St Pius X College Newsletter

15 November 2017
Issue 35
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

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     

Photo: Members of the Student  Leadership Team meet with Bishop Comensoli

  • Prayer:  Gospel Spirituality
  • Request for Prayers – Mr Craig Naismith​
  • Remembrance Day Services
  • Meeting with the Bishop
  • ISA 2017 Service Award for Mr Matthew Stearn​
  • Exams
  • 2018 Student Leadership Team Speechcraft Graduation Dinner​


Gospel Spirituality Prayer

From Jesus' life recorded in the Gospel, we can learn the values and morals to live our lives by.  Leading by example, Jesus taught us that our actions are what define us and are what can truly bring change.  We can continue Jesus' legacy of being compassionate and loving to all by actively living our lives by the values of the Gospel.



by Cameron Fernandopulle, Year 9

If we can be people who set views, and don't blindly follow those of others,

if we can choose to do what is right, over what is easy,

if we can welcome all, and dismiss none,

if we can care for and give to those less fortunate than us,

if we can be loving to those who aren't loved,

if we can appreciate the beauty of the world that has been given to us,

if we can treasure empathy, and put ourselves in the position of others,

and all the while, if we can remain humble in our actions,

then can we be virtuous people

then can we be part of Jesus' legacy

and then can we be followers of the Gospel.



Request for Prayers – Mr Craig Naismith

The College offers prayers and support to the Naismith family and friends on the passing of Mr Craig Naismith last Saturday. Craig has battled a rare cancer for the past 10 years or more and has shown tremendous courage and strength against all odds. We pray for his wife Fiona and children Louis (Year 5 at SPX) and Annaliese (Year 4 at OLD).


Craig's funeral will be held on Friday at 11.00am at St Clement’s Anglican Church Mosman. Please continue to pray for Craig and the Naismith family. May perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest he peace.


Remembrance Day Services

The College hosted a very moving Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday 10th November. Such occasions have become a feature of the College in recent years and provide an opportunity for the entire community to come together and acknowledge the sacrifice of people in war.

We were glad to host our guests, ex-student Mr Jim FitzGerald who served in Vietnam, Mrs Ela Taranto, the sister of first day student Jacob de Sisto, killed in action in 1944 on Bougainville and another ex-student and greatly valued member of the College community, Mr David Bradley, who has been a staunch supporter of these ceremonies. He attended with his partner Lesley who was proudly wearing the medals awarded to her father for serving in the First World War.

In addition, another long term supporter and ex-student Mr Phil Chaplin attended. Chaplin Oval is named after his father in recognition of his support for the College. Also attending was Mr Ted Myers who played in the inaugural Christian Brothers’ Old Boys Rugby Club in 1946. 

College Vice Captain, Nikita Papastamatis delivered an excellent reflection on the occasion which can be found below. I thank all concerned with this event.


St Pius X Student Leaders Represent the College at Chatswood RSL Garden of Remembrance Commemoration 11/11/2017

The College was well represented at the Chatswood RSL Remembrance Day Ceremony last Saturday 11th November. Although many of our Junior Class and House Captains were on ISA/IPSHAA Saturday sporting duties, the wreath was solemnly laid by 5 Gold Class Captain Max Forbes, Year 8 Rice House Vice Captain Alex Hannam, Year 9 MindMatters Team member Daniel Fileman, Year 10 Barron House Vice Captain Kieran Zucconi and College Vice Captain Nikita Papastamatis who joined Mr Coauni at the beautiful Chatswood Garden of Remembrance.

The ceremony was a significant one led by Mr Garry Brigden and Mr Barney Flanagan of Chatswood RSL and attended by Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Also in attendance was Daphne Dunne whose first husband Albert Chowne was a local boy awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British and Australian army award for valour, for his actions in Papua New Guinea. He is buried in Lae Cemetery, PNG, and the Willoughby Park Memorial Hall is named after him.

After the ceremony we were able to chat with Mrs Daphne Dunne who although well into her nineties, was able to recount her and Albert’s stories to the students. Recently she met Prince Harry on his visit to Sydney.  Like the De Sisto sisters who attend our College Remembrance Day Ceremonies, she was also very excited to learn that we will again visit and pay our respects at the Bomana War Cemetery next June on our Biannual Kokoda Expedition. Prior to hiking the Track in 2018 we are planning an SPX Kokoda Expedition Advance Party Immersion to the Christian Brothers run Callan Services Disabled Education Schools in Port Moresby. 

Fittingly the SPX Kokoda Track Expedition 2016 party included as one of its strongest members Declan Langreiter (Year 10) whose Great Uncle Flt Sgt Anthony Gillespie lost his life in WWII, and to whom our College Foyer Honour Board is dedicated. Pte Jacob De Sisto is honoured by a plaque in the Junior Playground and the Flagpole beside our Lone Pine. Such tangible links commemorating the past and educating our students to the tragedy of war are important and are testimony to the work of our College Historian Mr Tony Cunneen.


