A lesson in music from John Spillane

John Spillane entertains pupils at Presentation Primary School

John Spillane meets some of the pupils of Presentation Primary School after his concert on Friday. Pictured are Lianna O’Brien, Cassandra Knightly and Martina McDonagh
John Spillane meets some of the pupils of Presentation Primary School after his concert on Friday. Pictured are Lianna O’Brien, Cassandra Knightly and Martina McDonagh
Musician John Spillane who was invited to Presentation Primary School on Friday to play for the pupils. Pictured with John is Donal O’Callaghan (Chairperson of School Council) and Principal John Hickey

Fergus Dennehy

Musician John Spillane gave pupils in Presentation Primary School a highly entertaining lesson in music last Friday.

The packed school hall was John's stage for the day and he duly delivered a fantastic show amid an electric atmosphere with pupils and teachers alike clapping and singing along to classics such as 'Óró 'Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile' and 'Puc ar Buile'.

It was an event that will live long in the memory of pupils as John, a triple platinum selling artist for his album 'Irish Song We Learned At School' was in excellent form as always, even getting pupils and teachers into a 'sing-off' to see who could sing the loudest - needless to say that this was a contest that pupils relished taking part in.

The concert continued the school's ongoing commitment   to the Creative Schools Programme (CSP) and putting the arts and creativity and the heart of pupil's learning and day to day life. Presentation Primary is part of a five-year pilot project that aims to reinforce the impact that arts and creativity has on student learning development and well-being.

In addition to the CSP, the school has also been granted a Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP) residency by Tralee Education Centre.

These two projects are being combined by the school for a new project entitled 'Taking Down Walls' which will focus on highlighting awareness of diversity that currently exists in schools  and beyond today.

Kerryman

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