St Pius X College Newsletter

02 August 2017
Issue 22
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Social Justice & Youth Ministry
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F News
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Careers
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]
AU


Upcoming Events

Friday 4th August

Yr 11 Retreat Day #3

CSDA Debating Finals/SDN R3

 

Saturday 5th August

ISA Football & Tennis R10

ISA Rugby R9/IPSHA R10

P&F Trivia Night

Monday 7th August

Trial HSC continues until 14/8

 

Friday 11 August

SDN R4

Rugby Club Dinner at Orange 

 

Saturday 12 August

ISA Football Semi Finals/ISA Tennis Finals

ISA Rugby R10

SPX Senior College Rugby at Orange

 

Sunday 13/8

College Orchestra Workshop

 

Monday 14 August

Year 12 Retreats until 18/8

 

Tuesday 15 August

The Assumption

ICAS Maths Comp Yrs 5-10

 

Friday 18th August

SDN R5

 

Saturday 19th August

ISA Football Finals

 

Monday 21st August

Science Week Begins

P&F Meeting

 

Tuesday 22nd August

School Photos

Primary Book Week

Rugby Presentation Night

 

Wednesday 23rd August

Prefects' Camp pm until 25/8

 

Thursday 24th August

Staff Meeting

 

Friday 25th August

Yr 10 Reflection Day #3

SDN R6

ISA Heads Meeting

 

Saturday 26 August

ISA Invitational Athletics

Rugby Club ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at The Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm 

 

Monday 28th August

St Pius X Patron's Holiday

 

Tuesday 29th August

Tuesday 29th August

IPSHA Athletics

Football Presentation Night

 

Wednesday 30th August

Winter Sports Photos

 

Thursday 31st August

Junior School Father & Son Day at Oxford Falls

Splinters, Splashes, Stage & Sounds Opens

 

Friday 1st September

Year 12 Study Day #4

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast

Twilight Concert #2

Old Boys Annual Dinner

SDN R7

 

Saturday 2nd September

ISA Invitational Athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal     

Photo: Year 12 HSC Trial Exams began on Monday 31st July

 

  • Prayer for our Year 12 students
  • Semester 1 Academic Awards Presentation
  • Year 12 HSC Trials
  • P&F Trivia Night - Saturday 5th August:  BOOK NOW!

Prayer for our Year 12 students

We pray for our Year 12 students as they undertake their HSC Trials.

 

A PRAYER FOR STUDENTS UNDERTAKING EXAMS

(Taken from The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers)

 

Let us pray for all students undergoing examinations:

Lord, pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on these students,

help them to remain calm,
to attend carefully to the questions asked,
to think clearly, to remember accurately,
and to express themselves well.

 

Grant that they may reflect on the best of the work they have done
and the best of the teaching they have received.
Accept their best efforts in these examinations
and in the great test of life on earth.
May your love be upon them, O Lord,
as they place all their trust in you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

AMEN

 

A Celebration of Learning: Semester 1 Academic Awards

Last Friday was a stunning exhibition of the learning so richly displayed in the Concourse by our Years 7 to 10 students.

 

The College was delighted to welcome back ex-student from the class of 2009 Matthew Whitmore who has shared his inspirational story as a young business man and entrepreneur. The College was also very excited to congratulate Patrick McKenzie, Year 12 HSC 2016, on the publication of his major work entitled “Nothing But Time” as part of the Young Writers’ Showcase Compilation for the 2016 HSC. This is the equivalent of Art Express and is the highest award for this elite level of study in English. There were approximately 1600 students studying Extension 2 English state-wide and only 19 students published.

Congratulations to all our recipients.  A list of all Award recipients can be found below. 

 

We also congratulate all those who performed in music and drama and those whose work was presented on screen. Congratulations to the Year 12 Academic Prefects – Dermot Beattie, William Maniatis and Peter Maniatis - and the College Captain Joseph Unwin,  for their leadership of the event.  Our deep appreciation to Mr Damo, Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning, for his leadership of the Semester 1 Academic Awards. Please click on the photo gallery to see a selection of photos taken on the day.

 

Year 7 Ski Trip

Our Year 7 students are enjoying their camp in the snow in Perisher and I thank all the staff who take on this significant responsibility for this pastoral care and outdoor education experience for the boys.

 

P&F Trivia Night - Saturday 5th August:  Book Now!

ALMOST SOLD OUT!  The Trivia Night bookings are almost at capacity so please book now. Full details are available in the P&F Section of this newsletter.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

80th Anniversary Publication

The College has been progressively preparing a publication of the events of our 80th Anniversary.  On our College website you will find the publication including the events of our 80th Anniversary Mass, the Celebration Concert 'A Night Full of Stars', an historical overview as well as the Three Generations of Pius Project which is in progress.  The link to the publication is: 

http://www.spx.nsw.edu.au/_uploads/_ckpg/files/80th_Anniversary_Booklet_2017.pdf

 

If there are other families who have three generations in the College and wish to be included in this project please contact Julie Ingram via [email protected]

 

My congratulations to all involved.  I commend this to you for your reading pleasure.

 

Feeder School Arrangements

I am pleased to advise the community that through discussions with the College Board and EREA St Pius X College now recognises Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Pymble as a Feeder School under the same arrangements as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary School West Pymble.  Attached below is a copy of the letter sent to the Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Pymble last week. This arrangement will take effect for the 2020 enrolment cohort.

 

This extension of our enrolment policy is in response to the request from Bishop Comensoli, Mr Peter Hamill (CSO Director Broken Bay Schools) and the two school communities.

 

Position Available at Our Lady of Dolours

The position of Catechist Coordinator and Children and Family Minister Position (25 hours per week) is available at Our Lady of Dolours Church. Please see information below.

