St Pius X College Newsletter

20 September 2017
Issue 29
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice 
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F Events
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 6th October

UNIFORM SHOP OPEN from 9.30am -2.00pm


Monday 9th October

Year 9 Camp #1 Huntington House to 11/10


Wednesday 11th October

Year 9 Camp #2 Huntington House to 13/10


Saturday 14th October

IPSHA R7 Summer resumes

Growing Good Men Weekend to 15/10


Monday 16th October

Year 9 Camp #3 Huntington House to 18/10

HSC Begins

Wellbeing Week


Wednesday 18th October

Year 9 Camp #4 Huntington House to 20/10


Friday 20th October

'Cricket & Croissants' in the Senior Library
from 7.30-8.30am


Saturday 21st October



Monday 23rd October

Performing Arts Festival Week


Tuesday 24th October

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM 


Wednesday 25th October

Year 12, 2018 Study Day #1


Thursday 26th October

Investiture 2018 Senior Leaders at The Concourse


Saturday 28th October



Sunday 29th October

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 30th October

Yr 9 Camp #5 Huntington House to 1/11

Wednesday 1st November

Year 12, 2018 Parent Information Evening


Saturday 4th November

Years 5 & 6 (2018) Orientation Morning

P&F Morning Tea


Monday 6th November

Year 10 Assessment Block begins to 10/11



Tuesday 7th November

Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day


Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 12 Formal


Saturday 11th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 1


Tuesday 14th November

Years 5-9 Exams begin


Saturday 18th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 2


Thursday 23rd November

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #3


Friday 24th November

Founder's Day Festival


Saturday 25th November



Monday 27th November

Year 10 Immersions

ABW Begins


Thursday 30th November

Year 10 Dinner Dance


Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert


Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training



Tuesday 5th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Years 5-10 Reports on Portal


Wednesday 6th December

Junior School Prizegiving Day

Years 5-10 Closing Mass

Term 4 Concludes


Thursday 7th December

Staff Day

P/T Interviews (if requested)


Monday 11th December

College Office open


Thursday 14th December

HSC Results


Friday 15th December

Year 12 BBQ



























From the Principal     

Photo: 15th September - Feast of Our Lady of Dolours

Students return to school for the start of Term 4 on Monday 9th October, in full summer uniform.

Please note that the Uniform Shop will be open on Friday 6th October from 9.30am until 2.00pm.



  • PRAYER:  Feast of Our Lady of Dolours 
  • Year 12 Graduation 2017
  • Holiday Activities
  • End of Term 3
  • Bebras Australia Challenge



Our Lady of Dolours

Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother of Sorrows and Our Lady of the Seven Dolours are names by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is known for her sorrows in her life. The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is on September 15th.


As we seek to console the heart of Jesus for our blessed Mother

may she shine her light on the favour of St Pius X College Chatswood.

We ask Mary our Mother to pray for our Year 12 students

graduating from the College this week.

Mother of Perpetual Help

Pray for us.


Year 12 Graduation 2017

The College congratulates Year 12 on its graduation this week.  On Thursday we will celebrate this with their graduation ceremony in The Concourse with the current student body.  On Friday we will have our graduation Mass in Our Lady of Dolours Parish Church followed by a graduation luncheon at Miramare Gardens in Terrey Hills.

This Year 12 cohort is a wonderful blend of faith in action, academic brilliance, sporting prowess and creative talent in music, art and drama.  Their contribution has been far reaching.  This grade has so many fine young men who will go forward and make a great difference.  I thank them for their contribution and pray for their success in their HSC examinations.  I invite you to keep them in your prayers as they face this important time in their lives.


Holiday Activities

On behalf of the College I wish our Chinese Study Tour a very successful time as they travel to China and I thank the staff - Ms Manga, Mr Blake and Ms Ho - for leading the students on this important study tour.  We also wish well our Jazz Band in the Manly Jazz Festival and best wishes to our basketballers who are competing in the Sydney Schools Shootout.


End of Term 3

As we close for Term 3 I thank all staff and students for their efforts.  It has been a most rewarding and full term.  Year 11 in particular I commend on the completion of their preliminary year and next term they will commence their Higher School Certificate studies for 2018.  


I remind all parents that Term 4 commences on Monday 9th October  and students will be in full summer uniform.


Bebras Australia Challenge

Report by Mr Joseph Lai - TAS Teacher and Bebras Event Organiser

The Bebras Australia Challenge was run at St Pius X College earlier this month with over 250 students taking part, mostly from Years 5 and 6 but also some students from Year 9 and Year 11.


