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Hollybank Primary School, Monkstown, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

Marshall's moments

Marshall is the latest pupil to join the Hollybank family, and he will keep you up to date with how his Therapy Dog training progresses over the next year.  We are so thrilled to finally welcome him, he wants to tell you all about how he will be helping out around school:


Thank you Marshall!


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P1 Parent - 20th Dec 2022
The post about Marshall just warmed my heart when I saw the it just now. Mrs Culbert is so lovely and my wee boy, who is in junior hive, just adores Marshall. We are a family of such animal lovers and it just cheers us up when we see Marshall. Congratulations to him on his graduation. So deserved. Adorable he is
Visiting Ed Pysch - 20th Dec 2022
You have beautiful children here, so well mannered. It is a pleasure visiting your school.
Michele Millar - 1st Feb 2022
Hollybank is great place for any child to go to school. It is a very inclusive environment, regardless of your child's academic ability. The teachers adjust their teaching to suit your child's needs, rather than your child having to adjust their learning to suit the school's needs. A good balance between its provision of education, and pastoral care, with a big emphasis on the mental health and well-being of all of its pupils. My child has become more resilient and self assured throughout his time at Hollybank. There's no such thing as a perfect school, but this one comes pretty close!
Lisa - 1st Feb 2022
Best decision I made was moving my child to Hollybank in p2. She has got so much help and has came on leaps and bounds. I can not thank all the staff enough.
Eloise - 1st Feb 2022
Very caring staff. I'm also impressed with the social-emotional curriculum (PATHS) that Hollybank uses.
Sophie - 1st Feb 2022
Out off all the schools we looked at HollyBank was the best fit and I am so overwhelmed with the support and care they’ve given to not only my daughter but to our family, HollyBank is such a proactive school and really makes it all about family and making connections
Julie smyth - 1st Feb 2022
I never wanted my daughter to move school and was took out of my hands and they sent her to hollybank I will be honest I never thought it would have worked but how wrong was I she loves going an her teachers are amazing with her and its been best move for her can't thank them enough x
Stacey - 1st Feb 2022
My son also started a few weeks ago and was a complete school refusal, and from day 1 has been in full days and happy. Really is an amazing school.
Courtney - 1st Feb 2022
Best decision i ever made was
changing my kids to this school. Miss Brett can welcome every student by name every morning, and its really lovely to have staff that put so much time into our children.
Nikki - 1st Feb 2022
Amazing, best wee school about.
Elaine - 1st Feb 2022
My son started Hollybank in September and the difference and improvement he is making i cant thank the school enough. All the staff are amazing. I know my son is in good hands. Thank you Hollybank.
Andrea - 1st Feb 2022
We would just like to say a great big thank you to all the staff and pupils of Hollybank Primary School for giving our son such a warm and inviting welcome to Hollybank. It has been a long 4 months battling with my son, who was a school refuser where he previosuly attended. And in just two short weeks we have seen a glimpse of the wee boy we know and love as a family, and you are getting to know. We know the best is yet to come as we know he will thrive in his new school environment, and their first class approach to teaching, that caters to each child's individual needs.
Laura - 31st Jan 2022

I second what this parent has said. My son started Hollybank Preschool just over a week ago, and what a change in him already. Its so enjoyable to drive him to nursery now he gets so excited and he is thriving. They really are such a nurturing school this was felt immediately when we came to visit. Thank you Hollybank, you are a hidden treasure xx

Natasha - 31st Jan 2022

I had the same experience with my son after 3 other schools, and even though he was only able to join in P7, he has the best memories and cant wait to come visit you al lagain x

Susan - 31st Jan 2022

Its a fantastic school along with the Nursery. All staff are fantastic with the kids, they go above and beyond. Our grandaughters love being there xxx

Suzi - 31st Jan 2022

Miss Brett is the best, the kids love her.


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