St Pius X College Newsletter

19 July 2017
Issue 20
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
 Mission & Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters
MindMattersfor 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

Saturday 22nd July

ISA Football & Tennis R8

ISA Rugby R7 / IPSHA R8


Tuesday 25th July

Staff Meeting Mandatory Training



Thursday 27th July

Year 12 Drama Performance Night


Friday 28th July

Celebration of Learning Assembly

Brothers’ Rugby Lunch


Saturday 29th July

ISA Football & Tennis R9

ISA Rugby R8 / IPSHA R9


Monday 31st July

Trial HSC begins

Year 7 SKi Trip begins


Tuesday 1st August

Chemistry Quiz Yrs 10 & 11

ICAS English Comp Yrs 7-10


Friday 4th August

Yr 11 Retreat Day #3

CSDA Debating Finals/SDN R3


Saturday 5th August

ISA Football & Tennis R10

ISA Rugby R9/IPSHA R10

P&F Trivia Night

Monday 7th August

Trial HSC continues until 14/8


Friday 11 August


Rugby Club Dinner at Orange 


Saturday 12 August

ISA Football Semi Finals/ISA Tennis Finals

ISA Rugby R10

SPX Senior College Rugby at Orange


Sunday 13/8

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 14 August

Year 12 Retreats until 18/8


Tuesday 15 August

The Assumption

ICAS Maths Comp Yrs 5-10


Friday 18th August



Saturday 19th August

ISA Football Finals


Monday 21st August

Science Week Begins

P&F Meeting


Tuesday 22nd August

Primary Book Week

Rugby Presentation Night


Wednesday 23rd August

Prefects' Camp pm until 25/8


Thursday 24th August

Staff Meeting


Friday 25th August

Yr 10 Reflection Day #3


ISA Heads Meeting


Saturday 26 August

ISA Invitational Athletics

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


Monday 28th August

St Pius X Patron's Holiday

















From the Principal     

Photo: Artistic memento created from the Old Tree


  • Prayer for Term 3
  • Maintenance and ICT Helpdesk Teams
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Day - Years 5 to 10
  • Term 3 Staffing
  • Highly Successful 1st XV Rugby Tour
  • Old Boys vs 1st XI Football Match
  • So you think you know ... Cybersafety Evening
  • Did you see our own Ninja Warrior?
  • Artistic Memento from the Old Tree
  • Draft Dates for 2018





There will be no After School Study or Detention



Welcome back and best wishes to all for Term 3. This is such an important term for all and especially Year 12 as they prepare for their Trial HSC and ultimately their Graduation on the last day of this term. Let us pray for all our students and the school community as we begin again after a revitalising mid-year break. 

Prayer for Term 3

God of love and wisdom,

be with our students as they begin Term 3.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give them strength, wisdom and knowledge
as they search for knowledge and understanding.
Help them to grow in skill and strength

and to know and love you better.

Blessed Edmund Rice …. Pray for Us

St Pius X …. Pray for Us

Live Jesus in our Hearts … Forever



Maintenance and ICT Helpdesk Teams

The school is in readiness for the return of students and staff and I particularly thank the Maintenance Team and the ICT Team for their efforts during the vacation break. You will notice the work from the Maintenance Team in the breakthrough entrance to the Drama Room and Chapel precinct. 


There are two new water refilling stations for the students to use. These were suggested as environmentally sustainable chilled and filtered drinking water for the students.  The aim is to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.


The Senior Library has been fully repainted. There is a new large Smart TV in the Junior Library as well as a trial version in Mrs Iwatani’s Year 6 classroom. There has also been much general maintenance completed at both Chatswood and Oxford Falls.


Parent/Teacher/Student Day - Years 5 to 10

Monday was an important opportunity for parents, students and the teachers to have important conversations about learning following the issue of reports for Semester 1. The meetings went very well and assisted in setting important direction for the term ahead.


Term 3 Staffing

The College welcomes Ms Natalie Rocca (English/RE) and Mrs Amanda Fileman (Learning Support Teacher) who are joining us. Welcome back from LSL to Mrs Bryant (Visual Arts) and Mrs Bridie Barrett from Maternity Leave (Learning Support).


Highly Successful 1st XV Rugby Tour

The Rugby tour was exceptionally successful and the 1st XV won all five of their tour matches in Queensland. They won the Division 2 Shield and were outstanding throughout their tour. Many thanks to Mr Matt Stearn, Mr Greg Virgona, Mr Sean Brannan, Mr Rick Russo, Mr Benn McBrearty, Mr Francis Cullimore and Mr Adrian Brannan.


Old Boys vs 1st XI Football Match

Thanks to Mr Steve Quilty and Mr Simon Yue for organising the Old Boys and 1st  XI Football match held at Oxford Falls on 11th July.  For the record the Old Boys won 2-1.

