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For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

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ParksideThe Society has been making an annual donation to Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce for many years, going back to the days when it was the Gaelic class of Tollcross Primary School.

The school was established as an independent unit in August 2013, in its current location in Bonnington Road, and is Edinburgh's first dedicated, Gaelic-medium primary school.

The Council has been thinking about how the Society can do more to support the school in its independent incarnation.  Currently, it looks after around 300 primary age pupils, who come from a wide range of backgrounds - not just the children of Highland Scots in the capital.  In primary One alone, for example, there are three children of Polish parents and five whose first language is Spanish.

The Chairman met recently with the Head Teacher and the Head of Expressive Arts.  The proposal is that the Society will offer two prizes for class project work - one for a project undertaken by Primaries One to Four, and the other by Primaries Five to Seven.

These projects would be undertaken in the Spring term of 2019 and would address directly three of the school's five core values - those of Teamwork, Diversity and Global Citizenship, emphasising the relevance of this Gaelic-medium establishment in the modern world.

The prizes would be cash sums, which must be spent in the school, but where the winning teams will determine how the funds are spent.

The Chairman will meet again with the school in February to discuss the detail of the two projects.

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