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Irish-Medium Education - A Growing Success Story

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Scéal Rathúil

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6 P roven Advantages

Research reveals a swathe of cognitive and social benefits

8 W hat the Children Say

“I love being able to speak Irish.”

10 S ocial Events

IME strengthened by lively social activities

17 F requently asked questions Parents answer your questions based on personal experience


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Fáilte Welcome

Clár Content 3 IRISH-MEDIUM EDUCATION

A growing success story in Co. Derry

12 DÚN GEIMHIN 13 GLEANN AN IOLAIR

I am greatly honoured to have been given the opportunity to write the introduction for this magazine celebrating the growth and development of Irish-medium education in County Derry.

4 GAELCHOLÁISTE DHOIRE 6 PROVEN ADVANTAGES 7 BAILE NA SCRÍNE

13 14 GREANACHÁN 15 OBAIR BHAILE

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16 LÉIM AN MHADAIDH

8 WHAT THE CHILDREN SAY

”It feels good to go to an Irish school”

9 CARN TÓCHAIR/ MACHAIRE RÁTHA

16 17 PARENTS ANSWER QUESTIONS 18 MACHAIRE FÍOLTA

9 10 SOCIAL EVENTS

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Is cúis mhór sásaimh agus áthais dom réamhrá a chur leis an fhorlíonadh seo le ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar fhás agus ar fhorbairt earnáil an Ghaeloideachais i gContae Dhoire.

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The phenomenal growth of IrishMedium Education in county Derry has seen an increase of 545% since 2002 in rural Derry alone. More and more parents are ensuring their children reap the benefits of bilingualism with almost 1300 children attending Irish-medium schools across the county. These parents recognise the value of giving their children not only two languages but greater opportunities, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as improved problem-solving abilities. With the opening of the Naíscoil Ghreanacháin in Swatragh in September 2017 we now have 11 Irish-medium nurseries in the county. Gaelcholáiste Dhoire, Dún Geimhin opened its doors in September 2015 with 13 pupils and now has a 34-strong staff supporting 174 pupils. The Gaelcholáiste will ensure that excellence in educational opportunity is provided to young Irish speakers

in County Derry and beyond for generations to come. The many contributions throughout this magazine demonstrate the commitment of the schools to the development and growth of children in a rich Irish language environment. Irish-medium education fosters a love for learning that captures the heart and soul of everyone who has the privilege to experience it. Irishmedium education is about achieving excellence and empowering our children – giving them something wonderful, a special gift, something that will make a huge difference in their lives. We invite you to give this special gift to your child. Tabhair seans do do pháiste Gaeilge a labhairt! You don’t have to speak Irish to give your child the opportunity! Le gach deá-ghuí

Máire Uí Dhuibhne Comhordaitheoir & Oibrí Tacaíochta Co-ordinator & Support Worker

Cad é an rud is Gaeloideachas ann? What is Irish-medium education? Gaeloideachas, or Irish-medium education (IME), offers the highest standards of education through the medium of Irish. It has become the preferred choice of an increasing number of parents throughout Ireland in recent years with almost 70,000 children attending IME throughout Ireland. Irish-medium schools follow the immersion method of education which allows children to acquire a language naturally through daily experience of an Irish language environment. Irish is the primary language of instruction and

communication within Irishmedium schools. In county Derry IME is available at pre-school (Naíscoil / Naí-aonad), primary (Gaelscoil / Bunscoil) and postprimary (Gaelcholáiste) level. Irish-medium schools deliver the full curriculum and receive Government funding under similar criteria to other schools. Bilingual/immersion education has been successfully implemented in many countries throughout the world including Canada, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales and Scotland.


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Gaeloideachas - Scéal rathúil i gContae Dhoire Irish-Medium Education - A growing success story in Co. Derry The last few decades have witnessed a massive and growing interest in Gaelic sports, the rediscovery of our music and dance and the revival of the Irish language. The reinstatement of the Irish language, arguably our single most valuable cultural heritage asset, is delivering a wide range of educational, health, social, economic and other benefits within communities. According to analysis of figures carried out by Tuairisc.ie, there has been a 398% increase in the numbers of pupils attending Irish-medium primary and secondary schools in the north in the last 15 years. There are over 6500 pupils in Irish-Medium Education across the north. This magazine has been put together to give the reader a brief taste of the phenomenal growth of IrishMedium Education across county Derry. With the opening of Naíscoil Ghreanacháin in Swatragh in Sept 2017, we now have 12 Naíscoil in the county with a over 200 children benefitting from an early introduction to bilingualism. Eight Gaelscoil are empowering 900 children with all the advantages of bilingualism. The second post-primary school in the

north, Gaelcholáiste Dhoire, opened its doors in Dún Geimhin in Sept 2015 with 13 pupils and in Sept 2019 has increased its enrolment to 174 pupils (an increase of 1238%!). Its enrolment is set to continue to grow rapidly over the coming years. Almost 1300 children attend Irish-Medium Education in county Derry! 1300 children receiving all the advantages of bilingualism including increased problem solving abilities, improved performance in maths and English, improved mental benefits as well as all the social and economic benefits.

Seamus Heaney recognised that developing the Irish language is essential part of understanding our past and building a better future based on tolerance and mutual understanding. and commitment of the people to deliver excellence in education with an emphasis on independent and creative thinking, on building confidence and fostering a strong sense of community. The Irishmedium sector is about giving our children something wonderful, a special gift, something that will make a huge difference in their lives.

Irish-medium education is the highest achieving and fastest growing sector of education. The success of the sector is fuelled by the drive

Naíscoil (Pre-school)

Gaelscoil / Bunscoil (Primary School)

Gaelcholáiste (Post-primary)

In a Naíscoil children come together in a pleasant, cheerful and safe environment under the guidance of a qualified leader or teacher. Irish-medium pre-school offers children the opportunity to play, learn and socialise through the Irish language. All Irish-medium pre-schools follow the pre-school curriculum. Over 200 children currently attend 8 Naíscoileanna in county Derry.

Irish-medium primary schools follow the same curriculum as English-medium schools with the added advantage of a bilingual setting. Pupils achieve a high level of fluency in both Irish and English. The formal teaching of English occurs in all Irish-medium primary schools. Over 900 children attend 8 Irish-medium primary schools across county Derry.

The Irish-medium postprimary schools follow the same curriculum as Englishmedium schools with the added advantage of a bilingual setting. The formal teaching of English also occurs in these schools. The opening of Gaelcholáiste Dhoire in Dún Geimhin in September 2015 marked a new and exciting chapter in the fastest growing sector of education. Gaelcholáiste Dhoire, which is located in Dungiven Castle, is a landmark project in every sense of the word. 16 pupils entered this educational

establishment in 2015 and by Sept 2019 this number has increased to 174 pupils. Its enrolment is set to continue to grow rapidly over the coming years. It will replicate the success of the Gaelcoláistí in the south of Ireland in delivering highly educated, confident and successful young Irish speakers and tomorrow’s young leaders.