Bebras Australia is an international student challenge run by CSIRO Education and Outreach through the Digital Careers program with over 1.5 million students taking part globally.   The goal is to promote Computational Thinking to students in a way that highlights student ability beyond Science or Mathematic skills.


Using Computational Thinking skills doesn’t mean thinking like a computer – it is a way of thinking that promotes problem-solving and it can be used in every aspect of our lives.  We use problem-solving in everything that we do and future jobs will require this even more.


Our students were given a range questions which included scenarios that they had to propose solutions for within a tight timeframe. Our Years 5 and 6 students acquitted themselves particularly well with the following 13 students achieving a Distinction Grade in the Challenge:  Spencer Anderson, Daniel Formosa, Luke Mooney, Jack Lonergan, Isaac Byrne, Angus Miller, Alexander Young, Alexander Kelson, Romy Koziol, Joel  Austin, Xavier Dwyer, Samuel Hollinger and Thomas Reay.


Many thanks to the TAS Department Junior School Computing Skills Teachers for their support in this activity.

Mr John Couani - Principal


Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: St Pius X College – Mercy College – Amity Islamic College Social Justice, Pastoral Care and Religious Education gathering

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice

Mission & Identity

Term 3 has been another busy term with a focus on student formation. Years 10 and 11 have spent enriching days at Oxford Falls participating the last of their last Year 10 Reflection Days and Year 11 Retreat Days. The Year 12 Retreats are always such significant events that bring home the reality for students that their time at St Pius X College is coming to a close.

We pray that the Graduation Mass and celebrations will be a fitting farewell that truly recognises the contributions made by the Class of 2017.


You may remember that last year you were invited to participate in a survey concerning the EREA Charter and Touchstones. These ideas have formed part of a review that has seen a launch of the new Touchstones on September 11. The essence of the Touchstones remain the same as they are much valued by all EREA communities. There has been an updating of the images and an effort to ensure they are indeed authentic to the charter. These will be further reviewed in Term 4.


The visit by the Principal and staff at Amity College and Mercy College was a highlight of this week. We look forward to building partnerships with this Islamic School and exploring possibilities for collaborative activities in the area of Social Justice and Studies of Religion.


I hope the break will be an opportunity for both students and parents to relax and spend some quality time together.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

St Pius X College / Mercy College  / Amity Islamic College - Pastoral Care and Religious Education Gathering

On Monday staff from all three colleges met at St Pius X College for the first time and had discussions on the topic of “interfaith dialogue” followed by a lunch in the Principal's Courtyard and a tour of our College. Whilst many opportunities were discussed I am pleased to announce that all schools involved will now be working on beginning a number of projects in both Religious Education and Social Justice which will greatly benefit the educational experiences for students from all Colleges. Further details will follow next term as they emerge.



St Joseph’s fundraising raffle for a new Toyota Prado worth almost $70,000 continues. All monies raised go toward their new sports court and tickets are $50. If interested please follow the link: St Joseph's Walgett Sports Court Prado Raffle




The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September



Liam Knight, an ex-student of St Pius X College, invites all SPX families to get involved with his 2017 Walk Against Youth Violence. Please see his invitation and poster below containing details of the walk.





Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



Student & Parent Matters

Photo: RUOK Day - Friday 15th September

  • STOP PRESS:  Forest Coachlines advises Changes to School Student Travel in Term 4
  • From the Business Manager:  Term 4 Tuition Statements
  • From the Head of Staff Services:  Volunteering at the College
  • From the Head of Student Services:
    RUOK Day
    -    Year 9 Camps
    -    Edmund Rice Centre Dinner - 21st Birthday Celebration
    -    Running for Rowie
    -    The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk' - this Sunday 24th September
    -    'Clean Slate Without Prejudice' Boxing Opportunity in the holidays
     -    The Kings School National Boys' Education Conference
  • Special Blessing for HSC Students
  • Winter Sports Photo Orders
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018
  • Sarto Gym Holiday Session Times​
  • Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym ​
  • General Notices:  Holiday Programs and Go4Fun Fitness Program

Forest Coachlines: Term 4 Changes to Student Travel 

If your son travels to and from school on a Forest Coachlines bus please read carefully the following information provided to us this week.


"Due to a series of issues with school students choosing to travel on regular route buses where dedicated school routes are available, causing full buses and leaving regular commuters stranded, a series of changes to school student travel will be implemented from commencement  of Term 4, 2017.  These changes will affect the way your students travel.

