St Pius X College Newsletter

21 June 2017
Issue 19
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
 Mission & Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters
MindMattersfor Students & Families
P&F News
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Careers
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]
AU


Upcoming Events

 Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students

 

Friday 23rd June - COLLEGE CLOSED

Staff Spirituality Day at Oxford Falls

 

*TERM 3

Monday 17th July

Years 5-10 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Day

 

Tuesday 18th July

Students Return for the start of Term 3

 

Saturday 22nd July

ISA Football & Tennis R8

ISA Rugby R7 / IPSHA R8

 

Thursday 27th July

Year 12 Drama Performance Night

 

Friday 28th July

Celebration of Learning Assembly

 

Saturday 29th July

ISA Football & Tennis R9

ISA Rugby R8 / IPSHA R9

 

Monday 31st July

Trial HSC begins

Year 7 SKi Trip begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal     

Photo: Feast of Corpus Christi

Thursday 22nd June (tomorrow):  Term 2 Concludes for Students

Friday 23rd June - COLLEGE CLOSED:  Staff Spirituality Day at Oxford Falls

Monday 17th July:  Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Tuesday 18th July:  Students return to school for the start of Term 3

 

  • Prayer - Feast of Corpus Christi
  • End of Term 2
  • Survey Results
  • Student Learning and the PLDs
  • Staff Changes for Term 3
  • Holiday Tours
  • School Funding
  • Congratulations to Callum Fitzgibbon - Surf Lifesaving Award

Prayer 

FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

Last Sunday was the Feast of Corpus Christi – The Body and Blood of Christ. When I was a young boy one of the large bread companies was Fielders Bread. Their advertisement at the time was “The bread you eat today, walks and talks tomorrow.” This is certainly true of the Eucharist; when we receive Communion we receive Christ within us. It is the most blessed gift God gives us – the gift of Himself.

 

John 6:51-52

 

Jesus said to the crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

 

 

End of Term 2

As Term 2 concludes I thank all staff, students and parents for their contribution to the College in this very successful and busy time. Year 12 will certainly continue their studies during the vacation period and we continue to keep them in our prayers.

 

Survey Results

The 2017 Annual survey results are very interesting and I thank all students, parents and staff who have completed the survey this year. I will share these with you in coming editions of Woodchatta. Firstly, I share with you the summary of the Overall Satisfaction Levels and the areas of rating, as well as the responses to the Blazer survey question.

The overall feedback is overwhelmingly positive towards the school and there is certainly much to consider in the feedback and individual comments.

The response to the Blazer question shows a generally divided view on a new Blazer but with a different view being held by various groups. There is a preference for a new Blazer; however a significant proportion do not want this change. I will leave you to consider the raw data and draw your own conclusion.

The survey data will be reviewed by the College Leadership Team and the College Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. As mentioned I will provide more information on the responses as the analysis continues.

 

Student Learning and the PLDs

Through the leadership of Ms Anne Gripton, the College has met with a group of parents through a consultative learning forum last week. This forum was with the group who responded to the invitation Ms Gripton made through Woodchatta over recent weeks. I attended this forum and one of the interesting issues discussed was the students’ use of their Personal Learning Devices. This was also raised by some parents in their comments in the Annual Survey. The concern is that in some classes, and in the learning behaviours of some students, they are distracted from their learning and “off task” and that sustained concentration is needed for higher and deeper learning.

As a first response we are taking this as an opportunity to reassess our protocols for the use of the PLDs to ensure the best possible opportunities for learning for our boys. We can never be complacent with the use of technology!

I have certainly addressed the College staff on this matter as well as raising it directly with the boys at several school assemblies.

I emphasised that students must not be distracted from their learning and that teachers are to diligently monitor the use of PLDs by students for student learning. Staff have been advised to direct students to close their PLD unless they are using it for learning in that lesson.  For good learning to take place, lessons must be planned and purposeful.

Ms Gripton has written some of the feedback received at the forum further in today’s Woodchatta.  This can be found on the 'Student & Parent Matters' page.

 

Reports

Years 5-10 reports will be issued this week.  Please refer to Mr Damo's section on the Student & Parent Matters page of this newsletter. 

 

Staff Changes for Term 3

Mr Cabucos from the English and RE staff has resigned his position as he is returning to Queensland. We wish him well as he returns to family. We have been very fortunate to employ former staff member, Ms Natalie Rocca, from Term 3.

Ms Offer from the Learning Support and Enrichment Team is leaving the College to return to Melbourne and we thank Ms Offer for her very generous and kind work with our students. I am pleased to advise the community that Mrs Amanda Fileman has been appointed for Terms 3 and 4. Mrs Fileman is an experienced teacher and joins us from Our Lady of the Rosary Waitara Catholic Primary School.

We also thank Mrs Crampton who has been taking Mrs Bryant’s art classes this term. Mrs Bryant returns in Term 3.

 

Rugby Club Dinner

Congratulations to Mr Paul O'Neill (President) and the Rugby Club Committee for an extraordinarily successful evening at Roseville Golf Club last Friday night.  There were 220 parents, friends, supporters and Old Boys together enjoying an evening of great company and Pius Spirit.  Our very special guest was Mr George Gregan who is the most capped Wallaby.  We also thank Mr Rod Kafer who is a former Wallaby and current parent.  Rod was the MC for the evening and we are most grateful to him.

Congratulations to all involved.  I share with you below  a few photos from the evening.

 

Holiday Tours

These holidays there are a number of holiday activities taking place and we wish well our First XV Rugby Tour to Queensland.  May they have a safe and successful, injury free tour.

