With support from the Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF), Newbattle has been celebrating and promoting Gaelic language and culture for several years.
See below for more details about what we have been doing:
A Gaelic Family day was held in September 2015 in partnership with Edinburgh City Council.
The college has developed a National Certificate (NC) in Celtic Studies (SCQF Level 6) and SWAP – Access to HE in Celtic Studies in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Gaelic language and culture feature prominently in this course. It commenced in September 2014.
The college is an active member of the following Gaelic networks:
– City of Edinburgh Council Gaelic Language Implementation Group
– National Gaelic Language Strategy Group
Newbattle took part in a Residential Gaelic Weekend in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal in March 2012 and May 2014. The programme helped to develop skills in Scottish and Irish Gaelic, traditional music and song, literature, storytelling, genealogy and history. This exchange established valuable partnerships with Comharchumann Forbatha and Gaoth Dobhair. This programme was funded by the Columcille Project.
In October 2012, the college ran a 2-day Gaelic Festival celebrating Scottish and Irish Gaelic language and culture. The event included a family ceilidh, workshops in Gaelic language and song and performances form the Edinburgh Gaelic Choir. The festival involved partners from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, who attended the residential event.
Feis Dhùn Èidean performed traditional music at Newbattle’s 75th Anniversary Reception in Hollyrood in 2012.