St Pius X College Newsletter

18 October 2017
Issue 31
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice 
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students
P&F Events
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

Wednesday 18th October

Year 9 Camp #4 Huntington House to 20/10


Friday 20th October

Book Breakfast in the Senior Library


Saturday 21st October



Monday 23rd October

Performing Arts Festival Week


Tuesday 24th October

Snowy Hike Overnight Practice Hike

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM 


Wednesday 25th October

Year 12, 2018 Study Day #1


Thursday 26th October

Investiture 2018 Senior Leaders at The Concourse


Saturday 28th October



Sunday 29th October

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 30th October

Yr 9 Camp #5 Huntington House to 1/11

Wednesday 1st November

Year 12, 2018 Parent Information Evening


Saturday 4th November

Years 5 & 6 (2018) Orientation Morning

P&F Morning Tea



Monday 6th November

Year 10 Assessment Block begins to 10/11





Tuesday 7th November

Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day


Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 12 Formal


Saturday 11th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 1


Tuesday 14th November

Years 5-9 Exams begin


Saturday 18th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 2


Thursday 23rd November

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #3


Friday 24th November

Founder's Day Festival


Saturday 25th November



Monday 27th November

Year 10 Immersions / ABW Begins


Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert


Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Year 10 Dinner Dance


Tuesday 5th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Years 5-10 Reports on Portal




Wednesday 6th December

Junior School Prizegiving Day

Years 5-10 Closing Mass/Term 4 concludes


Thursday 7th December

Staff Day

P/T Interviews (if requested)


Monday 11th December

College Office open


Thursday 14th December

HSC Results


Friday 15th December

Year 12 BBQ


























From the Principal     

Photo: International Confederation of Principals Conference in Cape Town, South Africa - visit to Veritas College

  • Prayer 
  • HSC
  • Principal Professional Development
  • P&F AGM:  Monday 6th November at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre
  • Purchase of Textbooks for 2018 - Changes to Bookhire
  • Change of Parish Priest for Our Lady of Dolours Parish Chatswood
  • Congratulations to Scott Browning Year 10



Today is the Feast Day of St Luke and so we pray:


Almighty God, you inspired your servant St Luke the Evangelist and Physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and the healing power of your Son.

In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, he also showed the divinity of Jesus and his genuine compassion for all human beings.

May St Luke intercede for us that we may deepen our understanding of the Gospel and grow in compassion of Jesus.

May his intercession enable our College to follow your way and plan for us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God forever and ever.



                                                                       St Luke the Evangelist - Pray for us

                                                                        Blessed Edmund Rice - Pray for us

                                                                                     St Pius X - Pray for us

                                                                         Live Jesus in our hearts -  Forever


HSC Begins!

Our Year 12 students have begun their HSC exams this week completing both English Paper 1 and Paper 2 on Monday and Tuesday.  Please keep Year 12 in your prayers.


Principal Professional Development

During the school vacation period and the first week of this term I attended the International Confederation of Principals Conference in Cape Town, South Africa entitled “Brainwaves of Change”.


This was an outstanding gathering of Principals from across the world centring on best practice in leading learning in schools across the world. It also focused understandings on the brain and the ways we learn as well as emotional and intellectual functioning for young people today. Leading academics presented and the great sharing between Principals was a most enriching experience.


During this time I was also able to visit a good number of Edmund Rice schools and communities as part of Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders.  As you may be aware St Pius X College is a lead school and I was fortunate to visit St John’s College Parklands in Cape Town and to meet their Year 12 2018 student leaders at their retreat when visiting the Christian Brothers Retreat Centre in Stellenbosch.




I was also privileged to visit the Edmund Rice Justice Centre and they took me to see their work in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. These are townships in Cape Town and there are many issues that Edmund Rice Ministries assist in those communities.


In Johannesburg, I was fortunate to visit Mount St Edmunds College Pretoria and Veritas College Springs. Both are Edmund Rice schools and while I was there I was part of their Year 12 Matriculation Graduations. Interestingly, South African Matriculation examinations began on Monday, the same day as our own HSC began. At both these schools I was able to strengthen our international relationship with them and also learn from their educational provision for their learners.


I acknowledge with appreciation the support of the College Board for my professional development and I thank Mr Casey for taking over the role of Principal for that week.


Monday 6th November at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre

This year’s AGM will be held on Monday 6 November and I encourage parents to be involved.  The P&F are looking for more assistance next year as there are a number of parents of Year 12 students who are leaving the Association this year.

I wish also to acknowledge again the exceptional service given by Mr Paul Hunt as President. As advised last term, Paul is concluding his term at the end of the year and this is one of the positions we will need to fill at the meeting.


Purchase of Textbooks for 2018
Changes to Bookhire

The changes to the Bookhire system for 2018 that have been outlined to parents will be implemented over two years with parents of students in Years 7, 9 and 11 in 2018 needing to purchase textbooks.

