Race night for Malawi

We would like to say thank you to all parents, staff and friends of the school who supported our race night on Friday 13th September. An enjoyable night was had by all who attended and we managed to raise over £2,100 to put towards our group project in June 2014. Thank you, too, to everyone who donated raffle prizes, sponsored races and contributed in any way to a very enjoyable and successful evening. <gallery> 

Mr McKenna and the Malawi group

Senior awards ceremony

Last night, Williamwood celebrated another very successful senior awards ceremony. Pupils were recognised for sporting successes, contributions to community, academic achievements and hard work in class. Awards were presented by guest speaker Karen Campbell (pictured here with the head boy and head girl). Karen, an award winning crime novelist who has a long standing relationship with the school as both a former pupil and parent of former pupils, spoke about the value of school and inspiration for the future. We also enjoyed musical interludes from Ishara Waidyarathna, Richard Schoefield and singing group Nontet. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful celebration of the achievements of Williamwood’s senior pupils. <gallery>

Williamwood supporting pupils in Ghana

The life chances for uneducated young women in sub-Saharan Africa are very poor.  It is a life of early marriage, multiple early pregnancy, disease, hard physical work and early death (by UK standards).  That is why the Let Us Shine school was founded in Northern Ghana.  Let Us Shine is a Scottish charity with the founder (and still full-time active worker) being a Scottish pharmacist now married to a Ghanaian. Many thanks to everyone at Williamwood High School who indirectly have helped 100 girls through the recycling and reusing of lost property.

Alan McGinlay (formerly headteacher of  Mearns Castle High School) <gallery>

PTA blazer recycling initiative

Williamwood High School PTA has organised a blazer recycling initiative. If you are able and willing to donate a blazer of reasonable quality, which your child has outgrown and/or no longer needs, please telephone Fiona Higgins (PTA) on 0141 571 8485. The PTA will offer these blazers to other parents at a reduced price. All profits made will go to the PTA to support projects that will directly benefit Williamwood pupils.

The MAHER project

Sister Lucy Kurien, who is from India, met yesterday with S6 pupils to discuss a possible MAHER charity project for Williamwood. MAHER, which Sister Lucy  founded in 1997,  is a charity which provides shelter and support to destitute women and children. To date the organisation has  helped 1,832 children and 1,974 women and it currently houses nearly 1,000 women and children. The S6 pupils also enjoyed an excellent contribution from Gauss, a young man who has benefitted greatly from the practical support MAHER provides; Gauss performed a traditional Indian dance in traditional dress. The school donated £500 towards MAHER and hopes to donate more in the future.

Annual data check

During the week beginning 26 August we shall issue all pupils with a form which contains their personal information. This information is  held on the school’s computerised information management system and includes emergency contact details. Parents are asked to check these forms and return them to the school office by Monday 9th September 2013.   Click for further information

Stock market win!

Business management students proved to be a hit on the stock market by finishing top of the leader board in two investment challenges. Competing against 27 other schools, the team was first tasked with investing over £500,000 in a virtual stock market with the aim of maximising its portfolio by the end of a week of  trading. The Williamwood team took first place and the top performing traders were invited to BNP Parabis’ headquarters in Glasgow to compete in what was a close battle,with pupils from Boclair Academy. The team was presented with the Investment Challenge trophy and £500 for the school. Congratulations to Jack, Stuart, Lucy, Jonathan, Ayesha and Halina on their excellent success.

Microbiology taster session at the University of Glasgow

Seventeen of the new Higher Biology pupils took part in a microbiology taster session at the University of Glasgow. The pupils dealt with ”blood’ and ”stool” samples taken from patients suffering from a range of bacterial and viral infections including malaria, leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness, e-coli and salmonella. They used complex laboratory techniques to find out the condition each patient was suffering so that the appropriate treatment could be administered. All enjoyed the experience and were commended by the university staff for there excellent behaviour, interesting questions and quality responses to the problems set.

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