St Pius X College Newsletter

22 March 2017
Issue 8
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Teaching & Learning Matters
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Families
P & F  News 
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Friday 24th March

Year 11 Retreat Day

P&F Cocktail Party


Saturday 25th March

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


Monday 27th March

Year 12 Exams begin 



Tuesday 28th March

Drama Production 'Boy Overboard' until 30/3


Wednesday 29th March

Years 5 & 6 Camps until Friday 31st March

ISA Swimming Carnival


Saturday 1st April

Rugby & Football St Aloysius/IPSHA Cross Country


Sunday 2nd April

Jazz Band Workshop


Tuesday 4th April

Year 10 Music Performance Night



Easter Liturgy

Interim Reports Yrs 5-11 issued


Friday 7th April

Staff Day

NZ 15s Rugby Tour

Junior School Rugby & Football Tours Armidale & Tamworth


Sunday 9th April

1st Football QLD Tour




From the Principal     

Photo: College Open Day 2017

  • PRAYER:  Listen to those we love
  • Open Day 2017
  • National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
  • Harmony Day
  • Opening of the New Chapel
  • Prayers for Year 12
  • 'Boy Overboard' - Last Chance for Tickets!
  • Enrolment Information
  • Callum Fitzgibbon Year 8 - Award Recognition



  1. Stop what you're doing.  Be fully present.
  2. Look into their eyes.
  3. Treat this as sacred time.
  4. Be open to God.
  5. Don't rush in with advice.
  6. Treasure silence, allow for a pause.
  7. Listen with your face.
  8. Listen with touch.
  9. Give feedback.
  10. Follow up.



Open Day 2017

Congratulations to all our student guides, students who were working on displays, musical performances and Drama presentations and the many who participated at Oxford Falls. I especially thank the staff who gave up their Saturday to showcase the school. Even given the wet day, many, many families visited the College and all were impressed with the school and especially the students.


P&F Cocktail Party: This Friday 24th March

Last chance! Please get your tickets now for a great night.​

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


National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Last Friday the College was brilliantly led by the students in Year 11 in class discussions about anti-bullying and anti-violence in our school and our society. This is a clear and consistent message across the College and we foster good relationships at school and in our community. More details may be found in this edition of Woodchatta.

At SPX the message is clear “BULLYING – NO WAY!

Harmony Day

On Monday (and Tuesday) again our Senior students in both Year 11 and 12 led the school in fostering Harmony and developing understanding and acceptance for all in this wonderful land of ours. This is what we really stand for.

Opening of the New Chapel - Tuesday 28th March

Next Tuesday 28 March, the newly renovated Christian Brothers Chapel will hold its first Tuesday morning Mass at 8.00 – 8.30am. This is in what was formerly the Brothers House attached to the school at Chatswood. Fr Paul Finucane will preside at this Mass and there will be a student representative from all classes except for Year 12 who will be on exams.


Prayers for Year 12

I invite you to pray for Year 12 as they begin their Mid-Course Examinations on Monday.


"Boy Overboard":
Last Chance for Tickets - only a few tickets left!

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


Enrolment Applications for Years 5, 6 & 7 in 2019

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

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

and application information will be posted to you.


I also share with parents the very interesting article below regarding the use of the My Schools website when considering a school for your children.  I think you will find it interesting reading.


Callum Fitzgibbon (Year 8)

Bruce Warman Clubbie of Year

The school was informed this week that Callum Fitzgibbon  received this prestigious award from Narrabeen Nippers.  This is a great contribution to the community and we congratulate Callum on this achievement. 

Mr John Couani - Principal

Teaching & Learning Matters


Dear Parents


Last week I wrote in Woodchatta about reforms taking place regarding the HSC. This week I would like to go into further detail and in particular focus on the Minimum Literacy and Numeracy standards.  There are three key reforms to the HSC.  They are:

  • Minimum literacy and numeracy standards
  • Updating the curriculum
  • Streamlined assessment


From 2020, all Year 12 students in NSW must meet the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive their HSC. Therefore, students in Year 9, 2017 will be the first students expected to meet this standard.


All students currently in Year 9 have an early opportunity to prove they meet the standards by achieving Band 8 results or above in the NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests. These will be conducted from the 9th to the 11th of May this year.


