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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 21st March 2018

Easter Break

The children will finish school at 11.30am on Friday 23 March.  The school will remain closed from Monday 26 March to Friday 06 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 09 April.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

There have been two cases of Slapped Cheek Syndrome in the school.  Information is available at the following link. www.hse.ie

Junior (Senior Infants to 2nd) and Senior (3rd to 6th) SFAD (Sport for All Days)

The Junior Sports for All Day (Senior Infants to 2nd) will take place (weather permitting) on Thursday 12 April and the Senior Sports for All Day (3rd to 6th) is scheduled (again, weather permitting) for Thursday 26 April. Children should bring their school bags to school, as usual, on these days. They should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They are also advised to bring an extra drink with them along with their usual lunch. Please note, we are unable to facilitate parent’s attendance at the Junior and Senior Sports for All Days.

Junior Infant Sports Day

The provisional date for Junior Infant Sports Day is Thursday 14 June.  A separate email will be sent to all parents of Junior Infants closer to the date providing more information re Sports Day and confirming the date. Please note that parents are invited to the Junior Infant Sports Day only.

Children First

Our Child Safeguarding Statement and Written Assessment of Risk of St Patrick’s N.S. are available to view on our website www.stpatricksns.ie or by clicking here http://www.stpatricksns.ie/policies.php .


PLEASE NOTE: There will be no choir on Friday 23 March.

Upcoming Events

26 March to 08 April (inclusive) – Easter Break

12 April – Junior Sport for All Day (Senior Infants to 2nd Class children)

16 April – 3rd Parent Communion Meeting 8pm

26 April – Senior Sports for All Day (3rd to 6th Class children)

07-08 May – May Bank Holiday

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

10 May – ACCORD -4th Class Girls/5th Classes

12 May – First Holy Communion Ceremonies

15 May – Communion Photographs (TUESDAY)

04-05 June – June Bank Holiday

14 June – Provisional Date for Junior Infants Sports for All Day

26 June – 6th Class Graduation

29 June – School Closes for Summer Break

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

Dublin 15 Cross Country League

On Tuesday, nearly 50 children from 3rd -6th class went to Porterstown Park for the 3rd day in the league. It was a beautiful sunny day but quite cold. Everybody put in a huge effort. It was great fun to be on the team. We are really looking forward to going on the bus to Santry on 10th April 2018 for the finals.

Fallon Doyle, Cillian Flynn 3rd class (Ms McTague’s Class)

Boys 5-a-Side Soccer Tournament

Last Thursday (15th March), our school took part in a football tournament in the National Aquatic Centre. We had two teams playing. Altogether we had 16 children playing. The managers were Mr Kelly and Mr Heneghan. One team finished second in their group, narrowly missing the semis. They were very unlucky. The other team won the final altogether. They won on penalties and Callum pulled off a great save to win. It was a really fun and memorable day. We are all excited for the Dublin finals in Irishtown next month.  

By Ryan Sherlock (Ms McCormack’s Class) and Dylan Clark (Ms Weir’s Class)

Schools Athletics Team

Knock-out Trials for the final selection will be held after school.  Those who make it onto the shortlists must attend if they want to be considered for the team. Those selected for the team must be available for the championships (held at Morton Stadium in Santry) on Monday 21st May (if participating in the Field Events) and/or Tuesday 29th May (if participating in the Sprints and Relays). 


PLEASE NOTE: Santry Trials will take place the first week back after Easter holidays.  We will meet in the 3rd class yard and trials will take place 2.10pm-3.00pm. It might be useful to write these dates into your child’s school journal as a reminder.

Wednesday 11th April: U11s

Friday 13th April: U10s

10 April – Cross Country 3rd-6th Morton Stadium Santry

21 May – Athletics Championships Field Events 3rd – 6th Morton Stadium Santry

29 May – Athletics Championships Track Events 3rd – 6th Morton Stadium Santry

Boys & Girls GAA Fixtures

11 April – Girls Camogie vs Belgrove GNS – St Annes Park 3pm.

12 April – Boys Hurling vs Sc Bhride Castleknock – Russell Park, Castleknock, 3pm.

Should any venues change, you will be notified as soon as possible.


Contact Details

It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers, email address) for your child on our database in order for you to receive your child/children’s school reports, end of year letters, etc., or to make contact with you if your child should fall ill during the school day. If any of your details change at any stage throughout the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form, available from the office.

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.

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.

Child’s Pose Yoga

Child’s Pose Yoga is running a Yoga Easter Camp in the school from Monday 26th to Friday 30th March. The children will learn poses inspired by animals and plants, and explore these further through partner poses. There will also be story time, acting out story time, craft projects, and snack time. We will practise breathing exercises to encourage self-calming and concentration.

The camp will run for the first week of the Easter holidays (from 9:30 am until 12:30 am) and costs €65, places are limited to children from Senior Infants to Second Class.  If you have any questions, please email yogaplaychildspose@gmail.com .

If you would like your son/ daughter to attend, please email to register your interest as soon as possible!

Kind regards, Sorcha Nolan and Denise Thomas


PLEASE NOTE: Please note that the school is closed on 19 & 26 March and 02 April (St Patrick’s Bank Holiday and Easter Break).  Next block of 8 Tennis sessions will therefore commence on 09 April.

Table Tennis

Table tennis will recommence with a new block of 8 sessions on Wednesday 11 April.


Athletics will recommence with a new block of 8 sessions on Thursday 12 April.

If your child no longer wishes to take part in Badminton, Tennis, Athletics, Table Tennis or Chess, please email info@stpatricksns.ie so that he/she can be removed from the payment request list and that the place can be offered to another child.

Art & Crafts

The next 10 week term of Art & Craft will begin next week, 05 and 09 March.  Students can attend classes on Monday or Friday from 2.10pm-3.45pm.  Develop skills and foster creativity in a relaxed enjoyable class.  For more details, contact Blathnaid directly at 087 4123247.

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Fundamental & Fitality Fitness Easter Camp

03-06 April from 9.20am to 2.30pm in Mountsackville N.S. (Scoil Mhuire, Chapelizod)

Suitable for 6 – 12 years old. €65 for full camp or €20 per day/child. Contact Noel at 0879830443/fundamentalfitnessireland@gmail.com or Gabriella at 0877372895/gabriella@fitalityfitness.ie.