Pupils and Teachers from Firoda School made a recent pleasant but unexpected visit to the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin for the Bord Gáis Student Theatre awards. Our film (see our video section) “The Bracelet” was short listed for the best overall school play and actor Cillian Cooney was short listed for best performer in a leading role. Everyone had a wonderful day at the “Oscar Style” ceremony and while the play did not scoop the coveted title of best play, Cillian, to everyones great delighted was named “Best Actor in a Leading Role”. What a day for Cillian and for the school.
Pupils from our school had a very successful outing recently to the Track and Field county athletic championships. Nine medals in all were brought home by Liam Doyle, Tommy Coogan, Cathal O’ Reilley and the three Brennan brothers – Michael, Eoin and Bobby. The boys competed in Sprinting, Relay and Javelin.
Firoda Traditional Winners
Ciarán Meagher, Adam Stone, Luca Downey and Eoin McSweeney with their trophy and medals
The Firoda Traditional Music group had a great win recently in the Kilkenny Music Festival. The competition was held in Gaelscoil Osraí and the group, which is just recently formed, performed excellently. Traditional music lessons are held weekly after school by accomplished Traditional Musician, Karina Dowling – of the famed local Dowling Family. Children can learn any traditional instrument such as Flute, Whistle, Banjo, Bodhrán etc. under Karinas excellent tutelage. The local group entered the competition just to gain some experience so they were totally overjoyed to come home with the top prize. Well done to the musicians and indeed to Karina.
Music Workshop for Pupils
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Mr. John Crowe from Co. Leitrim visited our school recently and gave us a wonderful workshop on music. He brought several instruments with him, demonstrated them and gave us an opportunity to try them out. Among the instruments he showed us were: Electric Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Digital Drums and many more. Mr. Crowe showed us how the soundtracks behind some cartoons and film scenes are played. We had a wonderful time. Later in the day Mr. Crowe showed us all how to make animations and how to put music to them.
|Katie plays the Electric Guitar|
|Tommy with Pumpkin Based Guitar -(bottom round part made from pumpkin cut in half and dried out ) is called the Sitar and it is from India.|
|Eimear on the Mandolin|
|John Kevin plucks the Banjo|
|Chloe strums the Ukulele|
|Annemarie on “Base”|
|Alex on Mandolin|
| Cian plucks the Spanish Guitar
|Bobby plays the Balalaika from Russia|
|Patrick on Digital Drums|
The Children in Firoda that braved the elements and arrived in school on Wednesday January 14th. had a wonderful Winter Wonderland Day. Having persuaded the “Younger” Teachers to join them they made the best of the unusual weather conditions. All sorts of snowmen were made while the senior pupils having recently studied the world war, set up their own “Fronts” with No Mans Land in between and re-enacted the “Battle of the Somme” though afterwards they renamed it “The Cold War”
|Hear all, See all and Say Nothing!|
|Battle of the Buttons!|
|Warming the Toes afterwards!|
Firoda School Hall was filled to capacity for this years Christmas Plays. Over 300 people were treated to a night of Fun, crack and brilliant acting. Well done to all that were involved, especially the children who were all outstanding. To climb on stage and perform is no simple task and to take on some of the roles that the children did was just something else
|Infants perform Whoops a Daisy Angel|
|1st. & 2nd. perform Hansel & Gretel|
|3rd. & 4th. perform Cinderella|
|5th. & 6th. perform Puss in Boots|