Transition from Pre-School to Primary School – Free Information Sessions for Parents

Dear Parents,

National Parents Council (NPC) would like to inform you about free interactive online sessions that NPC is running from the 22nd to the 26th of May 2023 for parents on the transition of your child from Pre-school to Primary School. 

Click here to register  

The transition from pre-school to primary school can be one of the most important transitions that your child will make. By providing this programme for you, we can support you to support your child to make a smooth transition between pre-school and primary school. The success of this transition can benefit your child all the way through primary school providing better outcomes for your child socially, emotionally and educationally.

NPC will be running FREE, online webinars on this transition during the week of the 22nd of May at different times. If you would be interested in attending (virtually) one of these webinars please register your details here.

Please note these sessions will be interactive allowing parents to participate and hence places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Kind regards
Clare Downey
Early Years Services Manager 

National Parents Council: Free internet safety information sessions for parents of primary school children

Hello parents,

‘While the internet undoubtedly presents fantastic opportunities for children, it is equally clear that there are valid concerns about children spending too much time online, accessing inappropriate content, and communicating with people with intent to harm or exploit them. As parents our natural desire is to keep our children safe.’

Keeping this in mind, National Parents Council is providing a series of freeInternet Safety Information Sessions specifically designed for parents of primary school children! Each virtual session aims to give you information and skills to be able to engage in your children’s online lives. It covers the benefits and risks of the internet and provides hints and tips for parents, helping children be effective, responsible, and safer Internet users.

Register now for free: NPC Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual April 2023 Survey (

When: Sessions will be taking place online via Zoom from the 24th to 28th of April 2023. Schedules are listed below:

10am and 7:30pm24th, 25th,26th and 27th of April 2023

10amFriday the28th of April 2023

At the end of the session, parents will also be provided with a specially designed template to enable them to work with their children to form an agreement for internet usage.

To register, just fill in a simple form right here: NPC Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual April 2023 Survey (

For more information on the Internet Safety sessions, please visit

Parent Talk: Towards Zero Waste

Towards Zero Waste: why and how to implement and sustain waste reduction in the household



The Parents Association are delighted to welcome Cecilia Ramondetta from aomcreators!  

Cecilia’s insightful and empowering presentation will discuss motivation and strategies to lower our waste at home.  Cecilia will answer any questions within the 1 hour session.

Cecilia Ramondetta, a teacher with over 15 years’ experience, is pursuing her lifelong interest in systemic, environmental, social and economic issues and is coming to St. Pius X to share practical skills, ideas, experiences and solutions on how we can create a low impact lifestyle on our planet.  Further details on


Visit for additional information.

All Welcome!

Extra – Curricular classes are back !!

Thursday Extra-Curricular Classes, Homework Club and Swimming Classes  

St. Pius X Parents’ Association are delighted to confirm that we intend to recommence Thursday extra–curricular  classes, homework club and swimming classes for the school year 2022/2023. Further details on the options  available are set out below.  

Thursday Extra-Curricular Classes  

Dates: Classes will run for 22 weeks from 22nd September to the week of St. Patrick’s Day (excluding mid-terms  and Christmas break).  

Time: All classes will run from 2.35pm – 3.35pm.  

Cost: €90 for 22 weeks  

Venue: All classes will take place on school grounds.  

Drop off / collection: Parents / guardians of children from Junior and Senior Infants will be required to drop and  collect their child to and from the classroom allocated for their chosen activity. Parents / guardians of all other  children should make their own arrangements for collection.  

Minimum numbers: Please note that we must have a minimum number of children to run any class. If we do  not reach the minimum number, any payments taken will be refunded.  


o The Parents’ Association are delighted to be in a position to recommence Thursday extra-curricular classes.  The children who participate in the classes always really enjoy them. However, in order to run the classes  successfully, parental involvement is required.  

o As part of the enrolment process, parents / guardians will be requested to select one Thursday when they  are available to assist with supervision of the classes. Supervision involves sitting in reception with a member  of the PA and being available in case of any emergencies. Classes cannot run and unfortunately will be  cancelled unless there is adequate parental supervision available.  

ClassSuitable For.Description
Yoga, Sport & ArtJunior Infants to
1st Class
Fun filled activity hour. Your child can engage in a range of activities to include sports, yoga and art etc. while interacting with girls & boys of their own age.
Multi Activity HourJunior Infants to
1st Class
Fun filled activity hour. Your child can engage in a range of
activities to include puzzles, drawing, table top activities etc. while interacting with girls & boys of their own age.
Guitar – Beginner2nd to 6th ClassGuitar classes, rhythm & accompaniment styles, fun melodies and songs.
*Children must bring their own guitar to class
Pius Pop Stars2nd to 6th ClassCalling all boys and girls who love to sing! Singing popular songs in a class group.
Los Espanolistos –
Spanish for Beginners
2nd to 6th ClassChildren learn languages best when they’re young. Learn to speak Spanish in a fun environment, through music, activities, drama and play. Vámonos!
Chess2nd to 6th ClassChess is an excellent game for kids. It teaches them strategic thinking, logic and it’s fun too!
Knitting & Sewing Club3rd to 6th ClassKnitting & sewing classes for kids from beginners to the more advanced. Children learn a fun new skill or improve what they already know.
*A list of required materials will be provided by the class teacher.
Debating3rd to 6th ClassThe skills the children will learn in Debating will enrich their
cognitive and language abilities, encourage their confidence as well
as being lots of fun!
Tech Masters5th & 6th ClassA class that explores the emerging and exciting area of digital education through hands on activities. We will make use of iPads, Chromebooks, programmable Lego and Virtual Reality headsets to explore programmes like Scratch coding, Minecraft, VR software and much more!


