St Pius X College Newsletter

14 June 2017
Issue 18
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
 Mission & Social Justice
Student & Parent Matters MindMatters for Families
MindMattersfor Students & Families
P&F News
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

 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students


Friday 23rd June - COLLEGE CLOSED

Staff Spirituality Day at Oxford Falls




Monday 17th July

Years 5-10 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Day


Tuesday 18th July

Students Return for the start of Term 3


Saturday 22nd July

ISA Football & Tennis R8

ISA Rugby R7 / IPSHA R8


Thursday 27th July

Year 12 Drama Performance Night


Friday 28th July

Celebration of Learning Assembly


Saturday 29th July

ISA Football & Tennis R9

ISA Rugby R8 / IPSHA R9


Monday 31st July

Trial HSC begins

Year 7 SKi Trip begins

















From the Principal     

Photo: First Mass in the College Chapel

  • Prayer for our Students
  • Survey Results
  • Parent/Teacher Interview Day - Monday 17th July

Prayer for our Students  

As Semester 1 draws together all the learning from Terms 1 and 2 we pray for our students, their wellbeing, endeavours, studies and cocurricular life.  We pray too for their families.  We keep especially in our prayers Year 12 as they journey towards their Higher School Certificate.


Dear Lord
We ask that you bless all the students in our school,
grant them resilience to learn, concentrate and flourish
and act in love towards their fellow students and their teachers.
Watch over them as they develop and grow,
at home and at school.
Give them proper direction so that they may learn
of  Your love and virtues.
Blessed Edmund Rice - Pray for Us
St Pius X - Pray for Us

Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever



Survey Results

Thank you to the many people who have contributed to the survey this year.  The results have just arrived today and I will put an analysis into next week's Woodchatta. 



Parent/Teacher Day - Monday 17th July

Bookings are open and login details have been emailed to all parents.  Please see details in the Student & Parent Matters section of this newsletter.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Barnardos Australia


The College has been asked to invite parents to consider becoming a carer with Barnardos Australia.  

Please find below the letter sent to me and an information leaflet with contact details for your information.





Mr John Couani - Principal

 Mission & Social Justice

Photo: The College Chapel

  • Mission & Identity:  The College Chapel
  • Social Justice in Action    
  • Youth Festival
  • ALPHA for Youth

The College Chapel

The College Chapel is a beautiful space within the College. It is starting to be used by both staff and students as a quiet space of peace and reflection. Mass is celebrated every second Tuesday with our next Mass on Tuesday 20th June. The celebration of the Eucharist at the start of the day is a very special experience as it sets a spiritual tone for the day. Classes are taking turns in hosting each Mass with next week’s Mass being organised by Mr Pawlak’s Year 10 Religion 1 Class. This involves students choosing and practising the readings of the day, choosing music to accompany the parts of the Mass as well as connecting to the theme of the readings.


We have created a devotional corner to Our Lady Help of Christians and the Blessed Sacrament is now present in the Tabernacle, hence the visible Sanctuary Light. We are so fortunate to have been gifted a number of altar items from the Christian Brothers communities of Wollongong, Canberra and St Mary's Cathedral Sydney. They come with years of tradition and devotion and are very much part of the story of the Brothers. Early next term, the Chapel will be officially renamed; however, it will remain dedicated to those buried in the Coopers Flat Cemetery. All are welcome to join us for Mass at 8.00am on our rostered Tuesdays.


Mass dates: 20/6, Term 3: 18/7, 1/8, 15/8, 29/8, 12/9


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice in Action

We are blessed. Last Friday at the Fair Trade Chocolate Stall our College Captain Joe Unwin walked by. He paused, turned around and emptied his wallet of $14.75 into the collection point of the stall, said 'Good on you boys' to the Juniors running the stall and left without taking any chocolate. It blew the stall holders away and I said “Joe is like that, he has always helped where he can and quietly carries on.” I say we are blessed because it was another example of what a great College Captain we all have, giving to the poor in handfuls. Last week the stall raised $88.75 for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea. This stall is run by the Junior members of the Edmund Rice Society each Friday of Terms 2 and 3. The Junior Society members are really enjoying the opportunity of running this program.

