It was a jam-packed June assembly in the school, with two big occasions, one being the Francis Ledwidge commemorations, and the second being Father Joseph Deegan’s farewell assembly. The plans for Francis Ledwidge were cut back with the arrival of Father Joe, with his very sad news last week that he was leaving the Parish.
He led a prayer service with some prayers of the faithful, before some words from Mr. O’Donnell, thanking him for all his time in the school. For the first time at assembly, a person got a standing ovation, which lasted about four minutes long.
Father Joe was understandably emotional, and thanked all of the school and the pupils especially. He had baptised most of the pupils in the school, led the sacrament of communion with half the pupils, and confirmed the current sixth class, as well as appointing most of the staff in the school. His finger prints are all over Slane National School, and the parish of Slane. We wish him the very best in China, and in his new Parish.
After our presentation to Father Deegan, then the usual assembly continued. Some pupils practiced their Francis Ledwidge recitals for the poetry recital final on Sunday. The news, which consisted of the boys’ and girls’ football update, school Pride of Place, athletics, and Green Schools, were also read out, all the birthdays for June, July and August, and the attenders for the year, who had missed no days.
On the sides of the hall, hung all of the portraits drawn by the children, of Francis Ledwidge. Pupils have been learning about his poetry for the last number of weeks in class. Mr. O’Donnell concluded the assembly by thanking all of the pupils for their good manners and hard work through the year, and the staff of the school for all the ways that they have helped the pupils throughout this school year.