The Queen’s Baton Relay returns to Scotland on 14th June and will tour all 32 local authorities over the following 40 days, before its arrival at the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park on 23 July – it’s a great opportunity to get close to this Games icon and link it to your learning.
To help you play your part, Glasgow 2014 have created a free online kit for you, your community, school, family and friends. Be the loudest and proudest supporters by making up your own Queen’s Baton Relay megaphones, headbands, banners and more. Cut them out, colour them in and wear them when the relay comes past to support your local batonbearers. Cheer them on in style!
You can download the Supporters’ Kit from the Glasgow 2014 website here.
You can also find out when the relay will be in your area on Game On Scotland’s Information and route page.
Commonwealth Connections is a project by UK registered charity, Vision Africa. The Commonwealth Games Federation says the aim of the Games is “Uniting the Commonwealth through sport.”
The 2014 Games provide a unique opportunity for children in various Commonwealth countries to learn about themselves, each other and the countries which will be competing in the event.
Vision Africa works with disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya. Through Commonwealth Connections, the charity aim to give children a forum to find out the similarities as well as the differences between children in Kenya and the UK.
One of the aims of the project is to teach children that despite living in different economic circumstances, their fellow children often share the same dreams, enjoy the same activities and even eat some of the same foods.
As well as celebrating diversity, we hope that engaging in Commonwealth Connections will help young people realise they have a lot in common too.
Vision Africa have pulled together a range of resources including videos, photographs, activity sheets and information which are free to download.
Why not keep up to date with progress by following on Twitter @VisionAfrica or Facebook
What is the connection between the Commonwealth Games and asylum-seekers and refugees? The answer is all in the welcome.
The British Red Cross have created a resource which explores the themes of welcome and cultural understanding in the run up to the Commonwealth Games. You can choose from a selection of quick activities featuring lesson starters and quick explorations for tutor time.
Find out more:
Last in the series!
With just over 20 weeks to go before the biggest multi-sport and cultural event ever to come to Scotland, we invite practitioners to find out more on how the Commonwealth Games may provide a unique opportunities to create stimulating learning across the curriculum and beyond.
What will be delivered?
The event will showcase inspirational initiatives from schools across the spectrum and highlight a vast amount of resources and opportunities available to teachers ensuring that, together, we are able to deliver a lasting legacy for learning.
Addresses will be delivered by a wide range of inspirational speakers covering topics from international programmes to physical and Games related education.
A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of using the Games as a context for learning. Workshop sessions will include:
- case studies from primary and secondary schools
- inspirational address by people directly engaged with the Games and its legacy
- international education and partnerships
- funding opportunities around food education in the context of the Games
- cluster and local authority initiatives
View the Game On Scotland Event DRAFT programme – 26 March, Dundee.
Who should attend?
Teachers, lead staff and those with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. active schools coordinator, health and wellbeing).
This is the third event of our CPD series, following events in Glasgow and Inverness. The previous two events were considered useful by over 98% of delegates attending.
How to register:
We invite you to join us for an inspirational day of sharing and collaborative thinking around a variety of exciting opportunities by registering for the event online or directly with Diane Carson: Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk
Earlier this month, marking the 300 days to go milestone, Commonwealth Games Scotland announced the first 27 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland. These will be the first of many sporting Scots who will carry the hopes of a nation when the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicks off on 23rd July 2014.
In all 17 sports, athletes have been aiming to meet qualification targets and claim their spot on the team. It’s been a busy and successful summer and next year will be even better!
You can find out more information about the athletes who make up Team Scotland on the Go Scotland! website, where they have a special ‘Meet the Team’ section. The section will be updated with athletes as they are selected.
Game On Scotland will shortly be developing a Team Scotland section within the site, but you can already access lots of information about Scottish athletes at the Go Scotland! site, including a range of downloadable posters of athletes across the 17 sports.
When? Monday, 18 November 2013, 9.30 – 15.00
Where? Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
With around 250 days before the biggest multi-sport and cultural event ever to come to Scotland, we invite practitioners to join us and find out more on how the Commonwealth Games may provide help you to create stimulating learning opportunities across the curriculum and beyond.
The event will showcase inspirational initiatives from schools across the board and highlight programmes available to teachers to ensuring that, together, we deliver a lasting legacy for learning. The keynote address will come from Paralymic champion David Smith MBE. A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations experienced in Games Legacy work will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of using the Games as a context for learning. Workshop sessions will include:
- exemplification from primary and secondary schools,
- inspirational address by people directly engaged with the Games and its legacy ,
- international education and partnerships
- Food for Thought Education Fund around the Commonwealth Games
- cluster and local authority initiatives.
View the Game On Scotland Event draft programme – 18 Nov, Inverness
Who should attend?
Teachers, lead staff and those with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. active schools coorindator, health and wellbeing).
How to register:
We invite you to join us for an inspirational day of sharing and collaborative thinking around a variety of exciting opportunities by registering for the event on line or directly with Diane Carson: Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk
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.