St Pius X College Newsletter

22 February 2017
Issue Four
Upcoming Events
From the Principal       
From the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity & Social Justice 
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 24th February 

Academic Awards Assembly #1


Saturday 25th February


Old Boys vs College Twilight Event


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


Saturday 4th March



Monday 6th March

P&F Meeting



Tuesday 7th March

Yr 12 Parent Teacher Interviews

IPSHA Swimming Carnival


Friday 10th March

Year 10 Reflection Day #1

FInals CSDA Public Speaking


Saturday 11th March



From the Principal

Photo: Statue of St Peter in the Vatican

  • The Chair of St Peter
  • Ash Wednesday - Next Wednesday 1st March
  • 2017 Annual Improvement Plan
  • Academic Awards
  • P&F Commencement Mass & BBQ
  • ISA Summer Competition
  • Call for Canteen Volunteers 


You spread the table before me

in the sight of my foes;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me

all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

for years to come.  Psalm 23:5-6



Matthew 16: 18-19

On the feast of the Chair of St Peter, we celebrate the unbroken succession of shepherds charged to lead and feed the flock of the Church from the time of Christ on through endless days.  We, too, despite our inadequacy, have been called to action, to share in the compassion of the God.  We continue that work of love when we show each other the care, concern and hospitality.


Wednesday 1st March

Next Wednesday 1st March is Ash Wednesday and marks the commencement of Lent. Ash Wednesday Liturgies will be held for our students at Our Lady of Dolours Church.  Years 5-7 will attend at 1.40pm and Years 9-12 at 2.30pm.  Year 8 will be on Camp.


OLD Parish Masses

Below are the Masses and services for Ash Wednesday and Lent, open to all.

Ash Wednesday:  6.45am, 9.00am (with the students of OLD) 12.15pm and 7.30pm.


Stations of the Cross:  7pm each Friday evening beginning Friday 3rd March


The Second Rite of Reconciliation:  12th April  at 7.30pm.


2017 Annual Improvement Plan

The College Board has endorsed the 2017 Annual Improvement Plan for the College. This Plan derives from the College Strategic Plan 2017-2019 and can be found on the College website:


I commend this plan to you as it contains an extensive approach to our continuous culture of improvement in the school. I acknowledge in particular the College Leadership team and the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee who have developed this plan in consultation with the staff and community.

Academic Awards

This Friday we celebrate the 2016 Academic achievements of our HSC students. We look forward to welcoming these young men back to the College in the Chatswood concourse.  Please find below the link to our High Achievers publication.


Of high significance will be the presentation to our current students on their achievements from last year. Awards will be presented to the current Year 8-12 students for their efforts last year. This is always a fantastic event. Next week we will publish the names of all Award winners.

P&F Commencement Mass & BBQ

Amidst heavy storms and even hail, the P & F families and staff gathered in Our Lady of Dolours Parish Church for our 2017 Commencement Mass and it was a beautiful occasion which was very well attended by a large number of families and staff. Fr Paul was in great form once again and following Mass we came into the College grounds for a family BBQ.

Sincere thanks to the P & F coordinating committee who worked tirelessly to bring this about:  Andrena and Andrew Brewer and son Nick (Year 10), Braelen and Johan Zwart, Rodger Paino, Viv Rayner, Sarah Gillard and son Cooper (Year 6), Nadine Robson, Louise and Clive Johnston and James  Makarewicz.

ISA Summer Competition

This weekend sees the final round of general competition for our ISA Basketball and Cricket teams. I wish all our teams well as they compete for their place in the Semi Finals. I offer thanks to all the Coaches and Managers.

Call for Canteen Volunteers 

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.


Mr John Couani - Principal

From the Assistant
Principal Mission & Identity & Social Justice 

  • Mission and Identity

           Gospel Quotes for Students

           Project Compassion

           Ash Wednesday Liturgies

           Praisefest Evening - this Friday 24th February

           Lenten Season

  • Social Justice

           Project Compassion:  $505 Homeroom Challenge

At our Commencement Mass last week, Father Paul Finucane launched the Gospel Quotes that will accompany your sons as they progress through St Pius X College. During the course of a particular year, students will unpack the meaning of the quote within Religion classes, Pastoral activities, Assemblies and Homerooms.


