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Notable Former Pupils and Testimonials

If you’re a former student of the Glasgow Gaelic School, we want to hear from you! Your experiences since leaving could help motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. Below are some of our past students and their thoughts.

I am Hamish Macleod and I have been working freelance in the media and as a musician. The preparation I received in Gaelic whilst I was at the school has been so helpful since then. 

The language is a good way of making links in the creative industries and not a day goes by when I am not using it in my work. 

Not only is the Gaelic language useful for me in my professional life but the heritage and culture of the language is important in my personal life. Indeed, if it were not for the days I spent in SGG my life would be different today.

Hamish Macleod | Music | Video | Photo 

https://hamishmacleod.net/ | http://inyalband.com/ | https://www.bellrockceilidhband.com/

I have benefited in many ways from the education at Glasgow Gaelic school. Not only was the experience and education at the school second to none, the dedication the teachers showed help guide me into the industry I am in today.

The skills learnt during my time at the school are endless. One major skill that may not be an obvious one but has stuck with me, is the ability to simplify complex subjects and help someone not trained or qualified in that area to understand what is happening and why it is important.

This skill comes from years of taking Gaelic reading and writing, translating it for not only self understand but the understanding of others.

The school also teaches manners and respect in a way that is lost in the standard Education system.

The teachers take pride in Every pupil, ensuring no child is left struggling.
From someone that is teaching apprentices, and leading engineering tasks, these skills helped me to take pride in the work I carry out and see that everyone has potential to succeed given the right help and support.

I am a Commercial Heating, ventilation & Air Conditioning engineer

William MacAskill, HVAC Engineer

Instagram @hvac_scotland

It is because of being able to use Gaelic at school, with encouraging, passionate and kind staff, that I felt able to continue my Gaelic even after leaving school. My time at Sgoil Gàidhlig Ghlaschu was such a happy time that I felt I wanted to come on board as a member of the teaching side, to give those same opportunities to other young people.

Jessica Gallacher, Gaelic teacher at SGG

Being taught through the medium of Gaelic has benefited me in many ways. This has developed my ability to learn and understand other languages more easily.

I am currently training to be a chef in a fine dining restaurant in Aberdeen

Una Gallagher

My name is Declan MacDonald and I am a former pupil from the Glasgow Gaelic School. GME has had a huge impact on my life. I left GME back in 2003, but my sisters and I continue to speak Gaelic to each other every day. My father is from the Western Isles and we travel there regularly and when we do, we speak Gaelic all the time with each other and also with many of the locals, since that is their first language. Not to mention it’s great to be able to read all the Gaelic road signs and understand what all the names for the mountains are on the journey up!

I now work as a Naval Architect designing the CalMac ferries and Gaelic has continued to be useful. We name our ships in Gaelic, many of our ships are for the islands were Gaelic is common and it is great being able to engage with the public in their native tongue. My company even has a Gaelic Language Plan where we take part in Gaelic lessons and are encouraged to use the language. Everyone always looks to me for help! 

Declan MacDonald, Naval Architect

Tha Gàidhlig air pàirt cudromach a chluich nam bheatha agus tha i air iomadh doras fhosgladh dhomh – gu proifeiseanta agus gu pearsanta.  Tha mi air a bhith air mo bhogadh ann an cànan agus cultar na Gàidhlig ann am Baile Mòr nan Gàidheal, Glaschu – tro ghnìomhan-sgoile còisirean, clubaichean, Mòdan, cuirmean agus Fèisean cultaireil.   Tha mi air deagh charaidean agus càirdeasan làidir a stèidheachadh air sàilleabh na Gàidhlig agus na cothroman a fhuair mi.

Tha e na chùis moit dhomh gu bheil mi a-nis nam Phrìomh Thidsear anns an dearbh bhunsgoil  san deach mo theagasg tòrr bhliadhnaichean air ais.  Tha e na chùis toileachas dhomh faicinn cho mòr s a tha a’ Ghàidhlig air fàs ann am baile Ghlaschu thairis air na bliadhnaichean, agus cho làidir ‘s a tha i a-nis.  Tha mi a’ faireachdainn moiteil a bhith nam Ghàidheal Ghlaschu.”

Alison Richardson (Buchanan)

Gaelic has and will always mean so much to me. It gave me so many opportunities which I grasped and it allowed me to meet people I can call friends for life.

I’m currently the only Gaelic speaking sales person in Arnold Clark. I’ve been working here since I was 19 and really enjoying what I’m doing, Gaelic is a good ice breaker.

Jordan Gibson, Arnold Clark

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It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, we would love you to stay in touch.

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