“I have to say that it has been one of the most professional, enjoyable and creative extra curricular activities that the school ever engaged in. I highly recommend them” 

Principal, Drumphea National School Garry hill Co. Car low

We were delighted to have been back in Nurney National School for a 2nd year.


We thank the Principal, Staff, The Board of Management and the Parents Association.


We hope the children enjoyed the experience the 2nd time around.


Here is a week by week breakdown of what the children learned and achieved.


The show "Nurney's Christmas Nightmare" was staged in MaGrath Hall in Bagnalstown on Sunday 21st December 2008 @ 7.00pm

For 38 children it was an outstanding success - well done to all.



What a pleasure to walk into Nurneys new school. We now have a whole new room to work in with loads of space compared to the prefab that we worked in with the children last year. However it did not deter the children as they put on some show last year so with our new room this year the children should be outstanding. Well done to everybody that was involved in getting the school's new extension. It is a fine school now. We were delighted to see all the children again and we know the children were equally as Happy to see us. We got to work straight away with all the children learning their 1st song and dance routines and they all started their preparation work for their costumes. All the children had a go at the Chinese whisper game with a promise from the teachers that they would have no homework if they succeeded. The smaller children got to meet Polly Pecker for the 1st time and boy did Polly love the attention



We are flying it in Nurney and all the children are fantastic. They all progressed to their 2nd song and they all continued with the preparation for their costumes. The smaller children are getting help from the older children to complete their make and do which is great as it gives the older children responsibility and involves them in teamwork. The older children were excellent at their scenario games with some of the children performing very well indeed. The very bold Polly was also with the small children throwing cards around the room much to the children delight.




The children are doing great work in Nurney School however we have a lot still to do as the weeks are ticking by. The small children got to work on their 3rd song and they also got to complete their Santa's for their t-shirts. Next week the children will be sticking these Santa's to their t-shirts and they will be working on their t-shirts for the next 2 weeks. We got to play the troll game with the small children at the end of the workshop which was enjoyed by all. The older children and singing and dancing very well and they also started working on their 3rd song which should be very funny when it gets to stage. They also completed their bones and next week they also will be starting to stick these bones to their t-shirts. Next week will be a big week for the children as this is where their imagination will have to kick in when they start their t-shirts. The children are allowed to use their own ideas and creations using the materials that they have.

 Notice the santas 



This week the children started on their costumes which was great as they have spent the last 3 weeks preparing for them. The t-shirts are the children's own design and no 2 t-shirts are the same. All the children are learning their song and dance routines very well but however more work need to be done. Denis performed some magic for the children but he needs a lot of practice. Next week we will take some time out with the children and get them to perform on the sad and happy mats and we will also get the children to start their 4th and final song. Well done to all.



We are now at the half way mark. All the children performed very well on the "sad and happy" mats this week telling their stories while acting them out. We introduced the small children to their bell routine and we have to say they were excellent. We were concerned when the children were so small the bell routine could be hard for them to follow but the children were excellent and with some practice the act will be very entertaining. Most of the classes have now learned all of their song and dance routines and we are pleased with their progress. The children also continued with making their costumes.



This was a big week for the children as we introduced the keyboards for the children to sing "live" to rather than to a cd and they were all fantastic. There wasn't any time for games today as there was a lot to be done. All the children completed their final stage of their costumes and next time we are back all the children will be starting the make and do on their Christmas scene. The small children again rehearsed their routine with the bells and the older children started their dance routine for "DO - DEAR" from the Sound of Music. We are doing a completely different take to the song as we have Irish Dancing involved and it swill be very entertaining in the show.The children also got to perform some of their songs for the other classes so all the children finally got a glimpse of what the other classes were doing in the show.  Nurney School is now on their Halloween break so to everyone in the school - Happy Halloween

Do I stick this here?  Finished Santa Costume Small children working hard



This week we took time out in Nurney for the children to paint their scenes for their show. Scene day is one of our favorite days as it is a very relaxing day for everyone. The children have to work in teams and have to have plenty of patience to complete their scenes. These scenes are hung at the back of the stage during the performance and they are 13 x 9' wide so they are big. The smaller children also dipped their hands in paint to create the border and the older children used great imagination creating their border around the scene. Well don to all.





