St Pius X College Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events

Saturday 1st April

Rugby & Football St Aloysius/IPSHA Cross Country


Sunday 2nd April

Jazz Band Workshop


Tuesday 4th April

Year 10 Music Performance Night



Easter Liturgy

Interim Reports Years 5-11 issued


Friday 7th April

Staff Day

NZ 15s Rugby Tour

Junior School Rugby & Football Tours Armidale & Tamworth


Sunday 9th April

1st Football QLD Tour



Monday 24th April

Staff Day


Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Holiday


Wednesday 26th April

Students Return to School in FULL WINTER UNIFORM


Friday 28th April

CSDA R1 Debating


Saturday 29th April

ISA Football & Tennis R1/Rugby vs St Greg's College/IPSHA R1 Winter


Sunday 30th April

College Orchestra Workshop






From the Principal     

Photo: P&F Cocktail Party

  • PRAYER:  Our new College Chapel
  • NAPLAN Information
  • Attendance at School:  No Extra Days Off!
  • P&F Cocktail Party
  • 'Boy Overboard' Opening Night
  • ISA Swimming Carnival
  • Congratulations to Billy Moran - Class of 2016 



We ask a special blessing on all members of the St Pius X Community.

Bless our Chapel that it may be a source of spiritual nourishment for all who enter here.

Bless our College that has been built for the education of our young people.

May it always be a home of truth and wisdom, of faith and good will toward those in need.
Through following the examples of Blessed Edmund Rice and St Pius X, may our College contribute to the building of Your kingdom with justice, respect and peace.


The newly refurbished Christian Brothers' Chapel has now become the College Chapel and Father Paul Finucane led the first Mass on Tuesday morning with representatives from every class as well as Mercy College, Our Lady of Dolours Primary School and parishioners in attendance.  We look forward to celebrating Mass in the Chapel every second Tuesday.  On alternate Tuesdays, Tuesday morning Mass will be held in Mercy College's Chapel.  A schedule of these masses can be found in the Mission & Identity section of this newsletter.




The College has been notified that NAPLAN tests into the future will become an online test between now and 2019.  Schools will transition to this over the next two years.  Please find below a letter of communication to Principals which I share for your information.


Attendance at School - No Extra Days Off!

I remind parents that the final day for students in Term 1 is Thursday 6th April. The College has very generous holidays and I ask parents not to take students from school earlier than the gazetted dates. Parents are urged not to allow the boys to take any “soft” options at the end of term but rather to keep working to their capacity to the very end of term.


P&F Cocktail Party - What a Success!

Congratulations to the P&F for a great night attended by almost 300 parents and staff. The change of venue to Chatswood was a positive move and all who attended enjoyed the spirit and hospitality which characterises our wonderful community.

Thanks go to all the volunteers who contributed to such a successful evening with special appreciation going to Braelen Zwart, Paul Hunt, Nadine Robson, Sarah Gillard, Ingrid Jannssen, Viv Rayner and Paul O’Neill. 


'Boy Overboard' Opening Night

The Opening Night for “Boy Overboard" was a rousing success and we congratulate the cast and crew. There will be a full report and photos of this production next week.

There are still tickets available for tonight’s performance (Wednesday 29th March.)  Please go to to book. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


ISA Swimming Carnival

Best wishes to our SPX Swimming Squad led by Year 12 Swimming Captain Jesse Kerlin in tonight’s ISA Carnival at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. This is the final swimming carnival for the season and I offer the College’s appreciation to Ms Proc for her efforts as Convenor of the team.




Congratulations to Billy Moran, Class of 2016, on his being awarded his prize for the Centre for US Studies History Extension Essay. In an evening at the beautiful Nicholson Museum, attended by high achievers across Modern, Ancient and Extension, it was great to see St Pius X College holding its own in what is the History version of Art Express or Encore.


Around 20,000 students undertake some form of HSC History, so this was a wonderful achievement for Billy. His essay was on the closing down of the Smithsonian Museum’s Enola Gay Exhibition. The keynote was presented by Dr Peter Dobbins of the University of Sydney on his fascinating research into the history of air safety in World War II.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Identity, Youth Ministry and Social Justice

Photo: First Mass in the New College Chapel

  • Mission & Identity:  New College Chapel and the Year 11 Retreat
  • Youth Ministry:  Youth Festival for Years 9-12 students
  • Social Justice:  Project Compassion and The Edmund Rice Society


Mission & Identity

On Tuesday this week we added another historical milestone to our College timeline. The St Pius X Community celebrated our first Mass with Father Paul Finucane in the new College Chapel. Although Mass was regularly said for the Brothers, this was the first time that the college community have celebrated the Blessed Eucharist together.

