News Category: Primary

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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’

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Back to School

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope all is well and you enjoyed the midterm break.
All sections of our school will re-open on Monday 22nd February.
Please check the Pupil Attendance Schedule for the days your son or daughter will attend this week. 
It is your responsibility to inform the bus driver of your child’s schedule.
Please Do Not send your child to school if they are unwell or have symptoms of Covid 19, is a close contact, or awaiting a test result.
Please see the HSE guide below: 

When it is OK to send your child to school or childcare

If your child is not a close contact, it is usually OK to send them to school or childcare if they:

  • only have nasal symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sneeze
  • do not have a high temperature and are not taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen – this can hide a temperature
  • do not have a new cough
  • do not live with anyone who is unwell and may have COVID-19
  • have been told by a GP that it’s OK to go back to school or childcare if they have recently been unwell.
  • have got a negative COVID-19 test result and have not had symptoms for 48 hours
  • have not had diarrhoea for 48 hours
  • are being tested as part of a serial testing programme, but have no symptoms and are not a close contact. For example, some children in direct provision centres
  • are tested regularly because they are in a vulnerable group.

IF your child becomes unwell at school, you must be available to collect him or her. Department of Education and Skills Covid protocols do not allow a child who is unwell to return home on school or public transport.
Thank you for your support and we will continue our vigilance to keep our school community safe.
Kind regards,

Eimear O’Rourke M.Ed

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Return to School

Information on returning to school

We are continuing our preparations for the return to school this Thursday 11th February.

Thank you to parents & Guardians who have already emailed Eugene Doyle Deputy Principal /School Office to notify us of your decision regarding your son or daughter’s return to school.

If your son or daughter is not returning, please email this information to:

If he or she is returning please complete and email the attached document: Return to Educational Facility to

School Schedule for EI, Primary and Post Primary

Please see below the schedule for pupil attendance in each section of the school; Early Intervention, Primary & Post Primary up to the end of March 2021.

Please note: This schedule may change inline with public health advice and Department of Education and Skills directives.

We have devised a schedule which best meets the Department’s requirement of a 50% capacity each day and which maximizes socially distancing.  The post primary 6th Year exam classes 6A & 6B have been prioritized for daily attendance.

I know some pupils will be very disappointed that they are not scheduled to return this week. We very much regret this, but we have tried to be as fair as possible to all class groups. We look forward to their return after the mid term break.

Please do not send your son or daughter to school on the days they are not scheduled to attend. If this happens we will phone you to come to the school to collect your child.

We will share the schedule of pupil attendance with Bus Éireann,  but it  is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to inform the bus driver of the days your son or daughter will be attending school.

Early Intervention

  1. Early Intervention: very regretfully, due to staff illness, and health and safety concerns, Early Intervention will NOT reopen until Monday 22nd February 2021.

The Early Intervention teachers and SNAs will continue to support remote learning to the end of this week.


  1. Primary: Click below to download timetable

Post Primary

  1. Post Primary – Click below to download the timetable (final schedule of school attendance)

Schedule of School Attendance (Post Primary)

GROUP A: Class Groups: 1A/2B/3AB/3C/4A/5B/6D

GROUP B: Class Groups:  1B/2A/2C/TY/5A/6C

**6A & 6B will attend fulltime​​**

If you need any additional clarification or information please email

Please continue to check your email, text messages, and our website for updates.

Letter to parents in ISL

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Internet Safety for Kids and Families

Irish Deaf Society has organised an Internet Safety for Kids and Families talk for safer Internet Day. Please read more information below.

Message from Trend Micro Europe, information about delivering cyber safety education free into our community. As part of their global Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) programme and to celebrate Safer Internet Day (Tuesday, Feb 9th) they will host a cyber safety night for parents on zoom.

The cyber safety talk will address many challenges facing parents/guardians everywhere and they would like to extend their invite to you, your colleagues, friends and family; especially those in our Deaf community. See poster attached and further details about the event:

It takes place on Safer Internet Night Tuesday, Feb 9th @8pm.
For Zoom Webinar Details please go to
Or join them on their Facebook Page where the event will be streamed Live @ TrendMicroEurope –

Topics covered include managing screen time, gaming, social networks and safety online.

They will have Q&A time for parents and fellow Trend Micro colleague, Simon Walsh will join as their guest.

Irish Sign Language Interpreter will be present (Ray Greene).

This is a free event and as always everyone is so very welcome to join them.