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School History

January 27, 1959 - St Pius X College, staffed by Diocesan Priests, commenced at Tighes Hill.

1960 - Bishop of Maitland, Bishop Toohey, exercised tremendous courage and vision in acquiring the old Lustre Hosiery Factory in Adamstown (shown below) and converting the existing building into a school.

December 5, 1960 - the school opened at this new site.

March 19, 1961 - the official opening of the College and the blessing of the new building was performed by Bishop Toohey. In that year the school badge was also adopted, incorporating the Coat of Arms and Crest of St Pius X.

1967 - St Anne’s High School, a senior school for girls, opened adjacent to St Pius.

1967 to 1983 - the senior boys from St Pius often shared classes with the girls in the senior school.

1983 - fundamental change was initiated at St Pius X.

1986 - the initial intake of girls into Year 7 and the transfer of Year 11 to St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton, were the first stages in a restructuring program which resulted in the school becoming a fully co-educational Junior High School.

1985 - St Anne’s closed.

1986 onwards - all senior Catholic students in the Newcastle area attended St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton. 

St Anne’s is remembered in the name of the courtyard outside the Administration building, now called the St Anne’s Courtyard. The buildings that once housed St Anne’s are now part of St Pius X High School.

2008 – St Anne’s Hall name was changed to Sr Marie Hall in honour of Sr Marie Therese Fahey, a Josephite Sister who had a long relationship of service with our school.

2009 – St Pius celebrates its 50th year of service.

2010 – Master Plan developed for the upgrading of St Pius.

2012 – Official opening of the new Stage 1 Facilities – the Factory complex.

June 30, 2012 - Sr Marie Hall was destroyed by fire as a result of arson.

End of Term 3, 2014 - Retirement of a St Pius icon, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Mr Stuart Roff.  Stuart was a highly respected and much loved teacher and leader at our school.  Stuart taught for almost 40 years, the last 23 of them at St Pius.

November, 2014 - the school suffered the tragic loss of Fiona O'Donoghue (Fiona Drinkwater). Fiona was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2014. She fought valiantly throughout the year but succumbed to the disease in November.

2015 - BYOD Tablet program was introduced to Years 7 and 9.  This meant that all Years were now able to use tablet computers for class work.

2015 - Official opening for Stage 2 facilities (classrooms, science labs and TAS workshops) and the Sr Marie Centre.

2017 – New staff area opened and work on new Library commenced.