The College’s preferred supplier has now been determined and I am pleased to advise that Campion Books will provide these services. Parents are able to purchase from other suppliers but we have established this relationship to enable consistent service and availability at a competitive price.  Early in November the booklists will be available and more details will be provided to parents.

Students in Years 8, 10 and 12 in 2018 will continue under the present Bookhire system and this will then be phased out by 2019.


Change of Parish Priest for Our Lady of Dolours Parish Chatswood

It has been announced that Fr Paul Finucane, our wonderful Parish Priest at Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Chatswood has been appointed to Holy Cross Kincumber commencing in 2018. Fr Paul has been a tremendous support to the College and his Ministry with the students and families both past and present has been extraordinary. We sincerely thank Fr Paul and look forward to an opportunity to acknowledge him before he leaves at the end of the year.

We have been advised that the new Parish Priest will be Fr Jim McKeon who is the current Parish Priest of Holy Cross Kincumber. We look forward to welcoming Fr Jim next year.




Congratulations to Scott Browning of Year 10 who has been selected to represent Football NSW at the 2017 Boys National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra this week.  The Challenge is run by Football Federation Australia and represents the highest level of competition for the State team.  Well done Scott!




Congratulations also to Liam Tachjian (Year 10) who was also selected but was injured and unable to attend.



Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: The new symbols of each of the Touchstones

Mission & Identity

The much anticipated HSC Examinations have arrived!  In our foyer the names of all our Year 12 students are proudly displayed wishing them strength and success in their exams as well a promise that we will keep them in our prayers as they face this challenging stage of their education.


You may recall that you were invited to participate in a survey regarding the Touchstones. One of the main outcome of this survey was that EREA communities hold the Touchstones in high regard and did not want to lose them. This has resulted in a relaunch of the Touchstones in September and while there may be a new look and an effort to make the Touchstones relevant to the needs of the present time, their essence is still the same. The photo in the masthead for this page shows a brief preview of the new symbols of each of the Touchstones. The new look will be formally launched at our Opening Mass next year.


Upcoming events

  • Tuesday 24th October 8.00am Mass in the Christian Brothers Chapel
  • Friday 10th November 11.00am Remembrance Day Assembly
  • Friday 24th November - Founders Day Festival at Oxford Falls

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

Founder's Day Festival Auditions

Founder's Day Festival is approaching and I am calling for student acts to apply for audition. The sign-up sheets are on the Music Noticeboard.  Acts to be considered could include band, singing, dancing, magic, comedy, or other styles of variety acts.  Auditions will be held in the Band Room on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October from 3.30 – 4.00pm.


On Monday we launch the Toiletries for Matthew Talbot Drive. For the next two weeks there will be a collection point in the foyer where you can deposit any men’s toiletries and personal grooming items. These goods will then be collected by the Junior School Edmund Rice Society members and put into Christmas toiletry packs for the men of Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel.



Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Student Leadership Camp

  • Parent Information Evening - Year 12, 2018
  • From the Head of Student Services:

            -    Year 9 Camps

            -    Student Leadership Camp

            -     Student Leaders' Speechcraft Courses

            -     Holiday Boxing in Redfern:  'Clean Slate Without Prejudice'

            -     Eddie Rice Camps:  Call for Volunteers from St Pius X College

  • THIS FRIDAY - Book Breakfast in the Senior Resource Centre for Parents:  an inspirational event for fathers, mothers, sons and cricketers!
  • SPX Athletes run for a great cause
  • Frenchs Forest Traffic Changes - HSC Exams​
  • Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym
  • General Notices:  
     St Joseph's College Spring Fair - Sunday 12th November 2017


Parent Information Evening – Year 12 2018

An information evening for parents of students undertaking the HSC in  2018 will be held on Wednesday 1st November in the College Gymnasium commencing at 6.30pm.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


From the Head of Student Services

Year 9 Camps:  Making Waves at the SPX Year 9 Rites of Passage Camps at Huntington House

Overwhelmingly positive feedback from our Year 9 rolling camps has been the order of the day. Our students have expressed their gratitude to the College and Year 9 Pastoral care staff: Mr Ticli, Ms Foord, Mr McBrearty, Ms Fernando, Mr Anderson, Mr Kovacevic, Mr Olson, Mr Lacey, Ms Doyle, Mr Kennedy, Mr O’Byrne and Ms Whelan for facilitating this rich learning experience.  The four Homeroom classes so far have welcomed the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy a stand up paddle board session on the lagoon under the guidance of Harry, who ranked #2 paddle board surf competitor in Denmark last week.
  • Learn from a Coastal Lookout hike and informative education session with local indigenous elder and educator Stuart McMinn.
  • Engage in a surf lesson with former world ranked surfer Amee Donohoe.
  • Complete a spirituality and character self analysis reflection workshop.
  • Consider issues around Sustainability, Inclusive Communities and Legacies and Act Locally through “Take 3 for the Sea” initiative.
  • Participate in team building activities, food preparation, clean up and service exercises in the beautiful environment of the sunny Central Coast.
  • Enjoy Luke Galati’s special pasta sauce recipes and fruit shop pickings around meals.
  • Live without their mobile phones for the duration of the camp.