There will be students at St Pius X College who do not achieve Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN.   They will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they meet the standard by passing an online reading, writing and numeracy test in Year 10, 11 or 12, and for up to five years after beginning their  HSC courses. Students can take this online test twice a year until they demonstrate the standard.  


Students who achieve Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN will not need to sit the online tests in Year 10 or later, and effectively gain an exemption from these tests.


Please note that no student will be ineligible to sit for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results.


We will provide focused support to students who require more assistance to pass this minimum requirement.


Students are also encouraged to be proactive in their own learning. They can seek assistance from their classroom teachers and take advantage of support services provided at the College, such as the After-School Study Program and Maths Drop-in Centre – both of which can assist with preparing for NAPLAN. They can also access a demonstration test to find out the level of skills required for these tests.


Further information can also be obtained from:


The other two reforms, Updating the Curriculum and Streamlined Assessment will be implemented for Year 11 students in 2018.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: House Vice Captains for Semester 1, 2017


  • National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
  • Open Day Morning Tea Contributions
  • Harmony Day
  • House Vice Captains for Semester 1, 2017
  • Joel Santelli (Year 6) wins the Willoughby Council Anti-Bullying Poster Competition 


From the Head of Student Services

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

The Years 10 and 11 MindMatters Student Empowerment Teams led a powerfully unifying and connecting National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying on a very wet St Patrick's Day last Friday.  The Senior Choir kicked things off at morning roll call before an inspirational Period 1 Year 10 Assembly addressed by Sean Cotter from Beyond Blue in the Senior Resource Centre.



Nikita Papastamatis led a panel including Oscar Jacobsen (Year 11),  Zach Fleming (Year 9), Lachie Onslow (Year 8), Ms Fernando, Mr Russo and Mr Lynch which challenged the notion of acceptance of bullying, in a Year 8 / 9 Forum in Harrington Hall.



Year 5, 6 and 7 Homeroom groups were guided through an interactive presentation by the Years 10 and 11 Student Empowerment Team Leaders, defining what 'Bullying' is and what it is not, and how we can work together to make St Pius X College a positive environment for our whole community.



Another highlight of the day was the lunchtime performance of our MindMatters Student Wellbeing Band featuring Hunter Clark on drums, Harry Pfeiffer on bass guitar and Jack Moran and Alistair Wright on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, in the absence of their usual lead singer Carmel Rodrigues.


This day was a powerful student-led interaction to mark the day, which can only serve to build the connections and positive culture of our students and school. Credit must go to the student leaders and staff (including Ms Allington, Ms Foord, Ms Kugananthan, Mr Lynch, Mr Russo and Mr McBrearty) who led and facilitated this initiative.

Harmony Day Assembly

Our Year 12 MindMatters Student Empowerment Team and Wellbeing Prefects led Monday’s Harmony Day Assembly with a fitting prayer under our National and United Nation Flags to celebrate Australia’s contributions to Global Human Rights and our success as an inclusive and culturally diverse society.  Nathaniel Panozzo, Josh Thrum, Matt Hall and Daniel Warren ran the assembly with composure.


House Vice-Captains for Semester 1, 2017

They followed up on highly successful weekend on which we conducted a wet Open Day and Opens Rugby Camp with the appointment of our House Vice Captains.  Having been selected as leaders by their peers, and presented by our House Captains, these students will lead the upcoming Sports assembly while Year 12 have Mid HSC Course Exams, as well as represent the College at the RSL – Schools ANZAC Ceremony at Hyde Park on 5th April, and at the EREA PC wellbeing Conference, among other Semester 1 responsibilities.


Anti-Bullying Poster Competition


The coincidence of The National Day Against Violence and Bullying and Harmony Day presented us with the opportunity to recognise Joel Santelli (Year 6), who recently won the Willoughby City Council Anti-Bullying Poster Competition. (Pictured here with Sean Towner, advocate from Beyond Blue.) 



Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Open Day Morning Tea Contributions

Special thanks to the Year 9 families for the wonderful response to provide morning tea on Open Day last Saturday.  Many other families from other years also contributed which was fantastic.  A magnificent and delicious response by all and greatly appreciated.

