Iochdar School successes recognised by Parliament

Iochdar's pupils council present Ronnie MacPhee with a donation to the Iochdar Playing Fields Association last year

Iochdar’s pupils council present Ronnie MacPhee with a donation to the Iochdar Playing Fields Association last year

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

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. Ronnie MacPhee, who has retired arafter 17 years leading the school’s youth club, was singled out for particular thanks.

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 Mòd, 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.”