St Pius X College Newsletter

15 March 2017
Issue Seven
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
  Mission & Social Justice 
Teaching & Learning Matters
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for 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

Friday 17th March

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Opens Rugby Camp at Huntington House to 19/3


Saturday 18th March

***COLLEGE OPEN DAY 10am - 2pm***


Sunday 19th March

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 20th March 

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #1


Tuesday 21st March

Basketball Presentation Night

Wednesday 22nd March

Summer Sports Photos

Staff Meeting

Friday 24th March

Year 11 Retreat Day

P&F Cocktail Party


Saturday 25th March

Rugby v High (Away); Football v High (Home 1sts/2nds XI)


Monday 27th March

Year 12 Exams begin 



Tuesday 28th March

Drama Production 'Boy Overboard' until 30/3


Wednesday 29th March

Years 5 & 6 Camps until Friday 31st March

ISA Swimming Carnival


Saturday 1st April

Rugby & Football St Aloysius/IPSHA Cross Country


Sunday 2nd April

Jazz Band Workshop


Tuesday 4th April

Year 10 Music Performance Night



Easter Liturgy

Interim Reports Yrs 5-11 issued


Friday 7th April

Staff Day

NZ 15s Rugby Tour

Junior School Rugby & Football Tours Armidale & Tamworth


Sunday 9th April

1st Football QLD Tour




From the Principal     

Photo: College Open Day Saturday 18th March 2017

  • A Lenten Prayer
  • College Open Day THIS SATURDAY 18th March 2017:  Parent assistance requested
  • P&F Cocktail Party - CHANGE OF VENUE - Friday 24th March in the College Gym
  • Grand Final Success
  • 'Boy Overboard' - Tickets now on sale
  • 2019 Enrolments

A Lenten Prayer

God of all peoples and nations, You accompany us on our Lenten journey.

Through the life and mission of Your son, You give us the gift of mercy.

May we learn to walk Your way of mercy and compassion with all Your people.

In a special way, we keep in mind our neighbours, the men, women and children

around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

Bless our prayers, our fasting and our Lenten gifts to Project Compassion.

Through these actions, may our hearts be open to receive Your Grace

to love our neighbours as ourselves.

We ask this in the name of Jesus.



All families are invited to contribute daily to the Project Compassion collection which helps the great work of Caritas.  Please give generously.


College Open Day - This Saturday 18th March

The College Open Day welcomes current families and prospective enrolments.  The Chatswood Campus will be open from 10am until 2pm with the Principal's Address at 12 noon and the Treacy Complex at Oxford Falls will be open from 8am until 12 noon.  I thank the many students who have nominated themselves to be involved.


The P&F are running a barbecue on the day; however, we would like to provide tea/coffee and some light refreshments out of the Canteen area.  Any parent who is able to assist in providing these refreshments, would be greatly appreciated.  If you are able to assist, please send a plate of slice, cupcakes or biscuits on Friday 17 or on the morning of the Open Day, Saturday 18 March.  It would be appreciated if items could be left at the Canteen.


Please click on the flyer below for details:


P&F Cocktail Party - Friday 24th March


Are you coming?  Please join us for a terrific evening and meet more of the St Pius X College community. The annual P&F Cocktail party is always fun and a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones.  This year we've changed the venue to the School Gym at Chatswood.  The cost is $40 per head which includes cocktail food and drinks.  You can RSVP at Trybooking by clicking here.  I hope to see you there!


Grand Final Success

Congratulations to all of our Grand Finalists for their efforts last weekend. The Sports section is full of the brilliant efforts of all our representatives. In short the College won the Second XI Cricket Premiership, and congratulations also go to the Cricket Cup Finalists, SPX U14 Red, and the Plate Finalists, SPX U13 Black and U13 Gold.  Our five Basketball Premierships were won by the 13As and 17As, 14Ds, 15Ds, and 17Ds.  A wonderful effort by all.


Congratulations to all coaches, players and supporters - no matter whether we won or lost, it was a great season.


"Boy Overboard" - Tickets Now on Sale

The Performing Arts production of Boy Overboard will be staged in the Sarto Centre from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th March at 7.00pm. Tickets are now on sale. Please go to the following trybooking site to secure your tickets:  as seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.  The Performing Arts Parents' Association will be hosting a light supper at intermission.


Enrolment Applications for Years 5, 6 & 7 in 2019

Enrolment Applications for Years 5, 6 & 7 in 2019 are now open and close Friday 28th April 2017

Application forms will be available at the College Open Day on 18th March 2017.  Alternatively an Expression of Interest  form can be completed online via the link:  

and application information will be posted to you.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Chris Lanzon (Year 11) and In Stereo win the Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards  

Chris Lanzon  is a member of In Stereo, a three piece pop/rock band which recently won the “Favourite Squad” section at the Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards.  Congratulations to Chris and In Stereo  who have beaten the likes of 5SOS (5 Seconds of Summer), The All Blacks, Socceroos and Women’s Rugby 7’s to win this award.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: Pancake Friday - raising funds for Project Compassion


  • From the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

             Year 10 Reflection Day

             Years 5 & 6 Bible Liturgy

             First Mass in the College Chapel

  • From the Social Justice Coordinator 

              Project Compassion

              The Edmund Rice Society



Mission & Identity

This has been another busy time in the Mission calendar.  At the end of last week Year 10 participated in their Reflection Day on the theme of Journey. With the help of Socceroo Captain Paul Wade, students embraced the concept of journey and the importance of building resilience as we face what we called those 'Full Stops' in life. In introducing Paul, it would have been enough to give a biography of his great achievements in sport; however, it is actually off the field that I believe Paul has achieved his success. As a sufferer of epilepsy and having undergone three very challenging operations that have left him with a memory disability, he continues to have a successful career in the Media and as an Inspirational Speaker. My thanks to Mr Pawlak for his organisation of the day and the staff who supported the men on the day.


