31/08/2017 – SEFF hold 9th 5 day Ulster Scots Summer School

Well over 60 young people aged 7-16 years came together at the former Lisnaskea High School site last week to celebrate Ulster Scots culture and heritage.

In a statement Director of Services at SEFF Kenny Donaldson stated: “This was among the most successful Summer Schools to have been held since we first started doing so some 9 years ago. We were blessed in the main with excellent weather and this had a transforming effect on the week’s activities where participants really embraced all elements of the programme”.

“An away day visit was made to Cavan County Museum where young people got to dress up, to understand the life of a soldier in the trenches and they even got to walk the trenches at the site. Some of the group also had opportunity to go to the impressive new 3G facility at Maguiresbridge – the brainchild of Maguiresbridge Orange District”.

“The young people participated in activities spanning Ulster Scots language, culture and heritage – including music, cookery, quiz, living history, sports and The Highland Games finale as well as a raft of filler activities including first aid, ultimate frisbee etc”.

“SEFF wishes to place on record its’ thanks to the following people who made the week so special: Coordinator at the Summer School – Audrey Watson, SEFF Leaders, Tutors/Facilitators, Education Authority for use of the School and grounds plus Caretaker Geraldine, Roy Carroll (our special guest on Friday) who handed out prizes and was great around the children, The young people themselves and our thanks to Joy (Projects Officer at SEFF) for coordinating events with Audrey Watson”.

“It has often been remarked that Fermanagh is the slow learning County in respect of Ulster Scots Culture, that stereotype doesn’t hold water – SEFF are the only organisation across Northern Ireland to host four Summer Schools which year on year are extremely well attended and there are a plethora of Ulster Scots Dancing Groups plus the N.I Piping and Drumming School (Fermanagh Branch) and many within the Bands community who have an interest and hunger to further develop the culture in this County”.

“We wish to also recognise the funders whose investment made the Summer School possible – thanks go to The Ulster Scots Agency and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council,” concluded Mr Donaldson.

Upcoming Summer Schools

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August 2017 – SEFF’s Residential Summer School targeted at 12-16 year-olds and being held at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea. The weekend will involve; a wide range of Ulster Scots activities, water sports and other fun-based activities.

Monday 21st – Friday 25th August 2017 (9am-4pm daily) SEFF’s Senior Drama Summer School for 11-18 year-olds being held at Willowbridge School, Enniskillen and Class Act Drama.

Please contact SEFF offices on: 028 677 23885 if interested in attending. SEFF welcomes involvement from young people across the full community.

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