St Pius X College Newsletter

30 August 2017
Issue 26
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 31st August

Boxercise for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers at 7.30am
Junior School Father & Son Day at Oxford Falls

Splinters, Splashes, Stage & Sounds Opens


Friday 1st September

Boxercise for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers at 7.30am

Year 12 Study Day #4

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast 6.30-8.30am

Twilight Concert #2

Old Boys Annual Dinner



Saturday 2nd September

ISA Invitational Athletics


Monday 4th September

Year 9 Market Day:  Canteen Open for Breakfast but closed all day


Tuesday 5th September

Year 10 Music Performance Night


Wednesday 6th September

Year 11 Music Performance Night

Year 9 Market Day:  ​Canteen Open for Breakfast but closed all day


Thursday 7th September

Sports Colour Awards


Friday 8th September

SDN Semi Finals


Saturday 9th September

SPX Tennis Age Championships/ISA

Invitational Athletics


Monday 11th September

Year 11 Preliminary Exams to 22/9

Staff Meeting

Friday 15th September


SDN Finals


Saturday 16th September

SPX Internal Tennis Championship


Tuesday 19th September

Years 9 & 10 Drama Night


Thursday 21st September

Year 12 Internal Graduation


Friday 22nd September

Year 12 External Graduation

Term 3 Concludes






















From the Principal     



  • PRAYER  
  • Bishop's Letter to Year 12 Students
  • Year 9 PLD Trial - Letter to Year 9 Parents
  • Old Boys Mass and Dinner this Friday 1st September
  • Splinters Splashes Sounds & Stage opens this Thursday 31st August
  • Twilight Concert this Friday 1st September
  • Football and AFL (Junior) Presentation
  • Year 11 Assessments and Exams


I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.    (John 10:10)


As golf legend Ben Hogan said, 'As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.'  In the end, when we look at our life, perhaps the questions will be simple:

             Did I live fully?

             Did I love well?

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon their death they would be asked by the gods two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.  The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?'  The second was, 'Did you find joy?'  These goals then become a sacred charge in life and the only way to obtain eternal happiness.

(Taken from 'Touch Stones' by Dr Wayne Tinsey)


Bishop's Letter to Year 12 Students

Bishop Comensoli has written a beautiful letter to the Year 12 students across the Diocese in prayerful support of their HSC and their conclusion to secondary schooling.  I share it with you below.


Year 9 PLD Trial

As from Monday 4th September we will be trialling with Year 9 the removal of their PLD administrator rights, which means they will have limited access to games and videos, and putting in place a curfew, meaning they will be unable to log in between 10pm and 6am. We are doing this to support the students in achieving a balance in their lives and relationships, and getting the sleep they need.


The Year 9 teachers have been briefed to support the students in managing their time and their device use. The trial will run until the end of term, and they will receive their administrator rights back for the holidays. We will be surveying students, parents and staff to evaluate the process.  Please read the letter below to Year 9 Parents from Ms Anne Gripton, Innovation and Knowledge Management Coordinator.


Old Boys' Mass and Dinner

This Friday evening 1st September the Old Boys Association are celebrating the College’s 80th Anniversary with their Annual Mass and Dinner as follows:

  • 4.30pm:  Mass in the College Chapel
  • 5.15pm: Tour of the College
  • 6.00pm: Transport by bus to Oxford Falls
  • 7.00pm: Dinner at Oxford Falls
  • How to book:  via the trybooking website

Life members from the Class of 2016 are invited free to the event.  Full details are available on the website:


Splinters Splashes Sounds & Stage - Exhibition of Year 12 Major Works this Thursday 31st August

On Thursday evening commencing at 6.30pm the College is hosting its Annual Exhibition of Year 12 Major Works in TAS, Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts. All parents and students are welcome.  Please see the Performing Arts section on the 'Department News' page for full details.


Twilight Concert this Friday 1st September

This Friday evening at 5.00pm the Term 3 Twilight Concert will be held in the College grounds at Chatswood and it is the final Concert for Year 12 Performing Arts students. Everyone is welcome and the Performing Arts Parents Association (PAPA) will be running a BBQ.


Football and AFL (Junior) Presentation

Last night the Junior Football and AFL Presentations and the Senior Football presentations were held. These were great events, recognising the contribution of the many students who have proudly represented our school in these sports.

My thanks to the parents and students and to the Sportsmasters Mr Virgona and Mr Stearn, the Convenors Mr Cummins, Mrs Cummins (AFL) and Mr Yue. The boys are indeed fortunate to have the expert coaches provided by the Football Club and the dedicated teaching staff. We also recognise the many Old Boys now involved in coaching teams as well. A great season – congratulations to all.


Year 11 Assessments and Exams

Year 11 are working hard to complete their Preliminary Year over the coming weeks. There are many assessments and their Preliminary Exams commence on Monday 11 September. The FINAL timetable for these exams will be issued next week. 

