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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018

May Bank Holiday

The school will close at the normal times on Friday 04 May.  It will be closed on Monday 07 and Tuesday 08 for May Bank Holiday Break.  It will remain closed to children on Wednesday 09 May to facilitate Primary Language Curriculum Training for Teachers.

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.

Diswellstown Summer Camp

Children from current Junior Infants to sixth class are welcome. The camp will run from Monday 2nd - 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

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!

EXTRA REHEARSAL 19:30-20:30 IN LAUREL LODGE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY. Attendance is very important as it’s our only rehearsal with Ciúnas. 

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. 

HSE Schools Vaccination Programme (Information for 6th Class Parents)

Many parents of new first year students only hear about the HSE second level school immunisation programme in early September. To provide parents with more information in advance, the National Immunisation Office has developed a leaflet for parents of 6th Class children, a copy of which your child will receive this week. Electronic copies are available at the following links www.hse.ie - 1 www.hse.ie - 2

Upcoming Events

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)

18 May – Hearing & Vision Testing for Junior Infants

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

SPAR FAI Primary School 5s

This year our 5th and 6th class boys soccer team participated in a 5-a-side soccer competition. We won the Dublin 15 qualifying round after topping our group. In the final it was a close game and it went to penalties. Our goalie Callum Sheridan, saved the winning penalty. We then advanced to the county finals.

In the next tournament we topped our group again, winning all their matches. In the semi-finals we won 3-1. In the final we lost 2-1 to a fantastic Scoil Assaim of Raheny team. We were unlucky to lose after previously beating the same team in the group stage. It was great fun and hopefully we can do it again next year.

(By Peter Geraghty - Ms. Collins' Class and Cillian Clark - Mrs. Corcoran' 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.

Santry Training:

Friday 11th May: U10s and U11s (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

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. 

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.

URGENT REQUEST for Volunteers for Communion Reception 12 May

We are looking for volunteers to help out at this year’s Communion Reception being held in the Parish Centre on Saturday the 12th of May. If you are available and can help serving refreshments between 10:40am and 12:00pm please contact Oonagh by text on 086-3231722  or at the
later reception between 12.40pm to 1.30pm please contatct Izabela by text on 086-3318474.

We are especially interested in hearing from Parents/ Guardians from all 1st Classes as the majority of you will be directly involved in Communions and in these receptions next year. It is a really good insight into how successful this event is for all involved. It is such a happy event for our school and it is always a very enjoyable morning. So if you can spare some of your time, all help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your continued support.

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.

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

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/porterstown

Email: porterstownoffice@parkrun.com 

Anam Cara

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Monday 14th of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

For more information see anamcara.ie or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Parks Tennis Summer Camps Coaching for Boys & Girls

Low cost affordable tennis coaching takes place from Monday 2nd July to Friday 27th July.

New Dublin Programme: Two-Hour Classes for every child

  • First class: 5 - 8 year olds.
  • Second class: 9 - 17 year olds.

Fee is €65 for 3 or 4 weeks, €50 for any two weeks, or €30 for one week. All equipment supplied.

Registration for Dublin Parks Tennis coaching will take place at the Riverwood tennis courts Friday 29th June between 2-4pm. Coaching starts on Monday 2nd July.

Qualified coaches conduct the coaching. You can pay at registration or pay online with PayPal.

If you do not have a racquet one will be loaned to you.

Also, do not worry if you miss the first day, children can sign up at any time during the programme.

This programme is subsidised by Fingal County Council & The Irish Sports Council.

Phone (01) 833-8711 or email parkstennis@eircom.net or go to ParksTennis.com if you need further information.

Castleknock Table Tennis

Venue: St Vincent’s Castleknock College

Tuesday: 6pm-7.30pm – Kids; 7.30opm-9.pm – Adults.

Friday: 6-9pm – Family Open Day

Cost: €5 – 60mins/€7 – 90mins.  Club Membership is necessary, €50 per year includes insurance.

For more details, please contact 0851079317, email tabletennis.ttt@gmail.com or see poster on the Parent Information Notice Board outside the main school entrance.