Gaelscoil an Chaistil is celebrating this week after the great success of their Primary 7 pupils in GCSE Irish exams.
At age 11, some five years before they would be expected to sit their GCSEs, the children achieved 3 A*s 6 As and a B.
Brídín Ní Dhonnghaile, Principal of the school said: “We are once again delighted with the results. Since deciding to study for the GCSE Irish in Rang 7 (Primary 7) some years back, we have been delighted with the results. The GCSE is now a central part of our teaching process, not just for its own sake, but for the processes and skills that our children acquire and fine tune in preparing for an important exam. The whole process gives the pupils an insight into the work that lies ahead of them at post primary.
“I believe education is a holistic process, with skill sets acquired in learning processes being able to be transferred to another. This has been the case with studying for GCSE at age 11 as it actually improves the students’ approach and maturity in all areas of the curriculum be that English, Maths or Science.”
Gaelscoil an Chaistil also had a further celebration with the pupils who had transferred to post primary schools in Ballycastle, Coleraine and Belfast, also achieving wonderful AS Irish results. The results were all the more impressive as many of students were still only in year 9 and 10.
Brídín said “Many of our past pupils once again achieved fantastic grades in their AS Irish exams this year and as usual some of them came back to the Gaelscoil to celebrate their success with us. I am truly delighted and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate their post primary teachers and schools who have continued to support their development in the language and in their education in general.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our past pupils who did so well in all their subjects at GCSE, AS and A Level and wish them ádh mór (good luck) in their continuing education at school and in a range of university degree courses and vocational studies. Maith sibh uilig!”