Please click on the photo gallery below:



Student Leadership Camp

Photos Below:  St Pius X College Student Leadership Team Elect Camp visits Fr Jim McKeon, Chatswood Parish Priest 2018 (photo below) and St Mary of the Cross Mackillop’s historic church and orphanage, Kincumber.

After promising pre-season performances in 1st XI Cricket, 1st V Basketball and All Schools Athletics, our College Captain Dan Hall, Vice Captains Nik Papastamatis and Jack Moran, House Captains and Prefects travelled up the M1 on Saturday evening for an intense Sunday to Monday Leadership Camp at Huntington House, between Year 9 Camps, facilitated by 2018 Year 12 Coordinator Mr Batchelor.

Breaks in both leadership training sessions, and the weather, enabled us to enjoy the Terrigal surrounds and we were able to celebrate the arrival of Year 9 Camp #4 on Monday with Mr Olson and Mr Lacey.


A generous visit to St Edward’s EREA College in East Gosford, hosted by their Social Justice guru - also former St Pius X College Staff member and EREA stalwart - Mr Pat Dell, allowed us to visit their outdoor indigenous learning area, engage in meaningful yarns with students of indigenous descent and challenge some contemporary misrepresentations of social justice and social stereotypes.


We also had the opportunity to link up with Bethany and Emily from the Eddie Rice Camps initiatives. (See the ‘Eddie Rice Camps call for St Pius X College Volunteers’ article below).


Thanks go to Mr Pat Dell and his outstanding students, and Mr Mark Bonnicci, St Edward’s Principal, who is soon to head over to Edmund Rice Schools in Kenya with some students to continue their EREBB Social Justice outreach work. Long may we continue the reciprocal learning arrangements between our great schools.


Student Leaders Speechcraft Courses

Our College Student Leadership Team elect, with the generous sponsorship of the SPX Old Boys Association through their President Mr David Bullard (’82), continue their Speechcraft learning sessions this Friday from 3.30 to 5.30pm with microphone set-up and speaking practice at the podium, gym lectern and Boardroom.

Their public speaking skills continue to develop in the lead up to the Prefect Investiture on Thursday 26th October and Speechcraft Graduation Dinner Monday 13th November.  


Holiday Boxing with the Redfern All Blacks and Tribal Warrior ‘Clean Slate Without Prejudice’ initiative

The following script was communicated at Monday assembly.

Good morning teachers and students,

Throughout the two Friday mornings of the Term 3 holidays, four Year 10 students, two Year 9 students and a few of the teachers attended the Tribal Warrior ‘Clean Slate Without Prejudice’ boxing program. This is a routine and boxing program built for developing a healthy partnership between the police and the Redfern community, trying to minimise the amount of aboriginal people going into custody from the influences of drug and alcohol addictions.

Chris Pelle:  Congratulations to the students involved as St Pius X College ambassadors who have been welcomed into this powerful celebration of community building, culture and language:

Year 10 - Chris Pelle, Ky Simpson, Jason Sacre, Jack Cooper;  Year 9 - Daniel Fileman and Sam Barrell.



Eddie Rice Camps request to St Pius X College for Camp Volunteers

Our Student Leadership Team elect were fortunate, during their Leadership Training Camp visit to EREA St Edward’s Gosford on Monday, to meet up with two Eddie Rice Camp leaders Emily and Bethany, who were training St Edward’s students to become volunteers at the Eddie Rice Holiday Camps.

Eddie Rice Camps address a contemporary need in our communities for various young people to enjoy a week holiday of fun, connecting and learning activities, which may not otherwise be available to them.

The upcoming NSW version of Eddie Rice Camps take place in the January holidays at Mulgoa and there are two training day options for would-be volunteers. As Friday 24th November is our Founder's Day Festival, Saturday 25th is the date on which a team of SPX students is invited to attend the Balmain-based training and then volunteer at a week-long January Camp to support this great initiative in action.


Our College, and Mr Pawlak’s Year 10 cohort in particular, have a long record of supporting Edmund Rice Camps with vital fundraising to facilitate attendance of some disadvantaged youth in need. There are also many ex-students who volunteer. However the call is out for support from our current Senior (Years 10 and 11) students to take up this very rewarding challenge.    

Click on the flyer or ask Mr Brannan, Mr Russo, or Mr Blake for more information.


