St Francis de Sales understands that family involvement and positive relationships between the school and families are essential to the success of our school. We believe that, in partnership with parents and the wider community, we can create a positive and enriching environment for our children that will foster a lifelong love of learning.
Children learn from both parents and teachers, but it is parents who have the long-term responsibility for their child’s welfare and who are the primary educators. Children benefit if parents and teachers are able to work in partnership and if they see their parents involved in their learning and in the life of the school.
The school is also part of the parish, local and wider community. Developing strong relationships beyond our own boundaries allows the children to gain from a broad range of opportunities and begin making their own contributions as members of the community.
Community Partnerships Leader | Courtney Clark
Parents and Friends Group
St Francis de Sales continues to be a community that is both welcoming and inclusive. Our school has a strong sense of community where you are welcomed with warmth into a caring environment. We recognise that the partnership between home, school and the wider parish is vital to the school’s continued success.
Our parents continue to be incredibly supportive through action that assist the school such as being parent helpers in the classroom, attending fortnightly school assemblies and other school events.
The role of Parents and Friends is to work to support the staff and the school which their children attend. This is vital work because it is only through the co-ordinated active involvement and interest of parents, along with dedicated staff, that the School will become a ‘faith community, which not only encourages learning but leads children to God and living a Christian life’ (Parents and Friends Federation of Western Australia Inc).
The aim of Parents and Friends is to assist in the planning and organising of functions associated with the social, sporting, cultural and educational life of the school community.
At times, the Parents and Friends Group fundraise for particular projects which assist or enhance teaching aids and equipment or improvements to facilities within the school grounds, buildings etc. In order to achieve its aims, Parents and Friends arrange a variety of events throughout the school year.