St Pius X College Newsletter

07 June 2017
Issue 17
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
 Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F News
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Thursday 8th June

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Staff Meeting


Friday 9th June

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday - College Closed


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students






Monday 17th July

Years 5-10 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Day


Tuesday 18th July

Students Return













From the Principal     

  • Prayer:  Pentecost - The Feast of the Holy Spirit
  • EREA National Apology to Victims of Abuse
  • Laudato Si
  • Visit from Students and Staff from Cardinal Newman College Argentina
  • SPX Annual Survey 

Prayer:  Pentecost - The Feast of the Holy Spirit

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and marked the commencement of the Church’s season of Pentecost. After Jesus ascended to heaven on Ascension Thursday, the apostles were uncertain and lost. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit empowered them to go out and proclaim the Good news of Jesus Christ. 


Acts 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together. 

And suddenly there came from the sky

a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in different tongues,

as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.


EREA National Apology to Victims of Abuse

Last Thursday on behalf of the College, I attended the EREA National Apology to Victims of Sexual Abuse by Clergy, religious and lay people. This was a very powerful and moving occasion. A number of victims were in attendance and Clergy, Christian Brothers, Principals and school delegates including Ms Grove from our school. EREA Directors, Christian Brothers and school leaders along with Senior student representatives from St Edmund’s Canberra offered a deep and sincere apology in lament of sexual abuse. We prayed and reflected through liturgy reaching out to those suffering from such abuse. It was a profound moment when we commit in solidarity – “Never again”.

Included below is the text of the Ritual.  


Laudato Si

The Papal Encyclical “Laudato Si” was the central tenet of the EREA Principals’ Conference which examined sustainability and stewardship, ecological responsibility and education. At SPX we could certainly consider this as a whole school theme and focus for 2018.


Visit from Students and Staff from Cardinal Newman College in Argentina

As part of Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB), Cardinal Newman College Buenos Aires, Argentina have their Principal and 4 students in Australia. This week, they are staying at Huntington House, Terrigal. Special thanks to Mr David Blake and Mr Sean Brannan who have hosted their visit. Yesterday these students joined us for our annual Senior Athletics Carnival and impressed all with their ability as they competed in a number of events. It has been wonderful to have interaction with another Edmund Rice school and this time from South America. More details may be found in the Student & Parents section of this Woodchatta.  


SPX Annual Survey

Last Chance!  Survey closes this Friday 9th June.  Have your say.

Mr John Couani - Principal



 Social Justice

Photo: St Vincent de Paul Blanket Appeal

  • Social Justice in Action    
  • Youth Festival
  • ALPHA for Youth

Social Justice in Action


The St  Vincent DePaul Winter Blanket Appeal has concluded with over 100 blankets as well as many pots and pans. This has been a group effort from both St Pius Year 9 and Year 10 Mercy Action Group. Although our Year 9 spearhead the collection all members of the college have been invited to participate.


I would like to give a very special mention to Ms McCormack’s and Mr Stearn’s 7H4 Homeroom who raised a total of $230  within their homeroom and were able to purchase 13 new fluffy blankets for the Winter Appeal. This Wednesday all the pots and pans are being delivered to Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel to be used for homeless men who are transitioning back into housing and we thank you for your kind donations. The blankets were also due to go to Matthew Talbot; however, due to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Sydney they now have their cupboards full.  I contacted Coast Shelter on the Central Coast who are in need of many blankets for their refuges and homeless. Our collection of new blankets will now be spread between their three women’s and children’s refuges and the used blankets will be distributed as needed to the homeless on the Central Coast, of whom there is an ever growing number. So again a huge thank you from all the people in need on the Central Coast.


The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall ran last Friday at lunchtime again raising $90 for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea. This is run by the junior members of the Edmund Rice Society each Friday of Terms 2 and 3. The junior society members are really enjoying the opportunity of running this program and thank the senior members for their assistance in supervising them and being there to guide them.


St Pius X College students and staff really enjoy attending our ongoing three weekly social justice commitments.  On Monday afternoons students and staff attend Willowood Aged Care Facility and talk with the residents. Tuesday afternoon Bloodbank continues with students from Years 10 and 11 giving blood at the Chatswood branch of the Australian Red Cross. On Wednesday afternoons students and staff continue to set up, serve, pack up, clean up and converse with the homeless men of Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel.


In the Edmund Rice Society weekly meeting the main discussion topic was children in Australian offshore detention centres. The members discussed how many children are in the two centres on Manus Island and Nauru Island. They also discussed what the difference is between an asylum seeker, a refugee and a migrant. Following this they researched the involvement many EREA schools have had with Detention4Detention in the past years and how St Pius X College had its first Detention4Detention last year.


The Society members came to a unanimous decision that as young social justice advocates in Australia they have an obligation to help support these children. They have decided to further discuss how they can do this but two real options they have come up with so far is to write letters of support to the children in the detention centres letting them know that Australian kids care about their mental health and wellbeing, and to run Detention4Detention again this year at St Pius X College.


Robert Kraszewski, Bailey Sutton, Matthew Starr, David Butler and Ms Ho have been the weekly stalwarts in the Skateboards for the Haven and Jigsaw Puzzles for Bowraville and Walgett project the senior members work on each Tuesday afternoon in the TAS department. Whilst other members have been helping, these four are there every week without fail and we thank you all for your ongoing commitment. The Edmund Rice Society continues to enjoy good growth in numbers with the membership now well above 30. They would like you to consider coming to a meeting and seeing what it is all about. Meetings are held from 1pm in LC2 on Wednesday (Day 3) and Tuesday (Day 7).  Please bring your lunch with you.

Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator


Mass in the College Chapel

Mass in the College Chapel will be held on the following Tuesdays at 8.00am:

 20th June, 18th July, 1st August, 15th August, 29th August and 12th September.


Youth Festival

St Pius X College has been invited by Bishop Peter Comensoli to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Homebush  from 7th - 9th December 2017. This is an event for students in Years 9-12 and is a national gathering of Catholic young people which allows them to attend workshops and activities and discern their own faith journeys.

If you are interested please return the permission form in the attachment below to Mr Adrian Brannan. 

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


ALPHA for Youth

In a joint initiative with Mercy College we will be commencing an ‘Alpha for Youth’ series through our Chatswood Parish.  Alpha is a relational program on intentional discipleship; basically it is a chance for our students to gather with Mercy College students of a similar age and discuss their faith, raise questions and doubts they may have and grow in fellowship and friendship over a meal and discussion.


The course will be held in the Chatswood Parish’s Bishop Barry Room, located on Kirk Street.  It will run for 8 weeks, commencing later this term, on Wednesday afternoons after school from 3:30pm until 5.00pm and will conclude in the new term.



Each afternoon will begin with a hearty afternoon tea and the students will have a chance to self-direct the sessions through conversation in response to short inspirational videos. Late in the course there will be a one-day retreat to further enrich and deepen the experience.


The Alpha Course will also be an opportunity for our boys to prepare for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December.  We will be promoting this course to Year 9 and Year 10 students in the coming fortnight and will be looking for students who are interested in such an opportunity. For further information or to register the interest of yourself or your child please click on the attached letter below.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Visiting Argentinian Students participated in the Senior Athletics Carnival

  • Message to Parents re Personal Learning Devices
  • Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings
  • Information for Year 10 Parents
  • From the Head of Student Services

               - St Pius X College MindMatters Student Empowerment Programs

               - Peer Support and Student leadership Development

               - Visit from Cardinal Newman College Edmund Rice

               - Year 12 PDHPE

  • Year Group, Individual, Performing Arts and Group Photos 2017​ - REVISED Running Order
  • Sacrament of Confirmation at St Mark's Drummoyne
  • New Timetable for Bus Route 536 - Chatswood to Gladesville
  • Holiday Programs
  • Lifeline Book Fair

Personal Learning Devices



Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings

These meetings will be held on Monday 17th July.  Bookings will open at 9.00am on Tuesday 12th June.  Login details will be emailed to all parents this week.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


Information for Year 10 Parents

A reminder that the Year 10 Reflection Day will be held tomorrow at Oxford Falls.  The boys are to arrive at school at the normal time.  Casual clothes and enclosed footwear to be worn.  Lunch will be provided but the boys will need to provide their own recess.

Mr M Pawlak - Year 10 Coordinator

From the Head of Student Services

St Pius X College MindMatters Student Empowerment Programs

We were honoured on Thursday to host a visit from Mr Gerard Say, long serving Chatswood Rotarian, member of OLD Parish and former Principal of Holy Family Lindfield, St Agatha’s Pennant Hills and St Bernard’s Pymble, Primary Schools.  Mr Say was greatly impressed by our MindMatters Student Empowerment Program which was presented by our students including:

  • School Captain Joseph Unwin who spoke of his involvement in Peer Mentoring and the overall student wellbeing and student empowerment focus of the College through initiatives such as our MindMatters Student Empowerment Teams. The Year 12 team is currently preparing for their leadership of RUOK Day in Term 3.
  • Brandon Jubian (member of the Year 12 Student Empowerment Team) and Chris Pelle who have run our Boxercise Programs for Years 5-10 students on Thursday and Fridays.
  • Nick Parker and Oliver Stewart who as members of our Year 11 Student Empowerment Team coordinated the National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying in Term 1 and are also involved in initiatives such as the Peer Mentoring Canoeing, Bushwalking, Rockclimbing and Beach activities and Peer Support Programs.
  • Ben Di Tommaso, as member of the Year 11 Team, spoke of his involvement in the Peer Mentoring Program and his hopes to develop a multi-culturally themed Day of Action in Term 4 to complement awareness-raising for an Inclusive Community around the White and Pink Ribbon Day initiatives led by the Student Empowerment Teams in 2016.
  • Ben Cullen (Year 7) rounded out the team as Junior spokesman for Peer Support, Edmund Rice Beyond Borders initiatives and the extensive student support he gratefully acknowledged as a new student transitioning into Year 7 at the College this year.

I also thank Ms Allington and Mr Russo who both took time out of their work days to support our students in their work in making St Pius X College a more positive place for all. They do this on a weekly basis with Ms Allington meeting weekly with our Year 11 Student Empowerment Team (as do Mr McBrearty with Year 12, Ms Kugananthan with Year 10 and Ms Foord with Year 9), while Mr Russo runs our Boxercise, Peer Mentoring and Peaceful Kids Programs (supported by Ms Doheny and Ms Gill) among many other time consuming initiatives.

There can be no doubt that Mr Say left the College greatly impressed by the work of our students in making the community a better, safer and more inclusive place with an emphasis on developing a positive wellbeing environment for all.

