Dear Parent/Guardian/ YOPS member,
We hope you have had an enjoyable break over the summer.
As September approaches we look forward to welcoming you to the new term ahead and with that in mind have attached a list of our rehearsal and concert dates so you can pencil them into your diaries. There are also one or two new developments that I wanted to let you know of.
New Rehearsal Venue: As you will know last year after, 13 years in the Church of Ireland Teacher Training College in Rathmines, the College was closed and we had to relocate to a new venue at Sandford Park School Ranelagh. Unfortunately last term the school informed us that they were undertaking a major redevelopment and could no longer facilitate us with the use of their 2 halls.
We have had major difficulty trying to find a similar venue (2 halls) on a Sunday in this area. I am however delighted to let you know that from September the YOPs Orchestra will now be based in Scoil Bhríde, Oakley Road, Ranelagh just 5 minutes from the Sandford Park School and the Beechwood Luas Stop . The Principal and Board of Management are very supportive of our work and we look forward to making Scoil Bhríde our new rehearsal venue a success over the coming months.
Entrance is through the school gate from Beechwood Park, at the back of Scoil Bhríde
New Rehearsal Times for each orchestra:
Taking into account Scoil Bhríde’s one rehearsal hall , we are obliged to rearrange our rehearsal times.
YOPS Senior Orchestra rehearsal at 9.30-12.15 pm
YOPS Junior Orchestra rehearsal at 1.15 -3.30 pm
We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.
This term we are planning an Open Rehearsal for parents to hear the orchestras perform on Sunday the 3rd’ December 2017 at
Senior YOPS 11.15-12.15 pm
Junior YOPS 2.30- 3.30 pm
Our End of Year Concert will take place in the Civic Theatre Tallaght on the 13th May 2018.
Parent Rehearsal Roster
A big thank you to the parents for their support last year in preparing the refreshments and supervising the students during our breaks. Due to the Orchestras growth in numbers we would greatly appreciate all your support with our fundraising events and monthly supervision requirements.
I would appreciate if every family could volunteer for one of the following tasks for one rehearsal day in the year
- To help with the operation of the SNACK BREAKS, we will need 3 parents to set up and supervise the snack breaks
- Senior YOPS from 10.30-11.15 am
- Junior YOPS from 00 -2.45 pm
In order to organise this roster, we will be emailing you in the next week, details of an online Input sheet where you will be able to advise us on-line of your availability for roster duty before the 10th September 2017. We will then prepare the Parent Break Roster, put it on our website, and a copy will be on display on the notice board at each rehearsal.
During the year if you become unable to fulfill your roster commitment, we would appreciate if you could arrange a swap with another parent between yourselves and let us know.
YOPS Music Folders
Students that returned their old YOPS music folder will be able to collect their YOPS folder with the new sheet music from their conductor.
Any student that did not return their YOPS music folder, please bring it along to the first rehearsal on Sunday 10th September . hand in last years sheet music to the conductor and collect the new sheet music for 2017-18 and insert it into their folder for 2017-18
This year’s membership fee is retained €125 per student and €105 for a second family member. This is necessary to cover the insurance, heating and rent of the hall. Fees must be paid by Sunday 10th September 2017. Payment can be made directly before that date to the
YOPS Bank Account
Bank of Ireland, Dunboyne:
BIC Code BOFIIE2D
IBAN IE35 BOFI 9033 4996 0205 07
Sort Code 90-33-49
Account Number 96020507
please give family name as reference or by cash or cheque payable to “YOPS” at the first rehearsal on the 10th September 2017.
The fee for the new members have already been paid when they accepted their place.
We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year Continue reading