St Pius X College Newsletter

08 February 2017
Issue Two
Upcoming Events
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity 
Student/Parent Matters
MindMatters for Families
P & F  News 
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Uniform Shop & Canteen 
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Thursday 9th February

Junior School Sports Trials #2


Friday 10th February

Year 7 Induction Day


Saturday 11th February 

ISA R8/NSTA Commences/IPSHA R1


Monday 13th February

Staff Meeting

Yrs 10 & 11 Parent Information Evening


Tuesday 14th February

College Commencement Mass at 10am

ISA Cricket Trials


Friday 17th February

Year 12 Study Day #2


Saturday 18th February

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

a BBQ in the College grounds)



Sunday 19th February

Football Gradings


Monday 20th February

Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews (evening)

ISA Basketball Trials


Friday 24th February 

Academic Awards Assembly #1


Saturday 25th February


Old Boys vs College Gala Day


Sunday 26th February

Football Gradings/NSTA R3


Monday 27th February

Year 8 Camp until Wednesday 1st March



From the Principal

  • Prayer
  • Senior School Swimming Carnival - A Washout!
  • P&F Association
  • Students must come directly to school
  • College Commencement Mass/P&F Commencement Mass
  • Call for 3rd Generation Families


Luke 17:11-19 Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Imagine how Jesus felt when only one of the ten people who were healed came back to thank him.  What happened to the other nine? Perhaps they were just so excited they just forgot.


Two of the simplest words in the English language are “thank you”. So simple, but so easy to forget to say. Think about all the nice things people do for you each day. How often do you thank them? We often remind children, “What do you say?”


Let us make this year one of praise and thanks. Go out of your way to thank others and express our gratitude. We all know how important it is to feel thanked and appreciated.


This year, let us focus on thanking others as the first thing we do rather than an afterthought.


WASHOUT!  Senior Swimming Carnival

Yesterday’s carnival was such a challenge and I offer appreciation to Mr Stearn, all the College staff and Macquarie University Pool staff in caring for our boys yesterday. Despite our determination and persistence , the thunder and lightning called a halt to the Carnival. Congratulations to the students on their great efforts and for the “no complaints” attitude they demonstrated. Well done especially to Year 12.


STOP PRESS:  Rice wins the Junior Swimming Carnival today!


Parents & Friends' Association

All parents are members of the  P&F and are warmly welcomed to join in as many events as possible. Please feel welcome also to offer assistance in joining any one of the College Clubs or Committees.  More information can be found on the P&F website


College Commencement Mass/P&F Commencement Mass

Due to the large number of students and lack of space in the Church we will not have room for parents to join us for the Student Commencement Mass on 14th February.


However, all parents and their families are invited to the P&F Commencement Mass and Social on Saturday 18th February at 5.30pm in the OLD Church followed a BBQ in the College grounds.


Students must come directly to school

Some students are not coming directly to school and going directly home but rather congregating in the Mall, Westfield or the station or bus interchange. 


The College will be active in ensuring students come directly to school and go home directly.  Parents are asked for their support in checking on the arrival times as well.


Call for 3rd Generation Families

Last year we asked for parents to contact us if they have had three generations at St Pius X College and we now have good records of a number of these families.


If you are such a family and you don't believe we are aware of it please contact Mrs Julie Ingram [email protected] so that we can make sure this is acknowledged later in the year.


Mr John Couani - Principal

From the Assistant
Principal Mission & Identity 

  • Mission Programs
  • College Commencement Mass
  • P&F Mass & Social
  • Year 7 Picnic


The first few weeks of the year are an important time to set our direction for many of the mission programs we coordinate. Mr David Blake has been busy organising the dates for our visits to the Matthew Talbot Hostel and Willowood Nursing Home. Ms Katie Meale has assisted in organising the integration of Social Justice Activities within the Year 7 Religion Program, as students begin their connections with various Edmund Rice schools across the world. Mr Adrian Brannan has begun his preparation for the Caritas fundraising and also Project Compassion which begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for the season of Lent.


I have begun our organisation for our College Commencement Mass which will be held at 10am on Tuesday 14th February at Our Lady of Dolours Church in Chatswood. It is most fitting that our first liturgical celebration is held at our Parish church. Father Paul Finucane is a great support and friend of the College and is an integral part of our community. There is a strong partnership between the Parish and the College with students accessing various programs and events at the Parish.