The 1st XI also played in the inaugural July Cup in the holidays at Oxford Falls. More details can be found in the Senior Sport section.


So you think you know ... Cybersafety Evening

Next Tuesday 25th July there is a fantastic evening for parents designed to assist in working with children in the area of Cybersafety. Please come along as it will be a most informative session. Further details can be found in the 'Student & Parent Matters' section of this newsletter. 


Did you see our own Ninja Warrior?

Congratulations to Mr Francis Cullimore (First XV Coach) who has made it into the semi-finals of 'Australia’s Ninja Warrior'. We look forward to the next time he is on the show. Stay tuned!


Artistic Memento from the Old Tree


One of the last trees of the Blue Gum Forest which once covered our site here had to be removed from the school yard last year for safety reasons. Our very talented maintenance staff kept one of the burls from the trunk and shaped it into an artistic bowl which will be on display in the Library.  It was presented to the College at the first assembly for Term 3.  I thank Mr Andrew Darbin for this beautifully crafted artwork.


DRAFT Term Dates for 2018

The term dates for 2018 can be found below.  These are still in draft form and are subject to change.

Mr John Couani - Principal

 Mission & Social Justice

  • From the Deputy Principal  - Mission & Identity
  • Youth Festival
  • Alpha for Youth

Mission & Identity

I hope the holidays were an enjoyable time for your son and that they were able to spend some time regaining some energy for what will be another busy term ahead of us.

On the last day of Term 2 the Staff attended their Spirituality Day which was a valuable time for us to focus on our 2017 Touchstone of Gospel Spirituality. Staff Pastoral Teams worked on incorporating our Scripture quotes into programs for each Year Group. Brother Michael Walsh (St Pius X College Principal 1986-1994) gave a very enlightening presentation assisting us in identifying the history and importance of Gospel Spirituality in the context of the St Pius X College community.

We have begun planning for many of our significant Mission and Liturgical events this term. The final Year 10 Reflection Day (25/8) and the Year 11 Retreat Day (4/8) will take place as well as the Year 12 Retreats (14-18/8), P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast (1/9) and one of our most significant Liturgies, the Year 12 Graduation Mass (22/9).


Mass will be celebrated at 8am in the College Chapel on the following Tuesdays in Term 3.  All are welcome.

  • 1st August, 15th August, 29th August and 12th September.

Youth Festival

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

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

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


ALPHA for Youth

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


The 8-week course is being held in the Chatswood Parish’s Bishop Barry Room, located on Kirk Street, on Wednesday afternoons after school from 3:30pm until 5.00pm. Each afternoon begins with a hearty afternoon tea and the students have a chance to self-direct the sessions through conversation in response to short inspirational videos. Late in the course there will be a one-day retreat to further enrich and deepen the experience.


The Alpha Course is also an opportunity for our boys to prepare for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December.  The course has been promoted to Year 9 and Year 10 students who are interested in such an opportunity. For further information please click on the attached letter below.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Mock Trial Success

  •  Photo Orders - Performing Arts & Other Group Photos
  •  ThinkuKnow Cybersafety Education Information Night - Tuesday 25th July at  6pm in the College Gym
  •  RoboCup Workshops at St Pius X College
  • Mock Trial Success
  • Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Journey
  • Snowy Hike Expedition 2017 - Information Night​
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information Night​
  • Visit by Mr John Honner, Kokoda Track Historian
  • EREBB – EREA Connections
  • Old Boys Annual Dinner
  • Free Workshop - 31st August:  How to Teach a Learner Driver

Performing Arts and other Group Photos

Photo orders can still be handed in until the end of this week 21st July. Please place all Order Forms in the Silver box. Order forms can be obtained from the Student office.

Miss L Proc - General Coordinator

From the Head of Student Services

Thinkuknow Cybersafety Education Information Night - Tuesday 25th July at 6pm, College Gym

All adult members of the College Community are welcomed to our Australian Federal Police sponsored ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety Information session: Field experts will present on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity to young people.

One of the topics, among the many we have been requested to address, is the risk to student’s digital reputation and future career search, and employment prospects, of online social media profiles and online activity in the short term.

The presentation will take place at the College Gym at 6pm on Tuesday 25th July, with details on how to book below. Parents, carers and teachers of all year groups are invited to attend with future student educations sessions to follow.

Please confirm numbers by booking on the free booking website:

Further information is provided on the flyer and poster below.


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

RoboCup Workshops at St Pius X College


A Workshop and Coaching Clinic will be run in preparation for the NSW Open at St Pius X College Chatswood on Saturday 29th July.  Robotics Club students will be able to experience competition conditions while fine-tuning their robots.  Referees will be on hand to give advice about the competition and the free exchange of ideas between teams will help to improve student and robot performances. 

