Growing in harmony

The proposed St Francis of Assisi College is planned to open at Renmark in January 2022.

The College will provide excellent Catholic education for Year 7 to 12 students in the Riverland region.

The College will provide an innovative and contemporary education tailored to students, their families and communities, leading to a life-long love of learning. It is a place of imagination where personalised learning, collaboration and interactive technology enable authentic and deep learning experiences. 

With founding principles guided by Integral Ecology and the example of St Francis of Assisi, the College will provide a safe, supportive learning environment that has the future in mind whilst bringing with it the traditions loved and valued in Catholic education.

Our College ethos centres around care for each other, the environment and our local and broader community. We will foster an environment grounded in acceptance and kindness, where all are welcome.

At St Francis of Assisi College we invite students to learn in harmony with who they are and where they live, emerging as joyful young people and conscious contributors to our Riverland region and beyond. Students are encouraged to use their voices and lives for good, transforming into influential leaders who seek to enhance the world we all share.




How to enrol at St Francis of Assisi College

Ready to enrol your child for 2022? To book an enrolment interview with principal Nathan Hayes, call us on (08) 8595 4500.
You can also fill out the below form on this page or email us via the button below and we'll be in touch to arrange a meeting time. We look forward to meeting you!

About St Francis of Assisi College

St Francis of Assisi College is committed to providing a Reception to Year 12 pathway for Catholic Education in the Riverland, and we are working to ensure access and equity for students to attend their school of choice.

The College has partnered with LinkSA to provide a bus service for students to safely travel to and from the College.

The following bus routes will run daily during school term times:

Route 1           Barmera – Glossop – Renmark

Route 2A         Loxton – Berri – Renmark

Routh 2B         Renmark – Paringa – Renmark

*The possibility of Route 1 including Waikerie will be determined based on need and affordability.

Student Transport Costs 2022
Catholic Education SA and St Francis of Assisi College will subsidise 60% of the full annual cost for families.

We are committed to ensuring that Catholic Education is accessible to all and financial hardship will not be a barrier. Please contact the College Principal for further information relating to payment options. 

Catholic Education South Australia Bus Transport Strategy
For some time, Catholic Education South Australia has lobbied to obtain better access to school buses for children attending Catholic schools in regional South Australia.

From 2021 the State Government committed $4 million over four years to subsidise transport costs for children who attend regional Catholic schools.

Catholic Education SA are allocating this funding directly to families who access a school bus service that is managed by the Catholic school, and who reside more than 5km from their nearest regional Catholic school. Subsequently, families will receive a discount of 60% of the annual cost of accessing the school bus, in addition to the subsidy that St Francis of Assisi College will provide.

About Link SA
LinkSA has broad regional experience in providing school bus services, including other Catholic schools, in the Adelaide Hills, Murray Bridge, Nuriootpa, Clare, Barossa Valley, Mid Murray, Murray Mallee and the Murraylands. 

As a national company, partnering with LinkSA allowed us to gain significant cost savings, ensuring the College can deliver on its commitment to providing affordable transport options and access to Catholic schools for Riverland families.

The College will have a brand-new fleet of buses, providing a high standard of safety and comfort for students.

Buses will include air conditioning, under floor luggage bins and free Wi-Fi access enabling students to use travel time to keep up with their study commitments. All buses will have CCTV installed to ensure the safety and security of students.

Please contact College Principal Nathan Hayes if you have any further questions regarding student bus transport.

St Francis of Assisi’s College comprehensive fee strategy reflects our commitment to provide a Reception to Year 12 pathway for Catholic Education in the Riverland.   

The fees set represent our commitment to provide access to high quality education, whilst ensuring that a family’s financial circumstances are not a barrier to enrolment at St Francis of Assisi College. 

We are committed to working with parents/guardians in a just, respectful, compassionate, transparent and considered manner in the processes for setting and collecting fees.  

Families experiencing hardship are encouraged to meet with the Principal. Details of a family’s financial circumstances in determining fee remission arrangements will be handled respectfully and with appropriate confidentiality in accordance with the school’s Privacy Policy.  

An upfront fee structure 
Everything we do in St Francis of Assisi College is relevant to students’ learning, therefore the tuition fee is inclusive of all school-organised curriculum and co-curriculum activities (e.g. excursions, camps, arts performances, sports events, etc.).  

The fee also includes a personal laptop computer for each student, replaced every 3 years. 

Families are required to pay for uniforms, consumable stationery items and some individual expenses for specialised projects in some senior secondary courses.

Year 11 and 12 subject-specific camps, excursions or VET-related fees may incur additional costs.

*Families are encouraged to meet with the Principal where required to discuss tuition fee arrangements to cater for individual circumstances. 

**Sibling discount will be applied across Catholic primary schools and St Francis of Assisi College applying the local school’s discount rates. 

The College will open with Year 7 and 8 in 2022. 
Year 9 will commence in 2023 with a year level added annually until we grow to be a Year 7 to 12 learning community by 2026.

Mr Nathan Hayes will lead St Francis of Assisi College.

Nathan has extensive regional Catholic education experience including nine years in leadership roles.

He and his wife Tamara and three children are settling into the Riverland community.

Nathan is visiting local towns meeting young people and parents, engaging with the local Catholic primary school principals, developing the secondary education plan, overseeing uniform design, working closely with the builders to progress construction plans and much more.

The process has also begun to recruit and build the inaugural staff team of quality leaders and educators, and establish strong parish, community and industry partnerships.

Nathan is based at the temporary school office at 129 Renmark Avenue, Renmark, and openly invites contact at principal@assisi.catholic.edu.au

The College has been named after St Francis of Assisi, following consultation with the parish and existing school communities.   

