St Pius X College Newsletter

15 February 2017
Issue Three
Upcoming Events
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity 
Student/Parent/Old Boys Matters
MindMatters for 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 17th February

Year 12 Study Day #2


Saturday 18th February

***P&F Commencement Mass & Social (5.30pm Mass at OLD Church followed by

a BBQ/Light Supper in the College grounds)



Sunday 19th February

Football Gradings


Monday 20th February

Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews (evening)

ISA Basketball Trials


Friday 24th February 

Academic Awards Assembly #1


Saturday 25th February


Old Boys vs College Gala Day


Sunday 26th February

Football Gradings/NSTA R3


Monday 27th February

Year 8 Camp until Wednesday 1st March


Wednesday 1st March

Ash Wednesday Liturgy


Friday 3rd March

Year 11 Study Day #1

Zone Final Public Speaking



From the Principal

Photo: College Commencement Mass

  • 2017 College Commencement Mass
  • P&F Commencement Mass - THIS SATURDAY

2017 College Commencement Mass

Below you will find my reflections presented to the Commencement Mass on Tuesday.


"Good Morning and a very warm welcome to each of you to the 2017 College Opening Mass. We welcome our celebrant Fr Paul Finucane and Deacon Kevin. We also welcome Br Sherrin and Mrs Therese Maclaine from the College Board. I love our opening Mass and it is a joy to see our new students in Year 5, 6 and 7 especially when many are gathered here on the altar. Welcome all.


We give special thanks for the 80 years of community service by St Pius X College and we gather to start the year exactly as the College has done here in this Church every year for 80 years.


What do we actually stand for? What do we believe in?


Ask yourself – Do I believe in Jesus? Do I believe in helping the poor? Do I believe that everyone is equal on earth and in heaven? Do I believe in justice, in peace, in accepting those who are different from me regardless of their race, gender, age and religion? Do I believe in forgiveness and compassion?  Then you believe in Gospel Spirituality. This is what the 2017 theme means. We must live it out.


Think about what you sing in Mass.  Our school song is exactly about Gospel Spirituality:

Whenever call of duty sounds,

whenever true hearts can make a stand,

There, indeed, we shall be found

St Pius' sons will lend a hand.


Our Opening Hymn that we love:


Ancient Words – ever true , changing me and changing you.

We have come with open hearts, oh let the Ancient words impart.


Today is an important day in the beginning of our 2017 school year as we ask God’s blessing on our 80th year. Let us put our faith into action!"



Please click on the gallery below to see a selection of photos taken on the day.


Mr John Couani - Principal

P&F Commencement Mass

This Saturday 18th February

The College community is invited to the P&F Welcome Mass which will be held at Our Lady of Dolours Church at 5.30pm this Saturday 18th February, followed by a BBQ/ light supper in the College grounds. 


Please RVSP for catering purposes by Thursday 16th February by clicking on this link


Mr John Couani - Principal

From the Assistant
Principal Mission & Identity 

Photo: Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers

  • Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers
  • 2017 Commencement Mass
  • P&F Commencement Mass - THIS SATURDAY 18th February

Liturgically this week is one of our biggest weeks of the year. At our assembly on Monday the nine Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers were presented and received their badges from Mr Couani. These men are to be congratulated for putting themselves forward for this position of service. We have travelled with them as they completed their workshop with Father Paul Finucane and other students from Mercy College last year and we celebrated their first commitment to this role at the 2016 Closing Mass. We wish them well as they fulfil this very significant role within our community.


On Tuesday we celebrated our 2017 Commencement Mass. As we were about to begin our opening hymn ‘Ancient Words’ which has in itself become a tradition, I looked around the church and it was indeed an impressive sight. Over 1200 of us joined as one to celebrate the Eucharist and recognise our Catholic Identity and the spiritual aspects of what we identify and hold to be so significant to our community.


Father Paul in his homily launched the Gospel references that will form a framework for each year group. These references will be specific to a year group, so in our year of Gospel Spirituality the students will begin a journey that will allow them to be exposed to the eight Gospel references during their journey at St Pius X College. This will ensure that we stay true to the importance of the Gospel message, and as Father Paul explained, ‘That the message will not stay in the Bible, it will be lived’.   During the next eight editions of the Woodchatta, I will present and unpack each of these Gospel References.


