St Pius X High School The Park Avenue Adamstown 2289 Phone: 0249 571032 Fax: 0249 575088 Lion email: email@example.com web site: http://www.admstnsp.mn.catholic.edu.au P & F Meetings: 2nd Tuesday each month at 7.00pm 21 October 2007 No 16 Term 3 Dear Families and Friends of the St Pius X Community, Swoosh! What was that? Well, that was most of 2007. It’s gone. Term 4 is under way and running fast. Vital Term for Year 10 Term 4 can be a difficult one for many Year 10 students. It is a time of mixed emotions as one phase of their lives comes to an end and another is just about to open up before them. Parents and staff, we need to keep Year 10 focussed on academic pursuits for the time being. This week and next our thoughts and prayers should be with our Year 10 students who are sitting their Trial School Certificate Examinations. The fully external School Certificate Examinations will follow soon after. I want to remind all Year 10 students of my expectations of them, as expressed at a Form Meeting towards the end of last Term. Year 10, you need to finish well, with good behaviour, attitude and commitment. Remember too, that there are other stakeholders in your education. You did not do it all on your own. Many people have given you love, support, guidance and education over many years to help you grow into the young men and women you are today. It is, therefore, very true to say that you owe it to yourselves, to your parents, grandparents and carers, to your teachers and to God to do your best in the coming exams and to finish in a way that makes everyone proud of you. Having done this, the celebrations at the end will be so much sweeter! Work Ethic The exams for Years 7, 8 & 9 may be a little further off than Year 10’s but I would encourage all students to use this to their advantage. Parents and staff, let’s challenge the students to start studying little bits and pieces now. Lots of little bits and pieces of study over a long period of time add up to great preparation for exams. Students – imagine what a wonderful feeling it would be to walk out of each exam knowing that you have done the best that you were capable of doing rather than wishing you had done more study. Parents and staff, just as for Year 10, we need to keep all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 working hard. Let us gently but firmly encourage them to do their best in this most important 4th term. School Improvements Four major projects were accomplished over the holidays. Firstly, the asbestos roofs on the Dilley wing and St Anne’s Hall were removed and replaced with top quality aluminium roofs. Repair work was also carried out on half of the factory wing roof. Further roof repair and replacement will occur over the Christmas holidays and during next year. Total cost of these works will be around $110 000 for this year and around $90 000 for 2008. This project is paid for from the Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL) Major Maintenance Fund. Thanks to the Facilities Team at the Catholic Schools Office for their excellent organisation of these much needed works. The second project was the upgrading of the balcony safety railing in the Library. An aluminium and wood-panelled frame has been added to the railing allowing the whole structure to provide much greater safety for people walking along the balcony than was provided by the railing alone. This work was also organised by the CSO Facilities Team and the $8500 cost was again covered by the DFSBL Major Maintenance Fund. The third project was the repairs to the access road (adventure track) over the top oval. This work cost around $3500 and was paid for by the school. I had deliberately avoided spending this money up until now in anticipation of the construction of the Australian Technical College (ATC) on the top oval with the associated upgrade to the roads. At the end of Term 3, with no sign of any movement on the ATC construction, I decided we could not wait any longer and arranged for this road work to be done. Ironically, over the holidays, I discovered that the ATC building program may actually begin this Term. Hmm? The final project was the cabling of the factory wing and several other classrooms. The cost of this was around $21 000 and was paid for by the school. It is now possible to access the school computer network and Internet from almost every classroom. Farewell to the Director I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the St Pius X High School community to formally farewell Dr Wayne Tinsey as Director of Catholic Schools. Wayne