Dear Parent or Guardian,
I hope you and your family are safe and well and enjoyed a lovely summer break. We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter back to school next week.
Please note the return to school dates:
Tuesday 30th August 1st Year and 6th Year post-primary pupils only
Wednesday 31st August All other pupils primary and post-primary pupils
Early Intervention: Wednesday 31st August unless a different date has been agreed with Co-ordinator Ger Lewis.
As you may have heard on the media, recruiting teachers is very challenging this school year. Holy Family shares this experience and due to retirements and teachers on leave of absence we will be starting the school year without teachers appointed especially in the post primary. Many of our substitute teachers are also not available to us. We will continue to work hard to source suitable teachers and, in the interim, put in-school measures in place for our pupils.
School Calendar 2022/23
A copy of the school calendar 2022/23 is attached.
School Resource Payments
As we must increase the cost of administration and practical subject expenses, we are not asking for Voluntary Contributions for this school year. A list of the expenses is attached.
We would appreciate full payment by the end of October 2022.
Parents and guardians have the option of spreading costs by monthly standing order over the course of the year, to cover all subjects and school activities. For parents and guardians who avail of this option, and we confirm we will not look for any additional payments this includes swimming fees for primary pupils.
You will be contacted in late August (usually the week before the new term starts) by your child’s bus/taxi driver with details. Students who are travelling to school via public transport i.e. train or Bus Eireann intercity services will be issued with either a bus or train pass.
Please note it is parent’s responsibility to inform bus/taxi drivers of their son or daughter’s return to school date and if they are not availing of the service on any particular day due to illness, appointments etc.
A Safe Return
Arrival to School
Pupils travelling on school transport should remain in the car/bus until the school doors are open at 8.50 am (post Primary) and 9.00am (Primary and Early Intervention)
Students should attend in the required school uniform every day unless otherwise directed.
Students should bring a healthy lunch to school. Parents and Guardians of Boarding pupils should ensure they bring a lunch to school every Monday.
As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that reasons must be given in writing. Parents/Guardians can use the school diary which has dedicated pages for your notes. The school will notify the National Educational Welfare Board if a child is absent without reason for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise to concern.
If your child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by the NEWB. However, if there is concern about your child’s attendance at school or about the reasons given, you may be visited by an Educational Welfare Officer who will discuss your child’s education with you. The Officer will work with you and take full account of the circumstances of the child and the family before deciding what further action is necessary to ensure that the child receives his/her entitlement to an education.
Further information concerning the new service and about school attendance matters generally can be obtained from the national Lo-Call Education Helpline (Telephone 1890 36 36 66) which is staffed by an Educational Welfare Officer.
Audiology support will continue to be provided to all students following all necessary safety measures. Please ensure that your son/daughter arrives at school with working hearing aid/cochlear implant and other assistive technology (FM system) if applicable. Students should have spare hearing aid/cochlear implant batteries and be encouraged to change these themselves where possible. As always assistance will be provided to students when required. Spare batteries are available in school as usual at a cost of 50 cent per battery.
The use of mobile phones is not permitted during the school day. For security, phones should be switched off and stored in the students’ locker or the school office before 9am. If pupils need to make a call during the school day, they can do so from the school office.
Well-being & Counselling
The wellbeing of all our pupils is central to our mission. If you have any concerns or need additional support, please contact Ms O’Rourke, principal or Eugene Doyle Deputy Principal.
Class teachers and SNAs
I would like to thank teachers Ms Katrina Connolly, Mrs Mary Ohle and SNA Kathleen McDonagh for their many years of dedicated service and wish them every happiness in their retirement. Four new teacher appointments for Primary and one for Post Primary are currently pending.
I wish to thank you for entrusting Holy Family with the education of your son/daughter, as we continuing to work with you throughout their time with us in Holy Family.
An ISL translation of this letter will be available on our website shortly.
Enjoy the last few days of the school holidays.
On the 22nd of April experienced and amateurs golfers played at the awesome 18-hole championship golf course in St Margaret’s Golf & Country Club at the Holy Family School for the Deaf Golf Classic. We were delighted to see great support from both the deaf and hearing community. We are also delighted to say that we have raised a substantial total of €15,056!
This money will go towards a new 18 seater bus for Holy Family School for the Deaf. We would like to say a special thanks to Geoffrey McCormack for leading this fundraiser and to the team Maggie Owens, Lorraine Creed, Linda Rankin, Jason Maguire, Aileen McCabe and Siobhan Corcoran for their hard work in organising this event.
It was a chilly and windy day but the sun was shining. Thank you so much to all our golfers and supporters for coming to support our Golf Classic. To all our sponsors for sponsoring our Tee Boxes, Golf prizes, and hampers and especially thanks to Mary McCormack for generous donation of €10,000.