We also will end our week with the P&F Commencement Mass and Social which will begin with Mass at Our Lady of Dolours Parish Church at 5.30 pm and afterwards relaxing with a BBQ/light supper in the College grounds.  A great start to what I know will be a very special year for our community.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Student/Parent/Old Boys Matters

  • From the Head of Student Services:

              Year 7 Touchstone Induction Day

              Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Programs

              Connectedness (including Attendance information)

              Special Commendation:  Ben Ferguson Year 8

              Supervising a Learner Driver - Free Workshop

              Old Boys vs Students Gala Day

              Old Boys Events:  AGM & 80th Anniversary Dinner

  • Chess as an Extracurricular Option for Years 7-12
  • College Portal - Procedure for Lost Passwords for Parents 

From the Head of Student Services


Well done to Year 7 2017 (Year 12 2022) who overcame the Summer conditions last Friday at Oxford Falls to enhance their cohesion as a cohort well prepared for the challenges of developing and upholding the values of the College and Edmund Rice education over the coming years.

On their behalf I thank:

  • our inspirational School Counsellor Mr Rick Russo and Wellbeing Coordinator Mr Joe Lynch who led the MindMatters Wellbeing and Belonging session;
  • Br Carl Sherrin our College Archivist, ex-student circa 1950, and former Principal and teacher of numerous Edmund Rice Colleges, who led the Edmund Rice orientation session;
  • Mr Adrian Brannan, Ms Frances Doyle and Ms Sophie Allington who facilitated our Indigenous Awareness and Social Justice Outreach session;
  • Ms Veronica Kugananthan, Mr Benn McBrearty and our Year 10 MindMatters Team representatives - Nicholas McKenzie, Nicholas McLachlan, Thomas Wong, Dominic Fromager, Declan Howle, Oliver Tysoe, Joshua Foley, Ky Simpson, Daniel Scipioni, Matthew Crotty, John Mckinnon and Lachlan Donlevy - who performed a sterling job in ensuring our Year 7 students were given every opportunity to engage with one another and develop the connections, positive mindset and resilience skills which will help them into the future.

Please click below to see a selection of photos taken on the day.


Students are now working on drafts of their Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders letters explaining a little bit about themselves, the school, the Touchstones and how St Pius X College upholds the values of Edmund Rice Education to Year 7 students in Edmund Rice Schools in England, Ireland, USA, Canada, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina and New Zealand.



Years 7, 8 and 9 commenced their rounds of Pastoral Care programs last Thursday  with cohort meetings in The Leary Learning Centre, Sarto Centre and Senior Resource Centre respectively. Under the guidance of their Year Coordinators Mr Yue, Mr Stollery and Mr Ticli, and Wellbeing Coordinators Ms Foord and Mr Lynch, looking to engage and empower our students in their leadership of learning in Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.

Peer Support begins this Wednesday Period 3 with Year 11 students engaging their Year 7 and  Year 5 counterparts in their respective transitions to St Pius X College and High School respectively. We were all there once, so we wish our students all the best in supporting each other positively through these important stages of their development.

Mr Russo’s Peer Mentoring Program is gaining momentum for the year with a large number of sudents in Years 5-7 realising the benefits of the mentoring guidance offered by their Senior mentors. It is a great initiative from both perspectives with each boy is asked to dedicate a small amount of time weekly to meeting up with their mentor / mentee to offer advice, company, and insights to enhance their pathway to wellbeing and self-fulfilment at St Pius X College. 



Research informs us that one of the best ways to achieve success in any organisation is to maximise the time and connections with the organisation and people within it. To this end all students are encouraged to plan their curricular, extra curricular and service activities for the year.

It is important that students attend school and classes routinely on time and develop the habits and skills of being an organised student working productively to learn with their peers and teachers at all times.

If ever attendance is not possible due to sickness or other events, parents / guardians are able to indicate this via:

  • a phone call to the Students Attendance Office (9411 4733 – 1)
  • email Student Management [email protected]
  • use the Portal to register the absence, or
  • send in the traditional note.

Communication must include Name, Homeroom, Dates and Reasons for Absence as well as the name of the parent / guardian and some form of verifiable signature.



Special commendation to Ben Ferguson in Year 8 who has competed in the Northern Beaches Branch Surf Life Savings Championships over the last couple of weekends. He finished 1st in the Ironman, 1st in the 2k Beach Run, 2nd in the Surf Swim, 2nd in the Board Race and 3rd In the All Age Beach Relay in which Sam Ferguson (Year 7) competed as well.  Ben also represents the College in rugby, athletics, basketball and swimming.  Congratulations to a very fit young athlete.