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


Don't get caught out:  Catch our very special Book Breakfast this Friday!

Book you and your son a place in history at the Senior Library’s first-ever book breakfast.

We are fortunate to have St Pius X College Dad, Greg Growden talk about his latest book, “The wrong 'un: the Brad Hogg story”. Greg is a highly regarded former Sydney Morning Herald journalist and author of 15 books.


Brad Hogg is a spin bowler, Test Cricketer and in his forties became a T20 superstar. At 46, he has just re-signed for another Big Bash season with the Melbourne Renegades. Greg will discuss how this biography came about, the writing process, Brad Hogg’s humour as well as answer questions.  Cricketers, coaches and their supporters will find Brad Hogg’s story inspiring, as well as Greg’s telling of it.

Join us for this fascinating presentation and there’s no need to have brekkie as a light breakfast awaits you on arrival.  Please RSVP here for catering purposes.

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian


SPX Athletes run for a great cause

On Sunday 15th October seven of our SPX athletes ran in the Annual SANRUNFORLIFE at Wahroonga in aid of the Accident Unit at the Hospital. Over 600 people were involved in the run on the day.  Our boys competed in the 5km run and won both the overall team event and the Schools Senior Trophy.

Pictures of our team below were taken by Danny John.

Times for 5km

  • Oliver Sheather                8th         22.20
  • Kiefer O’Brien                   10th       22.54
  • Angus Cutbill                    11th        22.55
  • Jamie Miller                      13th        23.53
  • Nick Mackenzie                54th       28.35
  • Fred Thornton-Bott        55th       28.35
  • Sebastian Majarian         56th       28.36

Mr S Quilty

Frenchs Forest Traffic Changes - HSC Exams

Message from Roads and Maritime Services

"Roads and Maritime Services would like to thank you for your patience during the longer than expected traffic delays experienced by people this week around the Frenchs Forest area. We appreciate and are listening to the concerns you have about getting to your destinations on time, especially with HSC exams coming up as we know this is a stressful time for students.

The one-way arrangement is new and we’re working on implementing some measures to ease the congestion including:

  • Proactively managing the traffic signal network to accommodate the changing traffic environment
  • Installing additional CCTV cameras to monitor traffic
  • Providing traffic conditions information on electronic message signs located on the network
  • Providing a kiss and ride facilities on Frenchs Forest Road in front of Forest High School.

Intersections along Forest Way, Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway will continue to be monitored by the Transport Management Centre and Roads and Maritime Services traffic engineers to manage traffic flows.

We would like to remind students travelling to exams from Monday 16 October, to plan their journey, allow extra travel time, drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control to ensure you arrive at your exam destination on time.

There is further information about the traffic changes, available at our website, including a detour map and frequently asked questions. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

If you have any questions, please call 1800 014 307 (free call 24 hours per day), or [email protected] "



Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym 

Please see details in the flyer below.


General Notices


St Joseph's College Spring Fair  - Sunday 12th November 2017 


MindMatters for Students



A reminder that Boxercise is held every Thursday and Friday morning at 7.30am in the Junior School playground.  This MindMatters initiative provides friendship, fun and fitness to strengthen students’ resilience and general sense of wellbeing.  Classes are free to all students.



Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F Events


  • P&F Annual General Meeting - 6th November 
  • Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 17th November
  • Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December
  • Year 10 Parent Get-Together - Friday 3rd November
  • Founder's Day 24th November 2017 - PARENT HELPERS REQUIRED!


P&F Annual General Meeting - 6th November 2017

The P&F AGM will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre.  In accordance with the P&F Constitution all positions on the P&F Executive Committee become vacant at the AGM. 


Each current member of the committee is eligible to stand for re-election.  However the P&F always welcomes new members to the committee. Being a committee member is a rewarding way for parents to be more involved in the College, meet new people and to have a direct say in the decisions and outcomes of the P&F, representing all parents of the College and contributing to the College and the students and conducting social activities for the parents. 


The P&F Committee is made of many positions.  It is flexible and thus you can volunteer to any capacity that suits your busy lives. The team is assisted by a significant number of volunteers from within the school community who assist at each event, making it a productive, social and satisfying way of being involved in the school community.


After five years as President, Paul Hunt has decided not to stand for re-election as President at this AGM.  However he will continue to assist the P&F whilst his son is in Year 12 in 2018.  Whilst some parents have already expressed interest, each person interested in the position of President is invited to speak to Paul Hunt on 0400 503 074 (and/or College Principal Mr John Couani). 


Many of the current P&F committee members are in their last year with the College so we are looking for new members to continue the great work and community spirit. If you are interested please feel free to contact any of the current team members (contact numbers are on the P&F website) to discuss what each position entails.


