St Pius X College Newsletter

06 September 2017
Issue 27
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice 
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F Events
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Careers
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]
AU


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 6th September

Year 11 Music Performance Night

Year 9 Market Day:  ​Canteen Open for Breakfast but closed all day

 

Thursday 7th September

Sports Colour Awards

 

Friday 8th September

SDN Semi Finals

 

Saturday 9th September

SPX Tennis Age Championships/ISA

Invitational Athletics

 

Monday 11th September

Year 11 Preliminary Exams to 22/9

Staff Meeting

 

Friday 15th September

RUOK Day

SDN Finals

 

Saturday 16th September

SPX Internal Tennis Championship

 

Tuesday 19th September

Years 9 & 10 Drama Night

 

Thursday 21st September

Year 12 Internal Graduation

 

Friday 22nd September

Year 12 External Graduation

Term 3 Concludes

 

TERM 4

Monday 9th October

Staff and Students Return

 

Wednesday 11th October

Year 9 Camp #1 Huntington House to 13/10

 

Saturday 14th October

IPSHA R7 Summer resumes

Growing Good Men Weekend to 15/10

 

Monday 16th October

Year 9 Camp #2 Huntington House to 18/10

HSC Begins

Wellbeing Week

 

Wednesday 18th October

Year 9 Camp #3 Huntington House to 20/10

 

Saturday 21st October

ISA R1 / IPSHA R8

 

Monday 23rd October

Performing Arts Festival Weel

 

 

Tuesday 24th October

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM 

 

Wednesday 25th October

Year 12, 2018 Study Day #1

 

Thursday 26th October

Investiture 2018 Senior Leaders at The Concourse

(moved from 23/10)

 

Saturday 28th October

ISA R2 / IPSHA R9 

 

Sunday 29th October

College Orchestra Workshop

 

Monday 30th October

Yr 9 Camp #4 Huntington House to 1/11


Wednesday 1st November

Year 9 Camp #5 Huntington House to 3/11

Year 12, 2018 Parent Information Evening

 

Saturday 4th November

Years 5 & 6 (2018) Orientation Morning

P&F Morning Tea

ISA R3 / IPSHA R10

 

Monday 6th November

Year 10 Assessment Block begins to 10/11

P&F AM

 

Tuesday 7th November

Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day

 

Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 12 Formal

 

Saturday 11th November

ISA R4 / IPSHA R11

New Enrolments 2018 sMusic Auditions 1

 

Tuesday 14th November

Years 5-9 Exams begin

 

Saturday 18th November

ISA R5 / IPSHA R12

New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 2

 

Thursday 23rd November

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #3

 

Friday 24th November

Founder's Day Festival

 

Saturday 25th November

ISA R6

 

Monday 27th November

Year 10 Immersions

ABW Begins

 

Thursday 30th November

Year 10 Dinner Dance

 

Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert

 

Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

 

Tuesday 5th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Years 5-10 Reports on Portal

 

Wednesday 6th December

Junior School Prizegiving Day

Years 5-10 Closing Mass

Term 4 Concludes

 

Thursday 7th December

Staff Day

P/T Interviews (if requested)

 

Monday 11th December

College Office open

 

Thursday 14th December

HSC Results

 

Friday 15th December

Year 12 BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal     

Photo: Gift for Mercy College

 

  • PRAYER 
  • Gift to Mercy College
  • Old Boys' Mass and Dinner
  • Twilight Concert
  • Last Week's Father & Son Events
  • Splinters Splashes Stage & Sounds
  • Market Day
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award

PRAYER  

Prayers for Mrs Robyn Olson

Mrs Olson was laid to rest today and the College continues to pray for the repose of her soul and for Mr Olson and their family.

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our sister Robyn.
In this life you embraced her with a strong faith
and the love and care of her devoted family.
We ask that you give her eternal rest.
We pray that Jim and his family may find strength and support
in knowing that Robyn is now in your care.
We ask that you welcome her into paradise,
Where there will be no more sorrow, no weeping or pain,
May Robyn find a fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
Blessed Edmund Rice… Pray for us
St Pius X… Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever
Amen.

 

 

Gift to Mercy College

At Tuesday's Mass in the Mercy College Chapel, St Pius X College donated a Candle Stand on the occasion of our 80th Anniversary.  This Candle Stand is identical to the one in our own College Chapel and symbolises the unity and faith between our two schools.  

The masthead for my Woodchatta page today shows Father Andrew, Mrs Kavanagh the Principal of Mercy College and myself along with students from both Mercy College and St Pius X College.  This continues our long and rich relationship across the two schools and through the Parish of Our Lady of Dolours. 

 

Old Boys' Mass and Dinner

Last Friday evening the 80th Anniversary Mass and Dinner for the Old Boys’ Association was celebrated at the school. Mass in the College’s Christian Brothers' Chapel was led by Fr Paul Finucane. There were close to 180 ex-students gathered for dinner at Oxford Falls in recognising the spirit, friendship and many achievements of the College over 80 years.