Teaching your son to drive can be a happy experience!  Please click on the flyer below for information regarding a free two-hour workshop in either Lane Cover or Chatswood.


Old Boys vs Students Gala Day:  Twilight Saturday 25th February

At the conclusion of 1st V Basketball and 1st XI Cricket home matches at Oxford Falls on Saturday the 25th February approx. 4-7.30pm we plan to conduct this Annual Gala day as a twilight event with sessions and contact links as follows.

  • Touch Football / Rugby skills session - Contact: Nathaniel Panozzo / Mr Joe Lynch
  • Basketball Old Boys vs Students V - Contact: Anthony Maras / Mr S Brannan
  • Football Old Boys vs 1st XI:  Contact: Alec Vinci / Sam John / Mr Steve Quilty

All matches will be friendly and hopefully competitive as well with the opportunity to connect our current Senior Students with recent, and not so recent, Old Boys, for their mutual benefit socially, communally and professionally. Contact Mr Brannan or the contact people above, at the College on 94114733 for more details.


SPX Old Boys AGM

The SPX Old Boys Association would like to inform the College Community that its annual AGM will be held on Thursday 2nd March at 6.30pm in the Sarto Centre, Cnr Daisy and Anderson St, Chatswood.  All Old Boys and interested parties are welcome to attend.


SPX Old Boys 80th Anniversary Dinner

SAVE THE DATE:  1st September 2017

A timely reminder that in this the 80th Anniversary of the College we plan to host the Annual Old Boys Dinner on the first Friday in September.

Festivities are planned to commence with an afternoon tour of the College followed by a Mass in Our Lady of Dolours Church and then transport to Oxford Falls for a look at the facilities there before dinner. Stay tuned to the SPX Old Boys communication and website for more details and advance bookings.


Mr S Brannan - Head of student Services


Chess as an Extracurricular Option for Years 7-12

Chess is a powerful educational tool which can enhance concentration and help develop your ability to solve problems! Please consider Chess as your extracurricular sport for Terms 1 & 2.  All students in Years 7-12 are welcome regardless of ability/experience.

  • When:       Monday afternoon 3.30-4.30 beginning 20th February
  • Where:      D1 and D2
  • Cost:          Free trial for two weeks from 20th February

Should your son choose Chess they will receive further information and a permission note at the free trial training sessions.  


Ms Ramsey and Ms Dempsey - Coordinators of Chess


College Portal

Forgotten your password and username for the College Portal?

Forgotten your username and password for the College Portal?  You may be able to retrieve these by yourself - see attachment below - if your email registered in the College system is correct (i.e. the same as the email where you receive other notifications).

You should receive an automatic email notification from the Portal (Check spam files if not in Inbox).  If you do not receive the email or are still having problems logging in contact [email protected]


MindMatters for Families

Tuning Into Teens

A five-session parenting course for parents of TEENS

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively with your teenager?
  • Understand your teenager?
  • Help your teenager with emotional intelligence and managing emotions?
  • Prevent some teenager behaviour problems?
  • Teach your teenager to deal with conflict?

Please click on the flyer below for full details.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P & F  News 

  • P&F Commencement Mass:  THIS SATURDAY 18th February
  • SAVE THE DATE:  P&F Cocktail Party Friday 24th March
  • YEAR REPS STILL NEEDED for 6 Gold, Year 8 & Year 9

P&F Commencement Mass

This Saturday 18th February

Everyone is invited to the P&F Welcome Mass at Our Lady of Dolours Church at 5.30pm on Saturday 18th February, followed by a BBQ/light supper in the College grounds. 


RVSP for catering purposes by Thursday 16th February by clicking on this link



P&F Cocktail Party

SAVE THE DATE - P&F Cocktail Party Friday 24th March

The annual P&F Cocktail Party is loads of fun and a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones. Look out for more details and the trybooking link in the weeks ahead! 


The list of P&F events for the year can be found on the P&F website, just click here.



Year Representatives


The role of Year Group Representative is an easy one at SPX - simply distribute the contact list to your class/year group and organise a couple of gatherings throughout the year! 


We still require helpers for 6 Gold and Year Groups 8 & 9.  Please contact Cassie Buono via [email protected] if you are able to help. 


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating

Performing Arts


This term has begun with much activity in Drama as we prepare for another exciting year ahead. Years 11 and 12 Drama students attended “Onstage” at the Seymour Centre on Saturday 4th February to view a showcase of exemplary performance and project works from the 2016 Drama HSC Examinations. The students came away from the evening inspired and motivated to build Individual Projects and Group Performances around issues they are passionate about.