Today Years 5 and 6 celebrated their Bible and Pledge Liturgy. This is an important celebration, particularly in this year of Gospel Spirituality as the young men are called to bring the message of the Gospel to their own lives and their relationships with others.


I am pleased to announce that we will be holding our first Mass in the College Chapel on Tuesday 28th March at 8am. Students and their families are most welcome to attend. The Chapel is almost complete and we look forward to Mass every fortnight on Tuesdays at 8am.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

Project Compassion - Pancake Friday 

Project Compassion continues to gain momentum as does the pancake and hash brown BBQ on Friday mornings run by the Edmund Rice Society and Year 12 leaders. Last Friday we sold a record over 300 items at the BBQ, so come along this Friday morning and be part of the fun and fundraising for Caritas Australia.

Congratulations to 6 Blue and 6 Gold for reaching the $505 homeroom challenge target. 6 Blue has won a pizza and soft drink party for the last day of term, and 6 Gold have won a soft drink each for the last day of term also. These prizes are donated by the Edmund Rice Society and they have offered up a 3rd and 4th place prize also, so keep collecting.



The Edmund Rice Society

The Edmund Rice Society have been very busy this term. Each week they have had a lunchtime meeting, on Friday mornings they run the Project Compassion BBQ, and now on Tuesday afternoons they are working after school in the woodwork room making skateboard decks for the Haven Education Centre Terrigal as well as indigenous jigsaw puzzles for St Mary’s Bowraville and St Joseph’s Walgett. These efforts ensure that our three ongoing partnerships  with these schools are continuing and making a real difference to the lives of others. Thank you for your efforts and keep up the great work.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

Teaching & Learning Matters

Stronger HSC Standards

Recently, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA , formerly known as BOSTES) announced a range of changes to the HSC.  Further information can obtained from:


These changes will have implications for our current Year 9 and Year 10 students.  Yesterday I met with Year 10 and very soon I will also be meeting with Year 9 students as well as writing to their parents to explain the implications of these changes.


Overall, what these changes generate is a shift away from the way many parents and students perceive learning. It will necessitate many students to be more responsive and responsible in their learning and not rely on the teacher spoon feeding information. It is a shift from information to critical thinking and creativity.


One of the major changes involves school based assessment and the requirement that in Year 11, there will only be a maximum of three assessment tasks for each subject and a maximum of four in Year 12 including the Trial examinations. There must also be a range of assessment tasks and only one examination style assessment is to be undertaken during the assessment year for each course.


It is very affirming that the work the teachers have been undertaking to develop our Learning Statement perfectly aligns with this new and explicit direction in learning that NESA has taken.


During future Parent Information Evenings, I will be taking the opportunity to further explain these changes.


I have included below an article I wrote in Woodchatta a few years ago that provides an insight into the changes made by NESA. Keep in mind, in 2019 the HSC will be vastly different to what it is today. It is fortunate that we are well on the way to addressing these changes.




(Article taken from Woodchatta - 10 September 2014)

Recently the College has decided that from 2015 there will no longer be Mid Year Examinations for Years 5 to 9. This may seem a simple decision yet it is a fundamental step in transitioning from an Industrial model of teaching to a Post Industrial approach to learning. This is a challenge for most schools.


 The Industrial model of education was developed in an era that prepared students for employment in an industrial workforce. Testing was the fundamental method to assess if students had achieved the required skills.  It is a system that was dependent on memorisation and students were assessed on their ability to recall key facts and concepts. These are still valuable learning tools but are they the best methods to encourage critical thinking?


 During the Industrial era, life was divided into stages: School, work and retirement. The often heard statement,' I didn't learn that at school' promotes this view. We now value the idea of 'lifelong' learning and this is critical in the new technological era because if we limit our knowledge to what we learnt at school we will soon become obsolete.


 In the Industrial Model of Education, students are asked, 'What is the answer'? This emphasises discipline and 'learning to the test'. Even today, we hear our students ask, 'will this be in the exam?   In Post Industrial, we ask, "what do you think"? It encourages 'character' and a love for learning. If we can engender in our students a love for learning we are on the way to developing them as lifelong learners and ensuring they keep pace in a rapidly changing world. 


 Moving away from examinations in the Junior years provides more opportunity to be able to ask our students what they think. It aligns with the EREA Touchstone, ‘Liberating Education' where we open hearts and minds through critical reflection and engagement.


 However, in NSW we are still faced with the responsibility for preparing our students to sit the HSC examinations.  A question is, how early should we start? If we start too early are we maintaining the Industrial model of education and limiting our educational endeavours? We need a balanced approach.

