St Pius X College Newsletter

10 May 2017
Issue 13
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Social Justice
P&F News
Teaching & Learning Matters
Student & Parent Matters MindMatters for Families
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Thursday 11th May

Year 12 Careers Expo


Friday 12th May

Mothers' Day Liturgy & Mass

Debating R3


Saturday 13th May

ISA Football & Tennis R3/ISA Rugby R2/IPSHA R3


Sunday 14th May

Mothers' Day


Monday 15th May

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Afternoon


Thursday 18th May

80th Anniversary Concert at The Concourse, Chatswood


Friday 19th May

White Knight Foundation Dinner at The Concourse


Monday 22nd May

Year 10 Semester 1 Exams begin


Tuesday 23rd May

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Thursday 25th May

Ascension Thursday


Monday 29th May

Reconciliation Assembly


Monday 5th June

Year 7 Study Skills Parent/Student Night with Prue Salter at 6.30pm


Tuesday 6th June

Senior Athletics Carnival

8am Mass in the College Chapel


Wednesday 7th June

Junior Athletics Carnival


Thursday 8th June

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Staff Meeting


Friday 9th June

Year/Group Photos


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday


 Friday 16th June

SPX Rugby Club Dinner


Thursday 22nd June

Term 2 Concludes for Students





From the Principal     

Photo: 2016 Junior School Mothers' Day Mass

  • Mothers' Day Prayer
  • Funding
  • 80th Anniversary Concert -  'Night of Stars'
  • Mothers' Day Celebrations 
  • How to Talk to Young People about Suicide 
  • White Knight Foundation Dinner


Mothers' Day Prayer

At Assembly this week Ms Doyle’s Year 7 RE class led the school in a prayer for mothers.


Dear Lord, we pray for our own mothers who are so important in our lives.  

Mums are the hardest working being in the universe. They will work and have sleepless nights 24/7 just to give us a comfortable life and a rich education.

We give thanks for our mums and for their experience in dealing with tough situations. 

Dear Lord, we give thanks for the wisdom of our mothers. We ask you to guide them in their important role in supporting us at important moments in our lives.

Mothers are caring, kind and good natured and encourage us to do our best.

Mums will never lose hope in us. 

In tough situations mothers still manage a family. They keep us on the right path throughout life. 

They will always lend a helping hand.

The truth is mums do so many things for us that we don’t even realise. They take us to all our commitments and they will always help us when we are in need of help.

We pray for those mothers who are no longer with us, those who are dealing with illness and difficult circumstances in their lives.

We pray for grandmothers and for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting, we pray for those women without children who nurture us. We pray today for mothers around the world, mothers who cannot feed their children, mothers who are homeless or without a homeland.

Help us create a world where mothers can raise their children in peace and plenty.


                                                               Blessed Edmund Rice             Pray for us

                                                               Mary, Mother of God                Pray for us

                                                               St Pius X  College                       Pray for us

                                                               Live Jesus in our hearts          Forever



Federal Funding Changes for St Pius X College

In last night’s Budget, the levels of Federal funding for education were announced and confirmed the advice which I sent to the College community yesterday. I attach again (below) a copy of my letter sent to parents yesterday along with the letter received from the Minister of Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.


The Department of Education and Training have contacted me and advised with deep regret that the Minister’s letter “included an inadvertent error”. “Unfortunately there was reference to an average annual per student decrease of 2.5% over ten years; instead the figure should have been 4.2%. The 2.5% figure refers to the average decrease over four years.”


In essence, this was the only incorrect figure and the remainder of the actual figures are correct.


For clarification, I restate that our 2017 Commonwealth funding of $6969 per student will reduce in 2018 to $6834 per student. This represents a reduction of 1.9% in nominal terms. This equates to a decrease of $135 per student for 2018. In total, this is a reduction of $154,600 for 2018. Over the next 10 years our per student funding will continue to reduce in order to bring us back to our SRS which would equate to $4557 per student in 2027 based on today’s figures. The estimated average annual per student decrease between the period of 2018-2027 is 4.2%.


