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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 6th December 2017

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

We would like to thank everyone for their generosity in donating to our Food & Toy Appeal.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the SVP through the school, please drop it in to the office in an envelope marked “SVP” on or before Wednesday 06 DecemberAll monies donated will be lodged directly into the SVP Account on Wednesday 06 December after the school day.

Pyjama Fun Run reminder
Reminder that the Pyjama Fun Fun is on this Friday 8th of Dec. All children are invited to wear pyjamas, onesies and dressing gowns over their tracksuit. We would ask that children donate €1 for the run for homeless charity Focus Ireland. Please note the wearing of pyjamas is optional.

Sam Maguire visit

Sam Maguire and some Dublin players will be visiting the school on Friday also. Children can wear a Dublin top under their school tracksuit. We had hoped to have the Brenda Martin cup accompanying Sam Maguire but this couldn't be arranged at this time, though we endeavour to have it visit in the New Year.

Don’t be mean behind your screen

On Monday Paula from ‘Don’t be Mean Behind the Screen’ came to do a workshop with us.  She spoke to us about internet safety and how to use social media correctly. We discussed why it is important to have rules in both the real and virtual world.  Even though we have heard a lot of what she had to say before, she really made us think.  She was really funny but everything she said reminded us to use social media safely.  She had a five finger rule about with whom we should be ‘virtual friends’.  She told us not to post anything on our social media unless we would be happy to show our grannies it!  Ms C O’Reilly’s Class

A talk for parents took place last night.  The feedback received was excellent.  However, it was very poorly attended.

Upcoming Events

4 & 5 December –Internet Safety Workshops 5th & 6th Classes (Don’t be Mean behind your Screen)

5 December - Parents Internet Safety Workshop 7.30pm

12 December- Ms Parker 11.00am

13 December- Ms McDermott 11.00am

15 December- Ms Harte 11.00am

18 December- Mr Thynne 11.00am

23 December to 07 January (inclusive) – Christmas Break

15 January – 2nd Parent Communion Meeting 8pm

12–16 February – Mid Term Break

19 February – First Penance & Reconciliation 7pm St Mochta’s Church

26 February – Confirmation Retreat (during school day)

26 February  - Confirmation  Service of Light 7pm St Mochta’s Church

19 March – St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

26 March to 08 April (inclusive) – Easter Break

16 April – 3rd  Parent Communion Meeting 8pm

07-08 May – May Bank Holiday

12 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony

06-05 June – June Bank Holiday

Parents Association News

St. Patricks NS Parents Association's Facebook page is now live at www.facebook.com/schoolPA . Please follow our page to keep up to date on our activities and events.


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. 

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.

With the volume of pupils in the school, it is vital 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

If your child takes part in a number of Extra-Curricular activities, it might be useful to write the activities into his/her school journal on the appropriate days.  This will help him/her 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.

Child’s Pose Winter Workshop

Yoga & Story: Over and Under the Snow

Age group: Senior Infants - Third Class 

Day: Saturday 9th December  Time: 11am - 1pm Cost: €20  Place: Green 2 (Ms. Nolan’s room) 

Come along and explore yoga (breathing and movement) through story, games and crafts. 

Please contact: Sorcha Nolan - yogaplaychildspose@gmail.com

Art & Crafts

Last sessions in December will take place on Friday 22 December.  Limited places available.  All enquiries direct to Blathnaid at 0874123247.


PLEASE NOTE, there will be no Badminton on Friday 22 December.  Perhaps you could ask your child to make a note in their Journal so that he/she does not forget.


PLEASE NOTE, there will be no Tennis on Monday 18 December.  Perhaps you could ask your child to make a note in their Journal so that he/she does not forget.


Athletics will take place on 07 & 14 December.  PLEASE NOTE, there will be no Athletics on Thurday 21 December.  Perhaps you could ask your child to make a note in their Journal so that he/she does not forget.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School Open Evening

Hansfield ETSS invites you to an Open Evening Monday 11th December 2017 from 7pm – 9pm.  Parents/Guardians of 5th and 6th class students are invited to join us on Monday 11th December for an opportunity to:

· Meet and talk with students, teachers and special needs assistants

· Take a tour of the school and view the range of facilities available

· Observe teaching and learning artefacts and listen to the experience of students in the school

· Ask some questions.

The evening is intended for Parents/Guardians only as students will be invited to join us for an afternoon in the New Year. However, if a student wishes to come along, they are welcome. To help us manage the evening we would appreciate if you would let us know in advance if you are attending by emailing info@hetss.ie or by texting 086 189 6361.

Porterstown ParkRun

What is it - A Free Weekly 5km Timed Run.

When is it - Every Saturday at 9:30am

What does it cost - Nothing - it's free! But please register before your 1st run.

Do I need to be a Runner - ParkRun is for ALL abilities (walk, jog or run)

This is a free community event so please lend your support. 

website: www.parkrun.ie/porterstown

email: porterstownoffice@parkrun.com