 

Recognition for the ministry and foundations laid by the Christian Brothers was central with the Patron Br Sherrin in attendance, along with many Old Boys of the early years including Mr David Bradley, Mr Bill Sutton, Mr Tony Dixon, Mr Edward Brett, Mr Tim Smyth and many others.

 

On the evening Mr David Bullard’s Presidency and 12 years on the Executive was acknowledged with deep appreciation as he handed over to incoming President Mr Jeff Clarke. On behalf of the College I offer a sincere vote of thanks to Mr Bullard for his leadership of the Old Boys Association for over a decade.

Please see the Student & Parents Matters page of this newsletter for a selection of photos taken on the night.

 

Twilight Concert

Last Friday evening was also the Term 3 Twilight Concert and the final Twilight Concert for our present Year 12 students. It was a concert full of stunning performances and I thank Ms Bates and the Music staff for their dedication and service to music.

This year’s Year 12 has many fine musicians and performers and I acknowledge the following Year 12 students who have given so much to the Performing Arts during their time at the school:  Robert Brady, Daniel Butler, Lachlan Ceravolo, Godwin Cipriano, Matthew Hawthorne, Nicholas Hay, Toon Janssen, Brodie Jones, Brandon Jubian, Hamish Knox, Peter Maniatis, William Maniatis, Reece Mattera, Thomas Mullane, Jazzie Pagobvi-Dyakij, Christopher Purwa, William Russell, Liam Shearer-Hawkins, Daniel Siwek, Nicholas Slack, Corwin Tey, Denis Webber and Liam Zucconi.

 

Last Week's Father & Son Events

So much happened in the school last week and I hope all our Fathers and Grandfathers enjoyed a great Fathers' Day on Sunday.

 

On the Junior School page of this newsletter you will find a selection of photos from the Junior School Fathers' Day sports afternoon last Thursday and some photos from the Fathers' Day Breakfast on Friday morning can be found in this gallery. Special thanks to the P&F mothers who fed the hundreds who came together for breakfast on Friday.

 

 

Splinters Splashes Stage & Sounds

Last Thursday evening the Annual Exhibition of Year 12 major works was held and the Year 12 students have demonstrated their excellent major works for the year. Congratulation to the students and thank you to the teachers for preparing the boys and to the many parents and family members who attended.

 

 

In the Performing Arts section on the Department News page of this newsletter you can find a small gallery of photos from this brilliant night.

 

 

 

Market Day

On Monday and Wednesday this week our Year 9 Commerce students held their Annual Market Day stalls as part of their business studies. Congratulations to the students and their teachers on this major achievement - it is no mean feat to provide food for the students at recess and lunchtime. A great community event.

A gallery of photos can be found in the Commerce section of the Department News page.

 

Congratulations

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award

Congratulations to Eamon Boyle in Year 6 whose poem 'Duck', based on the game of cricket, was one of the  winning entries in the Upper Primary section of this prestigious poetry competition for Australian school students.

Please go to the Junior School page to read his very clever poem.

 

 

Mr John Couani - Principal

 

Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: Our Year 10 students assisted in the Legacy Badge Appeal

  • Mission & Identity
        -   Fathers' Day
        -   Year 12 Graduation
        -   Year 11 Preliminary Exams
  • Year 10 Students Assist in the Legacy Badge Appeal
  • The Edmund Rice Society in Action
  • Woolies Earn and Learn - Collecting for St Joseph's Walgett
  • The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September

Mission & Identity

I hope all our Fathers and Grandfathers enjoyed their special day last Sunday and were spoilt by their families. Fathers' Day is a gentle reminder that we need to acknowledge and celebrate these special relationships in our lives. Jesus was a great example of devotion and love to his father and reminds us that these strong bonds sustain and nourish us as we face the many challenges in what we call 'life'.

 

Year 12 are beginning their preparations for their special Graduation celebrations at the end of term. I always feel that at this time every year we are on the cusp of the next cycle of life at St Pius X College. For Year 12 there are elements of closure - for example, the roar went up in my Year 12 SOR class this week when we recognised we had actually finished the course. Students felt a great sense of achievement and completion but also a recognition that the race is not yet run as they now give their total focus to revision work.

 

For Year 11 they too are ending their Preliminary courses in preparation for their upcoming exams. However, they also have the challenges and excitement of Year 12 in sight, particularly now the Student Leadership Team has been announced.

 

As we begin our preparations to move to the next cycle at the College we give thanks for the richness that Year 12 have brought to our community and ask God to bless them in their efforts to achieve their best.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

 

Social Justice

Legacy:   They Gave Their Today for Our Tomorrow

A good number of our Year 10 students again assisted in the Legacy Badge Appeal last week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, selling badges at Chatswood Station for over two hours each morning from 7.00am.

The general public are always very eager to support this important charity and our annual involvement is a valuable experience for the students. Our contribution is greatly valued by Legacy and Greg Wrate, coordinating for Legacy has again expressed his appreciation for our continued commitment to this cause.

