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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday February 26th 2014

Extras Fee 2013/2014

(e.g. Book Rental/Photocopying/Pupil Insurance/IT/Stationery/Visual Art)

Thank you to everyone who has paid their Extras Fee for the 2013/2014 School Year.  If you have paid online, please remember that you should send a copy of the receipt to your eldest child’s teacher.  If you have not yet paid the fee (€65 per child), it can be paid by cash (exact amount please), cheque (made out to “St Patrick’s N.S.”) or online through our website, www.stpatricksns.ie . Payment can also be made in instalments (please contact the office or email assistance@stpatricksns.ie) . All payments for the 2013/2014 year must be paid before Pupil Re-Registration for the 2014/2015 academic school year. This will take place in April.

Confirmation – Faith Friends Meet & Greet
Confirmation – Faith Friends Meet & Greet takes place this Thursday 27 February at 8pm in St Mochta’s Parish Centre. This is for the Confirmation Candidates only.

St. Mochta’s Parish Mission 2014
The Parish are holding a mission led by St. Patrick’s Community in the parish from Sunday 9th March to Sunday 16th March. This is a great opportunity for new life in our parish, so do avail of this great opportunity to renew and strengthen your faith, hope and love in God and your neighbour.  Each day there will be Mass at 10am with the main Mission Service taking place at 7.30pm each evening.   More details on our Parish Website.

Trocáire Boxes are available for collection from outside the main office.

Walkability Audit
On the Thursday before the mid-term break, Sandra Pokrant from An Taisce came to our school to undertake a ‘walkability audit’. This involved 2 groups from the Green Schools Committee walking the most used routes to and from the school. We took pictures and measurements, carried out tallies, looked for any areas of danger and also noted the safety measures already in place. The Green Schools Committee also undertook a whole school survey to find out how people travel to school each day. We found that around 50% of children walk, 30% come by car, 19% cycle/scooter and 1% by other means.  Over the next year or so it is hoped that less children will come by car and instead walk, cycle or scoot! In the next few weeks we are planning to have a SOW Day ‘Scoot On Wednesday’ so watch this space!!

Katie Zorba & Eoin Boushel (Green School Committee) 

CCC Open Day/Evening (current 5th Class)
A letter inviting parents to an Open Day/Evening in CCC on Wednesday 12 March has been distributed to all Fifth Class children today.

Jack & Jill Foundation – Mobile Phone Collection
If you or a family member got a new phone recently, perhaps you would consider donating the old phone to the Jack & Jill Foundation Mobile Phone Collection.  We have a collection box in the main office.  Funds raised by the collection of Mobile Phones go a long way towards looking after very sick babies in their own homes.  For more information, please see www.jackandjill.ie.


World Book Day Photograph Competition
To celebrate World Book Day on March 6th, we will be holding a ‘Look Where I Was Reading’ photograph competition. Children can enter photos of themselves reading in unusual places. Photos should be 10 x 15cm in size and child’s name, class and teacher should be written on the back. There will be one winner selected in each category: 1) infants, 2) first and second, 3) third and fourth and 4) fifth and sixth. Entries will be displayed around the library for World Book Day. Winning entries will be permanently displayed in the library. A box for entries is at Reception.  The last date for entry will be Monday 3rd of March.

Cycling Safety Course (4th Class Children)
A Cycling Safety Course will take place for 4th Class children commencing 04 March for 6 weeks.  The course will take place on school grounds during the school day. A letter has been given to each 4th class child with full information. An email copy of the letter has also been sent to all parents for your convenience.  Permission Slips with payment (or receipt for online payment) should be returned directly to the class teacher before the first session.  This course is subsidised by Fingal County Council. If you do not wish your child to take part, please advise your child’s class teacher directly by a note in their journal.

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.

Procedure for Entering the School Building each Morning
To minimise heat loss and for the safety and security of all the pupils, children who arrive late for line-up in the morning should access the school as follows: 

  • 2nd – 6th Class children will enter via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only.
  • Junior Infants – 1st Class children will enter via the Carpenterstown Door only.
Extra Curricular Activities

Downey Lanigan Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Dancing Classes at St Patrick’s N.S.  Send your child to learn this great social skill, which is now famous all over the world.  We cater for all levels, for fun or World standard, from Junior Infants. Enquiries: Bernadette Downey-Lanigan B.A.D.C.R.G. - 087 6204772.

Art & Craft Workshops
The final term for Art & Craft begins on Monday 10 March.  Classes on Monday are from 2.10-3.45pm. Wide range of art and craft activities to enjoy, develop skills and foster creativity. All ages catered for. All details from Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan B.Ed. (Hons) Ph. 087 4123247

Touch-type, Read and Spell
Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. It is being run locally in Castleknock Community College on Wednesday afternoons for 1 hour during school term time –2 classes – 3-4 p.m.  To reserve a place or arrange a “free trial”, please contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 - email - castleknockttrs@gmail.com for further information on how the course might benefit your child.