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St Andrew’s College Highlands Gathering

Sep 12, 2018
St Andrew’s College Highlands Gathering

St Andrew’s College will be hosting the Highland Gathering from 22 – 23 September 2018 in Grahamstown. Events over the two days include a Kilted Mile, Ceilidh, Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dancing Competition, Entertainment Stage and Highland Games. There will also be a Children’s Area and a Flea Market on Lower Field. All the activities will take place from The Highlander in Worcester Street and St Andrew’s Lower Field.

The Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) will take place on 22 September in the Highlander. A Ceilidh is an evening of Scottish and Irish music and dance and will surely go down as an evening to be remembered. Our Ceilidh boasts a fine meal served at the Highlander as well as entertainment from Scotty and the Terriers, the 1 Medical Battalion Pipe Band and the Pixie Highland Dancing Studio. You will also be encouraged to join in and learn a selection of Scottish Country Dances throughout the evening. If you have a palate for good whiskies, then we will be running a whisky tasting downstairs in the Lowlander.

The evening will kick-off at 6 and tickets will cost R150. For bookings, please contact Angus Nixon at a.nixon@sacschool.com or 082 976 0687. It is advisable to pre-book for this event.


Full order of events:


22 September


22 September

14:00 Piobaireachd competition begins, Cawse Auditorium, continues until finish

15:30 Registration for the Kilted Mile, tickets for Ceilidh on sale

16:00 Start of Kilted Mile

16:45 End of Kilted Mile, all encouraged to go up to the


18:00 Ceilidh begins, supper available at buffet to 20:00

20:15 Highland dancers

20:30 1 Medical Battalion Pipe Band

21:15 Highland Dancers

21:30 Scotty and the Terriers

23 September:

Gathering Entrance Fee - R20

ALL DAY - Flea Market on Lower Field (over 20 food and craft stalls)

8:00 Bands tune up in tuck-shop/chapel area

8:30 Street March Competition, Worcester Street

9:30 Bands march as massed band onto Lower Field (with


10:00 Solo piping and Highland dancing competitions

12:30 Lunch break for judges and bands

13:30 Mini-band competition begins

15:30 Mini-band competition ends

16:00 Massed bands and prize-giving

16:30 Relaxed wind down in the Lowlander