Science Week in St. Pius X G.N.S. was a very exciting and busy week for the girls. The theme this year was "The Power of Science". Throughout the week some of the younger classes were delighted as the older girls helped them with Science experiments based on the power of magnetism and electricity.
On Wednesday 12th November 2014 James and Kathy Malseed did half hour electricity workshops with the 3rd-6th class girls. It was incredible what the girls learnt in that short space of time. James used an energy stick to introduce the concept of the flow of electricity in a complete circuit. The girls all held hands and two of them held the energy stick. The energy stick lit up in blue and red to show the full circuit. If one of the girls let go the circuit was broken and the light went out. James then explained all about the inside of a light bulb. Each group got two copper wires, a battery and a bulb and the girls worked together to light up the bulb. James and Kathy helped and soon everyone was an expert getting two and even three bulbs to light up! James then explained how some acidic fruits, especially a lemon can replace a battery. For the first time we saw a Van de Graaff generator. Inside it is a giant rubber band that rubs across a piece of felt stealing it's electrons. The rubber band then spins around and the electrons travel to the big metal ball on the top. Once the girls had their hands on the ball, the electrons went through them. So that they wouldn't get a shock, they stood on a square piece of rubber/elastic. They were filled up with electrons, which don't like each other and try to get away, making the hair on the head stand on end! It was hilarious! Thanks to James and Kathy for such a fun and very educational day!
Intel Mini - Scientist competition
The day was finally here and after 6-8 weeks of preparation - investigating, researching, experimenting, drawing conclusions and recording, the girls were finally ready to present the fruits of their labour! They carefully set up their stations including their visual, experiment and book. Many groups dressed up to add authenticity to their project! Parents and grandparents arrived to view the work and test the girls on the knowledge gleaned over the course of the previous few weeks. Kathryn and Niall were the Intel judges. They were extremely impressed with the high standard and with how well each group knew their stuff! The presentation was on Friday. The tension was palpable as Niall announced a winner from each class!
Ms. Macken (4th class) – "Global Warming" - Hannah
Ms. Gunning (4th class) – "Zapped" – Alex, Hannah, Grace, Elsa
Ms. Gallagher (5th class) – "What is the effect of BPA on water?" – Jessica, Ríonach
Ms. Smith (5th class) – "When is the brain at its best?" – Orla, Emily, Maeve
Ms. Fitzgerald (6th class) – "Fantastic making plastic" – Katie, Melissa, Ella, Rachel Ann
Ms. Daly (6th class) – "Test teasers" – Sinéad, Daisy, Maria, Grace Anne
Overall 3rd - "Global Warming" - Hannah (Ms. Macken)
Overall 2nd - " What is the effect of BPA on water?" – Jessica, Ríonach (Ms. Gallagher)
Overall 1st - "Test teasers" – Sinéad, Daisy, Maria, Grace Anne (Ms. Daly)
The group who came 1st overall will be going on to a further competition in Intel. Congratulations to all the girls.
Each group received a goody bag and a certificate. Ms. Marron accepted a plaque on behalf of the school.
A very big thanks to all you, the parents for all your help and support over the last few months. You should be very proud of your remarkable daughters!
As one of the judges said "The future of Ireland looks very promising if the girls of St. Pius X are anything to go by!"
Such exciting times ahead for our budding young Scientists!
The week of October 12th saw a whole school involvement in Maths Week 2014. Each class undertook fun and exciting games. The culmination of Maths week was on Thursday when every student estimated how many students and adults it would take to circle the perimeter of the main school building. This was a great success and two students, both correctly predicted 524 people. There were a lot of estimates that were very close to that from other girls. Well done everyone. Some 6th class students undertook a Have you got Maths Eyes (http://www.haveyougotmathseyes.com/) project. Their work is now displayed throughout the school for all to see that maths really is all around us. The purpose of Have You Got Maths Eyes is to enable students to change their perspective on everyday objects and see them from a mathematical angle (excuse the pun!). The benefits of this are numerous and it brings the left side analytical side of the brain and the right side creative side of the brain working together.