Mr John Couani - Principal

Social Justice 

  • Daffodil Day - Congratulations Year 8
  • The Edmund Rice Society
  • Woolies Earn and Learn - Collecting for St Joseph's Walgett
  • The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September

Social Justice

Congratulations Year 8:  Cancer touches the lives of many in our community each year and the College can be proud of their significant contribution to the efforts of the Cancer Council. The Daffodil Day collection is an annual involvement which extends the College’s social justice efforts into the community. Approximately 60 of our Year 8 students spent the morning assisting the Cancer Council by collecting and selling merchandise for Daffodil Day. The sale of merchandise supporting the Cancer Council raises much needed funds to fight this disease through research.



The Edmund Rice Society members have been very busy and have a lot to be proud of.

  • The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea is run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society. The Junior Society members have been running their stall on Friday lunchtimes for Terms 2 and 3.  At the end of this term they will be sending all monies raised to Callan Services and in Term 4 we will be linking up with them via Skype.
  • The Skateboards for The Haven Project continues with Edmund Rice Society members on Tuesday afternoons after school. This project has now extended to the Junior members who are pitching in to prepare and pack the skateboard trucks and wheels to go with the skateboard decks the Senior members have been making.  A special thanks for this project goes to Mr Gibson for allowing the Society to use his TAS workshops to complete this social justice initiative which is of great benefit to one of our partner schools at The Haven Terrigal, an EREA Annex school.
  • The Edmund Rice Society has had three Society leaders in 2017 - James Spencer, Jack Moran and Daniel Hall. The Society as a group are both very proud and pleased to see all three of our leaders obtain student leadership positions for 2018. Congratulations to Daniel who will be our next College Captain, Jack who will be a Vice-Captain and James who will be a Prefect. At Tuesday's College Assembly James spoke to the students and staff about the role social justice plays in the life of the College and The Edmund Rice Society, and how both have helped him develop and nurture his social conscience from Year 5 to present.


Woolies Earn and Learn:  Please continue collecting for St Joseph’s Walgett.  Please keep sending in your stickers. St Joseph's have also offered us tickets for their fundraiser where they are giving away a new Toyota Prado worth almost $70,000. Tickets are $50 and all monies raised go toward their new sports court. If interested please follow the link:  St Joseph's Walgett Sports Court Prado Raffle



The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September



Liam Knight, an ex-student of St Pius X College, invites all SPX families to get involved with his 2017 Walk Against Youth Violence.  Please see his invitation and details of the walk below.






We are excited to announce that The White Knight Foundation will host the third annual Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September 2017.  In 2017 we are hoping to have over 250 walkers join us on the 10km Spit to Manly walk with a meeting time of 8:00am for an 8:30am start. Make sure you share this invitation with your family and friends to get them out on what will be an awesome Sunday morning! The walk will finish at Manly Wharf at approximately 10:00am with a free BBQ for all walkers. There will be a short presentation following the walk so make sure to stay around.  



In 2016 the Foundation managed to raise over $10,000 to assist young victims of crime along with raising awareness on the issue of youth violence and the devastating impacts it leaves. We are aiming to match and beat this goal of funds raised to continue supporting young victims in our communities. Remember, the person who raises the most money through GoFundraise over $3000 will win a Nintendo Switch! Make sure you share GoFundraise pages through your social media.  Looking forward to seeing you all on the day!

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Snowy Hike: Crossing the Tooma River

  • From the Head of Student Services:
       -   Year 12 Netball v Mercy College
       -    Year 11 Student Leadership 
       -    Business Studies & Legal Studies Guest Speaker
       -    Old Boys News
       -    The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk' - Sunday 24th September
  • HSC Study Camps
  • Snowy Hike Expedition - Information for Participants
  • Go4Fun FREE Healthy Lifestyle Program
  • Host an Overseas Student in 2018​
  • Schoolyard Handball Holiday Competition
  • FREE Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers ​

From the Head of Student Services

Year 12 Netball v Mercy College

As Year 12 students consolidate their learning from the HSC Trials in preparation for their upcoming graduation and HSC Exams, the opportunity was taken yesterday to combine with Mercy College who are currently celebrating their Mercy Social Justice Week in the Annual Year 12 Netball Extravaganza.  While Netball was the real winner, some technicalities in the rulings saw Mercy College celebrate a narrow victory. James Kellendonk narrowly missed a key goal under the watchful eye of Mercy College Librarian, Mrs Margaret Kellendonk. 

It was pleasing that Police Superintendent Sam Crisafulli, on hand following the Year 10 Pastoral Care period, witnessed twin sons Mitchell and Jacob wearing the Mercy netball tunic with such pride. Ms Foord’s other Year 10 Pastoral Care guests, Tribal Warrior Mentors Ms Eunice Grimes who plays for the Redfern All Blacks Indigenous Women’s Rugby League Team and former St George NRL player Bert Gordon, were also in attendance and highly impressed with our students.

