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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 3rd March 2015

World Book Day

This Thursday March 5th is World Book Day. To celebrate as usual, every child will receive a €1.50 book voucher. This can be used to purchase one of the special World Book Day titles or as part payment against any book, in most booksellers. To view the special titles, check outwww.worldbookday.com or see the poster in reception. Check out the World Book Day website for games, a quiz, videos and a chance to enter a competition by designing a National Book Token. Happy reading!

Meeting with Teachers

All questions/queries re school should be directed initially to the class teacher. Please contact the school secretary to make an appointment. (For safety reasons, it is not possible for class teachers to meet with parents without an appointment as supervision arrangements have to be put in place. For the same safety reasons, teachers cannot take or make phone calls during class time). Parents of Infant children may be able to have a quick informal word with the class teacher when collecting their child at home time. Teachers are not available once classes have commenced.

SOW/COW DAY' - Friday 13th

National SOW (Scoot on a Weekday) Week takes place from Monday 9th to Friday 13th March. Children are encouraged to scoot to school these days but especially on Friday as St. Patrick's are holding their official SOW Day. Children who don't have scooters/flickers may cycle and parents and staff are also encouraged to join in!!

N.B. Please remember to dismount at the school gate and walk scooters, flickers and bikes to the bike rack. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

'Bling Your Bike'

Does your bike need some TLC? Has it been left out in the cold? Well now is the time to BLING YOUR BIKE!! Be creative. Jazz it up with stickers, tassels or whatever decorations and creations you can think of. Take a before and after photo and send it along with your name, age and class to greenschools@stpatricksns.ie. Closing date for entries is Friday 20th March. Prizes for the best blinged bikes!!

Castleknock College (Boys only)

St. Vincent’s Castleknock College will hold an Open Night from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday 12th March for parents and prospective students for all years. All are welcome to attend. The Open Night will commence at 7pm with a brief address by the Headmaster, Mr. Oliver Murphy and the Deputy Principal, Mr. Chris Kinder.

Parents and boys will then have an opportunity to ask questions and to tour the school facilities and chat with students and staff. For more information, please contact Rita Coyle, Admissions Office on 01 8213051

Belvedere College

The closing date for Applications for September 2016 is 31 March 2015. Leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Noticeboard outside the Main Office, or log on to their website www.belvederecollege.ie for more information.

“Knock-out Trials” for School Santry Team - Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships

The children who have made it onto the shortlists have been informed. Final selection will be made from these lists. It should be noted that selection is not only based on athletic ability but also on team spirit, reliability, sportsmanship, attendance at training sessions, etc. The remainder of the “Knock-out Trials” will be held after school. Those who make it onto the shortlists must attend if they want to be considered for the team. Those selected for the team must be available for the championships (held at Morton Stadium in Santry) the last week in May and/or first week in June. Please make a note the following schedule:
Friday 6th March U10 Boys from 2.15 - 3.00
Friday 13th March U10 Girls from 2.15 - 3.00
Friday 20th March U11 Boys from 2.15 - 3.00
Friday 27th March U11 Girls from 2.15 - 3.00

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: All trials take place outdoors and are weather permitting. Trials may have to be cancelled at short notice if the ground is too wet. Please discuss pick-up/collection arrangements with your child. Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door at 2.15 where they will be met by teacher. Also note that more dates/times will be added in order to prepare for the event. Children will be informed at school of any further arrangements and notices will appear in Newsletters.

Dublin 15 Cross Country League
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, this week's cross country meeting had to be cancelled because the Fingal Parks Division deemed the running area at Porterstown unsafe. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday 24th March. This will be the last local meeting. Please note that the Finals (to incorporate a larger number of schools from the whole of Dublin 15) take place at Morton Stadium, Santry on Tuesday 21st April. All support welcome.

