org.uk


Pupil Achievement

Kira Linich (S5) has just finished a weeks run in Hairspray the musical with Minerva Youth Theatre. Kira started with Minerva when she was 8 yrs old and  has starred in 9 consecutive shows with the company.  Additionally, Kira is now a youth ambassador for Scottish Swimming. As part of her role Kira attended an SQA accredited young leaders course at the Scottish Centre for Sport in Largs. Well done on these amazing achievement Kira!

Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Evening Wednesday 6 March

Starting to think about your child’s future? An apprenticeship which offers a unique combination of work and education could be the answer.

In Scotland, over 37,000 young people are currently undertaking apprenticeships across a huge range of sectors – from engineering to hospitality, financial services to beauty.  These vary from school-based placements (Foundation Apprenticeships), to getting a job and getting qualified at the same time (Modern Apprenticeships) to undertaking a degree while working (Graduate Apprenticeships).

Want to find out more? Come and join DYW Glasgow to learn about the options available, and which one could be the best fit for your child. 

At the event we will hear directly from an apprentice, as well as employers and other professionals, about the value of apprenticeships and work-based learning for young people. Details as follows:

  • Wednesday 6 March 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 30 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1EQ

 Sign up here: https://www.dywglasgow.com/biggest-parents-eve/bpe-event-registration/

STEM Competition

A group of S2 pupils attended the launch event for the STEM competition ‘Go4Set’. The team have now started a 10 week project to design a school that is more able to cope with the effects of climate change and will be competing against schools from all over the West of Scotland. They met their mentor Louise Methven who works for Scotland Transerve. Good luck team!

Williamwood Netball Team

Week beginning 25th February sees our S1, S2 and S3 netball teams compete in quarter final action. We are entertaining teams from Dunfermline (Woodmill High), Montrose (Lathallan School) and Perth (Perth High). The following week the Open ‘B’ team will be in quarter final action against Kilgraston school located near Perth. We are all looking forward to taking part in these matches and to progressing further in the national competition. Well done girls! Mr Allan, Miss Milne, Miss McLaughlin, Miss Kennerley and the school wish you the very best.

The Lawscot Foundation

Lawscot Foundation (a Scottish charity). Would like to offer the following information to pupils who are:

  • considering studying law (the LLB) in Scotland, commencing in autumn 2019
  • are facing significant financial barriers

They aim to support at least eight students in 2019 by providing them with a bursary package of £2,500 per year during their studies, and a solicitor mentor to assist with careers advice. 

The closing date for applications is 24 May 2019.

In order to be eligible to apply, pupils need to be able to answer yes to the following questions:

        Do you have an offer to study law (known as the LLB) at a Scottish university?*

        Is your parental /guardian total annual income under £34,000 and /or do your circumstances mean you would be unable to attend university due to your financial situation? (This can include receiving EMA, free school meals, being in care or being a young carer).

*More information, including the list of accredited universities can be found at www.lawscotfoundation.org.uk  

The application form and further information can be found at www.lawscotfoundation.org.uk/apply. If pupils have any questions, they can contact my colleague Deborah Barber – (deborahbarber@lawscot.org.uk) /0131 476 8126 who will be able to assist.

Standards of Uniform

The standard of school uniform at Williamwood High School continues to be very good. Uniform is an important aspect of the positive ethos within the school. All pupils in S1-S6 are regularly reminded of the standard of school uniform which is expected at their year group assembly. Depute Headteachers will remind all year groups next week about the standard of uniform.  Your ongoing support with this matter is greatly appreciated. Additional information about the standard of uniform can be found in the ‘Information’ section of the school website or here as well as the link to the Dressing for Excellence leaflet which can be accessed here.