On May 16th 2017, Fourth Class received a Creative Schools award for their 20 minute Promenade Theatre production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This involved students performing five scenes not on a stage but in five different locations (outdoors and indoors) around the school. The invited audience followed the actors as they performed the street fight scene in Verona in the Infants yard, the Masquerade Ball in the school hall, the Balcony Scene at the outdoor railings, to the Friary in an alcove in a doorway, to another street fight in the main school yard, to the Capulet House in the school hall to the final Crypt scene staged in the school poly tunnel. This Drama project was co-ordinated by Helen Ni Ailiosa.
The second phase of this integrated arts project was co-ordinated by Fourth Class teacher Margo Ni Shuilleabhain. This involved the creation of a series of collaborative pastel pictures depicting the characters and action in each of the five scenes. This beautiful, ‘romantic’ Visual Arts display was exhibited at the Award Ceremony in ‘The Ark’.
The distinguished classical pianist John O’ Connor presented the award and was charmed by Fourth class Valerie when, dressed as Juliet, presented him with a rose, quoting from the play ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’. This Creative Schools Award is one of a number of initiatives hosted by the ACAE (Association for Arts and Creativity in Education) which directly promotes and nurtures creativity in the classroom.
This year, the Association for Arts and Creativity in Education invited eight previous award-winning schools to showcase their high standard of creative work. Scoil Mhuire was one of these eight and on the day ‘stole the show’ (Ger O’ Sé, founding member of ACAE)
In May 2017, four very interested scientists in 6th class were selected to make a trip to UCC to represent our school at the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry. This Salters’ Festival of Chemisty is one of 51 festivals that happened throughout the UK and Ireland in 2017, aiming to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young. We are very grateful to our PFA who both made this opportunity possible and covered the costs involved in attending and traveling to the event. Bean Ui Shúilleabháin traveled with the girls for the day.
As you can see, our students had a very interesting day: they had a chance to participate in a lab challenge and also got to see a chemistry magic show. We were very proud to have been awarded 3rd prize in the challenge and also 3rd place in the university challenge. We came home with a lovely box of science resources for the school. We’re are especially proud to have done so well as we were the only participating primary school at the event!
‘Hamlet’ in Fourth Class?
54 students in Fourth Class have recently won a national award for their 16 minute potted production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – Hamlet. These enthusiastic young ladies worked over four months on this exciting Shakespearean project. They designed costumes, composed the narration, rehearsed and polished their performances and won a prestigious award at this year’s Creative Schools Award initiative, now in its fifth year, hosted by the Association for Creativity and Arts in Education. This award is given to schools, primary and secondary, who achieve a high standard in a project that shows evidence of invention, student voice, the creative process and teacher reflection. Forty or so schools nationwide received the award on May 31st. The award ceremony took place at the Ark, national children’s cultural centre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Scoil Mhuire was invited to perform ‘Hamlet’ at the ceremony and was warmly received by a captive audience. Guest speaker Síle Seoige was moved by the poise and discipline of each actor. Scoil Mhuire was awarded a special merit award for their innovative project. The part of Hamlet was played by Niamh Fleming. The project was directed by Helen Ní Ailíosa, assisted by Scoil Mhuire staff Margo Ní Shuilleabháin, Mary Breatnach and Fiona Butléir. School principal was charmed by the drama and literature project stating that ‘the students have developed great skills that will benefit them in so many ways in the future’.
Hamlet at the Ark – March 2016
Sixth time for Scoil Mhuire to win prizes at All Ireland level!
The INTO/EBS Handwriting Competition starts at the level of the County and ends at the All Ireland. Scoil Mhuire has always done very well in this competition. In the most recent competition we had the first prize winner in the 1st/2nd class, 3rd/4th class and 5th/6th class categories in the Cork (District 12) section. Our 1st prize winner in the 1st/2nd section went on to take 3rd prize at the All Ireland level. In Scoil Mhuire we believe that the development of good handwriting skills provides a solid foundation for all written presentations in life. We receive many compliments about our handwriting system!
Scoil Mhuire Pupils in Winning Performance.
Fourth class pupils of Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig won 1st prize in a special
competition to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.
The girls put on a memorable performance which was very highly praised by the two adjudicators of the competition.
The prize was 1,000 euro and a trophy which is currently on display in the school.
You can read more about the Creative Arts at Scoil Mhuire here.
Scoil Mhuire Spelling Bee Champion !
Spelling Bee 2014
Active School Flag
Our Active Flag has arrived !
Scoil Mhuire has just received its Active Flag! The girls and teachers have been working extremely hard all year to keep active and to promote physical activity in our school day. We introduced lots of new fun activities like – ‘Dance at Ten’, ‘Funday Monday’ and ‘Friendsday Wednesday’. We have started a new running challenge in the senior classes where we run a kilometre and record it on our chart. We are hoping to run a full marathon!!
While working towards this Active Flag it has made us realise how easy it is to keep active and how fun it can be. On rainy days we do ‘Bizzy Breaks’ or ‘Just Dance’ to get us moving.
Our Active Flag motto is – Health is the Prize, When you Exercise.