Lost and Found Sound Assembly (2013)
The first performance of the Lost and Found Sound Assembly took place on Saturday in Ringsend Bring Centre, Pidgeon House Road, Dublin 4, to an invited audience. Students from St. Mary's have been working on assembling a musical instrument with US composer George Higgs, and played a piece specially composed for this project. The work was performed on a music structure or "Higgstrument" made from materials sourced from council recycling centres. Percussionist Sean Carpio also performs with the students, and the work is funded by Dublin City council under its Public Art Programme.
The materials used in the structure include steel pipes and tubes, bike wheels, copper and waving pipes, kitchen tins, discarded wood and drums made out of steel boilers.
"I've always been interested in finding and making music in places where you wouldn't normally expect to find it. My idea to use recyclable materials came from that. Working with the students from St. Mary's also shows that music isn't just about sound and heating. To make music together you use gestures, sign language, vibrations, eye signals as well. Working with them on this project was a wonderful experience and we're looking forward to sharing the results with the public" says George Higgs.
George Higgs is a composer whose work includes opera, symphony, compositions for small ensembles, music for experimental theatre, works for installation and a number if HIGGSTRUMENTS which he has designed for the performance of certain compositions. His music has been performed across Ireland, in Russia and the United States.
He has received numerous awards and honours including a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Director's Prize form the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, numerous Arts Council awards and a MacDowell Fellowship. He holds a Masters Degree in Music Technology from Trinity College, Dublin, and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.
The Lost and Found Assembly will also stage performances of the work at Barnardo's square (Dame St.) on Saturday 16th March, and Wolfe Tone Square on Saturday 23rd March, both starting at 12 noon.
Thanks to Dublin City Council for the Ringsend performance photographs.
Fetac sell Shamrock (2013)
Fetac group were selling shamrock for St. Patrick's Day, from 11th to 15th March.
At €2 per pot, it was very good value and was snapped up very quickly.
Well done Fetac girls and boys!
Football Tournament (2013)
This is St. Mary's football team at a recent soccer tournament.
We played 8 football matches on the 7th March.
We played 8 matches, won 1, drew 3 and lost 4 matches by close margins. We played against St. Michael's Secondary School from Finglas and St. Mary's School Glasnevin.
The girls fought like Lionesses and played very well as a team. We hope to host our football tournament in May and will extend our invitations to the above schools and hopefully Trinity School (Ballymun) and Mercy(Whitehall).
We really enjoyed it so we should play football more often!
Thanks, it was an amazing day!
Art Printing Trip (2013)
As part of the JCSP Schools Programme, St. Mary's had an Artist in Residence in our school for 8 weeks.
Alwyn Gillespie is a fine print and watercolour artist. Alwyn worked with our girls on a number of different projects. One of the most interesting was a print technique she introduced us to called "Carborundum" - this is a technique of printing using Perspex.
We visited the Leinster print Studio in Clane with Alwyn and the girls were able to print their designs on the many fine old printing presses there.
We really enjoyed our day out. We lunched in Mc Donalds in Maynooth on the way home.
The prints will be exhibited in the Annual Variety Club Art exhibition in the school in March.
Our Religion Board (2013)
Our Religion Board displays information on topics of interest and current liturgy.
At the moment, we have information on Lent and also about Pope Benedict resigning.
We will follow the election of the new Pope with interest.
Our Language Board (2013)
Our Language Board is a very interesting place, where we display our writing.
We also have Word of the Week, Idiom of the Week, and General News items of interest.
At the moment, we also have a competition.
It's a good place to spend some time, and always has interesting stuff to read.
Emmanuel' the Helix - 26th, 27th and 28th February, 2013 (2013)
900 School Students from different schools in the Dublin Diocese With 16 girls from St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls' Choir.
Twenty songs all signed
Archbishop Martin Visits St. Mary's (2013)
We were very honoured to have a visit from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to our school on Tuesday.
The Choir performed 2 songs for the Archbishop: "May the Road Rise to Meet You" and "Come Holy Spirit", then Archbishop Martin did a tour of the school and chatted with the students.
Leonardo da Vinci (LdV) Partnership (2012)
We are delighted to announce that St. Mary's School has been selected to participate in a Leonardo da Vinci (LdV) Partnership.
Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships provide a framework for small-scale cooperation activities between VET organisations enabling them to cooperate on themes of mutual interest. Partnership projects are about co-operation and exchange of information at a European level.
Partnerships allow you to work with similar organisations from across Europe to share good practice, discuss problems and compare solutions on a particular topic.
Our partners in this two-year project are U.K., Lithuania(2 partners) and Spain.
The kick-off meeting has taken place in Madrid and we look forward to working with our partners over the next 2 years.
We will welcome our partners to Dublin in October 2013.
To find out more about this project, you can click on the link below. www.effective-vocational-training.eu
St. Mary's Girls perform in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2012)
Last Tuesday, our girls performed in the "Lost and Found Sound Assembly" in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as part of The Arts Council's celebration of Composer in Residence in schools, and to mark the Arts Council's 60th Anniversary.
Some of these photos are at a final rehearsal in school in Monday; we really enjoyed watching the performance!
The girls performed under the direction of George Higgs, on an instrument build by George from recycled materials collected from 5 Bring Centres around Dublin City. George has been working as composer in residence at our school for the past two years.
Well done girls!