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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday March 21st 2012
Easter Holidays
Please note that the children will finish at 11.30am on Friday 30 March. 
The school will be closed from Monday 02 April to Friday 13 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 16 April at 08.30am.

Choir & Choral Scholars
Friday Choir and Choral Scholars are taking a break from rehearsals. Therefore, there will be no choir this Friday, 23 March. Practice will resume the first week back after the Easter Holidays. Looking forward to seeing you all then, Ms Meade.

Tigers After School Care
There are a number of places available in Tigers After School Care now and in September.  Please contact Tigers directly on 086 2253781.  More information is available on www.tigersafterschoolcare.com.

Green Schools - Walking Bus

In order to encourage more children to walk to school a Walking Bus might be the answer. To find out more please check out www.fingalcoco.ie  (Click first on Road and then the Road Safety Section). If you would be interested is helping to set up and run a Walking Bus system in St Patrick’s, please leave your name and contact details with Andrea at Reception or email info@stpatricksns.ie putting “Walking Bus” in the subject line.  

Cistercian College Roscrea       
Cistercian College Roscrea is holding an Open Evening on Friday 30 March from 4pm for parents and students who wish to consider a boarding school option. Leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board.

Gymnastics Competition
“On the 10th of March, I was at a gymnastics competition in Eccles gym.  I won a silver medal for the beam and vault.  It was a great day. Aoife Lally – 5th Class

The Gardaí and local residents have again approached the school regarding the issue of dangerous and illegal parking.  We appreciate that lack of parking space is a major problem for all parents.  However, cars must be parked in a safe, legal and considerate manner.

Unfortunately, a number of parents continue to park and block access to/from driveways, and park dangerously close to junctions and entrances to estates.  This is both highly inconsiderate towards the residents of these estates and is, in fact, illegal.

There are also a number of parents who stop at the roundabout on the main road which is also a dangerous and illegal practice.  It is also an unnecessary practice as we have a safe procedure in place for dropping children off at the main entrance of the school.

The following are extracts from the Rules of the Road:

  1. A vehicle may not park on double yellow lines in any circumstances.
  2. A vehicle may not be parked within 5m of a junction.
  3. Vehicles may not be parked near: a bend, the brow of a hill, a humped back bridge, a continuous white line, where it would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, at a bus stop or opposite another vehicle on a narrow road.

The Board of Management will have no hesitation in supporting local residents who choose to report drivers who park illegally or trespass on their property. The Board will also support those parents who choose to report instances of dangerous parking that may put the lives of their children at risk. 

There is ample parking available at Spar car park which is a short distance from the school. Cars must be parked properly in the car park.  Under no circumstances should a car obstruct one of their patrons or interfere with delivery truck access.

Parents Association News

Family Fun Quiz
The PA Family Quiz is on this Sunday, 25th March at 3pm.

Extra Curricular Activities

Open Morning at Donore Harriers
For those children in 4th-6th who have signed up to attend the Open Morning at Donore Harriers AC, please be at the club for 10am this Saturday, 24th March. The children should be sure to have eaten a decent breakfast at least one hour before. They should bring water, and wear running shoes, tracksuit, shorts and tee shirt. Having a light rain jacket/windbreaker would be wise along with a bag to keep everything in. If cold or windy some light gloves and a hat may be useful. Please note: Parents must accompany their child to/from venue and are responsible for him/her while there. Directions to Donore Harriers AC available from their website.

French for Children @ St. Patrick’s
Try La Jolie Ronde French classes for children aged 3 to 12 years!  French, music and drama all into one!  A few places are still available Thursdays or Saturdays.  Grinds can be organised on request for older children also.  Phone/text Sabine Maher on 087 227 9027 & visit web www.frenchforchildren.ie Merci!

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde)
Learn lots of Spanish after-school, in fun and interesting way with qualified linguist and teacher, Mary Galvin.  Very few places left this term and just 9 classes left until end of May.  Join now (3 – 13 yr olds) or enrol today and guarantee your place for September 2012 (places filling fast).  A good level of Spanish leaving Primary will give your child a great start in Secondary.  For information, please contact Mary on 087 2674809; marygalvin@upcmail.ie or check out www.spanishclasses4children.com.  Gracias.

Guitar Lessons
FREE CLASSICAL GUITAR, RAIN COVER & TUTOR BOOK (or 20% reduction & tutor book for the first 10 lessons) to all new pupils (or parents) of St. Patricks NS.  Learn easy guitar in a warm and friendly fully equipped studio.   This is one the best times to prepare for the Junior and Leaving Cert music curriculum! Limited offer while stock lasts.  Brian Farrell 086 380 9624;  Web www.brianfarrell.eu; Email info@brianfarrell.eu.

Girls Soccer Easter Camp at St Patrick’s
The Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter Camp takes place at Diswellstown Recreation & Community Centre from Mon 2nd to Thurs 5th April (inclusive). It will run daily from 10am-1pm, costs €40 and each participant will receive a free Soccer Sisters kit. Those interested should pick up a leaflet from beside the Parent Information Notice-Board or contact Martin Doyle, FAI Development Officer directly on 086 7700772. 

Touch-type, Read and Spell
Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. It is being run locally in Castleknock Community College on Wednesday afternoons for 1 hour during school term time –2 classes – 3-4 p.m. and 4.30-5.30 p.m.   To reserve a place or arrange a “free trial”, please contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 - email - castleknockttrs@gmailcom    Why not check out the website www.ttrs.co.uk for further information on how the course might benefit your child.

Coder Dojo
Coder Dojo is coming to Dublin 15. Coder Dojo is a new, innovative and free youth computer coding club for boys and girls ages 10-18. It's all voluntary and to get started we're looking for adult mentors with coding/online skills. If you have some time on Saturdays we would delighted for any help possible. Enrolment for interested kids will start after Easter. Contact Ivo (086 7947744) or Colm (087 979 1769) or email CoderDojoD15@gmail.com"

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