October 2016

100% Attendance Records

Boys in third to sixth classes who didn't miss a day at school last year were presented with their attendance certificates at assembly on Thursday.
Eoin Leen
Conor Fennell
Peter Lahiff
Luke Mitten
Henry Waters
Michael Murphy
James Wallace
Haran Murphy
Oisín Costello
Ray Meade
Tomás McEntee
Adam Lynott
Faolan Frain
Jonas Nyberg
Patrick Kelly
Kevin Hogan
Éamon Cassidy
James Lynagh
Sam McNamara
Robbie Frost

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Hallowe'en Show

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Scary Spiders

Ms. Brennan's boys made some scary spider webs in art and craft class.

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Food Analysis

Mr.Gough's 6th class enjoyed some Hallowe'eners this Friday for a treat. They had spent the past fortnight looking at food labels and investigated the pork content in different sausage brands (from 64-80%)........the boys agreed that the lower pork content sausages were the würst. They have learned to look more closely at food labelling in the future!

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Pupils of the Month

Winners of our Pupil of the Month certificates, presented at Assembly on Thursday:
Dillon Thornton – Attitude to Fitness
Toby Coleman - Handwriting
Sean Denvir - Handwriting
Matthew O’Shea – Procedural writing
Bill Donegan - Art
Nathan O’Callaghan – Attitude to school
Paul McGorian – Healthy Eating
Morgan Nugent – Gaeilge
Lorcan Friery – Healthy Eating

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Pizza Time

Ms. Stewart's boys had a reward day on Friday during which they made (and ate) some delicious pizzas.

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Duel in the Pool

Last Wednesday St. Pius boys swim team participated in a gala hosted by Willow Park school, our main rivals in this sport We had thirty boys competing, the largest turn out ever. Most of the team swim competitively, with a few boys making their debut. Willow won the competition in the end, with our boys taking second place and St. Michaels third.
Conor Kenny, captain of the team, waited all day for his race but it was worth it. Conor’s butterfly technique was flawless and he rocked home to win both this event and the U13 IM. Another Conor… (Ward) took home five….yes five medals from the gala.
Cillian and Aaron Murphy hardly caused a ripple in the water with their fantastic diving techniques and took home three medals a piece. Jake Dolan won the U13 backstroke event too, with a fantastic performance. St. Pius also won four relay medals in both the U10 and U12 medley and freestyle events.
Ms. Goddard
P.S. If you would like to be considered for the St. Pius X swim team for the forthcoming Leinster championships in January 2017, start practicing your swimming strokes and able to swim 50m without stopping. Always be supervised by an adult….always!
St. Pius Swim Team 2016
Cillian Murphy, David Carroll, Ollie O’Leary, Conor Markey, Peter Lahiff, Liam Foran, Robbie Frost, Eoghan Costello, Aaron Murphy, Lorcan Friery, Conor Brown, Conor Ward, Sam McNamara, Sam Lewis, Nathan O’Callaghan, Matthew Roche, Eoin Fegan, Daniel Beirne, Morgan Nugent, Jake Dolan, Bradley Cummins, Jonas Nyberg, Killian Daly, Ethan Garrigan, Luke Morgan, Cillian Byrne, Kian Reddy, Sean Boylan, Scott Dillon and Conor Kenny.

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Fitness Tips

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iMaths

As part of Mathsweek the boys from Ms O’Connor’s class are actively engaged in Fraction Fun. Each teaching station has a different activity associated with it. Interactive whiteboard tasks, pencil and paper problems, concrete material usage, Fraction Board Games and our newly acquired iPads all make up the fraction learning experience. As you can see ALL the boys have taken to the new technology like ducks to water (not just a fraction of them)!!

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Senior Infants in Bushy

The Senior Infants classes em(bark!)ed (haha!) on a nature walk to Bushy Park in search of the signs of Autumn.

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iPius

Some of our students making good use of our new iPads during Power Hour - our new iPad station was a very popular part of Ms. Kennedy's literacy programme.

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Running Club

Running club has been going from strength to strength. This year we have even more boys than any of the years previously. It is brilliant seeing so many happy and well-mannered boys down at Bushy Park every Friday. The boys are always eager to get started when they arrive. We have had a number of sessions since we returned to school in September having completed the much enjoyed and talked about Hill Challenge last Friday.
We are going to take a break now after the mid-term and will resume again in the New Year. We hope that the boys continue running in the evenings and at the weekends to keep up their fitness.
We are encouraging the boys to follow the “Fitness For Life” initiative starting in the school. This will encourage the boys to focus on three aspects of themselves
1. Physical Activity
2. Nutrition
3. Wellbeing
Well done to all the boys who have come down every Friday and taken part in the running club. Thanks too to its coaches Ms. Smith, Mr Smyth, Ms Brennan Ms Carroll and Mr Coyle for giving their time on Friday afternoons.

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National Tree Week

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Last week Mr. Gough's class visited Bushy Park with Tom the Park Ranger to celebrate National Tree Week. The boys learned a huge amount about the trees in the park, including oak, redwood, Scots pine, sweet chestnut and many more. The boys were all very said when they had to leaf, but they all agreed it was a great tree-t!!

National Tree Week

To celebrate National Tree Day, Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Pleamonn's first classes visited Bushy Park. They were delighted to have Tom to escort them around and point out the various types of trees. They were particularly impressed by the 180 year old redwood tree. Of course we made time to visit the playground on our visit!

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Junior Infants and their Buddies

Ms Gallagher's junior infants met their buddies from Ms. Redmond's 5th class today. The boys were paired up with their older pals. They introduced themselves and then got to read stories together. It was so much fun! The junior infants just can't wait to see their buddies again soon!

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Burning Causing Permanent Change

On Wednesday, Mr Gough's 6th class conducted a science experiment. The materials we used were [1]small piece of paper, [2] wood (we used pencil parings), [3] fabric, [4] a candle, [5] a weighing scales, [6] matches and [7]a metal tray. First we weighed each item.
Paper = 2g
Wood = 2g
Cloth = 11g
Candle = 11g
Then we burnt each item. The results were that all the items were lighter, here are the results.
Paper = 0g
Wood = 0g
Cloth = 3g
Candle = 9g
It was great fun I’d definitely do it again.
Michael Murphy


This Wednesday Mr Gough decided to do science experiments. One of the experiments was ' How materials react to heat' . He brought in an egg, a bottle of salt ,sugar and a metal tray to test out the experiment. First he pre heated the oven in the staff room to 175 degrees Celsius. Then he lined the metal tray with tinfoil.Next he called out three people to help him to set the experiment up. Joe cracked the egg into a corner of the tray , James and Patrick poured out the salt and sugar separately into the tray. Finally he put the tray into the oven for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes Mr Gough took it out. The egg had turned rubbery the salt stayed the same but the sugar completely changed to caramel. It was a really fun experiment and a great change from books. I really hope we get to do some more experiments.
Ushen Wijayaratne

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