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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

School Logo

Newsletters Archived

Wednesday June 4th 2014

Down Syndrome Ireland – Ice Cream Funday
On Friday 06 June, some of our parents will be selling Ice Cream in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland at 1.10pm and 2.10pm. No set price, no donation refused. If you wish to support this worthy cause, they will be set up under the canopy at the Main Entrance.  Please note that there may be an unavoidable delay in your child (1st-6th Class only) leaving school if they wish to purchase an ice-cream.

Junior Infant Sport for All Day
This will take place on Friday 20 June (weather permitting).  Children should wear their school tracksuit (school shorts are permitted in the event of fine weather). An extra drink is also recommended for the day. Further details will be sent directly to each parent in the coming days.

Cumann na mBunscoil - Camogie
In our first year to enter this competition, we won all our matches and have reached the Final in Croke Park.  It's on Monday, 9th June at 1.45pm. Hope to see you there to support us.  Deirdre, 6th Class

Payments via School Website (PayPal)
Please note if you are using the School Website option for payments, we need you to send a copy of the receipt either by email or a print copy in order for us to record your payment. From September, we would hope that all payments will be made via the New Payment Method. 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.

Fourth and Fifth Class Photography Exhibition
The children in fourth and fifth class have been working hard all year on a photography project and will be exhibiting their work on Tuesday 10th of June between 6.45-7.45pm.  The exhibition will take place the new Gallery Space on the 2nd floor (fourth classes) and the 3rd floor (fifth classes).  All parents and family of the participating children are welcome to attend.  For those parents who may not be able to attend on Tuesday, the Gallery Space will be open on Wednesday 11th June between 2.30 - 3.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you here.

Photographs for present 6th Class Children
The children in 6th class are looking for your help in gathering photos of themselves.  If any parent has any pictures of these children in school or on a school outing (tours, sporting events etc) could they please send them to2006bphotos@stpatricksns.ie, with a name of a child/event in the subject line.  All photos will be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 4 June – 3rd Class Tour

Thursday 5 June - Cumann na mBunscol Athletic Track Events

Friday 06 June – Ice Cream Funday

Monday 09 June – Boys Hurling Team & Girls Camogie Team playing in Croke Park Finals

Tuesday 10 June (Evening) – Art Exhibition – PE Hall (more details next week)

Tuesday 10 June – Transition to Secondary School Talk – School Foyer 8.30pm

Tuesday 10 June – Choir Concert – PE Hall 7.30pm

Wednesday 11 June – Senior Infant Tour

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 June – HSE 6th Class Vision Tests

Thursday 12 June – 2nd Class Tour

Friday 13 June – Ms Murray’s Senior Infant Concert 12.40pm in Classroom

Tuesday 17 June - Ms Harte’s Senior Infant Concert 12.40pm in Classroom

Tuesday 17 June – 5th Class Tour

Wednesday 18 June - Ms Meeley’s Senior Infant Concert 12.40pm in Classroom

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.

The transition 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.

Junior Cycle Reform - Parents meetings

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) presents a series of meetings organised with the National Parents Council - Primary and Post Primary on Junior Cycle reform.

The meetings are aimed, in particular, at parents of children starting post-primary school in September. They will provide information on

  • The changes being introduced in September
  • The main features of the junior cycle developments in the coming years
  • The new assessment system being introduced

In general, the NCCA presentation will aim to show how junior cycle reform represents a positive change for students, parents and the education system.  The venue for Dublin North is The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Wednesday, 18th June 2014 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. COST:    Free. For more information on the new junior cycle click on this leaflet for parents.

To attend you must register (online registration will be available very shortly), please note once you have registered your place is confirmed, you will not receive a receipt when you register.  Currently you can register by emailing the following details to info@npc.ie

1.      Forename

2.      Surname

3.      Email Address

4.      Are you a

Parent of a child in primary school?

Parent of a child in post primary school?

5. Venue you would like to attend (important)


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).

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 but have also offered it to subsequent tours.  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 syste! m, 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

Return of school athletics kit
Can all children on school athletics team please return their athletics kit ie green singlet and black shorts as soon as possible? These should be washed and returned in a bag (paper bag, preferably) with child's name on it. All athletics kits need to be signed back in. These will be collected daily from classrooms. 

Extra Curricular Activities

CHFC 2014 Mini Leagues Hurling & Camogie for Boys & Girls
2014 Mini Leagues Hurling & Camogie for Boys & Girls commences next Monday, suitable for U7 – U11s. More information available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard.

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.

Confident Communicators Summer Camp
Confident Communicators Summer Camp is taking place in Laurel Lodge Community Centre from 21-25 July and 18-22 August from 9.45am-2pm. Suitable for 5-10 year olds. Cost €85. For more information see Poster on the Parent Information Notice Board or contact 083 1954641, email Cc.confidentcommunicators@gmail.com or see their Facebook page.

Castleknock Celtic
Castleknock Celtic are recruiting for the new season on the following dates:
Venue: Castleknock Celtic Clubhouse, Porterstown Park.
Born 2006/2007 : Monday 9th June, at 6.30pm
Born 2005 : Tuesday 10th June, 6.30pm
Born 2004 : Tuesday 10th June, 7.30pm
Born 2003 : Wednesday 11th June, 6.30pm
Born 2002 : Wednesday 11th June, 7.30pm
Born 2000/2001 : Wednesday 2nd July, 7pm
Born 1998/1999 :  Thursday 3rd July, 7pm
Bring proof of date of birth with you and your football gear. For any further information required, text 083-4111721 or go to www.castleknockceltic.com

Parks Tennis Summer Camps
Registration at all venues takes place on Friday 27 June from 2-4pm.  Payment on Registration or with Paypal on www.parkstennis.com. The four Dublin 15 Venues are Hazel Lawn Courts, Blanchardstown; Hartstown Community School; Riverwood Estate & Laurel Lodge Community Centre, Castleknock.  More info beside the Parent Information Noticeboard at Reception.

St Patrick’s Parents for Business Network
Your First Choice for Products and Services supplied by parents.
Visit www.stpatricksns.ie for more information or see insert in your child’s Homework Journal.
“LIKE” us on Facebook to win a prize!