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  • Established 1937

    ST PIUS X COLLEGE

    WOODCHATTA NO 7

    12 March 2014

    We acknowledge the Cammeraygal and the Guringai people, their spirits and ancestors, traditional inhabitants of the land on which we stand.

    2014 COLLEGE OPEN DAY

    The College Campus Inspection will be held on Saturday 22 March from 10am to 2pm. There will be opportunities to

    meet the Principal, staff and students at both our Chatswood and Oxford Falls campuses.

    Please see the flyer in Woodchatta Extras for further details.

    From the Principal

    ST JUDE

    Looking for something to give up for

    Give up resentment and become more forgiving.

    Give up hatred and return good for evil.

    Give up complaining and be more grateful.

    Give up pessimism and become more hopeful.

    Give up worry and become more trusting.

    Give up anger and become more patient.

    Give up pettiness and become more noble.

    Give up gloom and become more joyful.

    Give up doubt and turn to God.

    PEER SUPPORT 2014

    Peer Support is an 11 week peer led program designed to

    enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young

    people. This term 70 Year 11 students, who have undertaken the

    leadership training program, are working in small groups with

    students from year 5 and 7. The aim is to create a supportive

    learning environment in which the younger students can

    develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and

    strategies to improve mental wellbeing. This term

    Year 5 are focusing on ‘Behaving with Integrity–

    Values’ and the Year 7’s ‘Rethinking challenges–

    Resilience’.

    BLOOD BANK AWARD FOR OUR DONORS

    At Monday’s College Assembly, Erin Clarke from the Red Cross Blood

    Services presented to the College, a Certificate of Appreciation for the

    99 blood donations made by our students in 2013. Pius were the top

    donors in the Schools Dracula Shield. Our Blood Bank Ambassador,

    Elijah Rayner, accepted the Award, thanking all who donated and

    highlighting that this contribution has saved some 300 lives.

    Our Blood Bank Ambassadors for 2014, Declan Ward, Isaac Rayner and

    Francis Phillips are attending the Youth Ambassador Training Day

    Program today as we continue to support this most worthy Community

    Service. All parents and friends are also very welcome to donate blood

    at the Chatswood Donor Centre on the corner of Spring & Albert Ave,

    Chatswood and declare they are contributing as part of the St Pius X

    College Community.

    IN THIS ISSUE

    NAPLAN 2014

    Project Compassion

    Appeal

    Lent

    International

    Women’s Day

    Junior School News

    Invitations to P&F

    Events

    MindMatters

    Paddleboarding

    Activity

    MindMatters for

    Fathers

    Performing Arts News

    Mock Trial, Public

    Speaking & Debating

    Information

    Chatswood Library

    information

    Learning Enrichment

    opportunities

    Homework Help

    DIARY DATES

    Week 8, Term 1

    Sunday 16/3

    Old Boys vs College

    Gala Day

    Monday 17/3

    Staff Meeting

    Tuesday 18/3

    Basketball

    Presentation Night

    Friday 21/3 Yr 11 Reflection Day #1

    National Day of Action

    Against Bullying &

    Violence

    Saturday 22/3

    College Open Day

    ISA Cross Country

    Opens Rugby Camp at

    Bundanoon

    Invitation

  • LUKE FORWOOD

    Luke Forwood of Year 7 (along with his sister Charlotte Year 5 Sacred Heart Pymble) are raising

    funds for this important charity and particularly because of their brother Nicholas who is 3

    years of age and undergoing treatment at Westmead Hospital for neuroblastoma.

    On Friday 29 March, Luke and Charlotte will have their heads shaved for this cause and raise

    much needed funds for the “Kids Cancer Project”. Their target is $50,000 and they have raised

    $27,000 to date. Well done!

    The photo here shows Luke “before”. There will be a photo “after” the 29 March. To make a donation to Luke and

    Charlotte’s drive for funds all member of the community are welcome to contribute through the website link

    https://give.everydayhero.com/au/luke-charlotte-forwood

    Mr John Couani

    DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

    P&F Cocktail Evening THIS Friday 14/3

    College Open Day Saturday 22/3

    From the Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

    NAPLAN 2014: In May 2014 the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed

    by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess

    the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools.

    The results of the tests will provide important information to schools about what each student can do, and will be

    used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of

    achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

    Background information (student name, gender, date of birth, language background and Aboriginality) will be

    collected as part of the National Assessment Program. This information is treated confidentially and held securely to

    ensure that every student’s right to privacy is maintained.

    The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from 13 - 15 May 2014. Further information regarding NAPLAN will be emailed to

    parents of Years 5, 7 and 9 at the end of this week.

    Mr A Damo

    From the Assistant Principal – Mission and Identity

    The PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL has commenced with great enthusiasm and contributions from our boys. Our

    Project Compassion Team is superbly led by Mr Listo, along with the Year 12 Leaders. Our College Captain, Leon

    Warren, spoke very encouragingly to the school, impressing in them the true meaning behind the giving in the Season

    of Lent. I must congratulate this dedicated team of workers in not only raising funds but more importantly, raising

    awareness of others less fortunate then ourselves.

    LENT is about fasting, abstaining, making offerings for the benefit of others and about prayer. Project Compassion

    allows us to continue our Lenten offerings. To ensure our young men have the opportunity for Prayer throughout Lent,

    we are holding Morning Prayer to be led by our Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers, on the following four Fridays (14th, 21st,

    28th March and 4th April ) in E2 commencing at 8.10am. It allows for our young men for spiritual renewal and reflection

    as we contemplate further the significance of our Lenten Season. All are most welcome.

    Our commitment to WILLOWOOD saw a very enjoyable afternoon of impromptu entertainment that had the

    residence toe-tapping and singing along due to the talents of Benjamin John (Year 11) and his guitar. Ben was joined

    by fellow Year 11 students, Mason Sacre and Tyrnan Collins along with Andre Xeni from Year 10. Mr Whelan also

    played a real favourite for the residence, Waltzing Matilda.

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: At our Assembly last Friday, our Mission and Identity Prefects acknowledged that

    Saturday 8 March was International Women’s Day. Sean Reidy and Ryan Leigh presented a reminder of the plight of

    women around the world as well as highlighting the importance of respect and appreciation to be always shown to

    all women in our lives. They then shared this reflection with our boys:

    Women of Courage, women of Hope, women Suffering, women mourning.

    Women living fully, women experiencing joy, women delighting in life.

    Women knowing the interconnectedness of the human family.

    Women boldly leading the transformation of unjust global structures.

    Women seeking wisdom, women sharing wisdom.

    Loving God, we celebrate your faithfulness and love. On this day we commit ourselves to the promotion of the full

    humanity of all women everywhere. We know that whatever denies, diminishes or distorts the full humanity of women

    is not of God.

    Mr M Casey

    Invitations

    https://give.everydayhero.com/au/luke-charlotte-forwood

  • Junior School News

    P AND F COCKTAIL PARTY: I hope to see some of you at the P&F cocktail party this Friday night. It is always a good

    social night out where you get to meet other parents.

    HARMONY WEEK: Next week is Harmony Week and Year 6 have an incursion next Tuesday entitled, ‘Let’s bridge the

    gap’ with Fred Reid. His mission is to bring about a better understanding of Aboriginal people and their

    culture. Friday of next week is Antibullying Day and the boys will be involved in activities with Senior boys on that day.

    Mr T Long – Head of Junior School

    Your P&F in Action!

    FOOTBALL CLUB WORLD CUP LUNCHEON

    Final weeks to book for this once in a lifetime event! The SPX Football Club World Cup Luncheon has attracted very

    special guests, including Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou, and f

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