St Pius X College Newsletter

09 August 2017
Issue 23
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission, Social Justice & Youth Ministry
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & 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 11 August


Rugby Club Dinner at Orange 


Saturday 12 August

ISA Football Semi Finals/ISA Tennis Finals

ISA Rugby R10

SPX Senior College Rugby at Orange


Sunday 13/8

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 14 August

Year 12 Retreats until 18/8


Tuesday 15 August

The Assumption

ICAS Maths Comp Yrs 5-10


Friday 18th August



Saturday 19th August

ISA Football Finals


Monday 21st August

Science Week Begins

P&F Meeting


Tuesday 22nd August

School Photos

Primary Book Week

Rugby Presentation Night


Wednesday 23rd August

Prefects' Camp pm until 25/8


Thursday 24th August

Staff Meeting


Friday 25th August

Yr 10 Reflection Day #3


ISA Heads Meeting


Saturday 26 August

ISA Invitational Athletics

Rugby Club ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at The Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm 


Monday 28th August

St Pius X College Patron's Holiday


Tuesday 29th August

IPSHA Athletics

Football Presentation Night


Wednesday 30th August

Winter Sports Photos


Thursday 31st August

Junior School Father & Son Day at Oxford Falls

Splinters, Splashes, Stage & Sounds Opens


Friday 1st September

Year 12 Study Day #4

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast

Twilight Concert #2

Old Boys Annual Dinner



Saturday 2nd September

ISA Invitational Athletics
















From the Principal     

Photo: Congratulations to Year 5 Red who led the prayer at Assembly this week.


  • Prayer:  Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
  • Appointment of New College Board Chair
  • P&F Trivia Night 
  • Year 12 HSC Trial Examinations
  • Football Semi-Finals this Weekend​
  • Year 7 Ski Trip
  • 80th Anniversary Publication
  • Advance Notice: Year Group Photos ​
  • Parish Positions Available

Prayer:  Feast of St Mary of The Cross MacKillop

Yesterday, 8th August, was the Feast Day of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop. She is certainly an inspiration to us all and her many famous sayings such as “Never See A Need Without Doing Something About It” are an inspiration to everyone.



The prayer below is from the Sisters of St Joseph and of course Mary MacKillop’s Tomb is in the Chapel at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. A holy place well worth visiting. We all have much to pray about and you are invited to use this prayer for your own intention.



Ever generous God,

You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were

disheartened, lonely or needy.

With confidence in your generous providence and joining with Saint Mary MacKillop

we ask that you grant our request.

We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too,

like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.

Ever generous God, hear our prayer.

We ask this through Jesus Christ.



Appointment of New College Board Chair

The current Board Chair, Mr Peter Hughes, is due to conclude his time as Chair of the College Board after six years. Peter has been an extraordinary Board Chair and I offer the deep appreciation of the College community and my own personal thanks for his wise and steady leadership.

It is with great pleasure that I advise the College community that consistent with the process for the appointment of a College Board Chair as outlined by EREA, Mr Brian Populin has been appointed by Dr Wayne Tinsey, Executive Director EREA, as the Board Chair commencing 2018. Brian is a current Board member and Deputy Chair of the present Board. Brian is also the Chair of the College’s Property Committee and member of the Board’s Finance and Risk Committee. I am delighted with this appointment and thank Brian for accepting this important role.


P&F Trivia Night

What a fabulous evening and all for the good of our boys. Thank you to the P&F for such a great event and for all the support. Over 270 parents enjoyed a fun evening and I offer special thanks to the organisers, Clare Hamilton-Bate and Sarah Gillard, along with Nadine Robson on communications and Rodger Paino on trybooking.

The SPX Clubs were represented by Paul O'Neill, Tanya Ceravolo, Josephine Maras, Bonnie Johnson, Odette Shahady, Melissa Fakhoury, Marissa Sheehan and James Colgan.

We would also like to thank the Maintenance staff who helped coordinate the event, along with Braelen Zwart and Mariano Rossetto for doing finances and all those who volunteered to help make the night a success.

Thank you to the three staff teams who came along and enjoyed a wonderful evening of our school spirit.  The staff team theme was 'Green and Gold – Wallabies', in honour of Michael Hooper’s appointment as Wallaby Captain last week.  I’m sure you will enjoy the photos of the evening below.



HSC Trial Examinations

Please keep our Year 12 students in your prayers as they conclude their HSC Trials this week and early next week.  Next week Year 12 will have their final Retreat of their secondary schooling.  Best wishes to all.


Football Semi-Finals this Weekend

Congratulations to our eleven football teams who have made it through to the semi-finals this weekend.  It has been another exceptional season for our Football Club and we wish them every success for this coming Saturday.  More details can be found on the Senior Sports page.


Year 7 Ski Trip

It was a great trip this year, not only because of the snow, the pastoral care, the teamwork and the energy but especially because of the spirit and involvement of the boys. They are a terrific group of Year 7 students again this year.

Sincere thanks to Year 7 staff team who went with the boys:  Mr Simon Yue, Mr Joe Lynch, Mr Sean Brannan, Mr Rick Russo, Mr Matt Stearn, Mr Greg Virgona, Mr Paul Formosa, Ms Sophie Allington, Mr Stuart Spedding, Ms Sarah McCormack and Ms Meredith Leedham.  

Please see the Student & Parent Matters section of this newsletter for more details and photos.


80th Anniversary Publication

The College has been progressively preparing a publication of the events of our 80th Anniversary.  On our College website you will find the publication including the events of our 80th Anniversary Mass, the Celebration Concert 'A Night Full of Stars', an historical overview as well as the Three Generations of Pius Project which is in progress.  The link to the publication is:


If there are other families who have three generations in the College and wish to be included in this project please contact Julie Ingram via [email protected]


My congratulations to all involved.  I commend this to you for your reading pleasure.


Advance Notice: Year Group Photos 

Year Group photos and the Staff Photo will be staged on Tuesday 22nd August throughout Periods 1 & 2.


Parish Positions Available

Our Lady of Dolours

The position of Catechist Coordinator and Children and Family Minister Position (25 hours per week) is available at Our Lady of Dolours Church. Please see information below.


Parish Office Administration Assistant 16 hours p/week - Lower North Shore

This role includes preparing the Parish bulletin, reception duties, church deliveries and keeping registers.  The applicant will need a driver's licence and access to a car, and include Fridays in their weekly hours.  Salary and conditions consistent with Diocesan guidelines.