Mr Adrian Brannan, Youth Minister at the Parish, is presently promoting a Year 7 event called Acclaim on Sunday 12th February at 12 noon. This will be a fun afternoon for students and a great way for them to establish community with other Year 7 students who are also embarking on their secondary school journey. There will be full supervision, lunch is provided and the afternoon will conclude at 3.30pm. Please see further information and flyer below.


The  P&F Mass and Social will be held on Saturday 18th February. The evening begins at 5.30pm with Mass at Our Lady of Dolours Parish Church followed by a BBQ in the College grounds. This is a great way to start the year by meeting new families and students, meeting staff or catching up with old friends. All are welcome.


As we begin our Lent countdown may we approach the year with an open heart that allows us to truly ‘live’ this year of Gospel Spirituality.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Year 7 Picnic

Our local Chatswood Parish community would like to invite all Year 7 students to a fun afternoon in the park this Sunday.  Meeting on the Parish forecourt at 12 noon on Sunday 12th of February, we will then walk up to Beauchamp Park. Starting with a simple lunch of sandwiches and poppers we will then have a range of activities for the kids to enjoy. The activities will continue until about 3:30pm.

We are looking to gather this age group of children together so they may form a small community to support each other in faith and fellowship on their journey through secondary school.

The afternoon will be supervised by Adrian Brannan, Youth Minister at Chatswood Parish, and the activities will be conducted by the young adults of the parish. The event is open to all, as is our Youth Mass from 5:30 that evening in the church, for anyone who would like to join us.


Please see the attached flyer or call Adrian on 0414 826 326 for further information.


Student/Parent Matters

Photo: Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike - October 2016



  • From the Head of Student Services
  • Year 11 Parent Information Meeting
  • Year 10 Parent Information Meeting 
  • Year 7 Parish Picnic
  • CHESS as an Extracurricular Option for Years 7-12
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Student OPAL Card & Transport Information

From the Head of Student Services

Year 7 Touchstone Induction Day This Friday 10th February

This Friday our Year 7, 2017 cohort (Year 12, 2022) will engage undertake an EREA Touchstone Induction day at Oxford Falls. In keeping with the Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstones Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, Liberating Education and Justice and Solidarity, the objective of the day is to develop those values and actions which will help Year 7 2017 (Year 12 2022) form an inclusive, just, thoughtful and considerate cohort, in the best Traditions of Edmund Rice Education.


To this end there are many role models and examples for us to draw upon with the 2016 Australian of the Year: David Morrison AO (St Edmund’s College Canberra), and 2016 Young Australians of the Year: Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett (St Josephs’ Gregory Terrace, Brisbane) of Orange Sky Laundry, being educated by Edmund Rice - Christian Brothers Colleges. While Edmund Rice Centre, Homebush Director, Mr Phil Glendenning was recognised in the recent 2017 Australia Day honours list.

Our Year 7 Touchstone Induction Day sessions on Friday include:

  1. Forming a community and making new friends across the Year 7 cohort.
  2. Indigenous Australian awareness: First Australians, and custodians of the land.
  3. Edmund Rice Education Globally: What it means to be an E R Student at St Pius X College
  4. MindMatters games oriented at facilitating positive interaction between members of the Year 7 cohort.

The Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB) schools with whom our 7 RE students communicated the Touchstones in 2016, and with whom we hope to continue our email, skype and snail mail connections with in 2017, through our next generation of Year 7 RE students, include:

Mt Edmunds College, Pretoria, South Africa; St Anselm’s College, Birkenhead, Liverpool, England; St Mary's College, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Iona College, New York, USA; Stella Maris College, Montevideo, Uruguay; Cardinal Newman College, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Br Rice College, Chicago, USA; Fe y Allegria 26 College, Lima, Peru; St Thomas More Collegiate, Vancouver, Canada; Damian Memorial College, Hawaii, USA; St Kevin’s College, Redcastle, New Zealand.

Later in the year there will be opportunities for connection with other Edmund Rice Schools both in Australia and overseas. We also hope to run our biannual Warrumbungles MindMatters, Pastoral Care, Science and Indigenous Awareness Camp mid-year; and in 2018, potentially, our 3rd Biannual Kokoda Expedition with hopefully an Edmund Rice Immersion in Papua New Guinea dovetailed in. So whatever your goals, aspirations and choices, get training, make a positive contribution, and be the best you can be through Faith and Hard work.


