Email: info@stpatricksns.ie Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday September 24th 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.

Fingal Youth Orchestra
Fingal Youth Orchestra is currently seeking players of all instruments, especially Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Brass, Oboe, Bassoon. An Open Day is taking place on Sunday 28 September from 11am to 12.30pm in St Francis Xavier’s N.S. More information is available from beside the Parents Information Noticeboard beside the school office.

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

Sick Children at School
Please do not send sick children to school for the following reasons:

Children are unable to cope with the demands of school when they are unwell.
Infection spreads rapidly in the confinement of the classroom.
There is no indoor supervision for sick children during breaktimes.

Upcoming Events

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)
30 September to 03 October – School Photographs
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
30 November – PA Christmas Fair

Other Dates of Interest

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. Forms should have been returned by today to give the PA time to process the forms and gauge interest. If you have not yet returned your form, please return it to your eldest child’s class teacher TOMORROW morning. Children may wear their full school uniform or tracksuit for photographs.

Parents Association AGM
The Parents Association AGM will take place on Wednesday 01 October. A note has been given to all children and a copy was attached to last week’s Newsletter email.

NPC Anti-Bullying Training 7th October Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown
National Parents Council Primary and National Parents Council Post Primary have organised a number of Anti-Bullying Training sessions throughout the country. The sessions will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the new Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.
Click this link Anti Bullying Training sessions for Parents to find out more.

This link Anti Bullying Training Venue booking will bring you to the venues list and dates so that you can book online.

Please note these sessions have been developed specifically for a parent audience and they are therefore not suitable for children. This training is FREE to parents.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – Special Educational Needs
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have developed Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) designed for students (usually at junior cert age) who have general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories. - See more at: www.ncca.ie/

The NCCA are now considering the possibility of a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 1 programme for students with special educational needs who are unable to access the Level 2 Learning Programmes. They are concerned that some children may leave school without any recognised qualification and so this is the early stages of work to address that. They would like to include the voice of parents in a background paper they have commissioned in this area. This will obviously not be needed by all children with a special educational need but if you feel your child might be in this category in the future, could I ask you to fill in the attached survey and return it to me by email to: coshea@npc.ie or by post to National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 12 Marlborough Court, Dublin 1.

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:__________________


  Slot 1 10am-12pm Slot 2 12-2pm Slot 3 2-4pm Slot 4 4-6pm Slot 5 6-8pm
Saturday 4th Oct          

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


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.

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

Extra Curricular Activities

e² Young Engineers
An information session will take place this Friday at 1.10pm and 2.10pm in the Stage Area to introduce e² Young Engineers. Big Builders is the program for children age 4-6 and will take place on Fridays from 1.10pm – 1.55pm (45min session). Lego Challenge is suitable for children from 1st class upwards and will take place from 2.10pm to 3.25pm (75min session) on Fridays. For more information, see attached leaflets or contact Arati at 087 7198128 or arati@youngengineers.ie.

Coder Dojo
Coder Dojo is coming to Castleknock. Started in Ireland, this global network of computer clubs is a place for young people to learn to code, develop websites, apps, games and more! It's all voluntary and to get started in Castleknock we're looking for adult mentors with coding/IT skills. If you have some time to give on week nights we would be delighted for your help. Come along to our Mentors/Volunteers information night Monday 29th Sep in Castleknock Community College at 7.30 pm. Contact Ivo 086 7947744

Spanish for Children (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. NEW, extra class just started for 3rd - 6th class children (Tues @ 4.15PM) & NEW (10 wk) term of classes for Pre - School children (3+), starting NEXT week, drop by and try it out (please text to say you’re coming). M: 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.

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.

A few places left in our Thursday and Saturday classes! Fully qualified French native teachers, weekly & Saturday classes. elodie.bordet38@gmail.com 087 147 3153. Merci, Elodie

DramaWorks (Speech and Drama Classes) for Junior Infants - Sixth Class students. Places still available. For further details, contact Clodagh on 086 3736056.

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.

Downey Lanigan School of Irish Dancing
Irish dancing classes at Saint Patrick’s. Send your child to learn the great social skill which is now famous all over the world. We cater for all levels for fun or World standard, from junior infants upwards. Enquiries: Bernadette Downey-Lanigan B.A.D.C.R.G. -0876204772.

Teen Disco in aid of Cystic Fibrosis
A Teen Disco (11 to 13 yrs old) in Aid Of Cystic Fibrosis takes place on Friday 10th October from 8pm to 11pm in St Bridgid’s GAA Club House, Russell Park, Dublin 15. FULLY SUPERVISED. Tickets €10 on sale at St Patrick’s Pedestrian Entrance on Friday 26th Sept at 2.10pm.