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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 5th March 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 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 sharp and finish at 2.10pm on each of these days.

Parents Preparation Meeting Holy Communion
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation will take place on Tuesday March 9th for St Patrick's NS and Wednesday March 11th for St Mochta's NS at 7pm in St Mochta's Church. If you cannot attend, please contact the Parish office at (01) 8213218.

Times/Classes for First Holy Communion & Confirmation
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.
Confirmation takes place on Tuesday 25 May 2010 at 11.00am.

Dropping in lunches, schoolbags, homework etc.
Please ensure that if you are dropping in any of your child's forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, etc., that they are clearly marked with your child's name and their class teacher.

Collections during the School Day
If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during break times (10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as the children will be on yard at these times. All children must be signed out at Reception before leaving the school premises. This procedure includes collection of sick children. This procedure is in place for the safety and security of all pupils and your full cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

Write-a-Book Project
"Our class went to Blanchardstown Library this week to receive our certificates from the Mayor of Fingal for taking part in a write-a-book project. We had a great day and got some goodies, like colouring pencils and a cap." Molly O' Connell - Mr Waring's 3rd class.

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 6th class parents in the week after the mid-term.

Happy Events - Tommy's Wonderland, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
We have been contacted by Eileen from Happy Events to say that their uniform section will reopen next week.

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 http://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
Easter Camp (1st - 6th Class Only)
Easter Camp - Sport, Art and Cooking - from Monday 29th March to Thursday 1st April, 10am to 1:30pm. Only 60 places available, early booking advisable. €65 per child. To book, email Aidan Monaghan at monaghan1@hotmail.com.

Basketball for Girls born 2000/2001
Basketball for girls born in 2000/2001 commenced 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)
La Jolie Ronde Spanish Classes at St Patrick's NS, Tue (3.30 - 5.30), Wed (2.15), Thu (1.15) 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

Community Centre
Sewing Course starting in Community Centre on 14 April on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. Contact Angela at 086 8430572 for more information.