Fifth and Sixth Class Assembly 30-09-2016

We had our first assembly of the year for fifth and sixth classes.
Opening Prayer
Dear Father,
Give me the strength of mind and a caring heart.
And the will power it takes to make a brand new start.

Mr Reidy welcomed all the teachers and the pupils from the fifth and sixth classes. He spoke about the importance of having 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 gest 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
Doing excellent work in class
Doing really good homework………………….etc
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. Mr Reidy 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 line on yard prize
This is a prize for the class who makes a huge effort to get into their line quickly and quietly when the bell rings after break times. You must stay in the line without messing until your class teacher comes to collect you. Mr Reidy will be walking around the yards every day and taking notes of the classes that are trying really hard. The prize for winning this award is an extra ten minutes after big day on a day chosen by your class teacher.
Reflection (Mr Reidy)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 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.
Students Council
Our new Students Council for 2016-2017 was elected last week. Through our Student Council we hope to give our pupils a more active role in the organisation of our school and ensure they are listened to and respected for their ideas and concerns. It involves the students in many of the decisions that are made regarding the day-to-day running and management of St. Declan’s School. Discussions in classes and at Council meetings help to develop social and learning skills in many areas including speaking and listening, problem solving, brainstorming and the decision-making process .The following children are on the Students Council 2016-2017.
Room 20- Daragh and Aoife
Room 21- Matthew and Katie
Room 25- Stephen and Emilia
Room 4- Paddy and Freya
Room 5- Hannah and Matthew
Room 2- Luke and Ciara
Room 3- Ailxandre and Bolu
Room 6- Martin and Ella
Hannah and Matthew spoke to assembly on behalf of the Students Council for a few minutes.
Full Attendance 2016-2017
Mr Reidy congratulated the following children on their perfect attendance for last year. They were at school for 183 days in total. The children were presented with a medal.
Room 6- Emma and Lola
Room 2- Aimee and Fadekemi
Room 3 – Faderera and Callum
Mr Mc Keown’s fifth class Room 6 sang a song for us……
We ended assembly with this prayer.
End Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for all the opportunities we have in this world.
Please help us to have the courage always to try new things.
And to take the opportunities that come our way .Amen