Good morning and welcome to our assembly.
Yesterday evening was glorious with the smell of flowers and the sound of singing birds. People were out enjoying the weather; running, cycling, fishing, chatting. It felt good.
Yes, Summer is on the way. It hasn’t been an easy Spring but it will be one we will all remember. We have managed to get through it, with the support of our families, friends and community. Together we have made the best of it and we can be proud of what we have achieved. It feels good to acknowledge when you have done well so take a moment to do just that!
Now for few announcements.
1. Test’s this morning at 9.30 for 1st and 2nd years. The 3rd, TY and 5th years are going ahead at 2pm. A reminder to students; don’t panic if the tests don’t arrive on time. Don’t panic if you can’t download them on time. Definitely don’t panic if they don’t upload on time. In all cases, just contact your teacher and we will sort it out after that. No panic, no fuss!
2. Thankyou to the parents who picked up the school lunches yesterday. If there are parents who would like to avail of these hampers, just let us know.
3. A reminder that Mr O’Brien is available for Guidance Counselling for the 6th years by appointment.
4. Preparations for the Graduation event continue. Ms Spence is working on the presentation of the event whilst Ms Keenan is organising the various elements. Ms Reynolds is looking for photos and I must warn ye that I spent a few hours digging up some great pics! It should be a great night…looking forward to it!
5. We are not forgetting about everybody else! There will be an online event to mark the end of the school year. If you have any ideas or suggestions please email them onto Mr Donnelly.
Now to finish off our assembly we will join with Ms Keenan for our daily reflection
Discussions can be healthy, since they have the potential to build relationships and result in a “win” for everyone. On the other hand, arguments are rarely good. Why? They are forceful attempts to change another person’s point of view, and thus result in a “winner” and a “loser.”
Arguments always cause some damage, even if you “win.” The next time you find yourself involved in a conflict of opinion, use these guidelines to make it a DISCUSSION—resolving the issue while building the relationship.
• Welcome the Disagreement. The other person may have a perspective you haven’t considered, so be thankful for it. Maybe this is your chance to be corrected before making a mistake.
• Distrust Your First Inclination to Defend Yourself. Defensiveness is often a natural reaction. But be careful—when you justify yourself, it’s hard to change your position later. Plus, you’ll miss the benefit of the other person’s ideas.
• Control Your Temper. Getting angry always makes communication harder, not easier. So simmer down before you blow your top.
• Listen First. Give your “opponent” a chance to talk. Don’t defend or debate. Build bridges of understanding, not barriers of misunderstanding.
• Look for Areas of Agreement. Dwell on areas where you agree. This establishes common ground, helping you find a solution good for both of you.
• Be Honest. Look for areas where you can admit error, then do it. This disarms others and reduces their defensiveness.
• Promise to Think Over Their Ideas. Tell the person that you will consider his point of view, and actually do it. They may be right, after all.
• Thank Them Sincerely for Their Desire to Help. Most people who take time to disagree with you are interested in positive results, the same as you are. Welcome that.
• Postpone Action So You Both Can Think Through the Problem. If need be, suggest another meeting. To prepare, ask yourself some hard questions about your “side,” and focus on a mutually beneficial solution.
• Be Willing to Agree to Disagree. Sometimes you may need to accept your difference of opinion and move on. Be flexible whenever possible. Follow Thomas Jefferson’s advice: “In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”