St Pius X College students and staff really enjoy attending our three ongoing weekly social justice commitments. On Monday afternoons students and staff attend Willowood Aged Care Facility and talk with the residents. Tuesday afternoon Bloodbank continues with students from Years 10 and 11 giving blood at the Chatswood branch of the Australian Red Cross. Wednesday afternoons students and staff continue to set up, serve, pack up, clean up and converse with the homeless men of Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel.

The Edmund Rice Society weekly meeting was chaired this week by James Spencer, one of the Society’s leaders. The lively discussion continued from last week on children in detention and how we can help these children.


The other topic of discussion was The Color Run being run later in the year and where the donations should be going this year. Last year was the first time we were involved in the volunteer work of The Color Run and we raised over $4000 for the White Knight Foundation.


New members are always welcome to our Society. Meetings are held from 1pm in LC2 on Wednesday (Day 3) and Tuesday (Day 7).  Please bring your lunch with you.


Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator


Youth Festival

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


ALPHA for Youth

In a joint initiative with Mercy College we will be commencing an ‘Alpha for Youth’ series through our Chatswood Parish.  Alpha is a relational program on intentional discipleship; basically it is a chance for our students to gather with Mercy College students of a similar age and discuss their faith, raise questions and doubts they may have and grow in fellowship and friendship over a meal and discussion.


The course will be held in the Chatswood Parish’s Bishop Barry Room, located on Kirk Street.  It will run for 8 weeks, commencing later this term, on Wednesday afternoons after school from 3:30pm until 5.00pm and will conclude in the new term.



Each afternoon will begin with a hearty afternoon tea and the students will have a chance to self-direct the sessions through conversation in response to short inspirational videos. Late in the course there will be a one-day retreat to further enrich and deepen the experience.


The Alpha Course will also be an opportunity for our boys to prepare for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December.  We will be promoting this course to Year 9 and Year 10 students in the coming fortnight and will be looking for students who are interested in such an opportunity. For further information or to register the interest of yourself or your child please click on the attached letter below.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Families

Photo: Our visiting students from Cardinal Newman College with Diego Cuadros Garrett (Yr 12) who is also of Argentinian descent, in our Prayer Garden with flags celebrating our Edmund Rice Beyond Borders Schools

  • Performing Arts & Extracurricular Photo Order Forms
  • Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings - Booking Details
  • Years 5-10 Semester 1 Academic Reports
  • From the Head of Student Service

​              -  Cardinal Newman College Visit

              -  Save the date:  ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session

              -  Boy Overboard Edmund Rice Centre for refugee advocacy visit

              -  Kokoda Track Campaign History Guest Speaker

  • EREA National Gathering on Sustainability
  • Operation of School Zones
  • Student Opal Cards
  • Holiday Programs
  • Lifeline Book Fair

Performing Arts & Extracurricular Photo Orders

Order forms for these photos can be found at the Student Office. Order forms are to be placed in the Silver Box by the end of Week 1 of Term 3.

Year Group photos will be taken at a date to be determined.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator

Years 5-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings

These meetings will be held on Monday 17th July.  Bookings are open and login details have been emailed to all parents.  They are provided again below:

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


Years 5-10 Semester 1 Academic Reports

Dear Parents,

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


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


Year 5 and 6 Reports will be available on the Parent Portal on Wednesday 21st June.

Year 7 to 10 Reports will be available on the Parent Portal on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd June.


Please take the opportunity to check your access to the Portal by using the link on the College webpage. If you do have difficulties, in the first instance please use the 'forgot password' facility.  When you log onto your Portal page, please click the blue 'More' icon which appears next to your son’s photo. This will take you to the page containing his report.  If problems persist, please email Ms Leonie Millar [email protected]


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

From the Head of Student Services

Cardinal Newman College Visit

The visit of our four Edmund Rice Beyond Borders students from Cardinal Newman College, Argentina at last Tuesday’s Senior Athletics Carnival was an enjoyable exchange and sharing of cultures for all involved. The four Year 11 students, Juan Salinas, Ben Mackinnon, Jack Deane and Manuel Tapia, greatly enjoyed our hospitality and the opportunity to win some place ribbons at the Athletics Carnival, showing the speed and spirit which is the mainstay of Argentinian Rugby.

