Sammy is grilled by pupils

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Gordon’s Sammy Kinghorn, current European Champion Gold medallist T53 Wheelchair racer and Commonwealth Games finalist, was one of a host of Scotland’s athletic talent put in the hot seat to answer questions from 120 children and young people from schools across the country at a special event to celebrate the learning opportunities provided by the Commonwealth Games.

The Game on Scotland Celebration event, which took place last Thursday at Glasgow City Chambers, saw the athletes take part in a number of activities during the course of the day including a question and answer session where they introduced themselves to the young people in the audience and shared their experience of preparing for and competing in the Games.

Graham Norris, Assistant Director for School Years at Education Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled that so many young people were able to join us to celebrate Game on Scotland at this special event.

“The education programme has delivered tangible benefits for learners, schools and the wider community forming part of the Games lasting educational legacy by enhancing learners’ skills through contextualised learning. It has helped children and young people to become more involved and active in their schools and communities, and to develop their understanding of what it means to be a responsible global citizen.

“From its outset, Game on Scotland was planned, developed and implemented to support delivery of curriculum innovation, to enable young people to acquire and enhance skills for learning, life and work, and encouraging them to be the best they can be. We are now looking at how this new approach to a national education programme can be built on well into the future.”

The athletes also took part in a national Glow Meet web cast live from the event for learners from schools across Scotland, as well as engage with teachers in a professional development session where they discussed the value of the inspirational school visits programme facilitated by Game on Scotland, the Commonwealth Games education programme run by Education Scotland.

The focus was firmly on the young people throughout the programme of the day including a “Learning Zone” where young people shared elements of learning around the Games as well as an “Active Zone” where all participants had a chance to engage in challenges set by the athletes and their coaches.

In the longer term, Education Scotland will incorporate the lessons learnt from the successful implementation of the programme by applying the same concepts to new contexts to create exciting future learning opportunities for Scotland’s young people.