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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 19th December 2008
Christmas Holidays
The school will close at 11.30am on Tuesday 23 December. It will reopen on Wednesday 07 January at 08.30am.

Carol Service - Porterstown Church

This year the Parish carol service will be celebrated on Sunday 21st Dec. at 4.00pm. This offers the parish a great opportunity just to take a step back from all the hectic rushing around we do at Christmas time. It will help us to remember to place Jesus Christ at the centre of all our preparations. It will be a lovely celebration for the entire parish. The guest choir this year will be the children's choir from St. Mocha's National School.

Carol Service
There will be a short Carol Service on Tuesday 23 December at 11.30am outside the main entrance of the school. We would be delighted if you could come along and join in.

Choral Scholars
The Choral Scholars recorded two songs for a special SEASCAPES programme for Radio 1. It will be broadcast on Monday 22 December at 10.30pm. RTÉ camera crews were also at the recording so there is a very slight possibility of the children being on the news on 22 December also. I must stress that it being on television is not definite. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the children and their parents for their participation on the night and congratulate the Choral Scholars on their beautiful singing. Geraldine Meade

Jersey Day/Favourite T-Shirt Day
We are holding a Jersey Day/Favourite T-shirt Day on Tuesday 23 December.

• Children can wear their favourite team jersey with school trousers/skirt or school tracksuit bottoms.
• Children who do not have a team jersey may wear any T-Shirt with school trousers/skirt or school tracksuit bottoms.

School Calendars
School Calendars are scheduled to be delivered to the school on Monday.

Sponsored Walk
The total raised for the Sponsored Walk was €6,780. It's never too late to drop in your sponsorship money, so if you have not yet done so, please drop it in to the main office.

Christmas Food Appeal
A sincere "thank you" to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Food Appeal. We have had a tremendous response and have delivered items to the St Thomas Conference of the St Vincent de Paul for distribution of hampers to needy families in Blanchardstown.

Old 2008 Calendars
If you are thinking of throwing away your old 2008 calendar, you may be able to re-use and recycle it. Calendars with good pictures/photographs can be a useful teaching resource. Many calendars show scenes of places around the world (e.g. landscapes, cities, well known monuments, animals. Calendars showing places in other countries would be particularly useful. If you have a 2008 calendar which can be reused, please leave it with Andrea in the main office.

Luttrellstown Community College
Application Forms for the college will be available in January (exact date to be confirmed) and an advertisement regarding same will appear in local newspapers. A Principal has been appointed and will take up her position on 1 March 2009.

Extra Curricular Activities
Art & Crafts
Art & Crafts will resume on Monday 19 January for 10 weeks until Easter. Some places are available for new term. All enquiries to Blathnaid at 087 4123247.

Downey-Lanigan Academy of Irish Dancing
Irish dancing resumes 13 January 2009. "May I take this opportunity to congratulate all those children who recently completed their grading examinations". Bernie Downey

The new term commences on Monday 12 January. Any outstanding fees must be paid in advance or on first day of term. All enquiries should be directed to Lucy McDonnell at 086 4029792.

The new term commences on Tuesday 13 January and Wednesday 14 January.

Speech & Drama (Dramaworks)
Classes recommence on Wednesday 07 January.

Speech & Drama (Liz Brennan)
Classes recommence on Thursday 08 January.

French Classes
Classes recommence on Wednesday 14 January.

Junior Infants September 2009
Applications Forms for Enrolment for Junior Infants (September 2009) will be available in St Patrick's N.S. and St Mochta's N.S. from Wednesday 07 January 2009. Registration will take place in both schools on the following dates:
Monday 02 February 10.00am - 12.00noon & 7.00pm-9.00pm.
Tuesday 03 February 10.00am - 12.00noon only.
Wednesday 04 February 10.00am - 12.00noon only.