We Will Rock You! Dress as you please day

WWRY (2)Thank you all for supporting our school show dress as you please day. We raised a fantastic £675 which will be shared between the school show and a chosen charity. We are looking forward to our residential rehearsal in Aberfoyle this weekend and to welcoming you all to Eastwood Theatre in January. Tickets are now on sale on Monday lunch times from the Maths Department costing £7 Adult and £5 concession.

National Qualifications on Planit

Gateway has launched a great new National Qualifications area on Planit, just in time for the busy Options Choice season. The exciting new design and structure makes it even easier for teachers, pupils and parents to explore information on NQ subjects and courses.

Each course description includes links to potential progression routes in: school, further study, training and employment. Two new features mean that:

  • pupils can link directly to the Subject/Careers lists for each subject
  • parents can link to the relevant Nationals in a Nutshell leaflet produced by the National Parent Forum ((NPFS).

Visit the new ‘Nationals’ section it now at www.planitplus.net/Nationals to see what’s on offer.

Celebrating Book Week Scotland

Celebrating Book Week Scotland

quiz 1Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year it took place from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November 2015.

During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life came together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They were joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Alex NyeWoodfarm pupils attended a “Literary Lunch” with Alex Nye “hosted by St. Ninians High School. Alex Nye is a children’s author ( shiver and Chill), published by Floris.. She launched her new book “Darker Ends” as part of the week long celebrations and has been writing for many years and is inspired by the Scottish landscape and history. She describes herself as the most Scottish Englishwoman in Children’s Fiction.

cake 1It didn’t stop there, the school also celebrated with a number of Book related events.  Book and a bun sale raised a total of £93 for Unicef.  and a “Ginormous literary Quizz” open to S1-S3 took place on Thursday  26th November 2015.

“Reading is a powerful tool for children to stretch their imagination. Book week Scotland is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to  come together to develop their reading skills at home and at libraries across the authority”.

Alex Nye said “Book Week Scotland is important, the pupils were great! Our librarians have obviously made a difference, fostering a love of reading!”

Congratulations to Scots MMA champion Paul Craig – Woodfarms SkillsForce worker

PaulCRAIG, who lifted the light heavyweight world title at the weekend, combines his bid for sporting stardom with teaching teens vocational skills for life after the classroom

IN THE steel cage, Paul Craig is a fearless bearded warrior taking on all comers.

But by day, the newly-crowned Mixed Martial Arts world champion is a calm, mild-mannered, sensitive teacher helping children make the best of the lives

Father-of-two Paul, 27, from Airdrie, is on the fast-track to the top of the sport after lifting the coveted BAMMA (formerly the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts) light heavyweight title at the weekend.

He defeated Pole Marcin Lazarz in a bout in Birmingham to maintain his unbeaten record and snatch the globally-recognised crown.

But after his victory, Paul was thrilled at the prospect of sharing the success with some of the kids he spends his working life trying to help.

At 6ft4in and 15-and-a-half stone, the fighter looks every inch the caged hero.

But he also comes alive when he is at work in schools such as Bellshill Academy in Lanarkshire and Eastwood High and Woodfarm, near Glasgow.

Read full article here.  (Daily Record 19th Nov 2015)


S5/6 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 26 November 2015 4.00p.m. – 6.30p.m. Online Appointment Booking

parents eveningS5/6 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 26 November 2015   4.00p.m. – 6.30p.m. Online Appointment Booking

I would like to invite you to attend our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 26 November. The purpose of the meeting is to give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with subject teachers. You should bring your child with you to the evening so that he or she is able to share in the discussion with class teachers.

The school has introduced a new and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

Appointment booking will be available from 9.00 am on Thursday 12 November and will close at midnight on Tuesday 24 November. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office. In some cases where staff have large classes or a particular interest in meeting with parents, appointments will be made for you in advance of the booking system opening. If this situation is relevant to you, an email will be sent to inform you of the appointment time.

Appointments for the meeting are available between 4.00 and 6.30 pm. It is advisable to keep appointments 10 minutes apart where time allows.

Please visit https://woodfarm.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointments. (A short guide on how to add appointments is included with this letter.) Login with the following information:

The Main Contact’s details – i.e. the name of the parent/ carer who is listed as the ‘Main Contact’ in our records.

Student’s First Name

Student’s Surname

Student’s Date of Birth

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office. Office staff will be happy to add appointments on your behalf.

