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.
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There is a lot of information being fired at us at the moment. Forms to be filled, documents to be read, data to be examined. Everybody is giving advice and telling us what we have to do, when and how we have to do it. It can be a bit disconcerting.
At times like this it is important to pull back. The think and reflect. To ask advice from those who have experience and can be trusted. When you have done that… then you can make your decision with a calm head and good advice under your belt.
We will be speaking to the Leaving certificate class today at our usual Q&A session from 11.15-11.30. Take that opportunity to get some advice from those who have the most experience in this area and who want to help you get the best possible leaving cert that you deserve.
Now for a few notices.
- Please note that the next review date for exams classes, 3rd and 6th, is on the 22nd of March. It is vital that you work diligently with your teachers and participate in all class activities so that you can improve your grade for the second of the four planned review dates.
- Junior Certificate students please remember to send a photo of your signed journal as usual today.
- Return to school for the Leaving Certificate students on Monday. A reminder that any 6th year student that is planning to return to school must complete and return the Back to School form today. Just click on the link below.
- The advice from the HSE is very clear. We must be extra vigilant on our return to school. Masks must be worn at all times when in the company of others. Social distancing must be adhered to and particular care must be taken around hand hygiene and cleaning of surfaces. We are really looking forward to our Leaving Certificate students returning to school but we must do it safely, for everybody’s sake.
Now we take a moment to read the reflection given to us by Ms Keenan this morning.
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…
Faith in myself
We begin this assembly by acknowledging our loss. Most of us knew Ms Martin, some of us better than others. She was our Principal and our guide, capable and kind and fair. We will miss her but we will not forget her and we will always remember the way she did things, the priorities she had and the values she prized. She would never shirk a challenge, she would never give up and she always looked for the good in the other person.
Ms Martin is not with us anymore but her guiding spirit is. It is here in our memories, in the way our school is run and in our attitudes and ambitions. We can continue her vision by committing ourselves to excellence, to caring and to making the very most of every day.
Bernice never turned away from a challenge…her life invites us to do the same. Let’s start this term with that same ‘can do, will do’ attitude. Let’s look for the good in others and in every moment of the day. Let’s rise to the challenge, let loose our ambition and break free from fear. Let’s start today, the first day of the rest of our lives.
Now for a few notices
- I will be calling into the senior classes today to talk to you briefly about remembering Ms Martin and celebrating her life. I will be looking for ideas and feedback.
- We will be putting aside a few classes on Wednesday afternoon to share our thoughts and memories of Ms Martin. We are also looking for any photos that people would be willing to share.
- There have been quite a few changes around the exams since we were last together. We will be meeting the classes concerned during the week to brief them on what is going to happen over the coming months. In the meantime continue working as usual with your teachers.
- Attendance, participation and completing your homework/assignments are now more important than ever for all classes but especially the exam years. You can’t perform well in a subject if you are not there to learn from your teacher…so do the clever thing and be at all your classes, listen and do your homework. That’s all it will take…a little bit of work a lot of the time!
We take a moment to read the poem that Ms Keenan has selected for us today.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.
We are very sad at losing our friend, colleague and principal, Bernice Martin. We will miss her gentle strength; her spontaneous kindness. We will miss her warm smile and her wise advice. We will miss her good heartedness and generosity.
Bernice had time for everybody and yet was everywhere; full of energy, yet an oasis of calm. She never lost her composure and refused to be rushed into any decision, but preferring, in her own words to ‘mull over it’ until she was ready to decide. She had time for everybody and spent it freely on us and on the school. She worked hard and put in long hours and everything she did, she did well. She was a tower of strength for us, giving us confidence with a quite word and a big smile. Her innate sense of justice and wisdom guided her through the regular ups and downs of school life. She could be tough when she had to but she was always ‘sound’. The students loved her; loved her energy, her wit and her obvious interest in each and every one of them. You could see how she connected with them and they with her…the smiles on faces, chuckles and laughter.
Bernice relished being in the thick of it…the busier the better! It didn’t matter whether it was in the classroom, or on the corridor, meeting with Inspectors or making hot chocolate for the students…she was at the heart of everything…encouraging, listening and leading. She saw the best in everybody and brought out the best in us all.
Bernice’s first day at LCC coincided with the 2016 10 km school walk at which she set a blistering pace! She loved getting involved with whatever was going, be it debating or dancing in school shows. Her ‘will do’ attitude brought us along with her to do things we would never have dreamt of…and made our lives richer and better for it.
Bernice had a great sense of humour which was always kind but very honest. It was often expressed with a chuckle which had a wonderful way of putting everything into perspective. She had a lovely smile and found lots to smile about, always looking for the positive and potential in those around her. She understood people, knew how to build us up and encourage us to step out of our comfort zone … helping us to make fresh starts and new beginnings.
Bernice was an overwhelmingly positive person who energised everyone she encountered. A hardworking, diligent and innovative principal who was fair and compassionate, a mother figure to students when they needed it the most! She had the knack of handling difficult situations, never getting fazed, always remaining calm and finding a way forward for all; a guide we could trust at all times.
