St Pius X College Newsletter

13 September 2017
Issue 28
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Social Justice 
Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Students & Families
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

Friday 15th September


SDN Finals


Saturday 16th September

SPX Internal Tennis Championship


Tuesday 19th September

Years 9 & 10 Drama Night


Thursday 21st September

Year 12 Internal Graduation


Friday 22nd September

Year 12 External Graduation

Term 3 Concludes



Monday 9th October

Staff and Students Return

Year 9 Camp #1 Huntington House to 11/10


Wednesday 11th October

Year 9 Camp #2 Huntington House to 13/10


Saturday 14th October

IPSHA R7 Summer resumes

Growing Good Men Weekend to 15/10


Monday 16th October

Year 9 Camp #3 Huntington House to 18/10

HSC Begins

Wellbeing Week


Wednesday 18th October

Year 9 Camp #4 Huntington House to 20/10


Saturday 21st October



Monday 23rd October

Performing Arts Festival Week


Tuesday 24th October

Rugby Supporters' Club AGM 


Wednesday 25th October

Year 12, 2018 Study Day #1


Thursday 26th October

Investiture 2018 Senior Leaders at The Concourse

(moved from 23/10)


Saturday 28th October



Sunday 29th October

College Orchestra Workshop


Monday 30th October

Yr 9 Camp #5 Huntington House to 1/11

Wednesday 1st November

Year 12, 2018 Parent Information Evening


Saturday 4th November

Years 5 & 6 (2018) Orientation Morning

P&F Morning Tea



Monday 6th November

Year 10 Assessment Block begins to 10/11



Tuesday 7th November

Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day


Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 12 Formal


Saturday 11th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 1


Tuesday 14th November

Years 5-9 Exams begin


Saturday 18th November


New Enrolments 2018 Music Auditions 2


Thursday 23rd November

Year 7 Vaccination Clinic #3


Friday 24th November

Founder's Day Festival


Saturday 25th November



Monday 27th November

Year 10 Immersions

ABW Begins


Thursday 30th November

Year 10 Dinner Dance






Friday 1st December

Year 11 conclude

Snowy Hike departs to 7/12

Christmas Twilight Concert


Monday 4th December

Year 10 Peer Support Training


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     


  • Colour Awards
  • Year 11 Exams
  • Year 12 Leadership Investiture - Change of Date
  • Congratulations to Vicko Poon



"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."  

 Mary MacKillop


This beautiful saying of Mary Mackillop reminds us that God is with us always, we really only need to take time in silence to listen and hear. Before we know it we are in dialogue with our God and isn’t that true prayer?


Colour Awards

This year we have conducted our Sports Colour Awards through a range of Friday Morning Sport Assemblies presenting the many Blue colour Award winners. Last Thursday the Awards culminated with the Silver and Gold Awards being presented at a ceremony in The Concourse with all students from Years 7 to 12 in attendance.

Our special guest was Old Boy Mitch Grant who told his inspirational story to the boys. Mitch was a middle of the road student who was involved in school life like any other student. He was in trouble at various stages and admitted that he was not an easy youth in his teenage years. After he left school his passion became motorbikes. The unthinkable happened and Mitch suffered the most horrendous bike accident. He was lucky to survive and at one stage it was likely that he may become a paraplegic or lose both his legs. The surgeons were able to save one leg but he lost the other and wears a prosthetic leg. Mitch shared his story of determination and how he came to realise the inner strength that he never thought he had. He has not only recovered but become a well renowned international speaker for his achievements in overcoming adversity as an amputee. He now also owns and runs his own Gym at North Ryde.

I congratulate all the Colour Award recipients and a list of these students is attached below.


Year 11 Exams

Year 11 commenced their exams this week and this will end their Preliminary Year studies. In Term 4 students will return to receive their results and commence their HSC. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.


Year 12 Leadership Investiture - Change of Date

Please note that the Year 12, 2018 Leadership Investiture will now be held on Thursday 26th October from 1.30 until 3.30pm.



Vicko Poon (Year 9) -  Speed Skating Success 

Athletes from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia competed for their state in the 65th annual Duke Trophy short track speed skating event at Sydney’s Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink on 29th - 30th July 2017.  This is a national short track speed skating event where skaters from across Australia score points for the state they represent and hence it is also known as “State of Origin on Ice”.


