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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Junior Infants September 2016

Application Forms for Junior Infants September 2016 (Yellow Form for siblings) are available for collection from the main office from Wednesday 16 September.  Registration will take place on 12, 13 and 14 October. Please note that parents of siblings can drop their application forms into the main office at any time during 12, 13 and 14 October.  It is not necessary for you to attend the formal sessions.  Please also note that sibling applications do not require proof of residence documents e.g. utility bills.  

Favourite Jersey/Favourite T-Shirt Day

The Ladies Dublin GAA Football Team is playing this Sunday in the All Ireland Ladies Football Championship Finals. To show our support for bPeil na mBan, all children may wear their favourite jersey/tshirt with their school tracksuit bottoms on Friday.

Hearing/Vision Testing - HSE

HSE Hearing/Vision Testing Forms have been distributed today to all Junior and Senior Infant classes.  Can you please complete the form, stating whether or not you give your consent for your child/children to be tested.  Forms should be returned directly to the child’s class teacher on/before this FRIDAY 25 September as they need to be kept in class order.  Please do not return the forms via the Office.  The HSE has not yet set the dates for this testing.

Road Safety 

A reminder that the main school avenue is still a shared access road for school and building traffic.  It is, therefore, very important that all pupils and their younger siblings are carefully supervised at all times when exiting the school.

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.

Donations for Refugees

Over 20 sacks of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and first aid supplies have now been delivered, from our school community, to Dublin Calais Refugee Solidarity, to assist refugees affected by the current crisis. Many thanks for your generosity. We are no longer collecting but should you wish to make further donations, GOAL is accepting donations through Topaz service stations. https://www.goalglobal.org/stories/post/goal-appeals-for-winter-supplies-for-syria.

Class Group Photographs

Class Group Photographs will take place next Wednesday 30 September.  Can all children who have full school uniform, please wear it to school on Wednesday?  


Choir will commence on Thursday 01 October and will take place on the first Thursday of each month.  Children from 2nd to 6th class are welcome to join. 

Head Bumps

It is school policy to inform parents if your child has a head bump of any kind during the school day.  If the teacher feels that the child is ok and does not need to be collected, you will receive a text message for your information.  If the head bump is deemed to be more serious, you will receive a telephone call from the office asking you to arrange collection of your child. 


A peer support group for children from 1st to 6th class who have experienced a family bereavement or separation will commence soon in St.Mochta’s Pastoral Centre. Rainbows is a non-secular programme.  If you believe your child or children would benefit from this programme, please contact rainbowsstmochtas@gmail.com.  More info available on www.rainbowsireland.com

Upcoming Events

22-24 September – School Photographs

22 September – Boys GAA D15 League Blue Team–Somerton/Yellow Team–Tir na nÓg

22 September – Cross Country, Porterstown Park

23 September – Girls GAA – St Vincent’s GAA Club 3pm

24 September – Boys GAA Football – CCC (Clondalkin Community Centre) 3pm

28/29 September – First Communion Registration – 5.30-7.00pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre 

29 September – Boys GAA D15 League Blue Team–Somerton/Yellow Team–Tir na nÓg

30 September – Class Group Photographs

06 October – Boys GAA D15 League Blue Team–Somerton/Yellow Team–Tir na nÓg

07 October – Parents Association AGM

13 October – Boys GAA D15 League Yellow Team–Tir na nÓg

13/14 October – Confirmation Registration – 5.30-7.00pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

20 October – Boys GAA D15 League Finals

20 October - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

29 November – Christmas Fair

09 February - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

08 March - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

19 April – Cross Country Finals, Morton Stadium, Santry

Sports Events

Selection of children for school events and appropriate parental interaction

The school leagues have started recently. Many thanks to all of our parents for your continued support of our school teams. We greatly appreciate your help with supervision, jersey care, side-line encouragement, etc. The school is indebted to our teachers who train and run the teams in a voluntary capacity. The school ethos is to promote ‘Sport for All’. However, some events are competitive and for these, children need to be selected.  We always endeavour to be as fair as possible when picking children to represent the school.

It is not appropriate for parents to take issue with teachers regarding the selection process.

While there will always be differing opinions in this regard, it is the prerogative of the team management to make the final decision.

We look forward to another great year for St Patrick’s on the sporting field.

Girls Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath

Well done to the St Patrick’s Girls Gaelic team who have played two Cumann na mBunscol games in the last two weeks in Somerton. We played Scoil Fhiachra and Ayrfield N.S. The 5th and 6th class girls performed really well and we won both matches. St Patrick’s ABÚ!