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

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

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

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


SPX Old Boys Association AGM

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



SAVE THE DATE:  1st September - SPX Old Boys 80th Anniversary Dinner

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

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


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Attention Year 11 Parents

The Year 11 Parent Information Meeting will be held next Monday 13 February, in the College Gym, starting at 6pm and running for about an hour.  Students do not attend.


Mr B Batchelor - Year 11 Coordinator

Attention Year 10 Parents

A reminder to parents that the Year 10 Parent Information Meeting will be held in the College Blue Room next Monday 13th February commencing at 6:00pm.  Students are not required to attend.

Mr M Pawlak - Year 10 Coordinator

Year 7  Parish Picnic

This Sunday 12th February

Further details can be found in the flyer below and in the Assistant Principal Mission & Identity section of this newsletter.

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator

Chess as an Extracurricular Option for Years 7-12

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

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

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

Ms Ramsey and Ms Dempsey - Coordinators of Chess


Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised Award and is open to all students 14 years or older. The award is made up of a number of components including: Community Service, Physical Recreation, Development of a new Skill and an Adventurous Journey. Many of these activities your son may already be doing at the College. If your son is interested in participating in this activity please get him to speak with Mrs Manga or Mr de Silva. Further information can be found at:


Students wishing to undertake their Adventurous Journey through the College will need to complete their preparation training. Training is being offered on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 4.30 in A3 for students to complete their pre-training prior to undertaking their first Bronze Practice hike. Due to risk minimisation considerations, students who do not complete this pre-training will not be permitted to complete the Adventurous Journey through the College. Many companies external to the College offer these Journeys. A permission note can be collected from Mr de Silva and students are advised to read the school daily notices. Training will begin on Monday 6th March.


A reminder that a meeting will be held every Day 9 in C1 for administration of the Award.


Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

OPAL Cards & Student Travel


Please note that ALL Opal Card enquiries are handled by Transport NSW.  Information for parents, guardians and students can be found online at

Electronic copies of brochures and flyers are also available to download from the Useful Forms and Information pages on the school transport scheme website at


To report a lost, stolen or damaged School Opal card, please go to The card will be cancelled immediately and a new card will be sent within 8 to 10 working days.


Behaviour matters

Students are reminded to:

  • be mindful of safety
  • respect transport staff, transport property and fellow travellers
  • offer their seat to paying customers
  • always travel with a valid ticket
  • tap on and tap off every time if they are travelling in Opal areas.

Student Codes of Conduct are available at



FOREST COACHLINES: New departure time for Route 278S

A recent timetable adjustment has seen a minor change to Route 278S.

  • Route 278S to Killarney Heights is now departing Chatswood 5 minutes later, at 15:40pm.

Ms R Gaston

MindMatters for Families

  • Counselling Support for Students & Families
  • Details of Counselling Team
  • MindMatters:  Boxercise & Mentoring

Counselling Support for Students and Families

The school year has started smoothly for most students with pleasing reports and feedback from many parents that their sons are settling back into their routines and school studies.  It is particularly pleasing to witness the new students in Years 5, 6 and 7 adjusting to their new surroundings with a minimum of anxiety or stress.


Parents should make contact with the counselling team if they have any concerns about the first few weeks at school, particularly if your son is struggling to re-adjust back to school.  It is a fact that early intervention of a student's mental health issue is a major positive strategy in helping to minimise a potential, deeper problem such as depression or anxiety, into the future.


The counselling team are committed to providing confidential support and advice to students and their families.  Please feel free to make contact with one of the counsellors if you think that your son would benefit from an opportunity to talk with us.

St Pius X College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive school community which enables every student to be the best student that they can.  Positive mental health and wellbeing is an essential protective factor in enabling your son to flourish within our caring, Catholic school environment.  Once again, please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise.


Counselling Team contacts:


Mr Rick Russo

Counsellor (Full Time, Monday to Friday) working with students across all year groups. 

Email:  [email protected]               

Direct Phone:  9414 4359

School Mobile (in case of emergency):  0418 438 325


Mrs Joe McCarthy

Psychologist (2 days a week, Wednesday and Thursday) working with students across all years.

Email:  [email protected]

Direct Phone:  9414 4322


Mrs Judy Gill

Psychologist (2 days a week, Monday and Tuesday) working with students across all years.

