St Pius X College Newsletter

16 August 2017
Issue 24
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
From the Assistant Principal -Teaching & Learning 
Social Justice &  Youth Ministry
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

Friday 18th August



Saturday 19th August

ISA Football Finals


Monday 21st August

Science Week Begins

Parent Forum on 'Sleep'

P&F Meeting


Tuesday 22nd August

School Photos

Junior School Book Week

Rugby Presentation Night


Wednesday 23rd August

Prefects' Camp pm until 25/8


Thursday 24th August

Staff Meeting

Year 8 Parent Information Evening for Year 9, 2018


Friday 25th August

Year 10 Reflection Day #3


ISA Heads Meeting


Saturday 26 August

ISA Invitational Athletics

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


Monday 28th August

St Pius X College Patron's Holiday


Tuesday 29th August

IPSHA Athletics

Football Presentation Night


Wednesday 30th August

Winter Sports Photos


Thursday 31st August

Junior School Father & Son Day at Oxford Falls

Splinters, Splashes, Stage & Sounds Opens


Friday 1st September

Year 12 Study Day #4

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast 6.30-8.30am

Twilight Concert #2

Old Boys Annual Dinner



Saturday 2nd September

ISA Invitational Athletics


Tuesday 5th September

Year 10 Music Performance Night


Wednesday 6th September

Year 11 Music Performance Night


Thursday 7th September

Sports Colour Awards


Friday 8th September

SDN Semi Finals


Saturday 9th September

SPX Tennis Age Championships/ISA

Invitational Athletics


Monday 11th September

Year 11 Preliminary Exams to 22/9

Staff Meeting


Friday 15th September


SDN Finals


Tuesday 19th September

Years 8 & 10 Drama Night


Thursday 21st September

Year 12 Internal Graduation


Friday 22nd September

Year 12 External Graduation

Term 3 Concludes






















From the Principal     

Photo: 2018 Student Leadership Team


  • PRAYER:  Feast of the Assumption
  • P&F Meeting and 'The Sleep Connection' Parent Forum - Monday 21st  August, Sarto Centre
  • 2018 Student Leadership Team
  • Changes to Bookhire for Years 7-12 in 2018
  • NAPLAN Results

PRAYER:  Feast of the Assumption

Almighty God,

You gave a humble servant the privilege of being mother of your Son,

and crowned her with the glory of Heaven.

May the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us to the salvation of Christ

and raise us up to eternal life.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.



P&F Meeting Monday 21st August –Sarto Centre

Next Monday evening the P&F Meeting will be held in two parts.

  • PART A:  6.30-7.30pm
    Parent Forum run by The Sleep Connection:  'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' .
  • PART B:  7.30-8.30pm
    P&F Meeting
    At the meeting Mr Damo and Mr Couani will outline the details for changes to the Book Hire system commencing 2018.  The data from the Annual Surveys will  be discussed and the recent Trivia Night will also be evaluated.  All are welcome.


2018 Student Leadership Team


Congratulations to the newly elected 2018 Student Leadership Team announced today.  They are an exceptional group and will lead the school with great distinction.  

Their Leadership Investiture will be held on 23rd October 2017 (Term 4).




Captain:                       Daniel Hall

Vice Captains:          Jack Moran and Nikita Papastamatis

House Captains:      Baron         Tom Courtney

                                         Purton        Ryan Kelleher

                                         Rice              Darcy Gyzen

                                         Tracey         Tom Findlay


Prefects:   Cooper Alan, Daniel Aposhian, James Brown, Jasper Choi, Hunter Clarke, Phillip Cullen, Benjamin Di Tommaso, Isaac Fong, Samuel Massey, Carlo Orbegoso-Jordan, Nicholas Parker and Oliver Stewart.


Changes to Bookhire for Years 7-12 in 2018

For many years, families of the College have benefited from the convenience provided through the College’s Text Book Hire service.  Recent changes to curriculum through the NSW Education and Standards Authority (NESA) have led to the introduction of a range of new courses commencing in 2018. In the following years, additional new courses will continue to be introduced as NESA implements their HSC Reforms and continues with the transition to the Australian Curriculum. The introduction of each new course will require the acquisition of new textbooks to support teaching and learning.

In addition to this, the growth of the use of e-textbooks has meant that licencing and copyright does not enable these books to be passed on each year to new students.

In projecting the effects of these continued changes, the College has made the difficult decision that it will not be feasible to continue to provide the services of Text Book Hire. This will be phased out over the next two years.

To implement this change, during Term 4 the College will issue 2018 booklists for Years 7, 9 and 11 and will nominate a preferred supplier to facilitate the purchase of textbooks.

Students in Years 8, 10 and 12 in 2018 will continue with their books as issued under the current system.

In the past, the College has used a portion of the Resource Fee that has been charged to Parents and Carers to fund Text Book Hire. The Resource Fee will be adjusted to reflect these changes. As a result, the Resources Fee will reduce by $203 next year to $375.

A letter to parents detailing this change will be issued tomorrow, Thursday 17th August. These changes will also be discussed at the P&F Meeting on Monday evening.



NAPLAN Results for Years 5, 7 and 9, 2017

The College received the results late this afternoon and these will be distributed tomorrow (Thursday) to the students.  The students must not open these results but give them to their parents on arriving home.  There will be a reminder email to parents tomorrow instructing them when these results have been given to the boys.  Please ask them for the sealed envelope containing the results.

