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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday June 12h 2013

Pledge Ceremony – 6th Class
The Parish had originally set the date for the Pledge Ceremony for 15 June but unfortunately it has had to be changed to 22 June at the Saturday evening mass at 7pm.  Apologies for the change.

Green Schools Water Conservation Flag
On Monday 20th May representatives from our Green Schools Committee accompanied by Mr Thynne attended an award ceremony in Croke Park, to receive St. Patrick’s 3rd flag which is for 'Water Conservation'. It’s a great achievement for our school and we now look forward to working towards our 4th flag, which is for ‘Travel’. The Green Schools Committee would like to thank everyone involved in helping St. Patrick’s to achieve its goals and encourage you to continue to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves in 'Recycling', 'Energy Awareness' and 'Water Conservation'. 'Nν neart go cur le chιile!'

Homework Policy Review
The current homework policy is under review. We would like to include parent feedback in the process. We have compiled a short survey for parents which is available on the school website. Please go to www.stpatricksns.ie/survey.php to complete the survey which will be live until Friday June 14th.

Books for September 2013
It is our intention to further expand our free school book scheme from September 2013.  Currently the children have access to History, Geography, Science, SPHE, Music books, English Readers, Irish and Religion textbooks in the classroom.  Next year’s booklists will not include Maths textbooks or A Way with Words English Book (3rd to 6th class).  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, Maths Textbooks (3rd to 6th Class), A Way with Words (3rd to 6th Class) and Alive O Textbooks. We are also delighted to accept donated copies. 

Junior Infant Sport for All Day
This will take place on Friday 14 June (weather permitting).  Children should wear their school tracksuit (school shorts are permitted in the event of fine weather). An extra drink is also recommended for the day. A text with further details will be sent directly to each parent in the coming days.

Homework Journal - Business Directory
There are a number of businesses listed in the Homework Journal. These are all parents from St Patrick’s that offer a business or service. If you, as a parent have a business or service and would like to be in the Homework Journal for next September, please email daniel@cms-ireland.com before 21st June

Confirmation Photograph Orders
If you have not already returned your photo order form, can you please do so by tomorrow, Thursday 13 June, to ensure delivery before the children finish.

Down Syndrome Ireland Ice-Cream Funday
Many thanks to all who helped and contributed to the Down Syndrome Ireland Ice-Cream Funday last Friday. €1086.70 euros was raised.

Parents Association News

Parents Seminar – “Making the transition from primary to secondary school – how you can help”. 
The above talk takes place this Thursday evening, 13th June, at 8pm in Dunboyne Castle Hotel.  The talk is provided by Sarah Jane Gunn, Guidance Ireland, who specialises in career guidance and personal counselling for Teens.  Registration with tea/coffee at 7.30pm, tickets €10 each.  There are limited places so please ring to reserve your place on 087 2220255

Volunteers URGENTLY NEEDED to help with Graduation Reception
Dear Parents, a rite of passage we have all experienced is the graduation from 6th class to secondary school.  In celebration of this momentous occasion in any young person’s life, St Patrick’s NS are hosting this year’s Graduation Ceremony in the school hall on Wednesday, 19th June.  Following the ceremony, the Parent’s Association, with the help of volunteers, offer refreshments to the children of 6th class and their families.  Unfortunately, this year’s reception is in doubt due to serious lack of volunteers to help out on the evening.  We are appealing for volunteers to help set up for the Reception (6pm-7pm), and/or with serving at the Graduation Reception (8.45pm-10pm).  Please text/phone Chris 087 6530389 or Maria 085 7171795 if you are available to help, thank you.  

National Parents Council Primary Conference 2013
Any interested parents can register for the National Parents Council Primary Conference 2013.  Venue: National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin 1 Time: 11am - 4pm. Date: 15 June. Places are limited, to secure your attendance you must register in advance. Please email your name, contact number and school name to info@npc.ie or tel: 01 8874034

Savvy Schools – School Uniform Shop
Savvy Schools will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm.  The shop is located in Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown. If this arrangement does not suit parents, an appointment can be made outside of these days and times by phoning 086 7308525 or by email to geraldine@savvyschools.ie 


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 and 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.

Dates for Your Diary
6th Class Graduation Ceremony – Wednesday 19 June (7pm)
6th Class End of Year Celebration – Wednesday 26 June
Return to School Date for Senior Infants to 6th Class – Thursday 29 August
First Day at School for Junior Infants - Monday 02 September

Extra Curricular Activities

Information about local Summer Camps is available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard inside the main door of the school.

Parks Tennis Summer Camps
Registration takes place on Friday 28 June from 2-4pm at Riverwood Estate and Laurel Lodge Community Centre for Parks Tennis Summer Camps. Camp takes place from 01 July to 26 July. More information is available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard inside the main school door.

 St Patrick’s Parents for Business Network
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