School History

St Francis de Sales has a rich history. In 1960 the Catholic parishes and schools of Cronulla and Caringbah found it difficult to provide for the rapidly growing population and the parish priest of Cronulla, Fr John Madden, purchased land at Woolooware where the St Francis de Sales’ church-school was built. The Sisters of Mercy (Parramatta Congregation) staffed and ran the new school at Woolooware.

St Francis de Sales’ school began in 1963 with classes from Kindergarten to third class, extending to fourth class the following year. The first teachers were; the Principal, Sr Le Merci (Patricia) Anderson, Sr M Guiseppe and Miss P Logan. The Parents and Friends’ Association (P & F) was established in 1965 and in 1977 the first lay principal, Mr Gregory O’Sullivan was appointed.

Since 1970 there has been extensive development and improvement of the school. The second block of three classrooms with staff areas and the office were opened. An amphitheatre and a new library were provided in the mid-1980’s and a new school chapel and two multi-purpose areas were opened in 1996.

In 2005 a major refurbishment was undertaken. The chapel, library and administration area were relocated and all classrooms enlarged. New resource rooms and a beautified playground were features of this building programme.

Our school is currently in the process of a Minor Capital Works Project which will enable our school buildings to be revitalised in alignment with our Vision for Learning statement.

Patron Saint

St Francis de Sales was born on 21 August 1567, at the Chateau de Sales of Savoy. In 1580, he entered the University of Paris and was drawn to the study of theology. Francis wanted to be a priest and he was ordained in 1593 by the Bishop of Geneva. In 1602, he was appointed Bishop of Geneva and in 1608, his most famous book, An Introduction to a Devout Life was published. In 1610, he founded the Order of Visitation with St Jane Francis de Chantal. Francis was convinced that God saw humanity as a great and varied garden. Each person is beautiful in his or her uniqueness. St Francis de Sales died at Lyons on 28 December 1622.