Weekly News

Friday 9th October 2020

The last week before we finish up for half term has been busy again.

Departmental award

Congratulations to Aaron Maxwell (S3) and Callum Taylor (S5) whose efforts were formally recognised when they were awarded the Enterprise Award for their entrepreneurial efforts on a weekly basis prior to lockdown. Each week the pupils sold confectionery and drinks around staff bases in the school. As you can imagine many staff looked forward to their arrival on a Friday at lunchtime. The pupils are assisted by Ms Smyth.

Ms Burns and her Art class have been hard at work  and having great fun as they started preparing our Halloween crafts! Spiders, webs, ghosts and witches. There are still more to come later this month. Well done Sharon, Heather, Gregor, Charlie and Jack!

Well done to Zecki who completed his first point towards his Silver Challenge in ASDAN.
He had prepared his slides on ‘Dangerous Insects’ and impressed us all with his knowledge and enthusiasm about all types of bees!

 

Congratulations and farewell to Mr Black who will leave our service soon after the October Holidays. Mr Black has recently been appointed to the post of Principal Teacher of Additional Support Needs at Calderglen High School in East Kilbride. Mr Black leaves with our best wishes and thanks for his excellent contribution to the department during his time in post.

Can we wish all our pupils and their families a safe, relaxing and well-deserved October break.

Friday 2nd October 2020

We welcomed everyone back after September weekend and enjoyed hearing stories about what the young people got up to over the break.

There was no more rest and we were straight back into hard work! Well done to the National 5 English class who attempted a practise assessment on the Scottish Set Text element on Thursday. They all did their best.

The S5/6 ASDAN group enjoyed giving a talk to the rest of the class about their favourite topic. Here is Gregor talking to his peers about Doctor Who and a few more images from the presentations. Gregor spoke confidently and was keen to answer any questions about the doctors over the years to us! Well done Gregor, Callum, Callan and Heather!

The S1 groups met with Ms Li to do a lesson on Mandarin. They were working on our speaking-going through basic phrases and numbers. Next week they will look forward to a lesson on writing.

Congratulations to Callan who recently had some of his work published by the Times Education Supplement. Callan helped Miss Macdonald  create a training presentation for all staff in the school with regards to supporting pupils who have autistic spectrum condition. Callan’s work focused on best practice for teaching and support staff. Please follow the link below to view his published work.

https://www.tes.com/news/10-things-autistic-students-want-you-know

There is one more week until the October holiday break. Next Friday is a dress as you please day.

Friday 17th September 2020

This was the last full week before the September weekend and a short rest for the pupils.

Mr Black’s S1 group have finished their sewing block in FTT, having completed a cushion and will be moving onto cooking next week. They also  finished their design and tech project which was a thermos plastic multimedia holder (see photos) and  will be moving onto the design class next week. Within literacy the class are enjoying Billionaire Boy and  have started a class display on this.

 

The N3 Environmental Science class have been recycling a variety of things in the CSS: food waste, plastics, paper, textiles and batteries.

The Tenancy and Citizenship Award group completed: ‘Looking After Your Home’. They helped tidy and clean up the CSS.

Friday 11th September 2020

We have all made it through another week.

The S5/6 ASDAN group have been experiencing foods from around the world with Mr Moffat.

James, from S5 applied to join the army and is taking part in an online interview next week to discuss which areas he is interested in recruiting too. Well done James!

Ruth and Mark have been showing off their artistic skills sewing bunting in FTT with Miss Haddow.

Adnan is doing great in Computer Science, learning about RAM, ROM and Binary. Good luck in your test Adnan.

Could we ask that parents and carers continue to ensure that pupils come to school with basic stationery for lessons. Due to the current situation we should not be issuing pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers etc in case of cross contamination. Could you also insure pupils have a water bottle with them and cutlery should they need it for interval or lunchtimes.

We now have key teachers assigned to each year group. These are:

S1: Mr Black/Ms Taylor

S2: Ms Burns

S3: Mr Linning

S4: Ms Rattan

S5/6: Miss Macdonald

Staff will meet with pupils in their year group on a weekly basis in order to ensure that positive levels of health and wellbeing are maintained. They will also be able to provide advice on academic matters where required.

Next week’s film is: Shazam! Film club will run Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes from 12.30-1pm.

Friday 4th September 2020

Welcome to the end of another busy week.

