Romeo and Juliet

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)

 


Titanic

Scoil Mhuire Pupils in Winning Performance.

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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.

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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.


Creative Schools Award – 2014

Scoil Mhuire students have won a top award in this year’s Creative Schools Project hosted by the Association for Creativity and Arts in Education. The award was made to Scoil Mhuire on Monday, May 19th, at the Ark Cultural Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Sixth class students carried out a History project through Drama and I.T. while Fourth class students carried out a creative writing project, both on the topic of the Brandy Lane explosion.

On Saturday night, Nov 3rd, 1810, three houses were demolished and many others were set on fire. The explosion was caused by a worker at the Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills who brought home wet gunpowder and tried to dry it by candlelight. The theft of gunpowder from the Mills was common at that time. Money was to be made selling on the explosive to quarry workers for rock blasting. That night, twenty two people were killed and forty others were injured.

The Sixth class project was the creation of a ten minute film on the events leading up to, including and after the explosion. Students devised the script, co-ordinated costuming, make-up as well as acting and directing the scenes. The two class teachers, Claire Ní Bhriain and Margo Ní Shuilleabháin facilitated the students in their creative work. Meanwhile, the Fourth class students created the front page of a newspaper two days after the explosion giving details of the tragedy.

The students, with help from teachers Mary Breatnach and Helen Ní Ailíosa drafted and formatted the page.  The page featured ads for a pawnbroker, two jobs for stable boys, the results of a hurling match as well as the breaking news of the explosion. Both projects were conducted over a four month period.

Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills (1794 – 1903) supplied the British Government with up to 16,000 barrels of gunpowder a year. The ruins of over sixty buildings are still scattered throughout the 130 acres complex. Five hundred workers were employed at the height of production at Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills. This is Scoil Mhuire’s third year to receive a Creative Schools Award. In all, twenty five schools around Ireland received awards from A.C.A.E., under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills. 


2nd National Creative Award

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For the second year running, Scoil Mhuire  won a national award for Creative Schools. The award was made to Scoil Mhuire teacher, Helen Ní Ailíosa, for a project carried out with Fourth class and their teacher Máire Breatnach. The award ceremony was held in the Ark Cultural Centre for Children, Temple Bar, Dublin on Monday May 20th. The award was presented by Senator David Norris on behalf of the Association for Creativity and Arts in Education. The ACAE Creative Schools award initiative encourages imaginative teaching and learning in Irish classrooms and operates under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills.

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