St. Patrick's National School, Diswellstown, Castleknock.

Email: Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, D15 PH21.

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Wednesday May 3rd 2012
May Bank Holiday
The school will close on Monday 07 May for the May Bank Holiday.  It will remain closed on Tuesday 08 May and will reopen on Wednesday 09 June at 8.30am.

There will be NO CHOIR tomorrow, Friday 04 May.

“Art in Action” – Farmleigh
This May Bank Holiday weekend, there is an “Art in Action” festival at Farmleigh.  It runs from 10.30am – 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday and admission is free. For more information, see

Inclement Weather
There is no provision for indoor supervision of children on wet mornings prior to 8.30am.  We would ask that you time your arrival between 8.30 and 8.40 in the event of inclement weather.

St Patrick’s N.S. needs your vote to claim top spot in LIDL Fit Factor
Time is running out for St. Patrick's National School. Please help our school to win up €5000 in sports equipment. Log on to and vote for our healthy eating and fitness project.Every vote counts. Please get your friends to vote also. Thank you. Lorcan 3rd Class. Niamh 4th Class.

Diswellstown Summer Camp
Diswellstown Summer Camp will be held from Monday 02 July to Friday 06 July inclusive, from 9am to 1pm daily.  The Summer Camp will cater for all children from Infants to 6th Class.  Age appropriate activities will include Art & Crafts, cooking, drama, sport and games.  Enrolment will be on Thursday 10 May at 2.20pm, under the canopy outside the main door. Application Forms are available at Reception.

“Over the weekend, Conor Levesley and Tom Mulvey were in a Dublin U-13 Handball Competition in St Brigid’s GAA Club.  There were three teams involved, Na Fianna GAA Club, St Brigid’s GAA Club and Brian Boru Handball Club.  Every played fantastic, especially Conor and Tom.  Conor played a great Na Fianna player but Conor got the upper hand and won the game and came in First Place.  While Tom played a brilliant Brian Boru player and came second, both players playing for St Brigid’s GAA Clun and both from St Patrick’s.” Conor & Tom – 6th Class
Dublin 15 Cross Country League
Well done to our school team – a fabulous performance from all runners at Morton Stadium yesterday! From more than 30 schools our boys came back with the shield for Best Boys Team. The girls did superbly too and we await the announcement in the next few days of the overall winning school. Two members of our team took part in an individual Fingal Future Olympian Race (confined to 5th class children only) and out of a large field of competitors, one of them finished 1st and the other 4th. Congratulations to all – you certainly did the school proud!
All running kits, when cleaned,  should be returned in a bag with your child’s name clearly marked on it, please. These will be collected from the classrooms. Children must make sure that their kit is “signed back in”.

Trials and Training for School Santry Team – Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships  
Trials are still on-going for this year’s school team. We now have a shortlist for each age category. The children who have made it onto the shortlists will be informed over the next few days. The final selection will be made from these lists. It should be noted that selection is based on a number of points – athletic ability, team spirit, sportsmanship, general behaviour etc. The remainder of the “Knock-out Trials” and Training will be held after school. Those who make it onto the shortlists must attend if they want to be considered for the team. Names of those selected have to be submitted by mid-May. For the moment, the following schedule has been put in place, but further dates will be advised in next week’s Newsletter.
Friday 4th May U12 and U13½ Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.15 (in Hall and/or outside)
Wednesday 9th May U10 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.15 (outside in Basketball Area, weather permitting)
Thursday 10th May U11 Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.15 (outside in Basketball Area, weather permitting)
Friday 11th May U12 and U13½ Boys and Girls from 2.15 – 3.15 (in Hall and/or outside)
Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door at 2.15 where they will be met by teacher. Please note that training may be cancelled if the ground is too wet. Also note that other dates may need to be added in order to prepare for the event. Children will be informed at school of any changes.

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
It would be greatly appreciated that if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, sports gear, etc that they are clearly marked with your child’s name and their class teacher.

Trócaire Boxes
Trócaire Boxes were collected from the school yesterday.  Any further boxes can be returned to the Parish Church or the Parish Centre.

Moving House? 
If you are moving house and your child will not be returning to St Patrick’s in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with the class teacher or the Main Office as soon as possible as it will be necessary for you to complete a Transfer Form.   We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon 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 in order for you to receive your child/children’s school reports, end of year letters, etc or to make contact with you if your child should fall ill during the school day. If any of your details have changed since the beginning of the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form, available from the office.

Parents Association News

Urgent Appeal for Volunteers
We urgently need volunteers to help steward the Church and/or School car parks on Saturday 12th May for the First Communion Ceremonies.  The Church Car Park needs to be manned from 11.00am -12.00pm.  The School Car Park needs to be manned from 11.00am -11.30am and/or from 1.00pm -1.30pm.  We also still need volunteers to help with setting up the hall on Friday evening, 11th May and the second Reception in the School Hall on Saturday, 12th May, serving refreshments from 12.30pm – 2.30pm.  If any Dad or Mum is available to help with any of the time slots, please contact Karen on 087 4187253 or Olivier on 086 8352920.  

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The Gardaí and local residents have again approached the school regarding the issue of dangerous and illegal parking.  We appreciate that lack of parking space is a major problem for all parents.  However, cars must be parked in a safe, legal and considerate manner.

Unfortunately, a number of parents continue to park and block access to/from driveways, and park dangerously close to junctions and entrances to estates.  This is both highly inconsiderate towards the residents of these estates and is, in fact, illegal.

There are also a number of parents who stop at the roundabout on the main road which is also a dangerous and illegal practice.  It is also an unnecessary practice as we have a safe procedure in place for dropping children off at the main entrance of the school.

The following are extracts from the Rules of the Road:

  1. A vehicle may not park on double yellow lines in any circumstances.
  2. A vehicle may not be parked within 5m of a junction.
  3. Vehicles may not be parked near: a bend, the brow of a hill, a humped back bridge, a continuous white line, where it would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, at a bus stop or opposite another vehicle on a narrow road.

The Board of Management will have no hesitation in supporting local residents who choose to report drivers who park illegally or trespass on their property. The Board will also support those parents who choose to report instances of dangerous parking that may put the lives of their children at risk. 

There is ample parking available at Spar car park which is a short distance from the school. Cars must be parked properly in the car park.  Under no circumstances should a car obstruct one of their patrons or interfere with delivery truck access.