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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 22nd June 2016

School Reports

School reports will be sent out this week. For children from 1st class up, the report includes STen scores which are one small indicator of your child’s progress. Over emphasising scores causes anxiety. Children should not be discussing their STens with peers at school. If you intend to share your child’s standardised test results with him/her, we implore you to wait until after the school closes for summer holidays.  

4th Class Write-a-Book Project 2016
This year, 4th class children took part once again in the annual Write-a-Book Project - a partnership venture between Dublin West Education Centre and schools in its catchment area. This worthwhile project enables primary school children to become real authors as they create their own books by actively engaging in the processes of writing, editing, illustrating and presenting their work to a wide audience. The children's books were submitted to a partner school where they were reviewed and judged by other children of the same age. Well done to all those who took part and special congratulations to those who received special merits! Hopefully, the children will treasure their books for many years to come!

"It was really exciting to go to the Write a Book presentation. My rosette is very beautiful. It was such a wonderful experience." Oscar McMahon

"The Write a Book ceremony was very exciting, I was proud to be there!" Sofia Calef

'I went to Dublin West Education Centre, I felt happy when I got the merit prize.' Amukela Sibanda

'We got a rosette, I had a great time and really enjoyed it' Rija Ashan

Summer Reading Club

What better way to pass some of those lazy summer days than reading a book? This summer, we invite all senior infants- fifth class pupils, to participate in our summer reading club. All children in senior infants- fifth will receive a reading log. Simply read, record and return it to school at the start of the new school year. We hope to have some prizes and all those who make a good effort over the summer, will be entered in the draw. Forms will also be downloadable from the school website. Happy reading!

Second-hand School Books

If anybody has second hand school books that you no longer need, the school would be delighted to accept these to support our Book Scheme.  Boxes will be left on each corridor and one at reception from Monday 27 June.  Please do not include workbooks that have been written on or textbooks that are in poor condition

Lost Property

There is a large volume of Lost Property items at the school, everything from gloves to coats! These will be put on display outside the school on Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June.  Anything not claimed by 29 June will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Sixth Class Children (current classes)

Attached to this email is a brief information leaflet from the HSE Immunisation Department.

Tracksuit Bottoms

The school holds a stock of tracksuit bottoms in all sizes (Junior Infants to Sixth Class) for use for “accidents”. Children borrow these as the need arises. They are asked to returned them.  However, some have not come back! If your child was given a tracksuit bottom on loan this year, we would be grateful if it could be returned before 28 June.  Also, if you child/children have outgrown their tracksuit bottoms and no longer need them, we would be happy to accept them for our stock.

Upcoming Events

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

Congratulations to our Boys Hurling and Girls Camogie teams who both won their Cumann na nBunscoil matches yesterday in Croke Park.  We are extremely proud of them and a big thank you to their parents and trainers!

Parents Association News

SPNS Sponsored iWalk

Thank you all most sincerely for supporting our Parents’ Association, Sponsored iWalk last Thursday 16 June. The response was phenomenal! Children, staff, parents and grandparents all reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the fun and energetic morning, including the delicious treat that each class got afterwards of fresh strawberries, oranges and watermelons! Thanks to you all, our children can now look forward to using their new iPads next year and for years to come. Well done everyone!


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

Art & Crafts Workshops

Classes take place on Mondays and Fridays from 2.10 to 3.45pm.

For full details please contact Blathnaid on 087 4123247.

Spanish for Children (in SPNS and locally)

Felicidades to every one of my little and big Spanish pupils, who all did so well in their after-school Spanish classes again this year and particularly to those who graduated and will be moving up a course or moving on to Secondary School in September 2016! Five available courses for 4 - 13 year olds, in St Patrick’s NS and locally Tues, Weds & Thurs (1.15PM to 5.30PM). New year (30 weeks over 2 terms), starting week beginning Mon 12th Sept. Enrolment has already started. Please book early, to guarantee your preferred day/time and to not incur July Book/CD price increases. Muchas gracias, Mary

M: 087 267 4809 E: marygalvinspanish@gmail.com W: www.spanishclasses4children.com

BA Mod Hons (TCD), H Dip Ed Hons (UCD), MA (TCD) Applied Linguistics Hons (TCD). Fully registered with Teaching Council of Ireland.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Any information received about Summer Camps in the locality will be displayed on the door beside Reception.