St Pius X College Newsletter

31 May 2017
Issue 16
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F News
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Monday 5th June

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


Tuesday 6th June

Senior Athletics Carnival

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Wednesday 7th June

Junior Athletics Carnival


Thursday 8th June

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Staff Meeting


Friday 9th June

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday - College Closed


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students



Monday 17th July

Years 5-10 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Day


Tuesday 18th July

Students Return













From the Principal     

Photo: Reconciliation Assembly Monday 29th May 2017

  • Prayer:  National Reconciliation Week
  • Pentecost Sunday
  • Athletics Carnivals - Compulsory Attendance
  • SPX Annual Survey 

Prayer:  National Reconciliation Week


The College marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week with a special Reconciliation Assembly where Indigenous students and staff from CBHS Lewisham joined us to acknowledge the importance of this week.



We who have come from every land

give thanks for our country Australia,

this earth that feeds us, the shores that bind us,

the skies that envelop our freedom.

We give our thanks and praise.

Let us look back with courage;

See the truth and speak it.

Let us look around with compassion;

See the cost and share it.

Let us look forward with hope;

See what can be and create it.




I offer for your consideration some background notes to the story of Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Australia

  • 27th May is the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum with regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait People:  The sections of the (then existing) Constitution under scrutiny were:

                51. The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the                         peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:

                ... (xxvi) The people of any race, other than the aboriginal people in any State, for whom it                  is necessary to make special laws.


                127. In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth of a State or other part                of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives should not be counted.

  • The removal of the words '... other than the aboriginal people in any State ...' in section 51 (xxvi) and the whole of section 127 were considered by many to be representative of the prevailing movement for political change within Indigenous affairs.  As a result of the political climate, this referendum saw the highest YES vote ever recorded in a Federal referendum, with 90.77 per cent voting for change.
  • The Constitution was changed ... on 10th August 1967.
  • The 1967 referendum did not give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the right to vote.  This right had been legislated for Commonwealth elections in 1962, with the last State to provide Indigenous enfranchisement being Queensland in 1965.


Pentecost Sunday


Next Sunday 4th June is the Feast of Pentecost.  This is the life-giving event that saw the Holy Spirit come to the Apostles after the Ascension of Jesus.  As promised, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give them strength and continue their ministry.




Athletics Carnival

The Senior Athletics Carnival will be held next Tuesday 6th June at Homebush Main Athletics Arena and the Junior School Athletics Carnival takes place on Wednesday 7th June at the Sydney Olympic Park Warm-up Venue, Homebush.  Parents are welcome to join us for these events.


This is a compulsory school day for all students. Any absence must be accompanied by a Doctor’s Certificate.


SPX Annual Survey

We are seeking the largest possible response so I again encourage all parents to complete the Annual Survey which has been emailed to you.  Once again I draw your attention to the question about the new Senior Blazer at the end of the survey and look forward to hearing the community’s response.  The question is as follows:

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

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


Mr John Couani - Principal



Mission & Social Justice

  • Mission & Identity:  May, the Month of Mary
  • Youth Festival
  • ALPHA for Youth
  • Social Justice in Action    

Mission & Identity

The month of May is always dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus. The 24th of May was the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians. This day has significance for our community as Mary is the Patron Saint of Australia as well as holding a special devotion for Christian Brothers. As the early Church was being established in Australia and the colony was without Catholic priests, the Rosary was the most important liturgical devotion for Catholics. In 1816 Edmund Rice asked the Christian Brothers "to offer special prayers to Mary Help of Christians" when their young institution was under threat. Today she holds a special place in the hearts of all Christian Brothers.

The 31st of May is the Feast of the Visitation which commemorates the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with her child, John the Baptist. I have no doubt that Mary, having just found out she was also pregnant and unmarried, would have been scared of the future but excited at the prospect of being with child. Having accepted God’s call to be the Mother of the Saviour, I suspect we cannot underestimate her inner strength and faith which must have sustained her in the coming months as well as the various events during his ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.