 

School Funding

Federal:  The Federal Government continues with its determination to implement funding changes to Catholic schools with its present Bill before the Senate this week having passed through the House of Representatives. It is extremely concerning that our parliamentary representatives are not listening to the Catholic school community which has voiced its deep alarm at both a systemic and Independent school level for the use of the SES/SRS as a blunt instrument upon which to fund schools. Our school stands to lose significant funding over the next 10 years based on this instrument which places us among the highest SES category in the Nation. This does not reflect the families of our students and their economic circumstances. The College continues to write and contact our representatives as does the NCEC and AIS representing our position.

Once the Federal government has finalised their budget the St Pius x College Board will examine the way forward for our fees. In every way we are determined to prudently manage our fee structure and keep fees at a sustainable level. I will advise families in Term 3 once our funding is clearer.

 

State:  Last Friday afternoon, along with representatives from our College Board and P&F, I met with Ms Gladys Berejiklian our State representative who is also the Premier. It was a very reassuring meeting as Ms Berejiklian was clear in her response that the funding for our school will continue as it has been and that it will be maintained at its current level with indexation. We await this clarification in the State Budget Papers to be released this week.

 

Surf Lifesaving Award

Congratulations to Callum Fitzgibbon of Year 8  who, at the recent Narrabeen Surf Lifesaving Club Annual Presentation Night,  won Patrol Person of the Year  for volunteering the most hours through the season - a total of 140 hours.  This is even more remarkable considering he only achieved his Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) just before Christmas, mid way through the season, and is in addition to him winning the Clubbie of the Year a few months ago.

 

Callum should be very proud of his service to the Club and community as a whole.

 

Mr John Couani - Principal

 Mission & Social Justice

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice in Action    
  • Youth Festival
  • ALPHA for Youth

Significant Liturgical Events at St Pius X College

The past semester has been probably one of the most liturgically significant in the life of St Pius X College. We began the year with our Commencement Mass incorporating the theme of Gospel Spirituality. Father Paul Finucane launched the Gospel Quotes for each Year Group. In Term One we were then quickly immersed into the Season of Lent with the Ash Wednesday Liturgy lead by the Mission and Identity Prefects. Years 5 and 6 then celebrated a Bible and Year 6 Oath Liturgy, closely followed by the Year 10 Reflection Day 1 and the Year 11 Retreat Day 1. The most significant event of Term 1 was the celebration of our first Mass in the College Chapel by Father Paul. This was such a memorial event with special guests from Mercy College and Our Lady of Dolours Primary School as well as many parishioners, staff and students. The first term ended with an excellent Passion Play performed by a College Drama class.

 

Before we caught our breath, the Anzac Day Liturgy and the 80th Anniversary Mass was upon us and what a day it was. We were fortunate to have many of the Christian Brothers, past staff and other friends, join us for the Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli. Afterwards at the luncheon the banners defining the last 80 years were unveiled and it was moving to see not only the presence of many of our guests in these banners but they were able to add their own stories to each of the decades. Then in May we celebrated the importance of Mothers and Grandmothers at our Senior Liturgy and Junior Mass. Another Reflection Day and Retreat Day for Years 10 and 11 and then a very moving Reconciliation Day involving our own Indigenous students who performed a dance. The final event is the Staff Spirituality Day which will be held this Friday. Ex Principal Brother Michael Walsh will be our keynote speaker with staff exploring the theme of Gospel Spirituality.

I would like to thank the Mission Team for their hard work in assisting with all of these events as well as the Mission and Identity Prefects who do such a professional job in conducting most of these liturgies. On the first Tuesday back next term, the 18th of July, we will celebrate Mass in our Chapel. All are welcome. I hope the July break will provide some family time and an opportunity to renew our energy for what I am sure will be another busy semester.

 

Mass dates:  Term 3: 18/7, 1/8, 15/8, 29/8, 12/9

 

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

 

Social Justice in Action

The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall ran last Friday for the last time this term and sold out of chocolates within 30 minutes; however it will be back in Term 3 on Friday lunchtimes. The stall raises money for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea and is run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society. The Junior Society members are really enjoying the opportunity of running this program and I thank the Senior members for their assistance in supervising them and being there to guide them.

Next term the Skateboards for the Haven  project also continues with Edmund Rice Society members.

Over the holidays our great staff continue to serve the men at Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel each Wednesday instead of our students - thank you to the staff for your ongoing support.

Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator

 

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: Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey

  • Parent Learning Forum
  • Years 5 to 10 Mid-Year Reports
  • Years 5 to 10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings - Booking Details
  • Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Journey
  • Snowy Hike Expedition - Information Night
  • Kokoda Track Information Night
  • Kokoda Track Campaign - History Guest Speaker
  • Operation of School Zones
  • Student Opal Cards

Parent Learning Forum

More and more, education is realising the power of parent involvement and here at St Pius X College we want to work with the parents and the community to continue to provide the best possible education for our students. Last week, after taking up the invitation through Woodchatta, a group of parents met with myself, Mr Damo and Mr Couani to discuss some of the issues in education today. It was a fantastic discussion, ranging across a range of areas: hospitality, technology, 21st Century skills, homework and more.

We learned a lot, and it has really helped us clarify some of the issues for us and given us much food for thought.  There will be opportunities to be involved in further discussions in the future as we build on our partnership with you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to be involved. Thank you to all the parents who took part:  Andrena Brewer, Theresa Parisi, Jarkko Lohtaja, Elizabeth Lough and Madeleine Cheah.

