Principal's Welcome


Welcome to St Francis de Sales College, where when you are part of our Catholic College community, you can Belong for life.

As a Reception to Year 12 College community in the Adelaide Hills, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive learning environment which you, as a family, are able to join as your child starts their schooling at age 5 and celebrate their graduation 13 years later. Such a long-term relationship between community, student and family provides us the opportunity to work both in service to families and in partnership with families, in the development of the College’s Heart Values: Faith, Perseverance, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Wisdom and Justice.

Excitingly, with the development of our Catholic Early Learning Centre for pre-school aged children, our College community’s partnership with our families can commence even earlier. This wonderful development for our College is a further growth from the foundations of the St Scholastica school, opened on this site by the Sisters of Mercy in 1902, with our current College continuing to be positively impacted by the tradition and heritage of the Mercy sisters.

Central to all our work with our young people is our Community Commitment shared by students, staff and parents; focused on respectful relationships being the key to the provision of productive learning environments.

Our recently developed College-wide Vision for Learning calls us to work Together, to Discover and Grow, in an empowering and supportive environment that aims to inspire a love of learning and a commitment to excellence.

All members of our community are called by the words of St Francis de Sales “Be who you are and be that well”.

Andrew Baker