Approximately 60 students enrolled in the Core Gaelic program at St. Andrew Junior School, St. Andrews Consolidated School and H.M. MacDonald Elementary School attended the annual Culloden Day Ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Knoydart, Pictou County. The students were joined by their Core Gaelic teacher, Brian MacDonald; Gaelic student teacher, Mairi McCarron; and some parents at this wonderful cultural learning opportunity. The ceremony commemorates the battle, and the subsequent migration, of Highland Gaelic speaking Scots to the shores of Nova Scotia.
Students participated in a parade, service, ceilidh and were treated to a roast beef dinner at the event. Before returning to school, the students also visited the cairn in Knoydart.
Mr. MacDonald is pleased to see the interest and participation of students in the Core Gaelic Program. The first student bus trip to Culloden was in 2013 with 14 Core Gaelic students taking part. In 2019, there were about 60 students.
Sincere thanks to the SRCE staff for enhancing the learning of our students by attending this important event, the Culloden Committee for organizing the event, and the Antigonish Highland Society for generously covering the costs of transportation and meals for the students.