Vicko was selected in the NSW team and competed in the Junior B Division.  He was also one of four skaters selected for the 3000M Relay in the NSW Junior B Division and his team won in the relay.  Congratulations Vicko for your contribution to New South Wales winning the Duke Trophy this year.


Mr John Couani - Principal


Mission & Social Justice 

Photo: The Most Holy Name of Mary

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice
        -    Woolies Earn and Learn Collection
        -    The Edmund Rice Society in Action
        -    The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September

Mission & Identity

At our Assembly Prayer this week, we recognised an important Feast Day devoted to Mary, Mother of the Lord Jesus, called ‘The Most Holy Name of Mary’. Held on 12th of September this Feast Day comes four days after another Mary feast ‘The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’.  Recognising the name of Mary as Holy began in 1684 but the decision was made to revoke it from the Catholic Liturgical Calendar after the Second Vatican Council. In 2002 this feast day was reintroduced by Pope John Paul II who also had a special adoration for Mary.

Devotion to Mary, no matter what the feast day, has had a long history at St Pius X College. The Christian Brothers have a special devotion to ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help’, with the feast day held on 27th June. An image of this icon appears in every classroom at the College as well as a beautiful mosaic in the courtyard. Special devotions are given to Mary during the months of May and October, with the latter month having a special focus on the Rosary due to the Feast Day on 7th October which celebrates the Feast of ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’.

A beautiful Memorial Mass was held for Mrs Robyn Olson, wife of long-standing staff member Mr Jim Olson, on Tuesday in the Christian Brothers' Chapel. Thank you to the many staff, students and parishioners who attended and gave thanks for the life of Robyn.

As we begin the final weeks of Term 3 we pray for the Year 11 students as they sit their Preliminary Exams and for our Year 12 students as they commit themselves to the HSC challenges ahead. May they continue to feel the strength and support of our Loving Father through our community.

Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity


Social Justice



Woolworths Earn and Learn collection for St Joseph’s Walgett has now finished. Over 14,000 stickers have been placed into the books and sent off to St Joseph’s. A huge congratulations to the entire St Pius X College family for your tremendous effort and generosity in aiding this tiny rural partner school of ours.



St Joseph’s fundraising raffle for a new Toyota Prado worth almost $70,000 continues. All monies raised go toward their new sports court and tickets are $50. If interested please follow the link:

St Joseph's Walgett Sports Court Prado Raffle


The Edmund Rice Society continues to be busy. The Fair Trade Chocolate Stall for Callan Services sold out on Tuesday so next week they should have a total of all monies they have raised for our partner school in Papua New Guinea.


The White Knight Foundation - Walk Against Youth Violence on Sunday 24th September



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





Mr David Blake – Social Justice Coordinator



Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Kokoda Track Expedition - Information for 2018

  • From the Head of Student Services:

             -    House Vice Captains
             -    House Cup
             -    Running for Rowie - this Sunday 17th September

             -   The Liam Knight 'White Knight Foundation Walk' - Sunday 24th September

  • Winter Sports Photo Orders
  • Kokoda Track Expedition 2018
  • 'Clean Slate Without Prejudice' - Holiday Boxing Opportunity
  • School Water Bottles
  • Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym ​
  • General Notices

From the Head of Student Services

House Vice Captains

Congratulations to the following students who have been appointed House Vice-Captains for Semester 2, 2017. They were congratulated and recognised by the College at Sports Assembly last Friday morning when they were presented to Mr Couani and the College by outgoing House Captains: Joshua Thrum (Barron); Daniel Greenland (Purton); Sam John (Rice) and Brodie Jones (Treacy).

Selected by their peers to lead and give representative voice to the students in their House and Year group, they will work with their House Captains, the Wellbeing Prefects, Pastoral Care and Mindmatters staff to develop the quality of learning and experience of students as they transition through the College.  

Their duties and responsibilities to fulfil this Semester include:

  • Supporting the Year 11 Prefects in the Physical Activity for Wellbeing Initiative by organising their Year’s participation, team's equipment and supervision of the Gym, SPV and Beauchamp Oval when rostered on by The Student Leadership Team.
  • Assisting the Prefects and MindmattersTeams hosting our Year 7, 2018 Orientation Day on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
  • Representing the College at the Willoughby Council Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday 10th or Saturday 11th November (TBC).
  • Leading the Leadership Forum with Mindmatters Teams in Week 7 or Week 8 (TBC - proposed for Wednesday 29th November).
  • Year 9 Hosting the Brigidine School at our Ceroc Dance Day on 20th November 2017 (TBC).
  • Other duties as required through Wellbeing Week and other Term 4 student centred activities.

