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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below, some frequently asked questions to assist our parents and carers, as well as prospective families. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our Enrolment package here. Alternatively, contact the school office by phone or in person to put your child’s name on the enrolment list and you will be given or sent the enrolment package. Once you have completed this form, you can post it or deliver it to the school office.

For more information on the enrolment process at St Pius X, visit our Enrolment Information page

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.

For more information on the enrolment process at St Pius X, visit our Enrolment Information page

You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour the school grounds.

In the meantime, take a virtual tour of St Pius X!

Our office opening hours are between 8:20am and 4:00pm.


Our school bell times are as follows:

Morning Bell

8:50am

Lunch

10:50am – 11:40am

Recess

1:10pm – 1:40pm

Dismissal

3:10pm


Morning
Supervision begins at 8:25am each morning.

Afternoon: 
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.

 

All items of school uniform clothing are available from Lowes, Westfield Figtree and Poppets Schoolwear, Montague Street Fairy Meadow. Our uniforms can also be ordered online from Lowes.

For more information on the St Pius X school uniform, visit our Uniform page.

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! We welcome parents and carers in a variety of areas that benefit our students.

We are grateful for the generous support of activities including helping teachers in the classroom, covering books, working 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 can be found on the CEDoW website. Please also see our Parent/Carer Volunteering Information Flyer.

All parents are also invited to become involved with the Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish community about matters regarding quality education for all children, and general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and finances. Find out more about our P&F at our Parents and Friends Association page.

Parents and carers can access the St Pius X Compass Parent Portal here and log in using their login details.

For more information on using Compass, view our Parent Information Sheet here.

For further information or enquiries about Compass, please contact the school office.