Rev. Philip visited us this morning. He spoke to us all about sport and faith. He told us how people get strength from their faith and belief. Sometimes when sports players are about to take a penalty they may ask God to help them. But the goalkeeper or opposition team also might also be asking God for help. This made us ask How does God pick a side? God does not choose sides, he helps everyone.
Stars of the Week 26.10.23
Luke Hawkins visited us for a special assembly on Friday morning. Luke Hawkins is chaplain of WIlson's Hospital School, a secondary school in our diocese. Luke brought in a potato that was grown in the polytunnel at the school. He explained to us that God made all things, including the potato. He read us a reading from the first page of the Bible about creation. We learned that we should love our brothers, sisters families and all things that God has made. After this, Junior and Senior infants performed 'Is mise an traein' for the school.
Stars of the Week 20.10.23
Stars of the Week 21.09.2023
Today Rev. Philip shared with us a detailed story about how to catch a snake. The moral of this story was that their were young kids involved as well as older adults and they could not have caught the snake without each other. He related this back to us with new faces joining our school family and that we all need each other, the old and the new. He then led us on the guitar singing 'All are Welcome'. 3rd & 4th class showcased the Optical Illusions they made in class this week while learning about our sense of sight in detail.
Star of the Week 14.09.2023
Today was Reverend Eugene's last assembly with us here in St. Peter's NS. Although we are sad to see him go we have been so lucky to have him guide us over the past 5 years. Rev. Eugene and Joanna presented the school with a beautifully illustrated book by local author, Jesmond Harding, The Irish Butterfly Book. A source of knowledge that will take pride of place in our new school library. The staff and pupils presented Eugene with an artwork featuring all of our names and fingerprints. Thank you for all you have done for us Eugene and we wish you all the best in your new venture.
Stars of the Week 07.09.23
Rev. Eugene and his wife, Joanna welcomed us all to our very first assembly of the new school year. Joanna explaned to us that mistakes can be beautiful when she showed us her knitting and explained how some rows had mistakes but those mistakes we could see, added to the beauty of the piece. An important message for us all to bear in mind!
Stars of the Week 15.6.23
Stars of the Week 1.6.23
In this weeks assembly, Joanna, Rev. Eugene's wife, took us on a journey of reflection. This gave us a chance to think about the world around us and appreciate the things that God has given us. We talked about the symbolism of the shamrock, in particular the Holy Spirit that is within us.
Stars of the Week 25.05.23
Stars of the week 18.5.23
In this weeks assembly, Rev. Eugene inspired us to give thanks to God for the clothes that we have. In particular, he told us about cotton and we learned about where cotton comes from. He showed us some of his stoles from Mozambique- we were amazed by the design and the different colours. They were painted used the batik technique. We were reminded of the importance of being thankful for the people that make our clothes that keep us warm.
Junior and Senior infants told us about some of the things that we have been learning about on the topic of water. They did some science investigations to find out what things are waterproof and what things dissolve in water. They made art using watercolour paints and they completed the PAWS water safety training.
Stars of the Week 12.05.23
Rev. Philip presented to us our Bishop's Medal 2023 certificate for creating our scrapbook and model on the theme of "Brigid 1500". Each class prepared a section in the scrapbook and 5th & 6th class created the model of St. Brigid and her cloak. Well done to everyone on their hard work! He talked to us about the greatest commandment 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself' and how your neighbour is not just the person you live beside but the people in your community. He split us into groups to sing a song with three different parts based on this commandment.
1st and 2nd class performed a song for us 'Bí slán ag snámh'.
Stars of the Week 04.05.23
60,000 miles! That is how many blood vessels adults have inside their bodies. That's twice the distance around the world! Rev. Eugene amazed us with this fact and many more about the human body at Thursday's assembly. Our bodies are intricate magnificent creations that have as similarities as differences. We are all the same but different and most importantly, just as precious as the next person.
3rd &4th Class entertained the school by singing Trasna na dTonnta.
Stars of the Week 27.04.23
Luke from Wilson's Hospital School lead us in assembly today and afterwards talked to the senior classes about life at this secondary school in Co. Westmeath.
Star of the Week 20.04.23
5th & 6th Class shared their country projects with the school today. They were researched and created on the school chromebooks and the images and facts shared with the school were so interesting. Well done 5th & 6th Class!
Daltaí na Seachtaine 15.03.23
Stars of the Week 02.03.23
nRev. Eugene helped us to learn more about the Book of Ruth as we prepare our whole school project for the Bishop's Medal. Ruth was rewarded by God for the kindess and compassion she showed to Naomi. Ruth stands as an example to us all to look out for each other.
Stars of the Week 23.02.23
At this week's assembly Rev. Eugene taught us about the Book of Ruth, the smallest book of the 66 books of the Bible. He shared with us the story of how Ruth gave up the life she knew to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Bethelem. Ruth loved Naomi and her loyalty in a time of need can be an inspiration to us all.
Stars of the Week 09.02.23
On Thursday morning, Rev. Philip held a wonderful musical assembly for us all. Together as a whole school, we learned a new song called ‘Bayete Inkosi’, meaning Hail King. This is a bilingual song from South Africa, with both English and Zulu lyrics. We enjoyed singing the songs and adding some choreography together, with help from some of the senior pupils. Junior and Senior Infants also performed the song ‘Cúigear Fear ag Tógáil Tí’ for us.
Stars of the Week 02.02.23
Rev. Eugene talked to us about Jesus and how we all share some similar characteristics to him. He also talked to us about Shrove Tuesday and how it became known as Pancake Tuesday, the feast before the fast. 1st and 2nd class showcased their wonderful art that they made during their learning topic of weather. They shared interesting facts about some scientists and their inventions for the weather.
