Education Programme

Auldyn Infants Primary School Win 2010 CYG2011 Education Competition

Auldyn Infants Primary School scooped first prize at this year’s education competition run by the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games Organising Committee, winning £400 towards sports equipment for their school.

The competition, sponsored by Britannia International and open to all island primary schools, asked pupils to provide a short 5-10 minute film or podcast about their ‘adopted’ Commonwealth nation. Pupils were free to use their own ideas regarding content and some very interesting and informative projects were put forward.

With the winning entry of Kenya, the pupils of Auldyn Infants School demonstrated a creative and innovative approach to learning which cut across all elements of the curriculum. The children showed a comprehensive understanding of many aspects of the lifestyle, culture and heritage of Kenya.

The CYG2011 Education Programme is sponsored by Britannia International. Nick Pledger of Britannia International was assisted on the judging panel by Hon D Cretney MHK, Minister of the Department of Community Culture and Leisure and Mr Dudley Butt MLC, Member of the Department of Education.

Hon D Cretney MHK, Chairman of the judging panel said “Thank you to all primary schools who took part in the CYG2011 competition. The final entries were of a very good standard and the enjoyment of the children in making their DVD was reflected in the end results.”

The school were presented with their prize just before finishing up for their summer holidays and, as can be seen from the photo, were delighted with their achievement.

The final primary school competition will be held in July 2011 just before the Games take place between 7th and 13th September with each Primary School being asked to create within their school a display linking the Isle of Man to their adopted country


The Judging Panel – from left to right, Hon D Cretney MHK, Minister Dept Community, Culture and Leisure, Mr Nick Pledger, Britannia International and Mr Dudley Butt MLC, Member, Dept of Education and Children. Also pictured is Jo Callister, Advisory Teacher who provided technical assistance


Pupils of Auldyn Infants School receive their winning prize from Mr Geoff Karran, CYG2011 Chairman and Games Director and Mr Nick Pledger, Britannia International. Also pictured is Mrs C Callaghan, Headteacher Auldyn Infants School

Auldyn Infants School Hold ‘Kenyan’ Open Day

All 218 pupils at Auldyn Infants School were involved in the success of their ‘Kenyan’ Open Day exhibition. The school, who ‘adopted’ Kenya as part of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games Education Programme, invited local dignitaries, school officials, members of the CYG2011 team and friends and family to visit the school on Monday 8th February to view the exhibition which was spread over a large area of the school.

Pupils learned about the Kenyan people, their culture, music, animals and food. They organised special dance groups to learn traditional dances of the Kenyan tribes and played native musical instruments.

Many displays were made by the children showing the variety and colour of Kenyan culture – jewellery, weaving, decorative wall hangings and Maasai warrior shields.

Andy Varnom, CYG2011 Chief Sports Co-ordinator and Joyce Hall, Games Administrator who visited the school were amazed at the size and scope of the exhibition which had taken the pupils around a month to prepare. Teachers at Auldyn Infants School were also involved to a large extent and thanks were extended to them for their wonderful efforts.

It is hoped that leading up to the Games in September 2011 all 36 of the island’s schools will have learned a considerable amount about their adopted nation. Yearly competitions for primary schools are arranged by the CYG2011 Organising Committee, the first of which was won by Scooil Vallajeelt. The schools competition for this year will be announced in the near future.

Adopt A Nation

The first of the yearly competitions for primary schools leading up to the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 took place in June 2009. The competition invited primary school children to produce a DVD telling their ‘adopted’ nation about their school, community and Island. A total of nine schools took part in the competition.

Judging the event was Mrs Anne Craine, Minister of Education, Mr Martyn Quayle, Minister of Tourism & Leisure and Mr Nick Pledger, Marketing Developer of Britannia International who provide sponsorship for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011


Entries were of a very high standard with schools putting considerable time and effort into their entries however after some deliberation Scoill Vallajeelt was chosen as the winning entry. As the prize pupils from years 5 and 6 at Scoill Vallajeelt will now be invited to take part in a sports day at the NSC on 21st July 2009 when they will not only receive instruction from MSR coaches but also meet some of the island’s elite sports people.

Geoff Karran, Chairman of the Organising Committee said that he was very pleased that the primary schools were participating in the ‘Adopt-a-Nation’ competitions and hoped that the entries for future competitions would continue to grow. He added that the Education legacy for the island following the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 was important, not only for our children, but for the Island as a whole. Copies of all the entries will now be sent to the adopted nations to help to promote the Games and the Island itself.


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Foreword from Geoff Karran, Chairman and Games Director CYG2011 OC
Geoff Karran
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