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    The Arts Council and the Isle of Man Government as a whole are planning to have a year celebration of the arts and culture entitled Island of Culture 2014.

    One of the cornerstones of the project is that schools, youth groups and young people are involved in all sorts of activities, large and small, and that there is some legacy for them.

    Bunscoill Rhumsaa will be participating in the project in a number of different ways over the coming year, with special events and weeks planned so children will experience and take part in a wide range of cultural activities.


    October

    Tuesday 1st - Year 6 Children from Bunscoill Rhumsaa will be visiting the Tynwald Building and Chambers and the Manx Museum.

    The High Court of Tynwald is the parliament of the Isle of Man and has an unlimited, but not necessarily exclusive, legislative competence.Tynwald is of Norse origin and over 1,000 years old, and is thus the oldest parliament in the world with an unbroken existence.

    It has two Branches, the Legislative Council and the House of Keys, which sit separately to consider legislation, but also sit together in Douglas, and annually at St John’s, for other parliamentary purposes.




    November

    Wednesday 6th - Bunscoill Rhumsaa will be visited by Author Wes Magee.

    Wes Magee is an award-winning author for children and for adults.


    He has published 6 poetry collections for adults, and more than 100 books for young readers – fiction, poetry, plays, picture books, and anthologies.

    'The Poetry Archive' produced a CD of his poems.

    Wes lives in a tiny hamlet on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

    He regularly makes author visits to schools, libraries, and festivals where he performs his 'Poetry Show' and gives writing workshops.

    He also gives talks at education conferences, tutors writing courses for adults, and leads training days for teachers

    http://www.wesmagee.com

    Wes Magee Work


    Sunday 10th - A small group of Year 6 children are to represent the school and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph at the Courthouse.

    Wednesday 13th - As part of Remembrance, Year 6 children will visit the Cenotaph in Ramsey.


    The memorial at Ramsey on the Isle of Man is quite a feat of craftsmanship. The intricate celtic design, carved out of red sandstone, stands to commemorate 113 young men who fell in the First World War and 49 from the Second World War.


    Despite the dedication, the elaborate cross had not always been intended as a war memorial. When Parson William Kermode died in 1890 his son Philip designed the cross as a memorial to him, to be erected at Kirk Maughold near Ramsey.

    Mr T. H. Royston was engaged to carry out the carving. It is uncertain when Mr Royston started the project, although it would most likely have been within the 1890s, yet it was still unfinished in 1914, some 24 years after Parson Kermode's death. When, in 1919, the people of Ramsey decided to erect a war memorial an arrangement was made to take over the Kermode cross, which was still a work in progress, for that purpose.

    December

    Saturday 3rd - The school folk group, Share na Veg, will be performing at Ramsey Town Hall for a coffee morning hosted by Ramsey Cottage Hospital League of Friends.


    Monday 12th - The school folk group, Share na Veg will be performing at a community carol service at the Methodist Church.

    Wednesday 18th December (5 p.m.) - Bunscoill Rhumsaa will host a community carol singing event at the Courthouse in Ramsey.

    Come along and join children, staff, friends and members of Ramsey Town Band for an evening of singing Christmas songs and carols.



    Monday 10th March

    Two visiting musicians will pay a visit to the school. (Dates to be confirmed)
    http://www.islandofculture.imIsland of Culture
    Calum Stewart and Heikki Bourgault, traditional musicians from Scotland and Brittany.

    http://www.calumheikki.com

    A leading instrumentalist in Contemporary, Traditional, British Isles, European
    and World music, Calum Stewart is establishing a unique style along his way,
    the sound of his Wooden Flute being fundamental to this.

    Coming from a new generation of Breton musicians, Heikki Bourgault's
    traditional yet modern, unique interpretations, push the limits of the open
    tuned guitar.



    April
    7th - 15th

    A selection of art work from the children of Bunscoill Rhumsaa will be on display in Ramsey Town Hall as part of the Shennaghys Jiu Festival.






    Children will take part in The Manx Folk Awards. 7th - 9th

    DEC Manx Folk Awards (Aundyryn Kiaull Theay Vannin) 2013








    Thursday 10th & Friday 11th


    Visiting musicians and dancers from the Shennaghys Jiu Festival will entertain the children.

    http://www.shennaghysjiu.com





    11th April

    Children who play harp in the school folk group, Share na Veg, will take part in a workshop given by Scottish harpist Rachel Hair.


    http://www.rachelhair.com

    Rachel, from the Highland village of Ullapool, is a harpist-composer whose sparky, mischievous personality shines throughout her music.

    A first class Music Honours graduate and Alexander Stone Award winner, her 2 highly commended solo albums have gained her admirers worldwide allowing her to perform regularly throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.


    Friday 11th

    Children from both the folk group and dance group will take part in a concert for the Shennaghys Jiu Festival.











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