House Cup - Congratulations to BARRON HOUSE

With their tenure of leadership coming to close as they approach their HSC Examinations, our Year 12 House Captains and their Year 11 counterparts who begin their leadership of the College, found it timely last Friday to present the 2017 House Cup.

The House Cup was inaugurated in 2010 by Mr Jim Olson, and is awarded to the House which accrues the most participation points, in areas which contribute positively to the life and wellbeing of the College.

As recently as last week, points were added for College Captain, Vice Captain, Prefect and Junior Student attendance at the Old Boys Annual Mass (congratulations Oliver Franklin of Year 10 who attended with his Grandfather Mr Edward Brett (Class of ’54)), as well as ISA Athletics representatives, not limited to our high flying performers such as Daniel Hall (discus +), Tom Hunt (400-800), James Hunt (hurdles +) and Dom Panozzo (800+) among so many others.

Testament to the charismatic leadership of House Captain Joshua Thrum, for the second year in a row Barron are the House Cup Champions for 2017, closely followed by Treacy, Purton and Rice.

Taking nothing away from Josh Thrum, Tom Courtney and their team, it may be timely for an audit of team numbers and perhaps the addition of a fifth House in 2018 to complement the number of Home Rooms in each cohort. Stay tuned and get involved in Running for Rowie and the White Knight Foundation Walk over the coming weeks. College Vice Captains Nikita Papastamatis and Jack Moran are on the upbeat count!



House Cup Presented to Joshua Thrum and Tom Courtney, Barron House captains 2017 and 2018 respectively.





Running for Rowie

Thank you to those Years 9 and 10 MindMatters students who have stepped up to conduct the BBQ and Children’s Games at the Willoughby Community Annual Running for Rowie event this Sunday. We thank Ms Foord and Ms Kugananthan for their coordination of this student initiative in which historically we have partnered with the Monte girls to ensure a good time is had by all. Any further expressions of interest should be directed to Ms Foord by Thursday afternoon.


White Knight Foundation Walk Against Youth Violence

The annual Liam Knight walk takes place on 24th September, the first Sunday of the holidays, along the scenic Spit to Manly walk.  See Mr Blake, Ms Foord or Mr Brannan to register your interest and support and to get details of arrangements and possible transport options.  It was a great day and a great event last year and promises to be so again.

For more information please see the Social Justice page of this newsletter or visit the website:


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

Winter Sports Photo Orders

All photo orders must be returned to the Silver Box outside the Finance Office by Thursday 21st September at the latest. Order forms can be found at the Student Office.

Ms L Proc - General Coordinator


Kokoda Track Expedition 2018

The Kokoda Track Expedition will take place from the 29th June to 8th July 2018.  The first of our training hikes is locked in for Sunday 8th October 2017 when we will be walking from Brooklyn to Cowan.  The walk is 13.4km with one big hill.  This is an opportunity for all prospective participants to meet, prepare and to discuss all aspects of the Kokoda Track Expedition 2018.


Details are as follows:

  • When:  Sunday 8th October 2017
  • Meet:    Cowan train station 7.20am (Train to Brooklyn/Hawkesbury River 7.36am; arrive 7.45am)
  • Finish:   Cowan train station 1.00pm
  • Need:    3 litres of water (no water on route), hat, sunscreen, snacks, sense of humour

In the event of track work we can do a car shuffle to Brooklyn. In the event of track closures due to controlled burns we will decide on an alternate route. At this stage all communications will be via email.


Next Hikes:  Please note that I will confirm the following hikes as we move closer to the dates.

      2.             Sunday 5th November 2017

      3.             Sunday 4th February 2018

      4.             Sunday 4th March 2018

      5.             Sunday 1st April 2018

      6.             Sunday 6th May 2018

      7.             Sunday 3rd June 2018

If you are interested in being part of the Kokoda Track Expedition 2018 and are not already on the mailing list please contact the College Outdoor Education Coordinator or come along and join us on the hikes. All welcome to attend.

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator


Clean Slate Without Prejudice 

Holiday Boxing Opportunity at PCYC Redfern

Clean Slate Without Prejudice is a Routine & Boxing program for kids in Redfern, launched by the Redfern local Koori community in partnership with the Police. Local Elders, Shane Phillips and local Men’s group chairman Mark Spinks and Mentors joined with Area commander Luke Freudenstein to create this unique program.

As a result of Year 10’s Pastoral Care Visit on 29th August by Inspector Sam Crisafulli (Redfern Police) and Eunice Grimes (Head Mentor of Tribal Warrior) we would like to extend an invitation to prospective Year 10-12 students who would like to attend the boxing sessions at 6am at PCYC Redfern on the two Friday mornings during the Term 3 holidays - 29th September and 6th October. The students will be escorted by train from Chatswood Station under the direction of Mr S Brannan (Head of Student Services) and Miss Alexandra Foord (Stage 5 Wellbeing). This cause is also strongly supported by Mr David Blake (Head of Social Justice).

Please click below for full details and registration form.


School Water Bottles

Most plastic products that we may only use for a few minutes are made of materials that are designed to last forever. With this in mind our Year 10 Student Empowerment Team set out to implement stainless steel bottles as a first step in reducing the amount of plastic waste we have in our College.



We would like to thank all the parents, friends and staff of the college that have helped support this initiative, with the purchase of 275 stainless steel bottles.


It is very important to us to support local businesses when running our initiatives. So we would like to thank Cheeki, an Australian company, dedicated to creating an alternative to disposable plastic containers. They have helped to create a unique water bottle decorated with the schools emblem and have been extremely generous in offering the products at a reduced cost to help support our initiative.


For more information on Cheeki:


Year 10 Student Empowerment Team

Term 4 Parent/Son Bootcamp at SPX Sarto Gym 

Please see details in the flyer below.


General Notices


World Education Program Australia are currently looking for volunteer host families for overseas high school students arriving in Australia in early 2018. Hosting provides Australian families with an opportunity to experience a real cultural exchange from right here, at home. 

To find out more you can request a free information pack on the website,




St Joseph’s College Spring Fair - Sunday 12 November is a wonderful community/family event and a great way to spend a Sunday in Spring.  There are many activities and stalls for both students and parents to enjoy. Please click on the flyer for details.

for Students & Families

Photo: Buddies Bushwalk

  • Year 10 Pastoral Care
  • Buddies Bushwalk
  • The White Knight Foundation Walk Against Youth Violence - Sunday 24th September
  • Morning Boxercise at SPX


A good life is when you smile often,

dream big, laugh a lot

and realise just how blessed you are

for what you have.



Year 10 Pastoral Care

On Tuesday 12th September Nick Papastamatis (College Captain 2005) gave an insightful talk on leadership and how to run a successful business.  The students were led through a 40 minute tutorial on personality traits of a leader, examples of successful businesses as well as Nick’s own company 'Balance Health and Performance'.


Nick gave examples and reflections on the feedback he received from Mr Pawlak and Mr Masters as being instrumental in being the determined and accomplished man he has become.  He reminded Year 10 of the valuable personal lessons he learned at school, university and in the workforce. He reflected on the meaning of excellence, hard work and looking for support.


We valued his time and the students gained a greater understanding of what it means to be a Pius Man in the 21st century.

Miss A Foord - Stage 5 Wellbeing Coordinator


Buddies Bushwalk

Over 62 members of the College Community, including buddy members of Mr Russo’s Mindmatters Peer Mentoring Program, engaged in the Annual St Pius X College Buddies Bushwalk last Sunday. With the route adjusted on NPWS advice, instead of the usual Acron Oval to Davidson Park route, we hiked the Currie Road, Magazine and Killarney Heights Tracks along the Middle Harbour waterline, around the Sydney Harbour Trust WWII ammunition stores to Roseville Bridge Picnic Area where we ended our hike with a BBQ hosted by SPX parents including Mr Frank and Mrs Kate Vaccher, Mr Ian Fong and Mr Mark Monico.

The hike provided an opportunity for the group to thank those Year 12 students in attendance in their final Mentors commitment before their HSC:  College Captain Joe Unwin, Brandon Jubian, Tom Gazey, Jack Schyvens, Nick Slack, Joshua Thompson, Sean Gomez, Matt Staal and Andrew Jackson.

