27/2/18   POSTPONED
Wednesday 28th February 2018: 7 pm – 9 pm
After very careful consideration, regrettably, we have decided to POSTPONE our event due to the unpredictability of the weather. This includes the two workshops as well as the presentation for parents in the evening.
**A new date will be organised over the next few days.**
Please make sure and check the home page for more information. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding. Please spread the word.
Thank you, Junior & Senior School.
All complaints should be addressed to ‘The Beast From The East’ c/o ‘Storm Emma.’
Enter it into your planner now so you don’t miss out!

Hi, you are very welcome!
Did you know that dyslexia affects 1 in 10?
While you are here why not explore the Senior School’s dyslexia section for Parents by clicking here. Find out more about the Reading Classes by visiting this page. Make sure to also visit this useful links and information page. Thanks!


Holy Family – Celebrating The Dyslexic Advantage!

Holy Family Junior & Senior Schools together with The Parents’ Association are proud to announce that we will be teaming up with The Dyslexia Association of Ireland to host an information evening in our school.
Come and find out …

  • about some of the signs of dyslexia and why early intervention is essential.
  • why dyslexia is an advantage, not a disadvantage!
  • why dyslexia is not a learning difficulty but a learning difference!
  • some important information about transitioning to secondary school.
  • lots of information about dyslexia.

Unlock all that wonderful creative talent that your child holds by gaining a stronger understanding of the strengths of dyslexia while also learning about some things to look out for that will help you and your child along the way.
Find out more about our two wonderful guest speakers below!
Hopefully, you have found yourself here because you’ve come across our poster online or received our note home recently. If not and you’ve somehow managed to find yourself here please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the note that went out to Parents/ Guardians of both Junior and Senior schools. We’re really looking forward to the evening presentation and hope you can join us!
If there’s a chance, it would ideal to have both parents attend so to help develop a greater awareness and to have a mutually consistent approach. However, we realise that this may not be possible, just make sure to bring yourself! We’d still love to see you. Please spread the news among our school community.
The evening going ahead is really depending on the approximate numbers we get back so please don’t forget to send in your slip that came at the bottom of the original note a.s.a.p. If you have lost the note and would like to share your interest to attend, no problem, just send in one of your own to your child’s class teacher in either the Junior or Senior school.
It promises to be a very informative evening. It’s fantastic to have Parents from both schools come together for a common cause. Please find below some information on our two wonderful guest speakers from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Donald Ewing and Amy Smyth.
Oh, by the way! Our hardworking Parents’ Association has also mentioned that they will organise and provide light refreshments on the evening, numbers depending. So make sure and get your name in for that choccy biccy!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks, Mr Madden   Reading Class Teacher – Senior School Special Education Team.
We will send out another note nearer the time confirming everything. Watch this space!
Our fantastic guest speakers!
Donald Ewing is Head of Psychological and Educational Services with the DAI. He is also currently Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Educational Psychology.
Before training as an educational psychologist, Donald worked as a Learning Support Teacher in the special education sector. He is very interested in ensuring that policy and practice is informed by the best available evidence and research, and has a particular interest in how assistive technology can assist those with learning difficulties to overcome barriers and reach their potential.
Donald was recently a guest on Today with Maura & Dáithí where he was speaking about dyslexia. If you would like to watch the clip follow this link to the RTE Player relax and start watching at 44 minutes!
Amy Smyth is the Information and Advocacy Coordinator with the DAI. Amy has a background in law and has previously worked for organisations in the area of widening access to education for young people. Amy is herself Dyslexic and relishes the opportunity to raise awareness of Dyslexia. Amy has a specific interest in the issue of a lack of self-confidence in Dyslexic young people and adults. In 2017 Amy created and successfully delivered a programme called ‘Dyslexia and Me’ which helps to inform and empower dyslexic young people between the ages of 9 and 15.

The following is the wording of the original note that went out to Parents/ Guardians of both schools.

Save The Date! Wednesday 28th February 2018.
Enter it into your planner now so you don’t miss out!
Holy Family Junior & Senior Schools together with The Parents’ Association are proud to announce that we will be teaming up with The Dyslexia Association of Ireland to host an information evening in our school.
Parents/ Guardians are invited to be part of an exclusive presentation from 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Time T.B.C. Please note: This is an advance notice; it would be fantastic to get a great turnout. There are no big games on T.V. that evening.
The presentation is suitable if you have a child (ren) with dyslexia, if you suspect your child may have dyslexia or even if you simply have an interest in the area and would like to find out more.
If you would like to be part of this unique opportunity please cut off, fill out and return the slip below to your child’s class teacher tomorrow in their relevant school. This will enable us to get an idea of numbers and will help with the planning of the event.
If we feel the number is too low we may have to cancel so get your expression of interest in quickly to ensure you don’t miss out!
Check out the ‘Home Page’ of the Senior School website holyfamilysns.ie for more information. Please spread the good news!
 Thank you, Mr Madden Reading Class Teacher – Senior School Special Ed’ Team

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