March 2014

Tennis News

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The Pius tennis players have won their opening two matches in the Tretorn Primary Schools Tennis Leagues. Pictured are Scott, Hugh, Ronan, Gavin, Philip and Luke who have beaten Hollypark and St Mary's (Donnybrook).
Credit to Mr. David Gough for introducing this new initiative to St. Pius.

On Wednesday the 19th of March our school tennis team travelled to St. Mary's Tennis Club on Belmont Avenue to play a match for our school, St. Pius X B.N.S. I was playing as the first pairing with my doubles partner Ronan Quinn. The other two pairings were Luke Davis & Scott Kavanagh and Gavin O'Riordáin & Phillip Hollingsworth. We got off to a good start using the tactical advice given to us by our team captain, Mr. Gough! We played very well and in the end we won our match 9 games to 6. Our other two pairings won 9 games to 1 and 9 games to 3 respectively. Overall it was a brilliant result for the school!

GAA News

Pictured is Liam from Ms. Smith's 5th Class. Liam was chosen to referee the 'Go Games' match at half time of the all Ireland club hurling final on Monday. Also shown are referee Barry Kelly with Portumna captain Ollie Canning and Mount Leinster Rangers captain David Phelan.
Thanks to Mr. David Gough and Mr. Michael Smith for making this possible.

My Refereeing Debut in Croke Park
On the 17th March I arrived in Croke Park with my Dad. I was given my kit and at the start of the main match I had pictures taken with the referee and the team captains. I was refereeing the half time match between Portumna and Mount Leinster. The half time match flew by and before I knew it, it was all over. I was allowed keep the match ball and my name was even put in the match program.
I had a wonderful day and I will remember it for the rest of my life.

The school hurling team won the South Dublin Shield for the third time in a row, beating St. Josephs.

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School Choirs Get Ready for Performances

Our school choirs have a big week this week with Confirmation on Saturday and Cór Fhéile na Scoileanna on Wednesday night. Here's a sneak preview from one of the rehearsals.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Scléip agus spraoi chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a céiliúradh. Biongó ar siúl anseo . . !

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. . . agus an taispeántais

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. . . agus tráth na gceist agus feadóg stáin

Choir Performance in Wesley

Well done to the school choir which finished in fourth place in this prestigious competition

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Cór Fhéile na Scoileanna

One down, two to go; choirs are flat out this week with performances at the Cór Fhéile, Wesley and St. Pius Confirmation.

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Rocket Men

Niall Moore from Intel spent a few days in the science room with our second and third class boys this week. They had a wonderful time with the forces strand of the science curriculum. They made rockets from plastic bottles. Thanks to Tracy Pryce for organising the visit.

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Bí Gnóthach

South County Dublin Enterprise Board believes you're never too young to start thinking of business ideas. Lorraine Heskin of the Gourmet Food Parlour spoke to our fifth class boys during the week about the joys (and challenges) of running your own business. Speaking to our teachers afterwards, she said she'd never before been asked such sensible and incisive questions - not even from secondary school students!

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Debating Time

Ms. Beatty's and Ms.Purcell's 4th classes had an inter-class debate on the topical motion: School Uniforms should be Abolished. Ms. Purcell's boys prepared their argument in support of the motion; Ms. Beatty's boys argued against the motion. While all the boys prepared arguments, a team of six boys represented each class. Both teams argued their case extremely well and both teachers were really impressed with the way the boys delivered their arguments.

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Look at These . . .

Fionn (fifth class) was awarded 90% for his recent singing performance for the Irish Drama and Music Board.
Ms. Beatty's class have been experimenting with the K'nex kits and built these models.

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