Parent's View

Kerry Trainor explains why she and husband Peter selected Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for
their children Dáire and Érin-May.


Why did you choose Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for your children?

'We chose Gaelscoil na mBeann for our children because they went through Naíscoil na mBeann and they were so happy and settled within this environment. Also we were very surprised at how quickly and easily they had picked up the Irish language coming from what was then an English-speaking only household. It is a delight to listen to them speaking the language. I feel very proud of them.'
    

How have you as a family benefited from the introduction of another language into the home?

Having a second language introduced into our home has made us more aware of other languages and different cultures around the world. Hearing your child speak in a second language is amazing.

Has the fact that your child can speak another language had any impact on your communication with your child?

Only a positive impact - they tell me how to say things in Irish rather than in English which helps with our learning of the language.

How do you assist and support your child to read and count in English?

Our night time reading is always in English so I feel they are getting enough English. This way, when they are doing their times-tables at homework time they say it in English and Irish therefore I know they understand it in both languages.

Homework is an essential aspect of school life. How is this managed in a bilingual setting?

Our eldest child is now in R6 (P6) and we have picked up enough over the years to be able to help out really there has never been a problem so far; however, if a problem ever did come up the teachers are very approachable and helpful. There is also a homework club and afterschool support.

How do you feel about choosing Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for your child now? 

As we have said, Dáire is now in R6 and we feel that we could not have made a better choice of education for him and Érin-May. They are both very happy in their school lives and they enjoy going to school. I feel bilingual children are much more confident and open-minded.  We know this was the best education we could have given our kids.  We feel very lucky we were able to choose this excellent education for our children. 

What would you say to other parents who are considering a bilingual education for their child? 

Simply go for it! It’s the best decision you can make for your children. I only wish I had the choice when I was a child. 

Parent’s View


Fiona Fearon explains why she and husband selected Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for their children Declan and Cónor.

Why did you choose Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for your children?

We chose to send our children to the Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann to give our children the opportunity to learn another language, we thought it would give them a good start in their education.

 How have you as a family benefited from the introduction of another language into the home?

As our children have progressed in learning Irish, both my husband and I have learned a few Irish words because our children speak Irish at home

Has the fact that your child can speak another language had any impact on your communication with your child?

Although our first language is English it's great to see our children learning a new language so easily and there are no communication difficulties between us. 

How do you assist and support your child to read and count in English?

As English is our first language our children have been taught from a young age how to count in English along with reading them story books at night.

Homework is an essential aspect of school life. How is this managed in a bilingual setting?

The Irish homework I thought would have been a bit difficult because of my little knowledge of Irish but it hasn’t been. Teachers were more than helpful and their homework was sent home with an explanation of what had to be done in English with a list of Irish words and how they should be pronounced which was very helpful.

How do you feel about choosing Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann for your child now?
What would you say to other parents who are considering a bilingual education for their child? 

We are very happy with how our children have very easily picked up the Irish language and are very proud of them when we hear them speaking Irish in such a short space of time and we know we have made the right decision sending them to Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann and would encourage any parent not to hesitate in sending their children to this school as we are so proud when we hear our children speaking Irish and know that this is only the start for them as it can lead to many great opportunities in the future!