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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Congratulations to Ms O’Reilly & Ms Barr’s 2nd Class children who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday, 30 May

Update on Safe Access to School

The crossing point at the roundabout will be upgraded by Park Developments next week.  The only safe crossing point for children and parents on the Diswellstown Road will be with the School Warden.

School Reports by Email

We distribute End of Year School Reports by email. Your child/children’s Report will be sent directly to the email address you have provided on their Re-Registration Form. However, if you do not wish to receive your child’s School Report by email, please email info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP. Please put “Hardcopy School Report” in the Subject line and your child/children’s name(s) and their current class teacher(s) in the main body of the email.

Parent Helper Coffee Morning – Save the Date!

We would like to invite all our parent helpers to a coffee morning in the school on Friday 19 June (exact time TBC). This is to acknowledge all the help that we received this year.  The helped ranged from covering books, accompanying children on tours/Mass/Communion & Confirmation practices, in-class help with guided reading, handwriting and maths to name but a small few.  In order to gauge numbers, we would ask that you RSVP to the Parents Association email address stpatrickspa@yahoo.com on/before Friday 12 June.

Annual Corpus Christi Diocesan Eucharistic Procession 

“Communion with Christ and with one another”.  Led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  7.30 pm, Thursday 4th June at Clonliffe College, Drumcondra.  All are welcome, particularly children who have recently celebrated their First Communion and their families.  Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music group and the Holy Cross Brass Sextet. 

Lost Property

Any unclaimed Lost Property items will be donated to St Vincent de Paul if not collected by Friday 26 June.  Please take a minute at drop off or collection times over the next week to check the Lost Property area (just inside the Blanchardstown Door) if your child is missing any items.

Non-Uniform Day in aid of UNICEF Nepal Earthquake Fund

On Thursday 25 June, we will be holding a Non-Uniform Day in aid of UNICEF Nepal Earthquake Fund.  No donation is too small.

Upcoming Events

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

04 June – Visual Arts Exhibition 6.30-7.30pm, Top Floor Gallery Space

09 June – Camogie Final Croke Park 

10 June - NPC Talk: Primary Schools Boards of Management, St Luke’s NS, Tyrrelstown @ 7.30PM

13 June - NPC Conference: Building Brighter Futures - Partnership for Success, National College of Ireland, 10.30AM - 4PM

17 June – COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday)

25 June – Non-Uniform Day in aid of UNICEF Nepal Earthquake Fund

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

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

Sports Events

5th Class Cricket Blitz at Corduff Sports Centre

"On Thursday 21st May a selection of fifth class students represented St Patrick's NS in a cricket blitz at Corduff Sports Centre. There were three matches. The first match we won, and the second match we drew and the third match we lost by one run! St Patrick's came second but we were against pretty high standard teams, so it was an achievement in itself. The weather was splendid and overall we had a great day".

Wendy Khumalo 5th Class

Parents Association News

Thank You!

Thank you to all the volunteers who turned up to help out at the the recent Communion and Confirmation Receptions. We really appreciate your involvement and commitment to these events. They were a great success. So to you all who manned the car parks, arranged the flowers, served the refreshments and helped with the clean-up, a huge thank you from the PA.

Next NPC talk - on Primary School Boards of Management - is being organized by the NPC’s NW Dublin Branch, of which SPNS is a member. 

  • Do you know that this is the last year in the current term of office, of all Primary School Boards of Management?
  • Do you know that the new termfor BOMs will commence in November 2015?
  • Do you know how Parent Nomineesare elected to the board?
  • Would you like to understand more about the election process?
  • Would you like to know more about the different rolesof the Board Members?

The talk - on Wednesday June 10th, at St Luke’s NS, Tyrrelstown, at 7.30PM (beside Educate Together NS, behind Shopping Centre, a 15 min drive from SPNS) - will give you a clear understanding of who is on the BOM and what their role is.  To register your interest in attending this BOM talk, please Email stpatrickspa@yahoo.com

Also of interest to you may be the upcoming NPC Conference - Building Brighter Futures – Partnership for Success on Saturday, 13th June, from 10.30 to 4PM, in the National College of Ireland, D1.  Speakers include experts in the area of education and parental involvement from Canada and Ireland.

The conference is aimed at supporting parents in becoming involved in their children’s education. Guest speakers include:

  • Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan T.D.
  • Annie Kidder,Executive Director of People for Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Helping your child succeed at school– what matters most
  • Paul Gilligan, Clinical Psychologist and CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services - Parenting and Education; Getting the balance right
  • Pam Buchanan, Learning Facilitator - Fun Learning Activities to Try at Home

Places are limited, to secure your attendance you must register in advance click here to register or email your contact details to info@npc.ie or contact 01 8874034.

Open to all parents and others interested in primary school education.


Visual Arts Exhibition

Our third and fourth class children have been working with Blathnaid O'Brien Donavan, on a fantastic Visual Arts Project.  The theme this year was Legends. The children worked in groups to put their stories to canvas using felt.  The result is a set of fabulous visual stories.  These will be exhibited for the parents of 3rd and 4th class on June 4th from 6.30pm - 7.30pm, in our top floor gallery space. This is a great opportunity for parents to see for themselves, the hard work that their children have put into this wonderful project. 

Extra Curricular Activities

Local Summer Camps

Any information we receive re local Summer Camps will be displayed at the main door of the school. Leaflets will be beside the Parent Information Notice Board.