Pupils from 3rd to 6th class are welcome to join the school choir.
Choir practise takes place every Wednesday after school from 2.40-3.40pm with Mrs Lawless and Miss Treadwell.
What we do:
The choir provides beautiful singing at a variety of events including:
• School masses, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
This year we have committed to sing at more of the school Masses. We appreciate that it is a huge commitment for parents, especially those who do not usually attend Sunday mass in Blackrock, but the addition of the Choir of St Francis NS to school masses is greatly appreciated by the parents and staff, and of course, by Fr Keenan.
• The annual Peace Proms at the SESE Belfast (or RDS Dublin), organised by the prestigious Cross Border Orchestra
This year we shall be performing at the Peace Proms at the SSE Arena Belfast on Sunday 1st March. We will have a rehearsal with the Cross Border Orchestra in Belfast in November (during school time). Pupils have the song lyrics in their Choir Folders (they can also be downloaded here Belfast Peace Proms 2020 Worbook) and we ask that they please learn these at home.
The accompanying music files and videos of the dance moves can be found here.
Parents wishing to attend the Peace Proms may purchase tickets online from the SSE Arena Website from 8th November 2019. Please note when selecting tickets that our school will be located in the WEST section.
• The annual Seinn Service in Dundalk, as part of Catholic Schools Week
This takes place in the Church of the Redeemer Dundalk and is usually on the last Thursday of January (during school time) as part of Irish Catholic Schools Week. We join other schools in the Dundalk area for an uplifting concert. The concert will be on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 12.30pm and parents are most welcome to attend. We will provide return bus transport for the choir members to and from school. A copy of the song lyrics for Seinn 2020 can he found here There is also a YouTube playlist of the songs here.
• School Assemblies
The school choir performs in the school hall at various school assemblies throughout the year as required.
• Christmas Concert and end of year Concert
Our choir is an integral part of our Christmas Nativity/Concert and usually assists with the singing for the classes performing nativity plays, as well as leading the finale singing.
The music files for our 2019 concert can be found here.
• Christmas Carol signing for charity
We usually sing for the residents of Blackrock Abbey Nursing home and perform at The Marshes Shopping Centre,
• Ad hoc school events and celebrations (e.g. Grandparents Day)
Sunday 20th October, 10am Mass (Enrolment Ceremony for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Sunday 10th November, 10am Mass (Mission Service for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Thursday 28th November, Peace Proms Rehearsal in Belfast during school time (we might return to school after the end of the school day)
Sunday 1st December, 10am Mass (Confirmation Ceremony of Commitment), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Wednesday 11th December, lunchtime and evening, School Christmas Concert/Nativity
Sunday 15th December, 10am Mass (Advent Service for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Monday 16th December, Christmas Carol Singing at Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home and The Marshes Shopping Centre
Thursday 23rd January, 12.30pm, SEINN 2020 concert, Church of the Redeemer, Dundalk
Sunday 2nd February, 10am Mass (Catholic Schools Week Mass), St Oliver Punkett Church, Blackrock
Sunday 1st March, PEACE PROMS with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, 1pm, SSE Arena Belfast
Sunday 8th March, 10am Mass (Lent Service for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm Mass (First Penance for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Sunday 17th May, 10am Mass (Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Saturday 23rd May, 11am St Francis NS First Holy Communion, St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Sunday 14th June, 10am Mass (Thanksgiving for Communion Class), St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock
Please note that dates and times are subject to change and we will notify you of any such changes. More dates may be added throughout the year.