Pope Francis, in his landmark environmental encyclical Laudato Si’, calls us to grow and to respond. One of the main messages of the Pope’s letter is that to build a better world we must listen, as St Francis did, to the voices of those experiencing vulnerability and those most at risk in our communities, as well as the impact of human beings on creation.  

Pope Francis draws on St Francis of Assisi as our role model for this growth and response. The College will strive for social and ecological justice and, in through practical application, make a difference in the lives of others. 

Inspired by faith and in partnership with families and our wider community, the College will create Faith in Action opportunities to raise hearts and minds and for young people to encounter life in all its richness. 

St Francis of Assisi College has trans-seasonal formal and sports uniform ranges allowing students to select from multiple options across the school year.
View the full uniform suite here.
Information on pricing and how to purchase the uniform will be shared later in 2021.

Our College staff and students will wear this emblem with pride for what is represents to us as individuals, as a Catholic community, and a College community growing in harmony together.

  • The colour palette represents the environment in which St Francis of Assisi will exist. It is inspired by the sunset across the Riverland.
  • The wavy lines also represent the lifeblood of the region - the Murray River. But it goes deeper than that, the ripples move in unison, representing life in harmony, with faith at the core.

The Year 7 to 12 College enables a strengthened Catholic education pathway from Reception to Year 12 and beyond for families and young people of the Riverland region. 

The positive partnerships between all Catholic schools will ensure a continuation of quality Catholic education and values. Equally, St Francis of Assisi will offer strong transition support for children from all regional primary schools whose families are choosing a Catholic secondary education with us.

The College will develop a wide range of partnerships with community, government community agencies, industry, other schooling sectors, Catholic Education SA, tertiary providers, local parishes of all faiths, and, most importantly with families, to cater for the diverse learning and post-school pathways for students. Contributing to the local and broader community are central to the Colleges ethos.

Thank you to the members of the local Catholic school communities who have been meeting regularly as part of an Advisory Committee, providing valuable regional insight and parent perspectives to planning, including consultation to develop the College values, emblem and uniform.

We will be seeking volunteers for future committees to ensure parental involvement in creating our exciting new community and culture throughout 2021.

Nathan warmly invites interested parents to email principal@assisi.catholic.edu.au if you’d like to be involved as development continues throughout 2021.

Nathan Hayes will lead an engaging student transition process throughout 2021. Student voice is a College Pillar and throughout 2021 the Year 6 and 7 students at the Riverland Parish Primary Schools will play a key role in shaping the school culture at St Francis of Assisi College.  Across 2021 there will be formal transition experiences for our students starting in 2022. True to our aspiration of providing individualised student pathways, the transition experiences will ensure every student will have the best possible start to the school year.

St Francis of Assisi College will provide excellent Catholic secondary education.

Students will have a voice in planning personalised learning tasks, in consultation with parents and teachers.

The College will build a collaboration of learners with leadership opportunities, choices, and the agency to build strong communities through unique projects, teaching and learning, practical partnerships, and access to resources. 

A specialised middle-school curriculum will prepare young people for the SACE and multiple pathways in senior years. A focus on entrepreneurship will be a key feature of the creative learning program. 

The education program will empower young people to view the world critically, to think and act independently, cooperatively, and responsibly. Real-world experiences merged with sustained engagement and collaboration offer opportunities for learners to construct, organise and synthesise knowledge.  

Explicit literacy and numeracy teaching will be a priority across all learning areas in Years 7 to 12. This will be reflected in our teaching and learning programs, and the way our educators will collaborate to ensure each student has a personalised learning pathway. 


Year 7 to 9 Core Curriculum 
Students will experience an integrated approach to their core curriculum offerings, providing the opportunity for deep learning experiences, the explicit teaching of subject specific concepts, and the development of strong teacher, student, and parent partnerships.   

In Years 7 to 9, all students study Religious Education, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Digital Technologies, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, and Languages.  

Two key teachers work closely together with one class to deliver the core subjects of Religious Education, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science.  

Students are given experiences in the full range of specialist subjects across Years 7 and 8, with greater choice available to students in Year 9 in preparation for the senior years. Specialist subjects will be offered in the following: 

  • Visual and Performing Arts 
  • Design and Technology
  • Food and Hospitality 
  • Digital Technologies 
  • Health and PE elective options 

The five main values of St Francis of Assisi College are:






St Francis of Assisi College celebrates the growing faith and Catholic identity of students and the community while speaking to the harmonious culture of compassion and acceptance which nurtures courageous and caring people of integrity. 

Watch the 'Construction at Assisi' video above to see the school we are bringing to life.

We have designed a school relevant for today and for the future. Buildings will be light-filled and provide creative opportunities to suit the many and varying learning needs of young people.

There will be collaborative spaces, quiet spaces, tutorial spaces, student meeting rooms ‘make-a-space’ concepts and state of the art technology. The ‘added extras’ such as ‘heat n eat’ bars encourage independence and trust, and combine the holistic approach to student learning and developing capabilities. 

Specialist care has been considered in our administration centre with two consulting rooms deliberately placed for students and families to access localised, integrated allied health and educational consultants.

Our sustainability focus has influenced school design with excellent north/south orientation and sun analysis, strategic shade, deliberate choice of materials, and consideration of waste management, water retention, solar, etc. School veggie gardens and permaculture will be a feature of the curriculum and co-curriculum program

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“I look forward to getting to know and understand what is important to the families and young people in this community, partnering with the existing Catholic parish primary schools in the Riverland to continue their good work as well as welcoming families from all corners of the region. I am committed to leading a school community that provides a personalised and flexible learning pathway that prioritises the wellbeing of each and every student.”

Nathan Hayes, Principal - St Francis of Assisi College, RENMARK

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