Meeting with the Bishop

On Wednesday 13 November four members of the newly elected Student  Leadership Team represented the College at the Broken Bay Secondary School Leaders' Gathering at Canisius College, hosted by Bishop Comensoli. The Bishop spoke inspirationally to the assembled young leaders about servant leadership before leading them in a celebration of the Eucharist in the Canisius Chapel and symbolically commissioning them as leaders of the Diocese.

The gathering was attended by representatives from schools across the Central Coast, North Shore and Northern Beaches and was a fantastic opportunity for structured discussion about topics relating to faith, leadership and morality. It also provided a chance to meet, converse and network with fellow leaders from schools within the Diocese. Thanks must go to Mr Batchelor for accompanying us to the event.                                       

Daniel Hall - College Captain



ISA 2017 Service Award for Mr Matthew Stearn, Senior Sportsmaster at St Pius X College


  • Head of Sport at St Pius X College:   2008 to 2017 - 10 years
  • ISA Cricket Convenor:   2012 to 2017 – 6 years
  • ISA Representative Rugby Coach:  16B’s in 2008, 3rd XV in 2009 and 1st XV from 2010 to 2013 - total of 5 years
  • ISA Representative Opens Rugby Selector: 2013 to 2017 – 5 years

Photo:  Dr Peter Cornish, inaugural Chair of the ISA presenting

Mr Stearn with his award.


 Presentation Speech by Mrs Annette Gee-Maclaine - ISA Director of Sport:

Mr Stearn has established himself as a respected educator, organiser and a man of passion for sport and fair play.  He has shown dedication and commitment to his school and the ISA, he is a pleasure to work with.

He has been the ISA’s Cricket Convenor for the last 6 years.   As ISA Cricket Convenor, Mr Stearn has effectively conducted ISA Cricket throughout this time.  

Not only has Mr Stearn led ISA Cricket, but in his first year at St Pius X College, he willingly became involved in the ISA Representative Rugby program as a coach.  First coaching the 16B’s in 2008.  In 2009, he took on the 3rds and then for the next 3 years the ISA First XV. 

Since 2013, he has been on the ISA Open Representative Rugby selection panel, giving, to date, 10 years of service to the ISA Representative Rugby program.

Like all our sports, Rugby has undergone competition structural changes.  St Pius X College accepted the joining with St Gregory’s College to allow a home and away structure.  Mr Stearn’s influence and support in this area and subsequently his school’s, greatly assisted in the reduction of the number of unmatched and mismatched fixtures in the Division 1/3 rugby competition. 

In the role of ISA Cricket Convenor, he communicates regularly and effectively with the ISA Office. 

St Pius X College is fortunate to have you as their Head of Sport and in recognition of your contributions to the Independent Sporting Association, in particular, to ISA Cricket and Rugby, the ISA awards you the 2017 Service Award.                                                                    




The students are continuing with their assessments and exams and the school is working very solidly at present.  I emphasise with parents that there is still much learning to continue after exams and right through to the end of the term. Parents are asked not to take students out of school before the end of term. The final day for Years 5 to 10 is Wednesday 5th December.


2018 Student Leadership Team Speechcraft Graduation Dinner

Last Monday night featured the culmination of our Student Leaders' Speechcraft course when our Student Leadership Team hosted over 66 Parents and Students to a dinner at Chatswood RSL. The skills in public speaking and presentation developed by our 12 Prefects, four House Captains, two College Vice Captains and College Captain Daniel Hall were on show as they practiced their speaking skills, techniques and learning through a range of speaking situations and contexts. The student leaders have chosen various year groups and portfolios including Mission, Learning, Cultural and Sustainability, and Wellbeing on which to focus their Leadership in 2018.


The Speechcraft Course is generously funded by the Old Boys Association who identified the ideal of developing our students’ ability to express themselves publicly in a range of contexts and life situations following ex-student Liam Knight’s formation of the White Knight Foundation against violence in the community in 2014. 



Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Social Justice

Mission & Identity

I have spoken previously about the cycles of our college community. Another cycle begins this week with the launch of our Christmas Giving Tree and our Hamper collection. I am always amazed at the generosity of our community in giving to the many families who find financial difficulties, particularly during the Christmas season. Thank you to Year 7 and Year 9 who will be leading these initiatives across the College. Gifts for the Giving Tree are to be labelled with girl or boy and age to assist with the distribution of gifts. In choosing items for the Hamper collection, please give some thought to what your family might like to have on their Christmas day table.

This week 25 students and 7 staff attended a workshop for their upcoming immersions. It was obvious that these men will represent our College with commitment and dignity in the various communities they will visit.

