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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday February 1st 2012
Mid-Term Break
The school will be closed on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February for Mid-Term Break.  It will reopen on Monday 20 February at 08.30am.

Parents Confirmation Meeting
The next Parents Preparation Meeting for Confirmation will take place in St Mochta’s Parish Centre on Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8pm.  This meeting looks at the next elements of the Programme covering the Faith Friends program, Retreat and the Service of Light. Confirmation candidates SHOULD ALSO ATTEND on this night.  They will be meeting their Faith Friend on the evening.  At least one parent should attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact the Parish office at (01) 8213218.

ACCORD Parent Talk
Apologies again to those parents who were unable to gain access to the ACCORD Parent Talk on Wednesday last.  The turnout was much higher than in previous years.     

CCC Open Evening for First Year Students 2013
An Open Evening is taking place on Wednesday 08 February for First Year Students for September 2013 as follows:
2.30-5.30 – Invitation to Parents/Students to visit classrooms and view facilities;
7.00-8.00 – Invitation to Parents only to visit classrooms and view facilities;
8.00-9.00 – Presentation by Principal and other Senior Staff on the following:

  • Castleknock Community College – Development, Education Programme
  • Pastoral support for students
  • Student achievement and parental involvement
  • Curriculum outline and subject options.

Application Forms will be distributed through the school in May 2012. (A copy of the letter distributed to all 5th class children is on display on the Noticeboard outside the main entrance of the school)
CCC Assessment of Incoming First Years 2012
Assessments are taking place on Saturday 04 February for First Years 2012 who have been offered and accepted places in Castleknock Community College.  All parents have been contacted directly by CCC.

Bedtime for school-going children
Health professionals recommend that “A school child usually needs to sleep about 10 hours every night. Children who don’t get a good night's sleep cannot get the best out of school the next day.” 

Meeting with Teachers
All questions/queries re school should be directed initially to the class teacher. Please contact the school secretary to make an appointment. (For safety reasons, it is not possible for class teachers to meet with parents without an appointment as supervision arrangements have to be put in place. For the same safety reasons, teachers cannot take or make phone calls during class time). Parents of Infant children may be able to have a quick informal word with the class teacher when collecting their child at home time.

Mural – 10th Anniversary
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, we are creating a large mural to fill some of the wall in the senior yard.  Each child has contributed a picture towards a themed class grouping mural.  Each mural will have its own section on the wall.  We are looking for some parent volunteers to paint a base coat onto the wall for each of the murals, on Wednesday morning the 8th of February from 9.30am.  If you are interested, there will be a sheet in the foyer for parents to sign with their names and contact number.  We would appreciate all the help we can get!

Phones for Boards
The Jack & Jill Foundation in association with Promethean are inviting schools to collect and swap unwanted mobile phones for a new Promethean interactive whiteboard.  We have registered for this campaign. The deal is for every 300 old mobile phones collected, participating schools earn a 78inch Promethean ActivBoard.  See www.phonesforboards.com for further information.  A collection box is in place inside the main door of the school.  Perhaps you could ask family and friends who may have received a new phone for Christmas to help us to acquire a new Interactive Whiteboard for the school by donating their old phones.

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Extra Curricular Activities

Today is the last session in the current term.  A new set of 8 sessions begins next Wednesday 8 February. Anyone interested in the new term of 8 sessions at a cost of €25 should sign up at Reception.

Anyone interested in the new term of 8 sessions of Badminton which starts this Friday 02 February at a cost of €25 should sign up at Reception.

Guitar lessons
Learn easy guitar in a warm and friendly fully equipped studio.  Group or individual lessons available.  This is one the best times to prepare for the Junior and Leaving Cert music curriculum! Special 20% reduction to all the pupils (and parents) of St. Patricks NS on the first 10 lessons. Further details Brian Farrell 086 380 9624 – www.brianfarrell.eu info@brianfarrell.eu.

4-Week Girls Soccer Club at St Patrick's
Calling all girls aged 8 - 10! Next Tuesday, Feb 7th, a 4-week Soccer Club will begin in the Hall from 3.05-4.00pm for girls aged 8-10 only. It will be given by FAI Qualified Coaches working with coaches from Castleknock Celtic Football Club. The total cost for the four sessions is only €10. Those interested should sign up for it at Reception ASAP. This is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to learn the basic skills and rules of this fast, fun, skilful game.

Children's Swimming Classes
Limited places available on Wednesdays 3pm to 4pm @ Finglas Leisure Pool (3 Mins North on M50).  Beginners & Improvers €68 - 8 Weeks  5+ years.  Swim-Fast - 085-7622247 (Ron)

Piano Lessons
There are a number of remaining spaces available to any pupils who are interested in taking piano lessons.  Lessons take place in the Library after school each day of the week and last 20 or 30 minutes.  Beginners and advanced pupils welcome. For more information please contact Robert Yeo on 085 285 1499 or robert_w_yeo@hotmail.com

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde)
You haven’t signed up for Mary’s after-school Spanish classes yet?! What are you waiting for! Fab courses! Great teacher (just ask the children themselves)! Years of experience and a qualified language teacher to boot! Very few places left this term but 13 weeks left until end of May. Hurry and join a class now (3 - 13 yr olds) or enrol today and guarantee your place for next September. A good level of Spanish will help your child secure Spanish as a subject in Secondary, as Spanish in many Secondary schools is already an ‘over-subscribed to’ subject. For information please contact 087 267 4809 / marygalvin@upcmail.ie or check out www.spanishclasses4children.com Gracias, Mary

French for Children @ St. Patrick’s
6th class pupils: finish Primary in French style!  Some places available Thursdays @ 16.00 or on Saturday 11.45: enhance your learning with your school friends through fun activities (French hangman, bingo, French maths...). A few places left for Junior Infants up to 4th Class Thursday or Saturday mornings. Places in Early Years & Parents Sat. 12.35 class too (3-5 years). Try a class and see! Phone/text Sabine Maher on 087 227 9027 & visit web www.frenchforchildren.ie. Merci!

Dublin Parks Tennis - Sponsored by Fingal Co. Council in Spring
8 weeks subsidized tennis coaching for €25.  Registration & Coaching first day at;-  Riverwood Estate Courts – Sat. 4th February at 10am; Hartstown Community Centre Sat 4th February at 10am; Laurel Lodge Community Centre – Wed. 8th February at 3pm.  Children get one hours tennis coaching each session with free use of racquets & balls. Enquiries to 8338711 or parkstennis@eircom.net