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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 21st June 2017

Summer Break

The school will close at 11.30am on Friday, 30 June for Summer Break.

T-Shirt Day

We will be holding a T-shirt day in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin on Friday 30 June.  Children may wear their favourite top/tshirt/jersey with their school tracksuit bottoms and we would ask that they make a small donation to Our Lady’s Hospital on the day. THIS IS NOT A NON-UNIFORM DAY.


The current 6th classes’ Graduation Ceremony will be on Tuesday 27th from 7pm. If any pupil from 2nd-5th classes would like to sing at it, please come to Ms Meade with a permission note in your journal to attend rehearsals during school time.

Thank you in advance. Ms Meade

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.


There will be NO CHOIR this Friday, 23 June.


Ramadan is a celebration for Muslims. During the month of June, all Muslims fast.  Fasting means we don’t eat or drink for a certain length of time every day. On average, Muslims fast for 18 hours a day. We break the fast by having a big feast! Rameen, Ayat, Mohammad, Mohamed and Dawar – 6th class students

3rd and 4th Class Exhibitions

There are two exhibitions of project work completed by 3rd and 4th Classes that will take place in the school on Monday 26th June 2017.

Third classes will be displaying their 'Cow Pictures' in the 2nd Floor Gallery Space, and fourth classes will be exhibiting their 'Write a Book' Projects and their 'Bridge Construction' Project, in the foyer and the 1st Floor Gallery Space. Parents of the children involved are invited to attend.  

The exhibitions will be open for viewing from 2.10pm - 3.10pm and 6.30pm - 7.30pm.  Please enter the school building through the Blanchardstown Door.

We look forward to seeing you there.  

Communion Class Children donation to CanTeen Ireland

Many thanks to all the 2nd Class children who donated some of their Communion money/pocket money to CanTeen Ireland. They raised a total of €810, well done!

It was greatly appreciated by the charity and has gone to a very worthy cause. 

More information about CanTeen Ireland can be found at http://www.canteen.ie/

Second-hand School Books

If anybody has second hand school textbooks that you no longer need, the school would be delighted to accept these to support our Book Scheme.  Boxes will be left on each corridor and one at reception from Monday 26 JunePlease do not include workbooks that have been written on or textbooks that are in poor condition.

Upcoming Events

27 June – 6th Class Graduation – 7.00pm PE Hall

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

The Dublin Championship

“On Friday the 16th of June, The Dublin Championships for the relay took place. Aoife, Gara and I were all on the same team with another girl called Zoe. We ran a great heat and then we came first in the final. We were so happy with our gold medals. On Friday, the 9th of June, the 600 metre Dublin championships took place. I came third in the heat and fifth in the final. All of the championships were great to compete in and we are excited about attending nationals on the 2nd of July.” Leila McCormack

“On the 10th of June, I ran in the Dublin Championships U13 Girls’ final and I got a silver medal for 600 metres. Last Friday, I ran with my team in the 4 x 100 metres relay final and we won gold. On our team were Zoe Coquart, Leila McCormack and Aoife Brown. Both were very tough races but we were very happy with the results. Roll on the National Championships in July!”. Gara Williams, 5th Class, Ms. Lineen

“On Friday the 16th of June, I competed in the Dublin Championships relay under 13s. We came first in the heat and also the final with a time of 55.5 seconds. My club is MSB. Clonliffe came second and Blackrock came third. My name is Ben O’Neill and I am 11 years old. Thank you for reading.”

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.

Parents Association News

New school uniform shop

A new school uniform shop will be opening soon in Blanchardstown Village - 

Leddy Uniforms, No. 2 St. Brigids Shopping Centre, Main Street, Blanchardstown. (opposite Ryan’s Garage)

They will have St Patrick’s NS full school uniform, including tracksuits, crested jumpers and cardigans, in stock from late July/early August. 

They will also stock generic items such as shirts, t-shirts, trousers, socks, shoes, bags etc. 

This provides another option for parents, along with our current stockists - Happy Events in Mr Price, Blanchardstown Centre and Savvy Schools in CentrePoint Shopping Centre. 

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


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, Chess, Platform Stage School & Musical Theatre are finished until the new school year.

2nd & 3rd Class Basketball

Basketball has finished for the 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

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.

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! 

The school has been given to free places for either week. If your 3rd to 6th class child would be like to attend, please place his/her name, class and your contact details in the box at reception. The draw will be made on Wednesday morning.  Both places will be given to the same child who can then bring a friend or sibling. The winner will be notified after the draw. 

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

Dublin Parks Tennis is serving up a Summer of Fun for the month of July 2017

  • Girls and boys from 5-17 years can discover hidden talents, make new friends and have lots of active fun.
  • Low cost affordable tennis coaching takes place from Monday 3rd July to Friday 28th July.
  • Suitable for beginners and improvers.
  • Fee is €55 for the month of July, or €40 for two weeks.
  • All equipment supplied.
  • Hourly classes between 10am and 1pm, divided by age.

Registration for Dublin Parks Tennis coaching will take place at the Riverwood tennis courts Friday 30th June between 2-4pm. Coaching starts on Monday 3rd July.

Qualified coaches conduct the coaching. The classes are open to boys and girls between 5 years and 17 years, irrespective of their tennis experience. The fee for 4 weeks (5 days a week) is €55. You can pay at registration or pay online with PayPal.

Hourly classes take place between 10am and 1pm. Children are allocated a class according to their age. Generally the hourly classes are split as follows, though this may change:

  • 10am class: 5 – 8 year olds.
  • 11am class: 9 – 11 year olds.
  • 12pm class: 12 – 17 year olds.

If you do not have a racquet one will be loaned to you.

Also, do not worry if you miss the first day, children can sign up at any time during the programme.

This programme is subsidised by Fingal County Council & The Irish Sports Council.

Phone (01) 833-8711 or email parkstennis@eircom.net or go to ParksTennis.com if you need further information.