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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 1st February 2008
Junior Infants September 2008
Applications Forms for Enrolment for Junior Infants (September 2008) are now available in St Patrick's N.S. and St Mochta's N.S.
Registration will take place in both schools on the following dates:
Monday 18 February 10.00am - 12.00noon & 7.00pm-9.00pm
Tuesday 19 February 10.00am - 12.00noon
Wednesday 20 February 10.00am - 12.00noon.
Mid-Term Break
The school will be closed from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February inclusive for the Mid Term Break. It will reopen on Monday 18 February at 08.30am.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday 05 February. In line with Department procedure, First to Fifth Classes will finish school at 1.55pm on Tuesday.

Reminder re Collection Procedure
Thank you to the many parents who consistently observe school policy in this regard. However, the collection system cannot work without everyone's cooperation.
• People may stop momentarily adjacent to the bus parking area to pick up children.
• Please move forward as far up as possible on that stretch so that six or seven cars can pick up at the same time.
• The children will be lined up at the railing to the left of the pedestrian gate. They have been instructed not to move until the car collecting them pulls up in the designated area. Please do not beckon to your child until you are in this area.
These requests are made to ensure the safety of your child/children and to make the collection "process" as smooth, quick and safe as possible.

Contact Details
It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents' mobile numbers) for your child on our database. If any of your details have changed since the beginning of the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form.

Looking for Talent
This year Seachtain na Gaeilge will run from 10 - 14 March. It will be marked by the usual school events and celebrations. We would be delighted to hear from any parents/grandparents who play Traditional Irish Music and who might have the time to take part in activities during that week. Please contact the Office if you are interested.

Coping with Bullying - Parents Talk
The Parents Association have organized a talk for Monday, 4th February, at 8pm on the above topic - it will be held in the Tigers Room. The speaker will be Dr Brendan Byrne, who is currently a counsellor in Coolmine Community School.

RSE Course - Postponement
The National Parents Council (Primary), in conjunction with the Crisis Pregnancy Agency offer an RSE Course for parents. The purpose of the course is to help parents have a better knowledge of relationship and sexuality education, so that they can talk to their children and foster their children's self esteem and decision making skills in this important area of their lives. Due to a low uptake of places for the RSE Course, the Parents Association Committee has decided to postpone the start date for this course. The course will now commence on Wednesday, 20th February 2008.
The course will comprise of six 2½ hr evening sessions (run over six weeks). The fee for this course is €10 and the minimum number of participants is 10, the maximum number of participants is 15. Should you be interested in taking part in this course, please phone Karen Kearney on 087 4187253 or Colette Hoban on 087 9380380.

RSE Information Evening
The Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Support Service is organising a series of Information Evenings for parents on the RSE component of the Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE). The Evening for our area will take place in Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght on Monday 18 February from 7.00pm-9.00pm. If you wish to attend, please ring Dublin West Education Centre on 4528000.

Homework Club
Please note: there will be No Homework Club on Tuesday 05 February as Parent/Teacher meetings are taking place at that time.

Extra Curricular Activities
Please note that there is NO SWIMMING TODAY, 01 February 2008.

French, German & Spanish Classes
Please note: there will be no language classes on Monday 04, Tuesday 05 & Wednesday 06 February as Parent/Teacher meetings are taking place at these times. Language classes will resume as normal after the mid-term break.

Please note: there will be No Basketball Club on Tuesday 05 February as Parent/Teacher meetings are taking place at that time. The Wednesday class for 4th & 5th class children will run as normal.

Basketball Mid-Term Camp
There is a Basketball Mid-Term Camp for 6 - 13 year olds in Beneavin College, Finglas East from Monday 11 - Friday 15 February. If you are interested, full details and application forms are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board.

Energy Saving Tip from Vicky Clarkin, 5th Class. If you're cold, put on an extra bit of clothing and don't put the heating up".