Lots of classes partook in a maths trail either around the school ground or in Bushy Park; the girls used their map reading skills for this. Maths Week also saw the introduction of Mathletics (www.mathletics.eu) and the students who signed up for the offer were given their passwords and usernames. Over 100,000 students across Europe are using this programme as a fun and interactive way to get the most out of the mathematical curriculum.
On the 22nd and 23rd September 2014 , Declan Holmes paid his annual visit to Pius X G.N.S. The theme this year was weather and Declan delivered a fun, educational show involving lots of the girls. They discovered all about the Science of weather in an exciting, entertaining way. There were lots of "oohs and aahs" as Declan carried out amazing experiment after experiment to demonstrate how different aspects of weather occur. One of the favourites was when Declan explained about gravity and turned a full bottle of water with a ping pong ball over his head and nothing came out! Another was when he cut a tea bag, emptied out the tea leaves, set it on fire and it floated into the air as it turned into ashes! The girls loved testing out the wind and thunder machines. They were taught the "lightning crouch" - the body position to stay safe during lightning. The show was action packed!
On Friday 19th September 2014, the two 5th classes took a 15 bus to visit the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen's Green. The Little Museum houses paraphernalia from each decade of the 20th Century. Mark O'Neill welcomed us and invited us to one of the main rooms where we relaxed in a living room atmosphere and he recounted many interesting and funny stories about the history of Dublin in the 1900s including the 1916 rising, the Civil War in Ireland and the Peace Treaty. We loved the story about the opposing parties in the 1916 holding up a white flag in peace so that they could feed the ducks in Stephen's Green Park! There was a U2 room with regalia from their years as the world's most famous rock band. We sat in the psychedelic-coloured car! There were so many awards, guitars and photos of the band throughout their amazingly successful, global career. Mark took us to another room which was full of so many items which helped us relive times in the early decades of the 1900s – an old cash register, ice-cream bin, gas mask, a bench with bullet holes, a tram bench where you could flip the seat when you reached the end of the line and much, much more. There were photographs of the Taoisigh throughout the decades and, of course, many famous Irish artists and playwrights. We took turns on an old wooden rocking horse. Finally we visited the Irish Times room and an old desk with lots of stamps. We all got the opportunity to test them out. There was an artist at work in this room painting a cartoon around the walls. During our visit a photographer took photos of us. We were very proud as we opened the Irish Times a few days later and there we were!!! Thanks to Mark O'Neill for his time and the opportunity to learn so much about Dublin throughout the decades of the 20th Century! As the weather was so gorgeous, we finished off our trip with a picnic in the beautiful Iveagh Gardens.
Lots of activities planned - quizzes, games, puzzles, trails, orienteering, treasure hunts, Mathletics
On 24th September 2014, we had some very special visitors to our school. Dermot (dad of Aisling in 5th class), Jimmy and Ciaran visited the school with their 5 dogs - Rosie, Scruffy, Charlie, Conan and Dodger. These dogs are highly trained sniffer dogs and work with their handlers in Mountjoy Jail and Wheatfield Prison. Rosie (labrador) is a sniffer dog and sniffs out drugs on people. Scruffy (collie/spaniel) and Charlie (labrador) are also sniffer dogs but sniff out drugs, bombs, SIM cards and mobile phones in buildings but not on people. Conan (Belgian malinois) and Dodger ( Belgian malinois) are attack dogs. The handlers demonstrated the work they and their dogs carry out. It was incredible to watch the dogs in action and see how excited they were once they had the job done and had the reward of playing with a tennis ball! We saw what an amazing, trusting relationship the dogs have with their handlers. See the school website for some fantastic pictures especially those of the dogs receiving their personalised thank you cards and a very reluctant Scruffy really not wanting to part with his tennis ball!!!Thank you so much to Dermot, Jimmy, Ciaran and their dogs Rosie, Scruffy, Charlie, Conan and Dodger for taking time to come and visit our school.
Well done to the two tennis teams who participated in the Leinster Primary schools League this year. Aisling, Rachel Ann, Cara, Rachel, Aisling, Emily and Shauna put up a great fight and finished third in their group in the round robin stage of the competition. Sophie, Sara, Ciara, Sarah, Caroline and Aoife won all 6 matches played and reached the semi finals. Unfortunately, they were unlucky on the day and were beaten by Belgrove Girls' school. Both teams represented their school very well and did us all proud.
