St Pius X College Newsletter

17 May 2017
Issue 14
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice
P&F News
Student & Parent Matters MindMatters for Families
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

Thursday 18th May

80th Anniversary Concert at The Concourse, Chatswood


Friday 19th May

White Knight Foundation Dinner at The Concourse


Monday 22nd May

Year 10 Semester 1 Exams begin


Tuesday 23rd May

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Thursday 25th May

Ascension Thursday


Monday 29th May

Reconciliation Assembly


Monday 5th June

Year 7 Study Skills Parent/Student Night with Prue Salter at 6.30pm


Tuesday 6th June

Senior Athletics Carnival

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Wednesday 7th June

Junior Athletics Carnival


Thursday 8th June

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Staff Meeting


Friday 9th June

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students





From the Principal     

  • Prayer:  Trust in God
  • 80th Anniversary Concert:  'A Night of Stars'
  • St Pius X College Federal Funding
  • Parents Taking & Publishing Photographs
  • Annual College Survey:  22nd May to 9th June


Prayer: Trust in God

So often it happens that when I am troubled the daily Gospel readings give comfort that all will be well if I trust in God’s providence and be faithful to his teachings. This week's daily Gospel readings have been from St John.  I share with you some short scripture quotes that spoke to me and may also help you as you meet your challenges.


Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”  John 14:1-2

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name - will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. John 14:26

Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. John 15:1-8



80th Anniversary Concert:  'A Night Full of Stars'

7.00pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Only one more sleep before the big night!  Best wishes to all members of the cast and crew. It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  We look forward to seeing you there. There are just a few seats left on sale so please book now via  


St Pius X College Federal Funding

Meeting with Mr Paul FLetcher (MP for Bradfield)

On Tuesday representatives of the College Board and the P&F Executive, along with the College Business Manager Mr Nick Carson and myself, met with Mr Paul Fletcher, the local MP for Bradfield which is the electorate where the Chatswood Campus is located.


At the meeting the College’s view was clearly put to Mr Fletcher regarding the extremely challenging funding cuts announced in the Budget and which I have communicated to the College community.


Below is a short summary of the issues raised. Next, I will be writing directly to Mr Fletcher who has undertaken to take our position to the Minister for Education, Senator Birmingham. Mr Fletcher has undertaken to represent these views and while he offered no assurances of any changes he certainly understood and empathised with the College and expressed his desire to represent this to the Government. Members of the St Pius X College community may also decide to write to their local member expressing their view on the potential impact of this funding to our school. The local members who are in electorates where the majority of St Pius X families reside are Paul Fletcher - Bradfield; Tony Abbott - Warringah; Trent Zimmerman - North Sydney; John Alexander - Bennelong; Jason Falinski - Mackellar and Julian Leeser – Berowra.



  • Inequities between elite high fee paying school and St Pius X College
  • Funding impact over 10 years on St Pius X College
  • Need for extended phase in period of 15 years
  • Lack of detail from the Government
  • Unclear information about indexation of funding
  • The nature and characteristics of SPX community (not an elite private school)
  • Lack of transparent information about Government and non-government school's SES (Socio Economic status) and SRS (Schooling Resource Standard)
  • Financial capacity of SPX families
  • The inadequacies of SES and SRS as blunt indicators of a school communities capacity to pay
  • Lack of guaranteed funding from State Government
  • Inequities of all school funding sources combined between Federal and State sources

There are many finer points within each of the above points and the College Board and P&F are active in their endeavours to inform our government representatives of our serious concerns.


Parents Taking & Publishing Photographs

I raise with parents the issues regarding privacy when taking photographs of other students at Sports, Performing Arts events and the like. It is of course acceptable to take photos of your own son competing or performing.


The College as well as the Parents and Friends Association have very clear Privacy Policies and they are accessible on the College website and on the P&F website.


The College has permission from parents to publish photos and where this has been withdrawn, the College respects, accepts and follows this advice from parents.


It is not permissible for parents to take photos of other students and publish these unless permission has been sought to do so. I ask parents to be very mindful of any photography and publication and that it does not breach the Privacy Policy.


The Policy is based on privacy legislation and our policy is based the principle of respecting the rights of others to their privacy.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Annual College Survey - 22nd May to 9th June

This year’s survey will open next week for all staff, students and parents. We are looking for a high response again this year. One of the key questions is regarding the proposal from the College Old Boys’ Association and some parents regarding the introduction of a new Senior Blazer for students in Years 11 and 12. The question is as follows:

  • Introduce a compulsory Year 11/12 Blazer with Gold Braiding and Piping (cost approximately $200.00.)

