Category Archives: Commonwealth

Commonwealth Breakfast at Parklands

School The social in-reach group at Parklands School had an interesting morning in the kitchen cooking and tasting two very different breakfasts. The pupils followed a recipe to create a potato and lentil curry, a traditional Indian breakfast and compared it to a traditional Scottish breakfast of porridge. The boys said they much prefered the curry and would have it everyday for breakfast if they could!

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Proud Kodu Competition Winner!

Aidan, a P6 pupil of Dunoon Primary School was delighted last week to hear that he had come joint first in a Kodu Competition for primary schools across Argyll & Bute. Using Kodu, Aidan designed an online game with the Commonwealth Games theme. He was thrilled to receive a prize of a Raspberry Pi donated by local businessman and entrepreneur Sam Coley of Samteq. Aidan now intends to submit his game into the national Scottish Kodu Competition.

Kidz Fit at DPS!!

Today Dunoon Primary was treated to a day with Kidz Fit! The gym hall was filled with smiling faces and the skilful instructor Carl put the pupils through their paces! Kidz Fit sessions educate children about how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, how the human body works, as well as the importance of giving one hundred percent and being the best we can be! The ultimate goal is to improve Every Child’s self esteem, physical and mental well-being, confidence, and motivation, all combining For A Better Future.

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Garelochhead Primary School Art Project

P6/5 have enjoyed visits from two artists to help with their topic work. As part of their Beyond the Panda topic, a member of the local Art Club gave up her time to help the children to make Chinese bowls out of papier mache, clay pandas, and a wall hanging with cherry blossom and Chinese calligraphy.

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Commonwealth Song for all to sing!!

Join the Big Big Sing!!!! If you are planning any Celebrations to tie in with the Commonwealth Games, your pupils may enjoy learning this special song written by Scotland’s foremost composers. There are various formats to download HERE and sing along in gaelic, scots or english either with or without backing tracks. Please get in touch with me if you have trouble downloading. Fiona Blakey, Cultural Coordinator


As part as our Commonwealth topic, we invited Chief Chebe from Ghana to visit. Cheerful Chief Chebe arrived to a welcome of Ghanaian songs and colourful banners. The day started with some tunes on the African xylophone, which some of us even got to play. Next we did some thunderous drumming on the djembe drums. After a while we had to stretch our legs, so we did some African dancing to the beat of the drum. Continue reading CHIEF CHEBE VISITS KILMODAN


As you may know, the famous Hampden Park is being used to host the Field/Athletics events at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. There is major refurbishment going on outside at the moment with the deadline for completion growing ever near!!



This week was finance week at Port Ellen and all the classes have been involved in learning about money, finishing in a finance fair on Friday Morning. Primary 1&2 have been learning about banks and spreadsheets, and have even started saving their money up for the summer holidays. They ran a bank at the exhibition and showed they could count change, and had even made their own piggy banks. Primary 2&3 had made commonwealth animal banks, which included a wonderful anteater and Kiwi bank.


‘Be our Guest’ at Dunoon Primary!

Dunoon Primary School Choir hosted a superb Daffodil Tea entitled ‘Be Our Guest’. The afternoon show was attended by members from various senior citizen groups within our local community and it has indeed become an annual event. The children began the programme with a medley of Scottish songs including old favourites like ‘Red Yoyo’, ‘Skyscraper Wean’ and ‘Loch Lomond’. The solo singers sang so sweetly and clearly wowing the audience both at the afternoon tea and in the evening, much to the pleasure of the very proud parents!

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Southend goes back in time

Pupils in the P5-7 class have been studying the Highland Clearances and Scottish Emigration through the novel, The Desperate Journey by Kathleen Fiddler. This inter-disciplinary project has brought together drama, art, music and literacy as well as learning about the lives of the Highland people 150 – 200 years ago. Model crofts were made of clay then thatched using dried grass and rashes from the fields.

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‘Cloth Uncut’ visits Kilcreggan Primary

“Cloth Uncut” recently visited Kilcreggan Primary. “Cloth Uncut” is a primary school visual arts programme. Pupils were challenged to create a piece of cloth which represented Scotland’s welcome to the Commonwealth Games. Pupils at Kilcreggan Primary enjoyed working in vertical (mixed age) groups with artist, Lee Hendrick, to create their pieces of cloth. Pupils produced several pieces of woven material using a variety of materials inspired by our Commonwealth twinned nations, Swaziland and Cyprus. Continue reading ‘Cloth Uncut’ visits Kilcreggan Primary

Creating a Commonwealth Banner

On Tuesday 18th March Keills Primary 5 -7 made a Commonwealth Banner. Sian McQueen, an artist from the mainland, helped us make it. First we discussed what things made Scotland unique. Once we had enough ideas we organised ourselves into groups – a border group, an iconic images group, and a slogan group. We then planned what we were going to do. After lots of discussion the class had to pick the pictures that stood out the most. Continue reading Creating a Commonwealth Banner

CGS Commonwealth lesson

Three pupils from Campbeltown Grammar School visited Dalintober Primary Five to teach them about the Commonwealth country they will be representing at a mini Commonwealth games in June. The class heard interesting facts about New Zealand and a quiz at the end showed that they had been taught well by their new, enthusiastic teachers.

St. Mun’s Sport Their Trainers for Glasgow 2014

With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games less than 6 months away, the children and staff at St. Mun’s joined in the warm up for Scotland’s biggest-ever festival of sport and culture, by wearing their trainers to school to celebrate Commonwealth Day. Sport Your Trainers was a great opportunity to bring the Commonwealth Games to life in the school, allowing pupils and teachers to show their support in a fun and easy way, ahead of their IDL project on the Commonwealth, which will begin after the Easter Holidays. Continue reading St. Mun’s Sport Their Trainers for Glasgow 2014