S1-3 – An Cùrsa / The Course
This course is for pupils who have come through Gaelic medium education in primary school. The overall aim of the course is to develop pupils’ ability to communicate effectively in the four key language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Pupils will take part in a wide variety of learning contexts, including debates and the study of texts (including a film study of the popular drama Bannan).
S4-6 – An Cùrsa / The Course
Pupils will have the option to continue with Gaelic in S4. In S4 pupils will study the language at either National 4 or National 5, depending on progress in S3. Higher and Advanced Higher courses are available in S5 and S6. Several pupils who have studied these courses in Gairloch High are now studying Gaelic at degree level or are working in jobs that require fluency in the language.
Cothroman iongnantach le Gàidhlig / Exciting opportunities with Gàidhlig
The FilmG competition is now embedded in the Gàidhlig courses. The S3 class usually takes the lead in script-writing but all pupils are given the opportunity to take part in at least one of the following: reviewing scripts, acting, filming, sound, editing. As we have developed our skills, so our films have improved. Our 2016 film ‘An Cothrom’ received two nominations (Best Gaelic and Best Production). Our 2017 film ‘Briste’ received three nominations (Best Film, Best Script and Best Performance (Sandi MacLean). This success has encouraged some of our pupils to make their own films and two of these pupils (Ruaraidh Alexander and Eòin Cumming) received six nominations between them for their 2017 films. Read more about our 2017 FilmG success in the news.
Every year we aim to enter a team into the National Gaelic Schools’ Debate. Gairloch High School is the smallest school to ever win this fiercely contested competition (2011). Our 2016 team won both of their debates and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals. Debates are often held in class time and these help pupils to hone their skills. We are optimistic that we will have strong teams in the next few years.
Thanks to the support of the local Mod committee, a tutor has worked with High School pupils over the last few years to prepare them for the National Mod. Several of our pupils have gained medals during this time and one of our pupils (Eòin Cumming) won the traditional silver medal at the 2016 Mod in Stornoway.