 

Mr J Couani - Principal

Social Justice &
Youth Ministry

Photo: Edmund Rice Society Members - Skateboards for The Haven Project

  • Social Justice
  • Youth Festival

Social Justice

The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall is run each Friday of Term 3 at lunchtime. The stall raises money for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea and is run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society. The Junior Society members are really enjoying the opportunity of running this program and thank the Senior members for their assistance in supervising them and being there to guide them.

 

The Skateboards for The Haven Project continues with Edmund Rice Society members on Tuesday afternoons after school. At the same time the Society members and Ms Ho are designing and building jigsaw puzzles for St Mary’s Bowraville and St Joseph’s Walgett. Once our members make the jigsaw puzzles they are transported to The Haven in Terrigal where they apply the artwork. This activity has enabled St Pius X College to help one of our partner schools, The Haven, to assist two of our other partner schools, St Mary’s and St Joseph’s. The jigsaws will be delivered to the schools when Year 10 students go on their immersions in November.

 

Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel Visits each Wednesday continue to grow in popularity with many new students and a few new staff members joining the program. This great social justice activity of feeding the homeless men of Sydney is so popular that there is always more students wanting to attend than positions available.

 

Willowood Aged Care Visits on Monday afternoons with Mr Listo are a great opportunity for students to give time to our precious elderly as well as learn the valuable skill of communication with people you have little in common with. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Listo for his continued support in this invaluable social justice activity and the efforts he puts in to maximise the experience for both the students and the residents.

 

The Color Run is on again this year and for the second time St Pius X College students and staff have well over 100 volunteers. Whilst our chosen charity is yet to be decided by the Edmund Rice Society leaders this huge effort will have raised over $4000 for the chosen charity, with $30 being paid to each volunteer for their own nominated charity.

If you are 16 years or over you may consider joining Team SPX2017 on Sunday 20th August at Centennial Park. To enter in the team simply sign up on the link below:

https://regonline.activeglobal.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1964927

  1. Use the group code ‘SPX2017’
  2. The “colour zones” are now full. I recommend you nominate to help in the "snow zone" or the "finish line".
  3. Once you have received the confirmation email from The Color Run, email [email protected] with your name and the section you are volunteering in.

Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered and let me know they will be attending. 

 
Term 3 Abbotsleigh Senior College Breakfast will be held on Wednesday 16th August at Abbotsleigh in Wahroonga from 7am till 8.10am. Any students wishing to attend please email me to reserve your position. The topic this breakfast will be Tolerance and Reform of Speech with special guest speaker Dr Natasha Moore.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

 

 

Youth Festival

St Pius X College has been invited by Bishop Peter Comensoli to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Homebush  from 7th - 9th December 2017. This is an event for students in Years 9-12 and is a national gathering of Catholic young people which allows them to attend workshops and activities and discern their own faith journeys.

If you are interested please return the permission form in the attachment below to Mr Adrian Brannan. 

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator

 

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Teens & Technology - how to find a balance

  • NAPLAN Testing
  • Teens & Technology:  How to Find a Balance
  • From the Head of Student Services
  • The Year 10 Empowerment Team promotes sustainable 'Cheeki Bottles' 
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information ​
  • Old Boys Annual Dinner
  • Safety Around Our Schools

NAPLAN Testing

Dear Parents and Carers

You may have heard in the media, that in the near future, NAPLAN testing will move from a pen and paper format to online. According to NESA, the move to online testing will bring the following benefits:

  • More precise results with an adaptive design: tests will automatically adapt to a student’s performance and ask questions that match the student’s achievement levels.
  • Faster turnaround of results: schools and students will receive results faster so teachers can respond more quickly to learning needs.
  • More engaging: the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) found that research into online assessment showed students engage well with electronic tests.

 

In preparing for this transition, all schools will be conducting ‘Readiness Tests’ where all current Year 5, 7 and 9 students will sit for a trial online test. The purpose of these trials is to assess the school's technical capability and review procedures. They will not be used for individual student assessment.  Trial Online Testing will take place at St Pius X College during Week 6 of this term. Further details will be provided.  The Privacy Notice for Parents and Carers can be accessed here:

Further information regarding the NAPLAN Online Testing is available from the following link:

http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/understanding-the-curriculum/naplan/naplan-online

 

public demonstration site is also available for schools, students and the public to access.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Administration Coordinator, Mr Greg Bell, via  g[email protected]

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Teens and Technology

There is no doubt that technology is both a blessing and a curse.  We can access information, ideas, people, entertainment with just a click, but we can also find ourselves getting lost. Just one more episode, we promise ourselves. Just one more LOL cat…

If it’s hard for us as adults, imagine how overwhelming it is for our young men! They haven’t yet developed the maturity to be able to be disciplined in switching off so it’s important that we guide them positively. We don’t want to take their laptops away from them as they are so important for their learning but we do want to help them learn how to use them wisely and find a balance.

  1. Try developing some ‘rules’ together and follow them as a family. It could be perceived as unfair if there was one set of rules for them and another for you. If you do have a massive project, explain that to them – even let them see what you’re working on.
  2. Decide on how much screen time (beyond school work) is appropriate and have them do their homework sitting up at a desk or table so everyone knows that is “official” screen time and if they’re gaming or watching videos then they can do that on the couch.
  3. Social Media is a challenge; it really is part of how they socialise, just like we did through talking on the phone for hours after school each day. But talk to them about HOW they’re using it. We need to let them know they are more than “Likes”, which so many of them are hooked on.
  4. Keep screens in a public area. We all know about the impact of blue light and devices in bedrooms so it’s best to have devices where they can be seen. There are so many issues now with remotely operated cameras taking illegal photos and videos that it can be seen as a safety issue.
  5. Help your son find something else to be passionate about; often technology is an escape from boredom or something that’s too hard, so help them find another skill or idea where they can use their energy.
  6. Lead by example:  Show them that you don’t rely on your phone or laptop. Make dinner device-free. Have a tech-free Saturday.
  7. Share:  Share passwords (yes, even yours with them!) to show that you trust them to check on you and vice versa. This creates a sense of accountability on both sides.