In next week's Woodchatta the College will publish a summary of the results.

Mr John Couani - Principal


From the Assistant Principal -Teaching & Learning 

  • Year 8 Parent Information Evening


NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test - Information for Parents 

Commencing 14th August 2017, all NSW schools will have an opportunity to assess their readiness to deliver NAPLAN Online by participation in the School Readiness Test (SRT).  Teachers from each school have undertaken training to support the delivery of the SRT during their school's nominated test week and to familiarise themselves with associated administrative processes.

NESA has prepared resources that schools may use to inform parents about the purpose of the SRT and how students will be involved.  The resources may be found on the NESA website (also available in the fact sheet below).


Next Week students in Years 5, 7 & 9 will complete their Trial NAPLAN Online Readiness Test.

  • Year 5 and 9 will complete the Tests on Wednesday 23rd August
  • Year 7 will complete the Tests on Friday 25th August

To prepare for this trial, students will be attending Information sessions this week and will be informed of their responsibilities to ensure their PLD is in full working order.  All students will be required to bring a pair of earphones for the tests next week.



Year 8 Parent Information Evening

For Parents and Carers of Year 8

There is an Information Evening for Parents and Students in regards to choosing elective subjects for Year 9 next year.  The evening will be held on Thursday 24th August (next week) in the College Gymnasium commencing at 6.00pm.  Information that will be provided includes:

  • Learning in Stage 5 ( RoSA Grades and NESA)
  • NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy Requirements
  • Range of electives on offer (including new courses)
  • What to consider when choosing subjects
  • Online subject selection process
  • Introduction to Heads of Department of Elective Subjects

This will then be followed by an opportunity to meet with the Heads of Department and ask questions.

An information booklet will be issued on the Portal early next week.


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Social Justice & 
Youth Ministry

Photo: The Color Run is on this Sunday, raising money for The White Knight Foundation

  • Social Justice
  • Youth Festival for Years 9-12

Social Justice

The Color Run (the official name of the Run) is on this Sunday with over 100 volunteers this year forming volunteer team SPX2017. This is our second year of volunteering for this event and the huge SPX volunteer group will again raise in excess of $3,000 for the White Knight Foundation this year.  In discussions with the event coordinators, The White Knight Foundation and the Edmund Rice Society leader James Spencer, who is the original brainchild of our support, this will become a permanent annual Social Justice event and CIP opportunity for all students of St Pius X College.

There will be a meeting on Friday at the beginning of lunch on the verandah for all volunteers for final preparations.



  • Prepare yourself for a day full of fun, direct communication with excited Color Runners and The Color Run staff.
  • WHERE:  Parade Grounds, Centennial Park at the BLUE volunteer tent.
  • See map below
  • DATE:   Sunday 20th August
  • TIME:  6:15am - 12:30pm 


You will be provided with a light breakfast, water and snacks throughout your shift. 


How to get there?  Unfortunately, we have not been provided with any parking due to the grounds and roads being closed for the event. There is free on street parking available around Centennial Park on Martin Road and Robertson Road; you will just need to leave enough time to get to the Village area in the Park.  Alternatively there is parking at Showground Field, off Driver Avenue. The cost will be $25 per car.  From the car park use the pedestrian crossings to cross Lang Road and the start line is approximately a 15 minute walk along Federation Way and through the Robertson Road Gates.  If you are walking to the village you will need to enter through the Robertson Road Gate.

We also suggest to use public transport for more transport information and to plan your journey visit

After the event:  The free special event shuttle buses will run loops every 10minutes between 10.00am and 1:30pm, departing from Moore Park bus station to Central Station. 

What to wear?  You will be given a Volunteer Tee.  Wear comfortable closed shoes that you don’t mind getting colourful!  Bring a hat.


The Junior School Sleepout for Homeless is on this Friday 18th August.  Over 50 Junior School students will be roughing it by sleeping on cardboard in the College Gym and will listen to speakers on the homeless in Australia and internationally.

A huge thank you to the Year 11 student group for organising this great Social Justice activity.  Pictures and a wrap-up from a Junior School Edmund Rice Society member will be published on this page next week.


With only four days of the Junior Edmund Rice Society Fair Trade Chocolate Stall left it is a reminder to come along on Friday lunchtimes and help support them.


Woolworths Earn and Learn collection for St Joseph’s Walgett continues, so please remember to bring in any of the shopping stickers if they aren’t being used elsewhere. This great Social Justice activity for the entire College community will have a huge impact on the resources of this tiny partner school of St Pius X College.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



Youth Festival: Years 9-12

Early Bird Discount and College Subsidy

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.

There is an opportunity for an Early Bird Discount of $30 ($250 per student instead of $280) if payment is made by 18th August and the College will further assist by subsidising each boy who attends.


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

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Visit by Dr John Honner

  • Year Group Photos & Winter Sports Photos
  • From the Head of Student Services
        Visit by Dr John Honner
        St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner
        Edmund Rice Centre 21st Birthday Dinner
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information
  • FREE Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers ​

Year Group Photos & Winter Sports Photos

Next Tuesday 22nd August the Year Group Photos will be taken during Period 1 and 2. All students must be in full school uniform. Year 8 must be wearing their uniform to school and will be able to get changed into their PE gear for their Oxford Falls lessons after the photo.  All students must bring their ID card with them.


Any Order Forms that were not given to the photographers on the last day of photos must be brought in and given to them on this day.