Workshop Details

When:       Saturday 29th July, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where:     St Pius X College Chatswood, 35 Anderson St, Chatswood

Format:   Workshops and coaching clinics using competition conditions

Competition Dates:

  • State:  21st  and 22nd  August 2017 at UNSW
  • Nationals:  23rd  and 24th September 2017 at UQ (unsupervised)

Mr P de Silva - Robotics Convenor


Mock Trial Success

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who have scored yet another success and remain undefeated in the Competition. They are currently sitting at 13th place out of over 150 schools across NSW. Last night’s trial was a negligence case involving a dog attack on a postal worker. It was a very complex case, with the issue of contributory negligence being raised. Our witnesses were rock solid, our barristers debated finer points of the law, our solicitor gave excellent advice and our magistrate’s clerk kept everything running smoothly. We were up against Ravenswood who were formidable in opposition, so winning was all the sweeter. Congratulations to Jasper Choi, Phillip Cullen, Connor Foung, Tom Findlay, Hunter Clarke, Darcy Gyzen, Nikita Papastamatis and James Spencer.

Ms A Gripton

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Journey

Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August 2017

The next Adventurous Journey scheduled for our Duke of Edinburgh program will take place on Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. Due to risk minimisation considerations, students who do not complete the pre-training will not be permitted to complete the Adventurous Journey component of their Duke of Edinburgh Award through the College. Many companies external to the College offer these Journeys.

Training will continue to take place on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 4.30pm in A3.

If you are 14 years of age or older you are able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Please see Mrs Manga for more information.


The upcoming proposed Journey dates are as follows:

Term 3   Week 3   Bronze

Saturday 5/8 – Sunday 6/8: Students require: 6 hour days over 1 night

Term 3   Week 8   Bronze/Silver

Friday afternoon 8/9 - Sunday 10/9:  7 hour days over 2 nights

Term 4   Week 8   Gold

Year 11   Snowy Hike  1/12 - 7/12:  8 hour days over 3 nights

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Snowy Hike Expedition 2017 - Information Night

INFORMATION NIGHT:  Wednesday 26th July at 6.30pm in the Sarto Centre

Expedition Dates:  1st December – 7th December 2017

Who can attend:  Any student that is currently in Year 11 at the College

Expressions of Interest:  to be done via a Google Doc. emailed to the students

School Contact:  Mr P de Silva ([email protected])

The Information Night for the 2017 Snowy Hike Expedition will take place in the Sarto Centre on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 6.30pm. The purpose of the information night is to give an overview of the timelines, journey, student preparation, equipment and risks associated with this type of activity.  The Expedition is planned to take place in the last week of the school calendar year.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information Night

INFORMATION NIGHT:  Monday 24th July at 6.30pm in the Sarto Centre

Expedition Dates:  29th June to  8th July (to be confirmed)

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])

The Information Night for the Kokoda Track Expedition will take place in the Sarto Centre on Monday 24th July 2017 at 6.30pm. The hike is open to all students who will be in Years 9 to Year 11 in 2018 and their family. Old Boys are also eligible and welcome to participate.

The Expedition is planned to take place in the first week of the end of semester holiday period in 2018 (29th June to 8th July;  to be confirmed).  Formal training will begin in September this year.

So if you have a thirst for Australian history, have a relative who served or just love a physical challenge then this is for you.  Perhaps you have walked the Track before and would like the challenge of doing it again?

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Visit by Kokoda Track Historian

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

On Friday 11th August the College will host an esteemed member of the EREA Board, Mr John Honner, to speak to the students and interested members of the College community on matters relating to the 1942 Kokoda Track Campaign. Mr Honner’s father, Lt Colonel Ralph Honner, returned from the Battles of Crete and the Middle East with the 6th Division to take command of the 39th Militia Battalion at the Battle of Isurava Village on the Kokoda Track. The vastly outnumbered and inexperienced 39th Mud over Bloods courageously withstood the Japanese advance for weeks on the Kokoda Track to lay the groundwork for eventual victory over the previously unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army.

Lt Colonel Honner led his men with distinction, returning them to the PNG Northern Beaches Battles in December 1942 where he reinforced the AIF assaults and masterminded the capture of Gona, famously signalling by radio “Gona’s gone”. He later commanded the 2/14th AIF Battalion in the battles at Shaggy Ridge and northern PNG.

The opportunity to hear Mr Honner speak on these unique events in Australia’s history will be afforded to our Year 10 History students, guests and those interested in our St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018, from 1.30pm in the Sarto Centre. We will launch our planned Kokoda Expedition 2018 with an information night for all interested parties on Monday 24th July as per Mr De Silva’s notice above.

