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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 03rd February 2016

Hand Towels

In order to maintain our Recycling Green Flag, we request that every child brings a small hand towel/facecloth to dry his/her hands after using the WC.  This should be kept in a school bag pocket and changed regularly. Children should not use toilet paper to dry their hands.

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.
  • All supervision is concentrated on the yard areas.

Infection Notifications

In accordance with the “Management of Infectious Disease in Schools” HSE publication, we send notifications to parents of relevant classes affected if there is a report of an infectious disease or a contagious condition in the school.  The most common email notifications that we have sent to date are Chickenpox and Headlice. It is important that all parents act on the notifications, if the condition necessitates an action. This is for the Health and Safety of all our children.

Draíocht Choir Performance
The choir will be performing in Draíocht on Friday the 26th February at 8pm in The Three Tenors concert. Tickets are available through Draíocht box office. Further information will be forward to choir members re sound check rehearsal on performance day and times as soon as it is available. Ms Meade  

School Policy re Photographs/Digital Recordings 

We always seek parental permission to publish individual photographs of individual children on our website/in local newspapers/other publications. 

However, we do put samples of children’s artwork/project work and/or group/class/whole school community photographs/digital recordings of children engaged in school activities on display around the school building. Surnames of children are not included.

Our ‘school Administration system – ‘aladdinschools’ facilitates the uploading of a photograph for each of our pupils. This is very useful to teachers at the start of each school year and may only be viewed by the class teacher/support teacher and the office. Please send an email to info@stpatricksns.ie  if you would prefer that we do not put your child(ren)’s  photograph(s) on the school administration system. 

We would also ask parents to bear in mind, if recording school activities e.g. Christmas Plays, end of year displays, sports events, etc.), that not all parents would wish to have recordings displayed online.

School Insurance

The School Insurance company is Allianz and your child is covered under a 24/7 Pupil Insurance Policy.  For more information, see www.allianz.ie/otherproducts/schools.

HSE Psychology Advice Clinic

Are you concerned about yourself, a child or another family member and would like some advice? Clinics take place on Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month from 9.30-12.30. Local venues are Blanchardstown Primary Care Centre Tel. 8297233 and Navan Road Primary Care Centre Tel. 8686802. Spaces are available on a First come first served basis. Contact either number between 9.00 and 9.30am on the morning of the clinic only to register for the clinic. 

Upcoming Events

04 February – ACCORD Parent Meeting 8pm SHARP (Tigers Room)

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

26 February – Draíocht Choir Performance – 8pm

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


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.

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 


Athletics After-school Activity for 5th & 6th 

A new 10 week session will commence on 24 February until 25 May (minus Mid-Term/Easter/May Week). Cost: €30. If your child is interested, please email info@stpatricksns.ie to secure a place.  Payments for this activity will be through online system only. Email payment link will be sent in advance of first session.

FAI Soccer Sisters Camp for girls aged 7-12

Highly recommended 2-day soccer camp for girls! Has been held in Community Centre in the past and good feedback from participants.

Venue: Diswellstown Community Centre

Date: Wed 23rd, Thurs 24th March   Time: 10am - 2pm   

Price: €20 (which includes exclusive jersey)

Contact: Martin Doyle 086 7700772. For further details see flyers available at Reception.

Fingal Cross Country League

The next races take place on Tuesday 9th February at Porterstown. First race at 11.30 sharp. Please make sure that all children wear a warm coat over their tracksuit and that they bring a plastic bag in which to keep their clothes dry.  An extra drink is advised. All supporters welcome.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Anatomic Fitness Classes for Kids 

Anatomic Fitness has just introduced a new fitness programme for children aged 9 – 13 years.  Classes take place every Monday & Thursday evening at 5pm. Duration: 6 weeks.
1 class for 6 weeks @ €35; 2 classes for 6 weeks @ €65. Classes last 45 minutes.

For more information, contact Mick Daly on 085 7593029

Anatomic Fitness, Castleknock Celtic Football Club, Porterstown Road.