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Letter from (North) America

This is the first in a brief blog series highlighting how partners across the Commonwealth, and indeed the globe are using Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a context for learning.

Coinciding with the award of our first Game On Scotland plaque on foreign soil, we couldn’t resist the temptation to shine a spotlight on one of our Canadian school partners.

For Major Ballachey Elementary School in Brantford Ontario, participation in projects like Game On Challenge and Commonwealth Class provides a fantastically rich opportunity to foster a greater depth global awareness for students. Staff see it as a key component in their drive to cultivate a collective sense of pride and accomplishment for all students.

There is a real passion to share meaningfully with peers across the globe. Major Ballachey students decided the best way to do this was to create a series of short videos documenting life in and around the school. These provided the gateway to further collaboration with other Commonwealth schools.

Commonwealth Class has provided an unprecedented opportunity for students to interact directly with their peers across the globe. Participation in debates across international borders is invaluable as students strive to understand that the richness of our multiple identities are fundamental to the Commonwealth’s principles and approaches.

The Commonwealth is close to the heart for students at Major Ballachey. Located in Brantford, which itself is close to Hamilton, recognised as the birthplace of the British Empire Games, now the Commonwealth Games. This ensures students have a keen eye on the forthcoming games, the athletes and of course the VIP Baton event at which they were awarded their Game On Scotland plaque by Cabinet Secretary, Ms Shona Robison.

Pitlochry High School – third school to receive Game On Scotland Plaque

Game On Scotland ambassador Holly Cram awarded Pitlochry High School with the Game On plaque for the challenges they have set themselves to creating exciting learning experiences in the wake of the Commonwealth Games. 

The school has planned a whole year of challenges around the Games, ranging from inter-house activity days with Dragon’s Den presentations of their own mascot design to exploring the Commonwealth values. An extensive programme of sporting and outdoor initiatives support the agenda with swim- and bikeathons, extra curricular athletics, badminton competitions organised by the Youth Sport ambassadors, climbing, kayaking & mountaineering and even ‘Street Dance’ sessions. The school will conclude the year with two major events, the Primary Cluster and the High School Commonwealth Sports Day.

Congratulations and best wishes from the Game On Scotland team.

Art Competition kick starts Game On Scotland


The official education programme around the 2014 Commonwealth Games was launched at Kelvingrove Art Gallery yesterday providing a unique opportunity for Scottish pupils to join the challenge of creating 6500 pieces of art to decorate the bedrooms of athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth.

Using the Games and its 17 sports as creative inspiration, primary and secondary pupils will be challenged to come up with 6,500 pieces of artwork to decorate bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying. 

 The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists. 

X-Men and Superman illustrator Frank Quitely joined pupils from Hillhead Primary  to urge schools to get involved and make their mark on the Games.   

Unveiling a giant frame containing the Hillhead pupils’ early designs, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, and Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages also added their artwork.   

Mrs Robison highlights the importance of young people being able to connect with the Games :


Game On Scotland will  provide many more  inspirational opportunities using the Commonwealth Games as an inspiring and fun context for learning across the curriculum.

With the website now live, teachers and educators across Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth can access a range of educational resources for learners of all stages including film and image banks, Games history, sport profiles and materials on the Commonwealth. 

Game On!

Game On Scotland goes live!

We are delighted to inform you that Game On Scotland has been launched today to help practitioners use the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as an inspiring, motivating and fun context for learning.

Game on Scotland is the education programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and has been developed as a partnership between Education Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Ltd, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

Using Games as a context for learning has been inspirational for many educational establishments in the past and provides schools with opportunities to develop learning across the curriculum, often in partnership with their communities and relevant organisations (see case studies).

The new Game On Scotland website provides:

  • key information about the Games, the 71 nations and territories in the Commonwealth
  • resources, including a variety of themed learning journeys to engage learners at all stages, including suggested tasks and reflective components directly linked to Curriculum for Excellence, film/image gallery
  • opportunities for schools to be part of the Games, with competitions and special events which will put learners at the heart of the Games.

Some great opportunities to get involved already

Take the Game On Challenge

Many schools and organisations are already thinking ahead towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Tell us about your goals and initiatives and we will literally put your schools/organisations on the interactive map.

Take part in the Game On Challenge before 24 May and your school might win a visit from Clyde, the mascot.

 Athletes’ Village Art Competition

Through this competition your school can be part of the Games.

Game On Scotland is asking every school in Scotland to get their pupils to design posters, which will decorate the rooms of the Athletes’ Village. You are encouraged to hold your own competition in your school and then submit the winning pieces of artwork for inclusion in the village.

Register for the competition on the Game On Scotland website. Competition packs will be issued in August with winning entries announced in early 2014.

For your diary:  Game On Scotland strategic leads event, 17 June, Commonwealth House, Glasgow.  You can pre-register your interest online now