Sgoil-Earraich Nàiseanta 2013

This year's Sgoil was held in Melbourne for the first time. We had twenty one students and great support from the Gaelic Society of Victoria. The students came from many parts of the country including ACT, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The venue was John Scott Meeting House at Latrobe University which was ideal for our purposes and in a lovely setting among the trees.

Our teachers, Joan Mitchell, Seonaidh MacFhraing, Rod McInnes and Ronald McCoy as usual did a wonderful job of providing us with stimulating lessons, including some basic grammar, pronunciation practice, and some useful techniques such as a Total Immersion way of memorizing verbs, a lesson on how to recognize idioms and a session on how to get the most out of reading Gaelic.

At the ceilidh it was amazing to observe the range of talent in a relatively small group of people. We had recitals on the bass recorder and the electronic pipes, a waulking song and demonstration, readings of poetry and prose, and some lovely singing.

When the weekend was over, everyone went away with increased enthusiasm for continuing their learning of Gaelic.

Photographs from this year's school can be seen in our photo gallery.