On Thursday 9th February, Year 12 Drama students then participated in the “Fearless Theatre Symposium” at the Seymour Centre. Run by the Milk Crate Theatre company, the workshop explored the key dramatic devices used in the HSC Drama Core text “Fearless” by Mirra Todd. The intensive afternoon greatly assisted the students’ understanding of the text and its themes around social justice.

Rehearsals are also well underway for our production of “Boy Overboard” which will be staged in the Sarto Centre in Week 9 of this term. Ticket information will be available shortly.

Finally, Drama Ensemble commenced last Thursday morning at 7.30am in the Drama Room. This activity is available for interested students Years 5 – 12. 

Ms S Fernando - Drama Teacher



Thank you to the Senior Choir, Lachlan Ceravolo (Year 12) and Ms Gan for leading the music and singing at this important Mass to start our College year.



With the exception of the Junior Digital Music Ensemble, rehearsals for ALL other groups have now commenced. Final rolls will be drawn up at the end of this week. Students who are unsure if they are in the correct ensemble, or who auditioned and have not been placed, should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staff Room BEFORE Friday.



The overwhelming interest in this group has meant that rehearsals have been postponed, until Mr Cummins and myself can ascertain how best to select students. Please read next week’s Woodchatta and the Junior School Newsletter, for further information.



All students who applied for instrumental tuition will have had their first lesson by the end of this week. During this lesson they will have received a Music Pass. In order to leave class to attend a music lesson, students MUST show their Music Pass to the teacher. Teachers WILL NOT let students leave class unless they have a Music Pass.



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking & Debating


St Pius X College students will participate in the Macquarie Schools’ Cup competitions which are run on school days at Macquarie University.  Students attend the day with a debating coach and information about the day is provided to the students closer to the date.  There are three competitions:

  • Senior (Year 10):   16th February, 2017 (Mrs McCormack is organising this at the moment)
  • Intermediate (Year 9):  usually early Term 3
  • Junior (Years 7 and 8):  usually late Term 3        



The CSDA Public Speaking competition runs on the following three Friday.  Information on venues and times will follow as soon as the College is informed.  Students have been advised each day in our school ‘Daily Notices’, at Friday assembly and through Woodchatta to come to the JCR on Tuesdays at lunch time to register their interest in participating in the CSDA competition.  We have NO Year 7 students responding as yet and I would hate students to miss out as entries for the competition close this Friday, 17th February. Please contact Mrs Waterson if you miss this Tuesday’s meeting and want to be involved in Public Speaking.


Public Speaking Competition dates:

Term 1                   

Round 1:       March 3   

Zone Final:   March 10

Final:               March 17  



Registration forms are at the front office now.  Students need to complete the form and return it to the box marked “Public Speaking and Debating” on the student verandah.  The 2015 CSDA competition dates are below.  St Pius X College will host as many of these rounds as possible as home events are easier for our parents. 


Term 2

Round 1:    April 28

Round 2:    May 5

Round 3:    May 12

Round 4:    May 19

Round 5:    May 26

Round 6:    June 2

Elimination Round 1:    June 16

Elimination Round 2:    June 23


Term 3

Quarterfinal:   July 21

Semi-final:       July 28

Grand Final:     August 3


If you want to be a part of the terrific St Pius X College debating community it is essential that you attend ALL of the first six rounds.  If your team makes it through to the Elimination round (and beyond) you also need to keep the above dates free.


Our senior students act as coaches/supporters for our junior teams.  We are also lucky enough to have ex-students to work with the junior teams as the younger students really enjoy contact with our ex-debating “champions”.



St Pius X College participates in the School’s Debating Network (SDN) Competition. Schools include Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville College, Stella Maris, Monte and Wenona. This seven-round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.


Round 1 21st July, Roseville College hosting St Pius X

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

Round 3 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X

Round 4 11th August, St Pius X hosting Wenona

Round 5 18th August, St Pius X hosting Monte

Round 6 25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X

Round 7 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X

Tiebreaker 8th September, hosted by St Pius X

Final 15th September, hosted by Monte


The fee for the CSDA extra-curricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term Two school fees.  This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening bus 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.


Two hours of training per week is mandatory. Our training commences 2-3 weeks before Round 1 with St Pius X College hosting pre-season ‘friendly’ debates with 2-3 local high schools. Friday afternoon training from 3.30–5pm is compulsory for all debaters, and coaches determine the other hour or so of training each week at times that suit their team.  CSDA debates commence at 6pm and students and coaches either travel to venues at 5pm or, when hosting, students have a one hour dinner break before our guests arrive at the College for a 6pm competition commencement.  SDN debates have a different, later running order.


