May 2013

Fourth Classes Visit Mansion House

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Solar powered and electric cars will zoom down Lansdowne Road,
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Digital Dublin Workshop, by Stephen Moore
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Goldilocks - An Alternative Perspective

Read Jack Lucy's version of the Goldilocks story. It's not too short! It's not too long! It's just right!

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Heather Cup Winners

Congratulations to our Heather Cup champs. Winners of both the boys' and the girls' championships hail from Pius X. The cup is now 41 years on the go and was last won by a Pius squad all of seven years ago.
On the boys' team were Barry, Mark (C), Evan, Dean, Rian
Keith, Morgan, Max, Seán

Wicklow Way - May 2013

Wonderful outing on the Wicklow Way. Blue skies and healthy living. Well done to all of our participants numbering just short of one hundred.
Fiona has been persuaded to share her porter cake recipe. Best enjoyed outdoors at high altitude!

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Special Thanks to Fiona Cryan and Vincent Ryan without whose experience and organisational skills this event would not have taken place. Thanks to our sponsors and helpers, especially Brendan & Ger Elwood.
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Boys Compete in Santry

Well done to the boys from 4th - 6th classes who competed in the Cumann na mBunscol Athletics finals in Morton Park, Santry Monday and Tuesday this week. St. Pius was well represented at all age levels, with each of the athletes putting in strong performances.
In Monday's field events, Neil Lambe set a new school record for the shot putt and medalled a bronze for our school. Special congratulations too must go to Rian Maher and Liam Clancy who qualified for the 80m final in the U11 and U10 categories on Tuesday. Liam went on to claim silver in his division . . . a huge result for himself and St. Pius! Read his blog . . .

It was a sunny dry day in Morton Stadium. My first ever athletic competition and I was feeling quite nervous. Before the events all school had a parade and I was thrilled to be part of the St. Pius Athletic team. When each of the sprint competitors were called to the centre of the field, my heart started pumping a bit faster.
After the girls Under 10 heats, we were called to the line for our race. The 80m sprint flashed past in no time and luckily enough, I had qualified for the final.
While waiting with the other qualifiers, I was able to chat to Rian and Oisin from my football team who were waiting for the Under 11 sprint final. My heart was in my mouth as my group were brought over to the starting line for the final. It felt like ages before he blew the whistle.
A good start and we were off and running. I could only see the line at the end as I ran as fast as my legs could carry me. I knew that there was one boy just ahead of me and I tried to catch him but he managed to keep a few feet ahead of me all the way. I was delighted when the Judge handed me a card saying - "2nd". We were presented with medals on the podium and I shook hands with the winner and the boy who came 3rd. I was very proud as I called out my name and the name of my school into the microphone. I was over the moon as I brought the medal back to my team in the stand.
Liam, 4th Class

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Infants Take on the Pine Forest

Ms. O'Connor's and Ms. McLoughlin's boys headed for the Pine Forest on Monday on their summer tour. They took in the sights of the river and forest before being treated to some fun A & C activities.
We think picture number four below may be a contender for photo of the year. Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho . . .

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Athletes Practise for Santry

Ms. Goddard and Mr. Coyle took the Pius athletes to Tallaght Athletic Club yesterday. This was to help prepare the boys for the Cumann na mBunscol finals in Santry next Monday and Tuesday. The boys honed their track and field skills in the excellent facilities at Westpark. Big thanks to Glen Dalton and Martin Keating for their support too!
Stay tuned to the website for more photos of the finals next week. Best of luck to all our competitors and congratulations on being chosen to represent St. Pius X!

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Mr. Wall Pays a Call

Theo's Dad, Joe, played with The Stunning and he called to Ms. Corcoran's and Ms. Pléamonn's classes to teach them a few lyrics. He got the crowd going with Yellow Submarine. The Stunning are now known as 'The Walls'.

Such Talent

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Meet Daniel from Mr. Dillon's third class who plays basketball with Templeogue Basketball Club and was voted most improved player. Dean, Mark, Mark (Captain), Michael and Dylan did the double this year with Templeogue. They beat Knocklyon in a thrilling final for the Pat White cup as well as wrapping up the league. Well done boys. The adjudicator was most impressed with Conor's rendition of Smart awarding him a fantastic 86 marks. If you see him around, ask him for a reprise.

out - STAN - ding

Stan mesmerised the entire school yesterday with his performance of Lyrical Waltz by Shostakovich.

Golfers Compete in Spawell

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Neil: Today I was really excited because . . .

Steven: My golfing experience at the Spawell . . .

Jacques: On Tuesday the 14th of May 8 boys . .

Colm: On Tuesday Henry, Sean, Neil and I . .

Sean: My golfing experience at the Spawell . . .

Henry: Today I went to the Spawell for their Gala Day . . .

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GAA International Handshake

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Last week saw the GAA organise an international handshake in Croke Park. St. Pius, with its long association with Spain, was invited to select a Spanish student to represent his country. Santiago from Mr Kerins' 6th Class was the senor for the job. You can see him shaking hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Also in the picture are Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore and Minister of State Lucinda Creighton along with Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill and Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Páraic Duffy

Dazzling Silver Salver for School Choir

Well done to Ms. Purcell and the school choir for winning the amhrán as Gaeilge category at the Navan choral festival.

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School Choir in Action

Watch and listen to school choir in action. Make sure you have your speakers turned on.

Stan Wins Again

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Stan, winner of the U12 medal (piano) in the Newpark Music Festival. Stan delighted the judges with an exceptional rendition of Lyrical Waltz by Shostakovich.

Navan Choral Festival Winners

Watch and listen to school choir in action. Make sure you have your speakers turned on.

Basketball Arena Celebrations

Ms. Purcell's boys enjoy some celebratory cake after raising the roof in the National Basketball Arena with the National Children's Choir. Thank you to Maeve Scott and Aisling O'Hara (Tom and David's Mums) for the delicious cakes. Yuummmmm!

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Report of National Children's Choir
By Max Fitzgerald.
On May first 2013 at 7pm . . .
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Report of National Children's Choir
By Jack Lucy
"Ding, dong" the bell struck. . . .
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Report of National Children's Choir
On the first of May 2013 . . .
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BY KEVIN CUMMINS As I jumped out of my of my car
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My hair was brushed.
Liam Clancy
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Finally the day of the big concert had come.
Ronan Doherty
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The National Children's Choir
Seán Kenny
We were all standing outside
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Senior Tin-Fants!!

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Ms. O'Connor's boys and their sixth class mentors with their wonderful new inventions.

St. Pius Junior Referees

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David and Rian were invited back into Croke Park last weekend for the National Football League finals. GAA President, Liam O' Neill presented both boys with certificates as Allianz Young Whistler participants and thanked them for officiating at half time games in Croke Park.