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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday September 25th 2013

Registration – Junior Infants September 2014
Application Forms are available from the office from Wednesday 11 September.  Registration will take place on 14, 15 & 16 October.

Anul - Copiii Junior septembrie 2014
Formularele de cerere sunt disponibile de la biroul de miercuri 11 septembrie. Înregistrare va avea loc pe 14, 15 si 16 octombrie.

Information Meetings
We are holding a series of informal meetings at 8.40am with the parents of each class grouping.  The meetings will take place in the Tigers Room on the dates listed below.  We request that you enter the school via the Diswellstown Door (Tigers Entrance) and up the blue stairs rather than through the main school entrance.  Please note that teachers will only attend for part of the meeting.  Should you wish to speak to the teacher individually, please contact the office to make an appointment.





Sixth Class

Monday 30 September

Fifth Class

Tuesday 01 October

Fourth Class

Wednesday 02 October

Third Class

Thursday 03 October

Second Class

Monday 07 October

First Class

Tuesday 08 October

Senior Infants

Wednesday 09 October

Junior Infants

Thursday 10 October

Rainbows – a peer support group for children from 1st to 6th class who have experienced a family bereavement or separation will commence soon in St.Mochta’s Pastoral Centre. Rainbows is a non-denominational programme.  If you believe your child or children would benefit from this programme, please contact rainbowsstmochtas@gmail.com  More info available on www.rainbowsireland.com

“Go Recycle” Battery Collection
There is a box for recycling batteries at Reception.

Tigers Afterschool Care
Tigers have a number of spaces available in Tigers Afterschool Care. They have also commenced a “Breakfast Club” from 7.30am. For more information, contact Tracy at 086 2253781 or see www.tigersafterschoolcare.com .

Correction to Homework Journal
In the Homework Journal Business Network Section, Little Apples Pre-School is incorrectly listed as a Montessori School but is a Pre-School. The correct number is 087 7831949.

Parents Association News

Parents Association AGM including a briefing by the Board of Management on the Pyrite situation takes place at 8pm this evening in the school hall.

Christmas Fair 2013
It’s that time of year again folks & we are delighted & excited to announce that our annual Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 1st December, 1pm-5pm, so please save the date! As with previous years we are depending on the support of volunteers to ensure the continued success of this event, so if you are interested in helping in any way, it’s never too late to volunteer. Contact Colette at 087 9380380.  Don’t be shy, give it a try.

School Photographs
The School Photographer will be in the school on 7th, 8th and 9th October.  Booking forms have been given to each child.  Can we please ask that only one form per family is returned to the eldest child’s class teacher on/before Monday 30th September.


Procedure for Entering the School Building each Morning
To ensure safe and orderly access to the school grounds, the gates will open a few minutes before 8.30am. Parents and children walking to school must use the “new” Pedestrian Entrance.  No Cycling, Scootering or Rollerblading is permitted on school grounds. Children must go to their class line up area and remain there until the school bell rings at 08.30am. Classes are collected from the yard by their teacher and entry doors are then closed. In the early weeks of Junior Infants, parents may accompany children to the classroom.
Children may not enter the school building until 08.30am. 
Parents are responsible for the welfare of their children until the school’s duty of care begins at 8.30am. On wet mornings, please time your arrival for 8.30 – 8.40am.
To minimise heat loss and for the safety and security of all the pupils, children who arrive late for line-up in the morning should access the school as follows: 

  • 2nd – 6th Class children will enter via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only.
  • Junior Infants – 1st Class children will enter via the Carpenterstown Door only.

Leaving School Early
The teacher should be notified in advance if possible, should a child need to be collected early.  Pupils who leave before the end of the school day, must be signed out at Reception by a parent/guardian.  If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during break times (10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as the children are in the school yard at this time. If an emergency situation arises, please ring the office before break time and we will arrange to have your child at Reception for collection.  However, please note Reception is closed from 12.00-12.30pm daily. Your cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

Extra Curricular Activities

Piano Lessons
Places available for piano lessons in St. Patrick's N.S. Lessons take place Monday - Thursday.
For more information contact Jenny O'Connor on 085 1723327 or at ocmmusictuition@gmail.com

Choir (2nd to 6th Class children)
Friday Choir rehearsals on Fridays  2:10pm - 3:10pm. Children should line up after school outside the Coolmine door on line A (near the walkway).

