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School News and Events 2014-2015

Mary Emmett's

June 2015

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» Mary Emmett's Retirement

Mary Emmett touched the lives of so many children and staff members in St. Patrick's SNS that it was only fitting that she would get the best possible send-off into her well-deserved retirement. Mary has also been so giving and generous of her time, always going the extra mile, and she has had an excellent relationship with both staff and students alike. A special painting was commissioned to commemorate the time Mary spent in the school library always fostering children's love of books. A special whole school assembly was also held in her honour.

Local Historical Walk

June 2015

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» Local Historical Walk 2015

In June, Ms. Mongan's 4th Class went on a stroll of the local area looking for evidence of the past. They had initially studied and compared modern and historical maps and knew that our school is built close to the site of Corduff House. Mary and Peter Emmett who have lived in the area since the 1970s accompanied them. The children were shown where the main road used to be at the back of the Junior School. This road used to be the main road which went from Blanchardstown village right up to the present-day roundabout at ITB. They were also shown the large trees which used to line the avenue up to Corduff House. We saw the Fairy Fort in the park and discussed all the superstitions connected to ring forts. Next they saw the old cottages which had pedestrian gates opposite the front door, reminiscent of an era when there were no motorcars. The children also identified which houses were built first. Finally they walked over to visit the beautiful Warrenstown House, which has changed hands several times, but thankfully is one of the few large period houses still in existence locally. Many thanks to Mary and Peter for accompanying Ms. Mongan's class and giving them a wealth of local information!


Intercultural Week

June 2015

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» Intercultural Week 2015

Intercultural Week was a great success this year with all classes incolced in a variety of activities. Some children attended Drumming workshops. Other classes attended African Dance and music lessons. Many classes covered stories, poems, art and increased their intercultural awareness and skills. All classes researched one of the countries represented in our school population and made a presenatation at a whole school assembly, a thorughly enjoyable ocassion.


Fun Run

May 2015

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» Fun Run May 2015

This year's fun run was such a success, that everyone is hoping it will become a yearly event. Third and Fourth Classes were set a challenge of running 2km to raise funds for the school, with many of the children choosing to run an extra lap. Fifth and Sixth class were set a target of 4km. Many of the parents and members of the wider school community also took part in the event. With bottles of water and free ice-cream passed around afterwards, there were smiles all round.

3rd and 5th Classes get Cooking!
May 2015

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» 3rd and 5th Classes get Cooking

Cooking classes have been taking place in the school with 3rd and 5th classes over the past three months. Each class had two sessions in the kitchen with Fiona, our chef and parents. The focus is on teaching the children simple, cheap and wholesome recipes that they can easily replicate at home. Each class learns how to make pizza from scratch and healthy muffins. They have also been enjoying fruit kebabs and a variety of salads too. Thanks to all who have helped out, especially Healthy Food for All who have funded the classes, Roisin Devoy from Blanchardstown Area Partnership and the parents who have helped out.


Garden Committee visit ITB
May 2015

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» Garden Committee visit ITB

Our school Gardening Committee made a very enjoyable trip to ITB recently to visit their gardens, polytunnels and geo-domes. The children were brought on a grand tour and they saw first-hand how scientific gardening can be. They saw science experiments with grass and fertiliser, and also tomatoes and strawberries being irrigated and fed through tubes. Finally they saw that you can have a beautiful garden if your garden is quite small. Many thanks to Ciarnad Ryan of ITB and Roisin Devoy from Blanchardstown Area Partnership for organising such a wonderful trip for our gardening committee!


Active Schools Week

May 2015

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» Active Schools Week 2015

Active Schools Week was a huge success in our school this year. Classes recorded how much activity they get each day, including walking/cycling to school. The children also took part in Athletics to find the faster girl and boy at each class level across varying distances. Well done to all involved!

3rd Class visit Millenium Park
May 2015

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» Thirds visit Millenium Park

Congratulations to the children's in Ms. D. O'Connor's 3rd class who were recently taken to the playground in Millenium Park as a reward for their outstanding efforts in raising money for the school in our recent Copper Trail. Well done!


March 2015

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» Confirmation 2015

Congratulations to the children in 6th class who made their confirmations recently in the local church. Many thanks to the students, parents, grandparents, teachers and priests who worked very hard in the lead up to make this occasion a very special day.


Seachtain na Gaeilge

Márta 2015

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» Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015

We had a fantastic week in the school to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge. Each class performed 'as Gaeilgle' at a whole school assembly, there was traditional Irish music with a harp, badhrán and guitar, a Lá Scléipe (fun day through Irish) for the 3rd classes, quiz, treasure hunt and céili of traditional Irish set dancing for each class level!
Seachtain iontach a bhí againn!

Book Week

March 2015

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» Book Week Favourite Characters 2015

Would you recognise these famous characters from popular children's books? Check out the entrants to our character dress up competition which was part of this year's Book Week.

Baking with Parents

December 2014

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» Festive baking with parents

The children in Ms. Mongan's and Mr. Walsh's 4th classes enjoyed some festive baking recently with the much appreciated help of the parents and grandparents. Many thanks to all who the parents and grandparents who showed their support and so generously gave of their time!


6th Class visit to Riversdale
September 2014

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» 6th Class visit to Riversdale

The children in 6th class made a recent trip to Riversdale to sample the facilities on offer. They thoroughly enjoyed the activities organised for them which included baking, art and drumming.

Halloween Disco

October 2014

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» Hallowe'en Disco 2014

As ever, there were some spine-chilling apparitions and hair-raising costumes to be seen at our yearly Hallowe'en Disco. The spooky scene was set as the school hall was dimmed and coloured lights danced between the skeletons, vampires and dead schoolgirls! Costumes, face paints, fake blood and some ghoulish dancing added to the haunting Hallowe'en vibe! Click on these if you fancy a scare!

Official Garden Opening
June 2014

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» Official Garden Opening

After the culmination of months of effort from the students, teachers and outside organisations in the wider community, the day of the official gardening party had arrived. The children brought in rugs for an outdoor picnic and the sun obliged. Many thanks to all who have contributed their time so generously to the school and community garden including the students, teachers, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Blanchardstown Insititute of Technology and Healthy Food For All.


You can still find material from last year and previous years in the Archive section.

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