There may be an opportunity for some Years 9 - 12 students to attend morning Boxercise sessions with the Redfern Tribal Warrior community during the holidays. Please see Ms Foord or Mr Brannan if you are interested.


Year 11 Student Leadership 

Year 11 Student leadership Team Captains, Vice Captains, House Captains and Prefects Elect joined Year 11 Coordinator Mr Batchelor and myself at Oxford Falls last Friday to make plans for their leadership tenure of the College. Each leader chose portfolios and focus year groups to represent from Year 5 to Year 12 so that all students can have a representative voice through this group. The portfolios represented are  Mission and Identity, Wellbeing, Learning and Cultural and Sustainability.

On Thursday of this week a handover will occur at a lunch meeting in 5 Gold where the 2017 Student Leadership Team will meet the 2018 Student Leadership Team to pass on role statement and goals within their leadership portfolios to ensure the student-empowered leadership of the College remains on track and in good hands.


Business Studies and Legal Studies Guest Speakers

As our Senior students in Years 11 and 12 study their respective syllabi we were fortunate, under the guidance of Mr Quilty, to have Old Boy and Flight Centre Founder Mr Bill James visit the College on Wednesday before school to talk to our Business Studies students. The syllabus-related case studies from Bill’s wealth of experience was of great value and insight to all in attendance.

Next week one of Bill’s classmates and good friends, Magistrate John Andrews, is planning to attend to provide insights to our Legal Studies students in the Syllabus Areas of Criminal Law.

The College is a richer learning environment for this powerful interaction with such distinguished members of our wider community. We thank them greatly for their generosity with their time and expertise.


Old Boys' News

It was great to see Karen and Neil Jones in attendance at the Rugby Supporters' Club function at The Willoughby on Saturday night. Their older son Luke is the College’s 2nd ever Wallaby after playing with Michael Hooper in the St Pius X College 11As to First XV from 2002-2009. Michael captained the Wallabies on Saturday night, demonstrating that under scoreboard pressure even the All Blacks are vulnerable. Early on Sunday morning Luke’s new team The Bordeaux Bègles in Southern France defeated Clermont 32-25 in the French Top 14 Competition. Mitchell Jones, Luke’s younger brother, is also currently travelling in Europe.

All three have unfortunately had to put in their apologies for the Old Boys Annual Mass and Dinner for the 80th Anniversary this Friday which begins with 4.30pm Mass in the Chapel before a tour of the College Archives and Junior School, and experiencing the Twilight Concert.  This will be followed by a 6pm departure on buses from the College to Oxford Falls for a Tour and Dinner.


The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk'

This Spit to Manly Walk is another great way to support the White Knight Foundation and enjoy a scenic walk on Sunday 24th September.  See the information on the Social Justice page of this newsletter for details or contact the MindMatters Student Empowerment Team.


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


HSC Study Camps

Youthworks Spring HSC Study Camps are still open for registrations.


The study camps are filling up fast but there is still space at all three of our HSC camps for students to register.  Click on the link below for more information about the camps on offer:


Mr T Cunneen - Senior Students Studies Coordinator



Snowy Hike Expedition

Just a reminder that there will be a qualifying hike for those attending the 2017 Snowy Mountains Hike this coming Thursday 31st August.  The hike will commence at 3.30pm and finish at 6.30pm. Students are to meet in the Blue Room prior to 3.30pm.

  1. Qualification Hike:  participants must attend at least one of the initial qualification hikes below. Students require a backpack with water / snacks, suitable clothing and hiking boots if available. Students MUST attend at least one qualification hike:

              -     Thursday 31st  August:  10km circuitous route from Chatswood, 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

              -     Sunday 10th September:  Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk, Acron Oval to Davidson Park 8.30am                        to 1.00pm.


     2.  Practice Hike/Mandatory Training:  24th October 3.30pm to 25th October 9.00 am

Participants must attend this afternoon practice hike after school. Students must carry their full backpack and wear the hiking boots they will use on the Snowy Hike. Students will then be bused to Oxford Falls campus for mandatory training and overnight stay (camping). These sessions will cover necessary training around mountaineering / hiking (for example: expectations, safety, first aid, menu plan/cooking, low impact bushwalking, tent construction, packing, hypothermia etc.)  Students will then remain at Oxford Falls for their Study Day.

The closing date for applications to attend is fast approaching. We will allocate places initially on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants will still need to meet the requirement of having the physical ability and resilience needed to undertake the hike in an alpine environment.

Closing date for applications is Monday 8th September.

Application can be made via the trybooking link below.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator



Go4Fun FREE Healthy Lifestyle Program

Go4Fun is  a FREE healthy lifestyles program for children who are aged between 7-13 and above their ideal weight, and is funded by NSW Health. With an emphasis on practical, fun learning the program is designed to deliver sustained improvements in families diet, fitness levels and overall health. 

