School History Image

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.

1984 - fundamental change was initiated at St Pius X. First Lay Principal was Mr Ray Kelly.  Girls formed half of the Year 7 cohort.

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 at end of year.  Year 11 girls went to St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton.  Year 12 girls completed their senior education at St Anne's.

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. The St Anne's Library was originally re-named as St Anne's Hall & used as a gathering place for St Pius Form Meetings and so on.

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 celebrated 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 is 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 - Official opening for Stage 2 facilities (classrooms, science labs and TAS workshops, new toilets) and the Sr Marie Centre.  New road constructed at back entrance to school to facilitate traffic movement into and out of campus.

2016 - Works begin on Stage 3 of Master Plan - new Staff area & followed by new Library

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

2018 - New Library opened for business on Day 1.

2019 - New Learning Centre was created in old staff room area.  Stage 1 of this project completed early in the year.

2020 - Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Also the year we commenced the implementation of the Sharratt-Fullan 14 Parameter Framework of System and School Improvement.