 The Australian curriculum promotes this shift to Post Industrial Education and this will gain further momentum as new courses are implemented across all stages.


 At the dinner table ask your son, “what do you think"? 


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

Student & Parent Matters


  • From the Enrolment Registrars:  

               College Open Day this Saturday 18th March:  Parent Assistance Requested for Morning Tea

               2019 Enrolments for Years 5, 6 & 7

  • Summer Sports Photos next Wednesday 
  • Supervising Learner Driver Workshop
  • Holiday Workshops/Camps :  Think Club Australia, Bubbledome, Tennis & Sports
  • FREE Go4Fun Lifestyle Program for 7-13 year olds


College Open Day - Saturday 18th March

As you would be aware, the College Open Day will be held this Saturday 18 March 2017.  The Chatswood Campus will be open from 10am until 2pm with the Principal's Address at 12 noon and the Treacy Complex at Oxford Falls will be open from 8am until 12 noon.


The P&F are running a barbecue on the day; however, we would like to provide tea/coffee and some light refreshments out of the Canteen area.  Any parent who is able to assist in providing these refreshments, would be greatly appreciated.


If you are able to assist, please send a plate of slice, cupcakes or biscuits on Friday 17 or on the morning of the Open Day, Saturday 18 March.  It would be appreciated if items could be left at the Canteen.


We thank you in for assisting in the Open Day of the College.


Please click on the flyer below for details:

Ms C Jennings - Registrar

2019 Enrolments

Enrolment Applications for Years 5, 6 & 7 in 2019 are now open and close Friday 28th April 2017

Application forms will be available at the College Open Day on 18th March 2017.  Alternatively an Expression of Interest  form can be completed online via the link:  

and application information will be posted to you.

Ms C Jennings & Ms M King - Enrolment Registrars

Summer Sports Photos

Summer Sports Photos (Junior and Senior) will be taken on Wednesday 22nd March during Periods 1, 2 and 3 in the Junior School Yard. Sports involved are Cricket, Basketball, Swimming, Squash, Softball and NSTA Tennis (Summer Comp only). All students are required to wear their full kits for their sports except Swimming and Squash who will be required to wear their Summer uniform. 1st XI and 2nd XI Cricketers must wear their Cricket Cap and the College Blazer over their whites. If a students does not have the correct uniform they will not be allowed in the photo.


All students must bring their ID card to the photos. Students will be given an order form on the day of the photos.


The running order for the photos can be found below:

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator

Supervising Learner Drivers Workshop

Please find below a poster for the next Supervising Learner Driver workshop, held by Willoughby Council on the 23rd March 6.30pm-8.30pm at the Dougherty Centre, Chatswood. Attendees can learn all the simple steps on how to teach a learner driver at a free two hour workshop.


Think Club Australia

Think Club Australia will be running two exciting days of workshops in the April holidays. Think Club workshops are intended for the inquisitive, problem-solving, creative and capable primary school child. Please find further information in the flyer below.


Bubbledome Holiday Courses

We will be running our courses at Knox Grammar the 1st week and Masada College the 2nd week starting from Monday 10th April!. Go to our website or contact us on 1800 11 55 62  to check out what we have on offer these Easter holidays! Keep your kids engaged with a fun and educational holiday course!  Courses start at 9am - 3pm , we do have a 5pm option available for an extra cost of $29.


Tennis & Sports Holiday Camp


FREE Go4Fun Family Healthy Lifestyle Program 

Term 2 - Hornsby

If you would like to see your child:

  • Getting active every day
  • Spending less time watching TV or on the computer each day
  • Drinking more water and less sugar-sweetened drinks OR
  • Eating nutritious food

please click on the flyer below:


MindMatters for Families

Photo: Support the White Knight Gala Dinner - Friday 19th May


  • White Knight Foundation Gala Dinner
  • Before-School Boxercise


The White Knight Foundation Gala Dinner

Join the crusade and fight youth violence by attending the White Knight Foundations’ second Annual Gala Dinner on Friday 19th May!

Please see the flyer below for details:




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 

  • P&F Cocktail Party
  • Year 7 Parent Get-Together


P&F Cocktail Party

Friday of NEXT WEEK - 24th March


The annual P&F Cocktail party is loads of fun - a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones. This year we've changed the venue to the School Gym at Chatswood. 


Cost is $40 per head which includes cocktail food, beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks. You can RSVP at Trybooking by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Year 7 Parent Get-Together

Friday 28th April from 7pm

Book the sitter & join us for a for a casual Friday night drink and/or dinner at The Stoned Crow in Crows Nest!  Come for a quick drink or stay & join us for a bite to eat.  Full details in the flyer below.


Please send us your RSVP's via email to [email protected] to let us know you're coming so that we can ensure enough seating for all (we have reserved an area).  We'd love to see you there! 


Your Year 7 Class Parents  - Fab, Kylie & Jo

Department News


  • Languages - China Language & Cultural Tour 2017
  • Performing Arts - 'Boy Overboard' tickets now available
  • Public Speaking and Debating

SPX College China Language & Cultural Tour 2017

Plans are underway with regards to a trip for students to China.  At this stage, we are hoping to travel in the September/October school holidays this year. The dates are yet to be finalised; however we are hopeful of a departure close to 23 September 2017.

