This morning at 10:30 am the whole school community assembled in the PE hall to be presented with Our National Flag.
Firstly two representatives from the Defence Forces were welcomed and greeted by the student Council at the school reception.
Oghlaigh na hEireann then marched through a Guard of Honour, formed by the 5th classes, to the PE hall to hear the Proclamation being read aloud and to present the school flag to the pupils in the school. There was great excitement and a roar went up from the children when Oghlaigh na hEireann gave them their homework off today.
We finished with a rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann, which was sung be every child from Junior Infants to 6th class.
The flag will be raised on March 15th in the school grounds, when all schools in the country will have a day of celebration to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
St. Pius X G.N.S. was delighted to welcome Denis Bastik, Dublin All-Ireland winning player, to the school with the Sam Maguire cup on Friday. We were honoured to be the first school in Dublin to receive a visit since Dublin won the All-Ireland football final. All of the children were very excited, dressed in their Dublin colours and waved their flags. Everyone cheered and sang Molly Malone. The girls’ football team had a photo taken with the cup and one of the Junior Infants was put into the cup and lifted up! Some sixth class girls presented Denis with some specially made “Rocky Road” to mark the occasion. Thanks to Dave Farrelly and Alan O’Brien from Templeogue Synge Street G.A.A. club for organising the visit.
Maths Week 2015 got off to a great start with our Maths quiz for pupils from 3rd to 6th class. Lots of other Maths activities also took place in school during that week.... More to follow.
On 28th and 29th September 2015, Declan Holmes (Science Ireland) paid his annual visit to St. Pius X G.N.S. Each year, through his show and workshops, Declan has encouraged the girls to embrace Science, to always question, always wonder and to help them to realise that Science is worth exploring!
There was great excitement as the Infants headed to the Science Show and Declan didn't disappoint. There were squeals of laughter and delight and gasps of disbelief as Declan delivered a fun and interactive show with balloons, wind machines and lots, lots more, covering many strands of the Science curriculum.
The older girls had a brilliant workshop on rockets. Declan explained all about rockets and how they work. He demonstrated how to streamline the rocket shape to try to make it travel really far. Breaking into groups, each one designed a rocket with two plastic bottles, masking tape and cardboard fins! Once the rockets were complete, each group named their rocket and we headed out to the yard to launch them. Water was placed in the plastic bottles. We all stood back as Declan used a pump to launch our masterpieces! As he pumped the air through the water, the pressure inside the bottle built up. The water rushed out of the bottle in one direction whilst the bottle pushed back in the other. This resulted in our rockets shooting into the air! They reached incredible heights. We were so impressed! We had a competition to see which rocket shot furthest and highest!
Thanks Declan for a fantastic few days and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2016.
Our class designed and launched our very own rockets. We began by decorating the card and rolling it up around a pipe. Then we chose a top for our rockets. After that we embellished them with glitter, stickers and streamers.
Next we put together the launcher which consists of L-shaped piping with a two litre bottle on the end. All the air vents were sealed with masking tape.
It was now time to launch the rockets. We had to blow air into the bottle and place the rockets on top of the pipe. Everyone got to jump on the bottle to launch their own rocket. Some of the rockets soared right up and three landed on the roof of the school. Unfortunately some of the rockets didn't launch successfully.
We found that the rockets, which had caps secured on the top, flew the highest. With that knowledge we would like to repeat the experiment. It was a very enjoyable activity.
We were riveted from the start as Eric asked us “What makes a bird a bird?” After some very astute answers such as, “It has a beak” or “It can fly”, Eric informed us that only birds have feathers..hence the title of his presentation “A World of Feathers”
We were shown a real swan feather. These feathers fall out annually and regrow. After dipping in and out of the water, the feathers get grubby so the swan cleans them in a zip-like effect, which smoothes out the feathers so that the swan can fly. Ostrich feathers don't experience this zip-like effect when cleaning and so, they can't fly.
On a beautiful, sunny, autumnal day in October 2015, the two 5th classes of St. Pius X G.N.S. headed off on a Tree Trail to Bushy Park. We were so excited! Ms. Smith and Ms. Judge had organised clipboards, maps, paper bags, cameras and A4 sheets of paper for each group. Six captains were chosen from each class to lead the teams. We chatted animatedly as we made our way to the park.
Tom from the Dublin City Parks met us at the Apple tree. He fascinated us with the amount of information he had. It turned out that the Giant Redwood, which was huge, was only a baby! As we walked around the park we were jotting down as many interesting facts as we could. We took lots of photos of the trees and picked up some interesting leaves. Walking towards every tree was so exciting as we didn't know what story would be behind it! We looked at all the native trees and learned that these trees grew naturally in Bushy Park as the conditions are perfect for them. At one stage, Tom led us to the ruin of a shell house. He told us about the Shaw family. The dad had had the house built for his son who loved the sea and enjoyed collecting shells. We climbed through the windows and door and felt the shells cemented into the walls.
Each person collected an interesting object to research. As you can see, our excellent photographers took brilliant photos!
