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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 22th April 2015

Referendum 2015 – Same-Sex Marriage/Presidential Candidacy Age

The school will be closed on Friday 22 May as it is being used as a Polling Station for the above Referendum.


We are still awaiting an update from the Department of Education & Skills re Remedial Pyrite works.

Provisional School Calendar 2015/2016

A copy of the Provisional School Calendar for 2015/2016 school year is attached to this email.

The Great Irish Bake for Temple Street

“On Friday 17 April, we had a Bake Sale to raise money for Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital. We had great fun selling all the cakes. Everything was sold by the end of the day. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed, especially the Imperial Bakery in Leixlip, our teachers and all the children in 5th class who baked the cakes. Overall we raised a total of €1090. We hope everyone from 3rd-6th class brought some nice cakes home with them.” Neil Hogan, Darragh O’Connell, Aoibheann O’Connell

3rd Class "Voyage of Discovery" Cultural Event

Last week the third class children attended a cultural event in school entitled "A Voyage of Discovery". This event was initiated by some members of the ATP Partnership Committee (comprising students, parents, members of the local community and staff members). A few months ago a call was put out for volunteers from our parent body to help with the project and as a result about 12-15 volunteers came forward to organise/host a most enjoyable cultural event at which the children got to identify and celebrate the rich diversity of our school community - through story, dance, music, art and even a tasting session where they sampled foods from different parts of the world. The whole event was a resounding success and the children loved it. Please read some of their comments which follow. A big thank you to all those involved - especially the parents and members of our community who gave feely of their time (and indeed talents) and provided such a positive enriching experience for our third class children.

“We went on a voyage of discovery. Some people told us stories. We learned about other languages and we got to eat some brownies and cupcakes and lovely brown bread. We finished off with some dancing.” David Strappe (3rd)

“Firstly we listened to a story about Grace O'Malley. After that we went to a room where we learned about other people’s culture and there were flags hanging on the wall and we did a special dance. Then we tasted food from other countries and heard a story about a Spanish dragon. It was a really nice day.” Sam Sattar (3rd)

“The Tigers Room was transformed into Hen's Castle. We tasted foods from all the countries that Granuaile sailed to. We were told a story about a dragon and also decorated a giant dragon. We sang a song and learned a dance.” Alison Callinan (3rd)

St Patrick’s Business Network – Homework Journal

St Patrick’s School Homework Journal is an opportunity for Parents who offer a Business or Service to advertise that Business in the Journal.

St Patrick’s Homework Journal is used by over 550 children, every school day. The Journal offers the opportunity to support parent’s businesses or services.The Journal is currently being finalized for September 2015. If you would like to have your Business or Service listed, please contact Daniel Collins ASAP at 087 2565431 or email Daniel@cms-ireland.com.

School Payments

Our school uses the Aladdin software service for administrative purposes and the ePayment system will give you access from an internet browser on your computer, phone or tablet to make secure payments to the school using your credit or debit card. You will receive an email or text with your personal secure link for payment. We ask that all future payments are made through this system. It is no longer possible to pay via the school website.

The purpose of the ePayment system is to facilitate the easier payment of “school money collections” for parent/guardians and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques being sent into our school in line with recent central bank directives. The system also automatically records your payment against your child/childrens’ records.

School Sports News

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.

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

Wednesday 22nd April U10 Boys & Girls

Friday 24th April U11 Boys & Girls

Wednesday 29th April U12 Boys & Girls

Thursday 30th April U13+ Boys & Girls

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.

D15 Cross Country League
The Grand Finals of the Dublin 15 League will be held at Morton Stadium, Santry on Tuesday 28th April. Information regarding the event has been emailed to parents of all children on the Cross Country Team. All supporters welcome. However, please note that parking is restricted and you may have to park at the nearby shopping centre.

NOTE: All members of cross country team now have their school kits. For the Finals Day they should wear black shorts/leggings, plain white t-shirt (school one fine) with athletics running singlet over it. After the event it is very important that children return all school kits ASAP. Please return clean kits in bag with your child's name clearly written on it (paper bag is fine) as all kits need to be signed back in. Kits will be collected from classrooms.

