Norwegians seek advice

Norwegian high school teachers visit Newbattle
Norwegian high school teachers visit Newbattle

A GROUP of Norwegian schoolteachers visited Midlothian last week to pick up tips on getting girls into sport.

The head of PE at Kristiansund High School wrote to Newbattle Community High School’s head of PE, Bob Foley, in June, after hearing of their success in getting girls active by using the Fit for Girls programme from Sport Scotland.

A group of six PE staff arrived at Newbattle last Thursday and spent two days observing all age groups. They worked with teachers and asked pupils about their attitude to sports and PE.

Bob Foley was delighted with the visit: “It was an amazing event where educational ideas were shared between two groups of teachers who work in different countries but with similar issues and opportunities.”

At a special lunch on the second day of the visit, the Norwegian Consul was also in attendance. He spoke of his delight at seeing the work between the two schools and the close link the countries have had for many years.

Presentations were later heard from Fit For Girls Sport Scotland and the SFA. Then a Scotland v Norway volleyball game took place between the two sets of PE teachers, with the hosts going down graciously in a three-set match.

The Norwegian staff rounded off their visit by attending the McMillan Cancer Support Concert at Newbattle Community High on Friday night, where they saw music and dance from the local community.

This visit is part of Newbattle’s continued attempts at working with other schools and organisations to promote sport, having previously been heavily involved in the Olympic Games 2012 legacy project.

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