Later in the afternoon the group enjoyed the inaugural Year 10 SPX-Mercy Drama classes’ Short Film Festival at Mercy College, with an impromptu recital of Justin Bieber’s latest Puerto Rican Spanish offering. We then travelled to Manly via Oxford Falls to see the origins of the boys Rugby hero in St Pius X College ex-student and Wallaby Captain Michael Hooper. A Ferry ride via Sydney Harbour to see the lights of Vivid, dinner in Chatswood and a drive back to Huntington House at Terrigal rounded out the evening before a return trip to visit Waverley and Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham on Wednesday.

Thanks to Mr David Blake who hosted the boys to the Australian Reptile Park, took them to Mass and supervised them over the weekend.

We hope that in the not too distant future a delegation of St Pius X College students can return the Immersion visit to our South American cousins, perhaps visit Machu Pichu, play some rugby, football or basketball and work with the Edmund Rice schools in Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina.


'Boy Overboard' Edmund Rice Centre for Refugee Advocacy Visit

We look forward to visiting the Edmund Rice Centre at Homebush with the cast and crew of Ms Fernando’s SPX/Mercy production of 'Boy Overboard' next term. The Edmund Rice Centre is a social justice arm of Edmund Rice Education Australia at which our own archivist and ex-student of the College, Br Carl Sherrin, works several days a week. We hope to coincide our visit with the presence of Mr Phil Glendenning OAM who was awarded his Order of Australia this year for his work over many years in the fields of Social Justice as the foremost spokesman on areas of responsible refugee advocacy. Phil and Zaki Haidari both visited St Pius X College to watch the play in March. They were deeply moved by the performance of our young actors in courageously bringing to the stage the realities of challenges faced by refugees in a contemporary world of conflicting ideas and interpretations.


Year 11 Leadership Development

As our Year 12 cohort approach their HSC Trials, Retreats, Graduation and Final HSC Examinations it is incumbent on our Year 11 students to take up the mantle of leadership of the College.

Recent Reflection Days have focused on Leadership Case Studies and Models. While last Thursday Year 11 Coordinator Mr Batchelor launched the 2017 Leadership Team selection process, all Senior students of the College are expected to be leaders by example, concerned for the safety, wellbeing and reputation of all members of the College community and particularly younger students.

As such all Year 11 students have been asked to fill in the survey emailed to them last Thursday stating their leadership aspirations at the College as well as modes of transport they use to and from school, which is a way of being responsible for the safety and good conduct of our students.

Survey returns are due this week with the Student Leadership Team selection process continuing into Term 3 when the elected students will attend a Leadership Camp at Huntington House from 23rd to 25th August. Speechcraft Public Speaking Training, sponsored by the Old Boys Association, will continue over the September holidays post the Term 3 End of Preliminary Course Exams. No doubt the current Year 11 students will rise to the challenges of leadership as generations of St Pius X College students have done before them.


Kokoda Track Campaign History Guest Speaker

On Friday 11th August the College will host an esteemed member of the Trustees of the Christian Brothers Board, Mr John Honner, to speak to the students and interested members of the College community on matters relating to the 1942 Kokoda Track Campaign. Mr Honner’s father, Lt Colonel Ralph Honner, returned from the Battles of Crete and the Middle East with the 6th Division to take command of the 39th Militia Battalion at the Battle of Isurava Village on the Kokoda Track. The vastly outnumbered and inexperienced 39th Mud over Bloods, courageously withstood the Japanese advance for weeks on the Kokoda Track to lay the groundwork for eventual victory over the previously unstoppable Imperial Japanese army.

Lt Colonel Honner led his men with distinction returning them to the PNG Northern Beaches Battles in December 1942 where he reinforced the AIF assaults and masterminded the capture of Gona, famously signalling by radio “Gona’s gone”. He later commanded the 2/14th AIF Battalion in the battles at Shaggy Ridge, Northern PNG.