There are so many places to look for support - here are a few places to try:

www.esafety.gov.au

https://www.lifeeducation.org.au/parents/cyber-safety

www.reachout.com

Ms A Gripton - Innovation & Knowledge Management Coordinator

From the Head of Student Services

Br Berg at St Pat's 

A highlight from last Saturday's rugby fixtures was Mr Russo’s 13A's hard-fought 19-22 loss to St Pat's. The 13As have been consistently playing great rugby recently with not enough to show for it on the competition table. After the game, however, it was inspiring to see and listen to Mr Russo’s long time teacher, mentor, highly respected educator and sporting coach Br Berg, after whom a statewide cricket competition is named.

Br Berg described to both teams Mr Russo’s qualities as a schoolboy rugby player representing St Pat's. But for a serious jaw injury Mr Russo was set to be picked as outside centre in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Team of 1973. Mr Russo went on to a stellar rugby career playing with distinction for Drummoyne and Western Suburbs (West Harbour) First Grade and NSW U21s and 2nds in an era dominated by Randwick and the Ella brothers.

 

Visit from Ms Liesel Supple

The College was pleasantly surprised on Thursday by an impromptu visit from Ms Liesel Supple in search of a plaque dedicated to her grandfather. The Supple Building (Music, Art and TAS) is named in honour of Mr Frank Supple who for 40 years ran the fundraising Housie and Bingo nights for the College. We were not only able to show Ms Supple the plaque dedicated to Mr Supple but also Br Sherrin’s Archives Office, the underground safe where the Brothers would have stored the takings and the original Enrolments Book of the College in which the Brothers faithfully listed the family enrolment of Ms Supple’s father and two uncles who have each had family members attend the College.

 

Students vs Old Boys Matches and St Pius X College Old Boys Dinner

At sports assembly on Friday the trophies for the annual 1st XI Football and combined Football, Rugby, Cricket and Basketball matches were awarded to Liam Vinci and Mr Steve Quilty on behalf of the Old Boys Association. In a turnaround from 2016 the Old Boys took out a classic match organised by Mr Quilty and Mr Danny John which was played in great spirit during the holidays. No surprise that the 2-1 scoreline featured Nick Refenes and Claudio Rosario for the Old Boys, and current lead goalscorer Charlie Hammond for the 1st XI. The Old Boys also took out the 2017 Basketball and Touch matches earlier in the year.

Through the work of Steve, Danny and members of the Old Boys Association, this fixture serves to link present Senior Students with Old Boys who may be able to assist with timely advice, contacts and connections which might help our students into the future. On the first Friday in September the Old Boys Association will hold its Annual Dinner to which all 2016 Old Boys who took out membership are invited Guests of Honour.  Simply book via www.trybooking.com/289392 or contact the College or Old Boys website for further details. A flyer is also attached below.

To celebrate the College's 80th Anniversary the event is planned for Oxford Falls with transport available from 6pm after Mass in the Brothers’ Chapel.

 

Sustainable Water Bottles and Term 4 Year 9 Huntington House Camps

Congratulations to the Year 10 MindMatters Team on their sustainability project featuring the supply of recyclable water bottles which can be used in conjunction with the College’s two new Water Stations in the playground. A reminder also, as much planning continues for our Term 4 Year 9 Huntington House Pastoral Group Camps, that all students will need to bring and use their own water bottle in the interests of health and sustainability. We look forward to some exciting and challenging growth mindset experiences which are currently being designed by a team including Mr Ticli, Mr DeSilva and Mr Casey.

 

Primary school homelessness awareness sleep out.

Year 5 and 6 students are warmly invited to participate in the Year 11 Edmund Rice Society – MindMatters Team awareness project on the topic of Homelessness. On Friday 18th August the boys will stay over in the gym from 6pm to 6am and participate in activities and discussion led by staff and senior students on this social justice concern. More information has been provided via a note from Ms Williams in 5 Gold. Nikita Papastamatis and Phillip Cullen from Year 11 are leading this team initiative.

 

Visit by John Honner, Kokoda Track Historian, on Friday 11th August, 1.30pm in the Sarto Centre

On Friday 11th August the College will host an esteemed member of the EREA Board, Mr John Honner, to speak to the students and interested members of the College community on matters relating to the 1942 Kokoda Track Campaign.

The opportunity to hear Mr Honner speak on these unique events in Australia’s history will be afforded to our Year 10 History students, guests and those interested in our St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018, from 1.30pm in the Sarto Centre. Please contact Mr Brannan for more information. 

 

Mr SBrannan - Head of Student Services

 

750ml Cheeki Water Bottles

This year the Year 10 Student Empowerment Team are working towards phasing out the school's use of plastic water bottles. To assist with this ALL members of the St Pius X College community  will be able to order our specially designed bottles to replace plastic with stainless steel crested school bottles.  We are collaborating with Cheeki, a company founded in Freshwater, Australia with a mission to create a healthy alternative to disposable plastic containers. Cheeki products are healthy to use with no hidden nasties, leaving contents fresher and just at the right temperature. 

 

The 750ml stainless steel bottles are priced at $16 and are available in Silver and Matte Black.  

Features of the bottle include:

  • Silicone seal for leak proof lids.  Bottles come with two lids: Carbiner and Sport
  • Deep threads create secure seal
  • Premium Food Grade 18/8 #304 Stainless Steel inside and out
  • No inside linings.  BPA Free
  • Non-toxic paints used in fun colours and design

Please follow the trybooking link to order one today (orders will be finalised by 9th August 2017): https://www.trybooking.com/301874

The Year 10 Student Empowerment Team

 

Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information 

Expedition Dates:  29th June to  8th July 2018 (TBC). Formal training will begin in September this year.