This week Callum turned 18 and his friends were able to celebrate with him on Thursday afternoon. Happy birthday Callum!

The seniors Environmental Science class continue to collect a huge amount of recycling and helped staff do some clearing out in the kitchen this week.

Our film club started again with Men In Black International. We will finish this particular film next week and see what we are sent next. Details of the films will be in this weekly news.

Miss Smyth has been finding out if and when we can resume raising funds with the ‘Candy Cart’. There are restrictions due to the current situation but hopefully Aaron and Callum can get going again soon.

The wearing of face coverings for pupils in school began on Monday. Pupils in the service showed maturity and understanding in this new change to their routines.  There is a degree of flexibility for the pupils in the CSS. Where a pupil is due to move around the school during the day and is overstimulated by wearing a face covering staff can delay moving out of the service to another area of the school. This will allow crowds to disperse before masks can be potentially removed. In addition whilst pupils are in the service itself they will not be required to wear a mask. Staff will be on hand to remind pupils of social distancing protocols.

We have been advising pupils of the need to bring their own basic resources to school where possible. This includes standard materials you would find in a pencil case: rubber, pencil and ruler. In addition, where possible, pupils should bring their own headphones if they wish to make use a PC or mobile device with sound during lunchtime.

Friday 28th August 2020

Another busy and successful week has come to an end. It really feels like we are back to work and there are lots of interesting things going on around the department.

The seniors Environmental Science class are involved in recycling and encouraging the other pupils and staff to use the various recycle bins they have set up.

This Wednesday and Thursday our film club will launch again on a trial basis until September weekend. Over the course of a fortnight one film will be watched, starting with Men In Black International. If anyone wants further information please contact Miss Macdonald in the service.

The ‘Candy Cart’ will run again from this Friday with some changes due to the current situation. Traditionally our senior pupils have sold snacks around the school on a Friday at lunchtime.  This time it will be open to pupils from the CSS. Should pupils wish to purchase items they should bring cash with them on the day. Pupils will limited to buying one sweet item.

Following an update from central government our Head Teacher issued guidelines to parents  which outline procedures involving face coverings for pupils in school due to take effect from Monday 31st August. In summary pupils will be required to wear face coverings whilst using communal areas around the school.

As ever there will be a degree of flexibility for the pupils in our service. Where a pupil is due to move around the school during the day and is overstimulated by wearing a face covering staff can delay moving out of the service to another area of the school. This will allow crowds to disperse before masks can be potentially removed. In addition whilst pupils are in the service itself they will not be required to wear a mask. Staff will be on hand to remind pupils of social distancing protocols.

We have been advising pupils of the need to bring their own basic resources to school where possible. This includes standard materials you would find in a pencil case: rubber, pencil and ruler. In addition, where possible, pupils should bring their own headphones if they wish to make use a PC or mobile device with sound during lunchtime.

We hope everyone has a great weekend. Next week we celebrate a special birthday as Callum turns 18 on Thursday!

Friday 21st August 2020

We have come to the end of our first full week of the session. Everyone continues to do a brilliant job of remembering some of the new routine regarding sanitising hand, using the stairs etc. I am sure everyone will need to have a well deserved relax over the weekend!

There have already been some successes. The seniors have completed a module of the Tenancy and Citizenship Award and sat an assessment. Tough going at the start of term!

Our computer club is up and running again on weekday lunchtimes. There has been some interest in other clubs we ran last session – the Film Club for example. Miss Macdonald will gauge interest for this next week with a view to setting up the club again over two lunchtimes each week from 12.30-1pm.

We hope everyone has a great weekend and comes in refreshed for another positive start next Monday.

Friday 14th August 2020

The CSS staff would like to welcome everyone back to school after the lockdown restrictions and summer break. It was fantastic to finally see everyone in person again and meet our new S1 pupils!

We have seven new S1 pupils into the department. Welcome to Dominic, Eleanor, Finlay, David, Archie, Jonny and Darryl. Mr Black and Ms Taylor have said you all had an excellent week. Keep up the good work!

Everyone has done remarkably well in adapting to a different school experience and the changes that have been implemented. This week our focus was on Health and Wellbeing and making sure everyone was comfortable and felt supported with the return to school.

