Wednesday, September 29, 1999 Published at 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
First Gaelic-only primary school opened
Glasgow City Council has embarked on a new venture
The first Scottish primary school dedicated to Gaelic-only teaching has been opened.
All members of staff, including the school's secretary and janitor, are fluent in the language.
Children will learn all subjects in Gaelic, but will be taught English as a second language from the age of seven.
Councillor Bob Gray, convenor of Glasgow City Council's Education Committee, said: "The new school, opening on the cusp of a new millennium, is an ideal launch-pad from which to take Scottish Gaelic education into an exciting new future.
"We have created a first-class facility in which the Gaelic language can be taught and its traditions nurtured and developed."
Glasgow is the first Scottish authority to open such a school, with the role expected to rapidly expand to the schools' full capacity of 200.
Previously, Glasgow children were able to learn Gaelic at a unit at Sir John Maxwell Primary School in the city.
The new school has been hailed as a major breakthrough for those seeking to promote the language, particularly in the lowlands of Scotland where there are fewer speakers.
There are a total of 34 small Gaelic-medium units scattered across Scotland, teaching pupils in the language as part of conventional primary schools, as well as a number of nursery units.
There are estimated to be between 75,000 and 100,000 Gaelic speakers in Scotland and there has recently been an upsurge in interest.
Many of the children attending the new school are likely to be learning the language from scratch.
One of the first tasks for the children is to choose a permanent name for the school to replace the current title, which was chosen for the sake of convenience.