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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Farewell to Mr Clerkin

“Last Thursday, the principal left the school to go to Cork to be the new C.E.O. of all the principals in Ireland.  He said he might be back in about five years.  Some classes wrote poems for Mr Clerkin.  4th Class recited a poem in the Tigers Room.  At the end of the day, there was a little “Bye” ceremony to say thank you for everythging.  It was very sad to say good bye but we wish him luck in his new job.”

Rachel Hayes – 4th Class

“Last Thursday Mr Clerkin said farewell to St Patrick’s. The children and teachers were very sad and happy - sad because we will miss him and happy because he is moving on with his life.  The whole school said goodbye to a great Principal.  Everyone will miss him”. Eoghan Matthews – 4th Class

Drumcondra Reading & Mathematics Tests

Drumcondra Reading and Mathematics tests will take place for all children in 1st-6th classes between May 8th and May 19th.  Drumcondra Spelling will take place at a later date.  Please endeavour to ensure that your child/children are in school during this period, something to bear in mind when arranging dental appointments, etc.!  Children will be informed of their testing dates a couple of days before they happen, as recommended by the Education Research Centre Testing Department. 

Standardised Testing is part of school life. Please reassure children that there is no need to revise or prepare for the tests in any way, nor for parents or children to become stressed, anxious or worried about them.

Confirmation Photo Proofs

Confirmation Photo Proofs were collected by the Photographer on Friday. 

Late ordersalong with payment, should be posted directly to Richard Gavin Photography at the following address: Richard Gavin Photography, 113 Malahide Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 3. Tel. 01 851 0000.

Please remember to write "St Patrick's N.S." on your Proof Sheet.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

**04 May – GAA Boys vs St Brigid’s Castleknock – Venue Russell Park, Castleknock **

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.

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.

Parents Association News

URGENT REQUEST for Volunteers for Communion Receptions
We are looking for volunteers to help out at this year’s Communion Receptions being held in the Parish Centre on Saturday the 13th of May and the 27th of May. If you are available and can help serving refreshments between 10:30am and 12:00pm please contact Oonagh by text on 086-3231722  or Colette on 087-9380380.

We are especially interested in hearing from Parents/ Guardians from all 1st Classes as the majority of you will be directly involved in Communions and in these receptions next year. It is a really good insight into how successful this event is for all involved. It is such a happy event for our school and it is always a very enjoyable morning. So if you can spare some of your time, all help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your continued support.


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.

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. 

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.

Futsal (Indoor Football)

8 week Futsal (Indoor football) programme focusing on ball mastery and small sided games.

New block of sessions starting Tuesday 09 May at 3.05pm in school hall. Last session 27 June.

Cost is €30 for 8 week programme. Please contact Noel McManus directly on 0879830443 or email Fundamentalfitnessireland@gmail.com.  Online payment through the school.

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.

Anam Cara

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 17th of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in B.A.S.E Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

Anam Cara has recently produced some important new resources – all developed by bereaved parents themselves. Their short Anam Cara videos involve testimonies from bereaved parents and couples and can be viewed at anamcara.ie/videos. If you would like a free copy of our Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, please email c.dingle@anamcara.ie with your postal address and she will happily post it out to you.