April 2015

Friends for Life

The boys in Ms. Smith's 5th class, along with the help of Ms. Kennedy, are delighted to be piloting a new programme called "FRIENDS for Life" this year. The programme, in conjunction with our national SPHE curriculum, is designed to help children cope with feelings of fear, worry and sadness by building emotional resilience and self-esteem. The boys have been thoroughly enjoying learning new relaxation, problem solving and coping skills and sharing their 'happy thoughts' each week.

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Robot Creation

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Senior infants Dan and Zach got together and built this wonderful robot from all kinds of recycled bits and bobs. Well done boys.


Ms. Carroll's boys give 1st class Mr. Coughlan's boys a few tips on how to build a Knex model.

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Michael was awarded Rugby Player of the Year (U11) by Terenure Rugby Club. Well done Michael.

Evan, James and Conor have just made the final of The Dublin & District Schoolboys League playing with Terenure FC (U11). James scored the winning goal in extra time in a 1-0 thrilling semi-final victory against Greystone Utd. Best of luck in the final (Santry 10th May).

Sean has written this wonderful story entitled The Last Man. To read Sean's story click HERE. Well worth a read, well done Sean.

Rory, Terenure RFC player of the Year U10. Well done Rory.

Pius Boys in Croke Park

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Ronan and Fionn with Uachtaráin Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogáin Ó Fearghail, Allianz Ireland CEO Brendan Murphy and Edward O'Riordan, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscol.

An Pharáid

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Pius Runners

50 boys from 6th and 4th class competed in race 3 of South Dublin Co Co race series today, The boys raced against 15 other schools and we had a number of top finishers, notably Liam Clancy in Mr Dillon's 6th and Erwan Kinsella in Mr Smyth's 4th coming 2nd in both their races. Another great result from the boys in St Pius X Running Club.

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Animal Projects

Ms. Mooney's boys have been carrying out some research on wild animals. They had a visit from their next door neighbours, Ms. Corcoran's class, who gave them some tips on presenting their projects.

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Past Pupil Visits St. Pius

Declan Treanor, past pupil of St. Pius, visited last week to talk to the 6th class boys about the institutions of the EU.

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Orienteering Champ

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We've never had an orienteering champ . . . . until now. This is Vincent in 5th class proudly displaying his silver medal for orienteering in the Leinster championship. Well done Vincent.

Practice Makes Perfect!

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At this year's recent Feis Ceoil (Music festival) Stan, in Ms. O'Neill's 5th class, won two piano competitions, the Solo Under 13s (Monday 23rd of March) and the John Field Cup, (Friday 27th of March) , under 15s. Along with winning, he got a trophy and medal for the solo competition and a trophy, medal, monetary award and note from President Michael D. Higgins for the John Field Cup. For the Solo competition, Stan played a piece called A Giddy Girl by Ibert, a French composer. Then, in the same competition, he played Prelude No. 6 by Chopin.
For The John Field competition, Stan performed a nocturne of his choice by the Irish composer, John Field. Stan chose to perform Nocturne No. 8.

Cross Country Medallists

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Pictured here are Liam, Ben, Sean and Keith with medals they won as the fastest Pius finishers in the 2.5km cross country event last month.

We're Trying Trigolf!!!

We would like to thank Mr. Chris Kelly for his kind generosity which enabled us to buy golf equipment for school. Our Tri-Golf programme will begin after the Easter break as part of our PE programme.

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6th class interpretation of some ancient Irish sayings

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Easter Chicks

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The boys in Mr. Gough's class, under the guidance of Ms. Kinahan, created these lovely Easter chicks. They look scrumptious . . . any chocolate inside???

Running club comes second in South Dublin

Huge congratulations to the boys from the St. Pius X BNS Running Club who won silver at the prestigious South Dublin Cross Country Competition in St. Enda's Park on 26th March. In a field of 550 participants, St. Pius boys gave an impressive performance. Apart from coming second overall in the team section, two runners came away with silverware in the individual competition. Well done to Ben Cleary (4th place, Mr. Gough's class) and Liam Clancy (6th place, Mr. Dillon's class) for beating over 500 other competitors on the day!
The Running Club meets on Fridays and is now in its second year. The club is open to all and emphasis is placed on participation as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Disabled Parking

There is a disabled parking space outside the school which is required every morning by parents of children in our school with special needs. We would request that you refrain from parking in or encroaching on this space in the morning times, even if it's only for a minute.

Infants on their very first Field Trip

Ms. Devenney's and Ms. Dunne's boys took a walk in the spring sunshine to Bushy Park on Tuesday morning. They examined all the new flowers and signs of spring before visiting the playground for a little treat.

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