April 2017

Cuairt ar an gCathair

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Mr. Gough's 6th class (along with Mrs. Beatty) visited the IFI today in Temple Bar to view a screening of Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. While in town they also visited City Hall amd Dublin Castle. The boys won 1st prize in a competition held by the IFI Education Department where they were invited to present three items to the audience which they would bring with them to a desert island. Afterwards they visited Accents Coffee on Stephen St. Lower where they were kindly treated to a hot chocolate courtesy of proprietors and parents Dónal and Deirdre Coogan. The boys had a wonderful day in town and enjoyed their treats immensely.

New Hurling Jerseys

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Our new hurling jerseys sported by Conor, Sam, John and Patrick, pictured here with Liam Gaynor, Acting Principal, Ms. Shannon Ward and Ms. Bevin Humphreys of the PA who financed the new ensemble. Thanks to all of our hurling coaches and to Brian Dillon and Michael Smyth who designed the jerseys.

Credit Union Quiz Finalists

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Well done to Rory, Ushen, James and Gordon who did our school proud on Sunday in the RDS Credit Union senior final. Just a single point off the lead at one stage, they dropped a few places after some very testing rounds of questions. We're hugely proud of the boys' preparation and attitude which enabled them to compete and be real contenders at the very highest level of Primary School quiz competitions.
They are pictured here with the President of the ILCU, Mr. Brian McCrory and the O'Donovan brothers. Many congratulations to the Credit Union and in particular Rathfarnham branch for organising this wonderful event.
See if you can beat the boys' score of 56/72 . . .

Credit Union Quiz April 2017 - All Ireland
(Senior Team: Rory, James, Ushen and Gordon scoring 56/72 on a really tough set of questions (see for yourself!!))

Swimming News

The St. Pius boys Swimming team, captained by Conor K, had a fantastic day at Willow Park school. Both Conor W and our U12 relay team came first in their events at this very prestigious competition. Also attending this Gala was the very successful, Dulwich prep school from London. Lots of fun was had by all the boys at this well run event, but the most talked about activity was the meal afterwards: chicken, pasta and wedges were provided in the Blackrock college dining hall.
We would like to thank all the parents who kindly gave of their time to make this event run smoothly, in particular Mrs. Shannon Ward. Last but not least our very well-behaved boys who represented our school:
Eoin, Sean, Aaron, Cillian, Sam, Luke, Kian, Eoghan, Conor K, Bradley, Conor W, Darragh, Cillian, Jake and Ollie.

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Buddy Programme

On Thursday, as part of the Buddy Programme, the 6th Class boys from Mr. Goughs visited Ms. Devenney’s Junior Infants. For the coming 8 weeks they will help the infants in their acquiring of hurling skills using the mini hurling packs acquired by the school after last year's in-service course with Paudie Butler, GAA National Hurling Coordinator. Week one comprised of sending and receiving, throwing and catching, hand to eye co-ordination and ball to hand co-ordination.

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Mums . . .

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Well, isn't this just the happiest photo? Definite contender, Ms. Kennedy, for photo of the year!!!! Happy Mother's Day

Soccer Eight

Well done to our sixth class soccer boys who represented St. Pius in an inter-school tournament in Irishtown, winning all of their matches, only to be beaten 2-1 in the final. Great performance. Well done, Mr. Murtagh and Mr. Ryan.

In the month of March 2017, trials for a St. Pius X Boys’ soccer team were held. I am proud to say I, Jude Healy of Mr. Goughs 6th class, was chosen for the team and moreover as captain! The day of the tournament arrived in Irishtown Ringsend. We played a lot of good teams. Our first three matches we played very well and moved the ball as a squad. We managed some extraordinary wins, including a 9-0 victory!
Then on goal difference, we proceeded into the semi-finals which we won. We moved on to the finals. It was a tough game. The opposition got lucky and unfortunately we lost 2-1. We played our hearts out and I was extremely proud of our St. Pius soccer boys. Our coaches must have felt the same way as we were treated to a McDonald’s on the way home!! Overall, it was a great day out and I must give credit to our coaches Mr. Ryan and Mr. Murtagh for encouraging us the whole way through.
Jude Healy

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On Monday, 27th of March our soccer team of 8 players went to Irishtown to play in a 16 team tournament. We had training the previous Wednesday where myself and 7 other 6th class boys were picked for the team. Our coaches were Mr Ryan and Mr Murtagh It was a 5-a-side tournament and in our first game we managed a huge 9-0 win. We knew the games would get tougher than that, though! The next game was a little tougher, but we still scored a comprehensive 6 goals without reply in a 6-0 win. That meant it would come down to our final group game to decide whether or not we would progress to the semi-finals. Halfway through the game, we went 1-0 down, but we kept our concentration and scored an equaliser soon after. This draw was enough to send us through to the semi-finals. In our semi-final, we went one down after just 30 seconds. We had to work very hard to get it back, but eventually a goal came. Then, with a few minutes remaining, we scored the winning goal which put us into the final. Once again we had a slow start, with our opposition scoring soon after the start. We equalised, only for it to be cancelled out by a late counter-attack goal. It was disappointing to fall at the final hurdle, but we were all happy to have come so far. We celebrated our achievement with McDonalds in the staff room. It was a great day and I really enjoyed it.
James Brennan

Croke Park Ref

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Well done to Sam in Ms Redmond's 5th Class who refereed at half time in the All Ireland Club Hurling Final

Quiz Team Through to All Ireland Final

James, Gordon, Rory and Ushen (L-R) put in a tremendous performance in the All Ireland qualifier on Saturday scoring a massive 57 points out of a possible 72 in what were some very testing rounds of questions. Final takes place in April.

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Confirmation - March 2017

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