News Category: Principal’s News

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Introduction to ISL Linguistics Course Completed

Congratulations to our teachers and SNAs who have completed the ‘Introduction to ISL Linguistics’ course during the summer. Special thanks to Irish Deaf Society and to the Centre of Deaf Studies, Trinity College for providing this course. Our teachers and staff have found it very helpful and we have learned a lot more about the linguistics of ISL, the handshapes, spatial awareness in ISL, non-manual features, socially unacceptable signs and euphenium in ISL etc. The course was very interesting and thank you to the presenters of the course Teresa Lynch and Carmel Grehan.

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Happy Students

Second week back to school and we are delighted to say that our students have adapted well to all the new changes and rules. Its fantastic to see the school alive and buzzing again. Our principal Eimear O Rourke and our staff are very glad to see our students happy. Below is a short message from Eimear welcoming our students back to school.

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Update on Leaving Cert Calculated Grades

Category : Principal's News

Below is an email from the Department of Education and Skills regarding the calculate grades for Leaving Cert 2020.

Dear Principal,

Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has today made an important announcement regarding the national standardisation process which forms part of the Calculated Grades model being provided for Leaving Certificate students this year. 

Students may find the updated information on useful to explain the changes. It also includes information regarding supports and guidance available for students when the Calculated Grades are issued.  You may wish to advise students of same.

The Calculated Grades Executive Office (CGEO) will make direct contact with students in the coming days with information about the issue of results and next steps in the process.  

Further details on the 2020 Leaving Certificate (Calculated Grades) results and supports for students receiving results will also be issued to schools by the CGEO in the coming days.

Your sincerely,

Calculated Grades Executive Office (CGEO)

Oifig Fheidhmiúcháin na nGrád Ríofa (OFGR)

An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna

Department of Education and Skills


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Information from HSE for Parents

Please click on link below to download information from HSE for Parents.

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Back to School Return Dates

It is now the final week before our school community comes together again. Below is the list of return dates for Early Intervention, Primary and Post Primary. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Holy Family School.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents/Guardians should contact their bus driver with these dates.

Attached is a letter from E.O’Rourke to parents/guardians of all the changes implemented in Holy Family School, to make it a safer environment for all students and staff and also to help combat the coronavirus. Also attached is and our school’s COVID-19 Response Plan.

If you have any further queries, please send an email to or ring (01) 8380058 or text 087 9444266

Return Dates for EI, Primary and Post Primary

Please click on link below to download letter from Principal E.O’Rourke

Letter in ISL below

Please click on link below to download our school’s COVID-19 Response Plan Policy.

As we face this task of re-opening our school in a safe and sustainable way, I thank you all for your co-operation with these measures.  
Our main priority is the health and safety of everybody in our school community and we believe that these measures will work towards ensuring that. 
 If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the school at the above numbers or by email: or

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Department of Education Guidelines for Safe and Sustainable Re-Opening or Primary & Special Schools.

The Department have published Guidelines for the Safe and Sustainable Re opening of Primary and Special Schools. Holy Family School will implement fully these guidelines adapting where necessary for the needs of our school community. Please click on link below to read the guidelines.

Please click on link below to read the guidelines…

Dowload file to read Department COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools .

Please click on link below to read about how we can support the wellbeing of school community.

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Letter to Parents & Guardians

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. We are looking forward to welcoming our pupils back on the first week of September and helping them to re-engage with learning in Holy Family. Indeed, we cannot wait to see our school alive again with joyful and energetic pupils who long to be re-united with their friends and our staff.

We are currently working very hard to make sure that the school buildings and playground will be safe for all pupils, staff and essential visitors.  

We want to have school seem as “normal” as possible for our pupils when they return.  In line with Department of Education & Skills guidelines, we will take a balanced and common-sense approach to create awareness about COVID-19 and to do everything practical to avoid the introduction of COVID-19 into our school. Returning to school will mean some new routines and rules to keep everyone safe.  I will be communicating with all parents by  letter, email and via the school website with details of these new arrangements in the next two weeks.  
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer break and please find attached a letter from Norma Foley, Minister for Education for all parents. 
Yours sincerely, 

Please click on link below to download Minister Foley’s letter to parents.

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