Email: info@stpatricksns.ie Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Weekending 4th December 2009


School Closed 07 & 08 December
As previously advised on Revised School Calendar issued 04 September 2009, the school will be closed on 07 December for an In-school Planning Day for teachers and for a Holy Day on 08 December. School will reopen on Wednesday 09 December at 08.30am.

Junior Infant Christmas Shows
The Junior Infant classes are getting ready for their Christmas Show "The Sleepy Shepherd" (dates below). Performances begin at approximately 12.15pm for parents and friends. More details will be available nearer the time.
Tuesday 15 December Ms Farrell's class
Wednesday 16 December Ms Murray's class
Thursday 17 December Ms Rothwell's class

Christmas Raffle Winners
Congratulations to the following Winners of the Parents Association Christmas Raffle:
1st prize - Sean & Chiara Stokes 2nd prize - Elaine Byrne
3rd prize - Remus Onitiu 4th prize - Jake Carroll
5th prize - Rachel Furlong 6th prize - P Phipps

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
This year, we are again asking children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class to participate in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This year, however, the boxes will be distributed by Saint Vincent de Paul to local needy families. The children will have details of suitable items to include in the shoebox and labels are available from the office. Shoeboxes should be returned to the school on or before 11 December. Thank you for your continued support.

Phones for Boards
The Jack & Jill Foundation in association with Promethean are inviting schools to collect and swap unwanted mobile phones for a new Promethean interactive whiteboard. We have registered for this campaign. The deal is for every 300 old mobile phones collected, participating schools earn a 78inch Promethean ActivBoard. See www.phonesforboards.com for further information. A collection box is in place inside the main door of the school. Perhaps you could ask family and friends to help to acquire a new Interactive Whiteboard for the school.

Parent Representative to Board of Management
Congratulations to Paul Mason who has been elected Parent Representative to the Board of Management.

Extra Curricular Activities
As the Tuesday 24 November Basketball session was cancelled, we will be having a session on Monday 14 December from 3.10pm - 4.00pm. (Tuesday group only).

Art & Craft Workshops
Art & Craft Workshops will begin new term in January - 10 weeks until Easter. Registration for existing students will take place on Monday 14 December after class. Any new students who wish to join, contact Blathnaid 087 4123247 for full details.

Junior Cookery School
Learn & enjoy Cookery in a fun environment - eight week course starting January 2010 on Tuesday evenings (1½hrs) taught by a fully qualified Home Economics Teacher with 24 years experience teaching cookery at Primary/Post Primary level. Course will include Food & Kitchen safety, Hygiene, Healthy Eating & Nutrition. Contact Blathnaid 087 4123247 for full details.

La Jolie Ronde Spanish Classes for Children
Just a reminder that enrolment is taking place over the next 3 weeks for next term's Spanish Classes for 3 -12 year olds. 10 week term starts week beginning 11th January. Half hour classes in St Patrick's on Tuesdays from 3.15 - 5.15PM and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1.15 - 2.15. For details and to register your child and/or for more information on other available days, times and venues, please contact me on 087 267 4809 or at marygalvin@upcmail.ie. Muchas gracias, Mary.

French for Children - La Jolie Ronde French classes 3-12 years
French native Sabine Maher is successfully running French classes in Diswellstown Community Centre, here in St. Patrick's National School to over 90 children who enjoy learning French the fun way. Enrolment is now taking place for January 2010 term. Classes take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays here in St. Patricks. Suitable for all children from Junior Infant up to 6th class, grouped per age. Nursery class also on Saturday mornings (3-5 yrs). French native teachers and great books/CDs to practice between lessons. Great preparation for secondary school for 5th /6th class pupils. Contact Sabine Maher on 087 227 9027 or 01 442 8237. Merci beaucoup!