The students in Rathnure NS enjoy a very rounded education. We encourage our pupils to engage in musical activities and believe that being able to sing a song or play a tune is a great way to build confidence and is no extra load to carry. Our pupils enjoy a range of activities in our school to develop and enhance their musical abilities.
For a number of years, ,the senior pupils in our school travelled to the RDS in Dublin to participate in the Halleliua concert. They enjoyed the opportunity to sing with pupils from schools all over the country.
In 2013 the senior classes took part in Peace Proms. Peace Proms is a musical and cultural celebration and provides a unique platform for young people to showcase their talent while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music. The aim of this choral programme is to entertain, educate and engage children and young people in music and to enrich their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances and by providing a stimulating music programme that nurtures and advances their musical, social and cultural development.
In October 2013, the senior classes travelled to the Spiegel Tent in Wexford town, as part of the Wexford Opera Fringe Festival. They joined other schools in singing along with famed singer, John Spillane.
In November '15 our senior classes performed in the Wexford Opera House in front of a packed auditorium with other schools from Co. Wexford in the Sing Out Loud Concert.
Our senior classes sing in the school choir under the leadership of Taragh Nolan. They often sing at school assemblies and religious ceremonies in the Church. They particularly enjoy singing at our First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. They love enhancing these occasions and are a musical delight to all who hear them
Our teachers Taragh Nolan and Lisa Wheelock offer music lessons to our pupils after school one day a week. Pupils can learn tin whistle, guitar, violin and can also avail of singing lessons. The children really enjoy these lessons and often perform at events both in and out of school.
In recent years, each Christmas our school has put on a performance entitled Carols by Candlelight. All classes sing a Christmas Carol to enhance the nativity story being told. The audience can enjoy both group and solo performances as well as instrumental interludes.