'Catholic schools are established by the Church for Catholic children and young people, who, through baptism, have a right to an education in the Catholic faith. Catholic schools in their various forms are built on the foundations laid by previous generations of parents and clergy. We have inhertited this rich tradition of Catholic schools from them and are committed to handing it on to future generations.'
Our Catholic Schools - Their Identity and Purpose
The Moran Trophy is awarded termly to a child in the school that has made outstanding progress.
The trophy is named after the Moran family.
Tommy Moran became an 'observer' on the Governing Body in 2012. He then went onto become a Foundation Governor. He was part of the first Governing Body. He worked tirelessly in those early days and helped to build the foundations of this wonderful school. In his time on the Governing Body, he was part of the panel that appointed Mrs Rutherford, our first ever Deputy Headteacher and Mr Doherty as Headteacher.
Abigail, his daughter, joined with the first intake of children in September 2012. One of our founder children, the reason for our being. Beth then joined in 2014 and Meghan followed in 2015 – a ‘Holy Family’ family!
Sarah helped set up the initial PSA in Oct 2012 as Vice Chair. Sadly, this ceased in 2013 but as fundraising still needed to be done it got done through Sarah’s determination and considerable hard work. She was then asked to restart the Friends of Holy Family Association again a year later and was Chair until Easter 2017.
This trophy is to be a termly reminder of the commitment made by the Moran family - a commitment to make Holy Family School an outstanding Catholic school, a jewel within the community.
They Moran family have moved on and they have handed the baton onto all of us - children, parents, staff and governors.
I count myself very lucky to have taught Gina this year. She is the embodiment of Holy Family values- incredibly kind, conscientious, selfless and strives for excellence in everything that she does.
Gina arrived at Holy Family at the beginning of Year 4 with very little English. At the beginning, she found it difficult to communicate in English and to structure sentences. From her very first day at Holy Family, Gina impressed with her determination. However, that was only a fraction of what was to come. Mr Doherty often talks about how every day counts and this is a motto that both Gina and Mr Doherty share. I have never seen such a hardworking, eager and determined child. Gina puts 110% effort into every single lesson, every single day. Not once this year have I heard her complain that something was too difficult, instead she tackles every task with enthusiasm and always achieves her goal. In literacy lessons, Gina writes all of her sentences on a whiteboard before writing them in a book. She does this so she can correctly structure the sentence, include the correct punctuation and check spellings. This is not something I've told her to do, it means double the work for Gina but she does it so that she is presenting her very best work in her books and showing the best of her ability.
Gina’s progress this term has been phenomenal. At the end of last term she had shown a huge improvement, she was structuring grammatically correct sentences, her spellings had improved, she was able to include all the necessary punctuation. However, this term Gina has really stepped up her game. She uses dictionaries and thesauruses in every lesson to uplevel her writing in order to make it exciting and descriptive for the reader. Most of these words she has never heard of so she first teaches herself the meaning, then checks the thesaurus to see if there is a better word to use before adding it to her sentence. Her work is a joy to read and is a testament to where determination and a love of learning can get you.
I could not be prouder of Gina and cannot think of a more deserving winner for the Moran trophy. I am sure that your determination and positivity will see you excel even further in Year 5. Well done Gina!
Summer Term 2017 - Archie Lee (Year 2)
Autumn Term 2017 - Ben McCarthy (Year 2)
Spring Term 2018 - Pinelope (Year 5)
Summer Term 2018 - Charlie (Year 1)
Autumn Term 2018 - Ali (Year 6)
Spring Term 2019 - Nevayah (Year 3)
Summer Term 2019 - Gina (Year 4)