Earlier today (Monday 3 September) Kate Forbes MSP welcomed Deputy First Minister John Swinney to the Isle of Skye as he officially opened Bun Sgoil Ghaidhlig Phort Righ (Portree Gaelic Primary School).
The £8.7m school has been open for pupils and staff since April and is Scotland’s fifth dedicated Gaelic school.
Constituency MSP Kate Forbes described the occasion as “an historic milestone in the Highlands and Islands”.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “This is an historic milestone in the Highlands and Islands as we celebrate the opening of Portree Gaelic Primary School.
“It’s an enormous pleasure for me to attend the official opening with the Deputy First Minister, who has long championed the Gaelic language and Gaelic education.
“It’s fair to say that I’m amazed it has taken until 2018 to open a Gaelic Medium Primary in the heart of the Gaelteachd.
“Gaelic is going through a bit of a revival, but it has a long and rich heritage in Skye.
“There are many people for whom it is their mother tongue, the language of choice from birth and it’s important that the language is passed down the generations.
“The new school significantly expands opportunities for young people in Skye and Lochalsh.
“Not only is it well researched that bilingualism gives young people additional skills and abilities, but it also opens their horizons to history, music and heritage.”