Provost and mascot kick off school tour in Castlemilk
Feb 6 2013
by Kenny Smith, Rutherglen Reformer
Pupils at a Castlemilk primary school were last week given the chance to meet the city’s Lord Provost and the mascot for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Councillor Sadie Docherty, will visit every primary school in the city in a push to promote Glasgow to young people ahead of the Games - and she started at Miller Primary in her home area of Castlemilk.
She was joined on her visit by Clyde, the Games mascot.
With just 533 days until the Games’ opening ceremony, the Lord Provost’s school visits programme will demand two visits a week to cover the city’s 138 primary and additional support for learning schools.
The whistle-stop tour will involve meeting and greeting more than 38,000 pupils.
At each school the Lord Provost will explain her duties as First Citizen and convey the excitement surrounding the Games.
The Lord Provost said: “I chose schools as my legacy when I was appointed and this is a wonderful way to connect with children and get them excited and involved in the Games.
“It’s a huge event for the city and the country and it will be something the children, like the rest of Glasgow, will remember for the rest of their lives. Indeed, our next sporting champions may very well be among my audience.
“I’ve had a few practise sessions and the reception from pupils has been very favourable. They are a tough audience and they do ask very direct questions but you do get a giggle as well.
“It’s a great honour being the Lord Provost - especially at a time when Glasgow is flourishing.
“The 2014 Commonwealth Games represent a huge opportunity for the city, especially in terms of the social and economic benefits and lasting legacy they will leave.”
A key message was to let the young audience know how they can get involved.
She will also encourage the youngsters to come into the city during the Games to experience the event’s unique party atmosphere.
Joining the Lord Provost on tour will be a council civic officer who will talk to pupils about the role and responsibilities they have. Pupils will be able to quiz the Lord Provost and see first hand her chain of office as well as the city’s ceremonial mace.
Clyde, the creation of Lenzie Academy pupil Beth Gilmour, reinforced the message that the Games are a fun sporting event for young people to enjoy.
Miller Primary’s principal teacher, Andrea Macfarlane, said: “It all went very well. The children were very enthusiastic as they sat and listened to the Lord Provost, and were delighted to see the mascot - it was a bit of a surprise for them!
“The Lord Provost was talking about her role in the council and all the people she meets, and her new initiative to get out and about to all of the primary schools in Glasgow.
“It was lovely she came here first, as she was telling the children she’s from Castlemilk herself.”
Registration to become a Games volunteer remains open until February 28. Candidates must be 16 years old or more.