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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 12th February 2010
Mid-Term Break
The school will be closed from 15 - 19 February inclusive for Mid-Term Break. It will reopen on Monday 22 February at 08.30am.

Parents Preparation Meeting Confirmation
The next Parents Preparation Meeting for Confirmation will take place in St Mochta's Parish Centre on 23rd February 2010 at 8pm. This meeting looks at the next part of the Programme covering Faith Friends, Retreat and Service of Light. At least one parent should attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact the Parish office at (01) 8213218.

Times/Classes for First Holy Communion
The following are the times for First Holy Communion on 08 May 2010:
10.00am - Ms McDermott & Ms M O'Reilly's classes;
12.00noon - Mr Heneghan & Ms Campbell's classes.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Further to last week's Newsletter and due to circumstances beyond our control, Parent/Teacher meetings will not be held on week commencing 08 March. Instead, they will be held on week commencing 15 March. School will finish for children at 12.50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Wednesday 17 March is St. Patrick 's Day and the school will be closed on this day). Parent/Teacher Meetings will commence at 1pm and finish at 2.10pm on each of these days.

Reading Buddies
Our annual Reading Buddies Programme for first to fourth classes will be commencing shortly. This will involve the children in third and fourth classes doing paired reading with the children in first and second classes for fifteen minutes twice a week, over a 10 week period. This is a simple and effective reading technique, which usually results in improvements in reading confidence for most pupils. We found in previous years that there was a positive response from the children, who enjoyed making new friends, as well as contributing to a positive attitude towards reading.

Cake Sale in aid of "Our Little Brothers & Sisters of Haiti (Charity No 11953)"
The Cake Sale was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way. It was a great day for our charity and for St Patrick's. We raised €3,500!!

Transition from Primary to Post Primary
The Parents Association Committee are organising a talk on Transition from Primary to Post Primary on Monday, 8th March at 7.30pm. This training is aimed at parents whose child is in 5th of 6th class. The training will: Explore with parents how they can support their children as they start post primary school. Look at recent Irish research on children's experience from moving from primary to post primary school. The Parent's Association will be in touch with 5th and 6ht class parents in the week after the mid-term.

Senior Hurling Challenge
Free Schools Children Tickets (€10 per adult) are available from the office for the Senior Hurling Challenge Dublin v Kilkenny at 5.15pm and Dublin v Tipperary at 7.30pm at Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15.

Swine Flu
The HSE are now in a position to offer pandemic vaccine to all students 5 - 18 years of age. This will be available at HSE mass vaccination clinics. Appointments can be made through the website www.swineflu or by phoning 1850358358. Information and a Consent Form have been distributed to the children this week. Please keep this form safely as you must bring it with you to the clinic when you have made your appointment. Please do not return your form to the school. Vaccinations will not take place in the school.

Girls GAA Teams
"Well done to both teams yesterday as they both played a blinder! The girls had a gaelic match against St Francis Xaviers. They tried but unfortunately only one team succeeded. St Patrick's are now in the A League Final. Many thanks to our parents who brought and collected us from Somerton. And many thanks to Ms Murray and Ms McDermott for training us and keeping up our spirits. We had a blast!" 5th Class - Megan & Caoimhe

Extra Curricular Activities
Spanish for Children (3 - 12 year olds)
Don't miss out! Primary School is the right age to be learning a new language (even pre-school (3+) classes are almost full now). Learn Spanish the Jolie Ronde way - ie. fun to be in, structured classes, with native/near native standard accent for children to imitate, excellent materials (3 - 7 year olds, meet Milo & Mapi/Mifú & Tina!) including your own rhyme & song packed CDs and activity books - at St Patrick's NS - Tue, Wed & Thu (from 1.15PM on) and Sat from 9.30AM. Contact 822 7629 / 087 267 4809 or marygalvin@upcmail.ie for further details/other venues & times & enrollment pack. Muchas gracias, Mary