During the evening, senior pupils will be present to assist you if required, and refreshments will be available in the street area should you have gaps between appointments.

There is a large car park at the rear of the school, which can be accessed through Crum Avenue (Please do not park in the residents’ parking in Crum Avenue itself). Please ensure you sign in at the desk located in the Street Area on your arrival.

Yours sincerely,

Pauline Mooney

Depute Head Teacher


Woodfarm Remembers

Remembrance Day 02Remembrance Day 01Woodfarm paid its respects to those from Britain and the Empire who lost their lives in the two World Wars of the twentieth century and other conflicts since. This year was especially poignant given that it is one hundred years since 1915, a year of the First World War which saw the first use of poison gas as a weapon of war, and a realisation that the conflict would sadly not be ‘over by Christmas’.

Pupils from the S1 and S3 Pupil Councils, along with our Head Girl and Head Boy, accompanied members of staff to Thornliebank War Memorial, where they were joined by residents from the local community. A short service was observed, followed by the laying of Woodfarm’s poppy wreath, purchased from the Lady Haig Foundation and inlaid with a moving poem written by pupils from our cluster primary in Giffnock.

Remembrance Day 03A one minute silence was also impeccably observed by all pupils and staff at 11am.

Many thanks to all the pupils and staff who helped mark this year’s Remembrance Day, especially our colleagues and pupils in the cluster primaries for submitting such excellent poems. A special thank you to our technician Mr Bell, whose time and skill enabled us to create another beautiful plaque to be inlaid on our poppy wreath.

Poppy Wreath Inlay


Skills Scotland Glasgow Careers event SECC 18th/19th November 2015

skillsSkills Scotland Glasgow, in partnership with My World of Work, is a highly inspirational, free to visit, careers and skills event for young people. Thrilling and motivating students with interactive features, Get Skilled demonstration areas and a diverse range of companies, Skills Scotland Glasgow brings together over 50 exhibitors including employers, colleges, universities, training providers and industry advisers with approximately 6,000 visitors.

Key local and national employers will be on-hand to provide information for young people thinking about a career within their industry, or indeed a Modern Apprenticeship.  Employers already booked to attend include:

ALDI, Apex Hotels, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, BaxterStorey, The British Army, Glasgow City Council Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative, The Gleneagles Hotel,  McDonald’s Restaurants UK, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Police Scotland, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Scottish Ambulance Service, SPX Clydeunion Pumps, Stewart Milne Group and Virgin Media.

A dedicated open evening for parents, carers and families takes place on Wednesday 18 November, 5-7pm for visitors who are unable to attend during the day time openings.

For more information visit www.skillsscotland.co.uk , follow us on twitter @SkillsScotland and like our Facebook page Skills Scotland

Date:     Wednesday 18 November 2015, 9.30am-3pm

              and open evening 5-7pm

              Thursday 19 November 2015, 9.30am-3pm

Venue: SECC, Glasgow

Hope to see you there


ER Energy efficiency and affordable warmth survey 2015

energyAs part of wider research into fuel poverty within East Renfrewshire, the council is looking to distribute an energy efficiency and affordable warmth survey to engage with local residents.

The primary goal is to find out how residents are managing their fuel bills and if they are aware of the support that’s available. It’s hoped the survey will help participants to save on their gas and electricity bills and better heat their homes.

The results will be used to develop the support and services the council offers residents, to make sure everyone is getting the help needed to stay on top of their energy bills and consumption.

The e-survey address is: https://getinvolved.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/housing-services/practice

Any support you could give would be appreciated – the closing date for the survey is 20th November 2015


Girls into Science and Engineering Workshop

20151103_114315 20151103_121514 20151103_144242Females currently employ just 1 in 7 of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) jobs in the UK. What better way to improve this statistic by taking an enthusiastic group of 10 Physics girls to attend a ‘Girls into Science and Engineering Workshop’, held at the Glasgow Science Centre.

On November 3rd a team of Woodfarm High girls demonstrated creative, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills to design, manufacture, market and present to an audience an inventive household product. Check out ‘Parent Trap’ and ‘Velocalarm’ on you tube at the below links:

The workshop had the ultimate aim of inspiring girls to consider a career in STEM related disciplines. An action packed educational day produced an excellent runner-up finish for the school – well done girls!

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