A good education is the greatest gift we can give our children as they thrive in a safe, supportive learning environment.

At St Francis de Sales College we welcome you to ensure that we not only meet your child’s learning needs but exceed their expectations.


Why choose us?

Our Catholic ethos is the foundation of our College and flows into our values and our community partnerships.

Our community contains four communities (Early Years R-2, Junior Years 3-6Middle Years 7-9 and Senior Years 10-12) on one site, each tailored to the developmental needs of your child. Our focus is on the whole development of your child and nurturing their academic and life skills. Our secondary education begins in Year 7 and we offer the only three-year SACE in the Adelaide Hills, with SACE beginning in Year 10.

Through strong and positive relationships between staff, students and parents we create the team around your child. We provide your child with a quality education, helping them to achieve excellence in school, career and life. 

Our staff are highly qualified and deeply committed to high impact learning and development. They create supportive learning environments and act as excellent role models for our students.

St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists was a great communicator.  Francis’s most notable work is his book, Introduction to the Devout Life, which was written for laypeople—a novel idea at the time.

His gift was to meet people where they were at and to speak to them in a way that helped them to understand his message. A trait of an excellent teacher! His message was to live a full life true to who God created us to be – one of his most famous quotes was, “Be who you are and be that well”.

To fully live who we were created to be involves being connected to ourselves, others, creation, and God.


Our Vision

Be who you are and be that well.

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Our Mission

St Francis de Sales College is a community in which faith is nurtured in a Catholic Christian tradition. It does this by recognising each individual’s skills and talents while appreciating and accepting their uniqueness.

The College is committed to promoting community and personal fulfilment through life enhancing relationships.

St Francis de Sales, as patron, symbolises the high hopes that are held for every St Francis de Sales student, so that, inspired and guided by his example, each child may:

  • Promote a culture of life through courage un responding to the challenges that life brings
  • Foster the engagement of faith and reason
  • Develop a love of learning and independent thinking
  • Be an ethical leader by valuing and respecting each individual, irrespective of position, wealth, racial or ethnic origin and religious beliefs
  • Become socially responsible contributor in their community and to society
  • Acquire virtue and wisdom and respond generously to others, throughout their life

Scripture based

The Catholic tradition is founded on living a joyous life in communion with others, the natural world, and God. This is echoed in scripture - (John 10:10) “I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly”.  

Ecological Focus School

St Francis de Sales College is set within the beauty of the Adelaide Hills. As a community we value our call to be protectors of creation. The new encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si, has inspired our community to embrace our connection to creation and the natural world.

“Today, however, we have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. (Paragraph 49).

“Inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” (Paragraph 10)