This reduction in funding is certainly a challenging concern for the community and I again emphasise that the College will responsibly and prudently manage any funding changes. The College will need to increase its fees over time but I emphasise that this will be done in careful consideration of the affordability and accessibility for our parents and through the direction of the College Finance and Risk Committee, the College Board and Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). The College will continue to provide Financial Assistance to families in need through the College Equity Scholarship Program and fee concessions based on financial need.


I thank each family for their commitment to providing a Catholic education for their children and parents are always welcome to contact me directly to discuss their personal circumstances.


80th Anniversary Concert:  'A Night Full of Stars'

7.00pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Preparations for this stellar event are in their final stages and the evening will be brilliant.  This is a LAST CALL for ticket sales and I urge parents to book now to avoid the disappointment of missing out. Tickets can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Mothers' Day

Friday 12th May:  All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers are invited with their sons to an early morning light breakfast and Liturgy.  Refreshments commence at 7.30am and a short Liturgy begins at 8.10am in the School Gymnasium. For catering purposes, please RSVP by clicking on the Trybooking link here.


Please see the Junior School Page for information and RSVP details for the Junior School Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ Day Mass and Morning Tea, which is also being held on Friday 12th May, 10.30am at Our Lady of Dolours’ Church Chatswood. 


How to talk about Suicide with Young People

Recently there has been significant attention drawn to a Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'.  This series depicts concerning content on youth suicide, self harm and rape.  Attached is a letter to parents offering direction and assistance as well as advice on how to talk about suicide with young people  There are also key contact details for support to students and parents.


The White Knight Foundation Gala Dinner

Friday 19th May at The Concourse, Chatswood

Time is running out to purchase your tickets (or a table) to attend this significant school community event which seeks to support the wonderful work of ex-student, Liam Knight.  Liam and the White Knight Foundation seek to raise funds to support victims of youth violence.  

It would be wonderful if more parents and friends could attend the evening to boost current numbers. Join the crusade and fight youth violence by attending the White Knight Foundations’ second Annual Gala Dinner on Friday 19th May.  Please see the flyer below for details:


Mr John Couani - Principal

Social Justice

Photo: Footy Boot Drive for Indigenous Students

  • Mission & Identity
  • Social Justice

Mission & Identity

The College community are still on a high from our 80th Anniversary celebrations last week. The opportunity to recognise the achievements of our College within the celebration of the Eucharist is not only fitting but acknowledges the centrality of this important ritual to our Catholic identity and the importance of the message of Jesus within our community. I would like to extend my thanks to all the staff and students who made this event such a memorable one. As I said on assembly, we are making history. In years to come I hope that the students will look back on this day with pride.


We held our second Mass in the College Chapel on Tuesday morning at 8.00am. Our thanks is extended to Ms Guerrera’s Year 10(3) Religion class who were the first class to organise the Mass for us. Below are the Mass dates for Terms 2 and 3. I would like to invite all members of our community; students, parents, old boys and members of Our Lady of Dolours Parish to join us for Mass at 8.00am on Tuesdays.


Tuesday 8.00am Mass in the College Chapel

23rd May, 6th June, 20th June, 18th July, 1st August, 15th August, 29th August and 12th September.


On Friday the 12th May, we have the opportunity to recognise the importance of our mothers and grandmothers. The Senior School will celebrate a Breakfast at Liturgy on Friday morning starting at 7.30am with the Liturgy at 8.10am. The Junior School will celebrate Mass at 10.30am followed by morning tea. I hope that all Mothers and Grandmothers will have an enjoyable day on Sunday.


Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity

Social Justice


Ginagai  ParentsStaff and Students

(Ginagai is the Gumbaynggir People's language for "hello")

The Gumbaynggir People are the traditional landowners of the Bowraville area, and along with the Ngaku People, the Berrayinga People and the Miriwoong People they make up the mid-north coastal indigenous region of New South Wales. Our footy boot collection is now in its second and final week and we are collecting used footy boots, new footy socks and new mouthguards for these indigenous populations.