We look forward to celebrating Mass next Tuesday 6th June at 8.00am in the College Chapel. This Mass will be prepared by Mr Batchelor’s Year 10RE5 Class.


Tuesday 8.00am Mass in the College Chapel

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


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Youth Festival

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

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

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


ALPHA for Youth

In a joint initiative with Mercy College we will be commencing an ‘Alpha for Youth’ series through our Chatswood Parish.  Alpha is a relational program on intentional discipleship; basically it is a chance for our students to gather with Mercy College students of a similar age and discuss their faith, raise questions and doubts they may have and grow in fellowship and friendship over a meal and discussion.


The course will be held in the Chatswood Parish’s Bishop Barry Room, located on Kirk Street.  It will run for 8 weeks, commencing later this term, on Wednesday afternoons after school from 3:30pm until 5.00pm and will conclude in the new term.



Each afternoon will begin with a hearty afternoon tea and the students will have a chance to self-direct the sessions through conversation in response to short inspirational videos. Late in the course there will be a one-day retreat to further enrich and deepen the experience.


The Alpha Course will also be an opportunity for our boys to prepare for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December.  We will be promoting this course to Year 9 and Year 10 students in the coming fortnight and will be looking for students who are interested in such an opportunity. For further information or to register the interest of yourself or your child please click on the attached letter below.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Social Justice in Action


The St Vincent DePaul Winter Blanket and Used Pots and Pans Appeal, led by both St Pius X College Year 9 and Mercy College Year 10 Mercy Action Group, continues for its second and final week. Next Wednesday students from both Colleges will be delivering all donations to Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel. Whilst this is run by Year 9 it is open to the whole SPX community and a collection point has been set up in the foyer. 



The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea will run again on Friday at lunchtime. This is run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society each Friday of Terms 2 and 3.


St Pius X College students and staff continue to serve the community with our three weekly social justice commitments. On Monday afternoon up to 12 students and staff attend Willowood Aged Care Facility where they spend an hour conversing with the residents.  This week was particularly full of laughter and joy from both Year 11 students and residents alike, according to Mr Listo who accompanies the students. The Tuesday Bloodbank continues with students from Years 10 and 11 giving blood to save the lives of strangers. Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel has always been popular with our students where they set up, pack up and serve in the dining room for homeless men. This has become so popular there are regularly up to ten students assisting on the evening.


Last Friday the Edmund Rice Society members from Years 5 to 9 attended a Kidsview conference in the Sarto Centre.  The social justice conference and incursion ran all day and the boys engaged with members of Bahay Tuluyan, an organisation in The Philippines working with Australia to ensure that every child’s rights are protected and respected.

Please click on the photo gallery below, and for more information on Bahay Tuluyan please follow the link.


Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters

  • Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings
  • Year 7 Study Skills Evening
  • Mock Trial
  • Parent Focus Group on Learning:  Have Your Say
  • Year Group, Individual, Performing Arts and Group Photos 2017​
  • Sacrament of Confirmation at St Mark's Drummoyne

Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings

These meetings will be held on Monday 17th July.  Information on how to book meeting times will be issued next week.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


Year 7 Study Skills Evening

Dear Year 7 Parents,

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

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

Mr Simon Yue  - Year 7 Coordinator

Mock Trial

Our winning streak continued this week as we had a convincing victory over Riverside Girls’ High School in a complex case about affray. In case you were wondering, affray is similar to assault, but has to involve physical violence, rather than the threat of it. It was made more complicated by the fact that the defendant claimed to be acting in self-defence.

It was another epic effort on the students’ part, but their hard work paid off. I would like to thank Jasper Choi, Connor Foung, Phillip Cullen, Hunter Clarke, Tom Findlay and Nikita Papastamatis for their fantastic effort.

Ms A Gripton - Convenor


Parent Focus Group on Learning - Have Your Say!

