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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday April 9th 2014

The school will close this Friday 11 April at 11.30am for the Easter Break.  It will remain closed from Monday 14 April to Friday 25 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 28 April.

Junior “Sport for All” Day (Sen Infants – 2nd Class)
The Junior Sport for All Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class) will take place, weather permitting, tomorrow Thursday 10th April. Children should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They should also bring an extra drink with them, along with their usual lunch. Here’s hoping for a dry day and lots of fun for everyone!

School Calendar 2014/2015

The following are details of PROVISIONAL DATES when the school will be closed during the school year 2014/2015.

School Opens

Friday 29 August 2014 – Senior Infants – 6th Class

Monday 01 September – Junior Infants 10.00-11.30am


School closed on Monday 27/10/2014 to Friday 31/10/2014 inclusive. School reopens on Monday 03/11/2014


School closed on Monday 22/12/2014 to Friday 02/01/2015 inclusive. School reopens on Monday 05/01/2015


School closed on Monday 16/02/2015 to Friday 20/02/2015 inclusive. School reopens on Monday 23/02/2015

St Patrick’s Day

School closed on Tuesday 17/03/2015.

Easter Holidays

School closed on Monday 30/03/2015 to Friday 10/04/2015 inclusive. School reopens on Monday 13/04/2015.

Bank Holiday

School closed on Monday 04/05/2015

Bank Holiday

School closed on Monday 01/06/2015

Summer Holidays

School closes on Friday 26 June for Summer Holidays.

Pyrite Remedial Works E-Tender
We expect an update from the Department of Education & Skills regarding the tendering process in June. 

Extras Fees 2013/2014
Thank you to everyone who has paid their 2013/2014 Extras Fee.   All 2013/2014 Extras Payments must be paid in advance of Re-Registration for 2014/2015 School Year.  Please note, if your payment is made online, it is essential that we receive a copy of your receipt.  This can be forwarded by email to info@stpatricksns.ie , stating your child/children’s names. Alternatively, a printed copy can be dropped into the office.  This will ensure you are marked off as fully paid on the school database.

Re-Registration Form 2014/2015
We have a number of children on our Waiting List for Senior Infants to Sixth class places for the 2014/2015 school year. It is important that we can confirm as soon as possible whether or not we will have school places for them. Therefore, a Re-Registration Form has been given to all children (JI – 5th Class) today.  The form will also be emailed to all parents.  We would ask that you return the fully completed form at your earliest convenience, confirming if your child/children will be returning to St Patrick’s for the next school year 2014/2015.  This will also ensure that we have correct contact details, (postal address, mobile numbers and email address) for all parents. You may pay the Extras Fee for the 2014/2015 School Year on return of the Re-Registration Form or alternatively defer payment until the new school year.

Building Works at CCC
Building works will commence at Castleknock Community College this week Monday 7th April 2014.  The project will last fifteen months (August/September 2014) and will result in a new Sports Hall and ten replacement classrooms.  As a consequence all traffic associated with the building works will enter and exit Castleknock Community College from the rear gate (off Diswellstown Road). The College is aware that the public path way at the rear gate is used by a large number of parents and students associated with St Patrick’s National School.  We would appreciate if parents were mindful of this new development.  Please note that there will be no pedestrian access to the College via the rear gate of the College for the duration of the building works: pedestrians will be required to access the College through the front gates.

Cross Country
“Yesterday, 3rd - 6th class children represented our school for the Cross Country Finals which were held in Morton Stadium.  We all ran very well with outstanding results.  We are proud to say we won Best Boys, Best Girls and Best School.”

“Everyone put so much effort into their race. We want to say thank you to Mrs Soulsby and all the parents that came along. In the end, it was a great day.  We are all very happy.” Siobhán and Maram – 6th Class

Return of School Running Kits
Can all cross country runners please return their running kits (black shorts, emerald green t-shirt and athletics singlet) over the next few weeks? These should be washed and returned in a bag with your child’s name clearly marked on it as all items must be signed back in. Bags will be collected from classrooms daily.

Further dates for Knock-out Trials for School Athletics Team:
Thursday 10th April U11 Girls from 2.15 – 3.00 (and not the 11th as in last week’s Newsletter)


Thursday 1st May U13½ Boys & Girls 2.15 – 3.00
Friday 2nd May U10 Boys & Girls 2.15 – 3.00
Tuesday 6th May U12 Boys & Girls 2.15 – 3.00
Thursday 8th May U11 Boys & Girls 2.15 – 3.00
Friday 9th May U10 Boys & Girls 2.15 – 3.00

Lost Property
If your child is missing any items, please take a moment at drop off/collection time to check the lost property rack. Any items unclaimed by Friday 11 April will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Diswellstown Summer Camp 2014
Diswellstown Summer Camp will take place from 30th June - 4th July. The camp is run by teachers in St.Patrick's and is open to all children from Junior Infants to 6th class. Forms will be distributed after Easter holidays and registration will take place after school on Wednesday 7th May. Please see forms for further details.