All of the children from First and Third classes participated in the Write-A-Book project this year. This is a national project and participating in it certainly proved to be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience for the pupils. The winners from each class were invited to an awards ceremony in Dublin West Education Centre and everyone who participated received a certificate in recognition of their efforts.
Bhí bliain den scoth againn arís maidir le camógaíocht na scoile! We brought home the Sciath Bean Uí Phuirséil after a 4-1 to 1-4 victory. Our backs defended in a stellar fashion making Scoil Lorcáin have to go for points rather than trying to penetrate the defence. In the first half a brilliant save by Sara set the tone for how the match was going to pan out. Although all backs played brilliantly, one built on her experience from last year. Amber swept up all around her as a centre back should, and played a big part in keeping the ball in the opposition’s half. Other people who showed real leadership on the day (besides the captains) were our midfield team of Cara and Ciara and also our centre forward Emily all of whom featured in last year’s battle. Of course one has to mention the fantastic job done by Leah with her hat trick of goals. Leah exemplified the job of a full forward. Aoife also showed her accuracy and skill in scoring a point from play, from well out the field. Sophie, substitute corner forward, was determined to make her mark when she came on and put our victory in no doubt with a rocket into the back of the net. All of the squad managed to grace the field and each of them had an impact on our result. The whole squad got us to Croke Park and every match a new star shone. For this reason I will now go through each player as I feel it would be remiss to leave any one out.
We recently held our Active School Week from April 7th – 11th and were awarded the Active Schools flag, of which we are very proud. The week was full of activity from beginning to end. We had our opening ceremony, a spectacular gymnastics display, ‘Wake up, Shake Up’, dancing, yoga, yard games, obstacle relay, céilí, ‘Walk a Mile with a Smile’ and our closing ceremony. A film was made by the Department of Education and Skills which was shown in Farmleigh House to launch the national Active Schools Week in May. Well done to Ms. Fitzgerald and everyone involved for making the week such a success.
Well done to Vickie, Caoileann, Ciara and Rebecca who participated in the 10th anniversary of the Castle Schools Cup in Castle Golf Club, Rathfarnham on Monday, May 26th. The girls finished runners up and really enjoyed the day. Well done girls.
By Ms Gallagher's 5th class
We loved active school week because we took part in lots of fun activities during the week. Everybody joined in and got plenty of exercise which made us all feel great! We enjoyed cricket with Ted. Our favourite activity was Bollywood dancing. The opening and closing ceremonies were so exciting. It was wonderful to see such a collection of talents. Our teachers also participated in an obstacle course against the 6th classes. Many of our parents joined in the daily 'wake up shake up' which was run by the students at 8.30am. Many of our classmates participated in the gymnastics display.
We are proud to be a part of such a talented school. We loved every minute of the week and can't wait for next year's active week.
By Ms. Glacken’s 3rd Class
We had never done an Active week in school before and we were so excited about it, we had no idea it would be so much fun!
Our class were given the job of making up the moves for the " Waving Flag " theme song and then we taught it to lots of classes in the school, we really enjoyed this. We also performed it at the closing ceremony and got to watch ourselves on the video as well.
Some of our favourite things about Active week were doing Yoga, learning how to "Bollywood" dance, watching the teachers v 6th class obstacle course and cheering them on!, dressing up as our favourite Sports stars and definitely being at the closing ceremony, the sun really shone for that and we got to watch/take part in an amazing gymnastics display!
We are so delighted to have our Active flag and can't wait to do our Active week next year again. Thank you Miss Fitzgerald and all of your team.
First we went into the GP room and took off our shoes. The music was slow at the start. Then it got faster and faster. The teacher who taught us was very nice. The dance that we learned was from India. We learned lots of moves. We learned some really good moves and one of them is where we took two steps and then clapped two times. We also did a shimmy. It was great fun. When the music got fast for the first time we were all shocked. It was a great surprise.
By Ms. Nagle's 3rd class
Walk a Mile with a Smile
For active schools week every class did "Walk a Mile with a Smile". Everyone loved it. The classes walked around Templeogue with their teachers. We walked down past Fortfield Avenue, up to the roundabout and then all the way back to the school. Older classes brought younger classes with them. Luckily for us it was a lovely day. Some classes were filmed and are on the video that was created. The video is now on the website. "Walk a Mile with a Smile" was just one of the things we did during active week. After it everyone was left smiling.