To begin their journey Year 5 are exploring the Parable of the Mustard which is based around the theme ‘Big Things Start Somewhere’. Similar quotes appear in the Gospels of Matthew (13:31-32), Mark (4:30-32) and Luke (13:18-19). This theme is based on the premise that from the youngest members of our community can come greatness, in themselves and the gifts they bring. The efforts that the students put into their learning, their relationships with others and with God will not only expand their world but our community and God’s Kingdom. This theme will also be integrated with the Pastoral theme of being involved in a community.


Project Compassion will be officially launched next Monday with collections being taken in Homerooms and on Assembly. Students and families are asked to give generously to this major fundraiser for Caritas Australia. Your sons will begin exploring the 2017 Caritas theme of ‘Love Your Neighbour’, during their Religion classes next week.


Ash Wednesday Liturgies will be held on the 1st of March at Our Lady of Dolours Church.  Years 5-7 will attend at 1.40 and Years 9-12 at 2.30.


I would also like to highlight a worthwhile opportunity for students to attend an event called ‘Praisefest’ at Tuggerah Lakes, St Peter’s College Hall, on Friday 24th February. Students will travel by College bus and will be escorted by Mr Adrian Brannan and Mr Sean Brannan. This night will involve a range of activities - please see the section below for full details.


As we are about to enter our Lenten Season let us be thankful for all that we have been given.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Praisefest Evening

Tuggerah Lakes Deanery, Tuggerah

Friday 24th February, 2017

This Friday evening 24th  February the Broken Bay Diocese Youth Ministry team are hosting Praisefest at Tuggerah Lakes Deanery, St Peter’s College Hall.  The evening will begin at 6pm and conclude at 9pm and a BBQ dinner will be provided.


Praisefest is an opportunity to gather young people together around the Eucharist in an energetic and contemporary format. These nights are focused on the good news of Jesus Christ as witnessed through the Gospels in a social context.


Students are to assemble by the big bus in the College yard at 3.30pm under the supervision of Mr Adrian Brannan.  Students will travel by bus to St Peter’s Catholic College and the bus will return to the school by approximately 10.00pm. Your son will send you a text message of our estimated time of arrival on the evening. The permission slip below must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the College prior to departure.


Students will be involved in the following activities: listening to key note speakers, adoration, prayer, singing, dancing and the sacrament of reconciliation (optional).


If you have any questions or require more information about these activities, please contact Mr Adrian Brannan directly on 0414 826 326.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator

Project Compassion
$505 Homeroom Challenge

$150       = farm crops for one Fijian family affected by cyclones

$ 75        = one piglet and training for a family in the Philippines

$ 75        = one piglet and training for a family in the Philippines

$ 50        = first aid training for natural disasters for one in the Philippines

$ 35        = counselling session for parent with disabled child in Vietnam

$ 35        = counselling session for parent with disabled child in Vietnam

$ 35        = counselling session for parent with disabled child in Vietnam

$ 10        = one day’s food for a victim of domestic violence in a shelter in Timor-Leste

$ 10        = one day’s food for a victim of domestic violence in a shelter in Timor-Leste

$ 10        = one day’s food for a victim of domestic violence in a shelter in Timor-Leste

$ 10        = one day’s food for a victim of domestic violence in a shelter in Timor-Leste

$ 10        = one day’s food for a victim of domestic violence in a shelter in Timor-Leste

$505              Homeroom Challenge Total


Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator

Student/Parent/Old Boys Matters

  • Payment of School Fees
  • From the Head of Student Services

                  Old Boys vs Students Gala Day

                  Masculinity Forum 

                  Year 8 Camp

Payment of School Fees

Please note that school fees are now overdue unless other arrangements have been made with the Fees Office.