There were student representatives from each year group, staff, representatives from Our Lady of Dolours Primary School and Mercy College and OLD parishioners. It was also a good opportunity to use the new technology and beautiful altar furniture given to us by several Christian Brother communities. It is an intimate space that can hold up to 70 people. Religion classes will also make very good use of the chapel, participating in reflection activities, liturgy and the celebration of the Eucharist. 


Mass will be celebrated alternatively with Mercy College on Tuesdays at 8am on the following dates in Term 2:

  • Week 3:   9/5    St Pius X College
  • Week 5:   23/5  St Pius X College
  • Week 7:   6/6    St Pius X College
  • Week 9:   20/6  St Pius X College

Year 11 participated in their first Retreat Day 1 last week. This is a three day program based on the theme of Head, Heart, Hands and Feet. My thanks to Mr Batchelor, Mr Adrian Brannan and the many staff who attended.


As we end our fourth week of Lent, I encourage all families to continue to support Project Compassion.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity




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

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


Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Social Justice


PROJECT COMPASSION is in its final weeks and I urge all students to continue to give generously as you have so far. This Friday the Edmund Rice Society will be running their last Project Compassion Pancake and Hash Brown BBQ, so please come along and support them as they support Caritas Australia one more time.


THE EDMUND RICE SOCIETY has been very busy this term. Each week they have had a lunchtime meeting, on Friday mornings they run the Project Compassion BBQ, and on Tuesday afternoons they are working after school in the woodwork room making skateboard decks for the Haven Education Centre in Terrigal as well as indigenous jigsaw puzzles for St Mary’s Bowraville and St Joseph’s Walgett. Their efforts mean that the ongoing partnerships we have with these three schools are continuing and making a real difference to the lives of others. Thank you for your efforts and keep up the great work.


The Edmund Rice Society this term has welcomed almost 20 new members, showing that social justice is important to many students at St Pius X College. Our final meeting for Term 1 will be held next Tuesday at 1pm in LC2 where there will be a discussion on poverty as well as a presentation on children in detention from Oliver Tysoe, a Year 10 Edmund Rice Society member.  For all those who believe in the importance of social justice, this will be a great opportunity to come and see what the Society is all about.


Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator

P&F News

P&F Cocktail Party - What a Success!

Last Friday night 270 parents had a great time at the St Pius X College P&F Cocktail Party.   Next week we will publish a link to view the photos taken on the night.

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Year 7 Parent Get-Together: Friday 28th April from 7pm

Book the sitter and join us for a for a casual Friday night drink and/or dinner at The Stoned Crow in Crows Nest!  Come for a quick drink or stay for a bite to eat.  Please send us your RSVPs via email to [email protected] to let us know you're coming so that we can ensure enough seating for all (we have reserved an area).  We'd love to see you there! 

Your Year 7 Class Parents  - Fab, Kylie & Jo




Teaching & Learning Matters

From the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

  • Interim Reports Years 5 to 11
  • Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings
  • Year 12 Mid Course Reports


Interim Reports Year 5 to 11

Dear Parents,

Interim reports for Years 5 to 11 will be available later next week.  The purpose of the interim report is to provide an initial indication of how your son has settled into his learning for each of his subjects.


Please do not hesitate to contact any of your son's teachers regarding his progress. It is also important to regularly check his diary for teacher notes. It is also worthwhile monitoring the Portal to access assessment marks as they are released.


Years 5 and 6:  Interim reports for Years 5 and 6  will be mailed on Thursday 6th April.

Years 7 to 11:   These will be released through the College Portal and an email notification will be sent.


Please take the opportunity to check your access to the Portal by using the following link.

College Portal   There is also a link on the College Webpage.


If you do have difficulties:

                1.  In the first instance please use the 'forgot password' facility.

                2.  If problems persist, please email Ms Leonie Millar   [email protected]


If you require a hard copy of the interim report to be posted in the mail, please inform Mrs Sue Cheney     [email protected]


Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

For Year 11 Parents, the interim report can be further discussed at Parent Teacher meetings that are scheduled for Monday 15th May from 4.00pm.


Year 12 Mid Course Reports

The Mid Course reports for Year 12 will be available on the Portal from early Week 3 of next term.


