St Pius X College Newsletter

29 November 2017
Issue 37
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students
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
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Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert


Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Year 10 Dinner Dance


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: Christmas Cards prepared by Year 7 Art Students are available to purchase from the College Reception




  • Prayer:  First Sunday of Advent 
  • Year 7 Art - Christmas Cards for sale at the College 
  • Founder's Day
  • Long Serving Staff Members
  • Farewell to staff departing the College​
  • Australian Business Week
  • End of Year Mass
  • Christmas Twilight Concert
  • Volunteers' Christmas Gathering:  ALL VOLUNTEERS - YOU ARE INVITED!
  • Christmas Appeals



Loving God, We give you thanks for the blessings of this holy Advent season.

You are the source of life, of hope, and of all good things.

We look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas.

Help us to turn toward that light in our lives.

We rejoice at the gift of your Son who taught us to love in your name.

May we be people of peace and justice all the days of our lives.

Your kingdom come and your will be done now and forever.




This coming Sunday 3rd December is the first Sunday of Advent - a time of 'Watching, Waiting and Wondering'.  The first candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit and it symbolises Hope - hope for the world for the coming of our Saviour Jesus.

This week's masthead banner shows the five beautiful Christmas Cards that have been selected from the work of Year 7 Art students and I thank Ms Frances Doyle who has coordinated this year's Christmas Cards.  These cards are available to purchase from the College Reception and Uniform Shop at a cost of $10 per pack of  10 mixed cards.  They will also be on sale at the Christmas Twilight Concert.  The students have been exploring modernist interpretations of Madonna and Child and the inscriptions inside read:  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given - Isaiah 9:6-7" and "Wishing you every Christmas blessing".

The cover artworks have been produced by Thomas Marren, Harrison Pierides, Jake Ormsby, Flynn McDonald and Harrison Melloy and I congratulate them for their beautiful artwork.


Founder's Day

Last Friday’s Founder’s Day Festival was a remarkable day and a wonderful community event for the students, staff and parents who attended. It was a true opportunity for meeting in dialogue with the three faiths presented – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. I wish to acknowledge especially:

  • Amity College
  • Sandy Hollis from the NSW Board of Jewish Deputies
  • Mr Adrian Brannan for his presentation on Christianity
  • St Edmund’s College – Eddie’s Entertainers!
  • The Bands and Talent Quest Stars
  • Mr David Blake – College Social Justice Coordinator
  • Mrs Nadine Robson and all the many, many P & F who made lunch
  • Mr Guy Russo for donating the drinks and morning tea
  • Mr and Mrs Leo who donated the lunch
  • Year 12 who hosted the day

Please click on the gallery below for a selection of photos taken on the day.

Photo above:  Winner of the Talent Quest "Johnnie B. Goode"!


I thank all those who contributed to our various fundraising this year. Through the Walkathon, Market Day and Founder’s Day the College raised just on $36,000 and on Friday I announced the distribution of funds below. Our thanks go to our many partners and we say thank you to the students and parents.

  • $10000 to Callan Services in PNG
  • $8000 to St Joseph’s Walgett
  • $8000 to St Mary’s Bowraville
  • $4000 to St Edmund’s Wahroonga
  • $2000 to St Gabriel’s Castle Hill
  • $2000 to the South African Justice Desk in Cape Town
  • $1000 to Edmund Rice Centre Homebush
  • $650 for our sponsored student through World Vision


Long Serving Staff Members

At the conclusion of the Founder’s Day Festival we acknowledged our 80th Anniversary and we acknowledged the many years of service from our staff who have served for 25 years or more. There are 9 staff who have given service to St Pius X College for 25 years or more by the end of 2017.

  • Mr Jim Olson 26 years
  • Mrs Leonie Millar 27 years
  • Mr Neil Gibson 28 years
  • Mrs Elena Martin 28 years
  • Mr Mark Anderson 32 years
  • Mr Tony Cunneen 34 years
  • Mr Ross Masters 39 years
  • Mr Terry Patterson  40 years
  • Mr Mark Pawlak 40 years

A total of 294 years of service to St Pius X College!


Farewell to staff departing the College

The College offers its deep thanks to those staff who are departing the College at the end of 2017 and we thank them for their service and for their contribution to every aspect of this College’s life.


Australian Business Week


This week  Year 10 students have been taking part in the Australian Business Week program at Oxford Falls. The program has been running for 15 years and involves the formation and running of a company.  On Monday business mentors, including ex-students, parents and external visitors came in to coach the groups. The program concludes on Friday and I thank Mr Quilty, Mr Pawlak and Ms Jellema for their commitment to this annual event.



