March 2016

Seussical

Fancy Dress

The Suessical Co-ordinators had to hold an impromptu committee meeting: the fancy dress standard was so high they were unable to decide whose picture should make the programme. So, they decided to take two group shots of the best in each class and we shall publish these in the programme.

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An Paráid

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Raising the Flag

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Every boy in the school was present today 15th March at our Flag Raising ceremony. The proclamation was read aloud by Thomas, Morgan, Sam, Dan and Patrick and the flag was raised by the youngest and oldest students, Conor and Shane. The boys then sang Amhrán na bhFiann.
This was a most enjoyable ceremony. The boys showed enormous respect for the flag and we are of the view that they experienced a great sense of occasion.
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Cumann na mBunscol Award

In January the school submitted a project to the National body of Cumann na mBunscol outlining the voluntary work of the teachers in promoting the various Cumann na mBunscol activities within the school over the past year: Hurling, Football and Athletics. Entries were made by schools in each county. The project was judged nationally and St. Pius X was awarded 2nd place in "Large School of the Year” category. Together with an engraved crystal trophy the school was presented with a cheque for €600 at an awards ceremony in Ballincollig, Co. Cork on Friday night last. Mr. Coughlan, Celine Crehan, Mr. Gough, Ms. Pléamonn, Ms. O’Connor and Mr. Smyth co-ordinated the submission which can be viewed in the school reception. A huge congratulations to all those involved, to the boys who wrote of their experiences and to all staff who give so freely of their time to promote a love of our national games within the school – it would not have been possible without them all.

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Sporting Success

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Jake was placed second in the U13 boxing tournament in the National Stadium last week. Well done Jake.

Jack, Andrew, Charlie, Ryan, Toby, Luca, James and Joe (U10s) at St. Mary's blitz (Paul Moloney memorial)

Coicís na Gaeilge

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The Mighty Quinn

Congratulations to all the members of the St Pius X BNS Running Club who took part in the South Dublin County Cross Country Race on Thursday 10th March. Over 80 boys ran, which made St. Pius X BNS the biggest school in the competition out of the 25 that participated. St. Pius walked away with an impressive haul of medals! In the group competition St Pius X BNS placed 2nd.....with thanks to Gavin, Michael, Ben and Sean. But gold in the individual was the big news of the day. Well done to Sean Quinn, who of 350 boys, placed 1st! Congratulations to all took part in the gruelling 3km race and to the teachers involved in this and the hugely successful Running Club: Michael Smyth, Christina Brennan, Kate Waldron and Lorcan Coyle.

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Tráth na gCeist

Bhain na daltaí an-scléip as na ceisteanna a cuireadh rompu maidin inniu. Is é an tUasal Gough a chum na ceisteanna; comhghairdeas do bhuateoirí Des, Micheál agus Conchubhair

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Caution! Construction Work in Progress

1st classes also enjoyed some construction activities with Ms Lally for engineers' week 2016! Ms Kennedy's and Ms Gallagher's boys.

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Best Kept Secret in St. Pius

Well there's no doubt about it . . . the boys in Ms. Kennedy's first class can definitely keep a secret. Ever since they got word that their super teacher, Ms. Kennedy is getting married, they planned a huge surprise. Mums and Dads of course were in on the act, Karen the secretary knew, as did Mr. Lynch and almost everyone else. The only person who did not know was Ms. Kennedy!
They waited until they were at computers one day (when Ms. Kennedy wasn't around) and signed the card and put their names on the love hearts. They then brought the goods to Karen who got them safely to Helen. Now wouldn't you think that someone might have let the cat out of the bag? No, this was a good secret and one definitely not to be revealed until the day of the big surprise.
Best of luck on Friday, Ms. Kennedy!!

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Anyone Need an Engineer?

Ms Gallagher's first class boys put their engineering skills to the test. After learning about the different types of engineers, the boys were paired off. Half of the class used Lego to complete a challenge of building a sturdy house. The others used K'nex to build the tallest tower. Well, we huffed and we puffed, we shook and we dropped but nothing was knocking these structures down. Watch this space, we could have some engineering pros on our hands!

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Budding Engineers

As part of Engineers' Week Ms. Carroll's 6th class explored the construction of bridges using newspaper and sticky tape. The results were very creative indeed. We may have some budding engineers in sixth class.

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Mr. Frosty

Some of the lads were in early this morning with a design and construct challenge . . .

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St Pius X in All Ireland Badminton

St Pius X boys made their initial entry to the Primary Schools' Badminton competition at the All Ireland Shuttletime championships on Wednesday, and did so in some style.
Led by current Leinster U13 player Luke (6th class), the boys came through their group matches undefeated and progressed to the semi-finals, where they met a strong team from Castleisland, Kerry.
Luke and Robbie (4th Class, current Leinster U11 champion) played first and won their doubles match, 21-16. This set up a nail-biting 2nd game, where Martin (6th class) and Daniel (4th class) battled well against a strong pairing and were unfortunate to lose a close game. Unfortunately, the boys narrowly missed out on a place in the final on a count-back of points. The final was won by the boys from Banteer, Cork. A great first performance for our badminton players.

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