There is a strong tradition of arts education in the school. Our music programme is facilitated by teachers, parents & friends of our school who are passionate about music & drama.
- This is the fifth year that Third - Sixth Class have participated in the‘Peace Proms’ Concert which is a music programme in conjunction with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. This is a great opportunity for the pupils to join with thousands of other children from schools around Ireland and showcase their singing skills and talents. In school each week, the children are taught songs and medleys in different genres. Many of the songs are choreographed which the children love. The children participate in a regional workshop with renowned conductor Greg Beardsell before performing with the full CBOI symphony orchestra at a concert in the RDS in February (www.peaceproms.com).
- Junior Infants – First participate in "Mini Musicians" with Ms Yvonne Chilton from the Castletown Accordion Orchestra each week. The children explore basic musical concepts through a variety of fun activities using rhythm, games & song singing. They learn to read music and start off playing percussion instruments both tuned & untuned in fun setting!
- Ms Chiltion also teaches the recorder to First and Second Class.
- The school choir (3rd – 6th class) also performs each year for the First Holy Communion to help make the day more special for the children from 2nd class.
- School assemblies provide a platform for musical performances by each of the classes.
- Our music programme is integrated with the Drama curriculum. Junior Infants – First Class perform Nativity plays for the parents and pupils of the school in December. The children retell the story of the First Christmas in verse and song.
- John Grant teaches Drama to Third – Sixth Class every Thursday. John writes and directs two plays each year which the children perform for the whole school community in the St. Vincent de Paul Hall just before Easter. This is a large scale production involving costume, lighting & sound and is the highlight of the year for many pupils. This year's plays are RATS and Annie Meets Olivers. The parts have been cast and the children are busy working on their characters. We look forward to the show in April!