300 Schools- 30,000 Students
One whole day - Gaeilge non stop
Is your school registered???
Gaeilge24 is back again! A fantastic challenge for your class, your school year or indeed the whole school to enjoy. Register early to get your sponsorship cards
What is the aim?
- The aim of this challenge is to encourage young people to try speak Irish non stop for one whole day: 24 hours: at home, at school, in shops and businesses, around the town, in sports clubs and with friends!
- This challenge will help to open the minds of young people and allow them to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way.
- Gaeilge24 has grown to become the most exciting nationwide school event of the first school term. Thousands will be taking part again this year. We hope to have over 300 schools and 30,000 students taking part in 2020.
Why should our school take part?
- The Oral Exam - Particular emphasis on speaking Irish
Gaeilge24 will help any senior student preparing for the Irish oral examination (which is now 40% of the total marks for the Leaving Certificate). A whole day of speaking Irish will help improve their fluency and confidence.
- A living language - Outside of the classroom
Gaeilge24 provides a unique opportunity to take the Irish language out of the classroom. Other subjects could be taught through Irish. Sports days or school tours in Irish could be organised.
- Normalisation of the Irish language - Outside of school
Through linking with local shops and businesses with Irish, local Irish language community groups, state services through Irish. This campaign can show how anybody can live their lives through Irish.
- Gaeilge24 won't be affected by Covid-19
We understand that a lot of events, tours and days out could be cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but Gaeilge24 can continue without any problems. In the unfortunate event that restrictions are in place in your own school / county around the time of Gaeilge24 the day can be rescheduled for any other school day, simply let us know.
Timeline- How to Register?
1. Register early here!
As soon as you are registered we will send you a package with a sponsorship card agus poster for your school. This will give you some more time to work out how many students want to take part. Don’t worry if you haven’t got all the information now, we will confirm everything with you before the due date; October 22nd 2020
2. How many students?
We recommend ordering more cards than you think you’ll need, in case you run out. Schools, whether big or small, can take part - some schools registered with 500+ students last year, and some other schools only had 20 students! An Irish class would register for Gaeilge24, or the whole school could take part!
3. Hand out the sponsorship cards
A package will come in the post after a few days with a sponsorship card. Give out the cards to the students that expressed interest or to the entire school if you’d prefer. Assign them a due date to let you know what size t-shirt they want. NB. It is a lot harder to receive money from students once the day is over.
4. Confirm numbers with us
Make sure to confirm the number of students before October 22nd. We will order the t-shirts and packages then. You can do this by emailing us or contacting us by phone.
5. When will the t-shirts / packages arrive?
We will order the packages at the start the mid-term break when we have received the last order. We will send the packages by courier a week before the challenge is set to begin. Every package should be received between 6-8 November. “Labhair Gaeilge liom inniu” stickers will be included in the package for the other teachers in the school.
6. Payment and certificates
The money collected doesn’t have to be sent on until the end of November. When payment is received we will send a receipt to you with the certificates.
This year, Gaeilge24 is focusing on wellbeing. Taking care of yourself is so important, especially for young people, from exercise to mindfulness, to ensure you’re in full health.
We have put together a programme for the day - tutorial videos made especially for Gaeilge24, that you can watch with your classes. We also have put together a list of suggested activities and games which you can tackle yourselves in your own time.
- Morning - HIIT Session
Kickstart the day of Gaeilge24 with a HIIT session! Spend 10 minutes moving your body first thing in the morning to wake the students (and yourself!) up and set them up for the day. Get the blood flowing!
- Lunch - Yoga
Listen to your body. Take our Yoga class as Gaeilge - it’s said that yoga can reduce stress, sleeping problems and anxiety, and that it can increase energy levels. Be sure to pair it with healthy lunch to ensure a wholesome lunch break.
- Afternoon - Meditation
Relax and release any stress or pressure with a soothing session - a meditation class. Gengle music, breathing exercises, counting - this is a session suitable for everyone.
