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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 11th April 2018

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 Policies .


Choir will recommence this Friday 13 April.

New Signage

As you have probably noticed, we have erected new directional signage (School, Tigers and Community Centre entrances) and new name signs over each entry door. 

We have also displayed signage requesting that there be “No Cycling/Scootering on School Grounds” and also “No Dogs on School Grounds”.  We thank you for your cooperation in both these requests.

Upcoming Events

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

Finals of the DUBLIN 15 Cross Country League

“We all were nervous and excited at the same time.  First the 3rd class and 5th class children had their races, then the 4th and 6thhad theirs.  It was so nice, everybody was cheering each other on and congratulating each other. When I was there, I met lots of my friends and made some new ones too!  We were all so busy that some of us didn’t have time to eat.  Instead, we had our lunch on the bus while singing songs and laughing. It was one of the best days ever.” Aoife McElduff Ms Walsh 4th Class

“I think the cross country races were fun.  I liked it so much I’d like to go again.  The first few races I was scared I’d be last but no, I think I got 18th.  It wasn’t the best but I was happy with the result.  It was very kind of the others to cheer for the people with stitches or twisted ankle.” Cillian Berry Ms Walsh 4th Class

“Last Tuesday (10th April), our school took part in the Finals of the Dublin 15 Cross Country League.The boys won a trophy for the school. Ms. Meeley and Mrs. Soulsby came with us and they were very proud. Everyone had a great time.” Ruby Buckley & William Downey - Mr. Heneghan's Class

Return of cross country running kits

Can all members of our school cross country team please return their running kits (green t-shirt, black shorts and green athletics singlet with school name on it) next week? The kits will be collected daily from the classrooms. However, it is important that each child returns his/her kit in a bag (preferably a paper bag, please) with name clearly written on it. This is to ensure that all kits are “signed back in” and that we receive all of them. Please do not return kits to the office. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated in this matter. 

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.

We y 11th Apri : U11s

Friday 13th April: U10s

Monday 16th April: U12s (2.10-3.00pm)

Wednesday 18th: U13s (2.10-3.00pm)

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.

Parents Association Feedback Survey

The final date for submission of your survey is MONDAY 16 APRIL.  The PA will then have a draw for those that submit a survey to win 4 Tickets to Tayto Park!!! An email has been sent to all families today should you still wish to submit your views.

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.


A new block of Tennis started on Monday 09 April.  There are a small number of spaces still available in the 2.10pm session.

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.


Badminton will continue the current block of sessions on Friday 13 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.