St Pius X College Newsletter

23 August 2017
Issue 25
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
From the Assistant Principal -Teaching & Learning 
Social Justice &  Youth Ministry
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
P&F News
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Careers
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]
AU


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 23rd August

Prefects' Camp pm until 25/8

 

Thursday 24th August

Staff Meeting

Year 8 Parent Information Evening for Year 9, 2018

 

Friday 25th August

Year 10 Reflection Day #3

SDN R6

ISA Heads Meeting

 

Saturday 26 August

ISA Invitational Athletics

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

 

Monday 28th August

St Pius X College Patron's Holiday

 

Tuesday 29th August

IPSHA Athletics

Football Presentation Night

 

Wednesday 30th August

Winter Sports Photos

 

Thursday 31st August

Junior School Father & Son Day at Oxford Falls

Splinters, Splashes, Stage & Sounds Opens

 

Friday 1st September

Year 12 Study Day #4

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast 6.30-8.30am

Twilight Concert #2

Old Boys Annual Dinner

SDN R7

 

Saturday 2nd September

ISA Invitational Athletics

 

Tuesday 5th September

Year 10 Music Performance Night

 

Wednesday 6th September

Year 11 Music Performance Night

 

Thursday 7th September

Sports Colour Awards

 

Friday 8th September

SDN Semi Finals

 

Saturday 9th September

SPX Tennis Age Championships/ISA

Invitational Athletics

 

Monday 11th September

Year 11 Preliminary Exams to 22/9

Staff Meeting

 

Friday 15th September

RUOK Day

SDN Finals

 

Tuesday 19th September

Years 8 & 10 Drama Night

 

Thursday 21st September

Year 12 Internal Graduation

 

Friday 22nd September

Year 12 External Graduation

Term 3 Concludes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal     

Photo: Pope Pius X

 

 

  • COLLEGE CLOSED NEXT MONDAY 28th AUGUST FOR THE ST PIUS X FEAST DAY HOLIDAY
  • PRAYER:  Pope Pius X
  • Parents & Friends Meeting - Monday 21 August
  • End of Winter ISA Sports
  • Additional Year 12, 2018 Prefect
  • New Subjects for Year 9, 2018
  • Changes to the College’s Text Book Hire Service for Years 7-12 in 2018
  • NAPLAN Results 
  • Key Dates Next Week

COLLEGE CLOSED NEXT MONDAY 28th AUGUST
 for the St Pius X Feast Day Holiday

 

 

PRAYER:  

Prayer:  6 Gold

 

Glorious Pope of the Eucharist, Saint Pius X,

you sought "to restore all things in Christ."

Obtain for us a true love of Jesus so that we may live only for Him.

Help us to acquire a lively fervour and a sincere will to strive for sanctity of life,

and that we may avail ourselves of the riches of the Holy Eucharist

in sacrifice and sacrament.

By your love for Mary,

mother and queen of all,

inflame our heart with tender devotion to her.

 

Joseph Sarto was born in a small village in Venetia, on June 2, 1835. He was curate, parish priest, bishop of Mantua and Patriarch of Venice — offices to which his keen intelligence, hard work and great piety caused him to be quickly promoted.  He was elected Pope on August 4, 1903, and took the name of Pius X. As chief pastor of the Church he displayed untiring self-sacrifice and great energy. He realized the full value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church and the solid basis that it furnishes for the devotion of Christian people.

He died on August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954.

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS MEETING 

Monday 21st August

Thank you to the many parents who attended the P&F Meeting last Monday evening with Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection as our special guest.  Please check the MindMatters page of this newsletter for more details.

At the formal part of the meeting Mr Paul Hunt advised the meeting that he will not be standing for the role of P&F President in 2018 as his son is in Year 12.  After three years in the role Paul feels it is time to hand over to new leadership. I am very grateful to Mr Hunt for his work and leadership as President. He has been a great leader for parents and the school.

With this decision, I invite interested parents to consider taking up the role. It is not overly arduous as we have many parents taking on a range of roles in the Association. The election will take place at the P&F AGM on Monday 6th November.

 

End of Winter ISA Sports

We have enjoyed such a great season of Winter Sports and I thank all our coaches and players for their efforts. I thank the Convenors of Rugby – Mr Joe Lynch and Mr Greg Virgona, and of Football – Mr Simon Yue and Mr Paul Cummins.

The Rugby Presentation Evening was held on Tuesday 22nd August for Junior and Secondary students and next Tuesday 29th August is the Football and AFL Presentation evening. Congratulations to all.

I also acknowledge the Tennis representatives who are still competing and also the Athletics team who have just commenced their season.

Additional Year 12, 2018 Prefect

I am pleased to advise that the College has determined the appointment of James Spencer as a Year 12 Prefect for 2018. James is an outstanding young man who will contribute very well as he joins the Leadership Team announced last week. The College always considers that the appointment of additional Prefects can take place at any time and that further Prefects may be determined into the future in consideration of the contribution and leadership of any of the students in Year 12. Congratulations James.

New Subjects for Year 9, 2018

The Subject Selection process commences this Thursday evening 24th August with the Parent Information Evening to be held in the Gymnasium at 6.00pm.

At the College we are examining the expansion of the elective curriculum for students enetering Year 9 and 10 and we are offering three new courses:  1. STEM    2. Elective Literacy    3. Philosophy

These three choices will be explained in detail at the Information Evening and in the Parent and Student Information Handbook for Stage 5, 2018. I recognise the efforts of the College staff and particularly Mr Damo and the Studies Coordinators in making this offering to the students.

 

Changes to the College’s Text Book Hire Service for Years 7-12 in 2018

The new Book Hire arrangements were outlined at the P&F Meeting on Monday evening. I attach the letter emailed to all parents last week.

 

NAPLAN

NAPLAN Results for Years 5, 7 and 9, 2017

Please see the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning page of this newsletter for an overview of the NAPLAN results.

