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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 27st September 2017

Registration for First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2018

Registration for families who wish their children to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or Confirmation will be taking place in St Mochta’s Pastoral Centre for St Mochta’s N.S., St Patrick’s N.S. and Scoil Choilm N.S.

First Holy Communion: Registration Monday or Tuesday 2nd or 3rd of October, 2017 between 5.30 & 7pm.

Confirmation: Registration will take place on Monday or Tuesday 9th and 10th October, between 5.30 & 7pm.

 Please note: 

  1. If your child was baptised in St Mochta’s Church, you will be required to fill out full details of the Baptism on the Registration Form.  If you have a copy of the Baptismal Certificate at hand, please bring it along with you to Registration.
  2. For children baptised outside of St Mochta’s Church, a Baptismal Certificate must be presentedwith the registration form before your child can be enrolled on the First Holy Communion Preparation Programme. Baptismal Certificates will be returned at the Registration evening.

Registration without Baptismal Certificates or Late registrations will NOT be accepted.

If you require further information or wish to discuss any aspect of receiving the Sacraments, please contact Fr Paul Ward or Mary Greene at the Pastoral Centre on (01) 8213218.

School Photographs

The School Photographer will be in the school from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October.  Booking forms have been distributed to each child. Please ensure that only ONE FORM PER FAMILY is returned directly to your

ELDEST child’s class teacher on/before Thursday 28th September.

Please do not return your form to the office.

If your preference is to have your child/children’s school photo taken in their school uniform, please ensure they wear their uniform for the full week (they can bring runners to change into on PE days). Unfortunately due to the scale of

photographing children individually, with their siblings and in class groups, children cannot be

photographed at a different time or date if the school tracksuit is worn.  

Access to School Building during the school day

If you are returning to the school for any reason during the school day, we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate on the school office side of the building. (Please close gates after you leave).  For Child Protection reasons, the gates from the Diswellstown Road remain closed during school hours.

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.

Healthy Lunch

We have a healthy food policy in St. Patrick’s.  Children are not allowed to bring fizzy drinks, crisps, sweets

or chocolate to school.  Instead we would ask you to make healthy food choices. 

Please give your child only small amounts of food which he/she can easily manage.  Recommended snacks might include a sandwich, bread roll, crackers, a plain biscuit, scone or bun.  A piece of fruit (pre-peeled or prepared if necessary) is also a good choice.  Children should have a small bottle of water or juice available to them every day (plastic & recyclable). On Fridays, pupils may bring one small treat as part of their snack.  Forks, knives, cocktail sticks or any other sharp implements should not be included in a child’s lunchbox.

Upcoming Events

02-03 October – Registration for First Holy Communion 5.30-7.00pm. (please see above)

02-06 October – School Photographs (Individual, Family & Class photos)

03 October – Parents Association AGM - 8.00pm

05 October – Castleknock College Open Night – 7.00pm (current 4th/5th class boys & parents) (see attachment)

07 October – Cistercian College (Roscrea) Open Day from 10am.

09-10 October – Registration for Confirmation 5.30-7.00pm (please see above)

14-22 October – Maths Week Ireland

17 October – Internet Safety Talk for Parents (move information to follow)

14-22 November – Celtic Travelling Book Fair (more information closer to date)

21 & 23 November – Parent/Teacher Meetings (more information closer to dates)

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

GAA Fixtures

27 September – Senior Girls vs Garristown - Somerton

28 September – Senior Boys vs St Mochta - Somerton

03 October – 4th Class Boys vs Corduff – Corduff

10 October – 4th Class Boys vs Scoil Ghrainne – Phibblestown

Table-Tennis Club After-School Activity (3rd - 6th Boys & Girls)

Table-Tennis has been postponed until 04 October. There are still spaces available so if your child is interested in taking part, please email info@stpatricksns.ie ASAP putting “Table Tennis” in the subject line. Please include your child’s name and class in the body of the email.

Parents Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St Patrick’s N.S. Parents’ Association (PA) will take place on Tuesday 3rd October at 8pm in the school foyer.


Junior Infants September 2018

Application Forms for Junior Infants September 2018 are available for collection from the main office from Thursday 14 September onwards. 

Registration will take place on 16, 17 and 18 October from 10.00am -12 noon. There will be an evening session on Monday 16 October from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Please ensure you submit your Application during the above dates as Late Applications will not be accepted. Sibling applications can be dropped into the office at any time on the above dates

Head Bumps

It is school policy to inform parents if your child has a head bump of any kind during the school day. If the teacher feels that the child is ok and does not need to be collected, you will receive a text message for your information. If the head bump is deemed to be more serious, you will receive a telephone call from the office asking you to arrange collection of your child.

