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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending May 1st 2009
May Bank Holiday
The school will be closed on Monday 04 May for the May Bank.
It will reopen on Tuesday 05 May at 08.30am.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation dates
A reminder of dates and times for First Holy Communion:
09 May 10.00am - Mr Heneghan's class
12.00pm Ms Threadgold/Ms McAnaw's class
16 May 10.00am - Ms Murray's class
12.00pm - Ms McDermott's Class and Confirmation
25 May 11.00am - Ms Barrins and Ms O'Malley's classes.

Attention 1st & 3rd class parents - Reception for First Holy Communions
Thank you to those parents from the above classes, who have volunteered to help on the 09 and 16 May at the First Holy Communion Receptions. However, more help is still needed on both days. Please phone/text Marie McCarthy at 087 9935551, if you are available. Car Park helpers are also needed, if you can assist, please contact Marie McCarthy.

Photographs - First Holy Communion Classes
There is a change of procedure this year with regard to the ordering of photographs. Order forms will be given to the First Communion Classes, on behalf of the school photographer, Michael Bamsey. They should be brought back to school on either the 11th May (if your child's First Holy Communion is on the 9th May) or the 18th May (if your child's First Holy Communion is on the 16th May). The photographs will be taken on the 11th or 18th May respectively.

A Gala Concert at the Helix
"Our experience at the Helix was great fun! We went on stage at about 8.00pm and performed "The Circle of Life" with the Gospel Choir, the Concert choir and a number of soloists. We then sang "Cerf-volant", "Vois sur ton chemin" and "The Lonely Goatherd". Then the presenter, George Hook, came on and said a few words. They then brought on the Triple Crown and Grand Slam trophies, which Ireland won in the Six Nations Tournament. We then went offstage for a long wait and had a bit of craic backstage. At 10.30pm, we came back onstage to join the other choirs and soloists to sing "World in Union" and "Irelands Call", after clapping along to some songs sung by the Gospel Choir. After a long and exciting night of enjoyment, we arrived back at the school at 12.15!! Nobody felt the tiredness as we were so elated and excited from the whole experience." Chris & Rebekah - 6th Class

Labelling/Lost Property
The chances of returning lost property are greatly increased if items are clearly labelled with your child's name. There is a tremendous amount of lost property in the school ranging from hats and gloves to coats and uniform items. If your child is missing any item, please take a moment at drop off or collection time to check the Lost Property press inside the Blanchardstown Door.

Football Blitz
"On Friday 24 April, the girls gaelic team went over to Tir na nÓg to play a blitz against other schools. It was to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the GAA. It was our first girls GAA team for our school . We won two out of four matches. We all got medals. It was a great day and we all had a great time." Niamh, Molly, Megan & Katie - 5th Class

"The boys also went to the blitz but unfortunately lost two games by a point, one by five points and were well beaten in the last game. But after the blitz, everybody got a medal and then went back to school." Shane - 5th Class

Access to Classrooms After Hours
With the exception of those attending Extra Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books and general belongings is not an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

  • He/She must speak to either Brendan or Graham who will accompany him/her to the classroom.
  • An adult must also accompany the child.

All school personnel have been made aware of this procedure and have been asked to ensure it is followed. This procedure has been put in place to prevent further loss or damage to school property.

Extra Curricular Activities
Shreddies Dublin Parks Tennis
Information re the above is available from beside the Parents Information Notice Board.

Spanish for Children
La Jolie Ronde (www.lajolieronde.co.uk) Spanish classes for Children (3-12), Summer Term (8 weeks) starting next week. Taught by a fully qualified, experienced and motivated language teacher. High quality teaching material - tried, tested and fun, with student books and CDs so learning can continue between classes, everyday! Places available this term on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.15pm - 5pm (mornings for under 5s) at St Patrick's (Tu & W only) and at a near-by venue. For further details/booking forms, please phone/text 087 267 4809 or 822 7629 or email marygalvin@upcmail.ie stating your preferred day & time and what class (Junior Infants, 3rd, etc) your child is in. Enrolments also now being taken for September 2009. Adios y Gracias!