Commonwealth athletes visit Ellon Academy

Ellon Academy enjoyed a visit from two Commonwealth athletes this week.

Monday, 2nd June 2014, 7:00 am
Commonwealth athletes Becky Bee and Shona Marshall present the award to S2 pupils from Ellon Academy

The special visit came after the academy recently scooped an award for organising a programme based on the Commonwealth games.

Pupils and staff received The Game On Scotland 2014 Legacy Plaque - which recognises schools that have embraced the games and went on to create engaging lessons.

Pupils showed off their work before being treated to talks from rhythmic gymnast, Becky Bee and shotgun trap shooter, Shona Marshall on Tuesday.

Modern Studies teacher, Karin Leslie organised the project.

Mrs Leslie said: “The lessons were a lot of fun and it was great to use the games as a basis for some very interesting discussions and activities.

“It’s wonderful to have been recognised in this way from Game On Scotland as Ellon Academy is only one of 100 Scottish schools to receive it.”

Second year students took part in the project which included lessons ranging from physiology, to food and fitness, international cuisine and moral issues concerning sport.

After the project was completed, pupils’ showcased their work around the school just in time for the Commonwealth athletes to view.

The athletes then shared their own experiences in talks with groups of students.

Shona has already competed in the Melbourne and Delhi events, but this is Becky’s first shot at the games after she just missed out on the Delhi games.

Chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Isobel Davidson congratulated the students and staff on receiving the award.

Ellon and District Councillor Davidson said: “I welcome the fact that they seized the opportunity to use the Commonwealth Games to explore and create different learning opportunities for the pupils.”

Vice Chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Ron McKail added: “Well done to everybody involved, it’s great to see the staff of Ellon Academy going the extra mile for their students.

“I am very happy that these two athletes have taken time out of their training schedules to go along to the school and share their sporting experiences.”