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:
- Forming a community and making new friends across the Year 7 cohort.
- Indigenous Australian awareness: First Australians, and custodians of the land.
- Edmund Rice Education Globally: What it means to be an E R Student at St Pius X College
- 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