Mr N Carson – Business Manager

Old Boys vs Students Gala Day

This Saturday 25th February

The Old Boys Vs Students Gala Day will be held after sport this Saturday 25th February with the objective of our Year 12 cohort of 2017 connecting with recent Old Boys of the College and maintaining those connections through their Tertiary education, work life and beyond.  We look forward to the Old Boys Association hosting a twilight BBQ and some social matches as listed below.    There will be a sausage sandwich and drink from the Old Boys BBQ to follow each fixture at the presentation of the Trophies.                             

Both our 1st XI Cricket (vs St Andrew's) and 1st V Basketball (vs St Augustine's) are at home this week so it should be a good opportunity to support our 1sts as well as celebrate the College.


Basketball 3.30 – 5pm:   CBC Court 1                                                   

Convenor / Organisers - A Maras, N Panozzo


Rugby (Touch) 5-6.30pm:     Watkins / Chaplin Oval after cricket       

Convenor / Organisers - N Panozzo, J Thrum


Football 5-7pm:  Walsh Oval                                                          

Convenor / Organisers - A Vinci, J Kellendonk


Looking forward to seeing as many students and old boys, parents and connections there as possible. Please indicate your attendance through the convenors or myself so that the SPX Old boys Association can cater with a sausage sandwich and drink for all in attendance.

Sean Brannan on behalf of SPX OBA Patron Br Carl Sherrin

Masculinity Forum

Learning incursion - Next Thursday 2nd March

Through the great work of Ms Joe McCarthy, College Counsellor, a Masculinity and Identity workshop led by Tom Harkin (Reach and Soar Foundation), Youth and Men’s Wellbeing Advocate, will be held at the Sarto Centre Periods 5 and 6 next Thursday. Our target audience will be 30–50 Year 9 and 10 Peer Leaders, MindMatters students and cocurricular leaders who have the capacity to lead evolving culture in this area over the coming years.

This Facilitator has lead much intervention in this contemporary area of wellbeing development.

The forum and guest speaker costs will be subsidised by the College P & F and Old Boys Association, who are both keen to support our Pastoral Care and distributed leadership programs in this contemporary domain of Community Wellbeing. While we thank them for their support of this and the many other initiatives we have developed for the benefit of the students and school community, participating students will be asked to contribute a reduced amount to the event costs.

Please see Ms McCarthy, Ms Foord or Ms Kugananthan to register your interest in attending. Obviously work from classes in periods 5 and 6 would need to caught up with subsequently.

Year 8 Camp

We commend Mr Stollery, our Year 8 students, and Pastoral Care Team, for their work in preparing for what we hope will be a very successful camp next week. It should be a time of growth in experience, strength and resilience for our Year 8 students, and one which they will look back on in future years for the fun times overcoming adversity with their peer group.

The cohort will be well supported on Camp, not least by our inspirational school counsellor Mr Rick Russo (“Hey yah, Ho yah, Hey yah”) and Stage 4 Wellbeing Coordinator Mr Joe Lynch. Well remembered challenge by choice activities such as the Flying Fox, Giant Swing and Ropes will be complemented by an Expedition Day on Tuesday which will see the students working in groups to cover the territory in beach, bush and canoe activities.

Mums and Dads, we hope you enjoy a couple of quiet nights at home before our Year 8 adventurers return on Wednesday afternoon.


Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services

MindMatters for Families

Photo: "Growing Up Digital": Young People, Technology & Mental Health

  • Growing Up Ditigal
  • Encouraging Boys to be Respectful & Caring
  • Live Well Day - A Community Event

Growing Up Digital

Young People, Technology & Mental Health


Encouraging Boys to be Respectful & Caring

Can I recommend that you take a few minutes to reflect upon the content of the short video below from Dr Justin Coulson, a recent guest speaker at St Pius X College in 2016.  He makes the following five points about BOYS AND RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOUR:

  2. PARENTS need to provide solid and consistent role-modelling of RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOUR in the home.
  3. We need to HELP our boys HELP OTHERS, to be of service to others.
  4. Use their OAR!  Own it, Accountable for it, Responsible behaviour
  5. Display EMPATHY TOWARDS WOMEN.  "How do you think it feels for a disrespected woman?"

