St Pius X College Newsletter

24 May 2017
Issue 15
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice
P&F News
MindMatters, Parent & Student Matters
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 25th May

Ascension Thursday


Monday 29th May

Reconciliation Assembly


Monday 5th June

Year 7 Study Skills Parent/Student Night with Prue Salter at 6.30pm


Tuesday 6th June

Senior Athletics Carnival

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Wednesday 7th June

Junior Athletics Carnival






Thursday 8th June

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Staff Meeting


Friday 9th June

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students





From the Principal     

  • Prayer:  Our Lady Help of Christians
  • SPX Annual Survey
  • 80th Anniversary Concert:  'A Night of Stars'
  • White Knight Foundation Dinner
  • Government Funding

Prayer:  Our Lady Help of Christians

Eternal God, you chose the Virgin Mary

to mother your only Son who is the light of the world.

By the help of her intercession, let the light of Christ shine over this land,

guiding us in faith, justice and love.

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.


Today, 24th May, is the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians who is the patroness of the Australian Catholic Church.  During this month of May we ask Mary to intercede for us, care for us and those we love and to bless this land of Australia.  Let the light of Christ shine over this land.


SPX Annual Survey

Have you completed your survey? The College is keen to know your view.  We are looking for a high response again this year. One of the key questions is regarding the proposal from the College Old Boys’ Association and some parents regarding the introduction of a new Senior Blazer for students in Years 11 and 12. The question is as follows:

  • Introduce a compulsory Year 11/12 Blazer with Gold Braiding and Piping (cost approximately $200.00.)

I urge all parents, students and staff to have their say through the survey.



'A Night Full of Stars'


What a superb evening! Our 80th Anniversary was celebrated in music and historical reflection as over 300 students performed a huge range of pieces from classical to rock and nostalgia as well. Congratulations and sincere thanks to Ms Bates and the Performing Arts team of teachers, tutors and Ensemble Directors. Special mention to the considerable number of ex-students who joined the Finale.  Oh what a night!


For a full report and photo gallery please see the Performing Arts section of this edition of Woodchatta.

My address on the evening is attached below.


White Knight Foundation Dinner


Congratulations to Liam Knight on the Foundation Dinner held last Friday evening. The funds raised do not go to Liam but rather to the victims of violence. Liam is improving in his health and spoke with great passion for the victims of such senseless crimes.

Special thanks to the Year 11 students who sold raffle tickets and acted as ushers and co-hosts for the evening.  

There is a more detailed report in the Student/Parent Matters page of this Woodchatta.



Government Funding

The College Board met this week and discussed a range of options and projections for the future. No decision has yet been made in relation to school fees and we will wait until the Federal and State Governments have determined their level of funding to the College for 2018 and beyond. This is not likely to be known until the end of the financial year at the earliest.

The College has met and written to the Federal Government and is awaiting a response.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice

Photo: 18th Annual Mount St Benedict Social Justice Forum

  • Mission & Identity
  • Youth Festival
  • ALPHA for Youth
  • Social Justice:

           - St Vincent de Paul Appeal for New and Used Blankets and Sleeping Bags, and Used Pots and Pans

           - Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea

           - Community Service at Willowood Aged Care Facility, Bloodbank Donations, Assistance at                                 Matthew Talbot Hostel

           - 18th Annual Mount Saint Benedict Social Justice Forum


Mission & Identity

This week I had the pleasure of teaching a lesson about the Ascension to Year 6 Red. The Feast of the Ascension is held on Thursday 25th of May, exactly 40 days after Easter and we commemorate the day when Jesus ascended bodily into heaven. The Catholic Church considers this day to be one of our holiest of days ranking with the Passion at Easter. Previously it was a Holy Day of Obligation but today it is commemorated on the Sunday after.


What is so significant about Jesus leaving us? This day not only allows us to reflect on the end of his earthly ministry but also how successful and life-giving it was, so it is a day of hope. Year 6 Red discussed how the disciples of Jesus must have felt when he decided to leave them. We all agreed that the disciples must have been feeling very sad and in fact scared that the resurrected Jesus would not remain with them. Jesus gave them hope in the announcement that ‘they would receive the Holy Spirit and become witnesses …to the ends of the earth’. (Acts 1:6-11) And so on each Feast of the Ascension, we too are given that hope in the promise of the Pentecostal power that is given to each of us as we receive and live Jesus’ message daily and within our community.


