Owing to the shortage of staff, St Pius X did not commence operation until 2nd February 1960. The school was staffed by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan who travelled each day from St Mary’s Convent, Wollongong.
The first school day was made a memorable one as it was commenced with Holy Mass celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, at which Sisters, parents and students attended. The Mass of the Holy Spirit was chosen and celebrated by Father John Raccanello, PSSC. The entire congregation sang the Hymn of the Holy Spirit. At the conclusion of Holy Mass, Sisters, parents and students were blessed with a relic of St Pius X, under whose patronage the school had been placed.
“After Holy Mass, we proceeded to the school where one hundred and twenty little ones were enrolled for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. As in all pioneer work, the first few months were not easy and as there was very little equipment one can readily imagine the excitement as cartons and packages arrived to be opened. One hundred and twenty pair of eyes and hands were to the fore” — Sr Mary Hugh, SGS, First Principal
It became apparent over the next few years that extensions to the school were needed. Father John Raccanello planned and commenced the extensions which consisted of the Sixth Class classroom and hall. These extensions were opened by the Bishop in 1965.
Further growth necessitated more extensions and the double storey classroom block was planned and built under the guidance of Father Conrad. These additions were opened in 1974.
In 1975, the Sisters of St Joseph assumed the administration of St Pius X School and their involvement in the school continued until the end of 1980.
As the Parish grew, more accommodation at the school was required and Father Victor organised the purchase and installation of three demountable classrooms. A new brick toilet was also built during this period.
From the beginning of 1981, St Pius X has been under the leadership of lay principals.
A rapid growth in the new areas of the Parish again raised the need for additional classrooms at our parish school. As well as this, over the years a need for a parish hall became apparent.
At the beginning of 1992, the Parish Priest, Father Graham Schmitzer, with the help of the Parish community, undertook the building of the additional classrooms and hall, the design of which had been instigated by our previous Parish Priest, Father Leo Stevens.
These buildings were blessed and opened by Most Reverend William Murray DD, D.Sc SOC AM on 14th November 1992.
In the following year a toilet for special needs students and ramp was installed, having been funded by a Government Grant.
To recognise the great contribution of the Sisters of St Joseph to St Pius X School and to acknowledge that Blessed Mary MacKillop was to be beatified, a Mary MacKillop Garden was established in the school grounds in 1994.
St Pius X School was then fortunate to receive a government grant to extend the Library and Administration Centre.
On August 20 1996, the Most Reverend Philip Wilson, DD JCL, Third Bishop of Wollongong, blessed and opened the new Library and Administration Centre. The library was named the Polding Library to recognize the contribution of the good Samaritan Sisters who had given so much love and service to commence and guide the school for its first fifteen years.
During 1996 a covered walkway was constructed adjacent to the administration Building and this was funded by the Parents & Friends Association. Further improvements undertaken by the P&F were: the establishment of a rock garden under the stairwell, planting of shade trees around the quadrangle and the provision of extra seating under the trees.
In 1997, the Hargreaves Street entrance was improved with a new fence and then in 1998 with the support of Parish Priest, Father Mark O’Keefe, a new fence was constructed on the south western end of the school.
The P&F also funded the covered walkway beside the toilet block and in 1999 further concreting on the eastern side of the hall occurred.
Between 2008 and 2011, with assistance from the government, we were able to refurbish classrooms, construct a covered outdoor learning area, build 2 new classrooms, toilet blocks and build the MacKillop Learning Centre which caters for the needs of 21st century learners.