Please contact Mr Brannan for more information on Mr Honner’s visit.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

EREBB – EREA Connections

It was pleasing to see our 1st XV Rugby Team go through undefeated and line uncrossed in the Annual Gold Coast Rugby Tournament this week. Mentored by our own Ninja Warrior 1st XV Rugby Coach Mr Francis Cullimore, the team were competing for the 25th time in the 27th Year of the competition.

The Carnival served as the Australian Division 2 Schoolboys State Championships and while we did not get to play the Tasmanian, Northern Territory and South Australian State teams, our 1st XV defeated five Kiwi teams who had beaten the above.

The South Australian Team who went on to win the Div 2 State Championship over Northern Territory featured EREA students from our brother schools, CBC Adelaide and Rostrevor College. The Trophy was presented by Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Patron Br Bob Wallace, a former staff member of St Pius X College in 1967-68. Other former staff members to catch up with us at the Tournament included past Sportsmaster Mr Peter Bromley (1980 – 1999), Mr Michael McGriplis now an ARU Education Officer, and Mr Mark DeBrincat, now the Rugby Convenor – Development Officer at Cranbrook.

Our 1st XV were the best ambassadors for our school through the style of play led by players such as N Panozzo (C), J Hinchey, W Russell, L Spencer, S Kafer, D Markovtzev, L Lowick, D Greenland, J Thrum, O Fisscher, J O'Hearn, L May, A Graffeo, D Habib, J Roberts, D Gyzen, B Jones, B Woo, T Gazey, L Courtney and J Price.

Congratulations to our 1st XI Football who, under Mr Quiltys guidance, not only defeated Kings and Newington over the break to win their tournament but also kept alive the long held tradition of Old Boys vs 1sts matches during the holidays. It is a testament to the talent that Mr Quilty has coached in recent years that the Recent Old Boys won 2 -1 courtesy of goals to Nick Refenes and Claudio Rosano to Charlie Hammonds 1st XI goal.

Thank you to the SPX Old Boys Association who contributed both to the Queensland Tours and Old Boys/Students matches in both football and rugby.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


Old Boys Annual Dinner

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

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


Free Workshop:  How to Teach a Learner Driver 


MindMattersfor Students & Families

Photo: Young Men's Health Forum


  • Young Men's Health Forum
  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk
  • Mindmatters SPX Water Bottles
  • 'Tuning into Teens' Workshop
  • Boxercise


Young Men’s Health Forum

In Week 8 of Term 2, 15 members from the Year 9 Student Empowerment Team were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend The Young Men’s Health Forum run by Conviction Group. The Forum went for a full day and the group were spoken to by Anthony Minichiello (Resilience), Kathy Kelly (Violence and Mental Health) and Allan Sparkes (Leadership) among others.

This was a great chance for the Student Empowerment Team to interact with young men from other schools and share ideas, opinions and thoughts about very real issues in their lives. The boys represented the College proudly and came away from the day with a lot of ideas about what it means to be a young man in 2017  and with renewed vigour in leading by example amongst their peers at St Pius X College.  Pearls of wisdom that the students took away include:

  • ‘Never give up! You only achieve things if you work hard at them’.  Stuart Dingley
  • ‘Masculinity isn’t defined by violence’.  Gregor Dingley
  • ‘It is not emasculating to talk about your feelings’.  Gregor Dingley
  • ‘At this stage in your life, you do not understand the change you can make for the future.’ Adam Greenwood
  • ‘Make the right choice’.  Michael Fakhoury

Mr B McBrearty

Men’s Health Forum 2017 (Adam Greenwood)

In Week 8 of Term 2 the Year 9 MindMatters team were invited to attend the 2017 Young Men’s Health forum. The day would consist of regular talks followed by group chats in which six or so kids from various schools expressed their opinion on the topic that had just been talked about by the speaker. We were really encouraged to express ourselves and communicate with others to get a bigger perspective of boys our age and what they feel regarding the topics.  Topics discussed include:

  • Mental health
  • The effects of positive and negative self-image
  • Strength and how to use it
  • Healthy relationships

All of these topics were thoroughly explained and evaluated by the leaders of the groups and discussed by the groups.  All of the boys thoroughly enjoyed the day and will take something away from it and apply it to their social and personal life in future times.