Peer Support and Student leadership Development

Congratulations to our Year 7 students and their Year 11 Peer Support Leaders who engaged in a successful interactive follow up of their Peer Support groups at Beauchamp Park during Period 3, 4 and lunchtime last Thursday. Our thanks to the staff, including Mr Lynch and Ms Dempsey, and Year 11 students who have coordinated a highly successful Peer Support Program to support our students' transitions at St Pius X College this year. Over the coming weeks we will determine which Year 11 students have earned their Peer Support Leader Badge through this and initiatives such as Mr Russo’s Peer Mentoring Program.

This activity complements the Student Leadership Program in which over the coming Term, under Year 11 Coordinator Mr Batchelor, the Year 11 cohort will select the 2017/2018 Student Leadership Team of College Captain, Vice Captains, House Captains and Mission and Identity, Cultural, Wellbeing and Learning Prefects.

At Friday's Year 11 Reflection Day the students heard from guest speaker and Old Boy, Michael Wren (’81), who holds the rank and responsibility of Inspector, Fire and Rescue NSW.  Michael is also a 600 game veteran of the Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club. 

In the context of our Student Leadership Program, the handover from the 2017 Student Leadership Team will be held late in Term 3 after the Year 11 Student Leadership Camp which takes place from 23rd to 25th August.

Visit from Cardinal Newman College Edmund Rice

This week we welcome innovative educational leader Principal Alberto Olivero and four Year 11 students - Ben McKinnon, Manuel Tapia, Juan Salinas and Jack Deane - from Edmund Rice Cardinal Newman College, Buenas Argentina. One of the most prestigious Schools in Argentina, the College boasts Argentinian President and former Boca Juniors President, Mauricio Macri, and many Argentinian Puma and Jaguares players amongst its ranks of ex-students.

Investing heavily in forward thinking educational applications for its students, Cardinal Newman College also places great emphasis on Social Justice outreach for its relatively privileged students, supporting lower SES schools such as San Pedro Claver in Buenas Aires as well as schools such as Fe y Alegria in Peru and Centro Hermano Manolo in Bolivia.




Visiting Pedro Claver ER Associate School in Argentina.






Current member of the Cardinal Newman College Board, Mr Hugo Bruzzone, fondly remember last visiting St Pius X College in 1985 when they played Rugby against an SPX 1st XV featuring Mr Bryan Hoy at the Old Chaplin Oval in Lane Cove.


The Argentinian delegation accompanied on us to Tuesday’s College Athletics Carnival before touring the College, visiting Oxford Falls and taking a ferry ride to view “Vivid”. Thank you to Mr David Blake, our Social Justice Coordinator, for hosting our Edmund Rice cousins at Huntington House on the Central Coast.

St Pius X College House Cup

The House Cup reaches an important stage this Tuesday and Wednesday with our Senior and Junior Athletics Carnivals contributing significant House Cup Points to the overall competition. Recently the Cross Country races, Public Speaking, Drama, Music and 80th Anniversary Concert contributions have all contributed to the points tallies which will be finalised as our Year 12 House Captains, Daniel Greenland (PURTON), Josh Thrum (BARRON), Sam John (RICE) and Brodie Jones (TREACY), complete their tenures in Term 3.

Year 12 PDHPE

On Monday our Year 12 Health and Sport Science students hosted a presentation by the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Agency Education Officer, Theo Docos, on the HSC Syllabus topics of:

  • Ethical issues related to improving performance
  • Justifying reasons drugs are considered to be unethical and carry a range of risks for the athlete
  • The dangers of performance enhancing drug use, (e.g. physical effects, loss of reputation, sponsorship and income)                                                                                         

                  -   for strength (human growth hormone, anabolic steroids)

                  -   for aerobic performance (EPO) to mask other drugs (diuretics, alcohol)

  • The benefits and limitations of drug testing

The presentation informed the students' Assessment Responses following on from our excursion to the NSW Academy of Sport last Friday.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Year Group, Individual, Performing Arts and Group Photos 2017

These photos will be taken on Friday 10th June starting with the Year Group photos. All students need to be wearing their complete Winter Uniform including their blazers for each photo. Students must also have their ID card. Order forms will be given out for the Year Group photos during Homeroom and must be brought in on the day of the photos. For all other Group Photos, there will be an Order Form that the students can pick up on the day.

Please see the revised attachment below for the running order for the Performing Arts and other Group Photos.

Ms Leisa Proc - General Coordinator


Bus Route 536 - Chatswood to Gladesville

A new  timetable was instigated on 4th June 2017 for the 536 bus route from Chatswood to Gladesville. The new Monday to Friday afternoon departures from Chatswood Station between 3.00pm and 7.00pm are at:   3:10pm, 3.40pm, 4.00pm, 4.20pm, 4.40pm, 5.00pm, 5.20m, 5.40pm, 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 6.55pm.     


The 3:10pm (Junior School)  and the 3:40pm (Senior School) will continue to meet the demands of our students.

Mr M Casey - Deputy Principal

Holiday Programs

Indoor Tennis & Sports Camps


Bubbledome Holiday Fun

July holiday courses are now online!  Courses will run at Masada College starting from Monday 3rd July.

Go to the website below to check out what is on offer these holidays and keep your kids engaged with a fun and educational holiday course!  We advise to book in early as we check course numbers the week prior for the go ahead on numbers.

