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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 16th December 2015

Christmas Holidays 

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

Favourite Sweatshirt/Fleece/Jumper 

Children may wear their favourite Sweatshirt/Fleece/Jumper on Tuesday 22 December if they wish.  

“Santa Dash”

We hope to have our “Santa Dash” this Friday, 18 December, when each child in the school from senior infants - 6th will aim to run a mile. Children may bring a Santa hat or any kind of festive hat to school to wear on the day of the run. The children will continue training for the dash between now and Friday so they should wear runners to school every day for the remainder of the term.

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

All children will return to their classrooms after the show in order to remove costumes.  If you wish to bring your child home early on that day, please go to the main door of the school after the show as your child will need to be signed out.  Your child will be brought to meet you when he/she is ready. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CLASSROOM! Please note, your child should wear their Tracksuit to school on the day of their show.

St Vincent’s Castleknock College (Secondary School)

Castleknock College offer four scholarships to students wishing to enter First Year in August 2016 whose financial position would not otherwise allow them to attend the College. The Scholarship Application form is available to print from the Admissions Section of their website www.castleknockcollege.ie.  The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday 22 January 2016.

Coins for Hospice

A huge Thank You to everyone who contributed to the Coin Collection!  The response has been amazing.  Thank you for your generosity! 

Upcoming Events

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

18 December – “Santa Dash” (Senior Infants – 6th Class)

18 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 Behavioural 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

Thank You!

The Parents Association would like to sincerely thank everyone for their contribution (volunteers, donations & attendance) at our Christmas Fair on 29 November.  

It was a very successful Christmas Fair and all funds raised go towards the school to benefit our children. Thanks again and have a great Christmas and all the best for 2016!



We celebrate festivals such as Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter as part of the overall school curriculum. However, we discourage the practice of exchanging cards and/or gifts in school. Those who do not receive cards/presents and those who may not celebrate some of the festivals feel upset and isolated.  

No Presents 

The staff at St Patrick’s do not expect presents at Christmas time. You may wish to make a donation to St Vincent de Paul or St Francis Dublin 15 Hospice instead.    

Battery Recycle Collection

It is estimated that 33 million batteries with be purchased over the Christmas period, accounting for around 40% of all the batteries sold in Ireland each year. Ensure used batteries don't end up in the bin by placing old and used batteries in our battery collection boxes at Reception.

Lost Property

If your child is missing any items, please take a moment at drop off/collection time to check the lost property rack (just inside the Blanchardstown Door). Any items unclaimed by Friday 18 December will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

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

Athletics (5th & 6th Class)

A new session of Athletics will start after Christmas at a cost of €25 for 8 weeks, exact date yet to be confirmed.  

Tennis (3rd – 6th Class – Priority Given to Oldest)

The current 8 week session will recommence after Christmas, exact date yet to be confirmed. 

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 was attached to previous Newsletter 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.

GOAL Mile - Porterstown

The third world charity GOAL will host a series of “GOAL Miles” throughout Ireland this Christmas season. MSB will once again host this event in Porterstown Park on St Stephen’s Day. Participants are asked to make a donation before setting off at approximately 20 minute intervals. Some run, some jog, some walk. So why not come along between 11am and 1pm on St Stephen’s Day, get some light exercise and at the same time raise money for a great cause.

Let Porterstown Scouts clean your car for Christmas!

Porterstown Scouts are running a fundraising Car Wash on Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm at their Den on the Porterstown Road.  All cars welcome for a €6 wash or a €10 mini valet. Drivers can enjoy a cuppa while the scouts do the hard work!

May the whole school staff take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Nollaig Shona, Wesolych Swiat, Boldog Karacsony, Craciun Fericit, Geru Caledu, Schastlivogo Rozhdestva, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noel, ¡Feliz Navidad! and all the very best for 2016.