The Gumbaynggir People are the community that our partner school St Mary’s Bowraville come from. Last year we began to extend our partnership with the school to their community with a generous donation of sporting equipment, and this year we are continuing this by donating all from our footy boot drive to these communities to distribute amongst them as needed.


St Pius X College has a growing and very close partnership with St Mary’s and this culminates in a Year 10 immersion in November each year. Each year we present this small primary school and a number of other partner schools we have with a cheque from our social justice collections. Last year we arranged an ongoing commitment to supply St Mary’s students with their school uniforms, so that is where our donation now goes to. The Gumbaynggir People are a proud people but, being so remote, are limited in their opportunities and they do have problems in their community with alcohol abuse, drug abuse and domestic violence. This uniform donation assures the students of St Mary’s have a uniform to wear to school and can both feel and look part of a greater community.


One thing that really shocked me when I was on the Bowraville immersion last year is these students have to be picked up for school by the school bus, fed breakfast and lunch by the school and taken home again or they do not attend school. Through all of this adversity facing these young girls and boys they are all so happy and full of energy.


The Edmund Rice Society are also growing our partnership with St Mary’s by making timber jigsaw puzzles in the shape of indigenous animals like the kangaroo, the koala and the stingray as well as timber pencil boxes for all of the 30 students of St Mary’s. These, along with your footy boots and the college donation for the school uniforms for 2018, will all be delivered in November by this year’s Year 10 immersion students.


So if you have any old footy boots that no longer fit anyone or if you would like to purchase some new footy socks or mouthguards for these partners of St Pius X College please leave them at the collection point in the foyer this week.

Jack Moran – Edmund Rice Society Leader


P&F News

Photo: Mothers' Day Light Breakfast & Liturgy - THIS FRIDAY, FROM 7.30AM


  • Mothers' Day Light Breakfast & Liturgy - THIS FRIDAY, FROM 7.30AM
  • Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations
  • Cocktail Party Photos
  • Diary Date:  Trivia Night


Mothers' Day Light Breakfast & Liturgy

From 7.30am this Friday 12th May

All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers are invited with their sons to an early morning light breakfast and Liturgy.  Refreshments commence at 7:30am and a short Liturgy begins at 8.10am in the School Gymnasium. (Breakfast includes includes coffee/tea, juice, muffins, banana bread, mini quiche and biscuits.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by clicking on the Trybooking link here.



Year 12 - Cocktails & Conversations

Friday 2nd June

Tanya and Tino Ceravolo will open their doors to their home to host a Year 12 parent gathering. Join us on Friday 2nd June for another fabulous and fun evening of cocktails and conversations. 

Please RSVP to Tanya's email:  [email protected]  

Invite details can be found at the P&F website -


Cocktail Party Photos

Photos from the 2017 Cocktail party are now loaded and ready to be viewed by clicking here.


Diary Date

  • Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Teaching & Learning Matters

Information Evening for Parents & Student of Year 10


TONIGHT:  Wednesday 10th May - 6.30pm in the College Gymnasium

Information on the new HSC reforms will be provided, along with an overview of Stage 6 structures and requirements. There will also be advice on how best to nominate subject preferences for Years 11 and 12.  Subject Coordinators will also be in attendance to answer questions that you may have.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning

Mr G Bell - Curriculum Administration Coordinator


Year 11 Parent/Teacher Afternoon

Year 11 Parent/Teacher afternoon will be held this coming Monday 15th May from 4.00pm to 7.00pm in the College Gym at Chatswood Campus. All students are expected to attend in full winter uniform with at least one parent or caregiver.


Details of how to book times was sent home last Friday.

Mr B Batchelor - Year 11 Coordinator

Year 10 Exams

Year 10 Semester 1 examinations will commence in Week 5.  The timetable will be issued shortly.

Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning

Student & Parent Matters
MindMatters for Families

Photo: Jeanette James with Student Empowerment Team

  • From the Head of Student Services
  • MindMatters for Families
  • Boxercise - Open to ALL students

From the Head of Student Services


This conference, hosted last week by St Pius X College, St Edmund's Wahroonga, and the other EREA Sydney schools, provided an opportunity for our students and staff to showcase the great many structures, programs and strategies which we employ to enhance the connectedness and wellbeing of our students and school community. Our visitors were greatly impressed by the quality and range of our practices in this field, within which the reputation and respect with which St Pius X College is held has well and truly been enhanced among our EREA cousins.

We were well represented at the Conference by our inspirational School Counsellor Mr Rick Russo, Year 9, 11 and 12 Coordinators Mr Ticli, Batchelor and Mr Masters and Stage 4 Wellbeing Coordinator Mr Joe Lynch.


Generous reviews of the St Pius X College school visit of 60 conference delegates complimented the presentation of our PC/Wellbeing Programs coordinated by School Captain Joe Unwin, Wellbeing Prefects Daniel Butler, Nathaniel Panozzo, Daniel Warren, Matt Hall, Rory Beattie, Jacob Crisafulli and Josh Thrum. They were supported by Jack Moran, Harry Pfeiffer, Hunter Clarke, Oliver Stewart, Jonathan Stewart, Oliver Tysoe and James Spencer.


Staff assisting the students included Stage 5 Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Foord, Mindfulness Leader Mrs Doheny, Student Mindmatters Empowerment Team Facilitators: Mr McBrearty, Ms Allington, Ms Kuganathan, Counsellor Ms Joe McCarthy and College Archivist Br Carl Sherrin.


Mr Russo’s Boxercise team demonstrated the value of teamwork and exercise to wellbeing through their program while students such as Ben Cullen, Christian Dertadian, Harry Crowe-Mawell, James Bleasdale, Nick Cowie, Dennis Webber and the Year 9 – 12 MindMatters Student Empowerment Teams.



The conference concluded with a powerful address from Social Justice in Pastoral Care advocate Br Damien Price who inspired the social justice programs which led to several EREA students being recognised as The Young Australians of the year last year. Damien, along with past SPX Principal Br Mick Walsh, was again glowing in his assessment of the ongoing work of the students and staff at the College. It was indeed a proud moment for the College in a week in which we celebrated both the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice and the 80th Anniversary of the College.



Congratulations to our own inspirational College Counsellor Mr Rick Russo, who on the final Thursday of the recent school holidays, was asked to attend the Principals’ Institute of Australia Head Offices in Fouveaux Street, Sydney. Rick was a guest presenter and also led a MindMatters Webinar investigating best practices developed by St Pius X College in the areas of innovative student empowerment in the enhancement of student well-being.

As a leading school in these practices St Pius X College is highly regarded across the educational systems and there is a mass of interest in adapting our programs across a diverse range of educational settings as evidenced by the responses to Rick’s presentation. Components such as our Peer Support, Peer Mentoring, Student Empowerment Teams, Transition programs, Buddies not Bullies interactions and overall pastoral care and student support programs were all hot topics from the Webinar and we can be extremely proud of the esteem in which our College, students and staff are held.


Mr Sean Brannan - Head of Student Services



MindMatters for Families

Tuning into Teens'  Workshops 

Five-Session Parenting Course for Parents of Teens in Chatswood and Brookvale
Would you like to learn how to:
   Communicate effectively with your teenager?
   Understand your teenager?
   Help your teenager with emotional intelligence and managing emotions?
   Prevent some teenager behaviour problems?
   Teach your teenager to deal with conflict?

Please see the flyers below for details.

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

Department News

Photo: Performing Arts - Theatre Sports


  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Science


Performing Arts  


Congratulations to our team of Nicholas Cowie, Lachlan Donlevy, Corben Jubian, Nicholas McKenzie and John-Paul Shahady who competed in the Intermediate Division of the regional heat of the annual Theatre Sports challenge at Monte St Angelo Mercy College last Thursday. The competition was fierce and the boys acquitted themselves admirably. Thank you to Ms Fernando for her hard work in preparing the students for this challenge.



