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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 23rd March 2007
The teachers have been speaking to the children about personal safety in general as part of the Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE) programme. The main topic being covered is the importance of never talking to or approaching strangers. Perhaps you could reinforce this message at home.

Lost Property
We have a huge amount of lost property in the Lost Property Box inside the main entrance of the school. Items include uniform jumpers, cardigans, tracksuit tops and coats! If your child is missing anything, please pop in and take a look.

Please ensure that bicycles and scooters are securely locked to a stand. Unfortunately, a scooter has been taken from outside the school recently. Perhaps it was taken in error, as a similar scooter was left in its place! Should you discover that you have the wrong scooter, please contact the office.

Vision & Hearing Tests - Senior Infants Only
The Public Health Nurse will be in the school next Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to carry out Vision and Hearing Tests for the Senior Infant children.

Book Club
The 4th class book club meets next Tuesday 27th of March to discuss
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The third class book club meets next Thursday 29th of March. This month we will be chatting about George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Book clubs meet in the library at lunchtime. All are welcome!

World Book Day Tokens
All children in the school were given a €1.50 Book Token in celebration of World Book Day on March 1st. Please note that these tokens are due to expire this Sunday March 25th.

School Milk Scheme
The new term for the School Milk Scheme commences after the Easter break. A note will be sent home with your child on Monday 26 March and must be returned to the class teacher with exact payment by Wednesday 28 March in order to be included. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

In-Service Training
Dublin West Teachers Centre has recently confirmed that a Department of Education & Science In-Service Training Day will take place on Tuesday 29 May. The school will therefore be closed on that date.

RSE Course
The National Parents Council (Primary), in conjunction with Crisis Pregnancy Agency offer an RSE Course for parents. The purpose of the course is to help parents have a better knowledge of relationships and sexuality education, so that they can talk to their children and foster their children's self esteem and decision making skills in this important area of their lives. Our Parent's Association Committee is organising the above course in the school. It will entail six 2½ hrs morning sessions (run over six weeks). The fee for the course is €10 (min. no. 10 - max. no. 15). The NPC will advise the date of the course, (likely to be after Easter), when they receive our application. There are five places left on the course. If you are interested in taking part, please phone Marie McCarthy on 087 9935551, by Wednesday 28th March.

Public Meeting - "Our Children, Our Schools"
A public meeting has been organized by Joan Burton T.D. and will take place in St Patrick's N.S. on Tuesday next, 27 March at 8.00pm. The purpose of the meeting is to highlight local education issues. Charlie Kurtz of the Dublin 15 Community Council will present findings of detailed research conducted by the Council in relation to lack of school places. Dr Paul Downes, Head of Educational Disadvantage at St Patrick's Drumcondra and Dr Tom Collins, Professor of Education at Maynooth University will speak and Olivia O'Leary will act as Chairperson. All parents are invited to attend.

Extra Curricular Activities
Drama Works Festival of Poetry
Will take place on today, Friday 23rd March at the following times:
6.15pm-Senior Infants, 7.15pm-1st Class, 7.45pm-2nd & 3rd Class, 8.15pm-3rd & 4th Class. Parents and friends invited to attend.

Pronunciation Classes
English speaking and pronunciation classes will commence in St Patrick's, Diswellstown on Thursday 19 April. The purpose of these classes is to encourage confidence in the use of the English language for those for whom it is not their native tongue. Classes will consist of: Speech Exercises, Correct Pronunciation of Words, Reading, Conversation and Role Playing. Classes will be from 3.15pm-4.15pm and the course is for six weeks for children from Senior Infants to 6th Class. Please contact Liz on 086 2245113 to register. Cost is €60.

The Sign-Up sheet for the new term of Basketball will be on the wall inside the main school entrance until Monday 26 March.