Our Schools

Holy Family ELC

Holy Family ELC is a Catholic preschool attached to Holy Family Primary School. We model Catholic values and traditions of faith in our relationships with the children, the families, community and each other. We come together in prayer at the start of every day and we aspire to teach and show love, respect, service and compassion just like Jesus. Celebrating Liturgy with the school every Friday is an important weekly event.

We recognise partnership between Preschool and home as vital and we communicate daily in many different ways. Parents and families are warmly welcomed into our centre and are invited to be involved in a variety of ways.

We value and acknowledge special days and events, both religious and non religious. Inclusion, diversity and traditions are respected and celebrated.

Our programs include many elements such as play, engaging environments, scaffolding, intentionality, investigating, exploring, extending childrens’ knowledge and skills, role play, risky play and more.

We understand the importance of social and emotional development, particularly in the early years. The environment is viewed as the third teacher and sustainability practices are valued and explicitly taught in many ways.

Our hope is for our children to leave Holy Family Early Learning Centre full of happy memories to last a lifetime and to be ready for their next adventure into primary school.

Holy Family Primary School

Catholic education at Holy Family is based upon Gospel values. We believe that your child and your family will find the school environment and the educational programme welcoming and enriching. Student learning and growth are our prime focus and we aim to develop students as learners and as people, by linking knowledge, understandings, capabilities and values in a way that develops the student as an active member of their community and society.

Holy Family school is a place that is constantly adapting to the changing needs of young people and their world. It is a place where all students can discover who they are and develop the self-confidence to take on new challenges. Our commitment is to unlock the talents of every individual student and help them on their way to a lifetime of self-discovery and fulfilment.

Please visit our website: https://holyfamily.act.edu.au

St Clare of Assisi Primary School

St Clare of Assisi is a Catholic Primary School located in Conder ACT. St Clare of Assisi primarily serves families living in Conder, Gordon, Banks and surrounding rural areas, but subject to availability also offers places to children from other suburbs.  The school caters for students in Kindergarten – Year 6. Students attending our school come from a rich variety of backgrounds and nationalities. At St Clare of Assisi we have identified four core ideas that assist us translate our vision, Be the Light into action:


We believe these core principles give shape to how we work together to support the development of our students. They are also the core principles on which we are building our community and planning our curriculum.

St Clare of Assisi prides itself in providing a rich and comprehensive curriculum, complemented by a wide range of co-curricular activities and programs to enrich learning. The school’s curriculum, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, also demonstrates a commitment to individual differences and engages students of all ability levels. The school balances its formal curriculum with an emphasis on creativity, performing arts and creative thinking.

The school achieves its vision by ensuring each student is welcome, safe, nurtured and encouraged to do their personal best and is recognised as a valuable member of the school community. We are blessed with a committed and generous staff, working with supportive and active parents and students who take pride in their school. The strong sense of school spirit and ethos combined with the modern and contemporary facilities make St Clare of Assisi a school of choice for many students in the Tuggeranong’s Lanyon Valley. To learn more about our school, please visit our school website St Clare of Assisi Primary School – Conder (sca.act.edu.au) or call our office to meet with our Principal, Mr Matt Egan-Richards, on 6294 1860.

St Francis of Assisi ELC

St Francis of Assisi ELC provides education in the Tuggeranong region; for families in the suburbs of Calwell, Theodore, Richardson, Isabella Plains, Bonython, Conder, Gordon, Banks and Tharwa. We offer high quality preschool education for four-year-old’s, catering for children in the year prior to primary school.

St Francis of Assisi ELC invites your child to take their first step into Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn.

At St Francis of Assisi ELC, we offer:

  • A brand-new facility built to embrace our Preschool vision. Our new ELC environment includes; two spacious classrooms, a Great Hall, a child friendly kitchen, herb gardens, a sandpit, water play space, stage, meeting rooms as well as a focal nature space with established trees.
  • A rich community that focuses on a sense of pastoral care and support for all children and their families. The ELC incorporates The Resilience Project, being an evidence-based teaching and learning program throughout our ELC and wider school community. The Resilience Project is committed to teaching positive mental health strategies to prevent mental ill-health and build young people’s capacity to deal with adversity.
  • Promote a strong sense of belonging. Our uniform design incorporates our story through Aboriginal symbols of gathering places, our animals, and our People

A program that promotes Catholic values and encourages exploration, independence, and responsibility.

As a Catholic preschool we:

  • Model Catholic tradition and faith
  • Demonstrate respect for people of other faiths
  • Celebrate the joy of discovery and the excitement of learning
  • Value the uniqueness of each person
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers, the parish and wider community.

Contact Information

School Phone: 0480 775 045

Email: elc.stfranciscalwell@cg.catholic.edu.au

Website: https://stfa.act.edu.au

ELC Director: Gabrielle Adams

St Francis of Assisi Primary School

Due to the influence and guidance of St Francis of Assisi, the school community has a vibrant Franciscan spirit. This results in a positive school climate characterised by staff and student cohesiveness, a firm sense of tradition and an environment where pastoral care, mutual respect and trust are evident. The Franciscan spirituality is central to our Mission. Our school motto ‘Peacemakers’ permeates the life of the school. We strive to live out the Gospel values in a supportive, caring and nurturing environment that acknowledges and celebrates the gifts and talents of all those in the community.

At St Francis of Assisi Primary School, we offer a curriculum that provides quality teaching and learning programs to meet the learning needs of students living in the 21st Century. Our learning programs provide a range of educational experiences for all students that will challenge, motivate and encourage them to reach their full potential.

The future in education is exciting and our school enthusiastically embraces the challenges that lie ahead. With our modern, first class learning spaces and our STEM Centre the children are immersed in learning where curiosity, wonderment and questioning are encouraged. Literacy and Numeracy remain a priority and our reading program has proven successful in motivating students and achieving improvements in reading outcomes.

All staff at St Francis of Assisi Primary School are committed and dedicated to excellence in education and to providing a stimulating learning environment to cater for the individual needs of each student. We work as a team to lead children to discover the God who lives within them and to develop their relationship with Christ. We promote a love of learning through a rich and varied curriculum within an atmosphere of encouragement and challenge and we celebrate our community through an active partnership with students, parents, and parish.

Please visit our website: SFA

St Mary MacKillop College

The charism that runs through everything that we learn and do at MacKillop College comes from the faith and values that St Mary MacKillop lived and taught each day of her life. St Mary MacKillop College is  a Catholic College where all are welcome. It is a  dynamic welcoming community based on the gospel values of Faith, Hope and Love and upon the legacy of the Sisters of St Joseph.  It is a learning environment where excellence in education is valued. Members of the community are nurtured and empowered to face the future with faith and courage. St Mary MacKillop College is a Christian community. We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the support of family life, and the enrichment of all our people. The curriculum at St Mary MacKillop College is undertaken in an environment where each person is valued and respected as an individual whose personal growth is of paramount importance.

Please visit our website: MacKillop College