  • Bus stop changes.
    • The dedicated St Pius school bus stop will be the stop on Anderson Street between Endeavour and Help Streets (Bus Stop No 206771) - see map below.
    • Only School buses will stop at this stop (and route buses where no alternative school bus is provided such as 277, 280 etc between 15:20 and 15:40).
    • Routes 281 and 283 will not stop at this stop, students are to use 293 and 254 respectively.
  • Junior students should use their normal services, however these will depart from the bus stop on Anderson after Help Street (Bus stop No 2067133) ­ See map attached.
  • No route buses or school buses will allow students to board from the Chatswood Interchange.
  • There will be a School student restriction on route 281 (dep 15:40) - All students are to use school route 293 (dep. 15:40) -This route follows the exact route of the 281.
  • There will be a school student restriction on route 283 (dep. 15:30) - All students are to use school route254 (15:35) -This route follows the exact route of the 283.
  • There will be no change to school route 266.
  • Students who catch regular route buses such as 280, 277, 278 etc will still be able to do so from both bus stops.
  • It is important that all students use their OPAL cards to account for exact patronage of dedicated school routes and other services."


Mr M Casey - Deputy Principal​

From the Business Manager

Tuition Statements for Term 4, 2017 will be emailed to all families this week.  If you do not receive your statement, please contact the Finance Office at [email protected].


Unless you have a payment arrangement in place with the College, and to avoid late fees, payment is due in full on the first day of Term 4 , Monday 9th October.

Mr N Carson - Business Manager

From the Head of Staff Services

Volunteering at the College

As the summer sports season begins and our other cocurricular activities continue through the year, a reminder about the processes required for Parent/Carer Volunteers at the College.

  • All parents and carers involved in supporting the work at the College should register their involvement with the Principal.
  • In some case, where parents are acting as Supervisors and working with students independently of College staff, or are in roles such as the College Uniform Shop, Canteen or Mentoring and Coaching of students, a Working With Children Check is required in accordance with the guidelines set by the ‘Office of the Children’s Guardian’ and as College Policy.
  • According to the Office of the Children’s Guardian, parents and carers who are supporting teams in which their own child is a member are exempt from a Working with Children’s Check.

More detailed information and the forms required are located on the College Website under the tab ‘Community Involvement’ and then under the heading ‘Parent and Carer College Volunteers’.


We thank you for your support of our various programs at the College and know that without the input of parents and carers, the life of the College would be very different indeed!


Enjoy the Spring break after what has no doubt been a busy Term 3.


Ms S Grove - Head of Staff Services

From the Head of Student Services


Congratulations to Mr McBrearty’s Year 12 MindMatters Student Empowerment Team led by College Captain Joe Unwin, Brandon Jubian and Tom Gazey who coordinated a memorable and impactful RUOK Day last Friday 15th September in support of positive mental health in our society . The morning Assembly, featuring the College Choir's rendition of “Hey Brother”, resonated perfectly with the message of guest speaker - our own 1st XV Rugby Coach, strength and conditioning trainer in the Sarto Centre Gym, ex NSW Rugby Player, Bobsled representative and more recently Ninja Warrior, Francis Cullimore. Francis spoke to the Assembly about his transitions and challenges faced throughout his childhood, athletic career and life and the need to:

  1. connect with others in positive significant and meaningful ways,  
  2. exercise, have a healthy diet and challenge yourself using healthy routines,
  3. seek qualified support with the help of your support network when you find yourself under mental stress, and
  4. show empathy rather than sympathy and walk life’s journeys with your companions.

Nick from Batyr - named after batyr (‘hero’), the talking elephant from Kazakhstan and referring to giving a voice to the elephant in the room - then joined our Year 8 14A and Chatswood Rugby Batyr ambassadors Lachlan Onslow and Zac Davidson and explained how their tour early in the year with the NSW Waratah team raised awareness about The Elephant in The Room: Mental Health concerns in Mudgee and Rural NSW. 

Classes then returned to their Pastoral Care rooms to watch a stimulus video and have a conversation around the St Pius X College contemporary whole-school approach to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our extended and inclusive community.

The message was a good, worthwhile and positive one for all our students and community.

Hope UROK.  Let's support each other positively regardless.



Year 9 Camps

Excitement grows as we begin our first full cohort use of Huntington House (or “Workul Koo”, meaning “One God”) in Week 1 next term.  Huntington House is a great facility we share with CBHS Lewisham and Year 9 Coordinator Mr Ticli and Outdoor Education Coordinator Mr De Silva will be facilitating activities including surfing lessons, paddleboarding, a bushwalk incorporating an indigenous awareness session with local elder Stuart McMinn, Reflection and Sustainability education. The groups will be working closely with James Cummins of the Positivity Project while on these formative “Rites of SPX Passage” events.