Ms C Jennings and Ms M King - College Registrars

MindMatters for Families

Photo: Surviving HSC Stress - Free Workshop TONIGHT


  • Free:  Surviving HSC Stress Workshop TONIGHT
  • Boxercise


Free: HSC Stress Workshop - TONIGHT

Hear from the wellbeing and academic experts at Think Tuition, Lane Cove Council and Headspace Chatswood on how students cannot only survive the HSC stress but thrive.


Date:  Wednesday 22nd March

Time:  6- 8 PM

Location:  Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery lane, Lane Cove

Cost:  FREE - Parents, students and teachers welcome.

Register at

Please see the flyer below for full details.



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

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P & F  News 

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


P&F Cocktail Party

Friday THIS week - at Chatswood!

It's going to be a fun night this Friday at the annual St Pius X College P&F Cocktail Party.  This year we've changed the venue to the school gym at Chatswood. It's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Thanks to the many who have already RSVP'd. For those who haven't yet, it isn't too late. 

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

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 28th April from 7pm

Book the sitter & join us for a for a casual Friday night drink and/or dinner at The Stoned Crow in Crows Nest!  Come for a quick drink or stay & join us for a bite to eat.  Please send us your RSVP's via email to [email protected] to let us know you're coming so that we can ensure enough seating for all (we have reserved an area).  We'd love to see you there! 

Your Year 7 Class Parents  - Fab, Kylie & Jo



Department News

Photo: Mock Trial Team - Round 1, 2017


  • Languages
  • Mock Trial
  • Performing Arts
  • Robotics
  • Science



The Hunters Hill - Le Vésinet Friendship Committee is currently inviting students of French (aged 14-17 years) to apply for a reciprocal exchange to France in December 2017.  The visit lasts six weeks and students tay with a French family and attend school in Le Vésinet (20 minutes from Paris).  


Hunters Hill and Le Vésinet have had a friendship pact since 1988 and there is an excellent relationship between the two towns.  Students are well supervised during their stay and are taken on interesting excursions in and around Paris and Le Vésinet.  In return, the Australian students host their French students for 6 weeks during the July holidays.  To be eligible, students must be studying French in school and must be between the ages of 14 and 17. Preference is given to students in the Hunters Hill area, but students from other areas are welcome to apply.


Cost:  The cost of a return airfare to France plus approximately $700-$800 for excursions.  This is excellent value for a 6 weeks stay in comparison with other exchange programs.


This is a wonderful opportunity to go and live with a French family and immerse oneself in the French language and culture.  Students who return from the program notice a real improvement in their spoken French and it is especially recommended for students intending to study French in Years 11 & 12.


Ms K Manga - Teacher in Charge LOTE


Mock Trial

An excellent victory for Round 1. We had an unwinnable case, with nothing but circumstantial evidence so we could not prove beyond reasonable doubt. But what would you do if you saw graffiti being done on a train station? Would you call the police, or walk away? As the Prosecution in our first Mock Trial for 2017, we had to prove that the defendant had sprayed graffiti at Rockdale train station while waiting for a train to the city. Our witnesses did not actually see them in the act of spraying, but paint was later found on their hands. With students new to Mock Trial or new to certain roles, this was a great opportunity to start building our skills.


Our opponents were Riverview, who acquitted themselves with aplomb. Due to our team’s fantastic witnesses, barristers, solicitor and magistrate’s clerk, we were able to pull off a very convincing win of 244 to 213. Congratulations to Nikita Papastamatis, Connor Foung, Jasper Choi, James Spencer, Hunter Clarke and Phillip Cullen.

Ms A Gripton - Convenor

Performing Arts


Last Wednesday 15th March the Year 9 Drama class had the privilege of attending the school session of “Away” performed by the Sydney Theatre Company. This was an immersive experience for the students as they enjoyed lunch at the Sydney Opera House followed by a professional introduction to Realism on stage. The timeless coming of age story by Michael Gow was relatable and the mechanics of the set design, a particular point of interest for the boys.

Our SPX students were exemplary ambassadors for the College in the post-show Q&A, asking insightful questions of the actors and they were praised for their in depth understanding of the key dramatic elements within the work.

