Fasting (Saum) during the month of Ramadan – June and July 2016

ramadan As Ramadan begins before the end of term, plans are in place for pupils who will be fasting during this important time. We want to be as supportive as possible to our pupils, whilst ensuring that their education in school can continue with minimum disruption.

As in previous years, during Ramadan, separate rooms will be available to boys and girls at lunchtime. Pupils must ensure that the Contemplation area is used appropriately.

You will be aware that our school’s annual Activity Day takes place on Thursday 23rd June. Many pupils will be taking part in school trips and activities on this day. If you child is fasting , please remind them to inform the leader of the activity or group so that the group leader can take this into account for physical activity etc.

As in past years, there are two options available to support pupils taking part in Friday Jummah Prayers during Ramadan. Please use the tear off slip to confirm which option will be selected.

Option 1 – Parents can choose to remove pupils from school at the start of lunch time (12.20 pm) so that pupils can attend a mosque of choice. Pupils should sign out at the school office before leaving the building.

Option 2 –The Woodfarm Educational Trust, a Community group, continues to offer the use of the Woodfarm Education Centre building, which is a short walk away from the school. Trust members will lead Ramadan education sessions on Fridays in the Education Centre. This session will include Jummah prayers and will commence at 3pm. This will allow pupils to attend all classes on Friday. Pupils will leave school as normal at 2.45 pm.

Please click here to find attached prayer times sheet for the Woodfarm Education Centre.

Details of the Woodfarm Educational Trust and the Woodfarm Education Centre can be found on www.woodfarmeducationcentre.org.uk . The centre has all appropriate washing and prayer room facilities.

Please accept my best wishes and Eid Mubarak when it comes.

Yours sincerely,

John Stuart

Depute Head Teacher

East Renfrewshire Volunteer Programme

active schoolsEast Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited are looking to recruit an enthusiastic group of sports volunteers, aged 16 or over, to assist in the delivery of their sport and physical activity programmes including multi-sport coaching (daytime, after school, evenings or weekends) and school holiday activities.  Our next recruitment evening will be held as follows:

 Wednesday 1st June 2016

Eastwood High School

 6.00 – 7.00pm

If you think you have what it takes and can make a difference to the local sports community, we’d love to hear from you!  For more information or to book a place, please contact Barry Cook, Active Schools Team Leader on 0141 570 7330 or email activeschools@ea.e-renfrew.sch.uk

 

 

Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup – West Regional Qualifier

HEADERCFTitwood (Clydesdale CC) hosted the West Regional Qualifying Tournament in the 2016 Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup, on Monday 16th May 2016. The competition, based around a modified (and shortened) format of the sport, was played using a windball and saw 83 pupils from seven different schools participate.  The tournament format was a round robin, with the winner of each group qualifying for National Finals’ Day.

Group A featured Barrhead High School (East Renfrewshire), Holyrood Secondary School (Glasgow), team 1 from Kyle Academy (South Ayrshire) and Woodfarm High School (East Renfrewshire).  Both Barrhead and Woodfarm won their first two matches, to set up a winner takes all final group game.  Batting first, Eastwood scored 183 – a score which proved too much for Williamwood who finished on 149.

The four schools in Group B were: Eastwood High School (East Renfrewshire), team 2 from Kyle Academy (South Ayrshire), St Ninian’s High School (East Renfrewshire) and Williamwood High School (East Renfrewshire).  It was St Ninian’s who finished with a perfect record of played three, won three.

The afternoon featured placement matches, with the highlight being the final between St Ninian’s and Woodfarm.  St Ninian’s batted first and scored 162.  The match, and tournament, came down to the very last over with Woodfarm needing 13 to win.  A 12 off the first delivery set them up for a 4-run victory.  However, both schools will go on to represent the West Region at Finals’ Day, in Perth, in June.

The final standings on the day were:

1)    Woodfarm High School

2)    St Ninian’s High School

3)    Barrhead High School

4)    Eastwood High School

5)    Williamwood High School

6)    Kyle Academy (Team 1)

7)    Kyle Academy (Team 2)

8)    Holyrood Secondary School

The day would not have been possible without the support of Clydesdale CC (and particularly of Groundsman Cyril McLatchie), the staff from each school and the effort and enthusiasm from all the pupils.  Thanks must go to all for ensuring such a successful day of cricket.

Read the article here on Cricket Scotland’s website.

