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With only 7 days to go ‘til the curtain comes up on the Greatest Show on Earth - The London 2012 Olympics - we thought we’d take a little time to reflect on the positive feedback we’ve received about our Border Olympians education outreach project on the occasion of it reaching a significant milestone….The Glow-based learning resource has now reached the mark of 500 users in Primary and Secondary schools across the Scottish Borders!
First, a little on the story so far…..
The exciting progress of the Hub and Henry Gray’s partnership work on the Border Olympians and Paralympians learning resource is well documented elsewhere.
You can read all about it here, in an earlier entry from the Hub’s blog:
(Amongst other things, this previous blog highlights the dynamic and vibrant nature of the archives sector in Scotland as a whole, and how the hub’s work echoes with it - with cross-community engagement and education outreach to the fore. And, it’s testament to the potential for small-scale, local and informal partnerships to make a big difference to the educational opportunities of children and young people across the Scottish Borders).
Henry Gray reading a copy of the learning resource
We’re in the fortunate and humble position here feedback-wise, as Hugh Bonneville’s fictitious Head of Deliverance of the Olympic Deliverance Commission character in the BBC’s comedy series Twenty Twelve might say, to report that “this is good, it’s all good”:
Vicky Davidson, of Scottish Borders Council, commented: “Henry Gray’s extremely dedicated approach to the project and highly expert input into it, alongside the efforts of the Hub team, have ensured that the children and young people of the region can access a quite unique and absolutely invaluable learning resource.”
And among the feedback already attracted is praise from the Eric Liddell Centre in Edinburgh, which commented: “The Heritage Hub and Henry Gray’s Olympians learning resource supports Curriculum for Excellence literacy, social studies and citizenship work and much, much more. It is also an excellent lifelong learning resource.”
The Southern Reporter noted that: “The unique project is the brainchild of the Heritage Hub, based at Hawick, which decided to mark Olympic year by creating storyboards about people from the Borders who have achieved excellence in their chosen sports by taking part in the world’s greatest sporting events.”
Hawick High School Rector, Alan Williamson, said: “Great work – an excellent Curriculum for Excellence learning resource for schools.”
Henry Gray, our key partner in the project and its main researcher, said: “A booklet like this was always something I wanted to do and, with The Hub’s expertise on the archives and education side, I think we’ve produced something in partnership that will not only help educate and inspire youngsters but will preserve this valuable historical record for future generations.”
While Dr Irene O’Brien, chair of the Scottish Council on Archives, was also complementary. She said: “Fantastic news about the Hub’s Olympians programme now reaching more than 400 children and young people, congratulations.”
In order to open up the Scottish Borders’ amazing Olympic and Paralympic heritage to an even wider audience, in collaboration with the Hub, The Southern Reporter and The Berwickshire News have been running profiles of a number of the athletes featured in the learning resource each week, as we build towards the opening of the Olympic Games.
Among the athletes featured in the project are swimmer Douglas Welsh, three-day eventer Ian Stark, boxer Douglas Young, discus champion Rosemary Payne, American hurdler Craig Dixon, steeplechaser Bronislaw Malinowski and the legendary sprinter, Eric Liddell.
These profiles have been serialised in the local press from early June onwards.
This is an example of imaginative outreach work at play! And, we’re fortunate to have talented and friendly contacts in the local media who’ve partnered up with us to support the project and the wider aims of our archives and education outreach work!
Where do we go next with this unique archival learning resource?…
An additional aim of the project is to contribute to the Olympic Games 2012 legacy programme, by focusing on one of the key themes, A Connected Scotland. This aims to use the games to enthuse and engage young people in active learning across a wide range of areas in Curriculum for Excellence.
We’ll be looking at developing and delivering this legacy element in the near future. And, like the Olympic motto itself we’ll be aiming to go “faster, higher and stronger.”
Watch this space!
Posted by Keith