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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 29th January 2010
Staff Meeting
There will be a Staff Meeting on Monday 08 February.
All children will finish at 12.00noon.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
The INTO (Irish National Teachers Organisation) and IMPACT have directed their members (Teachers and SNAs) not to attend Parent Teacher meetings outside school hours. This includes formal parent teacher meetings, informal meetings and phone calls.
The Board of Management has made the following arrangements for Parent/Teacher Meetings. The meetings will take place during the week commencing March 8th. The children will be dismissed at 12 noon on Monday 8th to facilitate a Staff Meeting as previously advised. School will finish for children at 12.50pm for the remainder of the week. Parent/Teacher Meetings will commence at 1pm and finish at 2.10pm each day from Tuesday to Friday.

Administration of Medication
Non-prescription medication is not permitted in school. Under no circumstances should any medication be placed in a child's schoolbag. The school does not consider requests to administer antibiotics, throat spray, etc. Children who have Asthma and need to use Inhalers/Ventilating Flasks should be able to self-administer under adult supervision in so far as this is possible. You need to make the class teacher aware of the condition. However, if your child suffers from a condition that necessitates regular administration of medicine during the school day or which may necessitate administration of emergency medication, you need to speak with Ms Power (Special Needs Coordinator) who will arrange for the child's medication needs to be met. You should also inform the class teacher of any medical condition.

Photographs Policy
We would like to put samples of children's work on the school website. We would also like to include photographs of pupils engaged in school activities on both the website and occasionally in newspapers/other publications. The Board of Management has decided to seek general parental consent in these regards. Names of the children will not be included. Parents are free to withdraw consent at any time. Please fill the attached form and return it to your child's class teacher on Monday.

Swine Flu
We are still awaiting notification from the HSE regarding Swine Flu Vaccinations for our pupils. According to the HSE Guidelines, children who have been diagnosed with or who have symptoms of Swine Flu are advised to stay at home for a minimum of 7 days. See Swine Flu - General Information for Parents on www.stpatricksns.ie.

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 who may have received a new mobile phone for Christmas to help us to acquire a new Interactive Whiteboard for the school by donating their old mobile phone!

Luttrellstown Community College
The assessment for incoming First Years (September 2010) will take place on Saturday 06 February 2010 at 9.15am in Luttrellstown Community College.
An Information Meeting for parents of incoming First Years will take place here in the Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre on Wednesday 10 February from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Please note this meeting is for parents only.

School Calendars
School Calendars are no longer available and no further orders will be accepted.
Lost Property
Any property not claimed from the Lost Property press by Friday 12 February will be donated to Saint Vincent de Paul.

Girls GAA Match
The girls' Gaelic teams had their first matches against St Mochta's in Somerton yesterday. The girls played very well and we had great fun. We were delighted to win one of our matches. We are looking forward to playing our next two matches next week. Mufaro, Megan & Ashleigh - 6th Class

Extra Curricular Activities
Sporting Activities - (3rd - 6th Class children)
Tennis began on Tuesday 19 January from 3.05-4.00pm.
Volleyball resumed on Wednesday 20 January from 3.05-4.00pm.
Table -tennis started on Thursday 21 January from 3.05-4.00pm.
Badminton started up again on Friday 22 January from 2.10-3.05pm and from 3.05-4.00pm. Children have been informed which badminton session they have been allocated. Please note that all the above courses will run for 8 weeks and equipment for all activities will be provided. The cost for each course is €24 which is now due for payment.

Shreddies Dublin Parks Tennis
Registration for Shreddies Dublin Parks Tennis takes place on Saturday 30 January in Riverwood Tennis Courts. Information leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club
The new GAA season is about to start and any boys born in 1998 are welcome to come and join in either Football or Hurling or both. All standards are welcome including beginners. Bring a friend and come along and have some fun! For more information, please contact Eddie Grange - U12 mentor at 087 2233853.

French for Children - La Jolie Ronde French classes 3-12 years
Come and join the cast of over 90 children learning French the fun way at St. Patrick's School in Diswellstown Community Centre. Classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays here in St. Patricks. Newcomers and friends from other schools are welcome to join with you. Classes are suitable for all children, boys or girls, big or small from Junior Infant up to 6th class, grouped per age. French native teachers. Pre-school class also. Contact Sabine Maher now on 087 227 9027 or 01 442 8237. Merci beaucoup!

La Jolie Ronde Spanish Classes (3 - 12 year olds)
Don't miss out! Primary School is the right age for your children to be learning a new language! Learn Spanish - locally & at St Patrick's NS/DCRC. Extra classes also now starting this term at St Patrick's NS Tuesdays, Wednesdays , Thursdays (from 1.15PM on) and Saturdays from 9.30AM. These carefully structured and highly successful yet fun classes are proving very popular. Phone/text/email me at 822 7629 / 087 267 4809 / marygalvin@upcmail.ie to enrol your children and/or for further details and enrollment pack. Muchas gracias, Mary Galvin