Winter Sports Photos will be taken on Wednesday 30th August.  The running order will be in the next Woodchatta.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator

From the Head of Student Services

Visit by Dr John Honner


The College was privileged last Friday to have as a guest speaker a member of the Council of EREA, Dr John Honner.  The Lord's Prayer was led by Angus Ningiga of Year 5 in Pidgin English.



Our students and staff were fascinated by the story of John’s father, Lt Colonel Ralph Honner. John explained how his father grew up tough in the wheat belt of Western Australia as the son of a farming mounted policemen and teacher.  Ralph briefly attended Edmund Rice School CBC Freemantle as a very young adolescent, and then Perth model school. Graduating as a teacher he worked and studied law in the 1930s. He represented WA in sprinting, and Claremont in the WAFL. With the outbreak of WWII Ralph enlisted as WX15. The 15th recruit in WA. Captain Honner selected his own 6th Division, 2/11th Battalion, Company of tough miners and farmers, and trained them to be as fit as himself. He led his men with distinction in North Africa, was photographed by Damian Parer (Australia’s first Academy Award winner), after serving with distinction in the battle of Derna. He fought the disastrous Battle of Greece, and was evacuated to Crete where after a fierce campaign, he lived for months behind enemy lines before escaping by submarine to North Africa and Syria.

The Pacific War losses in Pearl Harbour, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines saw the 6th Division rushed back to Australia and Ralph was sent to replace the 39th Militia Battalion’s Lt Colonel Owen, KIA at Kokoda. Lt Colonel Owen is credited with inspiring and leading the 39th ‘s courageous, against the odds, defence of Isurava Village on the Kokoda Track, which delayed the overwhelming Japanese forces, under terrible jungle fighting and conditions, long enough to bring about their eventual defeat in the campaign. Returned back to the Northern Beaches Japanese stronghold battles of December 1942, Ralph refused to be bullied and instead masterminded the daring tactics which saved many of his men’s lives and brought ultimate victory with the radio signal “Gona’s gone”. Due to tropical disease and casualties, the 800 strong 39th Battalion finished their campaign with less than 80 “fit” men. Ralph however went onto lead the 2/14th Battalion through two more campaigns before a serious hip wound in action, and near capture by the Japanese, ended his operational front line war.

John went on to poignantly describe his father’s great leadership qualities which led him onto a legal career culminating with his appointment as the Australian Ambassador to Ireland 1968 -72, before retiring patriotically to Sydney and passing away peacefully in 1992.

It was both touching and inspiring for the many interested students who listened intently to Dr Honner describe his father so personally and with such obvious pride and emotion. The lessons shared in courage, determination, faith, leadership, relationships, positive mindset, high standards and resilience from this great Australian, were inspiring to the many staff, students and parents in the audience, which also included SPX 1967 Old Boy, Mr Bill James, who is the Chair of the Kokoda Track Foundation. Mr James’ twin sons Richard and Andrews’ company, On Track Expeditions, will coordinate our SPX Kokoda Expedition 2018. An expedition which will have even more significance given our newfound tangible connection to one of the great icons of Australia’s most desperate defence on the infamous Kokoda Track in 1942.

If you would like to register interest for the Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 please contact either Mr De Silva [email protected] or myself [email protected] at the College.


St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner

A timely reminder also that the St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 1st September 2017 commencing with a Mass in the Brothers’ Chapel before a tour of the College, followed by transport to dinner at the Treacy Centre Oxford Falls.  Simply book on the trybooking website

Life members from the Class of 2016 are invited free to the event.  Full details are available on the website:


Edmund Rice Centre 21st Birthday Dinner - 8 September 2017

To help mark this special occasion, we're organising a celebratory dinner on Friday 8th September 2017 with guest speaker Patrick Dodson, the Father of Reconciliation in Australia. Join us for an evening of celebration, inspiration and entertainment. The details are:

  • Date:  Friday 8 September 2017
  • Time:  6:30pm for 7.00pm
  • Venue:  Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park NSW

To book online click here or download a booking form here


Kokoda Track Expedition 2018

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

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

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

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Free Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers

31st August at St Ignatius College Riverview

7th September at the Dougherty Centre Chatswood


for Students & Families


From the College Counsellor:

  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - Sunday 10th September
  • Parenting Boys:  Online course
  • 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' Parent Forum 21st August
  • Year 11 & 12 Students:  Stress and Sleep Survey
  • Clicks & Likes Contribute to Teen Anxiety
  • Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446​
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX


Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk

Sunday 10th September 2017

Save the date with advanced notice of our intention to hold our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk on Sunday 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.  

A letter with full details will be given to boys this week and RSVPs are to be emailed to Mr Russo or Mr Brannan.


'Parenting Boys'

The must-do online course for parents of boys

The key to raising a happy, confident and balanced boy is to understand what makes him tick. Our Parenting Boys online course delves into the minds of boys; exploring emotions, behaviour, organisation, learning, communication and sexuality.  From pre-school through to teens, this course empowers parents to be one step ahead with practical tools and strategies to assist in raising happy sons to become fine young men.


On-line course starts Friday 25th August - cost $67.  Once you have signed up you can either join in live, or undertake the course at your leisure and access materials at any time - it's yours forever.