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes
Musical Theatre classes provide vocal and acting skills to children of all levels in a creative and fun environment.  As well as musical ability, the classes help children build confidence, learn teamwork and develop their individual talents.  Our new term will begin on Tuesday, 10 September in St. Patrick’s N.S.  Classes are 1.10 – 2.10 pm for Junior and Senior Infants, 2.10 – 3.10 pm for 1st and 2nd class and 3.10 – 4.10 pm for older children.  Depending on numbers there may be another class for 1st and 2nd class on Mondays between 2.10 – 3.10 pm.  Individual lessons are available upon request.  Preparation for Royal Irish Academy of Music and Leinster school of Music singing exams and Junior and Leaving certificate practical exams is also provided.  For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

Platform Stage School 
‘HAIRSPRAY - LION KING- ANNIE - OKLAHOMA’ (excerpts from the end of year show) with Platform Stage School.  Classes re-commence on Thursday 12th September.  We cover speech work, drama, song and dance.  Junior & Senior infants - 1.15pm – 2.00pm; Older classes - 2.15pm – 3.15pm.  There are 3 terms of 8 weeks - Junior & Senior infants- €65 per term.  Older classes - €85 per term. Exam/arts festival in December and show in March.  To register please telephone OR text 086 2245113 LIZ  BRENNAN   B.A., L.T.C.L.   WEBSITE: www.platformstageschool.ie

Limited places are still available in DramaWorks (Speech and Drama Classes) which take place every Wednesday for Junior Infants to Sixth Class students. For further details please contact Clodagh on 0863736056.

Irish Dancing
In St Patrick's N.S: Tuesday Junior and Senior Infants 1.10 - 2pm; Tuesday and Thursday 2.10 to 3.10 1st - 6th backstage room; Wednesday Advanced and Championship 7.15pm. Saturday 12-1pm all grades. Children prepared for examinations, shows and stage craft, to develop confidence teamwork and poise. Competition to World level if desired. Or simply learn Irish dancing for fun and cultural development. For more information or to register, contact Bernadette Downey Lanigan A.D.C.R.G. 0876204772.

Art & Crafts Workshops
Art & Craft Workshops will take place on Mondays from 2.10pm to 3.45pm.  Wide range of skills used to foster creativity.  Limited places still available. Please contact Bláthnaid O Brien-Donovan, B.Ed (Hons) on 087 4123247 to register or for more details.

French for Children at St. Patrick’s (la Jolie Ronde)
Some places are still available for Junior to 1st class as well as 2nd class and up.  2 places are left in the early years’ class (3 to 5 years old). 5th and 6th pupils should join to prepare for secondary as it will boost their confidence in French.  All tutors are French native.  Classes take place Saturday & other weekdays also available. A bientôt.Sabine Maher 087 227 9027 web www.frenchforchildren.ie .

Spanish for Children
Interested in after-school Spanish Classes (using La Jolie Ronde materials) for 3 - 13 year olds? Hurry, term has now started! Also, Junior & Leaving Cert Grinds and classes for adults. Email marygalvin@upcmail.ie / ph. 087 267 4809 for all details. See also www.spanishclasses4children.com Gracias, Mary

Lir Gym Club
Please see www.lirgymclub.com for information on classes which take place in Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre.

Guitar Lessons
Learn guitar in a warm and friendly fully equipped music studio. Learn to play songs as well as read music while music theory is automatically included as part of each class. This is one the best times to prepare for the Junior and Leaving Cert music curriculum! Further details, please call Brian Farrell at 086 380 9624  – Web www.brianfarrell.eu Email info@brianfarrell.eu

Classical Ballet & Hip Hop Dance Classes
For Students Age 4 – 18 years. Beginners Always Welcome. Fully Qualified I.D.T.A.Teachers.  Classes Every Monday from 4.30 in Diswellstown Community Centre, St Patricks National School.
- Pre-School Class (Age 2 ½ to 4 yrs) - 4.30pm; - Tiny Tots Ballet (Age 4-6 yrs) - 5pm
- Classical Ballet (Age 6+) - 5.45pm; - Hip Hop Dance (All Ages) - 6.30pm
For information, contact Sara Chester A.I.D.T.A 0877923955 www.chesterschoolofdance.com

Parent & Child Pottery Sessions 
Open to Children from 3rd to 6th Class. Every Wednesday for 5 weeks from 4pm to 5pm.  Enjoy hand-building clay pots and clay modelling with your child. Create mini-pots, monsters, picture frames, wall plaques or maybe even Christmas decorations.  Then paint your pieces after they have been fired in my kiln. For details phone Rosemary 087 6288134 after 3pm.

Castleknock Celtic Football Club Academy
Registration for new Academy season for children born 2006-2009 took place on 07 September in clubhouse in Porterstown Park. Please go to club website www.castleknockceltic.com for details and application forms. New 13 week term starts Sat 14th Sept.

Castleknock College – Activities for Primary School Children
St Vincent’s Castleknock College are running an after school programme in Spanish, Science and Drama for primary School Children. Information is available from beside the Parents Information Notice Board inside the main school entrance.

Donore Harriers Juvenile Open Day
Donore Harriers Juvenile Open Day takes place on Saturday from 10.am to 1pm at the Donore Harriers Sports Centre and Track (located opposite the Phoenix Park Gate, Chapelizod Road. For more information, please see www.donoreharriers.com.

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