RCS to launch 'Dancing' dvd

RCS to launch 'Dancing' dvd

RCS to launch 'Dancing' dvd

The Rosses Community School, Pobalscoil Na Rosann, will launch the dvd of its successful Strictly Come Dancing tomorrow night.

The launch is set for 8 pm, Friday night at Bonner's pub in Mullaghdubh and will feature a performance by fifth-year student Keith Gallagher and special needs assistant Suzanne Gallagher, no relation, who won the event. There will also be a showing of selections from the dvd as well as scenes from early rehearsals, "which could provide some very entertaining viewing," said RCS deputy principal Mary Forrestal.

Proceeds from the sale of the dvd will go toward the new RCS Student Scholarship Fund.

The school held its Strictly Come Dancing night on Nov. 26, "the first day of the snow," Mary said. Principal John Gorman, Mary, teachers, special needs assistants, canteen staff and students made up the 16 participating couples. Each couple had to learn the cha-cha, the jive and the Viennese waltz, and they also performed an opening routine together, after training for 10 weeks with Marian Shiels.

The deputy principal said the night was not initially intended as a fund-raiser, "but the level of interest was so phenomenal" that plans changed.

"Once we realised the response and how enthusiastic people were for it and it was going to generate a lot of funds, we wanted to raise money for something worthwhile," Mary said. They raised more than 7,000 euro for the new scholarship fund.

"There was such lovely community spirit -- it really was very heartwarming that was so well received," she said.

Mary said the scholarship programme will enable Leaving Cert students to apply for a bursary from the fund, which will be designed to reward excellence in different fields.

"There will be an independent committee to assess each application and we hope each year we will have a different event to raise funds for the scholarship fund," Mary said. "I like to think we look after our students very well here and we don't forget about them when they leave."

Brendan O'Donnell recorded the evening and has compiled it on to a two-disk set. The school chose to hold the launch in Mullaghdubh because they have a large number of students from the area.

"We want to spread things around within the Rosses," Mary said.

The dvd will be available at the launch and at the school.