Developing the Young Workforce: City Deal

city-dealWoodfarm pupils attended an East Renfrewshire employment event at St. Luke’s High School this week to develop skills for work. Learners attended workshops to find out about careers in architecture; planning; transport planning; road, rail & bridge design; landscape design, quantity surveying, project management, engineering and more.  These were delivered by employers including:

  • Currie and Brown
  • Barton Willmore
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Gleeds
  • Holmes Miller
  • Ironside Farrar

Red Note Ensemble

imageWoodfarm and Barrhead High School Music Departments have been given the opportunity to partner with Red Note Ensemble to undertake a Composing Workshop for pupils in the senior phase. This workshop will give our pupils a unique opportunity to work with professional musicians and composers to produce and perform a piece of music. We had our first introductory session with the team this morning and it was great to see the young people’s enthusiasm for writing their own composition. These pieces will be premiered by professional musicians at a recital on Friday 4th November. Watch this space for more details!!


Higher Geography Field Trip

geographyHigher Geography Field Trip to Glasgow giving pupils the opportunity to collect data for their assignment. We visited lots of sites including Dell Offices, Shopping Areas, The Merchant City and The New Gorbals completing a range of fieldwork techniques.


S1 DYW Day – Monday 19 September 2016

S1 Skills Development

dyw2dyw3 dyw4Do you like getting to know people?

  • What skills would you need to demonstrate to survive on a desert island?
  • What skills do you need to construct an oil rig?

The above questions were all part of the S1 DYW day for 2016. The day proved to be a major success with young people demonstrating a range of skills for work such as leadership, negotiation, communication and problem solving.

They continually reflected on their dyw-1achievements by using the skills for work poster which is available via the school website, homework diary (Pg. 19) as well as being accessible in all classrooms.

dyw6Want to find out more about how the day unfolded?

The Woodfarm HS twitter feed ( provides a brief story of the day. A video showcasing the day will also be made available soon which will provide an overview of the event.

Parent and Carers event Thursday 15th September 2016

InviteHosted by Woodfarm Parent Council – Thursday 15th September 2016

All parents/carers are invited to an informative event, which will be the first in a series of four to be held throughout the school year. It is hoped that these will give you a better understanding of some of the initiatives the school is undertaking to help your child succeed. The format of the evening will be as follows:

6.30pm – Parent Council AGM

7.00pm – Tea/coffee will be available

7.15pm – Head Teacher’s update followed by workshop

If you are unable to attend the AGM, please feel free to join us at 7pm for the remainder of the evening.

Head Teacher’s Update

Nicola MacGlashan will provide an update on recent successes, ongoing activities and upcoming events. This is a great way to find out first hand what’s happening in our school.


skillsThis term’s workshop will be led by teaching staff involved in the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) initiative which is designed to ensure that Scotland’s young people acquire the skills and knowledge they need, so that they can reach their full potential in a job that is right for them. It will also help them develop skills for learning, life and work and support them in making better, informed choices as they progress through curriculum pathways.

It will be helpful if you can bring your mobile phones with you, as digital technologies will be used during the session to help illustrate the learning and teaching strategies used in the school. There will also be senior pupils available to provide support on using the technology and to explain how this supports their learning.


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