St. Mary's Choir trip to Bonn, Germany (2014)
The Trip of a Lifetime.
On the 24th of September, I was getting ready to go to Bonn, Germany along with the rest of my class from Transition Year, LCA1 and the FETAC group. We were all so excited. We had been asked to go to Bonn to perform in the Beethoven Fest with deaf children from Germany, Italy and Prague as part of the "Feel the Music" Project. We also went to Bonn with Ms Higgins, our choir conductor, Ms Creagh, Ms Owens, Geoffrey McCormack, John Canning and Frankie Berry.
We were so excited to learn different sign languages from each of the countries and to learn about their culture.
When we arrived at the KÅ'ln Airport in Bonn, we met the organisers of the festival. They were very nice people and they brought us to the hostel where we stayed. The hostel was huge and it didn't even look like a hostel! It was more like a hotel which was good! We ate dinner and then we had a group meeting. The teachers divided the girls into separate rooms. I was grouped with Shauna McKelvey, Alexis and Helen Ward. In my room, there were two rooms so there were eight girls in one room basically! The other four girls that were in our group also were Emma, Amy, Shauna Farrell and Zarah. We all settled down happily.
The next day, we all went to the Beethovenhalle to meet everyone involved in the project. I have to say I was nervous at first but then I was fine. Each country had to go on a treasure hunt around Bonn. Dublin was the first group to go. It was very difficult because everything was in German! Although it was great to bond with the girls and teachers and it was also interesting to see what Bonn was like!
As the days went by, we bonded with everyone involved, we practiced everyday to make sure the concert was going to plan. It was very tiring. We went sightseeing around the city of Bonn, we went to Beethoven's house and it was so interesting. We went shopping! AND we took pictures all day, everyday!-the pictures were mainly selfies and I was very surprised when the teachers took selfies with us.
The concert turned out to be very successful! We had an amazing crowd and I was asked to make a speech on behalf of everyone involved and a boy from Prague named MatÄ›j signed while I talked. I was very honoured. We all made something very special for two very important people, the organisers Miriam and Paul. They were the ones who made this project very successful. John Canning got sheets of paper and drew musical notes on them. Everyone from each country had a colour to represent them and we all put our own fingerprint on a different musical note to show how Miriam and Paul's music came into our hearts and out through our fingers.
After the concert was over, we all went on a boat trip on the River Rhine for two and a half hours. The boat trip was beautiful and relaxing! After that we were invited to watch Lief Ove and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra play at the Beethovenhalle.
During the break, we met the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for the last time. We all said our goodbyes. It was very emotional and I bawled. I was so sad the project was ending.
I went on the trip of a lifetime. I'm so glad that I was part of the "Feel the Music" project and I would do it all over again if I could. I've met such amazing people and I have made so many new friends. The whole trip has just been unbelievable. I think it's amazing that we were asked to be involved. I'm so glad that I went with my girls and we had the best group of teachers that came with us. We all have grown so much closer and it's all thanks to the "Feel the Music" project.
But, I have to say we would have never been asked to be involved without Ms Higgins. Ms Higgins is the one who made all of this happen and we couldn't have done it without her help. We will never find a better choir conductor than Ms Higgins so it's really all thanks to her. You're simply amazing! Also, thank you to the teachers too!
Aimee Ennis McLoughlin
Transition Year 2014/1015
St. Marys gets 2nd Green Flag!!!! (2014)
Congratulations to all involved in the Green Schools programme. St. Mary's has now received its 2nd green flag. A wonderful achievement. The flag was hoisted up by our former principal Mrs. Regina O'Connell.
Visit to Newbridge Silverware (2014)
Transition years and some boys from St. Josephs visited Newbridge Silverware in Co. Kildare.
1A Science Field Trip (Phoenix Park) (2014)
1A made the most of the beautiful Autumn weather and went on a science field trip to the Phoenix Park. They identified trees and animals in the park and and made a collection of autumn leaves and nuts.
Choir Events (2014)
Below are links to two videos from St. Marys Deaf Choir. The first is of their wonderful performance on the steps of the Titanic in Belfast.
The second is a video diary. The girls are very excited about their upcoming trip to Bonn, Germany.
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ST. MARYS DEAF CHOIR (2014)
Thursday 18th September
The choir will be performing on the stairs of the Titanic in Belfast as part of the International Mental Health Deaf Conference
Wednesday 24th September - Monday 29th September
Some of our Transition Year, LCA & Fetac students will be performing in the "Beethovenfest" concert in Bonn In Germany on Sunday 28th of September. This is part of the "Feel the Music" project.
Junior Cert Results (2014)
Last Wednesday our girls received their Junior Cert results. There was great excitement. The results were fantastic. Well done to all!
Earlier in August the Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied results came out. All the school leavers got great results. A huge congratulations to all of them.
Welcome Back (2014)
Welcome back for a new school year!
It is great to see everyone back for a new school year and we especially welcome our new students. (Photos to follow)
We had our Prizegiving and End of Year School Mass on Tuesday.
There were many prizes and awards, for Choir, Swimming, Attendance, Green Schools Committee, Reading and general helpfulness around the school.
At the end of prizegiving, the girls surprised Mrs. O'Connell with a very special choir performance which they had practised and rehearsed in secret over the past few weeks!
They spoke of how much they will miss her, what she meant to them, how she encouraged each and every girl and what a wonderful Principal she has been. They also presented her with flowers and a gift.