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)

 


Christmas Shows 2016

We hope you will have enjoyed some of our Christmas shows this year. For the first time we experimented with a variety of venues for our Christmas performances: some of our Christmas productions were performed on stage at the community theatre; some were in the spacious community centre hall; and the infant classes performed in the school hall. Each class group produced a show of their choice and parents were invited to come and enjoy the festivities. Colourful costumes, music, interesting story lines and most importantly the girls’ creativity and talents made each performance unique and special. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a great end to 2016!


Junior and Senior Infants had three very successful showings of “Whoops-a-Daisy Angel” in the school hall. Poor Whoops-a-Daisy got everything wrong to begin with, but it all worked out in the end with the safe arrival of Baby Jesus. It was amazing to see such young children taking charge of the stage, singing all their songs, remembering lines and enjoying the story of Christmas. Well done to all involved!


Our first and second class groups joined forces to produce a show called “The Smallest Angel”. 5 Angels were sent on a mission to find the best place on earth for Baby Jesus to be born. They didn’t have much luck until the smallest angel, exhausted from her travels, took a nap in a stable in Bethlehem…..which was of course the perfect spot for Jesus to be born. The girls really enjoyed giving us a tour of the world in this show. We loved the international aspect of it all, as well as the wonderful singing, dancing and acting! Bravo everyone!!


Third class decided to host an awards event this year: “The Stars are Coming out for Christmas”. There were some very worthy contestants: Christmas Cards; the Christmas tree; Santa and his elves; and Christmas Dinner. A surprise last minute entry, “Beth” – the star of Bethlehem (the celestial sort) stole the show and won the award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to Christmas”. In this show we loved the jokes that just kept on coming from reporters on the red carpet, the professional hosting of the event, the music, the dancing and the poetry. Everyone contributed to make this show outstanding – the girls were all stars!


Fourth class decided to take the traditional well loved story of the “Magic Toy Shop”. Hans, the toy maker had terrible trouble when his cat Grudles got up to mischief and all the toys came to life for one night! There were marching soldiers, dancing dolls, puppets, a rocking horse and even a jack in the box! It almost ended in disaster when Han’s precious porcelain doll fell and broke…but fortunately the other toys were able to find some glue and put her back together again. The costumes were stunning! The acting was top class! The audience loved the story-line and the animated characters. What a wonderful performance – well done girls!


Fifth class created their very own “Christmas Goggle Box” -based on the popular TV show. They worked hard on their script to include some of their favourite shows and a lot of humour – such a creative and smart group of children! We saw a typical family gathered around the TV watching a variety of shows and celebrities including Donald Trump & Melania, Ryan Tibridy on the Toy Show, Dathaí & Máire from the Today Show and even some X-Factor extracts! We were most impressed that our girls created a script with such humour and insight and that the actresses captured each character so well!


The Sixth Class show was a pantomime – all in rhyme! Oh yes it was!!! Cinderella was looking for a fella and her ugly sisters were of course getting in the way, with their big feet! Red Hot Cinders was jam packed with Irish dancing, pop dancing, a minuet and singing, not to mention top notch acting as you would expect in a pantomime! We had audience involvement as the two sixth class teachers danced with the classes to compete for the spotlight – fortunately both classes were winners! There was great humor and the girls were so confident on stage. Weren’t they great? Oh yes they were!


A special word of thank you to parents, teachers and others who contributed to the performances – providing costumes, practicing songs and lines, calming nerves, stage management, introductions, script writing, the set, photography, sound, stage painting, lighting, road crossing, putting out chairs and many other tasks.

 


Hamlet

 

‘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


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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Cirque

Cirque

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.


Cirque

Cirque

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.