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


St Pius X also competes in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition and the Plain English Speaking Competition and details will follow.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener



Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • After-School Study (Previously the 'Homework Help Program') - available every week of Term, for Years 5-10
  • Free Parent Seminars
  • Free Research Opportunities

After-School Study

Available every week of Term, for Years 5-10

From 2017 onwards, After-School Study has replaced the previous Homework Help Program, and now provides broader opportunities for all students in Years 5-10 to study independently or receive assistance in order to complete homework, assignments, and assessments tasks in all subject areas. The Senior Library is the ideal space where students can enjoy the peaceful surrounds, plan for tomorrow’s schedule, read books, do research, catch up on missed work, or get a head start on homework, without pressure or distractions. Ms Raheb-Mol and Mrs Leonardi are on hand, to provide assistance and proof-reading advice for those students who would like help with their work in English, Maths, Science and a range of other subjects. This includes assistance in literacy, reading and writing skills, grammar, essay-writing, numeracy skills including mentals and problem-solving, as well as organisation skills and exam revision strategies such as memory techniques and note-making skills.

  • WHAT: This after-school program operates all year round, and starts in Week 2 of each school term.
  • WHO: All students in Years 5 - 10
  • WHERE: Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available.
  • WHEN: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3.15pm - 4.30pm

NO NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - Students may attend regularly or on a ‘drop-in’ basis. Students are welcome to attend on one or more than one afternoon per week, and students with regular attendance will receive merits for the time and effort they put in.


Please direct any queries about the After-School Study Program to Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol, LSE Coordinator, via phone (02) 94114733, or email: [email protected]

Free Parent Seminar

For parents and carers of students with support needs: NDIS Information Session by NDIA

WHAT: This information session is designed to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme that started in your area on 1 July 2016. The session will cover topics like: What is the NDIS and how does it work? Am I eligible for the NDIS? What will happen if I am made eligible? What kind of support can I access through the NDIS?

WHEN & WHERE:  Auslan interpreter available at all sessions.

  • Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove NSW 2066 - Tuesday 22nd February from 10:30am–12:30pm
  • Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove NSW 2066 - Monday 27th February from 6pm-8pm

RSVP: Ensure a space by emailing [email protected] with any accessibility requirements at least one day before the event in each location. Limited spaces available


Free Research Opportunities

For the interest of parents and carers of students with differences

Research opportunity 1: Provide feedback on New Mental Health Carer Experience Survey Tool

The Fourth National Mental Health Plan recognised the role of carers in mental health service provision and the need for carers and families to receive information, within the bounds of privacy and confidentiality, about the treatment and care provided to the consumer. A national project was undertaken to develop a tool to support mental health services to monitor and improve carer engagement as part of an evidence-informed quality improvement program. The Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) has now developed this tool for use across the sector. It aims to measure carers’ experiences of the mental health sector. Find information about the tool and how to access and use at


Research opportunity 2: Seeking Carer Input on Education Program by Department of Developmental Disability UNSW

Comments are sought from carers of an adult friend or family member who has an intellectual disability or mental health problem.  The online education program about intellectual disability and mental health will be free Before its publication, the Department needs carers to review it to create high quality education for other carers. Reviewing a module would take about an hour of your time. There is no payment. For information or to participate, contact Thea Kremser, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, UNSW on 9385 2580 or [email protected].


Ms J Raheb-Mol - LSE Coordinator


Photo: Year 10 Careers Testing

Year 10 Careers Testing

On Tuesday all Year 10 students participated in online careers testing. The purpose of the testing is to start students on a career exploration journey. It is now common for people to move through various career pathways throughout their lifetime.  Knowing and understanding the choice of careers available allows students to make informed decisions about their future.

If your son participated ask him to forward you the results via email. The results are a great conversation starter. For more information visit

Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • ISA Tennis


After last Saturday's forced rest day I hope all players are ready for this Saturday's games. There are only two rounds to go, followed by the finals.


Celebrating 50 Years of Basketball at St Pius X College

In 1967 St Pius X College started playing Basketball as part of the House Sports competition. I’m not sure where the games were played as Basketball courts would have been few and far between. Fifty years on we have four indoor courts and at this moment 42 teams with 380 students playing in the IPSHA and ISA competitions.


