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Our Mission

Holy Family Junior School is a Catholic co-educational primary school, situated in the heart of Ennis town. We aspire to create a nurturing, happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of our diverse school community can grow and where we are all enabled to develop our full potential as human beings. We strive to create a welcoming school based on trust, respect, love, concern for others, understanding and acceptance. We hope that the children who come to Holy Family Junior School will be happy and safe and that, through our holistic and child centred approach to teaching, they will reach their full potential.

 

 

School hours

Children are welcomed to school each morning at 9am.

There are two break times in the Junior school:

  1. Sos (short break) from 10.55am to 11.05am
  2. Lunchtime from 12.25pm to 1:00pm

On dry days, children eat before playing in our school yard. On a wet day, children play in their classroom. Break times are fully supervised.

Junior Infant and Senior Infant pupils finish school at 1.45pm.

First class pupils finish school at 2.45pm.

Our School Uniform

The boy’s uniform is a grey pants, a grey shirt with a tie and a grey jumper with the school crest.

The girl’s uniform is a grey pinafore, a pink shirt with a tie and a grey cardigan with the school crest.

All pupils can wear the school tracksuit for PE two days per week. The school tracksuit consists of a navy tracksuit bottom, a blue top with the school crest and a white polo shirt

We offer the option of wearing the tracksuit full-time in the colder winter months. Our uniform is available to purchase from McCannons, The Market, Ennis.

The Parent’s Association will also be holding a second-hand uniform sale on Wednesday, 29th June from 10.00-11.30am AND 1.00-3.00pm in the school hall.

School Books

All readers are provided by the school and we do our best to minimise the cost to parents. Booklists are issued to each class with their school reports in June or are sent to new pupils by the school secretary.

Home School Links

Education is a partnership between teachers and parents and Holy Family Junior School is committed to fostering positive links between home and school, to ensure that the best educational experiences are offered to all our pupils. We have two home/school liaison teachers, Marina Mulqueen and Orla Gannon, who work with parents and will be in contact with you during your time here with us in Holy Family Junior School.

Home School Community Liaison Coordinators Contact Details

Darryl Eade

Phone: 086 6040686

Email: darryl.eade@hfss.ie

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Evelyn Callinan

Phone: 086 6040686

Email: evelyn.callinan@hfss.ie

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A monthly newsletter is sent to all families to inform parents of school news and events. Please check your child’s bag regularly!

We also contact parents by using Aladdin Connect, text messaging and emails for any general school news. It is vitally important that we have your correct mobile number and email address on file.

Please inform the school if your number or email address changes.

Snacks and Lunch

Our school is fortunate to be part of a Department Initiative, whereby a healthy morning snack and lunch is provided to each pupil.

In August you will receive information from us, about ordering lunch for your child from Carambola, our School Meals Programme Provider.

Please note that we have a healthy eating policy in our school and crisps, fizzy drinks, sweets and biscuits are not allowed.

When pupils move to the Senior School for second class, they will be able to go to the cafeteria to have a hot lunch every day.

Health and Safety

Every effort is made to ensure that the pupils in our care are safe, but sometimes accidents happen or a child may become ill at school. It is vitally important that we have an up to date contact number for parents/guardians in case of an emergency.

A voluntary insurance scheme at a reduced rate for primary school children is available through Allianz. You will receive an application form and more information in September. If you have any health/medical concerns, please inform the class teacher or the principal.

 

Child Safety Statement

Our Child Safety Statement is available at reception or on our website. This is reviewed annually by the Board of Management in consultation with the school staff and Parents’ Association. We strongly advise you to read this very important document. If you have any queries, please feel free to make an appointment to discuss them with the principal.

School Attendance

It is very important that your child attends school every day, provided that he/she is well enough to do so. Absence from school upsets a child’s learning and can impact on his/her well-being. When a child is absent, it is very important that you use the Aladdin App, or write a note, or explain to teacher why your child was not at school.

The Education Welfare Act (2002) requires the school to inform the Education Welfare Board when a pupil is absent for more than 20 days in any school year. The Education Welfare Officer visits our school each term to monitor attendance and to support and advise parents of children with attendance difficulties. Mrs Phillips, Deputy Principal, has responsibility for attendance in our school.

Code of Behaviour

As an Incredible Years school our focus is on positive reinforcement of excellent behaviour through catching the children being good, naming their good behaviour and complimenting them on it. We operate a reward system where good behaviour is acknowledged and we try to ‘catch the children being good’. Our school rules are very simple and easy for our pupils to understand; use kind words, have helpful hands, feet on the ground, include everybody. This helps to foster a loving and caring environment, where children feel valued and secure. Our pupils respond very well to this programme, allowing their teachers and the pupils themselves to be able to concentrate on enjoying the teaching and learning in Holy Family Junior School. All of our staff have trained in the Department of Education and Science recommended Incredible Years programme and many have additional training in the World Health Organisation recommended Friends for Fun programme. Our Code of Behaviour policy is available on our website and has been designed with the children’s welfare at heart to promote a sense of wellbeing in a secure and caring environment. We would appreciate if you would take time to read our Code of Behaviour policy. To access the policy, select Our School – School Policies on our website.

Homework

Homework provides a link between home and school and reinforces what has been done in the classroom. Every child is expected to complete the homework assigned to him/her. Homework is given Monday to Thursday and should be a positive experience for both the child and the parent. If your child is experiencing difficulties with homework, please contact the teacher.