S3/4 Gaelic have just returned from a fantastic three day trip to the Isle of Lewis. We left Inverness Royal Academy at 8am on Monday and were driven to Ullapool in the school minibus. (Thanks Mr T!) The ferry over to Lewis was much bumpier than anyone had expected but luckily no one was too ill! We changed at the hostel into school uniform before visiting the Nicolson Institute and taking part in a quiz with one of their S3 learner classes. We then visited the new e-Sgoil and were given a presentation on how it works and a tour of the building. We had dinner at the Crown Hotel where everyone ordered their food in Gaelic. In the evening, we played Gaelic Uno. On Tuesday, we were picked up by a minibus and taken on a tour of the West Side. The first stop was Arnol blackhouse where we were given a Gaelic medium quiz which was quite tricky but was good practice for our language skills. We then stopped at Shawbost Norse Mill where Miss McLennan told us a bit about how it was used and we tried to work out the mechanisms. At Dun Carloway, we visited the small visitor centre before a short walk up to the broch. Miss McLennan talked about how and why it was built and used over the centuries. We have a picnic at Dail Mor beach and then played some games. In the afternoon, we went to Calanais Stones and the neighbouring visitor centre. On our return to Stornoway, we stopped off at the Lewis War Memorial and looked at the names of those lost in war and admired the view. Our final, most poignant, stop was at the Iolaire memorial where we were drenched but this only added to the atmosphere as Miss McLennan told the story of what had happened there. On Tuesday evening, some went to visit their island families while others had a fish supper in the hostel where we sang ceilidh songs and played some silly games. On Wednesday morning, we first went to the Lews Castle museum where we learnt more about history and culture of the islands. After a short walk back into the town centre, we had some free time at the shops and cafes. We collected our bags from the hostel before making our way to the ferry. On the ferry, we were very lucky and were taken up to the bridge and told about all the technology they use to navigate across the Minch. Some of the group also saw dolphins from the ferry as we passed the Summer Isles. The school minibus collected us from Ullapool and we were back in Inverness just after 6pm. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and was very reluctant to return!
S3 and S4 Gaelic (learner) pupils have been issued with a letter detailing their upcoming trip to the Isle of Lewis. Please read the letter carefully before returning the form section by no later than Friday 1st September. If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Miss McLennan through the school. Extra copies of the letter can be found by clicking the link below.
More good news from the Gaelic department!
All S1-3 pupils in Gaelic and Gaidhlig recently took part in a national writing competition and Emily Forsyth’s piece ‘Mise’ won first prize in the learners category. All pupils who entered will be awarded with a certificate for their hard work.
Emily (S3) is seen below with Mrs Currie who presented her with a certificate, gift card and a booklet in which her story has been published.
‘S math a rinn thu Emily!
Air Dihaoine, bha sinn air faighneachd ceistean mu phòsadh agus air clàradh airson program mu phòsadh airson BBC Alba a tha air a dhèanamh le MacTV.
Dh’fhaighnich iad mu dheidhinn na beachdan againn air pòsadh. Bha sinn ag innse dhaibh nach bhiodh sinn deiseil airson pòsadh aig an aois againn, ged as urrainn dhuinn. Bha e gu math spòrsail agus ’s e deagh latha bh’ ann. Chòrd e rinn uile gu mòr!
Inverness Royal Academy were well represented at Mòd Inbhir Nis last week. Pupils included Gaelic Learner and Gaidhlig Medium pupils from S1-6. All pupils performed admirably whether they were eventual prize-winners or not.
The following pupils achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze medal success on the day and on Saturday’s competitions:
(Competition entries marked * had been submitted before the day)
Natalie Cowan Solo singing of a prescribed song (girls), 16-19 years, open.
Calum Dunbar Conversation, age 12, fluent
Kirstyn Howarth Duet singing, own choice, 13-15, fluent
Kirstyn Howarth Solo singing of a traditional song, age 16-18
Kirstyn Howarth Conversation, 16-18, fluent
Finlay MacLennan Art with Gaelic content. Entries from secondary S1-6 *
Finlay MacLennan Recitation of Verse, 13-15, fluent
Angus MacPhee Piping, March, under 18
Angus MacPhee Piping, Strathspey and Reel, under 18
Eilidh MacPhee Piping, March, under 15
Eilidh MacPhee Piping, Strathspey and Reel, under 15
Calum Miller Conversation, 13-15, Learners
Andrew Wilson Solo singing of a prescribed song (boys), 13-15 years, learners
Emma Campbell Art with Gaelic content. Entries from secondary S1-6 *
Calum Dunbar Piping, Strathspey and Reel, under 13
Kirstyn Howarth Solo singing of a prescribed song (girls), 16-19 years, open
Finlay MacLennan Solo singing of a prescribed song (boys), 13-15 years, fluent
Eilidh MacPhee Conversation, 13-15, fluent
Eilidh Russell Reading at sight, 13-15, fluent
Calum Dunbar Piping, March, under 13
Calum Dunbar Reading at sight, 11-13, fluent
Grace King Recitation of Verse, 13-15, learners
George MacIver Art with Gaelic content. Entries from secondary S1-6 *
Lorne MacKenzie Solo singing of a prescribed song (boys), 13-15 years, fluent
Finlay MacLennan Reading at sight, 13-15, fluent
Eilidh MacPhee Solo singing of a traditional song, age 13-15
Congratulations to all who took part!
Here is a slideshow of photos from our day out. Read all about the Shieling Project in the pupils’ own words which are part of a new wall display in the Gaelic corridor. (Please excuse Miss McLennan’s reflection in some photos!)