Category: ‘Music’

Music Day 2017

March 30, 2017

Music Day Timetable 2017

Purpose – To celebrate music in the school.To participate through performing or listening and to give each boy the opportunity to perform on stage in front of his school. Some parents of boys who are performing solo or instrumental can come in to view but it won’t be a full concert for families to attend as hall can’t cater for the numbers involved. Open invitations to parents for xmas concerts and school masses enjoy such massive support that music day is being kept low-key. We hope parents can understand this and support this. The day belongs to the boys of St Brendans PS- Enjoy !

10.00- 10.50 : Stage set-up / practice- if required
Sos Please ensure chairs etc are organised in hall if using them. Audience: Ind teachers.
11.10 – 2nd class – 3 songs - Oscar ( Guitar)
– 1st class – 2 songs
– 5th class (tin whistle groups)- 2 songs / 2 songs / group songs
– Senior Infants- 4 songs
- some 6th instrumentals
12.20 back to class
Lunch break 12.30-1.00 Infants packed to go home at 2pm
Time is at 1.10 to give us a chance to get settled etc ( JI can come to stage from room)

1.10pm – - Junior Infants – 2 songs ( one with 6th)
- 6th class ( Tin whistle GROUPS X 4) –
- 6th instrumentals
-3rd class ( tin whistle x 2; song x 1) – some 3rd class individuals
- 4th class ( whistles / song/ whistle / 2 songs)
- Mr Kelly guitars and band “ Kelly’s Heroes”
- Individuals / singers / – pupils
- Staff + guests + past pupils + individual pupils

Abhaile ! Would be nice to finish up at 2.30 / 2.40 to give classes a chance to go back to rooms and leave them in orderly manner.. Thanks…Pack up…Home!!

Thought for the day :
“Sometimes music is the only thing that gets your mind off everything else”

Christmas 2016

January 13, 2017

Christmas was a busy time for all classes with many Christmas Shows:
Juniors Infants performed a lovely Christmas play called “ A Miracle in Town”,First class presented “ A present for the baby”,3rd class performed “ It’s a baby”
4th class entertained all with play “ The magical Christmas Jigsaw” and last but not least-5th class presented a modern take on nativity with “ The 3 wise dudes”
Thanks to all staff involved for their creativity and hard work involved. All the boys enjoyed dressing up and performing cheered on by family and friends all week.

Advent Ceremonies ; In preparation for Christmas we held our Advent Ceremonies in the gym. The boys from 3rd / 2nd and 6th classes read the prayers sang the carols and lit the candles on the Advent Wreath. We also got to sing the 12 days.
School Crib: Many classes visited our school Crib and relived the Christmas story with their teachers and friends.

100_8504A highlight of the year for our older boys is when Sixth class visit the Community Care Nursing Unit and they sang Christmas Carols for the residents. 6th class with help from some of 2nd class also sang Christmas Carols as part of the Birr Christmas Lights ceremony. Thanks to Ms. Yvonne Ryan and Mr Kelly for providing the fab music on guitars.

May 2016-Edmund Rice awards

June 13, 2016

The Edmund Rice Awards took place this year in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 5th Class students from the Presentation Monastery in Killarney, Co Kerry, and from St Brendan’s Primary School in Birr, Co Offaly, gathered to remember and celebrate Blessed Edmund Rice. The Birr students engaged in a lively and poignant retelling of Blessed Edmund’s life, and spoke about how his memory still inspires their school today. The Killarney students’ presentation gave a fascinating insight into the history of their 178 year-old school, and, once again, how Blessed Edmund Rice’s values still blossom in the community to this day. Br Andrew Hickey presented each student with a certificate, and congratulated them on the work they have done. The boys then got a lovely lunch and played games together including the popular “catch the pig” The Awards will return next year. Thanks to Ms Ward and the excellent boys who represented the best of what our school is about.
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Peace Proms concert 2016—Kilkenny

May 8, 2016

A highlight of the year was 5th class boys travelling to Kilkenny one Saturday in February to be part of the PEACE PROMS CHOIR 2016. The boys had practiced their songs and dance moves for months under Ms.Ward and they had a great day. Lots of parents who travelled were also blown away by the concert and the live orchestra. It is a marvellous opportunity for boys to experience this and one where you definitely get more out of than you put in. Dance moves of the staff who attended were not as good as can be seen on some videos 1 Sincere thanks to Ms.Ward for her hard work and to Ms.Kirwan, Ms.Pilkington and Mr.Crofton for giving up their precious Saturday to take the boys. Special mention to the group of boys who attended as they were a credit to their school and families.

Dec 15: Christmas concerts and plays

December 22, 2015

This year lots of classes performed plays and Christmas recitals in the packed hall for families and friends. Many thanks to all the staff who worked so hard in putting these together and to the boys for matching talent and hard work to get onto the stage and entertain…











Dec 15: Carol singing For Birr Christmas fun 2015

December 21, 2015

5th Class with Ms Ward were delighted to sing a few songs to welcome santa to Birr and launch the turning on of the lights.

Dec 15; 6th carol singing in Sandymount

December 21, 2015

Highlight of the year for 6th class is visit to Sandymount daycare centre. Boys did some carol singing and wished the residents and visitors a merry Christmas.









CD design winner

March 18, 2015

Winner of the design competition for ” St . Brendans Boys Beats” is Aurimas Ozelis from 5th class with a wonderful entry which wowed the judges from the cd committee.
Well done Aurimas – This will be our CD cover !
CD art design

March 15:CD recorded

March 18, 2015

St Brendan’s Boys Beats
The boys of St. Brendan’s PS had a fantastic day last Wednesday as their school hall was transformed into a recording studio. The boys became professional musical artists in their own right as they recorded a school CD titled “ St. Brendans Boys Beats”. Each and every boy got the chance to sing on the CD as under the guidance and tutelage of Ms. Majella Killeen a vast range of songs were performed and recorded. Bringing the magic of recording to the boys was Mr.Joe Molloy and it was a credit to all involved that the 19 songs got recorded on time and on schedule.
We welcomed a few guest performers in the amazing Ronan Bell on banjo, past pupils Mark , Darragh and Campbell, Fr.Tony Cahir and the staff members that have a love for and talent in music. The CD’s are now in production and will be launched with an event in Dooleys Hotel Birr on Thursday 26th March starting at 7pm. We hope to launch the CD with a sample of live performances on the night. CD’s will be on sale at €10 with all proceeds going to the “Help build our Wall “ fundraising campaign currently ongoing in the school. Finger food will be served and a medal presentation for the Schools Gaelic Football team will also take place.
Hope to see all of the St. Brendans family, friends and school community there on the night for what promises to be a great night.
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Record a school CD 2015

February 10, 2015

Boys and classes have begun a brilliant project under the guidance of Ms.Majella Killeen to practice and record tracks for a school CD. Copies will be sold as part of fundraising towards ” Help build our wall ” campaign. Launch night to be on Thurs 26th March in Dooleys hotel – Put that date in your planners for what will be a great event !