The opportunity to hear Mr Honner speak on these unique events in Australia’s history will be afforded to our Year 10 History students, guests and those interested in our St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018 which we will launch with an information night on Monday 24th July.  Please contact Mr Brannan for more information.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


EREA National Gathering on Sustainability

Canberra: 31st May - 2nd June

It was a privilege to join Mr Couani and represent our Staff at the EREA Apology recently in Canberra. In addition to this important service, as a member of our Leadership Team, I also filled the role of a delegate to the EREA National Gathering on Sustainability.

The focus of this gathering was to focus on the Papal Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and examine how our school communities may respond to the call for action in regards to our caring for God’s creation and stewardship of the world. A highlight was to be inspired by the research and passion of Tim Flannery as a previous Australian of the Year given his commitment to leadership in this area of scientific research. Prof Tim Flannery, echoed the words of Pope Francis with an encouragement for us to accept our environmental challenges and realities, and to take action with this honest appraisal of the condition of our physical world. His message was also one of hope that we can make a positive change through personal and collective decisions on a daily basis.

We have many members of our school community committed to this type of action in protection and conservation of our environment.

From here the plan is to gather some momentum in early Term 3 with interested staff and students taking action as individuals and as a group, where we can. Like so much of our work we commit to developing our work and building on the foundations established.

For those interested you may like to explore further the local opportunities to make a positive impact with the environment:

  • Coles supermarkets are recycling soft plastics
  • Encouraging students to recycle at home and at school using the facilities provided through the yard
  • Batteries and toners can be recycled at some electrical stores
  • Check your local councils for their next e-waste and household chemicals collection days

I look forward to working with our staff and students here in the future as we make a positive change, and as we continue to care for our world and all of God’s creation. For any parents and carers with any particular ideas to share please feel free to contact me directly at the College.

Ms S-J Grove - Head of Staff Services


Operation of School Zones

Following advice from the office of the NSW Minister of Education, please note the advice below regarding the operation of school zones.


A reminder to all our parents ahead of the break at the end of Term 2 that school zones remain in place for the safety of our children and families.  School zones operate on all gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil free days.


The school term for St Pius X College concludes for students on Thursday 22nd June with Friday 23rd June and Monday 17th July being pupil free days.  However, for many schools, school zones operate as normal until (and including) Friday 30 June 2017 and resume on Monday 17 July 2017.  Even though some schools will elect to have Monday 17 July as a pupil free day, school zones will be in operation on the Monday, whether students are present or not.



Student Opal Cards

A reminder for students that the School Student Transport Scheme does not cover travel during school holidays or on weekends.  Students may see “reason codes” on Opal card readers if they use their School Opal card during these times. School Opal cards will be reactivated at the start of Term 3.


A reminder to parents that ALL Opal Card queries regarding applications, lost cards, change of address etc is now done online via


Holiday Programs

  • Indoor Tennis & Sports Camps


  • Bubbledome Holiday Fun

July holiday courses are now online!  Courses will run at Masada College starting from Monday 3rd July 2017.  Go to the website below to check out what is on offer these holidays and keep your kids engaged with a fun and educational holiday course!  We advise to book in early as course availability depends on numbers.  Courses run from 9am - 3pm and there is a 5pm finish option available for an extra cost of $29.  VIEW COURSES AVAILABLE


  • Glenaeon OOSH Holiday Program

Please see the flyer below or visit





Lifeline Book Fair - 13th to 16th July 2017

Lifeline's major book fair will again be held at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga on Thursday and Friday July 13th and 14th from 9:00am to 9.00pm and Saturday and Sunday July 15th and 16th from  9:00am to 5.00pm.

The sale will include over 90,000 second hand books including quality novels, literature, history, study aids and many other categories, all at very attractive prices. Even though the electronic age is upon us, books are still an important source of enjoyment and education.

As you would no doubt be aware, Lifeline offers an important service to our community. In addition to our 131114 crisis support telephone service, we provide a range of counselling services. To assist us in maintaining this work, we rely heavily on the income received from our book fairs which are run entirely by volunteers.


