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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 30th September 2015


Choir will commence tomorrow Thursday 01 October and will take place every Thursday and not just the first Thursday of the month as per last week’s Newsletter.  Children from 2nd to 6th class are welcome to join.  

Procedure for entering the school each morning

To ensure safe and orderly access to the school grounds, the gates will open at approximately 8.20am.

Parents and children walking to school must use the pedestrian gate entrance.  Parents and children cycling 

should cycle along the cycle path to the main school entrance, beside the bicycle stands. 

No Cycling or Scootering is permitted on school grounds.

  • The school bell rings at 08.30am. Children walk to their lines (in the early weeks of Junior Infants, 
  • parents may accompany children to the classroom).
  • Classes are collected from the yard by their teacher. As soon as the classes have entered the building, and the doors are closed.
  • The Carpenterstown Door remains open until 8.50am.
  • Children who arrive after 08.50am must enter via Reception and sign the “late book”.
  • Children may not enter the school building until 08.30am.  Parents are responsible for the welfare 
  • of their children until the school’s duty of care begins at 8.30 am. On wet mornings please time your arrival for 8.30 – 8.40am.

ePayment System 

As you are aware, we have an ePayment System here in St Patrick's and we therefore no longer wish to accept cashThis new method allows parents to pay through a very secure system, using your ATM/Debit/Credit card. It will cancel out the need for writing cheques and sourcing exact amounts for payments, etc. It will also automatically enter the record of the payment against your child's entry on our school database. An email is sent to parents with all outstanding payments automatically listed. You will also receive an email receipt which will contain details of the transaction and a reference number. Please quote this reference number in any queries you may have as regards this payment with the school.   We are confident that the system will benefit both parents and the school in monitoring and recording payments.

Extras Fee 2015/2016 

(e.g. Book Rental/Photocopying/Pupil Insurance/IT/Stationery/Visual Art)

Thank you to everyone who already paid their Extras Fee for the 2015/2016 School Year. If you have not yet paid the fee (€65 per child), an email has been sent to you with the link to our new method of payment. This is our preferred method of Payment for this and all future school payments. All payments for the 2014/2015 year must be paid before payment for 2014/2015 academic school year. 

Junior Infant Parents should note that your fees for this school year were paid on return of your Acceptance Form last November.

Upcoming Events

01 October – National Parents Council (NPC) Board of Management Information Talk 8pm-School Foyer

06 October – School 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

05 November – Communion – 1st Parents Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Church

16 November – Communion – Enrolment Ceremony 7pm St Mochta’s Church

29 November – Christmas Fair

25 January – Communion – 2nd Parents Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Church

09 February - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

29 February – First Penance & Reconciliation 7pm St Mochta’s Church

08 March - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

11 April – Communion – 3rd Parents Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Church

19 April – Cross Country Finals, Morton Stadium, Santry

Sports Events

Girls GAA

Well done to Girls Football team for reaching Cumann na mBunscol Quarter Finals! Fixtures are yet to be confirmed. Huge thanks for help and support from parents.

Parents Association News

NPC Board of Management Information Talk

NPC Board of Management Information Talk, this Thursday 1st October, 8 - 9.30 PM, in St Patrick’s NS. The session aims to:

  • inform parents of the role and function of the BOM in Primary Schools in general
  • guide parents on the corporate responsibilities of the BOM and of the two positions for parent nominees that come from our own school community 
  • inform parents on how best they can select their parent nominees at election time, to meet the needs of their school BOM and 
  • give parents enough information to consider if they would like to nominate themselves at election time. 

Elections to the Board are only every four years and are taking place THIS November. Look forward to seeing you Thursday!  Mary Galvin SPNS PA Secretary & NPC Rep 

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. This evening is the deadline if you wish to nominate yourself for election to the PA Committee and it is also the deadline for items to be included on the Agenda.

PA Dates for your Diary!

01 October – NPC Board of Management Information Talk 8pm

06 October – Class Group Photographs

07 October – Parents Association AGM

29 November – Christmas Fair


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.  

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.

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. 

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

Italian Classes for Children with "La Maestra Chiara" - www.wordsparole.com
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:

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

Dublin Soccer Coaching Club

Information leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board, inside the main door of the school or ocnact Steven Nugent at 085 1289566.  

Castleknock Hurling and Football Club

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

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

Contact Kieran, Academy Director, at 083-1871075, OR info@castleknockceltic.com, OR visitwww.castleknockceltic.com, for any more information. 

Westmanstown Youth RFC - Rugby for boys and girls

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.