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.
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.
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