Students studying Chinese in Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 are invited to participate.


An information evening will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th March 2017 in the Sarto Centre. 


Ms Kara Manga - Teacher in Charge LOTE

Performing Arts

BOY OVERBOARD:  Boy Overboard will be staged in the Sarto Centre from Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th March at 7.00pm. Tickets are NOW on sale. Please go to:  Seating is limited and tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

PAPA will be hosting a light supper at intermission for a gold coin donation. Proceeds from intermission will be donated to the Edmund Rice Centre at Homebush to support the work they do with refugees and asylum seekers.

OPEN DAY:  The following ensembles will be performing at Open Day this Saturday: Senior Jazz Band, Senior Guitar Ensemble and Senior String Quartet. All students are required at school no later than 9.30pm.


COLLEGE ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP:  The Senior Strings only will be required THIS Sunday from 10.30 – 12.00pm.


ENCORE CONCERT:  Students in Years 11 and 12 Music will be attending this concert of the best HSC Performances from 2016 NEXT Monday 20th March, 7.00pm at the Opera House. Students should be in their seats no later than 6.45pm.


MEET THE MUSIC CONCERT:  Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will attend a series of evening concerts throughout the year. The first is NEXT Thursday 23rd March, 6.30pm at the Opera House. A permission note has been sent home with all the details and students should be in their seats no later than 6.15pm.


JAZZ BAND WORKSHOPS:  Workshops will be held for the Senior and Intermediate Jazz Bands on Sunday 2nd April in preparation for the Sydney Eisteddfod next term. A note will be sent home with the details before the end of the week.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Public Speaking & Debating 


Last Friday, 10th March Andrew Jackson competed in the CSDA Public Speaking Zone Final at Riverview. Andrew presented a brilliant speech (as he always does) but he did not move through to the Final.



This Thursday, 16th March, the Year 11 and Year 12 debaters will be running the above seminar in the Blue Room.  The evening commences at 6pm with Year 11 able to leave once they have presented their debate.  Year 12 will stay on and complete their training session and should be leaving the school at around 8.30pm. All of our Year 12 debaters will be receiving their adjudicator training on Thursday night and will be qualified CSDA Adjudicators which means that they can work for St Pius X College in 2018 as coach/adjudicators if they so desire.  Our Year 11 debaters are presenting the debate that will be used to train the adjudicators.  We could not host this event without our Year 11’s support.  Thank you to all of our Year 11 debaters.



Students have commenced training and we will all be training from 3.30 – 5pm this Friday afternoon.  Students know the venue for their training sessions. Debaters need to read the Daily Notices to ensure that they keep up with the latest information. The CSDA competition dates are as follows.  St Pius X College will be hosting 4 of these 11 events. The venues for each event will be published before the end of Term 1.


Term 2

Round 1    April 28

Round 2    May 5

Round 3    May 12

Round 4    May 19

Round 5    May 26

Round 6    June 2

Elimination Round 1    June 16

Elimination Round 2    June 23

Term 3

Quarterfinal    July 21

Semi-final    July 28

Grand Final  August 3


Debaters need to attend ALL of the first six rounds.  If your team makes it through to the Elimination round (and beyond) you also need to keep those dates free.

CSDA debates commence at 6pm and students and coaches either travel to venues at 5pm or, when hosting, students have a one hour dinner break before our guests arrive at the College for a 6pm competition commencement.  SDN debates have a different, later running order.

Our senior students act as coaches/supporters for our junior teams.  We are also lucky enough to have ex-students to work with the junior teams as the younger students really enjoy contact with our ex-debating “champions”.



St Pius X participates in the School’s Debating Network (SDN) Competition. Schools include Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville College, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona. This 7 round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th  September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.

Round 1     -    21st July, Roseville College hosting St Pius X College

Round 2     -    28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X College

Round 3     -    4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College

Round 4     -    11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona

Round 5     -    18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte

Round 6      -   25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X College

Round 7      -   2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College

Tiebreaker -   8th September, hosted by St Pius X College

Final             -    15th September, hosted by Monte


The fee for the CSDA extra-curricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term Two school fees.  This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hiring in order to get to our away venues.  We keep our fees as low as possible and have funding from the St Pius X College P & F to subsidise the cost of hiring coaches on Friday evenings.

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


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • NAPLAN - Disability Provisions for Years 5, 7 & 9
  • HSC Disability Provisions for Year 12 & Year 11 Accelerants
  • Free Seminar for HSC Parents and Students  
  • After-School Study for Years 5-10 (CANCELLED on Wed 22/3 due to Staff Meeting)
  • NEW!  Maths Drop-In Centres for Years 7-9
  • MindQuest Workshops 2017 - Years 5 & 6

NAPLAN - Disability Provisions for Years 5, 7 & 9

Dear Parents and Carers,

The approvals for provisions (Years 5, 7 and 9) will shortly be processed in readiness for the scheduled tests in Term 2 (May), and both permission notes and confirmations will be sent out via email in due course. The LSE (Learning Support and Enrichment) Department has the responsibility for processing NAPLAN disability applications, as well as for provisions applications for internal school exam and assessment purposes. We also administer and supervise all their provisions and adjustments during formal exam blocks, including the NAPLAN tests. 