Please contact Denise Murphy via email [email protected] or phone 9958 8846 for a Position Description.  Applications must be submitted via email to the Parish Priest via email [email protected] by Friday 18th August 2017 with a covering letter and resume.


Mr J Couani - Principal

Mission, Social Justice &
Youth Ministry

Photo: Woolworths “Earn and Learn” - collecting stickers for St Joseph's Walgett

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice
  • Youth Festival for Years 9-12

Mission & Identity

Tuesday was one of the most significant feast days in our Liturgical Year as we celebrated the Feast day of Mary of the Cross MacKillop, our only Australian saint at Mercy College. The closeness to the Feast of the Assumption on the 15th of August is no coincidence.  Mary openly shared her love of the Assumption and wrote to her mother in 1867 saying, "When I parted with you, I little imagined that I could so soon have the happiness of being allowed to make my Profession which I did on my favourite festival, the Assumption."


A few years ago I had the pleasure of having a family holiday to Adelaide and I couldn’t resist visiting Penola which is where Mary’s ministry began. The schoolhouse is very small and it is difficult to imagine that it catered for over 40 students.


Mary, with the support of Father Julian Tenison Woods, built a community that provided education for students from poor families. This site was also the birthplace of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.  Mary went on to personally oversee the establishment of over 38 schools.



Year 11 2Unit Studies of Religion students are presently studying the topic 'Religion in Australia Pre-1945' and are examining the difficulties of people such as Mary MacKillop as they fought for Catholic Education for the poor. A difficult feat, particularly with the introduction of Government Policy such as the Public Instruction Act of 1880 which ended all Government educational support for schools until the 1960s.


On Tuesday the 15th of August we will celebrate the Assumption Mass in the College Chapel at 8am. All are welcome.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

Woolworths “Earn and Learnis on again and we are collecting the stickers for a social justice activity. I call it a social justice activity because we are collecting and donating all of our Earn and Learn stickers to one of our partner schools, St Joseph’s Walgett. This remote NSW primary school near Lightning Ridge will benefit greatly from our collection. So if you shop at Woolworths please remember to collect the stickers and send them in with your boys.


This week Br Carl Sherrin, the College archivist, came to the Edmund Rice Society meeting to speak to the boys about the life of Blessed Edmund Rice, the life of a Christian Brother and the history of St Pius X College. This informative talk was also attended by Mr Couani. The boys were very interested in the history of the College and the life of Blessed Edmund Rice. They also enjoyed an in-depth discussion with Mr Couani about social justice activities at St Pius X College.


The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services in Papua New Guinea is run by the junior members of the Edmund Rice Society. The junior society members are looking forward to running the stall for the next 6 weeks.


The Skateboards for The Haven project continues with Edmund Rice Society members on Tuesday afternoons after school.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



Youth Festival: Years 9-12

Early Bird Discount and College Subsidy

St Pius X College has been invited by Bishop Peter Comensoli to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Homebush  from 7th - 9th December 2017. This is an event for students in Years 9-12 and is a national gathering of Catholic young people which allows them to attend workshops and activities and discern their own faith journeys.

There is an opportunity for an Early Bird Discount of $30 ($250 per student instead of $280) if payment is made by 18th August and the College will further assist by subsidising each boy who attends.


If you are interested please return the permission form in the attachment below to Mr Adrian Brannan. 

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Year 7 Ski Trip & Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Adventurous Journey

  • Year 7 Ski Trip
  • Year 11 Students Visit Parliament House
  • The Year 10 Empowerment Team promotes sustainable 'Cheeki Bottles' 
  • From the Head of Student Services

               Year 7 Ski Trip

               Year 11 Reflection Day

               SPX Old Boys' Annual Dinner

               Visit by Dr John Honner, Kokoda Track Historian

               Some Upcoming Dates              

  • Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey​ 
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information ​
  • Teens & Technology:  How to Find a Balance

Year 7 Ski Trip

Last week 160 Year 7 students and 11 staff travelled to Perisher snowfields for the annual Year 7 Ski Trip.  It was an incredibly rewarding experience for us all.  The skiing conditions were great which allowed all students to really get involved and be challenged, as you can see in the photo gallery below.  A big thank you to all staff who gave up their time to ensure the Year 7 students could enjoy this experience.

Mr S Yue - Year 7 Coordinator


Year 11 Students Visit Parliament House

At the invitation of the local member, also the Premier, Nikita Papastamatis and Daniel Hall represented the local community at a Parliamentary lunch and visit to Question Time.  Both students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and appreciated the opportunity to represent the College.


Mr B Batchelor - Year 11 Coordinator



750ml Cheeki Water Bottles

This year the Year 10 Student Empowerment Team are working towards phasing out the school's use of plastic water bottles. To assist with this ALL members of the St Pius X College community  will be able to order our specially designed bottles to replace plastic with stainless steel crested school bottles.  We are collaborating with Cheeki, a company founded in Freshwater, Australia with a mission to create a healthy alternative to disposable plastic containers. Cheeki products are healthy to use with no hidden nasties, leaving contents fresher and just at the right temperature. 


The 750ml stainless steel bottles are priced at $16 and are available in Silver and Matte Black.  

Features of the bottle include:

  • Silicone seal for leak proof lids - bottles come with two lids: Carbiner and Sport
  • Deep threads create secure seal
  • Premium Food Grade 18/8 #304 Stainless Steel inside and out
  • No inside linings - BPA Free
  • Non-toxic paints used in fun colours and design

Please follow the trybooking link to order one today (orders will be finalised by 14th August 2017):

The Year 10 Student Empowerment Team


From the Head of Student Services

Year 7 Ski Trip

Congratulations to Mr Yue, the students and staff involved in the Year 7 Ski Trip last week. The blue skies and abundance of snow, which are not always synonomous with Australian alpine skiing, ensured perfect conditions for this important Pastoral Care event in the SPX Calendar. Be it overcoming the adversity of 5am wake up whistles, Igor’s Snowgate cuisine, an unrelenting schedule of challenges and activities, organising layers of ski gear or sharing travel and accommodation in close quarters with the cohort, invariably this is an SPX memory - right up there with the Year 11 Snowy Hike which will no doubt be fondly remembered at the upcoming Year 12 Graduation ceremonies and reflections.


