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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!

Athletes’ Village Art Competition

Inspired by Athletes’ Village Accommodation Manager, Caroline rogers, Game On Scotland launched the Athletes’ Village Art Competition.  Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the range and quality of entries from schools across Scotland.

We asked schools to hold their own internal Art Competitions and send use their 10 winning entries. We could not have imagined that this would result in our post bag overflowing with fantastic pieces of work from youngsters across the country. In fact, we received an eye watering 9,000 pieces or art work! We are absolutely overjoyed at the range of pieces, depicting many different Commonwealth sports and Glasgow landmarks. Not only that, the attention to detail and innovative way talented youngsters across the country have employed in their work ensures without doubt that the Village will be a vibrant and uplifting place for athletes and officials heading to Glasgow in just a few short weeks.

It was a very exciting day earlier this week when talented artists from St Bernadette’s Primary and Rutherglen High joined the Game On Scotland Team to formally hand over the art work to Caroline and her team who now have the task of displaying it throughout the Athletes’ Village. For a peek behind the closed doors of the Athletes’ Village you can watch Caroline’s brief film here.

During the games athletes will be encouraged to respond to schools through email/postcard. Also, keep your eyes peeled for tweets as we are expecting athletic selfies with art work to appear #VillageArt

Legacy Ticket Rewards

We are very excited today to share news about our Game On Scotland Ticket Rewards.

There are different categories of reward
• Game On Challenge – Reward Ballot
• Case Study Initiative – Competitive Selection
• Programme Elements Rewards

More information on these great opportunities is available here.

Don’t forget, it is not too late to enter your own Game On Challenge, or to share your inspirational Case Study (word file available on the main Legacy Ticket page from the link above).

Another inspirational way for you and the young people you work with to get the best from the fantastic opportunities available through Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Case Study Incentive

We are extremely grateful to those of you who have shared inspirational Case Studies. As a “thank you” to you, we have approximately 70 reward tickets up for grabs. These tickets will be decided by Competitive Selection.

Schools and youth groups which provide a case study of their Games-related work will be rewarded with up to 10 tickets for one session at the Games.

These will be tickets for the Opening or Closing Ceremony or alternatively for a highly desirable sport session.

If you wish to submit a case study, please complete the form available here by Friday 30th May to be in with a chance to win one of these exciting prizes (conditions apply).

Good Luck!

Game On Challenge – Reward Ballot

Hot off the press news for those of you who have registered a Game On Challenge, we are delighted to announce we have approximately 900 tickets available to share.

Schools and youth groups signed up to a Game On Challenge have until Friday 30th May to enter the Game On Challenge Reward Ballot.

Entry is easy, complete this form and we will do the rest!

A random draw will then be conducted and successful schools/groups will be offered up to 10 tickets for one sport session at the Games. (conditions apply)

Good luck!

New Gaelic resource pack for Commonwealth Games available now!

We are delighted to announce that Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, with support from Education Scotland, are distributing a colourful Gaelic resource pack on the Commonwealth Games.

The pack includes a poster with the Commonwealth flags; a poster showing the 17 sports which will be at the Glasgow Games; stickers suitable for sport, such as A’ Chiad Àite, Tha mise math ann an sgioba, Bhuannaich sinne! (First Place; I’m a good team player; We won!) and two sets of cards about the sports at the Games and about the Commonwealth countries.

The cards convey information in a way which will encourage the Gaelic reading, comprehension and speaking of the pupils, and there are assignments for them to do too. There are questions on lifeskills maths, and plenty opportunities for research. The findings can be presented in a variety of ways such as reports, web pages and podcasts.

There is differentiation in the maths work, and it is expected that pupils will work to their own level in the other activities. There will be something for everyone, whether working on their own or in a group, and with the help of the cards, pupils will be able to speak in some depth about the sports and about the countries which are part of the Commonwealth.

Teacher’s Notes with suggestions for using the resources, sample questions, country data, and links which will help with the research, are available on the Stòrlann website. We are also organising a competition with cool prizes in conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and interactive on-line games.

We hope there will be plenty winners with this Commonwealth Games pack!

Big Big Sing – Songwriting Competiton

Write a Commonwealth Games song!

Big Big Sing is a nationwide celebration of singing that will inspire thousands of people to get singing in the lead up to and during Games Time.  As part of this project, Big Big Sing is running an exciting songwriting competition open to Primary and Secondary School pupils in Scotland. 

 Big Big Sing invites pupils to write a song inspired by the Commonwealth Games, pupils can work individually or as a class to write a song between three and five minutes in length.  With the games just around the corner there’s no shortage of inspiration for budding songwriters!

 There’s a fantastic prize on offer which includes having a video of the winning song made and performing the song in front of thousands as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme! One winning entry will be picked from each category (Primary and Secondary School) by an expert judging panel.

 Prize up for grabs:

 –  A special video of entrants performing the song

–   A recording of the song included and promoted on the Big Big Sing website

 –   A performance spot at the BIG Big Big Sing event in Glasgow during July 2014.

 For full guidelines and to find out more about the competition and the project in general please visit http://www.bigbigsing.org/start-singing/song-competition/.


The Game on Scotland team wishes to congratulate Louise Johnston from Torphichen Primary School, Bathgate, West Lothian who won the signed Libby Clegg poster donated by Team Scotland. Louise’s name was randomly selected from those 110 people who signed up to Game on Scotland in November.    

There are many more opportunities to win through Game On Scotland from Art Competitions to visits from Athletes and Clyde .  If you want to be kept in the loop about what’s on offer why not become part of the Game On Scotland family by signing up to our regular e-updates.

For other poster downloads please visit the Go Scotland website.

Commonwealth Class – Debates and Competition!

Make the most of the 2014 Commonwealth Games by connecting your school to Commonwealth Class.

The BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat are working together to bring Commonwealth Class to schools across the world. The project is aimed at 7 – 14 year olds and provides online teaching resources and interactive activities for schools to mark the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Focusing on Commonwealth values and topical issues from a global perspective, Commonwealth Class will help connect young people around the world to learn together about how to be effective, responsible global citizens. Connect your classroom – sign up at www.bbc.co.uk/commonwealthclass


 We have launched a competition for schools to win the chance to work with a BBC crew to make a film in their community. We are searching for the best stories from around the Commonwealth which share what it means to be a global citizen and which best reflect the Commonwealth values. Further details and how to enter: www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass/24574326


We also hold monthly online debates to provide an opportunity for young people to share their views on topics such as tolerance and respect, democracy, exam stress, making a living and gender equality. We would love your school to join us for the regular online debates. The next debates planned are as follows:

  •  Thursday 31st October – in association with Authors Live and the Scottish Book Trust, a debate inspired by storytellers from around the Commonwealth. Writers Lari Don, Peter Chand and Mara Menzies share their stories.
  • Thursday 14th November – a debate based around the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 in Sri Lanka.
  • Thursday 21st November – a language debate to mark International Education Week 2013.
  • Thursday 28th November – in association with Authors Live and the Scottish Book Trust, a debate related to a live event with Mairi Hedderwick, author of the Katie Morag stories.

 Previous debates have included contributions from pupils in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa, as well as across the UK.

 It’s easy to take part in class — watch the film, discuss the issues and email your comments to us at commonwealthclass@bbc.co.uk