St Pius X College Newsletter

03 May 2017
Issue Twelve
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Social Justice
P&F News
Teaching & Learning Matters
MindMatters for Families Student & Parent Matters
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Thursday 4th May

Cricket Club Presentation Night


Friday 5th May

R2 Debating


Saturday 6th May

ISA Football & Tennis R2/ISA Rugby R1/IPSHA R2


Monday 8th May

P&F Meeting


Tuesday 9th May

NAPLAN Years 5, 7 & 9

ISA Rugby Trials


Wednesday 10th May

Year 10 Parent Information Evening



Thursday 11th May

Year 12 Careers Expo


Friday 12th May

Mothers' Day Liturgy & Mass

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Debating R3


Saturday 13th May

ISA Football & Tennis R3/ISA Rugby R2/IPSHA R3


Sunday 14th May

Mothers' Day


Thursday 18th May

80th Anniversary Concert at The Concourse, Chatswood


Friday 19th May

White Knight Foundation Dinner at The Concourse


Monday 22nd May

Year 10 Semester 1 Exams begin


Thursday 25th May

Ascension Thursday


Monday 29th May

Reconciliation Assembly


Monday 5th June

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


Tuesday 6th June

Senior Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 7th June

Junior Athletics Carnival


Friday 9th May

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students





From the Principal     

Photo: 80th Anniversary Mass at Oxford Falls

  • Prayer
  • Our 80th Anniversary Mass
  • 80th Anniversary Concert:  'A Night Full of Stars'
  • P&F Meeting
  • Cricket Presentation Evening
  • Mothers' Day Celebrations
  • RIP Barry Bandur (Class of 1980)
  • Old Boy Congratulations



Feast of Edmund Rice and 80th Anniversary Mass


"We are People of the Gospel who welcome the message given to us by Jesus Christ.  

We are called to model right relationships.

We strive to foster a community that allows each person to build a personal relationship with God through scripture, prayer and ritual. 

Through the example of Blessed Edmund Rice, we recognise the Gospel commitment of care and love for those who are marginalised, lonely, poor or different.

In our words and actions the Gospel becomes a lived reality and so we are able to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God."  



Our 80th Anniversary Mass

Yesterday, 2nd May, the College enjoyed a most wonderful 80th Anniversary Mass, led by the Bishop of Broken Bay Diocese, Bishop Peter Comensoli. Over 1500 Brothers, ex-students, parents, friends, staff and students gathered in prayer and thanksgiving. There were four former Headmasters of the College in attendance: Mr Tom Casey (1979-81) and his wife Helen, Br Brian Moylan (1982), Br Myron Byrne (1983-85) and Br Michael Walsh (1986-94).  There were also ex-students from 1937, 1938 and 1939 as well as many from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and to the present. There are a number of photos below that you will enjoy.

In his outstanding Homily, Bishop Comensoli spoke to us about 80 years and its significance. 80 years of St Pius X College history, the first 80 years of the Church, the 80 years of Edmund Rice’s life and times and the 80 years to come. What foundations will we set for the future? Bishop Peter concluded with warm blessings for our school and concluded:

“Know your past, test your present, and live your future. Happy Anniversary.”


I also include the text of my Welcome and Speech at the Mass.

Happy Anniversary to all.


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

7.00pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  We look forward to seeing you there!


P&F Meeting

Monday 8th May 

The next P&F meeting will be held in the Sarto Centre on Monday 8th May commencing at 7.30pm.  Mr Damo, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning, will present to the meeting on the changes to NAPLAN, national benchmarks and the changes to the HSC.  All parents are welcome.


Cricket Presentation Evening

Thursday 4th May (tomorrow evening) at 6.30pm in the College Gym

A reminder that the SPX Cricket Presentation evening will be held in the College Gym on Thursday 4th May starting at 6:30pm. Players are reminded that this is a compulsory event.  All players must be in full Winter Uniform.


Mothers' Day

Friday 12th May:  All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers are invited with their sons to an early morning liturgy at 7.30am in the School Gymnasium followed by a morning tea.  For catering purposes, please RSVP via Trybooking link here.


Please see the Junior School Page for information and RSVP details for the Junior School Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ Day Mass and Morning Tea, which is also being held on Friday 12th May, 10.30am at Our Lady of Dolours’ Church Chatswood. 