If your son doesn’t currently have approved provisions for internal exams and assessments, but you believe he would be eligible to do so for the NAPLAN tests in Term 2, on the basis of a diagnosed disability which may impact on his performance, please contact Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol, Coordinator of Learning Support and Enrichment, via email at [email protected] for more information and to seek approval.


HSC Disability Provisions for Year 12 and
Year 11 Accelerants

Dear Parents and Carers,

The deadline for documentation and applications for provisions for the HSC exams is fast approaching. I am currently processing the paperwork for applications now, so thank you to those senior students and parents who have submitted documents to me, either this term or in Term 4 last year. If you or your son believes you may be eligible but have not yet enquired or submitted documentation to me, please contact me at the school to do so. PDF scans of documents, and email queries, are the most reliable form of communication for me, and will be much appreciated: [email protected]



Free Seminar for HSC Students and Parents

Please click on the flyer below for information on this opportunity to learn about coping with the stresses of the HSC Year.


After-School Study for Years 5-10

***Please note that After-School Study will be cancelled next Wednesday 22nd March due to a Staff Meeting 

From 2017 onwards, After-school Study has replaced the previous Homework Help Program, and now provides broader opportunities for all students in Years 5-10 to study independently or receive assistance in order to complete homework, assignments, and assessments tasks in all subject areas. The Senior Library is the ideal space where students can enjoy the peaceful surrounds, plan for tomorrow’s schedule, read books, do research, catch up on missed work, or get a head start on homework, without pressure or distractions. Ms Raheb-Mol and Mrs Leonardi are on hand, to provide assistance and proof-reading advice for those students who would like help with their work in English, Maths, Science and a range of other subjects. This includes assistance in literacy, reading and writing skills, grammar, essay-writing, numeracy skills including mentals and problem-solving, as well as organisation skills and exam revision strategies such as memory techniques and note-making skills.

  • WHAT: This after-school program operates all year round, and starts in Week 2 of each school term
  • WHO: All students in Years 5 - 10
  • WHERE: Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available.
  • WHEN: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3.15pm - 4.30pm

NO NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - Students may attend regularly or on a ‘drop-in’ basis. Students are welcome to attend on one or more than one afternoon per week, and students with regular attendance will receive merits for the time and effort they put in.


Direct any queries about the After-School Study Program to Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol, LSE Coordinator, via phone (02) 94114733, or email: [email protected]


NEW!  Maths Drop-In Centre for Years 7-9

For any boys in Year 7, 8 and 9 who would like some additional maths help in the mornings before school, Mrs Pence and Miss Offer will be running a Maths Drop-in Centre in C1, every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8am to 8.30am. There’s no need to book; just come along, and bring your questions with you.  The Maths Drop-in Centre is a joint initiative of the Mathematics Faculty, and the LSE Department.

Parents and teachers are advised to direct any referrals or queries about the Maths Drop-in Centre, to Mrs Pence [email protected] and Miss Offer [email protected]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


MindQuest Workshops 2017 - Years 5 & 6

MindQuest is an exciting enrichment program, designed to challenge and extend gifted and talented primary students in New South Wales Schools. These challenging two day workshops are designed to stimulate and extend students across a broad range of subject areas. Activities may include Chemistry, Marine Sciences, Digital Animation and Video, Lego Robotics, Debating, Drama and Investigation.  Courses focus on developing critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving and broadening your child's interests.

More information may be found at or see Mrs Spanyik for a brochure.

Date:  20th and 21st May 2017

Closing registration date:  Friday 7th April 2017


Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher


Photo: UTS Presentation

  • UTS Presentation
  • Notre Dame:  Medicine Information Session
  • University of Sydney HSC Preparation Courses
  • Sydney University Year 10 Information Evenings
  • Careers Newsletter


UTS Presentation

This week senior students had the opportunity to come to a lunchtime university presentation from UTS. The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) offers a wide range of courses in Business, Health, Engineering, IT, Architecture and Design, Law and Education. Students gained insight about the various courses available, bonus points, ATAR’s, scholarship opportunities and entry schemes.


“UTS courses are renowned for their practice-based approach. We ensure that you graduate with as much hands-on experience as possible, and exposure to cutting-edge technology, so you develop knowledge and skills valued by employers.” (UTS website)

For more information visit:


Notre Dame:  Medicine Information Session

26th March 2016, 12pm, 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
For those interested in studying medicine in 2017. Information will be provided on the admission process, an overview of the course, tours of facilities and an opportunity to speak to current students.


University of Sydney HSC Preparation Courses

The courses run at various times throughout the year. There are preparation courses for Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Exam Preparation, Legal Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Business, Design And Technology, English, History, Mathematics and Physics. Dates for specific courses can be found by following the below link.


Sydney University Year 10 Information Evenings

Our Year 10 Information Evenings are designed to help Year 10 students (and their parents) choose subjects for their HSC, understand the maths prerequisites and learn about the transition from high school to university. Register now – further venue details will be provided via email closer to the event.





Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: 2nd XI Cricket Champions


  • Summer Season Wrap-Up
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • NSTA Tennis

Summer Season Wrap-Up

What a fantastic climax to the Summer season with 5 ISA Basketball Premierships, the 2nd XI Cricket Premiership, not to mention the hatful of Plate wins in the District Cricket along with the NSTA Tennis successes.  The boys have really done the College proud and I thank you all for the contribution you have made to Summer Sport.

The Summer season will conclude with the Basketball Presentation Evening next Tuesday and the Cricket Presentations early next term.

Winter season preparations have already begun with rugby training and ISA Tennis grading beginning this week and football grading’s already nearing completion.  I wish the Winter teams the best of luck for their upcoming competitions and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mr M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster


Basketball Awards Night

Next Tuesday evening 21st March we will be holding the Basketball Awards Presentation Ceremony. The Ceremony will start at 6:30pm and will be held in the College Gymnasium at Chatswood. All players are expected to attend the evening in full summer school uniform.


Last Saturday was a great day for our teams. The 13As started the day with a win in overtime against an undefeated Oakhill 13As. This was followed by another nail biting win to the 14Ds. The 15Ds and 17Ds also had good wins. My personal ‘Game of the day’ was the 17As win against Oakhill 17As, which was a milestone in itself. After many previous tries, this was the first time St Pius X College has won the Division 1 17As Championship. Well done to Coach Zac O’Hehir who suffered a defeat in the 17A Final last year.


Commiserations to the 15Fs, 17Cs, 4ths and 6ths who were defeated on Saturday, especially the 15F team who were knocked over by just one point. Thank you to all our coaches, supporters and especially those volunteers who manned the score benches.


Game of the day: 13A win in overtime, against a team that beat them by 22 points in Round 2 last year.


Player of the day: Ryan Siva 17As. He had a blockbuster of a game.


Deserves a mention: Thank you to the Basketball Club for their support and organisation throughout the season, their help is invaluable. Thank you to all the Coaches; staff, ex-students and external coaches.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor



Second to None and Red Hot!

An immaculate Oxford Falls on Saturday witnessed a classic ISA match. The 2nd X1 triumphed by the narrowest of margins - two runs - over St Patrick's College in the ISA Division 2 Grand Final. For those who were there - and there were many - it was a fantastic, nail-biting game of cricket.


It was fabulous to see Oxford Falls play host to all of our remaining district teams who were playing their last matches of the season also on Saturday. Many thanks to the players and parents of SPX U14 Green, SPX U14 Red, SPX U13 Black and SPX U13 Gold who came along and played and then supported the 2nd X1 during the day.


  • Cup Final:  winning medals were presented to SPX Red! A fantastic effort over the long District season.
  • Plate Final:  winning medals to SPX Black and SPX Gold. Well done Red, Black and Gold!
  • Cricket Presentation Night: This will be held on the evening of Thursday May 4 (Term 2 Week 2).


SPX Cricket would like to record our thanks to all the players, coaches, managers, scorers, umpires and supporters who have made the SPX Cricket Season 2016/17 so successful. We also wish to record our thanks to the Cricket Club Committee who have enabled this season and done the very best for the players.


Please click below for the latest edition of Stumped, the newsletter of St Pius X College Cricket Club.

Mr D Reay - Cricket Convenor

The Champions –    SPX Second Eleven

Final ISA Cricket Report by  Thomas Ventura, Captain 2nd X1 

Last Saturday, the St Pius Second XI hosted St Patrick’s at Oxford Falls for the Grand Final of the ISA Division 2. A beautiful sunny day and excellent pitch meant that unlike the semi-final, a full game of cricket would take place. The St Pius captain won the toss and elected to bat, so the opening batsmen went out to face a strong St Pats bowling attack.

A somewhat shaky start led to St Pats having the upper hand early, despite the best efforts of Josh Rayner (15) and Alex Graffeo (14), despite Alex carrying an ankle injury. A few sharp run outs from St Pats put St Pius in even more trouble, but if they could put a decent total on the board it would be very defendable. St Pius looked in a spot of bother being nine wickets down and not at a par score yet. However, Jordan Furlan still remained at the crease and looked dangerous. He was met by number 11 Dan Hall. With the ever increasing crowd of St Pius boys getting very supportive and vocal, they were given something to cheer about as Dan Hall smashed an entertaining 24 runs, with some very big hits. Although Furlan was the aggressor early in his innings, he rotated the strike to his partner towards the end and was rewarded with 34 not out. This gave Pius 127 of 49.3 overs (almost completing the overs for the first time).

After the lunch break St Pius started extremely well, and were gaining the upper hand in the see-saw game. Opening bowlers picked up a wicket each in their opening spell, Dan Hall (1/23 off 10) and Nick Slack (2/11 off 8). Tim McLachlan with (1/17 off 6) and Alex Bain (1/9 off 4.5) continued the flow of wickets with the help of the economic Josh Rayner (0/13 off 6) and a spectacular run out from Dan Hall to continue his outstanding game. However, some excellent lower order batting led to St Pats getting the momentum towards victory and not allowing the spinners to find their groove. But Nick Slack picked up the key wicket of the danger man and Lachlan May (2/15 off 6) picked up some key wickets. But the St Pats number 10 and 11 rallied, and only needed 3 runs to win with 8 balls remaining. But then, Tom Ventura instigated a run out and the St Pius players and supporters were in a state of euphoria.

