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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday September 26th 2012

Registration – Junior Infants September 2013
Application Forms are available for collection from the office since Wednesday 12 September.  Registration will take place on 15, 16 & 17 October.

CCC/LCC First Years 2013
Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed application forms for First Year 2013 (current 6th class children) is Friday 28 September at 4.00pm.

Mount Sackville
Mount Sackville Secondary School invites parents of current 3rd class students to enrol their daughter for Secondary School.  Telephone to register on Monday 01 October 2012.  Lines open at 8.30am. Limited places available. Mount Sackville Secondary School is a voluntary Catholic, fee-paying girls school.

Access to Classrooms After Hours
With the exception of those attending Extra Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. This is to prevent loss or damage to school property.  If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books, copies and general belongings does not generally constitute an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, they should come to Reception.

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Forms have been given to each child.  Can we please ask that only one form per family is returned to the eldest child’s class teacher on/before Monday 01 October.

A peer support group for children from 1st to 6th class who have experienced a family bereavement or separation will commence soon in St Mochta’s Pastoral Centre. If you believe your child would benefit from this programme, please contact rainbowsstmochtas@gmail.com re registering to attend the information evening.  More info available on www.rainbowsireland.com

Staff Car Park
Please note that parents are not permitted to park in the Staff Car Park when dropping or collecting children.  If you are returning to the school to drop off forgotten lunches, schoolbags, etc. during the school day, we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate. (Please close gates after you leave).  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Safe Crossing
We would urge all parents and children to cross the road with the School Wardens.  It is unsafe to cross at the main entrance to the School Avenue.

“St Patrick’s N.S. played a match against Tyrellstown in Tir na nÓg on Tuesday last. We were unfortunately beaten by two points but did ourselves proud in the second half with a great performance.  We are really looking forward to our next match and we hope we get a better result”. Daniel & Joe – Fifth Class

Parents Association News

PA Newsletter Word Search Competition
The winners of the recent PA Word Search Competition from the Newsletter were: Rachel Hoey, 1st Class; Layomi Obarotimi, 4th Class; Adam Byrne, 5th Class. Each child wins a family pass to Odeon Cinemas (previously UCI). Well done and many thanks to all the children who entered!

Extra Curricular Activities

Calling all budding athletes!
Did you know that there is a local Athletics Club that meets on Sundays (11.30am-1.00pm) and on Tuesdays and Fridays (6pm-7pm) at Porterstown Fields? There are many children from St Patrick's NS who are members. The annual cost for a juvenile is €60. Just turn up at any session for more details, or simply to see if your child would like to join.  

DramaWorks (Speech and Drama Classes for Junior Infants to Sixth Class)
Mime, Movement, Theatre Games, Storytelling, Creative Drama, Poetry and Speech Work. Places still available for Junior and Senior Infants, classes take place each Wednesday from 1.10pm. For further details contact Clodagh on 086 3736056

Art & Crafts Workshops
Art & Craft Workshops will take place on Mondays from 2.10pm to 3.45pm.  Wide range of skills used to foster creativity.  A limited number of places are still available. Please contact Bláthnaid O Brien-Donovan, B.Ed (Hons) on 087 4123247 for full details.

Irish Dancing
In St Patrick's N.S: Tuesday Junior and Senior Infants 1.10 - 2pm; Tuesday and Thursday 2.10 to 3.10 1st - 6th backstage room; Wednesday Advanced and Championship 7.15pm. Saturday 12-1pm all grades. Please contact Bernadette 0876204772.

Platform Stage Schools
Junior & Senior infants - 1.15pm – 2.00pm; Older classes - 2.15pm – 3.15pm.  Fees for Term of 13 weeks - Junior & Senior infants- €100 per term; Older classes €130 per term (payable in two installments). To register please tel. 8262813 or 086 2245113 Liz Brennan B.A., L.T.C.L. Website: www.platformstageschool.ie
Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes
Musical Theatre classes are 1.10 – 2.10 pm for Junior and Senior Infants, 2.10 – 3.10 pm for 1st and 2nd class and 3.10 – 4.00 pm for older children.  Individual lessons are available upon request.  For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde)
Only a few places left for choice of 5 great, after-school, age-specific courses for 3-13 yr olds. Own Book & CD. Classes straight after school: 1.10 - 1.45(J&S) & 2.15 - 3PM. Pre-school class 1.45 - 2.10. Tues @ 4PM for 6th cl & 1st Years (non-beginners), Weds @ 2.10/Thurs @ 3.30 for 1st - 3rd and Thurs @ 2.10 for 4th - 6th class. For more information please contact Mary Galvin on M: 087 267 4809 E: marygalvin@upcmail.ie W:www.spanishclasses4children.com ¡Gracias!

French for Children at St. Patrick’s (La Jolie Ronde)
Classes are filling up quickly and start this Thursday 20th September.  I have more availability on Saturday morning classes which include the early years class for 3 to 5 years old.  All classes are suitable for complete beginners. Great preparation for secondary school for older children.  Enrol now as places limited to 12 children per class. Merci bien!Sabine 087 227 9027 www.frenchforchildren.ie

All Star Sports by Stretch-N-Grow
The Worlds leading fitness program for children, 2:15pm to 3pm, The next step after Stretch-N-Grow for 1st & 2nd class, bringing children into the world of sports. register your interest today, Contact Graham on 0862495698 or sngkidz@gmail.com or www.stretch-n-grow.ie or find us on Facebook

Swimming Classes (Swim-Fast)
Starting Wednesday 19 September - 3- 4pm @ Finglas Leisure Centre Pool (3 Mins North on M50).  Beginners & Improvers. €68 - 8 Weeks Min. 5 years +. For more information, contact Ron at 085-7622247.

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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.