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 ( 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!

S3 DYW – Mobile Phone Challenge


  • Need a new mobile phone?
  • What promotions do you look for when purchasing a new mobile phone?
  • What mobile phone features would you include on a mobile phone box?

Well this event was aimed at addressing these questions.

picture2The young people developed and demonstrated skills for life, learning and work. It proved to be a very popular experience amongst the young people who were fully engaged and put into action a range of skills such as leadership, negotiation, communication and problem solving etc.

picture3The Woodfarm HS twitter feed ( provides a brief story of the day.

picture4Education Scotland also recognised the hard work from all the young people by providing their own tweet about our day which commented, “Inspirational Day at Woodfarm HS” (

picture5One delegate in particular recognised all the hard work put into the event, “Overall, excellent materials used and the day was very worthwhile. A very professional event from start to finish”.

A video showcasing the day will be made available soon which will provide an overview of the event.

Team ‘Docs’ retain title as Scottish champions

the DocsTeam ‘Docs’ from Woodfarm High School took part in the National finals of the jaguar Land Rover 4×4 In Schools challenge on 22 April 2016 and came away as Scottish champions for the second year in a row and secured their place at the world finals.  After a very intense day of presentations, engineering scrutiny and driving at Silverstone race circuit the team emerged victorious along with making new links with companies including RS components and Virgin Galactic.  The team can now go forward to represent Scotland in the World Final, which is taking place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from the 4 – 6 July 2016. Another excellent performance from the team- well done. 



Joint U.K. champions Geographical Association’s WorldWise Challenge

Geography WinnersCongratulation to Owain T., Kieran C. and Jamie McE. who were named joint U.K. champions in the Geographical Association’s WorldWise Challenge weekend.

 The event, held at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales, saw teams from all four nations in the U.K. complete a series of Geographical tasks around the local area. Each team was then challenged to present on a topic to a panel of judges including the President of the Geographical Association. The boys were then grilled on their presentation by the panel.

 The judges commended the boys on not only the excellent Geography included in their presentation but their application, attitude and encouragement of others over the weekend. The judges were highly impressed by the interpersonal skills demonstrated by the team and commented on how much they would all very much like to teach in Woodfarm High School.

 After battling through the Scottish qualifiers in 2015 this was a fantastic achievement for the boys. In the end the trophy was shared with Wallace High School Lisburn which was fitting given the close friendships developed between the two teams over the weekend.


Business Partners Network Breakfast Event 27th April 2016

InviteOn Wednesday 27th April from 7.45-9am, we launch our first Business Partners Network breakfast event. If you work in local business and are interested in coming then please come along to Woodfarm High School for some complimentary croissants and coffee. Let us know as we would be really happy to see you there. The theme is ‘Developing the Young Workforce’. RSVP to


Invitation to Woodfarm’s Learning Festival Thursday 19 May 2016 between 4.30p.m. and 6.30p.m.

LearningThe Learning Festival will offer parents/carers and young people the opportunity to observe and interact with pupils in various learning environments showcasing the pupil journey from the Broad General Education through to the Senior Phase in Woodfarm High School.

Specifically for our pupils transitioning from Primary 7 into S1, there will be presentations on primary/secondary transition, the Induction Visits on 13 & 14 June and information on the Home Learning Policy.  Presentations will take place in the Assembly Hall and start at 4.30p.m.

For all other parent/carers and pupils, please wander around the Subject stalls in the Street area and then explore the various curricular workshops and learning activities on offer in the classrooms.  Staff will be on hand to provide information on course studies, alternative curricular pathways, Developing the Young Workforce, Health & Wellbeing, Support and the many extracurricular activities that are on offer to pupils.

In line with East Renfrewshire Council’s Dressing for Excellence Policy, there will be uniform and PE kit samples on show from Gilmour Sports and Man’s World.

Pupil guides will be available to escort you around the school; share their learning experiences and offer refreshments.

The programme of events may be accessed here.

S1 – S3 Discovering Digital World Roadshow

Digi1A group of S1 – S3 pupils experienced a superb visit to the Discovering Digital World Roadshow at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The event hosted by Young Scot and Digital World provided the young people with an insight into a career in ICT and digital technology. Digital technology has become one of the fastest growing sectors within Scotland. This rapid growth has set an estimated 11,000 new job vacancies, in Scotland, every year to keep up with demand.

Digi2The pupils heard from a range of digital experts working for leading businesses, got hands on with computer coding software and spoke with a wide range of digital leaders about careers in ICT and digital technology.

At the end of a fantastic day the pupils received their very own FREE keyboard, mouse and Raspberry Pi! Let the coding begin…


The story of the visit can be found on the Woodfarm High School twitter account:

Geography World Cup April 2016

WorldwiseAfter winning the Scottish Final of the Geography WorldWise Quiz last session Jamie McE (S3), Kieran C. (S4) and Owain T. (S5) will now represent the school (and Scotland) at the Geography Challenge weekend in the Yorkshire Dales.

The boys will now compete against schools from across the UK. This is testament to the boys who fought off stiff competition in last years final .  Good Luck boys!

Foundation Apprenticeships

apprenticeshipsThis year, East Renfrewshire Council are offering Foundation Apprenticeships.  There are a variety of vocational courses available which allow young people to learn at college and in the workplace, whist gaining a SQA recognised qualification during S5 and S6 at school.  See the attached PowerPoint to find out more information.  If you are interested in pursuing a Foundation Apprenticeship next year, please inform your Pastoral Care teacher.

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