S3 Gaelic Scilt Business Brunch

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Some S3 Gaelic and Modern Languages pupils attended a Business Brunch run by Scilt which aimed to encourage uptake of languages through the senior phase by emphasising some of the job opportunities languages bring. Some of the pupils have reflected on the day and the impact it has had on them.

Jamie

Yesterday we went to the Silt business brunch and heard from speakers from lots of different companies and some of their experiences with languages and how it helped them to get to where they are now.

It started with going round the stalls and asking each company questions about what they want to do.

Then after a talk from SCILT about the day, we went to see a speaker from Penta hotels, who was Hungarian and he spoke of the importance of languages as his language- Hungarian- has few speakers so learning more was very important. He was made to learn Russian as a child but he refused. However as an adult he was given the opportunity to work in Moscow but he couldn’t because he didn’t know the language. Overall, I learned the imporatance of language and to take opportunity when it comes.

Chloe

Yesterday, we went to this event called Scilt business brunch in the Kingsmills. It was an opportunity to learn what language could do for you in later life and how helpful it is for your CV and other things. I thought the day was very helpful some of it was very boring but it helped hearing what you could possibly do in life and the places you could go.

Everyone especially enjoyed the bacon and sausage rolls and tea and coffee. But the event was very good and I would recommend it for others to learn all about it.

Samuel

I really enjoyed yesterday at the business brunch as it was a beneficial event. I learned a lot about how languages can and potentially will be useful in businesses and the workforce. The business lunch, ran by Scilt for the third year languages was an event to try and aware the importance of languages in the workforce with businesses. The day was broken up with the market place stalls and the general presentations. I really enjoyed learning about the stalls and I also appreciated the stall members trying their hardest to ask the pupils including me and our questions about how Gaelic would be useful in the workforce. I now feel more than ever how important languages are for especially employment in the workforce. I had made up a lot of Gaelic based questions and all the stalls managed to answer my keen questions. The presentations were also helpful and made me realise the imporatance of Gaelic now and if I was to take my studies further. The day was well prepared and organised which was beneficial to everyone who took part in the day. The tea, coffee, cakes and food prepared was very nice which gave us even more chance to speak to one another about Gaelic language and general languages. BBC Alba was the most important and interesting personally as it was basically set on the Gaelic language. Seonaidh MacKenzie was huge help for us learning about how Gaelic is so important for his company and in general. In BBC Alba alone employment would occur much easier if you could speak Gaelic. BBC News for example has camera men, weather people and technology assisting people which pretty much dominantly can speak Gaelic. Penta Hotel was probably another favourite business for me as it gave me a clear understanding on how it is beneficial to speak a second or other languages as a worker in the Penta Hotel as a barman, hospitality, front desk people for example would be employed much more easily if they could speak more than one language as there are many customers from all over the world. The day was held at a really nice place the Kingsmills Hotel. The day was set up really well, and there was nobody just wandering about doing nothing. I would definitely go again if I had the chance to because it opened up my options with Gaelic language, even as a learner. The whole day kind of inspired me to learn my language more fluently and with a better understanding. Overall review of the day was an excellent day out. Next time, if I was to go I would like to see more powerpoint presentations with video and audio on it. At the stall I would have liked to have seen presentations with examples you can and could do in the business world with different languages.

Alasdair

Silt business brunch wasn’t really interactive. Most of the markets were only talking about themselves and not what the type of opportunities you would face if taking a language.

I liked some bits, but others weren’t really that interesting.

The presentations were interesting but pretty boring at some points. They went for long periods of time which easily got boring.

I thought that Paula’s presentation has dsome interesting moments like how languages took her to the position that she is in today.

Overall I didn’t really enjoy most parts within the brunch.

Alex

Yesterday S3 Gaelic attended a business brunch. This was to discuss how languages are so vital for you to get a job. The day felt long but it was worth it. There was a bonus of unlimited tea and coffee and as many breakfast rolls as you wanted. They also took out biscuits later on in the day. Although some stands were a bit boring the majority of them had very interesting things to say. One of the stands was called the Penta Hotel. The guy who was talking said something interesting, that if he took Russian in school then he’d be able to work in Russia and see the world cup. Gaelic wasn’t really involved in the majority of the day, it was just added on at the end.

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S3 Gàidhlig – Turas SMO

Air Dimairt, fhuair còignear bho S3 cothrom tadhal air Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Colaiste Gàidhlig na h-Alba, san Eilean Sgitheanach. Chaidh sinn air an treana eadar Inbhir Nis agus Caol Loch Aillse, an uairsin tacsi gu ruige Sleite, far a bheil a’ Cholaiste. An toiseach fhuair sinn fàilte agus fios mun àite bho Cheitidh.

Chaidh sinn a’ choimhead air àrainn Ostaig, far an do thoisich Sabhal Mor Ostaig mar cholaiste air ais ann an 1973.

As dèidh sin, choisich sinn dhan togalach, ùr, spaideil – Ionad Iain Nobail, far an do ghabh sinn biadh.

Choinnich sinn ri tòrr eòlaichean tron latha. Thachair sinn ri Decker Forrest – stiuiriche a’ chursa chiùil, agus thug e dhuinn fiosrachadh mun chursa agus an iomadh chothrom an lùib sin.

An uairsin, chaidh sinn gu Fiolm G (a tha steidhichte le oifis ann an Ionad Iain Nobail). Bhruidhinn Eilidh bho Fiolm G rinn agus sheall i dhuinn diofar fiolmaichean goirid. Bha seo air leth spòrsail agus inntinneach.

Mu dheireadh, thadhail sinn air togalach ‘Fas’ far a bheil stiudio, oifisean agus cuideachd far a bheil riochdairean program ‘Bannan’ steidhichte. Bha cothrom ann ionnsachadh mu dheidhinn na cothroman a th’ ann an saoghal na Gàidhlig  a thaobh na meadhanan agus fhuair sinn fiosrachadh mun chursa ‘Gàidhlig is na meadhanan’ aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Thill sinn air an treana feasgar as dèidh latha air leth inntinneach agus spòrsail.

On Tuesday, five pupils from S3 visited Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College, for an open day. The college is situated in the Isle of Skye. We travelled from Inverness to Kyle by train and then taxi from Kyle over to the college, in Sleat. We were met by Ceitidh, student recruitment officer, who welcomed us and showed us some slides and videos about life at the college.

We had a tour of the Ostaig campus, where the college first started back in 1973.

After that we walked over to the new, very modern building – Ionad Iain Nobail, where we had lunch.

We spoke to many different staff throughout the day, all of them experts in language, music or media. Decker Forrest (the Gaelic & Traditional Music course leader) spent time telling us about the structure of the course and the many opportunities connected to it.

We then met with Eilidh from Film G (based in Ionad Iain Nobail). Eilidh spoke about filmmaking and showed us a variety of short films. It was really fun spending time at Film G.

Finally we had a tour of the Fas building – a purpose-built cultural and creative hub which has a film studio, radio studio and many offices including the production office of tv show ‘Bannan’. We learned about the vast range of opportunities in Gaelic media and were told all about the ‘Gaelic and Media’ degree course.

We returned home to Inverness by train in the evening after a very interesting and fun day out at Sabhal Mor Ostaig.