Emmanuel -- voices, hands and hearts raised in the Helix (2012)
"A unique collaboration of deaf and hearing students will raise their voices and hands on the stage of the Helix in Dublin next week as part of the Emmanuel concert series.
For the first time students from St. Mary's Girls School for the Deaf in Cabra will participate in the concerts, involving over two thousand secondary school students from all over Dublin.
This morning (Tuesday) girls from the deaf choir joined students from St. Dominic's College in Cabra and Belvedere College at a special musical preview of the 2012 Emmanuel series, with RTÉ presenter Miriam O' Callaghan and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
Regina O'Connell, Principal, St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls said, "We were delighted to be asked to participate in the Emmanuel concert. For the last few months one of our teachers, Shirley Higgins, has trained the choir and she will conduct the group of eleven third year students throughout the concert. The choir will perform all 23 songs, many with two and three part harmonies. Although it has been an enormous challenge, all the girls feel they have benefitted greatly from the experience and are really looking forward to the night. As principal of St. Mary's, I feel very proud of the efforts of all the students and staff involved."
Emmanuel is one of the largest events of live spiritual music to take place in Dublin every year. Secondary school children from around the city and county take part in three days of music and prayer workshops, run by the Archdiocese of Dublin. Each morning of workshops is followed by full rehearsals and then a live concert involving hundreds of children in front of a full Orchestra in the Helix."
The girls are too busy rehearsing to do a full interview, but here are some of their comments, and we'll post a full interview after the concert.
"It is amazing! Ever since we started preparing in October, we've been trying to learn the steps and listen to the beat and rhythm and give facial expressions. We've improved a lot, like 100% better.
This show has given us huge confidence; we've never felt so confident in ourselves.
We just want to show people that we're no different; as Ciara said, we're just showing our identity. We really show our personalities in our performances.
It brought us closer together as a group. We worked together like a team and we're there for each other, encouraging each other and we don't let anyone down.
Ms. Higgins brought us here to this point. She had huge faith in us, and we couldn't have done it without all her hard work every morning from 8.30 to 9 and during free classes."
Update: The girls have now been asked to perform on all three nights at the Helix: Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March.
photographer: John Mc Elroy
The Sound of Music 3! (2012)
It's only 3 weeks to our show, The Sound of Music!
Rehearsals are going very well, and excitement is building. It is going to be a great show!
Tickets are available from the school...book now to avoid disappointment.
Making Pancakes (2012)
We made pancakes in Home Economics class, for Pancake Tuesday.
First we made the batter, with eggs, sugar and milk, then we fried them.
We enjoyed flipping them in the air, and Mrs. Ohle took a perfect photo of one mid-air!
3D and 3E Visit to Newgrange (2012)
This week, we went on a visit to Newgrange, in County Meath. We went down on the bus, and we were very lucky with the weather: it was bright and sunny!
Newgrange is more than 5000 years old- older than the Pyramids in Egypt, and Stonehenge in England.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sound of Music (2012)
Excitement is building...we are rehearsing at every spare minute...learning lines...practising songs...costumes are being sewn and prepared. .
The girls are working really hard to get everything just right.
It's going to be a marvellous show!
Tickets are available from the school.
St. Mary's School Choir (2012)
The St. Mary's School Choir is taking part in the Emmanuel performance in The Helix on Thursday 15th March.
Dissolving Boundaries (2012)
Before Christmas, Transition Years went on a trip to Newry to visit our Dissolving Boundaries friends.
Ms. Walshe drove the bus, and we spent a while in the school and had lunch. Then in the afternoon we went bowling.
We had a great day out.
The Sound of Music! (2012)
St. Mary's School is alive with (and ringing to!) the sound of music. Everybody is very busy rehearsing, sewing costumes, finding props, painting scenery, practising signing the songs, dancing, drawing up stage plans,.....
Since the auditions last October, everybody has been working very hard, every spare minute is spent getting ready for what is going to be a FANTASTIC show!
More to follow...
TY Visit to Bank of Ireland (2012)
On the 18-01-2012 we went to the Bank of Ireland in Phibsboro to see what to do for setting up our school bank. When we went into the bank the Porter told us that we were having a tour around the bank.
We walked behind the cash desks, the place was very small. The bank had a new cash machine that people can lodge money in.
We saw where they put the money into the ATM, behind the machine; they put in €100,000 at a time. We saw the safe where they keep all the money. It has a time-lock and they have to wait until the time-lock releases to open it. It always takes two people to open the safe-each person has some of the code. We went upstairs where all the staff was having a meeting in the kitchen.
Then they give us a pack; it had a ruler, pen, and pencil, highlighter, and Bank of Ireland paper.
We all had a great time that day! G Mc G
LCA 1 organised Bingo! in the playhall this week.
We invited some boys from St. Joseph's too, and we all enjoyed it very much.
Many of us thought this was an "old people's" game, but we've changed our minds!
Especially those who won prizes!