November 2013

Taking Pride in our Work

A few scenes from the exciting Electronics Class recently launched by the St Pius Parents' Association......many thanks to Irish Pride Bakeries for their generous sponsorship of the Arduino kits. Pictured here with Ms. Caroline Coyne and Ms. Tracy Pryce of the PA is Mr. Aidan Kenny, CEO Irish Pride. Also in the photos is Mr. Michael Garvey who conducts the electronics programme.

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Light up, Be Seen

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We'd like to ask all our students to make a special effort to light up this winter. The mornings are dark and motorists find it hard to see people in dark clothing. James in Ms. Corcoran's class is modelling one of the hi-viz jackets which the boys received from the RSA (Road Safety Authority).
We'd also like to remind the boys who cycle to school to dismount when they reach the school and not to cycle through the yard.

Daniel and Luke won a medal in the "Football for All" tournament during the weekend.

Liam and Robbie had a most successful weekend. The boys who are in Mr. Robinson's class won medals for soccer and badminton respectively. Well done Liam and Robbie

Science In Fifth

5th class boys carrying out practical experiments on the respiratory system with Mr. Smith and Mr. Fitzgerald.

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Pius Mentoring Programme

Fifth class help Ms O'Connor's junior infants construct 'Feely Monsters'.

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High Performers

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Stan was presented with a high achiever award for his piano playing. He played Lyrical Waltz by Shostakovich for the adjudicators of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Stan reached the last 17 competitors from an original entry of many thousands.

Jude and Ryan from Ms. McLoughlin's junior infants made this fabulous heart during their play session this morning.

Ms. Corcoran's Boys Display their Maths Shapes

First class boys are shaping up for the new year with rectangles and squares and circles and lots of other interesting shapes.

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School Choir performs at Christmas Lights Ceremony

On Sunday, the Boys' School Choir kicked off the festive season with Carol Singing at the 'Switching on of Lights' in Templeogue Village. It was a wonderful event which was greatly enhanced by the boys' singing. Santa's arrival on a fire engine added to the excitement. The choir was delighted to have been invited to participate in this inaugural local ceremony. A big thank you to Aisling Sarsfield for co-ordinating.
The next outing for the choir is on Saturday, December 14th, when the choir will sing at the Christmas Concert in Perrystown Community Hall at 8:00p.m. Tickets will be available to buy in the school. This promises to be a lovely evening's entertainment with performances from St. Pius X Boys' Choir, An Cór Choir and Knocklyon Gospel Choir.
REMINDER: Parents' Choir Rehearsal, tomorrow night, Tuesday, 26th. No problem if you missed last week, come along!

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Checkmate Morgan

This is Morgan (fourth class), chess player extraordinaire who has just beaten two of our top sixth class players in recent games in the Thursday chess club. No doubt the sixth class boys will be looking to reassert themselves in the closing stages of the league, but something tells me that Checkmate Morgan is going to be a tough opponent to get the better of.

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Posting our Letters

No, not the Santa letters - it's Ms. O'Neill's boys personally delivering their letters to their Kerry friends to the local postbox.

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Faughs Move into the Big league

You might see some familiar faces here among the ranks of the Faughs U12 hurling team which won a crucial game on Saturday to advance to Division 1. Next season they will have to compete against big guns such as Ballyboden, Crokes, Vincents and Castleknock.

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Pizzas in Pius

Junior infants made delicious pizzas on Friday, ably assisted by their senior class mentors.

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It's the Pius Power Hour

Pictured are the boys from Ms. Carroll's 1st class taking part in "Power Hour". This multi-station approach to literacy is aimed at all students and hopes to build on the already high standard of English that exists in St. Pius X BNS. The programme, which will be delivered to both 1st classes, is an initiative of the Special Ed department. Its objective is to enhance pupils' existing levels of competency in literacy.

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Pen Pals from the Kingdom

Ms. O'Neill's boys have started to correspond with the fifth class boys and girls of St. Brendan's National School, Fenit. The quills have been sharpened and the boys have written wonderful letters to their new pen pals.There was great excitement when the first batch of letters arrived from the south-west. The boys were most impressed with the standard of writing (and handwriting). What else can one expect from a county with such master storytellers and actors as John B Keane, Bryan MacMahon and Eimear de Brún? We hope that the legacy of Joyce and Beckett will spur our young scribes to great things!
(Ms. O'Neill did ask them not to mention Sam's visit to St. Pius. Memories of the semi-final may still be a little raw!)

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Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave . . .

Ms. Beatty's boys put on the November foyer art display. Pictured here are Ronan and Daniel.

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An Apple a Day

More fun at Hallowe'en

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