Assembly 19 1 2021
Somebody once said that in any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. So what choices do we make about opening the schools and about the exams? Do continue to wait and see…hoping for a decision?
We need to be proactive about the mock exams, about preparing for the State examinations, about how we deal with this lockdown. We need to take control of what we can and be the difference we want to see around us.
This means containing the virus in our communities by abiding by the best medical advice.
This means preparing for our leaving and junior cert exams by working with our teachers and engaging with them in class.
This means finding different ways of assessing ourselves so that we can measure the incremental improvement in our grades over the coming months.
We can wait for somebody to tell us what to do or we can use our best judgement, come up with a plan and get on with it.
The worst thing we can do is nothing.
Now a few notices.
We will be sending an email to all exam classes outlining our proposals for the Mocks and preparations for the upcoming State examinations which was discussed at the Staff meeting. Please read carefully and contact us if you have any concerns or questions.
An email with a short questionnaire has been sent to all 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th year groups. We require that every student responds to this questionnaire by today as we need the data for DEIS planning, timetabling and completing SEC forms.
A few students seem to feel the school rules don’t apply when we are online. They are mistaken. We need these rules more than ever. They are there to ensure that we can all work together and get the most out of our time in school, even if it is online. School rules will be applied.
We had a meeting of the Student Council and we will be implementing a number of their suggestions over the coming days.
Chess competition coming up soon. Final call for those interested in representing your school. Drop and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to those students who responded to our survey on how they found the first week of online school. The following gives a good summary of the responses.
I think the message coming through in this survey is that everybody feels they are engaging with teachers and that the online schooling has been a positive experience. This is the same message we are getting from the staff, parents and pupils. Well done to us all!
Now we take a moment to read the reflection that Ms Keenan has sourced for us.
How many choices have you made already today?
How many more choices will you make by the end of the day?
Believe it or not, the power within your choice is astonishing. With your choice you have:
The power to build, or the power to destroy.
The power to listen, or the power to ignore.
The power to encourage, or the power to discourage.
The power to understand, or the power to confuse.
The power to reach out, or the power to turn away.
The power to compliment, or the power to criticize.
The power to hope, or the power to fear.
The power to act, or the power to stand still.
Your choice gives you the power to decide WHO you are each and every day.
Regardless of the choices that you made yesterday, last week, last month or last year, today brings forth a new possibility.
Who will you decide to be today?