Tickets are selling fast! They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff. We look forward to seeing you there!



A note was emailed to the parents of all performers in Week 1 detailing arrangements for the evening of the 18th May. It can also be found in the attachment below. A reminder to Junior School parents that the students who are performing in the Concert will NOT be going to Oxford Falls on this day. They will remain at school and be supervised by Junior School staff, so they can attend rehearsals. On the afternoon of the Concert ALL performers will be required in the College gym no later than 5.45pm.



This last rehearsal is next Tuesday 16th May, commencing at 4.15pm in the College Gym. Only the following ensemble are required; Senior Concert Band, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Senior String Ensemble, Senior Choir and Junior Choir. The full schedule is on the Performing Arts Noticeboard.

Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating


Last Friday St Pius X College visited Patrick’s College Strathfield for our debate.  We had just three wins on the night - Year 10B, Year 9A and Year 8B.  I know some teams were quite disappointed with the results on the night.  It is always important to discuss any issues with your coach and/or with Mrs Waterson.  We cannot change the result on the night but we can record issues and if an adjudicator seems to be having some problems with their results and feedback we can support the CSDA to work with that adjudicator to build their skill set.


This week St Pius X College is hosting Marist College North Sydney and Holy Cross College Ryde.  We hope for a coin toss at approximately 6.15pm so that our debates can commence around 7.15pm.  Students will train from 3.30pm to 5.00pm and then will be allowed to travel to Westfield for their dinner.  Debaters are required to be back in the gym by 5.45pm.


ALL debaters are required to attend EVERY debate.  Just like every other co-curricular activity, if you are not ‘playing’ on the day you are required to be at the event.  All non-debaters will have a role of chairman or timekeeper on the night.  Parents can collect their son after rooms have been reset and the roles for each year group have been completed.  All students MUST sign out with their coach before they leave the school site.  Thank you to our wonderful parents—your support is valued by us all. Please note below the date changes for the Elimination Round through to the Grand Final.


The topic this week is ‘Leadership’.   

  • In Week 4 Round 4 St Pius X College is travelling to Riverview
  • In Week 5 Round 5 St Pius X College is hosting Rosebank
  • In Week 6 Round 6 St Pius X College is travelling to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.



Round 3    Leadership

Round 4    Australian economy

Round 5    Sport

Round 6    Environment


The NSW Plain English Speaking Award

On Monday 15th May Mrs Waterson is travelling to Ryde College with Jasper Choi (Year 11) and Andrew Jackson (Year 12) who will be competing in the above speaking competition.


Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener



Chemistry Enrichment Day

Macquarie University will be holding a Higher School Certificate (HSC) Enrichment Program to assist high school students in preparing for their HSC Chemistry exams.  


USYD Gifted and Talented Science Program

In November last year 26 Science students from Years 8 and 9 sat for The University of Sydney Gifted and Talented Science Qualifying Examination.  The examination was very challenging, requiring students to draw on their knowledge of Science as well as to think creatively.


I am pleased to announce that the following students have each been offered a place in the second round of offers in The Science Gifted and Talented Science Discovery Program to be conducted during the July school holidays at The University of Sydney: 

From Year 9: Jonathan Dellagiacoma and Jude Boyle.  These boys are joining the six other students previously offered a place in the program.

From Year 10: Cameron Lorking, Jeremiah Cuachon and Jason Sacre.

From Year 9: Keegan Aikin, Cameron Fernandopulle and Caelen Hearne.


Congratulations and well done to all participants.