 

The Edmund Rice Society continues to be busy. The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society has three Fridays left this term so please come and support them at Friday lunchtimes. The skateboards for The Haven Project continues with Edmund Rice Society members on Tuesday afternoons after school. This project has now extended to the Junior members who are also pitching in to prepare and pack the skateboard trucks and wheels to go with the skateboard decks the Senior members have been making.

 

The Society continues to meet at lunchtimes on Days 3 and 7 in LC2 and new members are always welcome.

 

 

Woolies Earn and Learn:  Please continue collecting for St Joseph’s Walgett.  Please keep sending in your stickers. St Joseph's have also offered us tickets for their fundraiser where they are giving away a new Toyota Prado worth almost $70,000. Tickets are $50 and all monies raised go toward their new sports court. If interested please follow the link:  St Joseph's Walgett Sports Court Prado Raffle

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

 

 

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: St Pius X College Annual Old Boys Dinner and 80th Anniversary Mass

  • From the Head of Student Services:
       -     St Pius X College Annual Old Boys Dinner and 80th Anniversary Mass
        -    Year 12 Final Study Day
        -    Snowy Hike Practice / Qualifying Hike
        -    Final Call for Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk this Sunday 10th September
        -    Running for Rowie - Sunday 17th September
       -    The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk' - Sunday 24th September
     
  • Snowy Hike Expedition - Final Call and Information for Students

From the Head of Student Services

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

 

Snowy Hike Expedition - Final Call

A reminder regarding the qualifying hike for those attending the 2017 Snowy Mountains Hike.

30 students attended the qualifying hike on 31st August and this is the final call for students to qualify to attend  the Snowy Hike Expedition 2017.  If students missed the first qualifying hike then they must attend the 'Buddies Not Bullies' Bushwalk taking place this Sunday 10th September.  Please see the information above or contact Mr Brannan. 

 

In addition to the above, students must  attend the Practice Hike/Mandatory Training from 3.30pm on 24th October until 9.00am on  25th October as detailed below.

 

Participants must attend this afternoon practice hike  after school. Students must carry their full backpack and wear the hiking boots they will use on the Snowy Hike. Students will then be bused to Oxford Falls campus for mandatory training and overnight stay (camping). These sessions will cover necessary training around mountaineering / hiking (for example: expectations, safety, first aid, menu plan/cooking, low impact bushwalking, tent construction, packing, hypothermia etc.)  Students will then remain at Oxford Falls for their Study Day.

 

The closing date for applications to attend is fast approaching. We will allocate places initially on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants will still need to meet the requirement of having the physical ability and resilience needed to undertake the hike in an alpine environment.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator



MindMatters
for Students & Families

 

FROM THE COLLEGE COUNSELLOR:

  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - This Sunday 10th September
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX

 

'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.  

 

Boxercise

 

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: Fathers' Day Breakfast

  • Year 9 Mums' Dinner
  • Year 5 Family Day
  • Fathers' Day Breakfast
  • Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

Year 9 Mums' Dinner

Friday 8th September - 7:30pm

 

Join other Year 9 mums at "The Good Thai" in Chatswood on Friday 8th September.  Download the invite below or go to the P&F website. 

RSVP TO Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].

 

 

Year 5 Family Day

Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park (Nicholson Street, Chatswood).  BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc. 

Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth

 

Fathers' Day Breakfast

We had a glorious sunny morning for the annual Fathers' Day breakfast. 300 dads, uncles, grandfathers and boys attended the breakfast and, based on the demand from last year, we also served approximately 100 boys (for a small $1 donation) who arrived just before the bell. The result was that we served 500 bacon and egg rolls in two hours!

 

A special thank you to Viv Raynor and Rodger Paino who not only worked behind the scenes before the event creating the invitation and organising the trybooking site but were also there at 6.00am to set up and then proceeded to assist with cooking all morning! Thank you also to the small yet very hard working group of Year 9 and 10 mums who volunteered throughout the morning - we appreciate your time and help.

 

Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for
St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school that we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 

We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around to homerooms each morning to collect the stickers. START COLLECTING and ask your son to drop them in!

 

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Splinters Splashes Stage & Sounds

  • Business Studies & Legal Studies - Old Boy Guest Speakers
  • Commerce - Year 9 Market Day
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Visual Arts - Year 10 Excursion

Business Studies & Legal Studies

Guest Speakers

On Wednesday morning, in both Ms Colefax and Ms Meale’s classes, our Legal Studies students were fortunate to hear from Old Boy of 1968, District Court Magistrate His Worship John Andrews.  The presentation was on Elements of Criminal Law which will assist the Year 11 students in their upcoming Preliminary Exams and HSC Exams in the case of Year 12.

This followed the presentation to our Business Studies students last Wednesday by Flight Centre co-founder and Old Boy of 1967 Bill James, who is also Chair of The Kokoda Track Foundation and assists us greatly with our Kokoda Track and PNG Immersion Expeditions.