This time honoured SPX rite of passage, pioneered by Mr Pawlak in his Year 7 coordinating days, was superbly executed by Mr Yue’s team including Mr Virgona, Ms Allington, Ms McCormack, Ms Leedham, Mr Stearn, Mr Lynch, Mr Spedding and Mr Formosa. Year 7 collectively rose to the challenge in typical SPX style, all credit to the boys.


Year 11 Reflection Day

It was inspirational listening to Mr Bill James, SPX Old Boy of 1967 and co-founder of Top Deck Travel, The Flight Centre, historian, author and Chair of the Kokoda Track Foundation, sharing his journey and leadership style with Year 11 at their third Reflection Day last Friday.  Bill was interviewed last Sunday on ABC Radio’s “This week in history” program regarding his research of the Kokoda Track, accessible via the link:


St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner

A timely reminder also that the St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner on Friday will be held on 1st September commencing with a Mass in the Brothers’ Chapel before a tour of the College, followed by transport to dinner at the Treacy Centre Oxford Falls. Simply book on the trybooking website.  Life members from the Class of 2016 are invited free to the event.


Visit by Dr John Honner, Kokoda Track Historian, Friday 11th August - 1.30pm in the Sarto Centre

On Friday 11th August the College will host an esteemed member of the EREA Board, Dr John Honner, to speak to the students and interested members of the College community on matters relating to the 1942 Kokoda Track Campaign.

The opportunity to hear Dr Honner speak on these unique events in Australia’s history will be afforded to our Year 10 History students, guests and those interested in our St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018, from 1.30pm in the Sarto Centre. Please contact Mr Brannan for more information. 



  • Snowy Hike Practice Walk - Thursday 31st August TBC
  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk – Sunday 10th September
  • RUOK Day - Friday 15th September
  • Running for Rowie Carnival - dates TBC
  • Liam Knight Walk - dates TBC

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey

Last weekend 20 students completed their Adventurous Journey as part of their Bronze Award through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The students completed six hours of meaningful activity each day and camped overnight at Brooklyn Dam. The students walked from Mt Ku-ring-gai to Berowra and then after catching a train, hiked from Brooklyn to Cowan. Navigation and bushcraft skills were assessed as part of their Journey. The weather could not have been better.  A big thank you to Mr Donnelly for his time, patience and goodwill with assisting with the hike.

All enquiries for the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be directed to Mrs Manga, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. Any student wishing to complete their Adventurous Journey through the College needs to attend the Outdoor Education meetings held on Monday afternoons after school.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information 

Expedition Dates:  29th June to  8th July 2018 (TBC). Formal training will begin in September this year.

Who can attend:  Any student who will be in Years 9-11 in 2018; a family member; Old Boys; past Expedition attendees.

Expressions of Interest:  directed to Mr P de Silva ([email protected])

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Teens and Technology

There is no doubt that technology is both a blessing and a curse.  We can access information, ideas, people, entertainment with just a click, but we can also find ourselves getting lost. Just one more episode, we promise ourselves. Just one more LOL cat…

If it’s hard for us as adults, imagine how overwhelming it is for our young men! They haven’t yet developed the maturity to be able to be disciplined in switching off so it’s important that we guide them positively. We don’t want to take their laptops away from them as they are so important for their learning but we do want to help them learn how to use them wisely and find a balance.

  1. Try developing some ‘rules’ together and follow them as a family. It could be perceived as unfair if there was one set of rules for them and another for you. If you do have a massive project, explain that to them – even let them see what you’re working on.
  2. Decide on how much screen time (beyond school work) is appropriate and have them do their homework sitting up at a desk or table so everyone knows that is “official” screen time and if they’re gaming or watching videos then they can do that on the couch.
  3. Social Media is a challenge; it really is part of how they socialise, just like we did through talking on the phone for hours after school each day. But talk to them about HOW they’re using it. We need to let them know they are more than “Likes”, which so many of them are hooked on.
  4. Keep screens in a public area. We all know about the impact of blue light and devices in bedrooms so it’s best to have devices where they can be seen. There are so many issues now with remotely operated cameras taking illegal photos and videos that it can be seen as a safety issue.
  5. Help your son find something else to be passionate about; often technology is an escape from boredom or something that’s too hard, so help them find another skill or idea where they can use their energy.
  6. Lead by example:  Show them that you don’t rely on your phone or laptop. Make dinner device-free. Have a tech-free Saturday.
  7. Share:  Share passwords (yes, even yours with them!) to show that you trust them to check on you and vice versa. This creates a sense of accountability on both sides.

There are so many places to look for support - here are a few places to try:

Ms A Gripton - Innovation & Knowledge Management Coordinator

for Students & Families

Photo: The key to raising happy, confident and balanced boys


From the College Counsellor:

  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - Sunday 10th September
  • Parenting Boys:  Online course
  • 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' Parent Forum 21st August
  • 'Tuning into Teens' :  Term 3 Workshop
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX


Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk

Sunday 10th September 2017

Save the date with advanced notice of our intention to hold our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk on Sunday 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.  Further details will follow, or contact Mr Brannan or Mr Russo to express your interest in attending.


'Parenting Boys'

The must-do online course for parents of boys

The key to raising a happy, confident and balanced boy is to understand what makes him tick. Our Parenting Boys online course delves into the minds of boys; exploring emotions, behaviour, organisation, learning, communication and sexuality.  From pre-school through to teens, this course empowers parents to be one step ahead with practical tools and strategies to assist in raising happy sons to become fine young men.


On-line course starts Friday 25th August - cost $67.  Once you have signed up you can either join in live, or undertake the course at your leisure and access materials at any time - it's yours forever.

Register at


Parent Forum:  'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance'

St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum presented by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at 6.30pm. This is a free event; however bookings are required and can be made via the trybooking link

The aim of the evening is to create awareness of the current level of sleep deprivation among students and the effect this is having on all aspects of their lives.  Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding sleep health and pathways to treatment for those who require professional help.


Full details can be found in the attachments below:

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor


Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446

Phone 1300 120 446 between 11am and 7pm to talk confidentially to an online supporter.


Way2Wellness can help if you're:

  • anxious about work or day-to-day life
  • worried about something and not sure what to do
  • stressed out or losing sleep
  • just not feeling yourself
  • concerned about the mental wellbeing of someone else
  • feeling alone, like you have no-one you can talk to

Tuning into Teens Workshop

Please see the flyer below for information on 'Emotionally Intelligent Parenting'.