Homework Club
Homework club provides a calm environment where pupils can do their homework without distractions under the supervision of teachers from the two schools.

Homework club will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2.35pm – 3.35pm.
Term 1 will commence on Monday 5th September and run until Tuesday 20th December. During enrolment, parents will be able to book one, two or three days (for example, you can choose to enrol your child on Mondays only). Homework club costs €5 per day and is booked on a term by term basis.

ClassSuitable forTerm 1 Cost
Monday3rd to 6th Class€75
Tuesday3rd to 6th Class€75
Wednesday3rd to 6th Class€75 (14 Wednesdays)

Swimming Club
Swimming classes will return to Templeogue College swimming pool. Dates, times and costs will be announced shortly. A provisional schedule is set out below for information purposes.

DayTimeSuitable for
Monday3.00 pm to 3.40 pmJunior Infants to 6th Class
Tuesday3.00 pm to 3.40 pmJunior Infants to 6th Class
Wednesday2.00 pm to 2.40 pmJunior and Senior Infants
Wednesday3.00 pm to 3.40 pm1st to 6th Class
Thursday3.00 pm to 3.40 pmJunior Infants to 6th Class


ClassEnrolment Day & Time
Homework ClubNow Open
Thursday Extra-Curricular ClassesSaturday 10th September at 10.00am
Swimming ClassesSaturday 10th September at 11.00am

Enrolment for all classes will take place online using Easy Payments Plus

  • Enrolment times for Thursday extracurricular classes and swimming classes are staggered to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to get the particular class or swim they want.
  • Please ensure that you are registered on Easy Payments Plus in advance (if you have not already done so).
  • Please note that no enrolments will be taken before this date, and all enrolments will be on a first come, first served basis.
    If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Kind regards,

Summer Newsletter June 2022

Summer Newsletter June 2022

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As the 2021/22 school year draws to a close, we have a short round up on events for the school year.

We wish to acknowledge the work of the school principals Ms Doyle & Mr Coyle and teachers during another difficult year, however we were delighted to see a return to normality in 2022.  A huge thank you to Karen & Natasha and the teachers & staff for their support during the year.   

Goodbye to 6th class

We wish all of the 6th class pupils and their parents the very best of luck as they leave St. Pius X and move on to post-primary school. We hope they have enjoyed their time in St. Pius X and have many happy memories of their primary school days.

The PA were delighted to continue the tradition of giving each of our 6th class girls and boys a gift pack to send them off on their post primary journey.

The Fittest Class Activity Challenge

Over the first weekend in April St Pius X boys & girls took to the open air and covered a total of 33,849 Kilometres!                

Thank you to all children, parents and guardians who took part. It was amazing to see so many children take part in the challenge and the positive feedback we received was wonderful. 

€9,490! has been raised for the schools and we are very grateful to all who contributed.  This is a tremendous amount to have been so kindly donated and will be put to good use by the principals and board of management of both schools.  We would also like to thank all the class reps who collated the results for each class. We couldn’t have done this fundraiser without your help.

The Heather Cup

It was fantastic to see The Heather Cup back this May and the grounds of Terenure College buzzing with excitement.  It was a most enjoyable few days of sunshine (and rain!) and soccer.

Well done to all the children from 3rd to 6th class in St. Pius X boys and girls’ schools for taking part.

The Children’s Art Exhibition

What an amazing bunch of artists we have in our schools! We had a great two days in June viewing their art and parents got the opportunity to buy their children’s artwork. Thanks to everyone for contributing. It was a great success and the children really enjoyed it.

Ice Cream Van

June 28th saw the return of our ice cream van, a super treat for all the children especially for the last day in St Pius for our 6th classers.

Looking ahead to September…

We are delighted to announce the return of Thursday extra curricular classes, Home Work Club and Swimming…more information on this is being circulated from the school secretaries on our behalf and on our website  – so keep an eye out.

Save the Date:  Enrolment using Easy Payments Plus on September 10th  

We will also hold our AGM in September where we will welcome any new members. If you are interested in joining and would like to know more about what is involved please email and we will answer any questions you might have.  Goodbye and thank you to Bernadette Butler who finishes in St Pius and has been an invaluable member of our PA for many years.

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Children’s Art Exhibit

We’re delighted to invite you to save the date for the return of the St. Pius X Children’s Art Exhibit taking place on 15 & 16 June in the school hall. You’ll have the chance to buy your child’s professionally framed art. Sales online and at the exhibit – details to follow next week. Hope to see lots of you there. Your PA Committee