Our guide has gone and we must find our own way now. We miss you Bernice ….but we will not get lost. We will not get lost because we will remember you and how you were, when you were with us. Your time with us was a gift which has changed all our lives for the better. We will treasure that gift and keep your spirit alive in our hearts and in our school.
We will never forget you Bernice.
Some people come into our lives,
Leave their footprints on our hearts
And we are never the same.
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We will begin with a reflection especially for the day that we are celebrating, brought to us by Ms Keenan who continues to inspire and challenge us with her selection of poems and prayers.
A Prayer for St Valentine’s Day
God bless you on this special day,
God keep you in His care,
And may His blessing and His love
Go with you everywhere.
And now for a few notices…
It has been a very busy term, now time to take a break….and that means everybody! Leave the books down, pull yourself away from the laptops and go outside for a walk, sleep in and catch up on life and living. If you want to do some study that is your choice but you are not obliged to do anything over this holiday other than mind yourself and those around you!
Take a moment to look around at the people that have been there for you over the last 5 weeks; parents, family, friends and your teachers. If you get a moment , find a way to say thanks to them and brighten up their day.
Reviews reports will be going out in the post next Tuesday. This review is intended as a snapshot of your progress at a given time. It should be something that you aim for…a target and a goal…something you can focus and improve on. Well done to all the exam students and their teachers who have worked so hard over the last few weeks.
Well done to all the other classes who also have been doing tests and completing course work. The courses are being covered and there is no excuse for missing this time. We ask you to make a fresh start when the new term starts on the 22nd of February!
A reminder to the 2nd year class that the second session with Abbott’s ‘World of Work Programme’ will take place this 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.
School lunches to be collected from school today from 1pm to 1.30. Also if you need laptops , let us know and we will get them for you.
Best of luck to the school chess club who will be in action again tonight. Chess class at 1.30 today for anybody interested…just send an email to email@example.com if you are a new member.
Look at today’s date…do you notice anything interesting about it? If you think you know the answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be in with a chance to win a prize!
Lots of fun and craic planned for today, the last day of the school term.
Mr Donnelly and his TY class will be busy making pancakes during the last two classes so if you would like to join them online and send us in your pictures of the finished products, then off you go and do that at 12.15. You can also tune into Sham Radio which will be playing a selection of the tunes you selected during the week. Will you be able to reveal the identity of our two hosts? We will send you a link at 12.30 Finally as part of the Three Minute Challenge we promised there would be prizes…and there will be after break when the 5 winners will be announced alongside a selection of the jokes and valentine verses which ye sent into us. Well done to everybody who took part in this week’s challenges and congratulations to the lucky winners. There will be another set of challenges soon but for now the only challenge we should be thinking about is how long we can sleep in during the holidays!
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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 email@example.com . 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.
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People have been telling jokes for a very long time…over 4,000 years if the historians are correct. Until recently the joker was not taken too seriously, often seen as an unwelcome distraction at school and work. Nowadays psychologists believe that humour can be used to make others feel good, to make friends and to help us cope with stress. In fact humour has become serious business with scientists coming up all sorts of theories as to what makes for a good joke.
We are going to do our own research in this area by asking everybody to take on todays 3 minutes challenge and write down their favourite funniest joke. We will be sharing a selection of them on Friday as part of our Valentines celebration…anonymously of course! Just click on the link below and share the laughter!
Now for a few notices.
- A reminder that you are obliged to keep your journal up to date and to get it signed by your parents. It is part of the school rules. Some students have not complied with our requests to send in their journals. Today is the deadline for sending in the photos of your journal, filled out correctly and signed by your parents. Make life easier for everybody and do the right thing….we don’t want to be wasting time following you up for your journal over the holidays….but we will if we have to.
- We continue to send texts out to your parents if you are not present on time for the roll call. It is your responsibility to be on time and ready for class. A missed class is another lost opportunity. Don’t be the one left behind.
- There are reports of issues with mics on some of the new laptops. A software issues seems to be the problem. If your school laptop is not working properly, please let us know immediately and we will get it sorted.
- Notwithstanding issues with mics, if a teacher asks a question in class you are obliged to do your best to answer. If your mic isn’t working then you type in your answer in the ‘chat’ box. If you do not respond to a teacher then you must explain why in an email at your earliest opportunity. Failure to do so will lead to a report been made to the Deputy Principal and further consequences for the students in question.
- Great work been done by the exam classes and their teachers. Once this is over you all deserve a well-earned break from the books for a few days at least. Make sure you rest and recuperate over the midterm so you are prepared for the next term.
- School lunch packages will be available from the school on Friday the 12th from 1-1.30. If you have not already booked your school lunch , you can do so today by texting your name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will order one for you.
- The 3 minute challenge is getting a good response. Be part of the story and get involved….life is too short to sit on the side-lines…get into the thick of the game and get the most out of it!
Now we take a moment to read the reflection that Ms Keenan has prepared for us today.
May You Have Enough…
May you have enough…
Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs,
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day
better than yesterday.
May you have enough.