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)
‘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
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.
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.
In March 2012 a whole school production took place in Colaiste Choilm. The show was called Cirque and showcased the variety of talents of pupils and teachers in Scoil Mhuire. Each class performed a unique piece of work based on the concept of Cirque du Soleil. The show was colourful and creative and performed to a full house over three nights. The success of the show was a result of a cooperative effort between pupils, teachers and parents, in particular the P.F.A.