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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 16 February 2007
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.

In-Service Training
The school will be closed on Tuesday 27 February for In-Service Teacher Training.

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.

Staff Meetings
There still seems to be some confusion over dates and times of Staff Meetings. Staff Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month and all children should be collected at 12.00noon. The next meeting will take place on Monday 12 March 2007.

First Confession
On Thursday, 08 March at 8.00pm, there will be a meeting with parents of First Confession Children in the school. First Confession ceremony will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 21 March in St Mochta's Parish Church, Porterstown. On 06 March, Second Class children will be walking to the church in the company of their class teacher and a number of other school staff in order to practice. Any parents who do not wish their child to visit the church on this day should inform the class teacher as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be put in place.

Secondary Schools
Parents are advised to contact secondary schools concerning Enrolment Policies. Schools differ with regard to the age at which they take applications. In the case of Castleknock Community College, an information meeting takes place in January of each year for fifth class pupils and their parents. Notification of this meeting is issued through the local primary schools.

Green Schools Update - Paper by Adam Cleary & Paul Donohoe
Our Green School application is due in soon. We have been working on using less paper in the school. Our newsletter distribution has been minimised by printing on both sides of the paper and by giving the newsletter to only one child in the family. Teachers photocopy on both sides of a sheet of paper. Senior Infants have been counting the number of boxes of paper we use each month. In class, we use the back of scrap paper for artwork and drawing. We hope all of this will help us to get our green flag.

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.

Weekly Newsletter
Please note that if your child misses a Weekly Newsletter, copies are available in the main reception area. There is also a copy of the most up-to-date newsletter in the display cabinet at the front entrance of the school.

Toys in School
Recently, we have been actively discouraging children from bringing toys to school for the following reasons:
1. Many parents have indicated to us that they are under pressure to purchase the latest "trendy" toy.
2. Children feel under pressure to have a toy in school.
3. Toys are getting lost or broken causing great upset to the children.
4. Disputes arise over ownership of toys.
5. Toys can be a distraction during class time.
We would ask for your full cooperation in assisting us to implement this policy.

IMMA Primary School Programme
This week, the children in Third Class visited the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) where they took part in the Primary School Programme there. The programme, based on one of the current exhibitions entitled "Hearth", is an interesting collection of exhibits produced by artists from various countries. The children were guided round some of the works and then invited to take part in a brief workshop before returning to school. The outing was most educational and hopefully inspired the children. A sincere thank you to all parents who assisted on the days.

Extra Curricular Activities
As next week is the mid-term break, there will be no Extra Curricular Activities taking place.