Register at


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

St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum presented by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at 6.30pm. This is a free event; however bookings are required and can be made via the trybooking link

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


Full details can be found in the attachments below:

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor


Survey for Year 11 and 12 Students

Survey:  Stress and Sleep in Adolescents

Macquarie University is currently investigating the link between stress and sleep problems in adolescents. The study requires a sample from a broad high school community to get a sense of the influencers on sleep and stress in adolescents in general. All St Pius X students in Years 11 and 12 will be receiving an email inviting them to participate in the study on Wednesday 16th August.

Participation will involve completing an online collection of questionnaires and participants who complete the survey will go into a draw to win one of two $50 gift vouchers. Participation in the study is voluntary and any further inquiries can be directed to the chief investigator, Dr Carolyn Schniering (ph: (02) 9850 6741; email: [email protected]), or Honours student Chloe Devine (ph: 0400 469 066; [email protected]).


The study is accessible via the link:

Clicks & Likes Contribute to Teen Anxiety

(By Chris Fotinopoulos - from the Generation Next blog)

A mental health concern and a 'must read' for all parents.

An increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain's excitement-pleasure circuitry is partly to blame for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media.

A psychiatrist speaking to a group of teachers at the beginning of the school year warned of the "anxiety tsunami" that was about to strike this generation of students. "It's already arrived," whispered the welfare co-ordinator sitting directly behind me. Unsurprisingly, most teachers attending the "The Science of Happiness" forum organised by the school I teach at agreed.

According to statistics provided by beyondblue, it is estimated that in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults will experience depression, and more than 2 million will have anxiety. What's more, one in 14 young Australians (6.9 per cent) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 278 000 young people.

It is heartbreaking to see bright and seemingly happy students withdraw from school because of their inability to get out of bed. And it is particularly devastating for parents to see their once upbeat child broken by a malady that they did not see coming. Even for those who did detect something amiss, many had little idea on how to assist.

As one parent put it, "With a physical illness the family is in it together, but with a mental illness everyone feels alone."

Another parent described it as "watching your child bobbing up and down like a cork at sea and unable to reach them".

While there is a range of complex epidemiological reasons for mental illness, the keynote speaker at the forum, Dr Tony Fernando from the University of Auckland, pointed to an increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain's excitement-pleasure circuitry for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media.

Read the full article here:


Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446

Phone 1300 120 446 between 11am and 7pm to talk confidentially to an online supporter.


Way2Wellness can help if you're:

  • anxious about work or day-to-day life
  • worried about something and not sure what to do
  • stressed out or losing sleep
  • just not feeling yourself
  • concerned about the mental wellbeing of someone else
  • feeling alone, like you have no-one you can talk to




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

  • Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance
  • P&F General Meeting
  • Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett
  • Fathers' Day Breakfast
  • Year 9 Mums Dinner
  • Year 5 Family Day
  • Year 12 Mums High Tea - A Great Success

Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance

FREE Parent Forum:  Monday 21st August at 6:30pm  Sarto Centre

Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives. Come along and hear from Lisa Maltman who is passionate about health sleep.

The event is free, but we need to know approximately how many parents to expect so please register at


Please see the information sheet below for further details.


P&F General Meeting

Monday 21st August at 7:30pm Sarto Centre

All parents and friends of the College are welcome to attend the next P&F General Meeting on Monday 21st August 2017 at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre, following the 'Sleep for Better Health' Parent Forum.  Come along and hear speakers from the College, the P&F and the Clubs. Meeting ends by 9.00pm at the latest.


Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for
St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 


We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around to homerooms each morning to collect the stickers. START COLLECTING and ask your Son to drop them in!

Fathers' Day Breakfast

Friday 1st September  - 6:30 to 8:30 am.  Book now!

A St Pius X College tradition, the Fathers’ Day breakfast is always well attended and a lot of fun for all boys and dads.   The P&F asks for a $7 contribution per family to cover the costs of bacon and egg rolls, muffins, juice and coffee.  Please click here to book.


Year 9 Mums Dinner

Friday 8th September - 7:30pm


Join other Year 9 mums at "The Good Thai" in Chatswood on Friday 8th September.  Download the invite below or go to the P&F website. 

RSVP TO Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].



Year 5 Family Day

Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park (Nicholson Street, Chatswood).  BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc. 

Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth


Year 12 Mums High Tea - A Great Success


Thank you  to the Year 12 Class Mums and helpers who organised and hosted a very memorable brunch last Sunday.  



Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Congratulations to our Mock Trial Team

  • Chess
  • History
  • Mock Trial
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Science


Chess Tournaments:  Sydney Academy of Chess hold different tournaments throughout the year, for experienced and inexperienced players of chess. Following are the dates for September. Please refer to their website if you need more information ( ).



3rd           Inner West Sunday Fun Tournament

16th        Parramatta Saturday Fun Tournament

17th        Hornsby Sunday Fun Tournament

23rd        Pymble Saturday Fun Tournament

25th        Central Coast Chess Chess Challenge 12

26th        Inner West Chess Challenge 21

Ms D Ramsey - Convenor


In May this year all of the College’s Year 10 students participated in the Australian History competition. Hundreds of schools throughout the country enter their students in this competition each year. The hour-long competition consists of 50 multiple choice questions based on historical sources from the Stage 5 Australian Curriculum for History.

Six St Pius X College students performed brilliantly this year and were ranked in the top 5% of candidates in Australia. Those boys who achieved a High Distinction and were presented with their certificates at Assembly on Monday were Patrick Baker, Jack Cooper, Jacob Hassan, Zac Lomas, Daniel Mooney and James Quillan.