A reminder that Boxercise is held every Thursday and Friday morning at 7.30am in the Junior School playground.  This MindMatters initiative provides friendship, fun and fitness to strengthen students’ resilience and general sense of wellbeing.  Classes are free to all students.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

Photo: 'The Sleep Connection' will be running a Parent Forum at the College on 21st August at 6.30pm

  • P&F Trivia Night - Auction Winners
  • Year 9 Mums' Dinner
  • Year 12 Mums' High Tea
  • Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett
  • Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance:  Free Parent Forum on 21st August
  • P&F General Meeting

P&F Trivia Night - Auction Winners

Any lucky winners of the Silent Auctions or Live Auctions at last Saturday’s Trivia Night whose prizes were not collected on the night, please contact Maxine at the School Office and she will organise for your prize to be delivered home to you via your son.


Year 9 Mums' Dinner 

Friday 8th September - 7:30pm


Join other Year 9 mums at "The Good Thai" in Chatswood.  Download the invite below or go to the P&F website. 

RSVP TO Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].




Year 12 Mums' High Tea 

This Sunday 13th August

To all the Mums who have replied to the Year 12 Mums' High Tea this Sunday, we look forward to seeing you there.  Click here for address details


Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for
St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

St Pius X College Social Justice group is collecting “Woolworths Earn & Learn” stickers to assist our partner school, St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett. This small, remote, mostly indigenous school we visit each year with our Year 10 immersion students will benefit greatly from our efforts as a larger Sydney school. 


We encourage all parents who shop at Woolworths to collect and donate the stickers.  There will be a collection box in the foyer and students will be going around to homerooms each morning to collect the stickers. START COLLECTING and ask your Son to drop them in!


Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance 

FREE Parent Forum - Monday 21st August at 6:30pm 

Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives. Come along and hear from Lisa Maltman who is passionate about health sleep.


The event is free, but we need to know approximately how many parents to expect so please register at


Please see the information sheet below for further details.



Monday 21st August at 7:30pm Sarto Centre

All parents and friends of the College are welcome to attend the next P&F General Meeting on Monday 21st August 2017 at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre, following the 'Sleep for Better Health' Parent Forum.  Come along and hear speakers from the College, the P&F and the Clubs. Meeting ends by 9.00pm at the latest.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Year 10 History Excursion to Middle Head

  • Geography
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Science
  • Senior Resource Centre


Year 11 Geography Excursion

Our Year 11 geographers travelled to North Narrabeen Beach last Wednesday to examine Coastal Processes and Issues of Coastal Management. Geography is alive at SPX.

Mr M Pawlak - Geography Teacher


Year 10 Excursion to Middle Head

On Monday and Wednesday the Year 10 History classes went to Georges Heights and Middle Head for a tour of the historic sites of these areas. The morning was spent with guides who showed the students the fortifications and tunnel systems used to defend Sydney.  In the afternoon the Middle Head fortifications and military history were also explored.

The staff and boys were blessed with beautiful Sydney days on which to undertake this excursion of a significant part of our history.

Mr P Rodgers - History/Legal Studies Coordinator


Performing Arts  


Last week the College took delivery of a new Kawai Piano which is now housed in the Core Music Room. The purchase of this piano was made possible through generous donations from the Apcar family (Ronan, Year 10 2016) and the Performing Arts Parents Association. The piano which was in this room has been moved to the College chapel. The College Choirs are looking forward to rehearsing with this wonderful instrument.



This workshop will take place NEXT Sunday 13th August in the Band Room. The full Orchestra will rehearse from 10.30am–12.00pm and the Senior Strings from 12.00pm–12.30pm. Students should enter the College from the Kirk Street driveway or Ferguson Lane gates.



Week 6:  Thursday 24th August: Year 12 Drama HSC Group and Individual Performance Examinations

Week 7:  Thursday 31st August: Splinters, Splashes Stage and Sounds

                   Friday 1st September: Twilight Concert

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking & Debating

Public Speaking

James Baldock will be competing in the 2017 Northern Sydney Regional Final on Wednesday 16th August at The Arts Unit at Lewisham.  He will be competing against students from North Sydney Boys High, Hornsby Girls High, Arden Anglican School, Shore School, Normanhurst Boys High, Wenona School, Ryde Secondary College, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College and St Aloysius College.  Good luck to James.


Schools Debating Network Competition (Weeks 1-7, Term 3)

Last Friday we travelled to Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview for Round 3 of the SDN Competition.  “The Magnificent Sevens” were successful on the night and Ms Rocca was overwhelmed by how clever her debaters are.  Our senior team had their first ‘House’ debate with the topic “That the house rejects the rise of Disney”.

Please find Ms Waterson's full report and further details below.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convenor



Science and Tech Expo at Chatswood Library on the Concourse

Chatswood Library will be hosting the first ever Science and Tech Expo, as part of the Northern Sydney Science Hub.  There will be a variety of vendors displaying educational and technology partners demonstrating a range of technologies for learning, research and the home.  Partners include CSIRO, Australian Astronomical Observatory, CodeClub, CoderDojo, RunSTEM, STARlab and many more.


It’s a great opportunity for students, families and teachers to interact with new ways to learn with and using technology. There will also be two science shows on The Concourse Lawn.


Please have a look at our event details and help us celebrate this great local event. You can also find out more about the Northern Sydney Science Hub here.

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator

Senior Resource Centre

Reading Challenges for 2017 ending on 25th August

At the stroke of midnight on the 25th August this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) Years 5 to 9 and the Edmund Rice Readers’ Cup for Year 10, will end.  This leaves students with just three weeks to log their reading and gain the reward and recognition. The Challenges provide students with the opportunity to set their own reading goals or to take on the goals set by the Challenge. Students who participate and log their reading signal to parents and teachers alike a positive approach to learning.


Wide reading or ‘reading for pleasure’ is an important focus of Library classes. Research shows that providing time to engage in free choice voluntary reading is a key determinant in reading success, with all its personal and educational benefits.  Our Junior and Senior Libraries are active in providing ever changing collections that offer plenty of choice. Our Library staff are keen to connect students to books that they will really enjoy to complete their 2017 Reading Challenge.


PRC 2017 fast facts:

  • All reading must be entered online by midnight on 25th August.
  • Books read from 1st September 2016 count!
  • The Challenge is to read 20 books in total with 15 books chosen from the PRC List in addition to five of your own choice.
  • Read a variety of genres and formats (including picture books and graphic novels).

