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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 26th February 2010
Staff Meeting
There will be a Staff Meeting on Monday 08 March.All children will finish at 12.00noon.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
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.

Parents Preparation Meeting Holy Communion
The next Meeting for parents of children preparing for First Holy Communion will take place in St Mochta's Parish Centre on 2nd March 2010 at 8pm. This meeting looks at the preparation for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation which will take place on March 9th for St Patrick's NS and March 11th for St Mochta's NS at 7pm in St Mochta's Church. At least one parent should attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact the Parish office at (01) 8213218.

Sporting Fingal
This week the school had a visit from members of the Sporting Fingal soccer team, who recently won the FAI Cup. It was a great day and the Sporting Fingal players really enjoyed chatting to all the children about their experiences. Irish International Glen Crowe also came to talk to the soccer team.
"I learned from the Sporting Fingal players that the team player is the best player. I always thought the player who scored the goals was the most important"!! Yomna 5th Class.
"It was interesting that these successful soccer players all started out on a soccer team just like ours," James, 6th class.

St Patrick's Parents for Business Network
St Patrick's Parents for Business Network had their first meeting last night. There was a fantastic turnout. We are now putting together a directory of parents who can supply products or services. Please email your details to Daniel@cms-ireland.com or info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP.

Cake Sale Containers
A number of tins, trays and other boxes which were used for the cake sale have not yet been collected. They are in the foyer and will remain there until Wednesday next. Children may collect or parents may call in at drop off or collection time to claim containers. We will have to dispose of unclaimed items after that.

Ireland's biggest school's photography competition is back!!
The highly successful Bord Gáis Energy "Capture the Power" photography competition is launched for its second year. The aim of the competition is to support learning in schools through the use of photography and enhance pupil's understanding of energy and how it relates to their everyday lives and interests. Bord Gáis Energy are inviting students of all ages (primary 5-9 yr olds and 10-13 yr olds) to capture the energy in the world around them on a camera. Just look around and capture the ENERGY in your world on a camera.
Boys and Girls, you can find ENERGY everywhere & anywhere... For example a crashing wave, a gusting wind or a towering tree. At a local sports event, it could be a crunching tackle or fan going wild. It's your choice and you're only limited by your imagination. Your challenge is easy, just capture what you feel shows ENERGY and write a few words about it before sending it into Bord Gáis Energy. Competition closes on 26th March. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won and entering couldn't be easier. So grab your camera, and start snapping! Mums and Dads, we need your encouragement... Competition details (and examples) are available at www.capturethepower.ie

Junior Inventor 2010
We encourage all children to participate in this competition run by the Patents Office. The competition is aimed at Primary School children and its aim is to encourage children to be innnovative and sow the seeds of interest in science and engineering at an early age. The competition is divided into two categories(1st-3rd and 4th-6th). Competition closes on 26th March. All details/ rules (and examples) are available on www.patentsoffice.ie (click on junior inventor link).
Boys and Girls, you are Ireland's future inventors. The Patents Office would like to hear about any new ideas you might have for inventions. All you have to do is enter any idea you might have for an invention of a new product or an improvement to an existing product or any idea that solves a problem or makes life better and easier. Once you have your idea, all you have to do is draw/illustrate the invention and write a little about it to describe what it is and how it will work to make our lives better. Get those light bulbs in your heads working!!!

Extra Curricular Activities
Basketball for Girls born 2000/2001
Basketball for girls born in 2000/2001 commences in St Patrick's N.S. on Saturday 27 February and runs for 5 consecutive Saturdays, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Please contact Fiona 087 9796848 for further information.

Spanish for Children (3 - 12 year olds)
Learn Spanish the Jolie Ronde way - at St Patrick's NS - Tue, Wed & Thu (from 1.15PM on) and Sat from 9.30AM. Taking enrolments for Spring Term (Apr-Jun) from next week, mornings 10-12 noon. Please phone 822 7629 / 087 267 4809 or email marygalvin@upcmail.ie for enrolment pack or for further details and/or info on other venues & times. Muchas gracias, Mary