SIGNS in both Manx and English have been installed at St Ninian’s Lower School to raise awareness of Manx Gaelic among both students and staff.
It is hoped the signs will also go some way to ensure there is a distinctly Manx feel to the school, which opened to year seven to 10 students (ages 11 to 14) last month.
The signs, which were unveiled on Tuesday, were paid for by the Manx Heritage Foundation.
Manx language development officer Adrian Cain said there had been a real growth in interest and support for the language over the last few years, including by organisations.
He said: ‘The language is one way of ensuring a Manx feel to a working environment and is a effective way of supporting the language and identity of the island.’
St Ninian’s High School assistant head Chris Coole was a driving force behind the installation of the bilingual signs and said he was delighted to be involved in the project.
‘The school is proud of its Manx roots and is keen to ensure that students have a real sense of place and attachment to the island,’ he said.
‘It is hoped that the adoption of such signage will go a long way to ensuring a positive identity for the school and indeed the island.’
The lower school now has a number of bilingual signs. They include those welcoming people to the site at Bemahague, as well as signs informing students where they are in the school, including learning zone – kerroo ynsee and science and technology zone – kerroo sheanse as chaghnoaylleeaght.