Please see the invitations below:

  • to attend the End of Year Mass
  • to attend the Christmas Twilight Concert
  • to attend the Volunteers' Christmas Gathering
  • to contribute to the Christmas Appeals


End of Year Mass

Parents are welcome to join us in this end of year celebration on Wednesday 6th December commencing at 10.00am in Our Lady of Dolours Church in Chatswood.  The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Paul Finucane and will see the commissioning of our Year 10 Eucharistic Ministers.  The Mass is also significant as it is Fr Paul's last Mass with the school before he moves to the Kincumber Parish at the beginning of the new year.  We hope to see you there.


Christmas Twilight Concert

The St Pius X Community is invited to the Christmas Twilight Concert this Friday 1st December from 5.00pm until 7.30pm in the Junior School yard, or the College Gym if raining.  The Performing Arts Parents' Association will be running a BBQ and raffle on the night.  Please see details from the Performing Arts Department on the Department News  page of this newsletter.


Volunteers' Christmas Gathering

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER 5.30-7.00PM in the Junior School Playground

I am pleased to invite all College volunteers to join together for our Annual Volunteers' Christmas gathering. We will host this in the Junior school playground this year.  If you have assisted in the Canteen or Uniform Shop or perhaps with the Junior School Reading Program, the Library, Robotics or Public Speaking please come along.


We invite all parents who have assisted the Sports program as coach, manager or in other ways. Parents who have been volunteers in the Performing Arts are also very welcome. Members of the P&F Executive, Committee members of Football, Rugby, Cricket, Basketball and PAPA are all cordially invited.  Class parent representatives, social committee members and Year Group parent coordinators are also very welcome.

I hope I haven’t missed any volunteers but please pass this invitation on to anyone you know who has been a volunteer this year at the school.  Everyone is welcome.

For catering purposes please RSVP to Ann Brady [email protected] by Friday 1st December.


Christmas Appeals

Please give generously to the Year 7 Christmas Giving Tree, the Year 9 Christmas Food Hamper Collection and the collection of clothing, coloured pencils and crayons for the poorest villages in the Philippines.  
Details can be found on the Mission and Social Justice and Student and Parent Matters pages.


Mr John Couani - Principal

Social Justice

Photo: Year 10 Social Justice Immersion

Social Justice:
-  Founder's Day Festival

-  Year 9 Christmas Food Hamper Collection
-  Year 7 Christmas Gift collection for Walgett
-  Collection for the Philippines

-  The St Vincent de Paul Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel toiletries packs for Christmas
-  Social Justice Immersions


Social Justice

Founder's Day Festival began with a superb rendition of “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” sung by Lachlan Donlevy and backed up by a Year 12 band.  All students then formed into groups and heard from our guest speakers:  Ms Sandy Hollis from the Jewish War Museum, Ms Makiz Ansari from Amity College and our own Mr Adrian Brannan about “interfaith dialogue” and the “Golden Rule.”

A wonderful lunch was prepared by our amazing P&F team followed by the entertainment section of the afternoon which included the smash hit “Johnny B. Goode” sung by our very own Mr Couani.

Again a special thanks to John and Cathryn Leo, Guy Russo and Nadine Robson for their ongoing major support of this great annual social justice event.

The Year 9 Christmas Food Hamper Collection continues. Students from Year 9 will be visiting homerooms to collect Christmas-type foods to be distributed to the less fortunate in our local community.

The Year 7 Christmas Gift collection for Walgett has begun. Students can leave a children's present under the tree that will go to the families in one of our partner schools, St Joseph’s Primary School in Walgett. We ask that all presents be wrapped and marked for a boy or girl and their age group which will help in distributing them to the right kids.

The Edmund Rice Society continues to collect shoes, light clothing and coloured pencils, sharpeners, rubbers etc. for some of the poorest villages in the Philippines.

There are collection points in the foyer for all three drives currently underway: the Year 9 Christmas Hamper Appeal, the Year 7 Christmas Gift Giving Tree and the Edmund Rice Society Philippines clothes and shoes collection.

Your generous donations to  The St Vincent de Paul Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel toiletries packs for Christmas have been put into packs to be delivered to Matthew Talbot. There are almost 50 separate packs to be handed out to the homeless men of Sydney and we thank you all for your generosity.


The Mission and Identity team are with Year 10 students on five separate social justice immersions:

  1. St Joseph’s Walgett indigenous immersion
  2. St Mary’s Bowraville indigenous immersion
  3. St Edmund’s Wahroonga special needs immersion
  4. St Gabriel’s special needs immersion
  5. Huntington House local social justice immersion


On Monday the Huntington House social justice immersion group visited Gosford Anglican Church, the home of social justice warrior Fr Rod Bower. Whilst Fr Rod was busy supporting asylum seekers in Sydney we had a talk from his wife Kerry Bower about their faith and social justice activities. We also visited a pop up monument for White Ribbon Day and all took the oath, in front of Ms Ramsey, to stop violence against women. In the evening we went to Coast Shelter where we prepared, served and cleaned up dinner for the homeless and needy of the region.