We were sad when it was time to go.
We thanked Tom for his time and his wisdom!
That afternoon each group did a mini-project and presented their work to the rest of the class. We had a great day and learned so much about nature in Bushy Park.
From the get go, this St. Pius X G.N.S. team got off to a super start with two goals in two minutes firstly from superb centre back and co-captain Amber who hit a fantastic long range shot that went all the way to the back of the net!! This was quickly followed by Orla who netted her first of a hat-trick! As a team, St. Pius kept up the superb intensity with great displays from the half backs Gillian, Olivia and Amber who mopped up all loose ball and acted as a spring board which kept the tremendous pressure on Scoil Áine, Raheny. The midfield pairing of Katie and Aoife were solid throughout and showed huge determination and skill as they tackled, shooted and kept ball moving quickly into their forwards.
The first half for St. Pius was very fruitful as they continued their pressure through great play from Grace, Shauna, Alannah, Jodie and twin sister Ali which produced two more goals through the dangerous full forward Orla. Another goal from both Ali and Olivia meant Pius were 6 goals to 2 points ahead at the break!
The second half saw introduction of super subs Romy, Laura, Ellen and Maria who continued to put pressure on Scoil Áine throughout. However, the opposition stepped up their pace and the full backs Lorna, Rachel and Aoife were called on to keep the ball cleared! Molly was superb in goal as there was huge pressure on her in the second half. Her puck outs were flawless! The opposition scored a formidable 3 goals and another point and in the second half but co-captain Amber scored the seventh and final fantastic goal of the day for St. Pius to ensure victory for the team! It was an incredible performance by all the girls! Grace who is co-captain of the team played a crucial role on the team in order to reach Croke Park was unable to play due to injury and her encouragement and support was imperative to the Pius team on the day!! A credit to their club Faughs and parents!! Well done St. Pius!!
On the 6th of May we went on an excursion into town. We followed a history trail and received a tour of Leinster House.
We saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, The Bank of Ireland (which used to be where the parliament sat before the Act of Union), Trinity College and the GPO.
Cllr. Ronan Mc Mahon kindly organised the tour of Leinster House for us. We sat in the visitors’ gallery of the Dáil chambers and got to see where the government and the opposition sit. We also saw the elegantly decorated room where the Seanad sit. This room has Waterford crystal chandeliers and used to be a ballroom. The doors, the ceiling and the fire place, are original features from the 18th century.
We saw the paintings of some of the former Taoisigh of our country and the original proclamation. We also saw a tapestry which was presented to the Irish people by JFK when he visited in June 1963.
Before we left, we got to meet Lucinda Creighton and presented her with our book of essays “If I was a Minister for a day”. She was very impressed with our ideas and said that she would take some of them on board.
In June the two 6th classes went on a tour to the Central Criminal Courts. We had to go through a metal detector and lots of security before we got inside. The building was enormous with glass elevators and hundreds of rooms. We participated in a mock trial. Some of us even got to wear barristers’ robes. We acted out a court case and pretended to be judges, the jury members, the barristers, solicitors and witnesses. We saw lots of Gardaí, barristers and judges walking around the building. After the courts, we went to a playground in the Phoenix Park. Then we visited Collins’s Barracks and saw a 1916 museum. It was such a fun tour and now lots of us know what we’d like to be when we grow up!
On Tuesday the 14th of April, we went on a trip to Kilmainham Gaol. We had been studying Irish history and it was great to see it come to life.
We got on the double-decker bus at half nine and off we went! On arrival we were met by our guide Ann. She brought us into the chapel where Joseph Plunkett married Grace Gifford hours before he was executed. She showed us the door which lead to the gallows where people were hanged in public. We watched a short video about children who had been imprisoned there for robbing food during The Great Famine.
After this we saw the cells where the leaders from the 1916 Rising were imprisoned. We also saw where Charles Stewart Parnell “resided”. His cell was fancier because he was wealthy. Parnell was a man of his word and we learnt that he was allowed to go to France for a funeral because they trusted him to return.
Finally we went to the stone breaker’s yard where the leaders and those who signed the Proclamation were executed in 1916. Padraig Pearse and his brother Willie were among the men who were shot.
In the museum we saw pictures and uniforms from the Rising. We also saw Grace Gifford’s ring with the love letter Joseph Plunkett sent her. After our tour we walked up to IMMA and had a picnic in the gardens. It was very interesting and a great experience, not to mention a lot of fun.
In first class we did the Write-A-Book project. We wrote our own books and illustrated them. We really enjoyed the experience of being authors and illustrators. The winners, Róisín and Carla, were invited to an awards ceremony in Killiney Castle where they were presented with a medal and certificate by Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Everyone who participated also received a certificate including some who were highly commended.
In May St.Pius had a skipathon with Skippy John. First, we went outside and he gave us all a skipping rope. He let us skip any way that we wanted to until everybody had been given a rope. Then he taught us how to double jump which was when you had to turn the rope quickly twice and jump once. He taught us how to run into and jump over the rope while he and the teacher were turning it. We had to be careful not to leave a gap between each person. It took us a long time to get it right but that just made it funnier. We had a great time!
