Newsletter - Term 1, Week 10, 2018

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PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope the holiday break will be a happy and holy time for all.  We are now a few days away from Easter which is one of the most profound periods of the Church’s year as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is a time to rejoice that, in Jesus, God fully embraced humanity, in order that humanity could fully embrace God. The mystery of Easter has the power to transform lives and to see the world in a new way. 

While we focus on the last few days of Jesus death and his subsequent resurrection, this only makes sense when we consider the message of his whole life.  In Jesus’ words and actions, we are presented with a radical love that announces that God’s reign is breaking into history.  It is the kind of radical love that transforms lives and breaks through barriers. The outcast, be they a leper, a tax collector or a Samaritan, is invited into a relationship with Jesus as a full and complete human being. In many ways, Jesus announces that the artificial distinctions that are used to separate people and place their value on some kind of tiered scale do not represent God’s way of looking at human beings. 

Instantly, those who accept this invitation for a relationship are transformed from within as they now enter into that relationship as full human beings. Their mindsets are radically altered and their innate beauty as a creation of God begins to shine. Likewise, Jesus challenges those whose power relies on enforcing such artificial distinctions in order to maintain their status. He embodies a God of radical love for humanity. In Jesus we encounter the God who liberates through love. In announcing the reign of God, Jesus reveals a God that loves humanity so deeply that God desires to touch creation directly and completely. In Jesus, that God-initiated process of individual and social liberation begins. In Jesus, God touches creation.

Easter begins with God’s action and invitation. But, the acceptance of Easter into our lives is not an individual action that will be fulfilled in personal isolation in heaven. By accepting the invitation of Easter, we become connected to God’s activity in this world and God’s desire to transform this world. We join a communal acceptance of becoming agents of God’s radical love that seeks to transform the world. In this way, we allow ourselves to become Christ to our world and, through our communal actions, Christ continues to transform our world to bring it to full communion with God.

Easter signals a call to holiness. But as a wise church leader once said:
We are all indeed called to be holy, but it is not the holiness of the Old Testament, which implies separation from the wicked.  It is the scandalous holiness of Christ, who embraces the impure, the wicked, the weak, the failed and the dead. The God of Jesus was immersed in the plight of humanity – that is the meaning of the incarnation. Or as we have heard it said, ‘Humanity is good enough for God.’”

May the blessings and transformational power of Easter be with each of you.

God Bless
Simon Dash
Principal


HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS

Student Free day Monday 16th April
The first day of next term is a student free day to assist with movement around the Commonwealth Games.  Staff will be at school undertaking some professional learning regarding catering for all learners in our classrooms.

Years 6 and Years 8 to 11 Camps
These year levels will attend Camp in Week Three – Wednesday 2nd May to Friday 4th May.  The Xavier Camp Program is a wonderful aspect of our College and fits under Personal and Social Development Education as it offers many opportunities for students.  On camp they will often undertake a range of challenging activities and learn new skills.  It also provides the chance to build relationships with staff outside the classroom.

Students have received all the necessary paperwork associated with the Camp, however, if you have not seen it please feel free to make contact with the appropriate House Dean.

The Camps will be held in a variety of locations:
​​Year Level
Location
​Theme

​​Coordinator
Year 6​Woodford​Aspire Higher​Year 6 Teachers​
Year 8​Maroochydore​Digging Deeper​Miss Hogan​
Year 9​Noosa North Shore​Adventure Camp​Mr McQuaid​
Year 10​Glastonbury​Personal Challenge​Mrs Wright​
Year 11​Currimundi​Thinking Leadership​Ms Sullivan​

 
Years 7-12 Parent/Teacher Interviews
It was great to see so many parents coming along to speak with teachers about the progress of their students over the first term. This is a time when relationships are developed and classroom expectations set which enable a positive learning environment to be established.

If you were not able to attend please feel free to contact the respective teachers to check your student's progress.
 
Year 5 Camp
Year 5 students and teaching staff spent three days at Maranatha Recreation camp in Week 8 of this term.  The students loved every minute of this experience and could not stop talking about the activities they undertook whilst on camp.  Raft Buliding, Jungle Ropes, Leap of Faith and Rocket Ball where just some of the challenges presented to our Year 5 students during their time on camp.  Despite a little bit of rain they continued to impress throughout the camp with their willingness to have a go and step outside their comfort zone.  Well done to all.
 