What are some of the messages that our boys are internalising about how they should behave and their roles in society? Dr Justin Coulson encourages us to reconsider how we interact with boys, model the respect we want to see, and give them the opportunity to show kindness and empathy to others.



Live Well Day 

A community event being held on Sunday 5th of March 2017

Live Well Day Willoughby is a health, wellness and safety awareness day for families and individuals in our community. This annual event will be taking place on Sunday the 5th March 2017 at Chowne Hall, Willoughby Park, for the first time. It is founded for the purpose of educating families and communities on social concerns such as health, safety and environmental issues that affect us as individuals and as a community. The event is free to the whole community.


Please click below for further information.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P & F  News 

  • Year Representatives Needed
  • P&F Cocktail Party
  • P&F General Meeting

Call for Year Representatives 

We still need Class Representatives for 6 Gold and Years 8 and 9. Class lists can't be distributed to parents until we have some volunteers.  The role of Year Group Rep is an easy one:  distribute the contact list to your class/year group and organise a couple of gatherings throughout the year! 

Please contact Cassie Buono via [email protected] if you are able to help. 

P&F Cocktail Party

SAVE THE DATE -  Friday 24th March

The annual P&F Cocktail party is loads of fun - 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! 

P&F General Meeting

Monday 6th March, 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre

Come along to the first P&F Meeting for 2017 and hear from our Principal, Mr John Couani, on the activities and plans for the College.  John's presentations always offer great insights, so please join us on the 6th.  Mr Long will also be presenting on the progress of the Junior School and our new Years 5 and Year 6 students.  


We especially welcome all new parents.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: Daniel Butler reports on his experiences at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) held in Canberra in January.

  • Debating & Public Speaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Science

Debating & Public Speaking


Last Thursday 9 of our wonderful debaters from Year 10 competed in the Macquarie Schools’ Cup (Senior Division) Debating Competition. This was particularly impressive as the competition is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students. As our seniors were not able to attend, these Year 10 boys bravely stood up and took on the challenge.

Please click below to read the full report.

Mrs S McCormack - Year 10 Debating Coach




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.  Entries have closed for 2017 and our training will take place in the JCR on Tuesdays at lunch time. Please contact Mrs Waterson if you miss this Tuesday’s meetings. These are important meetings.

2017 CSDA Public Speaking Topics

  • Mud, mud, glorious mud
  • In defence of the Kardashians
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Strong and constant
  • Socks
  • How are things in Glocca Mora?

Public Speaking Competition dates - Term 1                     

March 3      -   Round 1

March 10   -   Zone Final

March 17   -   Final



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 front verandah.  The CSDA competition dates are as follows.  St Pius X College will host as many of these rounds as possible as home events are easier for our parents. The 2017 CSDA competition dates:

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, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona. This 7 round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th  September.  There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.


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

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

Round 3         4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College

Round 4         11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona

Round 5         18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte

Round 6         25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X College

Round 7         2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College

Tiebreaker    8th September, hosted by St Pius X College

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 coach hiring 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 Pius for a 6pm competition commencement.  SDN debates have a different, later running order.

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

St Pius X College 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


Performing Arts


Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will attend a series of evening concerts through-out the year. The first is on Thursday 23rd  March. A permission note has been sent home with all the details.



There has been overwhelming interest in this group and unfortunately we can only cater for 12 students, due to the size of the room and number of computers. After much deliberation, it has been decided the following students will be offered positions in this Ensemble; students who are having individual Music Production tuition; new Year 5 students 2017 who submitted an expression of interest form at enrolment and finally, should there be any spots left, there will be a ballot. Mr Cummins will email the parents of those students who have been selected this week. Given the interest that has been shown in Digital Music Ensembles, we are looking at ways that we can expand this program. Enquires re Digital Music Ensembles and Music Production tuition should be directed to [email protected]



There are still some vacancies in guitar tuition. Interested students can pick up an application form from Student Administration or one can be downloaded from the College website.



