Monday 19 March 2018

Irish language stream on way at Community School

Gorey Community School principal, Michael Finn
Gorey Community School principal, Michael Finn

GOREY Community School is to introduce an Irish stream next year, where one class will have most of their subjects taught through Irish.

Gorey already has a very successful Gaelscoil, but if pupils wish to continue their education through Irish, their closest Meanscoileanna are Enniscorthy or Arklow.

Gorey Community School Principal Michael Finn said he'd been hoping to introduce an Irish language stream for some time. 'We'll initially introduce for Junior Cycle, but my hope would be to continue it on to Leaving Cert level,' he said.

Thirty places in first year will initially be offered, but Michael said if he gets as many as 50 applications he should be able to establish two classes.

He said the Irish stream will study the main subjects such as English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Science, PE, CSPE, and SPHE, through Irish, while their optional subjects such as Woodwork, Art, Classical Studies, and Music, will be done through English. 'They will mix with the mainstream classes for these subjects,' which is good,' commented Michael.

The Irish class will be open not only to Gaelscoil pupils, but also any other students who wish to study through Irish.

He said the Irish stream students will have access to all of the amenities and activities at the school. They won't be monitored to ensure they speak Irish outside the classroom, but they will be expected to use Irish in the classroom.

Two years ago, the school established a relationship with Coláiste na Rinne in Waterford, and every year, more than 100 first year students go to the Coláiste for three weekends.

Applications for next year's first year in Gorey Community School open on Monday, October 14, and close on Friday, November 29, at 4 p.m. A total of 240 places will be available next year, including the 30 Irish places.

Niamh O'Sullivan, Acting Principal of Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ Guaire, said this is a 'fantastic opportunity for pupils to continue with their education through Irish in Gorey.

She said that a lot of last year's class went to Gorey Community School. There are currently 20 sixth class pupils in the 250 pupil Gaelscoil.

'Gorey Community School has fantastic facilities and this is an opportunity for pupils to get the best of both worlds, when there isn't a Meanscoil in the town,' she said.

Niamh said there are also plans in Courtown for an Irish language pre-school.

Gorey Guardian