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Year 5/6 Gala Day
All Year 5 and 6 students participated on Friday 23rd March in the first Hervey Bay Gala Day for the year.  This day out dedicated to sporting pursuits was well received by all involved and showed firsthand the Xavier spirit of which we are proud.  Congratulations to all teams and thankyou to Mrs Hatchett for her organisation of our representing teams at this event. It was a wonderful day for all involved.

AFL Gala Day
On the 16th March, 24 students from year 4 and 6 participated in the AFL Gala Day at Keith Dunne Oval.  The two boys teams played 3 games each while the four girls joined forces with the St James Team.  While no scores were kept, the day was a great success, allowing those who haven’t played a lot of AFL to participate alongside more skilled players.  Thank you to the parents who attended the day, supporting the Xavier teams.
 
A special thanks to Jack Ryan’s Dad for his guidance and support with the Division 2 team for the entire day.  It was pleasing to see lots of examples of great sportsmanship on the day and fun being had by all.
 
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YEAR ONE HABITATS
In year one we have been learning all about the habitats that different animals live in and how that environment meets their particular needs. We sculpted an animal out of clay and made a diorama of their habitat in a shoe box. There were lots of different habitats - the Arctic, a rainforest, a desert, a coral reef and the Australian bush are some of our favourites. We also wrote an Information Report on our animal and illustrated it too.
We loved learning about habitats and think we might like to be scientists when we grow up!
 
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
Please note the following end of term events:

30/03/2018   GOOD FRIDAY
31/03/2018   EASTER SATURDAY
01/04/2018   EASTER SUNDAY
02/04/2018   EASTER MONDAY
04/04/2018   Commonwealth Games to 15 April
 

LATEST FACEBOOK VIDEO
Click the image below to view the video of our students involved in Xavier Day service activities. Xavier Day provides our students the opportunities to educate and develop their civic responsibilities and understanding of social justice. The experience is about 'giving' and enacting change, traits we hope to instill in the graduates of Xavier.
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SPORTS NEWS

Athletics - Alexander 4th fastest in Australia!
Sieanna Alexander competed at the School National Athletics Titles in December of last year.  With the busyness of Term 1 sport, we wish a very belated congratulations to Sieanna for representing the QLD team at this competition with such great distinction.  Sieanna ran the 100m and 200m heats qualifying for the final in both events and finishing fourth in the 100m (missing out on a Bronze medal by nine-hundredths of a second) and seventh in the 200m.  In addition, she was a member of the Qld U16 Sprint-Medley (Swedish) Relay team who won Gold with Sieanna running the 200m leg.  This medal was a deserving reward for all the effort Sieanna and her team-mates have put into their training for this sport.

Congratulations Sieanna on this wonderful achievement.
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Swimming - Stephens Claims Six Gold Medals!
Xavier had a number of Wide Bay representatives at the QLD School Swimming titles last week including: Kyle Begaud, Lachlan Gent, Takara Gibbons, Cailey Veitch, Thomas Veitch, Kasey Gamble and Keira Stephens.  All students swam with great commitment and energy throughout the competition.  Keira Stephens continued her brilliant form claiming six Gold medals in the Multi-Class 50 and 100 Freestyle, 50 and 100 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly and 50 Backstroke events.  To top it all off, Keira was also awarded the AWD Swimmer of the Championships.  This is a tremendous achievement for this multi-talented sportswoman who always competes with great integrity and spirit. 
 
Congratulations Keira, Xavier is very proud of you and all Xavier students who competed at this competition.

Boys AFL QLD Cup
Two Xavier AFL teams (Years 7-9 and Years 10-12) will compete in Round 1 of the QLD AFL Cup early next term. Good luck to these teams.  The girls division of this competition will also occur in Term 2.

 
XAVIER P-12 PARLAUF RELAY AND CROSS-COUNTRY
To finish off Xavier Day on Wednesday 28th March, the annual running of the P-12 Parlauf Relays took placeon the secondary oval.  This involved a runner from each house and each year level competing as a team against the other three houses. Students ran with a baton and whichever team completed the most laps in ten minutes was deemed the winner. 
 
The K-12 Xavier Cross-Country was also held on Thursday 29th March. Please check out our facebook page for photos from the two events.


Term 2 Friday Sport

Year 7 & 8 students have selected sports for Term 2 Friday sport.  Along with the Dance and Soccer programs, students will be participating in seven fitness-based activities including: Cardio Tennis, PCYC Boys Fitness, PCYC Girls Fitness, Martial Arts, School Gym Circuit Training, Walking for Fitness.  These sessions will begin the first week of Term 2 on Friday 20th April.

