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