Tuesday 13th June at 1.00pm

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


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

Mrs Anne Gripton - Innovative Learning Coordinator


Year Group, Individual, Performing Arts and Group Photos 2017

These photos will be taken on Friday 10th June starting with the Year Group photos. All students need to be wearing their complete Winter Uniform including their blazers for each photo. Students must also have their ID card. Order forms will be given out for the Year Group photos during Homeroom and must be brought in on the day of the photos. For all other Group Photos, there will be an Order Form that the students can pick up on the day.

Please see the attachment below for the running order for the Performing Arts and other Group Photos.

Ms Leisa Proc - General Coordinator


The Sacrament of Confirmation - St Mark's Drummoyne

Parents who reside in the parish of St Mark’s Drummoyne are welcome to enrol their children who are in Years 6, 7 and above for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Enrolment letters are available in the Church foyer or from the Parish Office from 2nd June 2017.  Enrolments close on 23rd June 2017 and the preparation sessions commence when third term starts.  The celebration Masses are Saturday 6.00pm on 26th August and Sunday 9.00am Mass on 27th August. For further details contact the Parish Office on 9181 1795 [email protected]

MindMatters for Students & Families

Photo: MindMatters Peer Mentoring Kayaking and Bushwalking Activity


  • MindMatters Peer Mentoring Activity:  Kayaking & Bushwalking Last Friday
  • MindMatters for Families:  A Sense of Wellbeing
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students

MindMatters Peer Mentoring Activity

MindMatters Peer Mentoring Kayaking and Bushwalking Activity to 1st Sailors Bay Scout Boatshed

In the current climate of Education Funding constraints, the MindMatters Peer Mentoring Program (where students in Years 5, 6 and 7  transitioning into the College are supported by linking up with Year 11 and 12 Mentors) was assisted last Friday by some longstanding supporters of the College.


Students work best together when positively oriented on a challenge, activity or goal.  The ANZAC Day Dawn Service offer from former SPX parents and 1st Sailors Bay Scout Leaders, Michael Rohanna and Ed Coates, to use the Scouts facilities for a canoe and bushwalk peer mentoring activity last Friday, was gratefully accepted. Over 30 SPX students were able to spend Friday afternoon kayaking, swimming, and bushwalking together for the afternoon at the Scouts Castlegrag Boatshed, under the generous leadership, safety protocols, and supervision of four Scout Water Safety Staff, their motor launch, and five College staff - Mr Russo, Mr A Brannan, Mr Ticli, Mr Stollery and Mr Lynch.

As we reach the final term of the 2016-2017 House Cup Competition, House Cup points will be awarded to Barron, Rice, Purton and Treacy Senior Mentors who assisted their mentees at the MindMatters activity along with points from recent Year Group Cross Country, Athletics and 80th Anniversary Concert events.

Thank you also to Mrs Kate Vaccher who organised the MindMatters afternoon tea, and to our Old Boys Association and P&F who have assisted with subsidising our transport and safety boat fuel costs to ensure the SPX community event was a safe and inclusive one.

We very much look forward to repeating this community building activity in Term 4 with an increased pool of students, including the use of Northbridge Baths and walking tracks once the water turns warmer again.

Please see Mr Russo or Mr S Brannan for more information or to express interest or support.


Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services


MindMatters for Families:  A Sense of Belonging

A sense of belonging is a basic human need and students with a sense of belonging are more motivated to participate actively in the life of the classroom and achieve academic success.  Belonging is the feeling of being valued, needed, accepted, and meaningfully connected to a social network.


Feeling connected and belonging provides:

  • purpose, self-worth and social control
  • validation of beliefs and values
  • group affiliation
  • feelings of comfort, safety and that their efforts are worthwhile
  • contributes to positive mental health
  • protects against feelings of isolation, anxiety or depression
  • reduces the risks of alienation.

Some students don’t feel like they belong at school, perhaps because they don’t feel valued socially or academically.  Without a sense of belonging, the outcome may be:

  • feeling cut off, anxious, isolated and unsupported
  • avoidance of interactions with others
  • feeling less able to weather tough times
  • not wanting to do things that might actually make them feel good.