has made a significant contribution to Catholic education in our Diocese since his appointment four years ago. Thanks Wayne for your inspirational leadership and constant support. I wish you all the best for your new appointment with the Christian Brothers in Melbourne. Robert Emery Principal Catch-up Vaccinations The HPV vaccine program for 2007 has concluded at St Pius X High School. To assist in catch-up of missing doses (only doses 2 & 3 will be offered) Hunter New England Health has scheduled two catch-up clinics for any student who has missed a dose. There is a required minimum gap of four weeks between doses 1 & 2 and 12 weeks between doses 2 & 3. Date: 1. Thursday 25 October 2007 2. Thursday 20 December 2007 Venue: Community Health Clinic – Roz Gribble Room, Nash St Wallsend Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm No appointment is necessary Hepatitis B (2nd dose only, 16 week minimum gap) and varicella vaccines will also be offered at these clinics for year 7 students only. Once a student is in year 8, these vaccines will no longer be provided free. If any student has not commenced a course of Hepatitis B or HPV vaccine, they will need to obtain this vaccine from their GP. (The vaccine will be provided free, although the consultation may not be free). Rugby Round-up Term 3 – Michael Maher The Year 7/8 team had a disjointed term of representative sport due to injuries and other player commitments. The boys who were physically quite smaller than the opposing team always played with great spirit and team work. Several league converts improved their backing up skills by supporting the ball carrier and NOT waiting for the play-the-ball. These fellows have particularly enjoyed the free flowing nature of rugby and scored some spectacular tries involving many phases of play and chip kicks. SPX drew 14-14 with St Paul’s in the play-off for 3rd place. We beat the eventual winners San Clemente in the first round 20-14. We’re hoping to develop our representative team next year and this experience has been invaluable. Some weeks we played 7-a-side and then other times, 10-a-side and the variations in between, depending on who was available. The full squad included: Callum Howes, Timothy Ireland, Benjamin Willis, Nicholas Kearney, Connor O’Leary, John Paisley, Morgan Smith, Samuel Keenan, Max Sutherland, Dylan Henry, Luke Toovey, Nicholas Evans, Tate Shaw, Jeffrey Bernard, Adrian Diamante, Mitchell McDonald, James Whipper, Patrick Randall-Hughes, Cody Caldwell, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Samuel Mauli. Girls Soccer – Michael Lee The girls Representative Soccer have played superbly over the past two weeks although they only won their semi-final 3-1 as we could only field eight players due to injury. Goals from Cassidy Davis, Ellie Withers and Ali Craig saw St Pius make the final against St Mary’s Gateshead. The girls played a perfect match with the full compliment of players with a comfortable 7-0 victory. Goals from Ellie Withers (2), Jordyn Barsley (3), Cassidy Davis (1), and Sophie Phillips (1) saw us up at the end. The girls have played some outstanding soccer over the past five months with only two defeats in all competitions and playing 24 games and scoring 81 goals. The Friday Representative Sport girls were, Maddie Downie, Ellie Withers, Jordyn Barsley, Jordan Young, Cassidy Davis, Megan McCosker, Alexandra Craig, Casey Lambert, Laura Casey, Meg Hewitt, Maddison McKay, Courtney Platt, Sophie Phillips, Kate Paisley and Madelaine Nunn. Thanks to all girls for the fine efforts this year. Turner Cup Area Finalists Hunter Sports High School has gone on to win the girls Turner Cup over Hills Sports High School. Year 7/8 Representative Soccer – Gary Atherton This year’s team was a particularly good team with very good players in every position. In addition they played as a team and consequently played some very attractive football. Often the opposition was not strong but they maintained their discipline and played to the game plan and scored some big wins. They went through the competition only losing one game 4-3 to St Mary’s. They won the final, against St Mary’s, quite convincingly by six goals to nill. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this team and must thank them for they way they played throughout the year – very entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Well done boys! The team was:- Lachlan Baber, Sam Barsley, Liam Callister, Cooper Edwards, Emanuel Okumu, Cody Higgs, Andrew Hoole, Blake Jarrett, Michael Reilly, Luke Rutledge, Nicholas Sofianos, Jeremy Van Akerlarken, Dru Withers, Nicholas Zuccon. A special thanks to Michael Chapman, Jake Stirling, Elijah Pinney-Elkington who filled in when we were short. Northern NSW Representative Soccer Team – Gary Atherton Four of our finest football players were selected in the above teams and played in the Australia Championships at Coffs Harbour during the recent holidays. Samuel Di Rienzo, Patrick Wheeler, and James Virgili played in the Under 15’s team that lost their opening game and then went on to win their group and play-off in the final series. They lost to NSW Metropolitan, but won their play-off for 3rd and 4th, beating Western Australia 2-0. Cody Higgs played in the Under 14’s team and like the Under 15’s they lost their first game and then went on to win their group. They beat Victoria Metropolitan in the semi final but unfortunately they were beaten 2-0 in the final by South Australia. Not a bad effort for Northern Football – 2nd in the Under 14’s and 3rd in the Under 15’s across Australia. The future looks great! James Virgili was the leading goal scorer in the Under 15’s competition with 10 goals and consequently was awarded the Golden Boot. Well done James! Congratulations to all four of our very talented footballers! Northern NSW Under 14’s Girls Football Team – Gary Atherton Cassidy Davis was our sole representative in this team that competed in a friendly tournament on the Gold Coast. Teams from Southern and Northern Queensland and Northern NSW participated with our Northern girls going through undefeated. Congratulations and well done Cassidy! St Pius X Day – Elise Jenkins On Tuesday the 21st of August, the annual St Pius X Fundraiser Activity Day was celebrated in typical SPX style. Staff and students were involved in organising an array of fun activities and food stalls with all funds going to assist a school in Cambodia. Br Mathew and students from SFX who had recently journeyed to LaValla School in Cambodia, addressed St Pius students, relaying their personal experiences. Once again, the day was a huge success, with $3000 being raised for this very worthwhile cause. The SRC did a wonderful job at planning and organising the day. Thank you to all involved. We look forward to a successful SPX Day next year. St James Primary School Fete St James Primary School will be holding their annual fete on Sunday 28th October. Starting at 9am. All are welcome to attend. Year 9 Community Day – Simone Kelly On Wednesday 24 October, Year 9 will participate in a Community Day focused on Leadership. The aim of the day is twofold: 1 To prepare students for the role they will assume as seniors of the school next year; 2 To help them to think about who has the gifts necessary to fulfil the various Student Leadership positions for 2008. • The day will run at school, so students will come to and leave from school as per normal. • The day is ‘out of uniform’ with the prize of a CD voucher for the best spy costume. • A sausage sizzle and can of cordial will be supplied for lunch. The canteen will be unavailable to Year 9 all day. • The cost of $2.00 is to be paid on the day. Language News – Gabrielle Smith Many of you would have heard that the Study Tour of Italy was a huge success. This success was largely due to the outstanding group of students I had the pleasure of accompanying to Italy. It would not have been so enjoyable for us teachers if it wasn’t for the cooperative, mature and appreciative group of students we were lucky enough to have with us. They are to be congratulated on their behaviour and their parents should be so very proud of them. Our trip involved lots of walking and our guided tours provided much valuable information. We were lucky enough to take part in guided tours of Florence (including the church of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo markets), of Pisa and San Gimignano, of the Vatican museum and St Peter’s Basilica as well as a day trip to Pompeii. We also spent time discovering these cities on our own, the most memorable exploring the streets of Venice and, of course, taking a gondola trip. The students always showed the best of manners and showed respect and gratitude to our tour guides, coach drivers and hotel staff with many of them commenting on the students’ behaviour. I am sure the students have truly appreciated this opportunity and will treasure these memories forever. They can not deny they have had a valuable language and life learning experience. I would like to thank the mothers who accompanied us and hope they enjoyed their time as much