Beech Hill College Transition Year students were awarded their ‘fainne’ after much preparation and an official Oral Irish Examination conducted by Gael Linn.
An air of anticipation was felt throughout the college on Thursday 12th April as students gathered in the school library to be awarded their results following the oral Irish examinations to secure their ‘fáinne’.
A ‘fáinne’ worn by our students highlights their acquisition of the Irish language, their competency and their willingness to speak their native language.
Representatives from Gael Linn, Réamonn, Poilín and Meghan, Irish teachers, Ms. Mulholland, Ms McKeown and Ms Kettle, our Director of Schools, Mr Paddy Flood, Principal and Deputy Principal attended this event.
Ms. Fiona Mulholland, Irish Teacher, spoke of the history of our native tongue and of our rights as Irish citizens to protect our native language. She alluded to Ireland as a culturally unique nation in a European community with linguistic diversity at its core.
Throughout the presentation attendees were reminded that ‘everything it is to be Irish is built on the heritage of the Irish Language’.
Réamonn O’Ciarain and Paddy Flood praised our students’ efforts on the fáinne awarded and reiterated their commendation of the strong Irish Department in Beech Hill College. All Transition Year students were entered for the Oral Irish examination. This was a valuable learning experience and empowering practice as they move forward to prepare for the Leaving Certificate oral Irish examination. 40% of the marks awarded for Leaving Certificate Irish are centred on the Béaltriail examination. In Beech Hill College we encourage our students to be the best they can be. This oral Irish examination offered much preparation for high achievement at Leaving Certificate level.
Well done to all our Transition Year students involved. They are a fine example to the many students who will follow this learning path. The wearing of the ‘Fáinne’ is a source of great pride in Beech Hill College.