Tuesday 8.00am Mass in the College Chapel

6th June, 20th June, 18th July, 1st August, 15th August, 29th August and 12th September.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


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 do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Social Justice


The St Vincent de Paul Winter Blanket Appeal is here for the next two weeks with a double twist. Firstly, the Year 9 St Pius X College students have teamed up with the Mercy College Year 10 Mercy Action Group to run a combined collection in this social justice activity . The second twist is that these two groups, who have decided to donate to St Vincent de Paul’s Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel, are not only collecting new and used blankets and sleeping bags, but are also collecting any used pots and pans to give to them .


The blankets are obviously much needed at this time as the weather cools. The pots and pans are to be used to give to men who have been working very hard with counsellors on rehabilitating themselves and are ready to return to housing. One of the great costs Matthew Talbot faces is equipping these men to return to housing, and cooking utensils is a large financial burden for them.  If we can gather any used pots and pans that are taking up cupboard space and not being used any more they can be given to these men, thus relieving some of the financial burden for Matthew Talbot and  giving our old pots and pans a new life. Whilst this is run by Year 9 it is open to the entire SPX community and a collection point has been set up in the foyer for the next two weeks.


The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea was run last Friday at lunchtime by the junior members of the Edmund Rice Society and will continue to run each Friday of Terms 2 and 3.



Unfortunately the stall will not run this Friday 26th May as the society’s junior members are at a Kidsview Conference in the Sarto Centre, but they will return with their yummy blocks of $2 fair trade Cadbury chocolate next week with all profits going to Callan Services.


St Pius X College students and staff continue to serve the community with our three weekly social justice commitments. On Monday afternoon up to 12 students and staff attend Willowood Aged Care Facility where they spend an hour conversing with the residents.  According to Mr Listo, who accompanies the students, this week was particularly full of laughter and joy from both Year 11 students and residents alike.


The Tuesday Bloodbank continues with students from Years 10 and 11 giving blood to save the lives of strangers. Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel has always been popular with our students where they set up, pack up and serve in the dining room for homeless men. This has become so popular there are regularly up to ten students assisting on the evening.


On Tuesday evening I was fortunate to accompany a number of students from Years 10, 11 and 12 to the 18th Annual Mount St Benedict Social Justice Forum at their College in Pennant Hills. The focus of the forum this year is the Environment. St Pius X College was one of 22 schools from across Sydney and the Central Coast who attended and the evening was sent through a live feed to schools in both Brisbane and Wollongong.



After the opening prayer the Acknowledgement of Country and a Welcome Water Ceremony was delivered by three Aunties from the Dharrug Indigenous People of the Castle Hill and Pennant Hills area.


The keynote speaker for the evening, Professor Tim Flannery, spoke passionately and in depth on the effects of humanity on climate change and challenged our thinking with the idea of a carbon negative future. Following his address, students had the opportunity to attend two workshops each as well as a dinner break were they could all gather and discuss the social justice issues at hand with one another. Our boys were wise enough to step out of their comfort zone and go their separate ways to cover as many workshops as possible then come back together at the end of the night to discuss them with one another. Workshops were run by the following organisations on the following topics:

  1. Columbian Mission Institute, Knowing Our Place (connecting with nature and the rest of God’s creations)
  2. Baptist World Aid Australia (clothing manufacture and ethical fashion)
  3. Islamic Science & Research Academy of Australia (Environment from an Islamic faith perspective)
  4. Pacific Calling Partnerships (the impact of climate change on our Pacific Island neighbours)
  5. Mt St Benedict, Caring for Creation (how MSB cares for its Blue Gum forest)
  6. Professor Tim Flannery, (The Carbon Negative Future)
  7. Mt St Benedict, Wax Wraps (how to make your own wax paper and end plastic cling wrap)
  8. Mt St Benedict, Social Justice & Environmental Portfolios (what Bennies girls are doing in these areas)
  9. Oz Harvest (food waste and our environment)
  10. YCS, Climate Action Campaign (national student action movement)
  11. Catholic Mission (global stories of people and communities effected by climate change)
  12. Catholic Earthcare Australia (environmental projects and initiatives)
  13. Diocese of Broken Bay (care of the environment from an indigenous perspective)

So if that sounds interesting and you are in Year 9, 10 or 11 note that in Term 2, 2018  Mount St Benedict will hold its next Social Justice Forum for all students who have a social conscience on many topics.


Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator


P&F News

  • Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018
  • Cocktail Party Photos
  • Diary Date:  Trivia Night

Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations

Friday 2nd June

Tanya and Tino Ceravolo will open their doors to their home to host a Year 12 parent gathering. Join us on Friday 2nd June for another fabulous and fun evening of cocktails and conversations. Please RSVP to Tanya's email:   [email protected]   

Invite details can be found at the P&F website -


Entertainment Books 2017-2018

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


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


Cocktail Party Photos

Photos from the 2017 Cocktail party are now loaded and ready to be viewed by clicking here.


Diary Date

  • Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

MindMatters, Parent & Student Matters

Photo: Ex-Student Liam Knight with Year 11 students at the White Knight Foundation Dinner


  • Parent Focus Group on Learning – Have Your Say
  • Information for Year 11 Parents
  • Year 7 Study Skills Evening
  • From the Head of Student Services-

                      - Waratahs vs Rebels Super 18 Rugby Match Sunday 20th May

                      - Visit from EREBB School Cardinal Newman College, Argentina

                      - MindMatters Peer Mentoring Kayak and Bushwalking activity this Friday

                      - Liam Knight - White Knight Foundation Dinner

  • Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students

Parent Focus Group on Learning - Have Your Say!

Tuesday 13th June at 1.00pm

At St Pius X College we have been working hard on creating a Learning Framework about what learning looks like here and how we can make it even better. We would love to get your views as parents on this, as you are an integral part of your son’s education and we want to work in partnership with you.


We would like to invite parents to come along to a discussion group on Tuesday 13th June at 1.00pm. A light lunch will be provided. Click here to register - numbers will be limited to 12.  If you would like further information please feel free to contact me.

Mrs Anne Gripton - Innovative Learning Coordinator


Information for Year 11 Parents

On Wednesday 17 May 2017 Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ( ran a study skills session with Year 11 at camp.  The session focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results in their final years of school. The main areas covered with Year 11 were:

  • Moving into a senior mindset.
  • Working effectively at home and dealing with distractions.
  • The importance of independent learning.
  • Steps to effective study for assessments.
  • Increasing the range of study techniques used.
  • How often and how to make study notes.
  • Making study notes brain-friendly.

Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website:  All secondary students and parents at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to and enter the username: spx and the password:  25success. There are lots of useful handouts on the THINGS TO PRINT page on this site and students can work through the units where they need additional help.

Mr T Cunneen - Senior  Students Studies Coordinator

Year 7 Study Skills Evening

Dear Year 7 Parents,

You and your son are invited to attend a Study Skills Evening on Monday 5th June at 6:30pm in the College Gym.  The presenter on the evening will be Dr Prue Salter. More details can be found in the attached flyer.

If you wish to attend, booking and payment can be done through the trybooking website by clicking on the following link:   Bookings close on Sunday 4th of June.

Mr Simon Yue  - Year 7 Coordinator


From the Head of Student Services

Waratahs vs Rebels Super 18 Rugby Match Sunday 20th May

After attending the Liam Knight White Knight Foundation Dinner on Friday night, to raise money and awareness for the cause of countering youth violence in society, ex-student Michael Hooper put in a Man of the Match Captain’s performance, including a try, to secure the NSW Waratahs the Weary Dunlop Shield against the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday.


St Pius X College was well represented with over 40 Junior and Senior school students participating in the pre-match field March Past to celebrate Rugby Union at the College and the great connections it facilitates.

Thank you to Mr Lynch and Mr Stearn for organising and leading the March Past to the great benefit of some excited signature hunting junior players. On the field the group were addressed by Our Lady of Dolours Primary School ex-student, and nephew of one of our staff members, Waratah breakaway Jack Dempsey.


In another interesting aside the Sir Weary Dunlop Shield is named after the Melbourne University in Victoria and Wallaby great, Dr Weary Dunlop, who served as a medical officer with the 8th Division in WWII. Captured in Singapore, he was a great advocate for the allied POWs in Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway, where he frequently risked his own safety to stand up against the ill treatment of his men.

