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Pancake Tuesday!

Category : Post Primary

Happy Pancake Tuesday to all our students, teachers and Staff. Special thanks to JCSP initiative for allowing us to get pancakes. Thank you to mammy Phil for ordering the pancakes and to Shirley Wolverton for collecting them from Clarke’s Bakery. They were so delicious ❤️

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FREE ISL Classes

The main objective of the project is to improve Deaf children’s literacy and promote early exposure to ISL as well as helping families to increase their awareness of the importance of language development which supports child’s overall development in communicating, and express and understand feelings.   
 This project will be compiled of the following actions:  

  1. ISL Story Project: A series of ISL videos aimed at young Deaf children (aged 7-9) that will take an English storybook and translate it into ISL. These videos will be released throughout the year.  
  2. Parent-focused events: Parent’s learning of ISL plays a critical role in the development of Deaf children so we aim to provide free parents ISL courses and provide workshops on Deaf awareness and Deaf identity.  
  3. Child-focused events: Interactive learning through bilingual playgroups fostering an enjoyment of reading among Deaf children via StorySign and storytelling which aims to increase family bonding and communication.  

We are providing FREE ISL classes for parents of Deaf children and we would appreciate if you can encourage parents of Deaf children to join in on this project. We will also be holding consultation meetings with representatives of parent groups. This meeting will be to establish what parents need from the IDS and workshops that they would have an interest in.  

Please email advocacy@irishdeafsociety.ie to find out more information about this project.   

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Joe Duffy opens Reading Room

Category : Post Primary

It was an absolute honour to have Joe Duffy RTE Broadcaster and Author to come to our school to launch the new Reading Corner which was funded by JCSP. Joe was greeted with a guard of honour as he arrived to the Holy Family School for the Deaf. Students, Principal Eimear O Rourke and staff greeted him and talked to him about the wonderful things in our school, for example the choir, our ISL noticeboard, the JCSP Comic Strip Competition etc. Joe was then invited into the Reading room where some students shared their favourite book with him. Joe was then invited to cut a red ribbon and to officially launch our new colourful, reading room which has a good collection of current magazines, newspapers, books and graphic novels. Joe commented how lovely and colourful the room is. He shared with the students and staff that in times of trouble books are more valuable than money. You are richer with a book, Everyone should read. He also said if he could write a book so can any of us, and he encourage us to keep a journal. Hopefully one day we get to see a pupil from Holy Family School for the Deaf write their own book! Peter Grogan a children’s author also visited our school to donate some of his books ‘Seamróg’ to our reading room. Joe Duffy also donated all of his books to our reading room – his autobiography ‘Just Joe’, ‘The Children of the Rising’ and ‘The Children of the Troubles’.
Thank you Joe for helping us raise awareness about the importance of creating a positive reading culture in our school community. We are in the process of applying for the WELL READ award for our school.
We presented Joe a picture frame with his name fingerspelled and the description “I SIGNED & TALKED TO JOE” He loved it! ❤️ #Justjoe #Promotingapositivereadingculture #readforpleasure #Jcsp

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Challenge Cup

Category : Post Primary

Holy Family School’s Basketball team played against St.Declan’s on Thursday the 30th of January. PE teacher Roman tells us that “This was a very tough game which got heated at times, but every one managed themselves well. St. Declan’s is very strong team. They have few pro players in their team. Unfortunately, one injury set us back a player. We lost the game, but we are getting ready for revenge in March!

HFS  Vs  StD
24       :      51

Well done to all involved.

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Golf Fundraiser

The Holy Family School for the Deaf are hosting a fundraising Golf Classic event on Friday 17th April 2020 in St Margaret’s Golf & Country Club, Co Dublin

All funds raised via this event will go towards the
“DIGITAL UPGRADE PLAN ” for the school.
The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015 – 2020 sets out a vision for embedding of Digital Technologies in Irish schools. The goal is to realise the potential of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment so that Ireland’s young people become engaged thinkers, active learners and knowledge constructors and global citizens to participate fully in society and the economy.