RIP:  Barry Bandur (HSC 1980)

The College was very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Barry Bandur (HSC 1980) in a boating accident in Croatia on 25th April 2017 (ANZAC Day).  We pray for Barry and for his family. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.




Congratulations to Steven Jelovic (Class of 2015) who won the Men's Bodybuilding Teenage and Junior Category at the Muscle & Model Show at the Sydney Convention Centre last Saturday.  The photo below appeared in last week's Sun Herald.




Mr John Couani - Principal

Social Justice

Photo: Footy Boot Drive for Indigenous Students


The Edmund Rice Society were not able to hold their meeting this week due to our Founder's Day 80th Anniversary Mass; however, they will be holding a meeting next Wednesday in LC2 from 1.00pm. There will be a discussion continuing from last term on what we can do to assist the 47 children still in offshore detention centres run by the Australian Federal Government.

The society have also begun their two-week Footy Boot Drive for Indigenous students. This footy boot collection is deepening our connection with St Mary’s Bowraville, a main partnership school of St Pius X College. The collection of used footy boots, new footy socks and new mouthguards can be dropped off at the collection point in the foyer and will go to the Indigenous Community Leaders at St Mary’s, Uncle Mark and Aunty Cheryl, who will distribute them to young Indigenous football players in the Mid-North Coastal region of NSW who don’t have boots .


In this way St Pius X College goes beyond just helping one of our school partners in assisting their greater community. This is not the first time we have helped this community on the Mid-North Coast. Last year our Sports Department donated a number of new footballs and rugby balls along with a variety of other sporting apparel and training equipment. The communities we are assisting in this way are the Indigenous communities of the Gumbaynggirr People, the Ngaku People, the Berrayinga People and the Miriwoong People.

Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator


P&F News

Photo: Mother's Day Liturgy - Friday 12th May



  • Year 12 Parent Get-Together with Mercy College Parents
  • Mothers' Day Liturgy
  • P&F General Meeting
  • Cocktail Party Photos
  • Diary Date:  Trivia Night


Year 12 Parent Get-Together with Mercy College Parents

Friday 5th May from 6:30pm

Mercy College has organised a gathering for Year 12 St Pius X College & Mercy College Parents at The Rag & Famish Hotel in North Sydney on Friday 5th May. Put the date in your diary!  Click here to view the invite and RSVP via Trybooking


Year 12 parents:  look out for your email from the class parents in the past week - lots of other dates for the diary!


Mother's Day Liturgy

Friday 12th May

All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers are invited with their sons to an early morning liturgy at 7.30am in the School Gymnasium followed by a morning tea.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by clicking on the Trybooking link here.


P&F General Meeting

Monday 8th May - Sarto Centre

All parents and friends of the College are welcome to attend the next P&F General Meeting on Monday 8th May at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre.  Come along and hear speakers from the College, the P&F and the Clubs.  The meeting will conclude by 9.00pm.


Cocktail Party Photos

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


Diary Date

  • Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Teaching & Learning Matters

  • Information Evening for Parents & Students of Year 10


Information Evening for Parents & Student of Year 10


Wednesday 10th May - 6.30pm in the College Gymnasium

Information on the new HSC reforms will be provided, along with an overview of Stage 6 structures and requirements. There will also be advice on how best to nominate subject preferences for Years 11 and 12.  Subject Coordinators will also be in attendance to answer questions that you may have.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning

Mr G Bell - Curriculum Administration Coordinator



A reminder for parents with sons in Years 5, 7 and 9, that NAPLAN will be held next week (Week 3).  For the first time students in Years 7 and 9 may use black pen for all tests.  Students need to bring their own pens. Students are also reminded to bring calculators on Thursday for the Numeracy tests.

Please avoid scheduling medical appointments during this time.


NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement the wide range of formal and informal assessments that are already conducted in the College.  The results provide valuable information about student achievement that can be used to inform teaching and learning programs.


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning

Mr G Bell - Curriculum Administration Coordinator

MindMatters for Families
Student & Parent Matters

Photo: "In the Spotlight" - photo from our recent Gold Duke of Edinburgh hike

  • MindMatters for Families
  • Year 10 Parents:  Information Evening
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Adventurous Journey
  • Mock Trial
  • Chess
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students
  • Forest Coachlines - Safety Memo

MindMatters for Families:  'Tuning into Teens' Workshops 

Five-Session Parenting Course for Parents of Teens in Chatswood and Brookvale
Would you like to learn how to:
   Communicate effectively with your teenager?
   Understand your teenager?
   Help your teenager with emotional intelligence and managing emotions?
   Prevent some teenager behaviour problems?
   Teach your teenager to deal with conflict?


