28 5 20
Good morning and welcome to the penultimate assembly for this school year.
This must be my 40th assembly and at this stage I feel that I have run out of things to say! It has been a very busy few weeks and there is a lot going on behind the scenes. You have done so well and can be very proud of how well you have coped. I am aware that we are all tired and we need the break. The weather is beautiful and there is a genuine holiday atmosphere around the town so it’s time to relax…a little (don’t forget the social distancing!).
So what is there left for me to say? Well I think a very big thank you to everybody for a start! You were always pleasant, ever helpful and very, very patient. It could have been so difficult but the kind words and the everyday decency of people made it all worthwhile. A smile here, a quick phone call there, little moments in the day brightened up by the spontaneous goodness of others. What a wonderful community, what a great school! So, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
A few notices.
1. A reminder to all the 6th years to make sure you register your details in the Portal which closes tonight at 10pm. If you are having any difficulties do not hesitate to contact us and we will sort it out. It is very important to have registered in time.
2. Tonight is our Graduation Night event and I won’t be telling you anything about it except that you are all in for a real treat! Thanks to all the hard work put in by Ms Keenan in preparing the students and Ms Spence for creating this most fitting tribute to the Leaving Certificate Class of 2020. I’m telling you, there won’t be dry eye in the house!
3. We want to extend a special word of thanks to the Parents Association for the part they have played in marking this special occasion for our 6th years. More on this tomorrow but again you are always there for us and we thank you.
4. School is not over…there are still a few tests that we are waiting for so please complete any outstanding tests today and return them. Tomorrow we will be having our online sports day and Mr Donnelly is putting together a list of activities that everybody can enjoy. More on this tomorrow….!
And now we join with Ms Keenan for her thought for the day.
“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing
your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk to failure.
But risks must be taken because
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live
Chained by his servitude he is a slave
who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.”