One of the Hunter’s largest catholic co-education schools is changing its name.
The high school responsible for educating the likes of professional surfer Ryan Callinan, Olympian runner Rose Davies, rugby league great John Cootes and artist James Drinkwater will soon be known as Trinity Catholic College.
The move follows feedback from both within and the wider school community.
The name will come into effect at the start of the 2025 school year.
“Earlier this year we asked our school community to have its say about a new name for St Pius X High School, Adamstown and we thank everyone who contributed to the discussion, shared their views on the names proposed and offered alternatives,” says a statement from the school.
“The name Trinity Catholic College is a powerful reminder that we believe in one God, who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
The Park Avenue site has been educating children since it opened its doors in 1961, as St Pius X College, Adamstown, providing secondary education for boys.
The initial intake of girls took place in 1986.
To date students must transition to St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton at the start of Year 11.
The school is looking to transition from a Year 7 – 10 school to a Year 7 – 12 school, with the addition of Year 11 students from 2025 and the full complement of students in 2026.
“During the consultation process regarding the secondary changes, feedback from the St Pius X staff and family communities noted the absence of a strong Catholic charism for St Pius X,” admitted the school in a statement.
“With the addition of Year 11 and 12, came the opportunity to review and renew the school’s name.
“We respect the history of St Pius X High School, Adamstown and will continue to acknowledge this. A new school name seeks to ensure we best support students and their educational outcomes now, and as we look to the future.”
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