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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 11th October 2017


The school will close at the normal time on Friday 27 October for Mid-Term Break (1.10pm for Junior & Senior Infants, 2.10pm for all other classes). It will reopen on Monday 06 November at 8.30am.

HSE Junior Infants Vaccination Programme 2017/2018 – Extract from HSE Letter to Principal

“The Vaccination Team will visit your school on Monday 20 November and Tuesday 21 November to administer the Junior Infants Vaccination Programme for the school year 2016/17. There is no requirement for parents to attend the school on the day of vaccination. If a parent anticipates that their son or daughter will be distressed at the prospect of receiving a vaccination, it would be helpful if the parent attended so that they could reassure their child. The Vaccination Team has found that the majority of children in Junior Infants Classes receive the vaccinations with very few problems.”

Please note: The school merely facilitate the provision of a room/rooms to the HSE Vaccination Team.

Any queries you may have re the administration of Vaccinations should be directed to the Immunisation Department of the HSE. More details, including translations of the “4-in-1 and MMR” documentation, are available at this link. http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/schoolprog/4in1mmr/4in1mmr.html

We are once again looking for Parent Helping Hands. We need parents to:

  • Help out in Junior Infants and Senior Infants for Maths Stations
  • To help out at Literacy Lift-off/Guided Reading stations
  • To help out in Junior infants  for Fine Motor Stations
  • To accompany children to and from the church
  • To accompany children  on school tours
  • To accompany children to sporting events

How do I get involved?

All Parent Helping Hands need to be Garda Vetted through the school. You need to bring in proof of address and a photo ID (Passport/Drivers licence) to the school and fill in an Application Form. We need to submit a form to Archbishop’s House. They will then email you an eform which you must return within 30 days otherwise the form will expire and you will need to begin the process all over again. When the ‘Vetting’ comes through you will be informed by Archbishop’s House and the Declaration will also be sent to the school.

Mobile Phone Policy

The Board of Management of St. Patrick’s NS does not allow pupils to have mobile phones at school (in the building, on the school grounds or during off-site activities such as tours/sports events/visits to the church etc.). Our revised Mobile Phone Policy is available to view on our website, www.stpatricksns.ie.

Edmund Rice College

Edmund Rice College is a new co-educational Catholic secondary school that recently opened to serve the Carpenterstown and Castleknock areas.  We are holding an Open Evening on TONIGHT Wednesday 11th October from 7.30pm to 9pm in St. Patrick's National School, Diswellstown Road.  Come along and hear about our new and innovative school and meet the Principal, Brendan Harrington and the staff and students.

Upcoming Events

11 October – Edmund Rice College Open Evening from 7.30pm-9pm in St. Patrick's National School (please see above)

11 October – Swimming classes start for 2nd classes (8 weeks)

14-22 October – Maths Week Ireland


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

30 October to 03 November – MID TERM BREAK

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

20-21 November – Junior Infant Vaccinations

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

23 December to 07 January (inclusive) – Christmas Break

12 – 16 February – Mid Term Break

19 March – St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

26 March to 08 April (inclusive) – Easter Break

07-08 May – May Bank Holiday

06-05 June – June Bank Holiday


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

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.

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 YOUR CHILD’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.

Information regarding extra-curricular activities can be found on the website www.stpatricksns.ie under archive newsletters.

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