News Category: Primary

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Green Fingers

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Irish National Anthem in ISL

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Our Primary School took part in the Irish National Anthem in ISL Competition organised by Bishopstown School, Cork. It was a great experience for them, all were delighted with their Certificates received. Have a look at their video they entered for the competition. Well Done to all!

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Message from Principal Eimear O’Rourke

Message from Principal Eimear O’Rourke in relation to the Campaign to prevent the loss of on-site Speech & Language Therapy.

I am pleased to report very good news! The HSE has confirmed in writing that a speech and language therapist will be assigned from the Cabra/Grangegorman CDNT (Children’s Disability Network Team) to work directly on-site with all children in the Holy Family School during the school day and term time. The HSE also stated that the medium to longer-term goal is to support the pupils with further therapeutic interventions (such as Occupational Therapy OT & Psychology) from the CDNT Interdisciplinary team.

I am also delighted to report that Deirdre Cunningham will continue as our Speech and Language Therapist. We greatly value Deirdre’s commitment to Holy Family and her highly expert support for our pupils, staff and parents/guardians.

I would sincerely like to thank everyone who supported this successful campaign. Special thanks are due to our parents/guardians who wrote many, many letters to the HSE, political representatives and signed and shared the petition. This greatly helped to win hearts and minds and to especially convince Minister Anne Rabbitte of the impact the loss on site SLT would have on our pupils. Grateful thanks to parents Daire Lyons, Siobhan Corcoran & Colin Maher who willing spoke to the media on the issue.

Sincere thanks to our local Senator Marie Sherlock, who worked tirelessly in support of our cause and the political representatives who took the time to advocate on our behalf to the HSE and the relevant ministers.

We now look forward to working with our local CDNT, HSE to ensure that our pupils receive all the additional supports necessary to enable them to reach their full potential.

Message from Principal Eimear O’Rourke in ISL below.

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Update with SLT

Great breakthough for our school today! The HSE have given a clear commitment that we will retain our on-site Speech & Language therapy service.

We look forward to receiving the letter of confirmation from senior HSE management.

A huge thank you to Minister Anne Rabbitte for all her support which has led to a positive outcome for our pupils, parents and staff.

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Redeployment of our Speech and Language Therapist is unfair and unjust.

Newspaper Article on losing our SLT

Thank you to Marie Sherlock for highlighting our concerns

Sunday Independent Article 21/03/2021

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Holy Family Primary take on the Jerusalema Challenge

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To mark our first full week back in school after the new year, we decided to take on the Jerusalema Challenge! It was no easy task! There may have been a few co-ordination problems (more-so with the staff than the children!) but we got there in the end… eventually!

We hope you enjoy watching it as we have thoroughly enjoyed putting it together!

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World Book Day 2021 (Primary)

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Well done to all the primary students who dressed up for World Book Day 2021. The Mr. Men and Little Miss seem to be a popular choice in Holy Family School this year!

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Confirmed case of Covid

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A confirmed case of COVID-19 in Holy Family School for the Deaf has been notified to the Department of Public Health HSE.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and the staff and parents of any children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed case have been contacted and advised accordingly. If you/your child is not  identified as a close contact , you/ your child does not need a test for Covid-19, they can continue to attend school, and no further actions are required at this time.

If you/your child develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection (such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell), please do not send your child to school, contact your GP and begin restricting your child’s movements, as per public health advice.

Restricted movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It is also sometimes called ‘self-quarantine’.

Further information on COVID-19 is available at:

Kind regards,


ISL translation of confirmed case of covid in HFSD.

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Ireland Reads

On Thursday 25 February Holy Family School is inviting students, staff, family, friends and the deaf community of all ages to get reading.

Why? Because taking some time for yourself to relax and do the things you enjoy (like reading) is important to help look after your mental wellbeing.

Please pick up your favourite book and
2. Time yourself reading
3. Email your time and a selfie of you reading your book (optional)

Happy Reading!!!

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School Return to Full Capacity

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope this message finds you safe and well.

I am delighted to let you all know that we have been given the go ahead by the Department of Education and Skills to reopen the school to all our pupils in early intervention, primary & post primary from Monday next- 1st March.

This means we no longer have to operate alternative days of attendance for our pupils.

Please contact Ashling Donegan, Boarding Manager if you have any queries about your son or daughter’s return to five day Boarding.

Please inform your bus driver that your child will be attending school every day from next Monday.

Some Important Key dates:

Monday 8th March: Post Primary section closure (JC teacher training) Early Intervention & Primary will open as normal.

Tuesday 9th March to 16th  March Mock Examinations for all 6th Year Leaving Certificate & Leaving Certificate Applied pupils.

All pupils are expected to sit the mock examinations regardless of any final decision in relation to sitting the written paper or opting for calculated grades. We are waiting for clarification from the Department on these options.

Wednesday 17th March School holiday. We close for a half day on Tuesday 16th and reopen on Thursday 18th March

As all pupils return, we will need your continued cooperation to keep our school safe and open in three key areas:

•          Please do not send your child to school if they are ill, particularly if they are showing any of the signs of Covid-19. Please consult with your doctor immediately and follow their advice. Please know that you will be contacted if your child becomes ill at school and that you must collect your child.

There will be no exceptions to this.

If you haven’t already completed the ‘Return to School Declaration” (See attached) please forward it without delay.

Thank you for your hard work, patience & support on the days your child was learning from home and I look forward to welcoming  all our the pupils back to school on Monday.

I hope you and all your family continue to stay safe and well in the meantime.

Kind regards,


Information in ISL below

Letter from Dept of Education to parents

Safe School Advice for Parents

Click on the file below to download ‘Safe school advice for parents’