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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 11th January 2017

Food Dudes- Phase 2

Happy New Year from all the Food Dudes! Their wish for 2017 is that the children will make a New Year's 

resolution to bring a portion of fruit and vegetables for their lunch every day, if possible in the lunchboxes, distributed before Christmas. Their efforts will be recorded in class and the children will receive special 

certificates as they progress through the term. Just a reminder that a portion of tinned fruit in natural juice 

is fine, if fresh fruit is not available.  Also, vegetables included in a sandwich or in a rice'pasta dish are also acceptable. Keep up to good work! 

Edmond Rice College Carpenterstown/Castleknock

An Information Leaflet with an Application Form for First Year 2017 has been given to all 6th Class children 

re the Edmond Rice College Carpenterstown/Castleknock.  An Information Evening for Parents will take place 

on Monday 16 January 2017 at 8pm in the PE Hall in St Patrick’s N.S. Diswellstown.

ACCORD Relationship Programme for Primary Schools

The ACCORD Relationship Programme will be taking place on Monday 13 (4th class Girls only/all 5th Class)

and Wednesday 15 February (all 6th Class). A Parent Talk takes place on Wednesday 08 February at 8pm 

SHARP in the Tigers Room. Consent Forms will be distributed early next week and should be returned directly 

to the CLASS TEACHERS ASAP. Please check your emails as more information and a soft copy of the 

Consent Form will be emailed to parents next week. 

Please note: a Consent Form must be returned for all students to advise us whether you are or are not giving 

your Consent for your child/children to attend. 

School Uniform

As per our School Uniform Policy, “the school tracksuit should be worn on P.E. days, on days when your child 

has extra-curricular sports after school”. Many children also take part in extra sporting activity during the school 

day e.g. running, jogging, training, coaching. They may wear their tracksuits on these days or full school uniform (bring running shoes).  Infant children may wear the school tracksuit to school every day if parents wish.

Choir Concert in Draíocht

The school choir have been invited to sing in The Three Tenors concert on Friday 17th February. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to perform and look forward to seeing some familiar friendly faces in the audience. Tickets are available through Draíocht Box Office: Tel 01-885 2622

Box Office Opening Hours - Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm or 24s online at www.draiocht.ie


Local residents have again approached the school regarding the issue of dangerous and illegal parking, particularly on/near the roundabouts.  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. The safety of the children entering/exiting the school grounds is our priority at all times.  

Upcoming Events

10 & 12 January 2017 – First Faith Friends Session

16 January – Communion Parent Meeting 8pm

16 January – Information Evening for Parents re Edmund Rice College Carpenterstown/Castleknock 

8pm PE Hall St Patrick’s N.S.

08 February – ACCORD Parent Talk 8pm SHARP Tigers Room

13 February – ACCORD 4th Class and 5th Class Talks (during the school day)

13 February – First Penance & Reconciliation 7pm

15 February – ACCORD 6th Class Talks (during the school day)

17 February – Choir Performance with “The Three Tenors” - Draíocht

20-24 February inclusive – Mid Term Break 

07 March – Confirmation Retreat (during school hours)

07 March – Confirmation Service of Light 7pm

27 March – Communion Parents Meeting

03 April – Confirmation 

25 May – In-Service Day for Staff – School will be closed

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

14 February 2017 – Cross Country – venue Porterstown

14 March 2017 – Cross Country – venue Porterstown

27 February – 03 March – Active Week 2017

04 April – Cross Country – venue Morton Stadium, Santry

Active Week 2017 – Volunteers needed.

We will be holding an Active Week from 27/02/2017 - 03/03/2017 and are looking for volunteers to come in and talk to our children or give some mini-skills workshops during the week. Our hope is to open the children's minds to some new sports or activities that they would not otherwise have participated in. 

Perhaps there might be some coaches/experts amongst the parent body that would be willing to give some time to our school during this week. All sports welcome and encouraged! Maybe some local coaches might like to give taster classes to encourage children to try out some new after-school activities.  

We are aware that many parents are swimmers/GAA players and marathon runners, to name but a few. If any members of the school community are available to come in and talk to the children about their training/sporting experiences, we would love to have you in. 

Please email info@stpatricksns.ie with 'Active Week Volunteer' in the subject bar to register interest. We will be relying heavily on the wider-school community to make our Active Week a success and so, your help and time will be very much appreciated.

Parents Association News

A survey request relating to children’s use of the internet has been received by the PA.  If you wish to access the survey, please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXB5RNR.  The survey will remain open until 14 January 2017


Absences due to 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 must acknowledge their child’s absence from school, in writing, at the back of the child’s School Journal (Education Welfare Act). Parents of Infants 

children should speak to the teacher at the class line on the morning of their return.

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.
  • There is no indoor supervision for sick children during breaktimes.
Extra-Curricular Activities

Please take note of the Activity starting dates listed below that are relevant to your child.

Art and Crafts classes recommenced on Monday 09 and Friday 13 January.

Athletics will recommence on 11 January at 3.05pm.

Badminton will recommence on 13 January.

Basketball recommenced on Tuesday 10 January (2nd/3rd class) and will recommence Wednesday 18 January (4th/5th/6th class children will be told during the first week back of a place has been made available for them in Term 2).

Chess will recommence on 20 January.

Emma Louise Dance Academy will recommence on Thursday 12 January

French recommenced on 09 January

Irish Dancing will recommence on 17 January

Lego Challenge will recommence on 13 January.

Musical Theatre will recommence on 17 January.

Platform Stage School will recommence on Thursday 12 January

Spanish for Children 

Spanish for Children (La Jolie Ronde) after-school classes, offering 4 age-specific courses for 5 - 12 year olds, in St Patrick’s NS & locally, on Tues, Weds & Thurs (1.15PM to 5.30PM), start back this week, week beginning 9th Jan. (17 week term). Don’t miss out! Muchas gracias, Mary Galvin *** Winner of La Jolie Ronde Regional (Ireland & N. Ireland) Licensee of the Year Award, 2016 – 2017 *** 

BA Mod Hons (TCD), H Dip Ed Hons (UCD), MA (TCD) Applied Linguistics Hons (TCD). Fully registered with Teaching Council of IrelandM: 087 267 4809 Emarygalvinspanish@gmail.com

Tennis will recommence on Monday 16 January.