Ms J Schuster - Assistant Science Coordinator

Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department


  • Get Familiar with NAPLAN
  • Northern Sydney Expo for Students with (dis)Ability
  • Maths Drop-In Centre
  • After-School Study Program

Webinar on Autism

FREE for a limited time

Sue Larkey is an Australian special educator, experienced teacher and ‘Pracademic’ as she calls herself. She has prepared a 45 minute webinar on Strategies for Understanding Children with ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder,  which you may find of interest. There is usually a cost associated with her seminars and webinars but she has made this one available for free for the next 7-10 days:

45 minute webinar >> Click Here


Understanding Learning Difficulties – A Guide for Parents

FREE ebook, valued at $30

This ebook (2016 Edition) has been designed and produced by DSF Literacy and Clinical Services, together with AUSPELD (the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations to support people with learning difficulties and disabilities). It offers parents current information and practical guidance on the most appropriate identification, intervention and support. It has been sold for $30.00 in the past but, in the interests of helping families, AUSPELD has recently made it available free to download.                                                                                                                                             

Follow this link for your free ebook:


[email protected] - Update on Courses

Registrations have closed for the Term 2 courses, which are now in full swing. Anna Orchard, our occupational therapist and external provider, is currently running three afternoon courses in Touch Typing (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons), and two courses in Handwriting Skills (Wednesday and Friday afternoons).

All courses are full, with over 30 students enrolled from across the Junior and Senior Schools. Thank you to Anna for her ongoing commitment to helping our student body and to those families for making the most of this opportunity to improve these fundamental skills for their son’s success at school.

The next OT intake is scheduled for the start of Term 3, 2017 so watch this space for details or contact Anna [email protected] or Joanne [email protected] for more  details. 


Maths Drop-In Centre

Tuesday and Friday mornings

What is it? A place to get some additional maths help in the mornings before school. You are encouraged to bring along your specific queries, questions, homework and problems.

When is it on?  Each Tuesday and Friday morning of term from 8.00am to 8.30am

Who for?  Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

Where?  Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please email Ms Pence at: [email protected] or Miss Offer [email protected]


After-School Study Program

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get ahead on your homework and assignments, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one assistance from supervising teachers.

When is it on? Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon of term from 3.15pm to 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


Photo: Australian Defence Force Presentation

  • Careers News
  •  Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Australian Defence Force Presentation

The Australian Defence Force offers many career pathways with a variety of entry levels. Students can study a university degree through UNSW and train as an officer at ADFA in Canberra, or sign up for direct officer or solider entry. You can train and work for the Army, Airforce or Navy. There is a lot of information about entry pathways and the various jobs available on the following links.


University of Sydney Year 10 Information Evening

(In addition to the events on 3/5, 11/5 & 23/5)

6.00 to 8.00pm, 9 May at Queenwood School, Mosman

Register online:



Careers Newsletter

Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Cricket Presentation Night - Year 12, 2017 Cricketers


  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis


Dear Parents and Players,

It was a strong weekend of football against an impressive Oakhill opposition.  There were many outstanding performances which makes it too hard to split Team of the Week between the 4th XI for their 15-0 victory and the 16B for their 11-0 victory.

Player of the week goes to Zach Low of Year 7 who played in the 13D game, being named man of the match and then backed up for the 13C side and was nominated for points for his performance in the Cs as well.  An outstanding effort.


This weekend sees a combination of home and away fixtures against St Andrews. Good luck to all teams.

Grounds can be found at the following locations:

Walsh and Watkins:    1 Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls.

Wentworth Park:         Wattle Street, Ultimo (Field is located inside the dog track)

St Andrews Oval:         Cadigal Lane, Camperdown.

Mason Park:                   Underwood Road, Homebush

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor



Teams are still settling in with some great wins against Oakhill and others last week, but some of our teams are still struggling to find their mojo. The structured Coaching Program is now being rolled out across all senior age groups with our specialist coaching staff working with coaches to maximise the benefits.


The ‘Full Time’ senior weekly results flyer for Round 1 is on the Football Club website so check it out. We did not get many photos sent in from last week’s round so we ask that you support the committee and send in some shots this week.  Send your photos to [email protected]   - save this to your phone and upload those photos as soon as you take them. 

This week’s ‘Teams of the Week’ are 13B, 14A and 15B and parents of boys in these teams are asked to catch some shots of the boys in action and send them through.  We need the photos in by Sunday afternoon.