I have had to make a number of changes from my original plan. Please note changes below.


15A Game times: The 15As will play Central Coast Grammar this Saturday at 8:00am at Oxford Falls then they will travel to Strathfield to play St Patrick’s at 11:00am.


13E Game time and venue changed: The 13E team will play Oakhill Navy at Chatswood at 9:30am. Parents can park in the yard (enter the yard from Kirk Street).


The 17C team will play at 10:00am

The 14C team will play at 11:00am


All D team players will need to organise transport to Moss Vale Stadium this Saturday.


Use the link below to see all of the ISA Basketball Teams Results:


Mr N Gibson - Basketball Convenor


After a week's respite from the heat Cricket returns this Saturday for all teams. Congratulations to Dermott Beattie (12) and Lachlan Hearne (11) on their selection in the 2017 ISA Representative team to play Combined ACT Schools and Combined Associated Schools later this month. James Brown (11) has been selected as a shadow player the ISA Representative team. Well done to Dermott, Lachlan and James who have also progressed to the final selection trial for the Combined City and Country Schools Cricket team in Bathurst next week.


Good luck to all teams.

Mr D Reay - Cricket Convenor


Senior College Trials

A reminder that you must register your son to attend the Senior College team trials, including boys interested in playing in the Open teams.  These will be held over two Sundays commencing Sunday 19th and then again on Sunday 26th.


The trials are for boys in Year 7 through Year 10.  We run two separate sessions for each age-group so every boy has more than one opportunity to display their abilities.

Boys are expected to attend both days to be eligible for team selection.  Please contact Mr Simon Yue, Senior Football Convenor, if there are extenuating circumstances where attendance is not possible.


Opens trial will be held on the second Sunday following the first trial match.  This is open to all boys interested in playing in the 2nd, 3rd, 4ths.  The 1st XI team selection will continue to be coordinated and organised by Mr Steve Quilty and Mr Simon Yue.  Players interested in trialling for the 1st XI should contact Mr Quilty or Mr Yue directly.

This Opens’ trial will be followed up by other sessions organised through the College before final Open teams are selected.


All players across all age groups must register prior to the day at:   (closes Friday 17th evening)


Trial Times:  

8:30-9:30           U13 (Y7)

9:30-10:30         U14 (Y8)

10:30-11:30       U15 (Y9)

11:30-12:30       U16(Y10)


26th Feb – Opens Trial – 12:30-14:00  (TO BE CONFIRMED)


Location:  Oxford Falls Sports Fields


BBQ Volunteers

Additionally the Committee will be operating the Old Boys Kiosk offering light refreshments for sale.  We are seeking some parent assistance on the day so if possible please turn up to the kiosk on the day, or contact Mary-Ann Back via [email protected] to volunteer.



The committee is also seeking parents interested in joining the Football Committee in some capacity.  A number of the committee will end their association with the College soon and we want to ensure a smooth transition to allow the continuing support the Committee offers to the College Football community to continue.  The committee AGM will be held on Monday 6th March at 6:30pm at the Sarto Centre. Please email [email protected] if you are interested or want some more information, or just come along.


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


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club


A warm welcome to all parents and players, new and old, to the 2017 school year. The rugby season is just around the corner and below are some key dates in the SPX Rugby Program for 2017:

  • Tuesday 14th March – All other age groups commence training at Oxford Falls.
  • Friday 17th-Sunday 19th March – Opens Pre-season Camp – Huntington House
  • Saturday 25th March - Trial Match 1 vs Sydney High
  • Saturday 1st April – Trial Match 2 vs St Aloysius
  • Friday 7th – Friday 14th April – Under 15s New Zealand Tour
  • Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th April – Easter Holiday Rugby Clinic
  • Saturday 29th April – Trial Match 3 vs St Gregorys College (Neutral Ground TBC)
  • Saturday 6th May – ISA Round 1
  • Thursday 6th July – Thursday 13th July – Open Queensland Tour (Final Dates TBC)
  • Saturday 12th August – ISA Round 10 (Final Round)
  • Tuesday 22nd August – Rugby Presentation Evening

Rugby Registration will open in the coming weeks via the website. Rugby has a place for all players regardless of their experience, skill level, shape or size and everyone is welcome to join the SPX Rugby program. Rugby does not hold trial or grading weekends prior to the season, players will be graded into teams during the initial training sessions and trial matches.


