Information for parents and teachers about Duilgheadas san Sgoil (School Showdown). A Gaelic language Citizenship game for children working towards the Second Level of Curriculum for Excellence.

School Showdown (Duilgheadas san Sgoil)



Objective: Help the children improve facilities in their school. The school dinners are unhealthy, the toilets are horrible and everything in the library is old and broken. As usual not everyone agrees about what needs to be done.

Team member Seònaid introduces the activity and she is available to offer advice.

The four characters to please are Toby, Ceit, Màiri, Mgr. Moireasdan and A' Mhgn. Fhriseal.

Toby, a pupil, wants:
• to raise money to improve the toilets
• more computers for the library.

Ceit a pupil, wants:
• healthier school dinners
• a better school canteen
• new rules to stop bullying
• members of the community to be allowed to use the library
• more computers.

Màiri, a pupil, wants:
• members of the community to be allowed to use the library
• better toilets.

Mgr. Moireasdan, the headmaster, wants:
• a compromise on the school dinner issue
• improved contact with the community
• to find out what the children would like to eat
• better library facilities
• to invite local people into the school
• better toilets.

A' Mhgn. Fhriseal, a parent and a dinner lady, wants:
• better toilets
• new rules to stop bullying
• improved library facilities
• food that children want to eat
• a better school canteen.

Improvements
The user can make the following improvements:
• new computers for the library
• litter and recycling bins
• new tables and chairs
• new shelves and bookcases for the library
• renovate and redecorate the toilets
• new fixtures and fixings for the toilets
• healthy food options for the canteen
• new rules and signs.

Activities
The following activities must be completed to unlock resources:

Research Healthy Eating
Listen to a clip from a school pupil who kept a "Health Attack" diary. Answer the questions correctly to win healthy options for the canteen.

Research Newspaper Competition
Watch a short video about one school's girls' football team who won a trip to Italy through a newspaper competition. Answer the questions correctly to win school rules about bullying.

Research Community Links
Watch a short video about a school which translated a book about fire safety. Answer the questions correctly to win signs to help local people when they come to use the school library.

Fundraising
Raise money for new fixtures and fittings for the school toilets.

Letter Writing
Persuade the headmaster to add a new rule to the school rule book.

Resolve Canteen Menu Conflict
Listen to the different views on what pupils should eat for dinner and decide how to change the menu. Choose a plan that is a practical compromise and gets at least two of the three votes to win healthy options for the canteen.

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