Fri, 30th Sep 2016
Staff Development Day
Mon, 31st Oct 2016
Tue, 1st Nov 2016
School Holidays for 2016-17
In order to assist parents/guardians with planning, the school holidays for the academic year 2016 -17 are now available in the calendar section of this website.
Please note that these are provisional arrangements.
The school re-opens for Nursery to Primary 7 classes on Thursday 1st September 2016. All Primary 2 - Primary 7 pupils will be in school the full day on 1st September. The Nursery and Primary 1 pupils will commence on the days and times previously arranged with the class teachers.
Nursery Open Day
All pupils who are due to start nursery in September 2016 are welcome to attend our Open Day on Friday 26th August 2016. The open day will run from 9am until 1.30pm. Parents are welcome to come along with their child at anytime during the day to sample the nursery atmosphere and environment.
We look forward to seeing you and your child at the Open Day
Please note our Child Protection team for this academic year is:
If any parent/guardian has any child protection concerns they should contact Mrs Parke.
All parents are invited to attend our annual Marian Procession which will take place from the school on Friday 27th May 2016 at 2pm. The procession will journey from Holy Family PS to Holy Family church where a short service shall take place. Both parish schools will take part in the service and we look forward to seeing a large turnout of parents.
P3 Minibeast Models
Well done to all our amazing P3 pupils who produced fantastic 3D models for the P3 minibeast model competition. The quality produced by these young pupils was outstanding and made the judging of the competition exceptionally difficult for principal, Mr Matthewson and WAU co-ordinator, Mr Doherty.
After long deliberation the following were awarded the various prizes:
1st Ava Curran
2nd Caoimhe Boyle, Jamie Gallagher and Aymen Fikri
3rd Daniel Gamble, Erin Keogh and Ethan Devine
Well done to all on a fantastic competition and many thanks to class teachers, Mrs N Doherty and Mrs Mc Arthur. All models are on display in the foyer of the school.
Well done to Holy Family Swimmers
Congratulations to all our swimmers who did exceptionally well at the NW Schools' Gala held in William Street pool. Special mention goes to our P6 girls relay team who achieved third place and to Kayleigh Mc Cafferty who came 2nd in the backstroke.
This was a great performance by the Holy Family swimmers as the team is comprised of very young swimmers. Thanks also go to swimming coaches, Miss Mc Caughey and Mrs Mallett as well as to the Extended Schools' Co-ordinator, Mr Doherty
Thank you to the massive numbers who turned out to support our summer production of Oliver. We are delighted that the pupils and staff produced such a top class show to make your journey worthwhile.
Many thanks to our PTA for all their wonderful work during the show and during the year.
Many thanks to all the parents who responded to our parental audit which sought the views and opinions of parents in relation to the quality of provision at the school. The returns are currently being analysed and the outcomes will be communnicated to parents in the very near future.
These outcomes will then go forward to influence our three year school development plan for 2016 - 2019 which will also be communicated to parents.
Thanks once again to everyone who took the time to complete the audit.
Holy Family PS has begun the process of completely renewing the school website. This will hopefully be concluded during the summer months. During this period, it maybe necessary to close down the site for a short time.
However, parents can be assured that any urgent messages will be circulated via text if the need arises.
We thank parents for their patience during this period of renewal.
To mark the transition of our P7 pupils to their new schools in September we will be holding our annual Leaver's mass on Tuesday 28th June at 2pm in the school assembly hall. This is always a very special occasion for the pupils and the entire school comunity.
We would encourage all parents of P7 pupils to attend this special event. The mass will be celebrated by Fr. Paddy and we thank him for his tremendous work in supporting the faith development of our pupils during their time at Holy Family.
By way of saying thank you to all our pupils on their excellent understanding and co-operation during the school year with the loss of approximately half the playground space to facilitate the construction of our new sporting centre, the school will be holding a Fun Day on Wednesday 29th June.
During this day the pupils will enjoy a wide variety of events from Bouncy castles to Laser quest and from Crazy Golf to Live music.
Thank you to each child for their co-operation this year and enjoy the fun on 29th.
The Elklan speech and language course commences for parents on Thursday 26th February 2015 at 7pm in the staff room of the school. The programme will run for 2 hours each Thursday evening for 6 weeks.