Trad & Ballad Night (in aid of BeKind Ireland)

A Trad & Ballad Night will take place in The Carpenter Pub on Thursday 12 March at 8.30pm. Tickets €10 from Mags 0861203608 & Deirdre 086 8135853 or pay at door subject to availability. BeKind Ireland – Support and hope for the street children of Calcutta

Upcoming Events

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

08 March – Parents Association Family Quiz

10 March – Girls Gaelic Football – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

12 March - St. Vincent’s Castleknock College Open Night (7pm to 9pm)

17 March – St Patrick’s Day – School Closed

18 March – CCC Information Afternoon & Evening (see attached letter)

24 March – Cross Country

24 March – Girls Gaelic Football – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

30 March -10 April – Easter Break – School Closed

14 April - Girls Gaelic Football – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

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

12 May – Confirmation Ceremony11.00am

23 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony - Ms Marren’s Class

30 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony – Ms Barr & Ms C O’Reilly’s Classes

Other Dates of Interest

04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015

Parents Association News

Don’t forget the Family Quiz

Test your Family Knowledge at the Family Fun Quiz March 8th 2.30pm
Will your family be the brains of Diswellstown in 2015? Come to the school on Sunday March 8th to test your family knowledge and have lots of fun!
8 rounds of questions designed to challenge all the family and a chance for the kids to outwit their parents! Each table must have a max of 2 adults and at least one child. Lots of prizes on the day.
Question rounds will include general knowledge, sports, music, film & TV, riddles, and a test of your local knowledge. Cost €5 per table.
Please email stpatrickspa@yahoo.com if you plan to attend so we can gauge numbers. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Staff Car Park

Can we appeal to parents not to park in or drive through the Staff Car Park when dropping off/collecting children (between 8.10am and 2.30pm). We have a very safe drop-off/collection procedure outside the main school gate which is overseen by Graham/Brendan each day.

The only exception to this is for parents of disabled/injured children who have sought and been given permission by the Board of Management to use the Staff Car Park. We would ask for your full cooperation in this Health & Safety matter.

Safety Notice re Dropping Off/Collecting

Please note the following important safety points:

  • People may stop momentarily adjacent to the Bus parking area to drop off/collect their children.
  • Please move as far up as possible on that stretch (to the gate past the pedestrian entrance) so that six or seven cars can drop off/collect at the same time.
  • For their safety, children should be dropped off /collected only on the school side of the road.
  • Please do not stop on the main roundabout.
  • Please also note that parents are not permitted to park in the Staff Car Park when dropping or collecting children. If you are returning to the school to drop off forgotten lunches, schoolbags, etc., we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate. (Please close gates after you leave)
  • Please inform your child to go to reception if he/she is in any doubt about collection arrangements or attendance at an after school activity, if their collector is late or if there is nobody to meet him/her at the designated meeting point.

Thank you for your cooperation.

GAA School Sessions

Please note that Brendan Phelan, our GAA coach, is currently taking 2nd Class children for hurling coaching sessions on Tuesdays. Helmets will be provided for those who don't have them. However, if your child has his/her own helmet, please send it in as children are encouraged to wear their own.

Extra Curricular Activities

All enquiries re Extra Curricular Activities should be directed to the activity organiser (see contact numbers on our website). Where the activity is organised by a staff member, please email info@stpatricksns.ie

Art & Craft Workshops

New term for Art and Craft begins next Monday 02 March. Classes are on Mondays from 2.10pm – 3.45pm. Wide range of skills taught. Contact Blathnaid O’Brien-Donovan 087-4123247

Badminton (3rd to 6th Class only)

A new term of Badminton commenced last Friday 27 February. Payment is now due for all attendees. An email with request for payment link has been sent to all registered attendees for the new term (Term 3). Limited places are available in the 3.05pm session only. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

Tennis (3rd to 6th Class only)

A new term of Tennis commences next Monday 02 March. Payment is now due for all attendees. An email with request for payment link has been sent to all registered attendees for the new term (Term 3). Limited spaces are available in both the 2.10pm and 3.05pm sessions. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp at St Patrick's

For girls aged 7 - 12 years. This will be run by qualified soccer coaches in Diswellstown Community Centre on Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd April from 10.00am - 1.00pm each day. The cost of the three day camp is 20 euros and includes an exclusive soccer jersey for each participant. Feedback from those girls who have attended Soccer Sisters in the past has been very positive. You can book online at www.fai.ie/soccersisters For more info contact Martin Doyle 086 7700772 or email soccersisters@fai.ie

Castleknock Celtic Children’s Soccer Academy
Castleknock Celtic FC invite children 4-7 years of age who want to learn to play soccer in a fun and friendly atmosphere in the Club’s Soccer Academy for Children. It takes place at the Clubhouse in Porterstown Park each Saturday morning at 10am. Children should bring their football boots and shin-pads. The Children’s Academy is under the direction of the club’s Director of Football, Lisa Fallon, who has wide experience at all levels of the game both here and in the UK.