St Pius had St Pats all out for 125 of 48.5, which secured a 2-run victory and the championship for the first time in a decade.

Thomas Ventura - Captain 2nd XI


Additional 2nd XI Match Report:

Photo Gallery - 2nd XI



St Pius X Rugby – Registration, Training and School Holiday Clinic


Rugby registration is now open. Please use the following link to not only register for the 2017 season but also book your son a seat on the bus for our two away trips and also sign up for the annual School Holiday Rugby Clinic:


Hopefully this one stop registration process makes things a little easier for parents and I do encourage all players to involve themselves in all activities offered through the College Rugby Program. Parents are asked to register their sons as soon as possible so the respective coaches can begin preparing for the season. The registration link will remain open until Tuesday 18th April.



Training continues each Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Oxford Falls during the season, with buses departing from Archer Street, Chatswood at 3:30pm and returning to Anderson Street Chatswood by 5:30-6pm. Boys can be collected at Oxford Falls at 5pm or get off the bus at the Jamieson Square bus stop on Warringah Road. From Term 2 the Under 13s age group will train at Beauchamp Oval for the remainder of their season.



The annual Rugby Coaching Clinic will be held in the second week of the April School Holidays at Oxford Falls. While the clinic is not compulsory, all players are encouraged to attend and learn some valuable skills from some quality coaches which will set them up for a good 2017 season.

On Wednesday 19th April the students will receive specialist coaching from a range of former players and current professional rugby coaches including Ex-Welsh International Prop Ben Evans, current Head Coach of the Country Eagles and Warringah Rats Darren Coleman and Heineken Cup Runner Up and former Manly Marlin Adam D’Arcy.

On day two of the clinic, Thursday 20th April, the boys will put their skills to the test when they play an interschool Round Robin 7s tournament before our 1st XV play a trial match against Redfield College. Non-rugby players are also invited to attend and give rugby a go. See the flyer for more information.


Finally some dates for the diary:

  • Friday 17th-Sunday 19th March:  Opens Pre-season Camp at Huntington House:  22 players will be selected this Thursday to take part
  • Saturday 25th March:  Trial Match 1 vs Sydney High
  • Tuesday 28th March:  New Zealand Tour Final Information Night for players and their parents from 6pm in the College Gym.
  • Saturday 1st April:  Trial Match 2 vs St Aloysius
  • Friday 7th – Friday 14th April:  Under 15s New Zealand Tour
  • Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th April:  Easter Holiday Rugby Clinic – See flyer below!!

Please check Woodchatta weekly throughout the season or contact Mr Lynch at [email protected] for any general rugby enquiries.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor


NSTA Tennis

News from Round 5


Last Saturday proved to be a great way to complete our summer season with the final round, Round 5 of the competition.  I saw all but one of our teams at various fixtures on the day which was the plan! Of the 19 matches that were played that morning, 16 wins occurred for our teams – outstanding. In any case, the sportsmanship on show across all teams was impressive.


Congratulations to the following teams who enjoyed success on the day – with 10 of these Teams enjoying decisive straight set victories! Teams include: SPX 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26 and 27.


Top shots from Adam and Liam from Team 18; being noted for super back hands and great serving. When results are published of the final rankings within the Divisions from NSTA – I will share these with players and parents/carers. Despite there only being two Rounds, individual results will still be recorded and used for NSTA in Term 4 for those interested. ISA results will also be used for those students who continue through the winter tennis season. If you have any points you would like noted for consideration of future teams – please send your views through to me now. I will keep record of these comments for future use.


A reminder that Summer Sports Photos will be taken next Wednesday so full Tennis Uniform will be required for this photo during the school day. Thank you to our weekly supporters and staff coaches – Mrs Iwatani, Mr Webster, Ms Keighery and Mrs Schuster for their enthusiasm and input across the season.


Ms S-J Grove - NSTA Summer Tennis Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Years 5 & 6 Bible Liturgy

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Junior School News


The boys were involved in a beautiful Liturgy today where every Year 5 student received their Bible.  Mr Patterson showed the boys his first Bible which he has had for over 50 years.  Both Mr Patterson and Mr Couani told the boys about the importance of looking after their Bible and reading about the good news.  This is a great discussion starter for tonight’s dinner table conversation.



Thank you to all the parents for their support of our sports day with another EREA school, CBHS Lewisham.  It should be a rewarding day of camaraderie for the boys and we will raise some funds for an EREA flexi-centre entitled Savio (named after St Dominic Savio) which is for Primary School children who are less fortunate than ourselves. 

We will be leaving after Period 1 so the  boys will need to bring their morning tea and lunch.  If your son is playing in an outdoor activity such as Touch Football, AFL or Tennis it would be a good idea to bring a change of clothes (which is what we do in the winter sporting season) in case they get wet.  We will also organise indoor activities but if possible we will play outside.



Congratulations to Joel Santeli who is receiving a special merit award at The Concourse this Friday.  Joel put a high quality entry into the state-wide ’Say No to Bullying' Competition and he is being rewarded for his efforts.  Well done Joel.



