St Pius X College Newsletter

25 October 2017
Issue 32
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice 
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students
P&F Events
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 26th October

Investiture 2018 Senior Leaders at The Concourse


Saturday 28th October



Sunday 29th October

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 30th October

Yr 9 Camp #5 Huntington House to 1/11

Wednesday 1st November

Year 12, 2018 Parent Information Evening


Saturday 4th November

Years 5 & 6 (2018) Orientation Morning

P&F Morning Tea



Monday 6th November

Year 10 Assessment Block begins to 10/11



Tuesday 7th November

Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day


Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 12 Formal


Saturday 11th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 1


Tuesday 14th November

Years 5-9 Exams begin


Saturday 18th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 2


Thursday 23rd November

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #3


Friday 24th November

Founder's Day Festival


Saturday 25th November



Monday 27th November

Year 10 Immersions / ABW Begins


Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert


Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Year 10 Dinner Dance


Tuesday 5th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Years 5-10 Reports on Portal


Wednesday 6th December

Junior School Prizegiving Day

Years 5-10 Closing Mass/Term 4 concludes


Thursday 7th December

Staff Day

P/T Interviews (if requested)



Monday 11th December

College Office open


Thursday 14th December

HSC Results


Friday 15th December

Year 12 BBQ


























From the Principal     

  • Prayer:  The Greatest Commandments
  • Chinese Spectacular at Sydney Town Hall
  • Performing Arts Festival Week
  • P&F AGM
  • Leaders' Investiture
  • Book Breakfast:  Mr Greg Growden:  'Brad Hogg - The Wrong 'Un'
  • Year 9 Camps at Huntington House
  • HSC
  • An Artistic Winner!



Next Sunday’s Gospel reading is one of the great Gospel teachings and one that is central to our school, our Church and our lives in action.



“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”



Chinese Spectacular


Congratulations to Ms Ho and the St Pius X College Chinese students who performed in the Chinese Language Spectacular held at the Sydney Town Hall on Monday evening.




Performing Arts Festival Week

The Performing Arts Week continues tonight and tomorrow night and congratulations to the many, many performers who are  demonstrating their individual progress in their chosen instrument or dramatic endeavour.  Over 300 students will have performed by the end of the week. Special thanks to Ms Bates, Ms Fernando, Ms Rawle, Ms Whelan, Mr Cummins and the instrumental tutors.


Theatre Sports:  Congratulations also to Ms Fernando and our Junior Secondary Drama Team who move through to the Theatre Sports Finals at Knox on Wednesday 8th November.





Full details can be found on the P&F page.


Leaders' Investiture

Tomorrow, Thursday 26th October, our Year 12 2018 students will receive their Senior ties and badges and the Student Leadership Team will be commissioned in The Concourse commencing at 1.30pm.  The College looks forward to welcoming our very special guest, the NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn.


Book Breakfast:  Mr Greg Growden:  "Brad Hogg - The Wrong 'Un"

Mr Greg Growden:  "Brad Hogg - The Wrong 'Un'" Last Friday the College hosted its first Book Breakfast in the Senior Resource Centre.  Author and journalist Mr Greg Growden (father of Angus in Year 11) was the special guest and he shared his story as a writer with over 50 students, parents and staff who enjoyed breakfast together.


Mr Growden spoke about his latest publication "Brad Hogg - The Wrong 'Un" and it was interesting to hear how Brad Hogg's story unfolded and what it means to be a 'ghost writer'. 


The College offers its appreciation to Mr Growden for giving our students the opportunity to learn first-hand from a published author.  It must also be said that Brad Hogg's story is fascinating and the publication is highly recommended - a great Christmas present!


Special thanks to Mrs Karen Keighery, our Senior Resource Centre Coordinator, for organising this excellent initiative.  We look forward to Greg's next publication, "Wallabies At War".


Year 9 Camps at Huntington House

The Year 9 Camps at Huntington House in Wamberal have been extremely successful and I draw your attention to the Students and Parents Matters page for more details. 

“Huntington House” was originally acquired by the Christian Brothers’ community of Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham in 1974 as a holiday house for the Brothers’ Community and other Brothers’ communities in Sydney. It was formerly a well-known guest house owned by Mrs Huntington. Due to the declining number and the ageing of Brothers, the congregation of Christian Brothers took over responsibility for the place in 2004.  In 2015 the Christian Brothers sold the house to St Pius X College, Chatswood and Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham through the auspices of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). In May 2016 Stage 1 redevelopment was completed and in April 2017 Stage 2 was completed.  Huntington House is now fully utilised as a Retreat Centre for a range of student and staff faith formation activities and staff development.



