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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday September 4th 2013

Registration – Junior Infants September 2014
Application Forms will be available from the office from Wednesday 11 September.  Registration will take place on 14, 15 & 16 October.

Registration for First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2013
Registration for your child to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or Confirmation will be taking place in St Mochta’s Pastoral Centre at the end of September.  Full details will be issued shortly.
Please note:

  1. If your child was baptised in St Mochta’s Church, you will be required to fill out full details of the Baptism on the Registration Form.  If you have a copy of the Baptismal Certificate at hand please bring it along with you to Registration.
  2. For children baptised outside of St Mochta’s Church, a Baptismal Certificate must be presented with the registration form before your child can be enrolled on the First Holy Communion Preparation Programme. 

Baptismal Certificates will be returned at the Registration evening.
Registration without Baptismal Certificates or Late registrations will NOT be accepted.
If you require further information or wish to discuss any aspect of receiving the Sacraments please contact Fr John Daly or Mary Greene at the Parish Office (01) 8213218.


Contagious 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 should acknowledge their child’s absence from school due to minor illnesses on their return, in writing, in the child’s School Journal.

Contact Details
It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers and email addresses) for your child on our database.  If any of your details have changed over the summer, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form as soon as possible.

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
It would be greatly appreciated that if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, etc., that they are clearly marked with your child’s name and their class teacher. For your information and to ensure forgotten lunches arrive in time, the following are the breaktimes for the children

Junior & Senior Infants

10.20-10.30am            Small portable snack taken to yard for eating under supervision
10.30-10.50am            Eating time in the classroom 
12.00-12.30pm            Any remaining food can be taken to yard to be finished under supervision.

First Class upwards

10.20-10.30am            Small portable snack taken to yard for eating under supervision
11.45-12.00noon         Foods not suitable for outdoor eating can be eaten in the classroom
12.00-12.30pm            Any remaining food can be taken to yard to be finished under supervision.

Labelling/Lost Property
The chances of returning lost property are greatly increased if items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please ensure jumpers, PE sweatshirts, coats, etc are labelled with your child’s name.

Healthy Lunch Policy
We operate a Healthy Lunch Policy in the school.  Fizzy drinks, crisps or sweets are not permitted.  On Friday, children are allowed one treat, e.g. a bar.  Please help us maintain the health of our children by following the guidelines in the School Booklet which is available to view at www.stpatricksns.ie.

Hand Towels
We request that every child brings a small hand towel/facecloth to dry his/her hands after using the WC.  This should be kept in a school bag pocket and changed regularly.

We would ask all parents to please show due consideration to residents when parking in the locality.  Please do not obstruct local residents’ driveways. 

Staff Car Park
Parents are asked not to park in the Staff Car Park between 8.00am and 2.30pm, the only exception being parents collecting disabled or injured children.  We would be grateful if you could also inform anyone who may be collecting your child/children on your behalf of this procedure.  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.

Reminder re dismounting bicycles, etc
In the interest of everyone’s safety, all cyclists (pupils, parents & siblings) should dismount from their bicycles at the main gates of the school avenue.  For safety reasons, we would ask that you do not allow your children to use scooters, rollerblades or Heelys on school grounds.

Temporary PE Timetable
A temporary PE Timetable will be in place for the first few weeks.  Children will be informed of their PE times by their class teachers.  Children should wear their school tracksuit/runners on these days.

Extra Curricular Activities

Choir (2nd to 6th Class children)
Friday Choir rehearsals start back on Friday, 20 September. Free of charge. 2:10pm - 3:10pm. Line up after school outside the Coolmine door on line A (near the walkway). Looking forward to starting back. Ms Meade.

Art & Crafts Workshops (please note change of Enrolment date)
Art & Craft Workshops will take place on Mondays from 2.10pm to 3.45pm.  Wide range of skills used to foster creativity.  Enrolment will take place on Friday 6th September at 1.10pm and 2.30pm. New 10 week term classes will commence on Monday 16th September. Please contact Bláthnaid O Brien-Donovan, B.Ed (Hons) on 087 4123247 for full details.