For information and help go to the Library webpages:


Get creative: a Book Cover Art Competition

To celebrate Book Week this year, author Jack Heath will speak to Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 on the 22nd August. In conjunction with Jack’s visit, a Book Cover Art competition is open to all students.  The task to create an alternative cover for Jack’s latest book, The Cut Out. Jack will judge the entries with movie and book vouchers prizes.  Entry form and full details can be found below.


Mrs K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian

Learning Support
& Enrichment


  • Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline
  • Update on the St Pius X College LSE Team from the start of Semester 2, 2017
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline


Update on the St Pius X College LSE Team from the start of Semester 2, 2017

Ms Mary Doheny: Junior School Teacher: Literacy and Numeracy Support (Wednesday, Friday). Mary focuses on the Support needs of students in Years 5-6.

Ms Bettina Spanyik: Junior School Teacher: Learning Enrichment (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday). Bettina focuses on the Enrichment needs of students in Years 5 - 6.

Ms Amanda Fileman: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher (Monday to Friday), focusing on Years 7 and 8.

Ms Carla Leonardi: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher (Wednesday, Thursday), focusing on Year 9.

Ms Joanne Raheb-Mol: Learning Support and Enrichment Teacher, English Teacher and LSE Coordinator (Monday to Friday), focusing on Years 10 - 12.

Ms Meredith Leedham: Teacher Aide/Assistant – Learning Support and Enrichment, supporting identified students and supervising exam and assessment provisions across Year 5 through to Year 12.


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

To improve vocabulary and spelling skills for students in Years 5 - 12

This is a useful website program and set of resources, called Wordly Wise 3000®. It provides an engaging and graded literacy intervention program that aims to help students learn new vocabulary which they will encounter in school tasks across the curriculum. As a sequential program, it is essentially a companion site for a series of workbooks which target vocabulary mastery, in graded components, from Year 2 (Click on ‘Book 2’) right through to Year 12 (Click on ‘Book 12’). The program contains hundreds of words, definitions (including audio), and games which present and reinforce new vocabulary and correct spelling (allowing for a few unavoidable American spellings). This online program is being offered free of charge, but only until the end of 2017, so the LSE team suggests that interested parents and carers take a look at the program and encourage your boys to make use of this practical resource to boost their writing, speaking and reading skills this semester. Here’s the link: (click into the ‘students’ section)


Maths Drop-In Centre

Maths Drop-in Centre – Monday lunch time and Thursday mornings

What is it? A place to get some extra maths help with difficult concepts, topics or homework. You can also come along for some extension work, so you can revise or get ahead. This is an ideal place where students can come and feel comfortable to ask questions. Students are encouraged to bring along specific queries, tasks, assessments, homework, general revision and problems to work on, with teachers on hand ready to help:  Ms Pence, and other members of the Maths Department on an occasional basis, and Mrs Fileman. The teachers will have resources on hand to help students consolidate their numeracy and mathematics skills.

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

WHEN – Monday lunch time 12.50 -1.30pm (bring your lunch) and Thursday morning 8.00 - 8.30am each week.

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please see or email Ms Pence at: [email protected] or Mrs Fileman at: [email protected]



After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get a headstart on your homework and assessments, catch up on missed work, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one reading, writing, or other assistance for all subjects. Enjoy the benefits of having supervising teachers on hand to assist if and as needed, namely Ms Raheb-Mol or Ms Leonardi. Note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

WHEN - Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon, from 3.15 - 4.30pm

WHO FOR - Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

WHERE - Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available


Queries? Please email Ms Raheb-Mol at: [email protected], or Ms Leonardi at: [email protected]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



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Careers News


Parent Information Evening - Monday 14th August

Year 10 students, considered doing a TAFE course during Year 11 and 12? Applications forms are now available to apply for TVET courses in 2018. (Even if you did not select it as a subject option for 2018 – there is still time to apply.) With TVET, you can get a head start on your career and complete a TAFE NSW course while still at school. Gain practical and industry experience. All TVET courses count towards your HSC, with some courses contributing towards your ATAR.

TVET courses run every Tuesday afternoon (2-6pm) at various locations across the North Shore.  There are many courses available to choose from, including:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism, Travel and Events
  • Retail Services
  • Engineering Pathways

Please follow the link below for 2018 course information:

The enrolment process will take place over the next couple of weeks and applications are due in at the end of August.  There is a compulsory parent/student information evening on Monday 14th August (6pm) in the Sarto Centre for those wanting to study at TAFE in 2018.



Be informed about YOUR future

Saturday 19th August – Macquarie University

Saturday 26th August – UTS

Saturday 26th August – Sydney University

Saturday 26th August – Notre Dame

Sunday 27th August – Western Sydney University

Saturday 2nd September – UNSW

Saturday 2nd September – ACU (North Sydney)

Saturday 9th September – ACU (Strathfield)


Local Automotive Apprenticeship Opportunity

Denmor Automotive (Lane Cove) has an apprenticeship opportunity, no previous experience necessary.

This is a really good place to train because we do mechanical, auto-electrical and air conditioning work on most makes and models and cars.

Therefore an apprenticeship with us will enable students to learn and work on a very wide range of skills rather than only working on the same make of car at a more specialised workshop.  If you are interested, please look at the website and contact Russell Dunn at [email protected]  or call 94282242 during business hours.



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Performance of the Week by the Under 15B Team


  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football    
  • Rugby  
  • ISA Tennis

Athletics 2017

Athletics in the news:

  • The World Championships are currently on in London.
  • Where do you stand on the Gatlin debate:  should Gatlin have been at the start line, did he deserve to be booed?
  • Australia are yet to get a medal, even New Zealand’s got one!
  • Betty Cuthbert, Australian sprinting legend, sadly died this week. She won 4 Olympic Golds.


St Pius X College Athletics season starts this week and athletics training is open to everyone.  We train Monday and Wednesday at Oxford Falls.  The school bus departs 3.20pm from Archer Street and returns at 5.20pm.

Athletics training can be used to maintain your fitness after your winter season and in preparation for Summer Sport.  Wallaby and Bordeaux rugby player Luke Jones used the SPX sprint training to improve his speed to help him gain selection into the NSW and Australian Schoolboy Rugby Team. Dutch International and current Glamorgan County Cricketer fast bowler Tim van der Gugten trained for the throws events in preparation for the St Pius X College and NSW cricket teams.


There is an open invitation to all students to come and have a go.


Saturday 12th August: Barker Invitational

We are competing at SOPAC Homebush and the times of events will be distributed at the Sports Meeting on Friday morning.  Students need to sign up into their events.

