S5 Options Presentation

Parents of pupils in S4 joined us for an information yesterday evening (Tuesday 5 March) to hear Mrs Sinclair and Mr Fitzpatrick speak about S5 curricular options and conversion rates from Intermediate 2 to Higher.  A series of similar meetings will be held for S4 pupils this week. A  copy of the presentation used by Mrs Sinclair is attached for your convenience.
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S3 Options

Pupils and parents are now able to access information about S3 Options, including details of  all National 4 and National 5 courses, from this website. Please select the ‘Information’ tab at the top of this page and then choose ‘S3 options information’.

Malawi 2014

We are pleased to announce that Mr McKenna (social subjects) has agreed to lead Williamwood’s next trip to Malawi in June 2014. This trip applies only to pupils who are currently in S4. On Friday 22 February, Mr Fitzpatrick and Mrs Gibson will speak at the S4 morning assembly and invite expressions of interest. Pupils with a serious interest in this trip to visit our partner school in Malawi will be able to collect an application forms at the end of the assembly.


Options information evening for parents of S2 pupils

As you know, we held an information evening for parents of S2 pupils in early December 2012 to explain the new National 4 and National 5 courses your child will take when he/she enters S3 in August 2013; for ease of reference, a copy of the letter of invitation is attached.  

My purpose in writing is to remind you that we intend to hold an important information evening for parents from
7.00pm until 9.00pm on Tuesday 5 February 2013.     <further details>

Smartphone Monitoring and Parental Controls – Free Software

Argos, partnered with Symantec, is providing Norton’s Family Software to parents for free (no purchase necessary).  The software allows parents to block access to certain types of site and monitors use.  It works on PCs and laptops and, more usefully perhaps, on smart ‘phones and tablets.  This allows parents control of their children’s use of mobile devices and allows them to know what type of sites their children are visiting.  Features include: 

  •  Android smartphone monitoring – to see how children are using their ‘phones
  • Web monitoring and blocking – tracks the websites your child visits
  • Time limits – manages the time children can access the internet from any device
  • Social networking monitoring – keeps an eye on your children’s activity
  • Search monitoring – updates what your children are searching for
  • Email alerts – alerts you when your children do something they shouldn’t, for example trying to access blocked sites.

Argos made this move in support of the Government’s proposed legislation for ensuring protection for children from adult content on the internet.  If you wish to know more, here is the link.
www.getsafeonline.org/news/free-online-access-control-software-for-parents/ .

Get Safe Online Awareness

GetSafeOnline is a UK joint initiative between government, law enforcement and leading businesses. They provide computer users and small businesses with free, independent user friendly advice that allows them to use the internet confidently and safely on a wide range of issues including how to protect and destroy a PC or mobile phone, recognise scams, protect privacy and what to do when things go wrong.

East Renfrewshire Council is running a Get Safe Online Awareness campaign during the month of November, reaching out to staff, citizens and small businesses. <Click here> for further information

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