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Historic Scotland celebrates Gaelic Schools Week

22 April 2013

Historic Scotland is celebrating Gaelic Schools Week with a series of special events.

Pupils from Tollcross Primary school in Edinburgh will be acting as Gaelic Guides and will give special historical performances in Gaelic to their peers from visiting schools around Scotland in the spectacular setting of Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall.  

In addition Primary School pupils from across Scotland who use Gaelic for part or all of their curriculum, will be taking part in programmed educational activities at Holyrood Park.  These will be given in Gaelic by Coinneach Combe who works for Comunn na Gaidhlig  who is being supported by Historic Scotland’s Rangers Service.

The tours and activities will be based on the unique geology of Holyrood Park.

Ann Paterson, Edinburgh Castle’s Gaelic Learning Officer said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to engage with fellow Gaelic speakers and also to learn about the historic environment.

“The tours of Holyrood Park are particularly appropriate in the Year of Natural Scotland and will give the children the opportunity to learn more about the spectacular beauty and natural environment of Scotland.”


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Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
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