Pastoral Care

Very Rev John Gates, PP, VF,

Very Rev John Gates, PP, VF

As a Catholic school our ethos pervades all aspects of school life. Each child feels welcome, cared for and respected. We have God at the centre of everything.

We are concerned not only with helping each child to realise their potential academically and physically, but to develop emotionally and spiritually in order to play a role in the wider community and beyond.

We follow the ‘Alive 0’ programme from Primary One to Primary Seven, which strengthens the spiritual life and develops in the children a loving, caring attitude towards each other as well as a deepening and personal relationship with God.

In practice, a faith filled life involves celebrating the Mass as a school community at various times during the year. School Liturgies are celebrated at the beginning and end of the academic school year. The sacraments of Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation draw together school and parish and unite all participants in the moral and spiritual welfare of the children.

School Assemblies for both Key Stages play a vital role in school life helping to form children’s characters and shape their ideas as Christian young people.

Prayers are an integral part of life in our school and each class takes it in turn to prepare and present Assembly each week. The school day begins and ends with prayers and as well as the daily R.E. lesson, there are class prayers services.

We maintain strong links with the priests of the parish and so home, school and parish are united in passing on the Catholic faith and traditions.

As our mission statement implies, having the name of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph helps us to live and love as a school community. With parents as the first educators we build on the foundations set down in each Catholic home. Our Catholic values enable us to educate all the children in a safe secure happy environment where all adults and each child is treated with respect and valued in a spirit of Christian love.

Each day we ask God to be part of our lives as we strive to be inclusive of all races and traditions.


Holy Family Primary School


1 Castledawson Rd


Co. Derry

BT45 6AX


Tel: 028 7963 2153

Fax: 028 7930 1617