Athletes are encouraged to compete in as many events as they like at the Invitational Carnivals. I record all their times, heights and distances and I will select the St Pius X College team to compete at the ISA Carnival from the times, heights and distances recorded at the Invitational Carnivals.

Athletes are encouraged to work on improving their own 'Personal Best' performances in each event. For each PB they will receive a Merit Card in acknowledgement.

Mr R Lacey - Athletics Convenor

Basketball Trials

Preliminary trials were held last week for Year 11 students.  There will be more trials for Year 11 later this term.  Year 10 students will be trialling over the next couple of weeks. 

Year 7 will have their first trial next Tuesday afternoon (15th August) during Sport at Oxford Falls.

Year 9 will have their first trial next Wednesday afternoon (16th August) during Sport at Oxford Falls.

Year 8 trials will be held the following week on Tuesday 22nd August during Sport at Oxford Falls. 


Students will need to communicate with me if they are injured and unable to trial so that they can be considered for a team and trial when they are able to do so.  If in doubt please contact me.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor


Cricket is back for the 2017/18 Season!

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for all players from U12 to Opens. So register now at


SPX CRICKET CLUB SKILLS DAY - Sunday 20th August 2017 at Oxford Falls
Skills Day timings per age group:

  • Years 5 & 6            8:15am to 10.00am
  • Years 7 & 8            10.00am – 11.45am
  • Year 9 & above    11:45am – 2.00pm

All players from U12 to Opens are expected to attend and to have registered prior to 20th August 2017. Coaching will be provided by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal.


DISTRICT TEAMS:  Based on registrations SPX Cricket Club will enter teams into the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association. Please note: U12 and U13 play on Saturday afternoons, U14, U15 and U16-18 play on Saturday mornings.  The Club is looking in to the viability of a graded Division 1 U15 team (more details to follow) as an additional developmental pathway.


1st and 2nd XI TRIALS. All aspiring and returning ISA players need to register. ISA Trials commence at Oxford Falls on Monday 14th August and then every Monday and Wednesday until the end of Term 2. Trial matches are scheduled for the 1st and 2nd XI on Wednesday 4th October, 5th October and 6th October 2017 (during School Holidays). Players are encouraged to speak with Mr Rodgers and Mr Reay about the upcoming season.

COACHING:  SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal who will coach teams during the week.

Mr D Reay - Convenor


Dear Parents and Players,

Last weekend saw some mixed results, from the crushing 18-0 win of the Team of the Week 13Bs to some tough losses. Congratulations to the teams that have made it through to this weekend’s Semi-Finals and commiserations to those teams that narrowly missed out.

Please check the times and locations for this weekend’s fixtures.  Also attached below is the Grand Finals Draw for the 19th of August at Oakhill College.

For both Semi-Finals and Grand Finals, if scores are level at the end of time, there will be 5 minutes each way of extra time played, followed by penalties if required.

Good luck to all teams, hope to see you in the Grand Finals.


Football Results Saturday 5th August:


Football Draw for Saturday 12th August:


Grand Final Football Draw for Saturday 19th August:

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor


Congratulations to the 11 teams that have made the finals this weekend.  For those teams that missed out we hope you enjoyed your season and took away some strengthened friendships and some great moments.  Good luck to all teams in semi-final matches.

IMPORTANT: Thanks to those parents who sent in team photos last week.  We still need team photos from the following teams:  13A, 13D, 14A, 14B, 15A, 15B, 15C, 16A, 16B.  If you have one please send it to us, otherwise please take one this weekend.

We need the team photos to include in the ‘Season in Review’ publication that the Committee will distribute around Presentation Night on 29th August.

Please send the team photos and any other action shots you may have taken throughout the season to [email protected]


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



Results Saturday 5th August:  

Congratulations to the 16Bs, 13Bs and 13Cs who have now finished their seasons with the 13Bs finishing undefeated Premiers of their competition.

Performance of the Week:  A superb effort last week and congratulations to Mr Steinman's Under 15Bs who defeated St Augustine's 19-17.  (John Couani)


Fixtures Saturday 12th August:


Final Matches of the 2017 Season
Those boys requiring transport to Kinross need to add their names to the bus sign-up sheet located at the front office. The bus will depart Anderson Street Chatswood at 6:15am on Saturday morning and return at the conclusion of the 1st XV match.
Mr Brannan will drive a school mini bus to The Scots School, Bathurst for any student from the 14Bs who requires transport. This bus will then continue to Orange for the 14A's fixture before returning at the end of the day. Please add your names to the sign-up sheet also.

St Pius X Rugby Presentation evening will be held on

Tuesday 22nd August at 7pm in the Gymnasium.


St Pius X College Rugby Club Supporters Social Night – Saturday 26th August

As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August.  Book your FREE tickets ASAP through this direct link to the specific TryBooking Site ttps://

Children are welcome to attend:  You are welcome to bring along your child/children – they are allowed on the hotel premises under adult supervision but must be off the premises by 10pm.  See further details in the Rugby Club News section below.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor



'Team St Pius X Rugby'on a roll'

Saturday was a day for team commitment and passion, personified by our 15Bs winning a straight 'shoot out' with St Augustine’s.  The 15Bs are undefeated and will be champions regardless of this weekend’s results. The game was a thriller as befits a winner-takes-all game. As the final whistle sounded to record a 19-17 win the entire squad leapt in delight; instinct rarely betrays sincerity. On field speeches, tears and photographs were a fitting climax.

Elsewhere our Opens 2nds stretched their unbeaten run to two seasons, a tremendous achievement. The 2nds remain unbeaten and will also be champions regardless of this weekend’s results.  Our 3rds are undefeated but must beat Kinross this weekend to finish the competition in outright 1st place.

Lower down the age range but of no less importance our 13Bs continued their unbeaten run with a last second win to keep Mr Rodgers' nerves intact.  The 16Bs have strived manfully all season and in the televised ( filmed) game recorded a fine 36-10 win. A terrific team effort.

In the remaining games there was genuine evidence that we can compete with the top performing schools. Despite injuries we now have increasing playing depth and a willingness to back up for the team above.

Momentum is an oft-used word in sport and we are 'in the pink' both on and off the field which is great to witness. This week we take our 'crusade' to Kinross. On the road we travel well. Let’s finish the season with a 'full house' of wins and let the festivities begin!

