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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Easter Break

The children will finish school at 11.30am on Friday 07 April.  The school will remain closed from Monday 10 April to Friday 21 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 24 April.

Most queries can be answered by accessing our website 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 


It is imperative that all children are punctual in the morning. The 20 minutes between 08.30am and 08.50am 

is a very important time in the school day. This is when the younger children have activity time or structured 

play. It is also a time when teachers get to correct the homework or hear children’s reading.

Bumbleance Collection

We have a Bumbleance Collection container in the school. The items accepted (in good working condition only please) are as follows:

DVDs; Video Games; Hand Held Consoles; iPods/MP3; iPads/Tablets; Phones.

If you have any of these items for recycling, drop them into the main office.

Ballet Ireland

Our first class pupils are participating in a programme of workshops in collaboration with Ballet Ireland’s outreach programme for National Schools. The final sessions are on Monday 27 March in the school hall. First Class Parents are welcome to attend and should enter via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only. 

9.30 - 10.15 Ms Ryan's class 
10.30 - 11.15 Ms O' Callaghan's class
11.15 - 12.00 Ms Nagle's class
12.30 - 1.00 Ms Murray's class

Upcoming Events

27 March – Ballet Performance – 1st Classes (timings above)

27 March – Communion Parents Meeting

03 April – Confirmation 

07 April – School finishes at 11.30am for Easter Break

10-21 April inclusive – School closed for Easter Break

13 May – First Holy Communion – Mr O’Neill’s Class

27 May – First Holy Communion – Ms Dowling & Ms Merrigan’s classes

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

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

14 March 2017 – Cross Country – venue Porterstown

27 February-03 March – Active Week 2017

04 April – Cross Country – venue Morton Stadium, Santry

Junior and Senior SFAD (Sport for All Days)

The Junior Sports Day (Sen Infants to 2nd) will take place (weather permitting) on Thursday 30th March and the Senior Sports Day (3rd to 6th) is scheduled (again, weather permitting) for the following Thursday i.e. 6th April. Children should bring their school bags to school, as usual, on these days. They should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They are also advised to bring an extra drink with them along with their usual lunch. 

“Knock-out Trials” (for children in 3rd - 6th classes only) for selection of School Athletics Team to compete in  Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships

The children who have made it onto the shortlists have been informed. Final selection will be made from these lists. It should be noted that selection is based on a number of points – athletic ability, team spirit, reliability, sportsmanship, etc. The remainder of the “Knock-out Trials will be held after school. Those who make it onto the shortlists must attend if they want to be considered for the team. Those selected for the team must be available for the championships (held at Morton Stadium in Santry) the last week of May and/or the first week in June. The following schedule has been put in place, but further dates will be advised in the coming Newsletters.

Friday 24th March U10 Boys from 2.15 - 2.45
Monday 27th March U10 Girls from 2.15 - 2.45

NOTE: All trials take place outdoors and are weather permitting. Trials may have to be cancelled at short notice if the ground is too wet. Please discuss pick-up/collection arrangements with your child. Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door at 2.15 where they will be met by teacher. Also note that more dates/times will be added in order to prepare for the event. Children will be informed at school of any further arrangements and notices will appear in Newsletters.

Finals of D15 Cross Country League 
The Grand Finals of the Dublin 15 League will be held at Morton Stadium, Santry on Tuesday 4th April. Permission letters (with further details) will be distributed shortly to all children on the Cross Country Team. Supporters are welcome but please note that parking is restricted and you may have to park at the nearby shopping centre. All members of cross country team will be provided with special school singlet this week. For the Finals Day, they should wear black shorts/leggings, plain white t-shirt (school one fine) with athletics running singlet over it. After the event, it is very important that children return all school kits ASAP. Please return clean kits in bag with your child's name clearly written on it (paper bag is fine) as all kits need to be signed back in. Kits will be collected from classrooms. 

