First and Second Class September Assembly

We had assebly for our 1st and 2nd classes yesterday.

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.

Welcome –Mr Kearins

I want to welcome Mr Barry, Ms Mooney, Mr Phillips, Ms Kelly, Ms Crowley, and Mr Lydon with their classes.

A very special welcome goes to Hanzala Room 19 and Leila Room 15 who joined our school in September. We hope you will be very happy here in St. Declan’s.

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

Special Awards

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 1st class goes to Room 14 and for 2nd class goes to Room 19

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)

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.  Let’s think about the star that is inside each one of us – the special part of us that makes us individuals

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 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 12 Finn Mc Hugh, James Delaney 


                                                                                                                                                                                  Room 26   TJ Murray, Lennon Moloney



Room 13   Laura O’Donohue, Amelia Bolger-Darling 


                                                                                                                                 Room 14   Ciara Garrigan

Room 15 Katie Bradley, Nathan Hickey, Romy Kinsey, Katie Johnson


Room 16 Fathiah Ayuba


Room 18  Blossom Abagha, Alannah Doherty 


Room 19 George Davey, Emma Donnelly


Room 17 Jessica O’Donohue, Darragh Murphy


Performance– Mr Barry Room 14

End Song

Together Again