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.
Thank you to Trinity Access for donating 10 new Chromebooks to our school. Here is a photo of some of our primary students enjoying using their Chromebook for teaching and learning in school. We are nearly at our goal to have every student and teacher in HFSD in the school with their own Chromebook. We are delighted to say this week we have submitted our application for the Digital School of Distinction. This could not have been possible without the generous support of Lions Ireland who has donated over 130 Chromebooks, 20 visualisers and one Clevertouch screen, and other organizations such as Trinity Access 21 who has donated 10 Chromebooks. Digital competence and confidence are crucial in this 21st century for the future success of our deaf pupils.
Congratulations to our TY students who created a school newsletter for the year 2020 – 2021 for the students and staff to enjoy. The newsletter was packed with interesting news, articles on how to look after our well-being, puzzle pages, and school news. The students created the newsletter on their Chromebooks using Google Docs bringing us towards our goal in becoming a Digital School of Distinction. Our students started this newsletter in 3rd year as part of JCSP ‘Newsletter. initiative. They continue to progress and improve in creating a monthly newsletter that everyone wants to read. It is also a brilliant way of archiving all the wonderful things happening in our school during the school year. Each of the students on the newsletter team got a hard copy of the Newsletter.
Congratulations to 5A, 5B and Ty students who were presented with an official certificate from the Department of Education confirming that they have achieved and passed the Junior Certificate program. Last year due to the pandemic the Junior Certificate examinations were cancelled, however, all their hard work and progress were acknowledged with the presentation of these certificates. Well done to all of our students and to the teachers and SNAs who supported them.
The sun was shining for our outdoor JCSP Graduation today. This graduation is to celebrate all the student’s achievements over the past three years. Needless to say, the list of achievements was long! Congratulations to all involved in the celebrations today. We even had access online for students who had to remain at home.
Have you ever seen a perfect Hexagon Flower? HFSD was blooming with Hexagon Flowers this morning for #CreativeWeek in Creative Maths Workshop. Ms.Owens and Ms Roddy coordinated an online workshop on how to draw a perfect Hexagon with a compass. Our students colour them in, helping them to relax and to practice some mindfulness colouring and calmness. #Wellbeing#creativeweek
A very special day today – despite the current restriction due to the pandemic, we revised our school leavers graduation for the graduates of 2020 and 2021. The graduation went ahead for the students only and it was accessed online by parents, students, and staff virtually on zoom. It was a very special celebration of two cohorts of school leavers 2020 and 2021 and we had a special guest Senator Marie Sherlock who signed in ISL the opening of her guest speech – “Congratulations on your Graduation”.
We showcase the students signing in ISL with the Deaf Choir – we had three songs; Boys and Girls performed in “All in this together” by High School Musical. Girls’ performed the song “Good Old Days” by Macklemore and Kesha and the boys performed for the song is “These Days” by Avicii. It was a wonderful performance. (You can see the performance below)
A representative from each class 6A, 6B, 6C, and 6D gave a speech on what Holy Family School for the Deaf means to them. I like to share an extract of the speech = “So, to finish, I will use a quote that a teacher in our school likes to share with us and say to the class of 2021 and 2020 that, “The world is our oyster, we have the opportunity to do and be anything we want. Let’s do it all!”
Our Teachers, SNAs and Staff have voted for the following students to be the ‘Student of the Year’ Student of the Year 2020 = Evan Maguire
Student of the Year 2021 = Siocha Quinn.
After the presentation and celebration, the students got to watch a video of messages and congratulations by parents and friends. They even got a message all the way from Lebanon! They then watch a video of the parents signing the song ‘Slow Down’ It was very emotional and there was not a dry eye in the house!
We would like to thank all of our Teachers, SNAs, and staff for everything and for helping to make today extra special!
Every Family has a story to tell….. This will be one story that will be told for generations!
We wish all our school leavers every happiness and success for the future – Remember – ‘The World is your Oyster!’
Our 5th years as part of their Hotel, Catering and Tourism subject, were out today at Dublin zoo to finish their @PDST_LCA key assignments. We had a great day socially distanced. Our first trip out and the sun came out for us all day!
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