It is very much appreciated. Principal Eimear O Rourke congratulated all the player and winners and commented how great it was to see so many past pupils of HFSD in the room.
Congratulations to all our winners;
Near the pin 5th hole winner Conor Keane.
Near the pin 15th hole Seán Gilmore
Longest drive 17th Johnny Browne
Team winner Kilcock golf society 94 points
2nd place GDG properties investment Ltd 91 points
3rd place Fingal House Care Centre Ltd 88 points.
Special thanks to all of St Margaret’s Golf Club and Country Staff for making today a special event for all to enjoy.
On Monday, students took part in a Calligram competition. This cross-curricular activity combined their artistic skills with their vocabulary.
On Tuesday, students took part in a school count down the competition. In groups, they had to record the vowels and consonants and make the best words they could think of collectively.
On Wednesday, students played a game of Kahoot. All years groups took part. A student in third year won the competition.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day. Lots of students and teachers dressed up as their favourite characters from their chosen books. Students took part in a poetry hunt around the school. Students organised themselves into groups and then read the poem “Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” by Robert Frost.
Students then were given clues in order to go to certain classrooms to get pieces of the poem. Students had to work out what room they needed to go to, go to the room, and then answer the question asked by the teacher in order to secure the poetry piece. After students gathered all 7 clues, they came back to the hall to try and assemble the poem correctly.
On Friday, students found out the results from the activities during the week.
Please click on this link to read more about Active School Flag = https://holyfamilydeafschool.ie/active-school-flag/
Below are photos of active activities in Holy Family Primary School.
The Holy Family School for the Deaf are hosting a fundraising Golf Classic event on Friday 22nd April 2022
in St Margaret’s Golf & Country Club, Co Dublin. All funds raised via this event will go towards a new 18
seater bus for Holy Family School for the Deaf. It is very important that the Holy Family Deaf School can
fully engage with learning in external environments. A new bus can be used to bring our students on
educational field trips for example a trip to the Print Museum, National Art Gallery, Kildare National Studs,
Titanic in Belfast and so much more.
We would truly appreciate if your company/organisation would consider being involved in our event.
Please fill in the form and email your form details to email@example.com. If you need any further information please text Geoffrey at 0861788701.
The bad weather didn’t stop our Green School ambassadors today from doing the Beach Clean Up on Sandymount Beach. They found plastics, glass, and other rubbish littered around the beach. Well Done to all! You did us proud. Thank you to Ms. Rankin and Ms. Kavanagh for leading Green School. @CleanCoasts @GreenSchoolsIre
The HSE continue to rollout the COVID-19 vaccination programme and with over 90% of those aged 12 years and above fully vaccinated. For anyone aged 12 and over who hasn’t had their COVID-19 vaccine yet; dose 1 or 2 they can register on https://vaccine.hse.ie/ for an appointment in a HSE clinic. People can also talk to their GP or local pharmacy about getting their COVID-19 vaccine. Booster clinics are also open for eligible people aged 16 years and older. Visit www.hse.ie for more information.
COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommends parents and guardians consider vaccinating their 5 to 11-year-old children. COVID-19 vaccine is particularly recommended if children:
· Have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
· live with a younger child or adult who is at risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19 e.g. another child with complex medical needs, or an immunocompromised adult The vaccine that will be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years is Comirnaty® Children’s formulation.
Children in this age group will be given a smaller dose of the vaccine than adults.
As part of this stage of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, information for people considering vaccinating their children including information about the benefits and risk of vaccination and information about how to get vaccinated is available on https://bit.ly/HSEC19511
A cartoon strip has also been developed to help children understand what will happen when they go to a HSE clinic to get their COVID-19 vaccine https://bit.ly/C19Cartoon511
Getting COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines NIAC advises that children aged 5 to 11 years wait at least 2 weeks between getting a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, like the flu vaccine or 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines. Children aged 2 to 17 years can get the free nasal flu vaccine through participating GPs and pharmacies until the end of this month. Information about the flu vaccination programme is available on the HSE website at www.hse.ie/flu. A list of pharmacies giving flu vaccines is also available on https://bit.ly/PhFluFinder Children in Junior Infants may also be due their 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine, school teams will work with your school to ensure where possible the vaccination programme continues and children whose parents have consented for them to receive 4in1 and MMR vaccine can do so.
Consent Only parent(s) and legal guardian(s) are entitled to provide consent for vaccination for students under 16 years of age. A video covering information about consent is available from our office YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/vE1X5AcwNgE
Further information on COVID-19 vaccines we recommend visiting the HSE website www.hse.ie/COVID19Vaccine.
Eimear O’Rourke M.Ed
Holy Family School for the Deaf will re-open for all our pupils tomorrow Thursday 6th January.
Please DO Not send your son or daughter to school if they are unwell or have symptoms of Covid 19. We need to keep our school community safe.
Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2022.
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