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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday September 17th 2014

Junior Infants September 2015
Application Forms for Junior Infants September 2015 are now available for collection from the office. Registration will take place on 13, 14 and 15 October from 10am to 12noon. There is also one evening session on Monday 13 October from 7pm to 9pm.

Registration Dates First Holy Communion and Confirmation:
Registration Forms are being distributed this week for Sacramental Preparation Registration. There will be two registration evenings in the Parish Pastoral Centre for Sacramental Preparation for:

  • FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th September
  • CONFIRMATION: Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October

Please bring your child to Registration, which will be open from 6 – 7pm each evening.
Please note: Registration Forms will ONLY be accepted with your child’s Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate attached.

  • If your child was baptised in St Mochta’s Church, please fill in the Date of Birth and Baptismal details on the Registration form. If you have a copy of the Baptismal Certificate at hand please bring it along with you to Registration.
  • For children baptised outside of St Mochta’s Church, a Baptismal Certificate must be presented with this registration form before your child can be enrolled on the Preparation Programme.
    If you require further information please contact Mary Greene at 01 8213218 or at pastoralcare@stmochtasparish.ie.
Late Registrations will NOT be accepted after the above dates.

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, in writing, at the back of the child’s School Journal (Education Welfare Act). Parents of Infants children should speak to the teacher at the class line on the morning of their return.

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.

Procedure for entering the school each morning
Children should not arrive before the gates are opened at 8.20am approximately. School doors open at 8.30am.
All children (except for Junior Infants at the start of the school year) line up each morning when the bell goes and are taken to their classroom by teachers. Infant Classes and First Class line up on the staffroom side of the building. Second to Sixth Class children line up at their designated class line on the basketball court side of the school. Doors will be closed once the classes have left the yard.
Children who arrive late for line-up in the morning (between 8.30 and 8.50am) should enter through the Carpenterstown Door only.
Children who arrive later than 8.50am must enter through reception. Their names are entered in the “late book”.
Children may not enter the school building until 08.30am. Parents are responsible for the welfare of their children until the school’s duty of care begins at 8.30 am. On wet mornings please time your arrival for 8.30 - 8.40am.

Infant Children
Infant children (Junior & Senior Infants) should not be left unsupervised in the yard in the morning. Parents/Guardians should remain with their child/children until they are passed over to the care of their teacher at 8.30am. Under no circumstances should Infant children be dropped at the school gate to enter school grounds alone.

Book Covering Thanks
Thank you to all our parent helping hands from Ms M O'Reilly's senior infants, who covered books for our reading programme recently.

Pre-Writing Activities for Junior Infants
Junior Infant Parents please note that a list of Pre-Writing Activities has been attached to this email for your information. If you missed the presentation of the New Hand-Writing programme at this morning’s Meet & Greet meeting, it will be available to view on our website shortly.

School Jerseys
We are missing a number of our School Jerseys. If anyone still has one or knows anyone who has one, could they please be returned to the school ASAP.

Upcoming Events

18 September – Boys GAA Match at Somerton (Cumann na mBunscoil)
23 September – Boys GAA Match at Somerton (Dublin 15 League)
24 September – Girls GAA Match at Balheary (Cumann na mBunscoil)
25 September – Boys GAA Match at Clondalkin (Cumann na mBunscoil)
30 September - Boys GAA Match at Somerton (Dublin 15 League)
01 October – Parents Association AGM
13-15 October – Junior Infant September 2015 Registration
05-10 November–Celtic Travelling Book Fair
25 November – Parent Teacher Meetings
27 November - Parent Teacher Meetings

Other Dates of Interest
18 September – LCC Information Evening 7.30pm-9.00pm
19 November – CCC Registration of Students for First Year 2015
20 January – LCC Information night for new entrants 2015/2016
07 February – LCC Assessment of Incoming First Years 2015
07 February – CCC Assessment of Incoming First Years 2015
04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015

Parents Association News

School Photographs
The School Photographer will be in the school from Tuesday 30th September to Thursday 2nd October. Booking forms have been given to each child.  Can we please ask that only one form per family is returned directly to the eldest child’s class teacher on/before Tuesday 23rd September. Please do not return to the office as orders are kept in class groupings.

Parents Association AGM
The Parents Association AGM will take place on Wednesday 01st October. A note has been given to all children today and a copy is attached to this email.

Volunteer Bag Packers Required!
St Patrick’s NS Parents Association needs YOUR HELP! We are fundraising for the school book scheme and we need lots of volunteers to help pack shopping bags in Tesco, Roselawn Shopping Centre on the following date: Saturday, 4th October 10am-8pm.
Volunteers will be asked to pack for 2 hours. Children aged 10 and over are welcome to accompany their parents & help! Please tick a slot in the table below if you are available to help, or text your name and slot number to 087-653-0389.

Name: ______________________ Mobile:__________________

Volunteer to help and you could win a €50 Blanchardstown Shopping Centre Voucher!
(Please return to your class teacher by Wednesday 1st October)


Access to Classrooms After Hours
With the exception of those attending Extra-Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. This is for health and safety reasons. If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books, copies and general belongings does not generally constitute an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, they should come to Reception.