Who can attend:  Any student who will be in Years 9-11 in 2018; a family member; Old Boys; past Expedition attendees.

Expressions of Interest:  directed to Mr P de Silva ([email protected])

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Old Boys Annual Dinner

A reminder to save the date and book in early for the St Pius X College Old Boys Annual Dinner on Friday 1st September, this year celebrating the College's 80th Anniversary. Booking details will be in next week’s Woodchatta. Please pass the word around and remember 2016 Student Leavers are sponsored free.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

 

Safety Around Our Schools

Willoughby City Council has adopted a Street Parking Strategy to optimise the operation and management of street parking. It was made apparent that most issues regarding schools in the area were about school drop off and pick-up times. Under this strategy Council has looked at ways of improving education and compliance around parking around schools and there are a few ways in which we would like to achieve this.

 

To improve consistency the Council are looking at removing all “Kiss and Ride” signs in schools in the Willoughby local government area (LGA). The reason for this is that they have received a lot of feedback about how the “No Parking” signs and “Kiss and Ride” signs are confusing. In simpler terms, they essentially mean the exact same thing.  However, “No Parking” signs are enforceable and “Kiss and Ride” signs are not.

 

Under this strategy they would like to remove the “Kiss and Ride” signs, while continuing to educate parents/carers about “No Parking” and ensure that it is consistent message across the LGA. Please see the below image as an example of what we would like to remove.

 

 

Mr M Casey - Deputy Principal

 



MindMatters
for Students & Families

 

From the College Counsellor:

  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - Sunday 10th September
  • 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' - Parent Forum
  • 'Peaceful Kids' Parent Meeting
  • 'It's time we talked':  Online pornography and its influence on young people
  • 'Tuning into Teens'  Workshop
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX

 

Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk

Sunday 10th September 2017

Save the date with advanced notice of our intention to hold our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk on Sunday 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.  Further details will follow, or contact Mr Brannan or Mr Russo to express your interest in attending.

 

Parent Forum:  'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance'

St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum run by The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at a time to be advised.

The aim of the evening is to create awareness of the current level of sleep deprivation among students and the effect this is having on all aspects of their lives.  Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding sleep health and pathways to treatment for those who require professional help.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

 

Year 9 Presentation by The Sleep Connection:  On Thursday 27th July our year 9 cohort were fortunate enough to hear from Lisa Maltman, a presenter from “The Sleep Connection”. Lisa explained the vital importance of sleep and discussed a variety of what she termed “Sleep Thieves” that could be affecting the boys. The boys will be coming home with a sleep diary in which they will be monitoring their sleeping habits over the next two weeks. Parents role-modelling good behaviour around sleep routines and use of electronic devices is very important as is the following quote from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, an expert in child and adolescent health:  “Sleep is the single most important determinant of psychological wellbeing.” The advice is important for everyone and we all fully endorse The Sleep Connection upcoming parent information evening being held here at the college.

Mr P Ticli - Year 9 Coordinator

 

Peaceful Kids Parent Meeting

Some Year 6 parents have recently attended a parent information session to assist and support them in working with their sons on a mindfulness-based program entitled 'PEACEFUL KIDS'.  Some of the aims of the program include:

  • to minimise symptoms of anxiety and stress,
  • to build emotional resilience and a reservoir of inner strength and
  • to enhance lifelong coping strategies for our students.

This is the third time that St Pius X College has offered this program to our Year 6 students and feedback has been most positive from those who have completed the 8 lesson course.

 

It's time we talked:  Online pornography and its influence on young people

The issue of online pornography and its influence on our young people is gaining increasing attention in the media, in government and in the community. The evidence-based research shows how porn is socialising young men and women around sexuality, gender  power, consent and  relationships. Porn is pervasive and it is here to stay and we need to respond to this influence in thoughtful and non-alarmist ways that invite young people into conversations about it.

Maree Crabbe will be presenting an Information Evening on this topic at the Crows Nest Centre at 7pm on August 31st.  Maree is Founder of the Reality and Risk Project - a community based initiative that supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector to understand and address the influence of pornography. She has a calm, cohesive and compelling message. Her documentaries have been aired by SBS.  Maree also featured on the 7.30 Report last year and she made a key submission to the Sentate Enquiry into the issue.

Please go to click on the flyer below for further details.

 

Tuning into Teens Workshop

Please see the flyer below for information on 'Emotionally Intelligent Parenting'.

 

Boxercise

 

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

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

  • Trivia Night 2017 & Call for Donations:  VENUE IS THE COLLEGE GYM AT CHATSWOOD
  • Year 12 Mums' High Tea
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018

Trivia Night 2017
THIS SATURDAY - CHATSWOOD SCHOOL GYM

ALMOST SOLD OUT!

The Trivia Night bookings are almost at capacity.  If you have organised to be on a table but have not yet purchased your tickets, please can you do so via the trybooking link.  If you would like to come along but don't have a table please email triviaspx.com and Sarah will get back to you.

 

Funds raised go directly to the Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Performing Arts Clubs, so come along and support your son's Clubs!

 

****  SILENT AUCTION SITE NOW OPEN  ****

Start bidding now for Silent Auction items - whether you will be at the Trivia Night or not you can bid and win!  Click on the PDF below to find out how easy it is, or go to the Pius P&F website for details.  Email  [email protected]  or [email protected]  with any questions.

 

Year 12 Mums High Tea - Sunday 13th August

Blink and the year will be over!  Catchup with Year 12 mums for High Tea at Isabella Hawthorne's house. Click here for the details. 