Year 9 Homeroom 1 will attend the first half of Week 1 Term 4 with Pastoral care staff Ms Fernando, Mr McBrearty, Mr Anderson and Mr Kovacic followed by Homeroom 5, with Homerooms 2 and 4 attending in Week 2 under Stage 5 Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Foord and Pastoral Care Staff Ms Doyle, Mr Olson, Mr Lacey and Mr Kennedy. Homeroom 3 attend Camp in Week 4 with Mr A Brannan, Mr Whelan and Mr O’Byrne allowing our Performing Arts Festivities to take precedence in Week 3.


Edmund Rice Centre Dinner 21st Birthday Celebration

With the Edmund Rice Centre for Social Justice, Homebush, celebrating its 21st Birthday last Friday week St Pius X College was well represented amongst a diverse gathering of Christian Brothers, Teaching Staff, Social Justice Advocates and Supporters of the Edmund Rice Centre. The keynote address was delivered by Senator Pat Dodson from Broome WA who Edmund Rice Centre Director Phil Glendenning AO considers the “Father of Reconciliation”.

Kaleb Taylor, Aboriginal Liaison Officer to Christian Brothers High School Lewisham and great friend of the College, led his Lewisham Team in an Acknowledgement of Country Ceremony conducted by Cassandra Gibbs of the Kamilaroi people from Goodooga, after a big effort in driving down that day. 


It was a great pleasure to catch up with Zaki Haidari, who now works at Canberra University and is well known to the College.  He is a fine example of positive outcomes in refugee integration into Australian society. Zaki visited us in May to watch Ms Fernando’s production of Boy Overboard, was the subject of Year 12 student Alex McLarty’s Art Major Work and is highly impressed with the social awareness and empathy of our students.


Running for Rowie

Congratulations to Ms Foord, Mr Russo and the Year 9/10 MindMatters Student Empowerment Team students who actively supported the Willoughby community event “Running for Rowie” as part of the Blackmores Running Festival last Sunday. Particular commendations to Tom Wong, Harry Rowe and Nick Slack among others who ran the event.  Our student team received huge commendations for the example they set in running the BBQ and hosting the children’s activities for the gathering back at Willoughby Bowling Club. The event raises money and awareness for services which support children during periods of loss and grief.



White Knight Walk

There is still an opportunity to take part in this walk from the Spit Bridge (Park on the Southern/ Mosman side) to Manly in support of Liam Knight’s Foundation which raises awareness and funds to generously support victims of violence in their rehabilitation. The walk takes place this Sunday with an 8.00 to 8.30am start and registration can be made via the website

Please see Mr Brannan if transport is required from Chatswood to the Spit (departing 7.30am from Chatswood) and then returning from Manly later in the day after the conclusion of the BBQ (adjacent to Manly Wharf).


Clean Slate Without Prejudice

Best wishes to the small band of Boxercise and socially-minded Years 9 and 10 students recruited by Ms Foord, our Years 9 and 10 Wellbeing Coordinator, to participate in the Redfern-based Clean Slate Without Prejudice Boxercise Program on both Fridays of the holidays.

The group will meet at Chatswood at 5.10am, travel to Redfern and meet with delegates of The Tribal Warrior Indigenous Education Group and Redfern Police to participate in this Boxercise session. “We learn by doing and empathy rather than sympathy”.  (Francis Cullimore - RUOK Day 2017)

Please see Ms Foord or Mr Brannan for more details.


The Kings School National Boys' Education Conference

Best wishes to Senior Studies Coordinator Mr Tony Cunneen and MindMatters Year 10 Student empowerment Team Facilitator Ms Veronica Kugananthan who have been invited to present at the Kings National Boys Education Conference on Monday 9th October. They will present on the highly regarded Year 12 Bush Retreat Program which Mr Cunneen has been successfully running at St Pius X College for over 20 years. The Bush Retreat program has added great value and been a significant rite of passage experience for generations of our students. It is fitting therefore that we share our insights from this element of our Pastoral care programs with other like-minded educational institutions through Mr Cunneen and Ms Kugananthans’ expertise.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Special Blessing for HSC Students

On Sunday 8th October at the 6:00pm Mass at Holy Spirit Parish, North Ryde we will be having a special blessing for all those students sitting their HSC exams. This will be an opportunity to pray for our parish students and continue to support them in prayer throughout their exams. A BBQ will be available at the conclusion of Mass. All students are invited so please spread the word to students you may know.


