Pupils are immersed in the Irish language and the class teacher speaks Irish to the pupils from their first day. Hence the infant class years are of great importance. Pupils acquire the language in a natural context. They are encouraged to use Irish and are praised and rewarded appropriately. Awards include Glór na Seachtaine trophies, prizes, stickers and treats.
All subjects are taught through the medium of Irish, with the exception of English.
The teacher is the main source of Irish for the pupils. Irish is also the language of communication in the Gaelscoil and is not limited to teaching subjects.
Two principles of education are employed in relation to the teaching of Irish:
Total Immersion – Pupils are completely immersed in the Irish language. Pupils acquire the language both formally and informally throughout the school day.
Child-centred learning – Pupils’ acquisition of the language is centred on their own knowledge, understanding levels and environment.
Pupil progress is monitored in class as well as in the yard and on school outings. They are encouraged to use Gaeilge as their language of communication throughout the school day.
Irish as part of school life
As the language of communication within the school, Irish is used by staff/ pupils – in class, school yard, school surrounds as well as on school outings / activities. Parents/guardians are encouraged to use Irish both at home and in the school environs. School notes and monthly newsletters are produced in both Irish and English. Members of the Board of Management and Parents Council are encouraged to communicate through the medium of Irish.