 

The positive involvement in our school curriculum of prominent Old Boys such as Bill and John is certainly greatly appreciated by the students and adds to the quality of learning and wellbeing of our whole College Community.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

 

Commerce

Year 9 Market Day

Many thanks to the Parent Supervisors who helped out during our Market Days.  Their supervision, expertise and care for the students was greatly appreciated and helped make these days a wonderful learning experience.

Thanks to Connie Santelli, Mark Hooper, Brendan Hogan, Kate Porteous, Kate Shelton, Catherine Clelland, Zeina Ryan, Christine Jennings, Grace Boxall, Vince Parisi, Margaret Cameron and Melinda Forster .

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

 

History

Congratulations to Ms Sophie Allington, History teacher at the College, who has been awarded a Gandel International Holocaust Studies Scholarship for 2019. This is a highly sought after opportunity among educators throughout Australia and a great credit to Sophie who went through the rigorous application process. She impressed the organisers from the prestigious Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies with her professionalism and commitment. We wish Sophie all the best for her trip to Yad Vashem’s International School in Jerusalem.

Mr P Rodgers - History/Legal studies Coordinator

 

Performing Arts  

SPLINTERS SPLASHES STAGE AND SOUND

Congratulations to Lachlan Ceravolo (voice/piano) and Liam Shearer-Hawkins (piano) who each presented their entire HSC Music performance program last Thursday evening. The audience was tremendously appreciative of their efforts, particularly enjoying Lachlan’s piano rendition of “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim and Liam’s “A Day in Taralga” by Australian composer Ann Carr-Boyd. Thank you also to our Drama students:  Thomas Mullane who presented his compelling video drama “A New Day”, Brodie Jones who showcased his individual performance, the monologue “George” and finally Lachlan Ceravolo, Matthew Hawthorne, Tom Mullane and Daniel Siwek who performed their group work, “Donny’s Bad Day”.

FATHERS’ DAY BREAKFAST

Well done to Mr Cranney and all our Guitar Ensembles who were up before the birds last Friday morning to provide music during the Fathers’ Day Breakfast in the Junior School yard. Their wide ranging repertoire, covering everything from classical music to rock'n'roll, certainly added to the festive atmosphere.

 

TWILIGHT CONCERT

Last Friday’s Twilight Concert was one of, if not the best, in recent years. The standard of playing in all ensembles is going from strength to strength and I thank College Ensemble Directors Mrs Talati, Mr Talati, Mr Dollin, Mr Power, Mr Ross and Ms Whelan for their hard work and dedication in continuing to raise the quality of our performances. Thank you also to Ms Gan and Mr Cummins who quietly, efficiently and effectively support our ensembles behind the scenes with piano accompaniment and sound engineering respectively.

The Performing Arts Parents Association ran a very successful barbeque, in spite of the Concert being indoors, and I thank all the parents who kindly gave up their time to cook, serve and clean-up.

Finally, a huge thank you to all of our performers. Not only was your playing superb on Friday night but your behaviour and the way you conducted yourselves before, during and after the Concert was exemplary.

 

YEAR 11 MUSIC PERFORMANCE NIGHT

This is on TONIGHT, commencing at 5.00pm in the Band Room. Parents and friends are warmly welcome to these performances which are the last for the Year 11 Preliminary Course.

 

COLLEGE ORCHESTRA THIS FRIDAY

Owing to the HSC Music performance examinations there needs to be an earlier start to this week’s rehearsal. The FULL Orchestra is required on Friday from 7.00 – 8.00am in the Band Room. An email was sent to parents on Monday asking them to inform students of this change.

 
HSC MUSIC PERFORMANCE EXAMINATIONS

Best wishes to Lachlan Ceravolo and Liam Shearer-Hawkins for their performances on Friday!

 

YEARS 9 AND 10 DRAMA PERFORMANCE NIGHT

Students in the Years 9 and 10 Elective Drama classes will be presenting a range of short works at their Performance Night on Tuesday 19th September, commencing at 5.30pm in the Sarto Centre. Parents and friends are warmly invited to come and see the end result of what the students have been working on during class.

 

JAZZ BAND AUDITIONS

Boys who have put their names down to audition are reminded that these take place on Friday in Studio 5 (opposite the IT Department). Students need to check their Music Pass for the audition time.

 

MEET THE MUSIC CONCERT

Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will be attending the next Concert in the series on Thursday 21st September. Tickets will be sent home with the students in the next week.

 

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator

 

 

Public Speaking & Debating

Public Speaking:  Three of our amazing public speakers were presented to the school at Assembly on Monday morning. James Baldock and Andrew Jackson moved through to the Regional Finals in their respective Public Speaking competitions and Joshua Jones was Highly Commended in his public speaking competition.

 

Joshua also represented St Pius X College at "Voice NSW" Public Speaking Competition, run by UN Youth Australia at the University of Sydney on Saturday 2nd September.  There were 6 different topics for students from Years 7 - 10 to choose to speak on. Josh chose the topic of "How can we best protect Australian interests in our defence policy".

