Children at Dunblane Primary School received inspiring messages of support from local sporting celebrities, including the Murray family, ahead of a special fun run yesterday (7 June).

Andy, Jamie and Judy, who are former pupils at the school, posted videos on Twitter wishing the children well on their ‘Cog Jog’, which saw every class run/jog/walk laps of the school’s Golden Mile outdoor track in 30 minutes.

Fellow ex-pupils, Olympian runner Andy Butchart and tennis star Ali Collins, also added their backing to the children on the social platform ahead of the event.

The ‘Cog Jog’ – organised by Principal Teacher Rachel Aylott and P4 pupils - celebrated the *Emotion Works learning programme that the school has participated in throughout the year.

The school signed up to the scheme, which promotes emotional learning, wellbeing and literacy, when full face-to-face learning resumed in August 2020 following the first coronavirus lockdown.

Inspiring

Headteacher Lorraine Slabbert said: “We are so very grateful to the local heroes who are supporting us through this event and inspiring the children to do well through their encouraging words and well wishes via videos. It really means a lot to them and they provide such good role modelling for our young learners.

“P4A and Miss Aylott have worked together brilliantly to lead this event, which has a focus on our own overall wellbeing and keeping fit and healthy.

“Not only healthy in body but in mind and soul as well – this event will bring together all the learning we have been doing about our own emotions and how to express and understand through the programme Emotion Works, as well as the physical and mental benefits of keeping fit.

“In the past year it has been so important for us all to recognise these things to allow us to approach the situations we have been faced with through a positive and resilient lens.”

The school’s excellent work on the programme was recognised when it won a national competition on learning about emotions in popular TV shows and films with a re-enactment of TV show, Gogglebox, which they called ‘Cogglebox’.

As a result, the school was presented with a set of playground cogs that help children visually talk about their emotions and assist support staff to make things better for them.

A range of sporting and artistic activities will take place throughout the rest of this week as the school raises funds for additional health and wellbeing resources via the programme.

Enthusiasm and joy

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee said: “A huge well done to all the children and staff at Dunblane Primary for organising such an amazing event and for their award-winning achievements on the programme.

“The enthusiasm and joy of the children taking part in the Cog Jog was clear to see, and it was a lovely touch for Dunblane’s sporting heroes like Andy and Jamie Murray to record videos of support to help inspire the children to hit their personal targets and enjoy a memorable day.”

Since lockdown, the Council has put additional measures in place to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people such as the free Togetherall App.

Huge credit

Vice Convener, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “We know that the pandemic and the restrictions have been particularly tough on children, so learning about mental health and wellbeing and the benefits of physical activity have never been more important.

“The Cog Jog was a fantastic way to bring all this learning together in one exciting event involving the entire school - a huge credit to the P4 children and staff for their hard work for organising all the activities.”

More info and picture details

The videos from Dunblane’s sporting celebs along with updates of the Cog Jog can be found on Dunblane Primary School’s Twitter account.

Pictures show P4 and P7 pupils at the school taking part in the fun run.