The program runs for 10 weeks alongside the school term and is delivered twice a week for two hours, the first hour consisting of interactive discussions and activities about nutrition and behaviour change and the second hour alternating between land and water games based exercise. Go4Fun encourages a family approach and as such a parent or a carer must attend all sessions with the child. Go4Fun is completely free for children and families to attend and the sessions are run after school. Go4Fun is not a diet and does not encourage rapid weight loss in children; rather it is about empowerment – putting the child at the centre of a range of ways to make healthy lifestyle changes in terms of physical activity, food, self-confidence and personal development. By following the Go4Fun principles, participants will lose weight naturally and thereby build a foundation for healthy living – for life.


If you think your family could benefit please call 1800 780 900 to get more information or register a child.


Host an Overseas Student in 2018


Schoolyard Handball Camp

Handball Australia is running a Schoolyard Handball Camp in the holidays.  See below for details:


Free Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers

31st August at St Ignatius College Riverview

7th September at the Dougherty Centre Chatswood


for Students & Families

Photo: 2016 Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk



  • Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers
  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - Sunday 10th September
  • 'Side by Side':  Research Treatment Program for children with behavioural problems
  • Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446​
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX


Boxercise for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers


'Buddies not Bullies' Bushwalk

Our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk will be held on Sunday 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential Snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.  

A letter with full details has been given to students and RSVPs are to be emailed to Mr Russo or Mr Brannan by Monday 4th September at the latest.


SIDE BY SIDE:  bringing fun back to family!

Do you feel like you have run out of answers for parenting your child?  Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed?


The Health Psychology Unit at UTS Sydney is offering a free treatment research program for families who have children with behavioural problems.  Please see the flyer below for details.




Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446

Phone 1300 120 446 between 11am and 7pm to talk confidentially to an online supporter.


Way2Wellness can help if you're:

  • anxious about work or day-to-day life
  • worried about something and not sure what to do
  • stressed out or losing sleep
  • just not feeling yourself
  • concerned about the mental wellbeing of someone else
  • feeling alone, like you have no-one you can talk to




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

  • Father's Day Breakfast:  THIS FRIDAY 1st September
  • Year 9 Mums' Dinner
  • Year 5 Family Day
  • Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

Father's Day Breakfast

THIS Friday 1st September  - 6:30 to 8:30 am.  Book now!

A St Pius X College tradition, the Father's Day breakfast is always well attended and a lot of fun for all boys and dads.   The P&F asks for a $7 contribution per family to cover the costs of bacon and egg rolls, muffins, juice and coffee.  Please click here to book.


Year 9 Mums' Dinner

Friday 8th September - 7:30pm


Join other Year 9 mums at "The Good Thai" in Chatswood on Friday 8th September.  Download the invite below or go to the P&F website. 

RSVP TO Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].



Year 5 Family Day

Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park (Nicholson Street, Chatswood).  BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc. 

Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth



Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for
St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 

We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around to homerooms each morning to collect the stickers. START COLLECTING and ask your Son to drop them in!


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

  • Mathematics
  • Pastoral Care - Year 10
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Senior Resource Centre


Boys in Years 7 to 10 will receive their ICAS Mathematics Competition papers back on Wednesday 30th August in Homeroom.  Their results for this compulsory competition will arrive later in the year.

Mr T Garvey - Mathematics Teacher

Pastoral Care

Year 10 Pastoral Care

We were fortunate to have Inspector Sam Crisafulli (Redfern Police) and Eunice Grimes (Head Mentor of Tribal Warrior) visit our College this week.  Sam and Eunice emphasised the importance of our community working together to instil better outcomes for all. The presenters gave some context to Year 10 regarding the Redfern Riots and the unfortunate death of a young Indigenous boy in 2004. From this tragedy they recognised that a cultural shift needed to take place if they were to work alongside and better the community.

This tragedy culminated in a boxing program run by the Redfern Police and the Indigenous community. Three mornings a week a boxing program starting at 6.00am sees members of the community work together to recognise values of respect, health, sportsmanship and cameraderie.

This successful program has seen lives changed and has led to a decrease in crime in the Redfern area. The students were extremely humbled and excited about the program and have since reflected on their own Community Involvement Program and Social Justice Initiatives.


We look forward to building our involvement with the Tribal Warrior Program into the future.  These presenters reminded us that we must be the change we want to see in the world and that we must be aware of cultural stigmatisation and correct our language in order to build a more harmonious environment.


Ms A Foord - Wellbeing Coordinator


Performing Arts  


This showcase of Year 12 HSC major works is on TOMORROW night, commencing at 6.30pm in the Band Room. The Year 12 HSC Music students will be performing works from their program and there will be selected individual and group performances from the Year 12 Drama class. There will also be a special presentation to the Year 12 Drama students from the PAPA.



