St Pius X College Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events

Friday 10th March

Year 10 Reflection Day #1

FInals CSDA Public Speaking


Saturday 11th March



Wednesday 15th March

Years 5 & 6 Bible Liturgy


Friday 17th March

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Opens Rugby Camp at Huntington House to 19/3


Saturday 18th March

***COLLEGE OPEN DAY 10am - 2pm***


Sunday 19th March

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 20th March 

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #1



Tuesday 21st March

Basketball Presentation Night

Wednesday 22nd March

Summer Sports Photos

Staff Meeting

Friday 24th March

Year 11 Retreat Day

P&F Cocktail Party


Saturday 25th March

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


Monday 27th March

Year 12 Exams begin 


Tuesday 28th March

Drama Production 'Boy Overboard' until 30/3


Wednesday 29th March

Years 5 & 6 Camps until Friday 31st March

ISA Swimming Carnival

From the Principal     

Photo: College Open Day Saturday 18th March 2017

  • PRAYER:  International Women's Day
  • P&F Meeting on Monday 7th March
  • P&F Cocktail Party - CHANGE OF VENUE - Friday 24th March in the College Gym
  • 'Boy Overboard' - Tickets now on sale
  • Pius in Profile - Autumn Edition
  • College Open Day - Saturday 18th March 2017
  • 2019 Enrolments
  • Expressions of Interest - Part-Time Maintenance Work




Loving God, we celebrate your faithfulness and love.

On this day we commit ourselves to the promotion of the full humanity of all women everywhere.

We know that whatever denies, diminishes, or distorts the full humanity of women is not of God.

Help us to be faithful to your call to love.


(Adapted from:  Education for Justice)




P&F Meeting Monday

Thank you to all the parents who came to the meeting on Monday evening 7th March. Mr Tim Long presented on the start for the school year in the Junior School.

I offer my appreciation to all members of the P&F for the very successful start to the year and we look forward to the Cocktail Party on Friday 24 March. This will now be held in the Gym at the Chatswood Campus.


P&F Cocktail Party - Friday 24th March


The annual P&F Cocktail party is always fun and a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones.  This year we've changed the venue to the School Gym at Chatswood.  The cost is $40 per head which includes cocktail food and drinks.  You can RSVP at Trybooking by clicking here.  I hope to see you there!


"Boy Overboard" - Tickets Now on Sale

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


Pius in Profile

The Autumn 2017 edition of Pius In Profile has been released this week and I commend it to you.  It is very colourful and informative and highlights the energetic and diverse activities across the school.  I particularly thank and commend Mrs Julie Ingram who compiles this edition and Mrs Linda Gregor who is our graphic artist.   This latest edition of Pius in Profile can be found on the College website:


College Open Day - Saturday 18th March 2017

The College Open Day welcomes current families and prospective enrolments.  The Chatswood Campus will be open from 10am until 2pm with the Principal's Address at 12 noon and the Treacy Complex at Oxford Falls will be open from 8am until 12 noon.


Please click on the flyer below for details:


Enrolment Applications for Years 5, 6 & 7 in 2019

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

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

and application information will be posted to you.


Expressions of Interest

With some of the College's Maintenance and Caretaker staff taking leave this year we are seeking Expressions of Interest for some part-time work in this area.  Please contact Jim Olson, Resources & Facilities Coordinator, via  [email protected] or 0407 664 090 for further details.


Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: International Women's Day Assembly

  • From the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

              Lent and Preparation for Easter

              International Women's Day

              Year 7 - Scripture Quote

  • From the Social Justice Coordinator 

              Project Compassion

              The $505 Homeroom Challenge

              The Edmund Rice Society


Mission & Identity

As we enter the second week of Lent it is important for us to be mindful of our preparation for Easter. Traditionally we are called to live a more simple life and as our Project Compassion theme encourages us ‘to love our neighbour’. Giving up meat on Fridays has always been a popular choice but as Mr Brannan told us last week at our Ash Wednesday Liturgies, we are also called to give an act of kindness not only to others but within our community. He said that if every person did one kind act every day, we would transform our community and in fact the world.


Today, Wednesday 8th March, is International Women’s Day. At our Assembly this week, led by female staff, we learnt about the important role that Nano Nagle played in the call of Blessed Edmund Rice to bring education to the poor boys of Waterford. Her own ministry in establishing the Presentation Sisters inspired Edmund to enter into religious life and build a community of men that would change the lives of those in such challenging circumstances.  In solidarity, purple ribbons were available for students to wear or put on their diaries or bags in respect for equality for all people.



Year 7 have been busy engaging with the scripture quote the Parable of the Sower/Soils from Matthew 13:1-23. Students are encouraged to let their efforts be planted in Good Soil as they need to learn to persevere through adversity, strive to attain full maturity and fruitfulness and sow indiscriminately as they don’t know what challenges they will face. This scripture quote is also integrated into the Pastoral Care Theme: Belonging to a Team.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Social Justice

Project Compassion continues to raise funds for our neighbours in the Philippines, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Fiji through homeroom collections conducted by our Year 12 students as well as our weekly BBQ run by the Edmund Rice Society and our Year 12 leaders. The BBQ will be selling hash browns and pancakes again this Friday before school in front of the gym, so please come and support these students.