I urge all parents, students and staff to have their say through the survey.

Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice

Photo: Footy Boot Drive

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice

Mission & Identity

As part of our EREA Charter our Touchstone of Gospel Spirituality calls us to bring to life the key values that Jesus witnessed in his own life and ministry. These values of love, respect, forgiveness, tolerance and justice are not only important as foundations for our own relationships and actions but are crucial in building a community that understands the value of every person, no matter what religion, culture or ethnicity.


As part of the Junior Religion and the Senior Studies of Religion Curriculum, we are fortunate to have opportunities to be able to create awareness and respect for those who follow other faiths. I am sure that the other Religion Teachers would agree that the more we learn about the beliefs of other faiths, the more we find out about our own faith.


I have included an interesting article below which highlights the work of Pope Francis in trying to build bridges of understanding between Christianity and Islam. In a visit to Egypt he urged Egyptian Catholics to be a positive force within society; to be ‘people of dialogue who are ‘sowers of hope’ and able to forgive those who wrong them’. This article says much about how the values of Jesus can be expressed in both in our local and wider communities.


This Tuesday the 23rd of May we will have our 8am Mass in our Chapel. This Mass will be hosted by Mr Kovacic’s Year 9 Religion6 Class. All are welcome.


Tuesday 8.00am Mass in the College Chapel

23rd May, 6th June, 20th June, 18th July, 1st August, 15th August, 29th August and 12th September.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice


The Edmund Rice Society members have been very busy both at meetings and outside of them. This week’s meeting (pictured left) shows Daniel Hall and James Spencer discussing the life of Blessed Edmund Rice and how we can follow in his footsteps with the Society’s members.


This discussion lead to the Fair Trade Chocolate Stall being run this Friday at lunchtime by the junior members to raise funds for our partners, Callan Services, in Papua New Guinea. The stall will run each Friday for the remainder of Term 2 and in Term 3 and all proceeds will be sent to assist their 19 special needs schools. The fair trade chocolate means the farmers who harvest the cocoa receive a fair price and no slave labour is used. The Society would like to thank the school community for their efforts in the Footy Boot Drive for our indigenous communities of the mid-north NSW coast. Your generous donations provided well over 100 sets of footy boots, socks, mouth guards and shin pads and these will be delivered to the community elders of the Gumbaynggir People when our Year 10 immersion students visit Bowraville in November. Those elders will then disperse the boots as needed to their people as well as the Ngaku, Miriwoong and Berrayinga people, all from the mid-north NSW region. This great recycling program was inspired by the members of the Edmund Rice Society and their desire to assist those less fortunate. The masthead picture for this page shows some of our members proudly standing by your generous donations - thank you.


Year 9 Homerooms are teaming up with the Year 10 Mercy Action Group in Weeks 5 and 6 to run a drive to assist both the homeless of Sydney as well as the men of Matthew Talbot Hostel who are transitioning back into society. This Mercy College/St Pius X College social justice drive is being spear-headed by Sarah Brannan and the Year 10 Mercy Action Group at Mercy College along with the Year 9 Homerooms at St Pius X College. All blankets, as well as used pots and pans, will be delivered in Week 7 of this term to St Vincent de Paul’s Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel. The blankets will be given to the homeless as winter approaches, and the pots and pans are given to men who have been working hard towards transitioning back into society. Social workers have been assisting these men over a period of months to help them stop the habits that have put them on the streets and getting their lives back on track ready for housing within the community. On my visits to Matthew Talbot I have learnt that a big financial cost is involved in giving these men the basics needed such as pots and pans to cook with when they go back into housing. Whilst Year 9 are collecting in their homerooms there is also a collection point in the foyer. So now is the perfect time to recycle once again, go through your cupboards and donate any blankets or pots and pans that haven’t been used for quite some time.

Thank you - your donations will be greatly appreciated.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



P&F News


  • Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations
  • Entertainment Books 2017/2018
  • Cocktail Party Photos
  • Diary Date:  Trivia Night


Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations

Friday 2nd June

Tanya and Tino Ceravolo will open their doors to their home to host a Year 12 parent gathering. Join us on Friday 2nd June for another fabulous and fun evening of cocktails and conversations. Please RSVP to Tanya's email:  [email protected]  

Invite details can be found at the P&F website -


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.


