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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 14th June 2017

Junior Infant Sports Day

Parents are invited to attend the Junior Infant Sports Day which will take place on Thursday 15 June from 10.45-11.45am in the main yard adjacent to the Junior Infant play area. A separate email will be sent to all parents of Junior Infants with more information re Sports Day.

Communion Photographs

The Communion photo proofs were sent home last week. Please return all orders to your child's class teacher by tomorrow morning (Friday) at the very latest as the school photographer, Richie Gavin, will be calling to the school to collect the orders.

Late orders, along with payment, must be posted directly to Richie Gavin Photography to 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 and the outside of the envelope.


Booklists will be distributed to all classes early next week.

Down Syndrome Ireland – Ice Cream Funday
On Friday 23 June, some of our parents will be selling Ice Cream in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland at 1.10pm and 2.10pm. No set price, all donations welcome. If you wish to support this worthy cause, they will be set up under the canopy at the Main Entrance.  Please note that children from 1st-6th Classes who wish to purchase ice-cream may be delayed leaving school at 2.10pm.

Winners of 4th class Write-a-Book Competition

Well done to everybody who participated in this year's 4th class Write-a-Book Competition organised by Dublin West Education Centre. The winners have just been announced. They were: Jack Batt, Daniella Bensaadi, Rowan Garry, Mark Hynes, Ava Buttner and Grace McCann. Congratulations! The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday the 15th June at Dublin West Education Centre at 9.30a.m. 

Upcoming Events

20 June – Parent Helper’s Coffee Morning (see note below)

27 June – 6th Class Graduation

30 June – School closes for Summer Break

30 June – Choir Performance 11.30am

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

Croke Park 2017

The 5th and 6th class of St Patrick’s made it to the Cumman na mBunscoil Camogie final in Croke Park on the 12th of June. We played against Scoil Treasa, a school from Firhouse. The supporters from each team cheered wildly when the teams walked onto the pitch. In the first half, St Patricks scored 1-2 and Scoil Treasa scored 1-0. Kaci O ‘Neill, St Patricks captain scored a lovely point from a free. Aoife Keane and Ruth Linanne also put St Pats on the score board. Eve Mc Cann caught a ball from a long puck out and Ali Diamond made a great save.

The team came back onto the pitch after half time for the second half after an inspiring pep talk from their captain Kaci O’ Neill. Scoil Treasa got a lucky goal which brought the teams up to just one point between them, but St Patrick’s were only getting started with points from Kaci O’ Neill and Eve Mc Cann along with two cracking goals from Saoirse Behan and Gara Williams. When the final whistle blew, the score was 3:7 to 1:2. St Patricks were the Cumman na mBunscoil Corn Olly Quinlan winners. The team were awarded with the Olly Quinlan Cup, which was richly deserved considering the team won all of their games on their path to victory.

The team were delighted to win but were even more proud for representing their school in Croke Park. Thanks to their mentors Ms. Dowling, Ms. Murray and Mr Lyons and the mentors at Castleknock GAA club.

Team Members Included;

Ali Diamond, Aisling O’Grady, Abby Tiernan, Leila McCormack, Lara Tate, Caoimhe Deehan, Aoife Brown, Emily Sinnott, Kaci O’Neill, Ruth Linnane, Aoife Keane, Saoirse Behan, Áine Wylie, Eve McCann, Marianne Brady, Gara Williams, Maddie Buckley, Loza Elmusharaf, Alison Callinan, Orlaith Lally

Report by Kaci O’Neill and Eve McCann

School Athletics Kits

There are still a few outstanding athletics kits to be collected. Can you please make sure your child has returned his/her kit and has had it "signed back in"? The kit comprises of a green singlet (with school logo on it) and black shorts. All kits should be returned in a bag with your child's name on it. These will be collected daily from the classrooms

Washing of school sports bib

Many thanks to the parent volunteers who recently washed our school sports bibs - much appreciated. 

Parents Association News

St. Patricks Uniform Sale
The PA Committee is planning to hold a St. Patricks Uniform sale on Tuesday 4th of July at 10:00 am.  If you have old/used uniforms that you no longer require and would like to donate them to the school, we will sell them on at a minimum cost.
Some local schools already do this at the end of the school year and the feedback is very positive.
All money raised will go back into the school as the PA Committee, working alongside the school, continue to focus on keeping the costs down for our parents.
Clean, resalable, St.Patricks uniforms only.  No shirts or t-shirts.
Collections: Friday 30th of July at 08:30am and again at 11:30 am; Monday 3rd July at 09:30-10:00am.
Sale: Tuesday 4th of July at 10:00am
Location: Back of School Hall (stage area)
This sale is a trial.  We will see how the sale is received.  We hope it is a positive initiative.  Any feedback is welcome to the PA email.  Stpatrickspa@yahoo.com

Parent Helper Coffee Morning

We would like to invite all our parent helpers to a coffee morning in the school on Tuesday 20 June from 10.30-11.30am. This is to acknowledge all the help that we received this year.  The helped ranged from covering books, ATP events, accompanying children on tours/Mass/Communion & Confirmation practices, in-class help with guided reading, handwriting and maths to name but a small few.  In order to gauge numbers, we would ask that you RSVP to the Parents Association email address stpatrickspa@yahoo.comon/before Friday 16 June.


