Mass of the Gifts
The whole school gathered in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Monday, December 21st for the Christmas mass. The mass opened with a candle lit procession of gifts. Senior students laid gifts on the altar to the symphonic strains of the chamber choir singing Santa Nicolai. The gifts represent all the charitable works undertaken by students throughout the school year. The school chaplain, Fr. Hayes, celebrated the mass and spoke about the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy and the symbolism of the logo designed by Jesuit priest Father Marko I. Rupnik. The music and singing were provided by members of senior orchestra, Chamber choir and Cecilian choir. They added to the solemnity and festivity of the celebration with hymns like Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth), Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Oh Holy Night, a duet version sung by Galina Kennedy and Naomi Ryan and the recessional hymn Joy to the World. After Holy Communion all the first year students filled the aisles of the Cathedral to perform a beautiful movement to the much loved carol ‘Silent Night’. The students, moving in slow sequence to the lyrics of ‘Silent Night’ filled the darkened church with glowing candlelight. Thanks to Ms. Gleeson for taking all first year students to teach them this dance that has become a traditional part of the Mass of the Gifts at Christmas time. Thanks to the Ms.Butler and Ms. McNally for the music. To the Religion Department and Eileen in the office for producing a lovely mass booklet
UCT Christmas Fun
After breaktime on the final day of the school term, Tuesday 22nd December, the students and staff gathered in the Sports Hall for a lot of festive fun. This was the grand finale to the weekly Christmas activities organised by the fifth and sixth year student councillors in the lead up to Christmas. Santa Claus made a celebrity appearance, all the way from the North Pole, to start the proceedings.There was a gorgeous performance by first year student Cliòna nic Domhnail who composed her own song and accompanied herself on the harp. Also a group of first years got the whole hall up and dancing to a medley of One Direction songs. There was a version of the 12 days of Christmas performed by teachers and students which was highly entertaining. Norita Bourke was rocking and had everyone clapping and singing along. However the Sixth Years brought the house down with a lip synch selection of songs from Tina Turner, Shania Twain, and Cindy Lauper to name but a few. It was a highly charged, energetic performance which got a rapturous reception and was a brilliant finish to the day and to the term. Ms. Butler paid tribute to the fifth year councillors in particular for their hard work and organisation in providing such entertaining events over the past number of weeks and on the last day in particular. Well done to all students and teachers involved in all the shenanigans. It was fantastic Christmas craic.