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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 25th March 2015

Easter Break

The children will finish school at 11.30am on Friday 27 March. The school will remain closed from Monday 30 March to Friday 10 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 13 April.

Exiting the Building on Friday 27 March

For Health & Safety reasons, please note the following:

  • Infant children will exit the building at 11.30am on Friday.
  • As some of the senior classes use the same exit doors as the junior classes, the senior classes will not exit until approx. 11.40am.

Health & Safety during the Upgrade of Roundabout/School Avenue

Construction work has commenced on the site beside the school. This involves the upgrade of the Roundabout and School Avenue. The pathway along the school avenue will close for a number of weeks to facilitate these works. All those walking or cycling to school should enter via the Pedestrian Entrance ONLY. Cyclists (pupils, siblings, parents and staff) should dismount at the gate and walk their bikes/scooters to the bike stands. The Pedestrian gates will remain open until the centre closes at 10pm (except during school break times 10.20-10.30 & 12.00-12.30).

Cars may continue to enter via the main avenue to drop/collect children.

Provisional School Opening Dates for September 2015

Monday 31 August – Senior Infants - 6th Class

Tuesday 01 September - Junior Infants 10.00-11.30am

Autumn Mid-Term Break - 26-30 October 2015

Junior “Sport for All” Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)
The Junior Sport for All Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class) will take place, weather permitting, tomorrow, 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!

Senior “Sport for All” Day (3rd – 6th Class)

This will take place (weather permitting) on Thursday 23 April. 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!

The Solar Eclipse

“An eclipse is when the moon covers the sun. For the eclipse on Friday, I made a periscope. A periscope is something you can look down into and see a mirror image of the sun. To make it you will need an empty shoe box, tin foil, white paper and a sharp scissors. My daddy helped me make it. Please listen to me, never look at the sun directly during an eclipse or you could blind yourself.” Christina Murphy – 2nd Class

World Book Day Vouchers

Remember to use your World Book Day Vouchers in March. Some surplus vouchers are available from a box at reception should you wish to take an additional voucher.

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.


A parent has expressed concern re cases of conjunctivitis across a number of classes. Whilst this is by no means widespread, may we suggest that your child’s hand towel is changed more often and boil washed. Regular hand washing will prevent person to person transmission.

“Knock-out Trials” for School Santry Team - Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships NEW DATES ADDED!

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.

Thursday 26th March U11 Girls from 2.15 - 3.00 (Apologies for mistake in last week's Newsletter - cannot hold Trials on Friday 27th as children will be going home early)

Wednesday 15th April U12 Boys and Girls from 2.15 - 3.00 (Thursday 16th April not suitable as it clashes with the 6th class children's retreat - they may not be back from it in time)

Friday17th April U13.5 Boys and Girls from 2.15 - 3.00

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.

Cross Country Finals at Morton Stadium, Santry – Change of Date

The date of the Cross Country has been changed from 21 April to 28 April.

Suicide Awareness and Castleknock Celtic Joint Fundraising Initiative

On Saturday March 28th in Porterstown Park, Run/Walk the Castleknock mile in aid of Suicide Awareness, Dublin 15 and Castleknock Celtic All Weather Pitch. Entry is free. All Donations greatly appreciated. Time certificates for adults and treats for kids who complete it. Races start at 11.00 am and will take place every 30 minutes until 3pm. Please support these great causes.

Upcoming Events

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

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

25 March – Camogie – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

26 March - Junior “Sport for All” Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)

26 March – Boys Hurling - 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm) POSTPONED

30 March -10 April – Easter Break – School Closed

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

15 April – Camogie – 3pm Mount Sackville (Finish 4pm)

16 April – Confirmation Retreat (during school day)

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

16 April - Boys Hurling - 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

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

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

23 April - Senior “Sport for All” Day (3rd – 6th Class)

28 April – Cross Country Finals – Morton Stadium

29 April - Camogie – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

30 April - Boys Hurling - 3pm Bridgefield, St Sylvesters, Malahide (Finish 4pm)

07 May - Boys Hurling - 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

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

17 June – COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday)

Other Dates of Interest

04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015

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

Easter Basketball Camp

Basketball Couching for boys (3rd-6th Class) in Scoil Bhride Boys National School 30 March until 03 April from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Cost €40. Forms available from the office or contact Lennie McMillian at 087 6117231.

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 soccersister! s@fai.ie

Castleknock Celtic Children’s Soccer Academy Easter Camp

Castleknock Celtic FC Easter Camp will run from 9.45pm-1.30pm on Monday 30 March to Thursday 02 April for children born 2003-2007. The cost is €65 if booked before 16 March, €75 thereafter. For more information and to book places, contact 083 4111721 or email info@castleknockceltic.com.

Also, Castleknock Celtic is inviting Children aged 4-7 years to come along to our Children’s Academy, 10am on Saturday Mornings. Learn soccer skills while having lots of fun.