Stars of the Week 26.01.23
Reverend Philip taught us all about Saint Brigid at this week's assembly. He shared with us the story of how Brigid's cloak spread out to cover the area we now know as the Curragh in Kildare, how she made a cross out of reeds to teach a sick man about Christ and also how she is buried alongside Saint Patrick and Saint Columba in County Down. Together, we sang “In Down, three saints one grave do fill, Patrick, Brigid and Columcille.” 3rd & 4th Class presented their projects on the World Cup. The children each had a country that participated in World Cup '22 and told us a fact they had learned about that nation.
Stars of the Week 9.12.22
In this week's assembly we focused on singing together and learning 'In the Bleak Midwinter'. A very apt song when we had snow outside that day! 5th and 6th Class shared some of the work they have been doing in Gaeilge.
Stars of the Week 2.12.22
Rev. Philip came to join us for a quick outdoor assembly today as the hall was getting set up for our Christmas Fair. He brought some Russian dolls involving different members of the nativity. We also announced the winners of our 'Guess the Teddy Name' and 'Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar.'
Stars of the Week 25.11.22
Rev. Philip McKinley led our assembly this week. He discussed the symbolism of trees, which was very topical as we had just switched on the Christmas Tree lights that morning. He showed us the different parts of trees, including the branches, leaves and the trunk. He explained that we are all rooted in God, which helps to keep us stable. We then sang the song 'I Love You Jesus, Deep Down in My Heart', with accompaniment from Rev. Philip on the guitar! Junior and Senior Infants also showed us some fantastic art work that they had completed based on the theme of Transport and Travel!
Stars of the Week 18.11.22
In this week's assembly Rev. Eugene talked to us about Remembrance Day and why it is observed. He shared with us God's view on war and how we as God's people are peacemakers. The poppy, which is worn by some people during the Month of November is a symbol for both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. 1st & 2nd class got to perform their song in Irish 'Cuir do lámh ar do cos'. .
Stars of the Week 11.11.22
Rev. Eugene gave us a very intereting history of the Church of Ireland at Assembly today. He highlighted some of the key figures in the Church inlcuding Bishop of Kildare and Meath, Pat Storey, as well as some of the church buildings that can be found in each diocese around the country. Eugene explained that a church is much more than brick and mortar, at its heart are the people in the church community. 3rd & 4th Class delivered a rousing performance of Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile and showed off their pirate flags made during a study of Gráinne Mhaol.
Stars of the Week 21.10.22
Rev. Eugene led our assembly this week and we were introduced to Joanna too. He brought some shaving foam and sprayed some out on a cloth. He tried to put it back in the can but it wouldn't work. Ms. McGovern and Joanna tried too but they couldn't get the foam back in the can. Revd Eugene explained that that can happen with our words too. Our words can be hurtful and it can be too late to take them back. We can also use our words very positively and powerfully to say sorry to someone, to say something kind to someone and to say I love you. 5th and 6th class shared their county projects and some of their presentations at assembly too.
Starts of the Week 30.09.22
This week we were introduced to Rev. Philip who led our assembly this week. He had a variety of different types of gloves that were used for different things such as washing up gloves, winter gloves, oven gloves and gardening gloves. All of these things help to protect our hands from different things. We learned how God gave us our hands to do great things. We finished with Rev. Philip playing the guitar and everyone singing along with 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands'.
Stars of the Week 23.09.22
In this week's assembly, Reverend Eugene reminded us all of our duty of care to the world. Using the first image of Earth taken from the moonrise, Eugene pointed out that no matter where we come from, we all call Earth home. He told us that in 2023 our congregation will be a proud participant of Eco Congregation Ireland, with it's theme of how we are intimately connected to our environment.
Reverend Eugene welcomed all of us back to school with a special outdoor Assembly this Friday. He asked God's Blessing for this new school year, to look over us in our comings and goings and to bless our school bags and lunchboxes! Eugene asked that we all look out for each other especially in the playground. Just as a candle can be a light in the dark to help us find our way, we too, can help our classmates find their way in the playground and help out anyone who may be struggling. Ms. Mason's class recited the Our Father as Gaeilge and members of the 5th & 6th Class did some lovely readings for the whole school. This assembly was a lovely way for us to greet our new Junior Infants, the new children in other classes as well as new staff members. We are very much looking forward to the new school year ahead!
We held our first whole school assembly since 2020 with Reverend Eugene and we were all so happy to be back together again! Eugene shared with us the remarkable story of Priscilla, a 99 year old grandmother who began primary school at the age of 91. Priscilla is passionate about the importance of education and she wants to set a good example for her grandchildren as well as in her local community in Kenya. We wish Priscilla the best of luck in her ambition to become a doctor. A real-life inspiration!
Ms. Coyle's Junior, Senior & 1st class treated us to a presentation of their project work on Ireland. They told us interesting facts about Ireland and showed us the flags they had created. They did a fantastic job!!
Eugene also shared with us a wonderful project he was a part of called The Irish Blessing. This lovely video shows over 300 church communities, from every county in Ireland, coming together to sing a blessing for us all.
Eugene came in to our classes today to show us some of his stoles that he wears for the church services. He explained that each of the stoles follows the seasons in Church time. He showed us one with the tree of life and a rainbow, another one showed a purple Celtic cross and candles, another one was green with sunflowers and he also showed us one with a red cross and flames. He also showed us some special stoles he received as a gift from some women who hand crafted them in Mozambique. Eugene explained that the colours on all his stoles are connected just like we are connected to God!