On Tuesday, after waking to dolphins swimming in the waves at our back door, we visited St Edward’s College which is another EREA school. We joined in a Year 10 RE lesson where we discussed our various social justice activities, followed by a game of touch football and recess together. After recess we went to their indigenous outdoor learning area where we sat and conversed with their indigenous students.

Mr D Blake  -  Social Justice Coordinator

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Year 5 Kokoda Walkway Excursion

  • Years 5 to 10 End of Year Academic Reports
  • Leading with Integrity Forum
  • Year 9 Christmas Hamper Appeal
  • Year 7 Christmas Giving Tree
  • From the Head of Student Services:   Year 5 Kokoda Walkway Excursion
  • Class of 1997 Reunion
  • Year 9 Christmas Hamper Appeal
  • Year 7 Christmas Giving Tree
  • General Notices:  Holiday Programs


Years 5 to 10 End of Year Academic Reports

Teachers are now well in the process of finalising grades for the End of Year Academic Reports for students in Years 5 to 10.  Evidence of students' learning has been collated and used to determine levels of achievement.

As stipulated by NESA a standards-referenced approach is used for assessing and determining student achievement in Years 5 through to 11.  In standards-referenced assessment the achievements of a student are reported using the A to E Common Grade Scale which will appear on the End of Year Academic Report.

Years 5 to 10 Reports will be available on the Parent Portal on Tuesday 5th December in the later stages of the day.

Please take the opportunity to check your access to the Portal by using the link on the College webpage. If you do have difficulties, in the first instance please use the 'forgot password' facility.

When you log onto your Portal page please click the blue ‘More’ icon which appears next to your son’s photo. This will take you to the page containing his report.

If problems persist please email Ms Leonie Millar   [email protected]


Mr A Damo - Deputy Principal Teaching & Learning


Leading with Integrity Forum

Oxford Falls Campus 27th November 2017

The Year 9 Student Empowerment Team for 2017 coordinated a successful forum on Leadership for Years 7 and 8.  The day included MindMatters activities in groups of 12 led by three Year 9 leaders. The middle of the day encompassed three insightful presentations by well-respected leaders in their own right. The Years 7, 8 and 9 students were given insight into leadership by the following presenters.


Greg Growden, father of Angus Growden Year 11, was for more than three decades a senior sportswriter for The Sydney Morning Herald. Raised on a rice farm in the Riverina and after playing representative sport with the sons of notorious Griffith Mafia identities, Greg joined the SMH from school on the day of the Hilton Hotel bombing in 1978. He then spent many summers sitting next to Bill O’Reilly covering Sheffield Shield and Test cricket for the SMH, before becoming the newspaper’s chief rugby union writer in 1986 .

He was the SMH and Sun-Herald’s chief rugby union correspondent between 1987 and 2012, covering hundreds of Test matches, more than 20 Wallaby tours and every World Cup tournament. He is one of only three international rugby writers to have covered all eight Rugby World Cup tournaments.

He left the SMH in late 2012 to become the Australian rugby correspondent for the ESPN network including and He is now ESPN Australia’s Columnist at Large, writing on numerous sports.

He has written 14 books including ‘A Wayward Genius’, a biography of Australian Test cricketer Leslie ‘Chuck’ Fleetwood-Smith, rated by renowned British writer Frank Keating as among the 100 best sporting books of the 20th century. His rugby titles include: ‘With the Wallabies,’ ‘Inside the Wallabies,’ and ‘Rugby Union for Dummies.’  His most recent book was writing with Test cricketer Brad Hogg,‘The Wrong ‘Un.”

Greg still believes his greatest claim to fame was having the main race at a Wentworth Park greyhound meeting named after him and on the night of the race, after presenting the trophy, being kicked out of the Chairman’s function room as he and his guests were too rowdy. This was well before the NSW Government attempted to ban greyhound racing but that night may have been a contributing factor.

Dr John Honnor  is the youngest son of Ralph Honner, who was the commander of the 39th Battalion in New Guinea, especially on the Kokoda track.  Dr Honner attended a Catholic School in Sydney where at different times he was captain of debating, rugby and cricket teams.  He has been a school teacher, a university teacher and is an expert in modern physics.

Our school is an Edmund Rice school and Dr Honner is one of the leaders of Edmund Rice Education Australia which includes over fifty schools across Australia.

Stuart Maclaine attended SPX between 2007 and 2012. He was the School Captain in 2012 which was the 75th Year of operations for SPX. He has studied Chemical Engineering and Arts at UNSW since 2013. He is now completing an Honours thesis on the risk management of legionella species in water filtration (this is the shortened title).

In his time at UNSW he has been the President of the Chemical Engineering Society and Treasurer of both the Exotic Beer Society and the NSW Uni Theatrical Society. Stuart has worked part time in several different research and development engineering roles whilst studying at Era Polymers, James Hardie and the Water Corporation of Western Australia.

