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News December 2011

Christmas Plays

Infants and First Class
The infants and first class performed a play called Mary had a little Lamb. It told the story of what really happened when Mary brought her lamb to school. Many nursery rhyme characters joined in the search for the lost lamb. The class had a dress rehearsal in front of the children in playschool and the main performance was also in the childcare centre where parents and other pupils enjoyed it very much.

Second, Third and Fourth Class
Second, third and fourth class put on a festive Christmas play called The magic Christmas Toyshop. It was set in Hanley's Toyshop on Christmas Eve and Ben and Emma are visiting Santa Clause. As the store closes, they find themselves locked in and they panic. To make matters worse, two thieves break in and kidnap the children. However, it being Christmas Eve, the toys come alive and rescue Ben and Emma.
The children had great fun practising the play and dressing up as ballerinas, rag dolls, teddies, soldiers, robots, Christmas trees, robbers, guards and Santa Clause. The children performed the play in the childcare centre on Tuesday 20th December and was very well received by a large audience.

Fifth and Sixth Class
Fifth and sixth classes performed a musical play, Merry Christmas Mr. Scrooge in Mountshannon hall on Wednesday 21st December. There was a large attendance of parents, children and other family members and the children on stage received a huge ovation from a very appreciative audience. The story was based on the classic novel, A Christmas Carol, written in 1843 by Clarles Dickens with some new songs and traditional carols added. All twenty three pupils available performed on stage with many of the children playing two roles to accommodate the vast array of characters in the story. It was a lovely introduction to the Christmas season for all present..

Food Fair
The annual food fair took place on Saturday 10th December and was again a most enjoyable occasion. While primarily a fundraiser, it also facilitates a most social and sociable occasion where pupils, parents and staff come together to create an evening of Christmas fare which includes food, drink and games for the younger people. The pupils really shine at the food fair as they take responsibility for their own stalls where they come up with ideas and run their show themselves. We made a total of 1500.

Christmas Crib
As usual the school was well decorated for the festive season with the centrepiece being the Christmas Crib. The crib, which was made some years ago by Mark Wilson, was in the centre area of the school. As is traditional, the figure of the Baby Jesus was put in on the final day of term by the youngest pupil in the school who this year is Chantelle. Fr. Jones was present and the children happily sang a selection of Christmas carols under the direction of Mrs. O'Leary

Christmas Concert
A number of our pupils took part in the highly acclaimed concert in Scariff church on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th of December. This concert, even though only the second, is becoming firmly established in the Christmas calendar.
Under the direction of Johnny O'Brien, the children and adults gave us a beautiful and memorable selection of songs and Christmas carols. The children from Mountshannon school who took part were, Shannon, Dualta, Anna, Hannah, Emer, Robyn, Ciara and Ava.

School Website
You can follow activities in the school on the school website. The photo gallery page has a large selection of pictures from events. The children produce a podcast each month which anyone can download. In December also, the children created their second animated movie, Santa's Call. The movie can be viewed in the Pupil's Pages section of the site.