The ideal situation is that every student has the sense that they are valued in some way, and that they genuinely have a place in the school community.  Parents can help influence the way a student feels at school by:

  • taking an active interest in your son's education
  • by providing opportunities to communicate openly with your son about their successes and failures
  • by seeking to reinforce and encourage the positive interactions and relationships which they experience at school with their peers and teachers
  • by encouraging your son's active participation in the cocurricula life of the College.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor




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

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

Trivia Night

Saturday 5th August (not the 12th):  Put the date in your diary - information to come!


Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations

THIS FRIDAY:  Friday 2nd June

If you haven't already let Tanya know you can come to the Year 12 gathering on Friday night please RSVP today to [email protected]   

Remember to bring a plate of food and drink of choice!  Invitation details can be found at the P&F website -


Entertainment Books 2017-2018

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


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



Cocktail Party Photos

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


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Year 12 Ancient History Excursion to Pompeii Exhibition - Testing a Roman Shield

  • Ancient History
  • PD/H/PE
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  •  Science            

Ancient History

Year 12 Ancient History Excursion to Pompeii Exhibition

On Wednesday 24th May, our Year 12 Ancient students travelled back in time (okay, really to Darling Harbour) to see the Pompeii Exhibition at the Maritime Museum. We were privileged to hear Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill speak about Pompeii’s sister city, Herculanuem. Wallace-Hadrill is an internationally renowned expert on the cities of Vesuvius who has appeared in a range of documentaries and publications. This was exciting for the students as it is our Core Study, and they got to see objects from 2000 years ago including beautiful jewellery, exotic sculpture (including a monkey dressed as a gladiator) and try on parts of a Roman military uniform. It was a valuable day and the students found it extremely enlightening.


Left:  Students with Professor Wallace-Hadrill  



Ms A Gripton - History Teacher



History & Legal Studies

St Pius X College was fortunate enough to be able to send along 10 students to hear a talk presented by Senator John McCain during his visit to Australia. Senator McCain spoke articulately about the need for Australia and America to remain friends, while acknowledging the difficulties present. He crossed many topics such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, the South China Seas, Afghanistan, Syria and NATO. He gave advice to our students, telling them to “get involved… there is nothing more rewarding than serving a cause greater than yourself”.


It was an inspiring talk and our students had the added thrill of seeing two ex-Prime Ministers, John Howard and Bob Hawke, as well as our current Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.


Ms Anne Gripton - History Teacher



Yr 12 PDHPE Sports Science and Medicine Excursion to NSW Academy of Sport

In preparation for their HSC, our 2 Unit PDHPE Sport and Health Science students had an invaluably rich learning experience on Friday when they visited the NSW Academy of Sport Human Performance Laboratory at Narrabeen to learn from Australian 7s Rugby Olympic Team Strength and Conditioning Coach Mitch Henderson, and Sports Scientists Christine Mc Dermott and Susan Cutbill.

A wide ranging lecture addressed higher order curriculum-relevant contemporary thinking on Sport Science methods, periodisation, nutrition and technology applications in planning and recovery among many other topics. This preceded a resistance weights training session with the Australian 7s Rugby Gold Medal winning squad and a cryotherapy, ice bath and contrast therapy recovery session in the Academy’s aquatic area.

The afternoon sports science laboratory session featured VO2 max tests for students Ben O’Hehir and Tim Hallissy who recorded impressive maximal relative oxygen uptake scores of 60 – 80ml/ kg/ min and then 10 and 20sec Wingate Maximal Power output tests from a number of students including Matthew Hall and Nathaniel Panozzo who greatly impressed the Academy sport science staff with scores exceeding 2000 watts, which is in the higher range of elite athletes

Next Monday 5th June we have a guest presenter from ASADA the Australian Sports Anti-Drug Agency coming to lecture on the campaign against illegal drugs in sport.

The higher order thinking and learning achieved will inform the students' 3rd HSC Assessment Task over the coming weeks which will be a great stimulus to study leading into the HSC Trial PDHPE Examinations in Week 3 of Term 3.