Ms S Fernando - Drama Teacher



Boy Overboard will be staged in the Sarto Centre from Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th March at 7.00pm. Tickets are NOW on sale. Please go to:   Seating is limited and tickets will NOT be sold at the door. PAPA will be hosting a light supper at intermission for a gold coin donation. Proceeds from intermission will be donated to the Edmund Rice Centre at Homebush to support the work they do with refugees and asylum seekers.



My sincere thanks to the students and Ensemble Directors who gave of their time over the weekend to perform at Open Day and at the workshop on Sunday. The Senior Guitar Ensemble, Senior String Quartet, Intermediate String Quartet, Senior Jazz Band and Drama Ensemble led by Mr Cranney, Mr Power and Ms Fernando respectively, had their performances well received on Saturday. Mr Cummins and Liam Shearer-Hawkins (Year 12) were kept busy answering questions about digital music and Lachlan Chue and Hunter Clarke (Year 11) were equally as busy answering questions about instrument tuition and ensembles. The Senior String Ensemble also had a very productive rehearsal on Sunday, as they prepare for the 80th Anniversary Mass and Concert next term. Finally, it was the second last weekend of Boy Overboard rehearsals and the cast and crew are now in the final stages of finessing the production.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will attend a series of evening concerts through-out the year. The first is TOMORROW NIGHT Thursday 23rd March, 6.30pm at the Opera House. A permission note has been sent home with all the details and students should be in their seats no later than 6.15pm. Year 9 students should meet Miss Whelan at the Box Office at 6.00pm.



Workshops will be held for the Senior and Intermediate Jazz Bands on Sunday 2nd April in preparation for the Sydney Eisteddfod next term. A note has been sent home with all the details.



Planning and rehearsing are well underway by all ensembles for our musical celebration at our “Night Full of Stars” concert on the 18th May. All senior ensembles (Senior Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, College Orchestra) and the Junior Choir will be required to attend three rehearsals out of school hours to prepare for the Finale item. A rehearsal schedule will be sent home in the next few weeks with these details.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



First Robotics Challenge

First Robotics Challenge involves students competing on a field with other teams to score the maximum number of points. Robots are driven remotely and have an autonomous period where they operate independently of a “driver”. This year’s theme is “Steampunk”. Robots are tasked to collect balls and gears and to deliver them to position on a field. Robots then need to be able to climb. Each Robot is about the size of a large lawn mower and costs $4000.


This year four of our students participated in this event as members of the Macquarie University and The University of New South Wales teams. Harrison Crowe Maxwell, Jack Gruber and Andy Lau are team members with The University of New South Wales and Regan Kouchoo is Lead Software Developer for the Macquarie University team.


All the best to Regan and his team as they participate in the Hawaii Regional next week and at the Houston World Championships during the upcoming school holidays.

Mr P de Silva - Robotics Convenor


The National Youth Science Forum - Science Opportunity for Year 11 Students

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12 day residential program for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  The NYSF program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields.


Applications have opened online for Year 11 students seeking selection for a place on the 2018 NYSF and will close on 31 May.


Two sessions will be run in January in Canberra and one in Brisbane. Students live on campus as University students, gain an insider's perspective on campus life, and experience real science, working with real scientists at a range of laboratories and workshops and in the field.  Students gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives to enable them to make informed choices about Year 12 studies, University course options and beyond.


During Year 12, NYSF students also have the opportunity to participate in further short programs at various locations around the country, which extends their experience and understanding of science, engineering and technology career opportunities and adds further perspectives that assist in their successful transition to University. Daniel Butler from Year 12 attended in January and in 2014 Kanishk Purohit and Scott Watts went on to participate in international programs held in Canada and Germany.


For further details, access the NYSF 2018 Guide online at: as well as contacting Ms Black in the Science Office or Daniel Butler from Year 12.

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • Using Windows Narrator to Improve Students' Comprehension
  • After-School Study for Years 5-10 
  • NEW!  Maths Drop-In Centre for Years 7-9

Using Windows Narrator

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, and it 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 to improve on homework and assignments, this feature of your son’s PLDs may be worthwhile exploring.


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.