No less deserving of praise were our Year 11 Mentors who enjoyed a few hours respite from study before their Preliminary Course Exams this week:  Oliver Stewart, Jonathan Stewart, James Spencer, Adrian Currrington, Michael Currington, Jack Moran, Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Gauci, Lewis Handy, Josh Smith and Alistair Wright.

The hope is that some more of our Years 9, 10 and 11 students will step into the void to mentor the sometimes challenging tradition of our Junior students into and through the College and that in turn some of our current junior “Mentees” will step up to empathetically mentor Junior students in the years to come.

Thanks are due also to the staff who attended this initiative:  our inspirational College Counsellor Mr Rick Russo, Ms Amanda Fileman - a new addition to our Mindmatters and Learning Support Teams - and long-serving role model of the College Mr Jim Olson. They were well supported on the walk by parents and grandparents including Mrs Mary Thompson, Mr Wayne Crispe, Mr Stuart Mirabello, Mr Greg Spencer and several generous others who requested anonymity. Like those from the 1798 Irish Uprising we will respect their wishes only once until freedom is achieved!

Fide et Labore:  Through Faith and Hard Work


Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services


The White Knight Foundation

Walk Against Youth Violence

Liam Knight, an ex-student of St Pius X College, invites all SPX families to get involved again with the 2017 Walk Against Youth Violence. This event will take place on 24th September beginning at 8.00am. The walk will be from the Spit to Manly, a 10km picturesque walk. For more information please see the Social Justice page of this newsletter or visit the website:

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor



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 5 Family Day - Saturday 23rd September

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


Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Department News

Photo: College Colour Awards at The Concourse - Thursday 7th September

  • Performing Arts

Performing Arts  



Thank you to the Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands and their Director Mr Geoff Power for their musical contributions before and during this important College event last Thursday.  The audience truly appreciated and enjoyed your lively and engaging performances.




Students in the Years 9 and 10 Elective Drama classes will be presenting a range of short works at their performance night on Tuesday 19th September, commencing at 5.30pm in the Sarto Centre. Parents and friends are warmly invited to come and see the end result of what the students have been working on during class.



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.



The Annual General Meeting of the Performing Arts Parents Association (PAPA) will take place on Wednesday 11th October, commencing at 7.00pm in the Core Music Room. Parking will be available in the Junior School yard. Parents of all boys who participate in Music and Drama at the College are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.



This Festival which is held annually will take place in Week 3 of Term 4. Each night starts at 5.30pm and parking is available in the College yard. The specific day for each tutor is listed below, along with the venue. Any student who learns an instrument outside the College who would like to participate must see Ms Bates before the end of this term.


Monday 23 October:         Strings and Voice        Talati, S and Goodwin                         BMR

Monday 23 October:         Woodwind                      Andrews and Dollin                             Gym

Tuesday 24 October:         Percussion                     Lewandowski and Talati, I                BMR

Tuesday 24 October:         Brass                                Power, Sismey, Blunt, Talati, S        Gym

Wednesday 25 October:  Music Production       Cummins                                                  BMR

Thursday 26 October:      Piano                               Gan, Waddington                                  BMR

Thursday 26 October:     Guitar                               Cranney, Cummins, Talati, S            Gym

Friday 27 October:            Theatre Sport               Fernando                                                  Sarto Centre




Year 12 Music students having just finished their HSC Performance Examinations.



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator



Learning Support
& Enrichment


  • New OT Intake - Term 4, 2017
  • How parents can help with homework
  • Thursday Enrichment Club for interested students in Years 7-10
  • Free vocabulary skill-builder
  • Maths Drop In Centre
  • After School Study Program

New OT Intake - Term 4, 2017

These are intensive small group courses, open to all students in Years 5-10, who are interested in improving vital writing and typing skills, which can only enhance performance at school. Each course involves one afternoon per week for a block of 8 weeks, and is run by our experienced occupational therapist and registered provider, Anna Orchard.

For Term 4 only, the course will run for 7 sessions and at a reduced rate of $280.00 for new students (normally $320 for the regular 8 session term).

Students who have attended these courses in the past and would like to again build on their skills, are also welcome to register. To assist parents and carers, any continuing students are eligible for a discount. Please contact Anna for more details.