It was pleasing also to see Bailey Perkins (Year 7) in attendance at a Basketball NSW Talent Identification Camp in the Academy Basketball Gym coached by Sean Rogers who coaches some of our elite Basketball players in the Northern Suburbs Representative program, while the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Rugby League Team trained in the vicinity. 


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Performing Arts  


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



All Music ensembles, both Drama Ensembles and the cast of “Boy Overboard” will have their photos taken on Friday 9th June. Students should attend to their uniform in the next week, ensuring that blazers are clean and have buttons and if haircuts are needed, that they get this done before Friday week.



Students in the Year 11 Drama class will be showcasing their work from Semester 1 on Thursday 15th June commencing at 5.00pm in the Sarto Centre. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.



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


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

Last Friday St Pius X College hosted Rosebank College. The 12A, 12B, 11A, 11B, 10A, 10B, 7A, 7B teams were successful on the night.

This Friday St Pius X College is travelling to Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta.  Coaching will commence at 3.30pm and we will board our coach to OLMC at 4.00pm in Anderson Street.  Students will not have time to travel to Westfield to purchase their dinner so will need to bring an extra sandwich and drink for their supper.  Coin toss should commence at OLMC Parramatta at 6.15pm so debates commence at approximately 7.15pm and should conclude at around 8.00pm.  Could parents please collect their son from Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta by 8.00pm.  Parking in the surrounding streets is tricky but these are quiet streets so you will not be rushed in your attempts to park.

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

The topic this week is ‘Environment’.  Our Year 9 students are travelling to the Seymour Centre on Friday to see a play about a futuristic world where the environment has been challenged - possible material for our debate. 

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


TERM 2:                                                                          TERM 3:

Round 6    June 2                                                           Semi-final    July 21 

Elimination Round 2    June 16                            Grand Final  July 28

Quarterfinal    June 23


Schools Debating Network

St Pius X  College participates in the Schools Debating Network (SDN) Competition which runs from Week 1 to Week 7 in Term 3.  We compete against Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona (and Ravenswood debate with St Pius X College as our two Primary team representatives). This 7 round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiebreaker - 8th September, hosted by St Pius X College (only students who compete in this Tiebreaker need attend)

Final -15th September, hosted by Monte


This is a very exciting competition and the experience is extremely valuable for our students broadening their debating skills. As the Schools Debating Network Competition requires ONE team of debaters each evening we only need our students to commit to three of the debate nights listed above.  We will have a roster that will be filled out for the 7 week round. Training is compulsory for ALL debaters each week. Our two debating competitions run throughout Term 2 and Term 3 (and do overlap for 2-3 weeks in Term 3 if our teams move through to the Finals in the CSDA).  This means that Debating is a full extra-curricular commitment for the year. Please visit the Schools Debating Network website to explore more about this rigorous debating competition:

The cost of SDN Competition is half of the CSDA Competition ($50.00) and the fee will be included in your Term Three school fees. This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hire in order to get to our Away venues. We keep our fees as low as possible and have funding from the St Pius X College P&F to subsidise the cost of hiring coaches on Friday evenings.

SDN debates have a different team structure and coin toss running order:


Debates DO NOT run late as this competition is adjudicated by external adjudicators who run both rounds of debates in the one evening.  SPX debaters will travel to venues from school each Friday afternoon and rooms at our host schools are provided for study/work for the later debaters.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition

St Pius X  College will be entering two students into the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition which will be run in August.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


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



Understanding Learning Difficulties – A Guide for Parents

FREE ebook, valued at $30

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

Follow this link for your free ebook:


[email protected] - Update on Courses

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

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


Maths Drop-In Centre: Please note change of day


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

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

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

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


After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Photo: Year 10 Subject Selection

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Year 10 Subject Selection

This week Year 10 students will be issued the 2017 Good Careers Guide (jobs of the future) and the UAC, University Entry Requirements for 2020. Both these publications compliment the subject selection process informing students about career pathways and university requirements for entry in 2020. UAC states it’s a myth that choosing certain courses will automatically increase your ATAR.  UAC suggests that the only way to maximise your ATAR is to:

  • Study hard
  • Do your best
  • Have a good balance between study and other activities

(Page 7, UAC University Entry requirements Guide).