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer



(1)    Orange this weekend:  Rugby Club Dinner – Friday Night  - Lord Anston Hotel

The Rugby Club will be holding a dinner in Orange this Friday (11th August) for those who are travelling to Orange on the Friday.  The Dinner will be held from 7.30pm in a private function room with its own bar  on the first floor of the Lord Anston Hotel, 224 Anston Street, Orange (opposite front entrance to the Orange Ex-Serviceman’s Club). Last meal orders are at 9:30pm and last drinks are at 11:30pm.  Dinner & Wine Menu and Kids Menu can be found below.  The dinner will not be a buffet or set menu - you will be able to order off the normal hotel dinner menu which is reasonably priced.


If you are intending to attend the Dinner in Orange please advise Paul O’Neill via email  [email protected] or via telephone 0418-634750. For catering purposes please advise (1) the number of persons that will be attending the Dinner; (2) How many adult meals and/or kids meals will be required; and (3) What time you expect to arrive at the Lord Anston Hotel.


 Accommodation – Templers Mill Motel in Orange

We have also reserved some discounted motel rooms in Orange on the Friday night for SPX supporters at the Templers Mill Motel (see further details below re rooms, tariffs etc).  Templers Mill Motel is part of the Orange Ex-Serviceman’s Club and there is free access to the Club’s heated pool and gym. As overnight accommodation vacancies can be limited on a Friday night/weekend in a busy ‘sports city’ such as Orange we suggest you make your booking at your earliest possible convenience, or you may well miss out. 


SPX Supporters’ Clothing

For those travelling to Orange the Rugby Club will have the newly released SPX Supporters’ Basecamp/Sideline Jackets and Baseball Caps (both in pink and navy) with us at the dinner on Friday night for you to purchase. Jackets are $85 and caps $20.  (We will have EFTPOS facilities with us.)  In respect to these items you might note a comment by an SPX mother who recently purchased jackets, caps and our polo shirts: "The quality of these items is outstanding for the price. I will spread the word!"


(2)   SPX Rugby Club Supporters 'End of Season Social Get Together’ at The Willoughby Hotel, Saturday 26th August.  Children welcome to attend. 

As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August. The Rugby Club, through the hotel, will provide a good selection of high quality ‘stand-up’ food and the only thing that those attending will have to pay for will be their own drinks at normal pub bar prices. We have secured the whole first floor for ourselves for the function. This will NOT be a fundraising night.  It is simply a way for the Rugby Club to say thank you to all the teachers, coaches, support staff, mums, dads, grandmas, granddads and others who have been there every week supporting the SPX Rugby boys and being an active part of our SPX Rugby Community.  It  is the week of the SPX College Rugby Presentation Night, a Bledisloe Cup match night (on the screen at the hotel) and the right time to celebrate a very successful and enjoyable SPX 2017 Rugby season! The venue may sell out early so we recommend that you book your FREE tickets ASAP by going to the TryBooking Direct Link  

Children welcome to attend:  You are welcome to bring along your child/children – they are allowed on the hotel premises under adult supervision but must be off the premises by 10pm.


Mr Paul O’Neill - President, St Pius X College Rugby Supporters Club


ISA Tennis

Congratulations on a great season of tennis! Overall we had great success this year, building well upon the progress from previous years. All SPX players again embodied sportsmanship, camaraderie and enthusiasm and all deserve to be commended. Our squad has done well, with three teams making it to the Finals and five other teams only narrowly missing out.

Congratulations to the following teams who have made it through the Finals to be played this Saturday 12th August at Barker College:

  • Team 5 - Bertie Johnston , David Ko, Godwin Cipriano, Thomas Fong, Alessandro Muranty
  • Team 9 (playing in Div 10) - Ryan Pratt, Adrian Joson, William Birchall, Marcus Mina, John McKinnon
  • Team 10 (playing in Div 11) - Jayden Chan, Charlie Jackson, Cameron Smith, Salvador Alfaro, Jack Leonard

Final Competition Positions

  • Team 1 – 4th
  • Team 2 – 4th
  • Team 3 – 3rd
  • Team 4 – 3rd
  • Team 5 – 2nd
  • Team 6 – 3rd
  • Team 7 – 3rd
  • Team 8 – 3rd
  • Team 9 – 2nd
  • Team 10 – 2nd



Be sure to check back in for news about the upcoming SPX Championships to be held on Saturday 9th September at our Talus Street courts. All current ISA Tennis Players and 2015/2016 season NSTA players (in Years 7-12) are eligible. There will be a Junior and Senior Knock-out Singles Competition.

Entry Forms are due by 1st September and will be available at the Student Office.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: AFL Team

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Junior School News

Year 5 Incursion: ' Young Mary'  Play

Last Monday Year 5 had an incursion entitled 'Young Mary' . It was a play about the young life of Mary MacKillop and how she grew up into a determined young woman who set out to eliminate poverty and provide a fair education for all. 

This is a follow up to their unit on The Early Church and their visit to Mary MacKillop Place.  The boys tell me that it was also a lot of fun. 

Yesterday was the Feast Day of Saint Mary MacKillop of the Cross.  She is often quoted but I thought this one was especially appropriate to parenting and teaching.


Year 6 Excursion:  Chinese Whispers

Last Monday Year 6 had a very interesting excursion to China Town and the Chinese Gardens.  The excursion related not only to our Mandarin studies but also our history on immigration to Australia and our Asian Studies unit.  If your son hasn’t said anything about it, ask him how much dried sea cucumber costs or a bowl of shark fin soup - I was amazed at the cost!  The issue about shark fin soup was also addressed. 


We then went to the Chinese Gardens and had a quest to find the treasure which was a book on our Chinese horoscope.  It might be fun to look up each family member’s year of birth and their Chinese horoscope and read out the traits at home.


Junior School Sleep Out

If your son wishes to participate in this social justice initiative on the 18th August, please complete the reply slip that was emailed home and was also included at the end of last week’s Junior School Newsletter.  The reply slip should be returned to Mrs Williams.


Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Over the next month St Pius X College is enrolling all Years 5 and 6 students in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.  The Challenge will run from 28th August until 8th September.   Prior to the start of the Challenge we will be trying out tasks from previous years in their Computing Skills lessons.

Last week’s Junior School Newsletter included a Permission Page for this challenge.  Could you please sign it and have your son return it to his teacher.


From the Archives:  Michael Hooper

Congratulations to Michael Hooper on his appointment as Captain of the Australian Rugby Team.  Below is an excerpt from the St Pius X College in Profile for July 2004.


