Nurturing Talent Fulfilling Potential
Book Fair week winners
A very, very big thank you to all of the parents, children and grandparents who helped to make our annual book fair a big success. As you know, we get 60% of the money we make at the fair back in books for the school, so each penny you spend helps us get lovely new reading material for your child.
We hope you enjoy reading your lovely new books that you bought with your child at home. Please remember that reading with your child at home (not just reading homework, but bedtime stories, reading from the paper or a magazine etc) makes your child a better reader too. Let your children see you enjoying a book as well!
Below are some of the bookmark winners who got to choose a book or a poster from the fair for making such wonderful bookmarks. We thank you as parents for this also, for putting so much time and effort into your child's wonderful work.
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'