All teams will train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Oxford Falls during the season, with buses departing from Archer Street, Chatswood at 3:30pm and returning to Anderson Street Chatswood by 5:30-6pm. Boys can be collected at Oxford Falls at 5pm or get off the bus at the Jamieson Square bus stop on Warringah Road. From Term 2 the Under 13s age group will train at Beauchamp Oval for the remainder of their season.


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



Chatswood Junior Rugby Club:  We encourage our students to play for the College first and foremost but then to also consider playing for a club in order to attain more game fun and rugby learning time.  Please see the attached flyer from Chatswood Junior Rugby Club.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor


Our next carnival will be the Annual Christian Brothers Carnival held at North Sydney Pool on Saturday 25th February. More details will be given closer to the date.


Swimming  training has started and will continue on Monday and Wednesdays starting at 7.15am at Fitness First. The boys will be changed and back at school before 8.30am on training days. Training will continue until the ISA carnival at the end of March.

Miss L Proc - Swimming Convenor


ISA Tennis

Applications are currently open for the 2017 Winter ISA Tennis Season. Details and application forms are available from the student verandah and must be submitted by Friday 24th February.


Ms A O’Brien - ISA Tennis Convenor


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Rice House wins the Junior School Swimming Carnival

  • Junior School News

            Swimming Carnival

           OPAL Card for Excursions

          Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews

           Portal Password

           Upcoming Events in the Junior School

  • Junior School Sport

Junior School News

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the Rice House on winning the 2017 Junior School swimming carnival.  The cheering and camaraderie was excellent.  We did have a few showers but the carnival was a great success because of the positive attitude of the boys and staff plus thank you to all the wonderful parents and grandparents who came out to cheer and support the boys.

Please see a selection of photos in the Sports Section below.


OPAL Card for Excursions

One of the advantages of being in Chatswood is that is a transport hub and we can keep the cost of excursions lower by using the train instead of hiring buses.  Boys need to have a youth opal card for these excursions.  THE FREE OPAL CARD FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM SCHOOL  IS NOT FOR TRANSPORT TO EXCURSIONS.  Could you please ensure that your son has an opal card as Year 5 are going on an excursion involving train travel next Wednesday.  We also use it for debating and other activities.


Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews

Please return the completed questionnaire about your son to his teacher in a sealed envelope before the interviews on Monday 20 /2 and Tuesday 21/2.  Bookings for interviews opened at 1 pm last Sunday.  Information on how to book was sent home in a hard copy with your son plus it was also emailed and it is on the portal.


Portal Password

Forgotten your username and password for the College Portal?  You may be able to retrieve these by yourself - see attachment below - if your email registered in the College system is correct (i.e. the same as the email where you receive other notifications).

You should receive an automatic email notification from the Portal (Check spam files if not in Inbox).  If you do not receive the email or are still having problems logging in contact [email protected]


Upcoming Events in the Junior School

  • Year 5 Peer support Program with Year 11 mentors began today.  This should be a good conversation starter around the dining table for tonight.
  • Tomorrow we have a play incursion at 10am at Oxford Falls; therefore we will be at Oxford Falls all day and the boys need to bring their morning tea and lunch.  The play is entitled, Bully No More.  It is one play in a trilogy so if your son was here last year, he will be seeing a different play.  The aim is to educate the boys in a fun away about bullying.
  • IPSHA Round 2 Sport - please refer to website for draws.
  • P&F Commencement Mass and Social on Saturday night.  All welcome and a great way to meet other parents and grandparents.
  • Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st February:  Junior School Parent Teacher Meetings 
  • Tuesday 21st February:  Year 5 Peer Support in Period 3.
  • Wednesday 22nd February: Year 5 excursion to the Rocks and Observatory Hill- Boys are required to have their own opal card

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Regular sport at Oxford Falls, though all boys will again travel to the venue at 9am as there is an anti-bullying production in the morning. They will therefore require a full packed recess/lunch. Training then continues for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis. Trials for the Armidale Rugby Tour and Tamworth Football Tour take place at lunch (see below). Pick-up is at 2.20pm in the carpark.


Winter Sport Changes: A reminder that the deadline for changing winter sport preferences falls today. I must enter teams into competitions and complete fixture draws shortly.


AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby - Winter Season: Just to clarify ... in the Junior School, we are able to cater for all boys who wish to play AFL, Rugby and Football for the College. As long as boys have elected to play for the school (via their sport choice form) and turn up to trial, they will be guaranteed a place in a team. Trials will begin in Week 7 of this term, during Thursday Sport at Oxford Falls. We use external professional coaches to assist in grading our Rugby and Football players.


