Christmas arrives at HFJNS.........
Christmas arrives at HFJNS.........

December 2020 - Update from The Principal

This is a child page of Return to School (Aug 2020)

Dear Parents/Guardians

New Principal
We are delighted to inform you that our current Deputy Principal, Ms Mary McNally will be taking over as new Principal when I retire on January 31st 2021.

Christmas
Our celebrations for Christmas are restricted due to Covid, and we are disappointed not to be able to invite you to our traditional Christmas shows.  However, the children were delighted to see the school lit up for December, and we are decorating the windows for all to see. The classes busy singing and making decorations and teachers can share with you via SeeSaw.  If you have not joined SeeSaw, you can e-mail your child’s teacher. We will also have some photos on the website.
As we cannot make our annual trip to the cinema this year, we have arranged for a virtual Pantomime: The Sword in the Stone to be shown in each classroom. Teachers will notify you with your child’s allocated day and children may wear their Christmas jumpers etc on this day.  There is no charge to children for this show.

Retirements
Ms Catherine Deegan and Ms Margaret Murphy have both retired this term and Mrs Patricia Fanning, SNA will join them at Christmas.  All three have given excellent service to the pupils over their many years in the school. They are, and will be missed by all in the school community. I am sure your will join in thanking them and wishing them a long and happy retirement.

Covid-19
There is no doubt that Covid is coming closer to all our families and that we need to remain vigilant with our contacts.  To date, we have no cases of Covid being contracted while in school. This is due to the ongoing caution being exercised by all our staff and families, and we thank you all for this. We would also like to thank our cleaning staff who always have had high standards in their work and are implementing Covid precautions throughout the school.
The HSE website is regularly updated with latest public health information, and if you plan to travel over the holiday period, please check for the requirements around restricting movements on return.

Junior Infant Enrolments commencing September 2021. Closing date for on-line expression of interest forms is 12.00 midnight 28th January 2021 with actual last date to make application in person 2.30 pm on Friday 29th January 2021.  Please see Admissions Statement and Policy on our website www.holyfamilyjns.ie for further information.

Christmas Decorations Around The School
Great work has been done to bring Christmas Cheer to the school, with all the beautiful artwork around the building and the external decorations. Many thanks to all children and staff for the great effort made. The results are to be seen in the pictures below and on the home page carousel.

Christmas Holidays
School will close at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and will re-open on Wednesday 6th January 2021.  We wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Safe Christmas.

Kind regards

Declan Power
Principal

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