May 2018

Sun Shines Brightly on First Holy Communion Day

Saturday was a wonderful day. The weather was terrific, the boys were well prepared and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks to the PA for organising the reception after Mass and to the many teachers who turned up on the day to help out. Well done to the choir of GNS who performed beautifully and a special word of thanks to Fr. Gerry who, as always, put everyone at their ease.

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I Am Grateful for . . .

Ms. Brogan's first class made a list of all the things for which we are grateful to mark Gratitude week in St. Pius. We had a fantastic week taking time out to think about what makes us happy.

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Santry Sports

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Well done to our athletes who represented St. Pius with aplomb yesterday, 30th May. Very special well done to Eoghan Booth who made the very highly contested sprint final and finished in fifth place.

First Class Coping Very Well

Ms. Pléamonn's boys chatted about ways of coping with stressful situations. They listed their individual strategies on their coping shields - I guess they're "well-armed" now!! Afterwards they relaxed outdoors designing and constructing with Lego.

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Terenure Blitz

Well done to our squads at the Terenure Blitz bringing home the perpetual trophy and shield. Pictured are captains Jamie and Joe with their team mates.

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Castle Golf

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Killian, David, Ross and Matthew representing St. Pius at the annual Castle schools golf outing kindly sponsored by Haydon accountants. Well done to Mr. Ryan for organising this and to his team of helpers every Monday after school.

Killian's Report

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Ross

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David

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Matthew

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Yogi Yoga Bear

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Senior Infants enjoying teddy breathing in the late spring sunshine as part of their yoga workouts.

Bubbly Wellbeing

Junior infants and sixth class shaking it loose during wellbeing week in St. Pius.

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Ms. Waine's Den

Ms. Waine's boys carrying out little entrepreneurial projects seeing if they could inveigle Ms. Waine or Mr. Coyle to part with some hard-earned cash to invest in their proposals. Now, if someone could invent a homework correcting machine . . . or a teacher energy booster for June . . . or a "put-teacher-in-good-humour" smile . . . we'd be doing business!!

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CyberSafety

As you are no doubt aware, cybersafety for children (and adults) has become increasingly inportant in recent years. Cliodhna from CyberSafety Ireland visited some of our senior classes last week to further their understanding of online safety and the appropriate use of social media. The boys learned a lot from Cliodhna and we hope to invite her back in the next academic year to talk to the senior classes she didn't get to and to parents.

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Santry Sports

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Best of luck to our Athletics squad who will fly the flag for St. Pius in Santry today.

Leinster - European Cup

We had a great surprise today when Mr. Niall Rynne, President of Leinster RFC and a past pupil of St. Pius brought the European Cup to school so that the boys could see it up close and personal - thanks Niall.

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Garden Spruced Up

Our sensory garden has been spruced up over the past week. JJ had his paint brush out giving it a lick of paint and it's an even more inviting and pleasant place to be on a fine day.

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Dublin Champs

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Hurling has really arrived in Templeogue. Meet Isaac, Ollie, Kevin, Cillian, Cathal, Hugh (C), Kerrin, Jamie, Oisín, Joe and Patrick who played against Marino in the final of the Dublin Community Games championship. It took some extra time to do the job but they now look forward to playing in the Leinster finals in June. Well done, boys.

Pizza Days are Happy Days

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Ms. Brennan is delighted with the boys in her class . . . so much so that today she organised a surprise treat: yes! Pizza treats in senior infants. They're also the best singers in the whole school, by the way!!

Senior Whites Bow Out

Hard luck and well done to our Senior White team who lost their quarter final game to St Patrick’s Drumcondra yesterday. The boys gave one of the best performances the school has ever witnessed, but sadly victory slipped from their grasp. Well done to an amazing troupe of players and with so many 5th class stars ready to step in, next year looks very promising. Many thanks to the huge number of parents who supported us and of course to our coaching experts Mr Faherty and Mr Dillon.
Pius abú agus beidh lá eile againn

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Strawberry Fields

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First class boys plan to have afternoon tea in June to celebrate the arrival of summer. They planted strawberries which they hope will be ready to eat before the summer holidays (otherwise Mr. Coyle will get his hands on them!!)Is maith linn sú talún.

Some of Our Best Handwriters

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Mr. Coyle has never seen such neat copies. On his rounds this morning, he met Ethan, Ronan, Odhran, Fionn, Alfie and Senan (all from Ms. Brennan's class) and could hardly believe his eyes. He sent straight for the camera and ensured there was a little treat for this fine display from these very neat young workers.

Hurling Beneath Blue Skies

Pictured are the Pius teams at their weekly training session in the grounds of Terenure College. With top Junior league positions still up for grabs and a Senior Cup quarter final to be played in Drumcondra today, the boys had plenty to work for! Well done too to our development squad of3rd class who are definitely going to be the stars of tomorrow! Huge thanks to the large number of teachers who drive our hurling programme.

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Sporting Success

Pictured here are our tennis team (Matthew, David, Charlie, Jamie, James and Killian) after their victory on Tuesday against St. Mary's, Donnybrook together with Lucas in second class with the trophy he won at the weekend with Dad and his brother playing tag rugby.

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Trees Burst into Bloom

Mr.Murtagh's class led by Mr. Molloy travelled to Bushy Park to find out the age of some of the trees there. Armed with metre sticks, copies and pens this was a really fun and enjoyable activity and one which the boys really learned from.

FYI: The oldest tree the boys found on the day was 96 years old!

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Yoga Time

Infants just love yoga time - stretching, flexing, extending . . . and while all this was going on, another infant group decanted to the yard for a little outdoor aistear!!

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Sustainability - Fifth Class in DCU

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Ms Redmond's boys have completed a pilot program on sustainability. Ongoing since last September, this enterprise culminated in an awards presentation in DCU on Tuesday. Well done to all the boys who have been working hard to make our practices in St Pius X more sustainable. Thanks also to teachers Michael Smyth and Niamh Redmond for driving this venture.

Junior Hurling

Junior Greens won their second match on Tuesday against Booterstown in Bushy. Thanks Ms. Brennan and Ms. Waine for the team talk.

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World Poetry Day

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To help mark National Poetry Day yesterday, boys from Ms. Pléamonn's class wrote poems of their own! They went on an imaginary trail and their creative juices simply flowed! I wonder have we discovered the next William Wordsworth? In the photo are Oisín, Adam, Cohen, Cian and Pearse.

Soccer Squad

Pictures of the soccer team who were finalists in the SPAR 5-a side Dublin finals in Irishtown yesterday. Despite not progressing on the day, the boys played brilliantly and were excellent representatives for the school.

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New Model School Jacket

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We hope that you like our new Regatta jacket which is now available from the Schoolwear House. There is no requirement for you to obtain the new model, but when the time comes this is what will be for sale. Thanks Dylan, our fourth class model, for the photoshoot!!