MindMattersfor Students & Families

Photo: Federal Cyber Safety Body, 'ThinkUKnow' will be presenting on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity


  • MindMatters for Families

​             -  Eight Great Tips to help you keep on top of your kids' Screen Time 

             -   SAVE THE DATE:  ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session

  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students


MindMatters for Families


From the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner

  • Lead by example - reduce your own screen time.
  • Agree on daily screen time limits. It’s not about punishment, it’s about keeping a balance.
  • Start with small reductions to help lessen any resistance.
  • Resist giving mobile devices to children when going out – take books or toys instead.
  • Set tech-free zones and times at home – e.g. all screens off in bedrooms after a specified time.
  • Use tech tools to manage access, such as parental controls.
  • Be involved – watch TV and play games together.
  • Plan screen-free time, like outdoor play, music and sport.


Mr R Russo - College Counsellor



  • SAVE THE DATE:  ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Information Session

In response to requests from members of our Parents and Friends Association we have invited Federal Cyber Safety Body, 'ThinkUKnow' to present on the risks associated with Cyber and Social Media Activity to young people.

One of the topics, among the many we have been requested to address, is the risk of online social media profiles and online activity in the short term to a student’s digital reputation, future career search and employment prospects.

The presentation will take place at the College Gym at 6.00pm on Tuesday 25th July and details on how to book will follow. Parents, Carers and Teachers are invited to attend with the opportunity to consider student involvement to be investigated.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services




A reminder that Boxercise is held every Thursday and Friday morning at 7.30am in the Junior School playground.  This MindMatters initiative provides friendship, fun and fitness to strengthen students’ resilience and general sense of wellbeing.  Classes are free to all students

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

  • Trivia Night 2017
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018

Trivia Night 2017 - Saturday 5th  August

New Venue:  School Gym

Start organising your tables now for the annual St Pius X College P&F Clubs' Trivia Night. BYO drinks, food and gold coins!  Next week we'll open the Trybooking page and give you the link to start buying your tickets.


Funds raised go directly to the Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Performing Arts Clubs so come along and support your son's Clubs!


Entertainment Books 2017-2018

Please support your P&F and our boys, and save loads of money at the same time! Order your Entertainment Books and Digital Memberships via the link below and 20% of your Membership fee contributes to St Pius X College P&F fundraising.


Digital orders are downloaded directly through the order process; hard copy books are sent home with your son.  Please contact Clare at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Mercy College Short Film Festival

  • Performing Arts 
  • Public Speaking & Debating

Performing Arts  


Last Tuesday our Year 10 Drama class joined the Year 10 Drama class from Mercy College in a short Film Festival where the students showcased their recent Video Drama projects. The St Pius X College students original drama series trailers were well received by the audience, who also included our visitors from Argentina. A great variety of videos were viewed with subject matter including narratives about the passing of time, to a mockumentary and a post-apocalyptic story of abandonment.


Thank you to the students of Mercy College and Ms Gill for hosting the afternoon and providing popcorn and live entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Special mention must be made of Nicholas Cowie, Nicholas McKenzie and Timothy McLachlan, as well as John-Paul Shahady, James Bleasdale and Samuel Schyvens, for making two short films, in addition to those put together for their assessment. It is hoped that the film festival will become an annual event that extends the learning for Drama students of both Colleges.



Students in the Year 11 Drama class will be showcasing their work from Semester 1 TOMORROW NIGHT, commencing at 5pm in the Sarto Centre. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.



Three week’s term notice is required for students ceasing tuition. Consequently, any notifications which are received in the next week and a half will be issued with an invoice for the balance of lessons moving into Term 3. Any students who are intending to discontinue an ensemble, need to notify their Ensemble Director and Ms Bates BEFORE the end of term. Vacancies will then be assessed and auditions held during Term 3.



The next meeting of the Performing Arts Parents Association will be held on Wednesday 19th July (Week 1 Term 3) at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Light refreshments will be served. Parents of boys who participate in music and drama at the College, who have been unable to attend previous meetings are warmly invited to attend, along with our regulars! Parking is available in the Junior School yard.


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

Training continues until Week 9 this term and recommences in Week 1 Term 3 for the Schools’ Debating Network.  The venues for the Schools Debating Network are listed below and students will be informed of their running order later this term. 



