All of our Students and Staff was invited to a special celebration of CIDP 175 years anniversary. Our students included their momemtoes and books of their experiences in school for the Time Capsule and they helped with the planting of two trees. We would like to thank CEO Tara McBreen, Manager Paul Ryder and everyone involved in organising today. The sun was shining and it was a wonderful celebration. We want to wish CIDP a very happy 175 years anniversary.
Well done to 3C Class and TY1 for teaching students from Castleknock College Irish Sign Language. Our good friend Fr Stephan Monaghan organised this trip bringing the students from Castleknock College so that they can learn about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture. They also learn about some of the social injustices in modern society and how Deaf people try to overcome them. We were very proud of our students for welcoming the students and confidently teaching them ISL.
We were delighted to welcome Liam back to Holy Family School to collect his plaque and HFSD 2021 Hoodie and graduation pack. Unfortunately, Liam couldn’t make the graduation in person but he and his family were able to celebrate with us virtually online.
We would like to wish Liam the very best of luck in his future endeavors.
LEAVING CERT AND LEAVING CERT APPLIED 2021
A massive congratulations to all of our Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied students on achieving excellent results today. They have worked very hard through difficult times and this is reflected in their results. We are beyond proud of all our students. We would like to thank all our teachers, SNAs, and parents for their help with our LC & LCA students. Because of your support our students have done really well in the exams – Thank you!
#leavingcert2021 #exams2021 #success
We will implement and follow the same safety control measures as last year to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. It is important that we all follow these procedures to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of Covid-19. There will, undoubtedly, be some unforeseen challenges and we will deal with these as they arise.
Below is information and videos from the Department. Please read the information and watch the videos. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Isolation quick guide for parents and guardians of children older than 3 months and up to 13 years of age
Isolation quick guide – Adults and children from their 13th birthday
Back to School Advice for Senior Infants to Second Class ISL
Back to School Advice for Junior Infants ISL
Back to School Advice for Parents ISL
Back to School Advice for Post Primary students ISL
Back to School Advice for Third Class to 6th Class ISL
Refresher/training video via the Department Website to all staff who wish to do a refresher. See
Post Primary School
Arrangements for Teachers and SNA employed in recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools (Covid-19)
The Department has advised that all Covid-19 protocols in schools must remain in place so mask wearing remains mandatory and we will continue to social distance and use hand sanitation. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e1141-covid-19-response-plan-for-the-safe-and-sustainable-operation-of-primary-and-special-schools/
The school staff is all very much looking forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school for the 2021/2022 school year on Monday, 30th August.
Below is a letter from Principal Eimear O Rourke with all the Return to School information. Thanks to Sean Herlihy for translating this letter into ISL.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
I hope you and your family are safe and well and enjoyed a lovely summer break. We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter back to school next week.
Please note the different return to school dates:
Monday 30th 1st Year and 6th Year post-primary pupils only
Tuesday 31st All other pupils primary and post-primary pupils
Early Intervention: Tuesday 31st unless a different date has been agreed with Co-ordinator Ger Lewis.
School Calendar 2921/22
A copy of the school calendar 2021/22 is attached.
You will be contacted in late August (usually the week before the new term starts) by your child’s bus/taxi driver with details. Students who are travelling to school via public transport i.e. train or Bus Eireann intercity services will be issued with either a bus or train pass.
Please note it is parent’s responsibility to inform bus/taxi drivers of their son or daughter’s return to school date and if they are not availing of the service on any particular day due to illness, appointments etc.
A Safe Return
As per directives from the Department of Education, our current Covid protocols remain in place. Our Covid 19 Policy Statement and Response Plan will be updated for the current school year and published on our website.
Re-opening the school safely will require the continued co-operation of all members of our School Community – Board of Management, School Leadership, Staff, Parents, and Pupils.
General School Measures
Arrival to School
Pupils travelling on school transport should remain in the car/bus until the school doors are open at 8.50 am (post Primary) and 9.00am (Primary and Early Intervention)
Students should attend in the required school uniform every day unless otherwise directed.
