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As we come to the end of this term the school has never been busier. Tests and CBA’s are being done, extra-curricular activities are being rolled out and results of the review for exam classes are being written up. All this against the backdrop of a national lockdown and continued uncertainty about when schools will ‘be back’. Would somebody tell them we never left and that our teachers and students have worked through every one of the 210 classes since this term began! We continue to adapt and respond to the ongoing challenges that arise and are learning how to do this better all the time.
But we are tired, and we all need a rest. Let’s remember that and be good to ourselves over the midterm. Leave the screens behind and take a break from the books. None of us are going to last the pace if we don’t avail of this time out…so do the clever thing and do as little as possible during the holidays!
Now for a few notices.
A reminder to the 2nd year class that the second session with Abbott’s ‘World of Work Programme’ will take place tomorrow morning at 10am. The session is called, ‘A Day in the Life’ and the students will get the opportunity to hear from different employees in Abbott and what their jobs look like. Students are encouraged to ask as many questions as possible so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with one of the biggest Pharma companies around. Ms Glynn has set up a Camogie/Hurling skills programme which you can access by clicking on the following link. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a3512825a90a14aacac30d944ec48a437%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=127650df-36b8-467c-a265-739c8972df4c&tenantId=85c1a364-b644-4a18-bd7a-f34f7d7a9b99 Would all those interested in joining this group email firstname.lastname@example.org . Hurls and sliothars can be provided. Great chance to learn a new set of skills!
Well done to our Chess team who played well last night in the penultimate round of the Longford Schools Chess Tournament. Two players in the top 10 places so all to play for still.
The ‘Three Minute Challenge’ today is all about the language of love! We are looking for your best Valentines verses….preferably written by yourself. One or two examples below from the 1st years.
I want to say, In a friendly way, From me to you, We’re friends we two. Happy Valentine’s day.
Hushed, I blushed, My heart is mush, I gush, I think I have a crush!
Valentine ’s Day can be hard, especially if you don’t get a card.
So copy and paste the link below into Google , and join in the fun to be in with a chance in our draw tomorrow for prizes sponsored by Shane Crossan SCP.
Thanks again to the teachers who have worked so hard to prepare, set , mark and report the exam class reviews that will be up on VS Ware tomorrow. More details to be sent to the 3rd and 6th years today on how to access and use the information in this report to support your learning going forward. Well done to everybody who participated and engaged with this initiative.
Before we read the reflection that Ms Keenan has shared with us today we take a moment here to remember Daniel Greene, a past pupil of this school who passed away recently in Australia. We think of his family, his relatives and friends who are grieving his loss at this time and we will keep Daniel in our thoughts and prayers today.
Life Is Not A Race
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Do not let your years slip through your fingers by living in the past, nor in the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.
Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.
Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been,
but also where you are going.
Life is not a race,
but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.