ALL courses begin Week 2 of Term 4 (week beginning Monday 16th October).

Once registered and enrolled, Anna will confirm and advise parents and boys about all the details closer to time.

All classes run from 3.20pm – to 4.30pm and are held in LC2 (Leary Room 2), D Block.

Students undertaking touch typing will need to bring their PLDs for the touch typing course and all students will be encouraged to bring along a drink and snack if required.

See the flyers below for registration and enrolment details and send your queries to [email protected] or [email protected]


How parents can help with homework


Thursday Enrichment Club

Open to interested students in Years 7 to 10

St Pius X College will be running a regular Enrichment Club each Thursday at lunchtime in LC2 to promote opportunities for interested students who want to extend their thinking skills, enjoy learning and research challenges, and would like to mix with other boys who share these interests, in an informal and fun environment.

The Club will provide opportunities for students to work both independently and in teams on various enrichment activities, competitions including Da Vinci, and challenges that draw on a wide range of subject areas, and which will require students to make use of a wide range of skills and interests – including  critical thinking, problem-solving, creative writing, applied maths and science, design and computing skills, philosophy and ethics, politics, religion, history, literature, drama and more.

Activities will include a mix of free choice and structured tasks, vocabulary games, word puzzles and speech-making, optional competition entry opportunities – some requiring pre-selection and trialling, as well as self-generated research questions and topics of interest. There is no cost for joining the Enrichment Club, except for any competition entries which selected students may choose to participate in,  and students will be well advised about these and parent permission notes sent home before time, whenever these opportunities arise.

If interested, please meet Ms Raheb-Mol each Thursday lunchtime in LC2. Due to the Year 11 exam block, Enrichment Club will start Week 9 of Term 3. See you there boys!

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


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: (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 News
  • Careers Newsletter


Careers News

University of Sydney – Fixed ATAR System

The fixed ATAR is the minimum ATAR needed to guarantee entry into a chosen course.  If a student achieves this required ATAR and places Sydney as their first preference they will be made an offer through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

The required ATAR thresholds will not change throughout the preference and admissions period for 2018 entry, which includes the December, January and February UAC rounds.


TAFE NSW Degrees

You don’t have to go to uni to get a degree. TAFE NSW offers a number of degree level courses and higher education options with strong industry links and both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.


UAC Applications

The Year 12 students will receive their own copy of the UAC Guide. The first closing date for applications is 29th September.  It is not first-come-first-serve, so there is plenty of time to apply.


UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Participating institutions can use a range of criteria when making SRS offers, including your Year 11 studies, school's rating of your abilities in areas of study and aptitudes, and your Educational Access Schemes (EAS) application (if applicable).

SRS Applications close Friday 29 September.


Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: SPX Tennis Championships this Saturday


  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket 
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • SPX Tennis Championship
  • NSTA Tennis
  • Touch Football at Lane Cove


Athletics 2017 Age Champions

Congratulations to the following students:  


In his Colour Awards speech last Friday Matthew Hall spoke about  the Olympic motto, the hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger".  He was referring to the culture within the St Pius X College Athletics team. Matthew emphasised that at St Pius X College it is the 'ER' in Faster, Higher and Stronger that is important and not the 'EST' in Fastest, Highest and Strongest. At the College we work hard to improve our own personal best times, heights and distances. Athletes are competing against themselves to strive to improve. Hard work through training, listening to advice from coaches and competing is rewarded by improvement. It was this approach that our athletes successfully applied throughout the season and then took into the ISA Championship.  The team effort enabled us to finish with the following results:


  • Junior Shield                    2nd
  • Intermediate Shield       3rd
  • Senior Shield                    4th
  • Aggregate Trophy           2nd


Next year I would like to encourage more students to get involved.  Whilst the ISA team is selected, the training and participation in the Invitational Carnivals is open to everyone.


We are very fortunate to have an extremely talented group of old boy coaches that work with our athletes:  Will and Sam Richardson, Anthony Collum and Anthony Arruzza. Not only are they excellent athletes themselves but as coaches they are able to pass on their experience and knowledge in a supportive and motivating manner. I know the boys they have coached are very grateful and appreciative of their efforts.


I would like to personally thank Sally Richardson who has helped out at carnivals, organised training and coaches for over 10 years.


