Penicuik High School To Take Rugby To Malawi

Rugby will be firmly on the curriculum over the next couple of weeks as a group of Penicuik students head out on an exchange trip to Malawi.

The trip is part of a long-standing partnership between Penicuik High School and Thyolo Secondary School which aims to develop shared experiences and learning projects between the two schools.

Scotland 7s' Scott Riddell hands a ball to S6 player Sarah Law
Rugby will be firmly on the curriculum over the next couple of weeks as a group of Penicuik students head out on an exchange trip to Malawi.

The trip is part of a long-standing partnership between Penicuik High School and Thyolo Secondary School which aims to develop shared experiences and learning projects between the two schools.

Previous trips have established links based on artistic and musical themes, the John Muir award, social education/life skills, and story writing, however with one of the staff involved this year being a teacher of P.E, and since several of the students keen rugby players themselves, the opportunity to develop a sports theme was too good to miss.

The students have been assisted in their endeavours by Scottish Rugby who have generously supplied a number of rugby balls for use on the trip.

Scotland 7s captain and rugby development officer for Midlothian, Scott Riddell, said: "I know from my experiences traveling around the world on the HSBC Sevens World Series with the Scotland 7s squad that sport in general, and rugby in particular, is a great way to reach across different communities and backgrounds.

“When we heard that the students wanted to take rugby to a new environment, we were delighted to be able to help".

The students will be spending a week working alongside their contemporaries in the Thyolo school and will take part in lessons and focus on shared environmental issues as well as sports.

They will also take the opportunity to work with one of the primary schools in Thyolo as part of a separate project to develop a new partnership on behalf of Strathesk Primary School.

The sporting theme will continue in that work through an exchange of playground games that each of the primary schools have collated.