Men’s Health Forum 2017 (Samuel Walters)

The Men’s Health Forum presented by Conviction Group was certainly an enriching experience for all who attended. With the diverse array of presenters, there was something to be taken out of the day for everyone. A former NRL player with the Sydney Roosters, Anthony Minichello was extremely popular amongst the Year 9 boys and all appreciated his presentation on resilience. He outlined the various methods he has used to overcome major injuries in his life including a total overhaul of his lifestyle and diet. All the Pius boys that attended the forum walked out of the day feeling better equipped to face life’s challenges and more comfortable offering assistance to others. My group’s instructor gave us all a very important strategy which enables us to offer help to others who they think might be struggling with a mental illness. He mentioned to us the fact that there are plenty of ways to deal with physical injuries but not mental ones. We all feel very lucky to have been able to represent the College at such an informative event.


Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk

Sunday 10th September 2017

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

Mr S Brannan - Head of student Services


MindMatters SPX Water Bottles


Courtesy of the research and initiative of Ms Kugananthan’s Year 10 MindMatters Student Empowerment team, and timed to coincide with the “Laudato Si” inspired launch of our new Sustainability themed water refilling stations in the school playground, Stainless Steel Crested College water bottles will be available for purchase via Trybooking.  Details will be available in next week's Woodchatta.


Year 10 MindMatters students will be visiting homerooms over the coming weeks to advocate for pre orders of the student designed bottles which will then be delivered later in the Term.

Mr S Brannan - Head of student Services

Tuning into Teens Workshop

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

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor



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

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

  • Trivia Night 2017 & Call for Donations
  • Year 8 Drinks & Nibbles Parent Event
  • Year 12 Mums' High Tea
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018

Trivia Night 2017 - Saturday 5th August

New Venue - School Gym

Trybooking link is now open for the 2017 P&F Clubs' Trivia Night. Nominate your table captains and click on the trybooking link to reserve a table and add a table name, then let your team know so when they buy their tickets they choose the correct table!


$30 per person. BYO drinks, food and dress up for fun!  Raffle on the night, silent auctions, gold coin games!  Funds raised go directly to the Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Performing Arts Clubs, so come along and support your son's Clubs!


Trivia Night - Call for Donations:  We're looking for help with silent auction and other items, for example Vouchers, Experiences, Sporting, Luxury, Adventure and Wine.   Please start asking around for donations and bring them in early in Term 3.   Please click on the flyer below and email [email protected] with any questions.


Year 8 Drinks and Nibbles - Saturday 22nd July

Join other Year 8 parents in a fun evening at the Bridgeview Hotel in Willoughby.  Visit for details and if you have questions please contact your Year 8 class parents.


Entertainment Books 2017-2018

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


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


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: TAS Students take on an Ancient Indigenous Australian Craft Project

  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Technology & Applied Studies

Performing Arts  

PAPA MEETING:  The next meeting of the Performing Arts Parents Association is TONIGHT at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Light refreshments will be served. Parents of boys who participate in music and drama at the College, who have been unable to attend previous meetings are warmly invited to join us, along with our regulars! Parking is available in the Junior School yard.


YEAR 12 DRAMA HSC SHOWCASE:  This night which features our Year 12 Drama students performing their group and individual works will take place next Thursday 27th July commencing at 6.00pm in the Sarto Centre. Family and friends are warmly invited and encouraged to come and support the boys in what will be their final assessment prior to the HSC.


JUNIOR DRAMA ENSEMBLE:  For THIS WEEK only Junior Drama Ensemble will take place on Friday morning, 7.30am in the Drama Room.




EISTEDDFOD RESULTS:  Congratulations and well done to Henrik Hogg (Year 6) who achieved first place in the Under 12 Vocal Solo section and a Highly Commended in the Folk Song 11 – 13 years section at the recent Ryde Eisteddfod.


MONTE SANT’ ANGELO MUSICAL: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL:  Any student from Years 7 – 10 who may be interested in auditioning should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom for further information

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

Please click on the article below:


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor


Technology & Applied Studies

An Ancient Indigenous Australian Craft but a new task for St Pius X College Students


Last term our Year 10 Design and Technology students put their Engineering and Design skills to the test.  The students tried their hand at creating boomerangs that could fly and then decorated them with indigenous designs.  The students enjoyed the challenge of creating a boomerang that could fly and some were successful at making their boomerang return.


It was pleasing to see the students embrace the project and especially to see their attention to decorating their boomerang appropriately. Mr Blake and Mr Formosa guided their students through the project and then took the boys to Beauchamp Park for a successful period of testing.


On a more current happening, our Year 12 Design and Technology and Industrial Technology Students are working fastidiously to finish off their Major Projects which are due for HSC marking in the near future. Our students' projects will be on display for all to see at our SPLINTERS, SPASHES, STAGE & SOUNDS show which is on Thursday 31st September.

Mr N Gibson - TAS Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Letter from the Principal:  Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
  • Welcome Back Mrs Barrett
  • Welcome to the LSE Department Mrs Fileman
  • Free Vocabulary Skill-Builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program:  Please note that After-School Study will not run on Tuesday 25th July due to a Staff Meeting 
  • After School OT Courses

Letter from the Principal

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

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


Welcome back Mrs Barrett, we missed you!

