Gaelscoil Éirne is a co-educational, cross border, interdenominational, All-Irish Primary school, established by a group of parents in 2002, under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna LánGhaeilge to accommodate the demand for primary Education through the medium of Irish in south Donegal, north Leitrim, and west Fermanagh.
The Gaelscoil aspires to:
The Gaelscoil aspires to:
- Provide a high standard of education through Irish for its pupils as preparation for life.
- A policy of total immersion will apply so that the Irish language will be used exclusively in the classroom (save when other languages are being taught) in the school precincts and in related school activities.
- Develop each child’s individual capabilities through its comprehensive curriculum.
- Nurture an Irish atmosphere of learning and wisdom/enlightenment to enhance the children’s ability to understand and respect the uniqueness of their own and other cultures.
- Encourage school community involvement in a happy and safe environment. Promote freedom in a just and friendly manner.
As an Interdenominational school, Gaelscoil Éirne will function under a joint Catholic and Protestant spiritualism. Recognition will be given to the means in which both religions and the religious denominations within Protestantism enrich Irish life.
- An understanding and acceptability of the Catholic and Protestant ways of worship will be promoted.
- Children will be instructed and prepared for the sacraments involved in these religions.
- The school will have a duty to recognise and promote the importance of tolerance and to celebrate it.
- The interdenominational Gaelscoil has a responsibility to facilitate fully the requirements of these two major Christian traditions and to give full instruction in the religious syllabuses as set out by the relevant diocesan bishops (or bishops of the various religions in the diocese) even in circumstances where children from only one religion are enrolled in the school class.
- The following churches are recognised as Protestant churches: Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and Lutheran.
- The following are recognised as Catholic churches: The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.
- The Board of Management is duty bound to defend the distinctive spirit that is defined by an interdenominational school and to be accountable to the patron.
- The Crucifix will be displayed in the school as the sign of Christianity. No pictures or religious statues will be displayed save when a teacher needs to use them as teaching aids at suit able times during the year.
- The teachers have a duty to teach both religions as set out by the relevant bishops to their classes during the official school hours as set out in the Rules for National Schools.