Congratulations to 6 Blue for being the first class to reach the $505 homeroom challenge!  They have won themselves a pizza and soft drink party for their swift and generous efforts. The Edmund Rice Society is now sponsoring 2nd and 3rd prizes for the next two homerooms to reach the $505 Homeroom Challenge target, so keep an eye on the tally board in the foyer.


The Edmund Rice Society have been very busy in their weekly meetings. The junior school members have been planning shapes for the 'Indigenous Creatures' jigsaw puzzles we are making for St Joseph’s Walgett and St Mary’s Bowraville, whilst the Years 7 – 11 members begin making skateboard decks for the Haven Education Centre Terrigal. Our leaders - Jack, James, Matthew and Luca - have been doing a great job of leading the meetings with prayer, the life of Blessed Edmund Rice and discussions on social justice issues.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

Student/Parent/Old Boys' Matters

Photo: Edmund Rice Beyond Borders: VIisit from Mr Bruno Cazzuli, Uruguay


  • From the Enrolment Registrars:  

               College Open Day on Saturday 18th March

               2019 Enrolments for Years 5, 6 & 7

  • Year 11 Study Day #1
  • Edmund Rice Beyond Borders:  Visit from Mr Bruno Cazzuli, Uruguay
  • Years 9 & 10 Masculinity Forum
  • Summer Sports Photos
  • Old Boys' News:

                 SPX Old Boys' Association AGM:  new Committee Members appointed

                 Old Boys' 80th Anniversary Dinner:  Friday 1st September

  • Holy Family Lindfield Art Show & Fair this weekend - opens this Friday 10th March
  • FREE Go4Fun Fitness Program for 7-13 year olds


College Open Day - Saturday 18th March

The College Open Day welcomes current families and prospective enrolments.  The Chatswood Campus will be open from 10am until 2pm with the Principal's Address at 12 noon and the Treacy Complex at Oxford Falls will be open from 8am until 12 noon.


Please click on the flyer below for details:


2019 Enrolments

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

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

and application information will be posted to you.

Ms C Jennings & Ms M King - Enrolment Registrars

Information for Year 10 Parents

A reminder to parents that the Year 10 Reflection Day will take place at Oxford Falls this Friday.  Our guest presenter on the day is Paul Wade, ex-Socceroo captain.
Casual clothes and enclosed footwear to be worn.  Lunch will be provided but the boys need to bring their own recess.

Boys living close to Oxford Falls may make their own way there; however they must be at Oxford Falls no later than 9:40am and a parent note is required.  The boys will be dismissed from school at approximately 2:50 pm.

Mr Pawlak - Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 Study Day #1

Last Friday, Year 11 had the first of their three scheduled Study Days for the year. Under leaden and occasionally torrentially skies the students worked throughout the day at Oxford Falls to begin the task of acquiring and refining the skills necessary for success at the HSC.  One aspect of those skills is the ability to relax and recharge, Mr Russo, ran the students through some exercise both physical and mental to assist this.


My especial thanks to Mr Cunneen who coordinated and ran the sessions and the Homeroom staff who also had a considerable input to the day. 

Mr B Batchelor - Year 11 Year Coordinator


Edmund Rice Beyond Borders

Visit from Mr Bruno Cazzuli, Head History Teacher Stella Maris Christian Brothers College, Montevideo, Uruguay

After two years of email and skype communications between our Year 5 and 7 RE students, over ways in which we each uphold the values of Edmund Rice through the touchstones, St Pius X College had the great opportunity to host Bruno last Friday.


I am pleased to report that Bruno thoroughly enjoyed and was overwhelmed by the hospitality extended to him from our students and College, right up to Mr Couani providing him with Honorary Staff Membership by giving him the staff rainjacket off his back. He also received our Year 7 RE student exchange Touchstone Posters, an Indigenous Art Reconciliation 1st XV Jersey, and a Pink Breast Cancer Fundraising 1st XI Cricket Cap for his Principal, Ms Patricia de Leon, at the College Assembly.


Bruno was impressed by and addressed a number of Year 5 -8 RE Classes (Mr Brannan, Mr Kovacevic, Mr McBrearty and Mr Carroll and Ms Guerrera, Ms Whelan and Ms Williams) and Mr Quilty’s Year 12 Business Studies Class. Bruno explained the history of his School as a famous, now co ed, Edmund Rice school in Uruguay, with its Old Boys and Girls Club “The Old Christians” involved in a plane crash in the Andes in 1972. Its social justice outreach programs include: Los Treboles (Shamrocks) and Madres se la Cruz (Mothers of the Cross) education Centres for disadvantaged (low SES) students in Montevideo, Nuestra Hijos (Ours Sons’) Library and Scholarship Centre honouring those sons that didn’t return from the plane crash; and a Boxing Gym for the disadvantaged youth of Montevideo.


