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St Francis Xavier Kindergarten

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    8:30am - 2:45pm

Conveniently located at St Francis Xavier Primary School, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. Our children make weekly visits to the school library and regularly get to borrow books from our kindergarten library, which they are given responsibility for caring for and returning, as preparation for school. They also enjoy visits with their buddies, visits to the prep classrooms and playgrounds and attend school events including sports carnivals and book week. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and and learn new skills such as how to use the water bubblers, where they can run and where they have to walk and where to find the bathrooms. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for school.

At St Francis Xavier Kindergarten, Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) Plus Kindy Support is available for eligible families:

  • whose child is listed on a current Australian Government Health Care Card or Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card
  • whose child identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • who have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year.

This additional support can significantly reduce the daily cost of kindergarten for families. If you think you may be eligible speak to our teams about this when applying.

At St Francis Xavier Kindergarten we offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program taught by a university qualified early childhood teacher. As a sessional kindergarten children complete a five-day fortnight, during school hours and school terms.

Meet Our Staff

Alison Ellis

Kindergarten Teacher Director

I’ve been an early ed teacher:
For a very long time but in kindergarten for four years which I love the most.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Watching children learn and grow through play, especially caring for nature and observing how children use the natural environment in their play including finding bugs and growing our own vegetables.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That each child is special and will learn and grow at their own pace, don’t rush them let them enjoy being a child.
My favourite way to relax is:
Reading a book and spending time with my family outdoors camping or 4wd driving and I love watching my children participate in school and sport experiences.

Prep visits

Our kindergarten children love visiting St Francis Xavier Primary School and in term four they enjoy visiting the prep classrooms. Each week the children listen to stories and participate in learning rotations with the prep children. Working with different children each week they build many important friendships that create a support network if they are transitioning to St Francis Xavier for prep. These experiences are also an invaluable opportunity to familiarise the children with the classroom environment, which is very different to a kindergarten.

Exploring our creative sides

The dramatic play space or ‘home corner’ is a favourite for many of our children. Throughout the year the children use this space to play out different roles and act in different personas such as police and fireman or school children in uniforms. In this space we also have many different cultural outfits which the children love trying on and asking about, and understanding different cultures. These experiences provide a great opportunity for children to develop social skills, understand different cultures and work work together to create something new.

Celebrating Harmony Day

The children thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Harmony Day and showing off their heritage to their friends. During the week the children discussed the many nationalities present in their group as they investigated different flags and created their own. The children also came to class in cultural dress and shared with the class where their family is from and worked together to cook some traditional foods. Harmony Day was the beginning of a new and ongoing experience where the children learned daily greetings in the many languages and dialects of their group. For the children this was an opportunity to build their cultural competence and develop not only awareness but an understanding of cultural differences.