St Pius X College participates in the Schools Debating Network (SDN) Competition run from Week 1 to Week 7 in Term 3.  We compete against: Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville, Stella Maris, Monte and Wenona (and Ravenswood debate with St Pius X College as our two Primary team representatives). This 7 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 College
  • Round 2 28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X College
  • Round 3 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College
  • Round 4 11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona
  • Round 5 18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte
  • Round 6 25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X College
  • Round 7 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College
  • Tiebreaker 8th September, hosted by St Pius X College (only students who compete in this Tiebreaker need attend)
  • Final 15th September, hosted by Monte

This is a very exciting competition and this experience is extremely valuable for our students broadening their debating skills. As the Schools Debating Network Competition requires ONE team of debaters each evening we only need our students to commit to 3 of the debate nights listed above.  We will have a roster that will be filled out for the 7 week round. Training is compulsory for ALL debaters each week. Our two debating competitions run throughout Term 2 and Term 3 (and do overlap for 2-3 weeks in Term 3 if our teams move through to the Finals in the CSDA).  This means that Debating is a full extra-curricula commitment for the year. Please visit the Schools Debating Network website to explore more about this rigorous debating competition:


The cost of SDN Competition is half of the CSDA Competition ($50.00) and the fee will be included in your Term 3 school fees. This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hire 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.


SDN debates have a different team structure and coin toss running order:

Debates DO NOT run late as this competition is adjudicated by external adjudicators who run both rounds of debates in the one evening.  SPX debaters will travel to venues from school each Friday afternoon and rooms at our host schools are provided for study/work for the later debaters.

Topic Areas

Round 1  - Health and Well-Being

Round 2 - Education

Round 3 - General

Round 4 - Technology

Round 5 - Arts and Media

Round 6 - Law and Order

Round 7 - Social Issues


2016 Topics were:

Yrs 5 & 6 - That all schools should provide recess and lunch for students
Yrs 7 & 8 - That Australia should introduce a tax on foods that are high in sugar and/or fat
Yrs 9 & 10 - That Australia should implement a quota for Indigenous athletes in the Olympics
Yrs 11 & 12 - That Medicare should cover elective cosmetic surgery


Students and parents can visit the SDN site at: for locations of all schools and for all past topics and updates on the draw etc.



St Pius X  College will be entering two students into the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition which will be run in August.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Handwriting & Touch Typing Skills Courses in Term 3
  • After-School Study
  • Maths Drop In Centre

Handwriting & Touch Typing Skills Courses in Term 3

Term 3 intake: Handwriting and Touch Typing skills – after-school courses at St Pius X College

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 3 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 run by our external provider and experienced occupational therapist, Anna Orchard who will offer these courses which are open to all students who wish to develop and improve these vital skills.


Both Courses run over 8 consecutive weeks (70 minutes per session) in Term 3, from Week 2 (week beginning Mon 24th July) up to and incl. Week 9 (week beginning 11 September) with students able to attend makeup sessions through the final week term if required for illness, event or other catch-up reason. 

Time:  3.20pm to 4.30pm on one afternoon of choice per week, with a choice of afternoons available.

Cost:  $320.00 per student for the term, in either course.


Interested parents and carers should click on the flyers above and direct an expression of interest and any queries to Anna, at [email protected] , and/or Ms Raheb-Mol, LSE Coordinator, via email: [email protected]. Be sure to include your son’s full name and year, the preferred course from the above, and the preferred day (or days) of the week for your son to attend at the selected course(s). Anna Orchard will then contact you with further information including the registration and enrolment forms upon receipt of your expression of interest.  Numbers are limited in both courses, and places are expected to fill quite quickly. It will be a case of first in, first served!



After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get ahead on your homework and assignments, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one assistance from supervising teachers.

When is it on? Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon of term from 3.15pm to 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]

Maths Drop-In Centre

Each Monday Lunchtime

What is it? A place to get some additional maths help. You are encouraged to bring along your specific queries, questions, homework and problems.

Who for?  Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please email Ms Pence  [email protected] or Miss Offer [email protected]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News


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

ANU Open Day

26 August 2017:  9.00am – 4.00pm


Good Universities Guide Glossary

If you’re feeling a bit confused about all the acronyms and terminology involved in finishing school and applying to uni, check out this glossary of terms.    


UAC News

Applications for undergraduate study in 2018 will open on Wednesday 2nd August 2017. Year 12 students are encouraged to apply before on-time applications close at midnight on Friday 29th September to avoid rising application charges.

