The school will no longer close at 12:00 on Friday 23rd February and Tuesday 6th March.
Regulations regarding the reporting of Child Protection concerns have been given a new legal status.
The Department of Education & Skills had instructed that schools should close for the children on two half days in order that the staff be trained in the area of reporting these concerns. The Department has recently informed us that schools can now close for a full day instead of two half days.
We have decided to take this option and close for a full day on Monday the 5th of March.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused however we feel that a full day closure is easier for parents/guardians than two half days.
Ms. Mary O'Riordan
Congratulations to the students in 4th class who took part in the Operation Transformation Community Walk last Friday. Children and parents from St. Patrick's S.N.S., Ladyswell N.S. and Riversdale C.C. took to the road and enjoyed a beautiful walk around the locality. Well done to all the parents and children who took part in any of the Operation Transformation activities that were organised throughout the month of January. We hope we've helped get your 2018 off to a healthy start!
On St. Brigid's Day, the grandparents of our schoolchildren were invited to visit our school. Special events were scheduled to welcome our special visitors. The morning started with a choice of hot and continental breakfasts in the Breakfast Club. The grandparents later visited their grandchildren in classrooms where memories of school in bygone years were shared, games were played and the children showed off their modern classrooms and interactive whiteboards. It was a fantastic event and we are hoping that it will be just as successful next year!
On Sunday the 28th of January, 13 girls from St. Patrick's SNS ranging from 3rd class to 6th class took part in the Annual TMS Talent Showcase in Our Lady of Consolation school, Donnycarney. Ms N Kelly's dance class performed a dance to "Better when I'm Dancing". Meghan Trainor and Abbie and Natalia from 5th class performed a dance to "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. They did the school proud and put on a wonderful performance. Well done girls!
As part of Catholic Schools Week, we are celebrating 'Grandparents Day' on Thursday 1st February. We want to honour the important part they play in the lives of our children.
We will firstly welcome all grandparents to our school for breakfast at 9.30am. They will then be invited to their grandchild's class where they might share some their memories with the class.
Please let us know if you are able to attend.-
Ms. Reid’s fourth class have been learning about the Normans. The Normans were descendents of the Vikings. They came from Normandy in France.
In 1166 Ireland was divided into kingdoms. Dermot MacMurrough was the King of Leinster. Fearing that the other kings were going to attack him, he went to England to ask King Henry II for help. King Henry sent the Normans to help the King of Leinster. Dermot MacMurrough made a deal with Strongbow, a Norman Lord. Dermot agreed that if Strongbow helped him defeat the other kings, he could marry his daughter Aoife and he could be the next King of Leinster.
In 1169 the Normans arrived in Bannow Bay Co. Wexford. They quickly took over Wexford town, then Waterford and finally Dublin. The Normans decided to remain in Ireland and little by little took over many parts of Ireland.
Initially they build wooden forts. After a while they started to build stone castles. Norman castles were called Motte and Bailey castles. The Lords and ladies and their families lived in the Keep, this was a house built on top of a small hill. The hill was called the Motte. The motte was surrounded by a deep ditch which was filled with water, this was called a moat.
The bailey was a courtyard in front of the keep where the soldiers and villagers lived and where they kept some animals and grew crops. The entire castle was surrounded by a wall or a fence. Each night they lifted the drawbridge so no one could enter.
For art we made our own motte and bailey castles.
The results are in!!!!!!!!
Well done to everyone involved and a massive €536.61 was collected. The winners are Ms. Cooney's in 3rd class so big congratulations to them.
1st - Ms. Cooney: €148.16
2nd - Mr. D. O'Flynn: €105.37
3rd - Ms. Quinn: €81.01
4th - Mr. C. O'Flynn: €73.93
5th - Ms. Reid: €50.66
Other classes - €77.48
Total Amount: €536.61
5th and 6th classes took part in a fantastic 8 week programme called Marathon Kids. All students performed four running sessions each week inching them closer to completing their first marathon as well as learning about the benefits of physical activity. The finale saw the students running their last mile and completing the marathon at Morton Stadium, Santry.