I warmly welcome you to St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic Primary School Paddington. We are a dynamic and caring school community where our vision for learning, together in faith we soar to the extraordinary, underpins all that we do. Our school is nestled in the heart of the city and proudly boasts newly renovated, modern and flexible learning environments.
Our dedicated and highly professional team are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment that caters for the individual needs of each student. We work as a team to ensure that we provide quality teaching and learning programs that are innovative, contemporary and instill a love of lifelong learning. We encourage our students to embrace a Growth Mindset in order to be empowered, innovative and interconnected learners.
I am proud to lead a school that is focused on nurturing the academic, social, emotional and spiritual development of each student. We pride ourselves on our strong focus on student wellbeing and the development of healthy and positive relationships.
Our History St Francis of Assisi was officially recorded as opening in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity despite there being a ‘tradition’ that from about 1866 a parish school in a timber church-school was operating on the site. In 1930 the present school building replaced the original church-school. In 1999 St Francis of Assisi was opened as the only Regional Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Sydney. This would consist of boys and girls in the nearby parishes of St Mary’s Cathedral, Darlinghurst, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, Church Hill and Paddington. In 2018 major building works were completed to create new learning and recreational environments.
At St Francis of Assisi we are inspired by our Patron Saint St Francis of Assisi and the charism of the Sisters of Charity which is reflected in our school motto, ‘In Giving We Receive’. The charism of St Francis is to simply live the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is nurtured through opportunities in prayer, reflection and gratitude. The charism of the Sisters of Charity to share the love and concern of Christ is embraced through social justice initiatives.
At the heart of St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic Primary School Paddington we are inspired by the spirit of our patron saints, St Francis of Assisi and St Clare and the charism of the Sisters of Charity. By following their example, we are called to be instruments of God’s love and peace. Inspired by the school motto ‘In Giving We Receive’, we are committed to the evangelising mission of the Church by actively fostering and nurturing our Catholic faith, tradition and culture within the life of our school and parish communities.
Our Vision Our schoolwide pedagogy is based on the four pedagogical principles of:
At St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic Primary School Paddington, we soar to the extraordinary in our learning by:
embracing a GROWTH MINDSET, being open-minded, flexible in our learning, taking risks and being patient and persistent with tasks
being INNOVATIVE learners, taking risks, accepting challenges and using critical and creative thinking strategies
being EMPOWERED learners, seeing the world as a classroom and being reflective about our learning
being INTERCONNECTED learners, being collaborative and demonstrating stewardship to others and the environment.