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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 14th September 2016

We are very proud of our school website and most parent queries can be answered by accessing www.stpatricksns.ie or by viewing our Newsletters which are regularly emailed to each family and are also on our website.  Please make our website your first “Port of Call”.

The Reception/Administration Office hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm.  The office closes for lunch from 12.00-12.30pm daily.  It would be much appreciated if telephone calls to the school were made only in emergency situations, and only after 9.00am 

There is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, unless the illness is contagious.  Parents should acknowledge their child’s absence from school on their return, in writing, with a note for Junior & Senior Infant classes or in the child’s Homework Journal for 1st- 6th Class.  

Junior Infants September 2017

Application Forms for Junior Infants September 2017 will be available for collection from the main office from Wednesday 14 September.  

Registration will take place on 17, 18 and 19 October from 10.00am -12 noon. There will be an evening session on Monday 17 October from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Please ensure you submit your Application during the above dates as Late Applications will not be accepted.

Registration for First Holy Communion 2017

Registration will take place over two registration evenings in the St Mochta’s Parish Centre on Monday 26th  & Tuesday 27th September from 5.30pm to 7pm (Late registrations will not be accepted after this date). 

Please note you will be required to present a Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate for your child on this registration evening so:

  • If your child was baptised in St Mochta’s Church, please fill in the Date of Birth and Baptismal details on the Registration form. If you have a copy of the Baptismal Certificate at hand, please bring it along with you to Registration.
  • For children baptised in another church, a Baptismal Certificate must be presented with the registration form before your child can be enrolled on the First Holy Communion Preparation Programme. 

If you have any queries or need more information please contact Mary Greene, St Mochta’s Church at (01) 8213218.

St Vincent’s Castleknock College – Open Evening

An Open Evening for current 5th Class boys and their parents is taking place in St Vincent’s Castleknock College on 29 September at 7pm.  Please Note: the closing date for prospective students for First Year in 2018 is 31 December 2016.

Summer Reading Club

Well done to all the children who participated in the Summer Reading Club. Congratulations to our raffle winners:

1st Class:  Matei Moraean, Réiltín Collins, Sarah Nealon, Clodagh Sheehan

2nd Class: Cillian Flynn, Zach Buttner

3rd Class: Ellie Prendergast

4th Class: Naomi Cirstea

5th & 6th Class: Dylan Buttner

Thanks to our book club sponsors:  Folens, O’Brien’s Press and Savvy Schools.

Remember to keep reading and 1st-6th class pupils can log books in the section in the front of their homework journal.


A peer support group for children from 1st to 6th class who have experienced a bereavement or separation will commence soon in St.Mochta’s Pastoral Centre. Rainbows is a secular programme.  If you believe your child or children would benefit from this programme, please contact rainbowsstmochtas@gmail.com.  More info available on www.rainbowsireland.com

Information Meetings

We are holding a series of informal meetings at 8.40am with the parents of each class grouping.  The meetings will take place in the Tigers Room on the dates listed below.  Please enter via the DISWELLSTOWN (Tigers) DOOR ONLY. Please note that teachers will only attend for part of the meeting.  Should you wish to speak to the teacher individually, please contact the office to make an appointment.





Junior Infants

Friday 16 September

Third Class

Thursday 15 September

Second Class

Monday 19 September

First Class

Tuesday 20 September

Senior Infants

Wednesday 21 September

Parent Helpers

If you are interested in becoming a parent helper for the current school year, please email info@stpatricksns.ie to register your interest.  If you have already registered your interest, please drop into the office in fill in a Garda Vetting Form.


Choir will not recommence until later this term.  The exact date will be advised via Newsletter.


Local residents have again approached the school regarding the issue of dangerous and illegal parking. We appreciate that lack of parking space is a major problem for all parents.  However, cars must be parked in a safe, legal and considerate manner.

Unfortunately, a number of parents continue to park and block access to/from driveways, and park dangerously close to junctions and entrances to estates.  This is both highly inconsiderate towards the residents of these estates and is, in fact, illegal.

There are also a number of parents who stop at the roundabout on the main road which is also a dangerous and illegal practice.  It is also an unnecessary practice as we have a safe procedure in place for dropping children off at the main entrance of the school. 

The following are extracts from the Rules of the Road:

  1. A vehicle may not park on double yellow lines in any circumstances.
  2. A vehicle may not be parked within 5mof a junction.
  3. Vehicles may not be parked near: a bendthe brow of a hill, a humped back bridge, a continuous white line, where it would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, at a bus stop or opposite another vehicle on a narrow road.