Cocktail Party Photos

Photos from the 2017 Cocktail party are now loaded and ready to be viewed by clicking here.


Diary Date

  • Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Student & Parent Matters MindMatters for Families

Photo: Principals Australia Mindmatters Inservice

  • From the Head of Student Services
  • Year 7 Study Skills Evening
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • MindMatters for Families:  Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students

From the Head of Student Services

Year 8 at Oxford Falls

Year 8 conducted a Combatting Cyberbullying pastoral care theme day at Oxford Falls on Tuesday featuring a drama production as a stimulus followed by small and large group discussions on strategies to address this contemporary issue in our school community.

After recess Mr Stollery, Mr McBrearty, Mr Lynch and myself lead sessions on personal strength values in action, connecting with peers in the school environment, a survey of student responses to our Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Programs, mindfulness and also addressing concerns at school and home.


Coinciding with Year 8’s Oxford Falls PDHPE curriculum we then conducted the Year 8 Cross Country with the track safely adjusted to avoid the Ferrovial construction on Wakehurst Parkway, and a rotation of athletics lessons focusing on long jump, sprinting and shot put.


Congratulations to the Year 8 Cohort for the way they generally conducted themselves and to Zac Davidson in particular who lead the vote of thanks to our guests from Brainstorm Productions for their contribution to the day.


MindMatters Peer Mentoring - Peer Mentors Morning Tea

Our Peer Mentor students from Years 10, 11 and 12 gathered their mentees from Years 5, 6 and 7 last week for an impromptu morning tea in the prayer garden to celebrate the many connections developed over Term 1. This important initiative connects our Junior students to senior students as a network of mentoring advice and support which serves to integrate our students vertically across the College.


The student buddies aim to meet weekly to support each other through the school week. If there are other students who would like to join the group as either mentees or particularly mentors please see Mr Russo or Mr Brannan to register your interest and commitment.


Peer Mentors Kayaking/Bushwalking Friday 26th May

With the support of SPX Old Boys and Sailors Bay Scout Group our next Peer Mentoring activity will take place immediately after school on Friday 26th May.  Peer Mentor students and their mentees will travel by school mini bus at 3.15pm to Sailors Bay Water Base Bush Scout Hall from where students will work together in the canoes/kayaks or bushwalk in the local vicinity before a 5.00pm pick up from the venue or return to school.


Principals' Institute of Australia MindMatters Inservice

On Monday 15th May St Pius X College hosted a MindMatters Training In Service in positive education, growth mindsetting, positive psychology and mindfulness.  Claudia Owad MA from Growth Coaching International led the initial session on Proactive Strategic Approaches to empowering students to flourish and connect through creation of meaning and hope based purpose. Her emphasis is on Coaching and Goal Setting using Sports Psychology based methods to achieve growth.


We were then fortunate to be trained by James Donald of Australian Catholic and Sydney Universities, who reconnected us with applications of the Smiling Mind App in developing and applying Neuroplasticity to achieve calm, clarity of purpose and connection. James endorsed our whole school approaches and use of Mindfulness as a vehicle to pursue better sleep, safety, classroom behaviour and emotional benefits. James is interested in revisiting St Pius X College later in the year to train some of our students in mindfulness techniques and education for the benefit of our wider school community so stay tuned for that opportunity.

Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services



Year 7 Study Skills Evening

Dear Year 7 Parents,

You and your son are invited to attend a Study Skills Evening on Monday 5th June at 6:30pm in the College Gym.  The presenter on the evening will be Dr Prue Salter. More details can be found in the attached flyer.

If you wish to attend, booking and payment can be done through the trybooking website by click on the following link:   Bookings close on Sunday 4th of June.

Mr Simon Yue  - Year 7 Coordinator


Duke of Edinburgh Award


Congratulations to Jordan Franic-Smith  (Bronze), Nikita Papastamatis (Silver),  and James Spencer (Silver), who have been awarded their Certificates and Badges for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  The Award, which is internationally recognised for the commitment and dedication of participants in achieving personal goals in Physical Activity, Skill Development and Service to the Community, takes hours of dedication and hard work.


These young man have been great models of the College motto “Fide et Labore” in achieving their goals and maintaining their dedication. Again, they continue to be role models for the younger men at the College who are embarking on the DoE journey.