The 2017 Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers also attended workshops in preparation for these very significant roles within our college and their parishes. Thank you to Mr Adrian Brannan, Mrs Deb Cummins and Father Paul Finucane for their assistance in running the workshops. These students will be commissioned at the Closing Mass on Wednesday the 6th of December at 10.00am.

Mass will be held at the Christian Brothers Chapel at 8.00am next Tuesday 21st November. This Mass will be celebrated for all of the names of deceased family and friends of the St Pius X College community that appear in our November Remembrance Book. Special devotion will be made to the repose of the soul of Mr Craig Naismith, father of Louis in Year 5.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice

The Edmund Rice Society had Mr Couani as a guest speaker this week who talked to the members about his trip to Edmund Rice schools in South Africa. Mr Couani spoke about the Edmund Rice Justice Desk, an organisation established in South Africa with its mission ‘To​ advocate, educate and equip in the area of Human Rights, Justice and Advocacy for all.’


As we approach the end of the year please remember that the Year 9 Christmas Food Hamper Collection has begun. Students from Year 9 will be coming around to homerooms collecting Christmas type foods to be distributed to the less fortunate in our local community.


I was contacted by a Year 10 parent with a special request and have agreed that our St Pius community can assist some of the poorest villages in The Philippines without spending anything, but recycling our good quality items. There is a container being shipped to The Philippines late December and we have been asked to add our good condition used items of shoes (especially children’s size), light clothing and coloured pencils, sharpeners, rubbers etc. so if your children have grown out of excellent condition clothing or shoes please consider having your son bring them in to be donated to our less fortunate neighbours. There is a collection bin in the foyer this week and next.


Mr D Blake  -  Social Justice Coordinator

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Year 8 PDHPE Lifelong Physical Activities Unit

  • Year 9 PLD Administration Rights and Curfew Trial
  • From the Head of Student Services

                 -   Orientation Day for Year 7, 2018

                 -   Year 8 PDHPE Lifelong Physical Activities Unit

                 -   Brigidine College – St Pius X College Year 9 Ceroc Dance Workshop

                  -   Australian Catholic Youth Festival


Year 9 PLD Administration Rights and Curfew Trial

In Term 3 and early Term 4 we undertook a trial with Year 9 students, removing their administration rights and enforcing a log out curfew on their PLDs. This was to limit distractions such as gaming and to help develop more positive sleep habits.

At the end of the Trial we consulted with students, teachers and staff to see what they thought. The students’ responses were very insightful. Many (over 70%) said that they understood and agreed with the reasons behind the Trial.  However, as one student commented, “The responsibility of a curfew should not be forced upon the students, it should be taught in a way that the responsibility is ours, and how it is our choice to do the right thing.”  Many students commented on how it affected their stress levels in trying to balance school, work, training and other commitments which was not the intention of the Trial.

Parents were divided in their responses to the Trial with roughly a three-way split on all questions between ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ and ‘neutral’, with the exception being the response to the “switching distractions”. The majority of parents agreed that students switched to using their phones or home computers instead. Some parents were supportive of the Trial continuing but others remarked:

As with most homes these days, there are computers and devices everywhere, so controlling the PLD didn't lead to less screen time or more sleep time. So neutral overall. I don't think it's worth the angst and annoyance caused by the curfew. The boys need to be trusted to work out their own schedule, they are old enough to be responsible for that. Sure we can, as parents, encourage them to go to bed earlier or get some fresh air, but their world is very different to the one we grew up with and to a degree we do have to accept that.

The response from the staff was also mixed. There seemed to be little data to suggest homework or achievement rates improved or that students had more energy due to more sleep. One staff member commented that “the problem is that they have to want to change their habits and at the moment they do not want to change.”

So where to from here? As a school our priority is education and that includes life skills such as self-management and self-restraint. We as adults know we can’t spend our workdays on Facebook or Candy Crush so it’s about instilling that same sense of responsibility in our students.

In 2018 the College will be working on educating students and supporting parents in managing their PLD use. We want to work in partnership to develop ethical, critical, creative thinkers who can use the powerful tool of technology wisely.

Ms A Gripton - Innovation and Knowledge Management Coordinator


From the Head of Student Services

St Pius X Student Leaders Represent the College at Chatswood RSL Garden of Remembrance Commemoration 11/11/2017

The College was well represented at the Chatswood RSL Remembrance Day Ceremony last Saturday 11th November. Although many of our Junior Class and House Captains were on ISA/IPSHAA Saturday Sporting Duties the wreath was solemnly laid by 5 Gold Class Captain Max Forbes, Year 8 Rice House Vice Captain Alex Hannam, Year 9 MindMatters Team member Daniel Fileman, Year 10 Barron House Vice Captain Kieran Zucconi and College Vice Captain Nikita Papastamatis who joined Mr Coauni at the beautiful Chatswood Garden of Remembrance.