By Ms. Kelly's 5th class
|In January, Ms. Glacken's and Ms. French's classes signed up for the "Alice in Litterland" project, not quite knowing what they were letting themselves in for!
In school we learned about the environmental impact of litter and the importance of recycling. At home the children started to collect materials to make a hat. They designed and created the most wonderful hats made from recycled materials. Garbo productions did an extremely interactive and enjoyable drama workshop with the girls. They worked out ways to get Alice out of Litterland, had a version of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and paraded their hats. Two semi – finalists were chosen from each class; Grace and Cassie from 3rd and Sophie and Emily from 1st. Sophie's hat then made it through to the final. The final was held on Monday March 31st in the SDCC offices. The children participated in a Mad Hat Parade and met the Lord Mayor. Sophie had a wonderful day and was a great representative for her school.
Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge againn ar 1ú – 17ú Márta 2014. Rinne na páistí an-iarracht an Ghaeilge a labhairt ar scoil agus sa bhaile freisin. Bhain said alán úsáid as na frásaí cainte a d'fhoghlaim said sa rang Gaeilge i rith na bliana. Bhailigh na páistí airgead óna dtuismitheoirí agus óna gaolta mar gheall ar an méid Gaeilge a labhair said i rith na coicíse. Thóg said an t-airgead ar scoil ar an lá deirneach agus nuair abhí sé go léir bailithe bhí €5,000 againn. Bhí sé sin go hiontach. Tá pleann againn an t-airgead a úsáid chun achmhainní a cheannach. Bhí lá na Gaeilge againn ar an Aoine. Ghleas gach duine in éadaí glasa. Bhí ceolchoirm, céilí agus tráth na gceist againn. Bhí comórtas ann freisin chun na múinteoirí a meatsáil lena griangraifeanna nuair abhí said óg! Bhí an-spórt agus craic ag gach duine.
"Labhair Gaeilge Linn"
St. Pius X Parents' Association organised a skipathon during the week February 10th - 14th 2014. Each class participated in skipping, hula-hooping and basketball hooping activities and succeeded in raising €1,583. A big thank you to Ms. Goddard for running the skipathon for five days in a row. Great fun was had by all.
On Sunday 9th of February Elsa, Niamh, Alex and Ellen represented our school in the Irish Minor Schools Swimming Championship which was held in the National Aquatic Centre.
They came 3rd in the Medley and 2nd in the freestyle relay.
Well done girls!!
Grandparents’ Day has become a much-anticipated annual event and once again on 30th January children and grandparents gathered to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in prayer and song.
On Saturday 11th January 2014, 32 of us from the two 5th and 6th classes (St.Pius X, G.N.S.) travelled to the RDS to exhibit our project "Scientific Seaweed" at the Primary Science Fair.
We were so excited! We had spent six weeks preparing for the big day. We had collected seaweed from beaches in Dublin, Galway and even Scotland and were investigating three main questions: – Which seaweed holds the most moisture? How can seaweed be used as a "green fertiliser"? And What are the nutritional benefits of seaweed? A few girls even included seaweed in their daily diet to see if they felt any healthier! We predicted, investigated, experimented, recorded on graphs and drew conclusions. We put together two books documenting all of our work. Our visual display was quite eye-catching!
It was an early start and we eagerly gathered in the RDS, which was buzzing with excitement and anticipation of the arrival of the visitors and judges. We quickly found our stand in the Primary Science Fair section and we set about displaying our work. We were put into four groups of eight and every half hour a group would get a chance to explain the project to the ever increasing crowds of people. People flocked to our stand to sample our seaweed baking – scones, cakes, cupcakes, jelly and bread. We had also made seaweed smoothies and it wasn't long before everything was demolished!
The visitors were very impressed with how much our millet seeds and broad beans had grown using seaweed as a fertiliser! Our graphs showed how much moisture was absorbed by each type of seaweed. We weren't short of things to do as it was the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. There were endless stands and shows including 50 years of Space Exploration, the RTE weather studios, Robot Wars and Analogue devices. In the Trinity College stand there were live snakes and a tarantula which we were able to hold! There was a stand with a video of open eye surgery.
