Presentation to the school of an Irish flag and a copy of the Irish constitution
As part of initiatives to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising members of the Defence Forces will distribute a handmade Tricolour and a copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic to more than 3,000 national schools. Scoil Naomh Buithe received its flag and copy of the proclamation on Thursday 24th September.
At the ceremony in the front yard a member of the Defence Forces, assisted by a senior pupil, read the Proclamation to all pupils and teachers. Background information was given on the symbolism of the Tricolour and the etiquette attached to its display and storage. Pupils were then invited to write a new proclamation to reflect the hopes and aspirations of their generation. They were also encouraged to research their own family history back 100 years and see what their ancestors were doing around the time of the Rising. Following this the flag and proclamation were presented to two pupils, and the ceremony concluded with the singing of the national anthem.
The countrywide project forms part of the State's effort to mark the 1916 centenary. The initiative will culminate with a dedicated Proclamation Day in all schools on 15 March next year.
The Peace Proms
Our school choir (comprised of children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes) had the privilege of showcasing their talent by participating in The Peace Proms in the RDS on 1st February. This event is a choral education project for Primary Schools, organised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The children of Scoil Naomh Buithe worked very hard for the last few months learning the songs and actions for the day, and preparing themselves for their performance with the Orchestra. Many of you, as parents, possibly heard your children singing some of the diverse range of songs at home during this time.
On the day of the Show we travelled to Dublin by bus to perform with the Cross Border Orchestra. The choir had prime seats located behind the Orchestra with a bird’s eye view of the extremely talented musicians. What a wonderful spectacle! The CBOI uses all the instruments of a full symphony orchestra but they also include some traditional instruments such as Lambeg Drums, Uilleann Pipes and Highland Pipes. The children got the opportunity to see and listen to these instruments being played. The Choir sang beautifully, accompanied by the orchestra and conducted by Gearóid Grant. We were also entertained by some of Ireland’s top professional musicians, singers and dancers.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of Spring!
Irish Times Music in the Classroom
2nd & 3rd Class went to a great concert in the TLT on Wednesday 7th January. The children liked both the concert and the theatre. The theatre was a huge red and black room with hundreds of seats, and instruments under the stage in the ochresta pit. Musicians came in and began to play the instruments. They started with a funny story called “Tubby the tuba” and about fifteen girls acted it out. They also put on “The three little pigs.” Then 2nd & 3rd Class had to see how many beats the ochrestra played, as part of a musical quiz. Another school had to see if they were correct, and of course 2nd and 3rd were correct with their answer of 8 beats. The last story was “Swan lake”. Everybody was very happy at the end of the concert. Afterwards they went to the Millmount museum where they saw ancient objects and got to hear a story. It was a great day out!