30.4.18 I am pleased to announce that, following meetings with Gaelic parents, the Area Officers and our Parent Council Chairperson, Gaelic Medium education will re-commence in Glenurquhart Primary as of the start of the 2018-19 school session on 21st August.
Kirsty MacVicar, previously Acting Head Teacher at BSGI, will join us on a 23 month secondment as the class teacher. Ms Walker (new Acting Head Teacher at BSGI), Mrs MacVicar and I are liaising on a transition return for the pupils who are currently bused to the Inverness provision. At the moment, we are planning for transport to cease as of Friday 15th June. The children will then have the last 2 weeks of this term here, in order to familiarise themselves into their new environment, along with Mrs MacVicar.
Mrs MacVicar and I, along with staff and parents, have begun planning the work required in the school; and our Gaelic Education Officer and Gaelic Resources Assistant within the area offices are available to support as required. We are keen to maintain links with BSGI and to explore links with other Gaelic Medium provisions.
I’m sure you will join me in welcoming back this provision to Glenurquhart Primary and supporting the return of the children and a warm welcome to Mrs MacVicar.
GAELIC LEARNING AT GLENURQUHART PRIMARY
Learning Gaelic contributes to learners’ wider education and life experience.
Language lies at the centre of our thinking and learning and our pupils have the opportunity to be taught completely in Gaelic.
There is no need for pupils to speak Gaelic at home as our pupils are taught new vocabulary, words and phrases, have stories read to them etc all in Gaelic.
The Gaelic Medium Teacher is happy to share resources and information with families and regularly sends home lists of vocabulary the children are learning. At the early stages, all reading and writing is completed in Gaelic and it is only when pupils reach the P4 stage that they begin to read and write in English.
Gaelic Medium Education is provided for pupils in P1, P2, P3 and P4 therefore pupils will be in a multi composite class. Pupils are taught by an experienced GM teacher who provides excellent support to families with materials in Gaelic to help with day to day activities.
Pupils are also supported by 10 hours of Pupil Support Assistant time weekly and CCR cover is provided weekly for the class teacher.
In P4, pupils are taught to read and write in English medium as well as in Gaelic.