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Why choose us?

At St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School Ashbury we develop the whole child. The rigour of our academic approach is matched by our commitment to students’ artistic, sporting and cultural pursuits. We provide a diverse and stimulating environment for children to discover their passion and achieve their best.

We are a community in the truest sense, as illustrated by high levels of parent involvement, extremely dedicated and caring teachers and a close parish relationship. Together, through these partnerships, we prepare our students for a bright and exciting future.

Principal’s Message

I extend a warm welcome to you and your child to St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, Ashbury.

I feel privileged and honoured to be a part of this strong and vibrant school community. The St Francis Xavier community pursues excellence in teaching and learning, nurturing the social and emotional needs of students and supporting them to develop into confident and resilient individuals. 

At St Francis Xavier, we provide a broad range of opportunities for your child to develop their individual talents and skills. We have specialist teachers for music and drama, sport, visual arts and the Italian language. Opportunites are available to enrol your child in private/group violin, guitar and/or drum lessons. All students in years three to six learn a musical instrument through the Sydney Catholic Schools Amadeus program.

We pride ourselves on being a school that provides a warm, safe and happy environment, allowing students to engage in experiences that extend and challenge them as individuals. Every child is provided with a framework to reach and exceed their potential and achieve personal, social and academic success. Our students consistently perform well above the national and state average in NAPLAN testing.

Our motto, Serviam – I will serve – encompasses everything that is important to the St Francis Xavier community – the pursuit of excellence, ensuring mutual respect for one another, serving each other with care and consideration, valuing open and honest communication, and being innovative and inspiring.

At St Francis Xavier, we have excellent educators who have drive, passion and determination that is underpinned by skills, knowledge and empathy. The staff of St Francis Xavier is dedicated and hard working. Their expertise and encouragement of every student to thrive is one to be admired.

We are fortunate to have a dynamic and vibrant school with a strong sense of community where parent and family involvement is powerful. We have a highly motivated and active Friends of Francis parent committee whose contributions benefit our students. Becoming active in the school’s activities is an excellent way to increase involvement and to work as a team to support and encourage children’s learning and development. 

As the proud leader of this school, I firmly believe in the important partnership between home, school and community. Building and maintaining this strong relationship is paramount in achieving a successful foundation for your child’s educational journey.

I look forward to meeting you and encourage you to contact the school office to organise a school tour.

Ms Grace Carlo-Stella

Principal (acting)

St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School Ashbury - students playing skipping rope

Our Historystudents playing in playground

Ashbury parish was established in 1929 by Fr Edward McMahon who asked the Ursuline Sisters to start a school. Led by Mother Veronica Purcell, St Francis Xavier Primary School Ashbury began on 4 February 1930. First day numbers are unknown, however, by 1931, 191 students were enrolled. Our patron saint, Saint Francis Xavier, was a missionary priest who travelled by boat on many sea voyages preaching to, and evangelising, others. He made a good friend with St Ignatius Loyola and helped to found the Jesuit order.

In 2020, our school will participate in celebrating 90 years of Catholic education.

Our Charism

St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School continues in the spirit and values of the Ursuline Order, founded by St Angela Merici. Our school has a strong tradition of service, social justice and spirituality in the community. Our Ursuline charism informs our academic excellence, leadership and openness to change.

We continue to modernise our classrooms to provide the best learning environments to meet the needs of all students. And we are proud to stand by our school motto, ‘Serviam: I will Serve.’ This motto inspires us as we are called to the service of God and others.

Our Missionstudents at offertory mass

At St Francis Xavier Primary School Ashbury we strive to honour the traditions of St Francis Xavier and the charism of our Ursuline heritage which encourages us to have a strong sense of community spirit while making a positive difference in our world. We promote Gospel values in a safe and challenging learning environment that inspires every child to empower one another to reach their full potential.

Our Vision

St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School is a welcoming Catholic community providing opportunity for all while serving others through living and learning in Christ.

Our Values

At St Francis Xavier Primary School we are deeply committed to nurturing positive, responsible and respectful relationships within a faith-filled learning environment while serving our community.

school's parishAt St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Ashbury, the parish and the school work in close collaboration with parents in fostering the faith development of students. The link between the school and parish of St Francis Xavier Ashbury is strong, with extra support for student wellbeing through pastoral care.

We invite you and your family to participate in the life of St Francis Xavier parish so that your family feels an important part of the worshiping community.

The priests of our parish and our Ursuline Sisters are closely connected with our school, and conversely, the students are strongly involved in the life of the parish. The parish Sacramental team leads the Sacramental program.

Parish Administrator: Fr Richard Gates

Mass times

  • Monday–Saturday: 8.00am
  • Sunday: 8.00am, 10.00am
  • Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm

Communion Service

  • Tuesday: 8.00am
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Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of over 150 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

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