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What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Pius X School?

Download an Enrolment Package (Updated April 2016) , fill it in and drop it into the school office.  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 / sent an enrolment package.

 

Is it possible for us to have a look around the school?

You are most welcome to call and make an appointment to meet with the Principal, or book a time for a tour of the school grounds and buildings.

 

When will I find out whether my child has been accepted into the school?

Enrolment interviews are held in May and June. You will receive a letter or phone call during April informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the Principal. Written offers of placement will follow in July.

 

How much are the school fees?

School fees are set by the Catholic Education Office and signed off by the Bishop.  These will change slightly each year; currently they stand at $2162 per family (you only pay for the first child in the family).  There is also a Resource Fee of $135 per child, which covers books, stationery, printing etc.  School fee statements are sent to parents at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3.  Payments can be made in full or part using Eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, cash, cheque or money order.

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

School starts at 8:50am.  Supervision begins at 8:20am.  The school day concludes at 3:10pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What areas do the school buses service in and around Unanderra?

3 bus services travelling from the school to routes along Farmborough Heights, Cordeaux Heights and Berkeley areas.

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at St Pius X?

There are many opportunities for your child to become involved in extra-curricular activities; St Pius X has representative teams in swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket.  Children also have the opportunity to try out for Mackillop (Diocesan representative) teams in several different sports. 

St Pius X competes in public speaking, university competitons, writing competitions, Christmas Story art competitions and various other competitons on offer throughout the year. 

We have a library team an iTeam, Student Representative Council, a school choir and ensemble, school band, Kids Club (Social skills) and gifted and talented enrichment days.

St Pius X also competes at the Wollongong Eisteddfod for Choir.  

 

Is there an anti-bullying policy in place at the school?

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 all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying.  We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form.  In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours which marginalize or victimize people.

 

Do you have organised after school care?

A minibus picks children up each afternoon and takes them to Skoolzout@Unanderra, located at Unanderra Public School 49 Derribong Drv, Cordeaux Heights.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

All items of clothing are available from Lowes, Westfield Figtree and Poppets Schoolwear, Montague Street Fairy Meadow.

 

How does the canteen operate?

At St Pius X the school canteen is run by volunteer parents and one day per week by Greenacres.  The school canteen is a wonderful opportunity to meet other families from the school and to get to meet your children’s friends. A canteen list is available on the school website.

 

Will I be able to come and help in the classroom?

Yes, each grade will be different, but parents often participate and contribute in the classroom.  This could include helping with reading and literacy programs, mathematics groups, technology, craft, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest, such as Indigenous Education or Music.

 

How can I / we become involved in the life of the school community?

Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their children’s education at school name.  Ways you can help in your child’s classroom are listed above.  Other ways of becoming involved are volunteering to help in the canteen, attending special days and events such as school liturgies or performances, helping at special events such as sporting carnivals, Spring Fair, working bees, costume committees etc
All are invited to become members of the Parents and Friends Committee, 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.