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Year 7 RE students are currently writing emails to Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders School students

  • From the Deputy Principal:  Winter Uniform
  • From the Business Manager:  Statement of Address for Students
  • Edmund Rice Beyond Borders:  Year 7 connections with ERBB schools in Australia & globally
  • Summer Sports Photos
  • Holiday Courses


From the Deputy Principal


Our young men return in Term 2 in full Winter Uniform. This includes the College blazer, shirt and tie, long grey pants with black belt and the College grey jumper for extra warmth, along with black or grey socks and black leather school shoes.


The College Uniform also includes the College Back Pack. The Sports Back Pack issued for sporting tours is NOT part of the College Uniform from Monday to Friday. It can be used on weekends or sporting tours.


As the end of Term 1 approaches, many of our young men will definitely need a haircut before returning in Term 2. In obtaining haircuts for your son, it must be an even grade and of a style and length unlikely to cause comment. Shaved sides with longer fringes hanging over the top and exaggerated parts are not permissible. Hair must be clean, tidy, gel-less and of natural colour.


These regulations are standard for all, ensuring your son’s own good self-discipline as we join together as one St Pius X community.


The College Rain Jacket can be purchased from the Uniform Shop. It is only to be worn on wet days and will easily fit over our boys' blazers in winter. It is not an alternative for the school jumper or blazer. It can be worn as part of the Uniform at Saturday Sport only. It is the only rain jacket to be worn on wet days. No other type of rain jackets are permitted.


As the mornings begin to cool our young men have been reminded they must only wear the correct College Uniform which includes the grey College jumper. This jumper can be purchased from the Uniform Shop with second hand jumpers also available at very reasonable prices. Hoodies of any types, including the College Sports Hoodies, are never to be worn as part of our College Uniform.


Thank you for reminding your son on leaving home in the mornings of these routine Uniform, Grooming and Hair regulations. We are very proud of our boys and certainly want them to feel the same pride in representing themselves, their families and their College.


Mr Mark Casey - Deputy Principal


From the Business Manager

This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department), to advise you that the department has requested your child’s school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with section 21 of the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation).

If you have any questions regarding this notice, you can contact the department by:

Please see the document below for full details.

Mr N Carson - Business Manager


Edmund Rice Beyond Borders

Year 7 Religious Education Class 5 led the Assembly on Monday with a prayer celebrating their learning and contact with Edmund Rice Education Beyond Border schools around Australia and the globe. Year 7 RE students are currently writing emails to Edmund Rice students in England, Uruguay and Ireland explaining our actions in upholding the values of Edmund Rice.


Later in the year we hope that Skype conferences can be held with Edmund Rice schools at our 2017 Student Leadership Camp in August and Year 9 Huntington House Camps in October.  The value of this contact is underlined by the following link to St Mary’s Boys Grammar Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB) School Website in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Mondays EREBB Assembly Prayer from Year 7 RE5

Tom Marren:  In the name of the Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit….. Amen.

Dear Lord,

In the spirit of Harmony Day and celebration of our School Chapel Opening Mass tomorrow morning, we have been learning about Edmund Rice Schools around the world.


Oscar MacDonald:  We pray for the Edmund Rice Schools our class has been in contact with. 

(Please click below to see a list of these schools)

Ben Cullen:  We think of these Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders schools, their students, and how we can uphold the values of Edmund Rice through the example of Jesus at this time of Lent.  We pray also for our Year 12 Students as they begin their HSC Mid-Course Exams.


Founder of all these great schools.

                                      Blessed Edmund Rice……….    PRAY FOR US

                                      St Pius X ……………………… PRAY FOR US

                                      Live Jesus in our hearts …….  FOREVER


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ...... Amen.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


Summer Sport Photo Orders

All Summer Sports Photo Orders must be placed in the Silver Box at the College no later than Wednesday 5th April.  Additional order forms can be obtained from the Student Office.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator


Holiday Courses

BUBBLEDOME Minecraft courses available in April at Knox Grammar School

Send your kids to an educational and FUN holiday programme!

Minecraft Adventures , Minecraft Map Making and our Minecraft Survivor fun day courses are available in April at Knox Grammar during the 1st week of the holidays.  Please book in early to get a space. Price is $299 for a 3 day course or $99 for a one-day fun Survivor Minecraft course.


Book online or call us on 1800 11 55 62

See our website for more details.

*Please note our Knox Grammar venue is a bring your own laptop course.