ACU Midyear Open Evenings

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Save the date: Open days 2017

Saturday 19th August – Macquarie University

Saturday 26th August – UTS

Saturday 26th August – Sydney University

Saturday 26th August – Notre Dame

Sunday 27th August – Western Sydney University

Saturday 2nd September – UNSW

Saturday 2nd September – ACU (North Sydney)

Saturday 9th September – ACU (Strathfield)


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Rugby 27th May vs St Augustine's


  • Athletics:  Senior Athletics Carnival
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis


The Senior Athletics Carnival will be held next Tuesday 6th June at Homebush Main Athletics Arena. The event will start at 9.30am with the 1500m races.  Boys must be at school by 8.30am at the latest and should be wearing House polo shirts along with College sports shorts and close-toed shoes.  The College tracksuit is advisable in case of cooler weather.  Spectators are welcome and we anticipate an early dismissal around 2.45pm - 3.00pm.

Mr M Stearn - Senior Sports Coordinator


Dear Parents and Players, 

Congratulations to all teams for their efforts on the weekend.  Team of the Week was the 15As who managed to post their first win of the season with a dominant 5-3 victory.  Player of the Week goes to Dermott Beattie who backed up for the 1st XI and managed to score two goals with his first two touches!  An outstanding effort.

This weekend is a busy home weekend with the majority of fixtures against St Spyridon College.  Good luck to all teams.

Please note there are no games on the long weekend.


Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




The teams are now settled into the season and we are seeing some consistent performances across the age groups.  If you think your team needs help in a particular area let us know as we have technical coaches available to assist your coach and team to focus on weaknesses at training.


We are still seeking parents to send in photos of their boys in action for the ‘Full Time’ publication but please be mindful of only including photos of your son, or other boys with their parents’ consent. Send your photos to [email protected]  - save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them.  This week’s 'Teams of the Week' are 3rds, 4ths and 13B and parents of boys in these teams are asked to catch some shots of the boys in action and send them through by Sunday afternoon.


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



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

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


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Results:  Saturday 27th May vs St Augustine’s, Cranbrook, Redlands

Fixtures:  Saturday 3rd June vs Kinross, Scots, Newington, St Augustine’s, Waverley

Supporters Day this weekend

This Saturday at Oxford Falls will be “Supporters Day”, where all students are encouraged to spend as much time at the grounds as they can, watching and supporting their College mates. There will be a free sausage sizzle and drink for all students who stay and support the 1st XV at 1:30pm and similar incentives during the 1st XI Football in the morning. Please get involved in this initiative led by the student leaders and winter sport captains.


SPX Rugby Physio

In addition to the first aid officers, SPX Rugby have secured the services of a rugby physiotherapist for the remainder of the season. The physio will be operating on Chaplin No.1 Oval at home games and on the main oval at Away venues. All St Pius X College students can access the physio before matches for strapping and after matches if they have injuries that need assessment. The physio will also work with the first aid officers and attend to any on-field injuries that occur when required. I ask that players please utilise this service so that diagnosis and management of injuries can be improved at the College.


SPX Rugby Raffle

Last week all rugby players at the College received a book of raffle tickets to sell.  The raffle will be drawn at the SPX Rugby Dinner on Friday 16th June.  Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The raffle raises money that goes directly back into the rugby program to help fund initiatives like external coaches, tour contributions, filming of matches, physio costs, referee courses etc. All tickets need to be returned, sold or unsold, by Friday 9th June. Tickets should be placed inside an envelope and returned to the Silver Box near the College Fees Office with the student's name clearly marked on the front of the envelope and the correct money inside. Students who sell a whole book of tickets will go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher. Thanks in advance for your support.