The second Twilight Concert for the year will take place THIS Friday 1st September (Week 7), commencing at 5.00pm in the Junior School yard (gymnasium if the weather is inclement). All major ensembles (with the exception of the Guitar Ensembles) will be performing and there will be a special presentation to all Year 12 Music students from the PAPA.



These will take place on Tuesday 5th September and Wednesday 6th September respectively in the Band Room, commencing at 5.00pm. Parents and friends are warmly invited to support the boys.



These auditions will take place during periods 5 and 6 on Friday 8th September. The following positions are available: 2 x alto saxophone, 2 x tenor saxophone, 1 x baritone saxophone, 2 x trombone. Students who wish to audition should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom for further information, an audition time and music pass. Students will not be permitted to audition unless they have a signed pass.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will be attending the next Concert in the series on Thursday 21st September. Tickets will be sent home with the students in the next week.



The Year 12 Drama class having finished their HSC performances last week.



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Public Speaking & Debating


James Baldock competed in the 2017 Northern Sydney Regional Final on Wednesday 16th August at The Arts Unit at Lewisham.  He competed against students from North Sydney Boys High, Hornsby Girls High, Arden Anglican School, Shore School, Normanhurst Boys High, Wenona School, Ryde Secondary College, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College and St Aloysius College.

He gained exceptional experience at this event and felt confident about this speech presentation. However, his impromptu speech was more challenging. Congratulations to James for reaching such a prestigious level in your public speaking.  Both James Baldock and Joshua Jones will be presented with their certificates at next Monday’s assembly.



Last Friday we travelled to Abbotsleigh College for Round 6 of the SDN Competition.  We didn’t win any debates on the night. However, as noted in last week’s Woodchatta, our students understand that the SDN is a competition where we are punching above our weight and that this competition is an effective training experience.  Again, the coaches and I were so proud of the attitude that the St Pius X College boys displayed after their losses.

This Round 7, Friday 1st September, St Pius X College is travelling to Redlands at Cremorne Senior Campus.

Please click on the attachment below for Ms Waterson's full report including SDN venue information.


Senior Resource Centre

  • Author with superpowers shares creative writing tips

Award-winning author Jack Heath told us that he uses the superpowers of “imagination and vocabulary” to turn words into money in a string of action-packed books.  Jack said the key to writing was to write something that you would want to read, something that would keep you engaged from the beginning. Aside from “paper, pen and an idea”, Jack’s keys to creative writing include:

  • Build suspense and surprise into stories.
  • Use similes.
  • Portray characters by what they do and what they feel.
  • Edit and redraft! This takes twice as long as writing.

Victor Lahoud, Ben Giles, Oliver Fitzroy of Year 8 and Mrs Keighery


In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Jack Heath spoke to Years 5, 6, 7 and 8.

He is pictured below with Year 5 boys.


  • Poetry Out Loud

I was wowed by 'Poetry Out Loud', celebrating and showcasing the incredible poetry of St Pius X College Old Boy Francis Webb at Willoughby Library last Saturday.  It made me proud to be part of a school that can boast such a respected alumni. It also made me proud to see Nicholas McKenzie of Year 10, supported by his mates, read a poem that Francis is thought to have written between the age of 7 and 10.

The poets and academics who gather at this celebration are constantly wowed by Francis and this added to my positive feelings. Dr Luke Fischer of the University of Sydney said that 'Five Days Old' is a poem which rivals Yeats’ poem 'When You Were Old' as the greatest poem of all time. Dr Michelle Hamadache of Macquarie University, editor of the esteemed literary magazine 'Southerly', said she couldn’t imagine life without Francis. Each poet, filmmaker and academic who read brought more insight and conveyed the awe they feel at reading St Pius X College's Francis Webb, and it was contagious.


Dr Toby Davidson, a Macquarie University lecturer and editor of Webb’s Collected Works, organises the event each year. He is to be congratulated and it would be great if more people could take advantage of this event next year.  You too can feel proud or just be wowed.

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: Students hard at work at the After-school Study Program, which runs Tues Wed and Thurs from Week 2 of each term.


  • How parents can help with homework
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

How parents can help with homework


Thursday Enrichment Club

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10

St Pius X College will be running a regular Enrichment Club each Thursday at lunchtime in LC2 to promote opportunities for interested students who want to extend their thinking skills, enjoy learning and research challenges, and would like to mix with other boys who share these interests, in an informal and fun environment.

The Club will provide opportunities for students to work both independently and in teams on various enrichment activities, competitions including Da Vinci, and challenges that draw on a wide range of subject areas, and which will require students to make use of a wide range of skills and interests – including  critical thinking, problem-solving, creative writing, applied maths and science, design and computing skills, philosophy and ethics, politics, religion, history, literature, drama and more.

Activities will include a mix of free choice and structured tasks, vocabulary games, word puzzles and speech-making, optional competition entry opportunities – some requiring pre-selection and trialling, as well as self-generated research questions and topics of interest. There is no cost for joining the Enrichment Club, except for any competition entries which selected students may choose to participate in,  and students will be well advised about these and parent permission notes sent home before time, whenever these opportunities arise.

