In 1993, a working party of inaugural parents of our school, decided on the name "St. Francis" as they felt that he would be the ideal Saint for the school in trying to create a peaceful and natural rural school as St. Francis epitomises that theme.
The "of the Fields" was included as they could visualise St. Francis standing in a field of peace, relating to nature. The field also related to Strathfieldsaye and, of course, the position of the school.
St. Francis of the Fields Primary School was then opened in January 1994 after land was purchased in 1991. Our school was named after St. Francis of Assisi who was known for his love of nature and respect for all God's creation.
Since then our School has undergone many changes until today we have an enrolment of 615 pupils, cared for by a staff of 75+ professionals.
St. Francis of the Fields Primary School was built in 1993, subsequently all facilities are in outstanding condition. A new Multi-Purpose stadium was built in 2002. This is a magnificent facility allowing for community activities such as Masses, concerts and sports events.
We have now completed building four new classrooms and have renovated the art room, music room, environmental centre and staff room. This building project was the first stage of the Whole School Building Development Plan. Stage 1 building was completed by September 2009.
The Stage 2 building development that was funded by the Building Education Revolution wraps around the "Shed" and includes a new library, community centre, chapel, toilets & change rooms, stage and canteen. This building is fondly known as the Assisi Centre and was completed in May 2010.
Due to increasing enrolments we have built a double portable that will become a Middle School hub. This will be our third stage of building development.
We are blessed to be part of a school that boasts 28 acres of pristine farm land where we are actively learning about caring for our environment.