The UAC Guide 2017–18 will arrive at NSW and ACT schools in mid-July.  It is provided free of charge to all current Year 12 students and will be distributed when delivered to school.


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport


  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis


Dear Parents and Players,

This Saturday is the final round of fixtures for the term, due to this, there will only be Monday training next week. Grounds can be found at the following locations:

  • BC Oval, Lawrence Oval and Herman Oval:  Oakhill College, 423 – 513 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill
  • Mason Park: Underwood Road, Homebush

Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor



Last round this week before the mid-year break.  We wish all our teams good luck.


BOOK NOW  for the 3-day holiday Football Coaching Camp – Tuesday 27th  to Thursday 29th June. Places are filling up fast so don’t miss out.  The cost of $120 includes fully qualified coaches, age-based groups, transport if required and lunch on the last day.  Suitable for all age groups.  Booking are open via


We will publish a mid-season ‘Full Time’ after the round this week so please take some photos this Saturday.  Please also be mindful of only including photos of your son, or other boys with their parents’ consent. Send your photos to footbal[email protected]  - save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them as we need all photos in by Sunday afternoon.



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


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Fixtures:  Saturday 17th June


SPX Representative Players

Congratulations to all St Pius X College students who competed at the NSW State Championships over the June Long Weekend.  This weekend also sees the following boys in action for ISA at Rat Park:

  • Opens: Nathaniel Panozzo, Luke Spencer, Will Russell, Josh Thrum, Sam Smith
  • Under 16s: Tom Paterson, Angus Cutbill, Zac Lomas, Dan Hall.


SPX Rugby Raffle

All tickets need to be returned sold or unsold ASAP, the raffle will be drawn this Friday. Tickets should be returned to the silver box inside an envelope with the students name clearly marked on the front of the envelope and the correct money inside. Students who sell a whole book of tickets will go into the draw to win a $250 gift voucher. Thanks in advance for your support.


SPX Rugby Physio

In addition to the first aid officers, SPX Rugby have secured the services of a rugby physiotherapist for the remainder of the season. The physio will be operating on Chaplin No.1 Oval at home games and on the main oval at away venues. All St Pius X College students can access the physio before matches for strapping and after matches if they have injuries that need assessment. The physio will also work with the first aid officers and attend to any on-field injuries that occur when required. I ask that players please utilise this service so that diagnosis and management of injuries can be improved at the College.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




A genuine test this Saturday for our technical playing competency. Oakhill play a similar style to ours and move the ball wide at most opportunities. Therefore our reaction time and organisation in defence has to be quick and we must “target” opposition players to tackle, get to them quickly and effect good lower body tackling.

Needless to say our SPX spirit and enthusiasm has to be at the forefront of everything that we do.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




Photos:  Photos from all rounds are up on the Club website & will be updated each week:

For further rugby related info:

 Paul O’Neill     

[email protected] or 0418 634 750



Please check the draw below for Saturday 17th June:

Please take note of the following:  

  • Home games:  Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Wet weather:  Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor



Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Athletics Carnival

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News


Tomorrow, Thursday 15th June, the boys will leave for Oxford Falls at 9.00am and  will be doing both their sports training and dance.  The dance finale is on 22nd June and parents are most welcome to attend.  It is a lot of fun!

There will be no after school rugby training next Tuesday and Wednesday.



I had a concerned boy come and see me yesterday, worried about the appropriateness of his haircut.  I wonder why parents would allow him to put himself in this situation. 

A few years ago a student used to get his hair coloured and radically cut in the summer holidays but the day before he came back to school he would get it dyed back to his natural colour and have it cut appropriately.  This was not a problem - in fact I used to ask him what colour hair he had over the holidays.

Please ensure your son follows the College’s Grooming Policy and if he wants to have a radical haircut , do it in Day 1 of the holidays.  It it hasn't grown out by the end of the holidays then get it fixed before he returns to school.  

The College Policy is in the Student Diary and states:  ‘Hair must be clean, tidy, gel-less, of natural colour, even grade and of a style and length unlikely to cause comment.’



You will have received an email stating how you can book your  Parent/Student/Teacher Interview on Tuesday 17 July  via our online booking system.  I would recommend you leave time between appointments in case somebody is running overtime.


