RYDER CUP-THEMED SCHOOL CURRICULUM LAUNCHED IN NEWPORT
The European Tour has joined forces with Newport City Council
Local Education Authority to launch a new, bilingual Ryder
Cup-themed curriculum to pupils from years two to eight in schools
across the city.
In a world first, teachers, head teachers and education officers
have embraced being the host city for The 2010 Ryder Cup and
created an exciting curriculum using golf and The Ryder Cup as a
theme. Via this curriculum, children from across Newport will be
taught new skills from literacy and numeracy to equalities,
sustainable development, ICT and technology.
Newport schools St Julian's Primary and Langstone Primary have
been testing out the new curriculum, which is due to fully launch
into schools across the city in September and which will run for
seven weeks, coinciding with The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor
Resort from October 1-3. Schools across Wales will also be able to
access curriculum materials via an online resource as part of the
Welsh Assembly Government's National Grid for Learning Cymru
Caption: Students from St
Julian's Primary and Langstone Primary showcased their work to
(back row): Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales John Jermine, Celtic Manor
Chief Executive Dylan Matthews, School Improvement Lead Advisor
Gareth Coombes, Leader of Newport City Council Councillor Matthew
Evans, former Ryder Cup Captain Brian Huggett and Ryder Cup
Director Richard Hills
Picture © Adrian Reilly
At the official launch, staff and students from St Julian's
Primary and Langstone Primary showcased their work to Ryder Cup
Director Richard Hills, Leader of Newport City Council Councillor
Matthew Evans; NCC cabinet member for young people's services Cllr
David Hando; School Improvement Lead Advisor Gareth Coombes;
Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales John Jermine, Celtic Manor Chief
Executive Dylan Matthews and former Ryder Cup Captain Brian Huggett
as well as LEA staff involved in creating the curriculum.
The pupils also performed a special Ryder Cup song for the
assembled guests, a song entitled 'Arms Across the World' which has
been written especially for The Ryder Cup by local musician Emma
Huggett, who captained Great Britain and Ireland against the
United States at The Belfry in 1977 - the last Ryder Cup before
Continental European players became involved in 1979 - and who
played in the biennial contest on six occasions, admitted he was
thrilled to see golf and The Ryder Cup being talked about by
children in the classroom.
"I think this gives a perfect example of what The Ryder Cup
means to Wales," he said. "If you come to this school today you
will see every classroom we've been too has been festooned with
material about The Ryder Cup which it is fantastic. I think what
Newport City Council and The European Tour have achieved with this
initiative is wonderful.
"When I was a young boy - which was a long time ago now mind you
- it was rugby and football talked about in schools, full stop. But
golf has now got into the curriculum and that is very nice to see.
The Ryder Cup has done so much for Wales and something like this
today proves that.
"Growing up, I was lucky because my father was a golf
professional so there was golf in my life but there was nothing
spoken about the sport or the sport was never used as an
educational tool in my day. That is why today and initiatives like
this are so important and so impressive."
Richard Hills added: "Ryder Cup Europe salutes the
far-sightedness of Newport City Council Local Education Authority
in initiating the link between The City of Newport hosting a world
event such as The Ryder Cup and this unique curriculum
"This is an outstanding example of how a major sporting occasion
can interface with local and national schooling and we are hopeful
that this first educational resource based on The Ryder Cup will
roll out across the whole of Wales.
"We have been so impressed with the rich and memorable learning
experience this will give to pupils - in addition to the positive
legacy it will leave for the country itself - that we have flagged
up the initiative to all six of the current bidding nations who are
hopeful of following in Wales' footsteps by hosting The Ryder Cup
John Jermine said; "Developing brand new curriculum materials
that are based on The Ryder Cup is a great example of how the whole
of Wales, and all generations, are benefiting by hosting the event
in Wales later this year. After a lifetime of pleasure from golf it
is thrilling to see the game being used in our schools to motivate
and enthuse our children in a whole variety of disciplines."
Councillor Evans said: "This project not only demonstrates the
excellent working relationship between Newport City Council and The
European Tour, but also highlights the creativity and capacity for
hard work we have in our education service and in schools across
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers and
LEA staff who have put in long hours to ensure this project could
go ahead. And I'd also like to thank The European Tour, for
supporting Newport City Council in developing this project with The
Ryder Cup branding."
David Rees, head teacher of St Julian's Primary School, said:
"The children have enjoyed learning a whole range of skills using
the new material devised by teachers in Newport to accompany The
2010 Ryder Cup. The work has given them a sense of pride in Newport
and a greater knowledge of their home city."