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President Higgins has delivered a message to the people of Ireland to celebrate Lá Fhéile Bríde.
He notes that, as we celebrate the courage and commitment of St. Brigid in her day, we in our day pay tribute to all of those who in their different ways continue their essential work, for the benefit of their fellow citizens. He speaks of the challenges and distress caused by covid but also reminds us that this crisis will pass and adds that how long this will take depends, to a large extent, on how we react today, and in the weeks ahead.
The President’s speech can be listened to by clicking on the link below.
At the start of a new week, a new month and a new season we take strength from what we have achieved so far in our school and we focus ahead on what has yet to be done. Rely on each other, share the burden and move forward together.
Now for a few notices.
- Thanks to the 6th year students who attended the Q&A session on Friday last. Of course the key question was about when we would return to our campus and get to work on practicals and projects. The answer is still not clear to either of these question. What we do know and what we have full control over is that there will be a review of your progress so far this term for you on the 12th of February. Now is the time for all exam students to focus on this date and put in the best possible performance that you can.
- The same goes for all other year groups. This is what school looks like at the moment and this is how it will be for at least another month so you need to engage with your teachers, attend all classes and complete your homework. The curriculum is been covered and we won’t have time to go over it again. You need to be in school, every day and for every class.
- This week we will be looking at improving attainment and grades. We all know that a properly kept school journal is the passport to success. We will begin with the 1st years today. So 101 send a picture of your signed journal for the week ending the 29th of January to email@example.com while 102 send their to firstname.lastname@example.org .It will be the 2nd year’s turn tomorrow and the 3rd years on Wednesday. We will contact the parents of those students who have cooperated with this request.
- Last week we were looking at extra-curricular activities we could do online. Thanks to the students and teachers that came up with some great ideas. Just because we are isolating does not mean we have to be on our own. Get involved in the groups and activities that are springing up and let us know if you have any fun online activity or project that you think would work in our school!
- Student council meeting tonight at 6pm will have that question on the top of their agenda and any other issues that you would like them to raise. Thanks again to this group for giving up their free time to represent their classmates. So if you have an online activity in mind that you think would be suitable for school, be sure to speak to your SC rep!
- In relation to online extra-curricular activities we should always treat each other with respect and act in the knowledge that during school time, school rules apply. Remember, once you have posted something online it cannot be undone. Always think before you act and be kind with your comments.
- We will be beginning our primary school chess classes from 4-5 pm today. Well done to our school team on their continued strong performance in the Longford Schools tournament where we hold the top two slots. Good session last Friday afternoon followed by an enjoyable in-school tournament which takes place on Sunday nights from 6-7pm and is open to students and teachers. No experience required!
And now we take a moment to read the reflection that Ms Keenan has found for us today.
Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours
to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect or use it.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish everyday and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered
with your old nonsense.