The History of Leith

May 13, 2005

Call to Young Bravehearts

A schools competition and website were launched today as part of this year’s William Wallace 700th anniversary celebrations.

The competition is for Primary 4-7 pupils alongside the new website which provides educational information on Wallace’s life and legacy.

The ‘William Wallace, My Hero’ competition gives primary pupils the chance to tell how a contemporary Wallace would champion a cause in their school.

Speaking at the launch at St Clare’s Primary School in Drumchapel, Glasgow, Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson said:

“William Wallace is one of Scotland’s most famous icons and known globally as a man who fought heroically for his cause.

“The launch of this competition encourages schoolchildren to learn about Wallace’s life and how he helped shape the Scotland we know today. It also asks the pupils to write a story using their ICT skills about how Wallace would have dealt with an issue which they face in their school or playground – for example racism, bullying, healthy eating or exercise.

“The idea is simple but will give pupils a new and informative way to research Wallace and his character, and to apply their findings to a problem real to them.

“This is an exciting project and one I’d encourage all primary schools across Scotland to participate in.”

Nick Morgan from National Grid for Learning Scotland and one of the competition judges added:

“I’m delighted to be a judge for this Wallace competition, which will give children and teachers a chance to explore one of Scotland’s foremost historical characters. It is always exciting to experience the creativity that young people show when using ICT, producing multimedia presentations and digital video that have clearly motivated them to learn more”.

The Executive has been working with a range of partners to develop an appropriate programme of educational activities and events to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace.

This anniversary will be a significant attraction for visitors to Stirling in particular and Scotland as a whole.

The Scottish Cultural Resource Access Network (SCRAN) has been used to develop a Wallace website which can be used as a resource for educational information on Wallace’s life and legacy.

Pupils are asked to make a video of around three minutes or a multimedia story book on their PCs, to tell a story of how William Wallace would champion a cause on their behalf to make a change for the better at their school. Registration for the competition is through the website.

A participation certificate will be awarded to all entrants. Prizes include an invitation (accompanied by an adult) to the Wallace 700 Gala Dinner at Stirling Castle on August 23, 2005, Historic Scotland Family Membership, Free Admission to Historic Scotland’s Wallace Extravaganza at Stirling Castle on September 10 and 11, 2005, and books on Wallace.

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