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Date: June 21st 2016 June Newsletter
The end of year newsletter can be found here

Date: June 21st 2016 Swimming & Extra-Curricular Classes
A list of the extra curricular classes for next year can be found here

Date: June 17th 2016 Bake Sale & Competition (movie themed)
What a superb display of talent was given to us on Thursday 16th June with the fantastic entries for the competition. The judges had a very difficult task on the day but eventually winners and runners up were chosen - see the link for the list of winners. The winner of the "Guess How Many Jelly Beans in the Jar" was Sarah Byrne, 5th class. There were 452 jellies in the jar and Sarah guessed nearest. Pictures can be seen here

Date: June 2016 Sports Days
Many thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets on the sports days in Bushy Park, we are delighted to announce that €2,700 was raised. A huge thank you to Ms. Goddard for organising and overseeing the sports days which are enjoyed so much by the children and parents. Finally, thank you to Bernie Anderson and her team for running the "tuck shop" and tea/coffee station.

Date: May 25th 2016 Update: A Busy few weeks!!!
Photo's from a few of the recent events can be viewed here.

Heather Cup
Golf Classic
First Holy Communion Receptions

Date: May 9th 2016 Update
Just a few reminders for current & up-coming events.
Heather Cup - off to a flying start yesterday Monday 9th! Hopefully the weather will be kind to us for the duration. Keep up-to-date at fixturelist.com - League Name Heather Cup 2016.

Golf Classic - Friday 13th May, final few places left for golf and/or dinner, please contact Carol (087 6491614) or Vicki (087 8304246).

First Holy Communion Receptions - Saturday 21st May, if you can volunteer or donate to the receptions please contact Caroline Coyne (086 3354613).

Sports Days - if you have any donations for raffle prizes please contact Bernie Anderson (087 6377138).

NPC Conference - Saturday 28th May free admission, see website for additional info.

Date: April 29th 2016 2016's Heather Cup
2016's Heather Cup will take place between 9th-19th May. For fixture lists and more information please see 2016 Heather Cup All queries to heathercupinfo@gmail.com.

Date: April 15th 2016 NPC Information & Conference
The NPC Annual Conference will be taking place on the 28th of May 2016 in the National College of Ireland, Dublin 1.

The title and theme of this year’s conference will be Ready, Steady, Learn - Parents supporting their Children’s Healthy Learning

Children need to be ready to learn, therefore this conference will encompass how parents can actively support their children’s mental (emotional), physical (nutritional) and creative health.

The Keynote Speaker will be Shane Martin, a leading Psychologist within the area of education. Shane’s presentation will be POSITIVE PARENTING: Harnessing Strengths within Children We all want children to grow into happy adults; but sometimes we feel as though we have little real influence over them as they grow older. New scientific research reveals that happiness can be cultivated within the home, school and community and that parenting styles and practices have a tremendous effect on children’s emotional outlook on life. By promoting some basic positive traits and harnessing their inner strengths we can encourage our children to have a more positive view of self, others and the world. Parenting can be challenging but also a positive and fulfilling experience. We need to work at being more ‘positive’ in our approach.

Further information will follow shortly. If you would like to register for conference please click here

Date: April 15th 2016 Information leaflets for parents on the new Primary Language Curriculum
This curriculum is for children in junior and senior infants and in first and second class. It applies in all school contexts - English-medium schools, Gaeltacht schools, Irish-medium schools and special schools. The curriculum for junior and senior infants is aligned with the principles and methodologies of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. here

Date: April 15th 2016 Local Recycling fund raising event on 7th May
Local Recycling Fund Raising event - we are delighted to support Templeogue Swimming Club in their upcoming fund raising event which will give us all an opportunity to do a good "clear out" over the coming weeks. Further information can be found here

Date: April 10th 2016 Activewise Newsletter
Healthy eating and physical activity are vital for good health for everyone, especially children as they grow and develop, physically, psychologically and socially. Physical activity is more than exercise and includes playing, working, transport, house chores and recreational activities. Ideally, being active in a fun, easy and fulfilling way becomes a part of everyone's daily lives; especially as active children are more likely to choose other healthy behaviours. More here

Date: April 7th 2016 Spring 2016 Newsletter
You can find the Spring newsletter here

Date: April 7th 2016 St. Pius X Golf Classic
Following the success of last year's Jubilee Golf Classic, St. Pius X Schools are delighted to announce the 2016 Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday, 13th May 2016. Details of the event can be found here

Date: March 13th 2016 Photos from Class Show:
This year we had a fabulous End of Year Classes Concert with many amazing performances. You can see some photos from the day here

Date: Feb 12th 2016 NPC - Internet Safety
The NPC (National Parents Council) is running an Internet Safety information session for Parents of Primary school children in 2 venues in Dublin.

a) The Talbot Hotel (formerly the Stillorgan Park), Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin on the 1st of March at 7.30pm
b) The Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin on the 1st of March at 7.30pm

Admission is FREE! All parents welcome. Online booking is available on the NPC website click here to book your place. If you have any queries please contact Sharon in our Training section Tel: 01 887 4475 or email: training@npc.ie

Date: Feb 9th 2016 Parking on Fortfield Park FYI
We wish to bring the following to your attention as there have been a number of parking tickets and warnings issued over the last few weeks, particularly at pick-up times on Fortfield Park.