Winter Sports Photo Orders

All photo orders must be returned to the Silver Box outside the Finance Office by tomorrowThursday 21st September. Order forms can be collected from the Student Office.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator


Kokoda Track Expedition 2018

The Kokoda Track Expedition will take place from the 29th June to 8th July 2018.  The first of our training hikes is locked in for Sunday 8th October 2017 when we will be walking from Brooklyn to Cowan.  The walk is 13.4km with one big hill.  This is an opportunity for all prospective participants to meet, prepare and to discuss all aspects of the Kokoda Track Expedition 2018.


Details are as follows:

  • When:  Sunday 8th October 2017
  • Meet:    Cowan train station 7.20am (Train to Brooklyn/Hawkesbury River 7.36am; arrives7.45am)
  • Finish:   Cowan train station 1.00pm
  • Need:    3 litres of water (no water on route), hat, sunscreen, snacks, sense of humour

In the event of track work we can do a car shuffle to Brooklyn. In the event of track closures due to controlled burns we will decide on an alternate route. At this stage all communications will be via email.


Next Hikes:  Please note that I will confirm the following hikes as we move closer to the dates.

      2.             Sunday 5th November 2017

      3.             Sunday 4th February 2018

      4.             Sunday 4th March 2018

      5.             Sunday 1st April 2018

      6.             Sunday 6th May 2018

      7.             Sunday 3rd June 2018

If you are interested in being part of the Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 and are not already on the mailing list please contact the College Outdoor Education Coordinator or come along and join us on the hikes. All welcome to attend.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator


Sarto Gym Holiday Session Times

The Sarto Gym will be open on the following five mornings over the school break from 8.00am to 10.00am:

  • Monday 25th September
  • Wednesday 27th September
  • Friday 29th September
  • Wednesday 4th October
  • Friday 6th October

M M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster

Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym 

Please see details in the flyer below.


General Notices

  • Go4Fun FREE 10 Week Fitness Program:  Begins 11th October at Willoughby Park 

Go4Fun is a FREE program for children who are aged between 7-13 and above their ideal weight.  One in four Australian children are overweight or obese and this can lead to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To check if a child is above a healthy weight please go to the link below for the Go4Fun BMI calculator:


Fortunately many of the causes of overweight and obese children can be changed through diet and physical activity and Go4Fun produces significant results.  Please see the flyer below for details on how to register.


  • Glenaeon OOSH – Holiday Care Program
    Please see the flyer below for details.


  • World Education Program Australia are currently looking for volunteer host families for overseas high school students arriving in Australia in early 2018. Hosting provides Australian families with an opportunity to experience a real cultural exchange from right here, at home.  To find out more you can request a free information pack on the website,


for Students & Families

Photo: Boxercise for Health & Wellbeing

  • Parenting Course for Parents of Teens
  • The White Knight Foundation Walk Against Youth Violence - Sunday 24th September
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX


'Tuning into Teens': Emotionally Intelligent Parenting 

Five-session parenting course for parents of TEENS - Chatswood & Brookvale locations

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively with your teenager?
  • Understand your teenager?
  • Help your teenager with emotional intelligence and managing emotions?
  • Prevent some teenager behaviour problems?
  • Teach your teenager to deal with conflict?


The White Knight Foundation

Walk Against Youth Violence this Sunday 24th September

Liam Knight, an ex-student of St Pius X College, invites all SPX families to get involved again with the 2017 Walk Against Youth Violence. This event will take place this Sunday 24th September beginning at 8.00am. The walk will be from the Spit to Manly, a 10km picturesque walk. For more information please see the Social Justice page of this newsletter or visit the website:

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 Events

Photo: Year 5 Family Day - Saturday 23rd September

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)


6th November 2016

The P&F AGM will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre.  In accordance with the P&F Constitution, all positions on the P&F Executive Committee become vacant at the AGM. 


Although each current member of the committee is eligible to stand for re-election, the P&F always welcomes new members to the committee.  Being a committee member is a rewarding way for parents to be more involved in the College and to have a direct say in the decisions and outcomes of the P&F, representing all parents of the College and contributing to the College and the students and conducting social activities for the parents. 


After five years as President, Paul Hunt has determined not to stand for re-election as President at this AGM.  However he will continue to assist the P&F whilst his son is in Year 12 in 2018.  Whilst some parents have already expressed interest, each person interested in the position of President is invited to speak to Paul Hunt on 0400 503 074 and/or St Pius X College Principal John Couani.   