 

Entertainment Books - 2017/2018 Book Sales Ending

St Pius X College P&F Entertainment Book sales will conclude in early August, so get in now if you would like to purchase. Only a few hard copies of the Entertainment Book remain.  Purchases of the digital Entertainment Book will remain open on the P&F website all year.

 

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

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2061c61

 

Digital orders are downloaded directly through the order process; hard copy books are sent home with your son. 

Please contact Clare at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Drama at St Pius X College

  • Debating
  • Performing Arts
  • Science

Debating & Public Speaking

Public Speaking

James Baldock and Joshua Jones of Year 8 participated in The NSW Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award on Wednesday 2nd August at Castle Hill High School. They competed against students from then schools including Shore School, Barker College, Castle Hill High and Chatswood High.  

James Baldock won this competition and Joshua Jones was Highly Commended.  Congratulations to both.

 

Schools Debating Network Competition  (Weeks 1-7, Term 3)

Last Friday we travelled to Stella Maris College, Manly for Round 2 of the SDN Competition.  The Senior Team (Year 11 and 12), the Junior Team (represented by Year 8 students with a Year 9 4th speaker) and Year 7 were successful on the night. A big thank you to the senior SPX students who helped the coaches on our trip to Manly.

Please see below for more debating information:

Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor

 

Performing Arts  

Year 12 Drama Showcase  

Congratulations to Ms Fernando and the Year 12 Drama students on an entertaining night of group and individual performances last Thursday. The boys are certainly on track for their final HSC presentations on the 24th August and we wish them well in these final weeks of preparations.

 

Academic Awards Ceremony

Thank you to Hunter Clarke, Lachlan Chue and Phillip Cullen (Year 11) on their outstanding solo performances at this important College event last Friday.

 

College Orchestra Workshop

This workshop will take place on Sunday 13th August in the Band Room. The full Orchestra will rehearse from 10.30am – 12.00pm and the Senior Strings from 12.00 – 12.30pm. Students should enter the College from the Kirk Street driveway or Ferguson Lane gates.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator

 

Science

2017 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

The 2017 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is now open. Students in Years 7 to 10 are eligible to enter this science writing competition with an 800 word essay about their own ideas on sustainability or current research on this year’s topic: ‘Future Earth: creating a more sustainable planet by 2030’.

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. Their essay will be published in an issue of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on Cosmos Magazine‘s online blog, on CareerswithSTEM.com and on newsouthpublishing.com. Winners and runners up will also get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 in Sydney in early November!

Entries close on Sunday 20 August 2017. For more information visit the Bragg Student Science Prize page at http://www.refractionmedia.com.au/braggstudentscienceprize/

Ms J Schuster - Science Teacher

Learning Support
& Enrichment

 

  • Letter from the Principal:  Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
  • Update on the St Pius X College LSE Team from the start of Semester 2, 2017
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

Letter from the Principal

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Please click below to see the letter from the Principal to Parents and Caregivers regarding the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) 2017.

 

Update on the St Pius X College LSE Team from the start of Semester 2, 2017

Ms Mary Doheny: Junior School Teacher: Literacy and Numeracy Support (Wednesday, Friday). Mary focuses on the Support needs of students in Years 5-6.

Ms Bettina Spanyik: Junior School Teacher: Learning Enrichment (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday). Bettina focuses on the Enrichment needs of students in Years 5 - 6.

Ms Amanda Fileman: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher (Monday to Friday), focusing on Years 7 and 8.

Ms Carla Leonardi: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher (Wednesday, Thursday), focusing on Year 9.

Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher, English Teacher and LSE Coordinator (Monday to Friday), focusing on Years 10 - 12.

Ms Meredith Leedham: Teacher Aide/Assistant – Learning Support and Enrichment, supporting identified students and supervising exam and assessment provisions across Year 5 through to Year 12.

 

Free vocabulary skill builder

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

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

http://resources.wordlywise3000.com/#continue (click into the ‘students’ section)

 

Maths Drop-In Centre

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

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

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

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

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

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

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

 

 

After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator

 



Careers

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Careers News

TVET courses for 2018. Parent Information Evening. Monday 14th August.

Year 10 students considering doing a TAFE course during Year 11 and 12? Applications forms are now available to apply for TVET courses in 2018. (Even if you did not select it as an option for 2018 – there is still time to apply.) With TVET, you can get a head start on your career and complete a TAFE NSW course while still at school. Gain practical and industry experience. All TVET courses count towards your HSC, with some courses contributing towards your ATAR.

TVET courses run every Tuesday afternoon (2-6pm) at various locations across the North Shore.

Please follow the link below for 2018 course information:

http://sp.nsi.det.nsw.edu.au/1477/tvet/Individual%20Course%20Outlines%20Flyers/Forms/AllItems.aspx

The enrolment process will take place over the next couple of weeks and applications are due in at the end of August. There is a compulsory parent/student information evening on Monday 14th August (6pm) in the Sarto Centre for those wanting to study at TAFE in 2018.

 

UAC Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

http://www.uac.edu.au/

The Year 12 students will receive their own copy of the UAC Guide when they return to school after the retreats. The first closing date for applications is 29th September.  It is not first come first serve, so there is plenty of time to apply AFTER the Trials.

 

UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Participating institutions can use a range of criteria when making SRS offers, including your Year 11 studies, school's rating of your abilities in areas of study and aptitudes, and your Educational Access Schemes (EAS) application (if applicable).

SRS Applications Open Wednesday 2 August and close Friday 29 September

http://www.uac.edu.au/srs/

http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/srs/SRSbooklet.pdf

 

Educational Access Scheme Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

 

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university. Institutions use EAS to help eligible applicants gain admission to university if their ATAR is below a course cut-off by allocating bonus points, or places, to eligible EAS applicants.

 

http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/

 

UAC Equity Scholarships Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

Equity Scholarships help financially disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study.