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Gaelic Sport legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh celebrated the Gaelcholáiste’s sporting successes.

Gaelcholáiste Dhoire – Co Derry’s Irish-Medium Post-Primary School going from strength to strength It has been no surprise that Gaelcholáiste Dhoire has proved so successful since first opening its doors in September 2015. The 13 pupils who entered the school knew that they were part of something special and many more have followed their example since then. There are now 174 students enrolled in the school. It is true that Irish-Medium schools start small but they grow to be mid-sized sustainable and successful schools that provide the breadth of courses required by the Entitlement Framework while maintaining a close knit family atmosphere, allowing students to learn in a safe and relaxed environment. Specialist Maths, Technology and Science teachers have joined the staff this year as well as new technicians, classroom assistants and ancillary staff. There are over 30 people now employed in the school. Students travel from 9 different primary schools with some travelling from Derry City and Strabane, as well as rural County Derry. Home to school transport is provided to pupils who live more than 3 miles from school and parents are very pleased with the service. “I have an older boy who attends a local school in Derry City and gets a school bus, but on most days my daughter is home from Gaelcholáiste Dhoire before he is- the bus service is excellent” Year 8 parent.

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Gaelcholáiste Dhoire is part of an island-wide network of over 50 schools that teach through the medium of Irish, schools that consistently feature at the top of the academic tables, reinforcing the fact that bilingualism works. Our main partner school in Belfast, Coláiste Feirste is one of the top-performing non-selective schools in Belfast and has just completed building state of the art sports facilities and an upgrade on their current building. Over 700 pupils attend the school and work on setting up another Irish Medium School in North Beltast has begun. Principal Diarmaid Ua Bruadair spent 14 years in Coláiste Feirste where he was part of the Senior Leadership Team that led the school through a process of growth and change. “Gaelcholáiste Dhoire ensures that students can benefit from the full immersion education experience, becoming fluent in both Irish and English, being confident in their identity and gaining the necessary

skills and qualifications that prepare them for life. New Irish Medium Post Primary schools are being founded each year in Ireland, it is right and fitting that young people in Derry and Tyrone have the opportunity to attend their very own Gaelcholáiste” Diarmaid Ua Bruadair Príomhoide, Gaelcholáiste Dhoire Chairperson Niall Ó Catháin said “We have strong community representation in the form of school governors, the Department of Education are behind us, we have a highly qualified, committed and experienced staff led by an inspirational principal, our inspirational Castle accommodation is being supplemented by state of the art modern facilities each year- we want the best for our children and we are sure that they will get only the best in Gaelcholáiste Dhoire” ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) carried out an inspection of the school and their report has been published on the ETI website www.eti.gov.uk in 2017. In their extremely positive findings, inspectors commented on the exemplary behaviour of the pupils, the professionalism of the staff and the committment of the governors. The report confirms the excellent progress made by pupils accross the curriculum and the unique educational experience that Gaelcholáiste Dhoire

offers to Irish Medium students in Derry and beyond. The student body in Gaelcholáiste Dhoire know that they are part of something special and this is evident in the high spirits and team attitude that prevails throughout the school. They are ambassadors for their school, their language, their Gaelic games and their culture- they are proud to fulfil that role and will grow in confidence in their identity as the school grows and develops.

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“I really like my school as everyone in my class is friendly and we speak Irish all the time. I also really like the school building, it is an old castle and some people have said that it looks like Hogwarts!” Caoimhe Year 9


Scoth an Cheoil i nGaelcholáiste Dhoire Musical Excellence in Rath Spóirt GCD! Sporting Success The school places an emphasis on music and performance. As well as the curricular music classes attended by all Key Stage 3 pupils and GCSE Music classes, a significant number of students avail of the schools Individual Tuition Programme as well. Well known traditional musicians including Muiris Ó Brolacháin, Eoghan Mullan, Séamas Ó Labhraidh and others provide classes to students who wish to develop their musical abilities. The school traditional music groups enter competitions and perform at all school events. Classical music tuition is also provided with students undertaking grades and receiving their classes from Education Authority tutors. Year 10 student Lasarfhíona undertook her grade exam in June and achieved the highest mark across the entire Western Board area!

Barrfeabhas an cheoil- Top music marks across the Western board for Lasarfhíona.

Gaelic Games in particular are at the heart of the school and last year saw pupils compete in 4 Ulster finals in Camogie, Hurling and Gaelic Football. Not only did they compete in the finals, they won three of those competitions! The Gaelcholáiste is a small school but punches well above its weight in sport. With the large and growing number of teams that the school is fielding, a

GAELOIDEACHAS Irish-Medium Education Scoth an spóirt! Exceptional achievements in Ulster Colleges’ competitions. > new Sports Co-ordinator appointed in September 2019 is a welcome addition to the school. Gearalt Ó Mianáin has extensive experience at club and county level and has been involved in Ulster Colleges Competitions for 20 years. The school teams train on a Thursday afternoon and school staff are bolstered by experienced coaches in supporting the large numbers of students interested in improving their skills. Chrissy McKaigue assists with the Gleann na Ró Project which allows elite players from three schools in the area to compete at the highest level in Ulster Colleges Football and Hurling.

Imeachtaí Seachchuraclaim Extracurricular Activities

essential for sport development in the school. “We have some great club and county players in Gaelcholáiste Dhoire and we also have players who have not previously played Gaelic Sports who are begining to develop their skills and become part of school teams the Thursday sessions allow coaches essential contact time with players of all levels!”

Students stay in school on a Thursday afternoon to participate in extracurricular activities organised by the school and the school transport arrangements are adjusted to provide this opportunity. Sports coaches use the time to work with the school football and hurling/camóige teams. Head of PE Susan Uí Mhianáin feels that the Thursday afternoon sessions are

There are also lots of clubs and activities for students who are not as interested in spórt. The Cookery Club is very popular as well as the Art, Board Games, and Film Club. A new addition this year which is proving very popular is the Harry Potter Club! Clare Mhic Reachtain, who coordinates this aspect of school life said “The students love to

Chrissy says, “I am very interested in working with the Gaelcholáiste and the other schools in the Roe Valley area. Gaelcholáiste Dhoire has great sporting potential and it is a great opportunity for a person like me who is passionate about Gaelic Games to contribute to sports development at this level- watch this space!”

spend time with their friends, use Irish in a social setting outside of normal class and have fun doing something they enjoy.”