  • President – currently Paul Hunt (Year 11)
  • Vice President – currently Rodger Paino (Year 11)
  • Treasurer – currently Mariano Rossetto (Years 11 & 7)
  • Secretary – Sarah Gillard (Year 6)
  • Assistant Secretary – Nadine Robson (Years 10 & 7)
  • Social Coordinator – Braelen Zwart (Years 11 & 7)
  • Communications Team – Viv Raynor (Yr 11), Nadine Robson (Yrs 10 & 7), Rodger Paino (Yr 11)


The P&F is an integral part of the school community, assisting with many activities your son(s) participate in throughout the year, examples being the Kokoda expedition, Boxercise, Robotics and PAPA to name a few. We look forward to meeting many new faces at the upcoming AGM and throughout the year ahead.



Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 17th November

Join Year 7 parents for a casual Friday night drink and/or a bite to eat at The Greens North Sydney from 6pm (   We have reserved an area but please RSVP to the Year 7 class parents via email before 11th November so we can ensure enough seating for all.


Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December Save the Date

Save the Date!  ​Year 7 Class mums are also organising an end of year picnic for all families on Sunday 3rd December.  More details to follow.  Stay tuned!


Year 10 Parent Get-Together - Friday 3rd November

Let's begin the end of year celebrations early!  We hope you can join us in the Penshurst Room at the Willoughby Hotel from 7.00pm on Friday 3rd November.  The invitation can be found below.  For numbers can you please RSVP via Trybooking.  We look forward to a fun evening.



Founder's Day 24th November - HELPERS REQUIRED

Each November the whole school comes together for the Founder’s Day Festival at Oxford Falls.  We need around 15 Parent Volunteers to assist with the lunch preparation between 8.00am and 11:30am. You can help at any time during those hours so if 8.00am is too early that's OK, come sometime later!


If you can help please put the date in your diary NOW and let me know via [email protected].  I will work out a roster closer to the event.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

  • Performing Arts
  • Senior Library


Performing Arts  


A final reminder that our annual Festival takes place next week. Each night commences promptly at 5.30pm and parking will be available in the College yard. It is anticipated that each evening will finish no later than 7.00pm.

  • Monday 23 October:             Strings and Voice: Talati S and Goodwin: BMR
  • Monday 23 October:             Woodwind: Andrews and Dollin: Gym
  • Tuesday 24 October:            Percussion: Lewandowski and Talati I: BMR
  • Tuesday 24 October:            Brass: Power, Sismey, Blunt, Talati S:, Gym
  • Wednesday 25 October:     Music Production: Cummins: BMR
  • Thursday 26 October:          Piano: Gan, Waddington: BMR
  • Thursday 26 October:         Guitar: Cranney, Cummins, Talati S: Gym
  • Friday 27 October:                Drama Ensembles: Fernando: Sarto Centre


Best wishes to Ben Cullen (Year 7), Ashley Johnson, Reuben Jacobson and Alec Ramsbottom (Year 8) who will be competing in the Junior Theatre Sports Competition next Tuesday 24th October at Pymble Ladies College. The boys will take part in a workshop, prior to the competition commencing at 7.00pm. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.



The final workshop for the year will take place on Sunday 29th October. The Senior Strings only will rehearse from 10.30 – 11.15am and the Full Orchestra from 11.30 – 1.00pm. Entry to the College will be via the Kirk Street  drive way.



The Annual General Meeting for the Performing Arts Parents Association was held last Wednesday. Thank you to the following parents who accepted positions on the Committee; President Mrs Odette Shahady; Vice President Mrs Kate Shelton; Secretary Mrs Veronica Osborne and Treasurer Mrs Ute Appenzeller. Sincere thanks also to outgoing Vice President Mrs Tanya Ceravolo and Secretary Mr Paul Knox for their work and efforts on behalf of the Music and Drama students at the College.



Auditions for new enrolments to the College will take place on Saturday 11th and 18th of November between 9.00am – 4.00pm in the Band Room. Entry to the College will be via the Kirk Street drive way. Any current student who would like to audition is more than welcome. Audition times can be booked by going to: The site will go live on Monday 23rd October and close on Tuesday 7th November.



To apply for lessons for next year please go to   

The site will go live on Monday 23rd October and close on Tuesday 7th November.  Places are limited and there can be no guarantee of availability, should students wait until the beginning of 2018.



Congratulations to Oliver Osborne (Year 10) who has successfully auditioned for one of the trumpet positions in this ensemble. Well done Oliver!

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Senior Library

Don’t get caught out:  Catch our very special Book Breakfast THIS FRIDAY!

Please see the information and booking details on the Students & Parent Matters page.



Year 12 students:  Welcome to Willoughby City Library

Year 12 students were impressed by the range of services, facilities & 24/7 eResources showcased by Willoughby City Librarian Margo Pavincich at last week’s Year Group meeting. Whilst many of our students gained membership as part of our Primary Library program, it was a chance for those who missed out to join-up and to see what’s on offer.