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments.

http://www.uac.edu.au/equity/

 

Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser


Senior School Sport

 

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

Athletics

Athletics Training Starts Term 3, 2017:  Athletics is open to everyone! Just turn up and have a go.  See Mr Lacey or Miss Ho if you have any questions.

Captains for 2017:  Daniel Hall and Ben O’Heir

Training Dates:  7/8, 9/8, 14/8, 16/8, 21/8, 23/8, 28/8, 30/8

Training will take place at Oxford Falls from 3.50pm to 4.50pm. Buses will leave Anderson Street from school at 3.20pm and return at approximately 5.15pm Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

CARNIVALS

Invitational Carnivals at SOPAC (Homebush):  12/8, 19/8, 2/9  All athletes are welcome to take part in as many events as you like.

The ISA Championship:  5th September during school (entry by selection from personal best performances)

The CIS Athletics Carnival:  20th September (entry by selection from ISA)

NSW All Schools:  12th-15th October SOPAC (Individual athletes enter themselves if they wish to compete)

Mr R Lacey - Athletics Convenor

Basketball Trials

Basketball trials for all age groups will be held during lunchtimes and after school this term in the school gym at Chatswood.  Students will be directed to see me to put their name on the trials lists.  All students will need to be attentive to announcements made at our Friday morning sports assemblies and in morning homeroom and information placed into the Daily Notices. 

Due to the large number of students trialling and the winter season concluding it is difficult for me to set specific times at this stage as trials will be held when the school gym is available. Students who are playing a winter sport must attend their regular training session and trial when they are free from winter commitments if there is a clash.

Separate trials will be held for A Teams, B Teams etc and students can trial for more than one team. Specific teams will be announced as they are finalised and trials will continue until all students have trialled.

Students will need to communicate with me if they are injured and unable to trial so that they can be considered for a team and trial when they are able to do so.  If in doubt please contact me.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor

Cricket

Cricket is back for the 2017/18 Season!

 

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for all players from U12 to Opens. So register now at https://www.trybooking.com/294057.

 

SPX CRICKET CLUB SKILLS DAY - Sunday 20th August 2017 at Oxford Falls
Skills Day timings per age group:

  • U12-U13          8:15am to 10.00am
  • U14-U15          9:45am – Midday
  • U16-Opens     11:45am – 2.00pm

All players from U12 to Opens are expected to attend and to have registered prior to 20 August 2017. Coaching will be provided by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal.

 

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

 

1st and 2nd XI Trials. All aspiring and returning ISA players need to register. ISA Trials commence at Oxford Falls on Monday 14 August and then every Monday and Wednesday until the end of Term 2. Trial matches are scheduled for the 1st and 2nd XI on Wednesday 4 October, 5 October and 6 October 2017 (during School Holidays). Players are encouraged to speak with Mr Rodgers and Mr Reay about the upcoming season.
 

COACHING:  SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal http://www.cricketappeal.com.au/ who will coach teams during the week.

Mr D Reay - Convenor

Football

Parents and Players,

A tough week for some teams against St Patrick's Strathfield.  However there were some fantastic wins including the resounding 8-0 win by the 2nd XI, led by player of the week Daniel Warren who scored 4 goals. 

This weekend we have a big round of home fixtures against Chevalier. Good luck to all teams. 

 

Football Results Saturday 29th July:

Football Draw Saturday 5th August:

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor

 
 

FOOTBALL CLUB NEWS

Last regular round this week – where did that season go!  Good luck to all teams vying for semi-final places.  We wish all SPX teams good luck this week.  Let's finish the year with a clean sweep across all teams – that would be an amazing way to finish.

 

Important: As this is the last week of full rounds this is the last chance to get the team photos for those teams that are going to miss the finals. We need the team photos to include in the ‘Season in Review’ publication that the Committee will distribute around Presentation night on 29th August. Send the team photos and any other action shots you may have taken throughout the season to [email protected]

 

Last Saturday we hosted many games at Oxford Falls and the FC Committee ran the BBQ.  We thank the parents who gave their time to assist - David Ashford, Michelle Miles, Trevor McAdam, Tanya Ceravolo, Mary-Ann Back, Jeremy Back, Rodger Paino and Peter Bleasdale.

Go PIUS!

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club

 

Rugby

Results Saturday 29th July:

 

Fixtures Saturday 5th August:

 

Final Matches of the 2017 Season

This weekend will be the final games for the 16B, 13B and 13C sides.  Next week will see the remaining teams play their final matches, with the Opens, 16A, 15A, 15B, 14A, 13A traveling to Kinross in Orange, the 14Bs playing at Scots in Bathurst and the 15Cs against St Augustine’s in Sydney. The students from the 13Bs and Cs have the opportunity to join the 14Bs to ensure they have enough numbers to travel to Bathurst.

Those boys requiring transport to Kinross need to add their names to the bus sign-up sheet located at the front office. The bus will depart Anderson Street Chatswood at 6am on Saturday morning and return at the conclusion of the 1st XV match.

 

Under 15s NZ Rugby Tour 2018

Players and their parents from current Under 14s rugby players or other eligible students from the College are invited to the Tour Information Evening to be held on Monday 7th August at 6pm in the Sarto Centre. Please contact Mr Lynch or collect a note from the student office for more information on the tour.

 

St Pius X College Rugby Club Supporters Social Night – Saturday 26th August

As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August.  Book your FREE tickets ASAP through this direct link to the specific TryBooking Site ttps://www.trybooking.com/299087

You are welcome to bring along your child/children – they are allowed on the hotel premises under adult supervision but must be off the premises by 10pm.  See further details in the Rugby Club News section below.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor

 

FROM THE RUGBY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Key words shining through

Character, passion, commitment, enthusiasm, talent, all shone through at St Pat's on Saturday. A real 'Team St Pius X Rugby' day.