The committee is organising a Football Coaching Camp in the July holidays from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th July.   Bookings opening soon.


We wish all our teams good luck this weekend -  GO PIUS!!


Please See our webpages for News, Calendars, Photos and Draws:


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



RESULTS Saturday 6th May vs Oakhill/Knox


This week St Pius X College sides will play at Bathurst, Orange, Blue Mountains as well as Sydney. The depth of our teams will be tested this weekend and we need all players available. There will be buses departing the College at 6.00am sharp to take the boys to the fixtures at St Stanislaus and Kinross. Players are asked to give their names to coaches on Thursday if they wish to get the bus. Please use the trybooking link below to pay for your sons spot on the bus and also to register if you are yet to do so:


RUGBY FIXTURES Saturday 13th May vs Stannies/Kinross/St Pats/Joeys/BMGS



The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator, Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor



It's not often that I report on our 16Bs but lately, with Mr Garvey's help, I have been working with the boys on Tuesday and Thursday. Our numbers at training are starting to grow. In Luke Psaila the Bs have a very positive and enthusiastic Captain who has a passion for the game. On Saturday we travelled to Knox and after a spirited first half we were down 21-5.  The boys at half–time really felt they could get back into the game.  Luke led from the front with some dynamic running and the team responded with tries from Ky, Satiri, Declan, Dowling and Connor Terry-Lloyd.

Although down to 13 men we led 25 -21 going into the final minute, only to concede a try on the bell and go down 26-25. This performance typified the St Pius X College spirit. If we can keep increasing the numbers at training the Bs will get some well-deserved wins. The As also turned in a top performance winning 22-5 with Paterson, Fassino and Marchant all on top form.

Elsewhere it was a 50/50 day. Our three Opens sides all won with Dominic Thrum turning in a dynamic running performance for the 1sts.

The 15As hit top gear again and are playing a very high octane brand of football, exhilarating to watch and making you wish you were young again … well you know what I mean! The 15Bs and Cs played against each other in an internal game.

13Bs had a solid win and when we move the ball quickly from the ruck we can beat anyone!  13As, 14As and 14Bs all had competitive losses to equally matched sides. Often the deciding factor is our technique at the ruck, especially against bigger and heavier opponents. We will work on this at training.

This week we make the pilgrimage to Bathurst. It's very important to start games well when you have been on a long journey so aim to do this and we will continue to go well.

Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer


ISA Tennis

Congratulations are very well-deserved to all our players for last Round’s games. Even if a win was not ultimately achieved by some teams, the gameplay, perseverance and enthusiasm shown by all players was impressive. Well done to Divisions 5 and 6 for winning their matches, as well as to Division 3 who only just missed out on a win by a few games within their match.


This weekend all teams will be playing against Central Coast Grammar School. See the draw details below.

Over the next few Rounds we will need some boys to play up in higher divisions. Please check your email for details.


Round 2 Results

Div 1 vs SPC, Lost 8 to 0

Div 2 vs SPC, Lost 7 to 1

Div 3 vs SPC, Lost 4 (36) to 4 (30)

Div 4 vs SPC, Lost 6-2

Div 5 vs SPC, Won 5 to 3

Div 6 vs SPC, Won 6 to 2

Div 7 vs SPC, Loss 6 to 2

Div 8 vs SPC, Loss 8 to 0

Div 9 - BYE

Div 10 vs SPC, Loss 8-0


Please take note of the following:

  • Wet weather: Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport
  • Uniform: White shorts, school sports shirt, school tennis cap and school tracksuit (if cold). You may also want to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water
  • Home games: Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Absences for Games/Training: If a student is absent from school on Friday prior to a round then it is expected that a parent/carer will telephone the school (9411 4733) prior to 8:30am and leave a message for Ms O’Brien as to whether the student will be available to play on Saturday. This provides time for the Convenor to organise a reserve player for the team.  If the absence is last minute on Saturday morning then the student must arrange a substitute player from their team if they are unable to play. Please SMS or call 0409 916 859 by 7.00am to give name of substitute player or inform the Convenor if you are unable to find a substitute player. Students are to provide written documentation for all absences.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