We have reached the half-way mark for the HSC exams and the students and their teachers tell me that the exams have been demanding but fair. This of course reflects the challenging nature and the rigour of the HSC. Our Year 11 Mathematics accelerant students have also been completing the Mathematics exams. Please continue to keep all our HSC candidates in your prayers.


An Artistic Winner!

The seventy five words that enabled a 17 year old student to receive a prestigious photographic award.

Jack Moran (now a Year 12 student) won the NSW School’s Category Winner in a Photo Competition delivered under the NSW Ageing Strategy to celebrate NSW Grandparents Day (Sunday 29th October). Supported by The Australian Centre for Photography, photos were judged on how they embraced NSW Grandparents’ Day celebration themes, but most significantly on originality, composition, overall impact, technical excellence and artistic merit.



Jack’s inspirational Grandad relishing his artistic passion.







Jack receiving the award at Parliament House from NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing, The Hon. Tanya Davies.





Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: The Edmund Rice Society: 'Skateboards for The Haven' Project

Mission & Identity

Last Thursday the Diocese of Broken Bay came together to celebrate the annual Mission Mass. Most Catholic schools - primary and secondary - in the Diocese were in attendance and Fr Robert Borg and many of the Parish Priests celebrated the Mass in the absence of Bishop Comensoli who is presently in Rome. Thank you to Mr Adrian Brannan who joined the Year 5 and 6 Leaders and the Mission and Identity Prefects for this event.

Roza Vukovich, a field worker for Catholic Mission and an employee in Mission Formation and Education, gave a detailed talk to the gathered students on the required aid in Uganda.  Roza shared details of the sparse options for medical treatment in a country the size of Victoria but with a population of 34 million, most of whom live in abject poverty. Catholic Mission is addressing this need and monies raised through an appeal across the Diocese will fund transport resources by way of 4WD ambulances to assist those in need in remote areas to reach treatment and care.


This week Year 10 students will be invited to consider the role of Eucharistic Minister.  Year 6 students will also be an invited to to consider training as an Altar Server. Both of these roles have a very strict criteria and  are an important way that young people today can further develop their faith and take on a  service role within the Church. There will be a selection process with training for both roles taking place in the next few weeks. Students who are successful will be officially presented to the Community at our closing Mass in December.


We continue to keep Year 12 in our prayers as they take on the challenges of the HSC Examinations.


Upcoming Events:

  • Friday 10th November - Remembrance Day Assembly at 11.00am
  • Friday 24th November - Founders Day Festival at Oxford Falls

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

Founders Day Festival Auditions:  Last call for auditions for Founders Day Festival. The sign-up sheets are on the Music Noticeboard.  Acts can include band, singing, dancing, magic, comedy and other styles of variety acts will be considered. Auditions will be held in the Band Room on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October from 3.30 – 4.30pm.



Toiletries for Matthew Talbot Drive concludes this week so please bring in men’s toiletries and personal grooming items and place them in the collection box in the foyer. These goods will then be collected by the Junior School Edmund Rice Society members and made into Christmas toiletry packs for the men of Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel.



Edmund Rice Society Leaders Investiture

At Monday’s assembly the College acknowledged the excellent work carried out over the past year by Edmund Rice Society outgoing leaders James Spencer, Jack Moran and Daniel Hall.  These students were awarded their Edmund Rice Society Leadership Certificates by Mr Couani and Ms Dempsey.


At the same assembly the three incoming leaders - Robert Kraszewski, Declan Howle and Oliver Tysoe - were awarded their Edmund Rice Society Leadership Badge by Mr Couani and Ms Dempsey. Oliver Tysoe then gave a very well delivered speech about The Haven Education Centre Terrigal and the partnership between this Centre and St Pius X College.


Today, Wednesday 25th October, six Edmund Rice Society members and two staff will visit The Haven for the day to deliver the skateboard packs.


Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Preparation for the Year 11 Snowy Hike

  • Year 9 Camps at Huntington House
  • Raising your Child in a Digital World
  • Parent Information Evening - Year 12, 2018
  • From the Head of Student Services:

            -    Rugby Jerseys for our Brothers in Papua New Guinea

            -   Year 9 “Workul Koo” Huntington House Rites of Passage Camp

            -   Eddie Rice Camps Training Saturday 25th November and Camps January 2018

           -    Speechcraft training continues for our Student Leadership Group

           -    UN Youth Leadership Weekend, Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen

           -    Bare Creek Community Fun Run

  • Book Breakfast
  • Snowy Hike Preparation
  • General Notices:  
    -   Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers 
     -    St Joseph's College Spring Fair - Sunday 12th November

Year 9 Camps at Huntington House

The year 9 Camps at Huntington House are still ongoing and all reports from the boys have been that it is a very positive experience. The students travel up to the venue at Terrigal in homerooms and the small group format has facilitated close communication and the formation and strengthening of friendships and connections amongst the group.


The experiences organised for the boys involve some physical challenges like paddle-boarding, surfing and bush walking, however it is the deeper emotional and spiritual formation that seems to be having the biggest impact. A wonderful talk by Stuart McMinn, a local aboriginal leader was very well received and we all learnt so much about the aboriginal relationship with the land and the associated plants and animals. We learnt about the importance and the deep connectedness within Kinship Groups. Aboriginal people remain committed to practising their culture through Lore and language, ritual and art and the boys relished the opportunity to sit and listen to such an engaging and inspiring leader.


Each night the boys reflected on issues such as personality type and associated strengths and weaknesses, sustainability and care for the environment and prayer and meditation. There was also plenty of time for fun and games and simple relaxation. Each and every boy was a credit to his family through his behaviour, and willingness to be involved in all that was on offer.


All agree it is a very positive and beneficial experience for the boys and we hope to grow and refine these types of experiences into the future.

Paul Ticli - Year 9 Coordinator


Raising your Child in a Digital World

Guilt-free, practical advice for parents:  Monday 30th October at North Curl Curl Public School

Please click on the flyer below for details of this event.


Ms A Gripton - Innovation & Knowledge Management Coordinator


Parent Information Evening – Year 12 2018

An information evening for parents of students undertaking the HSC in  2018 will be held on Wednesday 1st November in the College Gymnasium commencing at 6.30pm.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


From the Head of Student Services

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  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 ( 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


Book Breakfast

School leaders, like leaders anywhere, are incredibly important. So it was great to see our school leaders Mr Couani, Mr Casey, Mr Damo, Mr Long and Mr Brannan take the time out to attend our first Writer’s Breakfast.


The breakfast featured Greg Growden, father of Angus Growden in Year 11, who spoke about his career as a sports journalist and his latest book on Australian cricketer Brad Hogg.  Greg did not disappoint with his own story of his reflections on reading and writing, the loneliness and the sheer hard work which created the platform for his success as a writer.


This could have been enough to fill the morning but the books that he has written, the people he has met in the process and of course, Brad Hogg, made it an inspirational talk.  Brad followed his dream to play cricket for Australia and has gone on to become one of T20’s greats.


The presence of St Pius X College leaders sends a strong message that writers, writing and reading are highly valued at the College as they are in life. All the evidence shows that reading and success are closely aligned. As our school’s teacher librarians work to get this message across it is helpful when so many of the staff, students and parents come along to events like these. Thanks to all the teachers, students and parents who attended.

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian


Snowy Hike Preparation

Preparation for the Year 11 Snowy Hike is well underway with the successful completion of our “shakedown” hike and overnight at Oxford Falls. The Snowy Hike takes place in the last week of Term 4 with the students walking through the alpine environment from Round Mountain to Mt Kosciusko through the Jagungal Wilderness with an overnight in Thredbo, a distance of 100km.

On Tuesday evening this week 41 students and 6 staff walked from Acron Oval to Forestville. The group was then bussed to Oxford Falls where they set up tents and experienced the excitement and adventure of sleeping out and eating dehydrated food. Material was presented on topics ranging from hypothermia, to low impact bushwalking to how to pack a pack and suitable nutrition and food.

Many thanks to the boys and the staff involved with this valuable activity. A big thank you also goes to the P&F for their ongoing and generous support of our Outdoor Education Program.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator


General Notices



Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers

FREE two-hour workshop in Chatswood on Wednesday 29th November, 6.30-8.30pm.








St Joseph's College Spring Fair

Sunday 12th November 2017 

MindMatters for Students



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 Events


  • Year 10 Parent Get-Together - Friday 3rd November
  • P&F Annual General Meeting - 6th November 
  • Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 17th November
  • Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December
  • Founder's Day 24th November 2017 - PARENT HELPERS REQUIRED!