Congratulations to Michael Hooper, the Waratahs and the St Pius X College contingent who conducted themselves with distinction.


Visit from EREBB School Cardinal Newman College, Argentina

At our Athletics Carnival on  6th June the College will host the Principal, Alberto Olivero, and a number of students from Edmund Rice Beyond Borders Argentinian School: Cardinal Newman College, Buenos Aires.  Alberto is a leader in innovation in education and Cardinal Newman College is one of the most prestigious institutions in Argentina, boasting among its ex-students Argentinian President Mauricio Macri who was formerly President of Boca Juniors Football Club.

Some of the longer standing members of our community recall when Cardinal Newman College last visited to be billeted and play St Pius X College on a Rugby Tour in 1987. By all accounts they were robust opponents but SPX got the better of them.

We look forward to hosting our Edmund Rice cousins from South America to showcase our school, and hearing about the innovative educational initiatives being developed at Cardinal Newman College which also supplies a good proportion of Jaguares and Argentinian Pumas players.


MindMatters Peer Mentoring Kayak and Bushwalking activity this Friday

Our MindMatters Peer Mentoring buddies from Year 6 and Year 12 are reminded that we need to leave ASAP on the bell this Friday afternoon to kayak and bushwalk around 1st Sailors Bay Scout Unit Boatshed at Castlecrag. The activity is designed to enhance the connection and rapport between our younger students transitioning into the College and their senior counterparts, and what better way than through physical activity in this context.

Bring your swimmers and rashy if you plan to kayak and get wet and/or walking shoes for the bushwalk component. We will leave school as soon as possible at 3.15pm and get changed at the venue if not before.


White Knight Foundation Dinner

Friday night saw our Year 11 students and a number of other staff and members of the College community support Liam Knight’s Foundation Dinner which raised awareness and funds to counteract the effects of youth violence and support the treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of countless others. Liam was himself afflicted by violence when he attended the 18th Birthday party of a fellow St Pius X College student in 2014 in Forestville. He received serious brain injuries when a steel reinforcement pole thrown by some violent gatecrashers, penetrated his head.


Liam Knight himself spoke at the dinner, with great composure and effect along with his own brother Shane Knight and fellow ex-student Ben Fordham, Police Deputy Commissioner, Catherine Burn, Health Experts and members of families affected by youth violence. Their message to our students, and all in attendance, was a positive and strong one.


We acknowledge another ex-student Waratah’s Captain and Wallaby Vice Captain Michael Hooper who attended the event to support Liam Knight, our College Counsellor Mr Rick Russo, who is on the organising committee of the foundation, and responsible for many of the people in attendance, and also Michael Zaknic, (SPX 1997), cousin of School Captain Jason Andrijic (2001) and 2017 Prefect Anthony Maras, who entertained the dinner with comedian ventriloquist Darren Carr.



Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services



Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey

After much consideration of the predicted inclement weather, 22 students armed with their wet weather gear headed off into Mt Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.  To meet the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, students are to complete a practice and qualifying Journey. At St Pius X College that Journey is a bushwalk.

The students carried 15-18 kg packs over the 30 km route between Mt Ku-Ring-Gai and Cowan. Leeches, ticks and food being stolen by bush turkeys was all part of the adventure. The weather was beautiful and no rain was encountered.

Congratulations to our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants and thank you to Mr Donnelly and to our Year 12 students Daniel Butler and Alex McClarty for their time and assistance with making this a successful hike.

Mr de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator




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

Department News

Photo: 80th Anniversary Concert - Thursday 18th May 2017

  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  •  Science            

Performing Arts  


What an amazing night! Congratulations to all students past and present, colleagues and Ensemble Directors on their hard work and tireless efforts over recent weeks, ensuring that all performances were polished, poised and the best that they could be. I am so incredibly proud of everyone, you are STARS!


My sincere thanks to colleagues who supervised students behind the scenes and to PAPA. You too are STARS and just as vital to the success of the night. My thanks also to the many parents who have emailed to pass on good wishes. I have been touched and humbled by your kind words, all of which have been passed on.  Click below to see a selection of the wonderful photos taken on the night.



