Pupils, parents and teachers celebrated the start of the summer term yesterday (Monday 16 April 2018) at the newly opened Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh - Portree Gaelic Primary School.
The construction contract was part of an overall capital investment programme in conjunction with the Scottish Government including the formation of a new access road to the school, and refurbishment of the former Elgin Hostel building to create a new pupil residence for Portree High.
Councillor Andrew Baxter Chair of Highland Council’s Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: “This is a historic day for the development of the Gaelic language in the Highlands and the Gaelic heartland of Skye. Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh who campaigned long for a Gaelic school can be very proud of this momentous achievement as Highland Council is also.”
Bill Alexander Highland Council’s Director of Care and Learning welcomed the opening of Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh, he said: “173 children are attending Highland’s third dedicated Gaelic school in the region. This clearly demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to the development of the Gaelic language since we opened Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis in 2007 and Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar in 2015.”
One hundred and thirty Primary pupils started the new term at Portree Gaelic School and 40 children are attending nursery.