How to boost your school numbers – go Gaelscoil

Synge Street Boys’ National School, one of Ireland’s oldest schools and formerly attended by such figures as Gay Byrne, Eddie Jordan and former president Cearbhail Ó Dálaigh, is going Gaelscoil. Dwindling pupil enrolments, due in large to the increase in property prices in the inner city and the resulting movement of young families further out of the city, has led the school to reevaluate their role in the community.

Dwindling pupil enrolments, due in large part to the increase in property prices in the inner city and the resulting movement of young families further out of the city, has led the school to reevaluate their role in the community. Principal Gerard Mooney researched what parents in the community were looking for and two factors stood out; a desire to educate children through Irish and a co-educational school.

Mooney has decided to open Synge Street to a co-ed Irish medium junior infants stream commencing in 2017. This stream will run alongside the boys only stream which will continue to run from second class to sixth class, however neither streams will mix to ensure the Irish stream of students remain immersed in the language.

 

Further information from The Irish Times.

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