Christmas Concert and Carol Festival
The Junior Classes Christmas Concert had to be extended to 3 performances this year. Such was the demand for and appreciation of the talent that was in evidence over the two days.
All of the boys and their teachers were meticulous in their preparation in the lead up to the concert, which was directed by Ms Irene Warren, Speech & Drama teacher and co-ordinated by Mr Aidan Buckley, Deputy Principal.
This year’s concert was as varied as ever. Ms Hurley’s junior infants were first to set the tone with their performance of A Winter Wonderland. These were followed by Ms O’ Sullivan’s senior infants with their rendition of The Night Before Christmas. Special mention here to Charlie Dunlea from 4th class who lead the singing. Then it was time for Ms O’ Brien’s junior infants to present A Showcase of Songs, which had everyone humming along to such well-loved favourite as Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Ms Aoife O’ Brien’s senior infants presented the very unusual tale of The Little Angel Who Had No Wings, starring Conor O’ Donovan in the leading role.
The boys in Ms Keating’s 1st class looked resplendent in their array of animal costumes for Born in a Barn, which they performed with gusto and perfect pitch while Ms Horgan’s 2nd class brought the programme to a conclusion with their ambitious yet highly competent presentation of A Christmas Carol.
Musical interludes were provided by Suzuki violin pupils Cillian Murphy, Lughaidh Gannon and Bryan Chan ( Jingle Bells and Judas Maccabaeus) as well as Sylvan Meyer Whitla, who delighted the audience with two very contrasting pieces on the piano:Étude by Khachaturian and the popular and seasonal Walking in the Air.
Not to be outdone, the boys from 3rd to 6th joined the junior classes again for the annual Festival of Carols which took place in the Halla Mór. it was great to hear the junior infants leading the assembled with Bualadh Bos and Ms Keohane’s 3rd class with other carols as Gaeilge. Maith sibh!
None of the above could have happened without the expertise of Mr Denis Sheehan, caretaker, for whom December is a hectic month. Moving from staging Santa’s Grotto for our Christmas Fayre to stage-building for the concert and carols was no mean feat but Denis did so with his usual patience and good will. What would we do without him? Míle Buíochas, Denis!
Book Fair 2015
This year’s Book Fair was a wonderful success and great credit isdue to everyone who helped make this possible. Teachers and pupils made surethe Halla was decorated with colourful artwork and book related projects, andthe Parents’ Association were on hand to help out with organisation and sales.
A special thank you to our parents for their generous support which resulted in total sales of €3,742. The good news is that 60% of this canbe used to spend on new books to replenish our class libraries.
Presentation of the Flag
Wednesday 2 December was a very special day in our 2015 2016 school calendar. It marked the occasion of the presentation of the National Flag to our school by members of the Defence Forces.
This is the first of a series of events scheduled to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising and we were delighted to have with us special guests including Cllr. Chris O’ Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr. Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil, historian and Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Roger Ryan, Blackrock National Hurling Club, Mrs. Maureen Cummins, parents, grandparents and members of the wider school community.
The Defence Forces were led by Sub-Lieutenant Daniel Lacey and his Chief Petty Officer, accompanied by Petty Officer Paul Cummins (Naval Services) and Trooper Lacey from the Irish Army.
A special guard of honour by the infant pupils greeted our guests on arrival before they were escorted to the Halla Mór for the special assembly.
Principal, Ms. Norma Ryan, welcomed all assembled and praised the Defence Forces for the very important work they carry out in safeguarding our territory and especially for the support they provide to other countries in crisis.
Sub-Lieutenant Cagney explained the significance of the National Flag and the 1916 Proclamation, which was read out by his Chief Petty Officer and 6th class pupil, Éiméid Moore.
The National Flag was then presented by Petty Officer Paul Cummins to his son, Evan, and Finn Meehan, pupils from R2. (Finn’s Dad, Robert, is also a member of the Naval Services). Ms. Horgan then conducted the boys from R2, R5 and R6 in the singing of Ámhrán na bhFiann.
Boys from R4 led a Question and Answer session before the occasion drew to a close.
We are looking forward to many events and projects throughout the year to mark the centenary of 1916.
Congratulations to Matthew Murray ( Rang 2) a member of the Cork Youth Climbing Club who took first place in the Male Youth E category at the Welsh Climbing Championships in November. Matthew is a member of the Mountaineering Ireland Youth Talent Squad. Watch this space!
