Special Projects

Last year we introduced a programme called ‘Accelerated Reader’ to further promote the importance of reading and to improve our children’s reading skills.  It has proven to be a great success and is also great fun for the children.  There are lots of prizes to be won as they reach their reading targets.  Check out our prize cabinet in the main hall!

We hope to have your support in encouraging your child to ‘read to succeed’. Accelerated Reader uses a software programme called Renaissance Place at school.  This programme has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. 

Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use.  It allows the teacher and you to share information about  your child's progress in Accelerated Reader.


  •  To Log in to Renaissance Home Connect visit:


Enter your child's AR username and password to login

  • If your child is reading a book at home you can find out if there is an accelerated Reader quiz associated with it by accessing the bookfinder website:


Our ongoing Comenius experience saw Holy Family hosting teachers from schools in Berlin and Poland at Holy Family this year.  These visiting teachers visited evry class in the school and the children were given opportunities to ask them questions and to learn about their cultures.  We are looking forward to continuing these links this year and some of our teachers will visit our partner schools in Berlin and Krakow, Poland. 

We look forward to our children being involved in a very productive programme of activities with these two schools, incorporating Literacy, ICT and the World Around Us.

These projects are vital elements of our efforts to raise our children's awareness of the global dimension and to raise their understanding of other cultures.We have learnt a lot from our involvement in this programme.  It has given our children an awareness of other languages, cultures and traditions.We hope it raises in them a desire to learn new languages and to travel. It has of course increased their awareness of difference and fostered respect for and acceptance of difference.

Barnardo's Project

Primary three children are continuing their participation in the Barnardo's project which began two years ago.  The project runs for three days a week, after school and targets the development of children's literacy skills.  Parents are actively involved in the project over the coming months.  Children enjoy a range of activities including stories, role play, songs, rhymes, arts and crafts.  We look forward to seeing improved Literacy scores for these children.