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Gaelscoil Primary School, Limavady


10th Nov 2020

"I have to admit sending my children to an Irish speaking school was something I had never considered as I didn't do Irish at school, so knew none of the language. My husband persuaded me to go to the open night in 2016 and we didn't go to look at another school, our decision was made. Gaelscoil is so much more than a school, it is a community and a family. The teachers know all the pupil's names and never pass without speaking to pupils or parents. My girls love school, something I don't remember feeling when I was their age. Whilst the school is growing, they do have smaller class sizes which was important for us as parents too. During lockdown my daughters missed their teachers immensely, but the same teachers went over and above; always available for questions, checking we were coping with workload as well as providing support using new apps. My eldest daughter loved her weekly zoom assembly to get seeing her friends and Eoghan and doing the 'Friday dance'. My youngest was at Naíscoil and loved interacting with Ann through Seesaw and doing the activities Ann had suggested for her. Having a virtual graduation was such a special way of acknowledging their time at Naíscoil. To any parent who is hesitant because they don't know Irish, do not worry. I have picked up so much of the language from night classes run in the school and then at Glór, and from the girls school work; they keep me right! Gaelscoil has been the best decision we have made for our daughters and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who is at the stage of choosing a school for their child."  

Alana Donnelly Primary One and Primary Three Parent  


“The reason I chose Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh is because it’s a small community of amazing staff and even before my daughter started Rang 1 the principal made it his job to know all our names and faces before even meeting us. Brooklyn absolutely loved going to nursery and couldn’t wait to start in Rang 1. She runs in the gates in the morning. Her experience learning Irish is made fun for her and she is picking it up so fast. The Irish learning for parents is made so simple for homework- the teachers couldn’t do anymore to help us so we can help our child. I couldn't recommend Gaelscoil Léim An Mhadaidh anymore. The best decision we ever made for Brooklyn.”

Alicia Kelly, Primary One Parent


“We chose Gaelscoil Léim An Mhadaidh because we had heard glowing reports and our child had a relative in the school who absolutely loved school. From the moment we stepped through the gates and into the Naíscoil we’ve never looked back. From the very start Sophia loved everything about school life and she loves to learn even outside of school time. She’s eager to learn and I thank the wonderful staff of the school for that. We had our doubts to begin with as non Irish speaking parents we were unsure if we would be able to keep up but the help we receive from the teachers is absolutely fantastic - it’s all explained and we feel like we’re learning with her. All doubts are gone and if we have any questions the helpful staff are always on hand to help us with anything and the 'Seesaw app' is amazing for keeping in contact. I would definitely say that this is 100% a fantastic choice of school. Sophia loves it and goes in everyday with a smile and comes home everyday with a smile. Her learning is improving everyday and she is proud to tell anyone that will listen about her school and her friends and teachers and loves nothing more than to sing in Irish to family and friends and is gaining in confidence everyday. I feel confident in saying we definitely made the right choice and I’m sure any parents looking at this as a choice of schools would not be disappointed.”

Kylie Brown, Primary One Parent


"It really was a no brainer for us to send Madeleine to the Gaelscoil this year. She had attended the 3 year old programme and absolutely loved it. Her older brother, Thomas, was one of the 6 kids who started the school way back in 2010. He loved school. His class was 6 pupils in total and he thrived at school with a teacher and a classroom assistant. In 2020 the class sizes are slightly larger but the level of attention the children receive is second to none. Madeleine absolutely loves school. She has cried on a Friday afternoon when I tell her that she has 2 days off! I am truly amazed at the level and quality of Irish she has acquired since September. It is remarkable. She is a confident, happy and truly content child and is thriving in the Gaelscoil. It might be a cliche but the school is like an extended family. Madeleine’s R1 teacher also taught Thomas back in the day which is testament to the dedication of the staff that they believe in the school and they see it as much more than a job - it’s a vocation. There is a fantastic community spirit and everyone associated with the school is very proud of all the children. I don’t regret my decision in 2010 and I certainly don’t regret it now in 2020."   Nichola Devine, Primary One Parent  

“We chose Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh after hearing such good reports. After going to the open evenings we couldn't get over how high the standard of work was in both English and Irish, and also in Maths. My daughter attended the 3 year old programme and the Naíscoil (pre-school). The whole school community is so welcoming and kind. Everyone speaks to you as if they’ve known you for years and it feels more like a extended family. The teachers and assistants are brilliant, very understanding and go that extra mile to make such all the children's needs are attended to and to make them feel settled and welcome.We were apprehensive as our older girls attended a mainstream English speaking primary and wondered if we were we making the right choice, however I am so glad I made the choice of Irish medium education for my daughter she has come on in leaps and bounds, both academically and socially.”

Karen Heaney, Primary One Parent.