Year 7 to 9 Community

Our vision: Responsible, engaged, motivated learners

Years 7 - 9 students are at a significant and diverse growth stage on the journey to flourishing. It is a time of self–discovery and acceptance, along with new challenges and responsibilities.

Each student becomes part of a close-knit Homeroom group, where they study integrated topics across different disciplines.

We provide opportunities for personal spiritual development, through our robust Retreat and Camp programs. It is a time to embrace diversity, to learn to share together.There are times of silence and times of celebration with an understanding that through each, the body, mind, soul and spirit are invigorated and recreated. Students understand the importance of service to others and are able to accept responsibility for their own actions and choices following Jesus’ example as taught through Gospel values. This spirit of service is supported by our strong student well-being network.

Our school encourages young minds to ask deep and searching questions to which there are often no easy answers, to see that accepting ourselves is the foundation on which thriving young men and women grow.

Spirituality and well-being are central to what our students experience at school. Our approach is evidence based and student centred to ensure we are creating an interactive learning environment which will allow students to learn to think,  understand and co-construct new ideas and concepts relevant to our rapidly changing world. We encourage critical thinking enabling students to view knowledge as essentially problematic and recognise that their decisions make a difference to the well-being of themselves and others, their classroom environment and ultimately their society. With a highly integrated curriculum our students consistently achieve their best.

The College is committed to incorporating digital teaching to enhance student learning. The immediate access that a student has to personal information, work requirements and data access through a ‘personal learning’ tool enables them to connect with learning anywhere and anytime.

Student-led assemblies and curriculum celebrations depict the ownership and responsibility that the student body has embraced in preparing themselves holistically and in building ‘tool kits’ for success in the senior years.

They are on their way to becoming the best they can be made in the Image of God.

Curriculum Year 7-9

At St Francis de Sales College we have a clear, whole-school plan for the delivery of the Australian Curriculum in Years 7 - 9.

This involves the constant development of Learning and Accountability plans that explicitly state what will be taught and by extension, what our students will learn.

As a College we aim to achieve a strong alignment between our Learning and Accountability plans, classroom teaching and meaningful, regular assessment, which will both inform of student progress and aid in the learning process.

We strive to build students' knowledge and skills by empowering them as learners and instilling in them a love of learning, that will stand them in good stead, not only as they journey through high school, but as they enter the wider community as College graduates.

We place a high value on building an understanding of the bigger picture and endeavour to achieve this by teaching our students the attributes of problem solving, teamwork and critical analysis. We aim to make the curriculum accessible and relevant to all students by informed differentiation and treating each of our pupils not just as a student, but as a whole person.

Key experiences on the Years 7-9 Journey

Retreats

Year 7 Canberra Trip

Year 8 Camp

Year 9 Survival Camp

Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN

 

Meet some of the team

  • Community Leader: Jen Ness-Ferry
  • Learning and Accountability Leader: Peta Bojanic
  • Director of Learning: Jacob Robson
  • Inclusive Education Co-ordinator: Jo Matthews
  • Teacher: Mark Andrews
  • Student Counsellor: Carol Jarell
  • Religious Education Co-ordinator: Renee Bell
  • ESO Administration: Michele McDonald
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal: Sonia Nelson
  • Acting Principal: Gavin McGlaughlin
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Meet Jen Ness-Ferry

My connection with the College began over 10 years ago when my children commenced their learning at the College. Two years later I began teaching at SFdSC as a classroom teacher. In 2015 my role changed into a position that is very close to my heart, that of the 7-9 Community Leader. I cherish the opportunity to work closely with the students in relation to their well-being and their social/emotional growth and development. This is an area of great passion for me. Each day I continue to be inspired by the staff and students at St Francis de Sales College and feel proud to be a part of this wonderful community of learners.

Meet Jen Ness-Ferry
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Meet Peta Bojanic

I have spent 10 years with the College as both a parent and a teacher. My role of Year 8/9 Learning and Accountability leader has extended now to Year 7-9 in 2016 - a very exciting prospect.

School should be a positive experience for all students and it is with this in mind that I aim to ensure every student has their individual learning needs met at all times. I am very passionate about Dance. This subject is in the growth stages currently, with 2016 seeing our first group of Stage 1 students participate in the Dance program. We wish them every success!

Meet Peta Bojanic
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Meet Mark Andrews

I am passionate about family, travel, music and helping the next generation to grow and succeed. I like how Physics and Mathematics can help senior students better understand how and why their universe works the way it does.

I work with my fellow teachers and leaders to ensure that we support our students to achieve their learning goals in the most effective way possible.

Meet Mark Andrews
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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 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 Michele McDonald

I started in the Home Economics faculty in 2005 before taking maternity leave to have my first child. I returned in 2010 to work in the Junior School, assisting teachers and students both in and out of the classroom. 2015 was a 'sea change' of sorts, at which time I moved up the 'hill' to work in an administrative role with the Year 8/9 teachers and students.

Something that a lot of people don't know about me is that I have a Diploma in Biomedical Science! I thoroughly enjoy being part of the team at St Francis de Sales College.

Meet Michele McDonald