“Hogwarts na Gaeilge”- The Harry Potter Club has proven to be very popular with Gaelcholáiste students

Díospóireacht agus Caint Phoiblí Debating and Public Speaking Comórtas Uí Chadhain is the National Irish Medium Colleges debating competition and over the last number of years Gaelcholáiste Dhoire has won a number of Ulster Titles and has also reached an All-Ireland final in the Junior age category competition. The capable debaters in Ireland’s youngest Gaelcholáiste have certainly made their mark in this prestigious competition which has long been dominated by long established schools based in Dublin and schools from Gaeltacht areas. High achieving teams in this competition are expected to have an advanced fluency in Irish, demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues being debated and deliver compelling arguments for or against the motion. Gaelcholáiste Dhoire students have shown that they have all of those attributes.

Pupils from the school also participate in Public Speaking competitions such as Abair run by Gael Linn. Word of their abilities has spread and the school was invited by Catherine Connolly TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands to give evidence to the Committee during Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week). Year 11 students Clíodhna Ní Mhianáin, Sadhbha Nic Ruaidhrí and Setanta O Gribín represented the school in Leinster House and impressed the Senator and TD present with their views on social media and agriculture. It was an excellent opportunity for our students to see first-hand how government works, participate in the democratic process and experience the ways in which Irish is used in the public sphere.

Polaiteoirí an todhchaí- Three pupils speak at an Oireachtas Committee!

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Buntáistí Cruthaithe Proven Advantages Irish-medium education has become the preferred choice for an increasing number of parents throughout Ireland in recent years. Irish-medium schools follow the immersion method of education, allowing children to acquire the language naturally through daily experience of an Irish-language environment. Research in the last decade by neurologists, psychologists and linguists is revealing a swathe of cognitive and social benefits for bilinguals.

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and cultural experience they received, and that, due to the cultural enrichment these children experienced, on the whole they were more open to cultural diversity (Gallagher & Hanna 2002).

hildren become C fluent bilinguals This occurs naturally without the children

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having to ‘learn’ the language in the traditional sense. Immersion education is regarded by many as the most effective means of learning a second language.

asier to Learn a E Foreign Language ilingual children are much more likely B to learn foreign languages to a higher level of fluency than their monolingual counterparts.

I mproved Problem Solving Abilities esearch has shown that bilingual children, R on average, demonstrate higher problem solving abilities, better attention and task switching capacities than their monolingual counterparts.

Bilingual children outperform children who speak only one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to a new study conducted by Strathclyde University with colleagues from the University of Cagliari in Sardinia (Aug 2012).

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I mproved Performance in English and Maths

Research has shown that children who received their primary education in the Irishmedium sector, on average, demonstrate higher levels of attainment in English and Maths than their monolingual counterparts. “Irish language primary schools are outperforming English language schools not only in Maths but in English, figures have revealed”. Department of Education Research, June 2010.

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A research briefing published by the Department of Education indicated that former pupils of Irish-medium schools attained a higher academic standard than might be expected amongst the general population of the same age group (Gallagher and Hanna 2002).

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Employment Benefits Irish is the best modern language to have in seeking employment in Ireland in the 21st Century. Opportunities are to be found in the rapidly growing education sector, the media, publishing, translation, the civil service as well as youth and community work.

Proven Advantages of Immersion Education & Bilingualism

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Better Memory

New studies carried out by Anglia Ruskin University have shown that bilingual children are better at tuning out noise. This means that bilingual students are better able to learn and concentrate in a noisy classroom that their monolingual classmates. This ability to concentrate despite the distractions going on around them leads to an overall better school performance. A great reason to start learning a new language while you’re young! (The Telegraph, Education Editor, October 2014)

Learning a second language is beneficial for overall cognitive development, including memory. Since bilinguals have to store two sets of vocabulary in their mind and are used to accessing the correct one, they get great practice at storing and using information. Plus, good memory helps with studying, another reason bilingual students do better in school than monolinguals.

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Mental Health Benefits

The ability to converse in a second language appears to protect the brain against devastating damage to mental functions. The University of Edinburgh found that 40 per cent of bilingual patients regained normal function following a stroke, compared with just 20 per cent of those who spoke only one language. (The Telegraph, Science Editor, Nov 2015) Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium provided more evidence to the claim that people who speak more than one language may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (http:// www.alzheimers.net/12-11-14-bilingualismdelays-alzheimers/)

TUNE OUT NOISE EASIER

IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING

Community and Social Benefits

Children become part of a young, vibrant Irish-speaking community and develop a strong sense of belonging, with a broader cultural experience and increased understanding and acceptance of other languages and cultures. Research commissioned by the Department of Education indicated that pupils of Irishmedium education in the north had a very positive attitude to the educational

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Improved Life Chances In later life, bilingual children have been shown on average to have higher educational attainment, improved employment prospects and higher earnings than their monolingual counterparts.

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Noisy Classroom? No Problem!

LEARN OTHER LANGUAGES EASIER

BE BETTER PROBLEM SOLVERS

BECOME BILINGUAL

INCREASED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AT ENGLISH AND MATHS

MORE OPEN TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY

HIGHER EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

BETTER MEMORY


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Focus on Physical & Mental Health to enhance well-being and academic success

Gaelscoil na Speiríní is placing an important emphasis on physical & mental health to promote children’s wellbeing and academic success. Pupils will learn about good physical & mental health to promote positive wellbeing which will enhance their academic success not only during their primary school years but also during their teenage years and into adulthood. Wellbeing is important at the Gaelscoil as it develops strong, supportive relationships and builds upon an important ethos: We help each other, we respect each other and we recognise our own value.

children’s mindset which will last them through their secondary school education and into adulthood Teachers are providing lessons as part of the ‘Personal Development and Mutual Understanding’ (PDMU) curriculum to ensure children feel motivated and engaged in their daily learning. Children take part in assemblies on issues such as Healthy Eating, Healthy Living and Active Lifestyles. This helps with the acquisition of good literacy skills in Irish and English. Daily meditation and mindfulness are delivered to the children using useful apps such as “Headspace” &”Breathe Kids”. The children take part in Roots of Empathy Programme, NSPCC Keeping Safe Project and Helping Hands Project. Scheduled Yoga classes are available during after school activities. A mental health afterschool programme is currently being planned by the Gaescoil in association with Glór na Speiríní and the children will engage in the ‘Take five steps to wellbeing programme’ during the academic year.