Ms A Gripton - Innovation & Knowledge Management Coordinator

 

Mid-Year Reports Years 5 to 10

Dear Parents,

Mid Year Reports for Years 5 to 10 will be available from Thursday afternoon, through the College Portal. 

 Please take the opportunity to check your access to the Portal by using the following link: 

College Portal   There is also a link on the College Webpage.

 

If you do have difficulties:

                1.  In the first instance please use the 'forgot password' facility.

                2.  If the problems persists please email Ms Leonie Millar   [email protected]

 

If you require a hard copy of the semester report to be posted in the mail, please email Mrs Sue Cheney [email protected]

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

 

Years 5 to 10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings

Mid-Course reports discussed at Parent Teacher Student meetings that are scheduled for Monday 17th July from 8.00am until 6.00pm.  For details on how to make bookings, please click below:

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

 

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Journey

Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August 2017

The next Adventurous Journey scheduled for our Duke of Edinburgh program will take place on Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. Due to risk minimisation considerations, students who do not complete the pre-training will not be permitted to complete the Adventurous Journey component of their Duke of Edinburgh Award through the College. Many companies external to the College offer these Journeys.

Training will continue to take place on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 4.30pm in A3.

If you are 14 years of age or older you are able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Please see Mrs Manga for more information.

 

The upcoming proposed Journey dates are as follows:

Term 3   Week 3   Bronze

Saturday 5/8 – Sunday 6/8: Students require: 6 hour days over 1 night

Term 3   Week 8   Bronze/Silver

Friday afternoon 8/9 - Sunday 10/9:  7 hour days over 2 nights

Term 4   Week 8   Gold    

Year 11   Snowy Hike  1/12 - 7/12:  8 hour days over 3 nights

 

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

 

Snowy Hike Expedition 2017 - Information Night

INFORMATION NIGHT:  Wednesday 26th July at 6.30pm in the Sarto Centre

Expedition Dates:  1st December – 7th December 2017

Who can attend:  Any student that is currently in Year 11 at the College

Expressions of Interest:  to be done via a Google Doc. emailed to the students

School Contact:  Mr P de Silva ([email protected])

 

The Information Night for the 2017 Snowy Hike Expedition will take place in the Sarto Centre on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 6.30pm. The purpose of the information night is to give an overview of the timelines, journey, student preparation, equipment and risks associated with this type of activity.  The Expedition is planned to take place in the last week of the school calendar year.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information Night

INFORMATION NIGHT:  Monday 24th July at 6.30pm in the Sarto Centre

Expedition Dates:  29th June to  8th July (to be confirmed)

Who can attend:  Any student who will be in Years 9-11 in 2018; a family member; Old Boys; past Expedition attendees.

Expressions of Interest:  directed to Mr P de Silva ([email protected])

The Information Night for the Kokoda Track Expedition will take place in the Sarto Centre on Monday 24th July 2017 at 6.30pm. The hike is open to all students who will be in Years 9 to Year 11 in 2018 and their family. Old Boys are also eligible and welcome to participate.

The Expedition is planned to take place in the first week of the end of semester holiday period in 2018 (29th June to 8th July;  to be confirmed).  Formal training will begin in September this year.

So if you have a thirst for Australian history, have a relative who served or just love a physical challenge then this is for you.  Perhaps you have walked the Track before and would like the challenge of doing it again?

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

 

 

Kokoda Track Campaign History Guest Speaker

On Friday 11th August 2017 the College will host an esteemed member of the Trustees of the Christian Brothers Board Mr John Honner to speak to the students and interested members of the College community on matters relating to the 1942 Kokoda Track Campaign. Mr Honner’s father Lt Colonel Ralph Honner returned from the Battles of Crete and the Middle East with the 6th Division to take command of the 39th Militia Battalion at the Battle of Isurava Village on the Kokoda Track. The vastly outnumbered and inexperienced 39th “Mud over Bloods”, courageously withstood the Japanese advance for weeks along the Kokoda Track, to lay the groundwork for eventual victory over the previously unstoppable Imperial Japanese army.

Lt Colonel Honner led his men with distinction, returning them to the PNG Northern Beaches Battles in December 1942 where he reinforced the AIF assaults and masterminded the capture of Gona, famously signalling by radio “Gona’s gone”. He later commanded the 2/14th AIF Battalion in the battles at Shaggy Ridge, northern PNG.

The opportunity to hear Mr Honner speak on these unique events in Australia’s history will be afforded to our Year 10 History students, guests and those interested in our St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018 which we will launch with an information night on Monday 24th July.  (Refer Mr De Silva’s article above.)

Contact Mr Brannan for more information.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Operation of School Zones

Following advice from the office of the NSW Minister of Education, please note the advice below regarding the operation of school zones.

 

A reminder to all our parents ahead of the break at the end of Term 2 that school zones remain in place for the safety of our children and families.  School zones operate on all gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil free days.

 

The school term for St Pius X College concludes for students on Thursday 22nd June with Friday 23rd June and Monday 17th July being pupil free days.  However, for many schools, school zones operate as normal until (and including) Friday 30 June 2017 and resume on Monday 17 July 2017.  Even though some schools will elect to have Monday 17 July as a pupil free day, school zones will be in operation on the Monday, whether students are present or not.

 

Student Opal Cards

A reminder for students that the School Student Transport Scheme does not cover travel during school holidays or on weekends.  Students may see “reason codes” on Opal card readers if they use their School Opal card during these times. School Opal cards will be reactivated at the start of Term 3.

