22nd June 2007
Comunn na Gàidhlig have run two successful personal development courses at Outward Bound Loch Eil near Fort William. Over consecutive two weeks, students from Dingwall Academy and Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld took part in many activities through the medium of Gaelic.
These courses are conducted through the medium of Gaelic at every level and participants have the opportunity to learn new skills through the language. The underlying theory of the courses is that each activity should be challenging although in a safe environment with ample learning opportunities.
For the expedition the Dingwall Academy team went to Peanmeanach, a beautiful area between Loch nan Uamh and Lochailort and where there is a bothy and good campsite. After a traditional cèilidh full of stories and fun, everyone got a good night's sleep in the tents to prepare for the journey back the next day.
Pupils from Greenfaulds High School went to Glen Sùileag for their expedition by two methods of travel: sea and land. Again we had a great night camping out in the tents and the next day we were fortunate enough to have a slight breeze which kept the midges away!
This initiative helps students build confidence in their spoken Gaelic in an informal situation and outside of the school environment.
Two other courses are planned for 2007