Ciara Andrews and Claire Brady, 6th Class

Parents Association News

St Patrick’s Parents Assocation AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St Patrick’s N.S. Parents’ Association will take place on Wednesday 07 October at 8pm in the school. We encourage all parents to attend this important meeting. A separate email with details re the AGM has been sent to all parents. 

PA Dates for your Diary!

24 September – School Photographs

30 September – Class Group Photographs

07 October – Parents Association AGM

29 November – Christmas Fair


We are very proud of our school website and most parent queries can be answered by accessing www.stpatricksns.ie or by viewing our Newsletters which are regularly emailed to each family and are also on our website.  Please make our website your first “port of call”. 

The Reception/Administration Office hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm.  The office closes for lunch from 12.00-12.30pm daily.  It would be much appreciated if telephone calls to the school were made only in emergency situations, and only after 9.00am.  

There is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, unless the illness is contagious.  Parents should acknowledge their child’s absence from school on their return, in writing, with a note for Junior & Senior Infant classes or in the child’s Homework Journal for 1st- 6th Class.  

Extra Curricular Activities

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

Art & Craft Workshops

All enquiries to Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan BEd(Hons) 0874123247. 


For further details contact Clodagh on 0863736056

Platform Stage School

To register, please contact Liz directly at 0862245113. Website www.platformstageschool.ie.

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes

For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

Spanish for Children (SPNS)

Contact Mary Galvin at 087 2674809 / marygalvinspanish@gmail.com 

Piano Lessons

Offered by pianist and musician Trudy Maguire 085 8869477, email tmagu10@gmail.com . 

Please note that some after-school activities have been oversubscribed e.g. basketball, tennis, badminton and athletics and that priority may have been given to older children, a lottery may have been held in some cases or a selection from each class group have been offered. However, children who are not successful in getting places will be put on a waiting list and we will inform them if a place becomes available etc. 

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Italian Classes for Children with "La Maestra Chiara" - www.wordsparole.com
NEW ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES for beginners and/or  bilingual Children
WHERE: St Patrick's National School, Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.
WHEN: Saturdays from 9.30-10.30am & 10.30-11.30am, starting from the 3rd of October 2015
WHO: Chiara and Alessia are two native Italian speakers with lots of experience and great enthusiasm!
Classes are fun and enjoyable for children: aged between 4 and 12 years old.  Come along, make new friends and learn....having fun at the same time: Enroll now for this term. 2015/16!
For more information, contact :  Chiara 0863722644, email: chiara@wordsparole.com  or   Alessia 0860370660, email: riccardi2010@yahoo.com

Classical Ballet & Hip Hop Dance Classes
For more information, please contact Sara Chester A.I.D.T.A 0877923955 www.chesterschoolofdance.com

La Jolie Ronde French classes

Please register your interest by sending an email to inasfrenchclasses@gmail.com  with your full name, phone number and the age and class of your child.  Thank you. Inas Zaki

Touch-type, Read and Spell 

For children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. Classes as follows:

Tuesday                     Luttrellstown Community College            3.30-4.30 pm

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

To reserve a place or for details of a FREE TRIAL, please contact Carol on 087 2868910.

Dublin Soccer Coaching Club

Dublin Soccer Coaching Club will take place at St Brigid’s National School Sports Hall, Beechpark Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin 15 commencing 23 September 2015. Information leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board, inside the main door of the school.  

Castleknock Hurling and Football Club

New Members always welcome.  See www.castleknock.net for details.

Castleknock Celtic Children’s Football Academy (4-7 years) 

New Term starts on Saturday 19th September. Contact Kieran, Academy Director, at 083-1871075, OR info@castleknockceltic.com, OR visitwww.castleknockceltic.com, for any more information. Learn the Soccer Basics and develop your Soccer Skills, in a friendly and fun-filled way.

Westmanstown Youth RFC - Rugby for boys and girls

The new season has just commenced at Westmanstown Youth RFC and we are currently accepting new members. Boys and girls from age 5 upwards are welcome to join. Coaches are Leinster Branch trained and Garda vetted, and work hard to teach the game of Rugby in a safe, controlled environment, with the ultimate aim of making it rewarding and enjoyable for all the children.

If you are interested, just come along to training on a Sunday morning at Westmanstown 11-12pm and give it a try (don’t forget boots and a gum shield). For further information email us at info@westmanstownrfc.com or phone 086-2458824.