It is very important that the Holy Family Deaf School can fully engage with this strategy, so that our Deaf pupils develop the same knowledge and skills as their hearing peers. To achieve this the schools, need to upgrade their entire digital infrastructure. This is a major investment. This target is not achievable through Department grants; therefore, fundraising is necessary.

We would truly appreciate it if you can help us by organising a team, or getting someone to sponsor a tee box, or donate spot prizes and/or promoting our event among family and friends.

Please Click below to download Poster and Booking Form……

How to get involved…..

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JCSP Cultural Trip

Category : Post Primary

Today 4C experience a Cultural Trip of Dublin as part of their JCSP Newspaper Initiative. They got to visit the coolest Little Museum of Dublin where our tour guide ‘Fiona’ gave us an amazing interesting tour. She told us some interesting stories about the house in olden times in Dublin. We even got to see the Book of Kells which is temporarily on loan to the Little Museum of Dublin. We then visited the Yeats Collection exhibition in the National Library of Ireland.  We loved reading the old letters in Yeats collection and looking at the beautiful embroidery created by William B Yeats sister. We saw the famous inscription on WB Yeats Headstone “Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!”. We then had our celebration dinner to celebrate our achievements in publishing our school’s newsletter every month. We had a great day and we got a traditional selfie photo with Dublin’s famous  street statue ‘Molly Malone’.

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Well Being Week 27th Jan to 31st Jan 2020

Category : Post Primary

Fantastic start to Well Being Week with two fantastic Yoga Sessions. Laura O Grady (CODA) facilitated a fun filled Yoga sessions with activities, games and flexibility stretches. The students didn’t realise they were were exercising and they felt great after the session. The junior classes took part in games and activities which required team work. They competed in two teams in a relay race. They also played ‘Simon says’. The senior classes took part in meditating activities. The students had so much fun! #Wellbeing #fun #games #active #healthymind #healthybody

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Travel Escorts Relief Panel

Holy Family School for the Deaf is seeking to establish a Relief Panel of Travel Escorts on various routes nationally and in the Dublin area.
These routes include but are not limited to:

Longford/Kinnegad/Maynooth – Dublin

Wicklow – Dublin

Monaghan – Dublin

Dundalk/Drogheda – Dublin

Portlaoise – Dublin · Dublin area – Dundrum/Sandyford/Terenure, Tallaght/Clondalkin, Blanchardstown/Castleknock, Finglas/Ballymun/Cabra

Please click on link below for more information about the Bus Escort Job Vacancy.

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Green School News

Category : Post Primary

3B Class (Noel, Kate & Emma) created a project where they investigated the Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants battery waste in the Holy Family School for the Deaf. They wondered how the students dispose (throw away) their battery. They did a survey and learned some interesting facts!

  • 52% of our students use hearing aid battery. This type of battery is not rechargeable.
  • 39% of students have cochlear implant battery which can be recharged.
  • 50% of our students said they recycled their battery in the blue box (wee).
  • The other 50% of our students dump their battery elsewhere (bag, waste bin).
  • 94% of our students do not know what happens to the battery once it is thrown away.

    3B Class invites you to think about ‘Where does it go and is it harmful to our environment?’. You can find out the answer on the Green School Noticeboard in school.

    Check out the Green School Committee research and their new action plans on improving our schools recycling of battery waste on the Green School Noticeboard.


  • Please keep all your dead batteries (hearing aids betteries, from toys, remote controls etc…) and bring them to our school and dispose them in our new Weee recycle boxes. There will be a prize for a class who collected the most, watch this space….


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Gymnastic Fantastic!

Category : Post Primary

This term the PE Department worked on the gymnastics module of the PE Curriculum. Students learned how to coordinate their movements doing safe forward and backward rolls, and improving their balancing and strength abilities. As part of the Gymnastic module students also did group-work performing different human pyramids with 2-5 students. Very good workout and super fun to be had by all!