Hooray! We have been able to reschedule our exciting evening for Wednesday 30th May 2018 starting at 7 pm – 9 pm in our School Hall. Find out more information below!
Enter it into your planner now so you don’t miss out!
Holy Family – Celebrating The Dyslexic Advantage!

Did you know that dyslexia affects 1 in 10?
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.
Find out about our two inspiring guest speakers Donald Ewing & Amy Smyth by scrolling down below.
Parents/ Guardians are invited to be part of an exclusive presentation from 7 pm – 9 pm 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.
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.
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.
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.
It promises to be a very informative evening. It’s fantastic to have Parents from both schools come together for a common cause. We welcome anyone outside of our school to come along. Please spread the good news. Knowledge is Power!
Oh, by the way! Our hardworking Parents’ Association has also mentioned that they will organise and provide light refreshments on the evening. You could be lucky enough to get a choccy biccy!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks, Mr Madden Reading Class Teacher –  Special Education Team – Senior School
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!
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.

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