The ceremony was a significant one led by Mr Garry Brigden and Mr Barney Flanagan of Chatswood RSL and attended by Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Also in attendance was Daphne Dunne whose first husband Albert Chowne was a local boy awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British and Australian army award for valour, for his actions in Papua New Guinea. He is buried in Lae Cemetery, PNG, and the Willoughby Park Memorial Hall is named after him.

After the ceremony we were able to chat with Mrs Daphne Dunne who although well into her nineties, was able to recount her and Albert’s stories to the students. Recently she met Prince Harry on his visit to Sydney.  Like the De Sisto sisters who attend our College Remembrance Day Ceremonies, she was also very excited to learn that we will again visit and pay our respects at the Bomana War Cemetery next June on our Biannual Kokoda Expedition. Prior to hiking the Track in 2018 we are planning an SPX Kokoda Expedition Advance Party Immersion to the Christian Brothers run Callan Services Disabled Education Schools in Port Moresby. 

Fittingly the SPX Kokoda Track Expedition 2016 party included as one of its strongest members Declan Langreiter (Year 10) whose Great Uncle Flt Sgt Anthony Gillespie lost his life in WWII, and to whom our College Foyer Honour Board is dedicated. Pte Jacob De Sisto is honoured by a plaque in the Junior Playground and the Flagpole beside our Lone Pine. Such tangible links commemorating the past and educating our students to the tragedy of war are important and are testimony to the work of our College Historian Mr Tony Cunneen.


Wellbeing Prefects and MindMatters students welcome Year 7 2018 on Orientation Day

The welcome afforded our 160 strong Year 7 2018 cohort last Tuesday was testament to the MindMatters work of the College through our newly appointed Year 7 Coordinator, Mr Joe Lynch, and Wellbeing Teams.

The day featured a welcome delegation on the verandah for students and parents before a brief information session in the Senior Resource Centre for those parents wishing to attend. The information disseminated by Mr Lynch, Mr Couani, College Sportsmaster Mr Stearn, Performing Arts Coordinator Ms Bates, Learning innovation Coordinator Ms Gripton and Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning Mr Alex Damo can also be obtained by contacting Ms King or Ms Jennings in the College Enrolments office.


Year 6 – 7 Transition meetings and Allwell diagnostic testing then preceded lunch at Beauchamp Park and in the playground before our Year 7 Pastoral care staff, Wellbeing Prefects and Year 9 MindMatters students led a student information session in the Year 7 homerooms followed by tours of the school in student groups before dismissal from the Junior Playground around Melbourne Cup time.

Thanks to our Year 7 PC staff:  Ms Foord, Ms Alington, Ms Dempsey, Mr McBrearty and Mr Formosa;  Wellbeing Prefects:  Cooper Alan, Sam Massey, Carlo Obegosa-Jordan, and James Brown;  Vice Captains Jack Moran and Nikita Papastamatis and Year 9 MindMatters students: Tyson MaCallum, Dom Greenwood, Duncan Dingley, Lachlan Mathie and Gregor Dingley for what was a very successful day of integration for our 2018 Year 7 cohort.



Year 8 PDHPE Lifelong Physical Activities Unit

It was great to see the high levels and quality of participation in the Year 8 PDHPE Physical Activity Options for Life unit. On Tuesday one third of the cohort respectively participated in rockclimbing with Mr O’Byrne, surfing with Mr Lynch and Mr McBrearty and bushwalking the Carroll Creek/Lyrebird Track in Davidson Park with Mr Cogan,  Mr Russo and Mr de Silva leading along the Middle Harbour track.




Brigidine College – St Pius X College Ceroc Dance Workshop - Monday 20th November

All Year 9 students are reminded that as an important part of their PDHPE and Pastoral Care Curricula they will participate in a CEROC Modern Dance Workshop at Oxford Falls next Monday 20th November with students from Brigidine College .

The event was highly successful last year when our students rose to the occasion, hosting our guests in a responsible and inclusive manner and working particularly well to include students from Brigidine’s Caroline Chisolm program for students with disability.

While Angus Growden was our “best on ground” in 2015, Gregor Dingley, standing in for a Year 9 History excursion, took the title in 2016. The book is open for the 2017 Best and Fairest title.  However we do know that our students will give a good account of themselves as ambassadors for the College both on and off the dance floor.

Students need to wear correct sports uniform, travel from school as normal and bring their recess and lunch on the day.

l Preparation unites Pius and Mercy students in dramatic performance of Biblical proportions.

Dedicated preparation continues for the combined Mercy College – St Pius X College drama performance “Mary Now” which will feature at the Australian Bishops’ Catholic Youth Festival at Homebush and the Domain from 7th to 9th December.