This week the children went back to singing and dancing after over two weeks of a break as we had other things to do with the children and all the children sang and performed brilliantly. Mr. Duffy's class were shown the final part of their bell routine and Mrs. Murphy's class are now concentrating on the zombie characters that they are performing in their scene. All the children in the school were brought together to rehearse their finale scene and different percussion instruments were used by the children to perform the song with great result's. All the children started on their final backdrop. This is a Christmas scene that will be made from hundreds of material pieces to create an image and it will look fantastic. However great care, attention and patience is needed from the children to complete the scene. We are delighted with the performance of the children in Nurney school and the children are well on their way to staging a fantastic show for you all in December.

  Hard at work. Notice all the differant peices of material used to create the image



We had a very busy but most enjoyable day in Nurney School this week. All the children had fun trying to ring the "magic bell" but all of them failed however it was not from pure determination that they tried. This bell is being used in a scene that Mr.Duffy's class are doing and is very entertaining in the show. The small children practiced their song and dance routines and they are performing them very well. They also worked on the Christmas backdrop. The older children spent the entire workshop finishing the same Christmas backdrop and as a result of brilliant teamwork we got it completed and it does look fantastic. As we have said it is an image made from 100's of pieces of material and it took a lot of work by the children. We took time out to play scenario game with the older children. They performed very well and it was quite entertaining. Well done to all the children. You are in for a great show at Christmas.

Notice all the peices of material to make the tree Denis in the children's way as usual Hard at work trying to finish the Christmas backdrop



This week we were able to take time out with the children in Nurney and have some fun. All the children have their song and dance routines well rehearsed now and for the next two weeks all the school will be rehearsing together so the classes will finally get to see what the other classes have done for the show. It is an exciting time when the school comes together to rehearse their show as it means the workshops are coming to an end and the show is getting closer. The 1st workshop children performed their song and dance routines today and then we danced to music while they got their faces painted. The 2nd workshop also performed their song and dance routines and then they had fun face painting one another to unusual results. It was a nice relaxed and fun day in Nurney today.



This week we had a full rehearsal with all the children on the funkykids stage with all the lights and sound in place for our show on Sunday. It was a nervous rehearsal as it was the full stage and it was different surroundings for the children to perform in but they all did very well. The teachers and parents were an excellent help in putting the final touches to the show and we are as ready now as we can be for our show on Sunday night.



The children started to arrive in MagRath Hall at 5.30 and again it was a joy to see all the children finally in their costumes. Over the 10 weeks the children male their costumes but we do not get to see the children wearing them until just before the show and it is always a sight to behold. It was then all hands on deck to get the children made up and prepared for the show with a lot of excited and nervous children waiting to go on stage. AT 7.00pm we started our show to a full house - great support for a small school - and the children were outstanding. They performed their hearts out especially the smaller children for "Bob the Builder" and the older children for "Thriller". The audience loved the Christmas finale especially "I m gettin nuttin for Christmas" Mrs Murphy was excellent for the mime that she performed with Olivia and Julie was excellent for her mime that she performed with Denis. The show ended to rapturous rounds of applause.

Waiting patiently for the show to start  The FunkyKids Club stage

 Rehersing on stage The great finale


At the end of the show we were proud to give these children in Nurney school their Certificates of Excellence. There are only 38 children in the school and it was a big and challenging show for the children to learn and perform. We thank the staff for making us feel so welcome again and we look forward to meeting you all again in 2010. Well done to you all and thank you for a memorable 10 weeks.

God Bless

Denis and Olivia