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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday December 5th 2012

Icy Weather
During icy weather, cyclists should use the “New” Pedestrian Entrance as all gritting will be concentrated on this area and the coloured pathway around the building.  Please dismount and walk through school grounds.

A team of consultants has been appointed by the Dept. of Education and Science to plan for the remedial works required to remove pyrite from the school building. We will keep you informed regarding developments.

It is imperative that all children are punctual in the morning. The 20 minutes between 08.30am and 08.50am is a very important time in the school day. This is when the younger children have activity time or structured play. It is a time when teachers get to correct homework or hear children’s reading.

New Access Arrangements
To minimise heat loss and for the safety and security of all the children, we are implementing a new system of access for children who arrive late for line-up in the morning. 

  • 2nd – 6th Class children will enter via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only.
  • Junior Infants – 1st Class children will enter via the Main School Entrance only.

Absences due to illness
Whilst there is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, we would greatly appreciate if you would contact us if your child contracts a contagious illness e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, etc.  There are children in the school who are at increased risk of contracting these illnesses.  Parents must acknowledge their child’s absence from school due to minor illnesses on their return, in writing, in the child’s School Journal or via a note to their child’s class teacher.

St Mochta’s Parish Enrolment Ceremony  
An Enrolment Ceremony will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday 6th December, at 7pm for Confirmation Candidates of St. Patrick’s N.S.  The Candidates will be enrolled on our Parish programme for preparation.   This is the beginning of our Preparation Programme for your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  
PLEASE REMEMBER: There are 84 candidates from St Patrick’s, therefore only ONE parent/guardian and Candidate should attend the ceremony. Please contact the Parish Office for any queries and clarifications at (01) 8213218.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
Our Christmas Appeal is once again in aid of SVP. There are three different options:

  • Hampers (non-perishable food items). Items for hampers can be placed in the boxes beside the crib in the school foyer before Wednesday 19 December.
  • Donate a toy/gift for a child (new items only) before Wednesday 19 December.  Labels are available from the office. 
  • Financial Donations. If you would like to donate money to the SVP through the school, please drop it in to the office in an envelope marked “SVP”.  All monies donated will be lodged directly into the SVP Account on Wednesday 19 December.

For more information, see www.svp.ie.


5th classes Christmas Concert
The 5th classes will be performing together in the school hall for their parents and anyone else who would like to come along and get in the Christmas mood at 1:10pm on Thursday, 13 December. We look forward to performing our carols to a captive audience!

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
As there are now more than 760 children in the school, it is essential that, if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, football gear, etc., that they are clearly marked with your child’s name and their class teacher.

Dates for Junior Infant Christmas Concerts
Tuesday 11 December 11.00am sharp                      -           Ms Campbell
Wednesday 12 December 11.00am sharp                -           Ms Meeley
Thursday 13 December 11.00am sharp                    -           Ms Harte
A note has been given to all Junior Infant children with all information.

Respect Cup 7-A-Side Tournament
“Girls and boys from 4th Class went to the Corduff Sports Centre to play a Respect Cup 7-A-Sode Tournament on Monday.  The boys sadly didn’t get through to the semi-final but played really well.  The girls made it through to the final but sadly lost 1-0.  Mr Heneghan and Esther’s Mam came to help out. All the boys and girls were very proud to represent the school”. Ciara and Michael 4th Class

Extra Curricular Activities

A Full List of Extra Curricular Activities and their organisers (with contact details) are available on the School Website, www.stpatricksns.ie.
Stretch-n-Grow classes are finished for this term. A new term will commence in the New Year.

Art & Crafts Workshops
New ten week term of Art & Crafts Workshops began on Monday 03 December, with three classes before Christmas and the remaining seven classes in the New Year.  A wide variety of crafts completed to develop skills and creativity.  Limited places are still available.  Please contact Bláthnaid O’Brien-Donovan on (087) 4123247 for further details.

The next term of Badminton and Tennis sessions has recently started and payment is now due.  For your convenience, fees (€25 each) can be paid online through the website (please send copy of online receipt to the Activity Organiser).  If paying by cash (exact amounts only please), please return fee in an envelope marked with your child’s name, class teacher and activity to the Activity Organiser.

Spanish for Children (LJR)
¡Felicitaciones! to my wonderful pupils for a great first term that finishes up next week. 2nd term (17 weeks) starts back week of 7th January, finishing end of May. Enrolment for new & continuing pupils outside main reception Tuesday 19th Dec @ 1PM & Wednesday 20th Dec @ 2PM - existing pupils can bring payment to class next week if preferred. Limited places on a first come first served basis. For details please
see www.spanishclasses4children.com or contact me on 0872674809 or at
marygalvin@upcmail.ie. ¡Feliz Navidad, un próspero año nuevo y gracias!
Mary Galvin

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