Thank you to the boys who have volunteered to be guides on Open Day.  Many have sport in the morning but are coming later in the day to Chatswood, or will be guides at Oxford Falls.  On Friday after lunch I will take the boys for a walk around the school so they know the tour route.  Please ensure your son looks neat and tidy with polished shoes.



Year 6 had an informative incursion based around being safe.  The presentation was made by Youthsafe and was 50% subsidised by the Chatswood RSL.  Thankyou to Chatswood RSL and I hope the boys benefitted from the incursion.  Have a discussion with your son about his experience.



I hope to see you at the P&F Cocktail Party on Friday 24th March. The annual P&F Cocktail party is always fun and a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones. This year we have changed the venue to the School Gym at Chatswood. 

Cost is $40 per head which includes cocktail food, beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks. You can RSVP at Trybooking by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.



  • Thursday 16th March:  Sporting day with CBHS Lewisham
  • Friday 17th March:  National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence - Period 1 workshops run by senior students will be another good conversation starter.
  • Saturday 18th March:  College Open Day 
  • Wednesday 22nd March – Debating Trials Year 6
  • Friday 24th March:  P&F Cocktail Party - I hope to see you there

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: The Savio Sports Fundraiser with Christian Brothers Lewisham takes place in lieu of regular sport. Departure will be 9.45am from Chatswood with normal pick-up procedures in place from 2.20pm. Boys should bring a packed lunch and change of clothes for outdoor sports if the weather is inclement.


AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby - Winter Season: Originally we had planned to start winter trials this week for AFL, Football and Rugby. However, we now have our Savio Sports Fundraiser with Christian Brothers Lewisham. We will therefore begin our trials on Thursday 23rd March. Boys need a full change of clothing including jersey, shorts, socks and boots (does not need to be St Pius gear for training/trials) and relevant protective gear (shin-pads, mouthguards, headgear etc.) As all boys will make a team for their winter choice, now is the time to purchase the SPX uniform for Saturday games.


Football: Congratulations to Luca Damianakis who was recently selected for the IPSHA Football Squad. He now has the chance to gain CIS selection for the PSSA (State Championships). We wish him the best of luck.


Swimming: Our swimmers competed admirably at both the Brothers and IPSHA meets recently. There were many wins and some fine individual performances. Whilst no swimmers progressed to IPSHA via the highly competitive selection Carnival, the boys competed with determination and pride. The competitive season resumes in Term 4 for the Squad members and runs concurrently with our curriculum-based aquatic programs (pool and beach) for all students.


Rugby: We have trial matches scheduled for Saturday 25th March at Oxford Falls. Players will be assigned a squad during internal trials at Thursday Sport.




Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Softball:  Round 5 Report

On a perfect Saturday morning, my eleven eager players arrived at Oxford Falls to play their second game of the season.  Happy to finally get back on the diamond, after a frustrating run of washed-out games, the boys warmed up ready for another exciting contest.


After losing the toss we were sent in to bat. This did not worry our batters, with 5 runners making it home. When it was our turn to field, SPX pitcher Marcus Steen was quick to claim his first scalp. The fielders Eliot Sanders, Rowan Roomie, Max Lenton and Michael Whitehead were exceptional at getting to the ball and delivering it back to the bases. Thomas Wilkins and Joshua Connors were courageous in their efforts behind the home plate, restricting the opposition to a score of two.


In the second innings we were fortunate to have all our players make it home. However, it was our fielding that excited myself as coach. Jose Monk, Nicholas Rondeau, Patrick Hall and Jhon Evans defended their bases and received all throws from fielders accurately, completing the innings with the scoreboard reading SPX 14 – Grammar 2.


During the final innings, SPX had 7 runners make it home and restricted Grammar to only 1 run. We played a great game and displayed good sportsmanship with convincing 21-3 win. We missed our captain, Andrew Bradford, and hope he is fit enough to make our final game.


Thank you to Liz Ward for keeping score and assisting the players with their batting line-up.


Please Note next week’s game later (8:45am) as Tudor house travels from Moss Vale.

Players be at Oxford Falls 8:20am.


Ms J Williams - Softball Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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




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


Payment for ordered  Blazers is due Week 8, direct to the Uniform Shop via cash, cheque or credit card over the phone.


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
SPX Open Day Flyer.PDF
Careers Newsletter March 15.pdf
Careers Newsletter March 15.pdf
Stumped Newsletter Issue 19 2016-17.pdf
SPX 2nd XI Match Report.pdf
Stumped Newsletter Issue 19 2016-17.pdf
SPX 2nd XI Match Report.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
HSC Stress Seminar.pdf
Posters - Maths Drop-In.pptx
SPX Open Day Flyer.PDF
Summer Sports Photos running order 2017.pdf
Summer Sports Photos running order 2017.pdf
Supervising Learner Drivers.pdf
Supervising Learner Drivers.pdf
Love'n Deuce Tennis Holiday Camp April.pdf
Love'n Deuce Tennis & Sports Holiday Camp April.pdf
Love'n Deuce Tennis & Sports Holiday Camp April.pdf
Think Club Australia School Newsletter Ad.pdf
Think Club Australia Workshops.pdf
Think Club Australia Workshops.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf