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 Leadership Address

Catholic Education Week
The theme of Catholic Education Week is ‘Opening the Doors in the Year of Mercy’



College Mass
We thank Fr. Marty Larsen for joining us and celebrating our Mass. We were also pleased to be able to have Gary Pinto to assist in the provision of music for the Mass as well as spend the day running workshops for students. An invitation was extended to all parents and friends to come along and join us for the Mass and a morning tea to followed

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Induction of Student Leaders
As part of our Catholic Education Week Mass we inducted our College Captains, Vice-Captains and House Leaders for 2016/2017 into their roles.

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Celebrating Excellence in Teaching

During this Mass we will take time to recognise three staff members who were recognised by Brisbane Catholic Education as excellent teachers.

•    Mr. Brendan McDonald, Finalist, “Excellence in Teaching - Religious Education”
•    Mr. Kerry Swann, Nominee, “Excellence in Leadership for Teaching and Learning”
•    Mrs. Loretta Swann, Winner, “Outstanding Contribution to Learning and teaching Award (more than 20 years teaching service”

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Yr 6-12 Parent /Teacher Interviews
These interviews, to be held this evening provide the opportunity for parents and students to come together to celebrate student success as well as the raise any concerns. Staff are available from 3.30 to 6pm when there will be 40 minute dinner break. Interviews then resume at 6.45 to 7.30pm. Emails have been sent to ensure you understand how to access your reports through the Parent Portal.

Cooper Christensen
Monday 25th July marked the first anniversary of Cooper Christensen’s passing.  Cooper was a fun loving, cheeky and bubbly member of the Prep 1 class in 2015, who enjoyed learning and playing with his Prep friends. Sadly, Cooper lost his battle against a rare form of brain cancer and passed away last year. We will always remember Cooper, and he and his family will forever be a part of our Xavier family.

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NAIDOC Week Celebrations
Although NAIDOC Week was held during our holidays and we celebrated with a College Liturgy in our first week back, this week our students will be able to participate in a range of enrichment activities. Many thanks to Kerry-Ann Bates who has organised various community groups to present workshops across the year levels. 
Junior school students will take part in Storytelling and Dancing sessions as well as Traditional Games. Students in the Senior school will rotate through workshops on ATSI culture and traditional Dance and Art.

Pokemon Go!
This latest craze is sweeping Hervey Bay and therefore Xavier Catholic College. We have reproduced two articles in this Newsletter that relate to this phenomenon-one highlighting the fun of the game and how it can be a chance to interact with your child. However, the other stresses the safety side of the game and how care must be taken, especially for children, who can get caught up in the game, to keep them safe.

Car Parking
As parents you know how busy it can be around the College during drop off/pick up times, however, can we please ask that you ensure that we are all being good neighbours to the people who live in the houses around the College. Parking in the correct place, not stopping and getting out of the car in the No Parking zones will all help to keep the traffic moving and our children safe.