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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 26th April 2017

May Bank Holiday

The school will be closed from Monday 01 May for the May Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 02 May.

Confirmation Photo Proofs

Your child’s Confirmation Photo Proofs were sent home yesterday.  If you wish to order photographs, please return the proof together with payment in the envelope provided ASAP to ensure prompt delivery of your order.

Letters of Attendance

We would ask that if you require Letters of Attendance for Child Benefit/Travel/Visa purposes for your child/children, that you give the office as much advance notice as possible. Please email your request to info@stpatricksns.ie stating the purpose of the letter. If it is for travel/visa request purposes, please advise date of travel so that the letter can be dated within a week of travel. 

Choir Performing in Dublin
The school choir will be joining the Goethe-Institut Choir for a wonderful performance of Carmina Burana on the 6th May in St. Patrick's Cathedral at 8pm. Tickets are €20. They are available from carmichaelcentre.ie/concert or 01 8735702. Tickets will also be available on the night at the door. Doors open at 7:15pm, seats must be taken by 7:45pm.

Bake Sale in aid of BeKind Ireland

The 6th Class children will be holding a Bake Sale for children from 3rd to 6th class (or until supplies run out) in aid of BeKind Ireland on Friday 12 May. Bekind Ireland is a registered charity set up to alleviate poverty in India with a particular focus on Calcutta. Their projects provide street children with food, shelter, clothing and education and a chance to enjoy a childhood. See www.bekind.ie for more information. One of our past pupils, Isabel Bohan, is part of a group travelling to Calcutta this summer.

Permission Slips

It is part of our procedures to get written permission for pupils for attendance at activities e.g. Tours, Sports Events, Fighting Works, Forest Schools, Cycling Safety and when having photographs taken e.g. Sports Events, Communion & Confirmation Photographs, etc.  It is essential therefore that permission slips are returned prior to all events/activities. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

curs de Limba si Civilizatie Romana

Dragi parinti,

Scoala St Patrick’s in colaborare cu Ambasada Romana la Dublin si Institutul Limbii Romane faciliteaza introducerea unui curs de Limba si Civilizatie Romana pentru elevii a caror limba materna este Romana. Acest curs va fi gratis si va avea loc in scoala la sfarsitul orelor de curs si va fii predat de catre profesori de limba romana calificati.  Pentru ca demersul nostru sa se materializeze avem nevoie de accordul si sprijinul dumneavoastra si am fii recunoscatori daca ati putea sa va exprimati interesul pentru partiparea copilului (copiilor) dumneavoastra la acest curs prin trimiterea unui email la scoala cu” Limba si Civilizatia Romana” la Subject line.  Pentru mai multe informatii referitoare la curs va puteti adresa d-nei professoare Anca Borzasi la ancarus81@yahoo.com sau 0871670647, coordonatoarea acestui curs.

Va multumim. Scoala St Patrick’s

Internet Safety Tips

Link to “Teens and Screens: Creating a Balance”. http://zeeko.ie/teens-and-screens-creating-balance/teens-screens-creating-balance/

Link to “Empowering your Child to Stay Save Online. http://zeeko.ie/empowering-your-child-to-stay-safe-online/empowering-child-stay-safe-online/

Please see www.zeeko.ie for more safety tips.

Upcoming Events

01 May – May Bank Holiday – school will be closed

06 May – Choir Performance- St. Patrick's Cathedral at 8pm (see above)

12 May – Bekind Bake Sales (see above)

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

16 May – Communion Photographs – Mr O’Neill’s Class

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

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

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

31 August – School starts for Junior Infants at 10.00am to 11.30am.

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

27 April – GAA Boys vs Bayside – Venue Naoimh Barróg GAA Club (Kilbarrack)

02 May – GAA Jnr Boys vs Sc Eoin Bosco – Venue Somerton

03 May – GAA Girls Camogie vs Mother of DG – Venue Somerton

04 May – GAA Boys vs Lucan BNS – Venue Lucan Sarsfield GAA Club

09 May – GAA Jnr Boys vs D7ET – Venue St Brendan’s GAA Club

10 May – GAA Girls Camogie vs Scoil na Trionóide – Venue Donaghmede

16 May – GAA Jnr Boys vs Sc Ghráinne – Venue Somerton

22 May – Santry Field Events

23 May – GAA Jnr Boys vs Sc Chainnigh Venue Johnstown GAA, Finglas

30 May – Santry Track Events

School Athletics Team

“Knock-out" Trials to select this year's School Athletics Team to compete in Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships at Santry continue. Trials are on-going and training will get underway next week.  

Please note up-coming dates.

Friday 28th April U10 Boys and Girls 2.15 - 3.00

Tuesday 2nd May U11 Boys & Girls 2.15 - 3.00

Wednesday 3rd May U12 Boys & Girls 2.15 - 3.00

Thursday 4th May U13+ Boys + Girls 2.15 - 3.00

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.

School Athletic Kits

School athletic kits (emerald green t-shirts, black shorts and green singlets) are presently being collected from all cross country runners. If your child has not yet returned his/her kit, please return it in a bag with your child's name on it. Kits have to be signed back in so they will be collected daily by some older children from classrooms. 

St Patrick's Cross Country Team Photograph

Unfortunately, we were unable to get a photograph of the whole team after the event so can we please ask all runners to hold onto their kits and we will organise a team photograph to be taken one day during the first week back after the Easter Holidays.

Parents Association News

Parent Talk re Safe Internet and Mobile Phone usage

An Garda Siochana will facilitate a talk for on safe usage of the Internet and Mobile Phones. The talk will take approximately one hour and covers Cyberbulling, Sexting, Geotagging, Apps, Online Predators, Grooming, Communication, etc. All parents are invited to attend. The talk will take place TOMORROW Thursday 27 April in the Fingal (Tigers) Room.


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.

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.

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.

Basketball (4th/5th & 6th Class)

Please note that Basketball will recommence for this term on Wednesday 03 May.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Castleknock Community College Plant Sale

This year’s CCC Plant Sales takes place on 06 and 07 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Available at the sale are summer bedding plants, hanging baskets, window-boxes, tubs and shrubs, wooden, ceramic & terracotta garden accessories.  There will also be a coffee shop and cake sale. Debit/Credit Card facilities will be available. For pre-orders and enquiries, contact 0857540888.