Mrs K Manga - DoE Coordinator

MindMatters for Families

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

The information in the attachment below is taken from an Article in a ReachOut Australia Newsletter and looks at:

  • What to do when a teenager wants to watch 13 Reasons Why 
  • How parents can get on the same page
  • Stuck on how to help a student with a mental health issue?

There are also some fact sheets on topics such as gratitude, purpose, mindsets and volunteering and practical actions young people can take towards positive mental health and wellbeing.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor



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

Department News

Photo: Year 11 Visual Arts Excursion

  • Library
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Science
  • Visual Arts



Would you like to “Write a Book in a Day”?

At this week’s assembly  Hamish Alexander from Year 10 encouraged students in Years 7 to 10 to sign-up for this year’s “Write a Book in a Day” (WABIAD). Hamish was the illustrator for his team in 2016 and he enjoyed working with friends to plan and write a 4000 word story around characters, setting and theme set by the National Writing Competition.


Hamish posed a series of  “do you like" questions for potential entrants to consider:

  • Do you like being creative?
  • Do you like working in team?
  • Do you like writing?
  • Do you like illustrating?
  • Do you like managing a project with organisation and planning?
  • Do you like editing, punctuation and being grammatically correct?
  • Would you like the opportunity to entertain and give hope to young people sick in hospital?

After judging, books will be read by 10-16 year olds who are patients in hospitals and the proceeds from team registrations fund children’s cancer research.  


This fun, worthwhile but challenging day will be held on 21st June.  Students need to check their school email for an invitation to apply for a place on a team.  For more information visit,


Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian



Performing Arts  


Congratulations to the Intermediate String Quartet; Matthew Crotty (Year 10), Luke McManus, Young Oh (Year 9) and Thomas Van Dijk (Year 8) on their performance at the Annual Mother’s Day Lunch held at the Dougherty Centre in Chatswood. An appreciative audience enjoyed listening to repertoire including hymn tunes, folk songs and well-known classical works. These boys will also be performing on Friday night at the White Knight Fundraising Dinner, a big ask given they will have had a late night on the previous evening!



The Performing Arts Department looks forward to welcoming you to tomorrow night’s concert. Staff and students have been working extremely hard in recent weeks, polishing performances and putting the final touches to what is going to be an exciting night. Tickets will be on sale at the box office and there are still some good seats left in the Dress Circle.


At the conclusion of the Concert selected students in the Senior Concert Band, Senior Choir and Senior Guitar Ensemble will be required to help pack-up and return instruments to the College. All other performers will return to the College gym and a parent/care giver will be required to pick them up, as per the instructions in last week’s note.

The College yard will be open for parking on Thursday night.



The students in the Year 9 Elective Music class will be presenting their first Performance Night of the year, next Wednesday 24th May at 5.00pm in the Band Room. Parents and friends are invited to attend and parking will be available in the Junior School yard.



Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students are reminded that the next concert in the series is on Thursday 8th June at 6.30pm at the Opera House. Students will be given their tickets during class and should be in their seats by 6.15pm. The concert will finish at approximately 8.30pm.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating


Last Friday St Pius X College hosted Marist College North Sydney and Holy Cross College, Ryde.  The 12B, 11B, 10A, 10B, 9B, 7A, 7B won their debates on the night.  Congratulations to all teams on their terrific efforts on the night.

This Friday 19th May, St Pius X College is travelling to Riverview by hired coach.  There will be no time for students to travel to Westfield to purchase their dinner so they will need to bring an extra sandwich and drink on Friday.  We will all have something to eat during training (3.30 - 5.00pm) before heading over to Riverview.  Parents will need to collect their son from Riverview; debates should commence around 7.15pm and students can be collected from 8.00pm.  The topic this week is ‘Australian Economy’.   


In Week 5 Round 5 (26th May) St Pius X College is hosting Rosebank.  Topic Area is Sport.

In Week 6 Round 6 (2nd June) St Pius X College is travelling to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.  Topic Area is Environment.


Please note below the date changes for the Elimination Round through to the Grand Final.

Term 2                                                                                         Term 3                                                                                      

Elimination Round 2:   June 16                                      Semi-final:    July 21 

Quarterfinal:    June 23                                                      Grand Final:  July 28


Thank you on behalf of the brilliant SPX debating coaches and senior student mentors.



On Monday 15th May Jasper Choi of Year 11 and Andrew Jackson of Year 12 competed in the NSW Plain English Speaking Competition at Ryde College. Students from the following schools were presenting on the day:  Ravenswood, The Shore School, North Sydney Boys, North Sydney Girls, Monte Sant' Angelo, Mercy College, Willoughby Girls and Ryde Secondary College.

