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St. Pius X High School

Principal's Message

St Pius X High School, Adamstown, is a coeducational Catholic school serving students in Yrs 7 to 10.  Our current enrolment is just over 1000 students.  The school has a proud history and an excellent reputation both in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and farther afield.
The community of St Pius seeks to provide an education grounded in the Gospel values of love, justice and truth.  The School aims for excellence in all areas, providing a range of opportunities to enable all students to experience success.
Through the implementation of our Pastoral Care system we endeavour to make our school specifically Catholic in philosophy and practice and to foster community through student, parent, staff and parish involvement.  The school’s Care Groups and House System ensure that students experience high quality pastoral care and that parents are genuine partners in their children’s education.  The school has a strong school spirit.  Our students love their school.
The school has a high standard in all educational areas and makes special provision both for gifted and talented students as well as for students with learning difficulties.  As well as the Religious Studies program, we have daily student prayer, whole school Liturgies to celebrate special occasions, staff prayer, staff spiritual formation days & retreats, community days for Years 7, 8 and 9 and a three day retreat for Year 10.  All of these events aim to meet the spiritual needs of staff and students.
Our students have traditionally performed well above the state average in the NAPLAN tests and continue to be high achievers in the Higher School Certificate.  Students take part in many academic competitions and perform with distinction.
Both traditional & vocational courses are run by the school and our large student population means that we can offer a wide range of elective courses in Years 9 & 10.  A Stage 5 VET Course in Commercial Cookery is the current vocational course available.  Plans to extend the number and variety of VET Courses available are dependent on the resolution of a number of external political and industry issues around support for Stage 5 VET.
Our students are noted for both their cultural and sporting successes.  Students do particularly well in Debating, Public Speaking and Mock Trials, as well as in the areas of Music, Drama and Visual Arts.  In 2014 for example, our Year 7 girls won the Year 7 Division of the NSW Catholic Schools Debating Association State Title, beating an all-boys team from a very prestigious Sydney private school in the final.  Among its sporting achievements, the school participates in many team sports eg League, Rugby, AFL, Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Swimming, Cheerleading and Cricket.  Individuals have excelled in Swimming, Surfing, Tennis, Golf, Dressage and Figure Skating.
Whole school strategic planning enables the school to be forward-looking and to keep pace with the rapidly changing educational environment in a proactive manner.  Current major projects include:
  • Renewal of the Strategic Plan for 2017-2019
  • A focus on the use of the Quality Teaching Framework to enhance teaching & learning
  • A special focus on numeracy
  • Development of Professional Learning Teams
  • Implementation of a school-wide wellbeing program
Please make full use of our website to learn more about our school.
Mr Robert Emery
MEdLead BSc(Hons) DipEd DipRE MACEL
St Pius X HS Adamstown NSW
Nurturing faith, excellence & lifelong learning.