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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday May 7th 2013

Best Wishes to Ms Threadgold & Ms O’Callaghan’s Classes who are celebrating their First Holy Communion on Saturday.

Re-Registration Forms
Thank you to everyone who has already returned their Re-Registration Forms. We would appreciate if they could be returned to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.  Please note that each child should return an individual form.

Anne Sweeney’s Bus Service
Please note that Anne’s Bus will not be running from 15 to 20 May inclusive.

First Holy Communion Clarifications

  • Each family will have one pew/seat in the church.  This will allow a child have 6 other people with them for the ceremony.  As some of the seats in the church are shorter, please do not exceed this number.   Where there are twins etc., it is one seat per family e.g. six guests and two children in one seat.
  • Please note, there will be NO extra space available at the back of the church because extra seating has to go in to accommodate the number of Communion Children this year.
  • Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre afterwards (11.00am approx) and if you wish, you can invite other family members to join you at this time.

Reading Buddies
“We recently finished reading buddies for this year.  We would like to thank Mr Waring’s 4th Class for being great reading buddies. We thought our reading buddies were really good and we hope we are as good as them next year!  Thank You.”
Aisling & Olivia-Ms Threadgold’s class

Athletics – Dates for your Diary

  • Cross Country Finals at Morton Stadium Santry – Tuesday 21st May
  • Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships at Morton Stadium, Santry:  Field Events (Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, 500m & Shot Putt– Monday 27th May
  • Track Events (Sprints & Relay) –Wednesday 29th May

Dates for Training for School Santry Team:
Wednesday 8th May U12 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Thursday 9th May U11 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Friday 10th May U10 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Monday 13th May U13 and U10 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Tuesday 14th May U12 and U 11 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.00
Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door at 2.15 where they will be met by teacher. Please note that training may be cancelled if the ground is too wet. Also note that it is vital that all children who have been selected for the Sprint/Relay teams attend training, as each team relies on all members of the team being fully prepared for the event.    

Parents Association News

Urgent Appeal for Volunteers
Parents/Guardians, we are appealing for your help with the First Holy Communion Reception in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 11th May, serving refreshments from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Helpers are also needed to steward the Church Car Park from 9.30am – 10.00am.  If you
are available and would like to volunteer, please call or text Colette on  087 9380380.

Transition from Primary to Post Primary Talk For Parents

The transition from Primary school to Secondary school is one of those life events that most people can recall in some way or other.  The purpose of this talk is to outline the major changes involved for both children and parents and to provide some useful tips on how best to manage the transition so that the experience can be undertaken with minimum stress - for the whole family! 
Tom Casey, Teen Counsellor, Crosscare, will facilitate the talk for parents in St Patrick’s National School on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 8pm. Tom brings with him a lot of relevant experience and practical advice which we feel will be very beneficial for parents. Last year the feedback from parents who attended this talk was hugely positive, all of whom said they would recommend this talk to other parents.  The talk is aimed at parents with children in 5th and 6th class but all are welcome.
Time & Venue: 8pm to 9pm with additional time available for questions in the Tigers Room.

Volunteers for Confirmation Reception
This year our 6th Class children are making their Confirmation on Tuesday 21st May and Tuesday 28th May at 11am in St. Mochta’s Church, Porterstown.  We are appealing for volunteers to help with the Confirmation reception, which will take place in St. Mochta’s Parish Centre following the ceremony.  
We ideally need two groups of helpers, although if you have the time, perhaps you could volunteer to stay for both sessions.  The Confirmation ceremony will take approx. an hour and a half – so volunteers will be required to be in the Parish Centre from 9.15am to 11am to help set up, then 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 Bridin 086 3845931 if you are available to help, thank you.

Extra Curricular Activities

Free Cricket Coaching
Free coaching sessions for children aged 6-13 at Porterstown Park given by Reinhardt Strydom (presently coaching at our school). Coaching is hosted by Castleknock Cricket Club on Saturday 11th May from 10.00am - 11.30am. Enquiries 087 2220254

Girls Soccer (2nd – 4th Class)
FAI Soccer Coaching begins on Monday 13 May, 2.15- 3.10pm in PE Hall and continues for 5 weeks, €15 for the course.  Max number – 20 girls. Please register at Reception ASAP.  Spaces still available.

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