Mr P Rodgers - History/Legal Studies Coordinator


Mock Trial

Case Closed for Mock Trial

Congratulations to our most successful Mock Trial team to date! We ended our run on Friday in an epic three and a half hour trial. The case involved aiding and abetting an armed robbery from a pizza shop and the onus was on us to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the opposition was indeed guilty. We were up against the formidable North Sydney Boys’ High School team and we missed out by only four points. To date we have won every trial most convincingly and ended up in 13th place out of over 150 schools in the state.

This has been a fantastic effort by the students and they should be congratulated for their intellect and passion for the law. The team was: Nikita Papastamatis, Connor Foung, Jasper Choi, Phillip Cullen, Hunter Clarke, Tom Findlay, Darcy Gyzen and Joshua Smith.  My sincere thanks to them.

Ms A Gripton - Convenor

Performing Arts  


These auditions will take place during Periods 1 and 2 on Thursday 24th August. The following positions are available: 2 x clarinet, 4 x alto saxophone, 1 x tenor saxophone, 2 x trombone and 1 x percussion. Students who wish to audition should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom for further information, an audition time and music pass. Students will not be permitted to audition unless they have a signed pass.


These auditions will take place during periods 5 and 6 on Friday 8th September. The following positions are available: 2 x alto saxophone, 2 x tenor saxophone, 1 x baritone saxophone and 2 x trombone. Students who wish to audition should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom for further information, an audition time and music pass. Students will not be permitted to audition unless they have a signed pass.



This showcase of Year 12 HSC major works opens on Thursday 31st August (Week 7) commencing at 6.30pm in the Band Room. All Year 12 HSC Music students will be performing works from their program and there will be selected individual and group performances from the Year 12 Drama class. There will also be a special presentation to the Year 12 Drama students from the PAPA.



The second Twilight Concert for the year will take place on Friday 1st September (Week 7), commencing at 5.00pm in the Junior School yard (gymnasium if the weather is inclement). All major ensembles (with the exception of the Guitar Ensembles) will be performing and there will be a special presentation to all Year 12 Music students from the PAPA.                 

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking & Debating


James Baldock will be competing in the 2017 Northern Sydney Regional Final on Wednesday 16th August at The Arts Unit at Lewisham.  He will be competing against students from North Sydney Boys High, Hornsby Girls High, Arden Anglican School, Shore School, Normanhurst Boys High, Wenona School, Ryde Secondary College, Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College and St Aloysius College.  Good luck to James.



Last Friday we hosted Wenona College for Round 4 of the SDN Competition.

Please click on the attachment below for Mrs Waterson's full Debating Report and information.

Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor




Congratulations to Michael Currington, Ben Di Tommaso, Marcus Rossetto, and Matthew Murphy from Year 11 on their selection for a place at the prestigious NYSF.  Michael, Ben, Marcus and Matthew will be going to Canberra in January 2018.

Together with a group of Gifted Science students chosen from all over Australia and New Zealand they will have the unique opportunity to experience the excitement of Science by taking part in the NYSF. The NYSF is the only program in Australia that offers students currently in Year 11 the chance to test-drive a wide range of universities and careers in the Sciences.

One of the most important elements of the January Forum is the program of half-day visits to research and industry facilities. Students go on a range of visits depending on their stated areas of scientific interest. The range covers Physics, Mathematics and Computing, Chemistry, Biomedicine, Animal and Plant Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Engineering. The aim is to inform, inspire, and challenge students to consider what working in different fields is really like.

Michael, Ben, Marcus and Matthew will have a unique opportunity to talk to dozens of practising scientists and engineers at and about their work. They will also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.



This year our Science Week will have a SUSTAINABILITY focus. It will run from Monday 21st August to Wednesday 23rd August.  Events include an SPX War on Waste presentation; the making of beeswax food wrappers; Chemistry demonstrations; Physics demonstrations and a Kahoot! Science trivia quiz.


Ms J Black - Science Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment


  • Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline
  • Update on the St Pius X College LSE Team from the start of Semester 2, 2017
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

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

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


Maths Drop-In Centre

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

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

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

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

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

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

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



After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 

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

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

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

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


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


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



Photo: Year 10 Form Meeting Presentation - Kevin Brennan (Old Boy 1985)

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Year 10 Form meeting Presentation – Kevin Brennan (Old Boy 1985)

Old Boy, Kevin Brennan, was the guest speaker at the Year 10 Form Meeting this week. Kevin shared personal experiences of his career pathway in the field of Engineering. He has worked for many leading companies in Australia and overseas. His recent projects have included the Lane Cove Tunnel and Barangaroo. He left the students with some valuable advice for study and the future: ‘Success takes effort’.   We thank Kevin for returning to the College and sharing his experiences.


Reminder:  Macquarie University Open Day – THIS SATURDAY 19th AUGUST


Future Teachers Scholarships Closing Soon

Teacher Education Scholarships – 220 places available

Teacher Education Scholarships – Aboriginal – 80 places available

Teacher Rural Scholarships – 50 places available

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetships – 30 places available

Applications close on Friday 15 September 2017.


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myfuture: Career Bullseyes

The myfuture Career Bullseyes have information on different careers you could undertake depending on what you’re interested in and what level of study you want to undertake.