The Board of Management will have no hesitation in supporting local residents who choose to report drivers who park illegally or trespass on their property. The Board will also support those parents who choose to report instances of dangerous parking/driving that may put the lives of their children at risk. 

There is ample parking available at Spar car park which is a short distance from the school. Cars must be parked properly in the car park.  Under no circumstances should a car obstruct one of their patrons or interfere with delivery truck access. 

Upcoming Events

15 September – Third Class Parents’ Information Meeting 8.40am – Tigers Room

16 September – Junior Infant Parents’ Information Meeting 8.40am – Tigers Room

19 September – Second Class Parents’ Information Meeting 8.40am – Tigers Room

20 September – First Class Parents’ Information Meeting 8.40am – Tigers Room

21 September – Senior Infants Parents’ Information Meeting 8.40am – Tigers Room

26 & 27 September – First Holy Communion 2017 Registration (see note above)

Upcoming Sporting Events

14 September – Girls Gaelic Football vs GS Naoimh Pádraig (venue Lucan Sarsfield GAA Club)

15 September – Boys Gaelic Football vs Scoil Eoin Bosco (venue Martin Savage Park, (St Plunketts GAA)

20 September - GO Games (4th) vs Adamstown (venue Somerton)

21 Septmeber - Girls Gaelic Football vs St Mochta’s N.S. (venue Somerton)

22 September - Boys Gaelic Football vs St Mochta’s N.S. (venue Somerton)

27 September - GO Games (4th) vs Lucan East (venue Arthur Griffin Park, Lucan)

28 September- Girls Gaelic Football vs Scoil Aine Esker (venue Somerton)

29 September - Boys Gaelic Football vs Scoil Thomais (venue Somerton)

04 October - GO Games (4th) vs Corduff (venue Somerton)

11 October - GO Games (4th) vs Scoil Ghrianne (venue Phibblestown)

18 October - GO Games (4th) vs Huntstown (venue Somerton)

Squad Goals Competition 

Congratulations to Aisling Andrews and Molly O’Neill(two of our past pupils), who were part of the winning team of five girls who represented Castleknock Hurling & Football Club during half time at the All-Ireland Camogie finals in Croke Park last Sunday.  

This Liberty Insurance Squad Goals Skills Competition was an all-Ireland competition and was open to all camogie clubs country wide, with the finals being held in front of 20,000 people.   In the process, the girls won 5,000 Euro for their club(CHFC).  Brilliant achievement!!


Contagious Illness

Whilst there is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, we would greatly appreciate if you would 

contact us if your child contracts a contagious illness e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, etc.  There are children in 

the school who are at increased risk of contracting these illnesses.  Parents should acknowledge their child’s absence from school due to minor illnesses on their return, in writing, in the child’s School Journal. 

Contact Details

It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers and email addresses) for your child on our database.  If any of your details have changed over the summer, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form as soon as possible.

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.

Please ensure that if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, etc., that they are clearly marked with your child’s name and their class teacher. For your information and to ensure forgotten lunches arrive in time, the following are the breaktimes for the children

Junior & Senior Infants

10.20-10.30am Small portable snack taken to yard for eating under supervision

10.30-10.50am Eating time in the classroom  

12.00-12.30pm Any remaining food can be taken to yard to be finished under supervision.

First Class upwards

10.20-10.30am Small portable snack taken to yard for eating under supervision

11.45-12.00noon Foods not suitable for outdoor eating can be eaten in the classroom 

12.00-12.30pm Any remaining food can be taken to yard to be finished under supervision.

Labelling/Lost Property

The chances of returning lost property are greatly increased if all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please ensure jumpers, PE sweatshirts, coats, etc. are labelled with your child’s name.

Lost Property

Lost Property is now stored inside the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door.

Hand Towels

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.

Staff Car Park

Parents are asked not to park in the Staff Car Park, the only exception being parents collecting disabled or injured children.  We would be grateful if you could also inform anyone who may be collecting your child/children on your behalf of this procedure.  If you are returning to the school to drop off forgotten lunches, schoolbags, etc. during the school day, we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate. (Please close gates after you leave).  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Reminder re dismounting bicycles, etc

In the interest of everyone’s safety, all cyclists (pupils, parents & siblingsshould dismount from their bicycles at the main gates of the school.  For safety reasons, we would ask that you do not allow your children to use scooters or rollerblades on school grounds.

