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Principal's Welcome

"A proud history and an excellent reputation"

St Pius X High School, Adamstown, is a co-educational Catholic school serving students in Years 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 X 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. St Pius X has a strong school spirit and our students love their school.

St Pius X 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.

Along with the Religious Studies program, we have daily student prayer, whole school liturgies to celebrate special occasions, staff prayer, staff spiritual formation days and 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 NAPLAN and continue to be high achievers in the Higher School Certificate. Students also take part in many academic competitions and perform with distinction.

Both traditional and 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 and 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. The school has an excellent reputation in producing high quality musicals. In recent years we have staged Grease and The Little Mermaid to rave reviews from our community and farther afield.

Among its sporting achievements, the school participates in many team sports such as League, Rugby, AFL, Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Swimming, Cheerleading and Cricket. Individuals have also excelled in Swimming, Surfing, Tennis, Golf, Dressage and Figure Skating. St Pius performs extremely well in almost all sports we enter on a representative basis.

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:

  • Development of Professional Learning Teams
  • Focus on Quality Teaching Framework to enhance teaching & learning
  • Focus on Gifted Education
  • Focus on differentiation
  • Implementation of our Professional Practice & Development program for teachers
  • Implementation & expansion of our school-wide wellbeing program

Please make full use of our website to learn more about our school.

Mr Robert Emery
Principal