Cricket Success

cricketCongratulations to Woodfarm’s Cricket team who won the Cricket Factory Festival  on Monday 16th May.  This now qualifies them for finals in Perth in June.  The boys involved were

  Name Year
1 Muhayem M. S2
2 Rahub A. S2
3 Subhan B. S1
4 Mirza Baig S3
5 Ahmed R. S2
6 Akash K. S1
7 Mohammed Rehan S. S2
8 Ali Noor P. S1
9 Moazam A. S1

 

Tennis Success

TennisCongratulations to our Tennis team who yesterday beat Strathallan 6-0 in the quarter finals of the Scottish Competition.  This means we now progress to the semi final on Wednesday 8th June in Edinburgh.  The final will also be played on the same day. 

The team were Lucy W.; Emily G.; Alicia G.; Eve C. Well done girls!

 

S3 Business Management – Coca Cola Enterprises Learning Experience

IMG_1031S3 Business Management was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to visit Coca Cola Enterprises at East Kilbride.

The learning experience consisted of the following:

 

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  • Introduction including the history of the Coca Cola plant;
  • Tour of the plant including an insight into the production facility;
  • Undertaking a group task involving the branding challenge

IMG_1036The young people were able to apply their theoretical knowledge of Business Management using a real life business context. The branding challenge also allowed the young people to demonstrate a range of skills for life, learning and work which they can then use as they progress into the senior phase and in particular for their S4 work experience.

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Skills visit to Five Star Fitness

5 starLast week some of our second and third year pupils visited Five Star Fitness in Thornliebank to find out about careers in the fitness industry. Pupils asked questions including:

What qualifications do you need for a career in the fitness industry? What skills and qualities are important in your job? What do you enjoy about your job?

Skills visits and partnerships with employers allow pupils to gain deeper knowledge about the world of work. If you work in a local business and would like to support our school with employer engagement then please contact Miss Vannini at VanniniF@woodfarm.e-renfrew.sch.uk

Equality Matters – Invitation to interested Parents

equalityParents who have expressed an interest in Equality Matters are invited to come to a meeting on

 

Monday 16th May at 4.30 – 5.30 pm in Woodfarm High School Conference Room

Agenda points will include:

  1. Plans for Ramadan 2016.
  2. Creating a Making Sense of Event in the Contemplation Room from the world view of different religions
  3. Getting it right for children with physical disabilities

Creative Industries Skills Event Tuesday 17th May 2016

creative artsThe Creative Arts faculty are holding a ‘Creative Industries Skills Event’ for all of S1 on Tuesday 17th May 2016. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the skills required for life, learning and work in the Creative Arts industry. Students will be working in groups during the morning and will be led by an adviser from industry.  Our advisers will tell pupils about their jobs, how they got there and what they needed to do to get to their job position. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions to each of our advisers and gain a wealth of experience and advice from them. We have an exciting and broad spectrum of advisers coming to the event and we are looking forward learning about their journeys through skills into the world of work

World Cheerleading Championships

Cheerleading 1The 2016 World Cheerleading Championships were held on 21-22 April 2016 at the Walt Disney World® Resort  in Orlando, Florida USA.

cheerleading 2 Some of our pupils were involved in this and a particular mention to Demi-Lee in 2 U who represented Scotland in the Team Cheer Hip Hop and came 12th in the world rankings, an amazing achievement!.

S1-S2 STEM learning experience – Whitelee Windfarm

whitelee1How can wind turbines generate energy?

  • How many girls work in the engineering sector?
  • What job opportunities exist in the energy sector?These questions and many more were asked by S1 and S2 girls who visited Whitelee Windfarm to learn more about STEM opportunities.

whitelee3This learning experience provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the range of careers available for young people in areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a particular focus being on the energy sector.

whitelee4Research has consistently acknowledged that less women tend to work in STEM related careers with a recent survey indicating that “60 percent of girls aged 12 in the UK feel that STEM subjects are too difficult for them to learn.” (Scotsman, 2016). A key role of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is to raise the profile of STEM careers and to ensure all young people have an opportunity to develop skills for life, learning and work which in turn will allow them to make better informed choices regarding subject and career pathways.

The visit to Whitelee Windfarm provided the young people with the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Power Renewables control room. The experience even included an opportunity to explore the windfarm and ask a range of questions to the experienced staff who kindly took their time to answer all questions.

Young people were then provided with a hands on masterclass where they worked together in teams to demonstrate a range of skills. The aim of the task was to put together a model wind turbine whilst learning more about the components which generated renewable energy.

The Woodfarm HS twitter feed (https://twitter.com/WoodfarmHigh?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) provides a brief story of the day.

This was a superb learning experience which provided the young people with more ENERGY when making decisions about possible STEM careers!

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