April 2013

3-Déjá Vu

The boys in fifth class were looking at the 3D shapes from Ms. O'Donovan's second class and wanted to have a go. All kinds of fancy 3D shapes were created including some octahedrons!

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Easter Win

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David, Charlie, Keith and Shane with the trophy they won against Man . . in Manchester during the Easter holidays. The boys play for Templeogue Utd.

Fabric and Fibre

Ms. Purcell's boys used fabrics for these colourful creations - a reminder that Spring is here at last.

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It's the St. Pius X-Men

Mr. Réamonn's boys have displayed their Superhero Art. As you can see some of them couldn't resist acting the part. Mr. R is looking forward to some super homework, super test results, super sportsmen, super manners, super . . .

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Maths in 3D

Forget about your 3D spectacles - it's a maths 3D spectacle down in Ms. O'Donovan's second class. The boys used chickpeas and cocktail sticks to construct 3d nets of geometric shapes.

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Choir Celebrates

Boys from our school choir, who performed so wonderfully at the recent performance of St. Matthew Passion in St. Pius X Church, enjoyed celebratory pizza in the G.P. room on Friday. The St. Matthew Passion, which was performed on March 25th, was a wonderful event and was enjoyed by many who travelled from far and near to hear it. The boys from our choir received a standing ovation on the night. We are very proud of our school choir and the commitment of the boys who attended rehearsals in school at 8.00 a.m. for a number of months prior to the performance. We greatly appreciate the support of the parents who facilitated these rehearsals and who attended the St. Matthew Passion. It was a wonderful experience for all involved!

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Rehearsals in Pres for the Big Night - Cór na nÓg

The school choir has visited Presentation for some rehearsals for the forthcoming performances.

Practice in Pres

The two fourth classes travelled to Presentation Primary School yesterday for their final group rehearsal for the National Children's Choir concert. Throughout this school year the boys have been learning a repertoire of sixteen songs which they will perform with children from other schools in Dublin at a concert in the National Basketball Arena on Wednesday, May 1st. It was a wonderful rehearsal and the girls from the junior classes in Presentation School came to the hall to watch the children rehearse. We are all very excited about the upcoming concert. If you would like to attend the concert on May 1st, tickets are available on the night at the door.

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We Hope You're Keeping Fit

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Kevin and Conor with the medals they won at the weekend for hurling and swimming.

Retired Pilot Visits Sixth Class

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The visit by Ted Zones yesterday morning was very inspirational. It was amazing that a 91 year old man could remember so much about his background and England. He was from Gloucestershire in west London. He flew Catalina's, M-1's and many other planes. He also had a great sense of humour and brilliant personality. He told us all about his training, travels and showed us pictures of a Catalina and showed us his jacket that he got for his 90th birthday.
By Zak Gantley

It was very interesting to have a RAF pilot explain his life to all of us. He had a great life and he looks very young for a 91 year old. He had a very interesting flying career. You could tell he enjoyed his work of glying planes. He was very brave and has a great personality. It was a life time experience.
By Mark Soper
The visit of Ted Jones the retired RAF pilot was very exciting. Ted was very down to earth and had a very clear and accurate memory. He told us all about his training and time in the RAF.
By Josh Mc Donagh

Yesterday morning an ex-RAF pilot called Ted came to our class. He told us about how he flew RAF planes in World War II and other experiences. He was a very interesting person and had a good sense of humour. He went on a parachute jump when he was 83 and he originally cam from Glosteshire. He was on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean and the one day he was not with his crew on the Catalina they sank a U-boat. He had a very interesting life.
By Micheál Hanley Byrne

Buaiteoirí Tráth na gCeist

Tar éis dian-choimhlint ó thús go deireadh, d'éirigh le Rian, Joe, Nathan agus Joshua na huibheacha a thabhairt abhaile leo i mbliana. Thaispeáin siad a saineolacht i réimse babhtaí idir chúrsaí Gaeilge, Tíreolaíochta, Ceoil, Scannáin agus eolas ginearálta. Buíochas do Mr. Réamonn, Mr. Coyle agus Mr. O'Fatharta a chabharaigh leis an ocáid agus go mór mór le Mr. O'Sullivan a rinne sár job mar fhear an tí.

