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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday May 10th 2012

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
It would be greatly appreciated that if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, sports gear, etc that they are clearly marked with your child’s name and their class teacher.

Collections during the school day
If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during Break Times (10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as the children are in the play ground at this time. Your cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

St Patrick’s N.S. needs your vote to claim top spot in LIDL Fit Factor
Time is running out for St. Patrick's National School. Please help our school to win up to €5000 in sports equipment. Log on to www.fitfactor.ie and vote for our healthy eating and fitness project. Every vote counts. Please get your friends to vote also. Thank you. Lorcan 3rd Class. Niamh 4th Class.

Diswellstown Summer Camp 2012
Enrolment for 'Diswellstown Summer Camp' will take place on Thursday May 10th and Friday May 11th under the canopy at reception at 2.20pm.  This year children from Junior Infants to sixth class are welcome.  The camp will run from Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July, from 9.00am to 1.00pm.  We will offer a number of different sports, art, games and activities and cooking!  The camp is run be experienced qualified teachers teaching in St. Patrick's National School.  Booking forms are available from the reception area.  

Sport for All Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)
This will take place (weather permitting) on Wednesday 16th May. Children should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They should also bring an extra drink with them along with their usual lunch.

Sport for All Day – 02 May
“Our Sports Day was on Wednesday the 2nd of May.  Our Sports Day was for everybody to enjoy.  It was held inside and outside the school.  I liked the high jump and skipping”. Genese – 4th Class

Running Kits
Can all cross country runners please return their running kits as soon as possible? These should be returned in a bag with the child’s name clearly marked on it. Kits will be collected from the classrooms. Children must make sure that their kit is “signed back in”.

Trials and Training for School Santry Team – Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships
A few Trials still remain but we are ready to commence training with some age groups. It is important that all children who have been “shortlisted” or selected for the school team must attend their session see details below:
Thursday 10th May U11 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Friday 11th May U12 and U13½ Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00 (in Hall and/or outside)
Monday 14th May U10 Boys and Girls
Tuesday 15th May U 11 Boys and Girls
Wednesday 16th May U12 Boys and Girls
Thursday 17th May U13½ Boys and Girls
Friday 18th May U10 and U11 Boys and Girls
Please note that all of sessions will take place outside in the Basketball Area, weather permitting unless otherwise stated. Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door where they will be met by teacher.  

Moving House? 
If you are moving house and your child will not be returning to St Patrick’s in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with the class teacher or the Main Office as soon as possible as it will be necessary for you to complete a Transfer Form.   We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon as possible.

Contact Details
It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers) for your child on our database in order for you to receive your child/children’s school reports, end of year letters, etc or to make contact with you if your child should fall ill during the school day. If any of your details have changed since the beginning of the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form, available from the office.

Castleknock U11 Hurling
“Last Sunday, a few boys from Castleknock U11 took part in a tournament.  We played 5 matches of hurling, it was great fun.  Then there was a final.  We played Kilmacud Crokes and put up a great game but they did too.  At half time we were winning but they made it harder for us to score.  We went home with the Dermot McNulty Shield.  We all had great fun”. Séan A and Séan G – 4th Class

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Urgent Appeal for Volunteers
We urgently need volunteers to help steward the Church and/or School car parks on Saturday 12th May for the First Communion Ceremonies.  The Church Car Park needs to be manned from 11.00am -12.00pm.  The School Car Park needs to be manned from 11.00am -11.30am and/or from 1.00pm -1.30pm.  If any Dad or Mum is available to help with any of the time slots, please contact Karen on 087 4187253 or Olivier on 086 8352920.  

Extra Curricular Activities

French for Children @ St. Patrick’s
Join La Jolie Ronde after school French classes for children aged 3 to 12 years!  French, music and drama all into one! Enrolling now for September 2012 for weekdays and Saturday classes.  Excellent preparation for secondary school. Grinds can be organised on request for older children also.  Phone/text Sabine Maher on 087 227 9027 & visit web frenchforchildren.ie  Merci!

Stretch-N-Grow
The Worlds leading fitness programme for children, next term starts this Friday 27th April running for 9 weeks for a reduced fee of only €50! Contact Graham on 0862495698 or sngkidz@gmail.com or www.stretch-n-grow.ie

Touch-type, Read and Spell
Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia 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@gmail.com  Why not check out the websitewww.ttrs.co.uk  for further information on how this course might benefit your child.

Parking
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.