 

A reminder to parents that ALL Opal Card queries regarding applications, lost cards, change of address etc should be done online via www.transportnsw.info/school-students

 



MindMattersfor Students & Families

Photo: MindMatters Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing Activity

 

  • Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing Activity
  • SAVE THE DATE:  ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session​         
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students

 

MindMatters Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing

Preceding the fabulous community event that was the Rugby Dinner, on Friday 15th June a fantastic fusion of our Senior Year 10–12 Mentors and their Year 5–7 Mentees within the Peer Mentoring Program took place at St Leonards Climbfit Gym. A basic tenet of Boys Education holds that students connect more holistically when engaged in a meaningful task or challenge. Such is the case when students are actively rockclimbing and belaying for each other.

 

The connection and enjoyment amongst our group was highly evident to all students, staff and parents present and a credit to Mr Russo, his peer mentoring program and the staff present including Ms Kugananthan, Mr Ticli, Mr Virgona and Mr Stollery.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was seeing new mentor Ky Simpson (Year 10) so naturally taking to the responsible leadership role of mentor to a Year 5 buddy with great authenticity.

 

Such is the calibre of the students we are lucky to have at St Pius X College and the meaningful quality of the connections they develop to the College and to each other.

 

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Save the date:
ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session

In response to requests from members of our Parents and Friends Association we have invited Federal Cyber Safety Body, ThinkUKnow, to present on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity to young people.

One of the topics, among the many we have been requested to address, is the risk to student’s digital reputation and future career search and employment prospects, of online social media profiles and online activity in the short term.

The presentation will take place at the College Gym at 6.00pm on Tuesday 25th July with bookings to be made via the Trybooking site:  https://www.trybooking.com/QSEF

Parents, Carers and Teachers are invited to attend, with future events to consider student involvement. More information on the presentation is provided on the attachment and promotional poster below.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Boxercise

 

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

  • Trivia Night 2017 & Call for Donations
  • Year 8 Drinks & Nibbles Parent Event
  • Year 12 Mums' High Tea
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018

Trivia Night 2017 - Saturday 5th August

New Venue - School Gym

Trybooking link is now open for the 2017 P&F Clubs' Trivia Night. Nominate your table captains and click on the trybooking link to reserve a table and add a table name, then let your team know so when they buy their tickets they choose the correct table!

 

$30 per person. BYO drinks, food and dress up for fun!  Raffle on the night, silent auctions, gold coin games!  Funds raised go directly to the Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Performing Arts Clubs, so come along and support your son's Clubs!

 

Trivia Night - Call for Donations:  We're looking for help with silent auction and other items -  Vouchers, Experiences, Sporting, Luxury, Adventure, Wine etc.   Please start asking around for donations and bring them in early in Term 3. Email [email protected] with any questions.

 

Year 12 Mums High Tea - Sunday 13th August

Blink and the year will be over!  Catch up with Year 12 mums for High Tea at Isabella Hawthorne's house. Click here for the details. 

 

Year 8 Drinks and Nibbles - Saturday 22nd July

Join other Year 8 parents in a fun evening at the Bridgeview Hotel in Willoughby.   Click on the invitation below for details or book via www.trybooking.com/293151 

If you have questions please contact your Year 8 class parents.

 

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. 

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2061c61

 

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 11 Drama Performance Night

  • History:  St Pius X College Teachers Making History
  • Performing Arts 
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Religious Education - Interfaith Day

History

ST PIUS X COLLEGE HISTORY TEACHERS MAKING HISTORY

The College is very fortunate to have a group of History teachers who do not just teach their History classes but present and write for a wide range of other audiences outside of the school.

Many would be aware of the many hours that Mr Tony Cunneen has devoted to uncovering the history of St Pius X College but this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Tony is a well known, prolific historian who has had two articles published in the last two months. His piece on “Judges’ Sons make the Final Sacrifice: The Story of the Australian Judicial Community in the First World War” is featured in the latest edition of the Australian Law Journal, while the Teaching History Journal from May includes his report from the Conference held about the legacy of the great Australian war correspondent and historian Charles Bean. In the same journal, Mrs Anne Gripton continued her series of reviewing apps that could be used in the history classroom, “Appy Times”. Mrs Gripton has recently presented to many HSC students from around NSW at the History Teacher’s Association HSC History Study Day on topics as varied as Agrippina and the Cold War. She and Ms Sarah-Jane Grove have been chosen to present to teachers at the State Conference of the History Teachers Association next month. Ms Gripton will help teachers by giving an overview on the revised HSC Modern and Ancient History syllabuses, while Ms Grove’s session is on “Using Socratic Circles in History”.

 Finally in September In Brisbane the Australian History Teachers Conference is being held and it is a great honour for Dr Katie Meale to present on her doctoral thesis with her talk entitled “Re-examining the Australian POW Experience: Breaking the Boundaries of the Division of Theatres”. It can proudly be said that history is certainly being made by all of these gifted and dedicated teachers.

Mr P Rodgers - History/Legal Studies Coordinator

Languages

HSC FRENCH LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Over the past few weeks, our Year 12 French students have had the opportunity to attend several weekend excursions and events run by NAFT, the New South Wales Association of French Teachers. All of these events have been very successful and have proved to be worthwhile learning and revision experiences for the boys. Below are some descriptions of these events and what the boys gained from them.

  • Study Skills Day

On Saturday the 27th May, our Year 12 French students attended a Study Skills Day at Sydney University. They attended lectures in the four key skill areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and found out more about the French courses on offer at the university. All of the lectures were conducted by experienced HSC markers and provided valuable insights into what the markers are looking for and how best to approach the questions in the examination. Our students all agreed that the day was a way of affirming what they are already doing in preparation for their exams, as well as an opportunity to note down handy hints and useful phrases, particularly for the speaking examination.