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Senior Resource Centre: new audiobook collection

  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Senior Resource Centre:
    -   New Audio-Book Collection
    -   Save the Date:  Cricket & Croissants for Fathers & Sons on Friday 20th October


Giant Timelines

Year 7 and 8 History students have started learning about the fascinating history of Medieval Japan. Last week in class some very adventurous students took to the playground to teach their peers about the history of Japan by drawing a giant timeline in chalk. Students worked in small groups to research one period or event from Medieval Japan, such as the Mongol invasions or Tokugawa Shogunate. Every group worked extremely well to then transfer as much of their research as possible onto a section of the timeline. Turns out chalk is not the easiest medium to write with!

The timeline did not last long once lunch came round and the handball games started but students had a great time learning in a different environment and can now consider themselves experts in various historical periods of Japan.


Ms S Allington - History Teacher


Performing Arts  


Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will be attending the next Concert in the series TOMORROW NIGHT, 6.30pm at the Opera House. There will be no interval for this concert so the finish time will be 8.00pm.




Best wishes to the Senior Jazz Band and their Director Mr Geoff Power for their performance at this prestigious event on Monday October 2nd (second Monday of the holidays). The boys will be performing on the “Stars of the Future” stage opposite the Manly Council chambers between 10.00am and 10.45am. It is always a wonderful morning of great music and we look forward to seeing many parents and friends there supporting our students.



The Annual General Meeting of the Performing Arts Parents Association will take place on Wednesday 11th October, commencing at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Parking will be available in the Junior School yard. Parents of all boys who participate in Music and Drama at the College are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.



This Festival which is held annually will take place in Week 3 of Term 4. Each night starts at 5.30pm and parking is available in the College yard. The specific day for each tutor is listed below, along with the venue. Any student who learns an instrument outside the College who would like to participate must see Ms Bates BEFORE the end of the week. Entries WILL NOT be accepted at the start of next term.


Monday 23 October            Strings and Voice            Talati S and Goodwin                      BMR

Monday 23 October            Woodwind                          Andrews and Dollin                         Gym

Tuesday 24 October           Percussion                          Lewandowski and Talati I             BMR

Tuesday 24 October           Brass                                     Power, Sismey, Blunt, Talati S     Gym

Wednesday 25 October    Music Production            Cummins                                               BMR

Thursday 26 October        Piano                                     Gan, Waddington                              BMR

Thursday 26 October        Guitar                                    Cranney, Cummins, Talati S         Gym

Friday 27 October              Theatre Sports                  Fernando                                              Sarto Centre



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Senior Resource Centre

Now Hear This!  

Classic or crime, action or adventure? Did you know that this holidays you can listen to over 800 hundred titles of just about any book you can imagine reading? If you haven’t read them, you can now listen to them. On a car trip, the whole family can share the enjoyment of listening to a great book.


The new audiobook collection is part of our ebook library and it is regularly updated with new releases. Recently the entire Harry Potter series was added and it is read by Stephen Fry, making the experience sound better than you can imagine! There is something for everyone and it is simple to access.


  1. Download ePlatform free from your favourite app store.
  2. Find Your Library by entering 'St Pius X College'
  3. Enter your school computer username and the password - stpiusx (don’t tell anyone)
  4. Borrow and listen!

A tip: Fantasy fans would love Garth Nix’ Old Kingdom series - all five in the series sound great.


Let the library know what you enjoyed next term and have a great holiday listen.

Please contact me, if you have any questions about this, [email protected]


SAVE THE DATE:  Cricket & Croissants for Fathers & Sons on Friday 20th October

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian

Learning Support
& Enrichment


  • New Touch Typing & Handwriting Intake for Term 4
  • How parents can help with homework
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

New Touch Typing & Handwriting Intake for Term 4

These are intensive small group courses, open to all students in Years 5-10, who are interested in improving vital writing and typing skills, which can only enhance performance at school. 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 Term 4 only, the course will run for 7 sessions and at a reduced rate of $280.00 for new students (normally $320 for the regular 8 session term).

Students who have attended these courses in the past and would like to again build on their skills, are also welcome to register. To assist parents and carers, any continuing students are eligible for a discount. Please contact Anna for more details.

ALL courses begin Week 2 of Term 4 (week beginning Monday 16th October).

Once registered and enrolled, Anna will confirm and advise parents and boys about all the details closer to time.

All classes run from 3.20pm – to 4.30pm and are held in LC2 (Leary Room 2), D Block.

Students undertaking touch typing will need to bring their PLDs for the touch typing course and all students will be encouraged to bring along a drink and snack if required.

