HEAD OF SCHOOLS’ ADDRESSPrincipal’s Afternoon TeaLast Thursday the College recognised many students across the College who live out our values each day through their words and more importantly their actions. The Principal’s Afternoon Tea is a small gesture to acknowledge the efforts of the students. Congratulations to all students who received a certificate of recognition.
Year 4 Camp
Some very excited Year 4 students had their first camp experience at Xavier last week. The Year 4 Camp involved an overnight stay on the Thursday night followed by a cruise on the Sandy Straits on Friday. They were also lucky enough to stop and have lunch at Kingfisher. It was a very successful camp and we thank all the Year 4 teaching team for their effort towards ensuring all students had a wonderful time.
Year 5 Camp
Last week the Year 5 students spent three beautiful days of fun-filled adventure at Maranatha in Yandina, on the Sunshine Coast. We had a jam-packed three days on Jungle Ropes, swimming in the pool, conquering the Leap of Faith, Raft Building, learning Archery, playing Rocket Ball and spending time reflecting on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Overall it was a very tiring but great camp and we had a wonderful time. These are a few photos of our adventures.
Years 8 to 11 Camping Program
Last week students in years 8 to11 received information about their camps that will be held early next term. Medical forms and what to bring sheets have be sent home, however, permission forms will be sent through the 'Parent Slips' app. Please look out for this and complete it for your child's Camp.
They will be held as follows under the leadership of the House Deans:
Naplan Online 2019
In Term 2 the College will be undertaking NAPLAN testing utilising the online platform. A number of practice tests will occur prior to these tests occurring and all parents will receive a fact sheet leading up to the administration of these tests. Please note a brief outline below regarding the move to online testing and how you can begin to prepare your child for this snapshot of their learning to date.
How can I help my child prepare? Help your child prepare by reassuring them that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and by reminding them on the day to simply try their best. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance. ACARA does not recommend excessive preparation for NAPLAN or the use of coaching providers. NAPLAN is about assessing learning progress in literacy and numeracy
Last week welcomed many current and new families to our X-Cite Open day. Despite the weather the afternoon was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to showcase our fantastic school and the resources at our disposal. Thank you to all families who attended and the many staff and students who ensured the afternoon was a success.
As we enter the Easter break the College would like to extend the following blessing to all our families.
Jesus Has Risen. May you and your family be blessed as you celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the joy of Easter Sunday and the promise of eternal life. Best wishes to you this Easter. May your life be blessed with joy and prosperity. Happy Easter!
Thank you to all the Xavier community for a wonderful term. We look forward to seeing each of you in Term 2. A reminder that our first day back is Tuesday 23 April 2019.
NARWARI MISSION WEEK
Narwari Mission Week is over and a big thank you to everyone for your support, Caritas will be truly grateful for all you have given.
The highlights of the week were the Carnival Games in the Primary School and the staff participation in the volleyball game and jelly eating competition. Mr Dash, Mr Ninnes, Mr Wright and Mrs Brennan competed in the jelly eating with Mr Wright taking out the first ribbon for the Staff and Gabriel, new to Xavier, won the student competition.
Wednesday saw a very tight competition between staff and students in a game of volleyball. The students won the first game, but the teachers came back to even the score. With the games at one all, the crowd was going wild with the excitement of who would be the winners, and the Staff proved too strong for the Year 12 students narrowly winning by 3 points.
The Narwari staff look forward to doing it all again next year for you and Caritas.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
QLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Last week, several Xavier students represented Wide Bay at the QLD Swimming Championships held in Chandler, Brisbane. All students competed strongly, with many making finals and finishing in the top 10 in the state. Keira Stephens once again had a successful meet, claiming medals across a range of events. Congratulations to Charlie Ryan, Zaniel Cooke, Kyle Begaud, Tom Veitch, Alysha Robinson, Kasey Gamble and Keira Stephens.
A reminder that all parents and family members are invited to our K-12 Cross-Country carnival held this Friday, 5 April. The schedule for the day's events is as follows:
Year 6 to remain on oval (bring morning tea with in morning)
A schedule of races
for 12yr olds to Open students is included below.
This year, we have a new trophy up for grabs – the PC Champions Trophy. As well as earning points for their house, students will earn 1 point for their PC when they finish the cross-country. In addition, students can earn a 2nd PC point, by finishing in the top half of their age group. The PC with the most points will be in the 'box seat' to take out the PC Champions Trophy which will be decided after this year's Athletics Carnival held at the end of Term 2.
2019 Winners of the Golden Crucible Trophy
Under the new Chemistry syllabus there are a number of practical experiments that are mandatory requirements for the course. The Year 11 Chemistry class completed the first of these. The experiment required them to use a crucible to burn magnesium and thus determine the formula for magnesium oxide. The group of Jordan, Daniel and Lachlan collected results that were the most accurate in the class and therefore had the highest percentage yield for the experiment. In recognition of this they were presented with the Golden Crucible Trophy.
TAFE AT SCHOOL is another way students can work towards a qualification while still completing their Senior Certificate. The Hervey Bay campus runs a variety of qualifications for the students to access. This month we focus on Jess Preval and Brooke Harvey who are currently working towards a Cert II in Sport and Recreation.
Both girls attend our local TAFE once a week to complete their core units of the qualification. This face-to-face delivery helps teach the students how to provide first aid, assist with activity sessions and work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments. The possible career outcomes for this qualification can include community activities assistant, customer service assistant, sports coach and sports and fitness workers. With 4 QCE points available on completion of this course students enjoy doing this qualification.
This qualification is a great introduction to a very popular industry with both girls excelling in the course and showing great potential to further their study and work in the Fitness Industry.
Loanda Moy |
VET Links Officer/ Acting Youth Support Coordinator
Xavier Catholic College is currently looking for sponsorship for our Human Powered Vehicle teams. Our two teams will be participating in the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge 24hr Challenge on the 13th to the 15th September 2019. As this event does involve significant expenses, any sponsorship will be greatly appreciated,
Gold Sponsors will have the opportunity to have stickers on the sides of the HPVs as well as business names/ logos printed on our Team Shirts for a cost of $250.
Other sponsorship opportunites are available with negotiation. Please complete the following details and email to Graham.Bebington@bne.catholic.edu.au
YOUTH WEEK – FREE EVENTS
WEEK is almost here, and the Reconnect Youth Centre would like to share
their events with students. Both Events are FREE. They will have information available for the youth regarding services that are available to them.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Lay on 0428 601 333.
Youth Centre Coordinator - Reconnect Youth Centre