Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year 2013
Joint winners in the Primary School category were Kate Smart and Siobahn Martin.
Mrs Martin, who teaches at Holy Cross Boys Primary in Belfast, said that enthusiasm was key to her success: "I'd like to think it's because I'm enthusiastic and I give my class a good laugh."
Composer Karl Jenkins and host Classic FM's Jamie Crick were on hand to present the winners with their awards during the epic concert, the first of three this week that all celebrate the work of Music For Youth. Tim Lihoreau was backstage at the Schools Prom to chat to the winners:
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.”
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.
Lord Mayor of Belfast celebrates with Holy Cross Boys'.
We were delighted to have a visit from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Mr Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, on Wednesday 18th December. He presented Mr McArevey with the school's 3rd Millennium Award certificate and opened the Christmas show (P1, P2 & P3 pupils) entitled 'Children of the World'. Mr Ó Muilleoir gave a warming speech about the role of the school in the community, a subject which is very important to us all.
Cliftonville Player, hero and past pupil, Joe Gormley also paid us a visit on Tuesday to give out some prizes to the pupils who won the footballs and Cliftonville shirts in Breakfast Club.
Click on the ETI link to read the inspection report from our last focused inspection of November 2004.
holy cross boys' footballing memories
3rd Millennium Award winning Videos
Holy Cross Boys' are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 3rd Millennium Learning Award from NAACE. We also received the ICT Mark in February this year. Watch the videos above that secured our award. NAACE have also contacted the school to ask if they can use some of our wonderful videos and pictures in their promotional materials which we were more than happy to help with.
Award Winners in the Irish News
Down Memory Lane
We've added some more new photos from the past. They'll either get you all nostalgic or make you wet yourself at the haircuts and the clothes. If you know any names or years that we haven't added please let us know through our email - email@example.com or indeed if you have any old photos you'd like to share.
In 2004 Holy Cross Boys' came second place in a Digital Video Competition run by BECTA. The boys wrote, produced and starred in their own advert for a deodorant called skill. Watch it!
The funny thing is that Padraig who stars in the advert now works in the school.
Bringing Holy Cross Boys'