Year 10 Parent Get-Together - Friday 3rd November

Let's begin the end of year celebrations early!  We hope you can join us in the Penshurst Room at the Willoughby Hotel from 7.00pm on Friday 3rd November.  The invitation can be found below.  For numbers can you please RSVP via Trybooking  

We look forward to a fun evening.


P&F Annual General Meeting - 6th November 2017

The P&F AGM will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Sarto Centre.  In accordance with the P&F Constitution all positions on the P&F Executive Committee become vacant at the AGM. 


Each current member of the committee is eligible to stand for re-election.  However the P&F always welcomes new members to the committee. Being a committee member is a rewarding way for parents to be more involved in the College, meet new people and to have a direct say in the decisions and outcomes of the P&F, representing all parents of the College and contributing to the College and the students and conducting social activities for the parents. 


The P&F Committee is made of many positions.  It is flexible and thus you can volunteer to any capacity that suits your busy lives. The team is assisted by a significant number of volunteers from within the school community who assist at each event, making it a productive, social and satisfying way of being involved in the school community.


After five years as President, Paul Hunt has decided not to stand for re-election as President at this AGM.  However he will continue to assist the P&F whilst his son is in Year 12 in 2018.  Whilst some parents have already expressed interest, each person interested in the position of President is invited to speak to Paul Hunt on 0400 503 074 (and/or College Principal Mr John Couani). 


Many of the current P&F committee members are in their last year with the College so we are looking for new members to continue the great work and community spirit. If you are interested please feel free to contact any of the current team members (contact numbers are on the P&F website) to discuss what each position entails.


  • President – currently Paul Hunt (Year 11)
  • Vice President – currently Rodger Paino (Year 11)
  • Treasurer – currently Mariano Rossetto (Years 11 & 7)
  • Secretary – Sarah Gillard (Year 6)
  • Assistant Secretary – Nadine Robson (Years 10 & 7)
  • Social Coordinator – Braelen Zwart (Years 11 & 7)
  • Communications Team – Viv Raynor (Yr 11), Nadine Robson (Yrs 10 & 7), Rodger Paino (Yr 11)


The P&F is an integral part of the school community, assisting with many activities your son(s) participate in throughout the year, examples being the Kokoda expedition, Boxercise, Robotics and PAPA to name a few. We look forward to meeting many new faces at the upcoming AGM and throughout the year ahead.



Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 17th November

Join Year 7 parents for a casual Friday night drink and/or a bite to eat at The Greens North Sydney from 6pm (   We have reserved an area but please RSVP to the Year 7 class parents via email before 11th November so we can ensure enough seating for all.


Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December Save the Date

Save the Date!  ​Year 7 Class mums are also organising an end of year picnic for all families on Sunday 3rd December.  More details to follow.  Stay tuned!


Founder's Day 24th November - HELPERS REQUIRED

Each November the whole school comes together for the Founder’s Day Festival at Oxford Falls.  We need around 15 Parent Volunteers to assist with the lunch preparation between 8.00am and 11:30am. You can help at any time during those hours so if 8.00am is too early that's OK, come sometime later!


If you can help please put the date in your diary NOW and let me know via [email protected].  I will work out a roster closer to the event.


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Our Junior Secondary Drama Team who move through to the Theatre Sports Finals at Knox Grammar School on Wednesday 8th November.

  • Languages:  2017 China Tour Report
  • Performing Arts News
  • Science:  Opportunity for keen students in Year 8 in 2018



2017 China Tour Report

During the September-October holidays 26 Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students learning Mandarin participated in the biannual Language and Cultural Immersion Tour to China. The immersion was an excellent opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in class and expand their understanding of Chinese language and culture in a global context. 

The tour exposed students to a wide-range of cross-cultural content with opportunities to visit places of historical, geographical and economic interest, which would otherwise only be experienced from a textbook or internet site.   I personally enjoy witnessing the spiritual growth of the young men who attend the tour and acknowledge the benefits they gain emotionally and socially by applying 21st century and critical thinking skills beyond the classroom environment and fostering maturity and independence. It has been a truly amazing opportunity for the young men and families at the College and I personally thank Mr Couani, the College P&F and parents for supporting these wonderful opportunities.

Over the next few editions of Woodchatta the students will present their perspectives and learning experience from their time in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

Ms K Manga - Teacher in Charge LOTE

Performing Arts  



Congratulations to Jasper Choi and Sam Smith who have been appointed as Performing Arts Captain and Vice-Captain respectively. Both students were presented to the College at Monday’s assembly and spoke of their plans and ambitions for the growth of Music and Drama over the next 12 months.