Stuart is currently working as the Deputy Dean of the UNSW Colleges, a role he has held since mid-2016. This is mainly an administrative and pastoral care role focused on building a diverse community of young people within the UNSW community. Stuart is also a member of the UNSW Equity, Diversity and Inclusion board.


After lunch the Year 9 students ran a gratitude session, highlighting the benefits of being thankful on their journey of becoming young men. The day began and ended with prayers from Year 9 focusing on leadership qualities.

A big thank you to the staff involved in the day:  Ms Felicity Whelan, Mr Greg Virgona, Mr Rick Russo, Mr Joe Lynch, Ms Veronica Kugananthan and Ms Diane Rogers.

The Year 9 Student Empowerment Team did a marvellous job with coordination of the day. Feedback was highly positive regarding the guest speakers and MindMatters Activities.

Ms AFoord  - Well-Being Coordinator Stage 5


From the Head of Student Services

Year 5 Kokoda Walkway Excursion

Well done to Jacob Glass, Oliver Fitzroy, Alex Hart, Monte Tanfield and Oliver Clark of Year 8 who led groups at the Year 5 Kokoda Memorial Walkway Excursion at Concord last Wednesday. The team received high praise from the ex-serviceman and veterans (many of whom are in their 90s) for the way in which they conducted themselves at the ceremonial wreath laying, the tour of the Kokoda campaign exhibits and at the Rose Garden of Remembrance.  The Year 5 students along with Mr Long, Mr Carroll and Mrs Williams were greatly appreciative of their efforts.


Students will now research the service history of a veteran of their choice and present to their class and the best presentations will be submitted to Chatswood RSL who sponsored the excursion.  Many of the Students have already expressed interest in the 2018 biannual SPX Kokoda Expedition. See Mr de Silva or Mr Brannan for more details.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Class of 1997 Reunion


Last Saturday 25th November ex-students from the 1997 cohort met in Chatswood to celebrate their reunion. The group came across to the College and Mr Steve Quilty, who joined SPX as a teacher that same year, gave them a short tour of the school. They were very pleased to see their alma mata and how it had changed.


Mr S Quilty - Commerce/Economics/Business/Geography Coordinator

Year 9 Christmas Hamper Appeal

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is time again to think of others for our St Pius X College Christmas Hamper Appeal. This year students are asked to bring in quality Christmas foodstuffs to make Christmas hampers for needy families in our communities. Our Year 9 students will then help to pack and distribute these gifts to spread some joy this Christmas.

As such we are asking for your help in helping those less fortunate in our communities. We are asking for quality non-perishable food items that you would expect to see on your Christmas dinner table. We are also asking that the boys themselves, if possible, raid their own savings to buy these gifts - so they feel like they are actually contributing. Please ask your child to get involved or provide him with the necessary goods so he can bring these in to his homeroom teacher. Alternatively they can leave them in the foyer as they enter the school.

This is a small way in which we can help to teach the boys to have a sense of social justice – actions speak louder than words and we truly hope every student will contribute. We pray that all families may know the hope and joy which is what the season of Advent and Christmas is all about.

With thanks,

Mr P Ticli - Year 9 Co-ordinator

Year 7 Christmas Giving Tree

Dear Parents and Carers

Year 7 students have the special responsibility each year to run our St Pius X Christmas Giving Tree Charity event.  Every year ALL students, from Years 5-11 are asked to bring in Christmas gifts for our Giving Tree.  In the spirit of Christmas giving these gifts are taken to underprivileged communities at Bowraville and Walgett and given to indigenous children.

As such we are asking for your help in helping those less fortunate in our communities. We truly hope every student will contribute.  We are asking for:

  • wrapped gifts, labelled for a Boy or Girl
  • and indicating the age group:  5-7;  8-10; 11-13

We are also asking that if possible the boys use some of their own savings to buy these gifts so they have  the feeling of personally contributing to this cause.

We pray that our young indigenous brothers and sisters may know the hope and joy, which is what this season of Advent and Christmas is all about.  

Mr S Yue - Year 7 Coordinator

General Notices


MindMatters for Students

Photo: Buddies' Beachwalk 2018

Buddies Not Bullies Beach Walk 

Buddies' Beachwalk Crosses Long Reef Headland

Great weather greeted the 50 student Mentors and mentors from Mr Russo’s MindMatters Team as they followed up last Friday’s Founder's Day Festival with our Annual Buddies' Beachwalk last Friday.  Conversation, interaction and connections flowed on the trek from Long Reef Golf Club over the headland and along Dee Why beach.


The surf flags swim and afternoon tea arranged by Mr Russo, Mr Stearn and Mrs Currington were welcome bonuses.  Thanks to Mrs Williams, Mrs Doheny and Mr Baldock who led the walk and to Mrs Rawle who accompanied with her twin baby daughters.


There can be no doubt the Peer Mentoring program is going from strength to strength under the inspirational guidance of Mr Russo and a strong contingent of Year 11 and 10 students who are taking up the Mentoring leadership mantle.

