ST PIUS X COLLEGE ANNUAL OLD BOYS' DINNER AND 80TH ANNIVERSARY MASS
Our Old Boys Annual Dinner was well attended this year with over 180 ex-students of the College enjoying a Mass in the Brothers' Chapel followed by dinner at Oxford Falls. Both venues were novel for many of the Old Boys, for whom the quality of the present day Brothers' House and Ovals/Facilities at Oxford Falls were just remote concepts when they attended the College in the 1940s – 2000s.
Apologies from members such as Wallaby Captain Michael Hooper and French Top 14 Rugby Player Luke Jones among many others did not dampen the spirit of the gathering. Pleasingly there were over 60 Old Boys from the Class of 2016 lead by the likes of Clay Henry and Sam Calamos (yes it is disappointing sometimes when you get the fish plate but spare a thought for your Physics teacher who found himself in the same boat!) sharing the next best represented 1986 cohort.
Guests of Honour included Mr Edward Brett ‘54, grandfather of Oliver Franklin Year 10, both of whom read at Mass, Mr Dermot Hoy, Mr David Bradley, Mr Bill Sutton, Mr Tony Dixon, Association Patron Br Carl Sherrin, outgoing College Board Chair Mr Peter Hughes, Mr Simon Darcy, four Ryan brothers reflecting on the recent passing of their father, first day pupil in 1937 Mr Phil Ryan, three Spencer brothers - boasting two school captains in the family, and Parish Priest Fr Paul Finucane.
Our thanks go to the many who organised and generously supported this event including longserving SPX Old Boys’ Association President Mr David Bullard ‘82, Secretary Mr Jeff Clarke ‘86, Mr Brett Laird ’82, Mr Chuck Kilby ’81, Mr Mark Santone ’86, Mr Brad Hall ’86, Mr Barry Wong, Mr Adrian Brannan ’90 and Mr John Reid. The Mass was supported by both the outgoing Year 12 School Captain Joe Unwin and 2018 School Captain elect Dan Hall with his Student Leadership Team.
Ms Deb Cummins (acolyte) and Ms Donna Dempsey supported the liturgy along with music provided by Ms Steph Gan and Ms Bates and the Twilight Concert was also included in the Old Boys' Tour of the College, Archives and Brothers' House.
A feature of the night were the College Decade Banners which were commissioned by Mr John Couani for the 80th anniversary of the College. These were designed by Ms Linda Gregor, graphic designer, and created with the assistance of College Archivist Br Carl Sherrin and College Publicist Ms Julie Ingram. They provided a great centrepiece for talking points and reminiscences.
Please note that Ms Ingram, in concluding our 80th Anniversary publications, would like to hear from any families with College History attachments such as three generations of attendance or the like.
At the dinner The College Song and War Cry were sung. A good time was had by all and we look forward to celebrating with the class of 2017 joining the ranks on the first Friday in September 2018. Put it in your calendar.
YEAR 12 FINAL STUDY DAY
Congratulations to Year 12 students for the way you conducted yourselves last Friday at your final Study Day at Oxford Falls. Thanks also to the small army of parents who catered generously for their sons in what was, for some, their last ever commitment at Oxford Falls.
The day, organised by Mr Masters and Mr Cunneen, was a great success with some informative guest speakers including retired Barrister and amateur historian Philip Selth who addressed our History students on the actions of the Coastwatchers in the South West Pacific Theatre of WWII. This was a great segue to our Kokoda and PNG Immersion Expedition 2018.
Preparations for the upcoming Graduation and HSC Examinations are well in hand under the experienced guidance of Mr Masters and Mr Cunneen. Exemplary Attendance, College References and other College Awards are currently being collated and gazetted so students need to be attentive and responsibly communicative when called upon to provide and proof check all relevant details.
We look forward to a safe, enjoyable and successful transition of our Year 12 students to life beyond the HSC and call upon all within the St Pius X College Community to support this objective in every way possible.
SNOWY HIKE PRACTICE / QUALIFYING HIKE
Year 11 Students planning to use Sunday's Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk as their Snowy Hike Qualifying Hike need to see Mr Brannan if you have not already done so. There are limited seats available on the mini bus leaving from school at 8.20am Sunday. Otherwise you will need to make your own way to Acron Oval, St Ives, by 9.00am. The walk will finish with a BBQ at Davidson Park under Roseville Bridge at 12 noon.
Mr DeSilva tells me that by his estimation only a limited number of students have qualified for the Snowy Hike thus far.
FINAL CALL: Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk this Sunday 10th September
A reminder and final call for our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk which will be held THIS SUNDAY 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential Snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.
RUNNING FOR ROWIE RUNNING FESTIVAL - Sunday 17th September
Any member of the SPX community interested in running with the St Thomas’ Willoughby Community in the Blackmores Running Festival (Marathon, Half Marathon or sensible distances available) on Sunday 17th September is invited to see Mr Brannan, Jamie Miller or Harry Rowe for more details.
THE LIAM KNIGHT 'WHITE FOUNDATION WALK' - Sunday 24th September
This Spit to Manly Walk is another great way to support the White Knight Foundation and enjoy a scenic walk on Sunday 24th September. Full details are available on the Social Justice page of this newsletter or contact the MindMatters Student Empowerment Team.
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services