Last Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending a recital at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where Ronan Apcar (Year 10, 2016) was performing. The program featured a variety of contemporary piano works and Ronan also premiered his own composition “Sketches for Piano”, which he commenced writing last year when he was still attending St Pius X College. It was wonderful to also see a large number of Ronan’s SPX friends in the audience, supporting and acclaiming his achievements.




It has been a busy week of music making so far and it is not over yet!  A full wrap of the Festival and photos will be in next week’s Woodchatta.


The masthead photo shows the Junior Secondary Drama Team who move through to the Theatre Sports finals at Knox Grammar School on Wednesday 8th November.



The final workshop for the year will take place THIS Sunday 29th October. The Senior Strings only will rehearse from 10.30 – 11.15am and the Full Orchestra from 11.30 – 1.00pm. Entry to the College will be via the Kirk Street  drive way.



The College Orchestra is in need of some cellists! Any student who would like to immediately start learning the cello should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom.



Auditions for new enrolments to the College will take place on Saturday 11th and 18th of November between 9.00am – 4.00pm in the Band Room. Entry to the College will be via the Kirk Street drive way. Any current student who would like to audition (to move to a higher ensemble) is more than welcome. Audition times can be booked by going to: The site will close on Tuesday 7th November.



To apply for lessons for next year please go to The site will close on Tuesday 7th November. Places are limited and there can be no guarantee of availability, should students wait until the beginning of 2018. Students who are currently having tuition and are continuing in 2018 DO NOT need to re-apply.



Congratulations to David Giles (Year 6) who recently attained “Honours” in Grade 4 Piano for Leisure and his brother Benjamin Giles (Year 8) who achieved a “Credit” in Grade 5 Piano for Leisure. Well done boys!


Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Science Opportunity for keen students in Year 8 in 2018

Forensics Science Camp to be held at The Armidale School from July 10 – 14, 2018.

Ms J Black - Science Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

  • LearnFast :  Free 'Role of the Working Memory' eBook
  • ‘Head to Health’ - A New Government Mental Health initiative​
  • Free Webinars:  Strategies for Students with ASD
  • Free Vocabulary Skill Builder
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program


LearnFast is a program which was established in Australia and New Zealand in 2007. Its aims include bringing Fast ForWord and other neuroscience-based programs to students in the home setting and in schools, professional speech pathology and other clinics. The focus of these programs is overcoming learning and reading difficulties and helping children achieve their potential through strengthening memory and executive functioning. The creators of the program are based in Lindfield and Pymble which means local programs are available in the following areas:


For primary and high school children

For English language learners

  • Build English Fast program - uniquely targeting the phonemes of English to build the foundational skills required for all literacy.

LearnFast also provide useful and FREE e-resources from time to time. Click below for your free copy of their Role of Working Memory ebook.


‘Head to Health’ - A New Government Mental Health initiative

What is Head to Health?  It is a new website called Head to Health and may be of interest to all our parents and carers:

Head to Health is a new Australian Digital Mental Health Resource. It helps to find useful information, resources and services that most suit your needs. Whether you want to improve your child’s (or your own) overall sense of wellbeing, this site is ideal  as Head to Health can point you in the right direction for great online mental health resources compiled from over 370 mental health services and resources funded by the Australian Government.

This one-stop shop site will give you access to FREE or low-cost apps, online support communities, parent courses and resources for parents, carers, friends and relatives.


Free Webinars:  Strategies for Students with ASD

Dr Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and Sue Larkey, independent Special Needs consultant and ‘pracademic’, have some great and easy-to-do ideas for strategies to use in the classroom and at home – with students who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Please enjoy the two free webinars they have provided here:

The FREE Courses are available NOW for the next 2 weeks ONLY.  Please pass onto anyone who could benefit.  Watch NOW or anytime, anywhere by clicking the links below.


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

Please see the information in the flyer below:


Thursday Enrichment Club

(*Due to HSC exams in LC2, please meet in Learning Enrichment Room, upstairs in Junior School)

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10 - come on a casual or regular basis!​

Enrichment Club is on each Thursday at lunchtime in LC2*. Its aims are to promote opportunities for interested students who want to extend their thinking skills, enjoy learning and research challenges, and would like to  provide opportunities to mix with other boys who share these interests, in an informal and fun environment.

