2018 Pastoral Care Student Diary-Planners
I hope by now your son has shown you his new Student Diary-Planner which was an outcome of our Pastoral Care Review last year. St Pius X College has been acclaimed for being at the forefront of leading positive practices in Pastoral Care and Wellbeing through the leadership of our Year Coordinators, Pastoral Care staff, Wellbeing Teams, Counselling Staff lead by the inspirational Mr Rick Russo, and wellbeing Coordinators for 2017, Ms Alex Foord and Mr Joe Lynch.
The new Diaries represent the ongoing integration of positive education and wellbeing practices in the daily routines and thinking and learning patterns of our students.
You can support your son's ongoing development and learning in these areas by reading and signing his diary each week, along with PC staff, to acknowledge the recording and prioritising of tasks to consolidate his learning, the maintenance of a reading log to support his exposure and development in literacy techniques, and stimulate conversation around wellbeing, goalsetting and personal growth and development strategies.
While there is a growing contemporary protest from some students of: “I can do that online”, the muscle memory and concrete organisation achieved by consolidating planning, learning and recording by hand is irrefutable, particularly in the context of extended written expression such as that required in the HSC.
More to come as we continue the discussion over coming weeks.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival December 2017
The diversity of learning, thinking and performance was evident for all to see as our students shone brightly over three days of performance in partnership with Mercy College Dance and Drama students at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December. Through powerful performances on Thursday and Friday at Homebush, and culminating in a pre-Bishops Mass performance at the Domain on Saturday 9th December, the students demonstrated a renewed hope for the role of Faith and core Catholic values in contemporary society. The emotional energy and strength of conviction were evident for all to see and I urge anyone interested to watch a copy of the streamed four part performances entitled “Mary of Now”.
Thanks go to Ms Amy Gill (inspirational Mercy College Drama teacher), and our own staff - Ms Sarah Fernando, Mr Adrian Brannan and Mr Justin Donnelley - who facilitated our students' involvement as well as the students involved - Sam Schyvens, James Bleasdale, Lachlan Donlevy, Tim McLachlan and Taylor Alan - on great performances. No doubt they worked hard to make the Mercy Drama students look as good as they did. Thanks boys.
Edmund Rice Education Australia National Student Leaders Conference
Melbourne 17th - 19th January 2018
After St Pius X College co-hosted the 2017 EREA Student Leaders Conference at Mary Mackillop Place last January, College Captain Dan Hall had the opportunity to back up from his outstanding bowling performances at Christian Brothers Cricket Week Tournament at Nudgee College Brisbane, to attend the 2018 EREA Student Leaders Conference hosted by the Melbourne Schools.
Over 50 EREA and Associate Colleges in our network were represented at the Conference including remote Bindoon Co-Ed Agricultural College in WA and St Virgil’s in Hobart Tasmania. By all accounts Dan added greatly to the reputation and standing of St Pius X College in our national network of schools. He is a well-rounded thoughtful leader whose humility and ability to communicate have been hallmarks of his tenure as College Captain. Well done Dan.
Christian Brothers Cricket Carnival, Nudgee College Brisbane - 9th – 16thJanuary 2018
Apart from the accolades of winning a tournament undefeated, our 1st XI were great ambassadors of the College in the context of our status of a Lead School of Edmund Rice Beyond Borders initiatives. In matches against St Columba College Caboolture, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, St Edmund's Ipswich, St Laurence's Brisbane, Nudgee College and Liston College Auckland, the team's cricket performances were only surpassed by their sportsmanship both on and off the field, and particularly towards our brethren from across the ditch including St Peter's Auckland, Rosmini College Auckland and St Thomas of Canterbury Christchurch as well as our country associates such as the Charters Towers Team.
1st XI Captain James Brown led the way with a ‘ton’ in the final, supported by 50 from Liahm Williams, while Opener Tom Colgan won selection in the Australasian Merit Team. Coaches Mr Pat Rodgers and Mr David Reay and parents Mr Andrew Williams and Mr Michael Brown who drove the kits to Brisbane deserve our thanks as do EREA Flexi schools Brisbane staff who generously lent us a team mini bus for the week. Thanks also to all the parents and staff who supported including Ms Jill Greenwood.
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services