If interested, please meet Ms Raheb-Mol each Thursday lunchtime in LC2. Due to the Year 11 exam block, Enrichment Club will start Week 9 of Term 3. See you there boys!

For further queries about Enrichment Club, please contact Ms Raheb-Mol at the College, or via email on [email protected]


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

To improve vocabulary and spelling skills for students in Years 5 - 12

This is a useful website program and set of resources, called Wordly Wise 3000®. It provides an engaging and graded literacy intervention program that aims to help students learn new vocabulary which they will encounter in school tasks across the curriculum. As a sequential program, it is essentially a companion site for a series of workbooks which target vocabulary mastery, in graded components, from Year 2 (Click on ‘Book 2’) right through to Year 12 (Click on ‘Book 12’). The program contains hundreds of words, definitions (including audio), and games which present and reinforce new vocabulary and correct spelling (allowing for a few unavoidable American spellings). This online program is being offered free of charge, but only until the end of 2017, so the LSE team suggests that interested parents and carers take a look at the program and encourage your boys to make use of this practical resource to boost their writing, speaking and reading skills this semester. Here’s the link: (click into the ‘students’ section)


Maths Drop-In Centre

Maths Drop-in Centre – Monday lunch time and Thursday mornings

What is it? A place to get some extra maths help with difficult concepts, topics or homework. You can also come along for some extension work, so you can revise or get ahead. This is an ideal place where students can come and feel comfortable to ask questions. Students are encouraged to bring along specific queries, tasks, assessments, homework, general revision and problems to work on, with teachers on hand ready to help:  Ms Pence, and other members of the Maths Department on an occasional basis, and Mrs Fileman. The teachers will have resources on hand to help students consolidate their numeracy and mathematics skills.

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

WHEN – Monday lunch time 12.50 -1.30pm (bring your lunch) and Thursday morning 8.00 - 8.30am each week.

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please see or email Ms Pence at: [email protected] or Mrs Fileman at: [email protected]



After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 


What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get a headstart on your homework and assessments, catch up on missed work, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one reading, writing, or other assistance for all subjects. Enjoy the benefits of having supervising teachers on hand to assist if and as needed, namely Ms Raheb-Mol or Ms Leonardi.

Note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.


WHEN - Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon, from 3.15 - 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]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

REMINDER:  Uni Open Days This Weekend 

  • Saturday 2nd September – UNSW
  • Saturday 2nd September – ACU (North Sydney)


UNSW High School Leavers & Future Students Scholarships

Applications close 30 September:


Master Builders Association Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Master Builders Apprenticeship Service is a Group Training Organisation who employs apprentices and trainees to place them with tradespeople, builders and contractors within the Building and Construction Industry for on-the-job training in their selected trade. They are always looking for great people looking to start or continue their apprenticeship with Master Builders.

Apply to become a Master Builder Apprentice:


Master Plumbers Association of NSW Apprenticeships

Find out what it takes to become a plumber – they’re particularly looking for female applicants.



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Athletics Term 2


  • Winter Sport / Cocurricular Photos Order Form
  • Athletics
  • Cricket     
  • Rugby
  • SPX Tennis Championship

Winter Sport/Cocurricular Photos - Order Form

Our Winter Sport/Cocurricular photos have now been taken. Hard-copy order forms were given to students and are due back to the School Office by the end of this term. A PDF form is also attached below should you require it.



The ISA Team selected  to compete at the ISA Championships on 5th September has been posted on the noticeboard outside the Gym. Some events are not finalised and some spots require a run-off. The final spots in the ISA team will be determined on Saturday 2nd September at the last Invitational Carnival.


All ISA selected athletes are required to compete on Saturday at Homebush. It is important that everyone has a last practice race, especially our relay teams.


Athletes selected for the ISA team will be given a parental letter, a copy of the school records and the ISA program. Parental permission slips need to be  returned by Friday 1st September.


Saturday's Carnival is at SOPAC Homebush with an 8.00am start.  Please click below for the Events Schedule.  

Mr R Lacey  and Ms L Ho - Athletics Convenors



Registration is closing soon! The first round for District teams (U12 to U16-18) is Saturday 9 September.

Registration is now open for all players from U12 to Opens. So register now at


District Teams:  Based on registrations SPX Cricket Club will enter teams into the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association. Please note: U12 and U13 play on Saturday afternoons, U14, U15 and U16-18 play on Saturday mornings.  The Club is looking in to the viability of a graded Division 1 U15 team (more details to follow) as an additional developmental pathway. Below are the MWJCA Season 2017/18 dates.


Mid-week Cricket Training:  Training for all teams has commenced. All training is at Oxford Falls and conducted by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal. Buses leave from the front of OLD Church at 3:20pm and return to Chatswood (Anderson Street) at approximately 5:30pm.

