Parent Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Parent Council is taking place on Monday 29th November at 7pm online.  In order to facilitate the virtual meeting, it will be for existing members on this occasion.  However, the minutes of the meeting will be available at the end of next week.  In addition, the agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.  If any parent/carer would like to discuss any item on the agenda prior to the meeting, they should contact the chair of the Parent Council, Simon Cunningham, on

CCC FOR CHANGE – Free Workshop

15th November – Helping you save energy at home 45 mins
22nd November – Love food, Hate waste 1-1.5 hours
29th November – Discover Renewables-45 mins
6th December – Embracing Greener Travel-45
As we are all aware, the spotlight is currently on Glasgow as COP26 takes place in the hope of addressing the climate emergency.
This year according to the UN, there seems to be ‘a unique urgency’.
With COP26 being so prominent, perhaps it has made us all think about things we could be doing a bit differently to help alleviate our impact on the environment. It can feel overwhelming and a lot of us are at a loss at what to do and where to start.  Clarkston Community Council thought that if we could each try to do even one thing
a bit differently, any change may feel more effective if it can happen as part of a community wide climate pledge.  So to help get us started, we have arranged a series of 4 free workshops to help us all
understand what the issues are as they relate to us as individuals and how we can best  address them.  The workshops will be given by Home Energy Scotland, which is a Scottish Government Programme. They will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Monday evenings at Greenback Church Hall. You are welcome to attend one or all of the workshops.
We also hope to create an information and resource library, with general resources but also local initiatives, businesses and resources which are relevant to anyone living in Clarkston.
If you would like to attend any of the workshops, , please let us know by the Saturday before by commenting below, dropping us a message or e-mailing us at
Please note, COVID -19 measures will be in place, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

Support Group Block 2

We are moving onto block two of our support groups. These support groups are designed to help build confidence, manage anxiety and improve resilience. There are also groups that would help with social and emotional interaction.


Our support groups promote our school values of Fairness, Ambition, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility.


If you think this is something that would be beneficial to your child, please follow the link below which will give you a bit more information about each of the support groups on offer as well as how to sign your child up.


Please make sure you have a discussion with your child before signing them up to any group, so that they are in agreement to signing up.


If you require any more information on this please contact Mrs Macphee, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

Careers Fair 2021

Welcome to the Williamwood High School Virtual Careers Fair 2021. Here you will find resources providing a wealth of information for our young people which will support them to make informed decisions regarding their future.


Use the Young Person Scenarios video resource to see 6 common scenarios our young people find themselves in. This ranges from know the career they wish to pursue but want more information on the job itself to not knowing what to do after school.

Young Person Scenarios

View University websites, download prospectuses and find information on virtual open days using the ‘University and College Guide’ PDF document.

University and College Guide

Find career pathways based on your interests in over 20 career areas grouped by general interest. Simply view the interactive ‘Career Pathways’ PDF document.

Career Pathways

My World of Work is a fantastic tool to help young people explore the options available to them. Learn more from our ‘Careers Adviser – MyWoW Guide’ presentation on how to best utilise My World of Work.

Careers Adviser – MyWoW Guide

If you would like to discuss your career options or subject choices, please speak to your Pupil Support Teacher or Miss Briggs PT DYW based in Pupil Support or PE. If you would like to speak to one of our dedicated Careers Advisors, please request an appointment from your Pupil Support Teacher.

Parent Conference 2021

Dear Parent,

As it is not possible to host this year’s Parent Conference in the normal way, the Pupil Support department have highlighted the support we offer in school and collated some of the resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child’s mental health and resilience.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s pupil support teacher if you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s wellbeing in more detail.

Nichola Penman (PT Pupil Support)

Williamwood High School Wildlife Garden

The Social Subjects department are fundraising for the ‘Williamwood High Wildlife Garden’ and have entered Tesco’s Community Grant competition. The top prize is £1500! Please vote in your local Tesco Stores:

  •  Tesco Express Clarkston
  • Tesco Express Newton Mearns
  • Tesco Superstore Barrhead

Voting is already open and closes on 31st Dec 2021.


