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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 24th May 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.

"No Dogs Allowed" Signage

Can we please request that parents do not bring dogs on to School/Community Centre grounds at any time of the day/afternoon/evening? We thank you for your full cooperation in this request.

Aladdin Connect App

Yesterday you received an email introducing you to the Aladdin Connect App which will come into use by St Patrick’s N.S. next week. We believe that this new addition to the Aladdin Schools system will be of great benefit to teachers, parents and guardians.

On Monday 28 May, you will receive a text/email message containing your registration link.  Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the free App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience.

By default both parents will have access to view their child’s contact information. If for any reason you do NOT wish to share your own personal contact information within the family circle or if you have any concerns regarding your particular family setup, please contact the school before Friday 25 May in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.

St Patrick’s Parents Business Network

St Patrick’s School Journal contains a list of Businesses & Services provided by Parents in the School. This is an excellent resource for parents looking for a reliable provider of various services. The List of Businesses is being finalised this week. If you are a Parent that has a business or service & would like to be listed, please contact Daniel on danlei@cms-ireland.com.

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!

Down Syndrome Ireland – Ice Cream Funday
On Friday 08 June, some of our parents will be selling Ice Cream in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland at 1.10pm and 2.10pm. No set price, all donations welcome. If you wish to support this worthy cause, they will be set up under the canopy at the Main Entrance.  Please note that children from 1st-6th Classes who wish to purchase ice-cream may be delayed leaving school at 2.10pm.

School Uniform Policy Update

Following consultation with pupils and parents, we have updated our School Uniform Policy. This is attached to the newsletter. School tracksuit will continue to be mandatory for all pupils but the uniform (trousers/tie/crested jumper; pinafore/skirt/tie/crested jumper/cardigan) will be optional. Children at all class levels can choose to wear the school tracksuit daily, if parents/children wish.

Upcoming Events

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

08 June – DSI – Ice Cream Sunday

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

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:

Wednesday: U12 &U13s (2.10-3pm)

Thursday: U10s & U11s & U12s and U13s (2.10-3pm)

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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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

Gaeltacht Leamhcáin Primary School Courses

Course A 2nd- 6th July Course B 9th-13th July

Based at Coláiste Cois Life, Gaeltacht Leamhcáin is a 1 or 2 week summer Irish language camp based in Lucan, Co. Dublin for children from the ages of 9 - 12. Immerse your child in our all Irish language environment to help improve your child’s written and spoken Irish.

Visit gaeltachtleamhcain.ie today and book your child's place. Bígí linn!

Touch-type, Read and Spell

Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and other learning differences.

I continue to run classes in the following venues and there are a limited number of places available as other students have now successfully completed the course.

MONDAY St. Brigid’s National School, Castleknock 2.35-3.35 pm and 3.50-4.50 pm

TUESDAY Luttrellstown Community College  3.10-4.10 pm and 4.20-5.20 pm

WEDNESDAY Castleknock Community College 2.50-3.50 pm and 3.55-4.55 pm

THURSDAY St. Francis Xavier Senior School (beside Tesco Roselawn) 2.45-3.45 pm

St Vincents Water Polo Club

St Vincents Water Polo Club is running two introductory taster sessions for any young children (Under 15yrs) who can swim and want to try waterpolo. The first one is on Sunday 27th May at 1-2pm in the NAC. The second session will take place on Sunday 24th June at same time.
It's a great fun game for both boys and girls.  The under 13 teams train on Friday nights from 8.15 - 9.15 at the NAC. Please contact Michelle 0n 0872288759 for more information. 

Castleknock Celtic Mini World Cup

Sponsored by Sportswear Suppliers JAKO, Castleknock Celtic FC is holding their MINI-WORLD CUP in Porterstown Park from Tues 5th to Sat 9th June. For all boys & girls born 2010-2005 inclusive. Family event each evening with a special Funday on Finals Day on Saturday. Registration takes place at our Clubhouse Friday, 25th May 6.30-7.30pm. For further information, text 083-4111721 or 086-1723755. Application forms at www.castleknockceltic.com or at Clubhouse. 

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 

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.

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.