St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe is a Catholic systemic primary school within the Archdiocese of Sydney. We offer a holistic approach to learning, catering to the needs of all children through a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities.
We are a school where every decision is made according to what is best for student learning. We are a small, vibrant community where every staff member knows every child and takes responsibility for each child’s progress.
You will find happy, engaged students who are engrossed in contemporary teaching practices designed to form them into highly competent, independent thinkers with a thirst for learning. Our school began major capital works in 2020, ensuring state of the art classrooms and learning spaces. Due to popular demand, we are having a second stream Kindergarten for 2021. Contact the office on (02)95675389 and we will answer any questions you may have about our school. You can also make an appointment and have our student leaders take you around our classrooms, learning spaces and whole school for a tour.
We invite you to take a tour of our website to find out about our vibrant school community and please feel free to download an enrolment form, or if you prefer, visit the school to obtain one.
We are a safe and orderly school with high expectations for learning.
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.