There were nine wins with all our three Opens teams winning and Josh Thrum outstanding for our 1sts. If he stays “cool” he has a bright future in the game. Opens 2nds and 3rds remain unbeaten with the Opens 3rds playing some enthralling running rugby. The 15As have only lost one game, so these three teams are well placed to win their respective competitions.  

The 16As put in their most disciplined playing performance of the season in scoring 36 points for and none against! A terrific first half.  The 15As continued to display both team and individual potential with the Bs and Cs also getting home well!!  The 14As won a nail-biter 15-14 despite several injuries. There is lots of character in this team and it is sure to blossom through next season.

Talking of character, the 13Bs were ahead 21-0, then down 29-21, before winning 50-29 which was tough on the coach’s nerves! Some of the rugby our three 13s teams are playing is fantastic.  The 13As were involved in a game of high intensity and commitment, just losing out on the bell, but they can be hugely proud of their performance. Life is all about maintaining a positive attitude.

 

This week we face St Augustine’s, a tough assignment and a challenge we should look forward to, as it is our final Home game.  Let’s get everyone to training on Tuesday and begin the winning process!!

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer

 

 

RUGBY CLUB NEWS

(1)    SPX Rugby (Senior School) taking on Kinross Wolaroi College at Orange on Saturday, 12 August.  The Senior College (Under 13s to Opens) will be playing Kinross Wolaroi College at Orange on Saturday 12th August.  There will be no College Rugby games for the Junior School that weekend, the Junior College’s Rugby Season will conclude with final games for the season this Saturday, 5 August.

 

The Rugby Club will be having a dinner in Orange on the evening of Friday 11th August for those who are travelling to Orange on the Friday.  The Dinner will be held from 7.30pm in a private function room on the first floor of the Lord Anston Hotel, 224 Anston Street, Orange. Last meal orders are at 9:30pm and last drinks are at 11:30pm.  Dinner & Wine Menu attached below, and Kids Menu also attached.

If you are intending to attend the Dinner in Orange please advise Paul O’Neill via Email: [email protected] or via telephone 0418-634750 so that for catering purposes we can advise the hotel of the numbers of persons attending the Dinner (eg. How many adults, how many children) and what time you expect to arrive at the Lord Anston Hotel.

 

We have also reserved some discounted motel rooms in Orange on the Friday night for SPX supporters at the Templers Mill Motel (see further details below re rooms, tariffs etc).  Templer’s Mill Motel is part of the Orange ExServiceman’s Club and there is free access to the Club’s heated pool and gym. As overnight accommodation vacancies can be limited on a Friday night/weekend in a busy ‘sports city’ such as Orange we suggest you make your booking at your earliest possible convenience, or you may well miss out. 

As per normal the College will have a bus leaving Chatswood early Saturday morning and returning from Orange that afternoon for players whose parents are not driving out to Orange.

 

(2)    SPX Rugby Presentation Night for both the Senior and Junior College – Tuesday 22nd August.  

The College will be holding the Rugby Presentation Night for both the Senior and Junior College boys on the evening of Tuesday 22nd August. The Junior School Presentation (Years 5 and 6) will commence at the Sarto Centre at 5.30pm and conclude at 6.45pm.  The Senior School Presentation will be held in the College Gymnasium commencing at 7.00pm and concluding about 8.30pm.  For Junior School parents who have not been to this presentation night before don't miss it as the smile on your boy's face as he is introduced to the audience individually, and then as part of his team, is priceless.

 

(3)   SPX Rugby Club Supporters 'End of Season Social Get Together’ at The Willoughby Hotel, Saturday 26th August.  Children welcome to attend. 

As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August. The Rugby Club, through the hotel, will provide a good selection of high quality ‘stand-up’ food and the only thing that those attending will have to pay for will be their own drinks at normal pub bar prices. We have secured the whole first floor for ourselves for the function. This will NOT be a fundraising night.  It is simply a way for the Rugby Club to say thank you to all the teachers, coaches, support staff, mums, dads, grandmas, granddads and others who have been there every week supporting the SPX Rugby boys and being an active part of our SPX Rugby Community.  It  is the week of the SPX College Rugby Presentation Night, a Bledisloe Cup match night (on the screen at the hotel) and the right time to celebrate a very successful and enjoyable SPX 2017 Rugby season! The venue may sell out early so we recommend that you book your FREE tickets ASAP by going to the TryBooking Direct Link  https://www.trybooking.com/299087  

You are welcome to bring along your child/children – they are allowed on the hotel premises under adult supervision but must be off the premises by 10pm.

 

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

 

ISA Tennis

Last weekend’s matches were a mixed bag with four of our teams coming out triumphant against some tough competition, but some impressive gameplay was seen on the courts. Congratulations to Teams 2, 4, 5 and 7.

This weekend is our last Round of the competition, with the finals being played the following weekend. All teams are playing against Redlands, except for Team 1 who will play their Wet Weather Round at St Pats and Team 10 who have a Bye. See the draw below.

The teams who make it to 1st or 2nd position in their Divisions will play at Barker for the Finals on 12th August. Check your email or next week’s Woodchatta for details.

 

Round 9 Results

Team 1 vs SPC, Loss 8 to 0

Team 2 vs SACS, Win 5 to 3

Team 3 vs OXL, Loss 4 (39) to 4 (24)

Team 4 vs SACS, Win 6 to 2

Team 5 vs OXL, Win 6 to 2

Team 6 vs SACS, Loss 4 (41) to 4 (36)

Team 7 vs OXL, Win 7 to 1

Team 8 vs SACS, Loss 8 to 0

Team 9 (Div 10) vs SACS, Loss 5 to 3

Team 10 (Div 11) vs SPC, Loss 7 to 1

  • Home games - Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Wet weather - Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport https://twitter.com/SPXSeniorSport

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

 

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Junior Debating

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

The next two activities occur next Monday and should make good conversation starters for the dinner table.

