Our School

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 learning 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.

Please click on the link below to download and view our 2018 Annual Report to the Community.

A message from Father Girolami

Dear Parents,

Please allow me to welcome you to St Francis of Assisi Parish Primary School, an excellent example of a Catholic school which provides wonderful support to people who want to offer their children the rich experience of faith in their childhood. The children learn what the Church believes and teaches and, importantly, what it means to belong to a Christian community. They learn what “belonging” both offers and demands. Exposure to a rich Christian community such as St Francis’ gives young people an important basis for their future lives in the Church.

Here at St Francis’ Parish Primary School we believe every person is special. To that end, we aim to create an atmosphere where children can grow in richness, fullness and integrity. We believe this can be achieved in the knowledge of God’s love for each of us and by an increasing awareness of and response to His presence in our lives. The Parish Primary School has been at the heart of the Catholic Church in this country. We invite you to embrace St Francis’ and all the values for which it stands.

Father Anthony Girolami
Parish Priest

A message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the St. Francis of Assisi Primary School community, I would like to warmly welcome you to our school. We believe that parents need to be fully informed on all matters related to their child/ren’s education and encourage you to read the ‘Enrolment Information’ handbook thoroughly. It will assist you to become familiar with the routines, policies and information needed for a smooth transition into school life.

As educators in a Catholic school, our aim is to promote living and learning in faith. We seek to support you in your role as parents in nurturing your children so that they can live their lives to their full potential. We aim to provide a learning environment which is stimulating, positive and purposeful.

There are many opportunities for parents to work in partnership with the school, thereby strengthening the bonds of communication between parents and teachers as well as involving you with classroom learning and the myriad of activities that take place in and around the school. Of course there are the more formal opportunities to participate, including the Education Board and the Parents’ Association. Parents are one of our greatest resources so we encourage all parents to be involved in the school wherever possible.

The spirit of St. Francis challenges us to work together to form a community which is respectful, safe and supportive and which provides the opportunity for all its members to live and learn in faith. We hope that your time at St. Francis of Assisi’ Primary School will be very happy and successful. May God bless you and your family.

Mark Basile
Principal

Vision Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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.

School History

St Francis of Assisi opened its doors in 1981 with an approximate enrolment of 180 students. Since then the school has grown and developed significantly into a thriving community with over 1100 students.

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. We are currently completing a senior school classroom complex, which will feature many new technological features and devices to challenge and assist our students in their learning.

In 2009, a Student Services Centre was established to provide for staff that facilitate student support and extension programs.

School Profile

St Francis of Assisi School is centred around the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and focuses on the concept of love, hope and peace. St Francis of Assisi, in building a vital sense of community, upholds beliefs about the worth and dignity of each person. This is a strong aspect of the prayer of St Francis and the culture of the school is therefore centred around the gospel values. Considerable focus has been placed on policies and practices to ensure that the spirit and vision of the Christian story should permeate throughout the whole of the curriculum.

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 1108 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.

We are situated on ten acres with an attractive landscape that provides a mixture of passive and active play areas. A split lunch proves helpful in ensuring that children can comfortably play in appropriate areas.

Parish Information

Our wonderful Parish at St Francis of Assisi provides many services, groups, gatherings and events. We invite you to follow this link to the Parish website for more information:

St Francis of Assisi Parish Website

 Click here to read the online article about the opening of our Church in 2014:

CAM St Francis of Assisi Church Opening

Facilities

At St Francis, we strive to provide the most contemporary facilities. The most recent developments are our Parish Church renovations, which are now complete. The church was officially opened on Saturday 17th May by Archbishop Denis Hart.

For more information and images about the opening of the church on the 17th of May, you may wish to click on the link below to visit the CAM (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) website. There is a fantastic, informative article about the opening and a whole lot of photographs from the evening.

Significant building works have provided us with state of the art facilities including:

  • Contemporary Classroom Complex (under construction)
  • 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

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 3 well developed adventure playgrounds for the children, an oval, a synthetic soccer pitch, 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. The “split lunch” system has ensured good visibility for yard duty and appropriate use of equipment.

New Classroom Complex

Our new classroom complex is also complete. This contemporary building features five studios and eight classrooms, one of which will have state-of-the-art Skype facilities, another which will feature Presentation Recording facilities. We are excited about other emerging facilities in this building that will engage and challenge our students to develop 21st century thinking skills.

Below is a time-lapse recording of the on-site development of this new building. Since staff and students moved into the classrooms at the end of Term 2, it has been a very exciting and successful learning space.

Library

St Francis of Assisi school Library Resource Centre is central to the learning process within the school. It provides a dynamic environment, within which 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