 

Mitchell Whalley - Year 12, 2016

Congratulations to Mitchell Whalley from last year's Year 12 as he has continued to develop his football career internationally.  

Mitchell is a former College first XI player and has just signed his first professional football contract at Panserriakos FC. Panserriaskos FC plays in the Greek Football League competition and is based in Serres, Northern Greece.  Prior to this, Mitchell spent four seasons playing at Blacktown City FC in the NSW NPL1 competition.  Congratulations Mitchell.

 

 

Key Dates Next Week

  • Splinters Splashes Stage & Sound - Thursday 31st August
  • St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner - Friday 1st September
  • Twilight Concert  - Friday 1st September

Mr John Couani - Principal

From the Assistant Principal -Teaching & Learning 

  • NAPLAN  - Years 5, 7 and 9 2017 Results
  • Year 8 Parent Information Evening - Thursday 24th August

NAPLAN

Years 5, 7 and 9 2017 NAPLAN Results

NAPLAN results were released to schools last week and individual reports were issued to students to take home.  The NAPLAN results provide valuable information about student standards in literacy and numeracy. They will be used to develop future teaching and learning strategies with the overall aim of improving students’ learning outcomes. Students’ NAPLAN achievements are also compared to their school based assessments to identify any discrepancies.

 

It is very pleasing to see that our overall results are above state averages. Please click below for an overview.

 

Year 8 Parent Information Evening

For Parents and Carers of Year 8

There is an Information Evening for Parents and Students in regards to choosing elective subjects for Year 9 next year.  The evening will be held tomorrow (Thursday 24th August) in the College Gymnasium commencing at 6.00pm.  Information that will be provided includes:

  • Learning in Stage 5 ( RoSA Grades and NESA)
  • NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy Requirements
  • Range of electives on offer (including new courses)
  • What to consider when choosing subjects
  • Online subject selection process
  • Introduction to Heads of Department of Elective Subjects

This will then be followed by an opportunity to meet with the Heads of Department and ask questions.

An information booklet will be issued on the Portal early next week.

 

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Social Justice & 
Youth Ministry

Photo: The Color Run

  • From the Assistant Principal - Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice
    -  The Colour Run
    -  Junior School Sleep Out for Homelessness
    -  Woolies Earn & Learn - Collecting stickers for St Joseph's Walgett
    -  The Knight Foundation:  Walk Against Youth Violence
  • Youth Festival for Years 9-12

From the Assistant Principal - Mission & Identity

Last week Year 12 participated in their Retreat experience at either Mulgoa or Tallows Beach. Although both retreats are different, they each offer students the opportunity to focus on their own faith and to set the pathway for the challenges they are about to face as they leave St Pius X College and enter the next stage of their life journey. Hopefully students have also been able to gain some new energy and motivation after the Trials. Thank you to the many staff who gave their time and commitment in ensuring the Retreats were a success. Special thanks to Mr Ross Masters, Mr Paul De Silva, Mr Tony Cuneen and Mr Adrian Brannan who ran the retreats.

 

On what was a very cold Friday night, Years 5 and 6 participated in a St Vincent de Paul ‘Homeless’ Sleepout. Led by Year 11 students, the Junior School students participated in a range of activities that highlighted the work of St Vincent de Paul in assisting the homeless, as well as identifying the reasons and consequences of homelessness. Special thanks to Mrs Jenny Williams, Mrs Samantha Iwatani, Mr Tim Long, Mr Sean Brannan and Mrs Amanda Fileman for their brave efforts in supporting the students

 

Good luck to Year 10 students as they participate in their final Reflection Day on Friday.

 

Mass will be celebrated in the Christian Brothers' Chapel on Tuesday 29th August at 8am.  All welcome.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Social Justice

 

The Color Run:  On Sunday morning over 100 SPX boys and five teachers congregated in the freezing cold in Centennial Park to assist with The Color Run - a 5K community fun run. By volunteering as a group The Color Run agreed to make a donation of $30 per volunteer to the charity of our choice. 

We were divided into groups and assigned tasks as required. Before the run some SPX boys greeted runners and directed them where to go whilst others used their muscles to move stuff as directed. During the run we cheered and threw coloured powder at the 20,000 runners. Afterwards we cleaned our zones with blowers, shovels and brooms. We worked hard but had heaps of fun!

 

Together we raised over $3000 for SPX's old boy Liam Knight's White Knight Foundation. Congratulations to all who volunteered! Thank you for your efforts!

James Spencer – Year 11 Edmund Rice Society leader

 

The St Pius X College Junior School Sleep Out for Homelessness was a huge success. The activities were great and we actually felt homeless because of the sleeping arrangements. We felt cold during the night, which helped us understand how the homeless must feel in winter.

Firstly, we set up our sleeping bags and cardboard to sleep on. Then we went to the chapel and Mrs Dempsey shared her experiences with the poor. She spoke about how people become homeless and that it is very important that we make people aware of homelessness. We really enjoyed the activities that the year 11s did with us. We did some outside sport activities; however, the most enjoyable activity was making a poster about the importance of living in a home. Also we discussed the differences between a house and a home. We realised how fortunate we are to have a home to go home to.

We shared with our groups what we would do if we became homeless. The older students told us about different foundations that help homeless people.  We watched a movie about not taking things for granted. Also it is so important to look out for each other. It was good that the Year 11 students organised this for Junior School. It made us more aware of how easy it is to become homeless. 

Michael Krizan, Conrad Ansted and Patrick Felice – Year 5 Edmund Rice Society members

 

Woolies Earn and Learn:  Please continue collecting stickers for St Joseph’s Walgett.  St Josephs have also offered us tickets for their fundraiser where they are giving away a new Toyota Prado worth almost $70,000. All monies raised go toward their new sports court, and tickets are $50. If interested please follow the link below.