Please see the flyers below for details.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

Information Evening for Parents & Student of Year 10


Wednesday 10th May - 6.30pm in the College Gymnasium

Please see details on the TEACHING & LEARNING MATTERS page.


Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Adventurous Journey

An Adventurous Journey is being organised for the weekend of the 20th and 21st of May and will take place in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. For a number of our Year 9 students this will provide an opportunity for them to begin their Adventurous Journey commitments for the Bronze Award.

A reminder that any student that is part of the Duke of Edinburgh program and wishes to attend school organised Adventurous Journeys will need to complete the Skills Development sessions currently held on Monday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Students are also expected to attend the Day 9 lunchtime administration meetings where any questions or paperwork can be addressed.

If a student wishes to be considered for these hikes and is unable to attend these meetings, an alternative time may be organised after consultation with Mr de Silva. A student must complete Skills Development prior to undertaking any Adventurous Journey with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For more information and a permission note for this hike please see Mr de Silva.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator



Last week in an epic three and a half hour trial, our students went head-to-head with the legal eagles from Chatswood High. We were defending Tom Findlay against a charge of match-fixing in a football game, allegedly missing three penalty kicks deliberately in order to pay off his mum’s mortgage.  

Our barristers, Hunter Clarke and Nikita Papastamatis were able to demolish Chatswood’s case, ably assisted by Phillip Cullen as solicitor. James Spencer was totally believable in his role of bookie and friend to the defendant, and Jasper Choi kept the show running smoothly as the Court Officer. It was a tense trial with many technicalities, but our students did an excellent job over such a long period. Congratulations!

Ms A Gripton - Convenor


The NSWJCL competition will commence this Friday 5th May. All students will be playing their first round at Home. Please consult the draw below for the following weeks venue to plan transport arrangements. Best wishes to all students for their first competition round.

Ms D Ramsey and Ms J Dempsey - Convenors



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

Forest Coachlines - Safety Memo

Following a recent tragedy on the state's Central Coast, please read the memo below from Forest Coachlines re safety at bus stops.


Department News


  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating


Performing Arts  


Well done to the students in the Senior Concert Band, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Senior Choir, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Senior String Ensemble and Junior Choir for the work you put in to Sunday’s rehearsals. Thank you also to the Old Boys and staff who attended. Your combined performance is coming together well and should be a spectacular conclusion to the Concert. Your next combined rehearsal is after school on Monday 8th May. Please check the times you are required on the schedule on the Performing Arts Noticeboard.



My sincere thanks to the students in the Senior Choir and Senior String Ensemble for your respective contributions to this Mass. It has been a busy start to Term 2 and your prompt attendance at all extra rehearsals and willingness to learn new repertoire at the last minute has been very much appreciated. Thank you also to our College accompanist Ms Stephanie Gan who quietly and efficiently supports all our liturgical events and College Audio Technician Mr Stephen Cummins who ensures that ALL ensembles sound the best they possibly can.



Best wishes to our team of Nicholas Cowie, Lachlan Donlevy, Corben Jubian, Nicholas McKenzie and John-Paul Shahady who are competing in the Intermediate Division of the regional heat of the annual Theatre Sports challenge at Monte St Angelo Mercy College tomorrow afternoon. Their performance is at 6.45pm and parents, family and friends are warmly invited to attend.



A Night Full of Stars:  7pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  Please see details on the flyer below - we look forward to seeing you there!



A note was emailed to the parents of all performers last Friday detailing arrangements for the evening of the 18th May. A reminder to Junior School parents that the students who are performing in the Concert will NOT be going to Oxford Falls on this day. They will remain at school and be supervised by Junior School staff, so they can attend rehearsals.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

On Friday 28th April, Week 1 Term 2, St Pius X College hosted St Clare’s Waverly, Oakhill College and Redfield College in a massive Round 1. However, on Friday afternoon St Clare's forfeited all of their A team debates which meant 12 teams were unable to debate.  SPX still fielded 24 teams on the night with a mix of St Clare's, Oakhill, Redfield and St Pius X College teams debating.  Our Years 12, 11, 9 and 7 B teams won their debates and our A teams won by forfeit.  Congratulations to all coaches, debaters and parents on their resilience in the face of a massive last minute change of plans.


