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​​​​​​​​​History of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, located in the City of Kingston’s Rideau Heights Community, opened its doors on September 5, 2017 to approximately 330 students and 40 staff. Principal Dan Finn and Vice Principal Chris Gencarelli welcomed staff, students, and families from three retired Catholic Schools – St. Peter Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic School and Holy Family Catholic School – to the new Catholic learning community of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. 

With the groundbreaking ceremony taking place on May 24, 2016, the construction of a new state-of-the-art learning facility took place on the grounds of Holy Family Catholic School. In consultation with students, families and our local Parish, the name “St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School” was chosen, and on December 13, 2017, the school was officially blessed by His Grace, Archbishop Brendan M. O’Brien. ​

Principal Dann Finn with Archbishop Ribbon Cutting.jpg

Click the link below to view photos of the construction of our school.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School was designed to offer flexible and responsive learning environments. With a focus on collaborative teaching and learning, educators work together to plan, instruct, and assess student learning to meet the needs of each child. The school is made up of three separate learning communities, each with five learning studios (classrooms), a learning commons space, community washrooms and an educator workroom. Click the video below to take a tour of our Catholic learning community. 

The school community, full of enthusiasm, embraced a new mission statement and an official school logo. The mission statement confirms that: " We, the community of St. Francis of Assisi, work hard to enrich the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical well-being of our students. We look to St. Francis as a model of humility, joy, and respect for all of God's creations. We aim to create a respectful environment where all students feel safe and accepted. We recognize and foster each persons' gifts thereby supporting their ability to make positive contributions to their school and society." 

Led by students of St. Peter, St. Patrick and Holy Family Catholic Schools, a school crest and logo were created. 

​​School Crest
School Crest
School Logo​
School Logo.

​Presently, the school facility shares space with The Boys and Girls Club Before and After Care Program. In addition, the Pete Petersen Basketball League, which has been a partner with ALCDSB for over 60 years, continues to offer their recreational program to students within our community out of our gymnasium, the Don “Pete” Petersen Gymnasium. 

As a community of faith, the school staff works closely with Friar Jim and Friar David, pastor of Holy Family Church and St. John the Apostle Church, respectively, to prepare students for the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist, and Confirmation and to provide monthly school Masses and Reconciliation services, as well as special seasonal liturgical celebrations.

One of the most distinctive features of our Roman Catholic faith is our Church's rich tradition of social teaching. It is critical to the unique profile of Catholic education that this teaching be explicitly integrated not only into the curriculum but also into the overall life of our school communities.

Our students, staff, parents, trustees, and pastors have traditionally involved themselves in a wide range of social action activities. At St. Francis Assisi Catholic School, we showcase our commitment to social justice through our involvement in the Terry Fox Run, We Day, Food and Sock Drives, Advent Projects in support of local shelters, and our annual financial contributions to various local charitable organizations. 

The school is also proud to be a gold level Eco-School, with both students and staff making daily efforts to recycle and reuse what they can and be stewards for the environment.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is privileged to be supported by a very cooperative and dedicated School Council which values the learning needs of all children in the school.

The goal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is to empower the students to develop spiritually, academically, socially, and physically so that they can discover who they are and what they can become. Students will develop a sense of self-worth and confidence both independently and in their interactions with others.  Through a focus on the Catholic Graduate Expectations students will discover they are all created in the image of God and will be encouraged to live a life of love.

At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, we promote responsibility, respect, cooperation and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment, consistent with the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are created in the image of God and are, therefore, called to make the world a better place in which to live.

Principal: Dan Finn
Vice Principal: Chris Gencarelli

Director of Education: Jody DiRocco
Board Chair: John Brisbois

School known as – “The Wolves”
The wolves
School Colours – Kelly Green and Heather Grey
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Principals and Vice Principals of the School:

​Dan Finn
​Chris Gencarelli2020-present
​Vice Principal
Chris Gencarelli
​Lori Bryden
​Laurie Day