SPX Rugby Dinner

Please see the flyer in the Rugby Club section below for more details.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




A hugely competitive day!  Our games against St Augustine’s have become really competitive and in some cases are a benchmark for where we are as a rugby school. The A v A contests at 13/14 and 15 age groups were titanic contests. The quality of rugby played by all our teams was terrific to watch.  The 14As put in a winning performance built on character and technique.  Lachie Onslow’s consecutive turnovers in the second half led to the final try which gave 14As the win. Thrilling to watch.

However our performances are very much team efforts. Watching our 13As move the ball around the field is captivating from players so young.  The 15Bs are driven by  a coach's passion and support. Players will always respond to passion and sincerity.  The 13Bs quite simply play “the SPX way”,  with the opposition finding it hard to get the ball from them. Our style of play demands total involvement from everyone.  The 13Bs, 15Bs and Opens 2nds all had “quality wins” with commitment and enthusiasm being solid foundations for good performance. SPX 1sts again had opportunities to win the game but failed to take them. Finding that final red zone “killer instinct” will get them home this week.

Saturday we entertain Kinross and we will need more of the above to maintain our winning style.


Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




The annual Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at the Roseville Golf Club.  Former Wallaby and Fox Sports commentator Rod Kafer will host a great night of fine food and entertainment and our special Guest Speaker is former Wallaby Captain, George Gregan, who has played for Australia on more occasions than any other player.  There will also be a myriad of prizes to be won!  

Due  to  the generosity of Nick Conroy and his team at Vision Personal Training at Willoughby, every attendee at the dinner will receive a Vision Personal Training Willoughby Gold Pass for 3 weeks complimentary personal training valued at $550, which can be either used by the attendee or gifted to a friend/relative/work colleague of their choice. (On that value alone you will be $400 ahead as a consequence of just purchasing your ticket to the dinner!)

Please grab a ticket or a table of friends and support us in supporting your son's rugby experience at St Pius X College.  TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!    Book Now at:

 See the below flyer for further details.



A Once-in-a-Year Opportunity

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


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

For further rugby related info:

 Paul O’Neill     

[email protected] or 0418 634 750


ISA Tennis

A great day of tennis was had by everyone!  All teams played well and fought hard against a tough competition. Teams 1 to 9 all had wins against Redlands. Team 10 went down to the line, finishing with a draw on both sets and games. Special mention to both Thom Hardman and Angus Vardy who barely let their opposing players get away with a single point during their sets. Congratulations to our First Five for coming away with a well-deserved win this week during some exciting games.


Round 5 Results

Div 1 vs RED, Won 5 to 3

Div 2 vs RED, Won 7 to 1

Div 3 vs RED, Won 6 to 2

Div 4 vs RED, Won 7 to 1

Div 5 vs RED, Won 6 to 2

Div 6 vs RED, Won 6 to 2

Div 7 vs RED, Won 8 to 0

Div 8 vs RED, Won 5 to 3

Div 9 vs RED, Won 5 to 3

Div 10 vs RED, Tie 4 (35) to 4 (35)


As per ISA rules, the players have been re-ranked following our first five rounds of competition. Please check your email or the school noticeboards for the new list. This re-ranking is based upon recommendations from our coaches, who use both the competition statistics and our training sessions to formulate the new player positions. Congratulations to those students who have moved up.


This weekend we are playing against Oakhill, Oxley and Chevalier, with some varying start times. See the draw details below. 


Please take note of the following:

  • 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

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Red Shield Appeal

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

PATRON SAINT OF AUSTRALIA – Correction from last Week

Since 2013 St Mary of the Cross has been Australia’s second Patron Saint.  There is always something to learn!  Her feast day is 8th August.

Since 1844 the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians, the Holy Mother has been Patron of Australia. Her title as Mary Help of Christians came about in the 16th Century when Pope Pius V included it in the Litany of Loreto. In 1815, Pope Pius VII proclaimed 24th May a Feast Day for Mary Help of Christians when he returned to Rome after years in captivity imposed by Napoleon Bonaparte.  Her Feast Day was last week on the 24th May.


