Give me the strength of mind and a caring heart.
And the will power it takes to make a brand new start.
I want to welcome Ms Downes, Ms Mc Hugh, Ms Conway, Ms O’Donnell Mr Lydon, Mr Farrell and Ms O’Connor here today with all the children from 5th and 6th classes. A special welcome to Anais Rios Heffernan who has returned to us this yaer in St. Declan’s.
First of all I want to talk about the importance of our 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. During assembly we…………….
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
I ask you all to be on your best behaviour at assembly. Walk down quietly in the line on your way to the hall. Sit quietly and listen when other people are speaking at assembly. When assembly is over wait for your teacher before you leave the hall.
Pupil of the Month Medal
Every month at assembly we will be awarding one child from each class with a medal. This medal could be awarded for
Being kind to others
Playing nicely on the yard
Listening carefully to teacher
Doing excellent work in class
Trying very hard at homework
Every month four children from each class will be picked as nominees by their teacher and one person will be awarded with the medal. The medal is kept at school and will be collected again the day before the next assembly. I’m really looking forward to see who will be the winners next month. I know you are all working hard already.
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 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. I 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.
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 will decide what the prize will be.
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, as it is for me as it’s my first year in St. Declan’s as your new school principal 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 awards 2017-2018
I want to congratulate the following children who had full attendance last year. This is a fantastic achievement and you should all be very proud of yourselves. These children were all in school for 183 days in total last year.
Room 2- Aoife Derwin, Matthias Nultyt Finnerty and Eoin Byrne
Room 3 – Tom Beggy and Matthew King
Room 4- Hollie O’Hare
Room 25 – Katie O’Connell, Liam O’Connor and Sarah Moss
Our new Students Council for 2018-2019 was elected recently 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 have been elected for our Students Council this year.
Room 20- Rachel Brogan, Nathan Day Daly
Room 21- Kaitlyn Newman, James Woodruffe,
Room 5- Lee Duffy, Ava Mc Gillivray
Room 24- Josh Burke Andrews, Aleksandra Strelcova
Room 25 – Bernard Joyce, Gabriele Pranckeviciute
Room 6- Zara Byrne, Jubril Alabi
Room 8 – Ben Condon, Amy Grennan
Room 2 – Bartosz Wieczorek, Wicktoria Sadowska
Room 3- Kayleigh Culen, Hrvoje Milkovic
Room 4 – Philip Carragher, Alannah Kelly
Philip and Kayleigh spoke on behalf of the Students Council for a few minutes
Ms Conway’s fifth class Room 8 performed a song for us.
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