ECO-SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND OUTDOOR LEARNING

Focusing on wellbeing builds resilience. Resilience in Gaelscoil na Speiríní is about having the ability to ask for help, an ability to communicate feelings, an enthusiasm to learn new things and to follow through on a task until it is complete. These are important life skills and if practiced from an early age they will become embedded in the

There is an Eco-school committee who have had a pivotal role in developing our Eco-School Garden and Outdoor Play Area. We are part of Ballinascreen Eco-Schools and we take part in litterpicks, planting and recycling activities, working closely with all schools in our community. The participatory approach of Eco-Schools and combination of learning makes it an ideal way for children to begin improving their local community. This enhances the children’s self-value and self-worth. This empowers young people to contribute in creating a better world for those around them.

Children are naturally curious and often ask deep questions about themselves and the nature of the world around them. We nurture a child’s skills and capabilities for life-long learning and for operating effectively in society not only from classroom set tasks but through learning outdoors. Our outdoor area provides children with one of the best environments in which to learn. As Margaret McMillan (c1925) says, ‘the best kept classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky’. In keeping with this philosophy and thanks to local support from Workspace Community Fund, Diamond Décor and Mc Auley’s Maxol Service Station for funding and kind donations, Gaelscoil na Speiríní has developed the potential for outdoor learning with a child-centred outdoor learning environment which has also been stimulated by the Eco-Schools programme. The outdoor ‘Learning through play’ activities allow children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.

acitivites. The children take part in a range of sporting competitions including hurling, football, camogie and athletics -including 100m &200m sprints, shot put, relay, longthrow and long jump. An After-schools Club is being timetabled to further enhance Athletics during this academic year. Gaelscoil na Speiríní have had great success in competitions over the years having been crowned All County Hurling Champions three years in a row. This year has been extra special as our boys won the double and were titled with All County Hurling Champions and All County Football Champions 2019! Children enjoy weekly swimming lessons for all Primary 5,6, & 7 children. Children in Rang 3/4 children during take part in the ‘Daily Mile’, a 15-20 minute walking activity. When children are engaged in physical activity during the school day their concentration and attention is more focused on the academic subjects such as Literacy and Mathematics. They become better readers, story-tellers, communicators and mathematicians in both Irish and English. We believe the promotion of good physical and mental health will have profound benefits for the children of Gaelscoil na Speiríní. Don’t miss the opportunity to reap these benefits for your child AND at the same time gain all the advantages of bilingualism!

For more information: Contact the Principal at www.gaelscoilnaspeirini.org or (028) 796 28445 or visit Gaelscoil na Speirini 82a Sixtowns Rd. Straw, BT45 7BB MUSIC AND DRAMA

In Gaelscoil na Speirini we believe If a child believes he can do well, he’s more likely to do just that. Higher self-esteem helps children perform better in all aspects of their life. In the Gaelscoil, children are encouraged to learn musical instruments and become part of the school choir. They perform during school events. Children take part in an annual drama. All of these aspects of school life promote good mental health and increase self-esteem.

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Tuairimí na bPáistí What the Children Say “I love being able to speak Irish”

My name is Mikey DoyleKennedy and I am a pupil at Gaelcholáiste Dhoire in Dungiven. This is an Irishmedium secondary school . I think it is an amazing school. The teachers are all so friendly and helpful. The pupils are also very friendly and would help you if you needed it. Attending Gaelcholáiste Dhoire makes me want to do well in school. I also love being able to speak in Irish. Mikey Doyle-Kennedy Bl 10

“I get to speak Irish every day.”

I love Gaelscoil Neachtain because I get to speak Irish and I am learning every day. I want to go to Gaelcholáiste when I’m older. Georgia Leonard R5 “We speak to each other in Irish and English”

Hi, my name is Liam and I go to Bunscoil Naomh Bríd. I have lots of friends and we speak to each other in Irish and English. The teachers are very helpful and friendly. I also love going to the Club Óige at An Carn after school. Liam Bryson R7

“I love my school.”

I love my school because I love speaking in Irish and we have smaller class sizes and get lots of attention from our teacher. Also, I love that I can have secret conversations with my friends that my mummy can’t understand. Cara Grimes R5 Is breá liom Gaelscoil Neachtain mar thig liom Gaeilge a labhairt. Beidh mé ag dul chuig Gaelcholáiste Dhoire an bhliain seo chugainn. I love Gaelscoil Neachtain because I can speak Irish. I will be going to Gaelcholáiste Dhoire next year. Arianna Leonard R7

“The best part of school is talking in Irish all day.” Tá an chuid is fearr den scoil ná Gaeilge a labhairt an lá ar fad. Tá a lán spraoi bainte leis an teanga a úsáid le mo chairde i nGaelscoil Léim an Mhada idh. Is dóigh liom gurb í an t-aon scoil i Léim an Mhadaidh a bhfuil Gaeilge mar theanga laethúil aici. Agus is é mo mhúinteoir Micheál an duine is cineálta, is cabhraí a bhfuil aithne agam air riamh. The best part of school is talking in Irish all day. It is lots of fun using a different language with my friends. I feel cool being in the only school in Limava dy that speaks Irish. Last year my teacher was Mícheál and is the kindest, most helpful person I have ever known. Shane Fyfe R6.

“Gaelcholáiste Dhoire is a really friendly school”

My name is Bobby Og Kelly and I am a year nine pupil at Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. I really like my school. The pupils from year 8 to year 12 all know each other by first name. Gaelcholáiste Dhoire is a really friendly school. I also like that my school is in a castle. Even though my school is only four years old, our school football team has won four Ulster titles in the last year alone. I am very proud of this and I hope to get a place on the team this year. I hope that going to an Irish school gives me more opportunities in the future, and I look forward to getting a job where I am able to use my Irish language every day. Bobby Óg Bl 9

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CARN TÓCHAIR / MACHAIRE RÁTHA Carntogher / Maghera

Rediscovering our heritage to build a bright future shows in 2018 were a tremendous success with exceptional talent displayed by all participants in our versions of ‘Goldilocks and the three bears,’ Annie’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Building a new Irishlanguage community

Our Language Heritage

Bunscoil Naomh Bríd equips

Carn Tóchair and the surrounding area is fortunate to have a strong connection with the Irish language. Irish was spoken as a community within the area well into the 20th Century and survived in the place names, fieldnames, family nicknames and in the local dialect. It is this strong awareness with the past, together with the strong interest in Gaelic sports, traditional music and dance that has helped the local area spearhead the revival of the language in helping the local community rediscover its native language.

their pupils with the skills and capabilities they need to progress to the next level, through positive learning experiences such as:

Global Learning Programme The school joined the Global Learning Programme (GLP) in May2017 and receives support through the provision of teacher training, guidance and resources. Pupils at GLP Schools benefit from teaching that not only helps them learn about our planet, but also enables them to contribute to creating a better world.