St Joseph's Walgett Sports Court Prado Raffle

 

 

The Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence

Liam Knight, an ex-student of St Pius X College, invites all St Pius families to get involved with his 2017 Walk Against Youth Violence.  Please see his invitation and details of the walk below.

 

 

 

 

 

Stand up and be proud St Pius! After six years of association with the Australian Red Cross Blood Bank at Chatswood St Pius X College students and staff have given blood over 600 times, which amounts to over two thousand lives saved. Unfortunately the Australian Red Cross has had a policy change this week taking the minimum donor age from 16 years old to 18 years old. Unfortunately this means our regular Tuesday afternoon Blood Drive has ceased from this week.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys who have donated over the past six years as well as Mr Pawlak and Mr Batchelor who have spearheaded the drive over this time.

Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator

 

 

Youth Festival: Years 9-12

Early Bird Discount and College Subsidy

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

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

 

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

Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator

 

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Junior School Sleep Out for Homelessness

  • Year Group Photos & Winter Sports Photos
  • Information for Year 10 Parents
  • Thank you to Jack McCutcheon
  • From the Head of Student Services:
       -  The Color Run
       -  The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk'
      -   'Running for Rowie' Festival
       -  Junior School Sleep Out for Homelessness
        -  St Pius X College Old Boys' Association Annual Dinner
        -  Edmund Rice Centre 21st Birthday Dinner
  • Year 12 Table Tennis Championship
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 Information
  • FREE Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers ​

Winter Sports Photos

Winter Sports Photos will be taken during Periods 1–3 on Wednesday 30th August. Sports include Athletics, Boxercise, Robotics, Rugby, Football, Tennis and Cross Country. Full sports uniform to be worn for Rugby, Football and Tennis. Athletics, Boxercise and Robotics will require full school uniform. All students must have their ID card with them for all photos.

Order Forms will be given out at the completion of each photo and will be expected to be back at the College by the end of the term. Please click below for the running order of the photos on the day.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator

Year 10 Parents

  • Our Year 10 students will be attending their third and final Reflection Day this Friday 25th August at Oxford Falls.  They will need to supply their own recess and lunch.  Mufti clothes to be worn.  Our guest presenter is Glen Gerreyn, a highly regarded motivational speaker  www.glengerreyn.com.
  • Blood Bank:  We were informed by the Red Cross Blood Bank that the minimum age for blood donations has now changed to 18 years of age effective this week.  After ten years, we will no longer be able to send our Year 10 students to the Chatswood Red Cross Blood Donation Centre to give blood.  During the past ten years our Year 10 students have made approximately 650 blood donations, saving the lives of approximately 2000 fellow Australians.

Mr M Pawlak - Year 10 Coordinator

Thank You Jack!

Ex-student Jack McCutcheon (Year 12, 2016) donated $300 to the school’s educational reading resource funds, through his involvement in a Mentoring Program with Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Staff and Students at St Pius X College were as proud as we were grateful to ex-student and current university student, Jack McCutcheon, who completed his HSC in 2016.  Jack was not unaccustomed to being up on the podium at our whole-school assembly as he has excelled in swimming, in choir and in Drama, and has received a range of awards for his efforts and achievements over the years attending at St Pius X College. This week he was back to “give back to the community” that sustained and supported him so well throughout his formative high school years. Jack made mention of the many teachers who helped him and taught him over the years, and he made special mention of the academic support he received through the LSE Department.

Jack is currently undertaking a degree in Communications and Media at Notre Dame University. In addition to his studies he has continued his strong personal association with Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and it is through this organisation that Jack participated in a Mentoring Program during Semester 1 in 2017, which encouraged participants to “give back to the community that has been so important in your life”.

 

The program involved raising funds in support of his chosen community and it was through the raffle draw, in which Jack’s family contributed a first prize, that he was able to raise money towards educational reading resources for the use of students requiring learning support at our school. Jack has raised and now donated $300 to the Learning Support and Enrichment Department at SPX.

 

The school acknowledges and thanks the impressive young man you have become over the years, Jack. Thank you for all you have been and done here at St Pius X College, and may God bless you in your studies and in all your future endeavours!

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator

From the Head of Student Services

Congratulations to James Spencer who organised over 100 students to volunteer at the Centennial Park Color Run from 6am last Sunday. It was a terrific community-building initiative which raised significant funds for The White Knight Foundation administered by Liam Knight, Old Boy 2014, to raise awareness and support the rehabilitation of individuals affected by violence in the community.

 

There is a prize for the first student who can see Mr Brannan with a correct guess of which colour station was run by Mrs Fileman, Mr Donnelley and Mr Brannan.  (Hint: see the picture of the Smurf impersonators below.)

Other photos: The Color Run St Pius X College Volunteer Crew and James Spencer on the blower, cleaning up the environment at the end of festivities.

 

The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk'

This Spit to Manly Walk is another great way to support the White Knight Foundation and enjoy a scenic walk on Sunday 24th September.  See the information on the Social Justice page of this newsletter for details or contact the Mindmatters Student Empowerment Team.

 

Running for Rowie Running Festival

Any member of the SPX community interested in running with the St Thomas’ Willoughby Community in the Blackmores Running Festival (Marathon, Half Marathon or sensible distances available) on 17th September is invited to see Mr Brannan, Jamie Miller or Harry Rowe for more details.

 

Junior School Homeless Sleepout

Congratulations to Nikita Papastamatis and the team of Year 11 students and, Mrs Williams and the Junior School staff, who enabled our Junior School students to learn about the social justice issues concerning homelessness in our Community last Friday night. The group sessions led by Nikita prior to the groups sleeping rough, albeit in our gym, were outstanding. 

 

St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner

Bookings to be completed THIS week

A timely reminder also that the St Pius X College Old Boys Association Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 1st September 2017 commencing with a Mass in the Brothers’ Chapel before a tour of the College, followed by transport to dinner at the Treacy Centre Oxford Falls.  Simply book on the trybooking website www.trybooking.com/289392

Life members from the Class of 2016 are invited free to the event.  Full details are available on the website:   http://www.spxoldboys.org.au/

Please contact Mr Sean Brannan or Mr Jeff Clarke for details.