The Club will provide opportunities for students to work both independently and in teams on various enrichment activities, competitions including Da Vinci, and challenges that draw on a wide range of subject areas, and which will require students to make use of a wide range of skills and interests. Activities will include a mix of free choice and structured tasks, vocabulary games, word puzzles and speech-making, optional competition entry opportunities – some requiring pre-selection and trialling, as well as self-generated research questions and topics of interest.

There is no cost for joining or attending at Enrichment Club, except for any competition entries which selected students may choose to participate in,  and students will be well advised about these and parent permission notes sent home before time, whenever these opportunities arise.

If interested, please meet Ms Raheb-Mol each Thursday lunchtime in LC2.  See you there boys!

For further queries about Enrichment Club, please contact Ms Raheb-Mol at the College, or via email on [email protected]



After-School Study Program 

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons

WHAT? A quiet time and space where you can get a head start 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 is 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]u, or Ms Leonardi at: [email protected]


Maths Drop-In Centre

Monday lunch time and Thursday mornings

WHAT? 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: 

Please note: Regular attendance is rewarded.

WHEN? Monday lunch time 12.50 -1.30pm (bring your lunch) and Thursday morning 8.00am - 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]


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



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The School for Excellence - Mastering the HSC


Honeywell Summer School – Engineering Opportunity

Sunday 10 - Friday 15 December in Sydney

Run by the Institution of Engineers Australia. Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) aims to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.

Over the week, students will attend lectures and demonstrations at five prestigious NSW universities. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Visits with industry provide a valuable opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the role of professional engineers in a wide range of activities including the management of major projects.

Applicants must be entering year 12 in a government or non-government high school in 2018. They must be studying two or more units of mathematics and a form of science, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Sydney.

Registration Closes 3 December at 9am.

Find out more and apply:  


Sydney Science Experience

10-12 January 2018

You will employ real science – through hands-on laboratory sessions and interactive lectures. For students about to start Year 10 or 11.


VET, Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Fit in a TAFE Short Course after you finish the HSC

Consider boosting your employability with a TAFE short course after you finish your exams. TAFE NSW offer a huge range of short courses, and many of them are available online, and you can study everything from leadership skills to social media marketing or even hairdressing.

For example, the Statement of Attainment in Intro to Digital Marketing Communications is a 5-day intensive offered at the start of December, that will give you skills to stand out from the crowd of jobseekers entering the market post-HSC.

Find out more –


Australian Training Company Apprenticeships

Search the list of available apprenticeships here -



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: St Aloysius College Invitational Swimming Carnival takes place this Friday, 7pm at North Sydney Pool

  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Cricket
  • NSTA Tennis


Thank you to everyone who helped score on Saturday. It was a busy day at Oxford Falls and your help is much appreciated and essential for us to run 30 senior teams.


The Firsts played a determined St Patrick’s Firsts and with only minutes to go the momentum swung in their favour and we recorded a Round 1 loss. Commiserations to the Seconds who also recorded a loss to Redfield’s Firsts. The A teams all performed well against St Patrick’s teams at St Patrick’s home court with the 14As and 17As winning their matches. The 13Bs and 14Bs won their matches against Redfield As. Well done to the 17Bs who also won their first match this season after no wins last season. Our C teams struggled against St Patrick’s B teams whilst our D teams performed well against St Patrick’s C teams.  At our local derby the E teams proved too strong for our F teams.


Now that we have started the season I hope that all players work on improving their individual skills with regular practice at home.   Our teams are improving as cohesive units during our trainings at school.


C Teams: This Saturday our C teams are travelling to Oxley College at Bowral. Players will need to organise their own transport to their games. I can not provide  a Bus to take players to Bowral. I will be organising a bus for Round 4 when our C teams Travel to the Blue Mountains.


B Teams: I will be organising a bus to take players to St Stanislaus’ Bathurst for Round 3. Travel times will be put into Woodchatta on Wednesday 1st November.


Game of the day:  The 14B's come-back from a nine point deficit to win by one.

Play of the day:  Zac Lomas, inside move to put the 17As into the lead with only seconds to go.

Deserves a mention:  Jack Thornton, Lachlan Griffith and Issac Jee -13Es. Bailey Perkins -13As. Lachlan Onslow -14As. George Pickering and Ben Montgomery -15As. The 17A and 17B teams.