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Eco-School Programme Pupils participate in the ‘Eco-School Programme’ which nurtures the responsible and caring attitude that the school encourages, as part of their “Rialacha Órga Dea-iompar” (Golden Rules for Positive Behaviour.) It not only educates but also empowers the young people. As an Eco-School, pupils complete various projects under their own Eco-Schools Council, fostering environmental awareness in the whole school whilst linking to all areas of the curriculum.

In 1992, the first rural Naíscoil was established in county Derry on the grounds of Sleacht Néill GAC with just 7 pupils. Today the sector has developed beyond recognition, with 195 children attending Irishmedium education. There are two Irish-medium pre-schools in the area – Naíscoil Mhachaire Rátha (Glen Road, Maghera) and Naíscoil Charn Tóchair (Tirkane Road). Both Naíscoil provide an excellent introduction to Irish-medium education. Children from these Naíscoils can continue their education at the Irish-medium unit at Bunscoil Naomh Bríd/ St Brigid’s, Tirkane where currently 162 children are reaping the benefits of bilingualism.

Drama Drama provides our children with the opportunity not only to utilise their Irish in a fun and creative way but also to showcase their bilingual skills to their proud parents and other family members. Our Christmas

The An Carn centre provides a range of activities and events to help the young people build fluency and confidence in the language and to use their Irish outside the formal teaching environment. Activities delivered at An Carn include a weekly youth club, arts and drama, music classes, annual feis, a range of outdoor activities. There are also a wide range of bilingual activities including a parent and toddler group, adult learning classes including ‘Gaeilge don Teaghlach’ which is a unique programme created specifically for parents, intensive courses and children’s summer college. The An Coire arts building provides an important artistic venue and creative hub which

provides an opportunity for artistic expression.

A bright future The Irish language now has a very bright future within the greater Carn Tóchair / Sleacht Néill / Maghera area and the strength of this revival, together with the strong interest in Gaelic sports, traditional music and dance are helping to develop a new generation of young people and young leaders who will use this rich upbringing and experiences to be creative, confident, successful young adults. Parents of pre-school children are welcome to visit Bunscoil Naomh Bríd by appointment during the month of December. Contact the school on 02879643346 or email info@ stbrigidsps.maghera.ni.sch.uk

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TUESDAY 26TH NOV NAÍSCOIL CHARN TÓCHAIR

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FRIDAY 29TH NOV NAÍSCOIL MHACHAIRE RÁTHA

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THURSDAY 12TH DEC BUNSCOIL NAO MH BRÍD

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Ranganna Gaeilge Irish classes Activities with local schools

Baile na Scríne / Ballinascreen Every Thursday 7pm – 8.30pm at the Glór na Speiríní building. 4 levels £25. Contact Conchur on 79627703 or email conchurglor@gmail.com Dún Geimhin / Dungiven At Glór Dhún Geimhin building (formerly St Canice’s Hall). Every Tuesday: Beginners & Middle Class 2. 7-9pm. Every Thursday: Middle Class 1 & Advanced Class. 7-9pm. For more information contact Maria on 07544470986 Léim an Mhadaidh / Limavady Every Wednesday @ 7pm at Cultúrlann Léim an Mhadaidh (38 Irish Green Street Limavady formerly known as St Pat’s Hall) For more Information contact annhassan123@gmail.com

Coláiste Charn Tóchair Summer camp

Machaire Fíolta / Magherafelt Every Wednesday 7.30pm – 9pm at Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí. 4 levels. £30 for 10 weeks. Contact Siobhan 07843875192 or email siobhan2211@yahoo.co.uk An Carn Every Monday 7.30pm – 9pm at. 5 levels. £35 (Concessionary rate £30) Book online @ https://ancarn.yapsody.com/ For more information call 028 7954 9978 or email info@ancarn.org / eolas@ancarn.org Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry City Various classes available during the day and in the evening. Phone: 02871 264132 or Email: eolas@culturlann.org Blitz Uladh

Ceardaíochta Crafts

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Dianchúrsaí Intensive courses

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Feis Charn Tóchair

Grúpa tuistí agus tachrán Parent and toddler group

Turas staire History trip

Turas go hAlban Trip to Scotland

Seisiúin ceolta Music sessions

Searmanas bronnta Award ceremony

Ranganna oíche Night classes

Scéalaíocht Storytelling with Myra zepf

Lá spraoi Fun day

Ióga Yoga

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DÚN GEIMHIN Dungiven

Ó Ghlas go hAth-Ghlas at Gaelscoil Neachtain Led by Rang 4, resplendent with their merry array of musical instruments, pupils from Gaelscoil Neachtain marched, one after the other, from their school building and took up position on the pavement outside on Friday, 20th September, 2019. Supervised by staff, the Gaelscoil pupils were participating in their very own protest to raise awareness locally about the serious implications of climate change for us all. The protest was one of thousands, led by young people around the world, taking place in advance of the UN climate action summit in New York the following week. UN Secretary General António Guterres had asked world leaders to come to the summit with concrete, realistic plans to tackle the climate crisis.

skills from growing flowers and vegetables,’ said Máirín. ‘Not only do they learn about the growing process in a very practical way, they also work with others, they develop a sense of responsibility and they get to experience a real sense of achievement as their flowers or plants thrive.’

forms,’ says Múinteoir Aoife, ‘Waste paper can be used in a variety of ways during play activities as well as an extra resource for art activities. When there is no further use for the paper, it is recycled.’ During this school year, a new Gaelscoil App for School / Home communication, spearheaded by Gaelscoil governor Emma Bn. Mhic Bhloscaidh, will further reduce the use of paper. The Eco-Committee also led the way in the Zero-Waste Lunch campaign. As well as reducing waste on the Gaelscoil site, the system ensures that parents know exactly how much food their children are eating every day at school. At home, any returned food can be used in a number of ways.