 

Edmund Rice Centre 21st Birthday Dinner - 8 September 2017

To help mark this special occasion, we're organising a celebratory dinner on Friday 8th September 2017 with guest speaker Patrick Dodson, the Father of Reconciliation in Australia. Join us for an evening of celebration, inspiration and entertainment. The details are:

  • Date:  Friday 8 September 2017
  • Time:  6:30pm for 7.00pm
  • Venue:  Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park NSW

To book online click here or download a booking form here

 

Year 12 Table Tennis Championship

St Pius X College would like to congratulate Lachlan Back for winning the Year 12 Charity Table Tennis competition.  The Table Tennis tournament was created, organised and run by the year 12 SLR course to help raise funds for the Starlight Charity. ($38 raised)  There were a lot of skilled table tennis players on display and some not so!

Credit must go to Toon Jansen, Jaques O’Hearn and Rory Beattie for making the Semi Finals.  However it was Lachlan Back who won through a fiercely contested competition.  He was awarded at Assembly with the new Winner's Shield and Medal.

Anthony Shahbazian and Nicholas Slack

Kokoda Track Expedition 2018

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

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

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

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator

Free Workshop:  Teaching Learner Drivers
 

31st August at St Ignatius College Riverview

7th September at the Dougherty Centre Chatswood

 



MindMatters
for Students & Families

 

FROM THE COLLEGE COUNSELLOR:

  • Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers
  • Buddies not Bullies Bushwalk - Sunday 10th September
  • The Positive School Pledge
  • 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' - Questionnaire
  • Parenting Boys:  Online course
  • Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446​
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX

 

Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers

 

'Buddies not Bullies' Bushwalk

Sunday 10th September 2017

Our annual Buddies Not Bullies Bushwalk will be held on Sunday 10th September from Acron Oval St Ives To Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) for MindMatters, Peer Mentors, potential snowy hikers, parents and members of the wider SPX Community.  

A letter with full details has been given to boys and RSVPs are to be emailed to Mr Russo or Mr Brannan.

 

The Positive School Pledge 

By Jon Gordon

Something for us all within the St Pius X College community to reflect upon 

 

I pledge to be a positive person and to have a positive influence on all those whom I come into contact with in our school community.

I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement and joy with those around me.

I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity.

When I am surrounded by pessimism I will choose optimism.

When I feel fear I will choose faith

When I want to hate I will choose love.

When I want to be bitter I will choose to get better.

When I experience a challenge I will look for opportunity to learn and grow and help others grow.

When faced with adversity I will find strength.

When I experience a set-back I will be resilient.

When I meet failure I will fail forward and create a future success.

With vision, hope and faith I will never give up and will always find ways to make a difference.

I believe my best days are ahead of me, not behind me.

I believe I’m here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.

I believe that being positive not only makes me better, it makes my students better.

So today and every day I will be positive and strive to make a positive impact on my students, school and the world!

 

 

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

Thank you to the P&F

A sincere thank you to our very supportive P&F Association who have financially supported the roll-out of our Years 8 and 9 "Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance" for all students to attend two sessions facilitated by Lisa Maltman of 'The Sleep Connection'.  If you were unable to attend the recent parent forum last Monday evening 21st August, I strongly suggest you look at her website:  www.thesleepconnection.com.au and also complete the simple questionnaire (below) to start a positive discussion at home with your family.

PARENTS:  Do you want to open up a healthy discussion with your sons/daughters about "SLEEP and its significant impact upon our lives"?

This personal questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and will assist you in helping your family make some positive choices about sleep patterns.

The document below contains some Sleep Support Resources for parents:

 

Remember:  St Pius X College seeks to be at the forefront of Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing for ALL members of our school community (our College's MindMatters motto) and "Sleep is the single most important determinant of positive mental health and wellbeing." (Dr Michael Carr-Gregg)

 

 

'Parenting Boys' - Online Course

Michael Grose:  The must-do online course for parents of boys

 

"I’ve created a comprehensive online course that will give you the key understandings to help you raise boys to become fine young men; help them be successful learners and also help them better manage their emotions.
 
The key to raising a happy, confident and balanced boy is to understand what makes him tick. Our Parenting Boys online course delves into the minds of boys; exploring emotions, behaviour, organisation, learning, communication and sexuality.  From pre-school through to teens, this course empowers parents to be one step ahead with practical tools and strategies to assist in raising happy sons to become fine young men.

 

The 3 week on-line course starts Friday 25th August - cost $67.  Once you have signed up you can either join in live, or undertake the course at your leisure and access materials at any time - it's yours forever."

Register at  https://www.parentingideas.com.au/product/boys/

 

Lifeline's Way2Wellness:  1300 120 446

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

 

Way2Wellness can help if you're:

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

 

Boxercise

 

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

 

 

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

P&F News

  • Fathers' Day Breakfast
  • Year 9 Mums' Dinner
  • Year 5 Family Day
  • Collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for St Joseph's Primary School Walgett

Fathers' Day Breakfast

Friday 1st September  - 6:30 to 8:30 am.  Book now!

A St Pius X College tradition, the Fathers’ Day breakfast is always well attended and a lot of fun for all boys and dads.   The P&F asks for a $7 contribution per family to cover the costs of bacon and egg rolls, muffins, juice and coffee.  Please click here to book.

 

Year 9 Mums' Dinner

Friday 8th September - 7:30pm

 

Join other Year 9 mums at "The Good Thai" in Chatswood on Friday 8th September.  Download the invite below or go to the P&F website. 

RSVP TO Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].

 

 

Year 5 Family Day

Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park (Nicholson Street, Chatswood).  BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc. 

Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth

 

 

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

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

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

 

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: RoboCup State Competition

  • Chess - One Day Tournament
  • English - Young Writers Showcase 2016
  • Languages - Year 8 French Breakfast
  • Performing Arts
  • Robotics - RoboCup State Competition
  • Senior Resource Centre - Francis Webb:  Poetry Out Loud

Chess

Secondary Schools One-Day Chess Teams Tournament - Sunday 17th September 2017

Please see the information and entry form in the flyer below

 

English

Young Writers' Showcase 2016

On Monday night at the State Library, St Pius X College student Patrick McKenzie (Class of 2016) became a published author.  Patrick’s English Extension 2 Major Work short story entitled 'Nothing But Time' was included in a selection of the outstanding works from the 2016 HSC. His story was included in the Young Writers' Showcase – Word Express. 

 

In addition to this honour, Patrick was selected to speak about his journey of composition and to read extracts from his work. Patrick has brought distinction both to himself and the College.

 

Mr D Webster - English Coordinator

Languages

Year 8 French Breakfast

Our Year 8 French students enjoyed a breakfast incursion, as LC1 was transformed into a French Café last Monday. The students were immediately transported into the culture of France as they were welcomed with the quintessential sound of the accordion, with Phillippe the accordionist entertaining with his repertoire of traditional French tunes. Chantal and Bernadette, both native French speakers, had adorned the room with checked tablecloths, red white and blue decorations and posters from all over France.

Our students enjoyed sampling some typical French breakfast foods, including croissants, pain au chocolat, baguette and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) served the French way – in a bowl! The boys were required to order their food in French, just as they would in a café in France. Not only did the boys increase their cultural awareness through sampling the menu, but they also got to learn more about the history and architecture of France as Chantal shared her knowledge with our students. 

Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which brought the French language and culture to life. Please click on the gallery below to see a selection of photos.

Mrs S McCormack - French Teacher

Performing Arts  

YEAR 12 DRAMA HSC PERFORMANCE EXAMINATIONS

Very best wishes to our Year 12 Drama Class: Lachlan Ceravolo, Matthew Hawthorne, Brodie Jones, Brandon Jubian, Thomas Mullane, William Russell, Daniel Siwek and Liam Zucconi for their individual and group HSC performances which will take place tomorrow (Thursday 24th August) in the Sarto Centre. Thank you to Mrs Fernando, their indefatigable teacher, who has spent countless hours during and outside school to prepare them for this momentous day.

 

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND AUDITIONS

These auditions will take place during periods 1 and 2 TOMORROW (Thursday 24th August). The following positions are available: 2 x clarinet, 4 x alto saxophone, 1 x tenor saxophone, 2 x trombone and 1 x percussion. Students who wish to audition should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom tomorrow (Thursday) morning before school for an audition time and music pass. Students will not be permitted to audition and leave class unless they have a signed pass.

 
INTERMEDIATE JAZZ BAND AUDITIONS

These auditions will take place during periods 5 and 6 on Friday 8th September. The following positions are available: 2 x alto saxophone, 2 x tenor saxophone, 1 x baritone saxophone and 2 x trombone. Students who wish to audition should see Ms Bates in the Performing Arts Staffroom for further information, an audition time and music pass. Students will not be permitted to audition unless they have a signed pass.

 

SPLINTERS, SPLASHES, STAGE AND SOUND

This showcase of Year 12 HSC Major Works is on Thursday 31st August (Week 7), commencing at 6.30pm in the Band Room. All Year 12 HSC Music students will be performing works from their program and there will be selected individual and group performances from the Year 12 Drama class. There will also be a special presentation to the Year 12 Drama students from the PAPA.

 

 

TWILIGHT CONCERT

The second Twilight Concert for the year will take place on Friday 1st September (Week 7), commencing at 5.00pm in the Junior School yard (gymnasium if the weather is inclement). All major ensembles (with the exception of the Guitar Ensembles) will be performing and there will be a special presentation to all Year 12 Music students from the PAPA.

 

YEARS 10 AND 11 MUSIC PERFORMANCE NIGHTS

These will take place on Tuesday 5th September and Wednesday 6th September respectively in the Band Room, commencing at 5.00pm. Parents and friends are warmly invited to support the boys.

 

MEET THE MUSIC CONCERT

Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Elective Music students will be attending the next Concert in the series on Thursday 21st September. Tickets will be sent home with the students in the next week.

 

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator

 

RoboCup State Competition

This year’s RoboCup State Competition was held at the University of New South Wales. The competition had in excess of 60 participants and St Pius X College was proudly represented by 10 teams consisting of two to four students per team.

Congratulations to all the boys but especially to team:

  • X – jays                         2nd place Opens Soccer
  • Timeless                     3rd place Opens Soccer
  • Circuit Breakers      4th place Opens Soccer

Thank you to Mr Lai and Mr ten Seldam for their work in preparing and supervising the boys with this event.

Mr P de Silva - Robotics Convenor

 

Senior Resource Centre

Be Wowed This Saturday:  Francis Webb – Poetry Out Loud

The poetry of Francis Webb, St Pius' 255th student will come alive this Saturday 26th August at 2.00pm in Chatswood Library and all are encouraged to attend this special event.

 

Francis Webb (1925-1973) joined St Pius X College in 1938 as a first grader (Year 7). In those days, our school only went to the Intermediate level (Year 10), so Webb transferred to Christian Brothers’ Lewisham. His talent for poetry was apparent in his school years with several of his poems being published in the highly influential national magazine, The Bulletin, to much acclaim. He completed his Leaving Certificate with First-Class Honours, coming second in the State in English. Webb pursued a career as a poet and his deeply spiritual poetry reflected his sense of social justice, nature as well as his Catholic upbringing and unwavering faith.

