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Scottish Education Awards winners celebrate their Games legacy

Gerry McDonald, Head Teacher, Cardinal Winning Secondary School

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Gerry McDonald, head teacher of Cardinal Winning Secondary School, explains how the Commonwealth Games is now embedded across the award winning school’s curriculum.

Cardinal Winning has really taken the Commonwealth Games to its heart and staff, pupils and parents alike are passionate about all aspects of the event.

young person cycling in velodromeFrom the start of this current school term we have encouraged pupils to all take up a new sport, supported by one Commonwealth Games afternoon a week where we are lucky enough to be able to take the children to sporting venues such as the Velodrome, Tollcross Swimming Pool and Strathclyde Park and bring in coaches for sports like badminton, canoeing, athletics, ice skating and cycling. We also hold the likes of Zumba dance classes, Judo, Golf and Parkour in a bid show the pupils it’s not necessarily about a Commonwealth Games sport, it is about being inspired to get active. 

Aside from the sporting aspect of the Games, pupils were also given Commonwealth countries to study, researching cultures, attitudes, geography and athletes, before presenting their findings back to their peers at our school assemblies.

Another fun event staged was our Commonwealth Games Fashion Show, held both in school and  at the City Chambers, which was run fully by the pupils who used the Games as a theme and recycled materials for their stylish creations.

To round off all of our wide variety of activities, pupils from Cardinal Winning were also involved in the East40 charity single for the Commonwealth Games and UNICEF which was an amazing experience for them.

At Cardinal Winning we do not just see the Commonwealth Games as coming to Scotland or to Glasgow, we see them as coming to our school, which is why it could not be more fitting for us to receive ten tickets to the Opening Ceremony and I am truly delighted for all of our staff and pupils’ hard work to be recognised in this way.”