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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 27th March 2009
Easter Holidays
Please note that the children will finish at 11.30am on Friday 03 April.
The school will be closed from Monday 06 to Friday 17 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 20 April at 08.30am.

Concerns re Early Morning Drop Off
As you are aware, the school gates open between 08.20am and 08.30am. We would ask that children would arrive as close to 08.30am as possible. Some parents/guardians are dropping off children very early in the morning. The school authorities are concerned that this is not in the best interest of those children.

We would like to remind parents to regularly discuss safety awareness with their children especially in relation to when they are "out and about" without adult supervision. If your child is allowed to walk to/from school, please remind him/her of the importance of never talking to or approaching strangers/cars and of walking in pairs/groups rather than alone.

Accord Talks
Some parents raised concerns about teacher supervision at the Accord Talks. We wish to clarify that teachers have a duty of care for all class activities that take place during the school day. Therefore a member of the teaching staff has to be present for all workshops/talks facilitated by outside personnel.

Building Work - Two Classroom Extension
As you are aware the school will require extra classroom accommodation from September. The Dept. of Education and Science is financing a two classroom extension. Planning permission is in place and Weslin Construction has been appointed. Work will commence during the Easter holidays and will continue throughout the third term. It will be necessary to fence off a section on the north side of the grounds. Some adjustments will have to be made to the morning line up areas for Junior Infants, Senior Infants and Ms. Cusack's/Ms. O Callaghan's first classes. The children in these classes will practice the new line up arrangements prior to the Easter Holidays. It will not be necessary to adjust the line up areas for the other classes.

Trócaire Box Collection
Trócaire boxes can be returned either to the Parish Church or the school.

School Uniforms
If anybody has school uniforms/tracksuits in good condition that no longer fit their child and are willing to donate them to the school, please contact Andrea in the office.

"Sport for All" Fun Days ****

"Sport for All" Fun Days will take place (weather permitting) as follows:.

01 April  13 May June - Date TBC
 Second -Sixth Class - All Day  9.00am - 12noon. Senior Infants & First Class  11.00 - 12.00noon.Junior Infants

Guzzler (Sustainable Energy Ireland)
"Guzzler visited Senior Infants on Monday. Guzzler is very naughty, he wastes energy! We told Guzzler to turn off the lights, the taps, the heating and the TV. Guzzler now saves energy!" - Ms C O'Reilly's Senior Infants

Extra Curricular Activities
Art & Craft Workshops
There will be a small number of places for Art & Craft on Mondays at 2.10pm - 3.45pm for next term. For details, contact Blathnaid directly on 087 4123247.

The last day of this Swimming term is next Monday, 30 March. The new term will commence on Monday 20 April. For any queries, contact Lucy McDonnell directly on 086 4029792.

CHFC Easter Camp
Registrations will take place for the CHFC Easter Camp at the club shop (At Castleknock Community College) on Saturday March 7th, 21st and 28th. The camp will take place in Castleknock Community college and is a Football and Hurling Camp. It is open to both members and non-members and will run from 06 April to 10 April. Nursery Camp (€30): 10am-12 noon; Standard Camp (€50): 10am-2pm. For more information contact Brendan Phelan (CHFC Games Promotion Officer) on 0851329397 or email brendan.phelan@games.gaa.ie