For information regarding dates, times and activities available please click on the flyer and booking form below or go to the website:


MindMatters for Families

Photo: Before-School Boxercise with Mr Russo


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.


The White Knight Foundation Gala Dinner

Join the crusade and fight youth violence by attending the White Knight Foundations’ second Annual Gala Dinner on Friday 19th May!  Please see the flyer below for details:


Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

Department News

Photo: Year 12 Visual Arts excursion to the Art Gallery of NSW


  • Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys
  • Library Matters
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Religious Education - Year 8 Excursion
  • Robotics - In the News
  • Science - Gifted & Talented Program
  • Visual Arts

Duke of Edinburgh Award


Training has started for the Adventurous Journey component of our Duke of Edinburgh Award program. 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.


Students who have extracurricular commitments such as Chess and Football must make this training a priority. If this is the case you will need to inform me that you have this training and alternative arrangements can possibly be made to suit your specific circumstance.


All the best to our Gold and Silver participants who will be completing their Adventurous Journey through Glenbrook National Park at the end of term.


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


The proposed Journey 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:  Friday 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 Matters

INSPIRING READERS:  The Year 10 Edmund Rice Readers’ Cup

Year 10 students are invited to participate in our ‘Reading for Pleasure’ challenge. The Reading List offers a wide range of books with over 50 titles that have been updated in consultation with teachers and students. This year’s new titles include:

  • Saroo Brierley -  ‘Lion:  A Long Journey Home’
  • Young Australian of the Year, Thiuk Deng - ‘Songs of a War Boy’
  • Peter Fitzsimmons - ‘Kokoda’
  • Ransom Riggs - 'Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children’

Students must read five books from the list and five of their own choices for a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ and higher awards are possible. The full Reading List, awards and rules are attached. English teachers strongly encourage Year 10 students to participate in the Challenge ...

  • as there is time to enjoy reading,
  • to read widely
  • to experience quality literature
  • as it provides an academic advantage.

This last point is important. In the HSC years there is less time to read and many of the books on the list could be used as a ‘related text’ for HSC English - a great head start.  The Year 10 Edmund Rice Readers’ Cup concludes on 26th August 2017.



Did you know students from Years 5 to 12 have 24/7 access to a collection of over 1000 eBooks?  Books can be instantly accessed anytime of the day or night - 7 days a week, even on holidays.  The eBook reader app offers a number of benefits:

  • page settings:  choose font size, style and colour and background colour
  • a special setting for students with dyslexia
  • highlighting and bookmarking to capture text quotes and make notes
  • tap a word to connect to an online dictionary

These features will empower reluctant readers and revolutionise reading on public transport as the reading app can easily be downloaded onto smart phones.  With regular updates of all the latest fiction and with so many titles on offer, there’s something for even the fussiest reader.  Sign on details for eBooks are available

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher/Librarian

Performing Arts

BOY OVERBOARD:  There are still tickets available for tonight’s performance.  Please go to to book. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.


YEAR 10 MUSIC PERFORMANCE AFTERNOON:  The students in the Year 10 Elective Music class will be presenting a short concert of works NEXT Tuesday 4th April, commencing at 5.00pm in the Band Room. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend.


JAZZ BAND WORKSHOPS:  Workshops will be held for the Senior and Intermediate Jazz Bands THIS Sunday 2nd April in preparation for the Sydney Eisteddfod next term. A note has been sent home with all the details.


80th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AND REHEARSALS:  Planning and rehearsing are well underway by all ensembles for our musical celebration at our “Night Full of Stars” concert on the 18th May. All senior ensembles (Senior Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, College Orchestra) and the Junior Choir will be required to attend three rehearsals out of school hours to prepare for the Finale item. A rehearsal schedule will be sent home NEXT WEEK with all details.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating


On Thursday, 16th March, the Year 11 and Year 12 debaters ran the above seminar in the Blue Room.  The evening commenced at 6pm with a 70 tutorial followed by our Year 11s presenting a debate that was used to support this training seminar.  Congratulations to all of our Year 12 Debaters who are now qualified CSDA Debating Adjudicators.  They will be able to work for St Pius X College in the 2018 debate season as coaches and/or adjudicators. We could not host this event without our Year 11s support so thank you to all of our Year 11 debaters.



Students have commenced training and we will all be training from 3.30 – 5.00pm this Friday afternoon.  Students know the venue for their training sessions. Debaters need to read the Daily Notices to ensure that they keep up with the latest information. The CSDA competition dates are as follows.  The College will be hosting four of these 11 events. The venues for each event will be published before the end of Term 1.


