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