Use the link below to see all of the ISA Basketball Teams Results:

Mr N Gibson - Convenor



ISA Round 1 – 1st XI v Oakhill College at Oxford Falls #1

The first round of the ISA competition saw SPX at home against Oakhill. Captain James Brown won the toss and decided to bat. A determined approach meant wickets were kept in hand so that 2-95 after 34 overs finished up 5 for 211 off 50 overs. Brown (81) and Liahm Williams (61) batted maturely and then aggressively in a fine partnership. Mac Carrall (0-17 off 10 overs) did a great job opening with his off spin while Louis Mossman, Liahm Williams and Tim McLachlan each captured two wickets to restrict the opposition to 179. During Oakhill’s innings their batsmen looked dangerous but the home side kept fighting and took crucial catches and run outs to turn the game in their favour. This was a very pleasing improved performance from the team who all contributed to the impressive victory.

Mr D Reay - Convenor


Match Reports



A reminder to all swimmers that we have our first two invitational carnivals for the season coming up this week and next week. Students will be given an events sheet at school so that they know which events they will be competing in on the night. Thank you to those Year 6 students who have agreed to participate in the U12’s events on the nights.  The details for the 2 carnivals are as follows:


Mrs S McCormack  (attending in Ms Proc's absence) 



NSTA Tennis

Thankfully the sun made its appearance to dry the courts  and begin the Summer season of NSTA tennis after a day of rain.  All boys arrived eagerly in uniform, ready for some exciting matches. We had 6 games that started at 8.00am with a number of boys new to tennis this season. It was pleasing to see so many parents also in attendance to support their sons. Thank you also to Mr Webster, Mrs Keighery and Mrs Millar for their support in getting the season off to such a great start. The first session saw SPX win 3 of the 6 games we played. A special mention must go to Will Robinson who displayed some amazing serves to help lead his team to victory. Once the first session came to a close the second session began.


Session 2 saw us take out 4 of the 7 matches. Ben Casey was one of the stand-out players in this session with some outstanding rallies, which proved to be an excellent game for the spectators. Declan Langreiter also had an amazing singles game which ended with a tie-break, unfortunately not in his favour but well fought nonetheless. Lachlan Gauci, Adrian Currington and Michael Currington also provided spectators with an exciting match ending with and overall win.


Please ensure that you check the draw below for the venues for next week’s games and ensure that you are at the games at least 15 minutes before the start of the game.


Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: NSW PSSA (All Schools) Athletics Championships

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Junior School News

CIS Athletics

Congratulations to our Senior (Under 12/13) 4 x 100m Relay Team who came second in the state - an amazing effort.   Well done to Joel Austin, Zac Flynn, Ryan Jom and Will Slocombe. I’m sure Mr Virgona will have more to say about this success story. 


Year 6 Bakery Excursion 

The boys had a fantastic experience at the bakery learning about the bread making process and the effects of yeast.  The highlight was making a pizza and plaiting some dough into a small bun.  The plaited buns were judged and the winning  boys received a loaf of bread.  Thank you to the parents who supported us on the excursion.


Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Debating News

We ended the season with our final debates at The Gala Day at Abbotsleigh Junior School last Monday 23rd October. The boys were well prepared and presented very clever and well formulated arguments. Both topics were very challenging: All Australian school children should have to learn an Asian Language and Parents should be punished if their children commit crimes.


Well done to both teams as they won the second debate affirmative case and the negative side were narrowly defeated in the first debate. Congratulations to the entire debating squad on their commitment to attending lunchtime training sessions throughout Terms 2 - 4 and the boys should proud of their efforts in a very successful season.


Mrs Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher



Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport:  We continue our summer training for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.


Term 4 Swim Program: All students will take part in this program. It runs as per the schedule above in lieu of regular Thursday Sport. Yr 5 attend Macquarie Uni Aquatic Centre for a pool based program and Yr 6 attend Dee Why Beach for a surf skills program. Students are required to return the respective form issued last term – Macquarie Uni Grading Form (Yr 5) and SEA Australia Waiver (Yr 6 boys). All details, including a detailed information letter, can be found under Jnr Swimming on the College website.


Athletics: Last week we were represented by five students at the NSW PSSA (All Schools) Athletics Championships.  PJ Marren made the semi-final in the 8 - 10 years 200m, placing 13th overall in the State in a new personal best time of 28.69 sec. In the Opens 200m, Zac Flynn also ran a PB (26.60sec) in his semi-final to eventually place 11th in the State – both highly commendable achievements.