Thank you to the Intermediate String Quartet:  Matthew Crotty (Year 10), Luke McManus and Young Oh (Year 9) and Thomas Van Dijk (Year 8) who backed up from Thursday night’s Concert and performed at this dinner on Friday evening. Although tired, the students gave of their very best and are to be commended on doing so.


The students in the Year 9 Elective Music class will be presenting their first Performance Night of the year, TONIGHT at 5.00pm in the Band Room. Parents and friends are invited to attend and parking will be available in the Junior School yard.



The students in the Year 11 Elective Music class will be presenting their first Performance Night of the year on Tuesday 30th May at 5.00pm in the Band Room. Parents and friends are invited to attend and parking will be available in the Junior School yard.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students are reminded that the next concert in the series is on Thursday 8th June, 6.30pm at the Opera House. Students will be given their tickets during class and should be in their seats by 6.15pm. The concert will finish at approximately 8.30pm.



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


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

Last Friday St Pius X College travelled to Riverview and the 12A, 9A and 7A teams were successful on the night.

This Friday St Pius X College is hosting Rosebank College.  Rosebank will arrive at St Pius X College at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm coin toss.  Students will train from 3.30pm until 5.00pm, travelling to Westfield for dinner and returning to the Gym by 5.45pm.  Debates should commence at 7.00pm and conclude by 8.00pm.  All students will have a role/job on the night and need to sign out with their coach before they leave with parents.  The topic this week is ‘Sport’.   


In Week 6 Round 6 St Pius X College is travelling to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.  The topic will be ‘Environment’.   

* Please note below the date changes for the Elimination Round through to the Grand Final.


TERM 2:                                                                          TERM 3:

Round 5    May 26 (this Friday)                                Semi-final    July 21 

Round 6    June 2                                                           Grand Final  July 28

Elimination Round 2    June 16

Quarterfinal    June 23




Thank you on behalf of the brilliant SPX debating coaches and senior student mentors.


The Da Vinci Decathlon

16 students from Year 9 are travelling to Knox Grammar tomorrow to compete in the Da Vinci Decathlon. Eight students will be competing as Year 9 students and eight will be competing as Year 10 students. This is an amazing experience for students.  Good luck on the day and watch this space for details of this spectacular Big Day Out!

Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor



University of NSW Science Competition

Next Tuesday 30th May all students from Years 5 to 10 will be competing in the University of NSW Science Competition.  To complete the task each student will require two pencils.  An eraser, calculator and ruler may also be used.  Years 7 to 10 will complete the task during Periods 1 and 2.  Class teachers of Years 5 and 6 will advise when their classes are to complete the task.


Science Opportunity for students in Year 8 - Forensics Science Camp

The Armidale School’s Forensic Science Camp is held at The Armidale School campus in Armidale NSW, 550km north of Sydney and 500km south of Brisbane on the New England Highway. The 2017 Camp starts on Tuesday 4th July 2017 with registration from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm and finishes on Saturday 8th July 2017 at 12.00 noon.  Further information is available at: 


Science Opportunity for students in Year 9 or 10 – The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

A three/four day hands-on practical STEM program will be conducted again in 33 Australian universities and tertiary institutions throughout 2017-2018. The programs are non-selective and open to all students in Years 9 and 10. Each program includes a wide variety of practical activities, excursions and career information together with interesting presentations by leading Australian scientists and engineers.

Further information is available at: or by phoning 03 97567534 or email [email protected].

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Understanding Learning Difficulties - Free ebook
  • Update on OT Courses at the College
  • After-School Study
  • Maths Drop In Centre:  Please note change of day!
  • An “easy-PC” way to improve students’ comprehension of what they read, as well as their vocabulary, spelling, speaking and listening skills:



Understanding Learning Difficulties – A Guide for Parents

FREE ebook, valued at $30

This ebook (2016 Edition) has been designed and produced by DSF Literacy and Clinical Services, together with AUSPELD (the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations to support people with learning difficulties and disabilities). It offers parents current information and practical guidance on the most appropriate identification, intervention and support. It has been sold for $30.00 in the past but, in the interests of helping families, AUSPELD has recently made it available free to download.                                                                                                                                             

Follow this link for your free ebook:


[email protected] - Update on Courses

Registrations have closed for the Term 2 courses, which are now in full swing. Anna Orchard, our occupational therapist and external provider, is currently running three afternoon courses in Touch Typing (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons), and two courses in Handwriting Skills (Wednesday and Friday afternoons).