We look forward to a great turnout of parents. The course will be delivered by Mrs Caroline Cosgrove and is funded via the Community Education Initiative Programme.
As part of the ongoing development plans of the school, the following has taken place or will take place in the very near future:
Our annual Marian Procession to Holy Family chapel will take place on Friday 22nd May at 1.30pm. All parents and family members are welcome to join us in this special event. Pupils from Holy Family PS and St. Eithne's PS will parade to the chapel with the Legion of Mary and then take part in a prayer service led by Fr. Paddy.
Congratulations to our P7 pupils who performed their own opera creation in the Opera House in Belfast on Monday 18th May 2015. This was a wonderful experience for our pupils and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks go to the staff of NI Opera and Mrs Doherty for ensuring that the performance went off so well. Also many thanks to Mark Patterson, Radio Foyle, for highlighting the performance on his radio programme.
Many thanks to the University of Ulster and the computing department for providing a very enjoyable trip to the W5 centre in Belfast for our P7 pupils. This trip was a reward for the pupils endeavours during the WASP project delivered by the university staff during the last few months.
Thanks to our P7 staff and all the university staff for making the project possible.
Keep up the great work Eco Warriors
Well done to all the Eco warriors at Holy Family who have been working hard to ensure that we continue to improve as an eco friendly school. The boys and girls under the guidance of Mr Gavin Doherty and Miss Noreen Doherty, have been working non stop to ensure that we are a litter free school.
Keep up the great work as it is definitely improving our environment.
Holy Family will be performing our annual summer show on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June in the school assembly hall. As there are only two performances this year, all pupils and parents are strongly urged to get their tickets early when they go on sale on Monday 1st June.
Places are limited and the tickets are sold on a first come first served basis. In order to avoid disappointment please purchase your ticket immediately they go on sale.
Good luck to our Primary 4 pupils
Everyone at Holy Family wishes all our P4 pupils every best wish and blessing for their First Holy Commuion which will take in Holy Family Church on Saturday 30th May at 11am. The service will be led by Fr. Paddy and we would like to thank Fr. Paddy, Mrs Doherty, Mrs Houston and Miss Kate for all their work in preparing our pupils for this sacrament.
Musical Pathways Performance
The pupils and staff of Primary 5 invite all parents of P5 pupils to attend the Musical Pathways performance in the school at 2pm on Friday 29th May in the assembly hall. Our P5 pupils have been working hard during their musical pathway lessons this year and Friday's performance is an opportunity for the pupils to truly reveal what they can do.
Thanks to Miss Gormley, Miss Lynch and Mrs Mc Laughlin for all their work this year.
Holy Family Public Speaking
Congratulations to all our P7 pupils who took part in our annual public speaking competition on Thursday 28th May. This was a very enjoyable and competitive event that was expertly adjudicated by local author, Mr Charlie Herron.
The range of topics covered varied from racism to animal welfare and highlighted once again the high level of capability among our pupils.
Following adjudication the top three positions were allocated as follows:
1. Naosie Henry
2. Leia Devine
3. Caomhin Doherty
Well done to all involved and thanks to the P7 teachers for organising such an enjoyable event and to Mr Herron for adjudicating such a close contest.
Swimming Success for Holy Family
The boys and girls of Holy Family experienced great success at the North West Schools' Gala tonight in the packed William Street pool tonight. Under the expert guidance of Leanne Mallett, ably assisted by Mr Doherty, the Holy Family boys and girls put in sparkling performances to emerge with the following awards:
Mark Mallet - individual gold
Ellen Mallet - individual gold
Caoimhin Doherty - individual silver
P6 boys relay- team silver
However, the star of the night must surely go to Eve Mallett (P2) who competed in the P6 relay event.
Well done to everyone involved.
Following on from the success of our Irish dancers and Karate experts, another Holy Family pupil gained national recognition recently. Oisin Barr (P4) performed brilliantly at the Ulster Judo championships to return home with a highly commendable bronze medal.
Well done to Oisin and his coaches.
Well done to all 23 Primary Seven pupils who took part in the Scalp mountain challenge as part of the Star Award programme. All 23 endured the 2.5 mile climb to the peak of Scalp mountain in County Donegal on Sunday 14th June.