Our Year 5 and 7 RE students are now charged with the challenge of communicating with our Spanish speaking Edmund Rice cousins in their second language: English, to explain what our lives and school are like, and how we as a College, uphold the values of Edmund Rice.


Bruno was overwhelmed again by the number of cheers and high fives he received from our students in the 3.15pm exit foyer, as well as the roof raising war cry from Mr Carroll and Mrs Williams’ Year 5 classes in Period 6. He couldn’t help but be impressed and is eagerly looking forward to the St Pius Inaugural Tour to South America for Rugby, Football, Basketball, Surfing, and to climb Machu Pichu, possibly to coincide with World Youth Day Panama 2019.  Any takers?

Gracias Senors!

Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services


Year 9 & 10 Masculinity Forum

32 students from Years 9 and 10 stuents attended our Masculinity Forum run by Tom Bell (of REACH and SOAR Foundations and Man Up series connections) last Thursday which was organised by College Counsellor Ms Joe McCarthy and jointly sponsored by The SPX  P&F and Old Boys' Association.  The workshop challenged our students to analyse and develop their concept of masculine identity in contemporary society in an honest and forthright manner.


This group of Year 9 and 10 Peer Leaders, MindMatters students and Co-curricula Captains are examples of the positive distribution of leadership within our Stage 5 Cohort and have the capacity to lead evolving culture in this important contemporary area of concern and celebration of the positive concepts around masculinity, young-men’s identity and health in society.


Thanks go to Ms McCarthy, Mr Ticli, Ms Kugananthan, Ms Foord and Mr Lynch for organising this event.

Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services


Summer Sports Photos

Summer Sports Photos (Junior and Senior) will be taken on Wednesday 22nd March during Periods 1, 2 and 3 in the Junior School Yard. Sports involved are Cricket, Basketball, Swimming, Squash, Softball and NSTA Tennis (Summer Comp only). All students are required to wear their full kits for their sports except Swimming and Squash who will be required to wear their Summer uniform. 1st XI and 2nd XI Cricketers must wear their Cricket Cap and the College Blazer over their whites. If a students does not have the correct uniform they will not be allowed in the photo.


All students must bring their ID card to the photos. Students will be given an order form on the day of the photos.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator

Old Boys' News


The SPX Old Boys' AGM conducted last Thursday evening saw a timely changing of the guard with long serving stalwart Mr Chuck Kilby (Old Boy 1981), father of Charles Jnr and Lucas, stepping aside to allow Mr Brad Hall (1986, with a son in Year 6) and Mark Santone (1986) onto the committee.

President Mr David Bullard (1982), Secretary: Jeff Clarke, Treasurer: John Reid, and members Barry Wong, and Bill Gleeson remain, and look forward to a range of support from Old Boys, Parents and Students over the Winter BBQ Season to support the range of scholarships, sponsorships, leader speechcraft courses, expeditions, camps, sports tours, drama and musical contributions and structures to which they contribute. With the 80th Celebrations of the College culminating in the Annual Old Boys' Dinner on Friday 1st September, we anticipate hosting good numbers and a lively enthusiastic event. Keep posted for details.



A timely reminder that, in this the 80th Anniversary of the College, we plan to host the Annual Old Boys' Dinner on the first Friday in September.  Festivities are planned to commence with an afternoon tour of the College followed by a Mass in Our Lady of Dolours Church, a quick showcase of the Music Twilight Concert. and then transport to Oxford Falls for a look at the facilities there before dinner. Stay tuned to the SPX Old Boys' communication and website  for more details and advance bookings.

Mr Sean Brannan

on behalf of Br Carl Sherrin, patron of The SPX Old Boys Association and College Archivist


Holy Family Lindfield Art Show & Fair This Weekend


FREE Go4Fun Family Healthy Lifestyle Program 

Term 2 - Hornsby

If you would like to see your child:

  • Getting active every day
  • Spending less time watching TV or on the computer each day
  • Drinking more water and less sugar-sweetened drinks OR
  • Eating nutritious food

please click on the flyer below:


MindMatters for Families

Photo: MindMatters Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing Activity

  • Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing Activity
  • Before-School Boxercise

Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing Activity

I am pleased to report on the overwhelming success of Mr Russo’s first MindMatters Peer Mentoring Rockclimbing afternoon for the year last Thursday. Despite the 28 seater minibus’ battery letting us down we ferried over 50 Year 5-7 students and their Senior Student Mentors to Artarmon Climb Fit Centre for an after school rockclimbing session that was a hive of activity.


Well done to Messrs Russo, Virgona, Stollery, Ten Seldam, Ms Allington and Ms Kugananthan and the many senior students who led the way in belaying their enthusiastic junior mentees throughout the afternoon.

We look forward to a repeat event in coming weeks followed by our MindMatters Paddle Boarding, Beachwalk, Bushwalk and possibly Canoe or Warrumbungles tour later in the year. Contact Mr Russo, Mr Brannan or members of the Wellbeing Team for further information.

