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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Christmas Holidays 

The school closes this Tuesday 22 December, at 11.30am for the Christmas Holidays.  The school will reopen on Wednesday 06 January 2016 at 08.30am.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Our Christmas Appeal is once again in aid of St Vincent de Paul and we thank you for your continued support and generosity to this appeal over the years. There are three different options to support this initiative:

  • Hampers (non-perishable food items). Items for hampers can be placed in the boxes beside the Christmas Tree in the school foyer between Monday 30 November and Thursday 03 December only. (see attached for suggested items)
  • Toys/Gifts Donate an unwrapped toy/gift for a child (new items onlybetween Monday 30 November and Thursday 03 December only.  Boy/Girl Labels are available from the office.  
  • Financial Donations. If you would like to donate money to the SVP through the school, please drop it in to the office in an envelope marked “SVP”.  All monies donated will be lodged directly into the SVP Account on Wednesday 09 December.

SVP have asked that they receive the items no later than 03 December to allow them sort the items and make deliveries in time for Christmas.  The SVP Collection Van will therefore call to the school first thing on Friday 04 December.

Dates for Junior Infant Christmas Concerts 

Thursday 17 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms M O’Reilly

Friday 18 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms Barrins 

Monday 21 December 11.00am SHARP - Mr Thynne

More information to follow.

School Calendars

School Calendar orders will be distributed to the classes as soon as they have been delivered to the school.  We do not have a definite date for delivery yet but we would hope to have them by the end of next week.

Primary Times

Copies of Primary Times Christmas Edition are available from outside Reception.

Upcoming Events

03 December - Thursday @ 7.30PM, NPC Anti-Bullying session in Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra Rd, D9 (See NPC News, below)

04 December – SVP Donations will be collected by SVP Courier

07 December – Confirmation Enrolment 7pm St Mochta’s Church

18 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms M O’Reilly’s Class Christmas Concert

19 December 11.00am SHARP - Ms Barrins’ Class Christmas Concert

21 December 11.00am SHARP - Mr Thynne’s Class Christmas Concert

22 December – School closes at 11.30am for Christmas Break

06 January 2016 – School reopens at 08.30am

14 January – Confirmation - Meet & Greet Faith Friends 8pm St Mochta’s Church

21January - Thursday @ 7.30PM, PA Parent Talk in St Patrick’s NS: 'Guiding you Child through to Adolescence’ by Enda Murphy, Cognitive Behaviourial Therapist. Open to all SPNS Parents & Guardians.

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

04 February – ACCORD Parent Meeting 8pm

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

25 April – Confirmation Retreat (School Hours)

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

Parents Association News

Cupcake Competition winners
Adult: Christine Callinan
Kids 9-13: Krisma Karabiner
Kids 5-8: Aoife Noone

Art Competition - Overall winners
In joint first place Eva Coughlan and Pearse Mooney
Age 7-9-:  Kayleigh O’Flynn
Age 4-6-: Rebecca Kenny

Christmas Bumper Raffle winners
1st prize: iPad winner - Matthew Barrett
2nd prize: Dutch bike - Cliona  McHale
3rd prize: Brannigan Meats voucher - Tim O Flynn
4th prize: Diamond Furniture voucher - Cillian O Sullivan
5th prize: Mischief Makers One4All voucher - Ava Buttner

NPC News

  1. NPC, Anti-Bullying sessions have been arranged in a number of venues around the country this year. The sessions will enable you to support your child, regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the Anti-Bullying procedures in place, for Primary and Post-Primary schools. One such session is taking place this Thursday, 3rd December, at7.30PM, in the Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra Rd, D9. Please click here or contact www.npc.ie or phone (01) 887 4477, to book your place (Free Admission). 
  2. NPCSpecial Education Interest Group. Please contact me before end of term, if interested in more information on this. Thanks.

Mary Galvin, SPNSNPC Rep.M087 267 4809 E:  marygalvin@upcmail.ie


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.

Absences due to illness

Whilst there is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, we would greatly appreciate if you would contact us if your child contracts a contagious illness e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, etc.  There are children in the school who are at increased risk of contracting these illnesses.  Parents must acknowledge their child’s absence from school, in writing, at the back of the child’s School Journal (Education Welfare Act). Parents of Infants children should speak to the teacher at the class line on the morning of their return.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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

Art and Crafts Workshops

A new 10 week term of Art and Crafts classes will commence on Monday 30th November for the Monday class and on Friday 4th December for the Friday class. Each class will run from 2.15pm to 3.45pm. There will be three classes of this new term before Christmas and seven in the New Year. Some places are still available.

For all enquiries please contact Blathnaid O'Brien Donovan on 087 4123247.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

3K Operation Transformation Run, Porterstown Park

There will be a 3k run taking place in Porterstown Park on the 9th January 2016. A training plan is attached for it for all those parents and children who may wish to take part. The 3k run is part of Operation Transformation and is being promoted by Fingal County Council Sports Division. Please note that the event is open to everyone including parents and siblings who can opt to walk the 3k on the day if they wish.