Email:  [email protected]                    

Direct Phone:  9414 4322




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.



This one-on-one student support program is now in its sixth year at SPX.  It is a wonderful buddy program where a senior student (Year 11 or 12) volunteers to provide a younger student (Year 5, 6 or 8) with a listening ear and a close supportive relationship built up over time.  Students meet weekly at lunchtime and are given the additional opportunity to participate in the teacher led activities of rock climbing, trampolining, kayaking, beach/bush walks, paddle-boarding at Balmoral.  Limited spaces are available and preference is given to students who are new to the College.  


Please note that the first mentoring activity is Rock Climbing at Climb Fit at Artarmon and will be held on Friday 3rd March.


For further details on either Boxercise or Mentoring, please contact Mr Russo by either phone or email as per details above.


Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P & F  News 

P&F Commencement Mass

Saturday 18th February


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

To help the P&F to organise the catering please RVSP by clicking on this link


Call for Years 8 & 9 Parent Reps

The role of Year Group Rep is an easy one at St Pius X College - just distribute the contact list to your class/year group and organise a couple of gatherings throughout the year! 


We still require helpers for Year Groups 8 & 9.  Please contact Cassie Buono via [email protected] if you are able to help.  Cassie coordinates the class reps and will give you all the information and help you require for this important, but simple and fun task!

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating

Performing Arts


All ensembles commence this week. Please read the attachment below for days and times. Ensemble rolls have also been placed on the Performing Arts Noticeboard.

Instrumental Tuition

Tutors commence lessons this week. Students will receive their Music Pass in their first lesson and then will need to have it with them each time they wished to be excused from class to attend tuition. If you submitted a lesson application for your son and have yet to hear from a tutor, please contact the Performing Arts Coordinator at [email protected]


80th Anniversary Concert

This is a last call for any Old Boys of the College who wish to be involved in this celebration on the 18th May. Please go to the Old Boy’s website for further details and information or contact the Performing Arts Coordinator at [email protected]


Piano For Sale

Contact Martin at [email protected] or 0403188675, $200.00 or nearest offer.


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking & Debating

Macquarie University Schools' Cup Debating Competitions

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

There are three competitions:

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

Catholic Schools' Debating Competition Public Speaking

The CSDA Public Speaking competition runs on the following three Friday. Information on venues and times will follow as soon as the College is informed. Students can register their interest in participating in the CSDA competition at lunchtime on Thursday 9th February at 1pm in the JCR.  If you miss this meeting and want to be involved in Public Speaking please contact Mrs Waterson.


Public Speaking Competition dates

Term 1:         

Round 1            March 3

Zone Final       March 10   

Final                   March 17  


Catholic Schools' Debating Competition (CSDA)

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”.


Schools' Debating Network

St Pius X participates in the Schools' 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
  • Round 2 28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X
  • Round 3 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X
  • Round 4 11th August, St Pius X hosting Wenona
  • Round 5 18th August, St Pius X hosting Monte
  • Round 6 25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X
  • Round 7 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X
  • Tiebreaker 8th September, hosted by St Pius X
  • Final 15th September, hosted by Monte

The fee for the CSDA extra-curricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term Two school fees.  This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening 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 Pius 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 Pius debating coaches and senior student mentors.


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


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • Distribution of Learning Profiles and Individualised Plans
  • Touch Typing and Handwriting Course
  • After-School Study (Previously 'Homework Help')

The LSE Department has begun distributing learning profiles and individualised plans to teachers of identified students with diverse learning needs.

As many will recall, LSE at St Pius X has been undergoing change during 2016, when the Learning Support and Enrichment Department increased its staff to form a larger team with closer links to the Junior School, in order to broaden its scope to support students and work with teachers across Year 5 to Year 12. We have been making extensive use of our new office space and shared meeting room next door, and have begun holding our CPMs (collaborative planning meetings) with students, parents and staff there.


If your son is not identified as a student with needs as yet, and you wish to inform me and my team so that we can provide some support or confidential information to teachers, please do email Joanne, Coordinator of Learning Support and Enrichment, at [email protected]


If your son is already identified by the LSE team because we have information on his support or gifted/enrichment needs, but you have updated information - then please do keep us informed of developments  by confidentially sending in any updated documents on your son’s needs to [email protected]. Please note that the information is kept in accordance with the College Privacy policy, and is held by LSE not to distribute in its original form, but to update and confidentially inform only your son’s teachers in 2017. This occurs through our updating of your son’s student learning profile or IP, with the aim of ensuring that your son’s teachers have the most useful adjustment summaries as possible.


