Nurturing Talent Fulfilling Potential
Service of Commitment & Light
(Thursday 22nd January)
(Thursday 29th January)
Parent Teacher Meetings P1-P6
(Friday 13th February)
HCB receives gift of Defibrillator.
Holy Cross Boys' PS would like to thank our benefactor John Finucane (pictured with some of the trained staff) for his generosity in paying for a defibrillator for our school. 12 staff were trained in the use of the defibrillator which can be used in the event of heart failure taken by adults or children.
It was important to the school that we had an AED device and staff training to take to sports events, where we are aware from media coverage that many of these incidents happen and the use of a defibrillator can make a big difference.
The aim of the school is to raise more money to buy a second device which can stay on school premises while the other is used for sporting events away from the school.
Outstanding Inspection Report for HCB.
The pupils, parents and staff of Holy Cross Boys’ PS are celebrating after the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) awarded the school the ‘Outstanding’ grade in all key areas in the recent school inspection conducted in late November but only published on Monday 13th, January.
The quality of teaching and learning, as well as the levels of achievement and standards within the school, also received the highest possible grade of Outstanding, whilst the principal, School Leadership Team and governors were also judged as ‘Outstanding’.
The inspection report noted the ‘Outstanding’ provision of ICT, making reference to how ICT was “seamlessly integrated across the school” to enhance teaching and learning. Notably, the inspectors made reference to the culture of expectation and achievement in the school when commenting that “the drive for improvement in this school at all levels is continuous and unrelenting.”
Speaking after the publication of the report, Principal Kevin McArevey said, “The entire school community is delighted with this inspection report, and rightly so. We pride ourselves on setting high standards and striving to ensure that all of our children are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential.
“Less than 10% of primary schools receive the Outstanding Grade in ETI inspection reports, and even fewer receive that grade in every key criterion assessed, so this is an achievement of which all of our children, their parents, the entire staff and school community have every right to feel very proud.
“Holy Cross Boys’ PS, with 78% of the pupils entitled to free school meals, ranks amongst the highest 2% of the most socio-economically deprived schools in the north of Ireland. But we believe in leaving excuses outside the blue gates at the entrance to our school. Our pupils and their parents are entitled to the same aspirations and expectations as those from any other area, and it is this desire to nurture the talent of our children to help them fulfil their potential which underlines our commitment to excellence.”
Bringing Holy Cross Boys'