See the flyers below for registration and enrolment details and send your queries to [email protected] or JRahe[email protected]


How parents can help with homework


Thursday Enrichment Club

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10

St Pius X College will be running a regular Enrichment Club each Thursday at lunchtime in LC2 to promote opportunities for interested students who want to extend their thinking skills, enjoy learning and research challenges, and would like to mix with other boys who share these interests, in an informal and fun environment.

The Club will provide opportunities for students to work both independently and in teams on various enrichment activities, competitions including Da Vinci, and challenges that draw on a wide range of subject areas, and which will require students to make use of a wide range of skills and interests – including  critical thinking, problem-solving, creative writing, applied maths and science, design and computing skills, philosophy and ethics, politics, religion, history, literature, drama and more.

Activities will include a mix of free choice and structured tasks, vocabulary games, word puzzles and speech-making, optional competition entry opportunities – some requiring pre-selection and trialling, as well as self-generated research questions and topics of interest. There is no cost for joining the Enrichment Club, except for any competition entries which selected students may choose to participate in,  and students will be well advised about these and parent permission notes sent home before time, whenever these opportunities arise.

If interested, please meet Ms Raheb-Mol each Thursday lunchtime in LC2. Due to the Year 11 exam block, Enrichment Club will start Week 9 of Term 3. See you there boys!

For further queries about Enrichment Club, please contact Ms Raheb-Mol at the College, or via email on [email protected]


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



  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Year 12 Career Advice Service

Important dates:

  • HSC results released (NESA)– Thursday 14th December
  • ATAR results (UAC)  - Friday 15th December


The Career Advisory Service is operating again this year to give assistance and advice between the 18th and 20th December for HSC students and parents who have questions about study options for 2019. This is a free service offered by the NSW Department of Education.

For more information or call 1300 300 687 (Opens on 18th December).


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Basketball - Holiday Training Camps


  • Basketball
  • Cricket 
  • Rugby:  Rugby Supporters' Club AGM


Spring Holiday training camps.  These holidays we will be running training sessions for all age groups at school in Chatswood. All sessions are run by AUSA Hoops professional coaches and are designed to be fun whilst developing the skills of our players in preparation for our coming season. I hope to see as many of our players as possible at the sessions.

Price Change. The College can subsidise the Spring Holiday Training Sessions and the costs have been reduced. Any parents who have already paid will be refunded the excess payment.

The Years 5, 6 and 7 sessions are from 9:00am – 3:00pm and cost $40 for the whole day. The Senior sessions cost $20 for 3 hrs.

The table below shows age groups and times. There are number limits to the sessions so get in early. Please use the Trybooking link to book sessions: 



The First Round of the ISA season is Saturday 21st October. Training for all teams will start the first week back next term. Students who do not have a Basketball uniform will need to purchase a singlet and shorts from the Uniform Shop. Students will be allocated a playing number. All students must wear the College Basketball shorts - Football shorts are not to be worn. I will be emailing draws out to parents. The training schedule can be found below.

(Please note the Uniform Shop opening hours are Monday to Wednesday from 8.00am to 2.00pm during term time. The shop will also be open on Friday 6th October from 9.30am until 2.00pm.)

Training Schedule:

Mr N Gibson - Convenor



Reminder:  All players are to attend training and be attired in the correct uniform.  SPX cricket shorts are available from the Uniform Shop. (Please note the Uniform Shop opening hours are Monday to Wednesday from 8.00am to 2.00pm during term time. The shop will also be open on Friday 6th October from 9.30am until 2.00pm. )


ISA Squad Holiday Matches. The ISA Squad has a number of trail matches these holidays prior to selection of the 1st and 2nd XI for the beginning of the ISA season.

  • Wednesday 4 October – 1st and 2nd XI v St Aloysius College at Oxford Falls
  • Thursday 5 October – 1st XI v Sydney CC at Oxford Falls
  • Friday 6 October – 1st and 2nd XI v Shore at Shore


Results for 16th September and Fixtures for 23rd September:

Match Reports:


Mr D Reay - Convenor



Rugby Supporters' Club AGM

The SPX Rugby Supporters’ Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th October at The Willoughby Hotel (first floor).

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


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Junior Athletics

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News


Please check your son’s summer uniform as they do tend to grow at this age and it may not fit.  The Uniform Shop will be open on Friday 6th October from 9.30am until 2.00pm.



Congratulations to the Personal Best athletes - all of them!  Well done to Zac Flynn, Joel Austin, Ryan Jom, Will Slocombe and PJ Marren.  They are now in the CIS team for the State Championships.  Mr Virgona will supply the technical details in the Sports Section below.



