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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 25th April 2018

Eighth Amendment Referendum

The school will be closed on Friday 25 May as it is being used as a Polling Station for the above Referendum.

Re-Registration 2018/2019

Sincere thanks for all the Re-Registrations forms & Payments which have been returned already. We hope to have all forms returned by this Friday so that we can start updating the database. 

Diswellstown Summer Camp

Children from current Junior Infants to sixth class are welcome. The camp will run from Monday 4th - Friday 6th July 2018.  The day starts at 9.00a.m. and finishes at 1p.m.

We will offer a number of different sports, art, games and activities and cooking!

The cost of the camp is €65.00 for 1 child, €120 for 2 children and €175 for 3 children.  Enrolment will be on Thursday 3rd May 2018, under the canopy at reception 2.20p.m. (Please bring form and payment on enrolment day, thank you!) We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note: Enrolment forms and payment can be sent to Purple room 2 on 3rd May

Staff Car Park – Safety Concern

For safety reasons, children are not permitted to enter school grounds via the staff car park entrance. We therefore ask that you do not drop your child at the entrance to the staff car park in the mornings. 


Residents from neighbouring estates have complained to us about dangerous and illegal parking on the part of parents collecting and dropping children.  We have advised them to make contact with the Gardaí and the school will fully support any action they suggest.

HSE Hearing & Vision Testing for Junior Infants

Due to circumstances outside of our control, the remaining Hearing & Vision Testing for Junior Infants will take place on Friday 18 May and not today Wednesday 25 May.

Choir of Ages Concert

St. Patrick's and Ciúnas will be coming together to perform a concert on Tuesday 29th May at 7:30pm in the school hall. It will be a short concert, over within half an hour. All welcome!

The Stay Safe Programme

The Stay Safe Programme will be covered in Senior Infants, 2nd Class, 4th Class and 6th Class in the coming weeks. We advise parents to visit /www.staysafe.ie and view the lesson content, in advance of the programme. Please note that the programme has been recently updated, in line with "Children First" Guidelines. If you have any queries, please contact your child's class teacher. 

P.E. Motto Competition

As part of our Active Week celebrations, all children (and parents) are invited to take part in a competition to create a new P.E. motto for our school. eg. 'Bí cool, bí spóirtiúl!'

Criteria are as follows:

  • Motto should be short and catchy
  • Motto can be in English or Irish
  • Motto must be original and represent our school well
  • Closing date for entries is Friday, 27th April
  • Entries must be posted in the collection box at reception
  • Be sure to include your name and class teacher on your entry, along with your motto.

The winning entry will be painted on to the walls of our P.E. hall and there will also be prizes for worthy runners-up. Best of luck!

Upcoming Events

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)

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

25 May – School Closed for Referendum

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

29 May – Choir of Ages Concert 7.30pm

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


“On the 24th of April2018, the Senior Camogie Team were playing against St Brigid’s Glasnevin.  It was a great game and we won.  The score was 7.7 to 1.3.  Everyone was doing their best and had their heads in the game.  Now we are in the quarter finals and hope to make it to Croke Park!”

Gara & Loza – Ms O’Reilly’s 6th 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 25th U10s (2.10-3.00pm)

Thursday 26th U12s (2.10-3.00pm)

Friday 27th U13s (2.10-3.00pm)

Monday 30th April U10s & U13s (2.10-3.00pm)

Wednesday 2nd May U11s & U12s (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

Senior (3rd to 6th) SFAD (Sport for All Days)

Senior Sports for All Day (3rd to 6th) is scheduled (weather permitting) for tomorrow Thursday 26 April. Children should bring their school bags to school, as usual. 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. Part or all of  the Sports Day may be deferred until Friday, depending on weather.

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.


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. 

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.

Stay Safe Talk

REMINDER The Stay Safe Talk for parents will take place tonight at 8pm-9pm.  Please note, it will take place in Orange Room 6on the ground floor.  Please enter and exit via the main school entrance.

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.

Yoga adventures

The new term, 7 weeks block, is starting next Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Two age groups on Wednesdays:

Class 1: 1:10- 2.05pm (Junior and Senior Infants)

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

Cost: € 42

2 places available in each class. Trial class can be offered, too. Let your child have fun doing yoga, playing fitness cooperative games, connect with himself/herself and others and much more.

If interested or any other enquiries, please contact me at 086 313 0992 or email


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

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Concert in LCC

Luttrellstown Community College will see a revisit of their German partner schools this week. To celebrate their second exchange programme a free concert is held in the college this Thursday, 26th April, at 7 pm. No tickets are necessary and all are welcome. The audience will be entertained with pieces from the classical to more modern repertoire by students from both the Irish college and the German music school.

Parks Tennis Pre Summer Camps

Pre-Register & Pay by paypal on www.parkstennis.com. At Riverwood Estate, Saturday 28 April, Laurel Lodge Community Centre Wednesday 02 May. Enquiries to parkstennis@eircom.net or 8338711.

CCC Plant Sale

The CCC Plant Sale takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 14th of May from 10am to 5pm.

There will be summer bedding plants, hanging basket and window boxes, ceramic and terracotta pots available at the sale as well as a coffee shop and lots more. Pre-orders available Phone 0857540888.

Platform Stage School Summer Camps

Platform Stage School Summer Camps will be taking place in St Patrick’s N.S. from 10am to 1pm on 9 – 13 July and 13– 17 August.  The cost is €100 per child with a 10% reduction for siblings.  Enrolment Forms are available on www.platformstageschool.ie.

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

Email: porterstownoffice@parkrun.com