Mr Sean Brannan

On behalf of the SPX Wellbeing Team


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

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P & F  News 

P&F Cocktail Party


The annual P&F Cocktail party is loads of fun - a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones - and this year we've changed the venue to the School Gym at Chatswood. 


Cost is $40 per head which includes cocktail food, beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks.  You can RSVP at Trybooking by clicking here. We hope to see you on the 24th March.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News


  • Ancient History
  • Chess
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award - Adventurous Journeys 2017
  • Library News - Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

Year 12 Ancient History

This week we were fortunate enough to have Dr Estelle Lazer speak to our Year 12 Ancient History class about her work at Pompeii. Dr Lazer is an internationally renowned archaeologist who has developed ground-breaking research about life and death in Pompeii. She talked to students about how the site of Pompeii has been managed, and the impact on archaeology and research.

Dr Lazer’s work was recently featured in the documentary “New Secrets of Pompeii” with Mary Beard. The students found her talk invaluable, and she was very generous with her time and expertise. Her visit was a highlight for the class.

Ms A Gripton


Two weeks of chess training have occurred and there has been a steady stream of boys in attendance. It is not too late for any student to come along and trial Chess as their choice of extracurricular activity. We would like to especially encourage more participants from Year 10 and 12.

Training is on Mondays 3.30-4.30 in D block. Friday games commence in Term 2. If you have any questions please speak to Ms Ramsey or Ms Dempsey.

Ms D Ramsey & Ms J Dempsey 

Duke of Edinburgh Award


Training will begin for our new Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students on Monday 13th March in A3 from 3.30 – 4.30 pm. This training is in preparation for their Adventurous Journey. Due to risk minimisation considerations, students who do not complete this 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. A permission note can be collected from Mr de Silva and students are advised to read the school daily notices.


Training will continue for our Silver and Gold participants in preparation for their Adventurous Journey at the end of Term 1. The proposed dates are as follows:

Term 1 Wk10  Gold/Silver  Friday 7/4 – Monday 10/4                    Students require 8 hour days over 3 nights

Term 2 Wk4    Bronze           Saturday 20/5 – Sunday 21/5             Students require 6 hour days over 1 night

Term 3 Wk3    Bronze           Saturday 5/8 – Sunday 6/8                  Students require 6 hour days over 1 night

Term 3 Wk8    Silver              Fri afternoon 8/9 – Sunday 10/9       Students require 7 hour days over 2 nights

Term 4 Wk8     Gold               Yr11   Snowy Hike  1/12 - 7/12           Students require 8 hour days over 3 nights


Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator



Library News 

The 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is on:  START READING NOW!

The Challenge opened on Monday 6th March and incredibly, a day later, one Year 7 student has completed the Challenge. How is this possible? Books read after the last Challenge closes can count towards this year’s Challenge.


Research shows that ‘free choice’ and ‘reading for pleasure’ are key to reading success. The PRC Reading List of over 7000 titles offers plenty of choice to encourage a love of reading and to experience quality literature. The PRC challenges each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. Completing or achieving a personal best in this year’s PRC will be a focus of library classes.

Students from Years 5 to 9 have until the 25 August 2017 to read 20 books and record their reading on the PRC website. To assist this, all students were sent their PRC passwords in their school email.

Parental support, interest and encouragement positively contributes to reading success with the PRC. A ‘Tips for Parents guide…’  in helping their child through the Challenge can be found below.

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian

Performing Arts


Parents of boys who participate in the Performing Arts program at the College are warmly invited to attend the next meeting TONIGHT at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Junior School yard.



Boy Overboard will be staged in the Sarto Centre from Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th March at 7.00pm. Tickets are NOW on sale. Please go to: Seating is limited and tickets will NOT be sold at the door. PAPA will be hosting a light supper at intermission.


Each student who participates in Music or Drama at the College is charged this levy. For 2017 it is $220.00. This amount will appear (along with instrument hire if applicable) on the next account sent to parents from the Finance Office.



The first workshop for the year will be held on Sunday 19th March in the Band Room. The full Orchestra will rehearse from 10.30 – 12.00pm and the strings will have an additional half hour finishing at 12.30pm.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will attend a series of evening concerts through-out the year. The first is on Thursday 23rd  March. A permission note has been sent home with all the details.


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Public Speaking & Debating


Last Friday 3rd March Cameron Bragg, James Baldock, Josh Jones and Andrew Jackson competed in the CSDA Public Speaking Round 1 competition at Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich.  All students presented tremendous speeches, with special mention to Cameron Bragg who was presenting for the very first time and against Year 9 students.  Congratulations to all speakers, especially to Andrew Jackson who moves to the next round this Friday at Riverview. 

  • March 10 -   Zone Final
  • March 17 -   Final



Students will be meeting with their coaches this week to confirm training times. Debaters need to read the Daily Notices to ensure that they do not miss this first debating meeting. Training from 3.30-5pm on Friday 17th March is expected for all teams.  Registration forms are at the front office now.  Students need to complete the form and return it to the box marked “Public Speaking and Debating” on the front verandah.  Students need to watch Daily Notices regularly as Coaches will be contacting their teams early next week to organise training times.


