Category Archives: End of Term

Christmas holidays and dates to note in January

As we wind down the term for the Christmas break, we are already thinking ahead to 2018! Please note that, due to scheduled in-service days, the Ursuline Secondary School will be closed on the first two Mondays back in January, Monday 8th January and Monday 15th January. However, St Angela’s Academy of Music will be open on both days for music lessons. So every student must confirm with their teacher that they will be in attendance or else make suitable alternative arrangements.

We wish all students, parents and staff a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

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Winding down for the year!

We have come to the end of the 2016/2017 academic year and we’re sure everyone will agree that we just don’t know where the time went! It was an extremely busy year and we are very proud of all that our students have achieved.

Congratulations to our new beginners, you have taken the first exciting step on your musical journey.

Well done to all students who sat exams, some of whom took up to three or four across the year! It is a brave thing to perform before an examiner and we hope you are pleased with your progress and results.

Farewell to our departing Leaving Cert students – may music continue to play a meaningful role in your lives wherever you head next.

Thank you to all our teachers for your guidance and encouragement towards your students throughout the year. The coming summer holidays are well deserved!

The academic year 2017/2018 will commence on Monday 4th September 2017. It is important to submit the relevant application forms (accessed at this link) as soon as possible in order to ensure a place on next year’s school list. Please contact stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com or 0504 20654 with any queries.

We wish everyone a very enjoyable summer break!

Achievements of pupils past and present

It is with great pleasure that we highlight the outstanding achievements of two students associated with St Angela’s Academy of Music. Firstly, we would like to congratulate Cliodhna Heenan, a 6th Year student at the Ursuline Secondary School, who was awarded two diplomas in violin with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in the past year. She received her Diploma in Violin Performance in June 2016 and her Diploma in Violin Teaching in December 2016. This is a phenomenal accomplishment for a student still in secondary school and we wish Cliodhna all the very best in her future musical endeavours.

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna’s older sister, Roisin Heenan, is a past pupil of St Angela’s and graduated from the Ursuline Secondary School in 2015. She is currently studying Business and Law in UCD but continues to embrace music both within and outside the university. Roisin recently participated in Féile Luimní over the weekend of 10-12th March and came away from the festival with wins as a senior soprano in three vocal competitions: classical, musical theatre and oratorio. On top of that, she was awarded the Bursary for Voice of the Féile, a very prestigious accolade.

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Later in the month, on Wednesday 29th March, Roisin competed in Feis Ceoil and won the Bradbury Cup. Competitors in this category were required to perform two songs while playing their own piano accompaniment. Huge congratulations to Roisin on all her recent achievements – we are delighted to see an alumnus from St Angela’s doing so well!

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Finally, just a quick note to say that the school will close tomorrow, Friday 7th April, for the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 24th April for the summer term. We remind all students to use their time wisely over the break – daily practice will be an important step in preparation for the post-Easter examination session. To quote Vladimir Horowitz, the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice!

RIAM Gala Concert and End of Term

The Royal Irish Academy of Music held its annual Gala High Achievers Concert last Wednesday 7th December and we are delighted to say that the Ursuline Secondary School’s Chamber Choir was one of the performers on the day. In the academic year 2015-2016, over 40,000 musicians took part in the RIAM Local Centre examinations. 300 were deemed High Achievers and a selection of these performed in regional concerts around the 32 counties in October and November of this year. Only 10 were chosen to participate in last Wednesday’s Gala Concert at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, therefore it was a fantastic achievement on the part of the Chamber Choir to have been selected for performance. Very well done!

We would also like to say congratulations to all students involved in the recent music examinations here at St Angela’s in November. The standard was very high, with many distinctions, and we hope you were pleased with your results.

Finally, we extend warmest wishes to all students, parents and staff as we wind down for the Christmas break. The school will reopen on Monday 9th January 2017. We bid everyone a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!

The end of another year!

The school year 2015/2016 is drawing to a close and St Angela’s Academy would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our music students on the hard work that they have put in throughout the year. The coming summer holidays are well-deserved! We hope all students, parents and staff have a very enjoyable break.

Just a quick note to say that it is important to submit an application form to the school office to ensure a place for next year. Forms may be downloaded at this link and you can contact stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com or 0504 20654 with any queries.

To our departing Leaving Cert students, we wish you the best of luck where you are headed next and hope that music will continue to be a part of your lives.

To our returning students, see you in September!

School closed for Easter holidays

Please note that St Angela’s Academy of Music is closed for lessons from tomorrow for the duration of the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 4th April. We wish all students, parents and staff a very happy St Patrick’s Day and an enjoyable Easter break!

Happy Christmas from St Angela’s

As we come to the end of the school term, St Angela’s would like to congratulate all the students who participated in the recent examination session this November – their hard work was reflected in the success of their results which arrived to the school in the past week.

Now we are winding down for the Christmas break. With the holiday season upon us, our students have been getting festive in their lessons and the sounds of Christmas songs can be heard floating through the corridors! Please note that lessons and classes will resume on Thursday January 7th 2016.

St Angela’s Academy of Music wishes students, parents and staff a happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!