Both students presented excellent speeches.  The adjudicator was looking for a central thesis that was polished and refined and a supporting argument that acknowledged opposing ideas as well as revealing the social and economic impacts of the thesis. The winning speeches needed to take their audience on a journey through a topical issue using strong manner and method as well as providing a ‘call to action’.  Effective structure of the speech was essential and the presentation needed to be animated with appropriate tone, pace, pitch and projection. 

Andrew Jackson was one of three winners on the day and moves through to the finals.  Congratulations to both students and well done to Andrew for his brilliant presentation.  We were lucky enough to have the Principal of Ryde Secondary College, Mrs Cassy Norris, address and congratulate all of the presenters. In all an excellent day for our Public Speakers.

Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener



The University Technology Sydney (UTS) is running a series of exciting  as well as educational workshops targeting primary and early secondary school aged students in the July and October school holidays.



The program is called Bright Futures and offers a unique combination of eye-opening experiences based around subjects studied at UTS including STEM, Robotics, Creativity and Forensics.



Details can be found in the flyer below.

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Year 11 Visual Arts Excursion to the Art Gallery of NSW

Last Wednesday the Year 11 Visual Arts class went on an excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. There were a wide variety of exhibits on show. Our main focus was however ‘The National 2017’. This exhibit was focused and heavily influenced by Indigenous culture and art making methods.


Works by Gunybi Ganambarr, an indigenous artist, were displayed featuring cultural patterns carved onto sheets of metal and conveyer belts; he incorporates and challenges traditional art making processes in his works as he sourced unusual materials to carve his exotic works.


This excursion really benefited the class as it was good to get out and look, and critique new upcoming artists and their works.

Harrison Pfeiffer - Year 11

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Understanding Learning Difficulties - Free ebook
  • Update on OT Courses at the College
  • After-School Study
  • Maths Drop In
  • Thank You to our NAPLAN Helpers
  • Da Vinci Decathlon Selections

Understanding Learning Difficulties – A Guide for Parents

FREE ebook, valued at $30

This ebook (2016 Edition) has been designed and produced by DSF Literacy and Clinical Services, together with AUSPELD (the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations to support people with learning difficulties and disabilities). It offers parents current information and practical guidance on the most appropriate identification, intervention and support. It has been sold for $30.00 in the past but, in the interests of helping families, AUSPELD has recently made it available free to download.                                                                                                                                             

Follow this link for your free ebook:


[email protected] - Update on Courses

Registrations have closed for the Term 2 courses, which are now in full swing. Anna Orchard, our occupational therapist and external provider, is currently running three afternoon courses in Touch Typing (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons), and two courses in Handwriting Skills (Wednesday and Friday afternoons).

All courses are full, with over 30 students enrolled from across the Junior and Senior Schools. Thank you to Anna for her ongoing commitment to helping our student body and to those families for making the most of this opportunity to improve these fundamental skills for their son’s success at school.

The next OT intake is scheduled for the start of Term 3, 2017 so watch this space for details or contact Anna [email protected] or Joanne [email protected] for more  details. 


Maths Drop-In Centre

Tuesday and Friday mornings

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

When is it on?  Each Tuesday and Friday morning of term from 8.00am to 8.30am

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

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

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


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]


Thank you to our NAPLAN Helpers

The LSE Staff wish to thank Mrs Kathy Bradford (mother of Andrew Bradford, Year 6) and Mrs Julie Kelly (mother of Anthony Kelly, Year 12) for giving so generously of their time and patience to be numeracy readers and support persons for our students with approved provisions in Years 5, 7 or 9, during NAPLAN week. We are very grateful for your assistance, thank you.


Da Vinci Decathlon Selections

Congratulations to the following students in Years 5 to 9  who have been selected to represent St Pius X College at the upcoming Da Vinci Decathlon Day/s next week on either the 23rd, 24th or 25th May. Two teams of 8 boys across these years will attend at Knox Grammar School each day, for a day of fun and engaging activities (10 to be precise!) that seek to challenge students’ application skills in Engineering, Maths, English/ Spelling, Philosophy, Drama, Art, Poetry and more.

Year 5 Team:  Patrick Felice, Cameron Masters, Eliot Sanders, Christopher Harris, Sam Whelan, Maxwell Forbes, Patrick Frost, and Spencer Anderson.