This Friday we will be travelling to Patrick’s College Strathfield for our debate and parents will need to collect students from St Patrick’s College, Strathfield. We plan to leave Chatswood on a hired coach at 4.00pm so there will be no time for students to travel to Westfield to purchase their supper.  Students need to bring an extra sandwich and a drink for the night.  Students will have their supper before we leave for St Patrick’s College, Strathfield.  Debates should commence at approximately 7.15pm if parents want to watch their son’s debate.  Please collect your son by 8pm.   

The topic this week is ‘Media’.   

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



Round 1    Education

Round 2    Media

Round 3    Leadership

Round 4    Australian economy

Round 5    Sport

Round 6    Environment


Thank you on behalf of the brilliant St Pius X College debating coaches and senior student mentors.



The Plain English Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English. Since its inception in 1978, the competition has provided an opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills.  St Pius X College is competing at Ryde Secondary College on Monday 15th May. 

What are the prizes?  The eventual national winner of this competition will win the right to compete in the international final in London and will receive return flights to London courtesy of BBM Ltd. The NSW winner will receive a medallion along with a cash prize of $250 courtesy of the Australia-Britain Society. The NSW winner’s school will also receive the Australia-Britain Shield for Plain English Speaking and the Westminster Stone. The six state finalists will receive medallions and a cash prize of $100 from the Australia-Britain Society. All students involved in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation, with certificates of congratulations awarded to all local and regional winners.

Who is eligible to compete?  The Plain English Speaking Award is open to NSW government and non-government secondary schools. Each school can enter a maximum of two contestants. Contestants must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Contestants must be between 15 and 18 years of age (inclusive) on 1st January 2017.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Get Familiar with NAPLAN
  • Northern Sydney Expo for Students with (dis)Ability
  • Maths Drop-In Centre
  • After-School Study Program

Get Familiar with NAPLAN

For interested students in Years 5, 7 and 9

The good news about the upcoming NAPLAN tests, scheduled for mid-May, is that the literacy and numeracy skills to be assessed are based on your son’s regular learning in the classroom, so no urgent ‘cramming’ or undue worrying are needed. However, mental preparation as well as familiarisation with layout and content are very useful in the lead-up to any testing situation, and NAPLAN is no different.

For this purpose, the national Curriculum Authority (ACARA) makes available to the public example test papers and questions so that teachers and students can get a sense of the style, the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and understand what types of texts and questions may be given on the actual test day(s). Follow this link with your son to access online NAPLAN papers, with questions and answers provided:

Parents can further assist your sons through encouraging them to be proactive in seeking out assistance from their classroom teachers on difficult questions or problems, and by taking advantage of cocurricular support services provided at the College, such as the After-School Study Program and Maths Drop-in Centre. These improvement opportunities are staffed by skilled teachers who can provide additional instruction on NAPLAN-based resources, as needed, throughout the year.



Northern Sydney Expo for Students with (dis)Ability

17th May:  Please find below a flyer on the Northern Sydney School Leavers Expo, which may be of interest to you and your son with identified learning or support needs:

  • Location: Chatswood, The Concourse, Pavilion Room (lower ground)
  • Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • Time: 11.00am – 6.00pm. Exhibitors’ stalls will be staffed all day
  • Cost: FREE

This is an annual event, which provides useful information and referral contacts about post-school options for students in their senior years (Years 10-12). SPX Careers and Learning Support staff have attended in the past, and we been impressed by the information and displays on offer.

Depending on availability, some staff will again be attending the event during period 5 or 6 (between 1.30pm and 3.15pm) on that day, but we recommend that one or more parents attend to accompany your son as this will allow for tailored, practical and private discussions, if desired, about your son’s specific strengths and support needs.

Please discuss with your son, and then confirm the following with me (via [email protected]):

  • if you and your son will be attending?
  • at what time?
  • whether or not you would like LSE staff and your son to meet you at the front office at a suitable time, so that we can walk together to the venue.

Please note:  Your son will be permitted to leave the venue with you, so it will be advisable for him to have his school bag and homework texts with him for easy departure with you after your visit.


Maths Drop-In Centre

Tuesday and Friday mornings

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

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

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

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

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


After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get ahead on your homework and assignments, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one assistance from supervising teachers.

