Schools warming up for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

BATON RELAY: Balornock Primary head teacher Lynn McSorley and pupils with the baton.
BATON RELAY: Balornock Primary head teacher Lynn McSorley and pupils with the baton.

Excited pupils in North Glasgow are the first to take part in the Schools’ Baton Relay in the build up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty handed over a specially designed baton to pupils from Balornock Primary as they embark on the first leg of the 10-month relay.

Over 70 schools and nurseries will take part in the event, organised by the council’s Active Schools co-ordinators. It gives pupils and staff the chance to take part in the run up to the prestigious sporting event.

Travelling in excess of 203 miles - schools taking part are devising their own ways of transporting the baton from school to school and the relay will mirror the countries where the Queen’s Baton is travelling as the chosen school is twinned with that country.

Saracen Primary school, twinned with Sri Lanka, has already organised a Sri Lankan tuk tuk to take the baton to Chirnsyde Primary and through pupil-lined streets on Wednesday, October 23.

And St Martha’s Primary in Balornock will pass the baton to Corpus Christi Primary on October 28.

The school is planning to meet with pupils from St Monica’s Milton at Springburn Shopping Centre where they will display the baton and raise money for charity as well as perform songs.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our school children to be actively involved in the countdown to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

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