Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens


Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Thursday 14th July 2016

Uist’s Sgoil an Iochdar has been recognised in Parliament after a successful year that saw the school awarded Gaelic School status for the first time.

The Highlands and Islands’ Green MSP John Finnie has lodged a motion of congratulations at Holyrood, listing just a few of the highlights from the school year.

Volunteer Ronnie MacPhee is singled out for particular thanks, as he retires after leading the school’s youth club for 17 years.

Mr Finnie said:

“It’s fantastic to see a school so connected to the local community. The imagination and dedication of teachers, and the close involvement and support of parents, is what makes Sgoil an Iochdar able to offer such a varied and fun programme of events and clubs.

“The school’s success in Gaelic is particularly impressive, given it only became a Gaelic School this year. Their joint project with Sgoil Dhalabroig saw children – including English-medium pupils – write and perform their own Gaelic plays and took the two schools to joint runner-up in the Scottish Education Awards.

“And Sgoil an Iochdar not only hosted the Uist Provincial Mod, but won more points than any other primary school, including the most points in Gaelic.

“I’m especially grateful for the school community’s welcome to families fleeing the war in Syria. The Parent Council’s offer to help refugee families settle into Uist life exemplifies the warm, active and open-minded community spirit that is key to Sgoil an Iochdar’s success.”

His motion reads:

A great year at Uist’s Sgoil an Iochdair

That the Parliament congratulates the pupils, staff and community of Sgoil an Iochdair on Uist on their many achievements over the past year, its first as a designated Gaelic school; notes that these achievements include coming joint runner-up, with Sgoil Dhalabroig, in the Gaelic award at the Scottish Education Awards for a drama initiative in which pupils from both schools wrote and performed original plays in Gaelic; notes that Sgoil an Iochdair has hosted both the Feis Tir A’Mhuran and the Uist Provincial Mod, at which it won the most points of any primary school; considers the involvement of the local community to be a key factor in the school’s success, with parent volunteers making possible many school clubs from basketball to breakdancing; recognises in particular the contribution of Ronnie MacPhee, who has retired after 17 years of leading the school’s youth club, and thanks members of the Parent Council for their warm welcome and generous offer of help to refugee families arriving in the Outer Hebrides having fled Syria.