Bravo Drama Club
The Bravo Drama Club will resume for the new school year on Tuesday 17th of September. There will only be one senior class this year and it will cater for fourth, fifth and sixth class boys and girls. There will be no drama class running on Thursday, Tuesdays only. Limited places available. Looking forward to seeing old and new members. Further information will be available from Ms Barrins. 

The new term of DramaWorks (Speech and Drama Classes) will begin on Wednesday 11th September for Junior Infants - Sixth Class students.  Places still available. For further details, contact Clodagh on 086 3736056.

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes
Musical Theatre classes provide vocal and acting skills to children of all levels in a creative and fun environment.  As well as musical ability, the classes help children build confidence, learn teamwork and develop their individual talents.  Our new term will begin on Tuesday, 10 September in St. Patrick’s N.S.  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 – 4.10 pm for older children.  Depending on numbers there may be another class for 1st and 2nd class on Mondays between 2.10 – 3.10 pm.  Individual lessons are available upon request.  Preparation for Royal Irish Academy of Music and Leinster school of Music singing exams and Junior and Leaving certificate practical exams is also provided.  For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

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. Children prepared for examinations, shows and stage craft, to develop confidence teamwork and poise. Competition to World level if desired. Or simply learn Irish dancing for fun and cultural development. For more information or to register, contact Bernadette Downey Lanigan A.D.C.R.G. 0876204772.

Badminton (3rd – 6th Class)
A new Badminton term will commence on Friday 13 September.  If your 3rd – 6th class child is interested, please sign on the sheet at Reception. Priority will be given to older children. Payment of €25 (for 8 weeks) can be made via the school website or directly to the organiser.  If paying by cash directly to organiser, please place in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, class teacher and activity. If paying via the school website, please send a copy of receipt to the organiser.

Spanish for Children (LJR)
Enrolment Mon. 9th Sept, 1 - 2.30 PM in Backstage Room or email marygalvin@upcmail.ie / ph. 087 267 4809 for all details. See also www.spanishclasses4children.com Classes in SPNS, (Tu, Wed & Thu), resume Tu 9th. Pre-schoolers, new morning & 1.30 class. Jun/Seniors, new 45 min classes @ 1.10 & 3.15. 1st - 2nd and 3rd - 5th, classes @ 2.10 and 3.30. Also, a very special class for 6th class students hoping to do Spanish in Secondary School. Hasta la semana que viene …..

French for Children @ St. Patrick’s (La Jolie Ronde)
Enrol now for after-school French classes for all children from Junior infants to 6th class.  Materials ½ price when you enrol for the year. Weekdays and Saturday classes. Contact Sabine Maher on
087 227 9027 & visit www.frenchforchildren.ie  Merci!

Lir Gym Club
Please see www.lirgymclub.com for information on classes which take place in Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre.

Guitar Lessons
Learn guitar in a warm and friendly fully equipped music studio. Learn to play songs as well as read music while music theory is automatically included as part of each class. This is one the best times to prepare for the Junior and Leaving Cert music curriculum! Further details, please call Brian Farrell at 086 380 9624  – Web www.brianfarrell.eu Email info@brianfarrell.eu

Classical Ballet & Hip Hop Dance Classes
For Students Age 4 – 18 years. Beginners Always Welcome. Fully Qualified I.D.T.A.Teachers.  Classes Every Monday from 4.30 in Diswellstown Community Centre, St Patricks National School.
- Pre-School Class (Age 2 ½ to 4 yrs) - 4.30pm; - Tiny Tots Ballet (Age 4-6 yrs) - 5pm
- Classical Ballet (Age 6+) - 5.45pm; - Hip Hop Dance (All Ages) - 6.30pm
For information, contact Sara Chester A.I.D.T.A 0877923955 www.chesterschoolofdance.com

Castleknock Celtic Football Club Academy
Registration for new Academy season for children born 2006-2009 is Sat 7th  Sept from 9.30-11.00 in clubhouse in Porterstown Park. Please go to club website www.castleknockceltic.com for details and application forms. New 13 week term starts Sat 14th Sept.

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