When is it on? Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon of term from 3.15pm to 4.30pm

Who for? Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

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

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


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator


Photo: Ernst & Young Presentation

  • Careers News
  •  Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Lunchtime Business Presentations

This week senior students had two opportunities to attend lunchtime sessions on UTS Business Scholarships and the Cadetship Program at Ernst and Young.

The UTS Bachelor of Accounting Scholarship (worth $51,000) provides students with many networking and internship opportunities within the business world as part of the university degree. Old Boys (HSC 2015) Mathew Buskariol, Deven Solanki and Ben Kinchington all received this prestigious Scholarship and came to share their experiences with current students. They discussed how to apply, how to impress in the interview and what opportunities to expect at university.


Ernst and Young Cadetships are four-year programs that combine work and university study. Students get paid to work and time off to study their degree (one study day per week). Job prospects are excellent for cadets as they already have real work experience in the industry upon graduation. One of the Ernst and Young presenters, Tyran Collins (HSC 2015) is an Old Boy of St Pius X College. His experience has been very rewarding and he enjoys the balance of work and study. Tyran is looking forward to a guaranteed job at the end of his cadetship


We are very appreciative of Old Boys coming in and sharing their experiences and knowledge and we wish them all the best for successful futures.



Macquarie University Undergraduate Information Evening

At the undergraduate information evening on Wednesday 17 May, 5.00pm to 8.00pm, the information session will run twice on the evening, giving students the flexibility to attend at a time that suits them. For students interested in science, we’re also running an optional tour of our world-class science facilities from 5.00pm.



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Rugby Holiday Clinic


  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis


2016/17 Season Presentation Night – 6:30pm Thursday 4th May 2017

The Season Presentation Night is being held in the Gym at Chatswood on Thursday 4th May starting at 6:30pm. Players are reminded that this is a compulsory event and that players must be in full Winter Uniform.


SPX Cricket Club – Annual General Meeting

SPXCC’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th May 2017 in the Sarto Centre commencing at 7.00pm. This is your opportunity to influence Cricket at SPX by joining the SPXCC Committee. All are welcome.

Mr D Reay - Cricket Convenor


Dear Parents and Players,

A mixed bag of results with some hard fought losses and then also dominating wins.  Team of the Week must be awarded to the 2nd XI for their 13-0 victory with Dermott Beattie and Daniel Warren both receiving Player of the Round for their hat-tricks in that victory.


This weekend all teams except for the 15Cs are at home. Good luck to all teams.


Training and Coaches for 2017


Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




The season kicked off last weekend against St Spyridons with a mixed bag of results, the highlight being the 2nd XI (13-0) and 15B (6-0).


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


The ‘Full Time’ Senior weekly results flyer will be distributed soon.   We ask parents across all age groups to take some action shots across this weekend’s games and send your photos to [email protected]    Save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them.  

This season, we will again be nominating ‘Teams of the Week’ to make a special effort to send in game photos.  This week we kick off with the 13A, 14B and 15A and parents of boys in these teams are asked to catch some shots of the boys in action and send them through.  We need the photos in by Sunday afternoon.


We will also be publishing the Junior and Senior Draws to the website as soon as they are available.


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


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


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



RESULTS:  Saturday 29th April vs St Greg's at Pittwater Rugby Park



With the playoff matches vs St Greg’s College now complete the season draw will become clearer in the coming weeks. Our 13A, 14A & 15A sides will all play in the As competition while the 16As and 1st XV will play in the Bs and 2nd XV comps respectively. The 15Bs and 15Cs find themselves in the same ISA Cs competition, kicking off their ISA season against each other at Oxford Falls this weekend. The 16B and 13C sides will play a mix of scheduled and unmatched fixtures against schools from the ISA and other associations; however, we will also experience BYE rounds throughout the season. When BYE rounds occur for the 16Bs they will have the option to play in the 16A squad, play down in the 15C side or up in the Opens matches once the 16A team has been selected. The 13Cs will be required to play, reserve or support the other 13s sides during their BYE weekend and this will be communicated by the 13s coaching team at training each week. I thank parents in advance for their support and cooperation as we attempt to give all students as much game time as possible in competitions which are fairer for all.


RUGBY FIXTURES – Saturday 6th May vs Oakhill College



The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator, Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer below for more details.



Registration will close this Friday 5th May and all players must be registered by the start of the ISA season to be eligible to play. To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year all in one spot:

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor


MATCH REPORT - SATURDAY 29th APRIL:  14BLUE (42 – 7)               

Tries:  Adam carpenter 2. Oli Fitzroy, Ben Christensen, Liam Chang 2, Talis Prior.

