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Senior School Information about Activities

Information about Individual activities in the Senior School

Athletics

  • School Carnival held Term 2 or 3.
  • Main carnivals mid term 3.
  • All carnivals on Saturdays.
  • Training twice per week.
  • Commences at conclusion of Winter Season.
  • Main carnival is the ISA Championships at Homebush.
  • Meeting for boys interested middle of Term 1.
Basketball - Senior School Activities

Basketball at Oxford Falls

Basketball

  • Summer sport involving Term 4 and Term 1 the following year.
  • Compete in ISA competition on a Saturday morning at Oxford Falls.
  • Currently field 16 teams across the age group.
  • Two training sessions required per week at school or Oxford Falls.

 

Cricket - Senior School Activities

Cricket at Oxford Falls

Cricket

  • Summer sport involving Term 4 and Term 1 the following year.
  • Senior First XI and Second XI compete on turf wickets in ISA competition.
  • Junior teams play in local Manly and North Shore competitions on Saturday mornings.
  • Two trainings per week at nets and local ovals.
  • Senior matches 10.00am-5.00pm.
  • Junior matches 8.30-12.00pm.

Rugby

Rugby

Rugby

  • Major Winter sport.
  • Begins Term 2 and finishes at the end of August in Term 3.
  • Currently field around three teams per age with more in the U13 and U14 years.
  • Camps and coaching clinics are held for the juniors to teach them technique and rules if they haven’t played before.
  • Two trainings per week (usually Tuesday & Thursday) required for every team 3.30-5.00pm.
  • Saturday matches usually in morning time slot.

 

Squash

  • An activity used in conjunction with other co-curricular sports.
  • Terms 1 and 4.
  • Internal Competitions.
  • Training every usually Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school 3.15-5.00 pm at Willoughby courts.
  • Students take part in a maximum of 2 sessions per week.
  • Currently seeking an outlet for competitions.
  • Previous experience desired but not essential.

 

Swimming - Senior School Activities

Swimming Carnival

Swimming

  • School Carnival held in February each year.
  • School squad attends around five night carnivals and a day carnival in Term 1.
  • Training once per week for boys not in squad training.
  • Main carnival is the ISA Championships at Homebush around mid March.

Football

  • Major Winter Sport competing in the ISA competiton.
  • Terms 2 and 3 and finishes at end of August.
  • Currently field 2/3 teams per age group.
  • Two trainings per weekthroughout the week required for every team some mornings but usually 3.30-5.00pm.
  • Saturday matches usually in the morning time slot.
  • Specialist coaching clinics provided to further develop football skills.
Football - Senior School Activities

Football at Oxford Falls

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis Championships

  • Students in Years 7-12 may try out for the ISA Tennis competition running in Terms 2 and 3.
  • Grading is held in Term 1 and training is required after school during competition times.
  • The top players play in the ISA competition in Terms 2 and 3.
  • Normally the College enters 9 or 10 teams of five players for the season. Only four players compete each Saturday on a roster basis.
  • Previous experience or coaching preferred.
  • Matches are Saturdays from approximately 8am -12pm.
  • Students must have their own tennis racquets. White tennis shorts and college hat are available from the uniform shop.
  • All other teams can play in the Northern Suburbs Competition which is available for every term for the Junior School and in Terms 1 and 4 for the Senior School.

Chess

The College enters Intermediate and Senior teams in the NSW Junior Chess League Secondary Schools Competition. Teams in the Junior Division are entered into the NSW Junior Secondary Schools Chess Competition in the Northern Region. St Pius has the largest number of competitors of all schools with over 100 students involved and is the largest competition venue in the Metropolitan North Region, hosting approximately 100 players from our own and visiting teams on any given competition afternoon. The competition runs during Term 2.

 Chess

Da Vinci Decathlon

Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 participate in the Da Vinci Decathlon challenging higher order thinking skills for boys able to expand in areas of

  • code breaking
  • creative skills
  • engineering
  • english
  • general knowledge
  • mathematics
  • science

Debating and Public Speaking

Students in the Senior School have the opportunity to become involved in both Debating and Public Speaking at the College.

The College enters twelve teams in the Catholic Schools’ Debating Competition. Two teams from each year group are selected to compete. The teams debate over a 6 week period during Term 2, and then, if successful, move into semi-final and final rounds.

Our leading debating teams also have the opportunity to compete in other more selective competitions including the New South Wales Department of Education Commonwealth Bank Cup.

Students are also urged to try out for the Catholic Schools’ Debating Association Public Speaking Competition. Two students from each year group are selected to represent the College.

Outstanding public speakers may go on to compete in other competitions including

  • the United Nations Youth Conference
  • the Rotary Public Speaking Competition
  • the NSW Department of Education Plain English Speaking Competition
  • the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition

just to name a few.

Well over 80 senior students represent the College in the Debating and Public Speaking arena each year.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is administered through the College.

The award is given at three levels:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold.

The course requires both theoretical and practical aspects which include map reading, hiking and community services.

To be successful in the scheme students need to be self-motivated, hard-working and fully involved in both the academic and extra-curricular life of the College.

Students are eligible to enter the scheme starting in Year 9. 

Mock Trial

Students in Year 11 have the opportunity of entering the Mock Trial Competition conducted by the Law Society of New South Wales.

During the competition our ‘legal team’ competes against other schools defending and prosecuting ‘mock’ cases involving:

  • assault
  • larceny
  • negligence

Students take on the roles of:

  • barristers
  • clerks
  • court officers
  • magistrates
  • solicitors
  • witnesses

Robotics Club

Robotics

Robotics

Robotics is a dynamic club where more than 90 Year 6 – 12 students come together after school to share their passion for mechatronics and coding. Robotics is part of the College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

Skill development is a key focus of the Club with students learning problem solving, planning, management, costing, teamwork, competitive strategy, and resilience.

The Club consists of Juniors and Seniors but teams are based on skills and may be comprised of students from a range of years.

  Robot Competitions
Junior (Years 6-7) EV3 Mindstorm

First Lego League Competition (FLL)
Junior RoboCup competition
Internal competitions

Senior (Years 8-12) Ev3 Mindstorm
Arduino projects
Robots constructed from scratch
(normally on an Arduino platform)
 
UNSW RoboCup Competition
Internal competitions

Competitions are a focus of the Club but students also have the opportunity to work on individual or group projects.

A number of students are also members of University teams and have travelled overseas to compete in international competitions. These students are gaining access to university courses based on their participation in the Robotics Club and competitions.

Students apply to be a member of the Robotics Club and membership is renewed annually. The Club operates year round with students meeting for one and a half hours once a week.

The Club is resourced by a fee and the generosity of the P & F.