A Hovercraft collecting seaweed showed us how beaches around Ireland are cleaned up. RTE had a "selfie" booth (a photograph booth where we could take pictures of ourselves) which was so much fun and a few of us had a photo taken with T.V. presenter Emma O'Driscoll! The Intel stand had a race car game. We loved the walk- in "Digestive System". There was even a stand where you could get banana DNA! There was an endless amount of entertainment to keep us occupied and we all got lots of freebies!
The Judge arrived after 11am. He examined our project thoroughly and questioned us on our work. He was obviously very impressed as later in the day we received two awards - one for visual display and one for scientific investigation! We were so happy and proud. All of our hard work had paid off. By the time four o'clock came, we were all exhausted! Overall our day at the Primary Science Fair was a fantastic experience and one which we will never forget!
On Saturday the 11th of January our school competed in the Leinster minor swimming championships. We entered a team of ten girls aged from seven to twelve. Everyone performed brilliantly on the day and I hope next year we have even more athletes competing at the championships as it was a great success.
Well done to Niamh, Ellen, Saffron, Ciara, Elsa, Alex, Emer, Amy, Hannah and Rachel, all of you should be so proud of your performances. Our u10 Girls relay team won gold for the 200m freestyle and silver for the 200m individual medley, also well done to Ellen on winning silver at the front crawl.
A number of the children reached the qualifying times to represent St. Pius X in the Irish Minor Schools championships which are coming up on Sunday the 9th February next in the National Aquatic Centre. It's an amazing achievement for the school.
The following girls are performing at the NAC.
Elsa, Niamh and Ellen.
Girls aged 10
• Medley Relay: Elsa, Alex, Niamh, Ellen
• Freestyle Relay: Elsa, Alex, Niamh, Ellen
I would also like to say thank you to the Parents' Association for the swimming caps, the children looked so smart on the day. Thank you also to the parents of all the children, you have been a great support to me and I appreciate all your help.
On Monday 16th December we represented our school at Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final in Leixlip. During the first stage of the competition at the Science Fair in our school, the judges complimented us on our experiment and said that our project was very visual. We improved our project book and designed our poster to explain the contents of our project over the next few weeks in preparation for the regional final. We arrived early and set up our display. The Intel campus was massive and fancy and they have a games room! There were 36 other schools there. We waited anxiously for the judges to arrive. The judges came round and questioned us on our experiments and project. We went to see the other projects. The highlights were the Communication Station, Drip Drop Drew, Romeo the Plant, Bubbles, and Chocolate Heaven. Then we got lunch and watched a spectacular science show with Science Sue. Overall we really enjoyed the day and would like to go back again.
By Kelly, Emma and Caroline
On Thursday 28th November 2013, there was great excitement in St. Pius X, G.N.S.! The day had finally come! The 5th and 6th class girls eagerly awaited the arrival of the Intel judges. They set up their stations to exhibit the projects they had tirelessly worked on for the past two months. James and Kieran were the Intel judges. They spent lots of time with each group questioning each girl about their scientific investigations and their conclusions. They took away the project books and had to make the tough decision as to who the overall winner and runners up were. James and Kieran were very impressed with the high standard and finally concluded that four projects had pipped the post, slightly ahead of the other fantastic projects. The four classes gathered in the GP room nervously awaiting the results. In fourth place was "How to make a marvellous motor" - Hannah, Emer and Connie. In third place was "Super Sociology" – Amy, Lily, Alana and Hannah. In second place was "Brainiacs" – Alana, Maria and Nadina. The winning project was "Clean Freaks" – Kelly, Caroline and Emma. Huge congratulations to the girls! Everyone who participated in the Intel Mini Scientist competition received an Intel goody bag and St. Pius X, G.N.S. was awarded a beautiful plaque. Good luck to "Clean Freaks" who are participating in the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final on Monday 16th December 2013.