Training uniform is: blue SPX PE shorts, House colour shirt and running shoes. Players are encouraged to bring their own protective equipment.
Training days are:
  • Monday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Tuesday – U15 and U16-18
  • Wednesday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Thursday – Junior School (Year 5 and 6) U12 and U13 (as part of Junior School Sport), Senior School U13 and U14

Players and parents please note that rolls will be marked each afternoon. Training is compulsory for all players as part of the College Co-Curricular Program.


1st and 2nd XI Trials:  All aspiring and returning ISA players need to register. ISA Trials have commenced and will continue at Oxford Falls on Monday and Wednesday until the end of Term 2. Trial matches are scheduled for the 1st and 2nd XI on Wednesday 4 October, 5 October and 6 October 2017 (during School Holidays). Players are encouraged to speak with Mr Rodgers and Mr Reay about the upcoming season.


SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal who will coached teams during the week.


DISTRICT MWJCA 2017/18 - Season Dates

Mr D Reay - Convenor



2018 Under 15s Rugby Tour

Interested students and their parents who are eligible to join the Under 15s tour to New Zealand in April of 2018 are asked to email Mr Lynch with their confirmation ASAP. Those who have confirmed their place on the tour will receive an email this with a registration link where they will be asked to provide all their sons relevant details and pay the deposit to secure their place on the tour.

Mr J Lynch - Convenor

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM

The SPX Rugby Supporters’ Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th October at The Willoughby Hotel (first floor).

Mr Paul O’Neill - President, St Pius X College Rugby Supporters Club​


SPX Tennis Championship


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the date for the SPX Internal Tennis Championship has been changed and will now be held the following weekend, Saturday 16th September.  Please contact Ms O’Brien via [email protected] should you have any problems or queries.  Applications are welcome from:

  • ISA Players - Winter 2017
  • NSTA Players - Term 4, 2016 and Term 1, 2017
  • Players intending to register for NSTA in Term 4, 2017

Please note: Grading for NSTA 2017/2018 will take place on this day and performance will contribute to grading for ISA Tennis 2018.


There will be a Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) Knock-out Singles Competition. Entry Forms are due by 1st September and are available below or at the Student Office.


Ms A O’Brien - Convenor


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Junior School Walkathon

  • Junior School News
  • Learning Enrichment
  • Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers​ THIS THURSDAY & FRIDAY AT 7.30AM
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

'Small Steps’ Presentation for Parents

Thank you to the 30 plus parents who attended the Small Steps presentation which I found to be very useful.  The presenter was very entertaining and interesting and the message I took home from it is 'early intervention is the best'.  Thank you to Ms Joe McCarthy and Mr Sean Brannan who also attended the event.



The boys were amazing - they ran and ran and ran.  They were putting themselves out for those less fortunate and they seemed to enjoy it! 


Many of the boys had set themselves a goal and reached that goal so they were proud of their efforts.  Well done boys.  A special mention to Caleb Hanrahan for running with his arm in a sling and Jacob Magner who did 18 laps.

Now the other half of the process begins and that is to bring in your donations.


Grandfather, Father & Son Sporting Afternoon

Gentlemen keep stretching! Get the ice packs in the fridge! Yes it's time for the Grandfather, Father and Son sporting afternoon.

  • When: Thursday 31st August
  • Where: Oxford Falls Playing Fields – Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls
  • Time: Sport from 11.45am – 1.15pm

Every boy will be involved in sport even if their dad/grandad can’t be there.  There will be two sessions of sport, 11.45am to 12.30pm and 12.3 pm to 1.15pm.  Participants can either play two different sports or stay on the one activity (except for tennis, where numbers may dictate one session only).  If you haven’t replied but can suddenly make it, please turn up.   Mr Virgona has planned the weather so all is in readiness!

Thank you to the mums and grandmothers who offered to help with the BBQ - I will email a note out today.


P&F Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 1st September

A St Pius X College tradition, the Father's Day breakfast is always well attended and a lot of fun for all boys and dads.   The P&F asks for a $7 contribution per family to cover the costs of bacon and egg rolls, muffins, juice and coffee.  Please click here to book.


Year 5 Family Day  - Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park  (Nicholson Street Chatswood).   BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc.  (Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth)


Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

The St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 

We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around home rooms each morning to collect the stickers.  START COLLECTING and ask your Son to drop them in!


Football/AFL Presentation Evening

Thank you to all the parents for attending the Football and AFL Presentation Night.  It was a packed house and the boys appreciated being acknowledged for their efforts in representing the College.  Thank you to Mr Cummins and Mrs Cummins for their organisation of the event and Jayden Milat, Mr Virgona and Mr Couani who also attended and assisted in making it a successful night.