 

He had a fantastic day and was very proud to represent the College, competing with students from Abbotsleigh, Sydney Boys’ High, Ascham Girls and Knox Grammar. Nicholas Parker, an Old Boy of St Pius X College, was helping to host and coordinate the event. The results of this round will be announced in the next two weeks and Josh will let us know the outcome.

 

Schools Debating Network Competition (Week 1-7 Term 3):  Last Friday we travelled to Redlands College for the Final Round 7 of the SDN Competition.  Due to the Twilight Concert we were down to a bare minimum number of debaters as most debaters also play a musical instrument. We must acknowledge the amazing resilience of our debaters on the night.  Adrian Bond (Year 8) completed his debate at 7.20pm and went straight into the Senior Debate, which commenced at 7.30pm, as 1st speaker.  Ben Cullen (Year 7), Nathan Byrne and William Thomson (Year 8) went from their 7.20pm concluding debates into the Junior Debate with just six minutes prep time before their 7.30pm debate commencement.  They did an amazing job and lost with a ‘close’ adjudication. 

Bravo to our scathingly brilliant and profoundly resilient debaters.  The parents and I were overwhelmed at the skill and determination that these students displayed on the night.  The wonderful life skill of just getting the job done is something that all of our debaters encapsulate.  Congratulations to Adrian, Ben, Nathan and Will for showing us all exactly how this is done!

Please see Ms Waterson's full report below:

Ms M Waterson - Public Speaking & Debating Convenor

Visual Arts

Year 10 Visual Arts Excursion

As part of the class study on 'Urban Landscape' the Year 10 Visual Arts students explored the Sydney CBD looking at Public Art and Sculpture.  Favourites were the Bert Flugelman 'Cones' sculpture on Bent Street, Alexander Calder's 'Crossed Blades' on George  Street and Fiona Hall's 'A Folly for Mrs Macquarie' in the Botanical Gardens.

In the afternoon, the students viewed the permanent collection at the AGNSW.

 

Ms D Janes - Visual Arts Teacher

 

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: Students hard at work at the After-school Study Program, which runs Tues Wed and Thurs from Week 2 of each term.

 

  • How parents can help with homework
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

How parents can help with homework

 

Thursday Enrichment Club

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10

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

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

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

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

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

 

Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

To improve vocabulary and spelling skills for students in Years 5 - 12

This is a useful website program and set of resources, called Wordly Wise 3000®. It provides an engaging and graded literacy intervention program that aims to help students learn new vocabulary which they will encounter in school tasks across the curriculum. As a sequential program, it is essentially a companion site for a series of workbooks which target vocabulary mastery, in graded components, from Year 2 (Click on ‘Book 2’) right through to Year 12 (Click on ‘Book 12’). The program contains hundreds of words, definitions (including audio), and games which present and reinforce new vocabulary and correct spelling (allowing for a few unavoidable American spellings). This online program is being offered free of charge, but only until the end of 2017, so the LSE team suggests that interested parents and carers take a look at the program and encourage your boys to make use of this practical resource to boost their writing, speaking and reading skills this semester. Here’s the link:

http://resources.wordlywise3000.com/#continue (click into the ‘students’ section)

 

Maths Drop-In Centre

Maths Drop-in Centre – Monday lunch time and Thursday mornings

What is it? A place to get some extra maths help with difficult concepts, topics or homework. You can also come along for some extension work, so you can revise or get ahead. This is an ideal place where students can come and feel comfortable to ask questions. Students are encouraged to bring along specific queries, tasks, assessments, homework, general revision and problems to work on, with teachers on hand ready to help:  Ms Pence, and other members of the Maths Department on an occasional basis, and Mrs Fileman. The teachers will have resources on hand to help students consolidate their numeracy and mathematics skills.

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

WHEN – Monday lunch time 12.50 -1.30pm (bring your lunch) and Thursday morning 8.00 - 8.30am each week.

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please see or email Ms Pence at: [email protected] or Mrs Fileman at: [email protected]

 

 

After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 

 

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get a headstart on your homework and assessments, catch up on missed work, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one reading, writing, or other assistance for all subjects. Enjoy the benefits of having supervising teachers on hand to assist if and as needed, namely Ms Raheb-Mol or Ms Leonardi.

Note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

 

WHEN - Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon, from 3.15 - 4.30pm

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

WHERE - Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available

 

Queries? Please email Ms Raheb-Mol at: [email protected], or Ms Leonardi at: [email protected]

 

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator

 



Careers

Photo: TAFE NSW offers a number of degree level courses and higher education options

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter

    

Careers News

TAFE AWARD - Congratulations Regan Kouchoo (Year 11)

Regan Kouchoo has been acknowledged with a Certificate of Recognition for Academic Achievement, Commitment and Motivation. Regan attends Meadowbank TAFE every Tuesday afternoon to study Information and Digital Technology (Networking and Hardware). This is a 240 hour course that runs during Year 11 and Year 12, is worth 2 Units and contributes to the ATAR. Congratulations Regan on this great achievement.

