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Category : Post Primary

Year 4 had a wonderful day at the ESB Science Blast on Thursday. The ESB Science Blast aims to promote curiosity and critical thinking in children at primary school age to enable them to better respond to the challenges of the future.

The children were afforded the opportunity to showcase their science project, “Where is Home Sweet Home for a Bug?” They received excellent feedback from the judges who acknowledged the children’s hard work.

The children met with peers from all over Ireland who informed them about the findings of their science investigations. Additionally, the children attended interesting science shows, including a science rapper. A great day was had by all!

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Sports Day 2019!

Category : Post Primary

The rain stayed away for Sports Day at Holy Family School for the Deaf. We had a very active day with races in the morning followed by Yoga and Orienteering! The day finished off with school leavers versus the other students football matches. The school leavers were not impressed that the other students won!

The main message for sports day was “Doing your best is better than being the best”. Well done to all for taking part. A big thank you to all the staff and to MJ for making the Sport Day 2019 so successful!

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Creativity at Holy Family

Category : Post Primary

First years students (1A & 1B) created a beautiful floral artwork as part of the ‘Artist in the Classroom’ initiative for JCSP. John Canning organised for local artist Deirdre O Reilly to come to the Holy Family School to do an Art Workshop with our students. This was a wonderful and creative initiative. It was also a very much welcomed initiative that helped the students to destress after the summer exams. #Artinitiative #Amazingart #ArtistDeirdreOReilly #creative #destressingafterexams #jcsp #Art

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Coffee Morning in aid of Irish Cancer Society

Category : Post Primary

Susan O’Reilly

Congratulations to Susan O’Reilly who raised €280 for Irish Cancer Society by organising a coffee morning in the Holy Family School. We wish her the best of luck in the Dublin Mini Marathon in June.

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Students becomes Coaches!

Category : Post Primary

LCA 1 Students & Primary Students (1st Class)

LCA 1 completed a key assignment for a module on performance. After learning the key skills and techniques in Badminton during P.E. class with Mrs O’Regan and Mr Fitzpatrick, they developed a better knowledge of the game. They agreed to coach 1st class in the Primary school. After identifying three main skills, LCA1 created activities to develop those skills. They delivered them with a great level of organisation, fun and professionalism. They may have a future in coaching! Well done boys!

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Thanks to Dublin Lions

Category : Post Primary

Brian Fitzpatrick, Werner Schwenburg, Sinead Gavgahan, Nyi Nyi Cooper & Eimear O Rourke

We were delighted to have a good friend of the Holy Family School, the president of Dublin Lions Werner Schwenburg to visit us last week, especially on the day of the Challenge Cup Athlete competition because Dublin Lions sponsored our new colourful sport bibs. Our students and staff were thrilled with the new school sport bibs. Werner commented that “The bibs looked great and it was an overall very pleasant event with the right result for Holy Family. It was great to witness that. On behalf of the Dublin Lions Club let me say that we are honoured to be associated with the school and I look forward to working with you in the future.” We would like to thank Werner and the Dublin Lions for sponsoring the bibs. We have to say they look great!

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Category : Post Primary

Challenge Cup AthleticC

The last meeting of the Challenge Cup  was held in the school field.  Charlie Gibbons  did a fabulous job getting the course ready.   The weather was great so all the athletes, boys and girls really enjoyed themselves.   
Our history in the Athletics was not great and we knew that we would have to run very hard.   

The results show;

  St Declan’s Colaiste Mhuire Holy Family
Running   86 28 52
Javelin   10 24  8
Shot Putt   26 12 21
Total 122  (82%) 64 (42%) 81 (52%)

We were very unfortunate in the relay with two boys colliding,  happily there were no serious injuries.  This event would not have taken place without the help of Sean Herlihy starter,  Shirley  Wolverston  & Noleen Dunne  recording and all the boys and girls who acted as judges for the runners.  Well done everybody. by Head Coach: Brian Fitzpatrick

                 CHALLENGE CUP  2019

We started the year as defending champions.  Changes were made to the competition .  One waterpolo match was dropped and GAA football was introduced.  The indoor part of the competition was dropped. 
We knew that we would be under pressure because we had lost some good players from last year.  The first meet Futsal saw us take a lead of 50 points.  The 2nd meet Basketball saw us lose that lead , where both St Declan’s and ourselves were 250 points each. The last meet before Xmas saw go back into the lead with an 84 points lead.  Xmas showed

St Declan’s Colaiste Mhuire Holy Family
281 197 365 84 point lead

After Xmas we resumed  (4th meet) with Futsal where we saw our lead maintained as all teams had the same points.  The 5th meet Waterpolo saw us take two wins firm  and increase  our lead to 184 points . Meet 6 Basketball saw us win our two matches and increase that lead to extend it to 234points. Meet 7 saw us lose our two GAA matches and reduce our lead  to 134 points.  Meet 8 the last meet Athletics saw us drop the lead by 41points to leave us as champions.

St Declan’s Colaiste Mhuire Holy Family
603 (61%) 411 (41%) 696 (70%)

CHAMPIONS 2019 FOR THE 5th Time!







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Graduation 2019

Category : Post Primary

Class of 2019 & Principal Eimear O’Rourke

Congratulations to the graduating students of 2019. Today we had a beautiful mass service celebrating the students achievements. All the students were presented with a memento plaque and a school hoodie with ‘Class of 2019’ on the back by Principal Eimear O’Rourke and VP Eugene Doyle. The students put on a wonderful surprise performance signing and rapping to ‘See you again’ by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth!

Family, Teachers and Friends went to the playhall for refreshments and end of year speeches.

It was a happy and emotional celebration. We wish all of our school leavers the very best of luck on their endeavors and we hope that they will achieve their dreams.

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TY Trip to ATHY

Category : Post Primary

TY Students with teachers Maggie Owens and Geoffrey McCormack and local Councillor Brian Dooley

Transition Year Students took a trip to the Athy Heritage Centre and Shackleton Museum. Here they explored and discovered the brave and tremendous journey by Ernest Shackleton and team on the Endurance to the Antartic. They got to see real life exhibits of this journey, including the ‘Sledge’ that carried them across the ice. Students also enjoyed doing the student activity where they had to find answers to questions about Shackleton.
We also got to see John Minihan room, a world renowned photographer. John Minihan is sometimes known as ‘the man who shot Beckett‘. It was very app giving that today is National Poetry Day to see his photo exhibition, which includes photos of Nobel laureates such as Samual Beckett and Seamus Heaney.
Our Transition year students also got to see the unveiling of a Made of Athy plaque in honour of a collaboration by Leonard Cohen and John McKenna and their contribution to music and arts. This plaque was unveiled by President Michael D Higgins. This project is the brain child of local Music connoisseur Colm Walsh. Students listened to the speeches which is a great educational learning experience for their Youth Leadership Programme (Toastmasters) class. We would like to thank Brian Dooley and the Athy Lions Club for funding an ISL interpreter giving us access the the speeches.
After this we visited an Art Mural by Dublin artist Solus who is famous for Street Art. He painted a mural of local boxer Eric Donovan. Solus’ paintings normally have boxing gloves in them. This represent putting up a fight to conquer life’s obstacles.
Transition Year Students also used the journey to and from Athy on the bus to share their favourite Poetry because the 2nd of May is National Poetry Day in Ireland. Everyone enjoyed today’s trip, it was educational, cultural and great fun.

TY Students with teachers Maggie Owens and Geoffrey McCormack at the Ernest Shackleton statue in Athy Town.

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