For all of us, it was an opportunity to take a fresh look at this amazing library, just next door. New innovations included:

  • Access to State Library of NSW eResources. Margo highlighted the database, JSTOR as being particularly useful to extension English and History students.
  • Single-searching on the library catalogue to access both text and digital resources.

Margo encouraged us to think of the public library as an extension to our own library offering extended opening hours, an enormous research collection, private and group study spaces, Wi-Fi and experienced librarians keen to help.

Margo’s visit enforced the view that the library is actively supporting Year 12 students with HSC Seminars and new Lock-In nights.  Lock-ins run from 6 – 9 pm with professional tutors, librarians and food on hand to help students with their studies.

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: After School Study Program


  • Free Webinars:  Strategies for Students with ASD
  • Free Vocabulary Skill Builder
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

Free Webinars:  Strategies for Students with ASD

Dr Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and Sue Larkey, independent Special Needs consultant and ‘pracademic’, have some great and easy-to-do ideas for strategies to use in the classroom and at home – with students who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Please enjoy the two free webinars they have provided here:

The FREE Courses are available NOW for the next 2 weeks ONLY.  Please pass onto anyone who could benefit.  Watch NOW or anytime, anywhere by clicking the links below.


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

Please see the information in the flyer below:


Thursday Enrichment Club

(Due to HSC exams in LC2, please meet in Learning Enrichment Room, upstairs in Junior School)

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10

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

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

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

If interested, please meet Ms Raheb-Mol each Thursday lunchtime in LC2.  See you there boys!

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


Maths Drop-In Centre

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

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

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

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

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

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

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



After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons


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

Note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.


WHEN - Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon, from 3.15 - 4.30pm

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

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


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


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Sydney University - Introducing our new online study portal: #studygoals

Resources to help your students get through Year 12 and beyond

From study tips to making the most of their UAC preferences, students will find a wealth of information about the HSC and preparing for university on our new online #studygoals portal. This one-stop resource has been designed to help Year 11 and 12 students stay motivated, confident and equipped with the skills needed to achieve their HSC and career goals. We aim to improve student achievement by providing expert advice and key study tips from current University of Sydney students. Don’t miss our ‘5 tips to help you study for the HSC’ poster that students can print out and hang in their study areas.


Sydney University Info Day 2017 - Saturday 16 December, 9am–4pm

Choosing a university is a big decision. Info Day is the last chance for future students to get a taste of campus life before they finalise their preferences for the main round offers. Info Day is a great opportunity for them to talk with student ambassadors and staff, get tailored course advice, attend information sessions, join a campus tour and explore everything the University has to offer.


Sydney University Science Experience - 10-12 January 2018 – School holidays

Designed for students about to start Year 10 or 11, the Sydney Science Experience is an opportunity for science enthusiasts to participate in a range of hands-on workshops and lectures that uncover the reality behind popular TV crime shows. Register online by 1 January 2018 at 5pm.


Mastering the HSC with TSFX

  • Sunday 12 November – University of Sydney
  • Saturday 18 November – University of NSW

“Mastering the HSC” is a fundraising event designed to provide students with the skills and information they need to maximise HSC marks, while also raising much needed funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation.  In just one day, you will learn how average students achieve 90+ ATAR scores, and how you can use the same strategies to reach your full potential in Year 11 and 12.


ADFA Applications Open Now

Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It is preferable you apply in Year 11 but you can still apply in Year 12.
Applications for 2018 Year 12 Students (for 2019 entry) close at the end of February 2018.



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Pink Day @ Oxford Falls - SPX, Blue Mountains Grammar and Oakhill Teams (SPX in the pink and blue shirts)

  • Pre-Season Brief from the Senior Sportsmaster
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Rugby:  Rugby Supporters' Club AGM
  • NSTA Tennis

Pre-Season Brief

Welcome back to Term 4 sport.  The District Cricket season is well under way and you can keep up with happenings through the Cricket Club Newsletter in Woodchatta. The Summer season begins for all other teams on 21st October and all NSTA Tennis, ISA Basketball and Cricket teams are now finalised.  Parents of all ISA cricketers should expect some movement between teams throughout the season as selection will be merit based.

I would take this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for the correct sports uniform and personal equipment. 

ISA Cricketers must make sure they have blazers and “closed toed” shoes for match days.  Blazers must be worn over cricket whites for lunch and afternoon tea.

Could I also remind everyone that the College subscribes to and supports the ISA “Code of Conduct” and I ask that you familiarise yourselves with this document.  The SPX Risk Warning is also attached below.

I look forward to seeing you all at some point during the season.  Let’s make the Summer season as successful as the Winter one.