 

Webb achieved some success in his lifetime, but his poetry continues to astound contemporary poets and scholars. Toby Davidson, Professor of Australian Literature at Macquarie University and editor of Webb's Collected Poems, will be the MC for this event. He will be joined by Webb's biographer Michael Griffith and poets - Richard James Allen, Luke Fischer, Michelle Hamadache, Martin Langford and Mark Reid who will read and discuss Webb’s work.

 

Nicholas McKenzie from St Pius X College and Joseph Todaro from Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham representing Webb’s schools will also read and add to what will be a very illuminating celebration of one of St Pius X College's greatest old boys.

 

Poetry Out Loud  is now in its sixth year and it is a perfect way to hear Webb’s poetry and learn about his immense talent. Book your seat at this very special event today.

 

Ms K Keighery - Senior Teacher Librarian

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: ex-student Jack McCutcheon (Year 12, 2016) donated $300 to the school’s educational reading resource funds, through his involvement in a Mentoring Program with Cerebral Palsy Alliance

 

  • Thank you Jack!
  • Thank you Parent-Provisions Helpers!​
  • How can you support your son’s comprehension skills?​
  • Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

Thank you Jack!

Ex-student Jack McCutcheon (Year 12, 2016) donated $300 to the school’s educational reading resource funds, through his involvement in a Mentoring Program with Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Staff and Students at St Pius X College were as proud as we were grateful to ex-student and current university student, Jack McCutcheon, who completed his HSC in 2016.  Jack was not unaccustomed to being up on the podium at our whole-school assembly this week, as he has excelled in swimming, in choir and in Drama and has received a range of awards for his efforts and achievements over the years attending at St Pius X College. This week he was back to “give back to the community” that sustained and supported him so well throughout his formative high school years. Jack made mention of the many teachers who helped him and taught him over the years, and he made special mention of the academic support he received through the LSE Department.

Please read the full article on the Student and Parent Matters page of this newsletter.

 

Thank you Parent-Provisions Helpers!

Following the recent Year 12 Trial Exam Block, the LSE Department extends its thanks to parents in our community who give generously of their time to assist in the administering of approved exam provisions, namely as readers and/or scribes for our boys.

Particular thanks go to Kathy Bradford (Mum of Andrew Bradford, Year 6) who has consistently made herself available for successive exam block periods – thank you Kathy!

 

How can you support your son’s comprehension skills?
 

 

Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline

 

Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

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

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

http://resources.wordlywise3000.com/#continue (click into the ‘students’ section)

 

Maths Drop-In Centre

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

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

Please note: Regular attendance will be rewarded.

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

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

WHERE - Maths Classroom C1

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

 

 

After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator

 



Careers

Photo: 2018 UAC Guides

  • Careers News
  • Careers Newsletter

    

Careers News

Distribution of UAC Guides to Year 12

This week Year 12 students were issued with their own copy of the 2018 UAC Guide (University Admissions Centre).  This comprehensive guide provides information about university courses on offer for 2018.

Closing date for early bird applications to UAC is Friday 29th September.

SRS (Schools Recommendation Scheme) applications closing date is Friday 29th September.

 

University Open Days – This weekend

Saturday 26th August – UTS

Saturday 26th August – Sydney University

Saturday 26th August – Notre Dame

Sunday 27th August – Western Sydney University

 

Ask questions, tour the facilities, be informed about your future.

 

Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser


Senior School Sport

Photo: Rugby Presentation Night

 

  • Athletics
  • Basketball 
  • Cricket 
  • Football    
  • Rugby
  • SPX Tennis Championship

Athletics

Congratulations to all the St Pius X College athletes who competed at the St Aloysius College and Trinity Grammar School Invitational Carnival. This was our biggest team to compete so far this season. The next invitational is on Saturday 2nd September at SOPAC Homebush, followed by the ISA Carnival at Homebush on Tuesday 5th September.

The ISA team will be finalised on Tuesday 29th August and the team will be put on the PDHPE noticeboard.

Personal Best Performances and merit cards awarded to:

  • Joel Chand - 1500m, 800m
  • Simon Magner - 1500m, 800m, 400m
  • Rory O’Connell - 1500m
  • Carl Fayad - 400m
  • Max Hargreaves - Long Jump
  • Ben O’Reilly - Long jump
  • Fergal Fung - Long Jump
  • Oliver Aylmer - Shot Put
  • Oliver Fitzroy - 100m
  • Jarvis Hearn - 100m

Mr R Lacey  and Ms L Ho - Athletics Convenors

 

Basketball Trials

There will be another trial for Year 7 on Tuesday 29th August and Year 9 on Wednesday 30th August during Sport at Oxford Falls.  There will be notification of more trials for the other age groups in the coming weeks.

Mr N Gibson - Convenor

 

The SPX Basketball Committee will have a meeting and AGM on Wednesday, 30 September at 7:30 pm at the Sarto Centre. 

 

Cricket

Registration is closing soon! The first round for District teams (U12 to U16-18) is Saturday 9 September.

Registration is now open for all players from U12 to Opens. So register now at https://www.trybooking.com/294057.

 

District Teams:  Based on registrations SPX Cricket Club will enter teams into the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association. Please note: U12 and U13 play on Saturday afternoons, U14, U15 and U16-18 play on Saturday mornings.  The Club is looking in to the viability of a graded Division 1 U15 team (more details to follow) as an additional developmental pathway. Below are the MWJCA Season 2017/18 dates.

 

Mid-week Cricket Training:  Training for all teams has commenced. All training is at Oxford Falls and conducted by professional coaches from Cricket Appeal. Buses leave from the front of OLD Church at 3:20pm and return to Chatswood (Anderson Street) at approximately 5:30pm.

Training uniform is: blue SPX PE shorts, House colour shirt and running shoes. Players are encouraged to bring their own protective equipment.
 
Training days are:
  • Monday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Tuesday – U15 and U16-18
  • Wednesday – 1st and 2nd XI (including trialists)
  • Thursday – Junior School (Year 5 and 6) U12 and U13 (as part of Junior School Sport), Senior School U13 and U14

Players and parents please note that rolls will be marked each afternoon. Training is compulsory for all players as part of the College Co-Curricular Program.

