Author Archives: Maggie Owens

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Maths Week Awards

Category : Post Primary

Congratulations to all our students and staff for participating in Maths Week Maths Challenges. We were delighted to see all of the responses and answers to the Maths Challenge. Well done to 2A class who won the JCSP ‘Marvellous Mathematician’ award for the most correct answers and for the best efforts.

Congratulations to Ms. Lorraine Creed for the overall winner of cross-curricular teaching and learning in their subject area with Maths. Ms. Creed has organised a fantastic Art project on Islam Geometric Patterns linking in with Maths. Fantastic creative project from beginning to end and we could see that students learned about shapes, lines, measurements, and patterns. Well done to all the students for their amazing geometric designs.

Also special congratulations to the Home Economic department and PE department for their contribution to cross curricular learning with Maths in their subject area.

Mary Ohle using Maths in sewing class and cookery class.
Sarah Jane using data and statistics in badminton class in PE

Well Done All students & staff.


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Halloween Fun in Post Primary

Category : Post Primary

Well done to students and staff for dressing up for Halloween. Third years organised a collection to raise funds for ‘Cedor House Cross Care Homeless Shelter’. We are proud of our students for thinking of other unfortunate people and doing something about it. Enjoy the mid-term break and have a Happy Halloween.


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Our little Covid Heros

Category : Primary

Our primary students were presented with a medal today awarding them for being so good, brave and trying their best to keep to social distancing with their classmates, friends, and teachers. Our student’s resilience and ability to adapt and respect the school covid rules at this time is worth commendation. They are our Covid Heros – they are helping to keep the school, their friends, their families and themselves safe – Well done to all.


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JCSP Celebrations

Category : Post Primary

The sun was shining as we finally got to celebrate our student’s JCSP achievements. All students have completed this program in school, and by distance learning at home during school closure due to Covid. Their resilience and ability to adapt and learn at this time is worth commendation.

Every year we normally have a big celebration and we invite parents, house parents family, and friends. However, this year we had to keep the celebration small due to the current pandemic situation.
We were delighted to use our outdoor classroom for this presentation. The JCSP Graduation was a lovely celebration where we got to acknowledge and celebrate all of the amazing achievements the students have achieved for the Junior Cert School Programme. The long list of achievements includes; Performing with Holy Family Deaf Choir, a committee member of Green School, Newsletter initiatives, Woodwork initiative where our students created a beautiful, bespoke victorian wooden rocking horse, a Picnic Table for the schoolyard, a Film Making initiative, Fundraising for charities, organising events such as Maths day, Pi day etc.. Active members of the school sports team and the Challenge Cup.

Each student was given a student profile, a letter of reference with positive comments from all their teachers, certificates for their achievements, a sign language ornament with the ISL alphabet G to represent ‘graduation’ and ‘greatness’. We are very proud of them and we wish them every success in the future. Well done students and to all our hard-working teachers and to JCSP Co-ordinator Maggie Owens. Thank you Caitlin for taking all the photos and to JOhn for the JCSP Poster.


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Visual Arts (Drama) Initiative

Category : Post Primary

Well done to our First Years & Second Years who have started the Multi Media and Drama (Visual Arts) JCSP Cross-curricular Statement with Shane O Reilly and Roy Maquire. We invited Shane O Reilly, a well-known actor, and CODA which means a child of a deaf adult. The students loved working with Shane today as he was able to communicate in ISL with them. They explored drama and expression by using gestures, facial expressions, and body language. They acted out famous scenes and did a lot of activities in improvisation, and contemporary drama. It was fantastic to see students really expressing themselves more and gaining more confidence.  We were also delighted to have Roy Maguire involved in today’s drama workshop as he filmed and recorded the students’ experience in acting and interviewing. Well Done to all the students and to their teachers Mr. Sean Herlihy and Ms. Lorraine Creed. A Fantastic JCSP Initiative!

Short Play


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Delightful Morning Break by LCA (year 1) in aid of Irish Cancer Society

Category : Post Primary

Well done to our fifth years students who organised a coffee morning in aid of Irish Cancer Society. They baked and delivered freshly baked muffins (Individually wrapped) and coffee/tea to the teachers and SNAs classrooms for the morning Break. Students created a Google Form and emailed them to the teachers where they could select from a list of different flavours; Blueberry, Lemon Drizzle, Double Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Yum Yum!! Well Done to all the students in LCA & 5A and to teachers Ms. Shirley Higgins, Ms. Lauren Rowen, Ms.Nicola Roddy and SNA Ciara Hamilton.
This was a challenging task as they had to adhere to social distancing and to ensure all criteria was met to make sure that coffee/tea and muffin was delivered safety.


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Contemporary Drama with Shane O Reilly & Roy Maguire

Category : Post Primary


Well done to our First Years & Second Years who have started the DVD/Video Production JCSP Cross-curricular Statement with Shane O Reilly and Roy Maquire. We invited Shane O Reilly, a well-known actor, and CODA which means a child of a deaf adult. The students loved working with Shane today as he was able to communicate in ISL with them. They explored drama and expression by using gestures, facial expressions, and body language. They acted out famous scenes and did a lot of activities in improvisation, and contemporary drama. It was fantastic to see students really expressing themselves more and gaining more confidence.  We were also delighted to have Roy Maguire involved in today’s drama workshop as he filmed and recorded the students’ experience in acting and interviewing. Well Done to all the students and to their teachers Mr. Sean Herlihy and Ms. Lorraine Creed. A Fantastic JCSP Initiative!


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Spooktacular Sales by Transition Years!

Category : Post Primary

Transition Years Students crafted some Halloween Candle Holders and Fridge Magnets as part of their Enterprise Project. This also tied in with Maths Week as they calculate the sales of these fantastic crafted products. Well Done Ty students and to teacher Ms.Ohle.


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Maths Week

Category : Post Primary

The Maths Department have created a Maths Challenge for every day of Maths Week. There will be prizes for students who got the most points, who put in the most effort and for the most marvelous mathematician!
We also have a special prize for teachers who take a photo of a teachable Mathematics opportunity in their subject class.
Well done to all our teachers and students who are participating in the different Math’s Challenges every day and especially to our teachers who are embracing cross curricular learning in Mathematics with their subjects.
Below are the weekly Maths challenges and also some of the photos of the wonderful cross curricular Maths challenges in Holy Family School.


Cross Curricular Math’s in Home Economic Department

Cross Curricular Math’s Learning in ART

Holy Family Daily Maths Challenges by the Maths Department

Monday = Maths Challenge = https://forms.gle/syUBBmLhjQ5CB7Xk8

Tuesday = https://forms.gle/eVwoJaYUha2pzgoD6

Wednesday = Maths Challenge   =  https://forms.gle/LVdqHpLhA24cEmseA 

Thursday = Maths Challenge  https://forms.gle/V5jCX7G6oRa5YPVk8

Friday =  link = https://forms.gle/6pajHBJwqC7smFXJ8


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Deaf News!!

Category : Post Primary

Transition Years students have finally got off to a great start in creating their new Newsletter. They have selected many possible names and all students have voted on ‘Deaf News’. Transition Years students are allocated with leadership roles in creating the Newsletter such as Editor, Reporter, Graphic Designer, Photographer etc. We are every excited and we are looking forward to reading the monthly news.


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