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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday May 28th 2014

June Bank Holiday
Please note the school will be closed on Monday 02 June for the June Bank Holiday.

Trócaire Boxes
If you have not already returned your Trócaire Box through the Parish Church, Trócaire will be calling to the school first thing on Thursday morning to collect any outstanding boxes. 

Cricket Blitz (4th Class)
“Last Thursday boys and girls from 4th class went to Corduff Sports Centre for a cricket blitz. We had four cricket matches. We played against Tyrrelstown and Castleknock National School. Our school came second overall. At the end all the schools gathered together to hear the winner. We would like to thank all the teachers parents and organisers for all the support. It was great fun.” Ahsan Munir and Olti Berisha, 4th Class

Santry Track & Field Events
“On Monday boys and girls from fourth, fifth and sixth class went to Morton Stadium in Santry to compete in track and field events. The events were high jump, hurdles, long jump and 600m race. A lot of schools were there. It started raining less than halfway through the high jump, so the U14 high jump had to be inside. We all did really well. It was great fun!” Eoin Boushel, 4th Class

“On Monday 26 May we went to Santry with the school. There were lots of events taking place such as high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot put and running and there were loads of different schools competing. Our school did fantastic! It was a great day out and everyone put in so much effort. We would like to thank Ms Soulsby and Mr Roache for helping us train and prepare for the big day.” Hannah Rowsome 6th Class

Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships

Last few Sprint & Relay Practice Sessions:
Wednesday 28th May U11 Boys & Girls 2.15 - 3.00
Thursday 29th May U12 & U13½ Boys & Girls 2.15 - 3.00

Tuesday 3rd June FINAL PRACTICE FOR ALL RELAY & SPRINT TEAMS ie U10s, U11s, U12s & U13½s - please note the time 2.15 - 3.15

Congratulations to all those who competed in the Field Events at Morton Stadium, Santry on Monday. Twenty athletes represented the school in a variety of events. They can all be proud of their performance and it was great to see the team rewarded with medals in the High Jump, Hurdles, Shot Putt and 600m events. Well done to all! We now look forward to the Track Events (Sprints & Relays) on Thursday 5th June. All support is welcome but please note that parking is restricted. We have been advised to inform you that you may need to park in the nearby Omni Shopping Centre Car Park or the Northwood Retail Park. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 28 May – Open Day for Junior Infants September 2014 (1.30pm-2.10pm)
Thursday 29 May – Semi Final Camogie Match, Russell Park (St Brigid’s) 3pm
Wednesday 4 June – 3rd Class Tour
Thursday 5 June - Cumann na mBunscol Athletic Track Events
Tuesday 10 June (Evening) – Art Exhibition – PE Hall (more details next week)
Tuesday 10 June – Transition to Secondary School Talk – School Foyer 8.30pm
Wednesday 11 June – Senior Infant Tour
Thursday 12 & Friday 13 June – HSE 6th Class Vision Tests
Thursday 12 June – 2nd Class Tour
Tuesday 17 June – 5th Class Tour
Thursday 19 June – 6th Class Tour
Friday 20 June – Junior Infant Sports Day
Tuesday 24 June – 6th Class Graduation Night

Parents Association News

Transition from Primary to Secondary School Talk For Parents

Important  Change: Parents of children in 5th class, please note that going forward, this talk will held every 2 years so there will NOT be a talk next  year.

Tansition from Primary school to Secondary school is one of those life events that most people can recall in some way or other.  The purpose of this talk is to outline the major changes involved for both children and parents and to provide some useful tips on how best to manage the transition so that the experience can be undertaken with minimum stress - for the whole family!  Tom Casey, Teen Counsellor, Crosscare, will facilitate a talk for parents in the school foyer on Tuesday 10th June at 8.30pm. Tom brings with him a lot of relevant experience and practical advice which we feel will be very beneficial for parents. The talk is aimed at parents with children in 5th and 6th class but all are welcome. 

Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm with additional time available for questions.


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

School Reports by Email
We would like to distribute School Reports by email this year. Your child/children’s Report will be sent directly to this email address. However, if you do not wish to receive your child’s School Report by email, please email info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP stating your child/children’s name(s) and class teacher(s).

Diswellstown Summer Camp!
There are places available for children who wish to attend Diswellstown Senior Summer Camp (3rd - 6th class children) and a limited number of places available for children who wish to attend Diswellstown Junior Summer Camp (Junior Infants - Second Class).  The camp includes Arts and Crafts, Sport, Games, Music and Drama (Junior Camp) and Cooking.  All camp staff are teachers from the school.

New Payment Method
We are trialling a New Payment System here in St Patrick's. We chose the Fifth Class Tour for the first trial.  The system allows parents to pay through a very secure system.  It will cancel out the need for writing cheques and sourcing exact amounts for payments, etc. It will also automatically enter the record of the payment against your child's entry on our Aladdin school database.  All outstanding payments are automatically listed in the email sent to parents. Please note that we are only seeking the Class Tour payment at this time.  If your email shows the 2014/2015 Extras Fee, please note that this can be paid any time between now and April 2015. Thank You for your cooperation in this trial. We are confident that the system will benefit both parents and the school in monitoring and recording payments.  If you have any queries about the system, please feel free to email info@stpatricksns.ie.

CCC – First Years 2015
Application forms for First Year 2015 to Castleknock Community College have been delivered to all fifth class students in the last week.  The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th September @ 4.00p.m.Parents should pay close attention to the enrolment procedures and note that in 2013/14 Castleknock Community College was only able to provide places to siblings of existing students and those first time applicants living in Area B.  In 2013/14 we were unable to offer places to applicants from Area A or from outside the catchment area.  Applicants in these areas need to ensure that they have made applications to other second level schools. John Cronin – Principal

Extra Curricular Activities

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club (CHFC)
The Castleknock GAA nursery for boys and girls (4-7 years old) takes place every Saturday at Tir na Og (beside CCC) at 10am.  New members are always welcome.

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.

Gaeltacht Summer Course – Coláiste Chúil Mhín
30 June – 12 July. Suitable for ages 10-18. More Information & Application Forms are available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard.

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