Rugby Jerseys for our Brothers in Papua New Guinea
Thanks to the College's generous contacts with Brothers Old Boys (formerly CBOBs), Hornsby and Gordon Rep Rugby Clubs we have a great collection of team jerseys to pass onto our Callan Services contacts in Papua New Guinea. The Christian Brothers Edmund Rice Education ministry in PNG is dedicated to the education of students with disabilities. To this end there are 19 Callan Services Centres spread throughout the provinces.
St Pat's Strathfield works closely with Callan Services and St Mary’s School, Vunakanau, Rabaul whereas St Pius X College has been more closely aligned with Callan Services Gerehu's Principal Belinda Sausi and Hearing Impaired National Educational Leader Michael Lulu.
Br Phil Grundy, an ex-student of St Pius X College and the bursar for Edmund Rice in PNG, will facilitate our pre Kokoda Track Expedition Immersion visit to Gerehu and Jubilee Catholic School in PNG. Therefore when the St Pat's call went out through EREA to collect jerseys for the PNG clubs to play in, it is fitting that St Pius X College/Brothers, St Pat's, Hornsby and Gordon jersey-clad teams will be tackling for the cause. Hopefully the SPX jerseys and spirit will prevail.
Anyone who maybe considering joining our 2018 Kokoda Expedition or Pre Expedition Immersion Program is urged to contact Mr Paul de Silva or Mr Sean Brannan at the College before our next practice hike on Sunday 5th November.
Our recent contact with Br Kevin Ryan, Head of Callan Services, augurs well for our Immersion Experience revisiting the experience of the 2016 SPX Kokoda Expedition.
Year 9 “Workul Koo” Huntington House Rites of Passage Camp
With Homeroom 3 the only Year 9 group yet to complete their Term 4 Camp, tales abound of the exploits and rich learning achieved through this program. Ms Foord, Mr de Silva, Mr Olson, Mr Lacey, Ms Doyle and Mr Kennedy returned fatigued but elated with the performance of their respective Year 9 students last week.
Paul Manga Zoa of 9H4 said it best in his evaluation of the camp:
Things I liked about the camp: “Every single activity.” Things I didn’t like: “Nothing, nil and nada”, while Charlie McElvogue highlighted in order: “food, free time, activities, getting to know others, learning about indigenous culture and discussing opinions on issues”.
9H3 are reminded to ensure their Surf and Stand Up Paddleboard permission notes are returned to Ms Whelan and Mr O’Byrne. Those who have elected to act as ambassadors and visit our fellow EREA School next Wednesday should provide a permission note (a hand written note in the diary is sufficient) to Mr Brannan.
Eddie Rice Camps Training Saturday 25th November and Camps January 2018
Following their visit to St Edmund's Gosford last Monday our Student Leadership Team elect are keen to recruit a team of SPX Year 11/10 students to commit to training as Eddie Rice Camps Volunteers and represent the College as volunteers at the January 2018 week-long camps.
The training takes less than a day and the rewards are life changing. Please read the flyer below and see College Vice Captains Nikita Papastamatis and Jack Moran, Mr Blake, Mr Brannan, Mr Pawlak or Mr Russo with questions or to commit.
Speechcraft training continues for our Student Leadership Group
Our Student leadership Team elect, led by College Captain Daniel Hall, continue to train each Friday afternoon in the areas of Public Speaking and Presentation. Last week College audio specialist Mr Cummins and Parish Youth Liaison Mr Adrian Brannan worked with the group on microphone addresses from the podium and gym with hand-held and lectern mics.
The group will work this week on preparing for their “Graduation” Dinner speeches in front of parents, Old Boys Association Sponsors and College staff at Chatswood RSL on Monday 13th November. A reminder to parents to go to the Trybooking site https://www.trybooking.com/318269 to book a meal for their sons and themselves before the end of next week.
UN Youth Leadership Weekend, Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen
Subject: Junior Leadership Weekend 2017
Earlier in the year a number of our students registered interest in UN Youth NSW's inaugural Junior Leadership Weekend. Some St Pius X College students from Years 7 and 8 expressed their interest in attending the conference and a few have already signed up for this Junior Leadership Weekend. If you are interested please click on the link below for information and the registration form.
Bare Creek Community Fun Run
Along the running tracks in the vicinity of our recent Buddies not Bullies and Snowy Practice Bushwalks linked here are the details of the upcoming Bare Creek Trail Run (www.barecreektrailrun.com) which takes place on Sunday 12th November in the stunning bushland of Garigal National Park, St Ives.
The community event has a range of courses suitable for all ages and abilities from the 2km Dash for children, enabling them to experience of the joy of participating in an event (accompanying adult runs for free). There is also a 6km Family Walk /Run as well as 10km and 15km courses for more seasoned runners.
Contact: Lisa Murphy, Director, Bare Events Pty Ltd on 0412 148 528.
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services