Photo: Year 5 - NAPLAN 2017

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Junior School News


The Year 5 boys are currently in the process of sitting the NAPLAN tests. They sat Language Conventions and Writing yesterday and Reading today.  Tomorrow they will do the Numeracy test.  It is a one-off test but it does provide some data for parents and the College. As with all tests we encourage the boys to do their best, but not to stress.  This photo was taken minutes before the Language Convention test and it appears the 'no stress' message is working for many of these boys.



On Tuesday morning at 8.00am a Mass was held in our Chapel.  Well done to the Year 6 students who attended.  There will be a Mass every fortnight - parents are welcome.



On Friday 12th May the Junior School will be having a Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ Day Mass at 10.30am at Our Lady of Dolours’ Church in Chatswood.  All the boys’ mothers and grandmothers are invited.  At the conclusion of Mass we will have a morning tea for all the mothers and grandmothers (boys are not included in this morning tea).  There will also be a Mothers' Day Stall if you would like your son to buy you something.  All the goods are made by the ladies of Candela, a shanty town in Peru, and all the proceeds are returned to them.  If you could have your son support this stall it would be very much appreciated by the women of Candela who are less fortunate than ourselves.  This is a true example of a gift that gives twice.



Mrs Mary Rajca visited today to speak to the students about the work of the Sisters of Mercy in the shanty town of Candela in Lima, Peru.  The mission in Candela helps women through a program that teaches them to make  beautiful handicrafts.  The sale of these crafts give the women an income so they can provide for their families.


There will be a sale of these beautiful handicrafts on Friday 12th May following the Mothers' Day Mass. The goods will also be on sale during recess and lunchtime on this day for the boys to buy that special gift for their mum.  All funds raised go back to the women who have made the goods and this money is used by the women to buy basic necessities for their families. Our school has supported the Candela Mission for many years and much has been done through our support to improve the lives of these women and their families.  Your support of the Mission is greatly appreciated.          



Thankyou to the Year 6 class representative parents who have organised this event.  We will be meeting at Willoughby Park at 2.00pm for a family fun day.  Bring along cricket bats, bikes, scooters etc. Year 6 class representative parents will be supplying pizzas for afternoon tea to be delivered around 3.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!  Please RSVP.



  • Tuesday 9th May - Thursday 11th May:  NAPLAN – Years 5, 7 and 9.
  • Friday 12th May:  Mothers' Day Liturgy before school; Mass and morning tea in the morning.
  • Friday 19th May:  IPSHA Debating Round 2 Home vs St Luke's Grammar.  Venue is the Sarto Centre.
  • Saturday 20th May:  Year 6 Family Day

Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport

Thursday Sport: Normal Sport with Winter training continuing for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster


Football (Soccer):

Mr P Cummins - Convenor


AFL:  Another strong game by the SPX boys, this time against Trinity. It started with some strong marking and goal kicking by Matthew Hunt in his new position of full-forward but the game then became an entertaining match of team play. Tomo Wilkins was unstoppable in not allowing the ball to move into the opposition forward line and he was ably supported by Ned Turner. Any loose balls and clearances from the backs were quickly snapped up by the midfielders with Zac Hollinger's positional play being outstanding in getting the ball to the forwards. Some excellent shots at goal, especially the over-the-head play by Jesse Reed.  Well done boys on another strong win!

Player Points: 3 – Tomo Wilkins   2- Zac Hollinger  1 – Ned Turner


We meet Waverley next Saturday so please be on time for a team warm up at 7:50am.

Ms D Cummins - Convenor

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing our menu over time.  We will be starting with the drinks available to the boys.


Volunteers needed:  If you can assist on any weekday between 9:30am and 2:00pm please contact either Anna or Marianne on 9414 4301.  It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:



Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME                                                                        

Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  All items now available in the Uniform Shop.


Price List:  A full price list is 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

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