Saturday,4th February, was a big night for the children in 6th class as they took to the stage in the RDS.
The children from the four 6th classes were practising since September for Peace Proms 2023.
Peace Proms is a musical programme, which is tailor made to ensure it is fun and engaging for children, fulfils important educational requirements, is very rewarding to teach, and the end performance is an inspirational and thrilling experience for choirs, teachers, parents and audiences alike!
Peace Proms engages children and young people in music and enriches their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances. Peace Proms celebrates culture and diversity and promotes peace, unity and tolerance through music.
Taking part in Peace Proms gives the children a once in a lifetime opportunity to:
Sing with a choir of up to 3,000 children
Perform with a full symphony youth orchestra
Work with one of the UK’s leading professional conductors – Greg Beardsell
Perform at top venues e.g. the Echo Arena Liverpool, the RDS Dublin, Sports Arena Waterford, the SSE Arena Belfast and UL Sports Arena Limerick.
Develop vocal technique, presentation and performance
Experience a variety of musical styles and genre
Huge thanks to staff involved: Ms C. Fox, Ms M. Fox, Ms O'Carroll, Ms O. Duff, Mr O'Neil, Mrs Maguire, Ms Hampson, and Ms Uzun
On the 1st February we welcomed Grandparent's into St. Patrick's N.S.
On the 1st February we welcomed Grandparent's into St. Patrick's N.S.
Everyone likes to celebrate things. A celebration gives us a chance to be happy about something important in our lives.
Our grandparents love us very much and today we celebrate the love our grandparents have for us.
Our grandparents are an important part of our family that we can go to for advice and help when we need it.
We celebrated by invited grandparents' into the school.
We also remembered those who could not be with us or those who had passed away
Christmas Art and windows 2022
Check out the amazing art completed by all the classes to help make the halla look very festive
On 28th October 2022, we had our annual 'Dress up day'. The children also got to share their Halloween performances with the other classes in the school.
The children started the day in assembly in the halla. There was great excitement seeing everyone dressed up in their costumes. The 'Bananas in Pyjamas' (Mrs Leavy and Mrs O'Byrne) even made a special appearance at the junior assembly.
We announced the winners of the Halloween Art competition - Mr Niall Leavy, local artist, was our judge this year. He couldn't believe how high the standard was.
Check out the winners here
After break we had our Halloween performances. Click on the teacher's name to see the performances
Junior and Senior Infants
First, Second and Third Classes
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes
Ms Griffin's, Mrs Duff's and Ms Riordan's class - Part 1 and part 2
Ms M Fox's, Ms O Duff's, Mr O'Neill's and Ms O'Byrne's (Ms C Fox's)class
The children were excellent and we had so much fun watching everyone. Congratulation everyone
On 6th October 2022, the four 6th classes went to the local Cemetery to meet with local historian Brendan Matthews.
The children came back with a huge amount of new information about their locality. The following piece, recounting the information the children learned, was written by Clodagh, AJ, Ruby, Katie and Mia from Ms M Fox’s Class. A massive well done to the children for their excellent writing and to Ms McKeon for organising the trip
Stamullen Cemetery Tour with Brendan Matthews
It’s hard to believe there is so much history just down the road in the small Stamullen graveyard. On October 6th 2022, all 6th classes met community Historian Brendan Matthews to give us a tour of the cemetery and its history. “I went to the very same school as you and when I was around your age, I had a very nice teacher who loved history” Brendan said. “He brought us to the hill of Tara and to Newgrange.” Brendan explained how that teacher instilled a love of history in him.
This small cemetery is built on a round hill, overlooking what would have been the village at the time it was built (now a row of shops and apartments). It was the highest point in the village.
The oldest gravestone (that’s legible!) is from 1722 (300 years ago) but the church in the graveyard dates back to the 13th century. Before that there was another church, but it fell to ruins. He brought us into the church ruins and pointed out where the altar, benches and doors would have been. He showed us two slates from the now gone roof.
World famous artist Lady Elizabeth Butler lies in this cemetery. Elizabeth Thompson Butler was a British woman who specialised in painting soldiers who had come back from war. Her most famous painting is the Role Call and people from all over the world come to see her simple grave. Some of her paintings are currently hanging in Windsor Castle.
The three main Celtic crosses are signs of the rich and all belong to the Preston family (apart from Lady Butler). Nicholas Preston is the last remaining Lord Gormanston. The Lord Germanton’s lived in Gormanston Castle and were a rather wealthy family. The members of that family that lie here are:
Jenico Preston, William Preston, Eleanor (Dowdall) Preston. The first principal of Stamullen’s old school who taught children even before the famine.
The Crude Heads
On the south side are two crudely carved stone heads. Nobody knows if they weren’t finished or perhaps, they have worn away from the weather.
Beside the church is a tomb where all of the Lord Gormanston family are laid to rest. As you come into the room there is a monument carved from stone that features the decomposing remains of a young woman who died of the plague (Black Death). Did you know that the nursery rhyme of Ringa Ringa Rosie is the story of the Black Death. Rosie cheeks are a symptom of the plague, “a pocket full of posies” are herbs that you hold up to your nose to cure you (or so they thought), “a tissue a tissue, we all fall down,” symbolises death. Under this monument are stairs down to where all of the Lord’s rest. This tomb is dated back to around 1450. Only eleven of these tombs remain in Ireland and this one is thought to be the oldest.
Below it is another tomb that features William Preston and Eleanor Dowdall. On the side of that tomb, it shows a crest with several families represented. William is wearing one of the “White Armours” depicted in Ireland. On his right hip rests, a dagger. There was a sword, but it was broken off in an act of theft/vandalism. There is also a lion resting at his feet. Eleanor has a small dog resting at her feet and is wearing a gown and a veil.
All in all, the Cemetery in Stamullen is a very old and historic one, so if you have spare time, why don’t you stop by and have a look.
Ms. M. Fox, Ms. C. Fox, Mr. O’Neill, Ms. O. Duff and all of the 6th class children would like to thank Brendan Matthews for sharing all of his knowledge on Stamullen cemetery.
Maths Week 2022
We had a fantastic Maths week in St Patrick'sNS.
Children were taking part in lot of Maths puzzles, engaging with online forums as well as engaging in Maths trails around the school grounds.
Children from the older classes were excellent 'mini assistants' as they helped the younger children complete Maths activities outdoors.
The culmination of all the hard work was a 'Maths door' competition. To ensure fairness Ms S Duff (McGovern), Ms Hull and Mrs Thornton were ask to judge and they certainly had a very difficult job as the standard was so high.
The winners were Ms O'Sullivan's Junior Infants, Ms M Fox's 6th class and Ms Whyte's 5th class.
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