Welcome to St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe.
As principal of the school, I am passionate about providing a holistic education for every student to reach their full potential across all domains including, academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical. I’m incredibly proud to work alongside a team of dedicated and passionate professionals who ensure that every student is known and cared for.
At St Francis Xavier’s we believe that children learn best when they are known, understood, and supported to live life to the full’ (John 10:10).
We are a community that combines a rich history with highly engaging and contemporary approaches to education. Our vision is “We learn, engage and celebrate – nurturing confident and creative global citizens” and we consistently strive to achieve this through our commitment to our Catholic faith and to ensuring that all of our students are nurtured to achieve their potential through a culture of high expectation and support.
Building positive relationships and working in partnership with parents and our parish is at the very heart of our thriving Catholic community. We look forward to growing our school community with the development of new and innovative learning spaces in 2021.
I encourage you to explore our website and visit our social media pages to gain a snapshot of the strength of our school as a dynamic, innovative, Catholic learning community.
I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.
One hundred years ago, the village of Arncliffe was very different to the busy, multicultural suburb that we now know. The original land grant for the part of Arncillffe where our school and church are now located was acquired for David Hannah in 1825 by his father Reuben, an ex-convict who was a brick maker in Sydney.
Around this time there were two Catholic schools in the Cooks River district, one at Kogarah and another at Tempe.
The school has been witness to a myriad of milestone events over the past century, including the arrivals of the Sisters of St Joseph in the early 1900’s the consecration of the church in 1936, a growth in enrolments during the great depression, the Golden Jubilee in 1982,and recent upgrades and re-configurations to facilitate growth in eroment and enhance learning programs going forward.
Our Parish Priest is Fr Yacub Barkat, who is very supportive of the school community and is actively involved in celebrating Liturgical and other special events in the life of the school.
The Sacramental programs are parish based and our Religious Education program is central to the life of the school, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of God, self, others and their world.