Staff and students alike are very happy that Mrs Barrett has returned to us after her year of maternity leave. We are pleased that Mrs Barrett’s family, with the newest addition – Little Miss Violet Barrett, is healthy and growing. We look forward to working again with Mrs Barrett each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Mrs Barrett specialises in the primary years, and so will resume her role as our Year 5 and 6 LSE teacher and IP (Individualised Planning) Convenor, working closely with identified students and collaboratively with classroom teachers across Years 5 and 6. Junior School parents are invited to contact Mrs Barrett as needed on [email protected]


Welcome to the LSE Department Mrs Fileman

It is with pleasure that the LSE team welcomes Mrs Amanda Fileman, who begins working full-time with the LSE Department at St Pius X College from the start of Term 3 2017. Mrs Fileman has many years’ experience teaching the middle school years and most recently at Our Lady of The Rosary, Waitara. Mrs Fileman has taught in three different CEO dioceses: Parramatta, Bathurst and Broken Bay. Here at St Pius X College, Mrs Fileman will be involved in teaching classes and providing in-class support to identified students across Years 5-8. She will work closely with students and collaboratively with teachers to help improve and support their learning and academic achievement across these years. Mrs Fileman will have a special role as the Year 7 and 8 Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher, and the IP (Individualised Planning) Convenor for Year 7 and 8. We are so pleased to have you on board Mrs Fileman! For the particular interest of parents and carers of Years 7 and 8, Mrs Fileman is available Monday to Friday, and can be contacted via school phone, or email at [email protected]



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

Monday Lunchtime and Thursday Mornings - Starts Week 2

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 -1.05pm (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  - Starts Week 2

*** Please note that After-School Study will not run on Tuesday 25th July due to a Staff Meeting***

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]



Start in Week 2 ​- Limited places available

Thank you to all families who have registered their sons in the after-school onsite courses at the College: Touch Typing Skills and Handwriting Skills. These are intensive small group courses, open to all students in Years 5-10 who are interested in improving vital writing and typing skills. Each course involves one afternoon per week for a block of 8 weeks, and is run by our experienced occupational therapist and registered provider, Anna Orchard.  For those still interested in enrolling, Anna has advised that there are limited places still available on various days:

Monday - Senior School Handwriting (Years 7-10)

Tuesday - Touch Typing (Class full)

Wednesday - Junior School Handwriting (Years 5-6)

Thursday - Touch Typing

Friday - Touch Typing

See the flyers below for details and alert Anna directly if you are interested, via email at [email protected] 

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


  • Careers News
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Careers News

JOBJUMP:  Parents and students please watch YouTube video and sign up to JobJump for information about tertiary study options, ATAR’s and apprenticeship and TAFE information. Create a resume, sign up for news alerts.  To register:


TAFE NSW OPEN WEEK:  Explore your options at TAFE NSW Open Week, from 19th to 24th June across NSW TAFE campuses. There are far too many Information Sessions to list but you can see them all here:



UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY DATES 2017:  The best way to be informed about your future is to visit University Open Days.  Ask questions, look around the campus, gather information, speak to students and teachers.

  • Saturday 19th August – Macquarie University
  • Saturday 26th August – UTS
  • Saturday 26th August – Sydney University
  • Saturday 26th August – Notre Dame
  • Sunday 27th August – Western Sydney University
  • Saturday 2nd September – UNSW
  • Saturday 2nd September – ACU (North Sydney)
  • Saturday 9th September – ACU (Strathfield)




Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: 1st XV Queeensland Tour


  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

Basketball Trials

Basketball trials for all age groups will be held during lunchtimes and after school this term in the school gym at Chatswood.  Students will be directed to see me to put their name on the trials lists.  All students will need to be attentive to announcements made at our Friday morning sports assemblies and in morning homeroom and information placed into the Daily Notices. Year 7 will be trialling first and announcements will be made each week throughout the term until trials are completed.  

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

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

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


Mr N Gibson - Convenor


The 2017/18 Cricket Season is fast approaching!  

Registration for SPX Cricket will open very soon via TryBooking - details will follow shortly.  ​More information regarding the SPX Cricket Skills Day at Oxford Falls will also be provided for registered players. This season all District teams (U12 to U16-18) will play in the MWJCA and the 1st and 2nd XI will play ISA Division 1 and 2.

So dust off the bat, find a ball and some stumps and start practising for the upcoming season.

Mr D Reay - Convenor


Dear Parents and Players,

Welcome back to football in Term 3 with a short, sharp run to the end of the season.  We are right into the business end of the season with all teams still in the finals picture.