Debaters need to attend ALL of the first six rounds.  If your team makes it through to the Elimination round (and beyond) you also need to keep those dates free. 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 the College for a 6pm competition commencement.  SDN debates have a different, later running order.


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

Quarter-final    July 21

Semi-final    July 28

Grand Final  August 3



St Pius X participates in the School’s Debating Network (SDN) Competition. Schools include: Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville College, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona. This seven-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

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

Round 3:    4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X

Round 4:    11th August, St Pius X hosting Wenona

Round 5:    18th August, St Pius X hosting Monte

Round 6:    25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X

Round 7:    2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X

Tiebreaker:   8th September, hosted by St Pius X

Final:          15th September, hosted by Monte


The fee for the CSDA extracurricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term 2 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.

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


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener


Religious Education


On Monday 27th March Year 8 had the privilege of visiting the Jewish Museum at Darlinghurst and the North Shore Synagogue at Lindfield. Both of these venues provided students with insights for their studies of Judaism as part of their Religious Education classes. It also allowed students to gain an empathetic understanding of the events of the Holocaust.

The students were fortunate to listen to two Holocaust survivors, Olga Horak, who survived Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Dasia Black who, with the assistance of a local family, was able to remain in hiding during Nazi occupation. The students were praised for their behaviour at the Museum by the guides who showed the boys around the new Holocaust exhibit which was opened by the Prime Minister on 20th March.

In the afternoon the boys visited the North Shore Synagogue at Lindfield. Rabbi Lewin explained to the students the key beliefs of Judaism and gave a tour of the synagogue. All students were invited to the front of the Synagogue to view the Torah Scrolls.

The day provided Year 8 students with an opportunity to engage in inter-faith dialogue and appreciate the Religious Diversity within our country and around the world. A sincere thank you to the staff who made this day possible:  Mr Phil Stollery, Mr Adrian Brannan, Mr Benn McBrearty, Mr Jack Kovacic, Ms Felicity Whelan and Ms Lisa Guerrera.

Dr Katie Meale - Religious Education Coordinator

Robotics Club - In the News

On the weekend the St Pius X Robotics Club featured in the Sydney Morning Herald. The focus of the article was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The article showcased one of our students, Harrison Crowe-Maxwell and how he is involved with STEM in the College. Harrison is one of many of our students who are actively involved with STEM in the College.


The Robotics Club has been running as a voluntary club after school for a number of years now. More recently (the last 4 years) we have had an explosion of interest and enthusiasm for the Club as a way of preparing our boys for the future. Drones, Droids, Robots and Artificial Intelligence are current and changing technologies that are becoming commonplace in our world. Driverless cars, pilotless drones, recue robots and mechanised industry all require skills in mechatronics and coding.


Currently we have over 90 students ranging from Year 6 to Year 12 with another 30-40 Year 5 students completing an Introduction to Robotics module in Term 4. Students develop skills in mechatronics, coding, problem solving, teamwork and resilience and we now have have students gaining access to university courses based on their participation in the Robotics Club and State and National competitions.


The boys work through a program starting with Lego robots (funded by the P&F) and then move through Arduino projects as they progress to “big boy” robots constructed from scratch (these work out to around $800 a Robot). Whilst internal and external competitions are a focus of the club, students also have the opportunity to work on individual or group projects. Currently we have teams of students building a rescue drone and a First Person View Quadcopter and a number of Robots for this year’s RoboCup competition.

Congratulations to the students, Mr ten Seldam and Mr Lai for their passion, efforts and enthusiasm that make this club and its students a National newsworthy activity and to Mrs Ingram for her assistance with the media.

Mr P de Silva - Robotics Convenor




In November last year 26 Science students from Years 8 and 9 sat for The University of Sydney Gifted and Talented Science Qualifying Examination.  The examination was very challenging, requiring students to draw on their knowledge of Science as well as to think creatively. I am pleased to announce that the following students have each been offered a place in The Science Gifted and Talented Science Discovery Program to be conducted during the July school holidays at The University of Sydney

  • From Year 10:  Cameron Lorking, Jeremiah Cuachon and Jason Sacre
  • From Year 9:  Keegan Aikin, Cameron Fernandopulle and Caelen Hearne

Congratulations and well done to all participants.