All courses are full, with over 30 students enrolled from across the Junior and Senior Schools. Thank you to Anna for her ongoing commitment to helping our student body and to those families for making the most of this opportunity to improve these fundamental skills for their son’s success at school. The next OT intake is scheduled for the start of Term 3, 2017 so watch this space for details or contact Anna [email protected] or Joanne [email protected] for more  details. 


Maths Drop-In Centre: Please note change of day


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

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

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

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


After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

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

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

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

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

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


An “easy-PC” way to improve students’ comprehension of what they read, as well as their vocabulary, spelling, speaking and listening skills:

For many students, particularly those who struggle with reading lots of text, using the inbuilt Windows Narrator app on their PLDs in class and at home may be the ideal way to assist. It may help to maximise auditory processing and visual processing of the words on a page. Whether at home, or at school with the aid of earphones, your son can access this program on his PLD through the search bar on the right of the screen.  This will allow him to hear and process the words as they are being read on the screen at the same time as he is viewing, following and decoding the words himself.


Once in the program, he need only click the ‘Narrator off’ box to ‘Narrator on’ and select the preferred voice etc. in each of the settings that pop up in the list. The Narrator will then read any text that he goes to highlight, and if he highlights nothing it will simply begin reading the whole page of text in any window that he has open on his PLD, including electronic worksheets, assessment task notifications, web pages for internet research, online textbooks or other ebooks.


Encourage your son to make use of this potentially very useful feature in his PLD. It may boost his skills in reading for meaning, vocabulary and spelling, as well as speaking and listening, through hearing the words on the screen being read without viewing to decode the words, and then checking back on his understanding. With a fresh semester ahead, and therefore the chance to improve on homework and assignments, this feature of your son’s PLD may be worthwhile exploring.


Please see the attachment below for a graphic that outlines step-by-step instructions on how to use the Narrator app on your son’s PLD.

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Photo: UTS Information and Technology Careers and Scholarships

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

UTS Information and Technology Careers and Scholarships

Students were given an opportunity to attend the UTS IT presentation this week. Sam Calamos (HSC 2016) was the recipient of a UTS IT Scholarship, a prestigious opportunity that offers industry placement and training for a career pathway into the world of technology. Sam shared his knowledge and experience of the application and interview process, as well as discussing the variety of IT jobs that are emerging in the industry. We wish him all the best with his future in the IT industry. For more information about IT courses and other  UTS faculties visit:


Technology Cadetships


UNSW High School Engineering Day


Some Year 12 students had a day at the UNSW Engineering Faculty to learn more about career pathways, streams of engineering and university study. They attended mini lectures and visited the various facilities for mining, petroleum and chemical engineering, civil and biomedical engineering. They also had the exciting opportunity to experience the Virtual Reality Room at UNSW.

For more information about UNSW Engineering visit:



HSC and Careers Expo – Worth a visit

Be informed about the choices for your future - the MUST attend career and study event of the year.


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: 1st XI vs St Patrick's - May 2017


  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis


Dear Parents and Players,

A mixed weekend with some games washed out, other hard fought losses and some resounding wins.  Without a doubt, Team of the Week goes to the 1st XI who beat arch rival St Patrick’s College 6-0, a scoreline not achieved in the history of the College. 

Players of the Week go to the Co-Captains of Football, James Kellendonk and Alec Vinci, who both showed the skill, determination and unstoppable drive that all St Pius X College players should be aiming for.


This weekend sees Away fixtures. 

Please note for those teams travelling to Chevalier College in Bowral that substantial travel time is involved (approximately 2 hours from Chatswood).

Fields can be found at the following locations:

  • Far Avenue and Meadow:  603 Moss Vale Road, Burradoo
  • Chifley Playing field:  801-899 Bunnerong Road, Chifley
  • Mason Park:  Underwood Road, Homebush
  • Macquarie University Oval:  Culloden Road, Marsfield
  • St Greg’s:  100 Badgally Road, Campbelltown

Good luck to all teams.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




The St Pat's round saw most teams go down to our rivals with some washouts as well. Congratulations to all four Open teams who scored victories.


