Message from the Principal
Holy Family Catholic Primary School is a wonderful school that opened its doors in 1997. Since then, Holy Family has gone from open fields to a modern, progressive and respected school, full of life and vigour. Holy Family is a wonderful name for a Catholic school. Family is everything. Family takes us through life.
The school is a vital component of the Catholic Parish of Ballina, which includes Lennox Head and Skennars Head. The school endeavours to provide a strong sense of belonging, co-operation and community. When Fr Richard Foley, who established Holy Family School, wrote about his vision for the school, he said: “My vision for the school is that it be a place where everyone is seen as a person created in the image of God and treated as a person of unique and enormous value." I too endorse those fine sentiments.
Holy Family is a K-6 School in the Diocese of Lismore and our school is committed to quality 21st century teaching pedagogies; a Religious Education curriculum that enhances Christian life in a contemporary world; a personal relationship with Christ and ensuring the history of the past informs the future. Our diocese is led by Mr David Condon, the Director and Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett. Both Mr Condon and Bishop Jarrett have at the heart of their vision for our schools to be evangelical places where Jesus is truly alive in the spirit and culture is not only talked about but also lived.
With an exceptional staff and a dedicated Parish School Forum, insightful and visionary Parish Finance Council and along with a supportive parish and Pastoral Council led by our very capable Parish Priest Fr Michael Nilon and Pastoral Associate Sister Kathryn Sweeney, Holy Family continues to enrich the lives of every student.
The students excel in external examinations conducted by the University of NSW, as well as the Tournament of Minds. The school has been crowned Australasian Champions in Tournament of Minds; defeating teams from as far away as New Zealand, Hong Kong and all the Australian states and territories. There are interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and ICT is integrated into the teaching and learning process. The school choirs have performed admirably at eisteddfods. Many of our talented sports students go on to represent at the NSW State PSSA Carnivals and at National level. Over the years, the school has been victorious in both Diocesan and State team competitions; winning the State Rugby Union Championship and the Diocesan Soccer and Netball Championships. Also our Chess players have been crowned regional champions.
The school is set in an exceptionally beautiful environment. The school community is active in planting native trees and enhancing the school grounds.
Holy Family is true to its motto ‘Life to the Full in Christ’ and you are welcome to make an appointment through one of our lovely secretaries if you are considering Holy Family for your child’s education. I would hope that you also talk to other parents about Holy Family. Holy Family School is a place where the full and active participation of parents in their children's education is celebrated and encouraged.