Please follow the link below which gives some advice when talking to young people about the current pandemic: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

We will offer  pupils the flexibility they need over the coming weeks as they continue to adapt to being back in school. Should you wish to discuss adaptations to their timetables or need to make contact with the department for any reason, please email Mr Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

Friday 26th June 2020

The CSS staff would like to wish all our pupils and their families a safe, relaxing and well earned summer holidays. Hopefully the weather will be kind as restrictions ease and we can move around a little more and meet with our friends and families again. We very much look forward to seeing you all again, in person, in August.

This week we said goodbye to our four S6 pupils: Heather, Esaam, Talha and Ryan who are all moving on to college courses later in the year. We will miss them very much and are so happy to have seen them become successful young adults. Good luck to all of them, hopefully they will keep in touch and let us know how they are getting on.

We would also like to send our best wishes and lots of luck to Miss Campbell who worked with us this year. She had taken up a permanent post in Ayrshire. We are so sorry to see her go and will miss her lots.

 

 

 

Friday 19th June 2020

This we have continued to work with pupils back at Williamwood and through Google Classrooms.

It has been great to hear how people are getting on and what they have been doing during lockdown. All the CSS staff are please to hear our pupils and families all stay safe and well.

As you know, pupils and staff are expected to return to school in  in August. There will be some changes and these plans are being developed at the moment. . Pupils will attend school for a proportion of the week whilst working at home for the remainder of the week. Whilst pupils are not in school they will be supported to consolidate their learning at home using Google Classrooms.

Friday 12th June 2020

This week we welcomed Hub pupils back to Williamwood for their school support. It was lovely to be back in the building and see some pupils and staff again. Some of us even had a sing-song with Mr Hannah! Luckily there is no video evidence.

We hope working at home is getting easier and you are now more used to accessing and using Google Classrooms. Remember if you have any issues please let staff know. A few of you have also given us ideas of ways to use the software.

It has been great to hear what people have been doing apart from school work. There seems to have been lots of baking, walking, watching movies and online family quizzes going on.

Friday 5th June 2020

As we enter June and continue with the period of isolation, all the staff hope you are all doing well and perhaps enjoying some relaxed restrictions. One of our young people has been busy sharing his ideas and opinions of lockdown and has given me permission to share them with you here. Enjoy!:

It was lovely to spend time with some of our young people in The Hub this week. The Hub will close today and relocate back at Wiliamwood from Monday.

Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers. Teachers will be available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities. Please let your teachers know any issues you are having as soon as possible. We are all hear to try to make the new way of learning as easy as possible.

Should you need to make contact with the department for any reason in the foreseeable future could you please email John Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

Friday 29th May 2020

As we continue with the period of isolation all the staff at the CSS hope you and your families are doing well. Make sure you find a balance between accessing Google Classrooms and relaxing and having fun. Some young people have been accessing the support available in The Hub. It was lovely for staff to see them again in person and find out how they are getting on.

Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers. Teachers will be available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities.

Should you need to make contact with the department for any reason in the foreseeable future could you please email John Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

 

Friday 15th May 2020

As we continue with the period of isolation all the staff at the CSS hope you and your families are doing well. Make sure you find a balance between accessing Google Classrooms and relaxing and having fun. Even though we are a little limited to what we can do right now, there are still lots of things we can do to entertain ourselves. Here are some ideas:

  • Try some baking – there are hundreds of easy recipes available online.
  • Try an escape room game
  • Play a board game or dust off some old Lego
  • Write a letter or card to a friend or relative you can’t see right now
  • Do an online quiz
  • Watch a whole set of movies: X-Men, Toy Story, Avengers
  • Read your favourite childhood book
  • Try making a film or take photos with an ipad or mobile phone
  • Draw a picture, colour or doodle
  • Plant some seeds and watch something grow. You could even plant something edible!

Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers. Teachers will be available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities. Should you need to make contact with the department for any reason in the foreseeable future could you please email John Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

Take care, stay safe and hopefully we will be back together very soon.

Friday 1st May 2020

Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers. Teachers will be available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities. Should you need to make contact with the department for any reason in the foreseeable future could you please email John Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

Take care, stay safe and hopefully we will be back together very soon.

Friday 24th April 2020

Everyone at the CSS would like to wish you all well during the period of isolation. We hope you all managed to have a great Easter holidays despite the strange times. Hopefully there was lots of chocolate!

Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers. Teachers will be available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities. Mr Moffat is going to try to contact everyone during the course of next week to see how everyone is getting on and to try to help with any issues you may be having. Should you need to make contact with the department for any reason in the foreseeable future could you please email John Moffat at the following email address: MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk .

