We are delighted to announce in Lanesboro Community College that we have just received approval from the Department of Education for a significant extension to our school. The extension will consist of 1 general classroom, 1 music room, 1 graphics room, 1 multimedia room, 1 textiles room and 2 special education classrooms.
Gaelic training for girls will start Thursday afternoon.
First years got off to a chilly start Wednesday morning. Great fun was had by all.
BT Young Scientist
Loads of applications have been received including entries on Artificial Intelligence, the effects of social media and study habits. Well done everybody.
TY students have been doing a project researching what life was like abord the Titanic as well as tracing survivors and telling their stories.
Training will recommence soon, so get your boots out!
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If you take a moment to look back over the last few weeks you will realise that although you have attended hundreds of Microsoft Team meetings you probably have only met a few people ‘in the flesh’. We miss meeting our friends and colleagues. We miss the social interaction. Yet we are meeting online and we are learning how to do that better all the time. Every online class where you engage with your teacher is an opportunity for social interaction in a formal setting. It is an invaluable preparation for life in the 21st century. Yesterday we had a staff meeting and Board of Management meeting. Today we will have a meeting with the 3rd year class at 11.50 and this evening our chess club will meet to play in a tournament. Each of these meetings are important, not only because we are working towards a common goal but also because this is the way we show our support for each other. These are all examples of how social interaction is evolving and changing. Together we are learning how to do it better.
Now for a few notices
- As already mentioned we would like to meet the 3rd years for a Q&A session from 11.50 to 12.00 today in relation to the upcoming Junior Certificate review on the 12th of February. This review will take the form of a grade that you will be based on your progress in each of your exam subjects up to that date. This grade will help you to see where your learning is at. It is a snapshot of your performance which is designed to help you to focus on preparing for your Junior Certificate exams. This meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions so that you are clear about the process. We expect every 3rd year will attend.
- Speaking of attendance. We need all our students to engage fully with their teachers because if you are missing online school you are missing out on your education. We are doing everything we can to support you and we expect that in return you respond and attend all your classes.
- We are proposing to lengthen the lunch for students from 30 to 40 minutes from Monday to Thursday.
This means that Junior lunch is now from 11.50 until 12.30
Senior lunch is now from 12.30 until 13.10
Friday lunch break remains unchanged.
- Our chess club will be in action again this evening at 6.30 and we wish them the best of luck in the 2nd round of the Longford Schools Chess tournament. If you are interested in joining the club just email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
- We have sent out surveys to our pupils, parents and staff. Please take a moment and answer the questions as we want to know how ye are getting on and use the information to see if there is anything we can improve.
And now before we read the reflection that Ms. Keenan has shared with us, we would like to remind you that she can be contacted on her mobile at 085 2434128 and to be sure to ring her if you need to. She can also arrange one to one counselling for students on request. She is looking forward to hearing from you.
Faith In Myself
God gave me faith in myself,
not only on days when I’m going great and winning
and nothing seems impossible
but on days when the whole world looks lousy
and I’m losing and the road ahead seems too hard.
When I wonder if I’m brave enough, smart enough
and I must be crazy to try,
don’t let me quit Lord, not ever.
Let me keep the faith in myself.
No matter how many people
laugh at me…
think me a fool…
Don’t let me listen.
Let me hear another voice telling me,
“You can do it and you will!”
If nobody else in this world gives a darn or believes in me,
let me believe in myself.
I know there’ll be times when I will doubt my own abilities,
when I’ll be discouraged and on the verge of despair,
don’t let me give up,
hang onto me.
Fan the fires so that I’ll try even harder.
Give me more faith in myself.
Dear Lord, you are the source of life and power.
You are the source of my abilities and my faith.
Thank you for reinforcements.
I know that you will give me for what I ask…
Assembly 26 1 21
You often hear people greeting each other by asking how they are getting on to which they often reply that they are ‘grand’ or ‘the finest’. It’s nice to hear how people are doing and it is a fact that we like to be asked because it means that we are cared about and that we are part of a community. This morning we are sending out surveys to parents, pupils and staff. They are short and easy to complete and we would like you to respond to them. It would be nice to hear how ye are getting on.
A few notices.
- Attendance continues to improve but there are still issues which we can help you with once you engage with us but if you don’t make contact with school there is nothing we can do to . So make the first step and reengage with your teachers and your classes.
- Follow these simple steps each time if you can’t gain access to your class.
1)Email the teacher immediately so that they know you are waiting to get into the class.
2)If that doesn’t work then email Ms Reynolds or Mr Lyons and we will sort it out.
- Staff meeting today at 3.30 so classes will probably finish a little earlier than usual.
- Our chess club is looking for members for our next in school tournament. It will last for 1 hour and it is just a bit of fun. Click on the link below to bring you to the page where you will find instruction to join on the team Forum.
- Excellent meeting with the Student Council which highlighted a couple of things that we can do help make online school better for everybody. Thanks again to these students who are giving up their free time to represent you.
- Finally the link for each student to complete their survey is below. Take a moment to let us know how you are getting on!
And now we read the reflection that Ms Keenan has brought to us today.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear in that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
As we let our own Light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
Good morning and welcome,
They say that a week is a long time in politics….they should try online school! Each day brings its challenges which are dealt with as best we can. We are all learning together and getting better at this. We are doing well.
Don’t forget enrolment to our school is closing on this Friday at 1pm….so if you know anybody that can enrol with one of the best schools around , let them know that they need to act fast!
I would like to bring the following items to your attention.
- A reminder that this is still school, even if it is online, so school rules apply. We expect only the best behaviour from our students because that is the only way we can give you the best teaching.
- School lunches will continue as school hampers over the next few weeks. These will be made up of non-perishable items which can be collected from the school next Wednesday. If you are interested in picking up a hamper please respond this morning to the survey which was sent out yesterday as we have to give numbers to the provider by close of business today.
- Good response to the call to get involved in our chess club. If you are interested in playing or learning chess please email email@example.com and we will make sure you are able to take part in the upcoming competition which is for all abilities.
- Finally the Christmas test results will be posted out to all homes today. Please read them carefully with your parents and follow the advice given in them to help you continue to improve as learners. We will be meeting with students to discuss their results next week.
And now we take a moment to read the reflection that Ms Keenan has shared with us.
|William Arthur Ward
“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To place your ideas and dreams
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
But risks must be taken because
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
Chained by his servitude he is a slave
Only a person who risks is free.”