The SPX representation in the performance features Sam Schyvens, Lachlan Donlevy, James Bleasdale, Tim McLachlan (all Year 10) and Taylor Alan (Year 9). Under the guidance of Mercy College Drama teacher Ms Gill our students are levitating to new heights following the recent full dress rehearsal at the Mercy Performing Arts Evening.

A belated apology to Tim McLachlan whose great performance I attributed in last week’s Woodchatta to his brother Nic. Sorry Tim, I failed 101 Method Acting, and you were really great in character!


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


MindMatters for Students

Buddies Beach Walk - Friday 24th November

Our final activity in the Mentors/Mentees program for 2017 will be a “Buddies Beach Walk” from Long Reef to Dee Why Surf Club on the Friday afternoon following the Founder’s Day Festival at Oxford Falls.  This activity is planned to further support our students in building caring and friendly relationships within our school community as part of the College’s MindMatters Program.

Permission slips need to be returned by this Friday, 17th November.



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

Photo: Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December from 2pm


  • HELPERS REQUIRED:  Founder's Day - Friday 24th November at Oxford Falls
  • Year 7 Parent Get-Together - Friday 17th November
  • Year 7 Class Picnic - Sunday 3rd December
  • Year 9 Mums' Drinks - Friday 1st December
  • Year 5 Parents' End of Year Gathering - Saturday 2nd December


Founder's Day - Friday 24th November at Oxford Falls

Just a couple more helper's please?

Do you like cooking snags and want to help out at Founder's Day?  Let me know if you can, even just for an hour or so - [email protected]

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 from 2pm

Bring your picnic gear, snacks and drinks to Davidson Park for a fun family afternoon. Sausage sizzle provided.  Click on the invitation below for all the details.

PLEASE RSVP to [email protected] before 19th November so we know how many sausages to purchase.


Year 9 Mums Drinks - Friday 1st December

Come along and join other Year 9 mums for a drink and/or a bite to eat at The Orchard, Chatswood from 6.00 to 6:30pm on Friday 1st December.   Please see the invitation below and RSVP to Fiona or Marissa via [email protected].


Year 5 Parents' End of Year Gathering - Saturday 2nd December 

We are organising a catchup/end of year social gathering at the Match Smokehouse in Roseville, 7pm on Saturday 2nd December.   

Please confirm attendance with Anja Lineen (Billy 5G)  on [email protected]



Nadine Robson - Assistant Secretary P&F

[email protected]

0412 272 056


Department News

Photo: Visual Arts: Year 9 has been studying the concepts of Nature in art.

  • Performing Arts 
  • Visual Arts


Performing Arts  


Congratulations to our team of Ben Cullen (Year 7), Reuben Jacobson, Ashely Johnson, Alec Ramsbottom and Max Wilkins (Year 8) who came third in the final of this competition last Wednesday evening. The boys were confident and entertaining performers, truly capturing the essence of each “game” that was played. Thank you to Ms Fernando who has spent many hours working with the boys to prepare them for this event and also to Ms Foord and the Year 8 boys who came along to support the team.



Last Friday saw our College mark this significant event with a sombre and reverent ceremony. Thank you to the College Orchestra for your superb playing which helped set the tone and mood. Particular recognition should be made of Lachlan Chue (Year 11) who not only played the Last Post and Reveille at our ceremony but also at Our Lady of Dolours Primary School. He then followed this up on Saturday by performing again at the Bunnings store in Artarmon.



Our last Concert for the year is on Friday 1st December (Week 8) commencing at 5.00pm in the Junior School yard. The following ensembles will be performing; Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert and Jazz Bands, Intermediate and Senior Percussion Ensembles, Junior and Senior Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Senior String Ensemble, College Orchestra and Junior Drama Ensemble. Parking will be available in the College yard and it is anticipated that the Concert will conclude between 7.15 – 7.30pm. There will be the usual barbeque run by the Performing Arts Parents Association and also a raffle, where first and second prizes are Christmas hampers and third a gift voucher. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Visual Arts

Nature Works


This Semester in Visual Arts, Year 9 has studied the concepts of Nature in Art. Many artists we have researched include Nicholas Blowers, Margaret Flockton, Henri Rousseau, John Worsley and Andy Goldsworthy.

(Left:  Ceramic work by Jonathan Dellagiacoma)



My ceramic work was inspired by the season of autumn. The first step was to knead the clay. This is a delicate procedure because if the clay was not kneaded well enough, it would have cracked. After this, I flattened a leaf to make a distinct imprint. I then molded the clay into many unconventional shapes such as a curved bowl.  After the clay dried, it was ready to be fired in the kiln. The kiln reached temperatures up to 1200 degrees Celsius. After this process, the ceramics needed to cool. I then glazed them in an array of bright colours including, green, teal, red and yellow. These colours reflect the season of autumn. These colours seeped through the imprint of the maple leaf, leaving a noticeable image.