Standouts:  Liam Chang, Adam Carpenter, Cole Simpson.

A great team and squad performance to overcome St Greg's in both matches, particularly considering the number of players unavailable through injury and the way players stepped up to the occasion. Things to work on: Body height and footwork in attack and defence; ball security at the breakdown; controlled aggression in tackles; runs and speed of counter attack.

This week we have only one training on Thursday due to the 80th Anniversary Mass, so let's all get there for a productive session and bring on Oakhill next Saturday.

Mr S Brannan, Mr J Kovacevic and D Ally - SPX 14s Rugby Squad Coaching Staff




'Total Rugby'

Our younger teams, through to and including the U15s, are playing  “total rugby” with lots of ball movement and support. Add to this the production of quick ball and it is exciting to watch. This enables all our younger teams to outplay much bigger and heavier opponents. Our only defeat came when a last minute conversion hit the post and our 13Bs lost by 2 points.

The value of an overseas coaching and playing tour was very evident when our U15s scored over 50 points and looked to have really benefited from the experience. Coaches also pick up valuable coaching messages and Mr Steinman's three points for his players are so relevant:

  • Don’t run with the ball in front of you
  • Work harder on the ground to recycle the ball
  • Come off the defensive line quickly and together

All our teams can benefit from our 15’s experience in New Zealand.

16 As and Bs had losses but we now have enough players for two teams and that will improve greatly the quality of their performance in upcoming games.

In the Opens our 3rd XV had an emphatic win. The Seconds started really well leading by 12, only to take the foot off the accelerator and let St Greg's in.

The Firsts are frustrating at the moment, exhibiting some very good play then some lapses in concentration, failing to take advantage of time spent in their opponents 22. This will be addressed this week in readiness for the visit to Oakhill on Saturday.

This week we again have limited time together so it is important we take one aspect of last Saturday's games and look to improve our lower body tackling. This will increase the amount of turn-over ball we produce and lead to more tries with our support-based style of play.

Good luck to all at Oakhill on Saturday.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer

ISA Tennis

We enjoyed a beautiful day to kick off the season. However, we saw some fierce opposition and very close games and matches, with Divisions 5, 8, 9 and 10 walking away victoriously. I would like to congratulate all our players on the high levels of sportsmanship and maturity they displayed during some difficult matches.


This weekend all teams will be playing against St Patrick’s College, except for Division 9 who have a Bye. See the draw details below. 


Round 1 Results

Div 1 vs REDL, Lost 4 to 3

Div 2 vs OAK, Lost 7 to 1

Div 3 vs OAK, Lost 5 to 3

Div 4 vs OAK, Lost 6-2

Div 5 vs OAK, Won 5 to 3

Div 6 vs OAK, Loss 5 to 3

Div 7 vs CHEV, Loss 4 (35) to 3 (33)

Div 8 vs OXL, Won 8 to 0

Div 9 vs OXL, Won 8 to 0

Div 10 vs REDL, Won 4-3


Please take note of the following:

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

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: AFL: Saturday 30th April

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News


The whole College gathered together yesterday, Tuesday 2nd May, for a magnificent 80th Anniversary Mass celebrated by the Bishop Peter Comensoli. The Gym at Oxford Falls was transformed into a sacred space with the altar looking fantastic. The boys were very reverent, the music was wonderful and it was a great community celebration. Thank you to all the parents who attended.  

The next celebration is the 80th Anniversary Concert at The Concourse on Thursday 18th May and tickets are now on sale. They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

More information can be found in the Performing Arts Section on the DEPARTMENT NEWS page.



On Friday 12th May 2017 the Junior School will be having a Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ Day Mass at 10.30am at Our Lady of Dolours’ Church in Chatswood.  All the boys’ mothers and grandmothers are invited.  At the conclusion of Mass we will have a morning tea for all the mothers and grandmothers (boys are not included in this morning tea).  There will also be a Mothers' Day Stall if you would like your son to buy you something.  All the goods are made by the ladies of Candela, a shanty town in Peru, and all the proceeds are returned to them.  More information can be found in the attachment below.


We need to know numbers for the Mass and Morning Tea so we can plan accordingly.  A wonderful day of celebration of motherhood has been planned so if you intend to join us, please complete the reply slip in the attachment below and have your son return it to his class teacher by Monday 8th May.



