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SPX OBA 2021 Annual Dinner September 2021 CANCELLED

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions and uncertainty, the SPX OB Committee have decided to cancel this year’s SPX OB Annual Dinner on the 10th September 2021. We will refund those who have registered and paid for the dinner. Subject to details of the future relaxing of restrictions, a possible event may be held to welcome the leaving year twelves from 2019 and 2020.

We thank you for all your support and look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Annual Dinner in 2022.

Contact Details:
Jeffrey Clarke
0425 342 463
[email protected]


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Brothers Rugby City Lunch June 2021

As our Wallabies prepare for the upcoming Rugby Championship, you’re invited to the best rugby lunch on the calendar.

Morgan Turinui, former Wallaby, coach, rugby commentator and General Manager of the Classic Wallabies will be joining us with some insights into Australian Rugby. Acknowledged as one of the game’s better thinkers, Morgan’s analysis and insight are only matched by his willingness to tell it straight.
This is a lunch you do not want to miss.
Time: 12pm – 4.00pm
Where: L’ Aqua Roof Top Level
             Cockle Bay Wharf
             Darling Harbour
Bookings: $150 per person
RSVP: by Friday 30th June

Old Boys BBQ Back in Action May 2021

Cheers to the old boys that lent a hand Saturday 8th May for our first BBQ back following a restricted COVID footy season last year. The class of 1986 represented by Roy Callabrissi, John Preston, Paul Avery, Craig Lightfoot and Jeffrey Clarke.

There are five more Saturday home games in the calendar. For any fathers that may be SPX old boys, take the opportunity to catch up with some class mates and show your support to the school.

15th May, 22nd May, 17th July, 31st July and 14th August 2021

If anybody is interested, please get in touch!

Jeffrey Clarke – OBA President   0425 342 463

Vale Mr Phillip Chaplin

Mr A Chaplin surveying the Marrs Rd Chaplin Oval site in 1948
Looking NW across Chaplin Oval Mars Rd, Lane Cove in 1962.

The College’s Number 1: Chaplin Oval, now located at the Treacy Centre, Oxford Falls, is named in honour of Mr Chaplin’s family and their work in developing the facilities of the school.

Mr Chaplin’s father, Mr Arnold Chaplin, himself an old Boy of Waverley Christian Brothers College, was instrumental in surveying the original Chaplin Oval at Mars Rd Lane Cove in 1948. In 1949 he and other volunteers prepared it for use by the students of the then Christian Brothers College Chatswood (subsequently named St Pius X College in 1954).

Mr Phil Chaplin and his classmates V. O’Neill, T Cunningham, G Casey and B Hadley toiled selflessly over the school holidays to assist the Brothers to lay drainage pipes, clear, level, and lay the soil on which generations of students were to host countless Rugby and Cricket fixtures against opposition including our brothers from St Patrick’s Strathfield. The Mars Rd Lane Cove Chaplin Oval was in commission until 1992 when the College’s sporting facilities, including Chaplin Oval, were relocated to its present location. Mr Chaplin enjoyed a long career as an Industrial Chemist and his three sons, Vince, Ross, and James (’82) also attended the College. Subsequently Vince’s son Jarryd attended St Pius in the early 2000s before home schooling on the ATP World Tennis circuit.



Chaplin Oval today at The Treacy Complex, 1 Dreadnought Rd Oxford Falls.

With the passing of Mr Phillip Chaplin the College pays due deference to those, such as Mr Chaplin and his family, who laid the strong foundations from which the students of the College benefit today.

“May those who drink the water remember those who dug the well”.

Vale Mr Phillip Chaplin, Old Boy of St Pius X College Chatswood.





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