Gaelic school youngsters don their wellies for Christmas walk

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Children from Sgoil-àraich Ghàidhlig Loch Abar raised the spirits of Caol locals recently by taking their sponsored Christmas welly walk out into the community.

The children and nursery staff dressed up for the walk, with a Santa, elves, tinsel, Christmas hats, and even fairylights.

All the children carried bells to jingle and sang Gaelic nursery songs from the school all the way to Caol shopping centre, where there was a fantastic turnout of people gathered to hear the children sing.

A few of Santa’s little helpers encourage Nursery Children from Bun Sgoil Loch Abar when in giving a short Carol service in Caol’s shopping square. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F52 GAELIC CAROLS 02
A few of Santa’s little helpers encourage Nursery Children from Bun Sgoil Loch Abar when in giving a short Carol service in Caol’s shopping square. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Angela MacIsaac, senior early years practitioner at Sgoil-àraich Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, told the Lochaber Times: ‘Last year we wanted to raise the spirit of locals who had been affected by Covid and isolation.

‘It was incredible. We had some older folk en route to Caol shopping centre waving at us through their window and some came to their door.’

It was so well received the nursery decided to do the walk again this year. Ms MacIsaac explained: ‘I got in touch with Linda and Isobel Campbell to advertise it on Nevis Radio. I am so grateful to them, what a response we had to it!

‘This year we had children and babies at the windows too, as well as older folk. Santa gave them a wave at their windows! The smiles and joy on their faces is what it’s all about – having fun and spreading the Christmas cheer.

‘Our parents are also so supportive of everything we organise, and we the staff are very appreciative of that. Tàing mhor a h- uile duine. Nollaig Chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ur!’