Congratulations to the following boys who received a Distinction in the recent ICAS English Competition:  Eliot Sanders, Patrick Frost, Patrick Felice, Aidan Mensforth, Samuel Hollinger, Maxwell Forbes, Zac Hollinger, Jack Lonergan, Andrew Bradford and Justin Boustani.



The Bebras Challenge is an international challenge run by the CSIRO that tests Computational Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in the participants, which is part of the skillset required in the new Digital Technology Curriculum.  The Challenge was run in the Junior School for a two week period from end of 30 August to 8 September, where students are given 50 minutes to complete 15 problem solving challenges.

We have some stars, with 13 boys in both Years 5 and 6 achieving a DISTINCTION grade, and three boys coming equal first. We also had 60 students achieving a CREDIT grade and a further 27 achieving a MERIT grade.  Congratulations to the following boys who received a Distinction.




Please remember to bring in donations.



A Family Fun Day for Year 5 families is planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park in 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)


If you are going away in the holidays please be safe on the roads.  Remember you have precious cargo, your son and yourself. Thanking you for your support.


Mr Tim Long - Head of Junior School



Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: on at Oxford Falls with Summer Sport training continuing for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.


Year 5 Parents: At this stage I need to plan for Saturday Sport in 2018. I require all Year 5 boys to complete their Online Sport Preference Form for 2018. Relevant information is on the school website under General Sport Notices.  The online form can also be accessed directly by clicking this link:


Athletics: Some fantastic results at the CIS Athletics Carnival last week. The following athletes qualify for the PSSA (State Champs) as top 3 finishers in finals. We wish them well as they prepare for this 2 day event in mid-October.

  • Zac Flynn - 2nd in the Final of 12-13yrs 200m in 26.98 sec (PB) 
  • PJ Marren - 3rd in the Final of 8-10 yrs 200m in 28.73 sec (PB)
  • Senior Relay Team (Joel Austin, Zac Flynn, Ryan Jom, Will Slocombe) - 2nd in the Final of the Senior 4 x 100m in 53.33 sec (shaving 3 seconds off their previous best).
  • Honourable mention to our Junior Relay boys who qualified second fastest for the Junior 4 x 100m final in 58.70 (a time that would have seen them on the podium and go through to State). Unfortunately the 59.58 they produced in the Final saw them place 4th and narrowly miss selection.


Swimming: Our Thursday Sport Swim Program begins in November.  Please return the Grading Form (Year 5 students) and SEA Australia Waiver (Year 6 students).


NSTA Tennis: Grading for the new Term 4 Season will be completed tomorrow. The season begins on 14th October and relevant information including team lists and a draw will be disseminated to players after the grading meeting.


Basketball: Spring holiday sessions are running these holidays. Follow the link to enrol:

Team lists for the Term 4 Season will go online prior to terms end with the season draw and information letter also available ( The first game of season is on Saturday 14th October.


Softball: A season draw and team list will be available in the next fortnight: ( The first game of the Term 4 season is on Saturday 14th October.


Winter Sport/Co-curricular Photos: Our Winter Sport/Co-curricular photos have now been taken. Hard copies of the order forms were given to students and are due back to the Student Office by the end of this term. Additional forms are available from the Student Office if required.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster
  • Uniform Shop:  The Uniform Shop will be open on the last day of the holidays, Friday 6th October,  from 9.30am until 2.00pm.​

              Students return to school in Term 4 on Monday 9th October in full Summer Uniform.

              Summer School & Sports Uniform  now available .


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop

PLEASE NOTE:  The Uniform Shop will be open on the last day of the holidays, Friday 6th October,  from 9.30am until 2.00pm.





  • Students return to school for the start of Term 4 on Monday 9th October in full Summer Uniform.
  • Summer School & Sports Uniform  now available .


The College Uniform Shop stocks a range of gift items:


- Golf umbrellas  $30

- Coffee mugs $15

- Lanyards $5

- Aprons $20

- Scarf $20

- Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​








  • 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.  


Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
Careers Newsletter September 13.pdf
Careers Newsletter Sept 20.pdf
St Pius Spring Holiday Training.pdf
Cricket Match Reports & Photos.pdf
Cricket Match Reports.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 4 2017.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting program Term 4 2017.pdf
What parents can do to help with Homework.pdf
District MWJCA 2017.pdf
Tuning into Teens Chatswood T4 2017 flyer.doc
Tuning into Teens T4 2017 flyer - Chats & Brookvale.doc
WKF Invitation to Walk Against Youth Violence.pdf
Glenaeon Holiday Activities.pdf