as I did. Special thanks to Mrs Daniela Phillips who assisted me as the second teacher. She was a valuable asset to the group with her wealth of knowledge. I’m sure the students appreciated her scenic walks she was in the habit of taking us on!! To the students thank you again! Study Tour of Italy 2007 Albert Bechelli, Marcus Delizzotti, Alexander Elliot, Morgan Palmieri, Jessica Palmieri, Caitlin Maxwell, Kaitlin Murland, Natalie Ryan, Ellen Kane, Emma Di Stefano, Kate Paisley, Laura Pentney, Michelle Bourne, Eliza Crosbie, Alyce Gibson, Tahlee Dalley , Bianca Nadalin, Illiana Conway and Isabella Turner. Careers – Helen Wilks-Careers Advisor - 0409 326 961, firstname.lastname@example.org The Local Community Partnership- Career Links is holding a Careers Information Session for students and parents in a couple of weeks. The information is as follows: Career Links is hosting a special event entitled ‘Navigating the Career Maze’ – Parent Hypothetical Event 2007, for parents and careers of 13-19 year olds. Date/Time: Tuesday 30 October 2007, 5:30pm Venue: Lake Macquarie Function & Conference Centre (Belmont 16 Footers Sailing Club) RSVP: Monday 22 October 2007 (for catering purposes) Finger food will be provided and drinks are available to purchase at the club If you or someone you know would like to attend this event please contact Career Links on: Ph: 4956 8468 Fax: 4956 9517 Email: email@example.com A new program has been planned for the Newcastle and Eastlakes area. I have been on a committee organising the Newcastle Try-A Trade Event. The event offers Year 9/10 students the opportunity to actually perform tasks that will give an insight and perspective of what selected trades and professions entail. Trade presenters are invited to attend on a voluntary basis to share their skills and knowledge with the next generation of trades’ people. So students get to experience hands-on work that trades’ people do. Try-A-Trade will be held on Friday 21st September at The Shed, Windale PCYC. Another opportunity specifically for Year 9 students (Year 10 will have left the school) will be on 30th November at the same venue. The day will operate in two groups. My schools have been assigned the morning session which will begin at 9.30am and finish at 11.30am. Students will have the opportunity to experience three different trades in ½ hour lots. Students will be in groups of about 6-8 and will rotate to their next trade preference after 30 minutes. These groups will consist of students from all school involved so students may not be placed with their friends. Students will be asked to choose five trade areas they are interested in but will only get three of their choices. I am going to be taking 16 students from each of the three schools that I look after. Any student interested in attending please contact me at school via mobile or e-mail. P & F Committee – Gary Vincent The P & F meeting was cancelled on Tuesday 16th October. The next meeting will be Tuesday 13th November 2007 this will be our official last meeting with the December meeting being the end of the year bash. Please all try to attend. Uniform Matters - Mrs Louise Dawson Monday: 8.30am to 9.30am and 1.00pm to 2.00pm Wednesday: 1.00pm to 2.00pm and 3.00pm to 3.45pm Canteen Any new parents willing to do canteen this year on one day per month please ring Helen/Janelle on 4013 2629. Mon Oct 29 Tues Oct 30 Wed Oct 31 Thur Nov 1 Fri Nov 2 Helen DeWith Volunteers Needed Volunteers Needed Michelle Smith Deb Cavicchia Elsie Dallen Eileen O’Loughlen Michelle Pearce Julie McIntyre Kim Campbell Sue McLean Jo Waite Leanne Kepreotes Marina Bernard Gina Ballinger Fontini Nadalin Donna English Mon Nov 5 Tues Nov 6 Wed Nov 7 Thurs Nov 8 Fri Nov 9 Lyndel Orr Trish Low Louise Scott Sharon Henry Annette Murray Dorothy Reynolds Monica Latham Emilie Schwirtlich Jenny Turnbull Nina McRae Catherine Gee Christine Marshall Kerrie Davis Elizabeth Murray Michelle Knight Debbie Mollison WEEK A WEEK B 7 November Non Feeder Visit to St Pius Mon 29 Oct–Wed 31 Oct Year 10 Elective Exams Year 7/2008 Parent Information Tues 30 Oct Year 9 Marine Technology Evening – St Anne’s Hall Excursion Flypoint A1 & B1 8 November St Pius Cultural Evening – SPX Hall 31 Oct CCC Boys Water Polo 6pm Championships Ashfield 1 November Year 9 Marine Technology Excursion Flypoint A2 & B2 PD/H/PE Department - John McLoughlin A special request to parents to help ensure that the footwear your children wear for practical PE and Sport lessons is appropriate to ensure that students can participate actively and safely in