Congratulations to the SPX 1st XI Football team, and their coach Mr Steven Quilty, on their success in the inaugural July Cup in the holidays at Oxford Falls. They defeated Kings 5-1, Riverview 1-0 and Sydney Grammar 3-0 to lift the Trophy. This win sets them up well for the ISA season conclusion where we play St Andrew's, St Pat's and Chevalier before the play off finals.


Please see the draw below.  Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor



We hope all our boys are rested and ready for the finals push with just a couple of rounds left before Finals time.  Many of our teams are well placed to reach the finals and we wish them all well.

The Football Camp held over the holidays was very successful with over 60 boys attending,  feedback from coaches and boys is that it was a great 3 days.  We will look to continue to run these during the holidays.

As we are nearing the end of the regular season we now ask that each team submit a team photo that will be included in the ‘Season in Review’ publication that will be produced at the end of the season.  Send the team photos and any other action shots you may have taken throughout the season to [email protected]

Also don’t forget to book your table for the Trivia Night.  All moneys raised go to the various Clubs within the College.


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

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



2017 Queensland Tour Results

Congratulations to the 2017 Queensland Tour Squad who won the 2nd Division Competition at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival. Not only did the team go through the tournament undefeated, they did not concede a single point in all five matches. Special mentions to Joe Hinchey who took out the Players Player Award and Nathaniel Panozzo who was given the Coaches Award. Thanks must go to the coaching staff who gave up their holidays to travel with the boys. Well done to all involved.


St Pius X Senior Rugby Rugby Fixtures – 22nd July 2017


St Pius X Rugby Club Supporters Social Night – Saturday 26th August from 5.30pm at the Willoughby Hotel:  Please see details in the Rugby Club News section below.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor



"Fast Action"

After a three week layoff and against a team that are travelling a long way to play us, it’s time to switch on right from the kick off. Before the break our commitment and enthusiasm was really high and we were playing some really exciting running rugby. We know St Stanislaus will be tough and used to dealing with the long coach ride. We have to accept this challenge and start our games strongly and at pace.  Here are three areas we can focus on.

  1. Run hard and straight
  2. Pass accurately and support
  3. Get off the defensive line quickly and make effective tackles.

Great to be back at Oxford Falls.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




(1)   SPX Rugby Club Dinner:  Thank you for your attendance and support – over $36K was raised. We would like to thank all who contributed to the evening and the 220 attendees at the recent SPX Rugby Club Dinner, who through their generosity and whilst having a most enjoyable evening, assisted us in raising over $36,000 from the dinner and the associated major raffle.  These funds will be utilised by the SPX Rugby Club to continue assisting the College with the ongoing development of the Rugby Program at St Pius X College and hopefully adding to the enjoyment that each of the SPX Rugby players receives from their chosen winter sport.

Please click below to see the attached Placemat from the Dinner which lists the contributors to the night. We would be most grateful if you would give consideration to giving preference to these individuals and businesses when considering purchases of goods and services.


(2)   Brothers’ Rugby ‘Lunch in the City’ – 12 noon on 28th July at Darling Harbour:  Brothers’ Rugby Club, who were great contributors to the recent SPX Rugby Dinner and great long-term supporters of SPX Rugby, are holding their annual Rugby Lunch on Friday 28th July at L’Aqua, Roof Top Level, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.  MC for the lunch will be former Wallaby and current Fox Sports personality Rod Kafer.  The Special Guest Speaker will be the former Australian Wallaby Captain Nick Farr-Jones and a further Special Guest is former Wallaby and current Melbourne Rebels Assistant Coach, Morgan Tirinui. Tickets are $150 each.  It would be great if as many SPX supporters could get along to the lunch as possible to support Brothers’ Rugby whilst enjoying what promises to be a most entertaining afternoon. If you would like to join an SPX table at the lunch please contact Paul O’Neill on 0418-634750 or [email protected] or [email protected].  Click on the flyer below for more details.


(3)   SPX Rugby (Senior School) taking on Kinross Wolaroi College at Orange on Saturday 12th August:  The Senior College (Under 13s to Opens) will be playing Kinross Wolaroi College at Orange on Saturday 12th August.  The Rugby Club will be arranging a dinner in Orange on the evening of Friday 11th August for those who are travelling up to Orange on the Friday.  We have also reserved some discounted motel rooms in Orange on the Friday night for SPX supporters.  Further details re the dinner and the reserved accommodation will follow shortly.  As per normal the College will have a bus leaving Chatswood early Saturday morning and returning from Orange that afternoon for players whose parents are not driving up to Orange.


