National Children’s Choir

Here are some photos of the National Children’s Choir that was held in Dublin. 

The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children.  Pupils from 4th, 5th or 6th classes in Irish Primary Schools learn a common repertoire of songs that more than satisfies many objectives of the music programme at the senior end of the primary school. The children learn the repertoire in their own schools, taught by their own teachers, and join with other local schools three times a year to rehearse these songs with one of our Assistant Musical Directors. One rehearsal per year will be conducted by either Órla, Anne or Mairéad, our musical directors.

In Spring 2017, every child will perform in a Regional Concert. A small representative group from each school (typically 10%) will then perform in the National Concert Hall at the end of May.

Formed by the late Seán Creamer in 1985 to celebrate ‘European Music Year’, the choir has enjoyed tremendous success to date. Next year’s concerts will be the seventeenth in a series of bi-annual concerts.

The NCC is much more than large groups of children singing magnificent music to adoring parents, families and friends on local stages and in our National Concert Hall. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking about and celebrating children’s musicality. As a movement it absorbs their energy and gives it back in multiples.

Party Professor

We had a wonderful afternoon today with The Party Professor. He entertained us for an hour with magic, song, instrument playing and lots of really cool tricks. We especially enjoyed the sword swallowing and knife throwing. I think our screams of delight could have been heard in Galway!

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News

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  • Tuesday 6th May will be N.C.T. (No Car Tuesday) On Tuesday 6th of May the children will be taking part in an “N.C.T.”, as part of the green flag programme. No Car Tuesday will involve the children walking from designated Drop and Hop points to the school. The children who approach the school from the Milltown direction should be dropped off at Costello’s yard at 9.10 am. This will include the children who travel by bus.  The children who approach from the Kilconly direction should be dropped off at the T junction near Joyce’s at 9.10 am also. Both drop-off points are about a kilometre from the school. Teachers will be present to escort the children. Bags can be left at school the previous evening. The children will need their lunch box, appropriate footwear, warm clothing and a high-viz jacket.
    • A very productive Spring Clean Up Walk was held on Tuesday 8th April.  The children collected approx 150 glass bottles, a similar number of plastic bottles, a microwave and many other usual and unusual items of rubbish along the roadway between the N17 and the school.
    • The children in the First Holy Communion class will be going on a retreat to Knock Shrine on Wednesday 7th May.
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th classes will be attending a workshop in Galway Education Centre on Friday 16th May with the Contempo String Quartet.
    • Junior, Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd classes will be going on their school tour on the 28th May to the Heritage Centre in Athenry.
    • First Holy Communion will be held at 10.45am on Sunday 18th May in Milltown church.

“The Magic Circus” will visit the school on Tuesday 6th May at 12.45pm.  

Magic

Easter Concert

We had a wonderful afternoon of music, song and poetry today. All of the children performed in front of a large crowd of parents and grandparents.

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Peace at Last

Listen to Miss McGrath read the story of Peace at Last. The children chose instruments to add sound effects to the story. They really enjoyed becoming composers.

Peace at last

Peace at Last