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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 10th December 2010
Staff Meeting
A Staff Meeting will take place on Monday 13 December.
All children will go home at 12.00noon.

Texting Service during Bad Weather
We have two separate “text a parent” services in use in the school.  One system can only be accessed in the school building and is the most up-to-date. The second system is currently being updated and can be accessed remotely.  In the recent bad weather, we had to use the second system.  As a result, a small minority of parents did not receive messages. We apologise for this. We are working on having this remote system updated as soon as possible.  In the interim, we would ask you to make an arrangement with a friend to forward any messages they receive to you.  It is absolutely essential that we have every parent’s current contact details.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Christmas Raffle
Congratulations to our Christmas Raffle winners:
1st Prize – Samsung Notebook                                                           Julia McLarnon
2nd Prize – Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS Camera                                 Alina Coman
3rd Prize -  Westpoint 1-Year Gym Membership                                Margaret Brown
4th Prize – Sony Ericsson Zylo Jazz Black Mobile Phone                 Niamh Glynn
5th Prize – 4 Tickets for Disney on Ice “100 Years of Magic”             Christine Keane
6th Prize - €100 Voucher Branagan Meats                                         Donavan John
7th Prize - €50 Voucher Heatons                                                        Catriona O’Driscoll
8th Prize – Happy Events Voucher                                                     Denise John

Gear Jewellers Apology
In advertising for the “Wheel of Fortune” prior to the Christmas Fair and during the Christmas Fair another jewellers name was mistakenly used in place of Gear Jewellers.  The Christmas Fair Organising Committee would like to sincerely apologise for this mistake.  We would like to express our gratitude for the very generous donation from Gear Jewellers and assure Gear Jewellers that this error will never happen again.   

Can we please request that, when you are sending payments into school, you mark the envelope clearly with your child’s full name, their teacher’s name and what the payment is for i.e. Badminton, Volleyball, Calendar Orders, Photographs, etc., etc. Specific Envelopes for Extras Payments are available from the office.  We are making this request as, with over 730 children in the school, administration of various payments is extremely time-consuming and made more difficult when envelopes are not clearly marked. 

Dates for Junior Infant Christmas Concerts
Tuesday 14 December 11.15am -Mrs Jennings
Wednesday 15 December 11.15am -Ms Campbell
Thursday 16 December 11.15am - Ms Harte


Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Our Christmas Appeal is once again in aid of SVP. There are three different options:

  • Hampers (non-perishable food items). Items for hampers can be placed in the box beside the crib in the school foyer.
  • Financial Donations. If you would like to donate money to the SVP through the school, please drop it in to the office in an envelope marked “SVP”.  All monies donated will be lodged directly into the SVP Account.
  • Shoebox Appeal for children from 2nd – 6th class.  Suitable items are listed below.  Shoeboxes can be left under the Christmas tree on or before 17 December. Please put a sticker/label on the box stating whether it is for a  boy/ girl and what age.  New Goods accepted are:


Small soft toys


Fashion Accessories - Hair/make up/jewellery


small toys

Educational items

small games



Pens/Crayons/Colouring Pencils

Sports Accessories



Extra Curricular Activities
The last class of term for Basketball Club will not be on this Wednesday 15 December.  Class will be made up after the Christmas Holidays.
Tuesday’s Basketball Club will take place as normal on Tuesday 14 December.

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde)
Payment is being accepted next week & week of 20th December for Term 2 Spanish classes (16 weeks/Jan. 10th - May 23rd 2011). New classes starting Jan 10th  for beginners (3 - 12 yr olds)! Please email marygalvin@upcmail.ie/call 087 267 4809 for more info. Felicitaciones to everyone for a great Term 1. ¡Feliz Navidad a todos! Mary Galvin

Art & Craft Workshops
The final class of Art & Craft for this term will take place on Monday next, 13 December.  There are limited places for new students for Spring Term commencing January 2011.  For full details, please contact Blaithnaid O’Brien directly on 087 4123247.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club (CHFC)
Please note the club shop will open tomorrow Saturday 11 December at CCC from 10.00-11.00am.

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