Year 6 Team:  Jack Lonergan, Darcy Keenlyside, Andrew Bradford, Zac Hollinger, Antony Di Mauro, Ned (Edward) Turner, Josh Bewley, and Justin Boustani.

Year 7 Team:  Alex Vaccher, Andrew Guerrera, Charlie Crowe-Maxwell, Angus Stewart, Ben Cullen, Ethan Rosetto, Ethan Griffin  and Jared Lam.

Year 7/8 Team:  Salvadore Alfaro, Nicholas Lough, William Ramsbottom, Sachin Ng, James Baldock, Monte Tanfield, Nathan Byrne, and Christian Boustani.

Year 9 Team 1:  Cameron Fernandopulle, Willem Falzon, Caelan Hearne, Oliver Lenehan, Oliver Bowers, Jude Boyle, Ryan Pratt, and Jackson Carrall.

Year 9 Team 2:  Daniel Halverson, Ethan Field, Matt Hogan, Sam Walters, Young Oh, Charlie Mulevouge, Luke Thompson and Keegan Aikin.


Well done on being selected, and good luck to all our teams!

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Photo: Year 12 Careers Expo

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

UNSW Lunchtime Presentation

The UNSW lunchtime presentation was well attended with over 80 students coming to find out about what UNSW has to offer. UNSW has a guaranteed ATAR for many of its courses and has world class degrees in Medicine, Engineering, Law and Business, just to name a few.

For more information:


Year 12 Careers Expo

Year 12 students attended the Northern Beaches Careers Expo last week. It was an opportunity to speak directly with university, TAFE, Defence Force and industry representatives.  Many students left the Expo feeling optimistic about future study and carer pathways. Students are encouraged to share and discuss the information they gathered with their parents and families.


Sydney University Lunchtime Presentation

The Sydney University presentation was well attended by students from Year 10, 11 and 12.

"The University offers the widest range of academic programs of any university in Australia, with nine disciplines ranked among the top 20 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. Our teachers, researchers and leading thinkers are paving the way for solutions to complex global issues impacting upon our health, environment, technology and culture. Across our faculties, we have research teams working on creating cleaner fuels, faster internet, treatment for chronic illness, and more sustainable ways of living."

For more information:


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: ISA Rugby Representatives 2017


  • Congratulations to Cooper Alan (Year 11)
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

Cooper Alan - Australian Gridiron Representative



Congratulations to Cooper Alan (Year 11) who has been selected in the Australian Gridiron team to play in the Oceanic Region World Championship Qualifying Tournament in July.


Dear Parents and Players,

Congratulations to all teams on improving results.  It was great to see some teams including the 1st XI move into the winner's circle.  Teams of the week go to the 3rd, 4th, 13C and 13D teams who all play in the same competition and had an internal fixture on the weekend with all games played in the right spirit.  Well done!


This weekend sees most teams playing against arch rival St Patrick’s College Strathfield.  There is a variety of both home and away fixtures so please check your times and venues carefully.

Fields can be found at the following locations:

  • Walsh and Watkins: 1 Dreadnought Rd, Oxford Falls
  • Mason Park:  Underwood Road, Homebush
  • Bark Huts:  Elliot Street, Belfield
  • BC Oval: Old Northern Road, Castle Hill
  • Chifley Playing Field:  801-899R Bunnerong Road, Chifley

Good luck to all teams.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




Some big scores last weekend and some very close matches as well. We are pleased that the Firsts have got their season up and running with a great win.


The structured Coaching program is now being rolled out across all senior age groups with our specialist coaching staff working with coaches to maximise its benefits.


The ‘Full Time’ senior weekly results flyer for Rounds 2-3 is on the football club website so check it out. We had a much better response from last week’s round with some great photos so we ask you to keep snapping this week.  Please send your photos to [email protected]  - save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them. 


This week’s ‘Teams of the Week’ are 13C, 14C and 15B and parents of boys in these teams are asked to catch some shots of the boys in action and send them through by Sunday afternoon.


The committee is organising a Football Coaching Camp in the June/July holidays from Tuesday 27th June to Thursday 29th June.   Booking are open:


We wish all our teams good luck this weekend -  GO PIUS!!