Upcoming School Events
Thursday 10 April – “Senior Infants- 2nd Class” Sports Day
Thursday 10 April - Confirmation Retreat and Service of Light
Wednesday 30 April – Girls Camogie Final Group Match 3pm in Somerton
Thursday 01 May – Leprechaun Cup (Cricket) 6th Class Cricket Group
Thursday 01 May – Boys GAA St Patricks vs Huntstown 3pm in Huntstown
Friday 02 May – 3rd – 6th “Sport for All” Day
Saturday 10 May – Communion Mr Heneghan and Ms Barr’s classes
Thursday 15 May – 1st Class and 4th Class Tours
Saturday 17 May – Communion Ms Threadgold’s class

Parents Association News

Volunteers for Communion Receptions
We are looking for volunteers to help out at this year’s Communion Receptions being held in the Parish Centre on Saturday the 10th and the 17th of May. If you are available and can help serving refreshments between 10:30am and 12:30am please contact Oonagh on 086-3231722 or Yvonne on 087-2371229. All help greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Date for your Diary

Anti-Bullying Training for Parents - Wednesday 7th May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
National Parents Council Primary and National Parents Council Post Primary have developed an Anti-Bullying Programme for parents of primary and post primary school children. The session runs for two hours and is provided free of charge to parents.


Jack & Jill Foundation – Mobile Phone Collection
If you or a family member got a new phone recently, perhaps you would consider donating the old phone to the Jack & Jill Foundation Mobile Phone Collection.  We have a collection box in the main office.  Funds raised by the collection of Mobile Phones go a long way towards looking after very sick babies in their own homes.  For more information, please see www.jackandjill.ie.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In addition to the above mobile phone collection, we also have collection boxes for Batteries and original HP, Brother, Dell, Samsung, Lexmark & Canon Toner Cartridges for recycling. Collection boxes are at Reception.

Extra Curricular Activities

After School Tennis with Ana (Monday)
Please note that Tennis with Ana will resume on Monday 28th April

After School Badminton with Jackie (Wednesday & Friday)
The Wednesday class will go ahead for another 8 weeks with limited places available. Please let Jackie know if you are interested in joining the Wednesday group.

Badminton on Fridays has finished. However, on Friday May 2nd from 2.15-4.00pm Jackie has organised for two of Ireland’s top young players to come to St Patrick’s and give a demonstration followed by the opportunity for pupils to play with them. These players train full-time and hope to representIreland at the next Olympic Games. All badminton players (both Wednesday and Friday players) from St Patrick’s are welcome to come along. Parents and guardians also welcome.

If you think your child would like to play, please text Jackie on 086 107 2866or e-mail her at jackiekilloch@gmail.com with your child’s name.  

CHFC Easter Camp
Registration for the Easter Camp (which takes place from April 14th to April 18th) takes place this Saturday at the club Nursery in CCC. It is open to both members and non-members. Price is €50 standard camp and €30 nursery camp.  Registration forms can be downloaded on our website www.castleknock.net.  Any queries, please call Brendan Phelan on 086-3062801.

Easter Day Camps by Science Culture

"Delicious Chemistry" - Suitable for children age 5-7. We'll be doing some hands on experiments to learn about the chemical reactions involved in the making of some delicious treats!

"Forensic Easter Hunt" - Suitable for children age 8-12. Children get to solve a mystery based on a storyline through a series of forensic experiments and analyses. 

Venue: Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre

Date and Time: 24th April (Thursday), 10am-12:30pm (Junior); 2pm-5pm (Senior)

Contact: Lorcan 087-7919801 / Pik Ki 086-1094051

Fee: €15 (Junior Camp) or €20 (Senior Camp)

Basketball Easter Camp
A Basketball Easter Camp takes place in Scoil Bhride Senior School from 10.00am to 2.30pm 14 – 17 April. Suitable for 2nd to 6th class children. Cost is €40 per child. Forms are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board. Contact Lennie McMillian on 087 6117231.

DramaWorks - Performance Term
The DramaWorks Performance term for Junior Infants - Sixth class students will commence on Wednesday 9th April.  There will be a showcase by the students on the last day of the term. This will be a ten week term.  Term fee €100.   Newcomers welcome. For further details contact Clodagh on 086 3736056

FAI Summer Soccer Camp
FAI Summer Soccer Camp will take place with Castleknock Celtic Club in Porterstown Park from 30 June to 04 July. Leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie or call 1890 653653.

Touch-type, Read and Spell  
Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. It is being run locally in Castleknock Community College on Wednesday afternoons for  1 hour during school term time –2 classes – 3-4 p.m and now due to continued demand 4.15 – 5.15 p.m.

To reserve a place or arrange a “free trial”, please contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 - email - castleknockttrs@gmail.com for further information on how the course might benefit your child.

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