Courses run from 9am - 3pm and there is a 5pm finish option available for an extra cost of $29.




Lifeline Book Fair - 13th to 16th July 2017

Lifeline's major book fair will again be held at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga on Thursday and Friday July 13th and 14th from 9:00am to 9.00pm and Saturday and Sunday July 15th and 16th from  9:00am to 5.00pm.

The sale will include over 90,000 second hand books including quality novels, literature, history, study aids and many other categories, all at very attractive prices. Even though the electronic age is upon us, books are still an important source of enjoyment and education.

As you would no doubt be aware, Lifeline offers an important service to our community. In addition to our 131114 crisis support telephone service, we provide a range of counselling services. To assist us in maintaining this work, we rely heavily on the income received from our book fairs which are run entirely by volunteers.


MindMatters for Students & Families

Photo: The Importance of Sleep


  • MindMatters for Families:  The Importance of Sleep
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students
  • Mentor/Mentee Rockclimbing Activity

MindMatters for Families


I recommend to parents and carers that you read the two articles below on sleep deprivation.  There is an increased concern amongst teaching staff that a significant number of our students are NOT getting an adequate number of hours of good, solid sleep.  As a result, some students are under-performing in their studies and it is also affecting their ability to concentrate and apply themselves in class.  As one of the articles says, "The evidence is overwhelming ... sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health each and every day."

Next term I would like to propose that we invite Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection ( to speak with our students on creating a greater awareness amongst them of the current levels of sleep deprivation and the effect this is having on all aspects of their lives.  As a result, let's hope we can empower our students with the knowledge and practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding their sleep health.

I would be interested in parents' thoughts on this matter so feel free to contact me via [email protected] 


From the Vital Staff Newsletter Issue 17, 2017


From the SMH Good Weekend, 1st April 2017

While this article does refer to girls initially it is relevant to all students.

SMH Good Weekend- The sleep deprivation epidemic affecting our teenagers is not all about screen time     

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor


Free Rockclimbing Activity for Mentors/Mentees 

WHEN:  Friday 16th June 2017

WHERE:  Climb Fit Indoor Climbing Gym at St Leonards

TIME:  3.30pm - 5.00pm

Your son has been given a letter with full details but if you require further information please contact me via [email protected]




A reminder that Boxercise is held every Thursday and Friday morning at 7.30am in the Junior School playground.  This MindMatters initiative provides friendship, fun and fitness to strengthen students’ resilience and general sense of wellbeing.  Classes are free to all students

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

Photo: P&F Trivia Night - Saturday 5th August 2017

  • Trivia Night 2017
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018

Trivia Night 2017

Save the Date - Saturday 5th  August 2016

Start organising your tables now for the annual St Pius X College P&F Clubs' Trivia Night.  BYO drinks and nibbles. A link to purchase tickets will be in Woodchatta shortly so keep an eye out for it.

All funds raised go directly to the Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Performing Arts Clubs so come along and support your son's Clubs!



Entertainment Books 2017-2018

Please support your P&F and our boys, and save loads of money at the same time! Order your Entertainment Books and Digital Memberships via the link below and 20% of your Membership fee contributes to St Pius X College P&F fundraising.


Digital orders are downloaded directly through the order process; hard copy books are sent home with your son.  Please contact Clare at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Year 9 Elective History Recreate Ancient Rome

  • History
  • Performing Arts 
  • Public Speaking & Debating


Year 9 Elective History Recreate Ancient Rome

While studying the many different ways in which history is constructed in Term 1, the Year 9 Elective History classes constructed their own ancient Roman artefact. From aqueducts, to temples, coins and colosseums, there was a great variety of reconstructions from the period.  The best of these have been on display in the Library this term. This display will change over the course of the term so students are encouraged to keeping watching that space.

Thanks to Mrs Keighery and the Library staff for setting up the exhibition of this excellent work from the Year 9 students.

Mr P Rodgers - History Coordinator


Performing Arts  


Congratulations to the Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands, along with their Director Mr Geoff Power, for the spirited performances they gave on Friday and Saturday at the Eisteddfod. Your programs were well received by the adjudicators with favourable and encouraging comments.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students are reminded that the next concert in the series is TOMORROW NIGHT Thursday 8th June at 6.30pm at the Opera House. Students have been given their tickets  and should be in their seats by 6.15pm. The concert will finish at approximately 8.30pm. Parents are also advised that owing to VIVID there are numerous road closures around Circular Quay and the Opera House. Alternate arrangements to the usual ones should be put in place for drop off and pick up.



Students in the Year 11 Drama class will be showcasing their work from Semester 1 on Thursday 15th June commencing at 5.00pm in the Sarto Centre. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.



All Music Ensembles, both Drama Ensembles and the cast of “Boy Overboard” will have their photos taken THIS Friday 9th June. Students should attend to their uniform before then, ensuring that blazers are clean and have buttons and if haircuts are needed, that these are done in the next two days.



Rehearsals for all these ensembles resume at their normal times next week (Week 8).



Three weeks' term notice is required for students ceasing tuition. Consequently, any notifications which are received in the next two weeks will mean that an invoice will be issued for the balance of lessons moving into Term 3. Any students who are intending to discontinue in an ensemble need to notify their Ensemble Director and Ms Bates BEFORE the end of term. Vacancies will then be assessed and auditions held during Term 3.