  • Milson Island Immersion Weekend

Three of our Year 12 French students, Andrew Jackson, Jean-Luc Blanc and Nicholas Brodie attended an immersion weekend on Milson Island during the long weekend from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June. The boys joined students from Oxford Falls Grammar School, Blacktown Girls High School and Illawarra Christian School.

They participated in a range of activities, all aimed at increasing their confidence and competence in French, such as ‘speed dating’ speaking sessions, watching a French film, putting on their own play in French and completing practice HSC reading and writing questions. Below are some of the students’ reflections.

 

 

“Our journey began at Hawkesbury River Station, where we were met with torrential rain. Nevertheless, we boarded a small boat and soon found ourselves rushing for cover when we arrived at the Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre. The rest of the night consisted of getting to know the rest of the students who were also attending the camp, all in French of course. We then settled in for a late night movie.”   Andrew Jackson

 

“On the second and third days we did a number of French activities. Working with students from the other schools, we formed groups to complete various listening, reading comprehension and writing tasks. These tasks were led by the organiser, Ritta Serret and the other French teachers who helped us through the activities. My favourite was when we performed part of a play in French!  We were then surprised with an afternoon tea of French crêpes and battled against each other, in a cultural quiz on France.”   Nicholas Brodie

  • Speaking Skills Day

Finally, our Year 12s had the opportunity to attend a speaking skills day held at Wenona School on Saturday 17th June. Our students were able to complete two mock HSC speaking exams with various teachers from NSW. The HSC French Continuers Speaking Examinations will be held in August and are a challenging format. The students are required to have a 10 minute conversation with the examiner about their “personal world”. The conversation is spontaneous and the students may be asked any combination and variety of questions on topics such as family, school life and aspirations, hobbies, future plans and travel. It requires them to speak fluently, incorporating a variety of vocabulary, grammatical structures and verb tenses. Our students found this practice day to be a very worthwhile experience and share their reflections below:

“The Wenona excursion allowed me to get a real look at what the HSC speaking exam will be like. It allowed me to gauge where I am and where I need to be for the HSC. This experience has allowed me to appreciate that the speaking exam isn't as scary as it's made out to be and is very doable.”

Nicholas Brodie

 

“The speaking day at Wenona was highly useful as it was a great chance to speak off the cuff rather than regurgitate pre-prepared responses, which is a necessary skill for success in the actual exam in August.” Andrew Jackson

 

Overall, these events have provided rich learning experiences for our Year 12 French students in a variety of settings. They have been able to use their French with other students and teachers from schools across the state. No doubt this hard work and dedication in giving up their free time on three  weekends will stand them in good stead for their HSC Examinations. We are grateful to have been invited by NAFT to participate in these HSC activities.

Mrs S McCormack - French Teacher

 

 

Performing Arts  

YEAR 11 DRAMA PERFORMANCE NIGHT

Congratulations and thank you to Ms Fernando and the students in the Year 11 Drama class for an entertaining evening of performances last Thursday. A small and appreciative audience saw a variety of group works which showcased the talents of the boys across a variety of genres.

 

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FESTIVAL

This event is a national gathering of young people established by the Australian Bishops Conference. This year it takes place from the 7th - 9th of December. We are seeking expressions of interest from students who wish to be involved in a drama collaboration with Mercy College. Please see Ms Fernando for further details and a permission note.

 

DISCONTINUATION OF LESSONS/ENSEMBLES

Three week’s term notice is required for students ceasing tuition. Consequently, any notifications which are received in the next week and a half will be issued with an invoice for the balance of lessons moving into Term 3. Any students who are intending to discontinue 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.

 

PAPA MEETING

The next meeting of the Performing Arts Parents Association will be held on Wednesday 19th July (Week 1 Term 3) at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Light refreshments will be served. Parents of boys who participate in music and drama at the College, who have been unable to attend previous meetings are warmly invited to attend, along with our regulars! Parking is available in the Junior School yard.

 

 

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator

 

Public Speaking and Debating

Congratulations to all debaters for training right up until the end of term.  We (your coaches) are so proud of your commitment.  The SDN roster is being completed this week and student will continue training at the commencement of Term 3 with our first debate at Roseville College on the first Friday of Term 3, 21st July.

 

SCHOOLS DEBATING NETWORK

St Pius X College participates in the Schools Debating Network (SDN) Competition run 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 College

Topic Area: Health and Well Being.  Debaters have commenced research for this topic area in preparation for Week 1 next term.

 

2016 Topics were:

Yrs 5 & 6 - That all schools should provide recess and lunch for students
Yrs 7 & 8 - That Australia should introduce a tax on foods that are high in sugar and/or fat
Yrs 9 & 10 - That Australia should implement a quota for Indigenous athletes in the Olympics
Yrs 11 & 12 - That Medicare should cover elective cosmetic surgery

 

Students and parents can visit the SDN site at: http://www.sdndebating.com.au for locations of all schools and for all past topics and updates on the draw etc.

  • Round 2 - 28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X College
  • Round 3 - 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College
  • 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 College
  • Round 7 - 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College
  • 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 3 of the debate nights listed above. Training is compulsory for ALL debaters each week. Please visit the Schools Debating Network website to explore more about this rigorous debating competition:  http://www.sdndebating.com.au/

The cost of SDN Competition is half of the CSDA Competition ($50.00) and the fee will be included in your Term 3 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.  St Pius X College 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.