Mrs J Schuster - Assistant Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Last week the Year 12 Visual Arts class went to the Art Gallery of NSW to view some of the permanent collection and visit Art Express. Art Express features a selection of top student artworks from the Visual Arts HSC course in 2016. In class we have been researching the art making practice of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and it was exciting for the students to view some of his work at the gallery.

For more information about the AGNSW visit:

Ms D Janes - Art Teacher

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • After-School Courses in Handwriting & Touch Typing
  • Using Windows Narrator to Improve Students' Comprehension
  • SPX Provisions Program

After-School Courses in Handwriting & Touch Typing

New intake for Term 2:  For the interest of parents/ carers and their sons in Years 5 - 10, please see the flyers below for details about two after-school courses on offer for Term 2, 2017:

  • Touch Typing Skills
  • Handwriting Skills

The two courses continue to be successfully run onsite at the College with positive feedback being received from students and parents/carers. The courses are open to any student wishing to develop and improve these vital skills. They are run by our external provider and experienced occupational therapist, Anna Orchard who is highly experienced in engaging and working with both primary and secondary students. The programs begin in week 2 of term, and run over eight consecutive weeks (70 minutes per session), and students are able to attend makeup sessions at the end of term, if required for illness or other reasons. 


Using Windows Narrator

An “easy-PC” way to improve students’ comprehension of what they read, as well as their vocabulary, spelling, speaking and listening skills

For many students, particularly those who struggle with reading lots of text, using the inbuilt Windows Narrator app on their PLDs in class and at home, may be the ideal way to assist. It may help to maximise auditory processing and visual processing of the words on a page. Whether at home or at school with the aid of earphones, your son can access this program on his PLD, through the search bar on the right of the screen, and it will allow him to hear and process the words as they are being read on the screen at the same time as he is viewing, following and decoding the words himself.


Once in the program he need only click the ‘Narrator off’ box to ‘Narrator on’ and select the preferred voice etc. in each of the settings that pop up in the list. The Narrator will then read any text that he goes to highlight and if he highlights nothing, it will simply begin reading the whole page of text in any window that he has open on his PLD, including electronic worksheets, assessment task notifications, web pages for internet research, online textbooks or other eBooks.


Encourage your son to make use of this potentially very useful feature in his PLD. It may boost his skills in: reading for meaning, vocabulary and spelling, as well as speaking and listening, through hearing the words on the screen being read without viewing to decode the words and then checking back on his understanding. With a fresh semester ahead, and therefore the chance to to improve on homework and assignments, this feature of your son’s PLDs may be worthwhile exploring.


See the attachment below for a graphic that outlines step-by-step instructions on how to use the Narrator app on your son’s PLD.


SPX Provisions Program 2017

The Provisions Program at St Pius X aims to assist and support students with identified learning and support needs at the most stressful times in the academic calendar – namely in exams and assessments. Approval for appropriate provisions can be granted to students on the basis of a diagnosed disability that is either physical, cognitive, sensory or social-emotional, and which impacts the student’s ability to perform to their true ability in an exam or assessment situation. This involves up to date medical documentation and functional evidence gleaned from teachers who know how the student is performing in the classroom and particularly in test situations. Only those students whose medical documents have been processed through the LSE (Learning Support and Enrichment) Department and been approved, can receive provisions. Provisions include small group supervision, extra time to write, rest breaks, use of a computer, reader, writer or scribe.


Students approved for provisions in Years 5-9 are encouraged to discuss their provisions needs for particular exams and assessments with their teachers but it is the teachers who liaise directly with the LSE staff to secure the necessary rooming, supervision and other arrangements for upcoming whole-grade, timed, written, in-class assessments.

Students in Years 10-12 with approved provisions are required to be proactive in applying directly to the LSE Department in order to be given access to their provisions on each assessment occasion. This process involves the use of an online eForm via the school’s portal, which must be submitted 7 days’ prior to an assessment task day as follows:

The eform submission alerts LSE that provisions assistance for an assessment task is needed by a student, and allows for the student’s teachers and subject coordinators to be confidentially informed in a timely and private manner.


Please note: the eForm is ONLY required for assessment tasks; it is NOT NEEDED for exam blocks throughout the year – because LSE staff are prepared for the exam blocks well ahead of time and will initiate contact with the relevant students across the school about upcoming exam blocks as they arise.


The medical documentation must be no older that 12-18 months in general and so we advise parents throughout the year to please send in to LSE staff any fresh medical or clinical documentation including medical reports, updated diagnoses or review letters as they receive them. We thank parents for continuing to assist us by providing the school with this up to date clinical information and advice on reasonable adjustments and accommodations so that we can best support your son’s performance in time-pressured exam situations.


