First and Second Class Assembly for September

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 Kearins                                                                                                    

I want to welcome Ms Kelly, Ms Crowley, Mr Barry, Ms O’Halloran, Ms Curran and Mr Mc Loughlin here today with all the boys and girls from 1st and 2nd class to your very first school assembly. A special welcome to Millie Browning 1st class Room 15 Ms Crowley’s class who joined our school in September. Assemblies are a way of showing you are part of our school. It’s a time to come together with our teachers and principal.          At assembly ………………..

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                                             

Good behaviour                                                                                           

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.


Today we are going to talk about apples. There are lots of different varieties of apples…….granny smith, pink ladies ,golden delicious apples etc. Now they all look different on the outside …..some are shiny and glossy some are green, some are red and some are yellow. But when you cut an apple in half they all have a star shape in the middle. Even apples that get bruised on the outside have a star shape inside them. This is a bit like people. We all look different from the outside………some people have blue eyes, green eyes or brown eyes, some people have blond hair or red hair, some people have different colour skin. However in many ways we are all the same on the inside, as we are all stars inside. We all have unique and special talents who make us who we are. I’m sure you can all think of at least one thing that you are very good at. To grow an apple you need seeds, soil, water and sunlight. In the same way children need certain things to grow healthily. You need food and water to help you grow physically. You need care and love from your family and friends to help you to grow emotionally. I see you all decorated your own star for assembly today.  Let’s think about the star that is inside each one of us – the special part of us that makes us individuals. I know you decorated your own star with teacher during the week. Can you all please hold up your stars for me to see


I want to say a few words about trying your best to work hard this year. All of you are in new classes this year and you are all a year older. Some of you may have got new teachers or SNA’s so there are a lot of changes happening in your lives. The first class children are now in until 3pm and are probably getting more homework than you did last year. The second class children will be making their Communion next May so we are all growing and changing. We hope you will all have a very happy year in St. Declan’ s.

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. When you hear your name you can come up to receive your medal and certificate and to get your photograph taken.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Room 16                                                                                              

Sophie Taylor                                                                                       

 Room 28                                                                                                   

Kate Nulty Finnerty                                                                                 

Room 14                                                                                                

Aaron Nulty                                                                                                      

Room 18                                                                                                   

Zara Burdock and John Nulty Finnerty

We now have Ms O’Halloran’s  second class coming up to do a performance.

We will finish assembly by singing the song Together again. Thank you all for being very well behaved and I am really looking forward to our next assembly.

Final Song- Together Again