St. Patrick's National School, Diswellstown, Castleknock.

Email: Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, D15 PH21.

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Wednesday May 30th 2012

Fiscal Stability Treaty Referendum 2012
The school will be closed tomorrow Thursday 31 May as it is being used as a Polling Station for the Fiscal Stability Treaty Referendum.  The school will be open as normal on Friday 01 June.

June Bank Holiday
The school will be closed on Monday 04 June for the May Bank Holiday.  It will remain closed on Tuesday 05 June and will reopen on Wednesday 06 June at 8.30am.

Books for September 2012
It is our intention to expand the free school book scheme from September 2012.  Currently the children do not buy books for History, Geography, Science, SPHE or Music.  Next year’s booklists will not include English Readers, Irish or Religion textbooks.  This will be funded from school funds, PA funds and Extra Payments monies.  Each child will have access to the required books for these subjects at school and for homework.  In the last week of term, we will buy back second hand copies of Bun go Barr, English Readers and Alive O Textbooks. We are also delighted to accept donated copies.  Arrangements for each class group will be advised. 

Castleknock Community College (CCC)
Application Forms for First Years September 2013 have been distributed to all 5th Class children.  If you did not receive a copy, they are available for collection from CCC’s main office.

Luttrellstown Community College (LCC)
Application Forms for First Years September 2013 will be distributed to all 5th Class children in June or can be collected from LCC’s main office.

Food Dudes
Well done to all the children who continue to bring a portion of Fruit and Vegetables for their lunch each day. There are still some great prizes to be won and don’t forget to return the food diary to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.

Fit Factor
We travelled to UCD Belfield on Wed 23rd of May to take part in the FitFactor grand finale. It was a very enjoyable day and we took part in a lot of fun activities including archery and hip- hop. Hector O Heoghagain presented us with the €1,000 prize. This will be used to buy sports equipment for our school.  Niamh 4th class. Lorcan 3rd class.

Junior SFAD (Sport for All Day) Sen Infants - 2nd Class
This will take place on Friday 15th June. Children should wear their school tracksuit (shorts are permitted in the event of fine weather) An extra drink is also recommended for the day.

Success at Santry
Well done to our school team which did so well at this week's Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships at Morton Stadium! The boys were rewarded with first place in the U11 Relay and the U13 High Jump. They also came second in the U11 High Jump. The girls were equally successful and won the U11 Relay, the U11 500m and they also came second in the U11 High Jump, U13 Hurdles and U13 500m. Congratulations to all!

Return of Running Kits
All running kits to be returned as soon as possible. These should be returned in a bag with the child's name attached as all kits must be "signed back in". Kits will be collected daily from the classrooms. 

Match report: Somerton 22/5/12
Blue team – “On Tuesday May 22nd, my teammates and I played a hurling match for the school against St. Francis Xaviers. We won 3-7 to 1-2. It was an amazing match. We started the first half really well and by halftime we were winning comfortably. In the second half, we built on our lead and continued to dominate throughout the game. After some pressure at the end, we were relieved to win by a fine margin.”  Sean R, 6th class

School Match Report 22/05/2012
“On the 22nd of May, the girls school camogie team had a match against St. Francis Xaviers. The girls  got warmed up and were raring to go. The first half was very tense and tight. St. Patricks scored a goal but Saviours were right on our tails and scored a goal straight after us. In the end St. Patricks won with a score of 4-07 to Xaviers 3-02. It was a brilliant and skillful match.” Molly and Lauren, 6th class.

School Match Report 23/05/2012
“On Wednesday the 23rd of May, half of the school hurling team went to Somerton Park. We played against Scoil Olibhéir. It was a very warm day, and tensions were high because the other half of the team had won the day before. It was a tense first half and at half time it was 2-1 to 2-1. We all played our hearts out in the second half and we ended up winning the game 3-5 to 2-2. We were delighted with the win and the opposition were very tough. Well done to everyone on both teams and thanks to our coaches and parents for their great support and time.” Eoin C - 6th class

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.

Parents Association News

Volunteers URGENTLY needed to Help with Confirmation Reception
A much loved part of our children’s Confirmation day has always been enjoying some refreshments and chatting with their friends in the Parish Centre following the Confirmation ceremony.  Unfortunately, this year’s reception is in doubt due to lack of volunteers to help out on the day.  We are appealing for volunteers to help with the Confirmation reception, which will take place in St. Mochta’s Parish Centre following the ceremony.  The Confirmation ceremony will take approx. an hour and a half – so volunteers will be required to be in the Parish Centre from 12pm to 2.30pm approx. for the reception (this will include the clean-up following the reception).  We appreciate that this may clash with your child finishing school, but would appeal to volunteers to make arrangements for friends/family to collect their children. Please text/phone Colette 087 9380380 or Karen 087 4187253 if you are available to help, thank you.  

Extra Curricular Activities

French for Children @ St. Patrick’s
La Jolie Ronde French summer camp (09th to 13th July, 10.00 to 12.30) is filling up steadily especially for the younger age group (4 to 7 yrs) so if you want to secure a place for this week of French fun for your children please contact me soon. Suitable for absolute beginners and ideal to try before committing to a term of French classes in September.  Another French summer camp will take place in August between 6th August and 10th August 2012.  Bookings and queries Sabine Maher 087 227 9027 A bientôt!

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde):
After-school (3 - 13 yr olds) Spanish classes in St Patrick’s NS. ¡Apúrate! Hurry! – special offer for first 50 pupils to book & pay deposit for Sept 2012 by Friday 15th June! Please state prefered day/time. New Saturday classes starting September 2012. Gracias, Mary M: 087 267 4809 E: W:

Mini Euros 2012
Castleknock Celtic is hosting a mini- league from the 5th to 9th of June.  It is open to boys and girls born between 1999 to 2004. Children don’t have to be members of the club. Registration is tonight Wed 30th May in Laurel Lodge Community Centre from 7.30 to 8.30. Fee is €15 which will go towards the fun day and prizes on the final day. Check out for details.

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