Temporary PE Timetable

A temporary PE Timetable will be in place for the first few weeks.  Children will be informed of their PE times by their class teachers.  Children should wear their school tracksuit/runners on these days.

Extra Curricular Activities

New after-school club at St Patrick's! The Emma Louise Dance Academy! Beginning Thursday 15 September!

Welcome to Emma Louise Pierce, a qualified dance teacher who runs her own dance academy in Blanchardstown. Last year, she came to St Patrick's and gave free dance lessons to some of our classes. She also ran a dance station at our Junior and Senior Sports Days. There was great feedback from the children afterwards, particularly with regard to her hip-hop dance routines. The Emma Louise Dance Academy will take place on Thursday afternoons (2.10 - 3.05 and 3.05 - 4.00). Only €25 for 8 sessions! Great value and loads of fun. Places still available. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie if you would like to have your name added to the list. 

Lego Challenge 

The new term for Lego Challenge will start on Friday, 16 September. 


Tennis will commence on Monday 12 September.  Children will be advised tomorrow if they have been successful in securing a place and a payment request will be emailed to parents.  We would greatly appreciate if payment could be made before classes commence.


Badminton will commence on Friday 16 September.  Children will be advised tomorrow if they have been successful in securing a place and a payment request will be emailed to parents.  We would greatly appreciate if payment could be made before classes commence.


Athletics will commence on Wednesday 14 September.  Children will be advised tomorrow if they have been successful in securing a place and a payment request will be emailed to parents.  We would greatly appreciate if payment could be made before classes commence.

Art & Craft Workshops

Art & Craft Workshops commenced Monday 12 and Friday 16 September. There are still some spaces available. All enquiries to Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan BEd (Hons) 0874123247. 

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes

Classes will resume on Tuesday 13 September. There are a number of spaces still available in all classes.

For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

Irish Dancing

In St Patrick's N.S: Tuesday Junior and Senior Infants 1.10 - 2pm; Tuesday and Thursday 2.10 to 3.10 1st - 6th backstage room; Wednesday Advanced 6.15pm. Saturday 12-1pm all grades. Children prepared for examinations, shows and stage craft, to develop confidence teamwork and poise. Or simply learn Irish dancing for fun and cultural development! For more information or to register, contact Bernadette Downey Lanigan A.D.C.R.G. 0876204772. Classes will recommence on Tuesday 13 September.

Spanish for Children (SPNS)

For information on great courses for Primary School children, starting week beginning 12th September, directly after school in St Patrick’s NS and/or up until 5.15PM close-by, please contact Mary Galvin on M087 267 4809 / Emarygalvinspanish@gmail.com / W: spanishclasses4children/com.

TEFL, BA Mod Hons (TCD), HDip Ed Hons (UCD), MA (TCD) and Applied Linguistics Hons (TCD). Fully registered 2nd & 3rd level teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Piano Lessons

To Register contact Kelley at 087 7679278 or email tmmusictuition@gmail.com

Platform Stage School

Platform Stage School classes commence on Thursday 15 September. To register, please contact Liz directly at 0862245113. Website www.platformstageschool.ie.

After-school French classes in St. Patrick’s

French classes for children run after-school weekdays and also at week-ends for pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th class. Children love learning French through flashcards, songs, games and taking part in projects. A special early years class for 3 to 5 years old class is starting on Saturdays. All materials are provided. Enrol your child now as limited number of places for each age group. Merci beaucoup!

To register please contact Sabine directly at Mob 087 227 9027 Email info@frenchforchildren.ie  Web www.frenchforchildren.ie

Sabine - BA Hons & Master in Linguistics, Teaching French as a Foreign Language

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Classical Ballet & Hip Hop Dance Classes
For Students Age 2.5 – 18 years. Beginners Always Welcome. 
Fully Qualified I.D.T.A. Teachers. Classes Every Monday from 4.15 in Diswellstown Community Centre, St Patricks National School.
- Pre-School Class (Age 2 ½ to 4 yrs) - 4.15-4.45pm
- Tiny Tots Ballet (Junior Infants/preschool Age 4+) - 4.45-5.30pm 

- Tiny Boppers Hip Hop Dance (Junior & Senior Infants) - 5.30-6pm

- Classical Ballet & Theatre Craft (Senior Infants +) - 6.00-7.00pm 

- Classical Ballet Primary & Grade 1 (3rd class +) - 6.30-7.30pm 

- Hip Hop Dance (All Ages 1st class+) - 7.30-8.15pm

To register contact Sara Chester A.I.D.T.A directly at 0877923955