On Thursday 9th February, Year 11 Drama students attended the schools’ day performance of the critically acclaimed play “Jasper Jones”. The benefits of viewing live theatre set out in this intimate space at Belvoir Street were immediately evident – the simple, yet dramatically effective set and the depth of the realistic characters brought to life on stage, showed students what is possible when we suspend our disbelief. The play has been adapted by young Australian playwright Kate Mulvaney from the original novel by Craig Silvey. Although the story was centred around events of 1965, the themes of racism and domestic violence are current and had a profound effect on the audience. The students were excited to see that many of the actors were well known stars of Australian film and television. The students can now use this experience to inform their written and experiential work in Drama this year



Tickets will go on sale shortly for this production which takes place 28th – 30th March (Week 9) in the Sarto Centre. We are currently trying to source the following items: old hard cover books which are no longer being read or used (we need approximately 40) and a car boot! If you think you can help us out or know where we may be able to get these items, please email [email protected]


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator





Daniel Butler’s report on his experiences at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) held in Canberra in January.  Daniel is in Year 12 and a Vice Captain of St Pius X College.

"The NYSF was a great experience as I was able to meet people from all over Australia who have similar interests in Science to me and people who are in the scientific research industry, as well as get an insight into the exciting research going on in the areas of lasers and cosmology in the world of science at the moment. Throughout the course I was able to go into many Australian National University and Canberra University laboratories and see the insides of places such as particle accelerators that you simply can't see as a school student.


In addition to going to see particle accelerators, laser labs, and deep space observatories we also were given the opportunity to engage in a conference with CERN at the Large Hadron Collider where we could ask the scientists there questions about their research and the life of a scientist. We were also able to experience lectures on topics such as high speed aerial travel from practising scientists including professors and even a Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt, who is credited with some of the most profound theories (such as the acceleration of the universe's expansion) about our universe.


This forum has enabled me to connect with people who I might be working with in the future, see new paths I could take in industry or research and to explore science beyond school. This was a great program and a very worthy experience and I'd like to thank the Chatswood Sunrise Rotary Club for sponsoring me, the NYSF and my school Science department for nominating me to attend. I would strongly recommend this opportunity to any aspiring scientist in the younger years."

Daniel Butler - Year 12



Applications are now open for the 2017 Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering. Please see the flyer below for details.

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • NEW!  Maths Drop-In Centre for Years 7 & 8
  • Da Vinci Decathlon Training and Competition
  • After-School Study


For any boys in Year 7 and 8 who would like some additional maths help in the mornings before school, Mrs Pence and Miss Offer will be running a Maths Drop-in Centre in C1, every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8am to 8.30am. There’s no need to book; just come along, and bring your questions with you.


The Maths Drop-in Centre is a joint initiative of the Mathematics Faculty, and the LSE Department, and it begins this Friday morning 24th February.  Parents and teachers are advised to direct any referrals or queries about the Maths Drop-in Centre, to Mrs Pence [email protected] and Miss Offer [email protected]




For the attention of all creative-thinkers in Year 7 to 10!  

Are you interested in being part of a 7-8 or 9-10 team, and representing SPX in the Da Vinci Decathlon 2017, to be held at Knox Grammar School in Term 2?

It’s an academic gala day of enrichment activities for a team of 16 students from Years 7-8 and 9-10. In past years, the Decathlon has proved to be a very enjoyable day out for those involved as it poses team-based challenge problems in the following disciplines: Engineering, Art and Poetry, Mathematics, English, Science, Code Breaking, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Games of Strategy and General Knowledge. The 2017 theme for the day is ‘Imagination’.


If you think you may like to have a go, start by attending the training with each Thursday lunchtime in the Learning Enrichment room, level 2 Admin Block, with Mrs Waterson and Ms Raheb-Mol. It starts next week, and all you need to bring is your lunch, your creative thinking, sense of humour and enthusiasm. The final team members will be selected from those who show the most ability and commitment at the end of the training period. Any queries, just ask us! 