                  Alessandro Muranty


To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what to make when I first started my ceramic body of work, but after several failed attempts, I had an idea. I used mountains and volcanoes for the inspiration for my pots. Some of my artworks have jagged sides like a volcano and others have a smooth exterior, more comparable to a snowy mountain. I actually dropped some of my pots and they broke, but I sanded back where pieces had broken off to make it look even more like a volcano, with bits of rock fallen off or changed by the sweltering heat of the magma. 

Corey Johnson


Ms F Doyle - Visual Arts Teacher

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: Boys thinking hard about how to code catchphrases at Enrichment Club

  • FREE entry:  Autism information afternoon - Friday 24th November
  • Exam and Assessment Provisions 2018
  • LearnFast :  Free 'Role of the Working Memory' eBook
  • ‘Head to Health’ - A New Government Mental Health initiative​
  • Free Vocabulary Skill Builder
  • Learn to touch-type or improve your handwriting at our OT after-school courses
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • After-school Study Program
  • Maths Drop-in Centre


Free entry:  Autism information afternoon at Gordon Friday 24th November

For the interest of parents, students and educators, this after-school expo-style event provides presentations on transitioning from school to work, how to access community networks, as well as workshops on music therapy and Lego therapy. This one day event will be held at the Gordon Uniting Church Hall, Pacific Highway Gordon, from 3.30pm until 7.00pm. For more information see the flyer below.


Exam and Assessment Provisions 2018

At St Pius X College, our Provisions Program is managed by the Learning Support and Enrichment (LSE) Department. It involves a formal in-school approval process in which provisions are granted to your son for all his whole-grade tests, exam blocks and timed written in-class assessment tasks. Exam blocks are those listed on the school calendar, and they include the NAPLAN test week. However, for other tests such as competitions (eg. the UNSW ICAS tests), students are not given provisions on these occasions. Provisions are administered by LSE teachers, our LSE Assistant, and by trained parent-helpers who assist as readers or scribes only, from time to time.  Provisions include small group supervision, extra time to write (2.5 minutes per half hour of working time), rest breaks (5 minutes per half hour of working time), use of a computer, reader, support person, or writer/scribe.


Interested parents or carers, wishing to volunteer as parent-provisions helpers may enquire about assisting in the various exam blocks throughout the school year, by contacting the LSE Coordinator: [email protected]


Medical documentation is required to confirm the presence and impact of a condition or disability, including all mental health related conditions, which may be negatively affecting your son’s ability to perform to his true ability in an exam or assessment situation. Only those students whose medical or clinical documents have been processed through the LSE staff, can be approved and granted provisions. In accordance with NESA guidelines on the granting of provisions, LSE staff take into account not only the wishes of parents, and medical documentation, but also any functional evidence gathered from your son’s teachers who are the closest observers on how your son is performing in the classroom and in test situations.


To maintain or amend your son’s provisions from the start of 2018, all continuing approvals (and any new requests) for exam and assessment provisions will require fresh or updated documentation (no older than 12-14 months in general). This documentation may include medical reports, diagnostic assessments, reviews and letters regarding medication changes, and we preferred PDF scanned copies emailed to the relevant staff member (below).


Alternatively, if your son has a new diagnosis for a new condition or disability, which you believe is impacting on his learning and exam performance, and you wish to inquire about provisions for him, then please contact the IP Convenors on the LSE staff, as follows:

Bridie Barrett: Years 5-6.    [email protected]

Amanda Fileman: Years 7-8.    [email protected]

Carla Leonardi: Year 9.    [email protected]

Joanne Raheb-Mol: Years 10-12.    [email protected]


Please click on the flyer below for your free copy of the Role of Working Memory e-book.


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


Free Vocabulary Skill Builder

Please see the information in the flyer below:


Learn to touch-type, or improve your handwriting at our OT after-school courses


Thursday Enrichment Club


After-school Study Program 


Maths Drop-in Centre


Ms J Raheb-Mol - Learning Support & Enrichment Coordinator



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Defence Info Sessions and Events


16 November, Music Careers Information Session

20 November, Army Reserve Commando Info Session

23 November, Engineering Careers Information Session


Notre Dame Course Info Day - Thursday 4 January 2018

On Course Info Day students can ask their last-minute questions and explore uni options for 2018. Student who visit the Broadway campus between 9.00am and 3.00pm on Thursday 4 January can attend sessions on courses they're interested in studying, speak with academic staff and current students and apply for study in 2018.

Eligible applicants can also interview with an academic staff member in the course they're interested in studying, receive an offer, and enrol and choose their first-year units.