Reminder:   Expression of Interest forms are due in at the end of this week for Year 10 students applying for TAFE in 2018.

 

TAFE NSW Degrees

You don’t have to go to uni to get a degree. TAFE NSW offers a number of degree level courses and higher education options with strong industry links and both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/tafe-nsw-degrees

 

Carpentry Apprenticeship Scheme

Stephen Edwards Constructions is a family owned mid tier Commercial Construction company based in North Ryde. We undertake an exciting mixture of commercial building projects up to $ 20 million in value within the Sydney basin. Our website provides a good starting point to showcase our works.

(www.stephenedwards.com.au )

We are seeking to employ a motivated young person as a Carpentry apprentice from upcoming graduates of 2017. We offer good opportunities for training in all aspects of a managing a construction site, which is the main pathway to the role of “Site Manager”. The type of person we are looking for is likely to :

  • Have a passion for the building industry
  • Be motivated, have initiate and be keen to learn
  • Have a drivers license / own vehicle ( Helpful to get to work )

Suitable candidates should apply to Virginia Russell via email [email protected] providing a cover letter and resume.

 

JobJump - Parents and students please watch YouTube video and sign up

Sign up to JobJump for information about tertiary study options, ATAR’s and apprenticeship and TAFE information. Create a resume, sign up for news alerts.

  • To register go to https://www.jobjump.com.au/
  • Search school – St Pius X Chatswood
  • Register with an email address
  • Password – pius (lower case)

Parent information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZoyckJwvVg&feature=youtu.be

 

Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser


Senior School Sport

Photo: Athletics Carnival at Homebush

 

  • Winter Sport / Cocurricular Photos Order Form  
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket 
  • Rugby
  • SPX Tennis Championship

Winter Sport/Cocurricular Photos - Order Form

Our Winter Sport/Cocurricular photos have now been taken. Hard-copy order forms were given to students and are due back to the School Office by the end of this term. A PDF form is also attached below should you require it.

 

AFL

 

Congratulations to four of our Year 7 boys - Max Leo, Emerson Raphael, Ben Purcell and Harrison Perides (missing from the photo) -  who had a victorious game on Sunday, winning the Under 13s AFL Grand Final for Mosman Willoughby Swans. They were undefeated Premiers of the Sydney AFL U13 Division 3 Competition. 

 

Athletics

Congratulations to our athletes on yesterday's ISA carnival.  More details will appear in next week's Woodchatta but in summary, our boys were outstanding and we came 2nd overall in the carnival.

 

Homebush Carnival - Saturday 2nd September

Over 60 athletes competed in the final Invitational Carnival of the season at Homebush on Saturday.  A number of athletes competed for final spots in the ISA team.  The ISA team has now been finalised and is displayed on the Gym noticeboard.  Congratulations to athletes selected and good luck in your events.

A number of boys narrowly missed out on selection but their input has made the team highly competitive.  Boys who missed out should be encouraged with how their performance has improved over the season and return next season with increased drive.

 

Mr Hall took a number of excellent pictures of our athletes in action - please click on the gallery below.

 

ISA Team Selection to compete at NSWCIS

Competitors finishing in the TOP 3 in each Age Group at the ISA can gain selection into the 2017 ISA Athletics Team to compete in the NSWCIS Athletics Championships.  Please note that even though a student may place in their race they may not make the ISA team as there are two divisions for each event and students competing up an age are considered in their own age bracket for CIS.

 

Mr R Lacey  and Ms L Ho - Athletics Convenors

 

Basketball

Basketball trials are almost complete and I will be publishing the Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 teams this week. I hope to finalise the Year 7 teams early next week. I appreciate your patience with this process as I have been trying to ensure all students have had a chance to trial for a team.

 

All A teams will have trial matches against St Aloysius teams next Saturday 16th September at Oxford Falls. The 15A and 17A teams will have a training session at school next Wednesday afternoon. The 13A and 14A teams will have a training session at school next Thursday afternoon.

 

Game times for Saturday 16th September:

Next Wednesday afternoon our 1sts and 2nds will start off their season with trial matches against Shore Teams. Both games  are at The Shore School - 2nds play at 4:00pm, 1sts at 5:15pm.

 

Holiday training camps:  Next week I will be sending out information about training session we will be running at school for Years 5 to 11.  These camps will be run by AUSA Hoops coaches in the school gym at Chatswood.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor

 

Cricket

District Cricket (U12 to U16-18) season start this Saturday 9 September 2017!

Round 1 fixtures:  MWJCA is yet to finalise.  

Once confirmed, the Cricket Club will email each player the Round 1 fixtures for this Saturday 9th September, advising where their match is to be played. When the fixtures are finalised they will be uploaded to myCricket.

