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Gaelscoil an Chaistil Primary School, Ballycastle


The majority of parents who decide to send their children to Gaelic-medium schools don’t speak Gaelic.  It is important to remember that parents, regardless of whether or not they speak Gaelic, can have a huge positive impact on their child’s learning. If you transfer a positive attitude towards learning, no matter what language you speak to your child they will excel in our school.  Our school will help you with the ‘Opening Doors Programme’, a special programme which is designed to facilitate parents without Gaelic to play a positive role in their child’s learning.  “Using a few phrases with the child in Gaelic sends a message beyond the words themselves.  Using some Gaelic sends the message to the child that ‘we value this language, this culture’ and from that their education and development as bilingual Gaelic and English speakers”

(Colin Baker: A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism 2007)

YES. It will impact positively on the quality of your child’s English. Research has shown that high quality of immersion education in most cases will enhance English language development. (Bournot-Trites and Tellowitz 2002).

YES! It is estimated that between 60 and 75 percent of the world is bilingual, and bilingual education is a common educational approach used throughout the world in countries such as Canada, Australia, Finland, Hungary, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Scotland and in many other countries.