Flying Start Newsletter

Tuesday 26 August 2014 was the launch of the Flying Start Initiative at Williamwood.  The evening was a great success and a newsletter keeping you up to date with the latest news and developments can be found here.  There will also be a Flying Start stand at the careers fair on Tuesday 28 October where pupils and parents/carers can obtain additional information.

Parent Council Annual General Meeting

On Monday 17 November, the Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council will be taking place in the school from 7pm-9pm.  All parents and carers are welcome to attend to find out more about the role of the Parent Council and their achieveemnts and contribtions this year.  The Parent Council plays an important and active role in the life of Williamwood and if you are interested in joining the Parent Council, more information can be found on the Parent Council pages on the school website.  The annual report for 2013/2014 will also be issued soon.

Williamwood Art Exhibition

Williamwood’s annual Art and Design exhibition took place on Wednesday 8 October and was attended by more than 300 pupils, parents/carers and friends of the school. Throughout the evening pupils from the hospitality team were also on hand to provide tasty snacks and drinks. Mrs Coggan’s and her staff would like to thank everyone who supported this very successful event.

S1 – S3 Study Skills Evening

On Thursday 2 October, parents/carers were invited to attend an information evening on study skills. The evening provided parents/carers with an understanding of the variety of study techniques and strategies utilised by pupils in Williamwood. As well as study cards and mind maps, the sessions also highlighted a range of online resources which are available to pupils. A copy of the hand-out for this evening can be found here as well as in the ‘Parents’ section on the school website.

Demographic Exhibition

The Economic and Social Research Council-funded Centre for Population Change is bringing an exhibition, entitled ‘How to get to 100 – and enjoy it’.   The exhibition is arriving in the UK as part of a major European tour.   The event focuses on demographic research and how it relates to our lives.  The exhibition is free to attend, and a part of the exhibition will focus specifically on local statistics about Glasgow in the form of interactive infographics.   The exhibition will arrive at Silverburn in Glasgow on 17-21 November 2014.  More information can be found in the leaflet Exhibition flyer A4.

Supported Study Programme

This year’s supported study programme can be found in the ‘Pupils’ section of the school website.  The timetable is not exhaustive.  In addition to this formal programme of supported study, many departments also offer informal sessions during lunchtimes, and many offer additional after-school sessions when the need arises.  Teachers will advise pupils in their classes of any such opportunities.  In order to secure the best possible results in the SQA examinations, we would urge pupils to take advantage of as much additional support as they can.  As well as supported study, we intend to offer Easter School sessions again this year.  A timetable for Easter School will be issued towards the end of February.

S1 Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Jennie (S1) who won the Perth Grand Prix for table tennis in the Under 13 girl’s category.  This is a fantastic achievement and the tournement was attended by the best junior players in Scotland.  Jennie also reached the semi finals for the Under 15s girl’s category.  Well done!

NHS Scotland – Modern Apprenticeship in Procurement

Please use the link below to access information in relation to an exciting new apprenticeship  programme within NHS Scotland.   This highlights a new procurement apprenticeship in a number of health boards – two of which will be within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.   There are 12 posts in total across the country and the programme is being managed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).

These are two year apprenticeships with a starting salray of £13,789.  The NHS GGC posts will be based between Glasgow Royal Infirmary and central stores at Hillington and will include a rotation between our Purchasing, Commodities and Stores Teams.  Apprentices will work towards a Level 3 SVQ and complete the level 2 CIPS qualification during the apprenticeship.  Please click on the link to access more detailed information and to access the job description and online applications forms.  Please note that the closing date for applications is 17th November and interviews for the NHS GGC posts will be on Monday 8th December,

Science Evenings

There are a number of science related events taking place in the coming months.  On Monday 10 November, Dr Heather Reid (Heather the Weather from TV) is hosting an evening of discussion and activities about the weather, science and our changing climate.  Heather will provide a behind the scenes look at the world of weather forecasting for the media.   On Tuesday 2 December,  Keith Fergus (Scots Magazine Photo Journalist) is hosting a discussion on landscape photography in Rouken Glen Park and East Renfrewshire in general. On Tuesday 20 January,  Katy Mould (Science Education Coordinator) is giving a presentation on Astronomy at Glasgow Science Centre.   Presentations start at 7pm and will finish at 9pm and the Rouken Glen Park Pavilion Visitor Centre will open at 6.45pm for tea and coffee.  More information can be found on the East Renfrewshire Coucil website.

National Poetry Day Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the pupils in S1 and S2 who participated in Williamwood’s National Poetry Day Competition. The S1 winners were Liana Storey, Charlie Weir and Aalia Shah.  In S2, the winners were Havovi Khareghat, Gabriella Guevara Rose and Kim Bremner.  Congratulations also to the runners up who were Andrew Adam, Ben Wang and Abbie Moloney in S1 and Kirsty Hogg in S2.

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