Upcoming Events

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 – Confirmation Retreat (during school day) TBC

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

22 May – School Closed – Polling Station for Referendum

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

25 May - Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships at Santry – Field Events

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

04 June - Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships at Santry – Track Events

17 June – COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday)

31 August – School Opening for Senior Infants - 6th Class

01 September – School Opening for Junior Infants 10.00-11.30am

Other Dates of Interest

07 May – LCC Open Night for current 4th/5th class students/parents

04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015

Parents Association News

Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships

This Training helps parents or guardians in their role in parenting their children to have healthy friendships and relationships at home and in their personal lives.

Parents or guardians who attend will be informed about, what is taught in relationships and sexuality education (RSE) and the approach that is used by the teacher. It enables parents to have a clear understanding of the content of the RSE part of the Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) curriculum.

Monday 27th April 2015 @ 7.00pm St. Luke's NS, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15

For additional information please email: info@npc.ie

E.U. ParentNets Project: Cyber-bullying & Parents

A survey for parents of Irish children. As part of a concerted effort to aid parents in the prevention and combating of cyber-bullying amongst children, the E.U. has established the 'ParentNets' project, which aims to provide a practical tool for parents to use to better inform themselves and, crucially, help deal this problem.

The Anti-Bullying Centre in Dublin City University, as the Irish partners of the ParentNets project, is running a survey for parents of Irish children. This survey is a crucial part of the project as it will help inform them of the needs of parents, and guide the design of the output of the project towards being of most use to parents. As a central part of that project they would be exceptionally grateful therefore, if you have a child aged between 9 - 16, if you could take the time to complete this short survey on internet usage by yourself and your children.

Here is the weblink to the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7J88RZ

Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing

Would you be interested in attending the above talk? If there is enough interest, we can arrange, through the NCP, to have this talk take place here in St Patrick’s N.S. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please email stpatrickspa@yahoo.com to register your interest so that we can make an application as availability of dates is limited.


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.

Re-Registration Form 2015/2016

We have a number of children on our Waiting List for Senior Infants to Sixth class places for the 2015/2016 school year. It is important that we can confirm as soon as possible whether or not we will have school places for them. Re-Registration Forms have been given to all children (JI – 5th Class). The form has also been emailed to all parents. Can you please ensure you include your child’s CURRENT class teacher on each form. Thank you.

We would ask that you return the fully completed form ASAP, confirming if your child/children will be returning to St Patrick’s for the next school year 2015/2016. This will also ensure that we have correct contact details, (postal address, mobile numbers and email address) for all parents.

You have the option to pay the Extras Fee for the 2015/2016 School Year on return of the Re-Registration Form or alternatively defer payment until the new school year, whichever is most convenient to you. Please ensure you tick the appropriate payment box on the form.

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

Carpenterstown Community Tennis Club

Carpenterstown Community Tennis Club is started a new term of Adult tennis lessons for beginners/improvers/advanced last week. Lessons are held at the Sycamore and Riverwood Courts weekend and weekday evenings. Please contact carpenterstowntc@gmail.com for further information.

Touch-type, Read and Spell

Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. The course is run locally in the following locations -

Luttrellstown Community College – Tuesday, 3.30–4.30 pm

Castleknock Community College - Wednesday, 2.50-3.50 pm and 3.55-4.55 pm

To reserve a place for the remaining term this year, please contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 or email castleknockttrs@gmail.com for further details.

St Thomas the Apostle Teen Choir (Laurel Lodge)

St Thomas the Apostle Teen Choir are looking for new members (6th Class children only). If you are interested, rehearsals take place every Saturday at 5pm in St Thomas the Apostle Church. The Choir sings at the 6.30pm mass every Saturday.

Castleknock Celtic Football Academy

Every Saturday morning at 10.00a.m. in Porterstown Park. Ages 4-7 years – Boys and Girls. Registration takes place in Clubhouse – 40 for 10 weeks. Please bring football gear including boots and shin-guards and Original Birth Certificate. For further information, text 083-4111721 or email info@castleknockceltic.com.

Introduction to Yoga

Please see attached leaflet re a free class being run in the Community Centre, commencing in May.