A Manx language school will join the mainstream education structure

A Manx language school is due to join the mainstream education system from next month.

Bunscoill Ghaelgagh in St Johns – founded in 2001 – will become a fully maintained Manx government school from September 1 after an order was passed in Tynwald in July recognizing the school’s value in the community.

The move means that staff there will be employed directly by the government and will be entitled to the conditions and pensions provided for other teachers in the Isle of Man.

Officials add that the change has been fully consulted with parents, staff and school management.

The school’s initiative began in 1999, when a group of parents whose children attended the recently established Manx language playgroup Mooinjer Veggey decided to start a Manx language school.

In September 2001 the first class of pupils began a new term sharing premises at Ballacottier School – with increased interest classes grew and moved to the site of the former St John’s School in January 2003 .

The Manx-speaking charity Mooinjer Veggey has developed the school since then.

Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, Dr Alex Allinson MHK, said: “Bunscoill Ghaelgagh is an integral part of the Manx language revival, which now sees lessons run in all our schools as well as courses for adults and support groups.

“Working with key partners such as Culture Vannin and Mooinjer Veggey has been key in helping us better appreciate the importance of our culture and bringing Manx back to life.

“I would like to thank all the staff at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh for their work over the years to inspire new generations of Manx speakers and both to preserve and develop our native language.”

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb