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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 11th March 2015

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge buailte linn aris. We are having lots of fun activities to promote Gaeilge in the school this week. Most of all, we hope everyone will have plenty of “spórt agus spraoi” as Gaeilge. Perhaps you could use a “cúpla focal” at home too!


We will be having a Mórshiúl for the children during the school day on Monday 16 March. Children may wear a green top or t-shirt with their school tracksuit bottoms if they wish. It is NOT a Non-Uniform day.

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

“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!!

“The Real Deal” on Swipe TV - RTE 2

Diana Sobol from Ms Lineen’s class was on Swipe TV on Friday and the show can still be seen in full on www.rte.ie/swipetv. The person with the most votes goes through to the next stage of the competition – the Grand Final. Please support Diana by logging on to www.rte.ie/swipetv and voting for her.

“Doodle for Google”

Bhavya Mugawar, a past pupil of St Patrick's N.S., has been selected for the 75 finalists out of 3000 entries for the Doodle 4 Google competition. If you would like to vote for her doodle which is called 'My simple imperfect day', please log on to http://www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d4-11.

Ballet Ireland

Our first class pupils are participating in a programme of workshops in collaboration with Ballet Ireland’s outreach programme for National Schools. The final sessions are on Monday 23 March in the school hall. First Class Parents are welcome to attend.

Ms. Ryan’s Class 9.30am-10.15am.
Ms. M McDermott’s Class 10.30am-11.15am.
Ms.English’s Class 11.15am-12.00noon.

Junior “Sport for All” Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)
The Junior Sport for All Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class) will take place, weather permitting, on Thursday 26 March. 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!

“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 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.

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

PA 2015 Family Fun Quiz

The Parents’ Association wish to express a huge thank-you to all the families who attended our school Quiz on Sunday 8th March and made it the enjoyable day is was for everyone involved!


Absences due to illness

Whilst there is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, we would greatly appreciate if you would contact us if your child contracts a contagious illness e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, etc. There are children in the school who are at increased risk of contracting these illnesses. Parents must acknowledge their child’s absence from school, in writing, at the back of the child’s School Journal (Education Welfare Act). Parents of Infants children should speak to the teacher at the class line on the morning of their return.

Sick Children at School

Please do not send sick children to school for the following reasons:

  • Children are unable to cope with the demands of school when they are unwell.
  • Infection spreads rapidly in the confinement of the classroom.
  • There is no indoor supervision for sick children during breaktimes.

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.

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

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).

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).

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club Easter Camp

Easter camp takes place this year during the first week of the school holidays, March 30th to April 3rd (10am to 2pm). Price is €50 for the standard camp born 2008 to 2002) and €30 for the nursery camp (born in 2009 and 2010). Application forms are available from website www.castleknock.net

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 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.