The 2017 CSDA competition dates are below.  St Pius X College will host as many of these rounds as possible as home events are easier for our parents.


Term 2:

Round 1    April 28

Round 2    May 5

Round 3    May 12

Round 4    May 19

Round 5    May 26

Round 6    June 2

Elimination Round 1    June 16

Elimination Round 2    June 23

Term 3:

Quarterfinal    July 21

Semi-final        July 28

Grand Final     August 3


If you want to be a part of the terrific St Pius X College debating community it is essential that you attend ALL of the first six rounds.  If your team makes it through to the Elimination round (and beyond) you also need to keep the above dates free.

Our senior students act as coaches/supporters for our junior teams.  We are also lucky enough to have ex-students to work with the junior teams as the younger students really enjoy contact with our ex-debating “champions”.



St Pius X College participates in the School’s Debating Network (SDN) Competition. Schools include Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville College, Stella Maris, Monte and Wenona. This 7 round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.


Round 1     -    21st July, Roseville College hosting St Pius X College

Round 2     -    28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X College

Round 3     -    4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College

Round 4     -    11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona

Round 5     -    18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte

Round 6      -   25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X College

Round 7      -   2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College

Tiebreaker -   8th September, hosted by St Pius X College

Final             -    15th September, hosted by Monte


The fee for the CSDA extra-curricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term Two school fees.  This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hiring in order to get to our away venues.  We keep our fees as low as possible and have funding from the St Pius X College P&F to subsidise the cost of hiring coaches on Friday evenings.

Two hours of training per week is mandatory. Our training commences 2-3 weeks before Round 1 with SPX hosting pre-season ‘friendly’ debates with 2-3 local high schools. Friday afternoon training from 3.30 – 5pm is compulsory for all debaters and coaches determine the other hour or so of training each week at times that suit their team.  CSDA debates commence at 6pm and students and coaches either travel to venues at 5pm or, when hosting, students have a one hour dinner break before our guests arrive at Pius for a 6pm competition commencement.  SDN debates have a different, later running order.

Thank you on behalf of the brilliant Pius debating coaches and senior student mentors.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener




During the summer school holidays I was lucky to attend the UNSW’s annual Mining Summer School. 14 other students from around NSW and I were introduced to the mining industry and to the UNSW Mining Engineering School.  We were shown the UNSW campus and learnt about the different methods of mining. We experienced the UNSW’s virtual reality goggles and used them to explore mining sites from across Australia.


With 3 current UNSW academics and 2 recent graduates, we travelled to the Central West of NSW. We toured surface and underground mines and learnt about the mining and minerals industry from staff at Newcrest and Centennial Coal. We also stopped at “the Dish” in Parkes and learnt about its rich heritage. We attended their annual Alumni & Industry dinner in Orange and had the opportunity to speak with industry professionals.



The UNSW’s 2017 Mining Summer School was a brilliant experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The highlight for me was our visit to Cadia Mine because I experienced the workings of a commercial mine with 5000 staff and remote controlled electronic excavators. I highly recommend this camp to anyone thinking about a future in mining, engineering, chemistry, minerals or geology.


James Spencer - Year 11

Visual Arts

Congratulations to Zack Wylie from Year 10 for completing a detailed composition for his Portrait work. It’s good to see the whole page employed in the drawing.

Year 11 Still Life paintings from Charlie Hammond, Chris Lanzon and Jack Moran (see the gallery below) also display thought given to placement and colour choice.

Mr M Anderson - Visual Arts Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • NAPLAN - Disability Provisions for Years 5, 7 & 9
  • HSC Disability Provisions for Year 12 & Year 11 Accelerants
  • Free Seminar for HSC Parents and Students  
  • After-School Study for Years 5-10
  • NEW!  Maths Drop-In Centres for Years 7-9
  • Da Vinci Decathlon Training & Competition
  • Mindquest Workshops 2017 - Years 5 & 6

NAPLAN - Disability Provisions for Years 5, 7 & 9

Dear Parents and Carers,

The approvals for provisions (Years 5, 7 and 9) will shortly be processed in readiness for the scheduled tests in Term 2 (May), and both permission notes and confirmations will be sent out via email in due course. The LSE (Learning Support and Enrichment) Department has the responsibility for processing NAPLAN disability applications, as well as for provisions applications for internal school exam and assessment purposes. We also administer and supervise all their provisions and adjustments during formal exam blocks, including the NAPLAN tests. 


If your son doesn’t currently have approved provisions for internal exams and assessments, but you believe he would be eligible to do so for the NAPLAN tests in Term 2, on the basis of a diagnosed disability which may impact on his performance, please contact Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol, Coordinator of Learning Support and Enrichment, via email at [email protected] for more information and to seek approval.