Mr M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster




Dear parents and swimmers of St Pius X College,

The new swimming season is fast approaching and we have already secured some important dates for the calendar as follows:

PLEASE NOTE:  As a member of the St Pius X College Swimming Squad all members are expected to commit to these dates and make these a priority over any other commitments.


Please check Woodchatta for more detailed information regarding the program and times which will be issued as soon as possible. Mrs McCormack will be attending the two invitational carnivals on 27th October and 3rd November in Ms Proc’s absence.

Mrs S McCormack  (covering for Ms Leisa Proc, Swimming Convenor)




Parents must help do the score bench at Home games on Saturdays. If you can help, please let the coach know or just take a seat at the Bench. Our referees are always happy to teach parents what to do.


Round 1 of the ISA season is this Saturday 21st October. Please check the attachment below for game times and venues. All new players who have not purchased a uniform for this Saturday’s game must see Mr Gibson at Friday mornings Basketball meeting.

C Teams: Next week our C teams are travelling to Oxley College at Bowral. Players will need to organise their own transport to their games. I can not provide  a Bus to take players to Bowral. I will be organising a bus for Round 4 when our C teams Travel to the Blue Mountains.

B Teams: I will be organising a bus to take players to St Stanislaus’ Bathurst for Round 3. Travel times will be put into Woodchatta on the Wednesday 1st November.


Congratulations to our Firsts who finished 2nd to St Augustine’s in the ISA pre-season shootout. Both our Firsts and Seconds had a good day out and this was another opportunity for the teams to prepare for the season ahead.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor



Pink Day @ Oxford Falls

Last Saturday the 1st and 2nd XI combined with Blue Mountain Grammar School and Oakhill College for the fourth Pink Day @ Oxford Falls. Through the generosity of the SPX Cricket Club $500 has been donated to the McGrath Foundation to support their incredible work and a $160 individual donation was made to the Macquarie University Hospital to support their work with cancer patients. SPX players wore pink caps as well as pink and blue indigenous designed shirts to support women’s health.


1st XI Cricket Report – Saturday 14/10/17

The day was awash with pink but also showers unfortunately, which caused a two hour delay in the first game against Oakhill after 10 overs and the score at 3-43 for the SPX 1st XI. After the break Josh Rayner (58 not out) and captain James Brown (35) put on 69 in impressive style to help the score to 5-131 after 20 overs. Tight bowling, enthusiastic fielding and clever field placements restricted Oakhill to 4-102 with spinners Mac Carrall (1-14) and Tim McLachlan (2-21) the wicket takers.

The second match was reduced to 15 overs each. The home side’s innings was launched by Adam Greenwood (34), Tom Colgan (22) and Liahm Williams (34) who all took toll of any loose balls and ran well between the wickets. A wet ball and slippery conditions were overcome in the field as Carrall (1-8) was the best of the bowlers and two run outs led to a 21 run victory.

Leading into the competition next Saturday, these were two much improved performances but more importantly the day provided raising of awareness and funds for great causes.

Mr D Reay - Convenor



Rugby Supporters' Club AGM

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

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



NSTA Tennis

Yesterday an email was sent out to all NSTA players and their parents with information on this season, the draw, a copy of the teams and a Parent/Player Agreement form. The Parent/Player Agreement needs to be signed and returned to your son’s coach this Friday at the morning meeting. Should your son need a hard copy of this form he can obtain one from the Student Office.

Please ensure that your son has the correct uniform for the first game this week:  blue sports shirt, plain white shorts and a school cap.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Class Captains for Term 4

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News


  • Three Year 6 classes will experience an incursion with John Larkin on Friday.  John is an author and fantastic at teaching children about writing in a fun and informative way.  This will happen on a rotational basis on four Fridays this term.  All the Year 6 classes will have 3 sessions with John.  Please have a conversation with your son about this event as when they recall the event the learning will become more entrenched.  Hopefully this will assist to improve their writing in the future.

John Larkin timetable for Year 6 - Term 4, 2017


  • Year 6 bakery excursion today – it relates to our science topic and the study of micro-organisms.  Yeast is a good example.
  • Year 6 also has a permission note for their surf skills lessons later in the term.  Please return this note ASAP.
  • The team is in its final debates for the year. The boys will compete in a Debating Gala Day to be held at Abbotsleigh Junior School on Monday 23rd October. Thank you to Mrs Spanyik for her organising of the debating.



Congratulations to the following boys who were selected to represent their class as the Captain for Term 4.

5 Gold - Zavier Ferreira

5 Red - Jack Hammond

5 Blue - Maxwell Forbes

6 Gold – Nicolas Arena

6 Red – Luca van Vuuren

6 Blue – Harvey Jackson

6 Green – Anthony Moutevelis





A huge thank you to everybody on their efforts in the walkathon for those less fortunate than ourselves.  We have raised $11,854.90.  A great effort!  The cheques will be drawn up or money forwarded in the next few weeks. 