Food Dudes Extra Delivery

The Food Dudes recently checked in with our school to see how the boys and girls are getting on with Phase 2 of our Healthy Eating Programme. They were really impressed that a large number of pupils are still bringing fruit and vegetables as part of their lunches on a daily basis. The Food Dudes are rewarding our school for this great effort with an extra delivery of Fruit and Vegetables on 13th and 14th June. There will be Melon, Sugar Snap Peas, Blueberries and Carrots. They hope that by giving us these treats that the pupils will continue their great efforts over the holidays.

Choir End Of Year Performance

This year we have decided that the choir will perform as the classes leave on the final day in the senior yard of the school instead of an evening performance. We look forward to seeing everyone there from 11:30am. Ger Meade and Eoin Heneghan

Moving House? 

If you are moving house and your child will not be returning to St Patrick’s in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with the class teacher and the Main Office as soon as possible as it will be necessary for you to complete a Transfer Form.   We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon as possible.

Contact Details

It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers) for your child on our database in order for you to receive your child/children’s school reports, end of year letters, etc or to make contact with you if your child should fall ill during the school day. If any of your details change at any stage throughout the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form, available from the office.

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.

Activities finished for this school year

Badminton, Tennis, Athletics, Irish Dancing, Platform Stage School & Musical Theatre are finished until the new school year.

2nd & 3rd Class Basketball

The end of the term is June 20th 2017.  There will no basketball 27th June 2017.  Thank you for your support and co-operation this year.  

Child's Pose - 3-hour Yoga Day Camp

Come along and explore yoga asanas (poses), breathing and relaxation through story, song, art and games.


Saturday June 10th - 1st & 2nd class

Saturday June 17th - 1st & 2nd class

Saturday June 24th - 3rd & 4th class

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Place: Fingal Room (community centre)

Cost: €30

Small fruit snack and bottled water will be provided. Places limited to 12 children.

Contact: Sorcha Nolan yogaplaychildspose@gmail.com

(Email only please)

“Yoga Adventures”- yoga classes

There has been a great interest in the yoga classes, therefore I’m introducing an additional day for junior and senior infants, Tuesdays (starting on 06 June): 1:10- 2.05pm (Junior and Senior Infants)

Where: The stage room in St. Patrick’s N.S.

Cost: the fee for a trial class (06 June) is €4.

The trial class will be followed by a three week course (June 13th, 20th, 27th): €17

To book a place or if you have any other queries, please contact Jana, a fully qualified children’s yoga teacher, by email: adventuresyoga@gmail.com or on 086 313 0992.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Summer Camps

Information relating to Summer Camps in the local area is on view in the window near the Blanchardstown Door.

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club Summer Camps

Please see attached leaflet for the upcoming Summer Camps at Tir na nÓg.

Cúl Camp 03-07 July – register online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.

Nursery Camp (Born 2012-2013) 03-07 July 10am – 12pm.

Club Camp – 14-18 August. All ages register and pay online at www.castleknock.net or club shop.

St Mochta’s Annual Picnic & Family Fun Day

St Mochta’s Annual Picnic & Family Fun Day is taking place on the grounds of Luttrellstown Castle on Saturday 17 June from 1.00pm – 8.00pm. Family Tickets are €10 & include Entry to Grounds, Raffle and Live Entertainment and are available from the Parish Centre. Please note No Dogs or BBQ’s allowed.

Gaeltacht Leamhcáin Primary School Courses

Course A 3rd- 7th July   Course B 10th-14th July

Based at Coláiste Cois Life, Gaeltacht Leamhcáin is a 1 or 2 week summer Irish language camp based in Lucan, Co. Dublin for children from the ages of 9 - 12. Immerse your child in our all Irish language environment to help improve your child’s written and spoken Irish.

Visit gaeltachtleamhcain.ie today and book your child's place. 

Bígí linn! 

e² Young Engineers Summer Camp

e² Young Engineers Summer Camp takes place in Diswellstown Community Centre at 9.30am to 1.00pm on 24 - 28 July. Every child attending the camp will receive a Young Engineers t-shirt, certificate and a lego surprise. Early Bird Discount available. To book, contact 0877198128 knowitedu@gmail.com or go to link www.youngengineers.ie/lego-workshops/young-engineers-lego-camps.

Touch Type, Read and Spell (TTRS)

I am excited to announce a new location where I will be delivering TTRS.

From September 2017 I will commence teaching in Saint Brigid's National School, Castleknock, on Monday afternoon 2.45-3.45pm.  Details of other locations/class times:  

TUESDAY - Luttrellstown Community College - 3.10-4.10 pm and 4.20-5.20pm

WEDNESDAY - Castleknock Community College - 2.50-3.50 pm & 3.55-4.55 pm

THURSDAY - St. Francis Xavier Senior School (beside Tesco Roselawn) - 2.45-3.45 pm

Find out how this life skill can benefit your child - please contact Carol at castleknockttrs@gmail.com for further details or to arrange a FREE TRIAL.

St Vincent’s Water Polo

St Vincent’s Water Polo team are looking for new players aged 10-12 years.  It's a fast fun game for kids who like the water. Training is once a week at the NAC. Not sure what it's all about? If you can swim a few lengths and are interested then come to the NAC (middle pool) on Sunday May 28th 1-2pm or Sunday 18th June 1-2pm to try it out.
For additional information contact: Ian Hutcheson, Club Chairman – St Vincents WPC
Mob: +353 87 838 99 58 www.stvincentswaterpolo.club

Lego Summer Camp

A Lego Summer Camp is taking place in Diswellstown Community Centre from 24-28 July from 9.30am to 1.00pm. For more information, please contact 0877198128