Pupils celebrate end of first year with mini Olympic Games

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S1 students celebrated the completion of their first year at Campbeltown Grammar School (CGS) by fighting for medals in their version of the Olympic Games.

The event shortly before the end of term marked the end of a year-long interdisciplinary programme combining lessons in different subjects around common themes.

Pupils worked with specialist teachers in various subjects to explore gender stereotypes and produce a script and storyboard for an advert raising awareness.

They also studied the environment including geography, science and art, and took an in-depth look at India, which involved some Bollywood dancing in PE and cooking naan bread in health and food technology.

The final topic was the Olympics, which brought together maths, modern languages and PE for a mini version of the major international multi-sport event.

Pupils were divided into eight teams representing different countries – France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico and Australia – each containing eight members.

The S1 pupils were divided into eight teams representing eight counties.
The S1 pupils were divided into eight teams representing eight counties.

One member of each team took part in each of the eight activities including rowing, cycling, tug of war, boccia and running.

In true Olympic Games style, opening and closing ceremonies were held and the competitors who finished in first, second and third place  stood on a podium with their countries’ flags to receive their medals as the national anthems were played.

mini version of the major international multi-sport event
In true Olympic Games style, the members of each country marched onto the school’s all-weather pitch behind their respective flag bearers.

The overall winning country was Germany, with Switzerland in second place and Australia finishing third.

Each member of the German team won an Olympic T-shirt.

‘The Olympic Games were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone,’ said Betsy Campbell, the school’s depute head teacher, ‘and really brought a much-needed element of fun after what has been a difficult year due to covid.

‘The interdisciplinary classes have been a brilliant success and we hope to build on these next term by involving both S1 and S2 pupils.’

The event even had its own pipers in the form of Hannah Millar, Emma Millar and Freya Borthwick.
The event even had its own pipers in the form of Hannah Millar, Emma Millar and Freya Borthwick.