 
Congratulations on a BIG Term 1 of Sport
Term 1 has been a very busy term for sport.  Over 70 students have been selected to represent Wide Bay in a variety of sports through their successful participation in the Cluster 1 and 2 Sport Trials.  Kondari had a memorable victory in the Xavier Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival and Xavier won all three major trophies at the Hervey Bay District Swimming Carnival.  The Senior Fast 5 Netball team won the inaugural FCAC 5-a-side Netball competition with the Senior Boys Rugby 7 team winning the Plate final in the FCAC Rugby 7’s competition.  Both the 13 Boys and 15 Boys Rugby League teams will compete in the final of the Broncos Challenge Rugby League competition being held at Stafford Park on Wednesday 28th March, starting at 4.15pm.  Our QISSN netball team, Confraternity rugby league team, Oztag teams and Touch teams have also begun their preparations for the 2018 season.  With Cross-Country still to come this week, it has been a BIG term of sport.
 
I would like to congratulate all Xavier students for their endeavours in sport this term and wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

 
RUGBY SEVENS
On Saturday 17th March, 14 of our Under 15 & Open boys represented the School in the Fraser Coast Anglican College Rugby Sevens Tournament.  Despite this being some students first time playing sevens together, they adapted remarkably quickly to the demands of the abbreviated version of the game.  Due to prior commitments on the Saturday, many students were not able to attend the carnival, so we arranged for a few players from Hervey Bay High School to join our teams.  The boys played with a lot of patience and kept the ball alive in attack. 

Our Under 15’s team were unfortunately short for the weekend and therefore had a long day ahead of them, however they were able to be competitive right up to their last game.  Our Opens boys had a hard draw, playing against some well drilled teams, but were successful in finishing up as Plate winners (3rd overall) for their division.

Thank you to the students from Hervey Bay State High for helping out with our teams, FCAC for organising a great tournament, to the parents who gave excellent support, and to the boys for their superb effort.
 
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DEBATING WIN #2
Congratulations to our Junior Debating team – Jazmyn Hanily, Jasmine Miller, Lachlan Maag and Sarah Garty who won Round 2 in the Apex Debating Competition against FCAC.  They convinced the judges that the internet does NOT do more harm than good. Their rebuttal arguments were very well developed, giving them their victory.  Good luck to the team as they head into Round 3 with the topic: "That rules and regulations stifle creativity".

 

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NARWARI MISSION WEEK
Narwari Mission Week was a great success and raised not only funds, but awareness of the work Caritas does in our world and what the money we raised is used for.  Assembly had two special visitors with Spud the Leprechaun and Blessed Edmund Rice visiting the school to share their story. The Year 12 students gave the teachers a touch up in the first volleyball game, but with the assistance of the umpire, the staff came back to win the second game.  The demand for icy cups was extraordinary but we were able to keep all our customers happy.  Carnival Games and Face Painting were a huge hit in the Primary School, and a Year 4 student won the Easter Raffle.  As always, the Jelly Eating brings the crowds to watch all the action and cheer our eaters on.  Our first ever bake sale was a sell out with staff and students jostling to get the baked goods before they all ran out.

Thanks to all the Narwari staff for organising the activities and to everyone for supporting our week and making it a great success.
 

PROPOSED TRIP TO FRANCE – 2019
Parents of students currently studying French in years 10 and 11 are invited to attend an information evening, regarding our proposed trip to France in 2019.  Costs, itinerary and dates will be available on the evening.  The following arrangements will apply.

Date: April 19
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Room 48, Montmartre Language Centre  

Lynette Pritchard – French Teacher


XAVIER PLAYGROUP
Playgroup will re-commence next term on Thursday 26th April and will run through until Thursday 21st June.

 
DEBUTANTE BALL
St Mary’s Parish – 89th Debutante Ball will be held on Friday 24th August at the Maryborough Town Hall.  This is an event steeped in tradition and has been running consecutively for 89 years, making it the oldest debutante ball in Queensland. 

 If you would like to be part of this event please attend the information session on Tuesday 17th April at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Maryborough at 6pm.  This event is open to ALL YEAR 11 GIRLS regardless of denomination or school and you must be available for dance practise and etiquette lessons on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8pm commencing 27 May. 

 If you require additional information please contact Lisa Stewart 0408-375-443.

 
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