On the 9th and 10th October 2013, Declan Holmes from "Science Ireland" visited St. Pius X, G.N.S to hold a Science Fair. This involved us (the two 6th classes) and the two 5th classes mastering a number of scientific experiments which we would teach to the younger classes. Of course we had to learn and understand each of the areas before we could pass on the information to our younger peers! Declan performed a "Science Show" which helped us to understand the workings of the human eye, convex and concave lenses and how objects can be made to look huge or tiny! We learnt about creating waterfalls and tornados with two bottles and water. We observed many optical illusions including the spinning monkey, and tried to work out how they worked. The "coin in box" experiment was very clever as once the coin was dropped in, the box was rigged to create an illusion! How sound happens is amazing and just using a hanger, string and a chair, we were able to hear really loud bells! The "cups and ball" was a definite favourite. We had to turn a cup containing a small ball upside down and spin it, which made the ball rise and drop into another cup. The mushroom spinning tops were a challenge! We had to spin the top so fast that it would turn upside down and spin on its stem! Some of us DID master it! Declan said that anyone who played piano or guitar was generally good at this and he was right! The pinhole camera showed us exactly how the first cameras worked. It was made simply with a shoebox and greaseproof paper. The sound making tubes were very popular but as we swung them around, we had to be really careful we didn't hit anyone! After break we broke into groups and settled at a station practising and ensuring that we understood our concept before the younger classes arrived. When they did, they broke into groups of three and spent 90 seconds at each station. Our Science Fair was highly successful. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience as all of the experiments were "hands on". We learnt so much over the two days and we look forward to exploring lots more Science in the future!
Inside there was a shiny marble floor and a pretty vase of flowers. As we made our way to the cloakroom there was a man who took our coats and pointed us to a big door where the 'Repak Recycling Awards' were being held. A lady at the door told us they were not ready yet but that we could go to the Tea Room upstairs. We couldn't find the room but when we did we didn't have tea because we're only nine.
We finally got in to the Awards Ceremony. A man was standing in front of a projector and gave a speech.
Then we had our starter – a piece of salmon, weird orange berries and homemade brown bread. Yum! Except for the salmon – too fancy!
Anyway after that the man made another speech. Then we got to the best thing - the main course! This included two pieces of gorgeous steak and potato and no offence Mom, this was the best!
Then the Minister came up and made a VERY LONG speech. Then it came to the whole reason we were there – the awards! Our category was up first; we did not win but were ranked in the top three finalists in the country.
After the other winners were called out it was time for dessert – yay! It was apple crumble with a blob of vanilla ice cream on top – it was gone in seconds!
Then we got our photo taken and were presented with a certificate.
Then we realised we were late for our bus and had missed it! We had to stand in the freezing cold rain at the bus stop – we're glad our certificate was in a frame!
Soon we were back at school and our parents came to pick us up. The next day our certificate was hung up with our other school awards.
By Aoife & Chloe, 4th Class
Congratulations to the Gaelic Football team who represented the school admirably this year in the Corn Austin Finn. Our first match was against St Brigid’s, Castleknock , where we put up a good fight against a very strong opposition. In our second match we played Scoil Thomais and were defeated within a narrow margin. Our final game in the group was against our old rivals and neighbours, Presentation. It was a miserably wet day in Bushy Park but the girls pulled out all the stops and displayed great teamwork and skill, defeating Presentation 3-02 to 0-02. Finally we were defeated in quarter final by a very strong Belgrove Senior Girls National School. The girls were a credit to the school in all of the matches. Thank you to all of the parents who gave lifts to the away matches and to the teachers involved- Ms Hughes, Ms Browne and Ms Dolan. Finally, keep an eye out on Saturday next the 26th October at half time during the International Rules Series in Croke Park because four girls from the school team have been selected to play at half time to showcase their Gaelic Football skills. The girls involved are Aideen, Sophie, Caroline and Emily. Best of luck girls!
On Tuesday May 22nd 2013 we travelled to Croke Park with Ms. Nagle and Ms. Kidney to collect the Green Schools flag. For the past year the school has been working very hard to get our flag. The school has reduced the amount of waste and litter and held a Green Day to raise awareness. Before attending the conference, in which we would receive our flag, we took some photos. At half ten we went into the conference hall. We were awarded our first Green flag. This is a fabulous achievement and we are very proud of our new Green Schools flag and our certificate.
By Phoebe and Katie