Location: St Benedict's Hall and courtyard, 104 Broadway, Chippendale

Applications are still open for all courses at Notre Dame in 2018


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • NSTA Tennis


A Team - Game Time Changes:  There have been some changes to this Saturday’s game times at the Central Coast. The 13A and 14A teams both play at 9:00am and the 15A and 17A teams both play at 12:00 noon. The Firsts play at 10:00am.

D Teams: Next Saturday there will be a bus travelling to Moss Vale Basketball Stadium where our D teams will play Chevalier B Teams. The departure time will be in next weeks Woodchatta.

The Firsts gave reigning champions St Augustine’s a real battle on Saturday. The game was neck and neck right up to the final buzzer. It was a promising result for us and I hope we can build on that result as we approach the second half of the season. Central Coast will be hard to beat at their home court this Saturday and we will need to be at our best again.


Another day of mixed results with 15 wins from 29 games. The D teams had a good run against Oakhill Navy teams. Our B teams did well against St Gregory’s As and our C teams had good results against Blue Mountains As.

Game of the day:  13Fs, 10 - 8 win over Oakhill White at Oakhill. Absolute nail bitter.

Play of the day:  Patrick Moore with a Free throw to win it for the 14As.

Deserves a mention:  Sam Holm, Jake Baynie – 13A. Jack Thiessen, Ryan Johnson – 13C.

Finlay McKechnie, Rhys Johnson – 13E. Conor Lo, Matthew Kachel – 14C.

Will Stanley, Bailey Kee – 14E.


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

Mr N Gibson -  Senior Basketball Convenor



1st XI v Chevalier College – ISA Round 4 at Chevalier College

An exciting game of cricket saw the 1st XI fight hard to secure a narrow two wicket victory against Chevalier at Bowral. Having lost the toss, the SPX team was asked to field and despite some good bowling especially from Louis Mossman (1/10 off 10 overs) and spinners Mac Carrall and Tim McLachlan, the home side were 3 for 90. A dramatic Chevalier collapse ensued led by Captain James Brown (3-22) and Ryan Kelleher (2-8) as the Chevalier team was bowled out for 124. The 1st XI did well in the field to take six catches and two run outs including a brilliant direct hit from Liahm Williams. Regular wickets fell throughout the 1st XI innings as several players made starts before getting out.  Williams (31 off 40 balls) batted aggressively in a game turning performance. Nick McLachlan played a sensible innings to steer the side home in a tense finish. The 1st XI remains undefeated after four rounds of competition.

Mr D Reay - Convenor

2nd XI Match Report  


NSTA Tennis

Round 4:  As usual everyone arrived eager to get on the courts and play tennis. There was a lot of friendly banter and some great shots by all team members throughout the day. It was great to see the Junior School boys in Pius 22 vs Pius 23 enjoying their game so much. Thanks must go to Lachlan Gauci who umpired the game then hung around to have a friendly hit with the boys; I know that the Juniors really appreciated the time given to them. It is great to see the newcomers to tennis, Alex and Joseph from Team 20 improving every week with some excellent rallies on show for the spectators on the day.

The second session began right on time and with 3 of the 6 games being Pius vs Pius it was set to be an exciting morning. Special mention must go to both Riad and Victor Lahoud from SPX 1 who played some outstanding tennis against some very strong opposition. The boys worked hard to return some killer serves from Redlands top team but unfortunately lost a well-fought battle. Despite a loss by SPX 11 it must be noted that both Aiden Shearer-Hawkins and Alexander Clelland played some excellent tennis against Redlands, with some fantastic rallies between them.

Special thanks also to Patrick Djizmedjian and Ben Casey for playing up to fill in for a couple of boys who were unable to make the games.

Please note that we have one more round next weekend before the finals and play-offs that will be held on Saturday 25th November.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Remembrance Day Service

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Congratulations to our published authors and illustrators.  Well done to our participants in the public speaking competition. (Read more below). 

Last Wednesday Year 5 had  a very interesting incursion entitled ‘Kadul’ which fits in with their English Unit on The Dreamtime. 

We have 3 weeks of our swimming and surf safety program to go so please continue to be sunsmart.  You could remind your sons about the Melanoma and Sun Safety Workshop last week which sent a very powerful message.  


Last Friday we had a very reverent Remembrance Day service where the Junior School playground became an amphitheatre for the whole school. Two Year 5 boys, Thomas Reay and Daniel Staal, whose fathers have served in the armed services, presented the wreath.

Lest we forget…  




Our winners wowed Willoughby’s Wildlife Story Competition!

It was a proud moment for the parents of five talented writers and artists from Year 5; Noah Elms, Dominic Mitchell, Daniel Guerrera, Thomas Reay and Christian Tierney. These students are this year’s winners of the Wildlife Story Competition.