This challenging climb was made even more difficult by the very warm conditions but all of the Holy Family pupils rose to the challenge and completed the climb.
Thanks to all the staff who took part and to the Concern staff for hosting the event.
We welcome a number of new teachers to Holy Family this year and we wish them every success and happiness at our school:
Miss Mc Caughey (P2)
Mrs Keys (P3)
Mr Lagan (P5)
School Improvements during summer 2015
Many improvements to the school environment and resources have taken place during the summer vacation. Reflooring of three shared areas has taken place and the installation of the state of the art clevertouch technology has been realised.
in addition, there has been a significant amount of repainting followed by the upgrading of the mathematics store. We trust that these adjustments will make the learning environment even better for our pupils and staff.
Beginning of the year mass
Thank you to Fr Paddy for hosting the beginning of the year mass for all pupils, staff and parents on Friday 11th September in Holy Family chapel. It was great to see such a good turn out of parents for this special mass and Fr. Paddy cetainly gave us great inspiration for the year ahead.
God bless and good luck for the incoming year.
Holy Family Book Fair
Our ever popular book fair will return to the school on Friday 18th September and run until Friday 25th September. The fair will be held in the Apple room and all classes will have the opportunity to visit the fair and purchase books or other educational items.
Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the fair at specific times which will be communicated to parents. Many thanks to our literacy co-ordinator, Mr Mc Laughlin, for organising the event.
Evening classes for parents
A significant number of parents have expressed an interest in taking part in a number of evening classes which will be run at Holy Family PS by staff from the NWRC. Parents who wish to take part in these fun and enjoyable classes should drop into the school between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 16th September to register for the course.
We look forward to a big turn out of parents.
Parent/Teacher Meetings (P7)
The first series of parent/teacher meetings of the new year take place at the following times and dates. These meetings are only for parents of P7 pupils.
28th Sept: 3.15 - 5.30pm
30th Sept: 3.15 - 5.30pm
5th Oct: 7.00 - 9.30pm
We look forward to a great turn out of parents to these very special meetings
Double First for Holy Family
Well done to all pupils and staff for securing our first Eco Friendly Award and Sustainable Travel Award. This was secured after excellent work by our Eco -committee, Mr Gavin Doherty, our WAU co-ordinator and Mrs Noreen Doherty, our Eco Co-ordinator.
The pupils' and staffs'work was recognised by the Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan, MLA when he visited the school on 1st October to congratulate pupils and staff on their achievements.
Everyone at the school looks forward to carrying this important work forward in the upcoming year.
Well done to all involved.
Curriculum Meetings for parents
Mr Matthewson will be holding curriculum meetings with parents from nursery to P3 over the next two weeks. These meetings will focus on what the pupils will be encountering and what the expectations are in the respective year groups. The dates and times for these meetings are:
Nursery – Monday 19th October 1 -1.30pm
P1 - Monday 19th October 2 -2.30pm
P2 – Thursday 22nd October 2 – 2.30pm
P3 – Monday 26th October 2 – 2.30pm
More sporting success
Well done to the Holy Family PS pupils who competed recently at the Shori Judo Club Open event held at Bishop’s Field, Creggan.
The Holy Family pupils certainly showed their skills in this competitive event and the following were rewarded for their endeavours:
Riain Barr (P2) won the Gold medal in his category, while Oisin Barr (P5) and Darragh McCaul (P4) got the Gold and Silver in their category.
Keep up the great work boys.
P3 - P7 Parent & Pupil Mass
The first P3 - P7 parent & pupil mass of the year will take place at Holy Family church at 10am on Friday 23rd October. All parents are most welcome to attend this mass.
Fancy Dress Day
Tuesday 27th October is a Fancy Dress day for all pupils. Pupils should attend school in costume. All pupils are encouraged to donate at least £1 on this day with all funds raised going to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Support Movember Appeal
During the month of November, male teachers at the school are taking part in the Movember challenge. Accordingly, please do not be shocked to witness some less than stylish facial hair displays.
However, please feel free to donate any funds to the appeal with all monies going to the Syrian refugee appeal.
Big shave off in the assembly hall at the end of November.
