Meet two women at the heart of Holy Family Primary School
30 Jul 2018
These two women have been a part of Holy Family Primary School East Granville for a combined total of more than 50 years. Home Liaison Officer Fadia Rizk has worked at the school for 31 years, while Teacher’s Aide Sue Issa is about to clock up 24 years!
They are at the heart of a school community that is soon to celebrate its 80th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, a day of celebrations is being held on Wednesday, August 8 beginning at 9.30am with a special Mass and blessing of its new learning studio.
Mrs Rizk said she started at the school as a Bilingual Assistant.
"This role saw me interacting with parents on a number of different levels from having a casual chat to assisting them with filling out forms or sitting in on meetings with them and their children’s teachers,’’ Mrs Rizk said.
For six years, she also ran a playgroup for families attached to the school. “I enjoy helping families and if I need to go out and visit a family who needs some extra help, I am happy to do that,” Mrs Rizk said.
Mrs Rizk has two sons - George, 35 and Andre, 32. She can relate to a the challenges the school’s parent community faces, which makes her the perfect fit for her role at Holy Family.
Teacher’s Aide Sue Issa’s main role is helping students with their learning.
“All four of my children went to this school and I used to volunteer to help in the classrooms,’’ Mrs Issa said.
“Then one day the Principal asked if I would like to become a Teacher’s Aide, because at the time we had a lot of people who didn’t speak English.”
Mrs Issa said she is driven by the enjoyment she gets from working with infants as well as students with special needs.
“To me, this school community feels like one big family and I really do feel like I am making a difference in these kids’ lives.”
Mrs Issa, former student of Holy Family, is the mother of four children: Tania, 38, Steven, 36, Natalie, 33 and Pierre, 29 and grandmother to seven children. She never thought she would still be working at the school for this long but can’t see herself doing anything else. She hopes to continue in her role at the school for as long as her health will allow it.
Both Mrs Issa and Mrs Rizk have been part of the close-knit school community for so long, some of their former students have returned to the school as parents!
30 Nov 2022
Today we said thank you and farewell to Mr Ken Beardsley in a beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving. Ken has worked with Holy Family for nearly two decades. We wish Ken all the best with his retirement. It is very well deserved!
29 Nov 2022
Join us on a Virtual Exhibition showcasing the Stage 3 Pop Artworks from Term 3. Thank you to Ms Elisa Pettenon from CEDP and Mrs Rita Atileh for their support and guidance of of Stage Visual Arts Program.
28 Nov 2022
Just a reminder that tomorrow for wellbeing week students are invited to dress up as a maintenance man or woman. As students will be participating in some sporting activities throughout the day please ensure that appropriate footware is worn.
25 Nov 2022
Congratulations to Olivia Burke for being awarded the Auburn Review Citizenship Award last night. Citation: - Olivia is a diligent and respectful student who engages in all classroom activities, supports her peers and devotes her full attention to all that she faces. - She is an excellent model of our school’s values and expectations and strives for social justice within the school community. - Olivia is a wonderful role model to younger students as she possesses an understanding and patient nature which makes her a valuable peer to many at Holy Family. - She is happy and trusted to take responsibility for jobs she has been asked to do and carries them out in a mature manner.
22 Nov 2022
Last week Year 6 participated in our Mock High School experience. Students moved around the school with their school bags and completed lessons to prepare them for the transition to Year 7
22 Nov 2022
This year we farewell Mr Ken Beardsley. As we would like to farewell him as a whole school community we invite you to his farewell Mass on Wednesday November 30 @ 10am If you intend in attending the Mass, please return the attached note signed once your child brings it home.
22 Nov 2022
Around one hundred teachers, educators and leaders from throughout the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) have come together for a special TeachMeet event to share ideas and collaborate on how best to develop and implement a positive behaviour framework that can benefit every school community throughout the Diocese.
21 Nov 2022
This afternoon Year 4 and kindergarten joined together to learn about forces using the Lego Wedo kits! The students showed grit and teamwork to work together and make the pulley! They had such a great time being scientists!