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Edinburgh pupils give performance with Gaelic in Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall

1 May 2012


Visitors to the Great Hall in Edinburgh Castle were today treated to special historical performances in English with Gaelic by Primary 7 pupils from Stenhouse Primary School in Edinburgh. The children also sang in Gaelic.

Ann Paterson, the Gaelic Learning Officer for Historic Scotland trained the pupils to become Junior Tour Guides for Edinburgh Castle.

She said:

“The pupils from Primary 7 have performed in English with Gaelic words in front of visiting schools in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle over January, February and March. The performances proved so successful with schools and tourists alike that the school agreed to do three public performances.  The pupils also sang in Gaelic and have recently won gold and silver medals for their performances at a recent Mod.”

The school is also one of the three finalists for the Gaelic Language and Culture in Learning Award in the Scottish Education Awards 2012.

The school has been delivering Gaelic language to pupils through a Gaelic Learners in Primary School (GLPS) programme for several years. All pupils from P5 to P7 attend weekly, 45 minute lessons and taster sessions.

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