Following the government announcement that all special schools are to reopen from Thursday 21st of January, we will contact parents to share plans for the return to school as soon as available. Online teaching & learning will continue as planned next Monday.
Dear Parents & Guardians,
I hope this email finds you well. It is wonderful to see very active and positive interaction on Google Classroom & Seesaw between the teachers, pupils & parents so far this week. Please continue to encourage your son or daughter to engage with online learning, assignments, projects & activities.
Please see link below to statement from Ministers Foley & Madigan on planning for the re-opening of special school.
I will be in contact when more information is available and with full details of any plan to re-open our school.
In the interim, Holy Family will continue to ensure that pupil’s learning and well-being is maintained throughout the current school closure.
Please remember, there is no pressure on any pupil to complete all activities and work set by the class teacher. We encourage all families to complete only what they can manage in their given situation.
I hope you and all your family continue to keep safe and well at this time.
We are delighted to share that SLT will continue remotely via video at home. If any parent would like their child to avail of SLT support during this time, they can contact our SLT Deirdre Cunningham on 086-0200604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just to let you know that because of the schools closing Home School Hub is being repeated and Home School Hub ISL and After School Hub The Best Bits ISL will also be rebroadcast on RTÉjr and streamed live on RTÉ Player. Details below:
From Monday, Home School Hub ISL will transmit week days @ 1pm on RTÉjr.
(UPC channel 600, Saorview channel 7, Sky channel 623)
After School Hub Best Bits ISL will TX at 18:05 on Saturdays and Sundays on RTÉjr, starting Saturday 16th.
All ISL versions of HSH are also available on RTE Player. All Irish Sign Language versions of Home School Hub available on RTÉ Player.
An ISL version of Home School Hub will be available live streaming and for catch up on weekdays at 1pm. Also, ISL After School Hub Best Bits, on Saturday and Sundays at 6.05pm, will also live stream and be available for catch up.
After School Hub (select the ISL option):
A full list of content available with ISL is available here: https://www.rte.ie/player/all-programmes/Irish-sign-language/rte-isl-programmes
As the Department of Education and Skills has reversed it’s decision to reopen Special Schools on Monday 11th January, we are now preparing for online teaching and learning.
I realise that it is very challenging for our pupils to learn from home and for you to support them. Having learned a lot from the previous experience and greatly improved our technology provision and skills, I believe that online teaching and learning has the potential to be much more effective this time. Our teachers are fully committed to this goal and will be ready to engage with pupils from early next week.
I ask that you do all possible to maximise the engagement of your son or daughter. Please treat Monday to Friday each week as full school days.
If access to a good internet connection is a problem in your area you should communicate this without delay so that teachers can plan accordingly.
Primary teachers will continue to use email and SEESAW to communicate with parents and pupils. Class teachers will create individual learning packs for each pupil.
Chromebooks have been ordered and will be posted directly to senior primary pupils whose teachers have confirmed that use of this technology will support their learning. SNAs will also provide support.
Respectful behaviour is expected at all times. Our school code of Conduct applies during online engagement. Parents must take responsibility for their son or daughter’s online behaviour. Regretfully, there was evidence of inappropriate messaging and hurtful comments being posted by primary pupils during the last school closure
Teachers will email parents to outline tasks and activities for the children that will assist them to refresh and build on their language and communication skills programme. SNAs will also provide support.
Online teaching and Learning is challenging for all. We are here to support you.
Please remember; our school staff also have families to care for and support so unless very urgent, communication should take place during school working hours.
Please check the News Section of the Website daily for updates and suggestions for learning activities and Well Being support.
Please stay at home and stay safe.
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has confirmed that all schools including schools with children with special needs will regrettably remain closed to students from Monday the 11th of January.
The Government decision, taken on the 6th of January, on foot of public health advice to reduce mobility in the community, was to close schools for the vast majority of students for a period of three weeks. While not ideal, this decision was absolutely the correct one and very necessary to ensure the health and safety of our school community.
Holy Family School will commence Online Learning on Monday the 11th of January 2021. Our Principal Eimear O’ Rourke will email parents full details of our online learning plan. This will also be posted in the News section of our Website.
If students need to collect books or chrome books for online learning please contact email@example.com
In the meantime, please Stay at Home and Stay Safe.
Best wishes for the New Year. I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.
As most of you know, the government has taken the decision to re-open special schools, including Holy Family School for the Deaf, from next Monday 11th January.
CIDP have confirmed that the boarding residences will also re-open inline with this decision.
As soon as we hear more information, it will be passed on to you. As of now, we have had no direct contact from the Department of Education.
I will be in further contact with you all during this week. Please continue to check your emails, our website and our twitter feed for updates.
Stay safe and well.
Well Done to all transition year students for creating this signed story of ‘The Legend of the Christmas Tree’. What a beautiful mystical story. Transition Years created this signed story for the primary students in the Holy Family School for the Deaf. The confidence of our students signing, presentation and special efforts make the story more exciting and engaging. Well done to your teacher Ms.Lorraine Creed and Ms Sarah Jane O Regan.
Congratulations to our 2nd-year student Max Smyth who won €15 in JCSP ‘Staying Well in 2020’ competition. JCSP organised a Design a Stamp Competition with the theme ‘Staying Well in 2020’. We are delighted Max got highly commended. Well done to Max and to his teacher Sean Herlihy