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PARENTSPORTAL

A reminder that all parents should sign up for ParentsPortal, in order to access a range of information and online forms.  More information can be found here.

Please note that the information you enter must match exactly the information currently held in school.

If you experience any difficulties at all when logging in, please just email schoolmail@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk and one of the office staff will be happy to help.

S1 Returns

A reminder that all S1 pupils have to return the ICT responsible user agreement (pink) and photography consent form (blue) to the school office.  Many thanks to those who have already done so.  New copies also available at the office if you have lost these.

S1 PHOTOGRAPHS

S1 photographs will be taken tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Pupils must wear full school uniform.

  • Pupils who have PE period 1 will have their picture then.
  • Pupils who have PSHE/RMPS period 1 should go to class as normal and will get their pictures taken period 2.

All pupils should register with all classes as normal throughout the morning.  Teachers will then take classes to the Street at the appropriate time.

(Just for clarification, there is no year group picture in S1 – this is taken in S3 and again in S6.  Apologies for any confusion.)

KPMG DISCOVERY PROGRAMME

Are you an ambitious and enthusiastic student in S5?  Do you have a strong desire to learn and have an interest in a career in business?

KPMG are looking for young people who want to find out about their future career options, as well as discovering more about themselves.

The KPMG Discovery programme will run in summer 2017 and give an excellent insight into the work they do at KPMG and the way they do it. During the programme you will get to meet and network with KPMG staff from across the business and will undertake a series of business challenges, skills workshops and research tasks designed to develop the key skills you need to thrive at KPMG.  On our 5-day and 3-day programmes, you will get the opportunity to work shadow to see the type of work our staff undertake on a day-to-day basis.

You will also get the opportunity to find out more about the range of school leaver programmes and if you complete the Discovery Programme you will be eligible to be fast tracked through the application stage for KPMG360º, their rotational apprenticeship programme*.

*Subject to meeting the required academic requirements.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. See the KPMG website to learn more about the programme and submit your application.

The application form gives you the opportunity to tell KPMG why you want to participate in their Discovery Programme.  It is a good idea to do some research beforehand to make sure you set yourself apart from other applicants.  You might want to hear about what some others have said about the programme here.

Also remember to think carefully about which KPMG office you would like to apply for.  It is often best to choose the one closest to where you live.  Remember to mention how you heard about this programme!

There are a very high volume of applications for the KPMG Discovery Programme and so we would strongly recommend applying early.

Standard entry requirements?**

On track to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS points at the end of S6 studies. You will also need to have achieved at least a minimum of five National 5 passes at grade A-C, including Maths & English.

**The above requirements are a guideline, but KPMG are more than happy for you to get in touch with us if you have extenuating circumstances, alternative qualifications or require further clarification on eligibility. Please contact them on
ukfmwexp@kpmg.co.uk.

Please see Miss Mortimer (Science) if you require more information.

SENIOR NETBALL

Good luck to our Open ‘B’ netball team who are playing in the Bronze Final at Ravenscraig on Friday.  The match should start at 2.10pm if any family or friends wish to attend.  Please contact Mr Allan (Science) if you require any further information.

PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT

Congratulations to Rebekah Black (S2) whose acro trio finished first place at the Scottish National Championships.  She will now compete in the Acrobatic NDP British Finals in Stoke-on-Trent.  Well done and good luck for the next competition.

YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017

Our annual Young Musician of the Year competition took place on Thursday 16 March in the music department.   As always, the standard of performance was exceptionally high.  The judges commented how difficult a decision it was to choose a winner from such a strong group of performers.  The junior winner was Liana (S3), for the second consecutive year, with Ewan (S3) as runner up.  The senior winner was Christopher (S5) with Steven (S6) as the runner up.  Congratulations to all the pupils involved.

BRING YOUR PARENTS TO SCHOOL DAY

Williamwood High School, with the support of the Parent Council, is planning a Careers Conference for all S1 pupils.  The aim of the conference is to give pupils the opportunity to find out about a wide range of different careers and allow them to start thinking about the skills they might need to develop throughout their time at Williamwood.

We would love to have as many parents involved as possible to share their own career journey with small groups of pupils and describe the skills they need to be successful in their job.

If you think this is something you can kindly spare some time to help us with, please complete the response card and return to the school office as soon as possible or emailed to schoolmail@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

You can download a copy of the response card here.

If you are unable to attend this event, but would like to help support our pupils in other ways across the school you may be interested in signing up to the Parent Council  Flying Start Scheme.  Information about this scheme can be found on the school website by clicking the tab at the top of the page and you can register your interest on the response card.

Thank you for your time and support.

Miss N Mortimer

Principal Teacher of Development

Mr M Foley

Chair of Parent Council

PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT

Congratulations to Liana (S3), who won both the Baroque Piano Solos and the Debussy and Ravel Piano Solos classes on Friday at the Glasgow Music Festival.  She was then invited to compete in the Piano Solos Premier Class, which she also won.  Liana has now been invited to perform at the Last Night of the Festival and can compete for the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize.  We wish her all the best on Saturday night.