St Francis of Assisi Parish Primary School is a gospel centred learning community who live out the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe that our Catholic faith and lifelong journey is interrelated. We are committed to the continual Faith development of our community where we experience Jesus through our faith and daily life, recognising that the Spirit is alive in people.
Learning at St Francis enables the formation of knowledge, capabilities and values. We believe that this fosters meaningful engagement in learning in order to become informed, empowered and active global citizens in a contemporary and connected world.
We value opportunities for learning and reflection that challenge us to aspire to individual excellence, whilst maintaining the dignity and worth of the whole person.
We encourage open communication between children, teachers and parents to foster understanding, patience, trust, forgiveness and loving concern.
We will foster self-discipline, respect for self and others, and responsible decision making.
We will aim to stimulate and encourage the children’s growth in the development of their full potential.
As professional educators we realise our responsibility to expand the knowledge and understanding of parents in current educational trends, new programmes in schools, developments, techniques, procedures and teacher expectations. The forum by which this responsibility may be undertaken would include Information Nights, Newsletters and Open Days.
As staff members we will foster and encourage professional development. Through friendship, support and recreational activities we will strive to create a confident and positive outlook for each individual.
We at St. Francis of Assisi, are committed to the continual faith development of our children. We aim to build and develop knowledge and awareness of the Catholic Faith by strengthening and deepening relationships with their family, school, community and Church.
The school is situated on 10 acres of landscaped surroundings. The landscape has been designed to incorporate active and passive movement around the school. Careful consideration was given to the nature of the trees planted for purposes of shade and general aesthetics.
There are well developed adventure playgrounds for the children, an oval, a synthetic grass soccer pitch and much more. In 2007, our central courtyard was redeveloped with shade-sails, synthetic grass and picnic tables.
Over recent years, we further improved our buildings and facilities. In 2007, we completed an Early Learning Centre and in 2008 a Creative Arts Centre was constructed. In 2011, a state of the art Library Resource Centre was built, encompassing a Computer Lab, a Music Room and a 21st century Children’s Library complete with touch-screen TVs, desktop computers, iMacs, iPads, laptops and MacBooks. In 2013, we completed a Senior School Classroom Complex, which features many new technological features and devices to challenge and assist our students in their learning.
Our vision and mission are linked to our learning and teaching policy where we attempt to offer a holistic education with an emphasis on outcomes where all students succeed but at different times according to varying levels of readiness, and where a caring culture provides the children with a safe and secure environment in which to learn.
St Francis of Assisi is unique by nature of its size having an enrolment of 1170 students, an ESL component of 45.5% and 46 countries represented in our school population. This comprises a significant multi cultured population. All enrolments are either Catholic or Orthodox. With a large staff to support the various needs we ensure that effective communication and appropriate support frameworks are set in place. To this end, we have structures set up and appropriate leadership frameworks in place that support everyone’s needs.
Facilities / Grounds
- Contemporary Classroom Complex
- Library Resource Centre
- Computer Lab
- Early Learning Centre (Year 1)
- Creative Arts Centre (Hall)
- Visual Arts Room
- LOTE Room
- Courtyard with tables under shade sails
- Synthetic Soccer Pitch
- Athletics Track and Oval
- Ropes Playground
The school is situated on 10 acres and a landscape plan has been carefully followed. As a result we now enjoy a completely landscaped surround. The landscape has been designed to incorporate active and passive movement around the school.
Careful consideration was given to the nature of the trees planted for purposes of shade, aesthetics etc. There are many signs around our school which guide both our parents and children to different venues within the complex. Our school is well-maintained as we employ school caretakers throughout the week.
There are seven well-developed adventure playgrounds for the children, an oval, four square courts, an athletics track, a synthetic soccer pitch, several basketball courts, four bat-tennis courts and sand pits.
The Parents’ Association regularly raise money to provide extras for our students and our school (e.g. Adventure Playground).
Given the size of the school, classes are given specific areas in which to play to ensure maximum safety.
New Classroom Complex
Our new classroom complex is also complete. This contemporary building features five studios and eight classrooms, one of which will has state-of-the-art Skype facilities. The facilities in this building engage and challenge our students to develop 21st century thinking skills.
St Francis of Assisi School Library Resource Centre is central to the learning process within the school. It provides a dynamic environment, where all members of the school community can access quality and relevant information services. The library promotes access to literature, information resources and technology.
The Library Resource Centre and the library program in association with school staff aims to:
- Promote and nurture students’ enjoyment and appreciation of a variety of literature.
- Develop students’ research skills through the use of a wide variety of resources and technological materials.
- Provide and maintain a relevant and responsive library collection.
- Promote the Library Resource Centre as an important learning centre within the school.
