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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 10th November 2006
Staff Meeting
Please note that there is a Staff Meeting on Monday 13 November. All children will finish school at 12.00noon.
In-Service Training
Please note that there is an In-Service Training Day for Teachers on Friday 17 November. There will therefore be no school for the children on Friday 17 November.

Welcome Mass for Fr John
Bishop Ray Field will officially welcome Fr. John as the new Parish Priest of St. Mochta's this Saturday 11 November at 7pm Mass. The parish is inviting all parishioners to the formal welcome of Fr. John to the Parish. The celebration will be followed by a reception in St. Mochta's National School.

Third and Fourth Class Conduct Cards
A number of parents, particularly parents of Third Class children, have requested information about the Conduct Card system. The following is an extract from the School Booklet: "On the last school day of each month, the class teacher assesses the behaviour of each pupil in his/her class and rates it as "very good, satisfactory or cause for concern". There is also an option on the card for indicating that the behaviour has improved. This information is sent home on the Monthly Conduct Card. Parents are asked to sign this and return it to the School. We would encourage parents to reward very good or improving behaviour with a little treat. Parents who are worried about their child's rating should feel welcome to contact the school to discuss their concerns. " Further information is also available in the Booklet.

Tesco Sports Tokens
We have had a great response to the Tesco Sports Tokens promotion. The promotion has now finished but we will gladly accept tokens up to Friday 24 November as we intend to send away for the sports equipment after that date.

Sponsored Walk
Please send in any outstanding monies for the Sponsored Walk as soon as possible. We will then be able to advise of the total raised by this event.

Green Schools Initiative
In our effort to reduce waste, we encourage the use of reusable drinks bottles and airtight containers (for snack/lunch). We also recommend that children avoid the use of aluminium foil, as this is not biodegradable.

Dublin Transportation Office Survey
Thank you to everyone who completed the DTO Questionnaire, which was sent home with your child/children during the week. Any outstanding questionnaires should be placed in the collection box in the main reception area no later than Monday 13 November.

Celtic Travelling Book Fair
The Book Fair will be in the school from Monday 20 November. It will be set up in the stage area at the back of the hall. (Entrance via the door to the front of the teachers' car park) Feel free to call into the school at dropping and collection times to browse through the selection available! This is a great opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping! The more books you buy, the more books the school will receive to help to stock the school library.

Science Week
On Wednesday 15 November, Dr Camilla Kelly of Trinity College will be visiting the school to present a "Fun with Microscopes" workshop for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class.

4th Class children are attending an Xbotz Exhibition in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown on Thursday 16 November as part of Science Week.

We are running an Essay Competition for 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes called "Science in the Future". The details have been given to the children.

Extra Curricular Activities
Contact Information for all Extra Curricular Activities is available on the Parents Information Notice Board. Please refer to the information board for any queries you may have.

Spanish Class
As the 4th Class children are attending a Science Exhibition on Thursday 16 November and will not return to the school until 2.45pm, the Spanish Class has had to be cancelled. Mr Waring will accommodate this class at the end of term.

Arts & Crafts Christmas Workshops
Enrolment for the Arts & Crafts Christmas Workshop will take place at 2.15pm on Monday 13 November in the Annexe of the PE Hall. Classes will take place from Monday 20 November to Monday 18 December inclusive, 2.15pm - 3.15pm, for 1st class children upwards. Please contact Blathnaid O'Brien Donovan (Qualified Teacher) directly on 087 4123247 after 3pm. Fee €60.

Next Thursday's (16 November 2006) GAA session has been cancelled.