This competition supports our school’s focus on literacy and concern for the environment. The Council sets the task for each Primary school to focus on a native creature as an inspiration for creative works. Our Year 5 boys focused on the magpie. Winning entries from every school are compiled into a book. 

Bushland Officer, Richard O’Brien described this year’s book as the “best-ever”, making Christian’s drawing which was selected for the cover even more special. Mayor Giles-Gidney commended Christian on his design.


Dominic’s story impressed not only the judges but a packed audience at Willoughby Library. Dominic was singled out from all the winners to read his story. Congratulations to Dominic for this great honour and for reading his story with perfect pace and terrific expression - his applause was well deserved.

Ms K Keighery - Teacher Librarian



Well done to Tomo Wilkins, Cavan Ryan and Jack Hammond who represented St Pius X College at the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at St Andrew’s Cathedral School on Thursday. They presented their individual speeches on the theme ‘The best things in life are free’.

There were over 30 schools on the day from Sydney and country NSW with over 110 students speaking.


It was great learning experience for the boys presenting to a panel and then being given feedback on their speeches as well listening to their peers on how they interpreted and delivered on the topic.  Well done to the boys attending the training sessions leading up to the day and their outstanding performance and efforts on the day.



GERRIC offers a range of school vacation programs for gifted and talented students from Years 3-10. This doesn’t mean you have to be a genius. Gifted and talented students are generally students who are capable of performing in the top 10-15% of their age-peers.

Applications for 2018 January programs are being currently finalised - see the link below for details and more information.

Mrs Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher



  • Tuesday 21st November:  Staff Meeting – no After School Study.
  • Tuesday 21st November: Year 6 Guide Dog incursion.
  • Wednesday 22nd November:  Year 5 visit to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. Note has been emailed and is available on the Portal.  Sports uniform to be worn - bring morning tea, lunch, water bottle and a school hat!
  • Friday 24th November:  Founder’s Day – lunch supplied, no school bags, boys wear Colour House sports uniform.
  • Friday 1st December:  YEAR 5 PARENTS’ END OF YEAR SOCIAL - 7.00pm at Match Smokehouse in Roseville.  Please confirm attendance with Anja Lineen (Billy 5G) on [email protected]
  • Sunday 3rd December:  Year 6 Picnic – details below.
  • Wednesday 6th December: 10.00am - Closing Mass for Years 5 to 10.  Junior School Prizegiving in the Gym at Chatswood from 12 noon to 2.00pm.




Mr T Long - Head of Junior School

Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport:  We continue our swim program in lieu of regular sport. Year 5 attend Macquarie Uni Aquatic Centre for a pool based program and Year 6 attend Dee Why Beach for a surf skills program. Parents can collect boys directly from each venue by 2.15pm.


Basketball:  This Saturday is the final round of matches for 2017. Good luck to all players. Please return singlets ASAP next week so that I can prepare them for the 2018 season.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Softball :  

Report Round 11:  Wow! What a game last Saturday. Our opponent was Trinity Juniors, a well organised team who confidently went into the first innings and scored 5 runs. Unfortunately our first 3 batters were out before 1st base. The SPX  team then went in with determination. We fared better in the 2nd innings and only 3 Trinity players touched home plate. At this stage we were none, Trinity 8.

Then we saw some outstanding play by Thomas Wilkins as he hit with a strong resolve and was off onto running the bases. Next, Max Lenton swung hard and it was his turn to make 1st base. This continued with Patrick Hall, Joshua Connors and Michael Whitehead. We were back in the game!  Jhon Evans kept his concentration as pitcher as regrettably Marcus Steen, his co pitcher, was still out injured.

Then disaster struck.  We had a few sick players so our numbers were dwindling and positions needed to be reallocated. However the team held it together and displayed excellent comeradery. Jose Monk went in to give Jhon Evans a break from pitching. Luca Van Vuuren and Andrew Bradford, who were both sick, played as much game time as they could. Eliot Sanders, Will Mathie and Rowan Roomie were on to the ball.

It was a great comeback to level the match, a fantastic game to be part of and I was very proud of the players.  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


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

St Pius X College Newsletter
Remembrance Day Address 2017.pdf
Remembrance Day Address 2017.pdf
Careers Newsletter Nov 8.pdf
Careers Newsletter Nov 15.pdf
St Pius Basketball Game Times Sat 11th Nov R4.pdf
St Pius Game Times Sat 18th Nov 2017 R5.pdf
Cricket Match Reports.doc.pdf
2nd XI Match Report.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
What is Head to Health.pdf
Free Vocabulary Skill Builder.pdf
Touch Typing & Handwriting Skills.pdf
Autism Expo - Flyer V10.pdf
DRAFT Term Dates 2018.pdf
2017-Dec-Yr7 Family Picnic.pdf
2017-Dec-Yr 9 Mums Dinner.pdf