‘There’s a real Gaelic vibe about the place’: why Synge Street School switched to Irish

Five years ago, Synge Street Primary School in Dublin 8 came up with a unique plan to increase student numbers. The inner-city South is no longer overrun with young families, and most of those who stay want a mixed school that starts with babies. Synge Street at the time catered only to boys in grades two through six – a traditional setting that was no longer in vogue.

It has been educating boys since 1864, but the former crown jewel of the Christian Brothers’ schools is struggling to fill its classrooms. The Board of Directors found that much of the local demand had shifted to the average Irish education. Gaelscoileanna in the wider area has a long waiting list so the school made a proposal to the Department of Education: an all-Irish co-teaching stream would run alongside boys’ classrooms.Synge Street was given the green light, becoming one of the first English-speaking schools to switch to an Irish teaching method. The new Sruth’s Ghaeilge was launched in September 2017 with 14 babies and more classes were added each year. About 54 students are enrolling for a place, or third grade, with about 20 others expected to join next school year.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/theres-a-real-gaelic-vibe-about-the-place-why-synge-street-school-has-switched-to-irish-41435628.html ‘There’s a real Gaelic vibe about the place’: why Synge Street School switched to Irish

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