HSC Disability Provisions for Year 12 and
Year 11 Accelerants

Dear Parents and Carers,

The deadline for documentation and applications for provisions for the HSC exams is fast approaching. I am currently processing the paperwork for applications now, so thank you to those senior students and parents who have submitted documents to me, either this term or in Term 4 last year. If you or your son believes you may be eligible but have not yet enquired or submitted documentation to me, please contact me at the school to do so. PDF scans of documents, and email queries, are the most reliable form of communication for me, and will be much appreciated: [email protected]



Free Seminar for HSC Students and Parents

Please click on the flyer below for information on this opportunity to learn about coping with the stresses of the HSC Year.


After-School Study for Years 5-10

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Da Vinci Decathlon Training & Competition

For the attention of all creative-thinking students in Years 7-10

Are you interested in being part of a 7-8 or 9-10 team, and representing SPX in the Da Vinci Decathlon 2017, to be held at Knox Grammar School in Term 2?

It’s an academic gala day of enrichment activities for a team of 16 students from Years 7-8 and 9-10. In past years, the Decathlon has proven to be a very enjoyable day out for those involved as it poses team-based challenge problems in the following disciplines: Engineering, Art and Poetry, Mathematics, English, Science, Code Breaking, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Games of Strategy and General Knowledge. The 2017 theme for the day is ‘Power’.


If you would like to have a go, start by attending the training with each Thursday lunchtime in the Learning Enrichment room, level 2 Admin Block, with Mrs Waterson and Ms Raheb-Mol. All you need to bring is your lunch, your creative thinking, sense of humour and enthusiasm. The final team members will be selected from those who show the most ability and commitment at the end of the training period. Any queries, just ask us! 

Ms J Raheb-Mol and Mrs M Waterson

MindQuest Workshops 2017 - Years 5 & 6

MindQuest is an exciting enrichment program, designed to challenge and extend gifted and talented primary students in New South Wales Schools. These challenging two day workshops are designed to stimulate and extend students across a broad range of subject areas. Activities may include Chemistry, Marine Sciences, Digital Animation and Video, Lego Robotics, Debating, Drama and Investigation.  Courses focus on developing critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving and broadening your child's interests.

More information may be found at or see Mrs Spanyik for a brochure.

Date:  20th and 21st May 2017

Closing registration date:  Friday 7th April 2017


Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher


Photo: Macquarie University Presentation

  • Junior Leadership Weekend
  • Australian Defence Force Gap Year
  • Careers Newsletter


Macquarie University Presentation

This week senior students were invited to a lunchtime presentation by Macquarie University.  Macquarie University is a popular choice for many St Pius X College students as it offers a variety of courses including Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Law, Science and Media Studies. There are many opportunities for students in leadership, research and community involvement.


“At Macquarie University we do things a little differently. We’ve always challenged conventions, opening our doors to students no matter who they are or where they come from. We embrace all points of view and we’ll encourage you to question the norm, to be bold and to strive for the extraordinary. Being a Macquarie student will be one of the best times of your life because you’ll have so many opportunities to discover your potential. As well as starting to carve out a fabulous career for yourself, you’ll have opportunities to travel the globe with our support, undertake an internship with a leading organisation and awaken your adventurous side.”   (Macquarie Website)


For more information visit


Junior Leadership Weekend


Register interest for Junior Leadership Weekend 2017 now!

UN Youth NSW invites all Year 7-8 students to spend a weekend from 25 November to 26 November with us.  The Junior Leadership Weekend will have a strong focus on developing leadership skills as we aim to empower students to make change within their own communities. This will involve innovative breakout sessions, inspiring speaker panels and challenging discussions over the course of the two days. 


Students will be working with like-minded peers from across New South Wales.  We want your students/child to be part of this experience!  Register your expression of interest today to make sure you receive all of the latest information as it comes.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Georgia Wilde | NSW Junior Leadership Weekend 2017 Convenor UN Youth New South Wales

'Opening Young Eyes to the World'

Mobile: 0499888278       Website:      Mail:  UN Youth NSW, PO Box 420, Glebe NSW 2037

UN Youth NSW is a member of UN Youth Australia, the youth partner of the United Nations Association of Australia, a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 Gap Year open in March 2017.  The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished Year 12 or equivalent, aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training & lifestyle whilst gaining new skills over a paid Gap Year.

To apply, visit:


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: All Schools Triathlon

  • All Schools Triathlon
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • ISA Tennis
  • NSTA Tennis

All Schools Triathlon

Earlier this term three of our Year 8 athletes boys entered the 2017 NSW All Schools Triathlon.  They came 2nd in the CIS Div and 7th over all out of approximately 70-80 teams. It was a fantastic effort from all three boys - Ben Ferguson, Connor Ryan and Dom Panozzo, who were managed by one of our parents, Mr Anthony Ryan.

Mr M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster


Nine teams have won their way into the Grand Finals. This is a few more than I had predicted, so some surprise wins added to those who were favourites. We saw some great play from our teams including some best efforts from those teams who were defeated.


Once again I will ask that Parents put these games into perspective and acknowledge that this is school sport. No level of boisterous behavior directed at referees is acceptable, by the College or by the ISA. Please just support our players with encouragement.