IPSHA Athletics Carnival

Well done to all the boys on their efforts at the IPSHA Carnival. For a small team we had a great deal of success.  The following boys will be going to the CIS carnival in the IPSHA team:

  • The senior relay team:  Ryan Jom, Zac Flynn, William Slocombe and Joel Austin to the CIS
  • James Griffith for discus
  • Aaron Lau for shotput
  • PJ Marren and Zac Flynn in the 200 m

Congratulations boys!



Oliver Phommavanh Writing Workshop

Oliver Phommavanh is the author of Thai-riffic and there are places available for his writing workshop which will be held on the second Wednesday of the holidays, 4th October, at Castle Hill Library. The cost is $14 for a one hour session.

I have included this poster for any boys who may be interested in taking part.


Bookings essential via




Mr T Long - Head of Junior School




Learning Enrichment

Write On Competition 2017 (Years 5-6)

Congratulations to all the boys for their entries in the Write On Competition.  Jack Lonergan (6 Gold) was selected to represent Stage 3 from the College with his writing entitled ‘The Shooting’ and an excerpt from his story is below. Good luck Jack.


"As the Chinese president’s Rolls Royce rounded the corner the buzzing and cheering grew louder. The streets were lined with tourists and residents who had been highly anxious to catch a glance of the new president. The previous president had died under suspicious circumstances and he did not have any living relatives who could replace him. However, as soon as the residents caught a glimpse of his face their anxiety turned into dread………… "


Junior Debating News

We hosted Round 6 of the IPSHA competition against Wahroonga Preparatory School and the debate was on the topic “Australia should ban advertising aimed at children.” Well done to both our teams on their efforts and teamwork.

We travel to Masada College at St Ives on Friday 8th September for the next round.


Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher


Boxercise Mornings for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers this Thursday and Friday at 7.30am



Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: on at Oxford Falls. Our regular sport is put on hold as the Father & Son Day is taking place.

Father and Son Sports Day:  On Thursday 31st August we will hold our annual Father and Son Sports Day at Oxford Falls. We look forward to welcoming dads, grand-dads and male relations to this fantastic wider school community event. Arrival is 11.30am for 11.45am start time. A BBQ lunch will follow at 1.15pm. Students require normal PE clothes and will be active irrespective of their father’s participation. Thanks in advance to the mums who have volunteered to assist with feeding such a large, ravenous horde.


Athletics: Congratulations to the entire team who performed admirably at the IPSHA Carnival on Monday. Zach Flynn ran superbly to place 3rd in the U12 200m (27.51) and gain individual selection for the IPSHA team He is joined by PJ Marren who was 4th fastest in the Junior 200m in a time of 29.93. Aaron Lau goes through in the U12 Shot Put after placing 5th with an 8.72m throw and James Griffith progresses in the Junior Discus, placing 2nd with 24.36m. Ryan Jom matched his PB, placing 4th in the U12 High Jump (1.40m) and securing a place in the team.

The Senior Relay Team (Ryan Jom, Zachary Flynn, Will Slocombe and Joel Austin) qualified 5th fastest in 56.11 and will look to better their time at the CIS event. Our Junior team was just 0.14 sec off qualification for their relay. Well done to all and good luck to the 7 athletes who will represent IPSHA on 13th September.


Winter Sport/Co-curricular Photos: Our Winter Sport/Co-curricular photos took place today. Hard-copy order forms were given to students and are due back to the School Office by the end of this term . A PDF form is also attached below should you require it.


Football/AFL Presentation Evening: thanks to all who attended this recognition evening. Congratulations to all players and award recipients, especially those who won the two major awards:

  • Junior Football Player of the Year – Luca Damianakis
  • Junior AFL Player of the Year – Declan Fitzgerald.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster
    Canteen will be CLOSED on Monday 4/9 and Wednesday 6/9 due to Market Day

    (Open for Breakfast only)
  • Uniform Shop:  Gift Items for Fathers' Day or as Souvenirs for Year 12 Students


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




  • Students return to school for the start of Term 4 on Monday 9th October in full Summer Uniform.
  • Summer School & Sports Uniform  now available .


The College Uniform Shop stocks a range of good appropriate for Fathers'  Day  gifts or as a souvenir for Year 12 students leaving the College:  


  • - Golf umbrellas  $30
    - Coffee mugs $15
  • - Lanyards $5
    - Aprons $20
    - Scarf $20
    - Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​







  • Raincoats are now available in all sizes

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via
  • An updated Price List is now 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
Bishop's Letter to Year 12 Students.pdf
Letter to Year 9 Parents.pdf
Letter to Year 9 Parents.pdf
Careers Newsletter Aug 23.pdf
Careers Newsletter August 31.pdf
District MWJCA 2017.pdf
Senior Rugby Award Winners 2017.pdf
SPX Championships - Tournament information.pdf
Photo Order Form.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
What parents can do to help with Homework.pdf
Pubic Speaking & Debating.pdf
Photo Order Form.pdf
Way2Wellness Flyer.pdf
Side by Side Information Sheet.pdf
Year 9 Mums Dinner Sept 2017.pdf