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

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Results:  Saturday 13th May vs Stannies/Kinross/St Pat's/Joeys/BMGS


Rugby Fixtures:  Saturday 20th May vs St Pat's/Redlands/Joeys at OXFORD FALLS


NSW Waratahs March Past

On Sunday 21st May St Pius X College students have the opportunity to participate in the Schools March Past before the Waratahs play against the Melbourne Rebels. Interested students should see Mr Lynch for information and reserve their ticket. Students should wear their PE uniform and will be required to make their own way to Allianz Stadium by 2.00pm and meet outside the merchandise store in the forecourt of the stadium. The match will finish at 6.00pm.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor


Match Report and Photos:  U/14A Rugby vs St Stanislaus Bathurst

Mr S Brannan




Despite the long journey to Bathurst on Saturday all our teams played with great enthusiasm. Our unbeaten Opens sides continued on their merry way, with the Firsts locked in a dramatic 12-all draw which went right down to the wire and then … a bit more.

The 16As were very competitive in a tough encounter. The 15As survived a real test of character against a very committed Stannies side who had obviously taken note of our quality and showed true resilience and good technique to come away with a strong performance and satisfying win.  The 15Bs win playing Away at St Pat’s augurs well for this week’s visit of St Pat's to Oxford falls.

14As and Bs both had competitive losses with the Bs playing Away at BMGS.  

13As had a hard fought game against bigger and stronger opponents but played with real SPX spirit. Good technique at the tackle contest ensured they had a fair share of possession and this will serve them well in the weeks ahead.

13Bs are our “Team of the Week”.  Wow!  Did they play some terrific support-based rugby and in Carlo Berarducci have the best tackler in the competition!! His double in the second half left Mr Rodgers and I speechless! Needless to say the opposition were left scoreless.

All in all a successful day out with over 50% success.

This week we take on St Pat’s at Oxford Falls. No motivation needed for this one.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer




The annual Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at the Roseville Golf Club.  Former Wallaby and Fox Sports commentator Rod Kafer will host a great night of fine food and entertainment and our special Guest Speaker is former Wallaby Captain, George Gregan, who has played for Australia on more occasions than any other player.  There will also be a myriad of prizes to be won!  Please grab a ticket or a table of friends and support us in supporting your son's rugby experience at St Pius X College.


 See the below flyer for further details.



A Once-in-a-Year Opportunity

In support of the rugby program, we are currently seeking parents willing to promote their business, goods and/or service at the dinner by donating a prize to the Silent Auction.  If you run a restaurant you may like to donate a dinner for two; if you are a tradesman (plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc) you may like to donate a day of your services;  gift voucher from your retail store - advertise and get ‘word of mouth referrals’ for your business. For further info please contact Paul O’Neill on 0418-634750 or via email at [email protected]


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


ISA Tennis

A great day of tennis was had by all in our Round 3 matches. Divisions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 all came away with convincing wins, barely letting the opposition teams get away with any games. Division 2 fought hard, resulting in a tie, right down to the sets as well as games. Our First Five played impressive tennis but just missed out on a win against a formidable Redlands team.


This weekend our teams will be playing against St Andrews College, Oakhill or Oxley College. See the draw details below.


Round 2 Results

Div 1 vs RED, Lost 5 to 3

Div 2 vs CCGS, Tie 4 (34) to 4 (34)

Div 3 vs SPGS, Won 5 to 3

Div 4 vs CCGS, Won 6-2

Div 5 vs BRK, Won 6 to 2

Div 6 vs CCGS, Won 7 to 1

Div 7 vs BRK, Won 7 to 1

Div 8 vs CCGS, Won 6 to 2

Div 9 vs CCGS, Won 6 to 2

Div 10 vs RED, Won 7-1


Please take note of the following:

  • Wet weather: Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport
  • Uniform: White shorts, school sports shirt, school tennis cap and school tracksuit (if cold). You may also want to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water
  • Home games: Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Absences for Games/Training: If a student is absent from school on Friday prior to a round then it is expected that a parent/carer will telephone the school (9411 4733) prior to 8:30am and leave a message for Ms O’Brien as to whether the student will be available to play on Saturday. This provides time for the Convenor to organise a reserve player for the team.  If the absence is last minute on Saturday morning then the student must arrange a substitute player from their team if they are unable to play. Please SMS or call 0409 916 859 by 7.00am to give name of substitute player or inform the Convenor if you are unable to find a substitute player. Students are to provide written documentation for all absences.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Mothers' Day Stall - Raising money for the women of Candela, Peru

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News


The 80th Anniversary Concert, entitled 'A Night Full of Stars'  is on this Thursday evening, 18th May, at The Concourse in Chatswood. I hope to see you there.