Ms Raheb-Mol and Mrs Waterson



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]


Ms J Raheb-Mol 



Photo: TAFE Students

  • TAFE Students
  • University of Sydney - Year 10 Information Evening
  • The Difference between a Traineeship and an Apprenticeship
  • Careers Newsletter

TAFE Students

This week we wish our TAFE students all the best as they commence their various courses for the year. Students attend TAFE every Tuesday afternoon at different locations across the North Shore. Courses include Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology Tourism and Events, Hospitality, Technology, Design and Plumbing. TAFE has become increasingly popular with students, offering students practical and work ready programs. We wish them the best for a successful year of study.



University of Sydney: Year 10 Information Evening

  • 30 March, 3 May and 11 May at UNS Camperdown Campus
  • 23 May, James Ruse Agricultural High School

The evenings are designed to help Year 10 students (and their parents) choose subjects for the HSC and navigate through the process of applying to university. Topics include: ATAR, scaling, prerequisites and assumed knowledge, subject selections, career pathways and the student journey to university.



The Difference between a Traineeship and an Apprenticeship

This Victorian Government website explains the fundamental differences between traineeships and apprenticeships.


Careers Newsletter


Senior School Sport

Photo: The McGrath Foundation Cricket Match - SPX 1st XI vs Oakhill College

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • ISA Tennis
  • NSTA Tennis


Thank you to those players who backed up and played a second game down at Moss Vale, due to a couple of teams lacking numbers. Thank you also to the parents who stayed so that their son could help out. It is disappointing at this time of the season players cannot get to games. My sincere thanks to those parents who coached their sons team when the coach couldn’t make their game.


ISA Representatives: On Monday the ISA Basketball rep trials were held at Oxford Falls. I am very pleased to announce that Anthony Maras was selected to play in the ISA Firsts, Daniel Markovtzev and Matthew Hettler were selected to play in the ISA Seconds and Matthew Fakhoury is on the immediate reserves list. Well done boys.


Game time changes: There have been a number of game time changes from my original draft.

The 14Es now play at 11:00am this Saturday at Oxford Falls. 

The 5ths now play at 10:00am this Saturday at Oxford Falls. 

All A Team times have been changed.


Games of the day: The 15As, two wins in one day. The 15As played a make-up game against Central Coast at Oxford Falls, then travelled to Strathfield and won a nail bitter against St Patrick’s.

Play of the Day: Matthew Fakhoury drops two THREE pointers in a row to start the Firsts match.

Deserves a mention: Jacob Crisafulli (1sts). Jack Morgan, James Habib and Jacob Morabito (4ths).  Taj Varlow and Matthew Star (14Fs).


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


Mr N Gibson - Senior Basketball Convenor



Congratulations to Dermott Beattie (12) and Lachlan Hearne (11) who have been selected in the City and Country Schools Cricket Association team to compete in the NSW School Boys Championship.


SPX Cricket is always ready to support the great work of the McGrath Foundation. The 1st XI took great pride in be able to do so with the players from Oakhill College at Oakhill on Saturday 18 February. (See photo above)



1st XI 10/89 (J Unwin 40, T Colgan 15) defeated by Oakhill 3/91 (L Mosmann 1/4, D Beattie 1/12, L Heanre 1/17)
The 1st XI travelled to Oakhill for an important game which could determine who hosted a semi final. Openers, Joe Unwin (40) and Tom Colgan (15), put on 48 with little trouble but their dismissals led to a dramatic collapse and the side only reached 89. The team realised the outfield was slow and that there was enough in the wicket to make the chase difficult. Captain, Dermott Beattie, bowled 10 testing overs and was unlucky not to take more wickets as Oakhill struggled to 3-35. The next two batsmen batted sensibly despite some good bowling and passed the total without any further loss of wickets. The team was disappointed with the batting effort and is determined to bounce back at home against St Andrews this week.


Results and Upcoming Fixtures


Cricket Match Reports



Senior College Trials – 2nd Week

Last Sunday saw a successful trial day with the introduction of a skill based grading process.  Some fine tuning occurred on the day.  The second trial day  will continue this Sunday, 26th February.


