Pres Headford release virtual performance to mark end of challenging year

Presentation College Headford has released a virtual performance of the 1993 song ‘Ordinary World’ to mark the end of a challenging school year.

The song chosen is a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’. Teacher Siobhán O’Shaughnessy, along with Niamh St John, and Sinéad St John, has overseen a virtual performance involving a choir and orchestra that includes 51 students from third year up to Leaving Cert.

This musical performance will be released during Creative Schools Week. The school has established a JustGiving page and hopes to raise some much needed funds for Jigsaw Ireland.

TY students have also created a beautiful electronic pamphlet ‘Your 5 A Day for Summer Wellness’ which is available on www.presheadford.ie and across various social media platforms. Jigsaw is a community of professionals, supporters, and volunteers with a shared belief in an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.

Speaking ahead of the song’s release, Aisling McAlpine, school principal, welcomed the return of music to the school:“We are delighted to hear the sound of music albeit virtually ringing through the halls of Presentation College Headford once again. On behalf of the board of management, I pay tribute to the wonderful students in PCH, our dedicated staff and supportive parents who have kept community members safe all the while ensuring continuity of teaching and learning.”

She also praised and expressed gratitude to the teachers involved in this innovative process: “Presentation College Headford is synonymous with excellence and innovation in all creative forms and this latest musical offering is a testament to that fact. I express my gratitude to Ms. Siobhan Shaughnessy of our music department who was ably assisted by past pupils Ms Niamh St. John and Ms Sinéad St. John in working with our young charges to produce such an emotive and meaningful offering.”

Conor Henry, youth and community engagement Worker with Jigsaw in Galway, added: ‘We are so genuinely delighted to be part of this fantastic project with the students and staff of Presentation College Headford. To see such a talented group of young people coming together, while being apart, to create such a beautiful version of ‘Ordinary World’ to raise vital awareness of young people’s mental health and funds to support Jigsaw is magical.”

 

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