If you would like to get involved in this great program or even just attend to support our next outing, contact Mr Russo, Mrs Williams or Mr Brannan for details.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services



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 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December from 2pm

  • New Year 12, 2018 Parents' Social  - Friday 1st December
  • Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December
  • Year 9 Mums' Drinks - Friday 1st December
  • Year 5 Parents' End of Year Gathering - Saturday 2nd December
  • Term 1 Diary Dates for 2018​


New Year 12, 2018 Parents' Social  - Friday 1st December

After farewelling the boys on the Snowy Hike, or at the completion of the Twilight Concert, come along and join us for a bite to eat and a drink at the Willoughby Hotel.

Please RSVP ASAP to [email protected].  Details can be found in the invitation below.



Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December from 2pm

Bring your picnic gear, snacks and drinks to Davidson Park for a fun family afternoon. Sausage sizzle provided.  Click on the invitation below for all the details.

PLEASE RSVP to [email protected] before 19th November so we know how many sausages to purchase.


Year 9 Mums' Drinks - Friday 1st December

Come along and join other Year 9 mums for a drink and/or a bite to eat at The Orchard, Chatswood from 6.00 to 6:30pm on Friday 1st December.   Please see the invitation below and RSVP to Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].


Year 5 Parents' End of Year Gathering - Saturday 2nd December 

We are organising a catchup/end of year social gathering at the Match Smokehouse in Roseville, 7pm on Saturday 2nd December.   

Please confirm attendance with Anja Lineen (Billy 5G)  on [email protected]



Term 1 Diary Dates for 2018

Year 5 New Parents' Morning Tea         Tuesday 30th January

Years 6 & 7 Parents' Morning Tea          Wednesday 31st January

P&F Welcome Mass                                   Saturday 17th February


Nadine Robson - Assistant Secretary P&F

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Cruising the Pearl River, Shanghai

  • English
  • Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Science 


CAS Success - Caelan Hearne

The English faculty is often concerned if those amongst us actually understand the scale of this assessment program and the strength of knowledge a successful student achieves when presented with a certificate.

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement.

Congratulations to Caelan Hearne from Year 9 who achieved a high Distinction when he participated in the 2017 International Writing and Assessment Competition run by University of NSW Global in mid-June. This places Caelan in the top 1% of Year 9 participants within Australia.

This was a massive competition conducted throughout twenty countries globally. There were over one million candidates participating in this challenging event.

The skills and understanding that were tested are important indicators of successful communication in our College and are a real statement about the student’s approach to learning

The English Faculty and indeed all of St Pius X College are extremely proud of Caelan and his wonderful achievement.


Mr D Webster - English Coordinator


2017 China Tour Recap – by Daniel Scipioni Year 10 Chinese

During the Term 3 holidays, students in Years 9-11 studying Mandarin at the College were given the opportunity to be part of the 2017 China Tour. This was a fantastic opportunity to apply what we have learnt in class as well as to improve our speaking, listening and reading skills in a dynamic learning environment.

Obvious highlights of the tour include: visiting the Great Wall in Beijing, seeing the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, as well as visiting the World Financial Centre in Shanghai – where we were able to take in breathtaking panoramic views of China’s largest city from the 100th floor observatory.

Other highlights of the tour include: the karaoke on the bus, Mr Blake’s early morning wake-up calls, as well as visiting the Wangfujing and Muslim Markets. Not only was visiting the markets great fun, but it also really pushed our ability to communicate in Chinese. With our proficiency in speaking Mandarin, combined with Mr Blake’s great bargaining tactics, we were able to secure some great deals, including the Beats Headphones, which we were able to purchase in Shanghai for just 50 Yuan!

I would sincerely like to thank Mrs Manga for all the time and effort that she devoted into organising and planning the tour, as well as for going above and beyond to ensure that it was an enjoyable experience for all. I would also like to extend my appreciation to Mr Blake and Ms Ho who gave up their holidays to accompany us on the tour, as well as Mr Couani for supporting this fantastic initiative.

Overall the SPX China Tour was a wonderful learning experience that has certainly inspired me to continue pursuing my interest in Chinese. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have been able to be part of such a successful immersion experience!

2017 China Tour - by Joshua Foley, Year 10 Chinese

“The China tour was an amazing trip as it expanded my knowledge of the Chinese culture, language and architecture. The best part of the China trip was the visit to the Great Wall of China. It was an amazing experience to see how the people made that massive, long stretch of wall without the advanced technology and machinery that we have today in the 21st century. The Great Wall was one of my China Tour highlights because of the amazing view from the top of the wall.

Another amazing place that we visited was Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It was incredible to see how many people the square could hold. We visited during the preparations for National Day, October 1st, so the square was decorated with beautiful floral displays and the national colours, red and gold. Having learned about the history of the Tiananmen Square incident made it all the more special to have visited it in real life.”