This annual Scout Concert is on from Friday 30th June – Saturday 8th July 2017 . Please go to to purchase tickets. Our affiliated student is Tristan Williams in Year 7.


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

Last Friday St Pius X College travelled to OLMC Parramatta. The 12A, 11B, 10A, 10B, 9B, 8A, 8B teams were successful on the night. We have been advised that only teams with 5 or 6 wins have made it through to the finals series.  Typically all teams with 6 wins are straight through to the quarter final.  Congratulations to all of our wonderful debaters who made 4 wins from 6 debates. Bravo to you all for an amazing effort in a difficult 2017 Draw.

Training continues until Week 9 this term and recommences in Week 1 Term 3 for the Schools’ Debating Network.  The venues for the Schools Debating Network are listed below and students will be informed of their running order later this term.  Thank you to all of our wonderful parents who support us on Friday evenings and to all of our wonderful coaches for the time and effort they put into preparing students and the venue, hosting our guests and adjudicating teams when needed.  Thank you to our wonderful adjudicators who are known throughout the CSDA for their fair, considered and articulate adjudications and thank you to our wonderful debaters who embrace wins and defeats with humility and resilience and who get up every Friday night to build upon their magnificent debating skill set.  Bravo to all!  We will run it all again next term in the SDN but we now sign out of the CSDA.


Schools Debating Network

St Pius X College participates in the Schools Debating Network (SDN) Competition which runs from Week 1 to Week 7 in Term 3.  We compete against Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona (and Ravenswood debate with St Pius X College as our two Primary Team Representatives). This 7-round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th  September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.

  • Round 1 21st July, Roseville College hosting St Pius X
  • Round 2 28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X
  • Round 3 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X
  • Round 4 11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona
  • Round 5 18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte
  • Round 6 25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X
  • Round 7 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X
  • Tiebreaker 8th September, hosted by St Pius X College (only students who compete in this Tiebreaker need attend)
  • Final 15th September, hosted by Monte

This is a very exciting competition and this experience is extremely valuable for our students broadening their debating skills. As the Schools Debating Network Competition requires ONE team of debaters each evening we only need our students to commit to three of the debate nights listed above.  We will have a roster that will be filled out for the 7 week round. Training is compulsory for ALL debaters each week. Our two debating competitions run throughout Term 2 and Term 3 (and do overlap for 2-3 weeks in Term 3 if our teams move through to the Finals in the CSDA).  This means that Debating is a full extra-curricula commitment for the year. Please visit the Schools Debating Network website to explore more about this rigorous debating competition:


The cost of SDN Competition is half of the CSDA Competition ($50.00) and the fee will be included in your Term Three School Fees. This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hire in order to get to our Away venues. We keep our fees as low as possible and have funding from the St Pius X College P&F to subsidise the cost of hiring coaches on Friday evenings.


SDN debates have a different team structure and coin toss running order:

Debates DO NOT run late as this competition is adjudicated by external adjudicators who run both rounds of debates in the one evening.  SPX debaters will travel to venues from school each Friday afternoon and rooms at our host schools are provided for study/work for the later debaters.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition

St Pius X  will be entering two students into the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition which will be run in August.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Handwriting & Touch Typing Skills Courses in Term 3
  • Da Vinci Decathlon 2017
  • After-School Study
  • Maths Drop In Centre:  Please note change of day!

Handwriting & Touch Typing Skills Courses in Term 3

Term 3 intake: Handwriting and Touch Typing skills – after-school courses at St Pius X College

For the interest of parents/carers and their sons in Years 5-10, please see the flyers below for details about two after-school courses on offer for Term 3 2017:

  • Touch Typing Skills
  • Handwriting Skills

The two courses continue to be successfully run onsite at the College with positive feedback being received from students and parents/carers. The courses are run by our external provider and experienced occupational therapist, Anna Orchard who will offer these courses which are open to all students who wish to develop and improve these vital skills.


Both Courses run over 8 consecutive weeks (70 minutes per session) in Term 3, from Week 2 (week beginning Mon 24th July) up to and incl. Week 9 (week beginning 11 September) with students able to attend makeup sessions through the final week term if required for illness, event or other catch-up reason. 

Time:  3.20pm to 4.30pm on one afternoon of choice per week, with a choice of afternoons available.

Cost:  $320.00 per student for the term, in either course.


Interested parents and carers should click on the flyers above and direct an expression of interest and any queries to Anna, at [email protected] , and/or Ms Raheb-Mol, LSE Coordinator, via email: [email protected]. Be sure to include your son’s full name and year, the preferred course from the above, and the preferred day (or days) of the week for your son to attend at the selected course(s). Anna Orchard will then contact you with further information including the registration and enrolment forms upon receipt of your expression of interest.  Numbers are limited in both courses, and places are expected to fill quite quickly. It will be a case of first in, first served!



Da Vinci Decathlon 2017


St Pius X College recently entered two Junior School teams (Years 5 and 6) and four Senior School teams (Years 7, 8 and 9) in the Da Vinci Decathlon.  The Decathlon Competition is held at and run by Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga in May each year, and it gets its name from the ten different creative problem-solving activities that each team rotates through over the course of one full day.