 

Topic Areas:

Round 1  - Health and Well-Being

Round 2 - Education

Round 3 - General

Round 4 - Technology

Round 5 - Arts and Media

Round 6 - Law and Order

Round 7 - Social Issues

 

LEGACY JUNIOR PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

St Pius X  College 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

 

Religious Education

An interfaith day was held last Wednesday, organised by the Jewish Board of Deputies and hosted at St Paul’s College Manly.  St Pius X College was represented by ten of our Year 11 students representing our Catholic Tradition along with students from St Paul’s and Brigidine College St Ives. The Jewish Faith was represented by students from Emmanuel School and the Islamic Faith was represented by students from The Australian Islamic College.

 

Our students spent the day interacting and learning about traditions and practices directly from the students of other faith traditions. Practices in prayer and devotion were modelled and experts in each of the three faiths presented, with the students being given the opportunity to ask any question they had. The process of the day was strongly driven through small group collaboration and discussion.  

 

The day culminated with a presentation from Vic Alhadeff CEO of the Jewish Board of Deputies who spoke passionately about cooperation, tolerance and understanding.

 

It was a very powerful experience and well worth our students being involved.

Ms K Meale - Religious Education Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

 

  • New OT Intake Term 3, 2017
  • Thank You and Farewell Miss Offer

New OT Intake Term 3 2017

COURSES ARE FILLING UP FAST!

Thank you to all families who have registered their sons in the after-school onsite courses at the College:  Touch Typing Skills and Handwriting Skills.  Courses are certainly filling up more quickly than expected for the Term 3 2017 intake.

These are intensive small group courses, open to all students in Years 5-10, who are interested in improving vital writing and typing skills. Each course involves one afternoon per week for a block of 8 weeks and is run by our experienced occupational therapist and registered provider, Anna Orchard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For those who have not yet registered their sons for term 3 but would still like to, Anna has advised that there are limited places available, provided you can act quickly to secure a place for your son. Students who have attended these courses in the past and would like to build on their skills, are also welcome to register.

 

For the benefit of those parents/carers who have enrolled students, please check your emails for details from Anna in the coming weeks and note that ALL courses begin Week 2 of Term 3 (week beginning Monday 24th July) as follows:

  • Monday - Senior School Handwriting (Years 7-10)
  • Tuesday - Touch Typing  (TUESDAY CLASS NOW FULL)
  • Wednesday - Junior School Handwriting (Years 5-6)
  • Thursday - Touch Typing
  • Friday - Touch Typing

All classes run from 3.15pm – to 4.30pm and are held in LC2 (Leary Centre Room 2).

Senior school students may arrive by 3.20pm.

Please remind your son to attend at the correct time and place and to bring PLDs or other equipment if needed, as well as a drink and snack if required.

See the flyers below for registration and enrolment details and send your queries to [email protected] or [email protected]

 

 

Thank You and Farewell Miss Offer

A big thank you and our very best wishes go to Miss Offer who is returning to Melbourne after completing one full year at St Pius X College and working so closely and so well to support our Year 5s and 7s with identified support and enrichment needs in 2017.  

Both the students and the LSE team have benefitted greatly from Miss Offer’s contribution to learning support at the College and this includes her expertise and efficiency in providing quality support, not to mention her calming nature and her beautiful English accent! Teachers and parents have commented on her engaging and consistent approach with students.

We will miss you Miss Offer and we wish you good luck and the very best for a wonderful future in Melbourne.

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator

Careers

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The Good Careers Guide 2017

The Good Careers Guide 2017 provides advice on career planning, explores education options and includes descriptions for more than 400 jobs and occupations. Each comprehensive job description features skill and training requirements, related jobs, industry contacts and more.

The Good Careers Guide 2017 is also complemented by an augmented reality app, which interacts directly with the print guide. It gives you access to additional features such as our aptitude test and exclusive interviews with career professionals.                                        https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/good-education-ar/id1104087445

 

University of Notre Dame Early Offer & Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 27 June - Broadway

This session will provide information for all students interested in starting their uni study in 2018, and as the Early Offer applications close on 21 July, this session will also provide information on the Early Offer Program, tips and advice on putting together a comprehensive application.

The session will also provide information for Year 12 students and parents who want to find out about transitioning from school to uni, student life on campus, fees, HECS and FEE-HELP and more.

Register below and choose one of the sessions available.

http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2017/early-offer or at www.nd.edu.au/events/sydney

 

NIDA School Holiday Programs

NIDA is running school holiday classes over the Winter break, with options for young people from years 7 to 12. If courses are booked earlier than 4 weeks before the start of classes, then an early bird discount of 10% applies. 

https://www.open.nida.edu.au/holiday-classes

 

Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser


Senior School Sport

 

  • AFL
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

AFL

 

Congratulations to Josh Rayner and Nicholas Brewer who have been selected in the 2017 AFL NSW/ACT U16 State Rams team.   The state team played Tasmania on the long weekend here in Sydney and will then play on the Gold Coast to complete the series from 9th to 15th July during the school holidays.

A great effort by the boys.

 

Athletics

 

Congratulations to Treacy House on their victory in the Senior Athletics Carnival and to the Captain of Treacy House, Brodie Jones, who received the trophy at Assembly this week.

Cricket

The 2017/18 Cricket Season is fast approaching! Registration for SPX Cricket will open early in Term 3 via TryBooking.  More information regarding registration will follow early in Term 3.

