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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 21st January 2015

Action Team for Partnership

The school has been invited to enter into a pilot scheme called Action Team for Partnership (ATP). The National Parents Council (NPC) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have adopted this highly successful American initiative. The scheme allows for parents, pupils, community members and staff members to collaborate on a number of projects for the benefit of the school. Two ATP committees have been established within our school and are now working on 3 projects. For further information refer www.npc.ie

Project 1: Internet Safety

Our primary aim is to provide a document to enlighten and educate students, staff and parents of students about some of the general language in use by children and more importantly to promote and support their safe and responsible use of various online media and other forms of online communication.

Project 2: Multi-Cultural Display

There will be a display before Easter which will represent the wide and varied multi-cultural community within the school.

Project 3: Grandparents Visit

There will be an opportunity for grandparents of Senior Infants to come to the school and to talk to the children about what life was like for them when they were young.

From time to time, the ATP will be looking for consent from parents for their children’s participation and for volunteers for the projects. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact the school at info@stpatricksns.ie. We thank you in advance for support with the projects.

New Handwriting Scheme for Junior Infants

We are introducing a new handwriting scheme for Junior Infants and each child will need a copy of the book. The school has purchased the books at a cost of €5.50 each and we will be seeking payment from parents through our online payment system after the Mid-Term break.


As per our Upcoming Events section, Accord Talks are taking place in the month of February for Parents, 4th Class Girls, and all 5th and 6th Classes. The talk content will be emailed to you closer to the dates, together with a copy of the consent form. It is vital that you complete and return the consent form directly to your child’s class teacher ASAP, even if you are not giving your consent for your child to attend.

French Grinds

French grinds are now being offered in Diswellstown Community Centre for Junior and Leaving Certificates students. Special rates for past pupils of St. Patrick’s NS when group booking is made. Please contact Sabine ASAP to book on 087 227 9027. Sabine is French native and qualified with an Arts Degree in Linguistic Sciences & Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Dist.) and a Master of Arts 1 in Linguistic Sciences & TFFL.

Reminder re dismounting bicycles, etc

In the interest of everyone’s safety, all cyclists (pupils, parents, staff & siblings) should dismount from their bicycles at the main gates of the school and should not cycle on school grounds. For safety reasons, we would ask that you do not allow your children to use scooters or rollerblades on school grounds.

Internet Safety Day

Internet Safety Day is Tuesday 10 February. Please see www.internetsafetyday.ie and “Internet Safety Guidelines for Families” on our website www.stpatricksns.ie under “Parents” tab. There are also a number of other links on our website under “General Information” re Internet Safety.

Upcoming Events

11 February – ACCORD Parent Information Evening

12 February – First Penance & Reconciliation 7pm St Mochta’s Church

16-20 February – Mid-Term Break

23 February – ACCORD 5th Class Sessions (during school day)

23 February – ACCORD 4th Class Girls only Session (during school day)

24 February - ACCORD 6th Class Sessions (during school day)

26 February – Meet & Greet Faith Friends (Confirmation) 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

03-26 March – Tuesdays/Thursday – Faith Friends (Groups to be assigned)

17 March – St Patrick’s Day – School Closed

30 March -10 April – Easter Break

16 April – Confirmation Retreat (during school day)

16 April – Confirmation Service of Light 7pm St Mochta’s Church

23 April – Communion Parent Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

Other Dates of Interest

20 January (2015) – LCC Information night for new entrants 2015/2016

07 February – LCC Assessment of Incoming First Years 2015

07 February – CCC Assessment of Incoming First Years 2015

04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015


Infant Children

Infant children (Junior & Senior Infants) should not be left unsupervised in the yard in the morning. Parents/Guardians should remain with their child/children until they are passed over to the care of their teacher at 8.30am. Under no circumstances should Infant children be dropped at the school gate to enter school grounds alone.

Access to Classrooms After Hours

With the exception of those attending Extra Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books, copies and general belongings does not generally constitute an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, they should come to Reception.

Extra Curricular Activities

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde after-school courses)

Weekdays, between 1.10PM and 5PM. Term 2 has just started. Beginners very welcome. Five great courses (3+, 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ year olds). New 3+, pre-school course (12-weeks), starting week beginning 26th Jan. (mornings), parents welcome. Please phone 087 267 4809 for more info on all courses & check out www.spanishclasses4children.com ¡Gracias! Mary M Galvin.

French classes for children 0-12 years old @ St Patrick’s

A great activity for children to develop their language skills and learn French with a perfect accent ! Some places left in our Baby & Toddler class starting in February: parents & babies/toddlers welcome to learn together through stories, songs, rhymes, action chants and craft. A warm and relaxed atmosphere to give your child a French start ! Fully qualified French native teachers, weekly & Saturday classes 2.10 – 5.30 pm. Join for our new term now. First class free for all new children ! elodie.bordet38@gmail.com. 087 147 3153. www.facebook.com/FrenchDublin15 Merci, Elodie

Dublin Parks Tennis

Registration & Coaching on Wednesdays starting 04 February, 3pm in Laurel Lodge Community Centre and Saturdays starting 7 February in Riverwood Estate, Castleknock. For more details, contact 8338711 or email parkstennis@eircom.net.