Take care, stay safe and hopefully we will be back together very soon.

Friday 3rd April 2020

Everyone at the CSS would like to wish you all well during the period of isolation. Whilst pupils are not in school they should continue to access Google Classrooms where they will find learning activities which have been posted by their teachers.

Teachers have been available each school day through Google Classrooms to offer support and guidance for pupils as they complete learning activities. This will continue to be the case until today, Friday 3rd April at 2.45pm.

During the course of the Easter holidays pupils can still complete tasks on Google Classrooms. Teachers will be available again to offer feedback and to set new tasks as from Monday 20th April. If your son/daughter is having difficulty accessing Google Classrooms could you please contact Mr Moffat (MoffatJ@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk).

Although school is very different at the moment, we are still able to celebrate some success. Talha has been offered a place on an introductory course for Social Science at Langside College, beginning in August. The course will run until January when he can apply to move on to another course.  This means all our S6 students, plus Erin who has made the decision to leave us after S5, have been successful in achieving college placements this year. We hope to be able to see them again and say goodbye properly.

Term 2

Friday 13th March 2020

This week the S2, 4 and 5 pupils have continued discussing and preparing for their options for next year.  This can involve a range of mainstream, CSS and college classes. Mr Moffat will meet with parents as and when the young people are ready to make their choices.

The S4 ASDAN group worked with Miss Smyth on some first aid for their award. Here they are, looking the part, in the Medical Room.

On  Monday a group of senior pupils will attend a careers event at City Chambers in the city centre where they will find out about college and apprenticeship options for next year. 

Ryan, Callum, Heather and Esaam are enjoying college and all the feedback we are getting back is very positive. Heather G is also having fun at Corey House on a Thursday. Yesterday the group went on a shopping trip to The Fort.

Talha has another interview next week, for an NC in Social Science next week and we look forward to hearing how it goes.

Next week is charities week, with a dress as you please day on Friday.

Due to a lack of interest, film club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been cancelled. This is very much a positive rather than a negative, as the young people prefer to socialise rather than quietly watch a film on their breaks.

Please Note: The Scottish Autism Show has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears and rescheduled for 21st and 22nd August.

Friday 6th March 2020

This week the S2, 4 and 5 pupils have been involved in, or starting to think about their options for next year.  This can involve a range of mainstream, CSS and college classes. Mr Moffat will meet with parents as and when the young people are ready to make their choices.

We also welcomed Miss Rattan back from her maternity leave this week. It was lovely to see her again and for everyone to catch up.

The department are hoping to run a trip on the last week of term.  So far it is looking like laser tag is the preferred option amongst the young people. Details will follow very soon.

If anyone is interested in the Scottish Autism Show on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow more details can be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-autism-show-tickets-89217749691

Scotland’s Autism Show is a free event that will be held over two days. There will be different exhibitors and experts that are all centred around autism, plus professional speakers. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend including professionals.

 

Friday 28th February 2020

This week we held our first departmental monthly workshops for parents where we hope to provide a forum to share ideas about methods of support. The focus this month was Transitions where we discussed our S6 Moving Forward class, S5/6 options and college life.  The staff group felt it was a really successful, positive afternoon and we hope parents agreed.  The focus of the next workshop will be announced in the next ideas; please email any suggestions to Mr Moffat at the service.

S2, then S4 and S5 pupils are in the process of, or will soon be, picking their options for next year.

Heather continues to enjoy her work at Corey House on a Thursday and Heather, Esaam and Callum are doing well at college. Ryan has started a new course at West College which he is very much enjoying.

Talha attended two interviews for full time college next year: one at Langside and one at SLC.  We are hopeful he will hear back positively soon.

The S4 lifeskills class have started doing some yoga with Miss Macdonald on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon and very much enjoyed starting this again.

Friday 21st February 2020

The department intends to offer monthly workshops for parents in order to provide a forum to share ideas about methods of support. Each workshop will have a specific focus. The first workshop will look at how we can prepare pupils for transitions into the senior school (S3 – 6) and also how we can prepare pupils for the transition beyond school. The workshops will take place on the last Thursday of each month from 4pm until 5.30pm. If you are interested in attending the first workshop can you please email Mr Moffat by Tuesday 25th February to confirm your attendance at the first workshop on Thursday 27th February.

