St Mungo’s Academy Celebrates its Commonwealth Connections

St Mungo’s Academy was awarded £4,773 from Celebrate to develop a Commonwealth Games sports festival for pupils as well as a 2014 community celebration event. Their activities took place in April and Fiona Sullivan describes how everything went:

“St Mungo’s Academy Learning Community lies in the heart of Glasgow’s East End and the 2014 Commonwealth Games sporting venues.

“We couldn’t let one of the biggest sporting and cultural events Scotland has hosted pass our pupils by and a grant from the Lottery funded Celebrate programme helped our Learning Community celebrate in style.

St Mungo's - Sporting Medals

St Mungo’s – Sporting Medals

“All primary pupils engaged in a full Learning Community Sporting Challenge which involved 21 sporting activities and took over the entire Emirates arena. This was a hugely inspiring day for all pupils to try many different sports, participate in one of the Games venues which are on their doorstep, and even meet Clyde the mascot.

“One of our most exciting events was the Commonwealth Celebration Evening. This involved all schools and our local community coming together to celebrate our Commonwealth work through a display and Commonwealth show that featured a variety of dance and musical performances, a hugely entertaining fashion show from Cardinal Winning Secondary and some famous Scottish songs from St Michael’s Primary.

“Every school was presented with a prestigious Legacy 2014 Game On Scotland Plaque. Pupils designed their own Commonwealth Batons which were piped in during the opening ceremony. Funding also provided St Mungo’s new Samba band with equipment and t-shirts to perform on the evening.

“The Celebration Evening also featured the premiere of one of our most exciting projects; the St Mungo’s Learning Community Commonwealth Welcome Film. Initially a photography project with equipment funded through Celebrate, the aim of the film is to show Glasgow and our school community as the friendly welcoming city it gets its reputation for, and to welcome athletes, volunteers and visitors from all corners of the Commonwealth.

“Pupils were located at various venues then filmed saying welcome in different Commonwealth languages while waving Commonwealth flags. All the schools came up with their own ideas of how to welcome their Commonwealth partner country and we even had pupils welcoming the Commonwealth in their own first language.

“The film features our hugely successful learning community song; Let the Games Begin, which is Glasgow Children’s 2014 Anthem for UNICEF. The group are called EAST 40 because there are 40 members and G40 is the postcode for our schools. St Anne’s Primary Head teacher, Louise Hamilton, worked hard to give us this incredibly inspiring song which features band members from The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit who helped with the writing and recording. It is now available to download on iTunes.

“St Mungo’s Academy learning Community has hopefully inspired its young people to engage in the Games and be proud of their school community and the area they live in the east end of Glasgow. We hope this will be the starting block for a Glasgow 2014 legacy in which we can continue to inspire our young people to get active, work hard to follow their dreams, and engage in their local community. What an exciting year it has been so far.”

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