On Thursday Night last, Our Lady’s hosted its annual “Search for a Superstar” in the school social area. The evening began with a music recital by primary and secondary students who take music lessons at Our Lady’s.
Congratulations to all the young singers and musicians who enchanted the large audience with their delightful performances and to the teachers who do such good work with the students.
“Search for s superstar” began around 8pm and featured over twenty excellent acts from a broad spectrum of musical, singing and dancing traditions. Whether singing or dancing, playing solo or in groups, each act was highly entertaining and the varied programme provided an excellent evening’s entertainment for the large audience of family members, friends and supporters who attended.
While the judges adjourned to consider the very difficult task of picking the winners, the audience was entertained by previous winner, Aoife Newe, an Irish dancer of international standing and by Tommy Mallen, Stevie Cullen and Joseph Kennedy who were the 2011 Superstars.
Then it was time to announce the winners:
In third place was banjo player, Graeme Sargent , from first year who gave a most entertaining performance of “Harry – O”.
In Second place was second year Eva O’ Toole who delighted the audience with her version of “The Cup Song” from “Pitch Perfect”.
And Karolina Varadi with a flawless performance of “Skyfall” by Adele was announced as this year’s winner.
Congratulations to the winners and to all students who took part in the “Search for a superstar”. Apart from the quality of the performances which was excellent, one of most memorable aspect of the evening was the ease and confidence of the participants and their obvious love of music and performance.
Special congratulations to music teacher, Ms Anne Marie Johnston who organised the event and thanks to Mary Rose Dwan, Anne Marie Dwan and Pat O’ Callaghan who teach many of the students and who adjudicated on the night.
Upbeat Careers Presentation to Fifth Year Students.
On Friday Morning, Mr Paul Mc Donald, a civil engineer from the National Roads Design office gave a talk to Fifth year students on prospects for employment in the engineering sector in the coming years. Contrary to the prevailing mood of despondency which dominates most commentary in the media at present, Mr. Mc Donald predicts a massive surge in demand for engineers of all sorts in the coming years . This will be driven by the population explosion that is taking place at present. He predicts that massive infra-structural projects will be undertaken in the near future to build cities to accommodate the rapidly growing global population. Other growth areas will be in renewable energy, water purification and conservation as well as IT. Because of the growing sophistication of technology he predicts that engineers will not have to travel to the areas of population growth to work on engineering projects but will be able to work remotely on these projects from offices in Ireland or Europe. Mr Mc Donald spoke of the importance of having a second language and referred to a number of firms who are at present experiencing severe labour shortages because of the lack of suitably trained graduates who are proficient in a second language.
Full notes in this week’s Tipperary Star.