Similarly, if you think your son in Years 5-12 may be eligible for exam and assessment provisions on the basis of an impactful diagnosed condition, please email your questions and documents direct to Joanne, Coordinator of Learning Support and Enrichment, at [email protected]


If your son is an identified student with needs, you may also wish to contact the specific IP Convenor for his particular year group with other concerns and queries, on the school phone number (02) 9411 4733), or via email, as follows:

For Semester 1 2017 the LSE contact points for parents/ carers, staff and students, are as follows:

YEAR 5 & 7 IP CONVENOR – JESSICA OFFER (Monday to Friday)



YEAR 6, 8, 10, 11 & 12 IP CONVENOR – JOANNE RAHEB-MOL (Monday to Friday)


Touch Typing and Handwriting Course start this week – but some places still available if you are quick!

Just an update to let everyone know that after school classes start this week for Handwriting and Touch Typing.

Anna is still accepting enrolments for:



All other classes are full

If you are interested in your son attending one of these classes please see the flyers below.

Also sincere apologies from Anna - there was a typing error with her email address in the last flyers.

Each of the two programs runs one afternoon per week, over 8 consecutive weeks, starting from Week 2 of term, with makeup classes offered in Week 10 if required.

The time for each of the 8 sessions in Handwriting Skills or Touch Typing Skills is: 3.20pm – 4.30pm, and the venue will be LC2 (near the Senior Library)


After-School Study


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 - LSE Coordinator


HSC and Careers Expo 2017

1st to 4th June 2017, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

The Expo includes exhibitors from tertiary institutions, training organisations, employers, career and gap year resources. Admission is $10 per person (see Ms Janes for your free ticket).



Five things to think about when choosing a university course



Apprenticeships & Traineeships

  • Who can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship?
  • Why consider an apprenticeship or traineeship?
  • What is the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?


Discover Engineering

A forum for Year 10 & 11 students interested in learning about engineering as a career choice.  


Careers Newsletter


Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • NSTA Tennis
  • Football
  • Rugby



Thank you to all those parents who helped score on the weekend. Games cannot run without parents helping. Please offer your help to the coach or the referees.


On Saturday the heat and humidity made the courts wet and dangerous during the games. We suspended play and unfortunately had to cancel the 15A game. We put the big fans on, raised the center curtain and the conditions improved significantly. All other games ran as scheduled.


This Saturday it will be hot again. All players need to make sure they drink water well before their game and to remain hydrated during their game.


Game time changes: The 14B, 15B, 17D and 4ths game times have been changed from my original plan. The 4ths will be playing at 10:00am. The 15Bs will be playing at 11:00am. The 14Bs will be playing at 12:00noon and the 17Ds will play at 2:00pm.


15A note: I have organised with Central Coast Grammar to play early on Saturday 18th

February at Oxford Falls so that the 15As can then travel to Strathfield to play St Patrick’s. I will publish times for these games next week.


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


Mr N Gibson - Senior Basketball Convenor




1st XI 4/265 (L Hearne 131, T Colgan 58, L Williams 26*) defeated St Andrew’s Cathedral School 10/53
(L Mosman 3/8, S John 2/1, D Beattie 2/18) at St Andrew’s College Sydney University
After a six week break since Round 6, the 1st XI recommenced the ISA competition with a resounding victory over St Andrews Cathedral School. Having been sent in openers, Tom Colgan and Joe Unwin started steadily. The second wicket partnership between Colgan (58) who made his first half century in the 1st XI and Lachlan Hearne (131 off 106 balls) was full of sensible batting and the ability to put away the loose balls. This was Hearne’s second century for the competition and his concentration in the tiring conditions was very impressive.

Liahm Williams (26 not out) helped the team reach an imposing 4 for 265 after the 50 overs. With the heat and humidity rising, the St Pius boys were determined to have a quick over rate and bowl at the stumps consistently. For most of the opposition innings, this plan was kept to and after 33 overs St Andrews was dismissed for 53. Louis Mosman (3-8), Dermott Beattie (2-18 off 10 overs), Sam John (2-1)  and James Brown (1-6) led the way with the ball and were backed up by a good catch from Williams, sharp keeping from Tim Robertson and two run outs.

