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Leadership Opportunities in PE at Stromness Academy

PE staff offer two leadership courses during the school year.

  • I Can Lead for S3 pupils during class time. This is a twelve hour course which was introduced this session, led by Michael Swanney our Active Schools Coordinator. Pupils also do five hours of personal leadership experience in or out of school.
  • Level 5 Qualification in Community Sports Leadership/Level 5 Qualification in Sports Leadership for S5/6 pupils as part of the Wider Achievement programme. This takes place during class time, two lessons per week for the duration of the school year, plus ten hours of leadership experience in or out of school. This course is worth 7 SCQF credit points.

Pupils who take part in these courses have the opportunity to,

  • Lead Badminton/Hockey/Football festivals for primary pupils
  • Lead activities at P7 Transition Sports
  • Help out at sports days (in SA and our associated primary schools)
  • Lead Friday Activities at SA
  • Lead lunchtime activities/extra-curricular activities
  • Lead activities in our associated primary schools and in the wider community
  • S5/6 pupils support BGE core PE classes


Young Ambassador Programme

This is a national leadership programme and is supported by Michael Swanney (Active Schools). We currently have eight Young Ambassadors in the school and they,

  • Attended YA conference in Inverness
  • Are members of the School Sports Committee which support our School of Sport nomination
  • Help out at the Orkney Sports Awards
  • Lead Badminton/Hockey/Football festivals for primary pupils
  • Lead activities at P7 Transition Sports
  • Help out at sports days (in SA and our associated primary schools)
  • Lead Friday Activities at SA and our associated primary schools
  • Lead lunchtime activities
  • Deliver PE lessons in Primary Schools

S2/3 pupils apply to become a Young Ambassador – we can only offer this to two pupils per session. The pupils find out about the Young Ambassador programme at an assembly in June, pupils complete application forms, they are interviewed (PE staff/M Swanney are the interviewers) and further discussion about candidates takes place with Guidance staff. This process is completed by the end of term as the chosen Young Ambassadors attend the YA conference in September.


Sports Ambassadors

Pupils who are not selected to become a Young Ambassador will be considered for a Sports Ambassador position. The role of a Sports Ambassador is very similar to a Young Ambassador,

  • Lead Badminton/Hockey/Football festivals for primary pupils
  • Lead activities at P7 Transition Sports
  • Help out at sports days (in SA and our associated primary schools)
  • Lead Friday Activities (in SA and our associated primary schools)
  • Lead lunchtime activities

They are encouraged to take the I Can Lead course in S3 to develop their leadership skills.


Events/Opportunities for Leadership

Pupils are invited to help out at the various sporting events/festivals throughout the year. We use pupils from different year groups to give as many pupils as possible the opportunity to help/lead these events.


Sports Captain

To help with the smooth running of our leadership programme a Sports Captain is elected using a similar process as is used to elect our Young Ambassadors. Our Sports Captain will,

  • Be a role model for others within the school
  • Attend meetings with PE staff and Active School staff – liaise between staff and the schools’ Sports Ambassadors/Sports Leaders
  • Chair the Stromness Academy Sports Committee
  • Support our younger Sports’ Ambassadors to fulfil their roles
  • Organise/help with the running of inter-house activities, lunchtime and after-school activities
  • Take a lead role in organising/helping at primary school sporting events, including the Primary 7 Transition Sports Day


1 week ago

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***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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