New pilot scheme a hit with students

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:22

Head girl Sorcha Ní Chonbhuí with Marie Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill from TG4.

TV presenter Máire-Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill was at Loreto in Bray for the launch of 'Gaelbhratach,' a new Irish language scheme for schools.

The girls and their guests celebrated the launch with lively music, dancing and the appearance of the energetic and inspiring Wicklow band 'Mo Hat, Mo Gheansai.'

Siún Ni Dhuinn from Conradh na Gaeilge also spoke about the benefits of the pilot scheme.

Some pupils from St. Patrick's Boys National School in Foxrock also attended on the day and are participating in Gaelbhratach.

The new scheme promotes the use of conversational Irish through active engagement, language awareness and supporting the communicative approach to teaching Irish.

The idea is to make sure that Irish becomes a community language within the school as well as just the classroom.

Gael-Linn will run the scheme for primary schools and Conradh na Gaeilge for secondary schools.

Participating schools are awarded a 'Gaelbhratach' flag if the aims of the scheme are achieved, in recognition of their hard work in promoting the use of the Irish language as a living language. or

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