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I Mí Dheireadh Fómhair na bliana 2006 bhí an brionglóid ceánna ag cúpla duine a raibh cónaí orthu timpeall ar cheantar na hInse agus ar Dhroichead Átha. Bhuail siad lena chéile trí thimpiste agus gan amhras phléigh siad an bhrionglóid seo. Bheartaigh siad ar chruinniú poiblí a eagrú. Níor tháinig ach glaic daoine chuig an chruinniú. Ach, níor chuir an easpa suime stop leis an gcoiste áfach. Leanadar ar aghaidh ag treabhadh goirt na Roinne Oideachais, Gaelscoileanna agus an Fhorais patrúnachta. Faoi Mí Márta na bliana 2007 bhí os cionn 50 n-ainm ar liosta le tosú sa scoil i Mí Meán Fómhair. Bhí suíomh aimsithe, iarratas ar chead pleanála curtha isteach agus aitheantas sealadach faighte ón Roinn Oideachais chun Gaelscoil a oscailt.

Ceapadh Siobhaín Ní Dhúill mar phríomhoide in Mí Iúil 2007 agus go gairid ina dhiaidh sin ceapadh beirt mhúinteoir – Vanessa Ní Phreastúin agus Máire Treasa Ní Dhúbháin. D’éirigh leis an scoil cead pleanála a fháil ach faraoir cuireadh athchomharc isteach chuig an Bord Pleanála ina choinne. Tháinig an Cumann Lúthchleas Gaeil i gcabhair agus thug siad seomraí feistis ar iasacht.

Rinne an Bord Pleanála an cinneadh dearfach i leith na scoile Mí Márta  2008 agus tá an tógáil ag dul ar aghaidh ó shin. I Mí Meán Fómhair 2008 a osclaíodh fhoirgneamh nua – ár mbuíochas leis na daoine sin a raibh an bhrionglóid céanna acu!

I mbliana 2013, tá @373 páiste cláraithe sa scoil, ceathrar déag múinteoir príomh shrutha, príomhoide, ceathrar cúntóir riachtanais spesialta, triúr muinteoir tacaíochta foghlama, feighlí agus runaí lán-aimsireach sa scoil. Beidh an scoil ag fás go ceann 2 bhliain eile nuair a bheidh 16 rang sa scoil!!

 

Ethos

Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa is multi-denominational.

What does that mean?

The school provides an environment in which the spiritual background of each child is equally respected whatever their family’s viewpoint. We implement the very same ethical curriculum as Educate Together – the Learn together programme. It has four strands:


•    Moral and spiritual development
•    Equality and Justice
•    Belief Systems
•    Ethics and Environment


One specific strand aims to develop in children a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of the teachings of religious and non-theistic belief systems and how these systems relate to our shared human experience. The Learn Together curriculum aims to inform rather than instruct. It teaches children about religions rather than teaching that one is “the right way to think”.


We understand that whilst this approach of treating religious difference in an Irish school context offers many advantages, we appreciate that there are families for whom this model may not be suitable. For instance, a multi-denominational Gaelscoil depends on parents who are happy to allow their children to explore and be exposed to different religious views and who do not regard it as their
religious duty to seek to persuade others of their beliefs. In the case of families who observe strict guidelines around their children’s exposure to artwork, games or sports of other faiths, a denominational school of their conscience, or a recognised programme of home education may well be a more appropriate choice.

We believe that specific religious formation is the responsibility of parents and religious organisations outside school. Within the school we aim to ensure that no child has to be set apart as a result of their religion.


We also understand that many parents want their children to receive formal religious instruction. With this in mind, our Board of Management facilitates the organisation of voluntary faith formation classes outside school hours. These classes are usually organised with the assistance of the relevant church authorities.

 

Vision Statement

Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa is an multi-denominational Gaelscoil and a respect and understanding of all Religions and traditions are promoted.

The complete personality of the child

Our primary aim is to develop and guide the child’s personality towards understanding and a sense of correctness. The child is accepted respectfully as he /she is: trained, taught and guided in a positive, happy, open learning environment, whereby his / her individuality is celebrated, encouraged and nurtured. The individual child’s well-being always takes precedent and school and parents work hand in hand to educate and train the child.

Every effort is made to develop the child’s talents as far as is possible. Emphasis is placed on continuous, worthwhile work. We undertake to teach the child good social skills, a high moral standard, a wide range of academic and practical skills and pastimes. And all of those through the medium of the Irish language.

We endeavour to give the child a natural facility in both spoken and written Gaeilge so that he can effectively express himself and all that interests him. Fundamental skills in English are focussed on: comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing.

We aim to stimulate a lively interest in mathematics and lay a strong foundation for understanding its basic principles. We hope to stimulate in each child an interest in acquiring knowledge, to provide opportunities for development though physical education and sciene and to foster in him an interest in the Arts.

These aims will be met through implementation of the Primary School Curriculum but the Irish language will always be placed first and foremost.

All aspects of Gaelic, Celtic and Irish culture are promoted as an intellectual store for the pupils: music, song, games, literature, history, geography, science, way of life, folklore, and the positive relationship our country had and has with other countries.

The culture as a living heritage

It is not as an indulgent conservation of an extinct entity , without addition or subtraction, that that culture will be cultivated but as a living heritage from which we benefit and which we will pass on to the next generation with our own stamp on it. Children who attend the school will understand that they are growing up in Ireland as apart from in any other country. Love of country and pride of race will be fostered appropriate to our times. He / she will get a taste of many Irish Traditions. Armed with this self-confidence, he / she will be equipped to go forth to learn European and other languages with willing ease. As his / her respect for him / herself grows, so too will his / her respect and understanding of other people and other races, including those who have religious, cultural and social background different to his / her own.

 

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