 

Uniform:  SPX Cricket shirts are available from the Uniform Shop. Players are reminded to be correctly attired for all cricket matches.

 

District Teams:   Based on registrations SPX Cricket Club will enter teams into the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association.  Please note that U12 and U13 play on Saturday afternoons, U14, U15 and U16-18 play on Saturday mornings.  

The Club is looking into the viability of a graded Division 1 U15 team (more details to follow) as an additional developmental pathway.  Below are the MWJCA Season 2017/18 dates.

 

 

Mid-week Cricket Training:  Training for all teams has commenced. All training is at Oxford Falls and conducted by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal. Buses leave from the front of OLD Church at 3:20pm and return to Chatswood (Anderson Street) at approximately 5:30pm.
Training uniform is blue SPX PE shorts, House colour shirt and running shoes. Players are encouraged to bring their own protective equipment.  Training days are:
  • Monday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Tuesday – U15 and U16-18
  • Wednesday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Thursday – Junior School (Year 5 and 6) U12 and U13 (as part of Junior School Sport), Senior School U13 and U14

 

Players and parents please note that rolls will be marked each afternoon. Training is compulsory for all players as part of the College Cocurricular Program.
 
Coaching:  SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal http://www.cricketappeal.com.au/ who will coached teams during the week.

Mr D Reay - Convenor

 

Rugby

2018 Under 15s Rugby Tour

Interested students and their parents who are eligible to join the Under 15s tour to New Zealand in April of 2018 are asked to email Mr Lynch with their confirmation ASAP. Those who have confirmed their place on the tour will receive an email this with a registration link where they will be asked to provide all their sons relevant details and pay the deposit to secure their place on the tour.

Mr J Lynch - Convenor

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM

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

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

 

SPX Tennis Championship:  Important Notice

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the date for the SPX Internal Tennis Championship has been changed and will now be held the following weekend, Saturday 16th September.  Please contact Ms O’Brien via [email protected] should you have any problems or queries.  Applications are welcome from:

  • ISA Players - Winter 2017
  • NSTA Players - Term 4, 2016 and Term 1, 2017
  • Players intending to register for NSTA in Term 4, 2017

Please note: Grading for NSTA 2017/2018 will take place on this day and performance will contribute to grading for ISA Tennis 2018.

 

There will be a Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) Knock-Out Singles Competition. 

 

The due date for entry forms has now been extended until this Friday 8th September.  Entry forms are available at the Student Office.

 

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

 

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Year 6 Winner in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award

  • Junior School News
  • Learning Enrichment News
  • Science Holiday Course at Macquarie Uni
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Fathers' Day

I hope the fathers and grandfathers had a wonderful day last Sunday.  Last Thursday approximately 140 dads and grandfathers managed to get off work and show off their sporting prowess! Thank you gentlemen, I know your sons appreciated your efforts.  Mr Virgona, with the assistance of staff and some Year 9 students, did a great job with organising the event.  Thank you also to the Maintenance staff who do a great job of looking after Oxford Falls. 

For me the team workers of the day were the mums and grandmothers who cooked 600 sausages and organised over 60 loaves of bread into pairs with serviettes. It was a truly remarkable effort and they worked well as a team.  Thank you to Mrs Lynch,  Mrs Lau, Mrs Reed, Mrs Whelan, Mrs Haverbeke, Mrs Nolan, Mrs Webster, Mrs Miller, and Mrs Trainor (grandmother).  Thank you ladies, it was a great job!

 

Some of the dads backed up the next morning at the recovery session, aka Father and Son Breakfast BBQ.  There is a selection of photos from the breakfast on the Principal's page.

 

Walkathon

Please remember to bring in donations.

 

Year 5 Family Day  - Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park  (Nicholson Street Chatswood).   BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc.   (Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth)

 

Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

The St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 

We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around home rooms each morning to collect the stickers.  START COLLECTING and ask your Son to drop them in!

 

IPSHA Athletics Carnival

Last week I mentioned how eight boys made the IPSHA Athletics team for the CIS carnival. As it turns out, our Junior Relay team also made it through. Congratulations to PJ Marren, Ronnie Holmes, Daniel Staal and Billy Lineen. 

 

To quote the sprint coach from the movie Gallipoli:

Congratulations boys.  Have fun!

 

Oliver Phommavanh Writing Workshop

Oliver Phommavanh is the author of Thai-riffic and there are places available for his writing workshop which will be held on the second Wednesday of the holidays, 4th October, at Castle Hill Library. The cost is $14 for a one hour session.

I have included this poster for any boys who may be interested in taking part.

 

Bookings essential via www.thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

 

 

Learning Enrichment

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award

Congratulations to Eamon Boyle in Year 6 whose poem was recently chosen as one of the two winning entries in the Upper Primary Section of the National Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition. This Poetry Competition is the oldest, prestigious and largest poetry competition for school students in Australia. 

