Proud students have shared their love of language after their school spent a week celebrating different cultures.

Fionnlagh Moireasdan, a student at the Glasgow Gaelic School, explained why embracing Gaelic as a second language meant celebrating his family history.

The 15-year-old said: "Gaelic has always been important to me because I'm passionate about keeping the language of my family and ancestors alive."

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His grandparents are from the Hebrides and were brought up speaking Gaelic, but Fionnlagh says that his father missed out on learning the language as "it wasn't encouraged in schools at the time."

He added: "My parents were determined that the Gaelic language would continue in the family so they put my brother and I into Gaelic School.

"I'm so glad they did. I have had so many amazing and unique opportunities and I'm so proud to be keeping Gaelic alive."

Fellow classmate Seona Brown, 17, was also pleased to be celebrating multilingualism.

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She said: "Gaelic is one of the oldest, indigenous languages in Europe and consequently, if we don’t continue to teach it, as a minority language it will die out. 

"Language is a doorway to understanding the rich culture and history of a particular place and people.

"We have to preserve Gaelic, and to protect the stories of those that have come before us."

The Glasgow Gaelic Secondary School is the only fully immersive Gaelic medium education (GME) school in the city.

Last week, pupils were treated to events to promote learning an additional language and reflect on the benefits as part of Languages Week Scotland.

Staff and students watched foreign films over lunchtime and sampled dishes from different cultures over language breakfasts.

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They also participated in musical performances and were treated to a special Japanese class.

Headteacher Gillian Campbell-Thow said: "Glasgow is a multicultural city, and our school plays a huge part in that.

"This week has been a joy to see young people engaging with other language learning such as Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Scots, German and French as well as looking at the destinations that knowing more than one language can take you.

"It's also been a great chance to remind our young people of their own multilingualism which they often forget."