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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

Influenza (flu) Information for Parents 

Attached please find information received from the HSE in relation to seasonal influenza. It is laid out as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  Please take a few minutes to read through the document.

Getting to School Safely

Attached please find a leaflet, received from the Road Safety Unit of Fingal County Council, outlining a number of road safety tips on getting to and from school safely, for both children and parents.

Christmas Cookie Collection for Focus Ireland- 4th Class Social Entrepreneurs Project

Mr. Mac Conámha’s class would like to say a massive thank you to all the people who supported our Pyjama Run and Christmas Cookies mini-business. We are delighted to announce that we raised a whopping €2727.91 for Focus Ireland homeless Charity.

We could not have completed this project without your generosity. We would like to thank Paul Croft from Get Fresh in Laurel Lodge for coming in to talk to us about his business. We would also like to thank Inam Ali from Suham Silk for

telling us about her business and for facilitating our Graphic Design workshop.

We would like to thank all the teachers and staff especially Ms. Corcoran for showing us how to bake cookies, Ms. Walsh for helping us make our promo video and Ms. Parker and Ms. Murray for allowing us to hold our pyjama run.  A special thanks to Ms. Power, Susan, Una and Danny for coming into to hear our business proposal.

Thank you again for all your help and your money will make a big difference to some homeless people. This project has helped us to learn about homelessness and how business works.

Míle buíochas uilig. Go raibh maith agaibh, Rang a 4. 

Upcoming Events

15 January – 2nd Parent Communion Meeting 8pm

16/18 January – Faith Friends commences for Confirmation Candidates

01-02 February – Junior Infant Vaccinations Note change of date

03 February – Choir at Peace Proms

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

12 March – Confirmation Ceremony

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


Procedure for entering the school each morning

The school bell rings at 08.30am. Children walk to their lines.
Please note, classes are collected from the yard by their teacher. As soon as the classes have entered the building,

the doors are closed.

  • The Blanchardstown door remains open until 8.50am.
  • Only children who arrive after 08.50am should enter via reception and sign the “late book”.

Children may not enter the school building until 08.30am.  Parents are responsible for the welfare of their  children until the school’s duty of care begins at 8.30 am. On wet mornings, please time your arrival for 8.30 – 8.40am.

Access to Classrooms After Hours

With the exception of those attending Extra-Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. This is to prevent loss or damage to school property.   If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books, copies and general belongings does not generally constitute an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, he/she should come to Reception.

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 on the Extra Curricular Activities tab and under archived newsletters.

Art & Crafts

Monday sessions recommenced on Monday 08 January. Friday sessions commence on Friday 12 January.


Athletics will recommence on Thursday 11 January.


Badminton will recommence on Friday 19 January.

Basketball (3rd Class)

Basketball for 3rd Class recommenced on Tuesday 09 January.

Basketball (4th/5th/6th Classes)

Basketball for senior classes ( 4th-6th Class) is not recommencing this term. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Chess will recommence on Friday 19 January.

E2 Young Engineers Ireland (Lego Challenge)

Lego Challenge will recommence on Friday 12 January.


Futsal recommenced on Tuesday 09 January.

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

Tibor Pofok will resume his after-school table-tennis activity on Wednesday 18th January. The club is open to 3rd - 6th boys and girls and takes place in the hall. The course will run for 8-weeks at a cost of €25 in total. Amazing value! Places are limited. Please email info@stpatricksns.ie if you would like to register, putting “Table Tennis” in the subject line. Please also include your child’s name and class in the body of the email. Payment should be made through Aladdin in the usual way.     


Tennis will recommence on Monday 15 January.

Yoga adventures with Jana

The second term (10 classes) begins on Wednesday, 10 th January, 2018.

Two different age groups on Wednesdays: Class 1: 1:10- 2.05pm (Junior and Senior Infants) and

Class 2: 2:10- 3:10pm (1st class to 3rd class).

I am bringing yoga to children in a fun way through adventures, stories, games, songs and art.

Where: The stage room in St. Patrick’s NS.         Cost: €60

Very few places available! If interested, please contact me asap.

Email: adventuresyoga@gmail.com or 086 313 0992.

Spanish for Children

Age-specific, after-school courses for Primary School children, in SPNS & locally, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, Sep. - May (30 week year). Term 2 (17 weeks) starts week beginning 8th Jan. Beginners welcome. Enrolment in SPNS on Mon 8th Jan. (1.10PM – 2.15PM, outside reception). Don’t miss out!  Muchas gracias, Mary M Galvin.

*** Winner of La Jolie Ronde Regional (Ireland & N. Ire.) Licensee of the Year Award, 2017 ***

BA Mod Hons (TCD), H Dip Ed Hons (UCD), MA - Applied Linguistics Hons (TCD). Fully registered teacher with Teaching Council of Ire.

M: 087 267 4809 E: marygalvinspanish@gmail.com

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

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 

Touch Type, Read and Spell

Many students have completed this wonderful course recently with many more due to receive their Certificate of Completion before the end of this term.  As a result there are now places available. For details of how this course can benefit your child and for details of a FREE TRIAL, please contact Carol Pitcher - castleknockttrs@gmail.com - 087 2868910.  Details of locations/class times: 

MONDAY - St. Brigid's NS, Castleknock: 2.40-3.40 pm and 3.45-4.45 pm

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

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

THURSDAY  - St. Francis Xavier Senior 2.45-3.45 pm

School (beside Tesco Roselawn)

Ron’s Swim-Fast Academy (Private Swimming Lessons)

Lessons take place at Dublin Airport Pool. January start – Enrolling now.

€15 per lesson – Max 4 pupils – Beginners/Improvers

Teacher in water - Weekdays 5pm or Saturday/Sunday from 1.30pm. Limited Places.

Please contact Ron Boyle (Former National Aquatic Centre Teacher) at 085 7622247 for all enquiries.