Five of our boys are competing in the CIS team at the PSSA (State Championships) today.  Best wishes to Zac Flynn and PJ Marren in their respective 200m races and Joel Austin, Zac Flynn, Ryan Jom and Will Slocombe in the Senior 4 x 100m Relay.



On Thursday 9th November our Sport will consist of Swimming for Year 5 and  a surf safety program for Year 6.  The program will run for four Thursdays in normal sports times. The surf safety boys will all wear a sun (rash) vest supplied . If your son is in Year 5 I would strongly recommend that you purchase a sun T-shirt (T-shirts aren’t allowed) as the Macquarie University pool is an outdoor pool.  Sunscreen will be supplied and it is the boys’ responsibility to apply it.  As other boys will put the sunscreen on the back, it is safer to have a sun (rash) T-shirt.  If your son requires a special type of sunscreen please remember to pack it. 

All boys require a packed lunch.  The boys will swim in their swimming costumes (not board shorts).  A pair of thongs are also handy for toilet visits.  If you wish to collect your son from the pool, please be there by 2.00pm as we are on the buses by 2.10 to 2.15pm.



Primary Research Project

Congratulations to all the boys who got their entries in late last term for the Primary Research Project. Well done on their efforts in attending Compass Club, completing and working to a deadline to finish the Competition. There were also the many quizzes available to extend their general knowledge in Geography, Space, World Flags, Animal Facts, The United Nations, Languages, Dictionary Knowledge, World Deserts and many more.


Well done to the following boys on their awards:

High Distinction:  Andrew Bradford, Eliot Sanders, James Higgins, Jesse Reed, Jonathan Hartry, Justin Boustani, Liam Boswell, Luke Sarkissian and Patrick Frost.

Distinction: Christopher Harris, Eamon Boyle, Lucas Hamill and Ned Turner.




The team is in its final debates for the year. The boys will compete in a Debating Gala Day to be held at Abbotsleigh Junior School on Monday 23rd October. Well done to the boys continued commitment to attend training sessions and working in their set teams developing arguments and case lines. Good luck in your final debates boys.


Training also begins for the three boys selected to compete in the Public Speakers’ Challenge on Thursday 9th November. Good luck to Cavan Ryan, Tomo Wilkins and Jack Hammond on your training and lead up to this competition.

Mrs Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: We continue our summer training for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.


Term 4 Swim Program: All students will take part in this program. It runs as per the schedule above in lieu of regular Thursday Sport. Year 5 attend Macquarie Uni Aquatic Centre for a pool based program and Year 6 attend Dee Why Beach for a surf skills program. Students are required to return the respective form issued last term – Macquarie Uni Grading Form (Year 5) and SEA Australia Waiver (Year 6 boys). All details, including a detailed information letter, can be found under Junior Swimming on the College website.


Swim Squad: The swim season resumes this Term with two more Invitational Carnivals for the Squad (Trinity on  3rd November and St Patrick’s on 10th November). More details to follow closer to the date for those concerned.


Basketball: Well done to all players after a strong start to the second half of the season.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Round 7:  Last Saturday we were up against Arden. Our new captain, Thomas Wilkins, selected to bat. The first innings looked promising with Arden all out for none. We were luckier as one runner made it home. Jhon Evans and Marcus Steen were our pitchers and pitched some great deliveries. It was a tight match throughout the game. Will Mathie, Andrew Bradford and Jose Monk defended their bases incredibly well. Eliot Sanders was focussed at short stop. In the second innings Arden were ahead by 2 runs. St Pius X College fought back - Luca Van Vuuren, Joshua Connors, Patrick Hall, Michael Whitehead, Max Lenton and Rowan Roomie were on to the ball in the outfield, keeping the run rate to a minimum. We were one run behind before the last innings and were lucky it ended in a draw.

It was a slow paced but entertaining game for a drizzly Saturday morning. Thank you to Mr Evans for keeping score.

Ms J Williams - Convenor


NSTA Tennis

Yesterday an email was sent out to all NSTA players and their parents with information on this season, the draw, a copy of the teams and a Parent/Player Agreement form. The Parent/Player Agreement needs to be signed and returned to your son’s coach this Friday at the morning meeting. Should your son need a hard copy of this form he can obtain one from the Student Office.

Please ensure that your son has the correct uniform for the first game this week:  blue sports shirt, plain white shorts and a school cap.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster


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 Term 4 2017 Canteen Roster:



Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop




The online ordering system  can be accessed via

An updated Price List is now available on the College website.                                       


Orders can be placed:

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

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

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

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


Gift Items:  The College Uniform Shop also stocks a range of gift items:


- Golf umbrellas  $30

- Coffee mugs $15

- Lanyards $5

- Aprons $20

- Scarf $20

- Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​









Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

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