Thursday Sport

We have the Winter Sport Gala Day this Thursday.  The boys will play a Round Robin competition in the sport they have been playing this winter season.  The boys will require their usual training gear but also their Saturday SPX  sports top/jersey.  Rugby boys will need to have their school jersey plus another jersey/old top to play in.  In football and AFL we can use bibs but two tops, one school and one other, would be helpful.  Obviously they need all their usual equipment such as mouthguards and/or shin pads etc.


'Thai-riffic'  Play

Next Friday 11th August all Junior School boys will be attending a play at the Seymour Centre.  It is not often we take the boys to a play but it is a great experience for them to see live theatre.  The play is 'Thai-Riffic' and is relevant to the boys as they read the book as part of their Year 5 program.  Some of the Year 6 boys who started at the College this year have also read the book which relates to our History program on immigration and our Asian Studies unit in Year 6. 

The boys will need to bring their morning tea as we will leave at 9.15am. The boys will have their morning tea outside the venue before the play.   We will return by 12.30am. If your son has a music lesson during this time it would be wise for him to move it to an alternate time.


Trivia Night

It was great to see so many parents at the Trivia Night and all money raised ultimately goes back to your sons.  Don’t worry about the fact that the teacher’s table I was on didn’t win - we were just looking after everybody else’s self-esteem!


Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance:  FREE Parent Forum

Monday 21st August at 6:30pm 


Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives. 



St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum presented by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at 6.30pm. Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding sleep health and pathways to treatment for those who require professional help.


This is a free event; however bookings are required and can be made via the trybooking link   Full details can be found in the attachment below:


'SMALL STEPS’  Presentation for Parents

Anxiety is a growing issue in our society and I would like to thank Mrs McCarthy for organising this information evening. The night will begin at 6.30pm on 23rd August, as per the flyer below.  We ran the same program a few years ago and it was very informative. 

In order to work out an appropriate venue at our Chatswood campus for the night, could you please email Mrs Joanne McCarthy if you wish to attend.  Her email is [email protected]


Keep the dates free: 

  • Monday 21st August:  Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance - FREE Parent Forum, Monday 21st August at 6:30pm in the Sarto Centre.   Please register if you wish to attend.
  • Wednesday 23rd August:   Small Steps presentation for parents at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP if you are attending.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Winter Sport culminates this week with the AFL, Football and Rugby Gala Day (see below). Summer trials then begin on 17th August for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis before resuming on 7th September.

Winter Gala Day: This is a mini tournament for all AFL, Rugby and Football players. It is essentially a fun way to finish off the season with small sided games in a competitive format. Boys require normal training gear, though rugby players are asked to bring their SPX jersey.


Athletics: Good luck to all athletes as the season begins next week with training at Oxford Falls. Our first warm-up carnival is next Saturday - The Shore Invitational at Narrabeen.


Cricket: All players wishing to play for the College this summer must register online through Trybooking. Please use the following link:  Trials begin at Sport next Thursday 17th August and resume on the 7th September. Players can bring their own gear (the school does provide most items as training kit if required).

  • SPX CRICKET CLUB SKILLS DAY - Sunday 20th August 2017 at Oxford Falls

                                                Years 5 & 6:   8:15am to 10.00am


Rugby Presentation Evening: takes place for all players on Tuesday 22nd August from 5.30pm – 6.50pm (allowing parents to attend the Senior Presentation in the Gym from 7pm). It will be held in the Sarto Centre and boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.


Football/AFL Presentation Evening: takes place for all players on Wednesday 29th August from 5.30pm – 6.50pm (allowing parents to attend the Senior Football Presentation in the Gym from 7.00pm). It will be held in the Sarto Centre and boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.





Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Our last game of the season and what a game it was against Waverley. All boys went into the match in high spirits ready to enjoy their last competition AFL game for the College in 2017. Scoring came easy for forwards, backs and midfielders who all had an opportunity to play up front.

But it was the wonderful display of team spirit and gamesmanship by the SPX and Waverley boys which was the feature of this match. With Declan, Billy and Will offering to help Waverley in the last quarter, to Connor for coming so far to watch the boys even though he was unwell, as well as the idea from Evan and the team who convinced Waverley to help Xavier score his first goal, this was what sport and in particular, school sport should be all about. All boys were a credit to themselves, their families and their school and I was extremely proud of them all.

Congratulations and thank you boys for an extremely enjoyable season. I’m really sorry it has come to an end. I wish to thank all the parents for their support and encouragement of the team and myself. Special thanks especially to Mr Hollinger who has taken so many outstanding photos of the boys in every match.  I look forward to our AFL presentation on Tuesday 29th August.


Player Points: 3 – Billy Sykes, Declan Fitzgerald, Matthew Hunt, Zac Hollinger, Jesse Reed, Xavier Dwyer, Cavan Ryan, Will Zahra, Lachlan Connell, Alec Sweeney, Zavier Ferreira, Georgios Papaioannou, Aiden Saraceno, Tomo Wilkins, Ned Turner, Sam Hollinger, Rory Squires, Evan Ausling and Connor Lynch.


Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen:  Volunteers Required
  • Uniform Shop:  Raincoats now available in all sizes


Volunteers needed:  If you can assist on any weekday between 9:30am and 2:00pm please contact either Anna or Marianne on 9414 4301.  It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:


Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop


  • Raincoats are now available in all sizes

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via
  • An updated Price List is now 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.  

The Uniform Shop sells a few special crested items:

  • Golf umbrellas  $30
  • Coffee mugs $15
  • Lanyards $5
  • Aprons $20
  • Scarf $20
  • Glasses from $6                 

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
OLD Position.pdf
Careers Newsletter August 2.pdf
Careers Newsletter 23.pdf
Division 1 Finals - Draw 2017 Season - Boys Football.pdf
Food & Wine JUNE 17.pdf
Kids Menu.docx
Accommodation Details.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline.pdf
Book Cover ART comp 2017 for Jack Heath.pdf
SDN Debating.pdf
Small Steps.pdf
The Sleep Connection Parent Forum Information.pdf
Lisa Maltman Bio.pdf
Tuning into Teens T3 2017 flyer - Chats & Brookvale.pdf
Way2Wellness Flyer.pdf
Senior College Breakfast_Invite.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Year 9 Mums Dinner Sept 2017.pdf
Sleep - Parent Forum and Bio on Speaker.pdf