November Assembly First and Second

We had our November assembly today.

Opening Prayer
O Jesus the source of all wisdom.
The one who will show the way of peace.
Be the light that burns so bright, lighting up our lives.
Prepare for the one who is coming.
Let us welcome him into our hearts.

In our assembly today we are going to talk about advent. We know that God is with us at all times. We know that God was with us in the brightness of Summer, in the freshness of Spring and in the golden colours of Autumn. We know that God is with us now this Winter. The end of November is the beginning of Advent. Advent means arrival and it is the season of waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus. There are four Sundays leading up to Advent. The first candle in the Advent wreath symbolises hope. The second candle represents peace. The third candle symbolises joy and the fourth candle symbolises love. The last candle is lit on Christmas Day. The circle of the wreath reminds us of God. His endless mercy which has no beginning and no end. The evergreen branches and leaves symbolise the everlasting life which God gives us. During Wintertime long ago people would light candles on wheel shaped bundles of evergreen. The candle light gave comfort to people at the darkest time of the year.

Ms Mc Enroy’s children read the prayers of the faithful.

Advent is a season of waiting, waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus. We all have to wait in our lives for different things. We wait for friends to come to play. We wait for parents to collect us and we wait for lunch break each day. To wait is part of all our lives. Mary and Joseph waited patiently for the birth of Jesus on that very first Christmas. We now wait too.
Prayer 2
Advent is a time of joy. As Mary and Joseph waited during the first advent , they waited with joy in their hearts for the coming of the baby Jesus. We remember and celebrate the joy that the people felt as they waited for the arrival of Jesus all that time ago.
Prayer 3
Advent is a time of hope. Mary and Joseph like all new parents were filled with hope as they waited . The people of Israel waited in hope for the coming of Jesus. We look forward to and wait in joyful hope to celebrate that first Christmas.

The children have been very busy working on their free writing in class. We had one child from each class come up to read a sample of their free writing.
Room 15-Maya, Room 15-Kaia, Room 16-Donnacha, Room 17-Oleg, Room 18-Ryan and Room 11 Aaron. Their work was super.

Student of the month
Room 14- Kyle
Room 15-Nicole
Room 16-Dearbhla
Room 17-Stella
Room 18-Christopher

Well done to Gabriella from Room 16 who won a bronze medal for Jiu Jitsu.

Room 15 won the best line award. They get an extra 10 minutes on yard. Room 14 won the best dressed class. They get a night off homework. Room 11 won the best behaviour on yard award. The prize will be decided by teacher. The best attendance award for 1st class for October was won by Room 15 and for 2nd class Room 11. They get extra golden time.
Well done to Abbie, Emma, and Ellie from Room 17 and Abbie from Room 16 who won prizes in the Credit Union art competition.
Mr Mc Loughlin’s first class performed the poem Ning Nang Nong.