The annual Health Fayre this year had a focus on Organ donation and the British Transplant games to be held in and around NLC in July.
The full title was ‘Super Humans – Giving the Gift of Life’ with the winning programme cover designed by Knowetop Primary pupil Jamie McKellar. Jamie received his prize at the opening ceremony held in the Assembly Hall which was, as always, suitably decorated with information on health related issues. Present were Jean Jones (Depute Provost of NLC), Melissa Fraser (whose son received a kidney transplant), former Dalziel Janitor John McDevitt (who received a liver transplant), Haggi the Transplant Games mascot and Alison Meenagh (lead fund-raiser for NLC’s transplant games bid).
All spoke of the importance of the Organ donor programme and of ways in which people can give their support.
The week’s activities then began. S1-3 were all allocated a period to visit the Health Fayre displays which included St Andrews ambulance service who have been regular contributors at every Health Fayre. Other stalls featured mental agility games, a blindfold maze, fruit and smoothies, an Inter-house Core-a-thon competition and the Passport to Health (height/weight/BMI/peak flow) checks.
These stalls were manned by Librarian Catrina Allan, the St Andrews volunteers, senior pupils and a number of volunteer parents who willingly gave up their time through the week to assist. Many thanks indeed to all who assisted in any way as without the support we could not hope to run the event.
A big thank you as well for the supply of fruit and smoothies which were kindly donated by Community Champions Helen Allan of Sainsburys and Laura Horsdale of Tesco, and which kept the pupils fed and watered throughout the week and which provided foodstuffs for the S1/2 smoothie making competition. Sainsbury’s also donated a smoothie-maker to the school which was very much appreciated. The event, which required pupils to create a smoothie was won by the aptly named group The Fruitereers with their concoction entitled ‘Fresh Pink of Dalziel-Air’. There were four in the group, Alicja Banasiewicz, Rayden Bryson, Maraih Asif and Fallon Reilly Many thanks to Helen Allan who acted as judge.
The Health Fayre always includes a range of sporting activities, the first of which this year was the Staff v Senior Pupils Row. The test is for each team member (6 in a team) to row as far as possible within 2 mins with the teams’ combined totals deciding the winner. This is one of those competitions where one team (the Staff) gets a year older each year while the other team (the senior pupils) remain youthfully in their teens. Not that the staff are using this as an excuse, or indeed the fact that the S6 team included an S5 ‘ringer’ in Robert Kerr an Olympic kayaking hopeful…….but these factors aside the competition proved to be super-competitive with, most unusually, the Pupils recording the ‘double’ and beating the Staff in both the Ladies and Gents races. This is, we believe, the first occasion that this feat has been achieved although there have been many occasions when the Staff have achieved the ‘double’.
Congratulations then to the Senior pupils, with the results as follows:
Senior Girls 2990m
- Emily Weir 526
- Lynn Smellie 483
- Rowan Duffy 538
- Kirsty Ferguson 470
- Jenny Ireland 488
- Emma Knox 485
- Miss Keenan 441
- Miss Megan Lowry 529
- Mrs Alison Emery 476
- Miss Aileen Maguire 481
- Miss Rosie Campbell 516
- Miss Louise McCarron 494
Senior Boys 3608m
- Ross Kinnaird 604
- Jamie Sheldon 571
- Ross Hendry 597
- Lewis McMillan 570
- Jack Thomson 616
- Robert Kerr 650
- Mr Dale McGarrity 567
- Mr Alistair Stewart 590
- Mr Damian Gilhholy 538
- Mr David Masters 600
- Mr David Jack 559
- Mr Grant McCallum 610
Tuesday saw the 3 feeder primaries arrive for an afternoon of Sportshall athletics. This is always the noisiest event on the school calendar but noise levels equate to levels of enjoyment, engagement and quality of competition. Tuesday was a noisy day!
All credit to the primary pupils who worked hard from beginning to end at both track and field events. Senior pupils were to the fore in relation to supervision and scoring. Competition was pretty much full on but at the end of the afternoon Ladywell did just enough to head of the challenge of Knowetop and Glencairn. Well done to all pupils and the primary staff who had the unenviable task of team selection and preparation but one which they carried out with great success.
Wednesday was the date for Dalziel’s Beach volleyball. Staff and senior pupils do battle against each other in this popular 2-aside event. Games are quick and points are precious. No time to waste: serve, defend, attack.
Pools of round robin games gave way to semis and finals. Winners in the Girls event were Sophie Hall and Jade Crombie while surprise S5 packets Callum Shaw and Oliver Reid took the honours in the boys event. Suitably rewarded with tasty pineapples and smoothies it was photograph time for all.
The Blood Donor programme has now been part of the Health Fayre for over 20 years with over 1100 units now donated. The Service came once again to attract the school’s senior pupils and to get them on the register. The S6 pupils were quick to volunteer but there was disappointment for some who were unable to donate on the day. Guidelines are strict and are designed to ensure the good health of donors so while pupils were frustrated at not being able to donate it is for the best of reasons. The final total of units donated has yet to be confirmed but initial figures point at almost 50 volunteers with some 38 units donated. This is a good return as the numbers going through in a day have been reduced due to the fact that nearly all the donors were first timers which increases the required interview time.
For S1/2 Thursday’s futsal tournament proved to be another high intensity event with 3-a-side teams doing battle over 4 minute matches. Again this is an all-action, non-stop event and one which was refereed by senior pupils.
The eventual winners were S2 pupils Daniel Gordon, Aaron David and Drew Love. Well done to organiser Mr J Cookman who is now fast approaching the end of his probation year at Dalziel’s PE department.
Friday is activity day aimed at S1, S2 and S3 pupils who were all allocated an additional period of PE/sport/activity. Selection was from activities not always available to these year groups and so rebound ball, fitness suite challenges, dodge-ball, dance, table-tennis and bench ball were on offer. The choices went down well although dodgeball was clearly a favourite.
Lunchtime brought the Bring It On dance festival. Attracting more groups each year, this year was the busiest event for some time with 8 acts strutting their stuff after several weeks of rehearsals. A packed Games Hall and some nervous judges, never mind nervous competitors, enjoyed the spectacle with the winners split by just a few points.
- 1st Jodi Moore
- 2nd Camilla Prucnal and Fern Weir
- 3rd Ruby Quinn
So another year over and another successful event. DHT Jennifer Di Mambro who was chief organiser, was fulsome in her praise for the efforts of those who helped in any way with the Fayre including those who took part in the events, with special thanks to Librarian Catrina Allan who was instrumental in setting up the Hall and maintaining a calm, watchful eye throughout the week.
To view the Health Fayre 2017 Photo Gallery, click hear