A new project, established by Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie as a testimony to his keen interest in Gaelic, is to be delivered through e-Sgoil technology this month.
The project - Dìleab an t-Siorraidh - aims to encourage Gaelic-speaking pupils to use and improve their language skills through a competition for Primary 7 pupils from schools throughout Lewis and Harris.
Pupils will have to prepare a short talk about a school-based topic or subject of personal interest, as well as converse with two assessors. And by making use of e-Sgoil technology, the assessors will be able to link into each school so that the pupils can remain in a familiar environment in which they are comfortable.
The student demonstrating the highest level of fluency will be awarded a prize of £50 and schools will receive a monetary reward for each pupil participating which can be used towards a ‘treat’ for their cohort.
Evaluation sheets from the competition will allow schools to assess their pupils’ ability individually or as cohort, and can also form part of individual students’ Pupil Progress Report.
The project will be launched at e-Sgoil in February and the assessments will take place annually toward the end of school term three.