Primary Students should only book to see their son’s Homeroom Teacher who will have a full overview of all other subjects. The exception to this rule is Mrs Bettina Spanyik and Mr Tim Long. 

Specialty teachers for Music, Technology and Languages will not be available for interviews on this day.  Please contact them directly by email or phone if you have any concerns.



After a very early start for myself and Mr Virgona and consulting the Bureau of Meteorology we decided to be optimists and go ahead with the Carnival last Wednesday.  As it turned out the boys had a great time and all the track events were completed. We only need to complete some long jump and the high jump events at Oxford Falls.  For that reason we cannot as yet announce the Age Champions or the winning House. 

A special thank you to Mr Virgona for running a great carnival under challenging conditions, to the staff for their care and supervision and finally to the boys for their enthusiasm which always makes it all worthwhile.

We were also very fortunate to be upgraded to the main arena which added that extra bit of comfort and shelter for the boys and spectators. Thank you to the parent helpers who assisted in the smooth running of the day.  Overall, it was a good day and the weather gods were reasonably kind!  

Please click on the photo gallery below:



Thankyou to Mrs McCarthy for booking this information evening. In order to work out an appropriate venue at our Chatswood campus for the night, could you please email Mrs Joanne McCarthy if you wish to attend.  Her email is [email protected]

Details can be found in the flyer below.


Coming Events:

  • Friday 16th June:  Rugby Club dinner
  • Tuesday 20th June at 9.00am:  Author visit for Year 5 by James Foley, author of My Dead Bunny and Brobot and many other exciting Books! Students should use the order form in the Junior School newsletter last weekif they are interested in buying one of his books. 
  • Wednesday 23 August at 6.30pm:  'Small Steps' presentation for parents


Keep the dates free: 

Sunday 16th July - Year 6 Dads and Sons School Holidays Catch up –

Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night


Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport:  Our Sport and Dance program continues at Oxford Falls. Boys will depart at 9am and thus require full packed lunch. They will complete a Dance component and their regular winter training for AFL, Football or Rugby and so require full training gear.

Dance: Our Dance program continues for the remainder of the term. Please note the early departure this week where students will require winter training gear and a full packed lunch. Parents are warmly invited to attend from 12.30pm on Thursday 22nd June for our Final Performance.  Afternoon Tea will be served from 1.30pm.


Athletics: My lucky run with the weather for athletics carnivals certainly came to a screaming halt last week. However, not to be deterred we battled on at Homebush, braving some heavy falls but still getting through the bulk of the program. I must congratulate the boys who didn’t miss a beat and were in high spirits throughout (there’s a lesson in seeing their indifference to adverse conditions and their ability to get on with things with a smile on their face). I also thank staff and parent supporters for doing a superb job in trying conditions. We will complete remaining events at Chatswood and Oxford Falls in coming weeks and therefore announce overall House Champions, Age Champions and Squad selectees in due course.


Rugby: A reminder – Rugby Club Raffle Tickets are now overdue. Please return (sold or unsold) to the Finance Office immediately.

Football (Soccer):  

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Draw for Saturday 17th June:

Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing its 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

Please note that the online ordering system is not working at present. Please phone or email the Uniform Shop until the problem is resolved.




Please note that the Uniform Shop sells a few special crested items:

  • Golf umbrellas  $30
  • Coffee mugs $15
  • Lanyards $5
  • Aprons $20
  • Scarf $20
  • Glasses from $6                                                               

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

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
Barnardos Australia Letter.pdf
Barnardos Australia Leaflet.pdf
Barnardos Australia Letter.pdf
Barnardos Australia Leaflet.pdf
Careers Newsletter June 14.pdf
Careers Newsletter June 14.pdf
Football Draw.pdf
Football Draw.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting program Term 3 2017.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 3 2017.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
ThinkUknow Presentation.pdf
ThinkUknow Presentation.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Alpha Youth Permission Letter.pdf
Parent Teacher Interviews Year 5 to 10 2017.pdf
Parent Teacher Interviews Year 5 to 10 2017.pdf
Glenaeon Holiday Care Program.pdf
Glenaeon Holiday Care Program.pdf