'Young Mary' Play - Year 5 Incursion

Next Monday 7th August Year 5 will experience the ‘Young Mary’ play which is based on the life of Mary MacKillop.   Her feast day is the 8th August and this is a follow-up to the work the boys did on the early church in Australia and our visit to Mary MacKillop place.

'Chinese Whispers' -  Year 6 Excursion

Timing:  9.00am to 1.00pm - 6 Blue and 6 Gold

                  11.00am to 3.00pm - 6 Green and 6 Red

The program enables students to experience contemporary Chinese Australian culture while learning why and when Chinese people first came to Australia and how they have adapted and flourished as a community. Students will explore Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, solving riddles and finding clues to piece together the legend of the Chinese zodiac. It is intended that students will gain a sound understanding of the role played by people of diverse backgrounds in the development and character of local communities.

 

Another conversation starter:

The Year 6 boys experienced an author’s visit from John Heffernan who wrote the novel Hotaka.  Year 6 are reading his novel which is about the Tsunami in Japan. This also fits in with our science unit on Natural Disasters.

 

 

Year 5 writing opportunity:

The Willoughby Council Story Book Competition is open to all boys in Year 5.  They have to write a story around The Australian Magpie and it is a great opportunity for the boys to practise their writing and illustrating. 

The winner will become a published author - some of the stories from previous winners are in the Junior School Resource Centre.

 

You may wish to encourage your son in this endeavour. He can receive extra support from his teacher and at the Compass Club on Tuesday lunchtimes with Mrs Spanyik.

 

Thursday Sport

Please note that some rain is forecast for Thursday’s sporting afternoon.  As always please ensure your son has a complete change of clothing to train in so that he can change back into his dry school clothes at the completion of training.

 

Junior School Sleepout

The Junior School will be having a sleepout in the Gym on 18th August.  You have been emailed a letter and if your son wishes to attend please return the Permission Slip on Page 2 of the letter to Mrs Williams either with your son or via [email protected]

 

Trivia Night – 5th August

Hopefully I will see some of you at the Trivia Night on Saturday.  I’m always prepared to accept any correct answers!!!  Please read the P&F section for more information - the venue this year is the College Gym at Chatswood. 

 

'SMALL STEPS’  Presentation for Parents

Anxiety is a growing issue in our society and I would like to thank Mrs McCarthy for organising this information evening. The night will begin at 6.30pm on 23rd August, as per the flyer below.  We ran the same program a few years ago and it was very informative. 

In order to work out an appropriate venue at our Chatswood campus for the night, could you please email Mrs Joanne McCarthy if you wish to attend.  Her email is [email protected]

 

Keep the date free: 

  • Saturday 5th August:  P&F Trivia Night
  • Wednesday 23rd August:   Small Steps presentation for parents at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP if you are attending.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

 

Junior Debating News

Round 4 of the IPSHA competition was hosted by Newington College, Lindfield on Friday 28th July. The debate was on a difficult topic especially for the affirmative team. The challenging topic “Uniforms should not be compulsory at schools.” Well done to the boys for many it was their first debate. Congratulations to the Negative side on their win and to the Affirmative team who were narrowly defeated. The adjudicator commented on both teams polished performance, especially their manner. Well done boys on another successful debating round.

The next round we host against Abbotsleigh Red Team on Friday 11th August at 1pm in LC1 in the A Block building.

Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Winter Sport continues at Oxford Falls with AFL, Football and Rugby training. Students require full training gear. Summer trials begin on 17th August for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.

 

Rugby:

 

Rugby Presentation Evening: takes place for all players on Tuesday 22nd August from 5.30pm – 6.50pm (allowing parents to attend the Senior Presentation in the Gym from 7.00pm). It will be held in the Sarto Centre and boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.

 

Football:  

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

 

AFL

A bright and much warmer Saturday morning saw the Pius team head across the bridge to play Trinity at Marrickville. The aim of this match was to put in to place the skills practised at training where the focus was on positional play and looking ahead to create a kick passing chain down the field. It was great to watch when the boys did this with clever handball and kicking exchanges. Connor was particularly strong in finding spaces and taking some excellent marks. Rory and Aiden were again effective in defence spoiling many of the opposition's attacking plays. Xavier is trying hard to involve himself and he always follows instructions in his positional play.

Unfortunately the season is coming to an end with our final game this Saturday at the home of the Swans, at their training ground Tramway, which is outside the SCG.
So boys, let's put together all of our teamwork and skills developed over the last ten weeks and finish off a great season.
Player points:   Connor Lynch - 3;    Rory Squires - 2;    Xavier Dwyer - 1

 

Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

Canteen

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

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via http://uniformshop.stpiusx.nsw.edu.au/
  • 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.  

The Uniform Shop sells a few special crested items:

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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

ACADEMIC AWARDS ASSEMBLY.pdf
OLD Position.pdf
letter - Sacred Heart re enrolments.pdf
Sydney University E12 Scheme.pdf
University of Notre Dame.pdf
Careers Newsletter July 26.pdf
Careers Newsletter August 2.pdf
Football Results 22 July.pdf
Football Draw 29 July.pdf
FOOTBALL DRAW 5th AUGUST.pdf
FOOTBALL RESULTS.pdf
Accommodation Details.pdf
Food & Wine JUNE 17.pdf
Kids Menu.docx
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Open Letter to Parents - NCCD.pdf
Debating.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
Rugby Results & Draw.pdf
Tuning into Teens T3 2017 flyer - Chats & Brookvale.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Senior College Breakfast_Invite.pdf
SPX Trivia Night 2017 - Silent Auction Online Bidding Instructions.pdf
School Parking Booklet_April2017 Web.pdf
NAPLAN.pdf
80th Anniversary Flyer.pdf