Congratulations to the following Athletes who have been selected to represent the ISA at CIS:  James Brown, Thomas Hunt, Kalani Lenehan, Oliver Aylmer, Lachlan Mathie, Daniel Hall, Kyle Bowen, Angus Cutbill,Tim Hallissy, Matthew Hall, James Hunt, David Jelovic, Dominic Panozzo,  Sam Holm, Connor Ryan, Oliver Sheather and William Wylie.

Mr R Lacey  and Ms L Ho - Athletics Convenors



Spring Holiday training camps. These holidays we will be running training sessions for all age groups at School in Chatswood. The sessions will be run by AUSA Hoops coaches. The table below shows age groups and times. The Year 5, 6 and 7 sessions are from 9:00am – 3:00pm and cost $60 for the whole day. The Senior sessions are for 3 hrs and cost $30. There are number limits to the sessions so get in early. Please use the Trybooking link to book sessions: 

A teams will have trial matches against St Aloysius teams this Saturday 16th September at Oxford Falls. Game times are as follows:

All teams have been finalised and published at school. Students who do not have a Basketball uniform will need to purchase a singlet and shorts from the Uniform Shop.  (Please note the Uniform Shop opening hours are Monday to Wednesday, 8.00am to 2.00pm during term time.) Students will be allocated a playing number. All students must wear the College Basketball shorts - Football shorts are not to be worn.  

I will be emailing draws out to parents. The training schedule is attached below.

The First Round of the ISA season is Saturday 21st October. Training for all teams will start first week back next term. 

Training Schedule:


Mr N Gibson - Convenor




The District cricket season has started and there have been some fine performances - T. McCallum 60*,
T. Wunsch 51* and J. Sheather 3/9.  Well done.

Reminder:  All players are to attend training and be attired in the correct uniform.  SPX cricket shorts are available from the Uniform Shop. (Please note the Uniform Shop opening hours are Monday to Wednesday, 8.00am to 2.00pm during term time.)


ISA Squad Holiday Matches. The ISA Squad has a number of trail matches these holidays prior to selection of the 1st and 2nd XI for the beginning of the ISA season.

  • Wednesday 4 October – 1st and 2nd XI v St Aloysius College at Oxford Falls
  • Thursday 5 October – 1st XI v Sydney CC at Oxford Falls
  • Friday 6 October – 1st and 2nd XI v Shore at Shore

Results for Saturday 9th September and Draw for Saturday 16th September:


Mr D Reay - Convenor



Rugby Supporters' Club AGM

The SPX Rugby Supporters’ Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th October at The Willoughby Hotel (first floor).

Mr Paul O’Neill - President, St Pius X College Rugby Supporters Club​



The Summer sports season is almost upon us and we are now taking applications for squash. The format is in the form of an internal ladder competition run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. If your son has not met his cocurricular commitment for the College, is looking to maintain his fitness over Summer or is just interested in playing a high energy sport then SPX Squash provides the perfect opportunity for your son.

Places are limited by the size of the College minibus (approximately 20 seats) on a first come first served basis. All the gear is provided by Willoughby Squash Courts and transport to and from the College is provided.

Applications close at the end of term and if any further information is required please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email at [email protected]

Mr J Madani - Squash Convenor


SPX Tennis Championships

This weekend will see our annual SPX Tennis Championships at our Talus Street courts. Warm-ups begin at 7:30am and the competition should conclude by 12.00 noon.  All players need to bring a plate of morning tea to share.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

NSTA Tennis

Just a reminder that registration notes are now overdue and must be handed in directly to Mrs Iwatani by this Friday 15th March. You will find the enrolment form below.

NSTA Competition dates for Term 4 are Saturday 14th October to Finals Day on 18th November 2017. Dates are yet to be confirmed for Term 1,  2018 but the competition is likely to run from February to late March.


Selection for this competition will be subject to numbers and grading is for NEW players only from Years 7 to 11.  This grading will occur by participation in the SPX Tennis Championship morning from 7.30am this Saturday 16th September at our Home Courts in Talus Street, Naremburn.  Students MUST register for this competition with Ms O’Brien using the enrolment form available from the student office.


Previous NSTA or ISA players do not need to be graded.