Jobs for the Future

This Canadian website has come up with job descriptions for careers that may exist in 2030. This includes changes to current career paths as well as new jobs that will develop over time.


Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: U13 Rugby victors v Kinross


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

Athletics 2017

Congratulations to all the St Pius X College athletes who competed at SOPAC on Saturday.  Season Bests will be rewarded with a Merit Card every time they are broken.

Training is open to everyone on Monday and Wednesday at Oxford Falls - bus leaves from Anderson Street at 3.20pm.


Special Mentions

  • Captains for 2017:  Matt Hall and Ben O’Heir.
  • Personal Bests Merit Card Award:

                       1500m - Joel Chand, Toby Thorton-Bott

                       200m - Jake Ormsby, Ben O’Reilly

                       100m - Jake Ormsby

                       400m - Jake Ormsby, Toby Thorton-Bott, Tom Hunt (school season best)

                      High Jump - Matt Hall


This Saturday:  Final Details of the carnival this Saturday at Homebush will be handed out on Friday.  The time sheet for events is attached but beware:  events can run early.

Mr R Lacey and Ms Leanne Ho - Athletics Convenors


Basketball Trials

The first trial for Year 7 students was held yesterday at Oxford Falls.  Those students who were away or injured will be given an opportunity to trial at school in the coming weeks.  Year 8 trials will be held next Tuesday 22nd August during Sport at Oxford Falls. 

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

Mr N Gibson - Convenor


Cricket is back for the 2017/18 Season!

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for all players from U12 to Opens. So register now at


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

  • Years 5 & 6            8:15am to 10.00am
  • Years 7 & 8            10.00am – 11.45am
  • Year 9 & above    11:45am – 2.00pm

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


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

DISTRICT MWJCA 2017/18 - Season Dates

MID-WEEK CRICKET TRAINING: Training for all teams commences on Monday 21st August. All training is at Oxford Falls and conducted by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal. Buses leave from the front of OLD Church in Archer Street at 3:20pm and return to Chatswood (Anderson Street) at approximately 5:30pm.  Training uniform is: blue SPX PE shorts, House colour shirt and running shoes. Players are encouraged to bring their own protective equipment.

Training days are:
  • Monday: 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Tuesday:  U15 and U16-18
  • Wednesday:  1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Thursday: Junior School (Year 5 & 6) U12 and U13 (as part of Junior School Sport),  Senior School U13 and U14

Players and parents please note that rolls will be marked each afternoon. Training is compulsory for all players as part of the College Co-Curricular Program.


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

COACHING:  SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal who will coach teams during the week.

Mr D Reay - Convenor



Dear Parents and Players,

Congratulations to all of our Grand Finalists and commiserations to those teams knocked out in the Semi Finals.  With seven teams progressing to this weekend’s Grand Finals at Oakhill College it will be a full day of action for SPX sides.  All support is welcome with games commencing at 9:15am and SPX teams playing continually throughout the day with the 1st XI kicking off at 2:15pm.

A reminder that the presentation evening will be on Tuesday the 29th of August at 7:00pm in the College Gym. All players are expected to attend in full winter uniform.

Good luck to all teams.


Football Results Saturday 12th August:

Grand Final Football Draw for Saturday 19th August:

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor


Fantastic effort last week in the Semi-Finals and some teams came so close.  To the seven teams that made it through, congratulations.  We wish you all the best next Saturday - let's hoist a lot of Champions’ banners!   We encourage those boys in teams that lost but have mates in Grand-Final teams to go along to Oakhill College and cheer on their classmates.  The SPX spirit can lift all the teams.


IMPORTANT: Thanks to those parents who sent in team photos last week. We still need team photos from the following teams:  13A, 13D, 14A, 15B, 15C, 16A and 16B so if you have one please send it to us; otherwise please take one this weekend if your team is playing.

We need the team photos to include in the ‘Season in Review’ publication that the Committee will distribute around Presentation Night on 29th August.  Send the team photos and any other action shots you may have taken throughout the season to [email protected]


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Results Saturday 12th August:  


4 Premierships!!!

Congratulations to the 13Bs, 15Bs, 3rd XV and 2nd XV who won the premierships in their respective competitions. The 13Bs, 15Bs and 3rds had a perfect season, finishing undefeated.


St Pius X Rugby Presentation evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd August

at 7pm in the Gymnasium.


2018 Under 15s Rugby Tour

Interested students and their parents who are eligible to join the Under 15s tour to New Zealand in April of 2018 are asked to email Mr Lynch with their confirmation ASAP. It is hoped that final numbers can be confirmed by the end of Week 6.


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

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

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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor



'Sunshine and blue skies'

There was a freshness in the air and blue sky above and despite the long journey Team St Pius X Rugby turned in some heart-warming performances.  Seven wins and two losses was a fine return and testament to the spirit currently flowing through our players, coaches and supporters.

Our 1st XV turned in a blistering performance to completely outplay Kinross. Many played their final game for the St Pius X College but can console themselves in the knowledge that they have promising futures in the game. The Opens 2nds had a wobbly afternoon but the Opens 3rds maintained their winning run. What a great year those two teams have had!  The 16As cruised home with a 40+ points win. Good to know that this squad of As and Bs will form the bedrock of Opens Rugby next season.

The 15As, a team loaded with talent, just couldn’t fire the winning bullet and fell to a last minute shot but mark my words, these players will develop into a top team in the next two seasons. If they all blossom at the same time ... look out!