This was a pleasing start to 2017 from the team who were focussed on putting together a strong performance.


Mr D Reay - Senior Cricket Convenor


Our first invitational Carnival will be held at North Sydney Pool this Friday night hosted by St Andrews Cathedral School. A full team should be picked and students notified by the time of reading. A list of what events swimmers are participating in is up on the Student Noticeboard. If there are new students to the team, they must have an SPX swimming costume and an SPX cap for participation on Friday night. All parents are welcome to come and support the SPX Senior Swimming Squad.


The Christian Brothers Carnival will be held on 25th February at North Sydney Pool.


Miss L Proc - Senior Swimming Convenor

NSTA Tennis


A reminder that we will commence with the Term 1 Competition this Saturday 11/2. Students are asked to check the Team Lists posted at School outside the Student Reception and Ms Grove’s office to ensure that they know their Team Number and Coach for Friday Morning’s meetings.


Uniform of White Shorts and Socks, the Blue Sports PE Shirt and College Cap must be ready for Saturday’s play. It is anticipated to be very warm this weekend – students are advised to have sunscreen and access to their own water bottles.


I will have the Draw ready to distribute from NSTA on Thursday.


Ms S-J  Grove - NSTA Tennis Convenor




The Committee congratulates Andres Nolan (Year 11) a member (goalie) of the NSW U16 Futsal team who won the FFA National Futsal Championships recently held at Homebush Sports centre.

If your boy has had an outstanding football result or achievement please let us know so we can acknowledge their achievements to the wider College community (email [email protected])


Senior College Trials - Years 7 to 10

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


These will be held over two Sundays commencing Sunday 19th and then again on Sunday 26th.

  • The trials are for boys in Year 7 through Year 10. 
  • We run 2 separate sessions for each age-group so every boy has more than one opportunity to display their abilities.
  • Boys are expected to attend both days to be eligible for team selection.  Please contact Simon Yue, Senior Football Convenor, if there are extenuating circumstances where attendance is not possible.

Also for the first time we will be holding an Opens trial on the 2nd Sunday following the 1st trial match.  This is open to all boys interested in playing in the 2nd,3rd,4ths – the 1st XI team selection will continue to be co-ordinated and organised by Steve Quilty and Simon Yue. 

Players interested in trialling for the 1st XI should contact Mr Quilty or Mr Yue directly.

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


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


Trial Times:   (TO BE CONFIRMED)

8:30-9:30           U13 (Y7)

9:30-10:30         U14 (Y8)

10:30-11:30       U15 (Y9)

11:30-12:30       U16(Y10)


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


Location:            Oxford Falls Sports Fields


BBQ Volunteers:  Additionally the Committee will be operating the Old Boys Kiosk offering light refreshments for sale.  We seek some parents to assist on the day if possible please turn up to the kiosk on the day or contact

Mary-Ann Back - [email protected] to volunteer.



The committee is also seeking parents interested in joining the Football Committee in some capacity.  A number of the committee will end their association with the College soon and we want to ensure a smooth transition to allow the continuing support the Committee offers to the College Football community to continue.  The Committee AGM will be held on Monday 6th March at 7pm at the Sarto Centre. Please email [email protected] if you are interested or want some more info – or just come along.


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

Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club

Rugby 2017

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

  • Tuesday 14th February - Opens & Under 16s pre-season training to commence at Oxford Falls Note: Summer co-curricular commitments to take priority over rugby.
  • Tuesday 14th March – All other age groups commence training at Oxford Falls.
  • Friday 17th-Sunday 19th March – Opens Pre-season Camp – Huntington House
  • Saturday 25th March - Trial Match 1 vs Sydney High
  • Saturday 1st April – Trial Match 2 vs St Aloysius
  • Friday 7th – Friday 14th April – Under 15s New Zealand Tour
  • Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th April – Easter Holiday Rugby Clinic
  • Saturday 29th April – Trial Match 3 vs St Gregorys College (Neutral Ground TBC)
  • Saturday 6th May – ISA Round 1
  • Thursday 6th July – Thursday 13th July – Open Queensland Tour (Final Dates TBC)
  • Saturday 12th August – ISA Round 10 (Final Round)
  • Tuesday 22nd August – Rugby Presentation Evening

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


All teams will train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Oxford Falls during the season, with buses departing from Archer Street, Chatswood at 3:30pm and returning to Anderson Street Chatswood by 5:30-6pm. The only exception is the Under 13s age group who will train at Oxford Falls during Term 1 only, then move to Beauchamp Oval from Term 2 onwards.