Performing Arts  


What a great  day! My congratulations to all who performed on Friday during the afternoon talent show. It was wonderful to see such a mix of acts featuring both Junior and Senior School students. Sincere thanks those that helped out backstage Mr Adrian Brannan, Hunter Clarke, Phillip Cullen, Lachlan Chue, Liaam Rao, and Harry Pfeiffer (Year 11) as well as Mr Cummins, Jaxson Lee-Warner, Lachlan Donlevy and Finlay McLay (Year 10) who took care of sound requirements and Sam Smith (Year 10) who was responsible for the lighting.



Our last Concert for the year is THIS Friday 1st December commencing at 5.00pm in the Junior School yard (or the College Gym if it rains). The following ensembles will be performing; Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert and Jazz Bands, Intermediate and Senior Percussion Ensembles, Junior and Senior Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Senior String Ensemble, College Orchestra and Junior Drama Ensemble. Parking will be available in the College yard and it is anticipated that the Concert will conclude between 7.15 – 7.30pm. There will be the usual barbeque run by the Performing Arts Parents Association and also a raffle, where first and second prizes are Christmas hampers and third a gift voucher. We look forward to seeing many of you there!



The parents of all new enrolment and current students who auditioned for places in the Co-curricular Music Ensemble program at the College will be notified by email of the results in the week beginning 11th December.



Congratulations to the following students and their instrumental tutors on these excellent results: Justin Park (Year 7) Honours in Grade 6 Alto Saxophone and Liaam Rao (Year 11) Honours in Grade 6 Viola.


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Fun Science Opportunity for Students Aged 8 to 12:  Science, Model Making, Cartooning & Animation 


Learning Support
& Enrichment

  • Free 2-day workshops in February 2018, for Positive Parenting
  • Request for updated medical information on your son’s mental health and learning difficulties
  • Head to Health: Australia’s new digital mental health gateway to government-approved publicly-funded services, resources and programs
  • Term 1 2018 Intake for Touch Typing & Handwriting – registrations now open!
  • Da Vinci 2018 training starts this week at Enrichment Club!
  • After-school Study Program
  • Maths Drop-in Centre


Free 2-day workshops in February 2018, for Positive Parenting

Positive Partnerships is a government-funded program that facilitates FREE workshops for parents/carers of children on the autism spectrum.  If  you would like to know more about the program please see the flyer and background paper below.



Request for updated medical information on your son’s mental health and learning difficulties

For parents of students with a diagnosed condition that fits the above description

The Learning Support and Enrichment Department is responsible for liaising with our Counselling team and gathering the necessary details (on nature of the condition, the latest diagnosis or doctor’s report, etc.) for the purposes of NSW Census data compilation in February 2018.

We ask that you please check your son’s latest medical documentation for an updated diagnosis (or arrange to get one from his treating health practitioner) and sending it in to the School, or scanned as a PDF and directly emailed to the following Student Support Staff member:

Joanne Raheb-Mol on [email protected] (for learning difficulty and related conditions), or Rick Russo on [email protected] (for all mental health and related conditions).

Medical information includes updated diagnostic reports, assessments and letters, from a registered doctor, psychologist, specialist or therapist, which identify and/or confirm your son’s disability.

Please note that Student Support staff welcome copies of such documentation at any time in the school year, and will be grateful for your ready assistance, each time your son’s doctor or therapist provides a review or update.

Your forward-thinking action in this matter will directly benefit your son and his ability to succeed and enjoy his schooling, as the LSE and Counselling teams are able to update teachers confidentially about students and make recommendations about ways to better accommodate your son’s learning or emotional needs in the classroom, and in exam situations.

If you have queries about what documentation is required or if you have a query about any aspect of the above, please contact Joanne on [email protected] or phone me on 0421 721 202.



  • Head to Health: Australia’s new digital mental health gateway to government-approved publicly-funded services, resources and programs.


Term 1 2018 Intake for Touch Typing & Handwriting – registrations now open!

These are intensive small group courses, open to all students at SPX 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 nominated afternoon per week for a block of 8 weeks, and is run by our experienced occupational therapist and registered provider, Anna Orchard. For Term 1 2018, the courses will run for 8 consecutive sessions (except where affected by the Easter holidays) at a cost of $280.00 for students. All course sessions are held at St Pius X College.

Students who have attended these courses in the past and would like to again build on their skills, are also welcome to register.

ALL courses begin Week 3 of Term 1 (week beginning Monday 12th February 2018).

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

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

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


Da Vinci 2018 training starts this week at Enrichment Club!


After-school Study Program 


Maths Drop-in Centre


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



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Careers News

2018 TAFE students

TAFE payments for 2018 need to be finalised with the Finance office.  Please refer to your email for payment details or contact Ms Janes directly on [email protected]


Career Advisory Service

The CAS (Career Advisory Service) website, developed by the NSW Department of Education provides students, parents and caregivers with access to career information to help guide decisions about students next steps after school. Whether it is study, work or travel, there are numerous paths for young people to get skills that make them employable now and into the future. It is available throughout the whole year.

