Reception to Year 3 Community

Our Vision: 'Nurturing creativity and love of learning’

 

Our Reception to Year 3 experience is a place for families. Parents and carers are the child’s first teacher.

We value the importance parents play in the development of their child. In sharing the knowledge, the skills and the learning journey, we can work together towards the very best outcomes for each student.

As children move form Reception through to Year 3, learning becomes more structured with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy.

Our approach is placing the child at the centre of learning to ensure that we are creating an interactive learning environment which will allow each child to consistently achieve their best.  

Our curriculum is aligned with the development of the Australian Curriculum. We believe that by adopting a proactive approach to well-being and teaching our students will develop the skills of resilience as we prepare them for their future life.   

Curriculum Reception – Year 6

At St Francis de Sales College we ensure that the learning programs delivered across R-6, incorporate a range of differentiated activities, allowing for all types of learners to engage and display their knowledge.

We endeavour to teach our students about the world they live in, by strictly aligning our Learning and Accountability plans with the ACARA guidelines, and shaping them into relevant and insightful programs to teach our students.  

Our staff are committed to ensuring that all learning environments promote growth and foster development of the whole person, which is part of our holistic approach to education at St Francis de Sales College. As a community, our staff, students and parents work collaboratively to create a powerful and enriching place for children to discover themselves.

As an R-12 College, a large emphasis is placed on the growth of a student, throughout the duration of their learning journey, both academically and emotionally. Our school seeks to develop faith, respect and understanding through the teaching of our Catholic Identity and the development of our vision, to ‘Be who you are, and be that well’.

Key experiences on the Reception to Year 3 Journey

Year 2 -6 iPad to School

Student Voice is Valued

High Family Engagement

Strong Foundations in Literacy and Numeracy

Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation

Student Leadership Opportunities

Sense of Belonging

Year 3 NAPLAN

Meet some of the team

  • Learning and Accountability: Michael Cimarosti
  • Community Leader: Fran Nicholls
  • Director of Learning and Wellbeing R-6: Rachael Holland
  • Inclusive Education Co-ordinator: Jo Matthews
  • Physical Education: Andy Gehling
  • Student Counsellor: Carol Jarell
  • Religious Education Co-ordinator: Renee Bell
  • ESO Administration: Kate Thomas
  • Reception Teacher: Fran Nicholls
  • Year 2/3 Teacher: Angela Grimes
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal: Sonia Nelson
  • Acting Principal: Gavin McGlaughlin
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Meet Michael Cimarosti

I have worked at St Francis de Sales for the past four years within the R/1 team. Prior to St Francis de Sales I was teaching  in Mount Gambier.

I especially enjoy working in the Early Years and looking at ways to best incorporate the curriculum and pedagogy to instill a love of learning in my students.

Meet Michael Cimarosti
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Meet Rowan Thomas

This is my seventh year teaching, my second year at St Francis de Sales College.

The St Francis de Sales community has warmly welcomed me and I feel privileged to be teaching at a school with such vibrant children, supportive parents and highly accomplished staff. I relish the opportunity to form crucial and fostering relationships with students on a daily basis, as well as aiding their development and growth whilst they progress on their learning journey through our College.

Meet Rowan Thomas
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Meet Jo Matthews

I have been teaching at St Francis de Sales College since 2008 and have been the Inclusive Education Co-ordinator since 2010.

In this role I am very fortunate to be able to work with students on their learning journey from Reception right through to Year 12. I also have a teaching role in the Health and Physical Education faculty. I really enjoy being a part of the College community and working across all year levels with students and staff.

Meet Jo Matthews
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Meet Andy Gehling

I have been teaching for 22 years in a variety of Catholic Schools around Adelaide. I have been teaching at SFdS since 2003 as both a classroom teacher and a Physical Education specialist.

PE is a real passion of mine. Teaching Physical Education from Reception upwards gives me the opportunity to promote the benefits of being physically active for all young students. Being the Sport Co-ordinator for Years R-7 allows me the opportunity to help give students the chance to compete against other schools and challenge themselves to be the best they can be.

Meet Andy Gehling
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Meet Carol Jarell

I have been working in education for over 20 years as both a teacher and Student Counsellor. I am passionate about Youth Empowerment, Wellbeing, Positive Psychology, Social Justice and Lifelong Learning.

I feel very fortunate to work in a Mindmatters / Kidsmatters school that actively supports young people and their families to overcome adversity or the challenges in their life while promoting well-being and positive mental health in our community.

Meet Carol Jarell
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Meet Renee Bell

I started my St Francis de Sales journey in 2009 as a Relief Teacher and my first contract was as Junior School PE teacher in 2011; I have taught in all sub schools since.

I am passionate about seeing all students achieve and succeed.

I enjoy my interactions with students, staff across the whole College and the wider community.

I love the way my students I teach show their passion for learning and want to be at school.

Meet Renee Bell
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Meet Fran Nicholls

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Reception children and be a part of their learning journey. It is a privilege to support and guide each student to reach their full potential.

My three daughters all loved their time at St Francis de Sales College and I also enjoy coming to work each day and being a part of the College community.

Meet Fran Nicholls
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Meet Angela Grimes

I have been teaching for 26 years, the last seven at St Francis de Sales College.

I love that in my role as a class teacher I am able to build relationships with not only my students, but also with their parents, and often with siblings and grandparents too.  Forming  strong relationships and connections is the key to building a trusting and caring class environment.

I am passionate about encouraging my students to see themselves as lifelong learners and to hopefully develop a genuine love of learning.

Meet Angela Grimes
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Meet Kate Thomas

I have been at St Francis for three and a half years and I love it! 

I started out doing Administration work and First Aid in the Junior School and I got to know many students in this time. It has been lovely to see them grow into some really awesome kids! 

I love my job and I work with some really fantastic people.

 

Meet Kate Thomas