If pupils would like to get involved in improving the school environment they can join Mrs Bellingham in room 2.6 after school on Tuesdays. Bring gardening gloves if possible. Thank you!


S1 tracking reports will be available on Parentsportal system on 21st October.  To enable you to access your child’s tracking report, we would be grateful if you would register with this system and link your child. When creating your account, please enter S1 as your child’s yeargroup.  

Please find here a letter from East Renfrewshire Council explaining the new Parentsportal system for parents.  The system can also be accessed through a link on the left hand side of the school website.

This letter contains instructions for signing up and linking to your child.  Please note that the information you enter must match exactly the information currently held in school.

If you experience any difficulties at all when logging in, please just email and one of the office staff will be happy to help.


HSBC Commercial Banking

Investing in your future – free Webinars

We are passionate and committed to hire and develop diverse young talent.

At HSBC, our purpose explains why we exist – Opening up a world of opportunity. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the necessity for that mission is more applicable than ever for the next generation of talent. Due to this, HSBC Commercial Banking has created 3 exclusive, free to join events across October, all designed to open up a world of opportunity and increase the aspirations and employability of young people all over the country.

We would be grateful if you could share the below events with your students and parents and hope to welcome you next month.

To find out more

HSBC & You – Thursday 7 October

Find out more about the depth, breadth and mission of one of the largest Financial Services institutions in the world. This includes an exploration on potential career paths, more detail on what a bank truly does and what employers such as HSBC are doing to develop talent for the future.

Who am I – an exploration of personal branding – Wednesday 13 October

Personal Branding – one of the most essential employability tools in the modern world yet also one of the most underdeveloped. Hear from HSBC colleagues on just what a personal brand is and how understanding and controlling your personal brand is essential for workplace success

Panel Event – Meet our Commercial Banking colleagues – Tuesday 19 October

The world of banking is one often stigmatised, seen as hidden and exclusive, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. This session will allow you to hear from and question a series of HSBC colleagues on their personal and career  journeys, what working in banking is truly like, and some top tips.

The events are being held at 5pm until 6pm

These events are open to all such as parents, guardians, teachers and students.

To Register

HSBC & You – Thursday 7 October

Who am I – an exploration of personal branding – Wednesday 13 October

Panel event – Meet our Commercial Banking colleagues – Tuesday 19 October

Please contact the Early Careers team if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,


PTA – Prize Draw

Message from PTA

If you want a chance to win a £50 voucher for The White Cart in Busby while raising funds for your PTA remember to purchase your £5 voluntary draw ticket available on ParentPay.

This year the PTA are hoping to purchase a defibrillator that will be positioned at the back of the school for anyone using the outdoor facilities.

Tickets purchased by Wednesday 29th September will be entered into the first draw which will take place on Thursday 30th September. If you’re not the lucky winner this time, there’s still nine draws to go and your ticket is entered into each one.

Tickets purchased after the draw dates will be entered into subsequent draws.

Good luck.

Williamwood High School – PTA

Hello from Williamwood PTA

The school environment may have changed but fundraising is still essential and the school needs this support more than ever. The money raised by the PTA can really make a big difference, to enhance the experience for all the pupils.

We don’t just pay for football strips. The money raised is distributed right across the whole school. Over the last year we’ve contributed towards, New Furniture for the Nurture Room, Wireless Tablets for the Maths Department, the Chess Club was able to purchase New Chess Sets and Clocks, a Keyboard and Guitar for the Music Department, Computing needed Raspberry Pis, we purchased a Digital Camera for the Art Department, made contribution to the Be Kind Campaign and the Car Park Improvement Project.

Fundraising needs to continue and although we won’t be present at parents’ evenings or fayres in the near future you can still donate and get involved. Last year all our fundraising was successfully done through ParentPay.

So we’re starting the new term with voluntary PTA donation of £5 per child through ParentPay. If you choose to donate you’ll be entered each month (September to June) into a monthly draw with the chance to win great prizes such as vouchers for local shops and restaurants.

We’re always looking for new members and if you’d like to get involved, have a fundraising idea or would just like some more information please email or contact us via our Facebook page WilliamwoodPTA

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