Entry to School Building
All visitors to the school building must enter the school via the Main Entrance only. They must sign in at the office before entering the building and therefore must not enter via any other door. This is for the safety and security of our children and staff.

Meeting with Teachers
All questions/queries re school should be directed initially to the class teacher. Please contact the school secretary to make an appointment. (For safety reasons it is not possible for class teachers to meet with parents without an appointment as supervision arrangements have to be put in place. For the same safety reasons, teachers cannot take or make phone calls during class time). Parents of Infant children may be able to have a quick informal word with the class teacher when collecting their child at home time. If you have an arranged appointment with a teacher before school starts, please take a seat at reception and the teacher will come to collect you at the assigned time.

A peer support group for children from 1st to 6th class who have experienced a family bereavement or separation will commence soon in St.Mochta’s Pastoral Centre. Rainbows is a non-denominational programme.  If you believe your child or children would benefit from this programme, please contact rainbowsstmochtas@gmail.com  More info available on www.rainbowsireland.com

Luttrellstown Community College LCC
An Information Evening is taking place on Thursday 18 September 2014 from 7.30pm-9.00pm. This night will give you an opportunity to learn about the education journey for your children in Luttrellstown Community College.

CCC – First Years 2015
Application forms for First Year 2015 to Castleknock Community College were delivered to all last year’s fifth class students before the summer break.  The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th September @ 4.00p.m.Parents should pay close attention to the enrolment procedures and note that in 2013/14 Castleknock Community College was only able to provide places to siblings of existing students and those first time applicants living in Area B.  In 2013/14 we were unable to offer places to applicants from Area A or from outside the catchment area.  Applicants in these areas need to ensure that they have made applications to other second level schools. John Cronin – Principal

Luttrellstown Community College – First Years 2015
Application forms for First Year 2015 to Luttrellstown Community College were delivered to all last year’s fifth class students before the summer break. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26 September at 4.00pm. Children from Area A who attend St Patrick’s N.S. and who name LCC as the school of first preference are guaranteed places. From 2015 onwards, places will not be guaranteed for applicants from Area A who list LCC as their second preference. (refer page 7 of Admissions Policy and Procedures).
Fionnuala Ní Chaisil – Principal

Extra Curricular Activities

For further details contact Clodagh on 0863736056

La Jolie Ronde French classes @ St Patrick’s
Fun & structured French classes for 3 – 12 years old. First class free for all new children. Small classes so your child can get plenty of individual attention & learn with children of his/her own age. Conversation, team games, role-plays & songs. Pre-school class: parents & siblings welcome to learn together through stories, songs, rhymes, drama and craft. 
Term 1 starting from Sept 13th! Fully qualified French native teachers, weekly & Saturday classes. elodie.bordet38@gmail.com 087 147 3153. Merci, Elodie

Art & Craft Workshops
Art & Craft classes will resume on Monday 15 September from 2.10pm to 3.45pm for 10 week course. A wide range of art and craft projects will be completed to develop skills and foster creativity. All enquiries to Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan BEd(Hons) 0874123247.

Platform Stage School
Platform Stage School with Liz Brennan recommences on Thursday 11 September. This year’s show is “Frozen”. In class we cover speech work, drama, dance and song.
Junior Infants €65 per term 1.15-2.00pm (2 terms of 8 weeks – starts after Halloween)
Senior Infants 1.15pm-2.00pm. Fees €65 per term (3 terms of 8 weeks) starts next week.
Older Classes 2.15pm – 3.15pm Fees €85 per term (3 terms of 8 weeks) starts next week.
Call Liz 0862245113. Website www.platformstageschool.ie

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 has just begun 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 4th and 5th class and 4.10 pm – 5.10 pm for 5th and 6th class. Individual lessons (Classical Singing and Musical Theatre) 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.

Spanish for Children – La Jolie Ronde (for 3 - 13 year olds)
Classes weekdays, straight after school & up until 5PM. 5 courses to choose
from. Great support given to parents to help their children between classes!
Due to demand, new class starting THIS week for 3rd to 6th class children
(Tues @ 4.15PM) - drop by and try it out (please call to say you’re coming).
Just a couple of Junior & Senior Infants places left. Hurry, don’t miss out! 087
2674809 / marygalvin@upcmail.ie / www.spanishclasses4children.com
Mary M Galvin: H Dip Ed (UCD), MA (TCD), Applied Linguistics (TCD). Fully
registered with Teaching Council of Ireland.

Basketball – 2nd/3rd Class
Basketball is now full for this term.

Basketball – 4th/5th/6th Class
Basketball is now full for this term.

Tennis (3rd – 6th Class)
Tennis is now full for this term

Badminton (3rd – 6th Class)
Tennis is now full for this term.

Fingal Co.Council Parks Tennis
Tennis coaching programme takes place in Dublin 5 for 8 weeks
Wednesday l7th September at 3pm in Laurel Lodge Community Centre and
Saturday 20th September at l0am in Riverwood Estate, Carpenterstown.
Fee €25 for 8 weeks – use of racquets and balls provided. Enquiries to 8338711 or parkstennis@eircom.net.

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