The first ever Student Council election took place during Anti-Bullying Week last November. Students who wished to put themselves forward for the election wrote a manifesto about why their classmates should vote for them and how they would make a good Student Council member. Two members from every class from 2nd up to 6th were elected in a secret ballot. Student Council members are very important to St. Pius X GNS, because as well as acting as class representatives, they are also excellent ambassadors for our school.
The two 5th classes in St. Pius X G.N.S. participated in a fascinating Marine Explorers Project and spent an exciting month taking care of nine creatures in an aquarium and doing lots of other activities relating to that incredible marine world that most of us know very little about.
On Thursday the 5th February 2015, girls from 5th and 6th classes represented our School at the Leinster Schools Orienteering League in Bushy Park. The girls chosen had won their class competitions.
We walked down with Ms Goddard. The weather was lovely and mild. There were 350 students taking part. Our school wore red bibs.
Every person got an SI card. This contained a chip which was used to record our times. We had to follow a map and clues around the course. We had to register our SI card at every checkpoint. The course was approximately 1.5km. Every team followed the same course, but we all had different starting times. It was definitely an advantage that we knew our way around the park.
We really enjoyed the day and came in second overall. Rachel and Sinead from 6th came first in the beginner section. Next year we hope to enter three competitions.
Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge againn ar 9ú – 13ú Márta 2015. 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.. Bhí lá na Gaeilge againn ar an Aoine. Ghleas gach duine in éadaí glasa. Bhí ceolchoirm, céilí agus tráth na gceist againn. Bhí an-spórt agus craic ag gach duine.
"Labhair Gaeilge Linn"
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.
Our Golden Jubilee celebrations kicked off on Friday 13th February. Firstly, His Grace, Bishop Eamonn Walsh unveiled a commemorative stone in the school yard.
This was followed by a mass in St. Pius X Church at 11:30am. Our school choirs wowed our school community past and present. The celebrations ended with a reception in the school hall.
The Jubilee Committee made up of staff members from the Girls' school, Boys' School and Parents' Association have been working hard planning the various celebrations and events for the forthcoming year. There are lots of exciting events scheduled throughout 2015.
We were delighted to welcome our past school community back for the day where stories of old were swapped with stories of new.
Our pupils were busy decorating the halls with Jubilee bunting galore. The school looked amazing and the excitement was palpable.
We had a visit from award winning Irish author Benji Bennett on world book day. Benji has written a series of beautiful children’s books. He entertained the girls with his stories and some music and of course the girls had lots of interesting questions for him.
We also had a fun quiz for the girls on the day. The quiz involved trying to identify the teacher from a photo where the teachers face was covered by a book. There were some hilarious muddle-ups and some teachers were amazed at how easily they could be identified by their hairline!!!
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who represented our school with distinction at the Leinster minor swimming championships on Saturday the 10th of January.
We entered twenty six swimmers who competed in events that ranged from 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and not to mention the 4x50m medley and freestyle relay! Templeogue swimming club kindly provided their facilities for training. The championships where organised into three sessions starting with our youngest swimmers first at 8 o'clock in the morning. Our oldest finished at 6 o'clock that evening.
The Girls' team performed really well with Elsa winning silver in the 50m Back crawl and Ellen securing a Bronze in the same event. St.Pius X girls' relay teams set personal bests across the board, and overall a lot of new skills were learned through this great opportunity. Girls Team: Ellen (capt) Hannah, Emma, Rachel, Alex, Elsa, Niamh, Lorna, Anna, Saffron, Ellen, Kate, Emily, Aishling and Alannah
A big thank you to Miriam Spollen and Shannon Ward who without their help we would not have the St. Pius X swimming T-shirts. Thank you also to all the parents who helped with the organisation and support during the year.
On Sunday February 8th, the All-Ireland Minor Swimming Championships are being held in the National Aquatic Centre. Elsa, Niamh, Ellen and alex are representing our school in the Under 12s medley and freestyle races. Best of luck girls, Ms Goddard and the rest of the school are rooting for you!
By Grace-Anne, Sinéad, Maria and Daisy.
On the 11th of December we visited Intel in Leixlip to present our project 'Test Teasers'. We arrived at 9:00 am and we had one hour to set up our display. During this time we had a chance to look at the other projects. At 10:00 am the judges came around. They asked lots of questions and were very friendly. Other people who work at Intel came to look at all the projects as well. After the presentation of the projects, we were given lunch and saw a science show. The science show was about how things move and the man (Terry) did many different experiments. One of the best experiments was the hovercraft. The hovercraft was made out of a plank of wood with a hole cut at the bottom for a leaf blower to fit inside. A chair was also on the plank of wood. A boy sat on the chair, turned on the leaf blower and it worked! After the science show, the awards ceremony began. The winning projects were very good and had many interactive experiments. At the end of the day we were tired and received a cool calculator ruler each for participating. We had a great day!
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.
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.
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