Please find below, some frequently asked questions to assist our parents and carers, as well as prospective families.
You can also see more about what we offer students and families at St Pius X.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office
Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.
Enrolments are accepted all year round, but the best time to enrol your child is at the beginning of the year (Term 1) – the year before your child is due to commence school.
Enrolment interviews are held in Term 2. You will receive a letter or phone call informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow towards the end of Term 2.
At St Pius X Catholic Primary School, we give your child the best opportunity to develop academically, spiritually and socially in a safe and supportive environment.
St Pius X is a vibrant Catholic co-educational primary school committed to every student finding meaning and purpose in their life through continual growth in faith and improvement in learning. A place where each student is valued and respected, developing positive relationships while working towards a hope-filled future.
At St Pius X, you and your child can expect:
You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour the school grounds.
Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:20am and 4:00pm.
Our school bell times are as follows:
10:50am – 11:40am
1:10pm – 1:40pm
Supervision begins at 8:20am each morning.
Gates open at 2:30pm for parents to wait in the playground for the students do be dismissed. Please note, no supervision is provided by staff after the last bus arrives at approximately 3:50pm.
Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.
There are many co-curricular activities on offer at St Pius X!
The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for Diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.
St Pius X also provides the chance to participate and excel in different areas of interest, including: choir and vocal ensemble, public speaking, robotics/coding, the Da vinci Decathlon, Maths Olympiad, art competitions and environmental initiatives.
Find out more about the activities available for students at our Co-curricular Opportunities page.
The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.
At St Pius X, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form – including cyber-bullying, a growing concern for parents, carers and educators. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying.
Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Student Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy.
You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.
Students are able to catch one of the Premier Illawarra school buses operating in Unanderra, Famborough Heights, Cordeaux Heights and Berkeley. See our school bus routes and timetables here (under 'St Pius X – Unanderra').
Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.
Yes, we offer quality organised on-site before and after school care. CatholicCare's Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care at St Pius X is staffed by a dedicated team of education professionals who are university trained early childhood teachers or TAFE trained Diploma educators who support and respect the uniqueness and individuality of children and their families.
More information on our Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care here.
Please see our Fees Information page for more information.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you. No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.
We'd love to have you! St Pius X strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.
This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.
If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities – including helping teachers in the classroom, covering books, volunteering in the canteen and assisting at various gala days and carnivals as coaches, managers and officials.
Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website. Please also see our Parent/Carer Volunteering Information Flyer.
All parents and families are invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.
For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.
If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.
We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:
The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as St Pius X. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the school year.
Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework
Interested in enrolling at St Pius X Unanderra? We'd love to welcome you to our school!