St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School is a co-educational Catholic school providing an education for students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
The school was founded in 1960 under the spirituality of the Franciscan Friars and the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus.
Today the school has an enrolment of approximately 200 students who come from diverse social-economic and cultural backgrounds. We are a community that exhibits a strong sense of welcome and recognises and values the individuality and uniqueness of all its members.
Our staff works in partnership with parents, as the first and primary educators of their child to ensure every student is provided with a contemporary, personalised learning program that will equip them with the knowledge and skills for a changing world.
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Our staff are experienced, dedicated and passionate educators who come to know each child personally. They work closely in partnership with our families to provide quality learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners.
The school leadership team consists of: Principal, Assistant Principal, Religious Education Coordinator and two Middle Leaders.
School Support Officers work under the guidance of the school principal in collaboration with each other and support the work of the classroom teachers, working with individuals or groups within the classroom.
Along with our classroom teachers, we have teachers and support staff who specialise in English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), Reading Recovery, Physical Education, Drama, MiniLit and MacqLit Intervention, Diverse Learning Needs support and an Instructional Coach.
The school counsellor (employed by CatholicCare) works within the school one day per week, working with students (individuals and groups) and parents. Parents work in consultation with the principal to access this service.
Catholic schools have a long and proud history in the Australian educational landscape. Originally established by orders of brothers, nuns and priests in the nineteenth century, they are now almost entirely staffed and led by lay people.
Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are either parish primary schools like St Francis of Assisi, or diocesan secondary or K-12 schools. They are all co-educational schools. (The diocese also has another seven independent congregational secondary schools, some of which offer single-sex education.)
Catholic schools have a unique character because as well as being places where learning is highly valued, they are places where priority is given to a values-based education in the Catholic faith. This involves all staff and students proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Staff identify strongly with their school and take pride in their work and the school’s achievements.