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.  

Confirmation Photographs

Confirmation Photographs will take place on Wednesday 05 April.

5th Class Parents – “Friends for Life” Information Meeting

An information meeting about the “Friends for Life” programme on resilience and well-being will take place in the lobby next Tuesday (4th April) at 7.30 p.m.  The fifth classes have been working on this programme for the past ten weeks.  All parents of 5th class pupils are invited to attend.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

30 March - Junior Sports Day (Senior Infants to 2nd)

03 April – Confirmation

04 April – “Friends for Life” Programme Information Meeting 

05 April – Confirmation Photographs

06 April - Senior Sports Day (3rd to 6th)

07 April – School finishes at 11.30am for Easter Break

10-21 April inclusive – School closed for Easter Break

01 May – May Bank Holiday – school will be closed

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

16 May – Communion Photographs – 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

30 May – Communion Photographs – Ms Dowling & Ms Merrigan’s classes

05 June – June Bank Holiday – school will be closed

27 June – 6th Class Graduation

30 June – School closes for Summer Break

30 August – School Re-opens for Senior Infants to 6th Class

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

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.

Monday 3rd April U10 Boys and Girls 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. Supporters are welcome but please note that parking is restricted and you may have to park at the nearby shopping centre. For the Finals Day, children 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 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. We have been informed by the organisers that NO SPIKES are to be worn by the 5th & 6th class runners as part of their course will be run on concrete (area connecting outlying fields and the stadium track).  More info re Finals Day attached.


Administration of Medicine

Non-prescription medication is not permitted in school.  Under no circumstances should any medication be 

placed in a child’s schoolbag or lunchbox. The school cannot consider requests to administer antibiotics, throat spray, Calpol, etc.

Children who have Asthma and need to use Inhalers/Ventilating Flasks should be able to self-administer

under adult supervision in so far as this is possible. Parents need to make the class teacher aware of the condition.  

However, if your child suffers from a condition that necessitates regular administration of medicine during the 

school day or which may necessitate administration of emergency medication, you need to speak with the 

deputy principal (special needs co-ordinator) who will arrange for the child’s medication needs to be met.  You should also inform the class teacher of any medical condition.

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.

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.

4th, 5th & 6th Class Basketball

The last session of this term's basketball for senior classes with Ms Parker will be held this Wednesday. As outlined in the registration form, there is no basketball for seniors next Wednesday. Thank you.  

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.