The various lateral-thinking challenges cut across a wide range of subject areas and disciplines, including Drama (Creative Producers) and English, Maths and Engineering, Codebreaking Puzzles, Art and Poetry, General Knowledge and Philosophy or Ideation.


Although we didn’t secure a place we certainly weren’t out of place, competing alongside over 1000 of the brightest students from across more than 120 different schools in NSW. Most importantly, all our boys had a fun and engaging day, enjoyed being challenged, developed leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills, and made friends across different year groups throughout the pre-training and event days. Congratulations, and well done to all the boys on their commitment and work leading up to this day. The competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity so much was gained academically, socially and culturally through their participation.


The coaches, Mrs Spanyik, Mrs Waterson and Ms Raheb-Mol, look forward to doing it all again in 2018!


  • Year 5 Team:  Eliot Sanders, Patrick Felice, Cameron Masters, Christopher Harris, Sam Whelan, Maxwell Forbes, Patrick Frost, Spencer Anderson
  • Year 6 Team: Joshua Bewley, Ned Turner, Jack Lonergan, Andrew Bradford, Darcy Keenlyside, Zac Hollinger,  Justin Boustani, Antony Di Mauro
  • Year 7 Team: Alex Vaccher, Andrew Guerrera, Charlie Crowe-Maxwell, Angus Stewart, Ben Cullen, Ethan Rossetto, Ethan Griffin  and Jared Lam.
  • Year 7/8 Team: Salvador Alfaro, Nicholas Lough, William Ramsbottom, Sachin Ng, James Baldock, Monte Tanfield, Nathan Byrne, and Christian Boustani.
  • Year 9 Team 1: Cameron Fernandopulle, Willem Falzon, Caelan Hearne, Oliver Lenehan, Oliver Bowers, Jude Boyle, Ryan Pratt, and Jackson Carrall.
  • Year 9 Team 2: Daniel Halverson, Ethan Field, Matt Hogan, Sam Walters, Young Oh, Charlie McElvogue, Luke Thompson and Keegan Aikin.


After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get ahead on your homework and assignments, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one assistance from supervising teachers.

When is it on? Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon of term from 3.15pm to 4.30pm

Who for? Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

Where? Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available

Queries? Please email Ms Raheb-Mol at: [email protected], or Ms Leonardi at: [email protected]

Maths Drop-In Centre: Please note change of day


What is it? A place to get some additional maths help. You are encouraged to bring along your specific queries, questions, homework and problems.

Who for?  Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please email Ms Pence  [email protected] or Miss Offer [email protected]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Photo: TVET Courses for 2018

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TVET Courses for 2018

TVET courses run every Tuesday afternoon (2-6pm) across the North Shore and Northern beaches at TAFE NSW.  There are a variety of ATAR and Non-ATAR courses on offer for 2018. Year 10 students had the opportunity to find out more at a lunchtime information session this week.


TVET Courses are a great study option because they allow you to:

  • Complete NESA units that count towards your HSC » Gain practical skills that will make you job-ready
  • Experience an adult learning environment
  • Become more independent and confident
  • Start or complete a nationally recognised TAFE NSW qualification at the same time as you do your HSC
  • Prepare for further study and reduce study time post school
  • Choose from courses that are not offered at school
  • Meet other students who have the same interests and career aspirations as you
  • Meet teachers who are connected to industry and are experts in their fields.

For more information about courses for 2018 visit


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Jurassic Park meets SPX Senior Athletics Carnival


  • Athletics Carnival
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

Athletics Carnival

Despite the forecast the Senior Athletics Carnival was run in perfect weather with all teams participating to the full in what was an exciting and enjoyable event.  Congratulations must go to the winning House, Treacy Titans, led superbly by Brodie Jones and commiserations must go to the other three Houses who fought well to the last but could not overcome the Titans in the all-crucial relay events.

The final point tally was:

  • Treacy:      1455
  • Barron:     1338
  • Purton:     1273
  • Rice:          1259

Please click on the photo gallery below to see some of the photos taken on the day:

Mr M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster

Cross Country

2017 ISA Cross Country Results – Boys


  • Junior Boys:  3rd
  • Intermediate Boys:  6th
  • Senior Boys:  4th
  • Overall:  3rd out of 15 Schools



Congratulations to all boys who participated and gave their best competing for the College at the annual ISA Cross Country Carnival at the Sydney Equestrian Centre. It was a beautifully brisk but sunny day, perfect for running cross country. The St Pius X College team trained for five weeks leading up to the Carnival and our early morning before-school runs helped us gain solid individual and team results. 

Thank you for the support of Miss Ho, parents and Captain Ben O’Hehir.


Special Mentions:

  • Congratulations to the following runners who were selected to run for the ISA at the CIS Cross Country:  Toby Thornton-Bott, Joel Chand, Ben Ferguson, William Wylie (Res), Charlie Hammond, James Brown and Tom Hunt
  • Sam Barrell for running an age group up
  • Oliver Jacquot and Charlie Hammond for putting in a return - last seen running cross country in  Year 5
  • Nick Slack for representing SLR
  • Ben O’Hehir for running hard and whilst cruising in the top three, pulled an abductor.

Mr R Lacey - Convenor


Dear Parents and Players,

It was an impressive week of results highlighted by a dominant 14-1 win for our 2nd XI. However, Team of the Week goes to the 15C side who have had a tough first half of the season as they are playing in a combined B/C competition. Saturday saw them have an outstanding 1-1 draw. Player of the week goes to Matt McKenzie of the 14As for an impressive four individual goals.

