We had assebly for our 5th and 6th classes today.
Give me the strength of mind and a caring heart.
And the will power it takes to make a brand new start.
Welcome –Mr Kearins
I want to welcome Ms O’Halloran, Mr Ryan, Ms Jenkinson, Ms Conway, Ms O’Donnell, Ms Downes and Ms Mc Hugh here today with all the children from 5th and 6th class .
A very special welcome goes to Moya, 5th class Room 3 and Paula 6th class Room 24 who joined our school in September. We hope you will be very happy here in St. Declan’s. We also welcome Mar and Alberto our two Spanish students who are with us for a few weeks in Room 3.
Why do we have assemblies
Assemblies are a way of showing you are part of our school. It’s a time to come together with our teachers and principal.
We share good news at our assemblies.
Praise children who have achieved different things.
Talk about different events happening in the school.
Chat about our school rules. Try and improve on some school rules.
Each class will get a turn to do a performance at assembly during the year
Pupil of the Month Trophy
Every month at assembly we will be awarding one child from each class with a trophy. This trophy could be awarded for
Good behaviour, Being kind to others in your class, Playing nicely on yard, Listening very carefully to teacher and doing excellent work in class, Doing really good homework
Every month four children from each class will be picked as nominees by their teacher and one person will be awarded with a trophy. The trophy is kept at school and will be collected again the day before the next assembly.
Best Uniform Prize
This is a prize for the class who are always wearing their PE tracksuits on PE days and their uniforms on uniform days. I will be checking to see that ties are worn on uniform days, and that you all look nice and neat as you are representing St. Declan’s when you are in the uniform. The class that wins the prize will get a night off homework to be decided on by your class teacher.
Best behaviour on yard prize
This prize goes to the class that behave the best on yard. Your class can win this prize by being kind to others, helping each other, playing nicely together, and being good friends. The teachers on yard will report back to me any good behaviour and it will be rewarded. Your teacher can decide what the prize will be.
Best Attendance Award
This award goes to the class with the best attendance from each class stream. The winning class gets 10 minutes extra golden time. This month the prize for 5th class goes to Room 2 Ms O’Halloran’s class and for 6th class goes to Ms Downes Room 24.
Gaeilgeoir na miosa
Gaeilgeoir na miosa is a prize given to one child from each class who is making a huge effort to speak in Irish throughout the day and when they meet others on the corridor etc. For September we have been learning Dia Duit agus go raibh maith agat. For October we will be learning Cad is ainm duit? Slan leat agus Cen aois thu?
Green Schools Committee
Our Green Schools Committee for 2019-2020 has been elected. This year we are continuing to work towards our next An Taisce Green Schools flag. The theme for last year and this year is Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste. The children will be busy monitoring and promoting our Green school theme throughout the school. The following children are on the committee. . Daniel and Grace from Room 9, Veronica and Conor from Room 5, Daisy and Darragh from Room 7, Daniel and Urte from Room 4, Lee and Aoife from Rppm 3, Joe and Christina from Room 24, Andreea and Maya from Room 8, Zara and TJ from Room 6, Lucy and Liam from Room 25
Reflection (Mr Kearins)
I want to talk today about doors. Most doors we pass through are familiar to us- our classroom door, our front door at home, our bedroom door…..we know what to expect when we walk through it. However in our lives there are often other doors that we experience. These are often called door of opportunities. For example at the start of a new school year when you get to know a new teacher. It may be that you get the chance to try a new sport, skill or activity. It may be that you get the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Each new opportunity we are given is like a door. We can choose to keep the door shut and not to walk through it. We can choose not to take the opportunity given to us. Or we can say yes to opening a door and walking through it, to experience new things. Sometimes what we find on the other side may be difficult and we may decide we don’t like it, but at least you will have tried. This coming school year will be full of new opportunities in St. Declan’s and I’m really forward to it. Let us all embrace the new opportunities that come our way and try different things. Trying new things takes courage, you have to be brave enough to step forward and give it a go, even when you aren’t certain what the outcome will be. I want to wish you all the very best for the coming school year.
Full Attendance 2018-2019
I want to congratulate the following children on their perfect attendance for last year. They were at school for 180 days in total. This is a super achievement and you should be all very proud. Room 3
Sophie Aylward, Kian Bolger-Darling, Kaitlyn Newman, Clara Davey
Adam Mc Mahon, Toke Alicia Jones, Jean O’Donohue, Nathan Day Daly, Rachel Brogan, Conor Mc Cabe, Kady Mc Hugh
Room 25 Gabriele Pranckeviciute
Room 24 Keela White
Performance– Ms O’Halloran’s 5th class Room 2
Thank you for all the opportunities we have in this word Please help us to have the courage always to try new things. And to take the opportunities that come our way .Amen