Keith Cassidy's Friday Assembly

Mr Smyth stepped aside in assembly today to let a new generation take to the stage.  The Friday assembly was taken by a special guest – our own deputy head boy, Keith Cassidy.
Keith took a break from preparing for his mocks to bring us a message about positivity.  And we thought it was such an important message that we needed to open it to you all.  So here it is; the full transcript of Keith’s assembly talk.  Enjoy.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Let me leave that with you before we start.

We’ll not use the word hate, but who here really dislikes school?
Teachers included!  Mr Smyth close your eyes.
I saw that Mr Campbell.

Let’s just rephrase that for you all, keep your hands up if you hate coming to school and seeing all your friends.

How we look at things can affect how we think.

Funny story actually, but I had said that I was off energy drinks for lent. I had bought a can and brought it outside and my friends weren’t too happy about it, but I left it with them and when I got back – they had drunk it!

Some people wouldn’t see that as a good thing, “eugh I bought that for me and you boys drank it!” However, I saw that as my friends being what they always are – a huge pain in the… I mean, some great friends who were making sure I kept with lent. *cough*
They didn’t do too well, I had another can of Boost yesterday. Not in school. Don’t drink energy drinks to school.

I’ve started my mock exams yesterday and I will be continuing to study for my GCSE exams. You guys have third assessments coming up, it’s exciting isn’t it?
One of the things to remember, is that if you believe – you can achieve – and positive thoughts bring about positive circumstances.

If you sit down and say, I’m going to fail – then you are only pushing yourself down to failure. But if you stand up and say, I can do this, I’m going to achieve – you are pushing yourself to work hard and succeed.

Some people have asked me, why are you always smiling? How can you be so happy? I’ll admit, I do have my days and my moments. But doesn’t everyone? However in recent days, my faith and friendship with Jesus has really helped me to remain so positive.

Knowing I have my friends and that I can turn to God and talk to him about anything has really helped me as a person – and if it wasn’t for my friends, I wouldn’t have started this relationship with Jesus.

In the Bible, in Proverbs 17:22 it says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” and in Philippians 4:13 the Bible says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

I’d like to introduce you guys to Studio Ten, the youth movement at Causeway Coast Vineyard which is basically where my positivity and friendship with Jesus started.

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You’ve all heard of Studio Ten, we are a movement of young people who are passionate about Jesus, we have free food, host huge raves and host a warm welcoming place for young people to connect and have fun and I’d love to see you there! Let’s pray.