As part of the PE curriculum we need to teach dance. We do this by incorporating dance into our Thursday sport and the boys love it as they do it in House teams and it is a competition for points.  For this to occur we need to make some slight timing changes on several days where the boys leave before recess.  On these days the boys need to have their recess and they may need to move music lessons.   On Thursday 1st June the boys will leave after Period 1 and on Thursday 15th June the boys will leave at 9.00am.  The finale is on 22nd June and parents are most welcome to attend.  It is a lot of fun!



On Wednesday 7th June, the boys will come to school in their colour house sports gear and will be bussed to the Athletics warm-up track at Homebush.  Parents are most welcome to attend as it is always a fun day.  For those parents attending, as you look at the entrance to the main athletics track, the warm up track is a couple of hundred metres to the right. 

The boys will be bussed back to school for dismissal which is usually a little bit earlier than 3.00pm. Boys need to have their recess, lunch, drink bottle and cap.  A school tracksuit is also advisable if it is a cold day.



Last Sunday Mr Thomson accompanied a group of St Pius X College boys in the Chatswood/Willoughby area as part of the Salvation Army Red Shield appeal. All these boys interacted with the local community in a courteous and polite manner and were fantastic ambassadors of the school.  Given that the level of community generosity overall was quite varied, each of the boys did a great job collecting what they did for an extremely worthy charitable organisation. There were two Junior School students involved, Liam Thomson and Josh Connors.  Josh is not in the photo above as he worked with another group on the day.



  • Mums' Dinner on Friday 2nd June:  Our next event will be the Year 6 Mums' dinner on Friday 2nd June. We will be upstairs at the Willoughby Hotel from 7.30pm. Please RSVP to [email protected].
  • Dads and Sons School Holiday Catch-up on Sunday 16th July:  Don’t forget to put into your diary the Dads and Sons School Holiday Catch-Up on Sunday 16th July. More details soon.



  • Friday 2nd June:  IPSHA Debating RD 3 at Home vs Oxford Falls Grammar School
  • Friday 2nd June:  Year 6 Mums' Dinner
  • Monday 5th June:  Year 5 incursion  'World of Maths'
  • Wednesday 7th June:  Junior School Athletics Carnival
  • Friday 16th June:  Rugby Club Dinner

     Keep the dates free:  

  • Sunday 16th July:  Year 6  Dads and Sons School Holidays Catch-up
  • Saturday 5th August:  Trivia Night

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: A hybrid program runs, including a session of winter sport training and a session of dance. We leave slightly earlier to accommodate this and so boys will need a packed lunch. Students still require AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby gear.


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


Dance: Our Dance program begins this week and is integrated with our Thursday sport program of winter training. Please note the amendments to travel times in the table above. On the early departure days, boys will require a packed lunch. The cost of the 4 week program is $30 and will be charged to Term 3 Fees.


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


Football (Soccer):


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Many of the team enjoyed the opportunity to go to the Swans v Hawthorn game on Friday night courtesy of the AFL. In addition to having a few unable to play because of illness, there were quite a few tired players for the early morning game against St Aloysius. As a result it took a while for the boys to warm up and get into the game. While we have no trouble getting the ball into the forward line our accuracy in goal kicking still needs some work. Also the backs need to remember to keep their positions and make sure to watch the opposition rather than just the ball. Rory, Aiden and Lachlan were our most enthusiastic players getting into spaces and moving the ball quickly down the field.

Player Points:  3 – Rory Squires;   2- Aiden Saraceno;  1 – Lachlan Connell.


Please click on the photo gallery below.

We meet Barker next Saturday so be on time for team warm up at 7:30am.


Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:


Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop



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

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

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

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

Orders can be placed:

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

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

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
Careers Newsletter Proforma.pdf
Careers Newsletter Proforma.pdf
Football Draw Saturday 3rd June.pdf
Football Draw Saturday 3rd June.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Alpha Youth Permission Letter.pdf
Year and Group Photos 2017.pdf
Study Skills Evening.pdf