St Francis Xavier's Primary School, Belmont, is a Catholic faith community that values and celebrates the dignity and uniqueness of the individual. Situated between the ocean and Lake Macquarie, St Francis Xavier's is one of three primary schools in East Lake Macquarie, a Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Originally opened in 1950, the school still reflects the ethos of the founding Sisters of St Joseph, providing a Catholic education for all, regardless of circumstance, still a strong part of the school's pastoral nature. Not only does the school provide for academic development but it also provides every opportunity for the evangelising mission of the Church and the spiritual development of the students. The Catholic identity of St Francis Xavier's goes beyond the R.E. Syllabus and formal teaching programme and is reflected best in the people and the quality of the relationships within the school.
The school achieves its mission by the promotion of an active partnership of home, school and parish in the shared responsibility of educating the whole child and by the celebration of shared faith traditions, prayer life and actively bearing witness to the Gospel. St Francis Xavier's embraces the dynamic nature of education providing quality learning programmes in a challenging environment that caters for and respects the unique needs of each child whilst also providing education that helps develop values that will enable individuals to contribute positively to the wider community.
Education is about the whole person and at St Francis Xavier's, learning programs are created which develop the child academically, intellectually, aesthetically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Whilst talented children are given every opportunity to excel, all children are given the opportunity to experience success across a variety of areas.
As well as a strong academic program, the school provides a breadth and depth of experiences in art, drama, music and sport. There are strong teaching programs in these areas that involve 100% participation on behalf of the student population. All children at St Francis Xavier's sing, dance, draw, paint, create, play and participate in a variety of sports with a balanced, holistic education programme helping to develop balanced individuals.
At St Francis Xavier's quality education of the whole child takes place within a community that is prayerful, respectful, supportive and dedicated to the development of the whole child.
Students of St Francis Xavier's Primary School, Belmont are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Mary's Catholic College, Gateshead.