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Holy Family Primary take on the Jerusalema Challenge

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Category : Primary

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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Literacy Week 2022 & World Book Day

Category : Post Primary

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.

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Active School Flag 2022

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.

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Golf Classics 22nd April 2022

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 g.mccormack@holyfamilydeafschool.ie. If you need any further information please text Geoffrey at 0861788701.

Thank you in advance for supporting our School!

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Beach Clean Up

Category : Post Primary

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

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Science blast in Early intervention.

Category : Early Intervention

Early Intervention having great fun doing Science Floating & Sinking experiments.

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Covid 19 Vaccination Progamme

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.

Parents and guardians can register their child for their vaccine online at https://vaccine.hse.ie/.

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


Useful information on Covid – 19 in ISL below.


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Return to School 6th January 2022

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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NetFIT Challenge!

New Year New You! For Twenty Twenty Two!

Are you ready to sign up for Holy Family Deaf School Cabra#NetFIT challenge at #HFSD!
NetFIT Challenge will start on the 10th of January 2022.

Check out this promo video

To register click here https://forms.gle/RfZwxnfsYaQ5BVtN910e per entry or 15e for you and a friend!

******** Every registration goes into a draw for a FITBIT watch! ********

An example of testing the fitness component ‘BALANCE’

Register Here

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Christmas Raffle

Thank you to all our sponsors and to everyone who bought a ticket for our Christmas Raffle.

First prize €250 sponsored by Peter and Niall Foran
Won by Majella Harris Athy

Second first prize sponsored by Tobin Estate Company won by Mehreen Syed from Dublin (Shauzab from first-year mum)

Second Prize €200 sponsored by Deaf Sports Ireland
Won by Laura Donovan Drogheda

Third Prize €100 sponsored by Mary Hogan and HFSD won by Melissa McCabe

4th Prize two games won by Geoffrey McCormack

5th Prize Candle hamper won by Natalie Bryan

6th 7th 8th Christmas Eve Treats bag and mug sponsored by Katie Hughes.
Won by
Sinéad Gavaghan
Mary Fitzpatrick
Danielle Maher

9th Prize Men gift set
Won by Ethan McCarthy

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Covid 19 Update regarding vaccines for 5-11 age cohort.

Please find the latest information regarding vaccines for the 5-11 age cohort below.

COVID-19 vaccine information for parents of children aged 5-11

The HSE has published detailed information and guidance for parents about COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11. This aims to help parents and guardians of 5-11-year-old children make an informed decision when it’s time for their child to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Registration for the vaccine will open shortly, with priority being placed on children who are more at risk from COVID-19 or children who have a high-risk person in the family. Parents and guardians can read this information on https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-for-children/  or they can download these information booklets from HSE.ie.

Important information for parents and guardians about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 (Comirnaty, Pfizer/BioNTech) (PDF, size 1.11 MB, 16 pages)