The HSC Inquiry Centre, phone 1300 13 83 23, will be available from 8am on Thursday 14 December 2017 – 20th December 2018

For more information:


TSFX – School of Excellence – School Holiday Programs

Get a head start on Year 11 or Year 12 studies. Holiday Programs run from the 8th-23rd January at Sydney University.


NSW Summer School


Macquarie University Info Day 2017


Year 12 exams are over and students are ready to relax over summer and enjoy the holidays knowing they’ve got their future sorted.

Students don’t have to wait until the new year to decide where they’ll study. They can come along to Info Day on Saturday 16 December and find out how Macquarie will prepare them for their future.  No matter what they’re interested in studying, they can unlock their future at Macquarie’s Info Day.  Info Day is their opportunity to:

  • discover more about our world-class degrees
  • speak with our experienced academics about our courses
  • attend lectures on some of our most popular courses
  • find out how to apply and enrol at Macquarie
  • learn more about our bonus points, scholarships and pathways


When: Saturday 16 December 2017, 9.30am – 3pm
Where: Macquarie University, North Ryde
RSVP: Register by Saturday 9 December

Students can visit the website to register and plan ahead to make the most of their Info Day experience. Or use the button below to register now.

If they can’t make it to Info Day but have a bunch of questions in need of answers, they can join us the day before to discuss all things ATAR, entry and pathways.


When: Friday 15 December, 9am to 8pm

Students can jump on any of our undergraduate course pages and chat live to one of our advisers - look for the chat icon at the bottom right hand corner of the page.


We’re looking forward to seeing you.


Wishing all parents, carers and students a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Ms Janes

Careers Newsletter


Wishing all parents, carers and students a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 


Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: St Pius U15 Orange vs Collaroy Plateau

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • NSTA Tennis


It was an unusual day for us at Oxford Falls with three after-match functions for our 1sts, 2nds and 3rds. The players were provided with an excellent variety of delicious foods and a special thank you to all the parents who helped at these functions. 


Next year all teams will be playing their Round 7 matches on Saturday 3rd February. This is the first Saturday back next year. The training schedule for all teams will remain the same as this year.


Games of the day: There were so many close matches on Saturday that I can’t decide which one to choose - some went our way but we lost many by the closest of margins.


Play of the Day goes to the great support at Oxford Falls for the 1sts, 2nds and 3rds. It is amazing the lift that positive support can give a team.


Deserves a mention: Well done to all teams for their efforts during the first half of the season. I hope players will find time to practice over the holidays so we can start back next year on the front foot and keep the momentum going.


Use the link below to see all of the ISA Basketball Teams Results:,


Mr N Gibson -  Senior Basketball Convenor



1st XI Match Report


​2nd XI Match Report


Photos from St Pius U15 Orange vs Collaroy Plateau

Mr D Reay - Convenor


NSTA Tennis

What an amazing day for a grand final.  There was excitement all around as St Pius X College had 12 teams in the finals and everyone on the day displayed determination and excellent sportsmanship.  Congratulations especially to all finals winners:

  • Team 8 – Kevin Lyons, Marco Iuliano and Alessandro Muranty
  • Team 11 – Aidan Shearer-Hawkins and Alex Clelland
  • Team 13 – Jamie Todd and Zac Bull
  • Team 16 – Nicholas Arena, Richard Gauci and Evan Ausling
  • Team 17 – Thomas Ryan and Michael Chan
  • Team 24 – Jayden Chan, Isaac Elms and Toby Thornton-Bott

Finally, thank you to all the parents who have been out every Saturday to cheer their sons on in their games. Thank you also to Mr Webster, Mrs Keighery and Mrs Millar who have helped to organise and support teams throughout this term.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Founder's Day 2017

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  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Founder’s Day

Last Friday we celebrated Founder’s Day with fantastic presentations on the Golden Rule in three of the world’s religions - Judaism, Islam and Christianity.  The message from all three religions, which can trace their foundations back to Abraham, is to Love God and treat others the way you want to be treated.  Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all followed the Golden Rule?


Congratulations to all the boys who performed in the talent quest.  I won’t mention any names here but to get up and sing, tell jokes or perform in some way in front of more than 1000 people is a very brave thing to do. Well done boys. 



The final part of the day was an acknowledgement of long standing staff.  The Junior School’s very own Mr Patterson was acknowledged for 40 years of service to the College which is an impressive achievement in the College’s 80th year.





Prize Giving Arrangements

Please note that the Junior School Prize Giving presentation will commence at 12 noon next Wednesday in the Gym at the CHATSWOOD CAMPUS.  The day is structured as follows:

  • 10.00am  - End of Year Mass at Our Lady of Dolour’s Church
  • 12 noon – until approx. 1.00pm -  Junior School Sport  Presentation
  • Approx. 1.00 pm until 1.30pm – Intermission (the boys need a break)
  • 1.30pm until approx. 2.45pm – Junior School Academic Assembly

If your son is receiving an award I will be sending you an email today as we have finalised all the grades.  Many parents of athletics or swimming champions would know they are going to receive an award as their names were announced at the relevant carnivals.


