St Pius X College
|St Pius X College|
|Chatswood, New South Wales
|Type||Private, Single-sex, Day school|
|Motto||Latin: Fide et Labore
("By Faith and Work")
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
Located in the heart of the Chatswood central business district, the school is relatively close to Westfield Shopping Centre and Chatswood railway station. It is operated under the auspices of the Trustees of the Christian Brothers and is situated within the borders of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay which is under the leadership of Bishop David Walker. The College was ranked 101st in the State for the 2005 Higher School Certificate marks, up from 108th the previous year. More recently, in 2013, the school again improved its rank to 73. It is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA).
The College operates as two separate schools: "The Junior School" catering for boys in Years 5 and 6, "The Senior School" catering for boys in Years 7 to 12.
The College has also recently implemented an E-Learning program, which provides students with Personal Learning Devices, specifically for the younger years the Lenovo Thinkpad 10 and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for the senior years. These computers act as learning aids and hold student text books.
St Pius X College started in 1937 as Christian Brothers Chatswood, initially going to the Beginner level, with the first Leaving Certificate class graduating in 1941.
A major improvement in the 1990s was the development of Oxford Falls as an educational complex. Named the Treacy Centre, the facility comprises a variety of sports fields and venues as well as a number of meeting places and classrooms. In the late 1990s the College undertook extensive renovations and rebuilding.
"Fide et Labore" is written on the shield, which is Latin for "By Faith and Labor". The current principal is Mr John Couani, the first lay person to be principal at the school.
The school participates in rugby, cricket, football, basketball, tennis, softball, squash and athletics.
Debating and Public Speaking
The College also participates in debating and public speaking. It is a member of the Catholic Schools Debating Assosciation, the largest debating competition for schools in New South Wales and has since 2015 participated in the Sydney Debating Network. It enters students into the Legacy Youth Public Speaking and Plain English Speaking Competitions annually. In 2015 the 11 A debating team were runners up in the CSDA debating competition and were awarded the prestigious Aggregate Senior shield for winning the most debates out of any school in the competition. Following this in 2016 the 12 A team were Grand Final winners of the CSDA Senior Opens debating competition winning the Michael Robson Shield as champions of the Senior Competition. 
Music has also always been a large part of extracurricular involvement at St Pius. The various bands include concert bands, jazz bands and guitar ensembles. In order to gain entry to any band, a student must audition. In order to gain access to the Senior Jazz Band and Senior Concert Band, generally a high level of skill is required in the instrument of which a student plays.
The bands and choir often play for the school as well at the Twilight Concert held every term. The twilight concert generally begins with the choir. After the choir have performed, the ensembles usually play next and after which, the Jazz and Concert Bands begin to play. The concert is usually held under Baby Brother (the junior school playground), however, if the weather is unfavourable, the concert takes place in the school gym.
The school's robotic club takes part in robotics competitions. The two major annual competitions are the RoboCup and First Lego League (FLL). The club consists of members from years five through to twelve. Acceptance is usually granted through the robotics lessons held in class during year five, however, entry to the club in later years can also be granted through applying directly to the robotics coordinator.
Notable former pupils
- Francis Webb, poet
- Robert Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Community Services Commission, New South Wales
- Peter Fricker, former CEO Australian Institute of Sport
- John Watkins, former Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Minister for Transport and Minister for Finance.
- Peter Ingham, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney 1993–2001; Bishop of Wollongong 2001–present
- Michael Malone, Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland; Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Commission
- Peter Thompson, ABC TV presenter
- Greg Sheridan, foreign affairs editor, The Australian newspaper
- Ben Fordham, journalist and broadcaster, Nine Network and 2GB
- Des Hasler (staff), former NRL player and current head coach of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- Luke Jones, Rugby Union Professional who plays lock for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition
- Michael Hooper, Rugby Union Professional who plays flanker for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition
- Timm van der Gugten, Professional Cricketer who plays for the Netherlands, the Tasmanian Tigers and the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League
- Oliver Loffhagen, vegetarian and blogger
- Josh Duinker, professional basketball player
- Pat Reilly (1952–2014), mayor of the City of Willoughby from 1997 to 2014
- David Kilcullen (b. 1967), strategist and counterinsurgency expert
- Martin Plaza (b. 1956), founding member, vocalist and guitarist of Mental As Anything (1976–present)
- St Pius X College Annual Report 2006 (accessed: 27 June 2007)
- Australian School Choice – St Pius X College (accessed: 27 June 2007)
- 2005 HSC[not in citation given]
- "HSC 2007: All Class" (304 KB) The Daily Telegraph. (20 December 2007).
- History of the College
- The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) (accessed: 27 June 2007)
- "Seize the opportunity". Elicia Murray. The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 April 2007 (Accessed 26 November 2009).
- Archdiocese of Sydney: Peter William Ingham (accessed: 27 June 2007)
- Diocese of Maitland-NewCastle: About our Bishop (accessed: 27 June 2007)
- "Mayor Pat Reilly never lost that loving feeling for Willoughby", obituary, The Age, 24 January 2014