Annual Suzuki Concert
The Cork School of Music Annual Suzuki Concert took place in City Hall on 17 October. It was wonderful to watch Beaumont Boys pupils Bryan Chan (Rang 5), Lughaidh Gannon ( Rang 2) and Cillian Murphy and Bobby Heffernan (Rang1) perform with musicians across the city and beyond at this unique event. Approximately 400 pupils were on stage at one point during the concert!
Beaumont Boys School was the out-reach school for the Cork School Of Music Suzuki Programme when the Suzuki programme was first established almost 40 years ago under Mrs. Philippa Lees. Mrs. Lees had just been trained in the Suzuki method of violin teaching, which uses the “mother tongue”approach and emphasises the fum element in learning to play an instrument. As part of this approach, the boys join other musicians from the Girls school for weekly group lessons, in addition to their individual lessons. Pupils progress at their own rate starting with from simple exercises to more complicated or “top” pieces.
Many former Beaumont Boys have gone on to make music their careers. It was great to welcome back one of these, David McElroy, who played the Tango from the Al Pacino film “Scent of a Woman” to a enraptured audience at the Junior Classes Christmas Concert.
Junior Infants 2015
Friday 28th August marked the start of an exciting year for Beaumont Boys. On the morning of their first day in “big school”, 53 junior infants and their parents, grandparents, big brothers and sisters all gathered in the Halla Mór to be greeted by their teachers Ms. O’ Brien and Ms. Hurley.
Fortified by their visit to the classrooms in June, some were keen to get a head start by making tracks straight to their respective classrooms. The boys and their teachers got down to serious work straight away while Moms, Dads and others were treated to a welcome cuppa by committee members of the Parents’ Association.
Take a look at our Photo Gallery to see some of the happy new faces. Don’t forget to send us your photos to add to this collection.
Youth Climbing Series 2015
Congratulations to Matthew Murray from R1 on finishing first in the Boys E Category at the Ireland regions final, in Dublin on 21st of March. Matthew heads off to Scotland in mid- April to represent Ireland at the international event. Best of luck, Matthew!
Parents’ Association Easter Egg Raffle
Committee Members of the Parents’ Association set up their stall outdoors every morning in the lead up to the Easter holidays. The lovely display of prizes enthused chocoholics and sports enthusiasts alike. As well as the traditional Easter egg prizes, the much coveted rugby ball, while in keeping with the egg-shaped theme, added an unusual twist to the event.
The lucky prizewinners were: 1st, Robert O’ Brien (rang 6), 2nd, Mateuz Juszczyk (Junior Infants, Ms. Hurley) and 3rd, Dylan Murray (Junior Infants, Ms. S. O’Brien).
Spelling Bee Winners!
The Spelling Bee competition took place in the Halla Mór on Friday morning as the boys and their teachers looked forward to the start of the Easter holidays. Congratulations to our winners: Rory Harrington – R6, Joshua Davids- R5 and Joey Griffin – R6.
Cór Fhéile na Scol 2015
On Thursday 26th March, the pupils from 4th and 5th classes took part in the final evening of Cór-Fhéile na Scol 2015. As always, the event was held in the City Hall. The boys performed excerpts from the musical Matilda, which was choreographed by our resident speech and drama teacher, Ms. Irene Warren. It was a truly memorable occasion and a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the boys and their teachers, Ms. O’ Sullivan, Mr. Sexton and Mr. Gannon.
Feis Maitiú 2015
Ronan from R4 and Lughaidh from Rang 1 both took part individually in the U13 Fidil competition at Feis Maitiú. It was the first time that both had competed in the Feis and they loved it. No medals this year but they both have another few years at that age group.
Overall, senior classes from Beaumont Boys swept the boards in the competitions for Choral Verse, maintaining our school’s acknowledged reputation in this genre. Mr. O’ Shea’s R3 boys scooped the Teresa Harris Perpetual Cup while Ms. O’ Sullivan’s and Mr. Sexton’s boys from R4 and Mr. Gannon’s R5 class re-claimed the Peg O’ Mahony Memorial Trophy and the Weston Perpetual Trophy, respectively. All awards are back in their rightful place in our school’s glass cabinet, which they vacated just a few days before the commencement of the Feis! Great credit is due to Ms. Irene Warren, Speech and Drama teacher for her inspiration and support as well as the hard work put in by the teachers and boys.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015
Lifetime Lab Primary Schools Quiz at U.C.C.
Congratulations to Jerome McCarthy, Niall Allen and Luke McDonnell on winning the 4th Class Lifetime Lab Primary Schools Quiz recently. The quiz took place in the august surroundings of De Vere Hall in UCC and was one of a number of events held as part of Science Week.
The boys’ final score saw them highly placed in the competition overall, outperforming other schools in fifth and sixth classes.