Child Safety

This is very relevant with the holidays coming up:

SAFE TRAVEL:  From the bush to the city, families travel out and about on all different kinds of transport - by car and other vehicles, bike, train, bus, ferry, boat and on foot.

The NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook is now available in digital form  the handbook provides advice to to assist children, parents and teachers on a range of areas related to child safety, including cyber safety, bullying and crossing roads safely. The  resource used to come in the  printed form but is now available online for parents and teachers.  The web address is


Year 5 Parents' End of Year Gathering - Saturday 2nd December

There will be a catchup/end of year social gathering for Year 5 parents at Match Smokehouse in Roseville at 7pm on Saturday 2nd December.   

Please confirm attendance with Anja Lineen (Billy 5G)  on [email protected]


Year 6 Graduation Picnic


Junior Science Academy - School Holiday Programs at Macquarie University

I received the flyer below regarding a Junior Science holiday program being held at Macquarie University.  Please look up the website to confirm dates. If you do use this program I would appreciate some feedback so I can ascertain whether it is worth advertising in future.



  • Friday 1st December:  Twilight Concert
  • Saturday 2nd December:  Year 5 Parents' End of Year Social,  7.00pm at Match Smokehouse in Roseville.  Please confirm attendance with Anja Lineen (Billy 5G) on [email protected]
  • Sunday 3rd December:   Year 6 Picnic – details in the flyer above
  • Wednesday 6th December:  
         -  10.00am Closing Mass for Years 5 to 10 at Our Lady of Dolours Church 
         -  12 noon to 2.45pm: Junior School Prize Giving in the Gym at Chatswood

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Final session of the aquatic program tomorrow at Macquarie University Pool (Year 5) and Dee Why Surf Club (Year 6).  Pick up time is 2.10pm for both venues.

Athletics: Can those squad members who have not yet done so please return any borrowed athletics singlets to me ASAP.


Basketball: Can all players who have not yet done so please return their basketball singlet to me ASAP as the season is now completed.  Those playing in 2018 will be re-issued a singlet upon returning in Term 1.


Junior School End of Year Awards: The End of Year Academic/Sports Award Ceremony takes place at the Chatswood Campus on Wednesday 6th December. Sporting awards will be acknowledged from noon until 1.00pm, followed by Academia after the lunch break. Extra-curricular Certificates will be awarded to all students and sports awards, including the summer season trophies and major awards will be presented. I personally will be away with the Year 11 Snowy Hike but would like to pass on my congratulations to all awardees and thank all students for their fine contributions over the course of a huge year of sport.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



NSTA Tennis:  Please see the Senior School Sports page.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA 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.

Term 4 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop

Christmas Cards:  Year 7 Art students have been exploring modernist interpretations of Madonna and Child five artworks have been made into Christmas Cards.  These cards are available to purchase from the College Reception and Uniform Shop at a cost of $10 per pack of  10 mixed cards.  They will also be on sale at the Christmas Twilight Concert.  The inscriptions inside read:  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given - Isaiah 9:6-7" and "Wishing you every Christmas blessing".  




The Uniform Shop will reopen in 2018 before the school term starts  on the following days:

  • Tuesday 23rd January 9am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 24th January from 9am to 2pm 
  • Thursday 25th January 9am to 2pm


Regular Trading Hours begin in Week 1:

  • Monday 29th January 8am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 30th January 8am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 31st January 8am to 2pm





The online ordering system  can be accessed via

An 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.  


Gift Items:  The College Uniform Shop also stocks a range of gift items:


- Golf umbrellas  $30

- Coffee mugs $15

- Lanyards $5

- Aprons $20

- Scarf $20

- Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​









Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
Staff Members Leaving at the end of 2017.pdf
Careers Newsletter Nov 22.pdf
Careers Newsletter Nov 29.pdf
St Pius Basketball Game Times Sat 25th Nov R6.pdf
Cricket Match Reports.pdf
Cricket 2nds 6th Round.pdf
1st XI cricket report.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Rouse Hill 17-18NSWPC23 information flyer.pdf
PP background paper 2017.pdf
Positive Partnerships.pdf
PP background paper 2017.pdf
What is Head to Health.pdf
Touch Typing & Handwriting Skills.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting Term 1 2018.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 1 2018.pdf
Science Opportunity for Students aged 8-12.pdf
Junior Science Academy.pdf
DRAFT Term Dates 2018.pdf
2017-Dec-Yr7 Family Picnic.pdf
2017-Dec-Yr 9 Mums Dinner.pdf
Yr 11 (New Yr 12 18) Parents Social December.pdf