 

More details regarding the SPX Cricket Skills Day at Oxford Falls will be provided for registered players in Term 3. This season all District teams (U12 to U16-18) will play in the MWJCA and the 1st and 2nd XI will play ISA Division 1 and 2.
 
 
So dust off the bat, find a ball and some stumps and start practising for the upcoming season!
 
Mr D Reay - Convenor

Football

Dear Parents and Players,

Congratulations to all teams on a successful first half of the season.  There were some impressive results against a strong Oakhill College.  Particularly impressive were the 1st XI who managed to turn around an early season defeat by Oakhill to a 3-0 stirring victory.  

There are no games until the first weekend of Term 3.

 

Individually we would like to recognise the achievements of two of our 1st XI players.  Alec Vinci, Captain of the 1st XI has over the past week been representing the NSWCIS at the All School Championships.  Last week 1st XI player Scott Browning was in the Australian U17 ‘Joeys’ training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.  Both of these selections recognise the individual skills of two outstanding footballers.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor

 

FOOTBALL CLUB NEWS

We wish all our teams a happy and safe holiday break,  ready for the Finals run in the new term.

 

BOOK NOW  for the 3-day holiday Football Coaching Camp – Tuesday 27th  to Thursday 29th June. Places are filling up fast so don’t miss out.  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  www.trybooking.com/126595

 

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

 http://pandf.spx.nsw.edu.au/sports/football/football-news

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club

 

Rugby

Results:  Saturday 17th June

 

2017 Queensland Tour
Good luck to the 25 man squad travelling to Queensland during the holidays to compete at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival. The squad will train at Oxford Falls during the holidays before departing on 8th July.

 

SPX Rugby Dinner
The annual Rugby Dinner held last Friday 16th June was a huge success, attended by over 210 people. I thank everyone involved to make such an evening happen and thank those who attended and also contributed for their continued support of the SPX Rugby Program.

 

2018 Rugby Tour of New Zealand

Parents of Under 14s players - please see the  information below regarding the 2018 Rugby Tour of New Zealand.

 

DRAFT Rugby Fixtures – 22nd July 2017

I wish all the students a happy and safe holiday.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor

 

FROM THE RUGBY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

"The morning after the night before"

I have to start this report by thanking the rugby support group for an outstanding fundraising dinner on Friday night. On behalf of all the players and coaches, thank you for your outstanding contribution. I can assure you we are working hard at training and at game time to support your efforts.

There were some terrific performances on Saturday. Opens 2 and 3 remain unbeaten. 15As hit form again. 16As and 13Bs put on a show and the 15Bs won an internal one.

Now we have a three week break to freshen up. Good luck to all our rep players; remember to turn up wanting to enjoy the game and a good performance will follow!!

Our Opens head off to the Gold Coast for the annual tournament with high hopes of winning. There is lots to be proud of and to look forward to with St Pius X College Rugby.

I’m off to New Zealand to watch the Lions and attend a few Kiwi/Lions training sessions, so I’ll pick up some new ideas for next term for sure.

As you may know I do some coaching with the 11Bs on Thursday morning. I heard they won a nail-biter against Knox on Saturday with a last minute conversion. Great news because our young players are our future and so many of their parents were at the dinner on Friday … fantastic!

Have a great break and return refreshed.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer

 

 

ISA Tennis

Our last Round for the term saw some strong gameplay across most of our Divisions. A special congratulations go to our Division 7 team, who won all their sets of the day.

Next term we come back to training as usual on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and matches on Saturday 22 July, with most teams playing against St Pat’s. Team 10 will be against Oakhill and Team 9 have a Bye.  Please see the draw below.

The competition is looking good for Teams 5 and 9 who are both currently sitting at the top of the leaderboard and for Team 8 and 10 who are sitting in second place.

 

Round 7 Results

  • Team 1 vs OAK, Washed out
  • Team 2 vs CCGS, Loss 7 to 1
  • Team 3 vs SPGS, Win 5 to 3
  • Team 4 vs CCGS, Win 5 to 3
  • Team 5 vs BRK, Win 5 to 3
  • Team 6 vs CCGS, Win 7 to 1
  • Team 7 vs BRK, Win 8 to 0
  • Team 8 vs CCGS, Win 5 to 3
  • Team 9 vs CCGS, Win 6 to 2
  • Team 10 vs SPC, Loss 7 to 1

 

The overall results and rankings are available on the ISA site - http://www.isa.nsw.edu.au/winter-sports/winter-tennis/

  • 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 https://twitter.com/SPXSeniorSport

 

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

 

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Harry Potter: Celebrating 20 Years

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Two Blue FIDE Academic Awards for each class will be given out after the Dance performance.  The Blue Awards are for  significant effort leading to improvement. If your son is receiving a Blue Award, you will have been sent an email. A comprehensive Academic Awards Ceremony will take place towards the conclusion of Semester 2.

 

REPORTS

The boys’ reports will be posted on the portal by Thursday, if not earlier.  This is a very efficient way to get the reports to you.  As per Mr Damo’s notices, if you require a printed report please let me know and I will organise it.

 

INTERVIEW DAY

You will have received an email stating how you can book your  Parent/Student/Teacher Interview on Monday 17th July via an online booking system.  I would recommend you leave time between appointments in case somebody is running over time.

 

Primary Students should only book to see their son’s homeroom teacher who will have a full overview of all other subjects. The exception to this rule is Mrs Bettina Spanyik and Mr Tim Long.  Specialty teachers for Music, Technology and Languages will not be available for interviews on this day.  Please contact them directly by email or phone if you have any concerns.