The Parking Attendant has advised that from Fortfield Ave to about half way to Fortfield Grove it is illegal to park on both sides of the road, there is a solid white line along this stretch in the centre of the road and it is illegal to park here (see extract below from the Rules of Road booklet).

The Rules of the Road state; no parking on a section of roadway with less than 3 traffic lanes and where traffic sign number RRM 001 [continuous white line] has been provided. We hope the above information is useful.

Date: Feb 8th 2016 Copper Coin Challenge - Winners
After a fierce race between the classes and many coin bags, coffee jars, milk cartons full of coins being brought into the schools over the last two weeks we are delighted to announce the winners of the Copper Coin Challenge today.

From the BNS:
1st prize Ms. O'Connor's class;
2nd prize Ms. Ni Loingsigh's class;
3rd prize was joint between Mr. Dillon's, Mr. Reamonn's & Mr. Gough's classes.

From the GNS:
1st prize was joint between Ms. Ward's & Ms. Fitzmaurice's classes;
2nd prize was joint between Ms. McGuinness, Ms. Doherty & Ms. Smith's classes.

Many congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who supported this fun fund raiser.



Date: Jan 28th 2016 Copper Coin Challenge
We are currently running the "Copper Coin Tower Challenge" in the schools to help us all clear out all those coppers in jars, stuck in the sofas, end of handbags etc. and help your child's class challenge for the grand prizes of a Homework Pass & a Pizza Party!!! ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO FILL THE JARS SO GET FISHING FOR THOSE COPPERS.

Date: Jan 28th 2016 Quiz Night, Templeogue Swim Club:
As you know the PA have been using the Templeogue College Swimming pool for many years to run swimming lessons for the children of St. Pius X schools. The swim club are running a Quiz Night on 25th February @ 8pm-10.30pm in the Badminton Hall, Whitehall Road. Entry is €10pp or €40per team.

Date: Jan 28th 2016 Rest of this year!
Feb: Baking Workshop - Valentine's Theme - see flyer out next week.

MARCH:
Baking Workshops - Easter & St. Patrick's Theme to be held on 7th & 8th March - flyer out shortly.
End of Year Concert - Saturday morning 12th March, School Hall.

APRIL:
Parent Talk "Promote Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing in children and young people" - Tuesday 19th April.

MAY:
Heather Cup - dates to be confirmed.
Golf Classic - Friday, 13th May.
First Holy Communion Receptions - Saturday, 21st May.

JUNE:
Bake Sale - Thursday 16th.

Date: Jan 18th 2016 Copper Coin Challenge
As you will have seen from this weeks flyer, we are running a fund raiser for two weeks called "the Copper Coin Challenge". We are asking the kids to bring in as many copper coins as possible and build a tower out of the filled containers in their classrooms and see which class has the highest tower. The prize for the highest tower is a pizza party and a homeowrk pass! So far the kids are having great fun, sorting coins and filling their containers so we will keep you updated with their progress. It's a great opportunity to clear out those jars before the coppers go out of circulation! The closing date for bringing in coins is Friday, 5th February. Thanks for all your coppers & best of luck to all classes!

Date: Dec 18th 2015 Christmas Newsletter
Click here for The Autumn/Winter newsletter.

Date: Dec 15th 2015 Jubilee Christmas Fair
Our Jubilee Christmas Fair took place on Sunday 6th December which turned out be our sunniest and driest day for weeks! A feast of fun awaited visitors young & old. There was a palpable energy about the school for the day of the fair. Rooms were buzzing with chatter and laughter and people busy buying goods. Kids were playing games, taking fun photos in the photo booth and busy decorating cupcakes. A very special guest arrived in style on a Harley motorcycle to the delight of wide-eyed children and duly greeted them all with enthusiasm.

