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 Leadership Address - Term 3, Week 9, 2016

2015 Xavier Graduates – What are they doing?

As we move closer to the end of the year and we are looking to farewell our Year 12 students it is fitting to reflect on those who left us at the end of 2015. At Xavier we pride ourselves on providing a pathway for every student,  whether it be to achieve an OP to take up a university place or to be job-ready with a range of skills and certificates to take up a position in the workforce.

  • 54.1% of our students who completed Year 12 at Xavier in 2015 continued in some recognised form of education and training in the year after they left school. 

  • The most common study destination was Bachelor Degree (29.6%).
  • The combined VET study destinations accounted for 24.5% of respondents, including 11.2% in campus-based VET programs, with 5.1% of Year 12 completers entering programs at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • 13.3% commenced employment-based training, either as an apprentice (8.2%) or trainee (5.1%).
  • In addition to the above study destinations, a further 10.2% of respondents from this school deferred a tertiary offer in 2016.
  • 45.9% did not enter post-school education or training, and were either employed (35.7%), seeking work (8.2%) or not in the labour force, education or training (2.0%).

As you can see the success of our students in achieving their study option or entering the workforce has been achieved through the programs and courses on offer at Xavier as well as through the support and dedication of the Xavier staff.

More information can be found on our College Website here

Father’s Day Liturgy
Thank you to the wonderfully supportive Fathers and Grandfathers, who care, nurture, and set such outstanding examples for your children. We were privileged to share a special Father’s Day Liturgy with so many of you last Friday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed your special day on Sunday.


Mother Theresa Canonised

On the weekend, Mother Theresa of Calcutta was canonised a saint.  Her canonisation took place as part of the Year of Mercy’s recognition of people engaged in works of mercy. The following is a quote from Mother Theresa.

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes to remedy this."   Saint Mother Teresa

Year 5 Transition Conversations’
At Xavier we believe that the home school partnership is important for student connection to the College. To ensure that we build and maintain this relationship, the College held ‘Transition Conversations’ with all year 5 students and their parents last week. The conversations were held with our Heads of House and provided the opportunity to share information and explain the differences between Junior and Middle School. This will ensure a smooth transition for students and support parents in assisting their children.

Year 11 Retreat
Last Friday all Year 11 students participated in their Annual Retreat. This provided them with the opportunity to focus on Senior Leadership in accordance with our whole school spirituality program. The Retreat was facilitated by NET Ministries Australia, which is a Catholic peer to peer youth ministry that puts into action the Church’s mission to evangelise young people. We thank Mrs Carmel Donnelly for the work she put into organising and facilitating the program for our students.

Year 12 at Work and Play.
This week our Year 12 students will be undertaking their exams and final assessments. We will keep them in our prayers that they be successful in their work. At the end of the week they will be able to ‘let their hair down’ and enjoy their ‘Formal Evening’. This is a highlight for our students and something they enjoy taking part in as their time at Xavier draws to a close. We look forward to sharing some of the highlights in our Newsletter next week.

Junior Assembly
From next term our P-5 assembly time will change from Friday mornings to Wednesday mornings. This is to bring our junior school assembly in line with Years 6-12 and maximise our morning learning time. Wednesday assemblies will begin after Prayer Examen each week and start from Week 1 next term.

cyber safety banner.pngParents urged to talk to children about online safety: Alert Priority High
Australian parents are being urged to talk to their children about how to stay safe online and the importance of respectful relationships.

The Australian Federal Police including the police service in the Australian Capital Territory, as well as police services in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, say it is ‘critical that for parents, caregivers and teachers to talk to their children about the importance of respectful relationships, both on and offline’.

The law enforcement agencies issued the statement this week after advising that a website encouraging users to upload explicit images of young women had re-emerged online.

The police services were working with government agencies, including the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and international law enforcement bodies, to evaluate the offshore website and determine the appropriate course of action.

‘We must work together to educate and empower young people to use technology safely and responsibly,’ the police say.

‘Giving young people strategies to say ‘no’ to inappropriate requests or to report suspicious behaviour are paramount to keeping them safe from harm.’

The police advised that the national ThinkUKnow cyber safety education program was focused on preventing children from being groomed or mistreated online.

‘For more information and to book a free cyber safety presentation, visit’.