Good luck to James, Daniel, Fionn and Lorcan at the Intel science and technology competition in Leixlip. Their topic is The Science of Sound and the boys won the in-house preliminary round.
Aistear na Nollag
Junior infants boys are particularly enjoying our 'Santa's workshop' theme this month in Aistear. We now know just how busy Santa, Mrs Claus, the elves and the reindeer must be after going into role in our play area. We even treated ourselves to Christmas cookie baking after our busy stints in Santa's workshop.
Mind those calories during the festive period! The revised food pyramid from the Department of Health cites fruit and vegetables as the most important component of one's diet. White bread, pasta and rice have been eradicated with wholemeal cereal, pasta and bread now being recognised as key components of a healthy diet as they contain more nutrients. Also included are sample meal plans if you log onto Healthy Eating Ireland
St. Pius X is delighted that Mr. David Gough, 6th class teacher, was presented with the Shane Hourigan Young Referee of the Year Memorial award by GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and Sean Walsh, Chairman of the National Referee Development Committee.
Ancient History Projects
Mr. Réamonn's boys have finished their ancient history projects and wanted to show them to the world . . .
We were amazed at Nathan's ability to read Sam's mind in this intriguing card trick . . . and yes, we checked the deck . . . it's a legitimate deck of cards! How did he do it? (You will need to have the sound turned on)
The Junior Green Gaelic football team played their last match (the final) the week after Halloween in Bushy Park. I was on the team and I think we played amazingly, we gave it one hundred percent both halves but very disappointingly we lost by just one point. It was a great match though. We played six stunning matches before that including a match against our own Senior Green team. We won most of our matches quite easily. Mr. Murtagh and Ms. Redmond had us training at five to eight in the morning quite a few times. It feels amazing to represent your school. My highlight of the season was probably when we beat St. Josephs, it felt great. Playing Gaelic football for the school was really fun.
Matthew McCarthy (Mr. Murtagh’s 5th Class)
Our junior green football season started well with a good win over St. Mary’s in Lucan. The game started tight with both teams exchanging scores early on, but we kept going and in the end we won well. Our second game was against a strong Joey’s team. We knew from the start it was going to be a tough game, and it was but we won by a good margin in the end. It was a tight game and we had to give a lot of effort to get over the line.
The next game we had was against Scoil Lorcan from Kilmacud. It was a game where strong tackles were made and possibly a few poor referring decisions. We were strong as a team all the way through and we got a good win in the end. Our next game was against Mary’s of Rathfarnham. We were good from start to finish and deserved our win.
Our next game was to be against Ballyroan who hadn’t lost a game yet. But before we played them, we played a challenge game against our senior green team. I believe we gave them a run for their money, and we did, but they just about won in the end.
Every single one of us knew the Ballyroan was going to be tough but it really was down to the wire. It was an open game of football from the start, and I’m sure it was level at half time. As the second half started drawing to a close Ballyroan had a two point lead and I must admit we were looking down the barrel of a gun. Until William O’ Leary came on. And in the last play of the game when he got the ball he scored a goal. As their keeper kicked out the ball, and the referee blew his whistle we knew we were in the final against Holly Park.
We trained long and hard for that Holly Park game. And when it got to the big day we were well up for it. Holly Park got a good start to the game scoring a goal and a few points early on. But we showed great perseverance and good team spirit and at half time it was level. The second half was tight all the through, but when the final whistle blew Holly Park had won by a point. Every single Pius player played like there was no tomorrow.
I would like to say thank you on behalf of the team to the coaches and parents, without whom we mightn’t have reason to be so proud of ourselves. And I myself have thoroughly enjoyed my final year playing junior football.
And remember……..PIUS ABU!!!!!
John Patrick Chew (Ms Redmond's 5th Class)
Finn Meets the President
Finn was the mascot for Ireland at the Ireland v Australia rugby match at the weekend . . . . and he had the privilege of meeting President Michael D. Higgins
Well done to all the St Pius X BNS runners who took part in the first Annual Terenure College Cross-Country Competition. St. Pius X BNS finished 1st place in a tough field of local schools (St. Joseph's, St Mary's and Terenure Junior school to name a few). Amazingly a number of our boys finished in the top 5 of their respective races. Our 3rds and 4ths were joined by members of the St. Pius X BNS Running Club. Many thanks to Mr. Philip Wallace (Deputy Principal) of Terenure College and his staff for an amazing day of racing. The course, refreshments and silverware were top class and we are sure St. Pius X BNS will be back this time next year defending its title!
Sean (1st place), Erwan (3rd place) and Lucas (4th place) with the medals awarded after the run