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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 3rd September 2010

A very special welcome to all our returning students and especially to our Junior Infants
and new children who started this week.

With the rapid expansion of the school, the reception/office area is extremely busy. The office hours are 08.30am to 2.30pm.  It closes for lunch from 12.00-12.30pm daily.   It would be much appreciated if telephone calls to the school were made only in emergency situations (after 9.00a.m.). 
There is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, unless the illness is contagious.  Parents should acknowledge their child’s absence from school on their return, in writing, in the child’s School Journal.

Staff Meeting
A Staff Meeting will take place on Monday 13 September.
All children will go home at 12.00noon.

Update re new pedestrian access
We had various communications with representatives from Park Developments during the month of July.  In early August, the school architect met onsite with Park representatives to agree

Contact Details
It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers) for your child on our database.  If any of your details have changed over the summer, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form as soon as possible.

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
It would be greatly appreciated 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.

Labelling/Lost Property
The chances of returning lost property are greatly increased if items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Healthy Lunch Policy
We operate a Healthy Lunch Policy in the school.  Fizzy drinks, crisps or sweets are not permitted.  On Friday, children are allowed one treat, e.g. a bar.  Please help us maintain the health of our children by following the guidelines in the School Booklet which is available to view at www.stpatricksns.ie.

Hand Towels
We request that every child brings a small hand towel/facecloth to dry his/her hands after using the WC.  This should be kept in a school bag pocket and changed regularly.

We would ask all parents to please show due consideration to residents when parking in the locality.  Please do not obstruct local residents’ driveways.  Please also note that the car park is for staff cars only.

Reminder re dismounting bicycles, etc
In the interest of everyone’s safety, all cyclists (pupils, parents & siblings) should dismount from their bicycles at the main gates of the school avenue.  Please also note that scooters, rollerblades or Heelys are not permitted on school grounds.

Extra Curricular Activities
Friday Choir
Choir starts back on 10th September. It is free and all children from 2nd to 6th classes are welcome. Choir practice starts at 2:10. All children attending MUST LEAVE THEIR CLASSROOM and line up outside the Diswellstown Door on line number 1.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club (CHFC)
The CHFC Nursery resumes this Saturday at 10.00am. New members welcome. Please see www.castleknock.net for more information.

Basketball Clubs
Basketball Clubs will recommence this term on Tuesdays (2nd & 3rd Classes) and Wednesdays (4th, 5th & 6th Classes).  More details will follow.

Speech & Drama
Wizard of Oz/Hannah Montana/Glee – some of the scenes in Platform Stage Schools end of year show in Draiocht Theatre.  Classes will re-commence on Thursday 9th September.  1.15– 2.00pm - Junior & Senior infants; 2.15 – 3.15pm       - Older classes. Fees for Term of 10 weeks are as follows: Junior & Senior infants - €90 euro per term; Older classes - €110 euro per term. Registration for Classes will take place in the school on Wednesday 8 September from 1.15pm – 2.15pm.  Tel Liz Brennan at 086 2245113.

Speech and Drama Classes – Dramaworks
Classes will take place every Wednesday from 1.10-2.10 for Junior & Senior Infants and 2.10 – 3.10pm for First & Second Class.  (Other classes will be confirmed after enrolment day). Enrolment takes place today from 1.00pm – 2.30pm in the Stage Area. For further details, please contact Clodagh Rycraft on 086 3736056.

New Children's Swimming Classes
Starting Late September - Wednesday 3-4pm - 1 Hour Session - Finglas Leisure Centre (5 mins down M50). New Teachers, in a Warm New Pool, with Limited Numbers! 8 Week Course - €68 per child. Contact Ron Boyle at 087-2584970 or e-mail swimclass@eircom.net

"Little Whiz Kids" Specialised Computer Training for Primary School Children
Individual use of Computer / 8 Week Course @€90 / Weekly 1hr Sessions / Qualified Tutor Classes Commence Monday 6th & 13th Sept - (1st - 6th Class) & 13th Sept - (Senior Infants) Contact Irene Mobile: 087 - 66 95 920 E-Mail: info@littlewhizkids.ie Website: www.littlewhizkids.ie

Spanish for Children (3 – 12 year olds) Spanish for Children
Fun classes & excellent materials & methodology (la Jolie Ronde) including own book & CD so learning can continue at home. New term starting in St Patrick’s NS from Saturday September 4th. For further information please contact:
info@frenchforchildren 087 227 9027 www.frenchforchildren.ie
marygalvin@upcmail.ie  087 267 4809 www.spanishclasses4children.com

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes
Enrolment for new term will be on Tuesday, 7 September between 1.00 and 2.30 in the Diswellstown community centre (St. Patrick’s N.S.) or by phone to Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com.  Beginners are welcome.  Classes commence on Tuesday, 21 September and will cover:- Vocal technique: Singing & speaking, Musical Theatre, Classical music; Drama: Poetry, Acting; Optional preparation for Leinster School of Music and Drama exams

St Patrick’s Parent Directory
Are you looking for a Product or Service? Why not give a Parent from St Patrick’s a chance to quote? The St Patrick’s Parent’s Directory at the front of the School Journal has a list of the many products & services provided by Parents. Visit www.stpatricksns.ie for more information.

Art and Craft
Art and Craft workshops will resume in September on Mondays from 2.10pm – 3.45pm.  All ages catered for.  Registration will take place on Wednesday 08 September at 11.30am, 1.10pm and 2.10pm.  Further details are available from Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan B.Ed (Hons) H.Dip (Hons) 087 4123247.

A reminder that Piano classes with Ms Jenny O’Connor commence on Monday 6 September.

Ballet – Chester School of Dance
Open Day in Diswellstown Community Centre at 4pm on Monday 06 September.  All enquiries should be directed to Sara at 087 7923955 or Rose 087 9575584.