Monday, 30 April 2012

Just another manic monday!!

First up was the success of TY in getting to the finals of the Mock Trials ......  they had a great day in Court, thanks to all the hard work and experience of the mentors and the girls....  Hopefully you will hear a lot more next week!!!!

Then during lunchtime we had a welcome and surprising treat with an  orchestra 'flashmob' in the lobby...... what a sight!!! the sound of music echoed along the corridors drawing crowds to see what was happening.... even the teachers left their lunch to investigate...that says it all with regard to the quality of the music!!! Thanks!!

Friday, 20 April 2012

TY Students excell at Business

The Enterprise Module of Transition Year got a boost recently with their great success both regionally and nationally.
The following report gives us an insight!

A few words on the YEP's:

Ireland's future entrepreneurs are gearing up to compete for the title of the Young Entrepreneur 2012 following months of intense preparation. The efforts of the participants from Our Lady's College Greenhills have been extremely fruitful with two groups making it to the final.

Roisin O'Gara, Laura Bartley and Aoibh Collier had the opportunity to visit Áras an Uachtaráin on the finalist trip. Roisin and Laura were asked to pitch their idea to the President, Michael D. Higgins and his reaction as very encouraging.

Aoibh also received very positive feedback from Dragon's Den Norah Casey.  We wish the girls the very best of luck in the final.

Miss R.Savage and Mr. Greene helped to develop a strong team of businesswomen  who presented their ideas to a 'Dragon Den' type group of business people.  Laura Bartley, Aoibh Collier and Roisin O'Gara did particularly well when they meet President Higgins!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Another Music Dept. Triumph!!

Anyone who has heard the school choir's rendition of 'Africa' will not be surprised that they won a major trophy last monday in the National Concert Hall!!!
Well done to all! What a performance! What an arrangement!!
Aoife Barry from TY gives us the full picture: 

On Monday 16th April, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills choir headed out in great excitement in our groups, the ‘Larks’ and ‘Legends’, to the National Concert Hall after being put through to the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition. Our school was one of six post-primary schools in the country to be put through to sing in the National Concert Hall, this being a huge achievement already. 
We left the school at 7.30 to have a sound check in the National Concert Hall at 9.15 and then were let explore Dublin for the morning. We were back in the concert hall for 12.15 and seated for the beginning of the show! 
The show consisted of twelve schools in total: 6 primary school and 6 post-primary schools. Throughout the duration of the show we heard a wide variety of musical talents, ranging from traditional ensembles to more modern pieces. The atmosphere in the venue was brilliant and it was great to see so much support from many of the parents, who travelled down to Dublin for the event! 
Against very tough competition, we were determined to put on our best performance of ‘Africa’ by Toto yet. Conducted by Ms. Diskin and accompanied by Mr. Reilly on guitar, Orlagh Gaynor on bass and Aoife Mc Donagh, Eleanor Rogers and Ms. Treadwell on percussion, we were extremely proud of our performance and hoped it was enough to get us ranked in the top 3 post-primary schools in the country. 
We knew we had achieved a great thing having been given the privilege to sing in the National Concert Hall, but our hopes were still high to be crowned first in Ireland and we are absolutely delighted to say we were! We celebrated in true Greenhills spirit when the results were called... a few tears were even shed! Not only were we extremely excited to be placed first, but are so happy to have won €3000 worth of music equipment for our school! We are very proud to call ourselves the ‘best choir in Ireland’ and would like to give a huge thank you to Ms. Diskin, Mr. Reilly and Ms.Treadwell. It wouldn’t have been possible without them and their dedication and commitment to choir, as well as their creativity and enthusiasm is what gives us these amazing opportunities! 
By: Aoife Barry

Monday, 2 April 2012


Greenhills Musathon was a roaring success again this year.  Miss Diskin, ably supported by Miss Threadwell and Mr Reilly gave us a musical extravaganza which will live in the memory! 
Here's just a few sample photos and more...many more will follow, thanks to the photographic talents of  Evelina from TY!!! 

Of course, we had a very special visitor that night...Mrs Philomena Lynott came to hear the girls and their 'Thin Lizzy Experience.'  What a wonderful lady...such a gentle and sincere soul....thanks for the moving advice...:Love his music, but not his lifestyle.'
Thank you so much x

Miss Hanratty provided the light entertainment on the night with a TY special :'Musicals Throughout the Years.'