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Cross Country Run

Well done to the over 40 Pius boys who took part in the Inter-Schools Cross Country Race that took place in St. Enda's Park on Thursday (March 14th). Ms. Goddard and Mr. Coyle were on hand to cheer on the runners representing the school, drawn from 3rd to 6th Class. The gruelling 2 km race in tough conditions was hotly contested by over 400 competitors with Pius boys making the top 30 - a great result. Liam Finnegan (6th) and Dylan Cleary (5th) were Pius 1st and 2nd place respectively. The certificates were presented by international middle distance runner, Joe Sweeney. Congratulations to all who took part and for doing their school proud!

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St. Pius Choir to Perform Passion

Our school choir has been invited to participate in a performance of St. Matthew's Passion by J.S.Bach. The performance is the brain-child of Killian Farrell a past member of our school choir who is studying music in Trinity College. The performance will take place in St. Pius X Church on Monday, March 25th at 7.30 p.m. We are delighted to be associated with this performance and look forward to working with the professional soloists, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia and the Jubilate Choir. This is a very challenging work musically and it is sung in German. The boys have embraced this project with their usual enthusiasm and dedication. It will be a wonderful experience for the boys to perform with a professional and renowned orchestra.

News from the Weekend

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Denis, Peter and Lee (known as Bruce Lee to his pals) with their medals for their super kata routines at the weekend. Kata is an element of karate in which participants perform individual or team movements. Meet Clayton and Matthew who powered to first and second place in the Bohernabreena Motocross trials at the weekend. The boys were not competing with each other - they were in different CC categories. Congrats to Conor, Seán, Ronan and Shane who represented St. Pius at the Irish minor school swimming championships in Galway on Saturday, March 9th. They were up against stiff opposition from the four provinces and put up a great show to do our school proud. Seán qualified for the final of the backstroke and finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal.
The squad was in action again in the relay event and did extremely well in qualifying for the final of the freestyle. Again they were unlucky to miss out on a podium finish, coming in fourth.
John and Matthew from Ms. Pléamonn's first class. John was semi-finallist in the fencing championship while Matthew is Faugh's hurler of the week.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Young Whistlers Programme

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I arrived in Croke Park in the nick of time, after running around the stadium itself. A man named Brendan gave me my gear and a strange looking whistle. Instead of blowing in to the whistle, you had to press a button that blows the whistle for you. There was a bit of confusion and I had to run as fast as I could to catch up with the players, luckily I did. The Dublin school won 2-2 to 0-1. My man of the match was number eight off the Down school. The match was beside Hill 16 itself.
Possession Dublin 40% Down 60%
Passes Dublin 35 Down
Shots Dublin 15 Down 6
On Target Dublin 12 Down 5
There were no Bookings in the game.
It started on Friday when Mr Gough told me I had been chosen to referee a match at half time during the Dublin and Down match. So David [the other referee] and I went to Mr Gough, he told us to be at Croke Park at 6pm and to also to contact a man called Brendan O Reilly to give us our seats and gear. On Saturday I left my house at 5.30pm. When I got to Croke Park I collected the tickets from the press box. When I got in, Fingal and Fermanagh were playing in a hurling match. I found my seats and then I met Brendan and he gave me the coolest whistle ever. It was one that you could press a button and a whistle sound would come out. After that he took me to the tunnel where he gave me the kit, I put it on and then all the Dublin team came out . Cian O Sullivan came out and led me on the pitch. I was introduced to the two captains and the referee. The photographer took a picture of us all. With 25 minutes gone in the first half Brendan took me into the tunnel to meet the half time teams who were girls from Dublin and Down. We walked onto the pitch and I threw the ball in and started the match. It ended with a win for Dublin. Then I sat back down in my seat and enjoyed the match. I would like to thank Mr Gough and Mr Kerins for the opportunity to do this, I had a great time.

Cross Country Runner

Eddie completed a Community Games cross country event on Tuesday (U13 category)