Gaelscoil

(8 Posts)
Amber76 Wed 21-Sep-16 16:14:27

Hi
We're moving to an area where it seems like the best school is the gaelscoil. My irish is really poor. Anyone here have a child in a gaelscoil? How do you find helping them with their homework?

KanyesVest Thu 22-Sep-16 17:46:13

My kids don't go there, but from friends who do have children in our local Gael scoil, there are lessons for parents to help them brush up on whatever Irish they have. Might be worth checking if yours offers something similar.

Radyward Mon 03-Oct-16 21:54:37

Don't do it !!! I did and tg I copped on to myself and moved DS out after junior infants.
They do not suit a housr where both parents are working .The homework is a fudging nightmare. We aren't even religious and the rate he was going he was never going to know about the loaves and fishes. Times tables are way harder and it's hardcore . I hated every minute of our time in it . All texts in irish from school .at the parent teacher meeting it's was in annoyance they conducted it through English.
We are now in an English school . Homework is soo much easier for every one involved and we can really help him iykwim. Rather th a n getting google translate out

MarDhea Tue 04-Oct-16 11:06:16

Not all gaelscoileanna are religious. Those that are Catholic are about the same as every other catholic national school: some are pretty gung-ho and some are pretty relaxed.

Tbh, you need to be prepared for things like not helping with homework if you don't speak any Irish yourselves. Poor or half-forgotten Irish is usually enough to get by a bit in infants. Kids adapt quickly and the standard of education is typically high, though.

Have you visited the school and like the vibe? Are the kids generally happy and everything is running ok? If so, it might be more important than potentially helping with homework - go with your gut instinct! smile

MarDhea Tue 04-Oct-16 11:06:36

Not all gaelscoileanna are religious. Those that are Catholic are about the same as every other catholic national school: some are pretty gung-ho and some are pretty relaxed.

Tbh, you need to be prepared for things like not helping with homework if you don't speak any Irish yourselves. Poor or half-forgotten Irish is usually enough to get by a bit in infants. Kids adapt quickly and the standard of education is typically high, though.

Have you visited the school and like the vibe? Are the kids generally happy and everything is running ok? If so, it might be more important than potentially helping with homework - go with your gut instinct! smile

gonerogue Tue 04-Oct-16 22:44:03

My kids go to Gaelscoil. They get homework in both English and Irish sent home. The texts and letters home are both English and Irish.
The standard of education is brilliant and there are children of families with no Irish background in the school also.

SophieofShepherdsBush Fri 14-Oct-16 21:01:24

I'm British, my kids are at a brand new gaelscoil and it is great. It's down to the standards set by the school I think. The teachers are modern, young, enlightened snd up to date with latest teaching techniques. Thr school run an after school homework club to help kids with home work and help working parents with childcare. My moderately autistic child is thriving and speaking Irish spontaneously. It is non religious and multi cultural. I think it depends entirely on the ethos of the school and how it is run. No regrets here. Im learning Irish along with the kids, but all correspondence is in both English and Irish. Lovely modern school.

MapMyMum Fri 18-Nov-16 23:37:52

Late reply to this but Im English and both my kids are in the local Gaelscoil and we love it. Yes we put a bit of extra effort into the homework, but the school is great at helping us out and all newsletters etc are sent out in Irish and English so we dont miss any notes that way. I'm so pleased we did it, its by far the best school in the area

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