A full list of the events and suggested activities, along with links to the videos will be sent closer to the event.
Feedback from 2019
A survey was sent to every school taking part in 2019. You can see some of the answers and suggestions below:
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Ar mhaith leat cúpla focal a rá faoi Gaeilge24?
"What a fantastic day the students had. We were both proud and excited as a school. This was the most successful event I have organised in the last four years! We are looking forward to # Gaeilge24 2019 already!"Máirtín Ó Gormlaithe, Coláiste Naomh Caoimhín, Co. Fhear Manach
"Gaeilge 24 was extremely worthwhile - a fun and exciting atmosphere was created in the school in which both teachers & students enjoyed and benefited from!"
Siobhán Ní Dhufaidh, Meánscoil Mhuire, Béal an Mhuirthead
"Gaeilge 24 is a great idea because it gives everyone an opportunity to focus on Gaeilge and enjoy making an effort at speaking it for the day. Younger students love their parents hearing them speak as Gaeilge and they love wearing their t-shirts in the community on the day too."
Nóirín Uí Dheaghaidh, S.N. Cul na Seimre, Luimneach
"The teachers thought it was great to hear Gaeilge being spoken around the place, even in the shops before classes began. I would recommend the day to any school."
Gearóid Ó Seanacháin, Loreto Bhaile Brigín
Charity- Where do the profits go?
Any profits made from the campaign this year will go towards Conradh na Gaeilge's efforts to promote and support the Irish language. Conradh na Gaeilge is a registered charity: Charity Number: CHY 3094. This year Gaeilge24 will specifically help:
Gaeilge4All: A campaign we started this year to strengthen and defend the Irish language in our education system and to ensure that every student can have a positive, meaningful and fulfilling Irish language learning experience from preschool to third level. So far we have 12,000 signatures and are hoping to continue putting pressure on the new government.
GaeltachtX: Unfortunately summer colleges were cancelled this year but we created a Gaeltacht experience for teenagers online called Gaeltacht X. We created a range of fun and exciting content for young people to keep the Irish language as a key part of their lives with the world changed around us.
We hope to build on the events we have started to train second level students. We will be helping with the Training Sessions for Secondary School Irish Officers in conjunction with ANDIÉ / ISSU.
Ard-Fheis na nÓg took place in Ros Muc in February 2020, we hope to continue growing and developing while planning Ard-Fheis na nÓg 2021.
Conradh na Gaeilge ar continuing our campaign to encourage musicians to sing as Gaeilge. We are working on the next CEOL album and are keeping Raidió Rí-Rá beo live on air 24/7 with the hope to be live on FM in the future.
10 Ideas for the teacher:
- Put together a timetable for the day with various Irish language activities and events happening throughout the school
- Design a banner and posters for the school about the day's events
- Give a sticker to every teacher who speaks Irish
- Have an official launch in the school and invite a local guestspeaker
- Inform local radio stations that your school is participating in the challenge
- Organise a tour or a sports day in Irish or record a music video in Irish
- Organise games in Irish, such as Scrabble, Countdown or Hangman
- Sing a song in Irish in the town centre.
- Hand out leaflets with useful Irish language phrases to local shops and to parents. Explain that everybody has a role in the completion of the challenge (pupils can select shops as a project/ homework in the weeks leading up to the challenge)
- Team up with other schools who are also taking part in the challenge - skype in Irish
This year, a different package will be available for primary schools as well as additional support to help teachers:
1. A new phrasebook aimed specifically at primary school students
2. 3 sample plans for the entire school day
3. A sample Tráth na gCeist/Table quiz
4. A sample letter to send home to parents about the day
5. Useful phrases for school staff, parents at home and local shops
6. Links to films and music, steps for the céilí as well as other useful resources
How do I register?
You can register by clicking on this link ....
If you do not yet have all the details, you can fill out the form and confirm the extra details with us before Thursday 24/10/19