Junior Swimming Carnival  

What a difference a day makes! After sweltering through 40 degree temperatures in the days leading up to the Carnival and questioning whether we would have enough sunscreen to get through, we were met with record rainfall and the chance of thunderstorms on race day. However, not to be deterred by this inclement weather our boys arrived brimming with newfound school spirit and positivity. The showers came and went but the determination of our students was rock-solid. Unlike at the Senior Carnival the previous day, we avoided the lightning and were thus able to run a full program.


I am always impressed with how quickly our students take ownership of their school and House. They invest from the outset, immediately engaging in the culture of St Pius X College and forming unique bonds with their peer group. I believe this competitive and tribal like participation event is a great ice-breaker for the new school year, especially considering 60% of our Junior cohort are new to the school.


The boys competed with vigour and determination in the water, many at the edge of their comfort zone in pursuit of a ribbon and valuable points. It was so pleasing to see the number of boys entering the 50m races in each stroke, certainly more displaying confidence in their ability and a hunger to compete in the top events. The competition was healthy in the water and the support for those swimmers from the pool deck was magnificent. I particularly acknowledge the newly appointed House Captains who, in their first assignment for 2017, did an amazing job leading their troops, ensuring high participation levels, organising relays and showing the way in the pool. Our boys are our best advertisement for the College and I was extremely impressed with the way this new group has settled into the sporting fabric of the school – they listen, follow directions and effortlessly give of their best.


Please click below to see a selection of photos taken on the day.

In the end Rice’s teamwork and strong participation proved the difference nudging ahead of Barron in the final relays for the overall win. Barron were strong all day and deserve honourable mention for a very close 2nd place. Purton House were not far behind in 3rd and Treacy competed valiantly all-day. Congratulations to Zachary Flynn (C) and Oliver Meulman (VC) for leading Rice to victory.

A big thank-you to the staff, senior students and parental volunteers who ran the carnival so smoothly, especially in at times trying conditions. Thanks also to the many parents and relatives who braved the deluge and supported their boys on the day. The following Age Champions and runners-up deserve mention for their superb individual performances in their respective fields. Most have been selected in the swimming squad and are joined by: Spencer Anderson & Jacob Magner (U11’s), Aaron Lau, Mitchell McGrath and Max Peakman (U12’s). Our swim squad have already begun preparations for their upcoming selection carnival. We wish them the best of luck.


Champion House:  RICE


Rugby Tour: We will again be taking a Prep 1st XV Rugby Squad to Armidale for The Armidale School Rugby Carnival. This tour departs on 7th April and returns on 9th April. Selection trials for all Yr 6 players who wish to attend will take place at Oxford Falls Sport this Thursday 16th February and again on a date TBC. Boys require boots, mouthguard and any protective gear.


Football (Soccer) Tour: Trials for the upcoming Tamworth Football Tour will take place on Thursday 16th Feb as part of sport. Yr 6 students playing Football for the College and aspiring to play ‘A’ grade are invited to trial. The tour takes place from 7th – 9th April in Tamworth, NSW. All tour management, including transport, accommodation and meals are organised by The College. Parents and friends can attend in support if they wish to make their own arrangements.


Basketball: Unfortunately most sport across the State was cancelled last weekend but as it turned out, it was a perfect morning for Basketball! Good luck to all players as the season now commences this Saturday.

NB: Please note the time changes from the original draw for the K and L teams.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Softball:  Softball Round 2 is at Oxford Falls next Saturday 18th February.  Please be there by 7:40am.  Looking forward to starting our season!

Mrs J Williams - Softball  Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • UNIFORM SHOP:  Winter Uniforms/Sports Uniforms/New Blazers



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.

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coomba - Canteen Supervisors

Uniform Shop




Orders for New Blazers:   Orders should have been placed by end of today for new Blazers. Payment is not due till 20th March (Week 8).


Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms should be available in the Uniform Shop from 7th March (Week 6).


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
Careers Newsletter Feb 15.pdf
SPX Basketball.JPG
St Pius Game Times R9 Sat 18th Feb.pdf
Junior Rugby.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Perf & Excursion Calendar T1.pdf
Portal Information.docx
Portal Information.pdf
Junior Rugby.pdf
Chess Letter.pdf
Supervising Learner Driver Workshop.pdf
Supervising Learner Driver Workshop.pdf
Supervising Learner Driver Workshop.pdf
Portal Information.pdf
Tuning into Teens Chatswood T1 2017 flyer.pdf