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We consider music and dance to be very important for the development of a child. At St. Brigid's National school it is taught all through the year. Children are introduced to music reading and writing, to song singing and to playing classroom instruments.

There is a lot of singing involved on all our celebration days, in our school concerts and every second year we have a Christmas Carol service. Our school choir sings at all Church ceremonies during the year. Furthermore, we cover the dance strand of the PE curriculum after Christmas and children learn some traditional Irish dances for Seachtain na Gaeilge each year. Once a week there are Irish Dancing lessons in the local Parish Hall immediately after shool. And all pupils from first class and up learn how to read notes and play the recorder.

30 May 2018: Music Generation Concert
Our annual Music Generation Concert was held on Wednesday 30th May at 7.00pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Clonegal. The Music Generation initiative provides vocal training for all classes. Every pupil in the school was involved and it is a showcase of the work they have done with Anita during the year. It was a wonderful night. The money raised goes towards paying for Music Generation classes next year.
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24 May 2018: Vocal Workshop
A “Vocal Workshop” for third class and up was organised by Music Generation in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre on the 24th of May.
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10 December 2017: 'Happy Halloween' Photo Competition Fundraiser
In November 2017 we held a Photo Competition based on “Happy Halloween”, to raise funds for the Music Generation Classes in the school. Tom Nolan, Photographer for the Nationalist Newspaper, judged the competition and took photographs of the winners of the Halloween Photo Competition.

1st Prize: Carla Byrne (€50 voucher for Wells House)
2nd Prize: Ellie Kirwan (€50 voucher for cinema in Carlow)
3rd Prize : Thomas Whitty (€20 cash prize)
4th, 5th & 6th Prize: Ciarán Murphy, Adam Walker and Ellie byrne Roberts (€10 cash prize)

Congratulations to the winners and a sincere thank you to the family involved for their generosity.
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18 May 2017: Music Generation Concert
Our annual Music Generation Concert was held on Thursday, 18th May at 7pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Clonegal. Every pupil in the school was involved and they really enjoy the work! It is a showcase of the work they have done with Anita during the year. It was a wonderful performance! The money raised goes towards paying for Music Generation classes next year.

7 February 2016: Peace Proms for senior classes
30 pupils from the senior classes participated in the Peace Proms in the RDS Dublin on Sunday 7 February 2016. Mrs. Warren prepared them for the event.

1 January 2016: Ireland 2016 Peace Proms
Pupils from our school represented Carlow at the Ireland 2016 Peace Proms, hosted by Heather Humphries TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in the Convention Centre Dublin on 1 January.

The Cross Border Orchestra and the 32 County choir entertained a capacity audience. One school represented each county and our school represented Carlow. Schools were invited to bring 11 pupils to the choir and the children who represented us were Aoife McGrath, Clark Burgess, Clodagh Hayden, Constance Gilchrist, Ellen Maguire, Fionn Doyle, Isobel Whitty, Josh Byrne, Keith Gray, Tom Byrne and Travis Hayes-Walsh.

The songs they learned for the concert were One World in Harmony, Touch the Sky from the film Brave and Irelands Call. They also learned the chorus from Imagine, You’re the Voice and World in Union.  They had worked on these songs in school with Mrs. Cosgrave and Clara Hutchinson and had a rehearsal with the 31 other choirs in the Convention Centre on the morning of the concert. They had a very long day – leaving the school at 10.00am and not returning until 10.20pm. They were accompanied on the bus by Mrs. O’ Rourke and Mrs. Cosgrave.

It was an amazing experience for the pupils involved and a tremendous honour to be involved in such an historical and memorable event. Parents of the children in the choir were among the invited guests at the event and they had a truly amazing and enjoyable experience. Following the official reception for invited guests they proceeded to the concert hall where they were welcomed by Minister Humphries. She said that the children and young people on stage are our future and it was very fitting that these exceptionally talented young people should play such an important role to set the tone for Ireland’s 1916 centenary year. The standard of music, singing and dancing in the concert was breath-taking. The orchestra, choir and soloists had an amazing repertoire of songs. The audience also enjoyed traditional arrangements on the Lambeg Drums, the Bodhrán and a Pipe and Drum band. They were also entertained by Irish dancers and highland dancers. As the concert came to a close, Minister Humphries spoke of the high standard of the entertainment and thanked the performers and the audience for sharing in such a fitting occasion to mark the beginning of the 1916 commemorations.
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