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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 09 February 2007
Staff Meeting
The next Staff Meeting will take place next Monday 12 February. Children will therefore finish at 12.00pm sharp on Monday 12 February.

Application Forms - Junior Infants September 2007
Application Forms and copies of our Enrolment Policy are now available for collection from the Main Office. Registration Week will take place from 12 to 15 March inclusive.

Office Hours
The Reception office hours are 08.30am to 3.10pm daily. You should note that the office closes for half an hour from 12.00pm to 12.30pm.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday 13 February. On this day, First to Fourth Classes will go home at 1.55pm as directed by the Department of Education & Science (Infants will go home at their usual time). If you have not yet received your appointment time, please contact your child's class teacher directly.

Mid-Term Break
The Mid-Term Break takes place from 19 - 23 February inclusive. The school will close at the normal time on Friday 16 February and reopen on Monday 26 February.

Please note that parents are not permitted to park in the Staff Car Park when dropping or collecting children. If you are returning to the school to drop off forgotten lunches, schoolbags, etc. during the school day, we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate. (Please close gates after you leave)

Table Quiz
The Parents Association are organising a Table Quiz, which will take place in the Clonsilla Inn on 27 February at 8.45pm. The cost per table is €30 and the max per table is 4. All welcome.

Green Schools Update by Paul Donohoe & Adam Cleary
At the moment, we are putting our Green Schools application together. We will be handing it in in March. We have been working on ways to get our green flag including composting. We put organic waste bins in every classroom and in the staff room. The waste is collected by children from fourth class every day. We have filled two compost bins already and are hoping to fill a lot more! Our new bins have a spinner so that organic waste can break down more quickly than in a normal compost bin. Next week in our section of the newsletter we will talk about our attempts to use less paper in our school.

Icy Weather
On frosty mornings, the grounds tend to be slippery, particularly the red tarmacadam area in front of the school. It is not possible to grit the entire schoolyard. The gritting is concentrated on the paths. In the interest of safety, we would therefore urge you to use the paths and to encourage your children to do likewise.

Trainee Teachers
It is common practice in schools within commuting distance of the Colleges of Education to facilitate teaching practice for trainee teachers at intervals during the school year. The trainee teachers work in classrooms under the supervision of the class teachers.

Engineering Week of Wonder
Engineering Week of Wonder takes place 19 - 23 February. There are many free events organised throughout Dublin. Log on to www.weekofwonder.ie for more information.

Extra Curricular Activities
There will be no basketball for 1st and 2nd Classes on Tuesday 13 February 2007 as Parent/Teacher meetings are taking place on that date. An extra class will take place at the end of term instead.

Drama classes will take place at the usual times on Wednesday 14 February. There will be no Drama classes during the mid-term break. Classes will continue as usual after the midterm on Wednesday 28 February.

Language Classes
Classes in French, German and Spanish will be recommencing from the first week after the February mid-term break (i.e. week commencing 26 February). Please note, there will be no French class on Tuesday 27 February because of In-Service Training. Those pupils who were taking language classes after school before Christmas will receive an application form early next week for enrolment. Classes will run from the end of February until early June. Classes cost €72 for 12 weeks.

Castleknock Hurling and Football Club
The League starts this week. If there are any boys, born in 1997, who are interested in taking part, please contact Martin Keane at 086 8131748.