Our Catholic identity and close links with our parish is a keystone for the evangelising mission of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish Primary school community. It is expressed in structures and processes; in curriculum and the learning environment; in the formation of staff; in strategic planning and community culture; the wellbeing of students; and the engagement of parents, parish and the wider community.
As a Catholic school, the Good News of Jesus is central to our lives. School prayer, liturgies and Masses are an important and enriching aspect of daily life at St Francis of Assisi.
St Francis of Assisi also supports the work of Caritas Australia, Catholic Mission, St Vincent de Paul – including a Mini Vinnies group that meets regularly. Our involvement in environmental initiatives to ‘care for our common home’ is also an important hallmark of our Catholic identity at St Francis of Assisi, as our faith in God – expressed through our commitment to prayer and worship – calls us to action.
Our parish priest Father Damien Ellis regularly visits the classroom to assist with deepening the understanding and knowledge of all students around the Religious Education curriculum.
Our school is part of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish community in Warrawong.
There are many aspects of parish life in which students, staff and families may become involved. All members of our parish school community are actively encouraged to be part of parish and church life.
Our sacramental programs are parish-based and prepare children for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 3); Eucharist-First Communion (Year 3); and Confirmation (Year 6). The Religious Education Coordinator, supported by members of the staff and parish, coordinates the programs. As we acknowledge and support the parents as the first educators in their children’s faith, both children and their parents are required to attend the lessons during the preparation for the sacraments.
Participation in weekend Mass is also actively encouraged. View the Parish Mass Times here.