In the Classroom
Students MUST bring their own lunch to school. Please note there will be no facilities for heating food so please do not send in food that needs to be toasted /microwaved etc as these facilities will not be available. The school shop will be closed.
To meet ongoing school expenses, it is also necessary to ask for your continued support in the running costs of the school.
To cover the cost of Insurance, Art, Photocopying, Post & IT, Work Shops & Interpreting the following Parental Contributions Apply:
Early Intervention €85
Post Primary €100
For parents of two or more children, the cost per child is €80.
A letter regarding additional fees for post-primary pupils studying Home Economics, Woodwork, Metal Work, and Construction Studies and swimming fees for Primary pupils will be sent to you in due course.
Parents and guardians have the option of spreading costs by monthly standing order over the course of the year, to cover all subjects and school activities. For parents and guardians who avail of this option, and we confirm we will not look for any additional payments throughout the year, this includes the subject and swimming fees. This applies to pupils in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th years. Transition Year may have additional costs that it is not possible to cover in this way.
As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that reasons must be given in writing. You can use the school diary which has dedicated pages for your notes. The school will notify the National Educational Welfare Board if a child is absent without reason for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise to concern.
If your child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by the NEWB. However, if there is concern about your child’s attendance at school or about the reasons given, you may be visited by an Educational Welfare Officer who will discuss your child’s education with you. The Officer will work with you and take full account of the circumstances of the child and the family before deciding what further action is necessary to ensure that the child receives his/her entitlement to an education.
Further information concerning the new service and about school attendance matters generally can be obtained from the national Lo-Call Education Helpline (Telephone 1890 36 36 66) which is staffed by an Educational Welfare Officer.
Audiology support will continue to be provided to all students following all necessary safety measures. Please ensure that your son/daughter arrives at school with a working hearing aid/cochlear implant and other assistive technology (FM system) if applicable. Students should have spare hearing aid/cochlear implant batteries and be encouraged to change these themselves where possible. As always assistance will be provided to students when required. Spare batteries are available in school as usual at a cost of 50 cents per battery.
Please note procedures put in place will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and as updated advice is published by the Department of Education and Skills
See gov.ie – Back to School (www.gov.ie) for advice on the return to school Autumn 2021
Mobile Phones: The use of mobile phones is not permitted during the school day. For security, phones should be switched off and stored in the students’ locker or the school office before 9am. If pupils need to make a call during the school day, they can do so from the school office.
Well-being & Counselling
The well-being of all our pupils is central to our mission. Our School Counsellor Ms. Katrina Connolly is available on request on 01 8380058 if you need assistance in dealing with any concerns you might have in relation to your son or daughter.
Class teachers and SNAs
I would like to thank SNAs Mrs Philomena Massey and Ms Mary Brazil for their many years of dedicated service and wish them every happiness in their retirement. I also wish teacher Ms Patricia Henry every success as she leaves Holy Family for pastures new. I would like to welcome Mr Raymond Watson and Mrs AnneMarie Guinane to the school SNA team. Two new teacher appointments for Early Intervention and Primary are currently pending.
I wish to thank you for entrusting Holy Family with the education of your son/daughter, as we continuing to work with you throughout their time with us in Holy Family.
An ISL translation of this letter will be available on our website shortly.
Enjoy the last few days of the school holidays.
Eimear O’Rourke M.Ed
We were delighted to welcome our friends Frank O Donoghue and Werner Schwanberg and guests from Lions Ireland to our school this week. They were escorted around the primary school by our 6th class students Ava and Ethan to check out all our new technology equipment. They got to see how much they have helped to advance the digital status and technology in our school & they got to see the positive impact of digital learning with our students. We were delighted to see our students confidently presenting to the visitors all of the brilliant learning they have done in school using their Chromebooks. Our special visitors from Lions Ireland were presented with a beautiful personalised, handmade, framed butterfly artwork by our Junior Class to say thank you. On the frame, it has the quote ‘Thank you for helping me spread my wings with my education. We also presented Ger Cashman who walked ‘St. Declan’s Way’ 120km from Cashel to Ardmore with a beautiful engraved wooden plaque created by Darren Flynn.
Thank you Lions Ireland for helping our school.