 

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

 
Coaching  

SPX Cricket is pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Cricket Appeal http://www.cricketappeal.com.au/ who will coached teams during the week.

 

DISTRICT MWJCA 2017/18 - Season Dates

Mr D Reay - Convenor

 

Football

Dear Parents and Players,

A huge congratulations to all teams involved in the Grand Finals at Oakhill College last Saturday with particular congratulations to our two Premiership sides, the 2nd XI and the 16As. 

Commiserations to our defeated finalists, but it was so impressive to see the 'never say die' attitude of all players.  A big thank you to all the supporters that made the day - the 1st XI support far outnumbered the Oakhill support even though it was their home ground!

A reminder that the compulsory Football Presentation Evening is on Tuesday 29th August at 7pm in the College Gym.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor

 

FOOTBALL NEWS

Congratulations to the 2 winning teams in last weekend’s Grand Finalists, the 2nds and 16As.  All teams gave their best and some days things just don’t go your way, but it was a fantastic effort getting to the Grand Final.   We thanks all the teams, parents and coaches for their enthusiasm and support of their sons throughout the season.  A big thanks to Simon Yue and Paul Cummins, the Senior and Junior Football Convenors, for all their efforts in organising football at the College throughout the year.

 

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

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

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

Go PIUS!

Mr Rodger Paino

 

Rugby

Senior rugby award winners:

 

2018 Under 15s Rugby Tour

Interested students and their parents who are eligible to join the Under 15s tour to New Zealand in April of 2018 are asked to email Mr Lynch with their confirmation ASAP. It is hoped that final numbers can be confirmed by the end of Week 6.

 

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

As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel from 5.30pm on Saturday 26th August. The Rugby Club, through the hotel, will provide a good selection of high quality ‘stand-up’ food and the only thing that those attending will have to pay for will be their own drinks at normal pub bar prices. We have secured the whole first floor for ourselves for the function. This will NOT be a fundraising night.  It is simply a way for the Rugby Club to say thank you to all the teachers, coaches, support staff, mums, dads, grandmas, granddads and others who have been there every week supporting the SPX Rugby boys and being an active part of our SPX Rugby Community.  It  is the week of the SPX College Rugby Presentation Night, a Bledisloe Cup match night (on the screen at the hotel) and the right time to celebrate a very successful and enjoyable SPX 2017 Rugby season! The venue may sell out early so we recommend that you book your FREE tickets ASAP by going to the TryBooking Direct Link  https://www.trybooking.com/299087  

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

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor

 

SPX Tennis Championship

The SPX Internal Tennis Championship will be held on Saturday, 9th September at our Talus St courts. 

Applications are welcome from:

  • ISA Players - Winter 2017
  • NSTA Players - Term 4 2016 and Term 1 2017
  • Players intending to register for NSTA in Term 4 2017

Please note: Grading for NSTA 2017/2018 will take place on this day and performance will contribute to grading for ISA Tennis 2018.

There will be a Junior and Senior Knock-out Singles Competition.  Entry Forms are due by 1st September and are available below or at the Student Office.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

 

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Book Week Parade - 'Escape to Everywhere'

  • Junior School News
  • Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers​
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Junior School Sleep Out

The St Pius X College Sleep Out was a huge success. The activities were great and we actually felt homeless because of the sleeping arrangements. We felt cold during the night, which helped us understand how the homeless must feel in winter.

Firstly we set up our sleeping bags and cardboard to sleep on. Then we went to the Chapel and Mrs Dempsey shared her experiences with the poor. She spoke about how people become homeless and that it is very important that we make people aware of homelessness. We really enjoyed the activities that the Year 11s did with us. We did some outside sport activities; however, the most enjoyable activity was making a poster about the importance of living in a home. Also we discussed the differences between a house and a home. We realised how fortunate we are to have a home to go home to.

 

We shared with our groups what we would do if we became homeless. The older students told us about different foundations that help homeless people.

We watched a movie about not taking things for granted. Also it is so important to look out for each other. It was good that the Year 11 students organised this for Junior School. It made us more aware of how easy it can be to become homeless .

Michael Krizan, Conrad Ansted and Patrick Felice

 

Naplan Online School Readiness Test

Last Monday 21st August the Year 5 boys experienced the NAPLAN Online Readiness Test  which was designed to test out the new online format.  There was some server lag from the NAPLAN test providers, not the College, and we will send the feedback to the relevant authorities.  By Year 7, students will be doing NAPLAN online so it will be necessary for boys to develop their typing skills.

 

Book Week Parade

Yesterday the Junior School held a wonderful Book Parade.  Thank you to all the parents who assisted their sons in getting their costumes organised.  Thank you also to the parents who were fortunate enough to have the time to attend.  It was great fun to watch the boys parade and explain what they were escaping from, as the theme was ’Escape to Everywhere.’ 

Mrs Martin (alias Tinkerbell), along with Mrs Keighery, did a wonderful job of organising the event.  Our resident convict, Barney Duffy (alias Mrs Cummins) was a fantastic compère for the event.  I dressed up as the Father from the book ‘Thia-riffic’ and a few boys dressed up as the son, so that was great fun.  There were too many fantastic  costumes to mention but some of the pictures below will do the talking.

 

Thursday Sport

This week is the Walkathon for Charity and the week after is the Grandfather, Father and Son sporting afternoon.  Dads - start stretching and get the ice packs ready!

 

Grandfather, Father & Son Sporting Afternoon at Oxford Falls

Our annual sporting afternoon for dads, grandads and the boys is fast approaching.  All fathers and grandfathers are most welcome to attend as participants or spectators.

