Year 4 to 6 Community

Our Vision: Be the person you want to be

Friendships are formed and cemented and new relationships of trust established. As a Catholic community we are committed to ensuring that respectful and meaningful relationships are at the centre of our interactions. Our restorative processes create opportunities for those involved in a conflict to work together to understand, clarify and resolve the situation and work together towards restoration. 

Through an abundance of opportunities within and outside the school, we are helping students to discover that they can positively influence their world and be catalysts for change. Understanding the power of influence is a lifelong gift that they can take with them on the journey ahead. We aim to create well rounded individuals who have opportunities for achievement, spiritual discovery, developing social confidence, fostering sporting prowess, gaining a love of the arts – building blocks for life.

By encouraging students to discover their own learning style, we place the keys to navigate in the hands of the students.  By constructing knowledge rather than absorbing it, students spark their desire to learn to find their passion and knowledge. Our philosophy encourages our students to learn effectively, engage through problem based curriculum, and to develop higher order thinking skills and moral decision making skills to shape their personal development.

Curriculum Year 4 – Year 6

At St Francis de Sales College we ensure that the learning programs delivered across Year 4--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 Years 4-6 Journey


Pen Licence

Commencement of Interschool Sport

Year 2 -6 iPad to school

Year 4 First Communion and Confirmation

Student Leadership Opportunities

Year 6 Aquatic Camp

Year 5 Mylor Camp

Years 5 NAPLAN

Meet some of the team

  • Learning and Accountability Leader: Rowan Thomas
  • Community Leader: Michelle Parkes
  • 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
  • Year 4/5 Teacher: Lara Kelly
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal: Sonia Nelson
  • Acting Principal: Gavin McGlaughlin
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Meet Rachael Holland

I have been teaching for over 22 years. Literacy has always been a passion in my teaching. I have taught students from Reception to Year 7 and am still amazed at the development and changes we have seen in Literacy, particularly with the increasingly complex use of technology.

I love working in the classroom with students and families. It is a privilege to watch students grow and change throughout their learning journey. As a Position of Responsibility I am able to work with even more students and families across Year 4-6 as well as the incredible staff we have at St Francis.

Building relationships is one of the most important things we do as educators so I would say that is one of the things I enjoy most.

Meet Rachael Holland
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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 Michelle Parkes

I have been teaching at St Francis de Sales College for the past nine years. This year, I am blessed to share a Year 6 class with Lyall Murphy.

I am passionate about promoting a high level of achievement for all students and empowering them to strive to reach beyond what they ever dreamed they could do. I enjoy supporting students in developing strategies and resilience, no matter what situation they face, by taking responsibility for each and every action.

Seeing students interact and engage in their daily school life is a privilege and watching them achieve goals and grow up to be independent and responsible young people is inspiring.

Meet Michelle Parkes
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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 coordinator 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

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

Meet Lara Kelly

I have been teaching primary school aged children for 19 years, 9 of those years at St Francis de Sales College. I am always looking to extend and improve my teaching skills to bring out the very best in my students. I love the energy that the students bring into the classroom. One of my favourite things is when they achieve success from persisting with challenges. It always makes my teaching worthwhile to see this growth, no matter how small. I am lucky to work in such a collaborative and positive environment with these students, staff and parents.

Meet Lara Kelly
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Meet Kate Thomas

Ihave 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