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Sydney Highland Gathering

Sunday 31 March
Senior School Main Oval, 11:00am to 4:00pmHighland Gathering

In 1868 the first Highland Gathering was held in Sydney.

More than 150 years later, we are bringing the Highland Gathering back!

This event will be hosted by The Scots College Pipes and Drums Association, in conjunction with Pipe Bands Australia, NSW Branch.

The Highland Gathering will feature Pipe Band competitions, Highland dancing, tug-of-war, kilted dash races, and the Tartan Warriors with the traditional Scottish Highland game throwing events including Atlas stones, caber and weight over the bar. There will also be stone putting weight throws and the Caledonia hammers.

Other strongman events include The Farmers’ Walk. Visit our fair selling Scottish goods, gifts, food and beverages. Enjoy a day of music and games, concluding with a spectacular massed band display.

Some Scottish History

Highland Gatherings were first documented at the time of Malcolm III of Scotland (1058 to 1093), who summoned men to race at Braemar, to find a royal messenger. This birthed the tradition nearly 1,000 years ago.

These gatherings, games and events, evolved into contests of skills, strength, stamina, creative dance, and music, to keep kings, queens and clan chiefs entertained.

As the Scots migrated across the world, they formed Caledonian Societies, and organised Highland Gatherings.

Now it’s a celebratory event featuring Scottish music, Pipe Band parades, Highland dancing, feasts, heritage events and fairs.

For more information, contact Mr Paul Hughes on p.hughes@tsc.nsw.edu.au.

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