We are still seeking parents to send in photos of their boy’s in action for the ‘Full Time’ publication but please be mindful of only including photos of your son or other boys with their parent's consent.  Please send your photos to [email protected]  -  save this address to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them. 

This week’s ‘Teams of the Week’ are the 2nds, 15C,and 16B.  Parents of boys in these teams are asked to catch some shots of the boys in action and send them through by Sunday afternoon.


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


We wish all our teams good luck this weekend -  GO PIUS!!

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

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



RESULTS – Saturday 20th May vs St Pats/Redlands/Joeys at Oxford Falls


RUGBY FIXTURES – Saturday 27th May vs St Augustine’s, Redlands & Cranbrook


SPX Rugby Raffle

This week all rugby players at the College received a book of raffle tickets to sell which will be drawn at the SPX Rugby Dinner on Friday 16th June. The raffle raises money that goes directly back into the Rugby Program to help fund initiatives like external coaches, tour contributions, filming of matches, physio costs, referee courses etc.

All tickets need to be returned sold or unsold by Friday 9th June. Tickets should be returned to the Silver Box near the Fees Office, inside an envelope with the students name clearly marked on the front of the envelope and the correct money inside. Students who sell a whole book of tickets will go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher. Thanks in advance for your support.


SPX Rugby Dinner

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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




Nine wins and some top performances, notably from our 14A and 15A teams.  Both sides played very competitively with purpose, good execution and steely determination. Oliver Fitzroy’s scorching try for the 14As, down the left wing from a quick piece of Ben Kafer thinking, typified our approach throughout the day. Arguably this was the “play of the day”.

We have to play a high tempo game based on the production of quick ball with lots of support play. Members of the St Pat’s coaching staff were quick to praise our style and said it augurs well for  rugby at St Pius X College in years to come. We agree!

Elsewhere our Opens teams continue on their winning ways. All three teams had emphatic wins and it was good to see our 1sts playing with a rhythm we all know they have. When they hit form they are capable of beating anyone.

In the games we came second. Adam Carpenter was outstanding for the 14Bs and has a bright future ahead of him, the Bs going down to Redlands A team!

Our 13 age group had one win from three. All three teams, although undersized, play some really attractive rugby with the Bs producing a fine win. Performance is all important at this age as it equips players with the techniques necessary for them to play effectively when physical development levels out.

This week we go to St Augustine’s where our technique and skill will be put to the test.  Never underestimate the power of desire and enthusiasm. Bring both on Saturday.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




The annual Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at the Roseville Golf Club.  Former Wallaby and Fox Sports commentator Rod Kafer will host a great night of fine food and entertainment and our special Guest Speaker is former Wallaby Captain, George Gregan, who has played for Australia on more occasions than any other player.  There will also be a myriad of prizes to be won!  Please grab a ticket or a table of friends and support us in supporting your son's rugby experience at St Pius X College.


 See the below flyer for further details.



A Once-in-a-Year Opportunity

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


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

For further rugby related info:

 Paul O’Neill     

[email protected] or 0418 634 750


ISA Tennis

Unfortunately, the rain was so heavy on Friday night that all our matches were cancelled. This weekend we are playing against Redlands - see the draw details below.

Please take note of the following:

  • Wet weather: Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport
  • Uniform: White shorts, school sports shirt, school tennis cap and school tracksuit (if cold). You may also want to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.
  • Home games: Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Absences for Games/Training: If a student is absent from school on Friday prior to a round then it is expected that a parent/carer will telephone the school (9411 4733) prior to 8:30am and leave a message for Ms O’Brien as to whether the student will be available to play on Saturday. This provides time for the Convenor to organise a reserve player for the team.  If the absence is last minute on Saturday morning then the student must arrange a substitute player from their team if they are unable to play. Please SMS or call 0409 916 859 by 7.00am to give name of substitute player or inform the Convenor if you are unable to find a substitute player. Students are to provide written documentation for all absences.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Year 5 Excursion to St Mary MacKillop Museum

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Australia’s Patron Saint is Mary Help of Christians and today is her Feast Day.  This is not St Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop) but she would also be a good choice.