 

THURSDAY SPORT

Tomorrow is the finale and parents are most welcome to attend from 12.30 onwards.  Afternoon tea for parents will be after the Dance spectacular which is a lot of fun! After the Dance we will present the Blue Awards and then have afternoon tea for the parents while the boys have their lunch.  You may then take your child home - yes , we will let you!  Just ask your son to inform his teacher that this is happening.

 

FAMOUS AUSTRALIANS  (Ms D Cummins - Year 6 Teacher)

Last Monday Year 6 were privileged to have a number of ‘notable’ Australians present in our school. There were well-known personalities from many fields such as Medicine, Sport, Literature, Politics, Exploration, Entertainment and Science. This presentation was the culmination of the Semester One History course where the boys researched the significant contributions of various individuals to the development of Australian society.

 

As you can see from the images of some of these ‘famous’ people there were information posters, personal items and the students dressed up in character so they could answer some in-depth interview questions from those who visited their stands. It was great to have so many parents come and visit Year 6’s ‘Living Museum’ with many commenting on how much they had learnt. Congratulations to all Year 6 students for putting so much effort into their presentations.

 

 

YEAR 5 AUTHOR VISIT - JAMES FOLEY

 

I had the pleasure of listening to James Foley’s presentation which was not only very humorous but very interesting. He spoke about his writing and illustrating career from when he was a student at school up to the process he goes through now in the production of a book and listening to him was a really good experience.

 

 

HARRY POTTER - CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

 

YEAR 6 DAD/GRANDAD/UNCLE/FRIEND & SONS DAY 

Sunday 16th July at Killara Bowling Club

Come along for some barefoot bowling on what will hopefully be a sunny Sunday on the 16th July. We will be at Killara Golf Club from 2.00pm–5.00pm.  Cost is $20pp including food, and buy your own drinks at the bar. Please click here to pay and RSVP: www.trybooking.com/293288  We hope to see you all there!

Year 6 Class Parent Reps

 

'SMALL STEPS’  PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS

Anxiety is a growing issue in our society and I would like to thank Mrs McCarthy for organising this information evening. The night will begin at 6.30pm on 23rd August, as per the flyer below.  We ran the same program a few years ago and it was very informative. 

In order to work out an appropriate venue at our Chatswood campus for the night, could you please email Mrs Joanne McCarthy if you wish to attend.  Her email is [email protected]

 

ThinkUKnow CYBERSAFETY INFORMATION SESSION

In response to requests from members of our Parents and Friends Association we have invited Federal Cyber Safety Body, ThinkUKnow, to present on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity to young people.

One of the topics, among the many we have been requested to address, is the risk to student’s digital reputation and future career search and employment prospects, of online social media profiles and online activity in the short term.

The presentation will take place at the College Gym at 6.00pm on Tuesday 25th July with bookings to be made via the Trybooking site:  https://www.trybooking.com/QSEF

Parents, Carers and Teachers are invited to attend, with future events to consider student involvement. More information on the presentation is provided on the attachment and promotional poster below.

 

SCHOOL ZONES

A reminder to all our parents ahead of the break at the end of Term 2 that school zones remain in place for the safety of our children and families. School zones operate on all gazetted schools days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil free days.

 

Coming Events:

  • Wednesday 23rd August at 6.30 pm:  'Small Steps' Presentation for Parents

Keep the date free:

  • Saturday 5th August: Trivia Night

 

All the best for a safe holiday.  Remember you have precious cargo, you children and yourselves so drive carefully!

 

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

 

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport:  Our Dance program wraps up at Oxford Falls under normal sport times (11am departure). No winter training.

Dance: Our Dance program culminates with the Final Performance this Thursday from 12.30pm in the CBC Gym at Oxford Falls. Afternoon tea will be served from 1.30pm.

 

Rugby:  

 

Football:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

 

AFL

It was another match up against the strong Knox Blue team. After defeating them in the previous round we knew they would come out firing. Unfortunately we started slowly and were not matching Knox in enthusiasm and physicality. Gradually, though, we picked up the pace with some great challenges by Declan and Cavan, in his first game of the season, and smart defensive marking by Evan on their most dangerous player. We trailed on the scoreboard for three quarters, even down by 10 points at one stage. However a strong 4th quarter with 4 unanswered goals including a couple of freakish goal kicks by Jesse and accurate scoring by Matthew we came away with a 9 points win.

Player Points: 3 – Evan Ausling  2- Jesse Reed 1 – Cavan Ryan

No games over the holidays.  Next game time and venue TBA by the AFL.   

Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

Canteen

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.

 

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME

  • The Uniform Shop will be closed from Wednesday 21st June and will reopen on Monday 17th July at 8am.  
  • new pricelist becomes effective from 1st July 2017 and will be posted on the College website.

 

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 (A new price list will take effect from 1st July 2017.)  

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

2017 SURVEY RESULTS.pdf
2017 SURVEY RESULTS.pdf
Careers Newsletter Proforma.pdf
Careers Newsletter 21 June.pdf
Careers Newsletter 21 June.pdf
2018 NZ Rugby Tour of NZ.pdf
2018 NZ Rugby Tour of NZ.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting program Term 3 2017.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 3 2017.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
ThinkUKnow presentation.pdf
2017 - THINKUKNOW POSTER.pdf
ThinkUKnow presentation.pdf
2017 - THINKUKNOW POSTER.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Alpha Youth Permission Letter.pdf
Parent Drinks Yr8 22July17.pdf
Parent Teacher Interviews Year 5 to 10 2017.pdf