The LSE team welcomes interested parents and carers who are happy to be involved as readers or scribes as part of the Program. For further information about any aspect of the Provisions Program at the College, including your son’s eligibility for Provisions or becoming a Provisions Helper, please contact Joanne at [email protected]

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


  • Careers News:  

          -   Discover Engineering Day

           -  Macquarie in a Day (During the school holidays)

           -  UMAT 2017

  • Careers Newsletter


Discover Engineering Day

Cameron Lorking and Xavier Dimos (Year 10) attended a Discover Engineering Day at Chatswood High School last week. Discover Engineering Day included activities aimed at giving high school students a taste of skills required for the engineering profession as well as variety of guest speakers,  including university students from UNSW, UTS and University of Sydney, and qualified Engineers from different industries.


Macquarie in a Day (During the School Holidays)

19th and 20th April

The day offers students a chance to choose which classes they are interested in attending, experience practical sessions and tutorials, and ask staff and students about university life.


UMAT 2017

Registrations close 2nd June 2017 and the test takes place nationally on the 26th July 2017.  UMAT is a test that is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on the website.


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: 2017 Basketball Premiers


  • Important Information from the Senior School Sportsmaster
  • Football
  • Rugby

From the Senior School Sportsmaster


As the Winter season begins to gather momentum and we face our first full weekend of Rugby and Football trails against St Aloysius College it is timely to draw your attention to three important documents that the College and its community subscribe to fully.

The documents are the “SPX Risk Warning”, the “ISA Code of Conduct” and the “ISA Concussion Policy”.  They are attached below for your information.  Please familiarise yourselves with these documents and support the College in making our sports competitions a safe place for our boys.

Mr M Stearn - Senior Sportsmaster


Dear Parents and Players,

This weekend we see the first fixture for the majority of our teams playing against St Aloysius.  Fields can be found at the following locations:

  • Castle Cove 1 and 2:  Holly St, Castle Cove
  • St Aloysius College Oval:  Tyneside Ave, Willoughby
  • Walsh:  1 Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls

All players should be at the ground at least 30 minutes prior to kick off in full Football Uniform.


Even though this is a trial fixture it is appropriate that all players, parents and supporters are aware of the ISA Code of Conduct

Training will continue on Monday at Oxford Falls and will then recommence on the 26th of April when students return in Term 2.  Good luck to all teams.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




Holiday Football Skills Day - CANCELLED:  Unfortunately due to clashes with facilities, coaches and the Easter break we have been unable to schedule the Holiday Skills Camp this break.  We will be holding a 3-day camp in the mid-year (July) break.


Football Club Committee:  Thank you to all those parents who responded to our call for support last week.  We are encouraged that there are parents out there willing to help.  We look forward to the new ideas and enthusiasm they will bring to the Committee and will ensure that Football is well supported in coming years.


Trial Matches vs St Aloysius College:  This weekend sees the first games of the football year in the annual trial fixtures against St Aloysius College.  With the recent rain causing significant problems in finalising team trials and selection there is still some finalisation to be completed and this weeks games will be a final opportunity to complete teams.  We wish all our teams great success.


Term 2 Coaching Program:  The Committee and the Football Convener are working towards implementing a structured coaching program beginning in Term 2.  The program is being developed by our specialist coach and should lift the skills of every boy playing football at the College.  We will provide more details once it is finalised.


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

Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Draw – Saturday 1st April

On Saturday 1st April, St Pius X College play their traditional trial matches against St Aloysius College. The 13s through to 15s will play at Oxford Falls, while the 16s and Opens will play away at St Aloysius College Oval. Please see the fixture list below:

St Aloysius College Oval is located at Tynside Ave, North Willoughby


Rugby Registration is Still Open – PLEASE COMPLETE REGISTRATION ASAP.

To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year and clinic registration all in one spot:


All students wishing to play rugby are required to be registered here to be included in a team, allowing the school rugby administrators & coaches to best prepare for the coming season, plus allow your P&F Rugby Club to best support and communicate with you! 


Rugby Holiday 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 Day 1, 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 2, 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. Please see the flyer below for more information.


ISA Concussion Policy

The ISA Concussion Policy is included below and also in the Sportsmaster's section above.  Please ensure you and your sons are aware of the policy for the upcoming season.