There was a great variety of stalls at the Fair including handmade cards, cakes, decorations, knitted and crocheted goods, paintings, musical instruments, flower arrangements and books galore. The stalls for mulled wine, teas, speciality coffees and hot dogs were busy for the entire day along with the Tombola bottle stall for which the queue never ceased! Congrats to all the raffle winners also. A huge thank you to everyone for all the donations and also those who helped in different ways to sponsor the event - for a list & some photos, click here

Date: Nov 10th 2015 Jubilee Christmas Fair
Click here for our Jubilee Christmas Fair flyer.

Date: Nov 2nd 2015 Promoting Parents - Enterprise Expo
The inaugural St. Pius X Enterprise Expo was held on Saturday, 17th October to showcase the businesses of parents in the school. With businesses ranging from health, home, and hairy bikers, to babies, beauty, graphics, flowers, finance, fun and frolics, it is our delight to announce that the day was a resounding success. To capitalise on this success it is now intended to set up a business directory to include all businesses associated with the school. If you wish to form part of this directory please contact us at piusxparents@gmail.com

Date: Nov 2nd 2015 NPC Special Education Conference 2015
- Making a Difference - Children, Parents and Schools Together in Special Education. Click here for further information.

Date: Nov 2nd 2015 Pius Pacers Walking Group & Terenure Walking Group
The Pius Pacers Walking Group are continuing the Tuesday morning walks from the school gates @ 9am - new walkers always welcome! If you can't make it on Tuesdays there is a new walking group in Terenure village each Thursday @9.30am (see here for further information).

Date: Oct 13th 2015 Calendar Form 2016
The order form for the 2016 school calendar can be found here.

Date: Oct 6th 2015 Yoga For Children
Calling all Yoga fans! Please see that attached flyers for upcoming Yoga classes for Boys & Girls.


Date: Oct 2nd 2015 NPC Special Education Conference
The NPC has a small number of special interest groups. If any parent in the school would like to get involved in the children with special educational needs committee, you might like to attend the conference on the 14th Nov. Please contact the NPC directly and let us know by email to the PA mailbox. Click here for additional information. - please click here.

Date: Sept 25th 2015 Promoting Parents
If you run your own business and interested in promoting it amongst other parents in the school - please click here for a suggestion which might be of interest to you .

Date: Sept 22nd 2015 Jubilee Ball
Tickets are now on sale for the Jubilee Ball, Saturday 14th November at The Ballsbridge Hotel. Tickets can be purchased by filling in this form and returning it to the class teacher by October 16th.

Date: Sept 20th 2015 Lunchbox Ideas
Following our AGM on Tuesday last we were given a tastie lunchbox ideas demonstration by Ciara Fennessey of Ciara's Kitchen and had a real treat of an evening. Attached are the recipes which she prepared for us which we hope will inspire many of you. All the samples were given 10/10 by the audience.

Date: Sept 20th 2015 AGM
Click Here for a summary note of our AGM.

Date: Sept 13th 2015 Classes Vacancies 2015/16
Following on from the classes enrolment on Saturday, there are some vacancies in the classes listed below. Please contact Mary on 087-6573589 if you wish to book a place.
Thursday - Spanish, Irish Youth Club, Guitar Beginners, Guitar Improvers, Knitting & Sewing Club.
Saturday - Arts & Crafts, Ballet, Speech & Drama, Baking.

Date: Sept 13th 2015 AGM & Talk reminder
Just a quick reminder that the PA AGM is on this coming Tuesday followed by a talk/demo on Lunchbox Ideas by Ciara Fennessy. See here for further information.

Date: Sept 7th 2015 Local Recycling Fund Raising event
We are delighted to support Templeogue Swimming Club in their upcoming fund raising event which will give us all an opportunity to do a good "clear out" over the mid-term and coming weeks. For more information please see: here

Date: Sept 3rd 2015 Parenting Course through Crosscare

The Teen Counselling Team at Crosscare have been in contact with us and are offering out the opportunity of an 8 week parenting course (Mondays 10-12.30) starting on October 5th. The venue of the course will be in Tallaght and availability is limited. The programme has been designed by Dr. John Sharry and Prof. Carol Fitzpatrick of the Mater Hospital and you can read about it on www.parentsplus.ie and will be facilitated by Jacqueline Smith and her colleague Irene.

Please pass this information onto your volunteers/parents and should any of them be interested in attending they can contact Jacqueline direct at 01 8360011 ext 120. Please note also:
  • There is no cost.
  • One parent can attend, or
  • Two people from the same family can attend, e.g. both parents, or Grand parent and parent.
  • Commitment to the 8 mornings is important. For more information please see: here

  • Date: Sept 2nd 2015 PA run Classes 2015/2016
    All relevant information, forms and calendars for the coming 2015/2016 classes can be found under the Classes section. Registration for all these classes is on Saturday, 12th September from 9am.