We all want our children to ‘discover their passion’ and be happy in who they are.
At St Francis de Sales College we focus on the wellbeing of the individual through a holistic approach to education through a Catholic lens. Apart from excellent academic results, we build self-esteem and resilience, giving our students the confidence to make the most of all life’s opportunities.
- The Arts
- Soccer Academy
- Basketball Academy
- Design & Technology
- Pedal Prix
- IT & 3D Printing
- Located in the Adelaide Hills hub of Mount Barker
Murray Bridge, Callington, Strathalbyn, Nairne, Martindale Estate, Littlehampton, Hahndorf, Woodside, Oakbank, Birdwood, Balhannah, Lobethal, Meadows, Bridgewater, Aldgate & Crafers/Stirling.
Our community contains five communities (Reception – Year 2, Years 3 -6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10 and Years 11-12) on one site, each tailored to the developmental needs of your child. We offer a Term 3 Reception intake each calendar year. Our secondary education begins in Year 7 and 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.
At St Francis de Sales College we are preparing our students for life beyond the classroom and careers of the future through strategic decisions made in alignment with our Vision for Learning.
We believe that learning occurs best when knowledge and skills are applied by curious and engaged explorers. To encourage our students to be curious and engaged, we are preparing students with a strong foundation of knowledge as well as critical thinking skills, through our use of contemporary curriculum and pedagogy practices in subjects such as STEAM and STEM. Through this we are developing students who are prepared to be challenged and extended.
At St Francis de Sales College we are preparing our students for life beyond the classroom by encouraging our students to always value others through an emphasis on the importance of community and connectedness. We recognize that the future will require young people who are eager to impact their local and global community.
At St Francis de Sales College, we pride ourselves on students developing the General Capability of Intercultural Understanding. The development of this understanding is imperative as our students live within and interact in a multicultural world. In our College, students are blessed to have a variety of opportunities to immerse themselves in other cultures and to interact with students from Asia. The College currently teaches Japanese from Reception to Year 12. The students learn an understanding of the cultural aspects of Japan as well as engage in the Japanese language through listening, speaking and writing activities. We currently have students from Sonobe High School in Japan visit for a two week cultural exchange and students from St Francis de Sales College also participate in a cultural exchange in Japan. In 2017 we were blessed to have students from Wu’ai Senior School in Shanghai visit our College for a short cultural visit. They engaged with students across the College and participated in cultural activities and excursions, learning about Australian life.
The exchange and online learning opportunities presented to staff, students and families are invaluable in developing a rich and unique relationship with countries from around the world. It breaks down common stereotypes and prepares our students for life in the global world that surrounds them.
St Francis de Sales College is located on land of the Peramangk People. The College is proud to acknowledge their traditional custodianship of this land and we do so in a number of ways. Firstly, though providing teaching and learning opportunities across different curriculum areas which engage students with Indigenous culture. Secondly, the College celebrates and recognises key Indigenous events throughout the year such as Reconciliation Week, Naidoc Week and Close The Gap. The College also has a number of Indigenous students and their families who contribute in significant ways to the fabric of the community.
Ecological Focus School
St Francis de Sales College is committed to providing opportunities for students, staff, and parents to build and develop a deep connection to our natural world. This relationship with the natural world is underpinned by our College Heart Values and our Catholic Tradition which calls us to be custodians of the Earth. St Francis de Sales College offers a great opportunities for the community to explore this further. From a curriculum perspective, a unit of work based on the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si is explicitly taught in Year 11. Other initiatives include waste audits; recycling programs; Clean up Australia Day, Nude Food Days; hatching baby chickens; and growing vegetables within class groups.
Our new Horticulture Centre is a wonderful resource for our students. The College is committed to providing engaging learning experiences and educating our future citizens about sustainable practices.
We are members of NRM (Natural Resource Management) and the College has close proximity to the Laratinga Wetlands and other environmental resources available to us in the Adelaide Hills.
The creation and implementation of the Community Garden is a current project which highlights the importance of the Community and the School working together.
The College is continually working hard at it sustainability and has recently installed solar panels and water tanks.
We are committed to providing the College community with the best learning environment for now and the future.
The College is currently undertaking a 27 million dollar development. The project will include the building of our new community sports centre, the complete rebuild of our Junior School and the development of a Catholic Early Learning Centre. These projects, which will enhance learning opportunities for current and future families. Our Community Sports Centre was completed in November 2018 and is providing a world class facility for our College as well as for the Adelaide Hills region.