Monthly Archive for August, 2014

spotlight on 990

On your marks.....

Andergrove State School, Queensland Australia were the 990th school to share their Commonwealth Story by registering their challenge with Game On Scotland. Judy Corbett shared with us how her prep class of 5 year olds are fascinated to know that whilst they were sleeping, folks here in Scotland were wide awake and athletes were competing in the myriad of sports involved in the games.

With a number of weeks to go until the end of their school term, Andergrove youngsters are engaged in a good natured battle to collect stickers in their own bid for Gold. To gain a sticker, youngsters have to overcome a number of challenges including a series of races and learning activities. Clyde has featured heavily in activities, especially in science activities where the children are learning about living things.

Andergrove were delighted to discover that they were 990…..now the race is on for the big 1,000 – watch this space!

997 and counting…..

Well folks what a summer it has been! The games may be over, but here at Game On Scotland HQ things are still pretty busy as schools across the world continue to share their Commonwealth Games stories with us.

Did you know that over 990 schools and organisations from over 20 countries have registered their Game On Challenge? In actual fact, right now, there are 997! This is just amazing, never in our wildest dreams did we expect so many schools to be so excited about the Games. How exciting it is to see our interactive map peppered with tags, each revealing a unique story.

Do you have what it takes to be the magic 1,000? If so, we have a special prize in store for you! All you have to do is register your Game On Challenge – it takes only a few moments. Go on, you know you want to!

Farewell Clyde!

After an epic 2 year journey, hundreds of school visits and many thousands of face to face encounters with young people (and the not so young!) from the Shetlands to the Borders Clyde it’s time to say good l farewell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dXzFZRKK6w

You have been fantastic, Clyde!  Many thanks for all the magical moments you have created for us.  You will always have a place in our hearts.

The Game On Scotland Team

Game On Scotland at the 2014 SLF

Join us at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival to reflect on the benefits the education programme delivered, discuss its legacy components and the potential long term impact. 

Seminar:  The educational impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games  ( Wed, 24 Sept @9.30am, Alsh 1)

This seminar will showcase the breadth and depth learning experiences provided by schools across Scotland and beyond through Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Commonwealth Games.   Supported by speakers that were at heart of the Games and its education programme, this session will recall some of the most exciting initiatives schools have been involved in around the Commonwealth Games and highlight the success of key partner programmes at the same time.  The seminar will examine the impact of the education programme to date and allow discussion around the educational legacy of the Games.

Presenters:  Klaus Mayer (Education Scotland), Steven Kidd (Education Manager, Glasgow 2014)

Sign up to our seminar here (Wed. 24 Sept – 9.30, Alsh 1)

 Conversation session, Area A( Wed. 24 Sept @12 noon, main exhibition area )

Speak to a number of teachers, athletes and programme managers involved with Game On Scotland to find out more about the legacy plans and follow-on projects in the wake of the ‘most successful Games ever’.

Keynote seminar:  “We all need good role models” (Thursday, 25 Sept, 11.15am, Lomond Auditorium)

Join Sir Bill Gammel (Chairmand and Co-Founder of of the Winning Scotland Foundation) and the Health and Wellbeing team from Education Scotland to discuss the impact good role models can have on children and young people. Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. 

Sign up for the seminar here.

Related keynote:  Sport’s learning edge at 2014, Wed. 12.30

Frank Dick, former British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, is delivering a keynote at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival. Focussing on sport’s learning edge Frank will talk about the importance of leadership, the balance between challenge and support and how getting this right equips young people with relevant skills and experience.

Find our more about this seminar and sign up here

Gold medalist sends inspirational note to pupil

The 100 and 200 meters Gold medallist Blessing Okagbare sent Scottish pupil Kaila Gallacher (P7) from St Cuthbert’s Primary School in South Lanarkshire an inspirational note (see below) on her departure.  Kaili’s art work was displayed in Blessing’s room and she wrote the note on a postcard provided as part of the Athletes’ Village Art competition. 

We believe Blessing’s message is worth sharing with you no matter what nationality, age or sporting inclination. It reads:  “Whatever you choose to be in life, choose wisely, believe in yourself and goals and the sky will be your limit (positive Goals).”

Many thanks for your encouraging words, Blessing and our very best wishes for your future challenges.

The Game On Scotland Team

Your Games experiences!

Have you seen Usain Bolt run, taken a selfie with one of the many gold medallists,  watched Neil Fachie’s fantastic race in the velodrome, or been part of the amazing cultural events, volunteered, performed…?.  We are keen to hear your stories!

Please send us some of your favourite moments, images and experiences or pass on your comments by emailing enquiries@gameonscotland.org .




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