The NAPLAN testing has concluded and now begins the task of marking and collating the data.  According to the website we will receive the results sometime between mid- August to mid-September.

All students who participated in the NAPLAN tests will get an individual report of their results. NAPLAN individual student reports provide information about what students know and have achieved in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. They also provide information on how students have performed in relation to other students in the same year group, and against the national average (over one million students participate in NAPLAN tests each year) and the national minimum standards. 



Mass & Mothers' Day Stall for Candela Mission 

It was fantastic to see so many mothers and grandmothers attend the Junior School Mass and morning tea. It was also good to see those who couldn’t make the morning tea come along to the morning liturgy.  I’m sure the boys appreciated you being there.  Thank you to  Mr Makarewicz and Mr Roche for their assistance serving the tea and coffee.

I would like to also thank you for your support of our Mothers' Day stall where all the goods are made by the women of Candela in Peru.  Every cent of the proceeds goes back to these women which assists them greatly.  The beauty of this situation is that the boys get to give a present that gives twice, one to their intended recipient, their mother or grandmother, and the other to the mothers of this community in Peru.  We received this message of thanks:


Message from Mary Rajca

On behalf of the Candela Mission I would like to thank you for your generous support of the Mothers' Day Stall.  An amount of $2,695 was raised from the sale of their beautiful handicrafts.  The money has been banked and it will be used by the women to provide the basic necessities for their families.


***FOUND:  After the Junior School  Mothers' Day Mass & Morning Tea - a black and white scarf.  



Thank you to the Year 6 class representative parents who have organised this event.  Please diarise Saturday 20th May when we will be meeting at Willoughby Park at 2.00pm for a family fun day in the park. Bring along cricket bats, bikes, scooters etc. Year 6 class representative parents will be supplying pizzas for afternoon tea to be delivered around 3.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!



Please note the message below which refers to safety around bus stops and school zones.  It is important that we all are vigilant and obey the rules, especially in these areas.



The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is running a series of exciting as well as educational workshops targeting primary and early secondary school aged students in the July and October school holidays.

The program is called Bright Futures and offers a unique combination of eye-opening experiences based around subjects studied at UTS including STEM, Robotics, Creativity and Forensics.


Please see program details below:




  • Thursday 18th May - 80th Anniversary Concert
  • Friday 19th May - IPSHA Debating Rd 2 Home vs St Luke's Grammar. Venue is the Sarto centre.
  • Saturday 20th May – Year 6 Family Day.
  • Tuesday 23rd May – Year 5 Mary MacKillop excursion

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Normal Sport with Winter training continuing for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby.

Rugby: SPX 2 def by WAV 5 and SPX 2 def by NEW 5 (N Arena, L Fitzgibbon, J Bewley)

Football (Soccer):


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster




Continuing our strong form, the SPX team had another good win, this time against Waverley 2. The team play is developing and great combinations of play down the field were pleasing to watch. Special mention to the great handball exchanges especially by Billy and Declan and to the unselfish kick pass from Zac to his brother Sam who scored a great goal. Lachlan Connell also demonstrated some excellent marking and positional play.

One aspect of our game that needs a great deal more practice is accuracy in goal kicking with many of the first points of the match coming from behinds from reasonable goal kicking positions. Remember boys that at training you need to be more focused on the simple drills and skills so that you can use them effectively in the pressure of games.

Thanks to Cavan Ryan and Xavier Dwyer for coming down to support and assist their team.

Player Points:  3 – Lachlan Connell;   2 - Billy Sykes;  1 – Jesse Reed.


We meet Newington next Saturday so please be on time for a team warm up at 7:20am.

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 our 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 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
Careers Newsletter May 15.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 15.pdf
Football Draw Sat 20th May.pdf
Football Draw Sat 20th May.pdf
Match Report U14A Rugby v St Stanislaus Bathurst.pdf
Match Report U14A Rugby v St Stanislaus Bathurst.pdf
Match Report U14A Rugby v St Stanislaus Bathurst.pdf
Match Report U14A Rugby v St Stanislaus Bathurst.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Program Summary.pdf
Program Summary.pdf
Program Summary.pdf
Program Summary.pdf
MindMatters for Families.pdf
MindMatters for Families.pdf
MindMatters for Families.pdf
Study Skills Evening.pdf
Study Skills Evening.pdf
14 May - Pope Francis' approach to Islam.pdf
14 May - Pope Francis' approach to Islam.pdf