Coronavirus: Covid-19 update

26th April 2021

Update regarding Covid-19 cases in HFSS as at 26/04/2021
Dear all The HSE Public Health Team for Schools continues to support our school as we continue to manage the fluid Covid-19 situation. As previously informed, the HSE advise which close contacts are identified and the appropriate length of time that each student must stay out of school. This is all communicated to parents/guardians via the school contact mobile that we have for you on our system. It is essential that the school has a number on our system that you can be contacted on. If any of these details have changed, please notify the school reception at
We currently have two year groups identified, as a precautionary measure, by the HSE as close contacts. If the HSE identify a school close contact to us, we will be in contact, via the app, as soon as we receive instruction to do so. It remains essential that your child does not attend school if there is evidence of Covid 19 symptoms. With our most sincere regards to you and your family. as much as possible. It is also sometimes called ‘self-quarantine’. Further information on COVID-19 is available at:

Coronavirus: Covid-19 update

23rd April 2021


Covid cases update

Dear all As you may be aware a number of cases of Covid 19 have been reported to our school. In each case the HSE Public Health Team for Schools conducts a thorough examination and identifies close contacts. The HSE advise the appropriate length of time to stay out of school and the necessary follow-up steps to take. We fully appreciate that this is a worrying time for all. If the HSE identify a school close contact to us, we will be in contact, via the app, as soon as we receive instruction to do so.
We ask for your understanding in this fluid situation. As a school staff, we all continue to do our very best to manage the situation and to encourage all in the school community to take every Covid 19 precaution. Please do not attend school if there is evidence of any Covid 19 symptoms.. With every best wish to you and your family.








Coronavirus: Covid-19 update

20th April 2021


A confirmed case of COVID-19 in Holy Family Secondary School has been notified to the Department of Public Health HSE.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and those deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed case have been contacted and advised accordingly. Your child is not identified as a close contact, your child does not need a test for Covid-19, they can continue to attend school, and no further actions are required at this time.

If your child develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection (such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell), please do not send your child to school, contact your GP and begin restricting your child’s movements, as per public health advice. Restricted movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It is also sometimes called ‘self-quarantine’.


Further information on COVID-19 is available at:








Leaving Certificate 2021


Important Information


Click on the links below to access the documents:


Guide to Accredited Grades LC 2021
SEC Exams timetable June 2021
March 2021 Further Adjustments – Leaving Cert 2021 – EV





Junior Cycle 2021


Important Information



Click on the link below to access the document:


Reporting on JC -School Report

Junior Cycle & CBA Information

(For parents of 2nd year students)


Below is a PDF or Power Point version of the information:


PDF Junior Cycle CBA 2nd year Parents
Power Point Junior Cycle CBA 2nd year Parents

Dyslexia Ireland Information

Zoom for Parents 26th January 2021


Newsletter 10 January 2021
Update on digital copies of textbooks 2021
Parents Zoom 26th January



Remote Learning January 2020


Letter from Minister for Education in the Link Below


Minister for Education Letter to Parents_Guardians


1st years


1st year Aptitude Testing in November


Aptitude Testing Information




Letter to 6th year parents & students


Careers Letter_6th Parents 2020


Student Supports for Digital Learning

How to videos for accessing Teams on Office 365

IPAD 1 Accessing Teams and uploading files

ANDROID Device 1+2 Logging in and finding teams

ANDROID Device 3-5 Teams, assignments and uploading work.

PC 1+2 Accessing Microsoft Teams from Browser

PC 3 Accessing instructions on Teams

PC4 Locating Assignments on Teams:

PC5 Uploading Assignments on Teams:

i-phone Accessing Teams:

i-phone Uploading Files to Teams:






Download & Register for our new School App


Holy Family School App for School Information & Communication

Download on the App store

or  Google play

Google Play:

Watch the below videos to get started! – Registering for the app


Survey on Remote Learning for Parents & Guardians

September 2020




Parents Association AGM

Monday 5th October 7.30pm Holy Family Secondary School


HFSS Parents Association AGM School letter 2020



New Admissions Policy 2021-2022


HFSS Annual Admissions Notice for 2021-2022


Admissions to 1st year 2020-2021

Application Form


Application Form for 2021



Accessing e-Books

Return to School Letters



Expected back to school dates August/September 2020


Online School Payment Facility – Easy Payments Plus

2020/2021 Booklists

The 2020/2021 booklists are now available on our downloads page.



