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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 Monday to Friday, 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 8:20am 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! 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:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return you call; or
  • contacting the teacher via email at info@spxudow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk in the first instance; then the Stage Leader in second instance:
    • Early Stage One / Stage One: Mrs Shay Lindner
    • Stage Two : Mrs Louise Sartor
    • Stage Three: Mr Simon Farrugia

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4271 3500.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible. 

If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return you call; or
  • contacting the teacher via email at info@spxudow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk.

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4271 3500.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible. 

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 Joseph's. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the 2020 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

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.