A reminder that you must register your son to attend the Senior College team trials, including boys interested in playing in the Open teams.


Opens trial will be held this Sunday at 12:30 following the Years 7 to 10 trialling. 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 at  


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 February:  Opens Trial – 12:30-14:00


Location:       Oxford Falls Sports Fields


BBQ Volunteers Needed !!

We were underwhelmed by offers of assistance from parents to help in the BBQ kiosk during the trialling last week.  Most of the committee members who had to man the kiosk across the entire morning did not even have boys attending the day!  The committee is happy to provide the service to parents and boys so there is something to eat and drink on the day but we would like some assistance from the parent community.

Please 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 Football Committee AGM will be held shortly, at a date to be advised. Please email [email protected] if you are interested or want some more information.


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

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club


This Saturday we are competing in the Annual Christian Brothers Carnival held at North Sydney Pool. Warm-up is at 7.00pm with races to commence at 7.20pm. The list of events is now up on the Student Noticeboard. U/13 to Opens are all swimming.  All Swimmers must have the St Pius X College swimming costumes and well as the school swimming cap.

All parents and spectators are welcome to come and support the swimming squad.


Ms L Proc - Swimming Convenor


ISA Tennis

Applications for this winter season of ISA Tennis are still open but will close this Friday 24th February.  Forms and information are available outside the student office.

Ms A O'Brien - Convenor

NSTA Tennis

NSTA Update from Round 2 – 18/2/17


What a fabulous start to our NSTA Competition this Term. Talus St courts were action packed with the ‘Pius Blue’ across all courts with some matches guaranteeing a Pius win! Overall of the Home Games we won 10 of a possible 13 matches and Teams 8, 20 and 26 who played ‘Away’ were also successful.


Some strong serving from Victor Lahoud was the ‘Top Shots’ nomination this week. It was great to see our junior players get to know this great game and have some really competitive, close matches, with several tie-breaks from Div 1 through to lower Divs. Our seniors had some decisive sets across Teams 1, 4, 5, 7, 13. Congratulations to players for the positive start.


I would ask parents and players to use the Draw – with venues that has been sent home to know where Teams are playing in advance of our meeting on Friday.  Players, please ensure that your Result Cards are filled in correctly with ALL the information required and submitted quickly to school on Monday. All 27 of our Teams have a staff coach assigned that is listed on the tennis notes that went home in Week 1 via email. Parents and players are requested to make first contact with your Team’s coach about absences, locations of matches, Result Cards etc. Team 25, your coach is Ms Keighery and Team 27 – your coach is Ms Iwatani.


See you for Round 3 – good luck to all!


Ms S-J Grove - NSTA Tennis Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: 'Bully No More' play for the Junior School

  • Junior School News

             'Bully No More' - Play for the Junior School

             P&F Commencement Mass

             Junior School Parent/Teacher Meetings

             Year 5 Excursion to the Rocks and Observatory Hill

             Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Wednesday 1st March

             Lent and Project Compassion

             Upcoming Events

  • Junior School Sport

Junior School News


The boys experienced a very thought provoking and entertaining play about bullying, and the Question and Answer session at the end was excellent.  It wasn’t just about bullying but also about acting and how everybody gets nervous before they perform, whether it be acting or a speech in front of the class.  It is important to be well prepared and control our nerves. 

The play had strategies about how to deal with bullying and how the bully often has an issue that causes the problem.  In the Q&A session the subject of cyber bullying was raised and a definition of bullying, which can be ongoing and sustainable, was also mentioned.

Please be vigilant at home and don’t let the boys have their PLDs in their rooms.  It is better if they work on their computers in a public room such as the dining room table, and if you have some parent locks on your router such as net nanny etc.



It was great to see so many parents at the Commencement Mass and the supper was a great way to meet other people. Apologies if I didn’t get to talk to everyone. I hope to see you at the next P&F event, the Cocktail Party, if not before at Saturday sport.



