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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 19th March 2010
Easter Holidays
Please note that the children will finish at 11.30am on Friday 26 March.
The school will be closed from Monday 29 March to Friday 09 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 12 April at 08.30am.

School Website
There are some new photographs on the school website. These include some in 'Children's Corner' of the Heineken Cup in St. Patrick's and of Mr. Waring's 3rd class receiving certificates from the Mayor. There are also photos and information about this year's 4th class Art Project in the News section.

"The Secret of Kells"
Fifth and Sixth Class children will have the opportunity to see the film "The Secret of Kells" on Tuesday next 23 March during the school day, organised by the Michael Smurfit School of Business Charity Fundraiser. If possible, we would appreciate a voluntary donation of €3 per child (Fifth & Sixth Class only) in aid of "Children's Sunshine Home" and "Laura Lynn House".

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 is 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!!!

School Choir
There will be no choir today or next Friday 26 March.

"In The Mood For Food" recipe book correction:
Sorry to those who tried to make the Shortbread biscuits from the book only to find it missing the quantities of ingredients! Please find them below to write in to your recipe book.
4oz butter at room temperature 2oz caster sugar
6oz plain flour extra caster sugar, for dusting
I hope you have enjoyed trying out the different recipes. Ms Meade.

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. €65 per child. Spaces are still available. To book, email Aidan Monaghan at monaghan1@hotmail.com. Please return completed form with fee as soon as possible to confirm your place.

Spanish for Children (3 - 12 year olds)
At St Patrick's NS, Tue (3.30 - 5.30), Wed (2.15), Thu (1.15) and Sat AMs (starting April!)
Qualified and experienced language teacher, teaching Spanish using la Jolie Ronde
materials & methodology (own Book & CD). Join anytime of year but now taking enrollments
for Spring Term (Apr - Jun). Please phone 8227629 / 087 2674809 or email marygalvin@upcmail.ie for enrolment pack and/or further details/info on other venues & times. Muchas gracias, Mary.

Downey Lanigan Academy of Irish Dance
CLASS FEIS 2010 - REMINDER. Feis scheduled for the 21st of March 2010. Venue: Castleknock Hotel. Times 2.PM, ready to dance. Please note, if you do not have the class top and skirt, you may wear your school uniform (not tracksuit). Regards, Bernie.

Art & Craft Workshops
The new term of Art & Crafts starts after Easter - Mondays at 2.10 - 3.45pm. Please contact Blathnaid directly, at 087 4123247 for full details.

New Tennis
Tennis will begin again on Tuesday 13 April from 3.05-4.00pm. The new course will run for 8 weeks and equipment will be provided. The cost is €25 per child. If you are interested, please write your name and class on the Sign-on Sheet located on the table inside the main door. Priority will be given to older children.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club (CHFC)
Nursery: Continues every Saturday morning at the green beside Castleknock
Community College. New members are always welcome.
Easter Camp: Registrations for the Easter Camp take place this Saturday at
the Club Shop from 10am-11.30am. The club shop is located at CCC. Dates for
the Easter Camp are as follows: March 29th - April 2nd. Price is €50 for
standard camp and €30 for Nursery camp.

"Little Whiz Kids" Computer Training Workshops
Our main aim is to ensure primary school children are given the opportunity to develop their computer skills before entering secondary level education. Our workshops are designed specifically for children aged 5 - 12 years old (Senior Infants+). We provide kids with activities that develop skills, but most importantly, we let them experience and see the computer in unique ways that relate to them. Give your child the best head start in a world where computers are their future.
Individual use of Computer; Course duration 8 weeks - Weekly 1 hour sessions @ €90; Maximum number per class 12; Qualified Tutor;
Software used: Windows Vista/Microsoft Task Launcher/Microsoft Works/Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Tuk Paint/Typing & Maths
Module 1 Commencing Monday 12th April, 2010 (All places must be pre-registered by phone) Contact: Irene Hesse-Mason Mobile: 087 66 95 920. Class Times: 13.10pm - 14.10pm Senior Infants; 14.10pm - 15.10pm 1st - 6th Classes; 15.10pm - 16.10pm 1st - 6th Classes. Email: info@littlewhizkids.ie Website: www.littlewhizkids.ie

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