After-School Study for Years 5-10

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



Photo: ACU Presentation

  • Australian Catholic University Presentation
  • JobJump
  • Careers Newsletter


ACU Presentation

Senior students were invited to attend a lunchtime presentation by ACU this week. The Australian Catholic University is becoming increasingly popular with students from SPX. It offers a variety of courses in Business, Education, Nursing and Health, Law, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine. It has a local campus in North Sydney and a campus in Strathfield. The presentation covered what you can study, course entry requirements, career opportunities and the transition between school life and university. ACU offers lower ATAR’s, and all SPX students automatically receive 5 bonus points on their ATAR because they attend a Catholic School. For more information about ACU visit




Parents and students:  please watch YouTube video and sign up

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Parent information:


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport


  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Swimming
  • ISA Tennis


Dear Parents and Players,

Finally the rain has held off enough to complete the gradings for Years 7-10 this week! Teams should be published around the school by the end of this week. 

The 1st and 2nd XI have a trial fixture AWAY to Sydney Boys High this weekend. The 2nd XI will kick off at 8:00am and the 1st XI will kick off at 9:30am.  Both fixtures will be played at McKay 4 which is located within Centennial Park.

The first full round of fixtures will be on Saturday the 1st of April against St Aloysius; times and venues will be published in next week’s Woodchatta.

Training for all teams will commence next week on Monday and Wednesday at Oxford Falls after school.  Training days and locations will be confirmed next term when we gain access to more council grounds.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor



Holiday Football Skills Day

The committee will again be running the Skill development camp in the upcoming College holidays.  Unfortunately due to clashes with facilities and coaches  & Easter holidays we can only run a 1 day camp this year on Friday 21st April.  The day will be conducted by our team or certified coaches at Oxford Falls and is age based so all ages are encouraged to attend.  This is a great way to get ready for the Football season starting in Term 2.

Booking and full details – see


Football Club Committee

Unfortunately the Football AGM was poorly attended with no new parents attending!  There are 300+ families at the College who have boys playing Football so it is very disappointing that very few parents are interested in getting involved behind the scenes.


The Committee is now urgently seeking parents to become involved this season or the Committee will disappear as the majority of parents on Committee will be exiting the College as their boys are in their final years.


Why do the majority of parents feel unable to assist on committees? It is always the same group of parents on multiple committees.  The effort to be involved is not significant; we meet once every 4-6 weeks during Terms 1-3.  The activities we conduct are to make a difference to your boy’s footballing experience.   We all have busy lives but surely there are people with an hour or two to spare here and there, who have a passion for Football and want to see it continue to thrive in the College.

We particularly want parents in the early years, Years 7-9 or earlier, where they will have some continuity in the committee for a couple of years.


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

Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club


St Pius X Senior Rugby Draw – Saturday 25th March:  All games at HOME this weekend

On Saturday 25th of March, St Pius X College welcomes Sydney Boys High School to Oxford Falls. Please see the fixture list below:

Matches will be played in squads with coaches of each team to liaise with the referee and each other in determining the running of each fixture.


Rugby Registration is Still Open – PLEASE COMPLETE REGISTRATION ASAP

To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year and clinic registration all in one spot:


All students wishing to play rugby are required to be registered here to be included in a team, allowing the school rugby administrators & coaches to best prepare for the coming season, plus allow your P&F Rugby Club to best support and communicate with you! 


Rugby Holiday Clinic

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


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


On Day 2 of the clinic, Thursday 20th April, the boys will put their skills to the test when they play an interschool round robin 7s tournament before our 1st XV play a trial match against Redfield College. Non-rugby players are also invited to attend and give rugby a go. See the flyer for more information.



Rugby Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at Oxford Falls during Term 1.  Buses depart Archer Street no later than 3:30pm and head to Oxford Falls for a training start time of 4pm. Training finishes at 5pm for age groups 13s-16s and 5:30pm for Opens, with buses arriving back at Chatswood by 5:30pm and 6pm respectively. All age groups will train at Oxford Falls on Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of Term 1. There will be no training on Thursday 6th April.


Rugby Calendar for 2017:  


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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor


ISA Swimming

The ISA Swimming Carnival will be held at Homebush Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 29th March. All swimmers must have the SPX cap and swimmers for competition. We will be leaving the campus at 8.45am and arriving back at the College approximately 7.30pm. Lunch will be provided for all students. All parents are welcome to attend and take their sons home at the conclusion of the carnival.