Thankyou to all the parents who have spoken to their son's/grandson's teacher(s).  It is good to build a relationship and start a dialogue with the teacher and to make them aware of any necessary information that would be beneficial for them in teaching your son/grandson.



The Year 5 boys went on an excursion today to the Observatory and The Rocks to view ‘Pieces of the Past.’ This excursion relates to the Year 5 Science and History units - another good conversation starter for the dining table.  A few leading questions could be:  What artifacts did you dig up or observe? Which did you enjoy the most, the planetarium, the 3D movie or looking through the telescope? That should get the boys talking.



Next Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.  Lent is a time where we prepare for Easter.  The teachers and I will discuss with the boys some possible ways to prepare for Easter.  It could be by giving up something they enjoy (not homework or school - do you know how many times I’ve heard that line?) or it could be doing some extra chores around the house or both.  Either way it builds self-discipline and character. 

As a school we collect money for Caritas/Project Compassion which goes to help those less fortunate than ourselves, so if your son is giving up soft drink then that money could go to Caritas. Lent is 40 days and a time of preparation but the Easter season is 50 days (to Pentecost) and a time of celebration, so the celebration time is longer than the preparation time.

The theme for this year is ‘Love thy Neighbour,’ which obviously fits in well with our touchstone of Gospel Spirituality.

For Lent in 2017, we hope to demonstrate love for our neighbour through our actions and through our generosity. “To love God and neighbour is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus” – Pope Francis, 2013


The Project Compassion collection will commence next Monday as Lent goes into the Term 1 holidays.



  • Yr 5 and 6 incursion this Friday:  The Wellbeing Show – a good conversation starter.
  • Next Wednesday 1st March:  Year 5 Da Vinci Decathalon Trial for Year 5 boys at lunchtime.
  • Next Wednesday 1st March:  Ash Wednesday Liturgy which is the beginning of Lent.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: normal departure time for Sport at Oxford Falls. Yr 5 will complete their Cross-Country race prior to sport. 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.

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.


Rugby Tour: Our second and final selection trial for the tour takes place this Thursday at Sport. Open to interested Year 6 players available from the 7th-9th April.  Boys require boots, mouthguard and any protective gear.


Football (Soccer) Tour: Trials for the upcoming Tamworth Football Tour continue this Thursday 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: Congratulations to the many new players who competed in their first game for SPX on Saturday.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

Softball Match Report:  St Pius X College vs Grammar Edgecliff

Last Saturday was our first match of the season. We were up against Grammar Edgecliff which was a known quantity. Our Captain, Andrew Bradford won the ‘bat grab’ (a technical softball term for toss) and selected to field. Our first innings looked promising, Grammar all out for two. We were luckier, 3 runners made it home. It was a tight match Patrick Hall, Nick Rondeau, Jose Monk defended their bases incredibly well. In the second innings Grammar were out for none. St Pius had another 2 runners home.

Then the tables turned. Grammar fought back and nine players got home. However, St Pius did not give up. They really improved their batting and seven runners made home. It was a difference of two runs. We were on a time restriction because cricket was about to start. However, Grammar Coach wanted to try and go for the win. So a fourth innings was started. Jhon Evans and Marcus Steen were our pitchers and did a fantastic job. Our fielders, Joshua Connors, Eliot Sanders, Michael Whitehead, Max Lenton and Rowan Roomie were on to the ball and sent it where it needed to be. St Pius allowed one run home for Grammar. Thomas Wilkins hit a magnificent home run.

St Pius being victors for their first match.


Well done boys, it was exciting to watch, and thank you to Ms Ward for keeping score.

Mrs J Williams - Softball Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


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 note that next  Wednesday 1st March is Ash Wednesday and the canteen will not be selling any meat products.

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).  Payment to be made directly to the Uniform Shop by cash, cheque or credit card/credit card over the phone.


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 22.pdf
St Pius Game Times R10 Sat 25th Feb.pdf
Cricket Match Reports.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering.pdf
Praisefest Permission Letter.pdf
Growing up digital.pdf