Dalmellington Primary School pupils and Provost Jim Todd received a warm welcome from staff and pupils at Glasgow’s Craigton Primary last week where they took part in a Commonwealth Sports Day.
Both primary schools have been paired with the British Virgin Islands as part of the ‘Support a 2nd Team’ initiative, a programme of events designed to further develop links with Commonwealth regions. Sportscotland is leading the programme in conjunction with Glasgow 2014, Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs), local partners and Education Scotland.
The day was planned to coincide with the Glasgow Schools’ Baton arriving at Craigton Primary. The journey of the Schools’ Baton mirrors the journey of the actual Commonwealth baton, so while the real one was touring the British Virgin Islands, the Schools’ Baton stopped off at the Glasgow primary school.
Throughout the day pupils took part in Commonwealth Sports including hockey, netball, athletics and judo, and everyone who participated received a medal. To commemorate the occasion the schools also exchanged specially made pennants.
Dalmellington Primary has been carrying out a number of projects this year based on the British Virgin Islands. They have renamed their school houses as areas of the Islands and when they participate in sports festivals, they represent the Islands too. They are also busy learning a Caribbean-style dance which they will perform when the baton comes through East Ayrshire on 21 June.