Please check Woodchatta each week for all the latest Rugby news throughout the season or contact Mr Lynch at [email protected] for any general rugby enquiries.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Welome Assembly for new students and new staff


  • Welcome Assembly
  • Parent/Teacher Evening
  • College Commencement Mass/P&F Commencement Mass
  • Class Parent Representatives
  • Sports Captains
  • Sport:  Swimming Carnival/Thursday Sport/Saturday Sport
  • Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews


Junior School News

Welcome Assembly

At our first school assembly on Monday we welcomed all the new boys and staff to the College.  The boys all processed into the assembly to a round of applause.


Parent/Teacher Evening

Thank you to all the parents who turned up to our Parent/Teacher Evening last Monday. It was great to see so many interested parents attend.  Please remember that there are many ways to get involved and one of them is to become a Class Parent Representative (see below). 


College Commencement Mass/P&F Commencement Mass

On Tuesday 14th February  the College Commencement Mass will be held at Our Lady of Dolours Church at 10.00am.  Due to the large number of students and lack of space in the Church we will not have room for parents to join us for this Mass.


However, all parents and their families are invited to the P&F Commencement Mass and Social on Saturday 18th February at 5.30pm in OLD Church followed by a BBQ in the College grounds.


Class Parent Representatives

Another way to be involved is as a class parent.  Thank you to all the volunteers - we have all classes covered except 6 Gold.  If somebody would like to be the parent liaison for 6 Gold that would be appreciated.

If you would like to be a class parent you can still volunteer as we can have more than one per class.


Sports Captains

Congratulations to the following boys on being elected to the position of sports captains:



Thankfully the swimming carnival went ahead today despite having four seasons in one day!  Well done to the staff on conducting the carnival in these conditions. Congratulations to the boys on their wonderful enthusiasm, participation and behaviour.  Thanks also  to all the parents who came and to those who helped with the carnival.  A special congratulations to Rice House for winning the Carnival.  More information and photos will be in the Junior School Newsletter next week.


We have a full day at Oxford Falls on Thursday and we can run an alternative program if it is wet so please ensure your son has his morning tea and lunch. 


Our Saturday sport will commence this week and it is another great way to meet other people.  I hope to see you there.


Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews

You will shortly receive a questionnaire to complete about your son which we would like you to send in to the teacher in a sealed envelope before the interviews on Monday 20th February and Tuesday 21st February.  Information about how to book an interview will be attached to this sheet which will also be on the portal and emailed.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Learning Enrichment

“Compass Club”

What is Compass Club?
Compass Club offers a range of competitions and is open to any boy wishing to register for a competition they are interested in. At Compass Club you can find out if you are eligible to register or enter competitions, obtain an entry form, seek assistance with your entry or work on your entry. Most competitions require you to submit your entry during Compass Club sessions.

When is Compass Club?
Compass Club is held Wednesday lunchtime.

Where is Compass Club?
Compass Club is held in the Junior Computer Room. (JCR)

Do I attend every week?
Attend compass club if you are interested in participating in a particular competition. You can choose to work on your entry during Wednesday lunch or work on your entry at home and submit it when you have finished.

Who can I see about joining Compass Club?
If you have any questions about Compass Club please see Mrs Spanyik.


Competition Reminders

  • Say No to Bullying Poster Competition:  Draw a picture of how you could help someone who is being bullied.  Entries close next Friday 24th February. Details on the website
  • Da Vinci Decathlon Competition  -  enrich, excite, challenge!  Held at Knox Grammar School on Thursday 25th May.  NB: compulsory training sessions in Compass Club.   (Registrations of interest - Week 5 & 6)

           Year 5 (Week 5)

           Lunchtimes  (JCR):  Wednesday 1st March & Friday 3rd March

           Year 6 (Week 6)

           Lunchtimes  (JCR):  Wednesday 8th March & Friday 10th March


Entry into this competition is based on demonstrated academic ability and an ability test. The competition will be run in Term 2 with compulsory training beginning late Term 1 on Wednesday lunchtimes during Compass Club.  Further details will be given at the next Junior School Assembly and link:


Junior School Debating – Selection Trials

Boys in the Junior School have the opportunity to become involved in Debating. The College enters two teams in the IPSHA Debating Competition. Twelve boys from the Junior School form the two teams and these are selected to compete. The teams debate fortnightly on a Friday afternoon (during school hours) during Terms 2, 3 and 4 on a rotational basis. The emphasis is on learning the skills of debating and workshops will be held during lunchtimes leading up to the competitions. Training begins every Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes from late Term 1.