(4)   SPX Rugby Presentation Night for both the Senior and Junior College – Tuesday 22nd August:  The College will be holding the Rugby Presentation Night for both the Senior and Junior College boys on the evening of Tuesday 22nd August. The Junior School Presentation (Years 5 & 6) will commence at the Sarto Centre at 5.30pm and conclude at 6.45pm.  The Senior School Presentation will be held in the College Gymnasium commencing at 7pm and concluding about 8.30pm.


(5)   SPX Rugby Club Supporters 'End of Season Social Get Together’ at The Willoughby Hotel on Saturday 26th August:  As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August. The Rugby Club, through the hotel, will provide a good selection of high quality ‘stand-up’ food and those attending will only have to pay for 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’s 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


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

ISA Tennis

Welcome back to the last few Rounds of the ISA Tennis Competition. Matches recommence this Saturday 22nd July, with most teams playing against St Pat’s. Team 10 will be against Oakhill and Team 9 have a Bye. See the draw below.

Training also begins again this week on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note that there is a Staff Meeting scheduled for Tuesday of next week (25th July) so there will be no training on this day.

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

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Recipients of the Semester 1 Blue FIDE Academic Awards

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Commencing Term 3

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent/Student/Teacher Interview on Monday.  It is very important that you take a positive interest in your son’s education.  Your son probably has some goals or areas that he needs to work on for the semester. If you could occasionally ask your son how he is going with these goals or areas that would be great.  Working together with the school is the most effective way for your son to improve. It was good to see all the boys back and now we need to ensure they have a positive mind set and are ready for the term ahead.


Academic Awards

Congratulations to the following boys who, at the conclusion of last term, received the Semester 1 Blue FIDE Academic Awards for ‘significant effort leading to improvement.’


5 Red:     Cooper Anderson and Jonathan Hartry

5 Blue:   Quinton Crispe and Daniel Formosa

5 Gold :   Max Lenton and Liam Boswell

6 Red:     Thomas Connaghan and Thomas Tomo Wilkins

6 Blue:    Isaac Byrne and Michael Hopkins

6 Gold:    Hamish McCallum and Christiano Buono

6 Green:  Andrew Bradford and and  Mitchell McGrath (Absent from photo)


'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]


ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Evening

In response to requests from members of our Parents and Friends Association we have invited Federal Cyber Safety Body, ThinkUKnow, to present on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity to young people.

One of the topics, among the many we have been requested to address, is the risk to student’s digital reputation and future career search and employment prospects, of online social media profiles and online activity in the short term.

The presentation will take place at the College Gym at 6.00pm on Tuesday 25th July with bookings to be made via the Trybooking site:

Parents, Carers and Teachers are invited to attend, with future events to consider student involvement. More information on the presentation is provided on the attachment and promotional poster below.


Upcoming Events:

  • Monday 24th July:   Year 5 information presentation in Period 3 - Wildlife Storybook Competition
  • Tuesday 25th July:  ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session
  • Tuesday 25th July:  Staff Meeting Mandatory Training.  STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 2.22pm.  There will be no Detention or After School Study.


Keep the date free: 

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

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

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

Dance: I acknowledge all students for the energetic and spirited nature in which they engaged in the recent Dance program. Thanks to parents and friends who attended the final performance. In the end Treacy were too polished for the opposition, claiming the win from Rice with Barron with Purton 3rd and 4th respectively.


Athletics Carnival: Torrential rain impacted our ability to run all events at Homebush. However we have now completed the Long Jump and High Jump components.  Congratulations to the all-rounders below who excelled in their respective age groups. They will be joined by others in the soon to be announced Athletics Squad to compete in Term 3.  In the overall standings it was the boys from Rice who rose as clear winners in the House Championship. Barron fought valiantly for 2nd place with Treacy shading Purton for 3rd.



Rugby: The season resumes this Saturday with three more rounds scheduled before the Presentation Night on Tuesday 22nd August  at 5.30pm in the Sarto Centre.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Round 8 - Saturday 22nd July

  • 8:00am, Acron Oval v Knox Black
  • Warm up 7:20am

Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop


  • 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
Term Dates 2018.pdf
2017 Hornsby Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo STD - V6 Final.pdf
Careers Newsletter July 19.pdf
FOOTBALL DRAW 22nd July.pdf
FOOTBALL DRAW 22nd July.pdf
Brothers' Rugby Club Annual Lunch.pdf
St Pius X Rugby Placemat 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Handwriting program Term 3 2017.pdf
Touch Typing Term 3 2017.pdf
Open Letter to Parents - NCCD.pdf
Debating & Public Speaking.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
ThinkUKnow presentation.pdf
Tuning into Teens T3 2017 flyer - Chats & Brookvale.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Alpha Youth Permission Letter.pdf
2017-SPX Trivia Night Request for Help.pdf