Monthly Archives: January 2020

Parental Involvement Act 2006

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 sets out the role parents, schools and education authorities must play in ensuring all parents are fully involved and engaged in their children’s learning and in the life and work of our schools.

The Scottish Government made a commitment to update, strengthen and modernise the guidance as part of its joint Scottish Government / Convention of Scottish Local Authorities “Learning Together” Action Plan.

They are now seeking the views of a wider audience to refine the updated guidance.

They are running a full public consultation on the draft updated guidance, from Friday 24 January 2020 until Thursday 30 April 2020.

They would be grateful if you can complete the consultation questionnaire on the refreshed guidance which can be accessed here.

The Scottish Government is hoping to hear from anyone who has an interest in how parents can be fully involved and engaged in children’s learning.

 For more information on the public consultation and how you can be involved in this please contact:

Employment and Training Opportunity

Alan Stewart, Managing Director:  CRGP Surveyors Limited

Mr Stewart is looking to offer an alternative route to a career in surveying by offering employment within his surveying company starting in June/July. This would include gaining qualifications by attending university part time.  If candidates do not have sufficient qualifications for university entry immediately, there are also various pathway courses that can be done to gain entry to the degree courses.  Mr Stewart is also willing to offer work experience for anyone who would be thinking about a career in surveying.

T: 0141 337 2255


Pupil Achievement

It has been another very busy session for netball at Williamwood. We had five teams enter the Scottish Schools cup and still have three competing, with two (S1 and S3) already progressed to quarter finals in their Gold and Silver sections respectively. Miss McLaughlin, Miss Hood, Mr Allan and our local club founder (Anna Beattie) continue to support the girls on a weekly basis at training and at matches. Netball continues to thrive and participation levels are on the increase. It is testament to the hard work of all players, coaches and supporters. Here’s hoping for a successful start to February for the Open B team who go up against James Gillespies High School for a place in the Silver section quarter final on the 4th.

Chess Club Tournament 2020

The annual tournament kicked off last week with the biggest number of competitors ever! Over 50 players from S1-S6 look forward to a Wednesday after school session where they find out who they are up against and set up in the silent room before shaking the hand of their opponent and giving their all in a match game. Along the corridor in another room, pupils can play friendly matches and let off steam after their serious tournament game, picking their moves apart. Thanks to both Adam and Andrew in S6 who are leading the tournament – amazing management skills and good humour from both boys.

Swimming Development Programme: Free Taster Swimming Lessons

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Swimming Development are looking for children aged 4 to 12 years to come along to FREE Lessons.  The existing swimming teachers are upskilling to a higher level of swimming qualification run by the National Governing Body Scottish Swimming.  If you are interested in bringing your children along to our free taster swimming lessons at Barrhead Foundry, being taught by our probationary teachers, more information can be found here.

Ex pupil Stephen Allan-huge musical star!

One of our fantastic ex pupils is making a huge splash in the world of musical theatre.  Stephen Allan is starring in the musical CATS at the Ronacher theatre, Vienna, playing the role of Mr Mistoffelees!   This is a huge viennese revival and he has worked with Sir Trevor Nunn and Andrew Lloyd Webber to develop the show which is running with a 27 piece orchestra! To add to this wonderful success he has recently won “Best Supporting Actor” for the Broadway World awards! 

Some reviews of CATS! here.

Trailer here.




Subject Choice Event for Parents and Carers

Please see a letter attached here from Skills Development Scotland.

Dear Parent / Carer,

Subject Choice Event for Parents and Carers – How you can help your Young Person

We would like to invite you to an event for the parents and carers of S2 pupils at:

Barrhead Foundry Wednesday 22 January between 5pm and 8pm.

The event is an opportunity for you to find out more about the work that we do with school pupils and how we support them to develop Career Management Skills.  We recognise also that you are a key influencer on your young person’s decision making. There will be speakers on number of topics to help you to support them with their subject choices and decision making. The short talks will be presented at two intervals so that you can attend whichever ones suit best.   The programme is as follows:

5.00 pm                               What are Career Management Skills?

                                                Today’s Labour Market

                                                My World of Work

                                                The Apprenticeship Family


6.30pm                                 What are Career Management Skills?

                                              Today’s Labour Market

                                                My World of Work

                                                The Apprenticeship Family

In addition to the above, there will be SDS Careers Advisers available for you to speak to individually.

Please email or phone: 0141 488 1591 to let us know if you would like to come along to the event.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Kennedy,

Personal Adviser.