For the first time in the history of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), we took part in the Peace Proms concert. This is a wonderful event for the children to be involved with. As the name suggests, the Peace Proms is all about co-operation between North and South. Young people get to work on a common repertoire of songs and then to perform them together.
The Fourth Class children have been learning many medleys of songs – and associated dance moves! – since September. The big performance took place on Sunday 4th February. The children and their teachers set off by bus to the RDS in Ballsbridge where the concert was to take place. They had a rehearsal at 6.00pm and then the audience arriveed for the show at 8.00pm.
And what a show it was! The arena was full and there was a great atmosphere of excitement. The choir was a joy to hear and there were wonderful performances by soloists from many parts of the country. Dancers from Scotland, a champion uilleann piper from Ireland, solo singers made up the rest of the show and a wonderful night was had by all.
An event like this does not happen without a large group of people working together to make it happen. Ms. Laura Cusack, who has previous experience of Peace Proms encouraged us to enter the event – and we’re very glad she did! A number of other teachers were heavily involved too. The two class teachers, Mr. Seán Devlin and Ms. Kathleen O’Reilly did trojan work with the children throughout the preparation period. On the day of the concert Ms. Anne McKeon, Deputy Principal, Ms. Laura Cusack, Ms. Sinéad Toomey and Ms. Rachel Dudgeon accompanied the girls to the concert. The Principal, Mrs. Siobhán Kirwan Keane was there too, as were many parents of the children involved. A great night was had by all. Our first involvement with Peace Proms was a great success and we look forward to taking part in this wonderful venture in the future.
Congratulations to the girls in 3rd class who made it to the Regional Awards for the Irish Aid project. The children have been working very hard for the past few months creating the ‘’Women’s Writes’’ magazine which focuses on two important global goals -gender equality and quality education. The running theme throughout the magazine was ‘inspirational women who have made a difference in society’. Through exploration of this theme, the children learned about the many ways that these women have changed the world and in turn, these stories inspired the girls to believe that they can make a difference in the world too. The magazine includes articles, interviews, poems, puzzles and much more.
Well done girls on this great achievement. We are so proud of all your hard work.
We were very fortunate to have a visit from Her Excellency, Anna Brandt, Swedish Ambassador to Ireland on Tuesday 23rd June of this year. She was accompanied on her visit by Mr. Paul Keane, Honorary Consul General of Sweden in Ireland. Her Excellency was there to present First Prize to Juliet Hart in Fifth Class for her entry to a Swedish Art Competition. Juliet had to research some aspects of Swedish life and to draw a picture and write a paragraph to explain the reasons for her choice. Because we value languages so much in this school, Juliet also had to incorporate some of the Swedish language into her work. She did just that and did it so well that she was awarded First Prize in her group. Well done Juliet!
Her Excellency visited the school on a lovely sunny day. She was greeted by a Guard of Honour made up of representatives of every class in the school. She was ushered to the Halla where she was greeted by the children singing ABBA’s famous song, ‘Fernando’. The Principal introduced the Ambassador and explained the reason for the visit. She spoke about the close ties between the countries of the EU. This was followed by children from Second Class playing the European Anthem, ‘Ode to Joy’ on the tin whistle. After that, the Ambassador spoke about Sweden and answered questions from the girls in Fifth Class, all of whom had entered the competition. Her answers explained many things to us about Sweden.
After she presented the prize to Juliet, Her Excellency was very impressed by the entertainment provided by the children in Senior Infants and the children in the tin whistle group. She really enjoyed the singing and the Irish music.
More was to follow. The welcome ceremony was concluded by the children in Miss Lavelle’s Fourth Class playing the Swedish National Anthem on the tin whistle. The Ambassador was very touched by this. We finished off the day with all of us singing our own National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann.
Afterwards, we had some photos with the Ambassador under the flags of Ireland, Sweden and the European Union. A great day was had by all.
To the Ambassador we say, “Thank you! Go raibh míle maith agat! Tack så mycket!”
Today the girls in Third Class visited the Egyptian Ambassador in the embassy. They were made very welcome by the ambassador and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit. They presented the ambassador with a painting they had made of a beautiful daffodil. Written on the painting were the words of ‘Cill Aodáin’, a very famous Irish poem which celebrates the arrival of Spring to Ireland. The girls were delighted to show the posters, flags and papyrus bookmarks they received as presents from the ambassador. Indeed, they themselves were excellent ambassadors and flew the Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) flag with aplomb!
The ancient art of puppetry was on show today when the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre came to Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). The children really enjoyed the puppet shows. The costumes, scenery and music were wonderful. The Juniors were treated to an environmentally-friendly version of Little Red Riding Hood and the Seniors enjoyed the exploits of Micilín the Leprechaun! There was terrific audience participation and a wonderful time was had by all. Puppets are a very old form of theatre in many cultures of the world and today’s shows were in that tradition. A great experience for the children.
Ban Ki-moon, General Secretary of the United Nations and Minister Joan Burton, Tánaiste
being welcomed and entertained in Farmleigh by the combined choirs of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) and Scoil Bhríde (Buachaillí)
Intercultural Day is approaching fast! It promises to be a really special and exciting occasion with representatives from all the countries, cultures and languages represented in our school taking part. Parents, teachers and children are working together to ensure that 13th May will be a day to be remembered. We will start with our very own parade of the United Nations of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). We hope to have foods of all kinds from 4 continents, crafts, singing, dancing, instrumental music, storytelling, sports, dramatic productions and much more. So, come along, wear the costume or colours of your country and have a very enjoyable day. All we’re praying for now is that the sun will shine!
Today, Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) had a visit from not one, but two, Government Ministers.
Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton and Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan were entertained by the girls’ choir who sang an Irish song Cóilín and an African song Fatou Yo. The Ministers, along with all who were present, really enjoyed the music.