Message to all students from Mr Friel on behalf of all staff.

I know this is a time of great uncertainty for you all. Please do not stress or worry about exams, results or education at this time, your worry will not change anything. Solutions will be found for all the things that are concerning you, it may just take a little time. A huge amount of work is going on in the background by Government, the Department of Education, the Education Authority, CCMS and your teachers. That is a lot of people working on your behalf, let us collectively, take the stress for you. I am very hopeful that the decisions that are made will not only reflect your best interests but, for exam students, will also reflect all of your hard work to date.

Of course I want you to continue with the work that you are being set by your teachers but it is not a competition! You will all have very different circumstances and all I ask is that you do your best, that will be enough. Read, as much as you can and whatever you enjoy. Stick at it, if you don’t like it or find it hard, you will get better at it and you will get to like it more and will find it a great way to pass the time.

How many of you have complained that school is boring? OK, I challenge you, young and older, go and learn what YOU want to learn and I will make preparations and arrangements for you to share it with us upon your return. Learning is learning and the ability to learn is a skill you will keep for your lifetime, cherish it.

Get up as early as you can each day and don’t stay up very late at night, don’t make it an argument. Put some structure in your day, why not start and end with a prayer for all of those you love? (We will be giving you further advice next week). Help out at home, willingly, your parents and guardians will be very grateful! Try doing it without being asked, they will be delighted! Limit your screen time, play non-electronic games, you know the ones you got for Christmas all those years! Give them a go, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Finally, and most importantly, stay at home as much as you possibly can! For once I am encouraging you to use your phones and social media to remain in contact with each other, but be nice! Wash your hands very frequently, every 20 mins. Be aware of being socially distant, that means staying at least two meters away from each other both inside and outside. I know this is not easy but it is crucially important for our society as a whole! We have a wonderful school community, pupils, staff, parents and public, let us all do everything we possibly can to look out for each and every one of us. I look forward to seeing you all upon your return and let us all keep each other in our prayers until then.

God Bless

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