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Treas Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ainmichte Na Gàidhealtachd Air A Fosgladh - Highland's 3rd Dedicated Gaelic School Is Opened

16th April 2018

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Chomharraich sgoilearan, pàrantan agus luchd-obrach toiseach teirm an t-samhraidh an-diugh (Diluain 16 Giblean 2018) aig Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh a chaidh fhosgladh às ùr.

Bha an cùmhnant togail mar phàirt de phrògram tasgadh calpa iomlan ann an co-bhann ri Riaghaltas na h-Alba, a' gabhail a-steach rathad inntrigidh ùr chun na sgoile, agus ath-leasachadh air seann togalach Ostail Eilginn gus àite-còmhnaidh ùr a chruthachadh do sgoilearan Àrd-Sgoil Phort Rìgh.

Thuirt an Comhairliche Andrew Baxter, Cathraiche Comataidh Cùraim, Ionnsachaidh agus Taigheadais Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd: "'S e latha eachdraidheil a tha seo airson na Gàidhlig anns a' Ghàidhealtachd agus anns an Eilean Sgitheanach a tha aig cridhe na Gàidhlig. Faodaidh Comann nam Pàrant Phort Rìgh, a rinn iomairt fhada airson sgoil Ghàidhlig, a bhith moiteil dha-rìribh às na choilean iad agus tha Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd moiteil cuideachd."

Chuir Bill Alexander, Stiùiriche a' Chùraim agus an Ionnsachaidh aig Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd fàilte air fosgladh Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh, agus e ag ràdh: "Tha 173 leanabh a' frithealadh treas sgoil Ghàidhlig ainmichte na roinne. Tha seo a' taisbeanadh gu soilleir dealas leantainneach na Comhairle do bhith a’ leasachadh cànan na Gàidhlig bhon a dh’fhosgail sinn Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis ann an 2007 agus Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar ann an 2015."

Thòisich ceud is trithead sgoilear bun-sgoile an teirm ùr aig Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh agus tha 40 leanabh a’ frithealadh na sgoil-àraich.

Pupils, parents and teachers celebrated the start of the summer term today (Monday 16 April 2018) at the newly opened Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh - Portree Gaelic Primary School.

The construction contract was part of an overall capital investment programme in conjunction with the Scottish Government including the formation of a new access road to the school, and refurbishment of the former Elgin Hostel building to create a new pupil residence for Portree High.

Councillor Andrew Baxter Chair of Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: "This is a historic day for the development of the Gaelic language in the Highlands and the Gaelic heartland of Skye. Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh who campaigned long for a Gaelic school can be very proud of this momentous achievement as Highland Council is also."

Bill Alexander Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning welcomed the opening of Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh, he said: "173 children are attending Highland’s third dedicated Gaelic school in the region. This clearly demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to the development of the Gaelic language since we opened Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis in 2007 and Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar in 2015."

One hundred and thirty Primary pupils started the new term at Portree Gaelic School and 40 children are attending nursery.

In the Highland council area there are 21 nurseries, 21 primary schools and 13 secondary schools educating 1294 pupils in Gaelic.

Two other fully Galic primary schools are in Fort William and Inverness.

School areas with primaries providing Gaelic Medium Education.

Acharacle, Lochaber

Bonar Bridge, Sutherland

Broadford, Isle of Skye

Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis

Craighill, Tain

Dingwall, Ross-shire

Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

Fort William, Lochaber

Gairloch, Wester Ross


Kilmuir, Isle of Skye


Mallaig, Lochaber

Millbank, Nairn



Portree, Isle of Skye

Sleat, Isle of Skye

Staffin, Isle of Skye

Mount Pleasant, Thurso, Caithness

Tongue, Sutherland


Secondary Schools -

Alness Academy

Ardnamurchan High

Charleston Academy

Culloden Academy

Dingwall Academy

Farr High

Gairloch High

Inverness Royal Academy

Lochaber High School

Millburn Academy

Plockton High School

Portree High School

Ullapool High

Gaelic medium education (G.M.E. or GME; Scottish Gaelic: Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig) is a form of education in Scotland that allows pupils to be taught primarily through the medium of Scottish Gaelic, with English being taught as the secondary language.


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