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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 8th June 2016

"St Patrick's N.S. is holding a Sponsored Walk on Thursday 16 June to raise funds for another set of school iPads"


Down Syndrome Ireland – Ice Cream Funday
On Friday 10th June, some of our parents will be selling Ice Cream in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland at 1.10pm and 2.10pm. No set price, all donations welcome. If you wish to support this worthy cause, they will be set up under the canopy at the Main Entrance.  Please note that there may be an unavoidable delay in your child (1st-6th Class only) leaving school if they wish to purchase an ice-cream.

Junior Infant Sport for All Day

This will take place on Monday 13 June (weather permitting). PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.  Children should wear their school tracksuit (school shorts are permitted in the event of fine weather). An extra drink is also recommended for the day. Further details will be sent directly to each parent.

Upcoming Events

10 June - Down Syndrome Ireland – Ice Cream Funday

12 June – St Mochta’s Parish Family Funday Picnic (see below for more info)

13 June – Junior Infant Sports for All Day  

17 June - Junior Infants Open Day Visit (Group 1 – please check your email)

20 June - Junior Infants Open Day Visit (Group 2 – please check your email)

21June – Parent Helper Coffee Morning (10.30-11.30am)

22 June - Junior Infants Open Day Visit (Group 3 – please check your email)

23 June – 6th Class Graduation

29 June - School closes at 11.30am to facilitate compulsory Department of Education & Skills training for staff in the new Integrated Language Curriculum (Irish & English)

01 September – School reopens for Senior Infants to 6th Class (normal school day)

05 September – Junior Infants 10.00am-11.30am.

31 October – 04 November (inclusive) – Mid-Term Break

07 November - School Reopens

23 December – 06 January (inclusive) – Christmas Break

2017 Dates

09 January 2017 – School Reopens

20 February 2017 – 24 February (inclusive) – Mid Term Break

27 February 2017 - School Reopens

17 March 2017 – St Patrick’s Day – school closed.

10-21 April 2017 (inclusive) – Easter Break

24 April 2017 - School Reopens

01 May 2017– Bank Holiday

05 June 2017– Bank Holiday

30 June 2017 – School closes for Summer Holidays

Sports Events

Return of running kits

All athletes who have finished with their running kits should return them to school asap. Your child's kit should be placed in a bag (paper bag is fine) with the child's name clearly written on it, as all kits must be signed back in. Kits will be collected daily from the classrooms. 

Parents Association News

School Sponsored Walk – “iWalk for iPads”

This week the children will receive a sponsorship form for the School Sponsored Walk.

You may have heard your children mention how they have used iPads in school to play educational games or for research purposes. The Parents Association contributed to the funding of these iPads and a multiple docking station last year. The iPads have been hugely successful, so much so, that the Board of Management would like to purchase another class set. 

To facilitate the purchase of the iPads, we are hosting an “iWalk for iPads” Sponsored Walk.

The children will walk from the school on Thursday 16th June (time to be confirmed) to Tír na nÓg and will complete a circle of the park. We would love to invite any parents who are around at that time to line the route in the park and support the children as they walk.

Whilst all the children will complete the walk, there is no obligation on any child to complete a sponsorship form. If a family wants to complete one form per family rather than per child, that is perfectly fine. Completed forms and monies raised should be handed to the class teacher on or before 16th June.

We hope that the children have fun on their walk and that they and their younger siblings will reap the benefits of their efforts in the coming school years.

SPNS PA Committee


Parent Helper Coffee Morning

We would like to invite all our parent helpers to a coffee morning in the school on Tuesday 21 June from 10.30-11.30am. This is to acknowledge all the help that we received this year.  The helped ranged from covering books, ATP events, accompanying children on tours/Mass/Communion & Confirmation practices, in-class help with guided reading, handwriting and maths to name but a small few.  In order to gauge numbers, we would ask that you RSVP to the Parents Association email address stpatrickspa@yahoo.com on/before Friday 17 June. 

Walking/Running on School Walls 

A number of children have been seen walking on the walls surrounding the staff car park at the end of the school days. Please advise your children that this is a dangerous activity and a Health & Safety issue.  Any children seen doing this will be reprimanded.

Moving House? 

If you are moving house and your child will not be returning to St Patrick’s in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with the class teacher and the Main Office as soon as possible as it will be necessary for you to complete a Transfer Form.   We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon as possible.

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

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Savvy Schools – LCC Uniforms 

Savvy Schools are now a local supplier of LCC Uniforms.  Their price list is available from outside the office.

St Mochta’s Parish Family Funday Picnic is taking place on Sunday 12th June, in Luttrellstown Castle from 1 - 8pm

For our Market Place we are looking for:

  • Unwanted gifts; prizes or unused gift vouchers
  • Your Old Chipped Plates or Dishes – Smash n’ Distress!
  • Handbags, Belts, Jewellery (new or used)
  • Bottles alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Art/Pictures framed and/or frames,
  • Ornaments, silver, crystal of any type.
  • Books, CD’s, DVD’s Or Games (all types)
  • Bread & Cakes: bought or freshly baked.
  • Toys in good condition and all their parts!
  • Donate a prize for our raffle
  • Any end of line products through your business/contacts.
  • Sponsored prizes from local businesses will be accredited on the day in an Information Booklet

Items can be dropped into the Parish Centre during office hours: (9.30 to 12.30) or before and after mass up to Friday 10th June.


Tickets are available for €10 per Family/Car and Students €2 each from St Mochta’s Parish Pastoral Office, Porterstown, Dublin 15, or on the day which covers admittance, raffle and live 

entertainment all day.  

Some of the events include:

Live Entertainment:  MC: Gerry Healy, Spirit Radio DJ leads the Entertainment from 1-8pm.  Live Trad Music - Fionn Uisce, Taiko Ireland Drumming Band, Kaelain Sutton & Conrad Jones Branigan (Soloists), Cabe Dance Academy (Lord of the Dance), Bokwa Fitness Group, Zumba Dancers, Mulberry Pickers, Diversion – Young Band from Castleknock Community College and winners of Star Search this year.

Marketplace – Stalls of treasure both new, old, fun and fresh – everything goes!

Vintage Car Show – Classic/Vintage Cars and Bikes (Prizes for Best Car presented in Show etc)

Get West Adventure Company (events Climbing wall, High Zip Line and Tag Archery)

Big BBQ, provided by  Luttrellstown Creams and Makeup and Physiocare, Diet and Exercise.

KIDS AREA - Face Painting – Big Slide - Toddler Play Area – Carnival: Hook a duck, smash and distress, Crack the coconuts…


For ongoing information please see www.facebook.com/stmochtasparishpicnicfunday. Share the link on Facebook to your friends and family and invite them along for a bigger family occasion.