Labelling/Lost Property

The chances of returning lost property are greatly increased if ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name. Please ensure jumpers, PE sweatshirts, coats, lunchboxes, beakers, etc, etc, are labelled with your child’s name.

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 YOURCHILD’S NAME AND THE NAME OF THE  CLASS TEACHER.

Extra-Curricular Activities

If your child takes part in a number of Extra-Curricular activities, it might be useful to write the activities into their school journals on the appropriate days.  This will help them remember the activity and, if there is any confusion, the teacher can help by checking the journal.

For Badminton, Chess, Tennis & Table-Tennis, which are paid online via the school system, we would greatly appreciate if payment could be made prior to commencement or within the first week of sessions.

If your child has put their name down for an activity and has changed their mind, please email info@stpatricksns.ie so that we can remove them from the list and cancel the payment request.

Art & Craft Workshops (Monday & Friday)

All enquiries to Blathnaid O’Brien Donovan BEd (Hons) 0874123247.

Athletics (3rd to 6th) (Thursday)

2.10pm – 3.05pm. Limited places still available. Email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

Badminton (3rd – 6th Class – Priority Given to Oldest) (Friday)

 (2.10-3.05pm) is for beginners/younger age group; (3.05-4.00pm) is for intermediate/advanced/older age group.  Spaces still available in the second session. Email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

Chess (Friday)

There are a few spaces left in both Chess sessions, 2.10 and 3.05pm. Email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

Futsal/Fundamental Fitness (Tuesday)

Please contact Noel McManus directly on 0879830443 or email Fundamentalfitnessireland@gmail.com.

French classes in St. Patrick’s

Ring or text M 087 227 9027 ?Email info@frenchforchildren.ie ?Web www.frenchforchildren.ie 

Sabine - BA Hons & Master’s Degree in Linguistics, Teaching French as a Foreign Language

Irish Dancing (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Enquiries to Downeylanigan@gmail.com.

Lego Challenge (Friday)

Senior infants - 1.10pm; 1st - 6th class at 2.10pm.

Contact - 0877198128 or email - knowitedu@gmail.com

Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing Classes (Tuesday)

For further details please contact Toni Martin at 087 7913714 or email martin.toni1@gmail.com

Pose Yoga (with Ms Nolan)

Tuesdays - 1st and 2nd class; Wednesdays - 3rd and 4th class; Thursdays with Ms. Donnellan - 4th, 5th and 6th class. Any enquiries, please Ms Nolan at yogaplaychildspose@gmail.com.

Piano Lessons

To Register contact Trudy at 0858869477 or email tmmusictuition@gmail.com

Platform Stage School (Wednesday)

Enquiries to Liz directly at 0862245113. Website www.platformstageschool.ie.

Spanish for Children

Enquiries to Mary at  M: 087 267 4809    Emarygalvinspanish@gmail.com

Tennis (3rd – 6th Class – Priority Given to Oldest) Mondays

2.10-3.05pm is for beginners/younger age group, 3.05-4.00pm is for intermediate/advanced/older age group.  There are a limited number of places available in both sessions.  Email info@stpatricksns.ie for bookings.

Yoga Adventures – (Wednesdays with Jana Chudikova)

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

Conversational English Classes

Fáilte Isteach involves local people who volunteer to facilitate Conversational English with people who have come to live in Ireland from many different countries.


Venue: Tyrrelstown Community Centre, Tyrrelstown Day: Wednesday mornings Time: 10.00am - 12.00noon Starting: Sept 13th 2017

Venue: Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Dillon House, Coolmine Business Park Day: Thursday afternoons Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm Starting: Sept 14th 2017

Venue: Ongar Community Centre Day: Tuesday Mornings Time: 10am-12 noon Starting Sept 19th 2017 Venue: Blakestown Community Centre, Day: Wednesday Evenings Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Starting: Sept 20th 2017

To book a place please contact: 01 8209550 email failteisteach@bap.ie

National Parents Week 2017

National Parents Week 2017 is from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September.  During National Parents Week we want to make parents aware that Parentline is there for them when they need support, information and guidance. 

The theme for National Parents Week is: It's OK to Ask! We want to encourage parents to look for support whenever they need it. 
Parentline is a helpline for parents, somewhere to pick up the phone and talk to somebody who can offer a sympathetic ear; in confidence and who won’t judge (either parent or child). Sometimes it’s only a little niggle or it might be something bigger. Parentline’s trained facilitators will give support, information and guidance. 

The helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  It is free and no appointment is necessary – just call 1890 927277 or 01 8733500

Whatever the issue – It’s OK to Ask!