Congratulations to Ms. Mongan's EAL students on the work they carried out recently on Climate Change. They made a video explaining everything you need to know about Climate Change, how it is affecting our world, why we should care and what we can do to help. Their video and photos of their school displays were then entered into Trócaire's Better World Award. We can now proudly announce that their entry has won FIRST PRIZE nationally in the online entry category! Trócaire presented our school with a beautiful painting from Sierra Leone and individual certificates and badges for all the children involved. Congratulations on all your hard work!! (You can see photographs of their entries if you scroll down this page!)
The basketball team who have been training hard for the last few months played the Senior Boys Dublin tournament on Tuesday 13th of June. They won every match they played against schools from Ballbriggan, Drimnagh, Ballyfermot etc. and won the final 14-6 in the end against Tallaght to secure the 1st place in the Senior Dublin Boys Mini Basketball tournament. Well done boys!!!
Well done to our Senior Boys Soccer team yesterday who became FAI Dublin Senior Boys Cup champions yesterday in a 2-1 victory over St. Ciarán's of Hartstown!! The whole school was present in Dalymount Park to cheer on our footballing heroes. There were 64 teams in the competition altogether but none were able to compete with the level of skill and determination shown by St. Patrick's in this Senior Boys Cup competition. The boys have won every match they have played in 2017 & joint captains, Darragh Keane & Sean Matando lifted the trophy for the first time in the school's history. Special thanks to Mr. O'Hara and Mr. Cunningham who have been training the team all year. A special word of thanks also to parents and other supporters who travelled to Dalymout to show their support. Well done St. Patrick's!
Huge congratulations to the boys soccer team on winning the semi-final of the league against St. Mochta's and securing their place in the final!
Recently the students in Ms. Mongan's language classes have been learning all about the causes and effects of Climate Change. They learned how our use of electricity and cars have been having a huge impact on the environment and about ways in which we can help. They had an idea of making a video to share what they learned and to create awareness about these issues so that more and more people can work together for a better, fairer world.
The children's in Ms. Mongan's EAL room have been learning all about environmental issues such as where electricity comes from, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, climate change and climate justice, renewable forms of energy and sustainability. They would like to share their learning with the rest of the school. They have been working really hard to create giant displays and posters which will be put up in the assembly hall shortly. Check back soon to see their progress!
Here are photos of the 6th Class students who were recently confirmed in St. Patrick's Church nearby. The children, teachers and the School Choir had been preparing for this special day for many weeks and months with the help also of Fr. Liam. All the hard work, preparations and rehearsals paid and the ceremony was a very memorable occasion for all the students, teachers and priests involved.
Following the creation of a fabulous Christmas tree from re-used plastic bottles by Ms. Kelly's 3rd Class, Glanmore Foods invited all the 3rd Classes to their factory for a tour and fun activities. Glanmore Foods were very interested to hear that RTÉ had paid a visit to our school to film the children discussing how they had re-used so many bottles in the run up to Christmas. The children had a great day as they toured the factory!
The whole school was in for a collection of treats this year with humourous Christmas plays, assorted performances, songs, dances, poetry, the school choir and a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. All in all, it provided a very festive atmosphere and ensured that everyone was feeling the spirit of Christmas! Many thanks to parents, grandparents and siblings who came along to support the children in the 3rd & 4th class concert and also the 5th & 6th class concert!
Ms. McDonell and Ms. Mongan took some children to the school kitchen recently so that they could try their hand at baking some festive gingerbread men. The children measured out, whisked, rolled, cut and iced and also helped with the cleaning up afterwards! Some of them even had a dance to the tunes of Christmas FM!
The choir of St. Patrick's Senior School certainly turned heads recently with their beautiful singing and performance of well-known Christmas Carols. They sang in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where they provided a lovely festive atmosphere for the shoppers. They also raised some money for our school and there was great support from parents and grandparents alike. Many thanks too to the teachers, Ms. Mulderrig, Ms. Duignan and Ms. McAuliffe, who have been helping the children in the choir throughout the year.
Our students were very lucky recently to have been invited over to the FZ Forza Irish Open in the National Indoor Arena which is part of the nearby National Sports Campus. The children got to see international badminton players in games of singles and doubles. Some of them even spotted Irish professional Scott Evans arrive to watch one of the matches. We are really fortunate to have such wonderful amenities so close to our school.
The annual Christmas Bazaar was again a huge success. in the run-up to the day, parents, teachers and students had been bringing in anything they were finished with at home as a donation. The Bazaar was full of previously loved toys, books, games, dvds, bags, ornaments and much more. The school hall was alive with the sounds of children buying Christmas presents and the smells of baked goods. There was also a raffle with fabulous prizes. By the end of the day, the bazaar had raised €1413 in total! This handsome sum was evenly split between three worthy causes: The Girl Guides, LauraLynn and our school. Many thanks to all involved who donated items for sale and who also donated their time in running and organising the Bazaar.
On the 29th of April, we had an inspector in from the Active School's Flag initiative to assess our school's progress in our application for the flag. He was highly impressed with our school's participation in a wide variety of sports across the six strands of athletics, games, aquatics, dance, gymnastics and orienteering. Our new initiatives such as the Slí na Sláinte around our Astro pitch with the "walk and talk" rule and the 6th class children participating in Playground Leaders with the 3rd class children on big yard left the Active School Flag assessor over impressed. We showed him that we here at St. Patrick's SNS are indeed an Active School!
There was huge interest in joining the Craft Club this year. It ran for 5 months as an after-school activity and in that time the children made friendship bracelets, learned to weave and knit and also made Christmas snowmen and Easter page markers. Some children also made hot-air balloons with woven baskets.