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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday November 26th 2014

Junior Infant Vaccinations

We have been informed by the HSE that they will visit the school on Tuesday 02 and Wednesday 03 December to administer to administer 4-in-1 (Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio) and MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccinations to Junior Infant classes. A letter from the HSE has been given to each child today.

Attention Pedestrians & Cyclists

As a result of the commencement of the housing development by Park, all pedestrians and cyclists must enter and exit via the Pedestrian Entrance ONLY. This is a Health & Safety requirement. Please note, the drop-off/pick-up facility will remain in operation at the main gate. All Cyclists (parents, staff, pupils and siblings) must dismount at the outer gate.

Childline Collection at Christmas Fair

“On Sunday 30th November at this year’s Christmas fair, the Student Council will be raising money for Childline. We are planning to have a stall and will be carrying collection buckets at the door for any donations possible. Please donate to a good cause. Any small amount is appreciated. Thank you for your support, The Student Council”.

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.

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.

Dates for Junior Infant Christmas Concerts

Thursday 11 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms McCormack

Friday 12 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms Rothwell

Tuesday 16 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms Murray

Wednesday 17 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms Thomas

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Our Christmas Appeal is once again in aid of SVP. This year SVP have asked that they receive the items no later than 05 December to allow them sort the items and make deliveries in time for Christmas. We appreciate that this is quite short notice but anything you can give will be truly appreciated. There are three different options:

Hampers (non-perishable food items). Items for hampers can be placed in the boxes beside the crib in the school foyer between 01 and 04 December.
Donate an unwrapped toy/gift for a child (new items only) between 01 and 04 December. Boy/Girl Labels are available from the office.
Financial Donations. If you would like to donate money to the SVP through the school, please drop it in to the office in an envelope marked “SVP”. All monies donated will be lodged directly into the SVP Account on Wednesday 11 December.
For more information, see www.svp.ie.

FRELAND06767d Matching Grant Programmolens/Educate.ie Christmas Annuals

Folens Christmas Annuals and Educate.ie Christmas Annuals are for sale through the school. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie if you wish to order them. Please put Christmas Annuals in the subject line and include your child/children’s names, their teachers and the annuals you wish to order in the body of the email. Once your email is received, you will receive a text to allow you to make payment online. Please do not send money to school with your child. Any profit made from the sale of the annuals will be passed to St Vincent de Paul for their Christmas Collection.

Age Group Folens Cost Educate.ie Cost
Junior & Senior Infants Sugrádh €4 Carnival €44
First & Second Class Spraoi €44 Fairground €44
Third & Fourth Class Siamsa €44 Parade €44
Fifth & Sixth Class Sonas €44 Festival €44

The closing date for receipt of orders is Wednesday 26 November. The orders will be submitted to Folens and Educate.ie at the end of the school day on Wednesday 26 November. Late orders, therefore, cannot be facilitated.

Shamrock Féis

"Last Sunday, myself, Chiara and Ange were dancing at the Shamrock Féis in Peregrine’s GAA Club. We all did very well, coming away with trophies and medals. We supported each other and had a great day!". Roisín 5th Class, Ange & Chiara 6th Class.

Interested in helping out with a cultural display early next year? Parent Volunteers needed

At present we are working towards putting into practice a partnership approach to our school –school, family and community all working together for the benefit of the children we teach. In so doing, we are working towards improving different areas of school life. One of our projects is to provide an opportunity for all nationalities/cultures to celebrate aspects of their identity within our school. It is hoped to create awareness of some of the different cultures represented by the children at St Patrick’s and how these might influence curriculum areas such as literacy, music, art and SESE. Would there be any parents who might be able to offer any kind of help with a cultural display to be held in school early next year? Some ideas might be reading a story to the children in a different language, preparing/displaying food from a particular country, playing or providing samples of music, displaying art-works from a particular country etc. Other suggestions welcome. Help will be provided to any volunteers. If you think you might be interested in helping (even in a small way) please email info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP.

Fingal After-school Athletics Programme for 6th

Following on from the recent 4-week trial Athletics Programme for 6th class, facilitated by a Fingal Athletics Coach, an after-school programme will begin in the Hall for children in 5th & 6th Class on Wed 3rd December from 3.05 - 4.00. Forms have been distributed to those interested in 6th class first as priority is given to the eldest children. Places are limited so any children wanting to attend, should return the forms to Reception by this Friday. Any remaining spaces will be offered to 5th Class children early next week. For more info contact Gabriella (Fingal Athletics Coach) 087 737 2895.

Upcoming Events

27 November - Parent Teacher Meetings

30 November – PA Christmas Fair

15 January (2015) – Communion Parent Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

11 February – ACCORD Parent Information Evening

12 February – First Penance & Reconciliation 7pm St Mochta’s Church

23 February – ACCORD 5th Class Sessions (during school day)

24 February - ACCORD 6th Class Sessions (during school day)

26 February – Meet & Greet Faith Friends (Confirmation) 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

03-26 March – Tuesdays/Thursday – Faith Friends (Groups to be assigned)

16 April – Confirmation Retreat (during school day)

16 April – Confirmation Service of Light 7pm St Mochta’s Church

23 April – Communion Parent Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

Other Dates of Interest

12 November – CCC Registration of Students for First Year 2015

20 January (2015) – 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

Christmas Fair - How to Donate

7.30 – 8:30 PM @ Back of school hall Thursday 27th Nov.

8:20AM -8:40 AM Thursday 27 Nov. (Volunteers will be at main school gate and the pedestrian gate so you can just bring items with you and drop off quickly)

Extra Curricular Activities

Art & Craft Workshops

The new 10 week term of Art & Craft begins on Monday 01 December from 2.10pm – 3.45pm. A fun class with emphasis on developing skills and fostering creativity. All materials and equipment is supplied. All enquiries directly to Blathnaid O’Brien-Donovan 087 4123247.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club are running a disco for 8-12 year olds on Sat 13th Dec in CCC from 6pm until 8pm. Entrance fee €45 per child and pay at the door.