‘Over recent years, our Coiste Glas / Eco-Committee has led a number of initiatives to improve the environment in both the Gaelscoil and the local community through developing life-long positive habits,’ said Aoife Ní Fhlannagáin, World Around Us Co-Ordinator at Gaelscoil Neachtain. ‘The children are increasingly, environmentally aware and are very curious about the world they live in. Participation in the Global Climate Strike, and the preparation for it, was a very practical and positive learning experience.’ Adhering to the Seven Step Process, Gaelscoil Neachtain has, in recent years, made environmentally sustainable improvements, not only in practical terms, but also in children’s outlook and habits. The

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Gaelscoil achieved the Bronze Award in 2017, the Silver Award in 2018 and is currently working towards the coveted Green Flag. ‘Participation in the climate strike was the most public of a range of on-going environmentally-positive actions being undertaken by pupils at Gaelscoil Neachtain,’ said Principal Máirín Uí Cheallaigh. ‘Our Coiste Glas / Eco-committee take their responsibilities very seriously and work with our World Around Us Co-Ordinator, Múinteoir Aoife Ní Fhlannagáin, in leading our school community to create new, realistic, environmentally-friendly habits in our daily lives.’ The Coiste Glas / Eco-Committee has led the way in paper recycling at the Gaelscoil. ‘Recycling takes different

Múinteoir Aoife has noted that children at the Gaelscoil take a particular interest in problems caused for sea-life by plastic waste. Reduction of plastic use is an ongoing target at Gaelsoil Neachtain. Plastic straws are no longer in use and initiatives planned for this year include reusable water bottles. The local council, Causeway Coast and Glens, also supports the Coiste Glas / Eco-Committee in their efforts. Council officers have provided interactive workshops at the Gaelscoil and have organised visits for the Coiste Glas to the local recycling centre. The Council also contributed resources to enable the Coiste Glas carry out ‘litter picks’ in the local community. All children at the Gaelscoil participate in growing a variety of plants and vegetables every year. ‘Children develop so many

Máirín believes that through activity based learning children develop a better understanding of how the whole of nature survives and thrives through interdependence and how people are central to this relationship. At Gaelscoil Neachtain, children develop an awareness of their place in the world around them and how their daily actions impact on their world. This really is learning for life.

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GLEANN GAELOIDEACHAS AN IOLAIR Irish-Medium Education Glenullin

Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair I ndiaidh sé bliana ar an fhód I ndiaidh sé bliana ar an fhód, is iomaí cuimhne cinn atá ag páistí na háite agus a dtuismitheoirí chomh maith ón tréimhse a chaith siad ar an Naíscoil, atá anois mar chuid lárnach den phobal. Agus foireann iontach againn a bhfuil paisean ar leith don Ghaeilge agus grá nadúrtha do pháistí acu, seomra ildáite, gleoite, agus tacaíocht leanúnach ón phobal áitiúil, tá Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair ag dul ó neart go neart. Since it was established six years ago, Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair has left many local children and parents alike with fond memories of their time spent there. The demand for Irish-mediun education in the area, and the re-awakening of interest in the language in county Derry as a whole, played a huge part in the early development of the Naíscoil. On another level, the establishment of the Naíscoil was seen as a further enrichment and empowerment of the local community. Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair is now very much a key component of the local community. In its initial year, there were 9 children in the Naíscoil,

and with financial assistance from Foras na Gaeilge, the naíscoil was able to begin developing the staff and staffing structure which would be necessary to meet both the educational and pastoral needs of the children. The Naíscoil building was extended during the summer of 2016 to facilitate the growing interest of parents in choosing Irish-medium early years education. With a great staff who have a passion for Irish and are dedicated to the children they teach, a classroom to enliven the senses and continued support from the local community, we continue to grow from strength to strength.

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GREANACHÁN Granaghan

Naíscoil Ghreanacháin - Providing high-quality early years education through Irish. Naíscoil Ghreanacháin, based at Michael Davitt’s GAC in Swatragh, first opened its doors in September 2017. A number of local parents, teachers and Irish language activists came together to form the founding committee. The initial aims of Naíscoil Ghreanacháin were to provide more high-quality pre-school places for children in the area and to meet the growing demand of parents to have their children availing of Irish-medium education based within the community. With strong support form the club and wider community we were off to a flying start. We were then fortunate enough to appoint some of the best staff in the sector. The children at Naíscoil Ghreanacháin are met every day with friendly faces and welcomed into a positive and nurturing environment. Naíscoil Ghreanacháin caters for Pre-school and Pre-preschool children who all enjoy a wide variety of activities; learning through play, developing social skills, role-playing with their peers, rhymes, songs and poems, drama, storytelling and art amongst many others. The top quality staff and lovely setting with ample indoor and outdoor space has led to the growth of the Naíscoil from 8 children in 2017 to 18 children signed up in September 2019. All of the children (so far) have come from non-Irish speaking families which hasn’t stopped the children who naturally absorb the language through daily

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interaction and immersion. The Naíscoil experience has impressed so much that parents are now leading the push for the next step in their children’s journey with IrishMedium primary education now being planned for Swatragh in the near future. Naíscoil Ghreanacháin is providing high-quality early years education for the children in the parish and has become an integral part of the wider Granaghan community. Not too long ago Irish was the language of many people in the Granaghan area and Naíscoil Ghreanacháin is helping to re-establish the language for future generations. For more information about the many benefits that Irish-Medium Education can offer to your family feel free to contact Naíscoil Ghreanacháin: Facebook: Naíscoil Ghreanacháin e-mail: naiscoil.ghreanachain@ outlook.com Malachaí: 07746930591

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Obair Bhaile Homework Addressing Homework Concerns

95% of parents who send their children to Irish-medium education do not speak Irish and their children excel within the sector. At the start of their journey through Irish-medium education many of these parents had the same concern about homework as you! How can I help my child with their homework if I cannot speak Irish? This concern quickly recedes as parents see how their child easily copes with learning through a second language.

Why Homework?

The purpose of homework within both the Irish-medium and English-medium sectors alike is to reinforce the work that the children have carried out within the classroom. Children will not be given homework on a subject that they have not already covered

within class. Homework is an important tool to help teachers find out what the children have understood within the classroom. Whilst it is very important that parents support the child in doing their homework it is also important that parents allow the child to complete their own homework so that the teacher will have a better understanding of the child’s knowledge in the subject and be able to adjust their teaching to reflect this.

Homework in the IrishMedium Sector

Parents with children just starting Gaelscoil are often anxious that they will not be able to understand their child’s homework and will not be able to help. This concern quickly recedes as parents see how their child easily copes with learning through a second language. Within Key stage 1,

What should I do to help support my child with their homework? You can support your child with their homework and learning in a range of ways including:

children will not be given an extensive amount of homework and parents will be able to see and follow exactly what they are doing in terms of building their reading and writing and maths skills. There may be the rare occasion when the child does not understand exactly what they are required to do with the homework. In this event the parent is encouraged to write a note to the teacher advising them that the child didn’t understand the question. Parents may also wish to use their child’s learning as an opportunity to learn some Irish. Whilst it would be very difficult for parents to match the learning of their children, it can be very encouraging for the child if the family can use a few phrases of Irish in the home and build on this over time. There are opportunities across County Derry for parents wishing to improve their Irish.