Changes to the State Exams – Survey from the National Parents Council Post Primary

Following the Minister’s announcement on Friday 10th April, we would like to ask for the parents voice on the changes announced. The NPCPP requests you to please complete this brief survey to ascertain the views of parents/guardians on the announcement made by The Department of Education & Skills.


Survey Link


10th April statement from the DES

Following the Taoiseach’s announcement today, HFSS will remain closed until further notice. As soon as we receive further exams/school operational details from the DES/SEC we will share same. Happy Easter and stay safe everyone.


SEN online support for Students during School Closure

UPDATE & Remote Learning Plan & Digital Learning Resources including student information










Changes to Admissions Policy 2020

Holy Family Secondary School Parents Association News Letter


                                                                                                                                January 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We hope that you all had a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We are fortunate to have a great parents association here at Holy Family Secondary School and to have the full support of the staff in all our activities.  The aims of our association are as follows:

  • To promote active involvement of parents within the association
  • To keep parents in touch with what is going on within the school and to offer opinions and ideas where needed
  • To work on fundraising events. This year all money raised by the PA will go toward the school courtyard garden fund.

New parents are always welcome to come along to our meetings.  Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the music room in school.

So far this year we have helped out at the night of music and song in September.  We ran our annual Christmas raffle in December which is always a great success.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one that supported us in any way at all.  We had a stand at the open night for next Septembers incoming first years. Finally, we hosted a coffee morning for the teachers in December as a thank you gesture for all that they do for our girls.

In the next few months we will be doing a bag pack in Marks and Spencer and would appreciate as much support as possible.

Finally, could I remind you to go onto the school website and complete the survey on the Junior Cycle, it only takes a couple of minutes to do.

If you would like to get in touch with us you can email us at


Wishing you all the very best for 2020,

Ciaran, Caoimhe, Karen and Angeline



Leaving and Junior Certificate Timetables – June 2020


HFSS Parents Association


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s the start of a new school year, therefore we would like to invite you to the AGM of the Parents Association of the Holy Family Secondary school.  The AGM will be followed by a short Parents Association meeting.

As parents and guardians of the students attending the Holy Family Secondary School, you automatically belong to the Parents Association.  The Association meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the school. 

Our role in the school

  • Review and advice, as required, with the principal and staff on school policies.
  • Fundraising for the benefit of the school, e.g. Christmas raffle and bag pack.
  • Build effective partnership between school and the home.
  • Maintain communication with the school and keep up to date with school news.
  • We seek to support and promote the wellbeing of the school, the students and each other.

We are always looking for fresh ideas to bring to our school community and parents are one of our greatest resources.  With that in mind we are always looking for new members to join our association.  We would encourage you to come and get involved.

We look forward to seeing you.


Ciaran O’Driscoll- Chairperson, Karen Lynch – Secretary, Phil Sheehan – Treasurer

Easypayments guide







HFSS Used Uniform and Book Sale

Limited stock. First come first served.


Thursday, 20th June in the HFSS Front Hall

Uniform items average €5 per item

Cash sale only



Closing Friday, 28th June at 12 noon.

Re-opening Wednesday, 7th August at 8am


School Uniforms

  1. Kidstuff

Back to School Store

Back to School: Unit 4, Cutlery Rd, Kilbelin, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, W12 YA38  Phone(045) 449 100

Catering at HFSS

We have a new catering company in Holy Family. More information can be found on their website:

Please find attached the PowerPoint from the presentation, made on Tuesday 2nd October, to junior school parents on the fundamentals and rationale of the new Junior Cycle.



Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance

The Parents Association can be contacted at:
Chairperson: Ciaran O’Driscoll
Secretary: Karen Lynch
Treasurer: Phil Sheehan
Next PA meeting: Monday, 8th October at 8pm in HFSS