Day 2 saw our Senior 4 x 100m relay team (Ryan Jom, Zac Flynn, Will Slocombe and Joel Austin) compete. The many hours of training in the preceding months certainly paid dividends and the boys placed 2nd in their heat and 6th fastest overall (53.56). The semi-final, whilst a little inaccurate in a few changes, still yielded a PB and 4th overall fastest qualifier to the final.  However, it would take a special race to make the podium and to their credit the team delivered just that in the final running a fast race with crisp changes, shaving another 0.6 off their previous best and taking home the Silver medal (52.82).


The team went from 5th fastest at IPSHA (56.11sec) to finding 4 seconds and becoming the 2nd best team in the State – not bad at all! A huge thank you to Trent Austin who coached the team from the outset and gave up much of his time and expertise to guide them to this result.




Athletics: Last week we were represented by 5 students at the NSW PSSA (All Schools) Athletics Championships. In the 8-10yrs 200m, PJ Marren made the semi-final placing 13th overall in the State in a new personal best time of 28.69 sec. In the Opens 200m, Zac Flynn also ran a PB (26.60sec) in his semi-final to eventually place 11th in the State – both highly commendable achievements. Day 2 saw our Senior 4x100m relay team (Ryan Jom, Zac Flynn, Will Slocombe and Joel Austin) compete. The many hours of training in the preceding months certainly paid dividends and the boys placed 2nd in their heat and 6th fastest overall (53.56). The semi-final, whilst a little inaccurate in a few changes, still yielded a PB and 4th overall fastest qualifier to the final, however it would take a special race to make the podium. To their credit the team delivered just that in the final, a fast race with crisp changes, shaving another 0.6 off their previous best and taking home the Silver medal (52.82). So, from 5th fastest at IPSHA (56.11sec) to finding 4 seconds and becoming the 2nd best team in the State – not bad at all. A huge thank-you to Trent Austin who coached the team from the outset and gave up much of his time and expertise to guide them to this result.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Swimming:  A reminder to all swimmers that we have our first two invitational carnivals for the season coming up this week and next week. Students will be given an events sheet at school so that they know which events they will be competing in on the night. Thank you to those Year 6 students who have agreed to participate in the U12’s events on the nights.  The details for the 2 carnivals are as follows:

Mrs S McCormack  (attending in Ms Proc's absence) 


Softball:  Last Saturday was a beautiful morning and a perfect day for softball with Trinity Prep our opponents. They were a known quantity and we knew we had to concentrate on our batting and fielding throughout the game. Once again we had to bat first which made the coach nervous from the start.

Our first innings was a dream and we came home with 6 runs to Trinity's 1. Unfortunately the second innings was quick with neither side scoring a run home. Jhon Evans was our pitcher and kept his wits throughout the game. Marcus Steen, Will Mathie, Andrew Bradford, Jose Monk and Patrick Hall covered their bases and stayed alert to tag their opponents when needed. Eliot Sanders caught a hard and fast ball and had the spectators on edge. In the third innings we were ahead by 6 runs. Luca Van Vuuren, was unlucky with his batting this week but put great effort in helping his team mates get home. Joshua Connors was kept busy when he was catcher. Thomas Wilkins hit the ball out into the yonder right field and scored a wonderful home run. Max Lenton and Rowan Roomie were once again in the outfield getting to the ball quickly and sending it back to the pitcher.

The fourth innings provided the most entertainment for the spectators as both teams played hard and were hungry to be victorious. St Pius X College and Trinity scored 6 runs each in the 4th innings.  However the final score was SPX 13, Trinity 7.  Thank you to Mr Evans for keeping score.

Ms J Williams - Softball Convenor



NSTA Tennis:  Please see the Senior School Sports page.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop

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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 Term 4 2017 Canteen Roster:

Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors


Uniform Shop




The online ordering system  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.  


Gift Items:  The College Uniform Shop also stocks a range of gift items:


- Golf umbrellas  $30

- Coffee mugs $15

- Lanyards $5

- Aprons $20

- Scarf $20

- Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​









Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

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Careers Newsletter October 18.pdf
Careers Newsletter Oct 25.pdf
Basketball Round 1.pdf
St Pius Basketball Game Times R2 28-10-17.pdf
2nd XI Match Report.pdf
SPX U13 Black Match Report.pdf
SPX Green Round 3 Match Report.pdf
NSTA Tennis Draw - Term 4 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Free Vocabulary Skill Builder.pdf
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Forensics Science Camp.pdf
DRAFT Term Dates 2018.pdf
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2017-Nov-Yr10 Parents Night Out.pdf