Holy Family is currently preparing to receive our European visitors as part of the Erasmus programme. Our visitors from Finland, Poland, Spain and Holland will be arriving in Holy Family on Monday 23rd November to take part in the "Smart Moves" project and we hope that they have a wonderful time when they are here.
In order that parents are able to attend the various sacramental preparation events this year please note the following dates and events:
P4 Mass of Enrolment: Sunday 29.11.15
P7 Confirmation Meeting: 13.01.16
P7 Service of Commitment: 17.01.16
P4 First Communion Meeting: 27.01.16
P4 First Confessions: 08.03.16
P7 Service of Light: 13.03.16
P7 Confirmation: 16.04.16
P4 First Communion: 04.06.16
Choir performing at the Oireachtas
Holy Family choir are delighted to accept the invitation of the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett TD, to perform at the switch on of the Christmas Lights at Lenister House on Tuesday 8th December.
This is a great honour for our our choir and all choir members are looking forward to travelling to Dublin to perform at this special occasion.
Anti - Bullying Week
Next week (16 - 20 November) marks anti-bulying week. This is a very important week in the life of the school as it gives all staff the opportunity to highlight the importance of being safe and happy. At Holy Family we implement a range of strategies to ensure that our pupils are kept safe and secure.
However, there is always room for improvement and next week, the focus will be on highlighting how to keep safe both in person and online.
We request that parents/guardians support us in this work by always ensuring that they are aware of what activities their children are engaged in when operating online.
School prospectus 2016 - 17
Prospective parents can find out more about our school by clicking the link below or going to the parents section of this website to see our school prospectus for 2016 - 17.
Nursery and P1 applications
Please note that application forms for pupils due to commence nursery or primary one in September 2016 will be available from the school office on Friday 27th November 2015. The critiera associated with the application process to nursery and primary one are available from the office, in the school prospectus and on the school website within the school prospectus.
Prospective parents are strongly urged to review the relevant critieria prior to completing the application form. Please contact the school if you are unsure about any aspect of the admission process.
The closing date for application forms to be returned is 12 noon on Wednesday 13th January 2016.
School Open Day
Holy Family will be holding a school Open Day on Friday 4th December 2015 from 10am until 12 noon. All prospective and current parents are invited to this special event when parents can sample the atmosphere and the learning experiences always on offer at our school.
If prospective parents are unable to attend on this occasion, an alternative appointment can be made by contacting the school office on 02871267798.
Congratulations to two Holy Family pupils who medalled at the North West Open held in Foyle Arena, Derry recently.
The boys, Oisin Barr (P5) and Darragh McCaul (P4), both achieved Bronze medals in the Boys U35 kilos category, representing their Konarakai Judo club.
Well done and keep up the great work.
PTA Rickety Wheel and Fair
All friends of Holy Family Primary and Nursery school are invited to our annual Rickety Wheel and Fair which will take place in the school assembly hall on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 7pm.
There are lots of fantastic prizes and a great night is guaranteed for all.
Thanks to our highly active PTA and all our sponsors who made this event possible.
Congratulations to all our pupils in our nursery, P1, P2 and P4 - P7 classes on their excellent nativity performances played out in front of packed audiences. Many thanks to all staff involved in the productions and to parents and grandparents for their assistance.
The Parish carol service will take place on Sunday 13th December at 6pm in the church and our choir will be performing at it.
The P3 nativity will take place at 10am on Tuesday 15th December and everyone is welcome.
Accelerated Reading Assembly
All P3 - P7 pupils will take part in an Accelerated Reading assembly on Tuesday 15th December. The pupils in all year groups have had an opportunity recently to exchange their AR points for prizes and they will now recieve the chosen rewards.
Well done to all pupils involved and many thanks to Mr Mc Laughlin and the assistants for organising all the prizes.
Congratulations to Dearbhla Coyle on becoming our first millionaire this academic year. Dearbhla reached the fantastic total of 1,463,214 words read which led to the accumulation of 97.4 points.
In addition, well done to Mrs Doherty's and Mrs Key's P3 classes who created another record this year by busting the Holy Family Luck Dip Bank for the first time ever by being so accurate in their reading and acquiring so many tokens that the Luck Dip Bank had to close down for three days to get re stocked.
Keep up the great work.