Grand Finals Score bench: Each team must provide one person to help do the scoring. It is in our best interests to have someone on the bench. If you can score please take a seat at the bench. I understand that this can be a stressful job, especially when matches can be decided in the last seconds of a game. I much appreciate the help that those, ‘who step up to the plate’, provide.


The Basketball Awards: The season has not quite finished. The Basketball Awards Presentation will be held on Tuesday 21st March. The ceremony will start at 6:30pm and hopefully finish around 8:30pm. All players are expected to attend the ceremony.


All Grand Finals are played at Penrith Valley Sports Stadium. 30 Herbert St, Cambridge Park.


Mr N Gibson - Senior Basketball Convenor



Grand-Final Time:  Congratulations to the 2nd XI who play SPC in the ISA Division 2 Final this Saturday at Oxford Falls after their match was abandoned last Saturday due to inclement weather.  The U14 Red will also play Gordon Gold in the NSJCA Cup Final this Saturday.  Making a final is a significant achievement and all players and coaches are congratulated; it’s now time to finish the job! Best of luck.

Supporters of both the 2nd XI and U14 Red are more than welcome. Please remember to applaud good play and sportsmanship.

Mr D Reay - Cricket Convenor




The Football Club AGM will be held on Monday 13th March @ 6:30pm at the Sarto Centre.  We will be presenting the yearly review and plans for the coming year.  All parents are welcome to attend.


The committee is particularly keen to recruit new parents with Year 7/8 boys to join the Football Committee in some capacity.  A number of the committee will end their association with the College soon and we want to ensure a smooth transition to allow the continuing support the Committee offers to the College Football community.  Being on the committee is not time consuming and gives you great insight into how the College sport is organised.


Please email [email protected] if you are interested or want some more information, or just come along on the night.


Plesae see our webpages for News, Calendars, Photos and Draws   -

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club





Rugby registration is now open. Please use the following link to not only register for the 2017 season but also book your son a seat on the bus for our two away trips and also sign up for the annual School Holiday Rugby Clinic:


Hopefully this one stop registration process makes things a little easier for parents and I do encourage all players to involve themselves in all activities offered through the College Rugby Program. Parents are asked to register their sons as soon as possible so the respective coaches can begin preparing for the season. The registration link will remain open until Tuesday 18th April.



All teams will commence training next Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th of March. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Oxford Falls during the season, with buses departing from Archer Street, Chatswood at 3:30pm and returning to Anderson Street Chatswood by 5:30-6pm. Boys can be collected at Oxford Falls at 5pm or get off the bus at the Jamieson Square bus stop on Warringah Road. From Term 2 the Under 13s age group will train at Beauchamp Oval for the remainder of their season.


School Holiday Coaching Clinic

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

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

On day two of the clinic, Thursday 20th April, the boys will put their skills to the test when they play an interschool round robin 7s tournament before our 1st XV play a trial match against Redfield College.

Non-rugby players are also invited to attend and give rugby a go. See the flyer for more information.


Finally some dates for the diary:

  • Friday 17th-Sunday 19th March:  Opens Pre-season Camp at Huntington House:  22 players will be selected this Thursday to take part
  • Saturday 25th March:  Trial Match 1 vs Sydney High
  • Tuesday 28th March:  New Zealand Tour Final Information Night for players and their parents from 6pm in the College Gym.
  • Saturday 1st April:  Trial Match 2 vs St Aloysius
  • Friday 7th – Friday 14th April:  Under 15s New Zealand Tour
  • Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th April:  Easter Holiday Rugby Clinic – See flyer below!!

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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor



The ISA Carnival will be held on Wednesday 29th March at Homebush Aquatic Centre. The team list will be up on the Student Noticeboard by Wednesday of next week.

We will be leaving the College at 9.00am for a 10.00am start. Lunch will be provided. All students MUST have the College swimming costumes and cap.

Miss L Proc - Swimming Convenor


ISA Tennis

Grading/training sessions begin next week, 13th and 14th March, and will run for three weeks. Players will be advised whether to attend the Tuesday or the Wednesday sessions. These sessions are important because the players’ performance will determine their division and position for the season. Our training is conducted at Roseville Tennis Courts and players will be transported straight from school to the courts. Training concludes at 5pm and we are back at school by 5:30pm. If you’d like to pick up your son from the courts please let me, or the supervising teacher, know on the day.


Students need to bring their own racquets and wear their full sports uniform.


Should you have any  further queries, please let me know via [email protected]

NOTE: We are still accepting late applications. Forms are available from outside the student office.


Ms A O'Brien - ISA Tennis Convenor

NSTA Tennis

Update for Round 5 (11th March)

Despite the sky clearing slightly at 7:48am and the sun peeking out, on checking the Talus St courts at 6:30am it was apparent that rain through the week and heavy rain overnight on the Friday had made the courts unviable for play on Saturday morning. Convenors across all schools were determined not to make a call until Saturday morning but with rain falling as I spoke to them from the courts the decision was made clear.