The 14As and Bs have quietly improved as the season has gone on and yesterday’s double success came as no surprise. Next season they have the Kiwi challenge on tour.

Finally the performance of the season, or any other season during my time at St Pius X College, goes to our 13As. This was as compelling a performance as I’ve seen. Mr Russo has this team craving success. They played epitomising everything our school stands for … determination, resilience, enthusiasm, support for each other, raw desire and will to win. The cheer that greeted their win was heard in Bathurst!!

Thanks to all our supporters who made the long trip and to those who arrived on Friday and enjoyed Paul O’Neill’s hospitality. Paul has worked tirelessly this season and contributed massively to everyone’s enjoyment.

My thanks go to all our supporters and team coaches but especially our players who play with the St Pius X College spirit and that makes it all worthwhile.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer

PS:  Looking forward to catching up at the Rugby Club social evening at the Willoughby Hotel on the 26th August.



ISA Tennis

An exciting day of tennis was held at Barker College last weekend for the ISA Tennis Finals. We had three teams go through to these Finals and Team 9 (Division 10) was victorious in their battle against St Andrew's Cathedral School with the match coming down to a nail-biting tie-breaker finish. Teams 5 and 10 played valiantly against St Patrick’s College, finishing as Runners-Up.

A hearty congratulations go to:

  • ISA Tennis Premier Division 10:  Ryan Pratt, Adrian Joson, William Birchall, Marcus Mina and John McKinnon
  • ISA Tennis Runner-Up Division 5:   Bertie Johnston, David Ko, Godwin Cipriano, Thomas Fong and Alessandro Muranty
  • ISA Tennis Runner-Up Division 11:   Jayden Chan, Charlie Jackson, Cameron Smith, Salvador Alfaro and Jack Leonard



The SPX Internal Tennis Championship will be held on Saturday, 9th September at our Talus St courts. 

Applications are welcome from:

  • ISA Players - Winter 2017
  • NSTA Players - Term 4 2016 and Term 1 2017
  • Players intending to register for NSTA in Term 4 2017

Please note: Grading for NSTA 2017/2018 will take place on this day and performance will contribute to grading for ISA Tennis 2018.

There will be a Junior and Senior Knock-out Singles Competition.  Entry Forms are due by 1st September and are available below or at the Student Office.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Junior School boys experience live theatre at 'Thairiffic'

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Debating
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Junior School Sleep Out

We have approximately 70 boys sleeping out in the gym this Friday night and 7 teachers.  Thankyou to Mrs Williams, Mrs Dempsey, Mr Blake and the Year 11 boys for their leadership of this social justice initiative.  Thank you also to Mrs Iwatani, Mr Brannan and Mrs Fileman who have volunteered to supervise the sleep out along with myself.  If you see me at Barker athletics the next day and I fall asleep you will know why!


NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test 

Next Monday the Year 5 students will participate in a NAPLAN online school readiness test.  The school readiness test is a practice run for schools to assess their technology ahead of NAPLAN Online.  The readiness test is not an assessment of student ability.  The readiness test allows schools to:

  • become familiar with the online test format and processes
  • check whether they have the technical capacity, rooms and devices to administer NAPLAN online
  • provide students in NAPLAN years 5, 7 and 9 with the opportunity to experience the online test question types and format.

There are two assessments on Monday, one is writing and the other is a combined Literacy/ Numeracy assessment.  The duration of each assessment is 40 minutes.


How you can help.  Could you please ensure your son has his PLD fully charged on Monday morning and that he has a set of headphones.  Please reassure him that this is NOT an assessment of his abilities but an opportunity to experience an online test.

NESA has prepared resources that schools may use to inform parents about the purpose of the SRT and how students will be involved.  The resources may be found on the NESA website or in the document below.  


Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Over the next month St Pius X College is enrolling all Year 5 and 6 students in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.  The Challenge will run from 28th August until 8th September 2017.   Prior to the start of the Challenge we will be trying out tasks from previous years in their Computing Skills lessons.


Thursday Sport - Summer Sports Trials 

The trials will take place at Oxford Falls in the normal sporting afternoon.  Next week is the Walkathon for Charity and the week after is the Grandfather, Father and Son sporting afternoon.  Dads should start stretching and get the icepacks ready!


Grandfather, Father & Son Sporting Afternoon at Oxford Falls

Our annual sporting afternoon for dads, grandads and the boys is fast approaching.  All fathers and grandfathers are most welcome to attend as participants or spectators.

  • When: Thursday 31st August
  • Where: Oxford Falls Playing Fields – Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls
  • Time:  Sport from 11.45am – 1.15pm

Every boy will be involved in sport even if their dad/grandad can’t be there.  There will be two sessions of sport: 11.45am to 12.30pm and 12.30pm to 1.15pm.  Participants can either play two different sports or stay on the one activity (except for tennis where numbers may dictate one session only.)

If any mum or grandmother would like to help with the BBQ, please click on the link below and indicate the time you are available. If there are a few cooks on board you can take turns at being a spectator and having a good laugh (I mean cheer)!  I will send out a letter a few days before the event, once we know how many volunteers we have.


Below is a link to the form where you can select your sports choices and indicate if you wish to assist with the BBQ.  Please complete by 24th August.!Ah03fgrLhMboiBkNKza9M3sqVNMQ


P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast - Friday 1st September


Book Week Parade

The book week theme for this year is 'Escape to Everywhere'.  The main book week celebration will take place on Tuesday 22nd August.  Period 1 will be a Book Week Costume Parade so get your thinking hats on!  Parents and grandparents are most welcome to attend because once the boys move into high school you won’t get to experience these events again.  We will also have an Author’s Visit by Jack Heath. 