This week we have lots of assessment successes and achievements to report!  Heather, Ryan, Talha and Callum have all completed and passed their National 4 Media Creating Text assessment. Only the AVU to go and then the course has been completed and passed in full. Esaam completed and passed his National 3 Media Creating Text unit.

Heather, Ryan, Erin, Callum and Esaam completed and passed their National 3 Expressive Art unit. Much of their work is now proudly on display in the CSS.

Sharon passed her National 1 Communication Using Information Text unit.

The S4 pupils had some brilliant prelim results and we are delighted with the news. Some results have left the young people a little negative but the prelims help show where development needs and study needs are, so we can all work on this.

Finally, Callum, Esaam, Heather and Heather went to The People’s Palace to do a slavery workshop. We found out so much about Glasgow’s past links to slavery and were privileged to be able to handle some artifacts such as clay pipes and cotton plants. In the summer term we hope to go back and do the second part of the tour which includes a walk through the city.

After the workshop we had time to look around the museum and see interesting exhibits such as the air raid shelter, ‘Doon the Water’ area, Billy Connolly’s Big Banana Boots and the Barrowlands exhibit.  Miss Macdonald also spent some time in jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 14th February 2020

After a lovely mid term break we returned to work and study with lots of successes.  There is a lot of news for this week as you can see!!!

Two of our S6 students, Esaam and Heather, have been offered places at Langside college for next year, with Ryan and Talha having up coming interviews they are preparing for.  The S4-S6 students patiently await their prelim results which will start being given back to them soon.

S1/S2 pupils enjoyed a trip to Calderglen Zoo with their Science classes in January.

This involved a workshop where they got to meet some of the animals including a snake, a huge snail and a bearded dragon! Our pupils loved holding the animals and learning about their habitats and adapatations.

They were then given a task to do and a group followed by a trip outside to see the outdoor animals. The pupils enjoyed every minute and were not put off by the pouring rain!

Miss Smyth was kind enough to come along to the S3 and S5/6 ASDAN classes to help the young people with their First Aid modules.  They looked at tying bandages, eye wash, dealing with fainting, how to use the medical beds, ice packs and foil blankets. 

Finally, we are so pleased that an ex pupil, Matthew, has been nominated as a finalist in the Young Person of the Year iloveclarkston awards.  The winners will be announced on March 20th.

Friday 31st January 2020

Today we finally bring January to a close! What a quick month it has been.

This week the majority of the seniors finished their  prelims. Thankfully they are all feeling positive about the experience and confident they have done well. We are always there to support and advise them and patiently wait to hear the results of all their hard work.

The S6 students completed their applications for college and we have already heard about upcoming interviews. Over the next few weeks we will practise interview questions and techniques in preparation.

The S5/6 Media class joined with Mr Mackie’s Nurture group to meet with representatives from the Glasgow City Mission and Simon Community to interview them about their work with homeless people.  This is the beginning of a joint project between the CSS and Pupil Support to raise awareness of the problems experienced by homeless people and collect donations for them over the Spring and Summer terms.  More details of this will be coming over the next few weeks.

Callum and Aaron continue to fundraise for Starchild through Callum’s Candy Cart on a Friday lunchtime and many staff are very grateful to see them appearing at base doors on a Friday lunchtime. Hopefully very soon we will have raised enough funds for Hamadu to attend school in Uganda again this year.

Friday 24th January 2020

The senior pupils are coping well with prelims this week and so far all are feeling confident and think it has been a positive experience.

On Wednesday Miss Macdonald’s World Studies class joined with Miss Taylor and Mr Black’s groups to celebrate Burns Night with a taster of Haggis, neeps and tatties and some other Scottish treats. Mr Black brought his bagpipes and the young people tried them out.  It looks like the bagpipes are even bigger than Miss Taylor!!!

Friday 17th January 2020

Can we wish all the senior pupils beginning their prelims next week the very best of luck!  All the hard work and nerves will be worth it.  College applications are now open and so over the next few weeks the young people will be supported to complete them.

Friday 10th January 2020

Happy New Year everyone.

Hopefully everyone had a relaxing, peaceful holiday and is looking forward to the new decade. We’ve had a really positive start to term, everyone back and ready to work. The senior pupils are busy preparing and studying for their prelims and upcoming unit assessments and we wish them good luck. There are always staff here to support them and help them study.

Over this term we are looking forward to continuing our charity work, organising spring trips, continuing to get to know our new P7 cohort and having another fantastic term.