In the 80th anniversary year of the College, long-serving staff at St Pius X College were honoured with an Edmund Rice Waterford Award to recognise their dedication, commitment and service to the College for 25 years or more.
Nine staff members were presented the Award. They are Mr Jim Olson (26 years), Mrs Leonie Millar (27 years), Mr Neil Gibson (28 years), Mrs Elena Martin (28 years), Mr Mark Anderson (32 years), Mr Tony Cunneen (34 years), Mr Ross Masters (39 years), Mr Terry Patterson (40 years) and Mr Mark Pawlak (40 years).
College Principal, Mr John Couani said “these staff have given exemplary service in many different roles but in every case it has been the care for the students, the dedication and commitment to St Pius X College as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition and a true love for this community that has characterised their service. It is with the highest level of appreciation that we thank these staff who have contributed collectively 294 years of service. Their contribution is immeasurable and with an immensity that spans many generations of Pius graduates. In awarding these staff with an Edmund Rice Waterford Award we offer our heartfelt congratulations and we look forward to their continued service to the College”.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.