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Airyhall School gets surprise visit from Glasgow 2014 mascot


Clyde, the official mascot of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, made a surprise visit to Airyhall School, in Aberdeen, on on Tuesday 28 January.

A big cheer to Clyde from the school. During the special school assembly pupils thought they were simply going to enjoy a short film about Glasgow 2014 as part of their ongoing participation in activities around the Commonwealth Games.

After watching the animation the children were told that if they could shout "Clyde" loud enough the Games mascot might appear and to their delight he entered the hall.

Clyde heard about a range of activities with a Commonwealth Games theme which the pupils are involved in which aim to inspire and motivate them, across the curriculum, in a relevant and fun way. These include pupils training for the Hazlehead Associated School Group Commonwealth Games in June and the school's participation in a special baton relay.

The pupils and staff sang the Commonweatlh song "Sing" which they have been rehearsing at the weekly school assemblies as part of their Games activities.

The school's commitment to Glasgow 2014 impressed Clyde so much the school was presented with a Game On plaque.

A special presentation to mark the visit was made by Clyde to Airyhall Headteacher, Alison Thomson and Councillor Ross Thomson. Alison Thomson, headteacher of Airyhall School said: "Pupils and staff were absolutely thrilled to see Clyde – the official Glasgow 2014 mascot – at our school. The pupils and staff have been working hard on various Commonwealth Games activities and Clyde's visit will reinforce the children's learning around Glasgow 2014. It was a lovely surprise."

Aberdeen City Council's vice-convener of Education, Culture and Sport Councillor Ross Thomson, who presented the Game On plaque on Clyde's behalf to the school said: "Having Clyde at the school has been truly inspiring and has got everyone excited about Glasgow 2014.

"The children showed Clyde the amazing amount of knowledge they have about the Commonwealth Games – they should be proud of their achievements."