In celebration of Legacy Week, school children from Drumlanrig Primary School, Loan today (10th June) took part in final rehearsals for their Hawick-a (Haka) performance, which combines the traditional New Zealand Haka and a Borders Common Riding song, to capture the spirit and legacy of the Commonwealth Games.
The performance was created by local primary and secondary school children in Hawick and has been an extremely collaborative and educational experience for those involved. Children have been learning to drum and dance and have also created colourful carnival head dresses and Commonwealth flags to create a lasting impression from their performance.
The dance will be part of a full day of celebrations to mark the arrival of the Queens’ Baton Relay to The Borders on 18th June to include – music from Clanadonia, The Big Parade of over 300 school pupils, dance showcases and free concerts from a host of performers.
The Haka Hawick celebrations form part of the Games for Scotland programme of events, supported by EventScotland and a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a legacy through Scotland’s role as host of the XX Commonwealth Games. The programme is designed to give people across Scotland the opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay in their area and feel motivated and inspired by the Games.
Ms Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “The Haka Hawick performance really embraces the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and is an excellent example of how Games for Scotland is inspiring Scots to actively participate in events which celebrate Scotland’s culture and heritage, and showcase Scotland as a welcoming host to our international friends.
“This is a great example of how young people are being inspired by the Commonwealth Games and helping to create a lasting legacy. So far, over 250,000 school pupils are benefitting from Game on Scotland legacy programme.”
Olivia Roper, Performing Arts Coordinator, Scottish Borders Council said: “We wanted to create something truly memorable to celebrate the Queens Baton Relay and our Games for Scotland funding enabled us to be really creative with our approach. The children have all worked really hard on their performance and we’re all honoured to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “We’re really excited by The Scottish Borders Council’s plans for their Games for Scotland event this year – it’s a great event for young people to be involved in and will build excitement in the area in the run up to the XX Commonwealth Games.
“The Games for Scotland programme has been spreading the message of the Games around Scotland’s communities since 2010 and has proved to be hugely popular. There is a diverse programme of events across the country this summer from dance to storytelling and sports activity sessions. We’re delighted that the team have come up with something really creative that celebrates our ties to the rest of the Commonwealth and gives young people the opportunity to be part of something unforgettable.”
Visit www.legacy2014.co.uk for more information.