The pupils and staff are really looking forward to the launch of our parish mission which will commence on 6th February 2016. The school will be heavily involved in the mission and there will be activities and events in the school for the full duration of the mission.
We trust that the mission will bring many blessings on the school and the parish. Further details to follow sooon.
Catholic Schools' Week
This year Catholic Schools' Week commences on 31st January 2016. The week will be packed with a variety of events including one of the most popular days in the school calendar - Grandparents' Day.
Given this year is a year of mercy, the school will be officially opening the Door of Mercy during Catholic Schools' Week.
We look forward to this special event and hope many families join us in the celebration of Catholic Education.
P4 First Communion Meeting
All pupils and parents are invited to attend the First Communion Meeting in the school assembly hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016. This is a very important meeting and we look forward to an excellent turn out.
New Build at Holy Family
Holy Family is delighted to announce that funding has been secured form Sportni to establish a multi purpose boxing facility with teaching/coaching space at the school. This facility will be of outstanding benefit to the school, Springtown boxing club and hopefully the wider community.
Initial preparation work will take place in the next few weeks. Further updates will be provided in the near future.
Door of Mercy
As part of the year of mercy, we are delighted to announce that we shall officially open our door of mercy during Grandparents' day on Friday 5th February. This door will hopefully reflect the presence and growth of mercy in our school during the course of the year.
Many thanks to all our pupils for their ideas about this development.
Mid Term Break
Parents are reminded that all pupils are on mid term holdiays from Monday 15th February to Wednesday 17th February inclusive. All pupils return to school at 8.50am on Thursday 18th February.
Prayer for parents
As parent of the parish mission, there will be a short prayer session for all parents in the staff room of the school at 9am each morning during the week of 8th February. All welcome.
AR success continues
The continued success of our Accelerated Reading scheme is evidenced by the fact that we now have a 98% active participation rate among our pupils. This participation rate ensures that many pupis are now making significant progress in their independent reading.
We look forward to this particpation level being matched by target attainment in the very near future.
As part of the ongoing development plans at Holy Family a number of improvements have been made recently and a number are expected to occur in the very near future.
As part of improvements to child protection and health and safety, all classroom doors have had visibility panels installed and a key pad control mechanism is currently being installed for the playground access gates.
In the near future we anticipate the installation of new floooring in shared area c and classrooms 7, 8 and 9.
Thanks to all pupils, parents and staff for their patience during this work.
The AR Challenge
A big challenge has been laid down for all our P3 - P7 classes this week with a special class prize on offer for the first class to achieve:
- 100% class participation in AR
- at least 85% accuracy by the entire class during AR quizzes
- all pupils reading at the appropriate book level
Good luck to all classes and parents will be kept informed of the outcomes via this website.
On behalf of all the pupils, parents and staff of Holy Family we would like to thank Sr. Mary, Sr. Rosaleen, Marion and Patrick for all their great work with our pupils during the parish and school mission.
Our missionary friends from the Ceili Community have been ever present in our school since 8th February and they inspired all our pupils and staff to reflect on the words of Jesus and our daily actions. This mission has been highly appropriate and very successful.
The highlight of the mission to date has been the performance of all P4 - P7 classes at the senior presentation in Holy Family church on Thursday night. The mission will conclude on Sunday 21st February at 12.30pm mass.
Thanks once again.
As part of the school's ongoing developmental it is vitally important that we consult our pupils, parents and wider community regarding all aspects of school life. Accordingly, parents should be aware that in the very near future a parental audit will be circulated to each household and we would encourage all parents to complete the audit and return it to school so that their views can be taken into account as we plan further improvements to school life.
More details will be circulated in the near future.
Holy Family have introduced the pathsplus programme to all year groups this year. As part of that programme, we are now extending the associated training to all parents of the school. The training will be delivered on Wednesday 3rd March at 1.30pm and 7pm in the school. We look forward to a large attendance by parents.
This training will complement the training already undertaken by the teaching, auxiliary and ancillary staff training already undertaken.
Book Fair Success
Thank you to all the pupils and parents who supported our book fair last week. The fair was a resounding success with brisk business every day. We hope that all children and parents enjoy their purchases. So successful was the event that we secured profits of almost £1000.
This money will now be used to specifically support the purchase of additional reading material for our pupils.