Boys are invited to present a short two minute speech to assist in selection of these teams. These speeches are to be presented during the set trial sessions on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes:


             Year 5 (Week 7)

             Lunchtimes  (Room opposite 6R):  Wednesday 15th March & Friday 17th March

             Year 6 (Week 8)

             Lunchtimes  (Room opposite 6R):  Wednesday 22nd March & Friday 24th March


The topic for the speech is WHICH IS BETTER, TELEVISION OR BOOKS?  

Further details will be given to the boys at the Junior School assembly. 


Ms B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher

Junior School Chess

Please see the letter below for information on the NSW Junior Chess League Competition.  Applications close Friday 17th February.

Ms E Martin - Junior School Chess Convenor


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: All day Sport again as we finish our summer sport trials. A full packed recess/lunch are required. Boys may be collected at 2.20pm from the car-park at the conclusion of Sport.

Twitter / Wet Weather Procedure:  Please follow @SPXJuniorSport for instant updates regarding late sporting changes, cancellations etc. Click on the letter below for full details:


House Captains: Congratulations to the following students voted by their peers and staff as leaders for 2017.

Basketball: The first game of the 6 week, Term 1 season begins this Saturday. Boys will be notified of their team and issued a singlet on Friday morning. All relevant information is on the College website ( Please ensure boys are correctly attired in College-only uniform and at their venue 20 mins prior to tip-off.

Softball: The first game of the 6 week, Term 1 season is against Trinity this Saturday. Wet weather procedures will be in place (as per the season draw and information letter). All relevant information is also on the College website ( Please ensure boys are correctly attired in College-only uniform, have protective equipment and are at the venue 20 mins prior to commencement time.

NSTA Tennis: Rd 1 is this Saturday the 11th Feb. Boys will be notified of their team and will be given further team, draw and venue details once the Competition grading has been released. The summer competition is graded and run in conjunction with the Senior School. Boys are graded in ability groups and grading may transcend year groups. Please check under NSTA Tennis in the Senior School Sport section for future correspondence.


Rugby: Trials for the upcoming Armidale Rugby Tour will take place on Thur 16th Feb as part of sport. Yr 6 students playing Rugby for the College are invited to trial. The tour takes place from 7th – 9th April in Armidale, 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. Accommodation books out very early.


Football (Soccer): Trials for the upcoming Tamworth Football Tour will take place on Thur 16th Feb as part of sport. Yr 6 students playing Football for the College 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.

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

Uniform Shop & Canteen 

Uniform Shop

                                                      REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  


  • Blazers

Fittings were held this week and all boys who were fitted have an invoice and information sheet. If your son missed a fitting and needs to have one, please ask him to come to the Uniform Shop next Monday 13th February.  The cut-off date for orders is Wednesday 15th February to ensure delivery in time for end of term.


The Uniform Shop also sells second-hand Blazers.  

If you have a Blazer your son has outgrown and would like to sell it, please fill in the form below and bring it in to the Uniform Shop with your drycleaned Blazer.  

Collection of all orders (whether made by phone or on-line)

Students in Years 7-12  will be sent an email  when their Blazer 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. 


Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

Canteen Roster


Ms M Erickson & Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors

St Pius X College Newsletter
Discover Engineering Flyer.pdf
Careers Newsletter Feb 8.pdf
Cricket reports.docx
Cricket reports.pdf
SPX Basketball Game Times Sat 11th Feb 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Program 2017_250117.pdf
Handwriting flyer 2017 version 1_250117.pdf
Twitter Information letter.pdf
Chess Letter.pdf
Chess Letter.pdf
Acclaim Junior Picnic.pdf
Acclaim Junior Picnic.pdf
Acclaim Junior Picnic.pdf