I am delighted to welcome you to St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Ashbury. We are a faith-filled community that provides a strong academic focus and a broad range of opportunities for your child to develop their individual talents and skills. We have specialist teachers for music, sport, art and Italian language as well as a teacher librarian. You are also able to enrol your child in private/group violin, guitar and/or musicianship lessons.
There are many co-curricular opportunities and special interest clubs for your child such as dance group, junior and senior choir, band, chess, coding and jujitsu. Students in Years 3 to 6 participate in the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) to school program.
Our school promotesrespect and social responsibility through positive education and our School-wide Positive Behaviours for Learning (SPBL) program. We are a member of Positive Education Schools Association, recognising the importance of a positive mindset to foster student growth.
As a school, we encourage continuous learning to help prepare your child for their future and recognise the importance of relevant, purposeful and engaging programs that cater to individual student needs. We are proud that our students perform well above the national and state average in NAPLAN testing and have received recognition from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for ongoing student growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 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.