all lessons. Footwear that looks colourful and trendy but that does not tighten sufficiently to allow students to run, jump and kick safely should not be worn. If parents could ensure footwear is appropriate at home it will eliminate the need to sit students out of activities and send notes home. Your support in this area will be greatly appreciated. As the weather heats up next term, students are encouraged to bring a water bottle and hat for practical lessons. Sunscreen is always available in the PE office if required. All students had the opportunity last Wednesday to view a multi-media presentation titled 'Velocity' produced by Motivational Media. This video and sound spectacular contained important messages for all students on concepts such as goal setting; motivation; accepting diversity; overcoming adversity; and striving to achieve your dreams. These concepts are all integral parts of the stage four and five PD/H/PE syllabus as well as being important life lessons that benefit all students. Thank you to Mr Pitfield for all his efforts organising this activity including arriving at 7.00am on Wednesday morning to set up St Anne's hall for this activity. Year 9 students participated in their Jump Rope for Heart afternoon last Wednesday in an effort to raise funds for the National Heart Foundation and increase participation rates in physical activity. While the total raised is yet to be finalised, the PD/H/PE staff would like to thank students for their generous support of this worthwhile venture. The level of student participation during the afternoon was excellent resulting in a record number of slushies, drink bottles and Boost Juice vouchers being distributed. We would like to express our thanks to the following companies who donated prizes that were distributed on the day: Boost Juice, Westfield Kotara; Rebel Sports, Charlestown; and Ray Baartz Sports, Broadmeadow. Special thanks to Mrs Sellers for her thorough organisation and coordination of this activity. Year 9 P.A.S.S. have completed their Boot Camp fitness training sessions and are much fitter and healthier as a result. Thanks again to personal trainer Mr Mathew Pettit for running these sessions. Students now look forward to learning the finer points of diving off both the springboards and towers at Lambton Pool during Term 4. A reminder that the balance of the Camp costs ($150.00) can be paid to the Bursar in a lump sum or in instalments before the end of November please. A reminder to students in Year 8 and 10 PD/H/PE and Year 9 and 10 P.A.S.S. that you have exams at the end of your course. Make sure you prepare adequately so your results are a true indication of your ability in these subject areas. Year 10 – Physical Activity and Sports Studies – Ashley Lawrence/Student Last term on Monday 24th September, Year 10 students from the physical activities and sports studies classes showed their community spirit when they organised a sports gala day for Year 6 students from all our feeder schools. The day was designed to promote physical activity and give the future members of St Pius a chance to get to know the senior members of the school. The students participated in everything from dodgeball to soccer. It was a great success and immensely enjoyable for all involved. Centacare Newcastle Can You Help Kate? Kate (not her real name) is 18 years old, and is completing her HSC exams this year. Kate is an outgoing and friendly young woman who has lived in foster care from a very young age. Centacare Newcastle is currently looking for a caring family, couple or single person who would be interested in having Kate board with them next year. Kate will need a nurturing person or family who can support her as she moves into young adulthood and independent living. She will be able to make a small financial contribution to the household. Interested people must be willing to undergo Centacare's screenings including a Working With Children check. For more information please contact Jenni or Julie at Centacare Children's Services on 4903 3000. Bakers Delight Support St Pius – Robert Emery Do you shop at Bakers Delight Westfield Kotara? If so, by simply stating to the person who serves you that you wish to support St Pius X High School, Adamstown, you will raise money for the school. For each purchase made, Bakers Delight will donate 10% back to our school. This is a painless way to raise funds for the school. All money raised in this way will be put towards educational resources for students. Could I please ask you to participate in this great little scheme?