Rugby Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at Oxford Falls during Term 1.  Buses depart Archer Street no later than 3:30pm and head to Oxford Falls for a training start time of 4pm. Training finishes at 5pm for the 13 to 16 age groups and 5:30pm for the Opens, with buses arriving back at Chatswood by 5:30pm and 6pm respectively. All age groups will train at Oxford Falls on Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of Term 1. There will be no training on Thursday 6th April.


Rugby Calendar for 2017:  


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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




Energy and Enthusiasm

Great to be back at Oxford falls for our first trial of the new season. Trials are an opportunity for all players to demonstrate their ability in a competitive team game environment. All SPX teams, from Preps through to Opens, performed really well and it was good to witness some free flowing support based rugby, which is our basic style. All players should reflect back on their performance and ask in which areas they would like to improve. Coaches will be looking hard at both individual and team performance so that we can make our Tuesday and Thursday sessions very relevant.

On Tuesday we focus more on basic skills and conditioned games. On Thursday we focus on unit skills and team play in preparation for Saturday's games.

This Saturday we travel to St Aloysius College, a local challenge and an opportunity to further enhance our reputation for running rugby .

Enjoy training, every minute of it!

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer



Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Year 5 Cross Country Trial - Term 1, 2017

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

TERM 2 – WINTER UNIFORM:  Boys return to school in Term 2 wearing full winter uniform so please organise your son’s winter uniform and sporting uniform. If your son was here last year, now is a good time to check that last year’s uniform still fits.


P&F COCKTAIL PARTY:  It was great to meet so many parents at the P&F cocktail party. I trust you had a wonderful time. Thanks for supporting the college and the P&F in their endeavours and all in the name of fun!


CAMP:  We are off and running at camp!  A reminder that the boys will return at two different spots on Friday.  Year 5 will return to Anderson Street at 2.30pm and Year 6 will return to Archer Street at approximately 3pm. I trust you have ensured that your son is aware of how he is getting home. If you are collecting him, could you please be punctual as the boys and the teachers will be exhausted.


NEXT JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER: Please note that due to camp the next Junior School newsletter will be distributed towards the end of Week 10 (not Week 9).


CROSS COUNTRY:  Best wishes to our cross country boys as they go to the IPSHA Trials at The Kings School this Saturday.  It is a massive event and a great experience.  I will be arriving at approximately 8.45am and will assist with warming up the team as Mr Virgona is working at the starting line.  Mr Virgona will be there as planned.


LEARN TO CODE:  Holiday Courses at Chatswood Public School

Learn to code, have fun, be creative, enjoy using logic and problem solving to build your very own App!   Please see the flyer below for details.



Did you know students from Years 5 to 12 have 24/7 access to a collection of over 1000 eBooks?  Books can be instantly accessed anytime of the day or night - 7 days a week, even on holidays. Please see the Library article in the Department News section of this newsletter for details.



Friday 31st March – Boys return from camp

Saturday 1st April – IPSHA cross country trials

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: No sport this week as students are on camp.

Cross-Country:  Good luck to competitors in action at the IPSHA Cross-Country at Kings this Saturday.


Rugby Tour:  We have a trial game next week against Gordon at Beauchamp Oval, Chatswood on Tuesday 4th April at 4.15pm.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:


Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop

  • The Uniform shop closes next Wednesday 5th April and reopens Monday 24th April (Staff Day) at 9am.
  • A reminder that students return for Term 2 on 26th April in full Winter Uniform.


REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME                                                                        

Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  All items now available in the Uniform Shop.


Payment for ordered  Blazers is due.  Please pay directly 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
NAPLAN Information.pdf
NAPLAN Information.pdf
Careers Newsletter March 29.pdf
Careers Newsletter March 29.pdf
SPX Rugby Calendar.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
Rugby Holiday Clinic.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
ISA Code of Conduct.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
ISA Code of Conduct.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Turning on and off Windows 8 Narrator.pdf
Handwriting Flyer.pdf
Touch Typing Flyer.pdf
Handwriting Flyer.pdf
Touch Typing Flyer.pdf
Learn to Code - Chatswood Public School.pdf
Learn to Code - Chatswood Public School.pdf
2017 Statement of Address.pdf
2017 Statement of Address.pdf
Glenaeon Holiday Activities Flyer.pdf
Glenaeon Booking Form.pdf
Glenaeon Holiday Activities Flyer.pdf
Glenaeon Booking Form.pdf
EREBB Schools.pdf
EREBB Schools.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf
Youth Festival.pdf
Youth Festival.pdf