Welcome to St Finbar’s Catholic Primary School Sans Souci. As principal of St Finbar’s, I believe in a school and education that is collaborative, respectful, challenging, supportive, stimulating and empowering. I believe that when these qualities are in place, the students flourish.
At St Finbar’s our staff nurture our students’ minds, bodies and souls. In our small, Christ centred community, we support them to be the best they can be by providing individualised learning experiences that develop the whole person.
We encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset, to believe in themselves and set goals for personal improvement, empowering them to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Through fostering in them a desire to grow and learn and love, our students are able to become the best version of themselves and a shining light to others.
I hope you take the time to look through our website and see all the wonderful things that are happening at our school. With continuous and ongoing staff professional learning and a commitment to student improvement and wellbeing, St Finbar’s is a place where your child can thrive.
St Finbar’s Catholic Primary School Sans Souci was established in 1926 when Fr John Driscoll arranged for the sisters of St Joseph, lead by principal Sr Elaine Ryan RSJ, to set up a school in the original church building, which still stands today. Travelling to school each day on a steam train, the sisters taught around 135 students in one building.
In 1936, the Sisters of Mercy (Wilcannia-Forbes Congregation) established a convent at Sans Souci and took over the running of the school with Sr Mary Claver RSM as the first Mercy principal. The school continued to share the church building until 1959 when the new church was opened which remains our current church.
Sydney Catholic Schools eventually assumed leadership over the school, appointing the first lay principal, Mrs Evelyn Graves in 1984, which lead to the school being entirely staffed by lay teachers to this day.
Our patron saint, St Finbar, inspires us to be contemplative and self reflective. His life of prayer, peace and devotion calls to us the relationship with God and benefits us in this busy world. Through our school prayer, we capture our combined charism to foster in students a desire to make a difference in others’ lives.
The Sisters of St Joseph, whose founder was St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, inspires us to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. This calls us to be people of action.
The Sisters of Mercy inspire us to live focusing on the values of unity, respect, compassion, diversity, dignity, justice, equality, service and hospitality.
Our school motto encompasses all our values inviting us to be the best we can be and to ‘shine on the world like bright stars’ (Philippians 2:15).
The Sacramental programs connect our school and parish, and preparation for and the celebration of the Sacraments are a combined effort between the parish and the school. Guided by our parish priest, co-ordinated by the parish’s Sacramental Team coordinator, taught by parish volunteers and supported by each child’s parents, the class teacher and Religious Education coordinator, each sacrament occurs as follows.
First Reconciliation: 3–4 week program in February/March. Recommended for Year 3. First Eucharist: 3–4 week program in May/June. Recommended for Year 3. Confirmation: 4–5 week program in April/May. Recommended for Year 6. NB: These dates will be published in the parish bulletin. Parish Priest: Fr Tom Carol