The Music Department is a vibrant and innovative department which offers students a wide range of opportunities to enrich learning. Students have the opportunity to take part to take part in many music related activities during the year including the school choir, the Shine club, and instrumental groups. These students are given a platform to perform at school gatherings and masses.
Music students also attend different shows and performances during the year and those involved in music-related activities are given the opportunity to record CDs of their work. Students also participate in the Annual Carol Service.
This year Ms Mullen and Ms Brady travelled with a group of students to the European Youth Forum in Toulon. The following is an account of the trip by Robert Mee-Lucey (5th year).
It started off with all 3 Marist schools rendezvouzing in Dublin Airport. There were six Marist students travelling to France; two violinists, a guitarist, a saxophonist, a drummer, and an uilleann piper. After a little trouble with our luggage we got on the plane and made our way to Nice Airport. After a brief encounter with Damien Duff, we all got on a minibus and drove to Toulon. When we arrived in Toulon we all met our host families and went back to their house. The next some students assembled at one of the marist schools. We then got a minibus to the main school. The presentations took place that morning. There was a presentation on each school by the students. The students then split up into groups to discuss a marist charter and ideas for the future
The next day we split up into groups again to further discuss the charter. We then had our first official rehearsal, and it was quite tough as we played for several hours.
Wednesday was quite similar to Tuesday, we split up, discussed the charter, and rehearsed. That night was the concert. We all received polo shirts to wear. The concert went very well, and we got a large round of applause. Afterwards there was a buffet with fingerfood.
On thursday, each group did their presentations on the charter that they had been discussing over the past few days. Afterwards you had the option of going to the rugby stadium or the beach. Both options were very fun days out, and all the students really got to know each other.
On the last day, we got to see a little bit of the city and went to some shopping centres. We said goodbye to our host families and got on the minibus back to Nice. We then flew back to Ire