Parents Association News

URGENT Request for Volunteers for Confirmation Reception 

This year our 6th Class children are making their Confirmation on Monday 3rd April at 11am in St. Mochta’s Church, Porterstown.  We are appealing for volunteers to help with the Confirmation reception, which will take place in St. Mochta’s Parish Centre following the ceremony.  

We ideally need eight helpers. Due to high numbers,  the Confirmation ceremony will take approx. two hours – so volunteers will be required to be in the Parish Centre from 12.30 to 2.30pm approx. for the reception (this will include the clean-up following the reception).  We appreciate that this may clash with your child finishing school, but would appeal to volunteers to make arrangements for friends/family to collect their children.

Please text/phone Sabine 087 2869804 or Adrienne 086 3192656 if you are available to help.   


Staff Car Park

Parents are asked not to park in the Staff Car Park at any time between 8.00am and 3.00pm as we have, and will continue to have, a number of Teaching Practice teachers/visitors over the coming months. The only exception to this is 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.

Leaving School Early

The teacher should be notified in advance if possible, should a child need to be collected early.  Pupils who 

leave before the end of the school day, must be signed out at Reception by a parent/guardian

If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during break times 

(10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as the children are in the school yard at this time. If an emergency situation arises, please ring the office before break time and we will arrange to have your child at Reception 

for collection.  However, please note Reception is closed from 12.00-12.30pm daily. Your cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

St Patrick’s Business Network 

St Patrick’s School Journal contains a list of Businesses & Services provided by Parents in the School. This is an excellent resource for parents looking for a reliable provider of various services.  The List of Businesses is being finalised shortly. If you are a Parent that has a business or service and would like to be listed, please contact Daniel on daniel@cms-ireland.com ASAP.

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.


Access to Classrooms After Hours

With the exception of those attending Extra-Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. This is to prevent loss or damage to school property.   If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books, copies and general belongings does not generally constitute an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, they should come to Reception.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The school looks after the bookings and payment requests for Tennis, Badminton, Athletics, Emma Louise Dance Academy and Chess.  If your child decides not to rejoin the new blocks of any of the above activities, it is essential that you email info@stpatricksns.ie so that we can remove your child from the list, and offer the place to another child.  It will also mean that you will not receive payment requests unnecessarily for the activity.

2nd & 3rd class Basketball Information

If your child would like to re-enrol for basketball for term 3, please return the form by Fri 24th March 2017.  The term will run from 25th April 2017 – 20th June 2017 (2.10 to 3.05 pm).  It is a 9 week term. Please return the form as soon as possible as there is a large number of children on the waiting list and Ms O’Reilly would like to accommodate as many as I can. REMINDER: TERM 2 ENDS ON MARCH 28TH 2017.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities 

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club – Easter Camp

CHFC are holding their Easter Camp from 10 – 13 April. 

Nursery Camp (Born 2012-2013) 10am-12pm (€25 per child).

Standard Camp (Born 2005-2011) 10am-2pm (€40 per child.

Register & pay at Club Shop every Saturday before Saturday 08 April.

For further information contact Lisa Kiernan 086-1022296/lisakiernan1@gmail.com

Leaflet & Registration form attached.

Anatomic Fitness

Mick Daly from Anatomic Fitness was delighted to be part of Active Week in St Patricks.

Anatomic is a local gym, with over 40 classes every week, based in Castleknock Celtic FC Club House, Porterstown.
They have classes to suit all fitness levels, from: circuit training, spinning, and boxercise.

Plus a Children’s class every Monday at 5pm (10 – 13 years of age)

Mick would like to offer the parents of St Patricks 2 free classes of their choice.
Please call or text Mick: 085 759 3029 to book your place.

Check out our class timetable on Facebook.

Fundamental & Fitality Fitness

Easter Camp in Porterstown Park from 10am to 2.30pm on 18 – 21 April (Tuesday to Friday). Suitable for boys & girls aged 9 -12 years. Price €60 (sibling discount €10).

Contact Noel McManus 0879830443 fundamentalfitnessireland@gmail.com or Gabriella Sztojalovszky 0877372895 szt.gabriella@gmail.comfor further information and bookings.