Mrs S Iwatani - NSTA Convenor

Touch Football


Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Junior Debating

  • Junior School News
  • Junior Debating News​
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Uniform:  Please check your son’s summer uniform as they do tend to grow at this age and it may not fit.  Next week is the last week before the holidays for the uniform shop.


IPSHA Athletics Team:  Good luck to the boys who are in the IPSHA athletics team at today’s CIS trial.  Mr Virgona is the IPSHA team manager.  Have fun boys!


Walkathon:  Please remember to bring in donations.


Attendance/ Absenteeism:  Parents are to explain any student absence at their earliest opportunity by:

  1. Ringing the attendance line - 9414 4377
  2. Emailing The Attendance Roll Manager:  [email protected]
  3. Using the portal to explain an absence:


by providing a written/printed note explaining the absence at the next available opportunity.  Communication must be addressed to the College staff and include the student’s full name, date/s of absence, student’s year and class group, reason for absence, likely return date, signatory’s details, relationship to the student and return contact.


Extra Holidays:  If you are aware that you are taking your son out of school for an extended break in the future it is a government regulation that you complete a form.  We will then mark the roll either 'absent explained' or 'leave approved' according to government guidelines and you will receive a confirmation letter.  

Link to the form:


Year 5 Family Day - Saturday 23rd September

A Family Fun Day for Year 5 families is planned for Saturday 23rd September from 2:00pm at Beauchamp Park in 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


Thanking you for your support.


Mr Tim Long - Head of Junior School



Junior Debating News

On Friday 8th September we travelled to Masada College at St Ives for Round 7 of the IPSHA competition.  The debate topic was “Mobile phones should be allowed in the classroom”  which was very challenging for both the affirmative and negative teams.

It has been a busy term with debates scheduled every fortnight throughout the term. Well done to the boys on their consistent efforts to attend training and work together on their debates. It has been a very successful term with so many wins both at home and away. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend and watch our boys. What a great learning experience debating has been for the boys. They have worked on developing their teamwork skills, self-confidence, working to a deadline and public speaking abilities.

We now turn our training to the preparation for the final debates at the IPSHA Gala Day hosted by Abbotsleigh Junior School on Monday 23rd October.


Mrs B Spanyik - Learning Enrichment Teacher


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: on at Oxford Falls with Summer Sport trials/training resuming for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.

Year 5 Parents: At this stage I need to plan for Saturday Sport in 2018. I require all Year 5 boys to complete their Online Sport Preference Form for 2018. Relevant information is on the school website under General Sport Notices

The online form can also be accessed directly by clicking this link:


NSTA Tennis: Grading for the new Term 4 Season will be completed in the coming 2 weeks. The season begins on 14th October and relevant information including team lists and a draw will be disseminated to players after the grading meeting.


Basketball: Grading resumes this Thursday. Team lists for the Term 4 Season will go online prior to terms end with the season draw and information letter also available ( The first game of season is on Saturday 14th October. Good luck to the ‘A’ team who play in the Scots Hoops Tournaments this weekend. Game 1 is at 8.00am in the Senior School Gym (Lions Den).


Softball: A season draw and team list will be available in the next fortnight: ( The first game of the Term 4 season is on Saturday 14th October.


Winter Sport/Co-curricular Photos: Our Winter Sport/Co-curricular photos have now been taken. Hard-copy order forms were given to students and are due back by the end of this term (to the office). A PDF form is also attached should you require it.


Touch Football:


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster



Canteen & Uniform Shop

  • Canteen Roster
  • Uniform Shop:  Gift items available

              Students return to school in Term 4 on Monday 9th October in full Summer Uniform.

              Summer School & Sports Uniform  now available .


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




  • Students return to school for the start of Term 4 on Monday 9th October in full Summer Uniform.
  • Summer School & Sports Uniform  now available .


The College Uniform Shop stocks a range of gift items:


- 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
  • 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

St Pius X College Newsletter
College Colour Awards.pdf
Careers Newsletter Sept 6.pdf
Careers Newsletter September 13.pdf
Careers Newsletter September 13.pdf
Cricket Match Reports & Photos.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
What parents can do to help with Homework.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Term 4 2017.pdf
Flyer for Handwriting program Term 4 2017.pdf
Photo Order Form.pdf
WKF Invitation to Walk Against Youth Violence.pdf
Clean Slate Without Prejudice.pdf