 

This year there were over 9000 entries from all over Australia. Eamon's poem, using many clever poetic devices and entitled ‘Duck’, was not based on the animal but on the game of cricket and was awarded by the judges with the comment ‘A humorous, self-deprecatory poem that brings the narrator alive to the reader.’ This is an outstanding achievement by Eamon and he was presented with his award at the College Assembly on Monday.  Eamon has chosen to donate his $200 prize money to one of our partner schools, St Mary's Primary School in Bowraville.

 

Duck

"Pad up Eamon!" The coach hollers like a bull to me.

I can hear the cheers and jeers of our enemy.

Another one of our wickets has just fallen,

It's my turn soon, but my batting is appallin'.

 

My thoughts keep going back to my last match

And how I was dismissed by a stupendous catch.

I imagine being at the crease and smashing a six,

But I know that I cannot do those kinds of tricks.

 

Another wicket tumbles in the blink of an eye,

It's my turn now and I want to cry.

I whisper to myself "do not get out,"

But in my heart there is a tonne of doubt.

 

I crave for my teammates to look at me as a hero

Not the kid who constantly scores a duck - ZERO!

So I take my time to mark middle stump

And all I can hear is my palpitating heart - THUMP!

 

The umpire's arm comes down to his side.

The bowler, like a lion, takes his first stride.

He launches the ball at a rocketing pace;

My helmet is hiding the panic cemented on my face.

 

The ball comes and I take a big swing,

But to my disappointment, there is no ding.

My coach yells out "have a go!"

But I wonder, can I beat this foe?

 

Unbelievably, the second ball is bowled even faster,

But it's time to teach the bowler who is his master.

I hit the ball hard and score a run,

It's only one, but it's way better than none. 

 

Mrs Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher

Junior Science Academy

School Holiday Course at Macquarie University

 

Junior School Sport

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

 

Father & Son Sports Day: Thanks to the wider St Pius X College community for supporting this annual event. We had a huge number of participants, numerous spectators and a dedicated team of mums on the BBQ who must be highly commended for feeding such a ravenous horde so efficiently. We are certainly lucky to have such quality facilities at our disposal year-round and it was great to share these with the dads who are so often present as spectators. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to bond with their dads, grand-dads and uncles and I sincerely thank all for taking the time to be a part of their sons’ day to day schooling.  Please see the Junior School News section above for a selection of photos taken on the day.

 

Athletics: Our Junior Relay team were granted a late spot in the IPSHA team after a withdrawal. Well done to PJ Marren, Ronnie Holmes, Daniel Staal and Billy Lineen who now join the IPSHA team for the upcoming CIS Carnival on 13th September – good luck!

 

NSTA Tennis: Grading for the new Term 4 season will be completed in the coming two weeks. The season begins on 14th October and relevant information, including team lists and a draw, will be given to players after the grading meeting.

 

Basketball: Grading resumes this Thursday 7th September. Team lists for the Term 4 season will go online in the next fortnight with the season draw and information letter also available at (http://spx.nsw.edu.au/beyond-classroom/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=139). The first game of season is on Saturday 14th October.

 

Cricket: Teams have been announced and training now resumes for the fast-approaching season. Thanks in advance to the parent volunteers for giving up your time to guide the players through the season, and also to the Cricket Club who do an enormous amount in organising, staffing and funding Cricket at SPX. A reminder that boys can bring their own kit bag to Oxford Falls for Thursday Sport sessions, or use the school issue gear provided.  The boys must  have a protector and personal gloves.

 

Softball: A season draw and team list will be available in the next fortnight: (http://spx.nsw.edu.au/beyond-classroom/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=139). The first game of the Term 4 season is on Saturday 14th October.

 

Winter Sport/Co-curricular Photos: Our Winter Sport/Co-curricular photos took place today. Hard-copy order forms were given to students and are due back to the School Office by the end of this term . A PDF form is also attached below should you require it.

 

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

 

 

Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster
  • Uniform Shop:  Gift Items for Fathers' Day or as Souvenirs for Year 12 Student

 

Canteen

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

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:

 MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME

 

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

 

The College Uniform Shop stocks a range of good appropriate for Fathers'  Day  gifts or as a souvenir for Year 12 students leaving the College:  

 

  • - Golf umbrellas  $30
    - Coffee mugs $15
  • - Lanyards $5
    - Aprons $20
    - Scarf $20
    - Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Raincoats are now available in all sizes

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via http://uniformshop.stpiusx.nsw.edu.au/
  • An updated Price List is now available on the College website.                                       

Orders can be placed:

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

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

Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   

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

           

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

Careers Newsletter August 31.pdf
Careers Newsletter Sept 6.pdf
Photo Order Form.pdf
District MWJCA 2017.pdf
SPX Championships - Tournament information.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
What parents can do to help with Homework.pdf
Pubic Speaking & Debating.pdf
SDN Debating.pdf
Photo Order Form.pdf
WALK AGAINST YOUTH VIOLENCE SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER.docx.pdf
WKF Invitation to Walk Against Youth Violence.pdf