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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 24th January 2018

Most of your queries can be answered by accessing our school website www.stpatricksns.ie or by viewing our Newsletters which are regularly emailed to each family and are also on our website.  Please make our website your first “port of call”.

The Reception/Administration Office hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm.  The office closes for lunch from 12.00-12.30pm daily.  It would be much appreciated if telephone calls to the school were made only in emergency situations, and only after 9.00am

Hand Hygiene

“This week, we presented a poster that we made to the Junior Infant classes.  It is important to wash your hands to stop you and others from getting sick.  It should take you the amount of time to sing “Happy Birthday” while washing your hands.  Make sure you bring your hand towel instead of just using paper towels as it is more sanitary.” Orlaith Lally, Alison Callinan & Rachel Hoey – Ms C O’Reilly’s 6th class.

Hand Towels

We request that every child brings a small hand towel/facecloth to dry his/her hands after using the WC.  This should be kept in a school bag pocket and changed regularly.

Circus Workshop for 3rd classes

Roll up, roll up and welcome to the circus! This Friday 26th January, Dublin Circus Project will visit St Patrick's and give free workshops to our three 3rd classes. They will kindly take us on a journey into the world of circus skills - teaching us how to juggle, balance objects and more. Dublin Circus Project teaches circus skills to people young and old. They run local classes where you can learn to walk on the tightwire, do acrobatics, learn hula hooping and be a clown!!! We look forward to their visit and let you know how it was....

Parking in Hamilton Park

Yesterday afternoon, we received a telephone call from a very irate resident of Hamilton Park.  One of our parents is making a habit of parking in his driveway when dropping and collecting from St Patrick’s. He is one of many residents who are impeded to access to their own homes due to inconsiderate parking on the part of parents of our pupils. We have advised the gentleman and his neighbours to take photographs and go to the Gardaí. Parking is available at Spar Car Park and the crossing are manned by the School Wardens.

Upcoming Events

01 February – JI Vaccinations Ms Parker/Ms Harte (Please refer to email sent 17/01/2018)

02 February – JI Vaccinations Mr Thynne/Ms M McDermott (Please refer to email sent 17/01/2018)

03 February – Choir at Peace Proms

06 February – ACCORD Parent Talk 7.30pm

12–16 February - Mid Term Break

19 February – ACCORD Talk for 6th Class (during school hours)

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

28 February – ACCORD Talk for 5th Classl/4th Class (girls only) (during school hours)

12 March – Confirmation Ceremony

13 March – Confirmation Photographs

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

09 May – Teacher In-Service Day (School closed to students)

12 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony

15 May – Communion Photographs (TUESDAY)

06-05 June – June Bank Holiday


Sick Children at School

Please do not send sick children to school for the following reasons:

  • Children are unable to cope with the demands of school when they are unwell.
  • Infection spreads rapidly in the confinement of the classroom.
  • There is no indoor supervision for sick children during breaktimes.

Absences due to illness

Whilst there is no need to telephone the school if your child is sick, we would greatly appreciate if you would contact us if your child contracts a contagious illness e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, etc.  There are children in the school who are at increased risk of contracting these illnesses.  Parents must acknowledge their child’s absence from school, in writing, at the back of the child’s School Journal (Education Welfare Act). Parents of Infant children should speak to the teacher at the class line on the morning of their return.

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.

Any changes/cancellations known in advance will be notified on the weekly Newsletter.

Information regarding extra-curricular activities can be found on the website www.stpatricksns.ie through the Extra Curricular Activities tab and under archived Newsletters.

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: http://www.parkrun.ie/porterstown/

Email: porterstownoffice@parkrun.com 

Porterstown Parkrun Couch to 5k

Porterstown parkrun in conjunction have organised a free Couch to 5K training programmer. We meet outside the Carpenter Pub every Tues & Thurs @ 7pm. Training takes place in Tir Na Nog, rain, hail or snow. Free to all and a great motivator if you don't feel like going out in the dark evenings by yourself. It is a very gradual build up over 6 weeks. There is also a 2nd group of 5km to 10Km runners happening at the same time for anyone that wants to do a bit more! More on www.parkrun.ie/Porterstownparkrun

Fingal Youth Orchestra

Fingal Youth Orchestra are currently seeking players (8-19 yrs) in all instruments, especially Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Brass, Oboe & Bassoon. Rehearsals take place every Sunday at 9.15am in St Francis Xavier. For more information, see www.fingalyouthorchestra.ie.

The Drama Hub

The Drama Hub (formerly DramaWorks) Speech & Drama Classes at St. Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown will begin its third term resuming on Saturday 27th January.  During the 8 week term our students will be preparing for the Leinster School of Speech & Drama exams, Term fee is €90.  Limited places available.

For further details contact Clodagh or Dearbhla on 0863736056 check out our facebook page @TheDramaHubDublin or Email us hello.thedramahub@gmail.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.

Courageous Kids

Courageous Kids will be running their Shine Like a Star programme at Castleknock Community Centre for 8-11 yr olds beginning on Wednesday 31st Jan 4-5pm.  This 8 week programme builds your child's self-esteem and cultivates the trait of kindness within themselves and others.  Strategies include interactive games, kindness challenges, laughter yoga, stand-up comedy, group presentations and more.  To book or for more info visit www.courageouskids.ie

Courageous Kids will be running their junior programme for children aged 6-7yrs at the Castleknock Community Centre on Wednesday 31st Jan 3-4pm.  The aim of this programme is to build the courage and confidence of young children through games, courage challenges, powerposing, junior goal setting and lots more! To book or for more info visit www.courageouskids.ie