An excellent time was had by all who attended the recent trip to Paris. Mr Henderson and three staff led 32 students to the French capital where they visited iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur. The group also cruised down the River Seine and finished off the tour with an action packed stop at Disneyland. The pupils and staff only wished they could have remained for the October break!
From August 2013, new qualifications are being introduced in Scotland . The new Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers will replace the existing Access, Standard Grade, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. These new qualifications are designed to give your child the skills he/she will need to succeed in the 21st century. <click> for a guide to the new National Qualifications for parents/carers.
Last night Williamwood held its annual Jazz Festival, the performing arts department’s first concert of the school year. This event featured outstanding performances from the Big Band, the Jazz Combo and several vocal groups including the newly formed Senior Boys. The concert also showcased Alex Renfrew (S6) and Eilidh Radcliffe (S6), two very talented vocal soloists. Parents and friends of the school who attended experienced a unique and relaxed vibe, which reflected the atmosphere of a real jazz club. The proceeds of this event will go to Nordoff-Robbins, a music therapy charity based in Glasgow. Next year’s event is definitely not to be missed!
Please note that Friday 11 October is an in-service day – pupils do not attend school that day. Williamwood closes at 3.35pm on Thursday 10 October for the October holiday week and re-opens on Monday 21 October.
Yesterday more than 1,000 pupils, parents and teachers attended Williamwood’s biennial STEM fair to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This excellent event, which was organised for P6/P7 and S1/S2 pupils, included a ‘design a robot’ competition and a very entertaining presentation (Disgusting Digestion) from the Glasgow Science Centre. Other attractions included a van der graaf generator, 3-D printer, organ dissections, maths relays and a wide range of exciting exhibits and practical activities. This hugely successful evening was enjoyed by all who attended. Williamwood would like to thank everyone who contributed to another great STEM event. <gallery>
Last Wednesday evening 180 S1 pupils attended a school disco’ sponsored by Williamwood’s PTA. This annual event was great fun and everyone had a good time. Our thanks to the PTA for continuing to support this event. Next in the school calendar is a disco’ for S2 pupils, whch will be held from 7.00pm until 9.00pm on Monday 7 October. Tickets will go on sale from Thursday (tomorrow) 3 October.
For your convenience I have attached copy of parents’ newsletter with news of recent and forthcoming events. <click here>
Students studying Higher and Advanced Higher art and design were among 4,000 visitors to the Collins Gallery last Friday. On display were folios from last year’s Advanced Higher students from all over Scotland, including three from Williamwood; Euan Christie; Nicola Turnbull and Ruth Martin. The pieces, which were selected during the official SQA marking, demonstrated the wide range of skills covered by this course including creativity, problem solving, communication and analysis. In addition to examples of traditional drawing and painting, a wide range of design was exhibited such as architecture, fashion, graphics and jewellery. <gallery>
A reminder that the school is on holiday on Friday 27th and Monday 30 September.
We wish all students an enjoyable holiday.
On Monday 16 September, two of our pupils (Kyle and Connor) spent the day with four Valencia Football Club coaches at Peterhill Juniors Stadium. The boys were treated to a full day of coaching from four of the most experienced coaches in Spain who are responsible for the development of some of the world’s best players, such as David Silva and Juan Mata. It was an experience that they will not forget. Connor said ” It was amazing. The drills were really good. We were encouraged to keep the ball on the ground and play two-touch, rather than hold onto the ball too long.” Kyle added “The games were good, too, especially the one where the pitch was divided into zones for defence, midfield and attack.”
From the school calendar, which is on the school website, you will see that we have arranged a workshop for parents to offer advice and guidance on study skills. The workshop will be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 23 October* in the school and will last 1½-2 hours. It will allow parents to try out ‘study cards’, which many of our pupils use to help with note-taking, revision and preparation for examinations. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by completing the attached proforma and returning it to the school office no later than Monday 7 October. Thank you.
* This is a change from the original date of 1 October.
Williamwood High School is hosting its biennial STEM Fair from 5.30pm until 8.30pm on Wednesday 2 October 2013. The event promises to be an exciting opportunity for pupils currently in P6 to S2 and parents to see engaging science experiments, mathematics puzzles and games and applications of technology. Among many attractive exhibits and activities, the STEM Fair will feature a performance of Disgusting Digestion. The Glasgow Science Centre will stage this popular performance in the drama department (for P6 and P7 pupils only) from 6.00pm-6.45pm, a second performance from 6.50pm-7.35pm and a final performance from 7.45pm-8.30pm. We are hopeful that all P6/P7 pupils see one of the performances, however capacity is limited as each show can host no more than 120 pupils. Further information about these <click> here
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
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>