The classes will be attending the Book Week celebrations at Willoughby Library on the following dates:

  • Monday            14th August    Year 6 Blue       12:00pm
  • Monday            14th August    Year 6 Green    1:30pm
  • Friday                18th August   Year 5 Blue        9:55am
  • Friday                18th August   Year 5 Red         12:00pm
  • Monday            21st August    Year 6 Red         9:50am   
  • Monday            21st August    Year 5 Gold       11:00am
  • Wednesday     23rd August    Year 6 Gold      1:30pm


Thairiffic Play

Last Friday the boys all experienced a very amusing, entertaining play entitled 'Thairiffic'.  At the end of the play some of the boys were fortunate to meet the main actor.  It was wonderful for the boys to experience live theatre.  It also raises the interesting point that people should be proud of their heritage and their parents.


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

Monday 21st August at 6:30pm 


Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives. 



St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum presented by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at 6.30pm. Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding sleep health and pathways to treatment for those who require professional help.


This is a free event; however bookings are required and can be made via the trybooking link   Full details can be found in the attachment below:


'SMALL STEPS’  Presentation for Parents

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

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


Keep the dates free: 

  • Monday 21st August:  Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance - FREE Parent Forum, Monday 21st August at 6:30pm in the Sarto Centre.   Please register if you wish to attend.
  • Wednesday 23rd August:   Small Steps presentation for parents at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP if you are attending.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School



We hosted Round 5 of the IPSHA competition against Abbotsleigh Red Team last Friday 11th August. The debates were on a difficult topic with what turned out to be a challenge especially with the topic language differing by both schools. Hence St Pius X College affirmative versed St Pius X negative with a close win by the affirmative team. Well done to the boys on the flexibility in this situation and still presenting a very clever and tight debate.


A special mention to Justin Boustani who was unwell on the day and still delivered a very polished and clear argument for his team. Many thanks to those parents who were able to attend. For the next round we travel to Wahroonga Preparatory School on Friday 25th August.

Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Summer trials begin for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis. Tennis trials will now be held at Oxford Falls (not Roseville as previously advertised).


Athletics: Our squad made a promising start to their season with some strong performances at the Shore Carnival last Saturday. The U12s led the way, winning 4 of the 8 sprints (100/200m) and placing 2nd in the remainder. Encouragingly, many athletes produced PBs on the day. This week the squad face back-to-back carnivals:  Brothers' on Friday and Barker on Saturday – good luck to all.


Cricket:  Cricket is back for the 2017/18 Season!  All players wishing to play for the College this summer must register online through the Trybooking link 

Trials begin at Sport next Thursday 17th August and resume on the 7th September. Players can bring their own gear (the school does provide most items as training kit if required).

Coaching:  SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal who will coach teams during the week.

SPX Cricket Club Skill Day:  Sunday 20th August 2017 at Oxford Falls.  Skills Day timings for Years 5 and 6 is 8:15am – 10.00am.

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

District Teams:   Based on registrations SPX Cricket Club will enter teams into the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association. Please note: U12 and U13 play on Saturday afternoons. Below are the MWJCA Season 2017/18 dates.

Mid-week Cricket Training:  Training for all teams commences on Thursday 17th August. All training is at Oxford Falls as part of regular Thursday Sport and conducted by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal.


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


Football/AFL Presentation Evening takes place for all players on Tuesday 29th August from 5.30pm – 6.50pm (allowing parents to attend the Senior Football Presentation in the Gym from 7.00pm). It will be held in the Sarto Centre and boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.


Father and Son Sports Day - Thursday 31st August at Oxford Falls​:  This SPX Community event is fast approaching.  Sport will commence at 11.45am and run for two 45 minute sessions (feel free to remain on one sport or try two different activities across the afternoon).  At 1.15pm a BBQ and refreshments will be served.

For catering and logistics purposes please complete the online form if attending (or if you are a mum/grandmother able to assist on the BBQ):!Ah03fgrLhMboiBkNKza9M3sqVNMQ


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster:  Volunteers Required
  • Uniform Shop:  Raincoats now available in all sizes


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


  • Raincoats are now available in all sizes

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via
  • An updated Price List is now available on the College website.                                       

Orders can be placed:

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

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

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

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

The Uniform Shop sells a few special crested items:

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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
A & T expo - online version.pdf
Careers Newsletter 23.pdf
Careers Newsletter Aug 16.pdf
Invitational program times 2017.pdf
Division 1 Finals - Draw 2017 Season - Boys Football.pdf
Food & Wine JUNE 17.pdf
Kids Menu.docx
Accommodation Details.pdf
SPX Championships - Tournament information.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline.pdf
SDN Debating.pdf
SDN Debating Report & Information.pdf
Sleep - Parent Forum and Bio on Speaker.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
Small Steps Presentation.pdf
The Sleep Connection Parent Forum Information.pdf
Lisa Maltman Bio.pdf
Way2Wellness Flyer.pdf
youth festival.pdf
The Sleep Connection Parent Forum Information.pdf
Sleep - Parent Forum and Bio on Speaker.pdf
Year 9 Mums Dinner Sept 2017.pdf