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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 20th January 2016

Action Team for Partnership Needs Your Help! 

Action Team for Partnership launched our first ‘Cultural Day’ for our 3rd class students last academic year.  The children really enjoyed experience of discovering folklore from different cultures.  The day would not have happened without the amazing support we received from our parents.   Pictures of the day are on the website under ATP.

This year we will be following up on that success and are calling for parental support again.  The theme we are adopting is ‘1916 and other Revolutions’.  We are looking for parents, grandparents, family members and community members who have knowledge, and/or an interest, in either the 1916 Easter Rising or other Revolutions that have influenced a country in a significant way.  If you would like to help out, please email atp@stpatricksns.ie


All parents of 4th Class (girls only), 5th Class and 6th class children should have received email documentation last Friday re the upcoming ACCORD Talks (Consent Form, Programme Content and Invitation to Parent Talk on 04 February).  If you did not receive this email, please contact the office at info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP.

HSE Vision & Hearing Tests for Senior Infants

The HSE will be in the school on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th January for Vision & Hearing Tests for Senior Infants.  Should you have any queries re this, please contact the HSE Hearing & Vision section at 8825161. 

Super Troopers!
Hope all is going well with your Super Troopers active homework. If your child did not receive their active journal yet, don't worry, they're on the way!! We had to order a few more. Encourage your child to join in with a sibling or friend until their journal arrives! Apologies for any inconvenience.

2nd Parents Preparation Meeting for First Holy Communion

The next First Holy Communion Preparation meeting takes place on Monday 25th January in St Mochta’s Church at 8pm for Parents ONLY.  One parent should attend if you cannot attend please contact Mary Greene at pastoralcare@stmochtasparish.ie or contact (01) 8213218. This meeting will cover many aspects for the Sacrament of Reconciliation & Penance which will be celebrated at 7pm on Monday 29th February 2016.

Access to Classrooms After Hours

With the exception of those attending Extra-Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. If in an absolute emergency a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, they should come to Reception.

Upcoming Events

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. ** see note in PA section

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

28 January – Meeting in LCC re 1st Years September 2016

04 February – ACCORD Parent Meeting 8pm

06 February – LCC & CCC Assessments for 1st Years September 2016

09 February - Cross Country, Porterstown Park

11 February - ACCORD Talk 4th Class (girls only)/5th Class

16 February – ACCORD Talk 6th Class

29 February – Communion - 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

12 April – Cross Country Finals, Morton Stadium, Santry ** Note date has changed

25 April – Confirmation Retreat (School Hours)

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

30 April – Communion Ceremony – Mr O’Neill’s & Ms Dowling’s classes

14 May – Communion Ceremony – Ms Merrigan’s class/Scoil Choilm

24 May – Confirmation Ceremony

Parents Association News

Guiding you Child through to Adolescence

PA Parent Talk in St Patrick’s N.S.: 'Guiding you Child through to Adolescence’ by Enda Murphy, Cognitive Behaviourial Therapist will take place tomorrow Thursday 21 January at 7.30PM in the Tigers RoomPlease enter and exit via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only.  This meeting is open to all SPNS Parents & Guardians.


Procedure for entering the school each morning

The school bell rings at 08.30am. Children walk to their lines.
Please note, Classes are collected from the yard by their teacher. As soon as the classes have entered the building, the doors are closed. 

  • The Carpenterstown door remains open until 8.50am.
  • Only children who arrive after 08.50am should 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.

Parentline – Parenting Tips

The above conference is for parents, educators and anybody who works with children.  It takes place in Wynn's Hotel, Abbey St on Friday 29th January 2016 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The speakers will share their wealth of knowledge on what educational support children are entitled to and how to access it. The aim is that people will leave with confidence, knowledge and motivation that will allow them achieve the best possible outcomes for their child in school (primary, and secondary).

Helen Walsh, SENO, National Council for Special Education 
Donald Ewing, Head of Psychological and Educational Services with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland since 2012.

Michael Keane, Neuroscientist and Director of the Actualise Neurofeedback Training Clinic at Dublin City University.

Title: Neurofeedback Training: A new perspective on changing brain function.

Gareth Noble, Gareth is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading litigators in the area of children with disabilities.
Title: Education and the Law – ensuring that the rights of children and their parents are vindicated.

Tickets: €20.  Available from www.parentline.ie (PayPal) or email info@parentline.ie

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

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes

Musical Theatre classes provide vocal and acting skills to children of all levels in a 

creative and fun environment.  As well as musical ability, the classes help children 

build confidence, learn teamwork and develop their individual talents.  Our new 11 

week term will begin in St. Patrick’s N.S on Tuesday, 26 January 2015.  Classes are 

1.10 – 2.10 pm for Junior and Senior Infants, 2.10 – 3.10 pm for 1st and 2nd class and 

3.10 – 4.10 pm for 3rd and 4th class and 4.10 pm – 5.10 pm for 5th and 6th class.    

Individual lessons (Classical Singing and Musical Theatre) are available upon 

request.  Preparation for Royal Irish Academy of Music and Leinster school of Music 

singing exams and Junior and Leaving certificate practical exams is also provided.  

For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email 



There are a limited number of places available in our speech and drama classes for Junior Infants - Sixth Class students.  Classes take place every Wednesday after school, this term we are preparing for an end of term performance. For further details please contact Clodagh on 0863736056.

Spanish for Children

After-school Spanish classes (La Jolie Ronde). Term 2 starts back, week beginning, 11th January. Great courses to choose from: JI & SI, 1st & 2nd, 3rd - 6th (beginners), 5th & 6th (non-beginners). Gracias! Mary  

M: 087 267 4809 Emarygalvinspanish@gmail.com Wspanishclasses4children.com

TEFL, BA Mod Hons (TCD), H Dip Ed Hons (UCD), MA (TCD), Applied Linguistics (TCD). 

Fully qualified Second & Third level teacher, registered with Teaching Council of Ireland.

French Classes for children

La Jolie Ronde French classes are available in Diswellstown Community Centre for ages 4 to 12 years old. Please register your interest by contact 0868794166 or email inasfrenchclasses@gmail.com with your name and phone number. Thank you. Madame Inas

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Porterstown Panto Players – Rumpelstiltskin

Porterstown Panto Players presents Rumpelstiltskin at St Mochta’s Parish Centre. Fun for Family and Friends on 28th, 29th and 30th January at 7.30pm: 30th & 31st January at 2.30pm (matinee). Tickets €10 – Adults; €5 – Children (under 12).  Tickets are on sale from the Parish Office or Sacristy after masses.