Hallowe’en treats for Gaelscoil

Gaelscoil na Daroige pupils get into the Hallowe'en spirit. (1810BM10)

Gaelscoil na Daroige pupils get into the Hallowe'en spirit. (1810BM10)

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Ballymagroarty’s Irish-Medium primary school will be celebrating the ancient Gaelic festival of “Samhain” in style this year.

Gaelscoil na Daróige has been invited to a special Halloween Céilí hosted by Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in Buncrana, and to add to the revelry, the Gaelscoil children will attend a fancy dress disco in the evening back home in Derry. The Céilí in Buncrana on the 24th will be held during the day, followed by the disco at 6- 8pm in the evening in Ballymagroarty.

“This will be an exciting day for the children as they will get to mix with lots of other children who have Irish in a different setting in Buncrana and they will get a chance to try out diverse dancing moves from traditional to modern!” explained Oisín Mac Eo, Principal of Gaelscoil na Daróige.

“Each year we like to celebrate “Samhain”, a uniquely Gaelic festival, in a special way and this year we are laying on lots of treats for the pupils. For the parents and school community, we are also have a fundraising quiz in Rafter’s, Ballymagroarty on Saturday, October 19 at 9.00pm. The quiz will be hosted by the ‘Scare-Meister!’. This is a great social event for parents and friends of our growing Gaelscoil.”

“The Irish-medium school sector remains a fast growing education sector across County Derry,” explained Aodán Mac Shéafraidh, Advisory Officer, with Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (The Council for Irish-medium education).

“The fact that so many parents are now choosing bilingual education for their children shows that parents are beginning to recognise the significant advantages of giving their children the chance to have two languages at an early age. Recent research shows that there is a critical window for language and cognitive development, which is between two and four years of age. Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na Daróige provide a bilingual education to children in the area, giving them the opportunity to develop these skills at the right time.

“The Inspectorate here in the North has found that these skills are transferable across the curriculum. There is a great sense of spirit and pride in the Gaelscoil in Ballymagroarty and this adds to the children’s educational experience. Children feel good about themselves because they can speak their own language and this form of education contributes to self-esteem, confidence and tolerance of other languages and cultures.”

“The good news for parents is that there are now places available at our pre-school, Naíscoil na Daróige for 2014. To enrol your child please contact Naíscoil na Daróige on 028 71371414. For further information on Irish-medium education contact Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta on 02890 321475 or e-mail eolas@comhairle.org.