There are no fixtures this weekend due to the long weekend.


Results - Saturday 3rd June:

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




There are only a couple of matches left before the mid-year break.  We wish all our teams good luck.


A reminder to book for the 3-day Holiday Football Coaching Camp from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th June.   The cost of $120 includes fully qualified coaches, age-based groups, transport if required and lunch on the last day.  Suitable for all age groups.  Booking are open via


Parents can send in photos of their boys in action for the ‘Full Time’ publication but please be mindful of only including photos of your son or other boys with their parents’ consent. Send your photos to [email protected]  - save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them as we need all photos in by Sunday afternoon.



Please See our webpages for News, Calendars, Photos and Draws:


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Results:  Saturday 3rd June


No Games This June Long Weekend

Good luck to all the St Pius X students involved in representative matches over the weekend. Over 30 boys across the College will travel all over NSW to compete at the State Championships.


SPX Rugby Raffle

All tickets need to be returned sold or unsold by this Friday 9th June. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The raffle raises money that goes directly back into the rugby program to help fund initiatives like external coaches, tour contributions, filming of matches, physio costs, referee courses etc. Tickets should be returned to the silver box inside an envelope with the students name clearly marked on the front of the envelope and the correct money inside. Students who sell a whole book of tickets will go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher. Thanks in advance for your support.


SPX Rugby Physio

In addition to the first aid officers, SPX Rugby have secured the services of a rugby physiotherapist for the remainder of the season. The physio will be operating on Chaplin No.1 at home games and on the main oval at away venues. All St Pius students can access the physio before matches for strapping and after matches if they have injuries that need assessment. The physio will also work with the first aid officers and attend to any on-field injuries that occur when required. I ask that players please utilise this service so that diagnosis and management of injuries can be improved at the College.


SPX Rugby Dinner

The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer in the Rugby Club News section below for more details.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




Passion On and Off the Field

It was raucous at times with lots of different age groups joining together to support the on-field teams. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and I’m sure it contributed to our 9 wins out of 11 games.

A member of the Kinross coaching staff commented on how many penalties we get at the tackle contest because our technique is so good. This is a compliment that we all should take on board. If we get the basics right the wins will follow.

Good to see 14Bs open their account with a spirited win; Gary Mullen was outstanding. 15Cs are coming together as a group and 15As produced a terrific win after suffering a heavy loss last season in Orange. The 16Bs through to Opens Firsts all had excellent wins with total commitment. In fact spirit ran through all our teams throughout the day.

Going forward we should continue our  good work at the tackle contest, concentrate on accurate passing and realignment and try to make that extra pass. This means more communication from outside to in and more peripheral vision as the ball is being won at the breakdown. This will increase the number of tries we score in every game.

No games this weekend, so put your feet up and relax, watch the Wallabies and come back refreshed in time for preparation for Oakhill.  Enjoy the long weekend.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




Rugby Club Dinner – Bookings Closing Shortly!!!

The annual Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at the Roseville Golf Club.  Former Wallaby and Fox Sports commentator Rod Kafer will host a great night of fine food and entertainment and our special Guest Speaker is former Wallaby Captain, George Gregan, who has played for Australia on more occasions than any other player.  At the dinner there will be a myriad of give aways, lucky door prizes, live and silent auction prizes, and raffle prizes!  

Due  to  the generosity of Nick Conroy and his team at Vision Personal Training at Willoughby, every attendee at the dinner will receive a Vision Personal Training Willoughby Gold Pass for 3 weeks complimentary personal training valued at $550, which can be either used by the attendee or gifted to a friend/relative/work colleague of their choice. (On that value alone you will be $400 ahead as a consequence of just purchasing your ticket to the dinner!)

If you want to come along and support your son’s rugby experience at St Pius X College please BOOK NOW AS BOOKINGS WILL BE CLOSING SHORTLY!   

Book Now at:

See the below flyer for further details.



A Once-in-a-Year Opportunity

In support of the rugby program, we are currently seeking parents willing to promote their business, goods and/or service at the dinner by donating a prize to the Silent Auction.  If you run a restaurant you may like to donate a dinner for two; if you are a tradesman (plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc) you may like to donate a day of your services;  gift voucher from your retail store - advertise and get ‘word of mouth referrals’ for your business. For further info please contact Paul O’Neill on 0418-634750 or via email at [email protected]


Photos:  Photos from all rounds are up on the Club website & will be updated each week:

For further rugby related info:

 Paul O’Neill     

[email protected] or 0418 634 750


ISA Tennis

It was a mixed bag for our tennis players last weekend; however, there were some very close sets. A special congratulations goes to our Division 8 team who won every single game in their sets, finishing with an amazing 48 to 0 result.


Please take note that there are no matches over this long weekend but competition will be on the following weekend, Round 7 – 17th June. Also, training is now on hold until after the school holidays.


