14 June 2018Dingwall Primary School Pupils do a Project on Highland Games
Following their Easter holidays, Primary 5 pupils at Dingwall Primary School, Ross-shire, have been doing an interdisciplinary learning project about Highland Games.
During the 9 week period, whilst under the guidance of their teachers, Miss Laura Forbes and Miss Morven MacDonald, 57 pupils from P5, initially researched the history of Highland Games and how they have spread across the world. As part of their learning, pupils accessed informative PowerPoint Presentations and other documents, which are available from the Scottish Highland Games Association’s Secretary. The pupils learnt about all the types of disciplines and their relevant events, which are held at Highland Games. They also discussed the various Rules, the safety aspects for each event, who can compete and what the judges may look out for. After doing this, they were able to gauge what will make a successful competitor.
The pupils decorated their classrooms with interactive wall displays, colourful posters and individually designed tartans, which incorporate silhouettes of different competitors at a Highland Games. Lists of all the equipment that is required to hold the various events and lists of interesting facts about Highland Games, were also made. They also created their own Highland Games events.
To complete their project, the pupils are holding their own mini Highland Games, near the end of their current term. For this, they have created their own programmes. They have also designed their own family crest, made mascots and created medals. While training for their mini Games, they have completed a full marathon, by daily running 10 minute miles. They have also trained for some of the Highland Games events that they will be competing at. As a result, their general fitness has improved and they are all looking forward to when they will be competing for real. Many are hoping to visit and take part in various Highland Games throughout their school holidays and in the future.
Whilst doing the project, utilising “I See, I Think, I Wonder” activities, the pupils had lots of excellent opportunities for cross curricular links. They also had parental involvement through homework activities and used the SeeSaw app, to discuss learning at home.
At different stages of their project, the pupils were visited by Aileen Wilson and Michelle Schofield for Highland Dancing, Ellie Fergusson for Pipe Band and S.H.G.A Council Member, Alasdair MacDonald.
HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, through his charity, The Prince’s Foundation, is hoping to encourage more young people to become involved in Highland Games. He is the patron of the S.H.G.A. and regularly attends the Braemar and RBLS Mey Highland Games. As 2018 is the Year of the Young People in Scotland, the initiative by Dingwall Primary School, to bring a comprehensive awareness of traditional Highland Games to their pupils, has to be congratulated. This is the 2nd successive year that the school has involved their pupils, in a 9 week, Highland Games project.
25 May 2018New Track & Field League for 2018 Season
To compliment their League for Heavy athletes, HAHGA is proud to announce, that they will also now be holding a new competitive League, for SHGA registered Track & Field athletes, in the 2018 season.
At each of the HAHGA Member Games, League points will be awarded at each of the following Open Track & Field events, or their equivalent distances.
Sprint, 400m, 1500m, Long Jump and High Jump.
6 points will be awarded to the winner in each of the 5 events, down to 1 point for 6th place. A maximum of 30 points is therefore achieveable by the best Track & Field athlete, at each of the HAHGA Member Games.
All athletes MUST be registered with the SHGA, prior to taking part in their first event. No League points will be awarded to non members.
At the end of the season, all the individual points earned, will be totalled and the top athletes will win cash prizes, collectively donated by each of the Member Games. Only those athletes, who have competed in at least 6 of the HAHGA Member Games in the season, will be eligible to win the prizes.
03 April 2018New Cycling League - Sponsored by Heaven Bikes, Bonar Bridge
Heaven Bikes, who are based at the Post Office, Lairg Road, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland, IV24 3EA, Tel: 01863 766505, MOB: 07543466699, have agreed to sponsor a new 'Timed One Lap' League for cyclists, at various Highland Games, within the HAHGA area, for the 2018 season.
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