  • When: Thursday 31st August
  • Where: Oxford Falls Playing Fields – Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls
  • Time:  Sport from 11.45am – 1.15pm

Every boy will be involved in sport even if their dad/grandad can’t be there.  There will be two sessions of sport: 11.45am to 12.30pm and 12.30pm to 1.15pm.  Participants can either play two different sports or stay on the one activity (except for tennis where numbers may dictate one session only.)

If any mum or grandmother would like to help with the BBQ, please click on the link below and indicate the time you are available. If there are a few cooks on board you can take turns at being a spectator and having a good laugh (I mean cheer)!  I will send out a letter a few days before the event, once we know how many volunteers we have.

 

Below is a link to the form where you can select your sports choices and indicate if you wish to assist with the BBQ.  Please complete by 24th August.  

https://1drv.ms/xs/s!Ah03fgrLhMboiBkNKza9M3sqVNMQ

 

P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast - Friday 1st September

A St Pius X College tradition, the Fathers’ Day breakfast is always well attended and a lot of fun for all boys and dads.   The P&F asks for a $7 contribution per family to cover the costs of bacon and egg rolls, muffins, juice and coffee.  Please click here to book.

 

Year 5 Family Day  - Saturday 23rd September

Family fun day for Year 5 families is  planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park  (Nicholson Street Chatswood).   BYO drinks and food. The class representatives will be providing pizzas for afternoon tea around 3:30pm.  Feel free to bring along soccer/rugby/AFL/ balls, cricket bats etc.  (Class Mums - Cathryn Berecry, Dominique D'Allesandro, Anja Lineen, Rachel Mensforth)

 

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

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

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

 

Rugby Presentation Night

The Rugby Presentation Night was held in the Sarto Centre last night.  Thankyou to all the parents for their support, not only last night, but for the whole season.  Your boys appreciated your efforts in getting them to those early games each week.

 

Football/AFL Presentation Evening

Next Tuesday 29th August the Football and AFL presentation will be held in the Sarto Centre (Corner of Daisy and Anderson Street) at 5.30pm. This will allow parents to get to the Senior School Presentation in the Gym which commences at 7.00pm. You may wish to bring a sandwich.

 

Reminder that the St Pius X Patron’s Feast Day holiday is next Monday 28th August.  Please ensure you have worked out the arrangements for your son on that day as the College will be closed.

 

IPSHA Athletics Carnival

Good luck to the Junior School Athletics team who are competing at Homebush in the IPSHA Athletics Carnival next Tuesday 29th August.  All the boys should have arranged the early pick-up from school with Mr Virgona, or are making their way to the carnival.   Best wishes.

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

 

Boxercise Morning for Fathers, Grandfathers & Carers

 

 

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: on at Oxford Falls. Our regular sport is put on hold as the Walkathon takes over for a week. I thank all students and the wider SPX community for their support of this worthwhile charitable event – the generous spirit of our community always shines through, whilst the boys do a superb job in exerting themselves physically for a good cause.

Father and Son Sports Day: On Thursday 31st August we will hold our annual Father and Son Sports Day at Oxford Falls. We look forward to welcoming dads, grand-dads and male relations to this fantastic wider school community event. Arrival is 11.30am for 11.45am start time. A BBQ lunch will follow at 1.15pm. Students require normal PE clothes and will be active, irrespective of their father’s participation.  For planning and catering purposes, please follow this link and complete the online registration form:  https://1drv.ms/xs/s!Ah03fgrLhMboiBkNKza9M3sqVNMQ  Thanks in advance to the mums who have volunteered to assist with feeding such a large, ravenous horde.

 

Athletics: Our squad continued to perform strongly at the Brothers' and Barker Carnivals last week. They move on to their final event, the IPSHA Selection Carnival at Homebush, on Tuesday – good luck!

 

Cricket: All players wishing to play for the College this summer must register online through Trybooking. Please use the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/294057  Training resumes on the 7th September. Players can bring their own gear (the school does provide most items as training kit if required).

 

Rugby Presentation Evening: Congratulations to all players who were acknowledged on Tuesday night after the completion of another Rugby season. We especially recognise the major award winners in each team.

 

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

 

Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

 

 

Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster
    Canteen will be CLOSED on Monday 4/9 and Wednesday 6/9 due to Market Day

     
  • Uniform Shop:  Gift Items for Fathers' Day or as Souvenirs for Year 12 Students
     

Canteen

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

 

The College Uniform Shop stocks a range of good appropriate for Fathers'  Day  gifts or as a souvenir for Year 12 students leaving the College:  

 

  • - Golf umbrellas  $30
    - Coffee mugs $15
  • - Lanyards $5
    - Aprons $20
    - Scarf $20
    - Glasses $5 (Tall and Short)           ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Raincoats are now available in all sizes

  • The online ordering system has been updated and can be accessed via http://uniformshop.stpiusx.nsw.edu.au/
  • 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.  

           

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

Bookhire Letter to Parents.pdf
A & T expo - online version.pdf
Careers Newsletter Aug 16.pdf
Careers Newsletter Aug 23.pdf
Invitational program times 2017.pdf
District MWJCA 2017.pdf
Senior Rugby Award Winners 2017.pdf
SPX Championships - Tournament information.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
CANTEEN ROSTER 2017.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Learning Difficulties Parent Helpline.pdf
CHERI_ On helping your child with Comprehension.pdf
SDN Debating Report & Information.pdf
Chess Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament.pdf
NAPLANonline-parent-factsheet.pdf
Sleep - Parent Forum and Bio on Speaker.pdf
Small Steps Presentation.pdf
The Sleep Connection Parent Forum Information.pdf
Lisa Maltman Bio.pdf
SLEEP Questionnaire.pdf
Sleep Support Resources Staff and Parents 1_.pdf
Way2Wellness Flyer.pdf
WALK AGAINST YOUTH VIOLENCE SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER.docx.pdf
youth festival.pdf
Winter Sports Photos Running Order 2017.pdf
FathersDay2017.pdf
Year 9 Mums Dinner Sept 2017.pdf
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