We plan to continue on Saturday 11th March when we will play Round 5 of the published Draw. This will be the last weekend of Summer Tennis season.

It has been decided by NSTA that given the limited number of Rounds completed due to weather conditions, and given that some opposing teams are unavailable to play due to pre-winter season try-outs etc, we will not proceed with Finals on 18th March.

NSTA will publish rankings for teams within their Division at the end of the two played Rounds, as I have requested, ready to assist in future NSTA competitions. I will share that with players and parents when it is made available.

This decision may be of benefit to students who have volunteered to assist with Open Day or have other College activities scheduled for that day.


Thank you for your patience through the season.

Ms S-J Grove - NSTA Summer Tennis Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Year 6 Class Captains meet Bishop Comensoli

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Debating - Selection Trials
  • Junior School Sport

Junior School News

Year 6 Class Captains meet Bishop Comensoli

Last Thursday four Year 6 leaders had a very interesting day meeting Bishop Comensoli.  They discussed leadership and asked many questions. The day began with a 'get to know you' activity where the boys mixed with other children from the Diocese.  We celebrated a Mass together before lunch and it was a very interesting and enjoyable day.



Thank you to the boys for their generosity for Project Compassion.  6 Blue and 6 Gold are doing exceptionally well with 6 Blue being the first Homeroom to reach the $505 Homeroom Challenge.  Lent is a time when we prepare for the holiest time of the church’s year by trying to become the best person we can be, so with this is mind here is a Lenten question to ponder. 


Do you want to Fast for Lent?

Fast from hurting words and say kind words

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude

Fast from anger and be filled with patience

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope

Fast from worries and trust in God

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity

Fast from pressure and be prayerful

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate

Fast from grudges and be reconciled

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.



IPSHA Swimming Carnival

Yesterday our SPX Junior swim team had the privilege of swimming in the Olympic Pool at Homebush in order to try out for the IPSHA team.  They then proceed to the CIS trials and then onto the State Championships.  Whether the boys are selected or not, it is a great experience to be selected for this carnival.



College Open Day - Saturday 18th March

Your son may wish to be a guide for the College Open Day.  Yes, Year 5 boys are guides even after seven weeks!  It is a great way for boys to build confidence in talking to people in a safe environment.  We give them a couple of information sessions before hand and we often buddy them up with a friend or an older boy for their first guiding experience.  It is great to see the pride the boys have in their college.


If your son is interested he needs to return the permission slip on the information note.


Upcoming Events

  • Next Wednesday 15th March - Bible liturgy at 11 am in OLD church.
  • Next Wednesday 15th March  - Debating trials Year 5

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Debating - Selection Trials 

Boys in the Junior School have the opportunity to become involved in Debating. The College enters two teams in the IPSHA Debating Competition. Twelve boys from the Junior School form the two teams and these are selected to compete. The teams debate fortnightly on a Friday afternoon (during school hours) during Terms 2, 3 and 4 on a rotational basis. The emphasis is on learning the skills of debating and workshops will be held during lunchtimes leading up to the competitions. Training begins every Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes from late Term 1.

Boys are invited to present a short two minute speech to assist in selection of these teams. These speeches are to be presented during the set trial sessions on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes:


Year 5:   Week 7 -  Lunchtimes (Room opposite 6R)

Wednesday 15th March & Friday 17th March


Year 6:  Week 8 - Lunchtimes  (Room opposite 6R)

Wednesday 22nd March & Friday 24th March


The topic for the speech is WHICH IS BETTER, TELEVISION OR BOOKS?  

Further details will be given to the boys at the Junior School assembly. 


Ms B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: normal departure time for Sport at Oxford Falls. Pick-up is at 2.20pm in the carpark.

AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby - Winter Season: Just to clarify…. In the Junior School, we are able to cater for all boys who wish to play AFL, Rugby and Football for the College. As long as boys have elected to play for the school (via their sport choice form) and turn up to trial, they will be guaranteed a place in a team. Trials will begin in Week 7 of this term, during Thursday Sport at Oxford Falls. We use external professional coaches to assist in grading our Rugby and Football players.


Basketball: Another frustrating week of wash-outs for some teams. Thankfully, most teams are now scheduled indoor for the remaining 2 rounds.

G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Softball Report Round 4:  The game was cancelled due to the wet weather.

 We look forward to next week’s game against Grammar, St Ives.


Ms J Williams - Softball Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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


Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop




Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  most items should be available in the Uniform Shop from 7 March (Week 6).


Payment for ordered  Blazers is due Week 8, direct to the Uniform Shop via cash, cheque or credit card over the phone.


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


Orders can be placed:

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

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

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


Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   


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

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor







St Pius X College Newsletter
SPX Open Day Flyer.PDF
Careers Newsletter March 8.pdf
Careers Newsletter March 8.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Posters - Maths Drop-In.pptx
Posters - Maths Drop-In.pptx
HSC Stress Seminar.pdf
HSC Stress Seminar.pdf
Premier's Reading Challenge.pdf
Premier's Reading Challenge.pdf
SPX Open Day Flyer.PDF