Round 6 Results

Team 1 vs OAK, Loss 8 to 0

Team 2 vs OAK, Loss 4 (40) to 4 (32)

Team 3 vs OAK, Win 5 to 3

Team 4 vs OAK, Loss 6 to 2

Team 5 vs OAK, Loss 7 to 1

Team 6 vs OAK, Loss 5 to 3

Team 7 vs CHEV, Loss 6 to 2

Team 8 vs OXL, Win 8 to 0

Team 9 vs OXL, Win 8 to 0

Team 10 vs OAK, Win 6 to 2

The overall results and rankings are available on the ISA site -


Our team positions so far this season, following six rounds of competition:

Team 1 – 4th place

Team 2 – 5th place

Team 3 - = 2nd place

Team 4 – 4th place

Team 5 – 1st place

Team 6 – 3rd place

Team 7 – 3rd place

Team 8 - =2nd place

Team 9 (Div 10) – 1st place

Team 10 (Div 11) – 2nd place


After the long weekend we are playing against several different schools at a number of different venues. Please check the draw below for Saturday 17th June:

Please take note of the following:  

  • Home games:  Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Wet weather:  Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: AFL - Saturday 3rd June

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Junior School News

From all accounts Year 5 enjoyed the ‘World of Maths’ incursion last Monday. We are at the Athletics Carnival at Homebush today so more about this in the Junior School Newsletter on Friday.  The Sports Captains led a great motivational talk and war cry practice on Tuesday so everything is in readiness.

We have just over 2 weeks to go until the end of the term and it is important that the boys are kept on track and working all the way through.  Please emphasise this at home as well.



Sport tomorrow, 8th June, will be only Dance. We will leave after recess tomorrow and the boys do not require their extra sporting gear such as boots etc.    On Thursday 15th June the boys will leave the College at 9.00am and they will be doing both their sports training and Dance.  The finale is on 22nd June and parents are most welcome to attend.  It is a lot of fun!



Please note that the boys have their Year/Group Photos on Friday.  It would be appreciated if you could ensure they have buttons on their blazers ( a few dollars at clothing shop), shoes are shined and hair complies to the College Policy .



No sport this weekend as it is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend but we will have sport on 17th June.  Training next week will be as normal.


Coming Events:

  • Friday 16th June:  Rugby Club dinner
  • Tuesday 20th June:  Author visit for Year 5 by James Foley, author of My Dead Bunny  which was 2016 Shortlisted by The Children’s Book Council 


Keep the dates free: 

Sunday 16th July - Year 6 Dads and Sons School Holidays Catch up –

Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night


Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Our Dance program continues at Oxford Falls. No winter training gear required.


Dance: Our Dance program continues for the remainder of the term. Please note the early departure on 15th June where students will require winter training gear and a full packed lunch. Parents are warmly invited to attend from 12.30pm on Thursday 22nd June for our Final Performance.  Afternoon Tea will be served from 1.30pm.


Rugby: The Rugby Club are again running a raffle to raise funds that will be used directly to support your sons (coaching, tours, equipment etc.) All boys have been issued a book of 20 tickets @ $5 each. These need to be returned (sold or unsold) to the Finance Office by Friday 9th June. All boys who sell the entire book of 20 will go in the draw to win a $250 voucher. Thanks in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

Football (Soccer):  

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


AFL:  Because of the strong wins the St Pius X College boys have had, the AFL decided that we were to play the other Div 2 undefeated team, Knox Blue.  Finally the team came up against a strong opponent who constantly challenged them for possession throughout the match. Scores were equal at half time but with Jesse holding fort in the backs and Matthew positioning himself in great goal scoring positions, SPX finished off with a great win.

All boys contributed to a wonderful team effort, most notably Sam Hollinger with some outstanding tackles and Aiden and Zavier swooping on any loose ball.

Player Points:  3 – Jesse Reed / Matthew Hunt;     2- Sam Hollinger;    1 – Aiden Saraceno / Zavier Ferreira




No games this Saturday due to Long Weekend.

Next game time and venue TBA by the AFL.


Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing its menu over time.  We will be starting with the drinks available to the boys.


Volunteers needed:  If you can assist on any weekday between 9:30am and 2:00pm please contact either Anna or Marianne on 9414 4301.  It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop

Please note that the online ordering system is not working at present. Please phone or email the Uniform Shop until the problem is resolved.




Please note that the Uniform Shop sells a few special crested items:

  • Golf umbrellas  $30
  • Coffee mugs $15
  • Lanyards $5
  • Aprons $20
  • Scarf $20
  • Glasses from $6                                                               

Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  All items now available in the Uniform Shop.

Price List:  A full price list is available on the College website.  

Orders can be placed:

Collection of Orders (whether made by phone or on-line)

  • Students in Years 7-12  will be sent an email when their order is ready asking them to collect it from the Uniform Shop. If it is not collected by end of school on Wednesdays, it will then be available from Student Reception as the Uniform Shop is not open on Thursdays and Fridays. This arrangement is to prevent interruptions to classes.
  • Junior School :  Orders will be given out at Assembly after lunchtime as required.

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

Second-Hand Uniforms:  Parents are reminded that the Uniform Shop also sells second-hand uniforms, including Blazers. Please read the form below for information on providing second-hand clothing to the Uniform Shop.  

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
EREA National Apology 2017.pdf
EREA National Apology 2017.pdf
Careers Newsletter June 7.pdf
Careers Newsletter June 7.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting program Term 3 2017.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 3 2017.pdf
Poor Sleeping Habits.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Alpha Youth Permission Letter.pdf
Performing Arts Group Photos 2017.pdf
Performing Arts Group Photos 2017.pdf
Personal Learning Devices.pdf
Kids Camp Nettalk July v2.pdf