Roisin’s junior infant class enjoy Aistear every week. Some of the other classes joined in too 🙂
In September, the theme for Aistear was the Doctors Office and The Hospital. The Doctor was very busy helping patients with sore tummy, broken arms, chicken pox, vomiting bugs and flu! We enjoyed being doctors, nurses and patients in our role play area. We made our own clinic which had a reception, a waiting room and the doctors office. In role play, our patients made appointments to see the doctor or nurse by calling our secretary. We learned the names and signs of the instruments the doctor uses. We also learned about nurses, paramedics, first Aid, clinics and hospitals.
We read x-rays and gave injections. We have also learned how to use a stethoscope, a thermometer, to check someone’s reflex and how to write prescriptions.
We also set up a pharmacy where our sick patients can go to fill their prescriptions. Here are some pictures of the children hard at work!
In 2021 our school received €8000 as part of this scheme. This funding was used to support Holy Family’s core project, within our overarching digital strategy. As you are aware we began this project in 2020 with the assistance of funding from the Dublin Lions so we could support our pupils through the covid pandemic.
The goal of the project was to ensure that every pupil in the second level section of the school and senior pupils (5th/6th class) in the primary section had access to a personal digital device i.e. a Google Chromebook. This would ensure full participation in Google Classroom for all, both in school and outside school for homework tasks or for access to teaching and learning should the school be forced to close. The wellbeing of our Deaf students is at the heart of this project. We know that they are at risk of disengagement from learning and social isolation when at home for long periods.
In addition, all pupils would have shared access to digital learning devices such as iPads and digital cameras. Deaf students are visual learners, so each class teacher was to be provided with a visualizer. Visualizers provide Deaf students with equal access to text-based learning. EU funding was also used to purchase one additional interactive presentation device- a Clever Touch Screen. Combing these technologies allows our Deaf students to engage in whole school activities such as Kahoot quizzes, digital storytelling, and other activities.
The project was led by our in-school digital team. The Chromebooks were made available to parent/guardians for purchase or rental. Families who could not afford the rental were fully supported under the EU NRRP grant. Access to other digital technologies were made available to all class teachers through a booking scheme. Teacher training was initially provided for free by the companies who provided the technology. Additional training was provided by the in school digital team and peer learning over the course of one full school year after school hours.
We are proud to report that EVERY pupil from the youngest in early intervention to the oldest in the post primary section benefited from the project. The project has been enormously successfully. We now consider our school to well on our journey to digital excellence!
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.
To book your place please click on link below to download booking form.
Please fill in the form and email your form details to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any further information please text Geoffrey at 0861788701.
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
As we approach the Christmas holidays, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our school community for the tremendous work that has been done since September to keep those in our school safe.
Please find attached an open letter from Dr Tony Holohan to parents/guardians of school children which encourages everyone to continue working together, limit social contacts and maintain the social distancing practices over the Christmas period.
We invite you to participate in a virtual walk or run in aid of the Holy Family School for the Deaf. All funds raised will go towards funding Chromebooks for students and teachers and achieving our goal of becoming a Digital School of Distinction.
To make this event a challenge and accessible to all abilities, we have divided the virtual run into three themes. Please select the theme according to your ability;
When? Tuesday the 1st of Dec to Saturday the 12th of Dec.
How Much? €15!
What do I get for doing the run/walk?
Everyone who has registered will receive a beautiful handmade wooden Christmas Decoration which is 100% made by Holy Family Students.
Check out the video of our students making these fantastic medals!
Our enthusiastic teachers explains how it works
How do I sign up? Easy!! Fill in the Google Form Link Below.
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