Junior Years 3-6

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 3-6

At St Francis de Sales College we ensure that the learning programs delivered across Year 3-6, 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 Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (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 Early Learning to Year 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 College 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 3-6 Journey

Reflection Days 

Pen Licence

Children's University

Commencement of Interschool Sport

Year 3 iPad

Year 4-12 BYOD

Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation

Year 4 First Communion and Confirmation

Student Leadership Opportunities

Year 5 Mylor Camp

Year 6 Aquatic Camp

Years 3 and 5 NAPLAN

Meet some of the team

  • R-6 Director of Learning: Alice Taylor
  • R-6 Literacy Coordinator: Alice Taylor
  • R-6 Numeracy Coordinator: Andy Gehling
  • 3-4 Leader: Lara Kelly
  • 5-6 Leader: Ciara Pappin
  • ESO Administration: Kate Thomas
  • R-12 Director of Students: Dale Hoffman
  • Equity and Inclusive Director: Melissa Symonds
  • Student Counsellor: Alisha Fleming
  • Social Worker: Tahlie Jones
  • Learning Area Specialist – Arts: Karen Boswell
  • Learning Area Specialist – Health and PE: Nadia Honner
  • Learning Area Specialist – Language: Leticia Andrusiak
  • Learning Area Specialist – Technologies: Branden Hill
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal - Community and Wellbeing: James Gill
  • Deputy Principal - Learning: Paul Wadsworth
  • Principal: Andrew Baker
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Meet Alice Taylor

I am lucky enough to have been a part of the St Francis de Sales College community for many, many years now. I love working and belonging in such a warm, vibrant, and caring Catholic community in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

I have taught across many year levels in R-6. Being our R-6 Literacy Leader since 2019 and a Community Leader in 2020 has been both a wonderful challenge and privilege that I relish every day. I have loved stepping into the Acting R-6 Director of Learning in 2021 and look forward to continuing in this role into the future.

Meet Alice Taylor
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Meet Kate Thomas

Ihave been at St Francis for over 4 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