Thursday, 22 December 2011

Aoife Barry does another great report!

Greenhills had a very busy few days recently, especially the Music Department!

Firstly, on Friday last, the 16th, we had a very special visitor to the school: the very talented Donal Lunny of Planxty and Moving Hearts fame!  Despite his high profile he was very down to earth and engaging.  We were given a great insight into the Irish Traditional scene and treated to stories, jigs and reels.  It ended with the school Trad Group playing a few Polkas with the great man himself!

The Carol Service...Spectacular Art, Music and Dance!

Then on Sunday18th the School Choir had their big CD launch in Scotch Hall!! We had a wonderful time performing for the Drogheda public and gave it our best shot with 'Africa' our iTunes single! It was a memorable experience for all!

To top it off, on  Tuesday 20th December, Our Lady’s College Greenhills held our annual Christmas Carol Service. This year’s service was a great success and was most definitely enjoyed by students, teachers, parents and visitors.  The theme this year was ‘Love’, and with all of the heart decorations and the gym decorated beautifully, the theme was very evident. A big thank you is due to the Art Department for all their hard work on the decorations! During the service, all of the students and teachers received a good wish written by the students of the school. This went down really well and brought a lovely atmosphere to the carol service.

Aoife and Amy doing their bit for charity!!!

Art work.....detailed and intricate...wonderful idea!

A big thank you is also owed to the Music Department for providing such beautiful music on the day. Singing all the traditional Christmas Carols and Songs as well as ‘All You Need is Love’ to fit in with the theme, they did a wonderful job of making the Carol Service an extra special event. 

The day did not end at the Carol Service, however!
 At lunch, many of the religion classes put together an event, ‘Winter Wonderland’, in the gym. With bake sales, live music, pictures with Santa, various games and even a teachers’ sketch this was a huge success! All of the money raised is in aid of SVP, a very worthy cause. I am pleased to say that we made over 600euro on the day alone! Excellent!
The festive spirit is without a doubt alive in the school with everyone excited for the Christmas holidays to come. A very Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone!

By: Aoife Barry

Some very unruly girls.....especially that tall wan at the back!!

Miss ni Bhri and Sheena.....well done on all the mince pies!!!!

As usual Hannah O Brien sang like an angel!!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Donal Lunny visits and struts his stuff!!

The music dept invited the one and only Donal Lunny to speak to our music students and it was a roaring success!!
The cornerstone of Planxty, Moving Hearts and the Bothy Band proved to be a big hit with students and teachers alike.  His modest, unassuming approach was both endearing and inclusive...having us all believe that we too could be musical geniuses...."Ah sure, I just picked it up along the way!" 

Donal gave us a brief but informative history of Traditional Irish music, its importance to our culture and the great craic involved in people playing together.

Some students performed solo for him, not an easy task!...well done Doireann!! 

Then the teacher's got stuck in and played a few polkas!! 

Donal plays a toe-tapping jig.....The Ballycastle?

and a slow reel....The Mountain Road?

Pure and Simple!

Well done Doireann...your slow air was graceful and moving.

Trad's  next big thing !!

Senior Music students and teachers!

Thank you Donal for all your help....hope to see you again soon! 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

French Exchange!! Another Great Success!

 Our Friends from France had a great time once again ....we certainly enjoyed having them...they are part of our school family for sure!! 






 Our Girls cant wait for March 2012 to return the visit!!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Music CD Launch

Katy-Ana Mohan did some wonderful work on the photos, with a little help from her granda Joe!!

Mr Reilly was also helping, as usual!

Friday, 2 December 2011

more good news...this time from the Greenhills choir!!!!!

e pluribus unum!! 

Many of our students sang with one beautiful voice the other night at the TLT in Drogheda......
they did brilliantly and made us all proud!!! Way to go girls!!! and you too Mr O'Reilly!!                    


Aoife Barry from TY captured the magic of it all!!!

Greenhills Choir 2nd Place in School Stars Final 

After all our very hard work and effort, Greenhills Choir are more than delighted to say that we came joint second in the Coca Cola School Stars 2011! 
After weeks of preparation we sang our hearts out on the night putting on what we hoped would be an incredible performance! Singing ‘Africa’ by Toto with our own band and sound effects, endless lunch time practices certainly did pay off when none other than Louis Walsh told us that ‘The other choirs of the night were good, but Greenhills were great!’ and complimented us on our harmonies, sound effects and general performance. ‘Greenhills you never let yourselves down!’ was another one of the comments we received on the night.
However, none of this could have been possible without the help of the best music teachers there are – Ms. Diskin, Mr. Reilly and Ms. Treadwell who worked so hard and gave up all of their lunchtimes to make this song the best it could possibly be! Their imagination and enthusiasm towards the choir and the song showed and we owe them a huge Thank You. Thank you to everyone who has helped the choir in preparation over the past few weeks and all those who have come out to support us – we couldn’t have done it without you!


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Welcome to our Blog....we hope you will enjoy your visit !

TY students turning heads and turning on the Christmas lights in Drogheda for 2011!! 

We all worked very hard, spending hours in the Assembly Hall and even the Gym on occasion, trying to perfect the 'Nightmare Before Christmas' look!! 
Costumes were immaculate, make-up spectacular ( thanks Emma Woods!!) commitment was whole-hearted ....and the parade hasn't even started!!
The Grinch that stole Christmas!!

A Christmas Carol.....
the Ghosts of 
Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come!!!

Kidnap the Santa Claus....!!!!!!!!

Thanks to all !!!