“I have to admit I was concerned about homework” If someone had asked me years ago if I would ever send my child to a school that taught in a language that I didn’t speak or understand I would have been horrified at the idea and answered no. So why do I now have 4 sons attending Irish-medium education? When my first born was nursery age we decided to send him to Naíscoil na Speiríní – after all it was only a preschool and he would only be there a couple of hours a day. We felt it didn’t matter that we didn’t speak the language, after all how much Irish can a 3 year old pick up (or so we thought!). He was speaking Irish at home within a couple of weeks! When we were choosing a primary school I have to admit I had my concerns about homework – how could I help with homework if I didn’t understand the language? After much deliberation and wise words from someone who said “you know you can always take him out if you’re not happy but you can’t change your mind in a few years and put him into a Gaelscoil” we enrolled him in Gaelscoil na Speiríní. He is now in Year 10 at Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. Homework should never be in the equation when deciding on Irish-medium education. I have a niece in England (the same age as one of my sons) and my sister constantly complains about having to help her with her homework. I have never complained about homework as I can’t help my sons. Homework is a reflection of what has been taught that day in school and if the children can’t do it then the teacher will know and will go over it with them the next day until they understand it 100%. We are delighted that we choose Irish-medium education for our 4 boys and that the 2 eldest are now at Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. Loretta Doyle-Kennedy.

• D eveloping a homework routine for your child and ensuring that they adopt a methodical approach to doing their homework • E nsuring that your child is afforded peace and quiet to complete their homework without any distractions • M ake sure that your child has completed their homework and sign their homework diary • T ake an interest in your child’s homework and praise your child for good comments • S peak to the teacher if you have any concerns about your child’s homework. • E nsure that your child has a good life routine, regular bedtime and is well rested—this will contribute positively to their learning within the classroom, their homework and their general well-being • F oster a culture of learning and encourage children to take an interest in the world around them • T alk to your child in English about the topics and subjects they are learning through Irish. This is known as “translanguaging” and actually helps the child build a deeper understanding of their subjects. • E ncourage reading in either language. By reading to your child and gradually encouraging them to read for themselves you are supporting and developing their learning skills generally.

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LÉIM AN MHADAIDH Limavady

Gaeloideachas ag dul ó neart go neart i Léim an Mhadaidh Irish-medium education going from strength to strength in Limavady

Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh has witnessed a dramatic increase in pupil numbers since its inception in September 2010. The gaelscoil which started with 6 pupils now has 102 pupils this academic year, with 22 in Rang 1 (an increase of 1600%!). Our school is renowned for the standard and frequency of spoken Irish amongst the pupils. We are also renowned for our children’s confidence and their attainment in Irish and English at Key Stage 2, with many pupils winning prizes in public speaking and speech and drama throughout their time here. We are very much a community school and value our parents and school community very much. We ‘re very much like one big family. Naíscoil Léim an Mhadaidh opened in 2008 and moved to a new building in September 2013 which now enables us to provide 24 places for children every year. The school day runs from 08.50-11.50 with a phased induction for new entrants every year to help the children settle in. A qualified supervisor and two nursery assistants strive to create a stimulating Irish language learning environment where every child has

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the opportunity to develop their full potential physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through the medium of Irish. The staff create a well-organised and inviting learning environment both indoors and outdoors. We keep well informed by a monthly newsletter which is produced in both Irish and in English. We are delighted to say that we received a fantastic inspection report from ETI in October 2018.

Clár Tus Maith (3yr old programme) The Naíscoil runs a very popular programme for those children who are 3 years old and just missed out on a pre-school place. The programme runs two afternoons a week, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1.30pm till 3.30 pm until the end of May 2020. The programme costs £2.50 per session. The programme offers basic early learning skills through art/drama/music and sport (physical activity) and is a great introduction to school life.

Testimonies: “Sending Conor to Gaelscoil was the best decision I have made. His difference in confidence is amazing. He has grown from the tearful shy little boy that once started to now. It’s like a big family and all the staff go over and above to ensure the best for each individual child.”- Rang 5 parent “My sons are in Rang 2 and Rang 6, so our family have been part of the school for a few years now. The Gaelscoil is a community, the staff are so friendly and the teachers are amazing. They have brought confidence into my children and fun into every aspect of learning. Choosing Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh for my children has been the best decision we have made for them, and I would choose them every time if I had to do it over. It is a gift to see happy, healthy bilingual kids that have an amazing start in their lives. Extremely grateful mum, go raibh maith agat Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh. “ “I am originally from Wales and having experienced first-hand the enrichment and advantages that bilingualism brings, I decided to investigate the Irish-medium education options in the Limavady area. My wife and I are both teachers by trade and so the quality of education and academic rigour was as important to us as the language of instruction. We were pleased to find Naíscoil Léim An Mhadaidh and from our very first initial contact with the Naíscoil we have been absolutely delighted - the staff exemplify excellence and compassion. After a wonderfully caring Naíscoil experience, Patrick is now in R1 in the Gaelscoil and we could not be happier. Our early experiences of Irish medium education in the Limavady area have been quite simply superb. Thank you, Naíscoil Léim An Mhadaidh.” Dale Kruse. “There are no words to really sum up how wonderful this Naíscoil is. It is an extension of the family where the girls helped our Son to learn, grow and flourish through their care and kindness. We are eternally thankful. And all this in the medium of Irish!!!!! #asgoodasitevercanget!!!” Lisa McCann

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THURSDAY 28TH NOV NAÍSCOIL AGUS GAELSCOIL LÉIM AN MHADAIDH 6.30P.M.

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Ceisteanna le Freagraí Tuistí Parents answer your questions Q. As a parent or primary carer must I be able to speak Irish? “Neither myself nor my husband speak Irish and it has been never been a problem for my children going to Naíscoil through to Gaelcholáiste. I did attend classes so I could use some Irish at home with my children but it isn’t necessary to learn the language. The children get lots of opportunities to use spoken Irish at school and at social activities outside of school, particularly at An Carn.” Sinead McNamee Q. I didn’t send my child to a Naíscoil can I still send my child to an Irish-medium primary School? “My first child didn’t attend Naíscoil but when it came to the decision about primary education we wanted to consider all our options. After attending the open day at Gaelscoil Neachtain and speaking to some of the staff I felt reassured that an Irishmedium school would be a great choice. After my daughter started the Gaelscoil, I was still worried that she would have difficulty picking up the language. That October I sat in the class and was delighted to see how well Scarlett fitted in and how much Irish she could understand. Scarlett is now in Rang 4 and Finvola in Rang 3. We could not be happier with our choice for our children to learn through Irish.” Roisin O’Hara

Q. Will my child’s English education suffer if he attends an Irish-medium school? “I have 5 children, 3 attending Gaelscoil Neachtain and 2 attending Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. In our experience, English just came as a natural progression. They had acquired the skills for recognising and sounding out words using phonics just like any other child in the country. It does not matter what language they are reading in, they are recognising and sounding out words. My children have two words for everything and in turn two ways of looking at things. In today’s pressured society that will only stand to benefit them. Every child is different and all learn at their own pace and level. In our experience, the idea that there is any negative impact on English by going through Irish-medium education is totally untrue.” Sinead Gallagher