Thank you to Mr Mc Laughlin ( literacy co-ordinator) who organised the event.
World Book Day
All the pupils at Holy Family are really looking forward to World Book Day on Thursday 10th March. This special day will be celebrated by all pupils having the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character from thei favourite book.
The fancy dress competition will be adjudicated in the assembly hall and there will be prizes for the best attire.
Thanks to Mr Mc Laughlin for organising this event.
St. Patrick's Day Holiday
The school will be closed on Thursday 17th March for St. Patrick's Day and reopen on Friday 18th March. We wish all our pupils and their families a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig
House Team Winners
Congratulations to Bugs Bunny (FS/KS1) and New York (KS2) the winners of the Holy Family House team competition. The winners will be rewarded with a free trip to the cinema on Friday 18th March.
Many thanks to Mr Herron for organising the competition and to all the staff for their implementation of the event.
The new house team competition will commence on Monday 21st March.
Well done to the following pupils who have joined our AR Millionaires' cub by reading over 1 million words this year already on the AR programme:
Dearbhla Coyle ( P4) 1,212,242
Aebha Stephenson ( P5) 1,078,965
Megan Scott ( P5) 1,212,242
Ethan Mc Clelland (P6) 1,181,872
Matthew Parke (P7) 1,178,887
Congratulations to all AR readers at Holy Family who have collectively accumulated 33,400,895 words.
Congratulations to Holy Family drama group comprising of P3 - P6 pupils who put on a fantastic performance at the Millennium Forum to win the Feis Doire Cholmcille action song competition with an outstanding performance of the Toy Shop.
Well done to all the pupils involved and to the co-ordinator, Mrs Houston who was ably assisted by Mrs Doherty and Ms Sutherland.
Please note that parent/teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday 27th April 2016. The meetings will take place during the school day.
Everyone at Holy Family wishes our P7 pupils a wonderful day on their Confirmation day this Saturday. The prayers of the entire Holy Family community will be with our pupils now and in the days ahead.
Special thanks to Monsignor Mc Canny for officiating at this special occasion for our parish community.
What a week!!!!!!
The pupils of Holy Family have had a wonderful and active week this week due to the range of health promotion activities developed by Mr Doherty (WAU co-ordinator) as part of Health Promotion Week.
During the course of the week, our pupils have been involved in:
Farm to Fork visits run by Tesco
The P7 Marathon Challenge
The Big Shift walk, cycle or scoot to school programme
The Big Pedal Cycle initiative
Genevieve the healthy goat event
Well done to ALL involved and keep up the healthy lifestyle.
Thanks to Mr Doherty for all his work and organisation.
Well done, Ronan
Congratulations to former Holy Family pupil, Ronan Curtis who is currently starring with high flying Derry City in the League of Ireland premier division. Ronan scored in the recent victory over title challengers, Shamrock Rovers.
We wish Ronan and his team mates every success for the rest of the season.
Maths fun coming up
All the pupils at Holy Family are looking forward to the fantastic mathematical performance of The Wonderful Miscalculation of Cap'n Half Inch which will take place in the school assembly hall on Friday 13th May.
There will be three separate performances for the various year groups.
Mant thanks to Mrs mc Laughlin, numeracy co-ordintor, for organising this special event.
Parental, pupil and staff audit
All the parents at Holy Family will be asked to complete an audit of school provision next week, the outcomes of which will inform the School Development Plan for 2016 - 2019. We would like all parents to complete and return the audit so that we acquire as many views as possible.
Likewise pupils and staff will also be audited on the school provision.
All personnel who return the completed audit by the assigned deadline will have their names put into a raffle for surprise prizes.
Thank you for your support.
P1 Induction Meeting
All parents of pupils due to commence Primary One in September 2016 are requested to attend a very important induction meeting in the school assembly hall on Monday 16th May at 7.45pm.
At this meeting, all parents will be informed of the Primary One induction process, the class teacher for September as well as other important information.
We look forward to seeing all parents at this meeting.
Congratulations to Leah Strunks (P7) who attained second place at the World Kickboxing Championships in Rimini, Italy recently.
Well done to Darragh Mc Caul (P4) who secured a Gold at the Northen Ireland Judo Championships in Lisburn.