Christmas 2023.

Infants and First Class Concerts.

December has been a very busy month in Scoil Mhuire.  The children and staff have been fully immersed in singing, dancing, acting, rehearsing and having their performances stage ready for the final week. There was an atmosphere of excitement all round as everyone tried to get a slot in the hall to practise. The children worked very hard to be “on top of their game” for the big night.

    

    Our first class opened the night with an entertaining curtain raiser.  They thrilled their eager audience with the Christmas Alphabet, Daidí na Nollag and “Winter in Abbeyside” which was composed by Ms Brunnock.  Their good cheer and Christmas jumpers really got everybody in the Christmas mood!

    Our Junior Infants were next to grace the stage.  Who could tell that these merry performers had only been at school for four months? Ms. Power,  Ms Dunne and Ms McCLoskey and Rachel had expertly  choreographed this enthusiastic performance. Being Junior Infants they had a cute factor in abundance but truth be told they delivered a performance of singing and dancing which was of a super standard. Their weeks of hard work really showed! 

 Night 2 opened with Senior Infants’ performance of catchy Christmas tunes. Ms Mansfield, Ms Moynihan, Ms Lawlor, Ms. Fraher and Ms Power worked hard to ensure the children were fully ready to take to the stage. They dazzled their audience with adorable renditions of Knock Knock is there any place to stay? The guys with the camels and Feliz Navidad. Their costumes were truly  beautiful.  Rumour has it there is a shortage of tea towels in abbeyside kitchens this week! Maith sibh Senior Infants!

Third and Fourth Classes.

  Ms Fennell’s fourth class appeared on night one and Mr Pattwell’s and Ms Sheil’s children performed on night two. Each night the audience was treated to an enchanting performance of “Rudolf” and “Jingle Bells” by pitched bells. Each child expertly and enthusiastically sounded their note (bell) at the correct time producing magical results. This was followed by class singing of “Winter Song” and “Somewhere only we know”.

   Ms Bouskine’s class had a very busy month preparing their production of “Rock around the Flock”.  The 3rd class really were in Bethlehem mode wearing their bright and believable costumes. The lines were well prepared and suitably delivered. The songs were spectacular as were the great moves! The children really enjoyed this play and brought their version of the Nativity to our own stage. Well done Ms. Bouskine and Rang a Trí.

  

   Ms. Flahavan’s Classroom has been full of bustle this month with busy preparations of their Nativity “Stable Story.”  They brought us the narrative of the birth of Jesus through story, song and dance. Each tune delivered with tuneful music, lively choreography and enthusiastic singing. The songs really were catchy and many were heard humming “Stable Story” on the yard in the following days.

Sixth Class Play.

  Our 6th Class performed the old story of Martín the Shoemaker. A beautiful tale told by the boys and girls of Mr. O’ Dea’s and Ms Looby’s room. It is a story with a true Christian message. Following the story of Mairtín, children from these multicultural classes shared some Christmas traditions from their home country. We learned some interesting practices from Poland, Slovakia, India, Scotland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and the Ukraine. Each child then wished us a happy Christmas in their language. The sixth class concluded their performance with a medley of Christmas Carols which really got the audience joining in.

    

Christmas Quiz.

We hosted 2 large quizzes in the hall last week. Ms. McGrath had prepared a variety of questions to challenge our eager teams. Lots of fun was had as teams tried their best to get a high score. The audio rounds and picture rounds were very popular and added to our fun. There were little prizes for the top teams but really everyone who participated was a winner!

Christmas Carols.

 In addition to our concert the children and teachers were busy revising our repertoire of Christmas Carols. It is our intention at Scoil Mhuire that the children will know many carols very well by the time they leave us in 6th class. We began with the blessing of the crib at Abbeyside on Friday December 8th.  Passers by enjoyed our singing and the winter sun as Fr. Sheehy blessed the crib.

  We all enjoyed a whole school assembly when everybody joined in splendid carol singing this week. Our musicians Mr De Paor, Ms Brunnock, and Ms Fennell provided beautiful accompaniment. Ms. McCloskey expertly led the singing and kept everybody in tune and in time. 

Infant Fun.

Term 1 has been very rich in experiences for the junior and senior infants. Santa made a surprise visit last week and everyone is really trying to be on the good list.  As usual Aistear has provided the infants with a wealth of fun and interaction with their peers. What could be nicer than a little hot chocolate in school on a winter’s day!

6th Class Fundraiser.

Congratulations to 6th Class and  who organised a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.  The 6th class pupils nominated this worthy cause in lieu of Christmas presents at school. Each morning they visited each classroom and the impressive sum of  €1,419 was presented to the Irish Cancer Society. Many thanks to all parents for their contributions. Well done rang a sé!

As our first term draws to a close we at Scoil Mhuire wish all the children and their families a safe and happy Christmas.  Enjoy the break from school and we will see everyone again on Monday January 8th 2024 as term 2 will begin. Nollaig Shona Daoibh go Léir!