Please diarise Saturday 20th May as Year 6 families will be meeting at Willoughby Park at 2.00pm for a family fun day in the park. Bring along cricket bats, bikes, scooters etc. Year 6 class rep parents will be supplying pizzas for afternoon tea to be delivered around 3.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!  RSVP details to come closer to the time.



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



  • Friday 5th May:  John Larkin incursion Year 5
  • Monday 8th May: P&F meeting
  • Tuesday 9th May - Thursday 11th May:  NAPLAN – Yr 5,7 and 9.
  • Wednesday 10th May:  Mrs Rajca to speak to boys about the Mothers' Day Stall to help the women of Candela in Peru.
  • Friday 12th May:  Mothers' Day Liturgy before school;  Mass at 10.30am followed by morning tea. 

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Normal Sport with Winter training continuing for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby. Please have a full change of clothes to train in.

Rugby: Well done to all players, particularly those playing their first ever game of rugby and those representing St Pius X College for the first time. A great start from all teams with tough, entertaining rugby played in great spirit.

Photos below:  The Rugby Prep 2nds with a special guest who attended on the day!

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Junior Football - Saturday 6th May:

Mr P Cummins - Convenor




AFL:  A new team, a new division and a new season. And what a start to the season it was! With new players from both Year 5 and Year 6, plus our 2016 veterans, we were ready to tackle the might of Knox! The game got off to a flying start with a quick goal straight from the centre toss and from there the SPX boys moved the ball brilliantly in what turned out to be a 10 goal lead by half-time.

As per the rules of the competition, we then had some great sportsmanship from Billy Sykes, Georgios Papaioannou and Declan Fitzgerald who helped out the opposition, much to the delight of their team mates who took every opportunity to tackle or block them. While there are a few new players to AFL this year it wasn’t evident in this game, as all players looked like they had been playing for years. Congratulation boys on the win, the first for the College, but also the way you played the game as a team!

As one of our parents said “The atmosphere on Saturday was fantastic and the boys clearly love the game and enjoy having an opportunity to play this sport as a Junior School.  Great school spirit!”

Looking forward to next Saturday’s match against Trinity.


Player Points:  3 – Declan Fitzgerald   2- Zavier Ferreira    1 – Matthew Hunt


Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing our menu over time.  We will be starting with the drinks available to the boys.


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

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:


Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME                                                                        

Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  All items now available in the Uniform Shop.


Price List:  A full price list is available on the College website.  


Orders can be placed:

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

Students in Years 7-12  will be sent an email when their order is ready asking them to collect it from the Uniform Shop. If it is not collected by end of school on Wednesdays, it will then be available from Student Reception as the Uniform Shop is not open on Thursdays and Fridays. This arrangement is to prevent interruptions to classes.

Junior School :  Orders will be given out at Assembly after lunchtime as required.


Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   


Second-Hand Uniforms:  Parents are reminded that the Uniform Shop also sells second-hand uniforms, including Blazers. Please read the form below for information on providing second-hand clothing to the Uniform Shop.  

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
Principal's welcome 80th Anniversary Mass.pdf
Principal's welcome 80th Anniversary Mass.pdf
Principal's welcome 80th Anniversary Mass.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 1.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 3.pdf
Careers Newsletter May 3.pdf
Football Draw 6th May.pdf
Training and Coaches 2017 for Woodchatta.pdf
Training and Coaches 2017.pdf
Football Draw 6th May.pdf
Training and Coaches 2017.pdf
St Pius X RC Dinner A4 Flyer 2017 (2).pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Chatswood Expo Flyer.pdf
Chatswood Expo Flyer.pdf
Night Full of Stars.pdf
Theatre Sports Schools Challenge.pdf
Theatre Sports Schools Challenge.pdf
Mothers' Day Celebrations.pdf
Mothers' Day Celebrations.pdf
CHESS 2017.pdf
CHESS 2017.pdf
Tuning into Teens T2 2017 flyer - Chats Brookvale.pdf
Tuning into Teens T2 2017 flyer - Chats Brookvale.pdf
Tuning into Teens Chatswood T2 2017 flyer.pdf
Tuning into Teens T2 2017 flyer - Chats Brookvale.pdf
Forest Coachlines Safety Memo.pdf
Forest Coachlines Safety Memo.pdf
Forest Coachlines Safety Memo.pdf