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What are the benefits of an Irish language secondary level school?

We believe that parents and students should have another choice, a local choice, when choosing a secondary school. Creidimid gur cheart go mbeadh rogha eile, rogha áitiúl, ag tuismitheoirí agus iad ag roghnú iarbhunscoil.

CAD IAD NA BUNTÁISTÍ LE HIARBHUNSCOIL LÁN-GHAEILGE?

Parents currently have a choice between a large number of community schools, community colleges, multi-denominational schools and private fee paying schools in the catchment area but they still do not have the option of an Irish language education. Tá neart coláistí pobail, pobalscoileanna, scoileanna ilchreidmheacha agus scoileanna príobháideacha le táille mar rogha ag tuismitheoirí sa scoilcheantar ach fós níl oideachas lán-Ghaeilge mar rogha acu. Image result for gaeloideachas Both international and Irish based studies have consistently demonstrated the many benefits to a child’s education when taught through second language. These benefits include:
  • Enhanced academic achievements
  • Higher levels of reading and writing in both Irish and English than the national average
  • Greater tolerance of other cultures
  • Improved reading skills in bilingual children in  both languages
The benefit of a local Gaelcholaiste would spread far beyond the student body and their families. Tá sé léirithe ag taighde idirnáisiúnta agus ag taighde in Éirinn go bhfuil iliomad buntáistí ann d’oideachas an pháiste nuair a dhéantar teagasc sa dara theanga. Roinnt buntáistí ná:
  • Buanna acadúla méadaithe
  • Leibhéil níos airde ná an meán naisiúnta sa léamh agus sa scríobh i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla
  • Caoinfhulaingt cultúir eile níos fearr
  • Forbairt ar scileanna léitheoireachta sa dá theanga i bpáistí dátheangacha
Bheadh buntáistí iarbhunscoile lán-Ghaeilge le brath níos forleithne ná i measc phobal na scoile agus na dteaghlach amháin. Such a facility serves as a  focal point in the community for promotion of Irish in every day life (even just a cúpla focal) as well as celebrating our traditional and modern “Irishness” with everyone in our community from all backgrounds, nationalities and cultures working together to keep our national language alive for generations to follow.

Daltaí Choláiste na Tulchann ag buaadh le fostaithe na Comhairle

Cruthaíonn áis mar seo pointe lárnach sa phobal do chur chun cinn na teanga i saol laethúil na ndaoine (fiú le cúpla focal a úsáid). Cruthaíonn sé deis  dúinn ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar ár dtraidisiún agus ár bhféiniúlacht nua leis an bpobal ar fad, ó gach cúlra, náisiún agus cultúr, ag obair le chéile lenár dteanga naisiúnta a choinneáil beo do na glúnta amach romhainn. 

Daltaí Choláiste na Tulchann i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhláinséir ag tabhairt faoi cheardlann don chódú

Irish language secondary schools academic success speaks for itself

Rath na n-iarbhunscoileanna lán-Ghaeilge léirithe sna torthaí acadúla

In this year’s Sunday Times survey of secondary schools, 721 schools were ranked based on the percentage of leaving cert students continuing into third level education.  36 of these were Irish language schools. Sa Sunday Times i mbliana, rangaíodh 721 scoil de réir líon na ndaltaí ardteistiméireachta a lean ar aghaidh chuig oideachas tríú leibhéal. Ba scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge 36 díobh seo.
Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ in Limerick was ranked no.1 in Ireland above all English medium schools. 60% of the pupils in this school came from English speaking primary schools. Rangaíodh Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ mar uimhir 1 sa tír os comhair na scoileanna Béarla ar fad. Tháinig 60% de dhaltaí na scoile seo ó bhunscoil Béarla. Three of the Top 10 overall schools in Ireland were Gaelcholaistí – the other seven were fee paying private schools. Ba Ghaelcholáistí trí chinn den deich scoil is fearr in Éirinn- ba scoileanna príobháideacha le táille an seacht scoil eile. Gaelcholaisti topped the lists in Leinster (Colaiste Iosagain), Munster (Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ), Connaught (Colaiste na Coirbe) and Ulster (Colaiste Ailigh). D’éirigh le Gaelcholáiste barr an liosta a shroicheadh i gCúige Laighean (Colaiste Íosagáin), Cúige Mumhan (Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ), Cúige Chonnacht (Coláiste na Coirbe) agus Cuige Uladh (Coláiste Ailigh). The top five co-educational schools in the country are all Irish language schools. Is scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge iad an cúig scoil comhoideachais is fearr sa tír.

Our Goal

We aim to successfully persuade the Department of Education to adequately meet the needs of our area through the establishment of a Gaelcholaiste by 2017/18 to cater for the many students in the area who wish to continue their education through the medium of Irish. Tá sé mar aidhm againn cur ina luí ar an Roinn Oideachais freagairt do riachtanais an cheantair agus Gaelcholáiste a bhunú faoi 2017/18 le freastail ar an iliomad páistí áitiúla a theastaíonn uathu leanúint leis an oideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge.

ACHIEVING OUR GOAL – AN AIDHM A CHUR I GCRÍCH

We will be submitting a proposal to the Department of Education outlining why the establishment of a Gaelcholaiste is important for our children and our locality. Critical to this we will seek to impress on the Department of Education that this is a broadly based proposal that has the backing of all sections of our community. Beimid ag cur aighneacht os comhair an Roinn Oideachais ina gcuirfear síos ar na cúiseanna go bhfuil tábhacht le Gaelcholáiste dár bpáistí agus ár gceantar. Tá sé tábhachtach dúinn go léirímid don Roinn Oideachais gur aighneacht leathan í seo le tacaíocht ó chuile chuid den phobal. We aim do this by collecting expressions of interest from as many families as possible interested in their children attending a local Irish medium secondary school  or who would simply like to have the choice of a local Gaelcholaiste for their children. Tá sé i gceist againn tacaíocht an phobail a léiriú trí fhoirmeacha léiriú suime a bhailiú ón líon is mó clainne agus gur féidir. Tá an fhoirm ann d’éinne gur mian leo a bpáistí a chur chuig iarbhunscoil lán-Ghaeilge áitiúil nó gur mian leo rogha a bheith ann a bpáistí a chur ag Gaelcholáiste. Others may express an interest purely to see the many other cultural and educational benefits a Gaelcholaiste would bring to the wider community. D’fhéadfadh daoine eile suim a léiriú díreach toisc na buntáistí cultúrtha agus oideachasúla eile a thiocfadh ón nGaelcholáiste sa cheantar.

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