- Support the curriculum across the levels.
Major School Events
St Francis of Assisi prides itself on the many outstanding school events we hold throughout the year. The following is a brief list of some of our major events, organised by members of our staff, PA, Parish and students:
- Good Friday Passion Play (Gospel performance by our Year 6 students)
- Reconciliation & First Communion (Year 3 Sacramental Program)
- Confirmation (Year 6 Sacramental Program)
- Parish Fair
- Billy Cart Day
- Nursery Rhyme Day (Prep Students)
- Mother’s Day Breakfasts
- Father’s Day Breakfast
- Year 4 Basket Supper Evening
- 100 Days of School (Prep Students)
- Year 5 Camp
- Year 6 Camp
- Teddy Bear Picnic (Prep and Year 6 Students)
- Year 6 Graduation Dinner Dance
- St Francis Feast Day
- Prep – Year 2 Christmas Concert
- Junior Athletics Carnival
- Senior Athletics Carnival
- Instrumental Music Evening
- Interschool Sports
- Passion Project Expo Evenings
2023 Staff & Classes
School Leadership Team
Mr Mark Basile
Deputy Principal (School Community)
Miss Christina Padula
Deputy Principal (Religious Education & Wellbeing)
Mr John Dwyer
Learning & Teaching Leader
Mr Will Kent
Mrs Jane Huy
Mrs Brooke Brennan
Learning Diversity Leaders
Mrs Nicole Federico (Yrs Prep-3)
Mrs Martine Klaic (Yrs 4-6)
Mr Marc Mellere
Literacy and Maths Intervention Leader
Mrs Daniela Insolia
Ms Teresa Di Giulio, Mrs Christina Bagas and Ms Annette Prince
Mrs May Park and Ms Suzanne Agius
Mr Brett McCarthy, Mr Adrian Talarico and Mr Paul Healy
Mrs Olivia Mullavey, Mrs Dom Tartaggia, Mrs Kalane Horwood and Mrs Daniela Insolia
Mrs Leila Maddela and Mrs Natalie Clapton
Mr Marc Mellere, Mrs Natalie Velevski and Mrs Mel Hollibone
Ms Suzanne Agius, Mrs Anthea McKay and Mrs May Park
Mrs Jackie Footman
Mrs Christina Bagas and Mrs Natalie Velevski
Mr Brett McCarthy and Mrs Laura Millett
Mrs Mary Costanzo and Mrs Daniela Insolia
Mrs Michelle McKenzie
Mrs Anna Padula
Passion Project Teachers
Miss Michelle James and Mrs Natalie Clapton
Mr Brett McCarthy and Mrs Laura Millett
Ms Suzanne Agius
Health & PE
Mr Adrian Talarico and Mr Paul Healy
Ms Annette Prince, Mrs Kalane Horwood, Mrs May Park and Mrs Daniela Insolia
Mrs Natalie Velevski and Mrs Christina Bagas
* Passion Projects are offered to students in Years 5 and 6 in place of all other extra-curricular classes, except for P.E and a language study.
Prep A- Nadia Asta
Prep F- Cassandra Fontana
Prep S- Kathryn Smith
Prep M- Melissa Beckett
Prep V- Monica Vasiliadis
Prep B- Jacqui Barber
Prep D- Vanessa Varano
Prep W- Judith Wright
1N- Bianca Nicol & Kalane Horwood
1P-Lisa Philp & Olivia Mullavey
1D- Tayla DeSensi
1C- Colleen McCann & Natalie Velevski
1L- Sarah Lemin & Dom Tartaggia
1A- Annabel Chester
1M- Dylan Mangione
1V- Vanessa Vittorio & Mel Gilbert
2B- Bridget Gianotti
2G- Arista Giannis
2D- Demi Mangione
2J- Julia Padula
2P- Helena Perfetto
2C- Natalie Cora
2M- Melissa Paolino
2T- Taylor Popovski
3F- Archie Fusillo
3P- Denise Pavlakos
3B- Rosemary Bennett
3M- Melissa Martin & Connie Caruso
3D- Loredana De Marco
3W- Maria Wise
3T- Kathy Tsarlikis
4A- Aggie Abela
4D- Catriona Davies
4S- Samantha D’Cruz
4C- Marie Cardamone
4H- Hayley Sims
4W- James Waters
5B- Alanna Barbanera
5H- Jacinta Harwood
5C- Renee Conti
5G- Kaitlyn Girolami
5P- Chris Pereira
5L- Carla Lotito
6F- James Ferguson
6M- Ben Mack
6J- Josephine Condidorio
6C- Jessica Contarin
6P- Thuy Pham
6W- Michelle Wilson & Anthea McKay