Year 9 Camps at Huntington House - Weeks 1, 2 and 4 this Term
In an exciting first full year group use of the refurbished Huntington House, Mr Ticli’s Year 9 cohort are enjoying the Respectful Men of Honour themed Camp at Terrigal. Featuring team building beach and stand up paddle boarding sessions as well as a walk and yarn with local indigenous elder Stuart McMinn, and reflection of journey and rites of passage, the camp complements the Year 9 Gospel Spirituality theme of Service and Action through the Good Samaritan quote: “Go and do likewise”. Our young men will pursue 14 outcomes through the camp experience:
- Demonstrates a positive level of personal organisation, hygiene and empathy for others.
- Contributes positively to the outcomes of the St Pius X College Year 9 Camp.
- Maintains balance and paddle, turn and propel a stand up paddle board for over 400m.
- Participates positively and pro-actively in team building activities.
- Completes a character enneagram analysis in good spirit of growth mindset.
- Participates authentically in prayer, meditation and mindfulness reflection.
- Demonstrates positive awareness, respect and concern for the environment.
- Participates in a 6km return hike with respect for the environment and others around him.
- Shows respect for integration, inclusiveness and indigenous culture both historical and contemporary.
- Contributes positively to learning and practicing principles of food preparation, service for others, packing up of utensils, tools, equipment and areas.
- Participates effectively in developing skills, knowledge and fitness in the aquatic environment.
- Maintains IC / phone technology free integration and communication with peers over the camp duration.
- Reflects positively on place, journey of self, and in community, through participation and completion of a letter to future self.
- Shows genuine positive respect, concern and care for others in community through greetings, communication and conduct.
The hope is that our young men of Year 9 will leave a lasting legacy of learning and integrity for generations of St Pius X College students to follow similar to the inclusive rich learning experiences within our pastoral care programs such as the Year 7 Ski Trip, Year 11 Snowy Hike and Year 12 Bush Retreats.
St Pius X College Students and Ms Foord Boxercise with the Tribal Warrior Redfern All Blacks
The College was well represented in an initiative led by Years 9/10 Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Foord on both Friday mornings during the holidays. Year 10 students Chris Pelle, Jack Cooper, Kai Simpson and Joseph Sacre joined Sam Barrell and Daniel Fileman from Year 9 at Boxercise sessions with the “Tribal Warrior” inspired Redfern Community initiative “Clean Slate Without Prejudice”. It was both a great inspiration and a challenge to box with members of the Redfern All Blacks Indigenous Rugby League Team just prior to their Koori Cup Knockout Competition, won by The RAB Women’s Team and Newcastle Yowies Men’s Team.
Police Superintendent Sam Crisafulli (father of Jacob and Mitchell in Year 12) is an advocate for the initiative, ensuring the local community and Police work together for the good of all. The 6.00am sessions, held at Eveleigh Street Block Community Centre and the National Indigenous Centre of Excellence, are concluded by a celebration of “Language” by the youngest children in attendance who can express themselves in native languages, and a circle of shared celebration of inclusive culture. It has been a privilege for the SPX representatives to be welcome and part of such a meaningful expression of positive culture.
Liam Knight Walk
Congratulations to all members of the St Pius X College community who supported Liam Knight’s White Knight Foundation on the first Sunday of the September school holidays. The 250 participants who walked the Spit to Manly Track raised over $12,000, supplemented by $10,000 from major sponsor Amaysim, to support the rehabilitation of victims of violence in the community.
A mix of students, staff, parents and Old Boys attended the Walk and subsequent BBQ at Manly Esplanade. It was a great event featuring Liam, who continues to improve his mobility and public speaking skills, his mother Mary, brothers Shane, Todd and Kyle and a host of ex-students including Anthony Bradstreet and Nathan Petersen.
Kings School National Boys Education Conference
Congratulations to Senior Studies Coordinator Mr Tony Cunneen and Mindmatters Year 10 Student empowerment Team Facilitator Ms Veronica Kugananthan who presented at the Kings National Boys Education Conference on Monday 9th October. They presented on the highly regarded Year 12 Bush Retreat Program which Mr Cunneen has been successfully running at St Pius X College for over 20 years. The Bush Retreat program has added great value and been a significant rite of passage experience for generations of our students. It is fitting therefore that we share our insights from this element of our Pastoral Care programs with other like-minded educational institutions through Mr Cunneen and Ms Kugananthans’ expertise.
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services