St. Pius X G.N.S. knew that this was going to be a tough match given last year’s final and they were not wrong! Scoil Áine, Raheny, proved to be worthy opponents as Pius were down by a goal at half time with the score line reading 1-1 to 2-1. In the first half, Taylor found the back of the net with a rasper while Aoife successfully converted a point from a 45. Sophia’s first half performance further proved her dominance as centre back. Grace showed her commitment to her team by playing despite feeling ill. Ava stepped up to the plate in midfield when needed and made a great impact. Lorna’s marking skills were second to none as she guarded her house with fervour.
Undeterred by the score line, Pius totally dominated Scoil Áine in the second half. Puck outs and saves from our warrior goal keeper Maeve kept us in the game when Scoil Áine threatened to further extend their lead. Orla, despite long term injury, scored two magnificent goals adding to last year’s hat trick. The captains’ influence was clear to see as Shauna and Alannah led by example and lifted their team’s spirits. Emma proved to be a power house at full back and cleared her lines with ease aided by Aoife and Maria. Aoife was a shining star on the day, achieving 100% accuracy from place balls. Her sideline cut sailed over the crossbar while a 45 found the back of the net. Ciara and Kate dominated on a fitness level and showed utter determination. Our full forward line up changed quite a bit as we have an abundance of players who can hit their mark. Aislinn created a wealth of space, allowing others to go for goal. We also introduced power subs Ava, Fiona, Ellen and Laura. All played a vital role in securing our victory. Jane showed her versatility by playing in a corner back position despite being a natural forward.
The final score was 4-3 to 2-2. This is St. Pius X G.N.S.’ sixth consecutive year winning a trophy in the Division 1 competition and we know it won’t be the last! Go Pius!!!!
By Maria 3rd Class
With the amazing “Litter Lab” show!
As a reward for all the fantastic STEM work St. Pius X G.N.S. has done throughout the year, STEPS Engineering Ireland rewarded us with a free show from Scientific Sue.
The Litter Lab show took place in the school on Thursday 9th June 2016. It was all about making us aware of the problem of litter, what it is and where it comes from. Sue helped us explore where litter goes, what litter items dissolve, float, sink and expand. We discussed the fact that litter contains millions of bacteria, viruses and parasites, that it attracts rats and insects, what impact litter has on the environment, and ways in which we can help keep Ireland beautiful.
Many of us eagerly volunteered to help with the demonstrations Sue carried out, which helped us understand and answer these questions. One of them involved dog faeces (chocolate) and glitter, where Sue displayed how, unbeknownst to us, when we walk in dog faeces, the bacteria can be spread wherever we walk. Dog faeces are very dangerous and can cause blindness, as many of the recent posters around our parks demonstrate. Nappies we learnt can expand hugely when immersed in water. We particularly enjoyed when Sue was demonstrating with her doll Peppa Pig. She put a tube through its body and made it `s head blow off, and shoot into the air using a menthos mint!
Many of the pictures Sue showed us on the slideshow were quite distressing, as they exhibited how damaging, eating litter is to an animal. Some animals believe plastic bags are food and eat them, with devastating consequences. Their insides are completely destroyed! A poster of a child eating faeces was really realistic, as any child could easily mistake it for chocolate! A beach covered in litter is not where we want to spend our holidays! Sue explained and demonstrated that if something we flush down the toilet does not have the word “toilet” in its name, we should NEVER flush it down the toilet, as it will not dissolve.
We learnt so much and now have an awareness of how we can help keep our environment cleaner and safer for us, and the creatures around us.
Thanks Sue and Dimitri for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational show!
There was an early start to the day because we had to be in the Castle golf club at 7:20 am as we had a shotgun start at 8:00 am. We played the course with a lady called Emer. Our team consisted of four girls Ava, Olivia, Zoe and Louise who each played very well. We played nine holes altogether. When we were finished we got a bottle of water, a banana and a cereal bar. Then we got the opportunity to watch a professional golfer perform a few golfing tips and tricks which were very entertaining. After the exhibition we changed into our uniform and made our way upstairs to a lovely dining room where we were greeted by the Irish Professional, Shane Lowry. He was very inspiring and encouraging .We got loads of photos which you can see on the website. We were served a delicious meal and some ice-cream afterwards. Then the prize-giving ceremony commenced. We were announced as runners up and we all got a silver medal. We also got a photo with the Lady Captain of the club. We were delighted on how the day went and all hope to continue playing golf. The school looks forward to competing again next year,
St. Pius X G.N.S golf team 2016.
We were very excited to have well -known storyteller Niall de Burca come in and entertain the girls with his wonderful storytelling. Check out Niall at http://www.storyteller.ie/about/
First and second class came to school dressed up as a character from a book and told their class a little bit about this character.
Another great World Book Day at St. Pius X GNS.
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