Catholic Education South Australia

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

Reflection Days

Year 7 Canberra Trip

Year 8 Camp

Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN


Meet some of the team

  • 7-12 Director of Learning: Jacob Robson
  • Year 7-8 Leader: Jen Ness-Ferry
  • Year 9-10 Leader: Mark Andrews
  • R-12 Director of Students: Jo Matthews
  • Equity and Inclusive Education Leader: Jo Matthews
  • Student Counsellor: Carol Jarell
  • Learning Area Specialist – English: Nicole Elding
  • Learning Area Specialist – Maths: Ann Fenton
  • Learning Area Specialist – Arts: Jennifer Robertson
  • Learning Area Specialist – Health and PE: Nadia Honner
  • Learning Area Specialist – Technologies: Branden Hill
  • Learning Area Specialist – Language: Rebecca Nottle
  • Learning Area Specialist – Science: Danielle McKinnon
  • Learning Area Specialist – HASS: Rossyln Mattner
  • SACE Key Teacher: Rossyln Mattner
  • R-12 ATSI Key Teacher: Jo Matthews
  • SEQTA Key Teacher: Danielle McKinnon
  • ESO Administration: Rose Ward
  • APRIM: Oreste Farrugia
  • Deputy Principal - Community and Wellbeing: Paul Fairlie
  • Deputy Principal - Learning: Sonia Nelson
  • 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 2019 my role changed into a position that is very close to my heart, that of the 7-8 Leader in Wellbeing and Learning. 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 the College and feel proud to be a part of this wonderful community of learners.

Meet Jen Ness-Ferry
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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 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

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 Rose Ward

I have been working in schools for the past 14 years; the first eight at Loxton Primary School working with classroom support and the library. 

I have worked at St Francis for the past six years and have moved from the front office to the 10-12 Community Office environment. I love the interaction with the students and assisting them with their needs or requirements. The simple things like hearing about their weekends, knowing if their football or netball team won and of course if they barrack for the Crows! We have a great team in this community and I endeavor to assist staff, parents and students to the best of my ability.

Meet Rose Ward