Chattanooga-area homeschool families are invited to join us for our Highland Games and Ceilidh! Highland games are traditional Scottish sports; we will be doing modified versions of traditional events suitable for students of a variety of ages. A ceilidh is an evening of Scottish dance, often with music and poetry performances.
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE GAMES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU IN 2024.
Participants will be divided into 5-7 teams representing the Scottish clans below. To the extent possible, participants from the same family will be assigned to the same clan. Points earned by all participants in the games will be counted toward your clan’s total score; the clan with the highest score wins the day – medals will be awarded to the first prize clan only. First-prize winners in all events will receive recognition.
Fuimus (We have been) – History
Jamais Arriere (Never behind) – History
Fraser of Lovat
Je Suis Prest (I am ready) – History
MacDonald of the Isles
Per Mare Per Terras (By sea and by land) – History
Spem Successus Alit (Success nourishes hope) – History
Virescit Vulnere Virtus (Courage grows strong at a wound) – History
Pro Libertate (For liberty) – History
For the games
- Each team will have its own tartan; team members are required to wear their team’s tartan (available upon arrival; must be returned at the end of the day)
- Wear sturdy athletic shoes and clothing you can move in easily.
- If you have them, kilts are optional; must reach below the knee.
For the ceilidh
- All: Semi-formal/Sunday best or traditional Highland dress
All clans parade to enter the games competition area as a brief history of the clan they represent is read.
All events will be divided into gentlemen’s and ladies’ competitions. All throwing events are best of three tries. A good video introduction to the standard (i.e. not modified) sports is available here. If you plan to compete, it is strongly recommended that you practice in advance with similar objects and begin with light weights.
- Caber toss – The caber (not full size!), with the widest end raised, must flip end over end and land as close to the twelve-o’clock position as possible
- Stone put – Throw a rock as far as you can (distance); must begin beside your chin (not overhand or underhand)
- Run – Twice around the field as fast as you can
- Farmer’s Walk – Carry a heavy bucket in each hand over a fixed distance as fast as you can
- [[[Sheaf toss/weight-for-height – Throw a sheaf (or a bundle of material substituted for grain stalks) as high as you can]]]* May be omitted or substituted this year
Dinner is pot-luck. Each student or family should bring a main dish to share as well as a side or dessert. Traditional Scottish dishes are welcome. If you would like to bring a drink, please bring bottled water only – to meet the regulations for our location.
The evening will conclude with group singing of traditional Scottish songs, music performances, poetry recitations, and traditional Scottish dances. Music and poetry presentations will earn points for your clan!
- Music performance – Interested students have an opportunity to perform traditional Scottish music (harp, fiddle, or any other portable instrument; a piano is available). Please contact the Tutor by March 27 if you plan to present. These spaces are extremely limited, and your piece must be no longer than 4 minutes.
- Poetry recitation – Interested students have an opportunity to recite from memory traditional Scottish poetry (see links below). Please contact the Tutor by March 27 if you plan to present. These spaces are extremely limited, and your piece must be no longer than 4 minutes.