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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 23rd April 2010

Sponsored Walk
A reminder that the PA Annual Sponsored Walk takes place this Sunday 25 April at 3pm at the Papal Cross Car Park in the Phoenix Park. It has always been a great family event and we would encourage as many families as possible to attend on the day!

Internet Safety Course
While the Internet is a valuable resource, parents should continue to exercise vigilance in relation to their children's access to and use of the Internet. An information evening for parents has been arranged for Monday 27 April, at 7pm in the school. Some places still available - please text Marie on 087 9935551, if you would like to attend.

"Sport for All" Days
The first of our "Sport for All" Days will be for children in 3rd - 6th class. This will be held on Wednesday 28 April (weather permitting). Children need only bring a lunch to school (as schoolbags will be left in school the day before). Extra drinks are recommended. If strong sunlight is forecast, please apply sunscreen and a sun hat is advised. Children should wear cream T-Shirt (i.e. their PE poloshirt - no football jerseys please) and their school tracksuit (grey long pants or grey school shorts are permitted) and suitable footwear. (Apologies for any confusion caused by last week's reference to "white T-Shirt").
Other Sport for All Dates for your Diary:
Wednesday - 19 May 1st & 2nd Class
Wednesday - 16 June Junior Infants/Senior Infants (separately)

Dublin 15 Cross Country League Finals
The Finals take place in Morton Stadium, Santry on Tuesday 11 May from 10.30am-1.00pm. All spectators welcome!

Enable Ireland Collection
There will be an Enable Ireland Collection from the school on 04 May. Information Leaflets and Collection Bags will be distributed next week.

Supervised Homework for 5th & 6th Class Children
5th and 6th Class children are welcome to use Board Room 1 (Fingal Board Room) to do their homework (supervised by a member of staff), Monday to Thursday from 2.10 - 3.30pm. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to children attending for the full week (Mon-Thu). Suggested donation to school: €10 per week. Small snack will be provided. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie if interested.

Appeal for Volunteers
Each year the Parents Association Committee, together with parent volunteers, hosts a much appreciated reception in the School Hall following the First Holy Communion Ceremony. The success of this event is very much down to the parent volunteers on the day, so we are appealing to you for your help. Please volunteer to help with serving refreshments, decorating the School Hall, or help with stewarding in the church and/or school car park. If you are available and would like to volunteer, please call/text Karen on 087 4187253 or Bridin on 086 3845931.

Trip to Intel
"On Wednesday 21 April, we went to Intel to collect a cheque for the school. After that, there was refreshments and we got a tour of Intel. The cleanest room in Intel only had one dust particle in the whole room! It was great fun! We met the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport." Sergei, Matthew & Mufaro - 6th Class
Junior Infant Vaccinations
The Northern Area Health Board Doctor visited the school on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 April to administer 4-in-1 (Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio) and MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccinations to Junior Infant classes. We sought clarification from the HSE as to what times parents had been given to attend. We were informed by a representative in the Immunisation Department that parents had not been invited to attend this year due to the backlog as a result of the Swine Flu vaccinations.

Extra Curricular Activities
"Little Whiz Kids" Computer Training Workshops
New Course commencing Monday 26th April, 2010 @ 1.10pm - 2.10pm in St Patricks National School. 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; Qualified Tutor. (All places must be pre-registered by phone). Contact: Irene Hesse-Mason Mobile: 087 66 95920; E-mail: info@littlewhizkids.ie; Website: www.littlewhizkids.ie

French for Children 3-12 years *SPECIAL OFFER*
Exclusively to pupils of St. Patrick's National School, the following special offer is in place until Friday 30th April 2010. To celebrate spring's arrival, I am offering one TRIAL CLASS per child without any obligation in the first three weeks of next term starting Monday 12th April 2010. For more information, contact me Sabine (English & French spoken!) on 087 227 9027 or 01 442 8237. Merci!

Spanish for Children (3 - 12 year olds)
At St Patrick's NS & locally. Fluent, experienced and fully qualified teacher. Fun classes and excellent materials & methodology (la Jolie Ronde), including own Book & CD so language learning can continue at home. Spring Term - just started - come & try a class for free. Details 822 7629 / 087 267 4809 or email marygalvin@upcmail.ie Muchas gracias, Mary

The Leinster School of Music and Drama Exams will take place for first classs students upwards on Wednesday 28th March at the following times:
Class for Junior and Senior Infants will take place at the usual time.
First Class: 2.10pm-3.10pm
Third Class & fourth class: Group one 2.45pm-4pm. Group two - 3.45pm - 5pm
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class: 4.50pm-6.15pm
The Dramaworks Festival of Poetry will take place on Friday 30 April in the Stage Area at the following times:
Junior & Senior Infants & First & Second Class 5pm - 6pm.
Third & Fourth Class and Fifth, Sixth & First Year 6pm - 7pm.
Parents and friends are invited to the Festival.

Maths Problem: Take a close look at the following figure ... How many triangles can you find?