November 2018

Student Council

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Congratulations to our elected student council members who have been assigned a variety of pleasant tasks such as welcoming Sam Maguire to St. Pius last month . . .
3rd class
Mr Faherty: Harry Mc Cafferty
Mr Réamonn: Connor Laing

4th Class
Ms Crosbie: Ronan Moore
Ms Dunne: Harry McShane

5th Class
Mr Murtagh: Hugh O Neill
Mr Geraghty: Harvey Brennan
Ms O Connor: Ronan O Gorman

6th Class
Mr Glynn: Jamie Dillon
Mr Dillon: Matthew Herbert

Cross Country Run

St. Pius boys were not put off by wintry chills this morning when they headed to Terenure College for a cross country run. Some of our sixth class boys were at the inter-school gathering together with Mr. Murtagh's fifth, Ms. Crosbie's fourth and Mr. Faherty's third classes. Among the top ten finishers and medal winners were . . .
Finn (3rd), Patrick (3rd), Kevin (4th), Cillian (4th), Hugh (5th) and Henry (6th).

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Behind the Scenes

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Jude with the insect infoweb he created with Ms. Lally. Great graphics, Jude

Daire receiving a cert from the battery boys for his prolific collecting of depleted batteries.

An Intensity of Density . . .

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Best of luck to Haran, James, Derry and Alex who will represent St. Pius with their science project on density in Blanchardstown

Post Pals

Ms. Maxwell's senior infants were learning about the post office last month and sent letters to their new friends in Balbriggan.

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Craic as Gaeilge

Buachaillí na scoile ag togáil páirt agus ag baint an-taitneamh as craic agus comhrá sa sheomra caidrimh.

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Santa's Christmas Workshop

Some of the boys getting scenery and props ready for our Christmas plays

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Gardaí Visit St. Pius

Fingerprints were taken and forensic evidence was gathered in St. Pius today when the Gardaí showed the boys just how they catch criminals.

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Golden Boots

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Hugh with the trophy boots he won with Templeogue Utd, voted Player of the Year.

Ewan won this trophy for most improved player of the year with Templeogue Utd.

News from Ms. Dunne's Class

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Matthew with the goat's skull (well at least that what he claims!!) which he keeps in his bedroom to scare the ghosts.

Ms. Dunne asked the boys to bring some items from the locality into class and Peter arrived in with some fascinating historical artefacts. He's pictured here with two helpers displaying the items.

Young Scientists

This year Ms. O'Connor's boys hosted the Intel Mini Scientist Competition. There were some fantastic projects ranging from bio energy and sustainable batteries to the effects of sugar and coke on our teeth. The boys put on a great display of their projects for the rest of the school and for their parents who were all suitably impressed. There can only be one winner and that was the project "Density in Liquids and Solids" by Derry, James, Haran and Alex. They will go on to represent St. Pius X BNS in the Regional Final in Blanchardstown IT. Well done to Mr. Smyth and Ms. O'Connor for all their hard work!!

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Sam Visits St. Pius

The boys gave a warm welcome to Kevin (our GAA Games Promotion Officer) and Evan Comerford, Dublin who brought Sam along with them. Amazing that over 530 pupils got to see them both in the space of just 30 mins. Some of the questions posed were ones that had never been asked before! Looking forward to next year's annual visit already!!!!
Evan presented medals to two of our prize winning Gaelic football teams.

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Ceol na Nollag Canú

The St. Pius X Folk group has released a CD for Christmas entitled Christmas with Canú featuring three St. Pius boys - Bill, Tom and Patrick. It includes many festive favourites such as Winter, Fire and Snow, Do you hear what I Hear? and many more . . . a terrific stocking filler.

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Which Cup is Better?

Ms. Lally has overseen some experimenting with Ms. Crosbie's boys to investigate which type of cup best keeps our hot chocolate warm longest. I hear that some of the testing wasn't quite fair as some of the hot chocolate mysteriously vanished . . .

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I Feel it In My Bones

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Senior infants have been enjoying some Science experiences. Last week their Aistear time was used to carry out simple science experiments and test some hypotheses. This week they visited the older boys who are getting ready for Intel Science on Friday and put them through their paces.

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Judo Champ

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Donnacha in Ms. Stewart's first class won a Leinster judo medal at the weekend. Well done Donnacha.

Wood Turning

John visited first and second classes this year to treat them to a wood turning demo and to allow them to examine his pieces. John brought the lathe into the GP room and gave a live demonstration of how to turn a piece of timber into something beautiful. The boys were most impressed

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Slán Leat . . .

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Ms. O Leary presented each boy in Mr Murtagh's class with a personalised bookmark having completed her Teaching Practice. The boys were delighted and are going to do extra reading this weekend

Manga High Medals

There was great excitement today when our medals arrived for our Manga High winners: Conor, Charlie, Aaron, Karl, Sam, Rhys, Levi, Kevin, Louis, Daniel, Darragh, Ethan, Cillian, Kieron, Alex, Tom, James, Noah, Oscar, Alex and Daniel. ... well done boys, keeping the St. Pius standard high. Thanks to Mr. Smyth and Mr. Ryan for their encouragement.

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Post Office

No sign of any post offices closing here in St. Pius with Ms. Corcoran's Aistear hour taking a post office theme.

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Young Builders

Ms Carroll's 2nd class worked as architects last week, designing homes from around the world.

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Lego Robot

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Ethan's cool robot he made from Duplo Lego with Ms. Green

All Dressed Up . . .

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Junior Navy / Junior White

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Junior Navy footballers reached the final of the league yesterday and made a great comeback in the second half but lost out narrowly in the end by 3 points. They had an unbeaten run up until then!

Our Junior whites, consisting of a panel of over 30 fourth class boys completed their season this week with matches against St Michaels AR and St Brigids Foxrock. Wearing the Pius jerseys for the 1st time the boys battled hard in every match against tough opposition. The future is bright with these future stars up and coming.

Full Attendance

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Brothers Sean and Cormac with their attendance certificates for not missing a single day in 2018 - 2018.

Tumbler Par Excellence

Dylan in Ms. Carroll's class displaying some gymnastics for Ms. Goddard.

Manga Maths / Gaeilgeoir den Scoth

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This year as part of Maths Week the boys of 3rd and 4th class took part in the online math challenge Mangahigh. The aim of the challenge was to complete maths tasks and games and win gold medals. The results were just staggering. Over 450 schools in Ireland took part and St Pius X BNS finished in 18th place. We achieved a massive 9821 medals which means that the 120 boys completed 4329 activities and spent an unbelievable 378 hours online. Well done to all the boys but in particular to Conor Hanrahan, Sam McMahon Charlie Gillespie and Darragh O Brien who were top scorers in their classes. We look forward to next year when the whole school will take part and we will aim to be No. 1

Cuireadh in iúl dúinn go mbíonn Donagh ag labhairt na Gaeilge sa bhaile . . . go hiontach, Donagh, maith thú.

Pupils of the Month

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Prizewinners at our assembly today - pupils of the month . . .
Ryan (Mr. Dillon) & Daragh (Mr. Glynn)
Mark (Mr. Murtagh), Even (Ms. O'Connor) & Barra (Mr. Geraghty)
Sam (Ms. Crosbie) & Peter (Ms. Dunne)
Cillian (Mr. Réamonn) & Matthew (Mr. Faherty)