Wanted: New deputy head for Oban Gaelic unit

Rockfield Gaelic Unit pupils zoom in to find a new deputy head.

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Hundreds of people have already watched an online advert put together by pupils at Oban’s Rockfield Gaelic Unit in the hope of finding themselves a  deputy head teacher.

The youngsters kept their social distance to come up with the entertaining video they hope will soon net them the right person for the job.

Using the Perfect Nanny song from the original Mary Poppins film as their inspiration, youngsters from the 50-plus strong Gaelic unit (Bun-sgoil Achadh an Creige) reworded and performed it with their own special requirements for the ‘perfect deputy head’.

Someone helpful, kind, creative, good at making people smile and a mathematical genius is on their wish list – being able to do the splits is optional but was suggested by one five-year-old.

The job is to fill the gap that will be left when current unit principal Kieran MacInnes leaves next month to become head teacher at Fort William Gaelic School.

Kieran was one of the contributors who launched the free online Gaelic course on the Duolingo app last year, writing the initial curriculum for it made up of around 6,000 sentences.

The closing date for the Oban job is May 15, so the countdown is on.

The ideal applicant who will be fluent in Gaelic can expect help from a relocation package and a salary of £51,249.

Parent Susannah Hughes said: ‘We asked all the kids  what they would look for in a new teacher then rewrote the Perfect Nanny song which we recorded and then did a wee Zoom together.

‘It was great fun and so good for the pupils to get together and look to the future.

‘Hopefully it will spread far and wide and they’ll get another fantastic member of staff – we’ve been so lucky with the teachers we’ve had to date.’

To watch the video go to YouTube.com/watch?v=7d5TvCH46mw&feature=YouTube.be

The official job advert can be viewed at myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/argyll-bute-council/jobs/depicted-head-teacher-gaelic-187797