Q. How can I help my child with homework if I cannot speak Irish? “Even though I don’t speak Irish we have never had a problem with homework as the homework is always a revision of what was done in class that day. If you ever have any concerns the teachers are always available, a little note to the teacher and any issues are quickly resolved.” Kim Ferris Q. Are you happy you choose Irish-medium education for your children? “My husband and I have very little Irish but the idea that our children could attend a Gaelscoil and learn to speak their native language was both exciting and daunting. We were obviously anxious that we would not be able to help our children with their homework. However, we were pleasantly surprised at how naturally and quickly they grasped the language. Learning through the medium of Irish without Irish at home helped them become more independent learners. We are extremely glad that we gave them the opportunity to attend Irishmedium education.” Andrea McGonigle

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MACHAIRE FÍOLTA Magherafelt

Deich mbliana ag fás agus naíscoil nua! Tá Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí ag ceiliúradh deich mbliana ar an fhód i mbliana. Is mar gheall ar thiomántas agus dhíograis na dtuismitheoirí, na ngobharnóirí agus na foirne a bhfuil an scoil ag dul ó neart go neart. Tá anois 145 dalta ar an rolla don naíscoil agus don scoil araon. Cuireadh fáilte ar leith roimh phaistí a tháinig isteach go Rang 1 ó Naíscoil na Fíobha i mbliana fosta. Ábhar ceiliúrtha eile a bheidh ann don scoil nuair a osclófar naíscoil úr nua ag deireadh na míosa seo. Beidh eispéireas agus timpeallacht níos fearr foghlama ann do na páistí naíscoile agus beidh seans ag a thuilleadh páistí agus a. dteaghlaigh tairbhe a bhaint as oideachas dhátheangach. Leanfaidh an scoil ar aghaidh leis an Oideachas Comhroinnte le

Magherafelt PS, Family Spires PS agus Holy Family PS. Leanfar ar aghaidh leis an tionscadal Roots of Empathy agus beidh tús curtha le grúpa traidisiúnta sa scoil - tá fáilte roimh uirlisí ceoil ar bith nach bhfuil gá leo níos mó! Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí is this year celebrating 10 years since eight children first came through its doors. The school has gone from

strength to strength as a result of the commitment and dedication of parents, governors and staff and now has 145 pupils on roll in the nursery and the school. A special welcome was given to the children from Naíscoil na Fíobha, Toome who joined the Rang 1 class this year. There will be another reason for celebration at the beginning of next month when a fabulous new nursery will open. This new accommodation will allow for a more pleasant learning environment and experience for the children and we look forward to seeing many more children and their families enjoying the benefits of a bilingual education. 2019-20 will see Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí continue with the very successful Shared Education partnership with Magherafelt PS, Family Spires PS and Holy PS. The school will also continue with the Roots of Empathy programme and is developing a traditional music group - any unwanted instruments are welcome!

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You too can learn Irish and have a major impact on your child’s learning! Dealing with key events and situations during a family’s day, this attractive resource provides: Keys phrases E xercises to help you learn & practice S ongs and rhymes to reinforce learning A sound file to aid pronunciation. Thinking of running Irish classes for parents? This book will provide a structured approach for the facilitator and a fantastic resource for the parents to keep. Facilitators available if required – email mary@naiscoil.org

Available from: Siopa an Carn, Tirkane Road, Maghera – Online and in-store www.siopaancarn.com/irishlearners Tel. 028 7954 9978 An Ceathrú Póilí, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast www.anceathrupoili.com/en Tel: 028 9032 2811 An Siopa Leabhar, Dublin www.siopaleabhar.com/tairge/ Tel: +353 (0) 1 478 3814 Conradh na Gaeilge Charn Tóchair mary@naiscoil.org For orders of 10 or more copies

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“Provide an educational hich community w is fun and embraces diversity.” Declan Leung

“When we decided to send our daughter to “Our 3 children Naíscoil in 2007 we had no idea of are thriving in the relaxed friendly the exciting environment.” journey she had ahead!” Adrian

“Our dau gh a fantastic ter had y Naíscoil - ear at a year full of fun & whilst nat play ura learning t lly Irish lang he uage.” Lara Walsh

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Ag iarraidh tuilleadh eolais? Déan teagmháil le do Naíscoil / Gaelscoil áitiúil. Interested in finding out more? Contact your local Naíscoil / Gaelscoil. Naíscoil Mhachaire Rátha Bóthar an Ghleanna Machaire Rátha Glen Road, Maghera Tel: 028 7964 5013 Naíscoil Charn Tóchair Tír Chiana, Machaire Rátha Tirkane, Maghera Tel: 028 7964 3403 Naíscoil na Speiríní Bóthar na Sé Bhaile Baile Na Scríne Sixtowns Road Ballinascreen Tel: 028 7962 7797 Naíscoil Ghreanacháin Bóthar Gharbhachaidh Garvagh Road, Swatragh Tel: 07512179066

Naíscoil an tSeanchaí Ascaill na Banríona Machaire Fíolta Queens Avenue Magherafelt Tel: 028 7963 4663

Naíscoil Léim an Mhadaidh Sraid na hEaglaise Léim an Mhadaidh Church Street, Limavady Tel: 078 2174 9262

Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh Sraid na hEaglaise Léim an Mhadaidh Church Street, Limavady Tel: 028 7772 2210

Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair Bóthar an Chorraigh Mhóir, Gleann an Iolair Curraghmore Road Glenullin Tel: 078 1531 9573

Gaelscoil na Speiríni Bóthar na Sé Bhaile Baile na Scríne Sixtowns Road Ballinascreen Tel: 028 7962 8445

Gaelscoil Neachtain Bóthar an tSéipéil Dún Geimhin Chapel Road, Dungiven Tel: 028 7774 2529

Naíscoil Neachtain Bóthar Gharbhachaidh Dún Geimhin Garvagh Road, Dungiven Tel: 028 7774 0472

Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí Sráid an Tionóil Machaire Fíolta Meeting Street Magherafelt Tel: 028 7930 0532

Craobh Charn Tóchair

Gaelcholáiste Dhoire Dungiven Castle 145 Main Street Dungiven Tel: 028 7774 1015 Rí-phost/email eolas@gaelcholaistedhoire.com www.gaelcholaistedhoire.com Photo by Denis Hegarty

Bunscoil Naomh Bríd Tír Chiana, Machaire Rátha Tirkane Road, Maghera Tel: 028 7964 3346 For further information: eolas@naiscoil.org www.naiscoil.org www.comhairle.org


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