Catholic Education South Australia

Reception to Year 2 Community

Our Vision: 'Nurturing creativity and love of learning’


Our Reception to Year 2 experience is a place for families. Parents and carers are the child’s first teacher.

We value the importance parents play in the development of their child. In sharing the knowledge, the skills and the learning journey, we can work together towards the very best outcomes for each student.

As children move form Reception through to Year 2, learning becomes more structured with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy.

Our approach is placing the child at the centre of learning to ensure that we are creating an interactive learning environment which will allow each child to consistently achieve their best.  

Our curriculum is aligned with the development of the Australian Curriculum. We believe that by adopting a proactive approach to well-being and teaching our students will develop the skills of resilience as we prepare them for their future life.   

Curriculum Reception – Year 6

At St Francis de Sales College we ensure that the learning programs delivered across R-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 Reception to Year 2 Journey

Reception - Year 2 iPad to School

Student Voice is Valued

High Family Engagement

Strong Foundations in Literacy and Numeracy

Student Leadership Opportunities

Sense of Belonging

Meet some of the team

  • R-6 Director of Learning: Rowan Thomas
  • R-6 Literacy Coordinator: Alice Taylor
  • R-6 Numeracy Coordinator: Andy Gehling
  • R-2 Leader: Fran Nicholls
  • ESO Administration: Kate Thomas
  • R-12 Director of Students: Jo Matthews
  • Equity and Inclusive Education Leader: Jo Matthews
  • ATSI Key Teacher: Jo Matthews
  • Student Counsellor: Carol Jarell
  • Learning Area Specialist – Health and PE: Nadia Honner
  • Learning Area Specialist – Arts: Karen Boswell
  • Learning Area Specialist – Language: Rebecca Nottle
  • Learning Area Specialist – Technologies: Brandon Hill
  • SEQTA Key Teacher: Danielle McKinnon
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal - Community and Wellbeing: Paul Fairlie
  • Deputy Principal - Learning: Sonia Nelson
  • Principal: Gavin McGlaughlin
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Meet Rowan Thomas

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 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 2017 I became Director of Students R-12.

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 24 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. 

Meet Andy Gehling
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Meet Fran Nicholls

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Reception children and be a part of their learning journey. It is a privilege to support and guide each student to reach their full potential.

My three daughters all loved their time at St Francis de Sales College and I also enjoy coming to work each day and being a part of the College community.

Meet Fran Nicholls
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Meet Kate Thomas

I have 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

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