What a wonderful night and celebration of talent. The music was excellent and it was interspersed with the very  interesting history of the school.  I didn’t realise that the Brother’s residence was one of the largest building in Chatswood in 1937 - buildings certainly have grown as has the College.  82 Junior boys participated on the night and the Junior Concert Band was by far the largest ensemble in the school so music is alive and well at SPX.





The photos pretty much say it all - great weather, a park to play in, mates to play with and pizza. Perfect!  Mrs Gillard wrote:


Thank you to all the families who came to the Year 6 play in the park. The weather was definitely on our side and it turned out to be a great afternoon and a really good turn out! From the photo you can see boys in a park with pizza – you can’t beat it!


Thanks to all the parents who organised this event and the future events listed below.



  • Year 6 Mums' Dinner Friday 2nd June:  This next event will be held upstairs at the Willoughby Hotel from 7.30pm. Please RSVP to [email protected].
  • Dad and Son's School Holidays Catchup Sunday 16th July:  Don’t forget to put this into your diary. More details soon.




On Sunday a group of rugby players from St Pius X College went to watch the Waratahs play the Rebels. The boys had a great time and got to meet some of the players after the match. It was good 'photo bombing' by Angus McConnell so I will let him tell us about the event.



On Sunday 21st May the St Pius X College rugby boys had the opportunity to go to the Waratahs Vs the Rebels game and walk around the oval and watch the Waratahs train up close because as we all know the Waratahs’ captain, Michael Hooper, who went to St Pius X College when he was a boy which I thought was pretty cool.  After the walk around we all sat together and watched a very exciting game of rugby with the Waratahs defeating the Rebels fifty points to twenty three. After the game we all gathered around the fence to get pictures and signatures from the Waratahs. I was lucky enough to get a picture with Israel Folau, a famous rugby player. Thank you to Mr Lynch and Mr Stearn. It was a very fun night.




Year 5 visited Mary MacKillop Place Museum on Tuesday 23rd May.  It is a very interesting museum about an amazing lady who believed in herself, in her convictions and had a strong faith.  If you haven’t been yourself, I would suggest a visit. This excursion could be a good conversation starter for the dinner table.






  • Friday 26th May:  Kids View Incursion for Edmund Rice Society boys 
  • Tuesday 30th May:  ICAS Science Comp
  • 2nd June:  Year 6 Mums' dinner on 
  • Sunday 16th July:  Year 6 Dad and Son's School Holidays Catchup
  • Saturday 5th August:  Trivia Night  - Keep the date free!

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Normal Sport with Winter training continuing for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby.

Athletics: The Junior School House Carnival takes place on Wednesday 7th June at the Sydney Olympic Park Warm-up venue, Homebush. Parents are of course invited to attend as spectators or in an assisting capacity (ribbons / recording etc.). A detailed letter and program will be emailed to parents shortly.


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



Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster




Sometimes it’s not the end result of a match that is important but how the game is played.  It is what the SPX young men did on Saturday in the game against Newington that needs to be included in my match report. Once again, after one quarter the score was one sided to our team. There was no hesitation from any of the boys to put their hand up to play with the opposition. Zac, Billy, Declan, Tomo, Jesse and Will quickly went in and supported the Newington boys over the next three quarters, both on and off the field.

Their coach commented on how fantastic these boys were in offering advice and lifting the spirits of his team. At the end of the game the Newington boys had huge smiles on their faces and stated that the game was so much fun!

We also congratulate Xavier Dwyer on his first AFL game and his team mates who were so supportive. Another great team effort with some wonderful handball and kicking exchanges. Special mention to Will Zahra who had his best game so far!  Please see the gallery of photos below.

Player Points:   3 – Will Zahra;    2- Evan Ausling;   1 – Georgios Papaioannou


We meet St Aloysius College next Saturday so be on time for team warm up at 7:50am.


Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop



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

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

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

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

Orders can be placed:

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

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

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
Principal's address 80th Anniversary Concert.pdf
Principal's address 80th Anniversary Concert.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 24.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 24.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 24.pdf
Football Results 20 May.pdf
FOOTBALL DRAW Saturday 27th May.pdf
FOOTBALL DRAW Saturday 27th May.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Week 5 - plus Narrator attachment.pdf
Study Skills Evening.pdf
Youth Festival.pdf
youth festival.pdf