 Miss L Proc - Swimming Convenor

ISA Tennis

Grading/training sessions began last week, continuing this week and the next. Students have been advised as to whether they need to attend on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons. These sessions are most important as we use player performance to determine rankings and divisions. Please advise Ms O’Brien if your son is unable to attend a session.

We still have a few positions on the squad available.  Forms are available outside the student office or contact [email protected] for more details.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Softball at Oxford Falls 11 March 2017

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News



Open Day

Congratulations and thank you to the boys who volunteered to be guides on Open Day.  You did a wonderful job and the feedback was excellent.  You should be proud of yourselves.  Well done!



Term 2 - Winter Uniform

In Term 2 we commence wearing the winter uniform.  Boys will also require their winter sports uniform so please begin organising these uniforms now.  If your son was here last year, now is a good time to check that last year's uniform fits.


P&F Cocktail Party

I hope to see you at the P&F Cocktail Party this Friday 24th March at the Chatswood campus.



Please note that the final note for camp has been sent home this week and you can also find the note on the portal.  It gives more information about the camp and what your son needs to bring. 

If you have any issues that arise on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week please contact Mrs Iwatani for the Year 6 camp and your class teacher for the Year 5 camp as I will be at an EREA Conference.  I will arrive at the Year 5 camp on Wednesday evening.


Savio Sports Fundraiser

I’ll let Tom, my Assistant Editor, tell you about the day.

By Tom Connaghan - 6 Red

On the 16th of March everyone in the St Pius X College Junior School went to Oxford Falls to raise money for St Dominic Savio education centre up in Penrith. We had an amazing Sports Gala Day with CBHS Lewisham.

The whole day was so fun but the weather, well… not so much. Although it was pouring most of the day we still managed to all have a great time and have a blast in our activities.

The whole day was a great success! Thanks to Mrs Cummins and all the other staff and students who helped run the day and the activities.

In conclusion the St Dominic Savio fundraiser was awesome, a success and a very enjoyable day.


Coming Events

Thursday 23rd March:      Winter Sports trials at sport- bring a spare jersey/clothes in case ground is wet.

Friday 24th March:            Author John Larkin – Year 5

                                                   Bridge the Gap incursion – Year 6

                                                   P &F Cocktail Party at the College

Saturday 25th March:       Rugby trials at Oxford Falls

Wednesday 29th March:  Boys leave for camp – book a restaurant!


Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Return to normal sport times with Winter trials beginning for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby (see below).

Cross Country: Well done to competitors for their efforts in our internal Cross-Country events over the last 2 weeks. Students navigated the varied terrain around our Oxford Falls campus, racing the clock and their peers. To their credit, most boys competed with determination and pride. In a tight finish, Rice won the House Competition, gaining valuable points for the annual House Championship. Congratulations to our top individual performers in each age group who progress as representatives for the IPSHA Event at kings School on April 1st.

Joining the above competitors in the Squad to represent St Pius at IPSHA will be:

U11’s – Quinton Crispe (T)

Opens – Angus Miller (B, Lucas Hamill (T)


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


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


Basketball: Well done to all players on finishing the first half of a disrupted season strongly. We dealt with heat, rain and more rain, reinforcing how lucky we are to have four indoor courts for training and games. Pleasingly, players progressed greatly in a short space of time, reflected in the greatly improved team and individual performances each week. We resume with re-trials/training in Term 3 in preparation for the Term 4 season.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Softball:  Unfortunately Round 6 was washed out last Saturday.  Round 7 will begin in Term 4 and we are hoping for better weather!

Mrs J Williams - Softball Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing our 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




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


Payment for ordered  Blazers is due this week.  Please pay directly to the Uniform Shop via cash, cheque or credit card over the phone.


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


Orders can be placed:

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

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

Junior School :  Orders will be given out at Assembly after lunchtime as required.


Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   


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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor







St Pius X College Newsletter
Careers Newsletter March 22.pdf
Careers Newsletter March 22.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
SPX Rugby Calendar.pdf
SPX Rugby Calendar.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
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Turning on and off Windows 8 Narrator.pdf
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NEW Boy Overboard poster A3 copy.pdf
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Surviving HSC Stress Flyer.pdf
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