Dear Parents and Carers
It was terrific reminder that core to who we are as a community is our identity as a Catholic School in the Ignatian tradition. It was a welcome opportunity to reinforce our vision as a school that sets high expectations for all, is a ‘no excuses zone’ and a community that believes that everyone should strive for their personal best regardless of their starting point or ability level. It is wonderful to be an inclusive and diverse community, but it is these values that bring us together and sets us apart. Aim high! As the author, Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”
Congratulations to all who made it such a special occasion with particular thanks to our Faith and Mission Team of Brendan McDonald, Amy Brennan and Carmel Donnelly who took responsibility for bulk of the organisation. A job well done!
Currently we are planning an extensive school renewal agenda to take Xavier to the next stage of its growth and development. In the weeks to come I will outline some of the proposals that are on the table and some of the areas of College life that we wish to review.
However, in any time of change and review the voice of the community is critical. We need to hear from you and what your dreams and aspirations are for the College. To this end in the coming weeks all parents, students and staff will receive a Community Satisfaction Survey. It will come in the format of a Survey Monkey and ask you to rate different aspects of College life and well as provide you a space in each section if you wish to make a comment or suggestion. The survey in anonymous so your individual responses will not be able to be identified.
So this is advanced notice that sometime in the next week you will receive an important survey via email that will be vital for all to complete so we can gauge the community’s feelings about Xavier’s performance and its future directions.
NEWS FROM THE SENIOR SCHOOL
Induction of Junior and Middle School LeadersIt was a great pleasure last week to see our Junior and newly appointed Middle School leaders receive their badges at the conclusion of our Opening Mass. We had many special guest join us as well as very proud parents.
This week students will receive information about their year level Camps which will be held in Week two next term. The students will leave on Wednesday 26th April and return on Friday 28th April. They will travel to a variety of locations where they will enjoy a challenging yet enjoyable time, participating in a range of activities. The Heads of house will each co-ordinate a particular year level:
If you have any questions related to the camp please feel free to contact them at the College or by email.Opportunities for our Students
On Monday the Year 7 students took part in their Annual Retreat. It was held at the Hervey Bay Community Centre and was facilitated by the Passionist Youth Group and we thank Mrs Donnelly for the work she put into to co-ordinating this event for the students.
Over the weekend Mr. Dunn and Ms. Gilshenan organised the Senior Drama Camp which provided the opportunity for the students to see three live productions as well as experience the sights of the city. Also in Brisbane for the weekend was Mrs. Donnelly and four senior students who undertook a local (Brisbane) Immersion experience. They were able to visit various organisations who provide services to the many disadvantaged people who live in the city, as well as help out and see first-hand how they can bring joy and support to others.We thank the staff who give up time with their families to provide these types wonderful opportunities for our students.Kerry SidawayHead of School UPCOMING EVENTS
24/02/2017 Junior School Performances (11:30am - 1:30pm)27/02/2017 Year 5 Camp (Through until 1/3)07/03/2017 Junior School Photo Day (TBC)???08/03/2017 Book Fair (Through until 10/03)OPENING MASS
Last Wednesday our College community gathered for our 2017 Opening Mass, led by Fr Regi, our parish priest. In the gospel we were reminded of Jesus’ greatest commandment, “Love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:31-35). With this in mind, we look to the start of the school year as an opportunity for new beginnings. Everyone in our community, students, staff and parents can learn from the model of Jesus and strengthen relationships based on this message of love. In addition to celebrating the Mass, we also took this opportunity to induct our new Middle School (Year 9) and Junior School (Year 5) leaders. These students will actively live out the gospel message in their everyday dealings across the college.
CARE AND CONCERN PARENT GROUP
At all times we encourage you to explore the parent portal or to talk to your child’s classroom teacher or Pastoral Care teacher about any questions that you may have as your first point of contact. Each House has parent contacts and they range from P-12. If you wish to contact anyone of our parent contacts their details are published below. We are in need of parent contacts in our P-6 area so if you would like to nominate yourself or to ask further information of what is involved please do not hesitate to contact Carmel Donnelly (Campus Minister) during school hours on 4197 1165. Confidentiality is utmost for our committee and any information shared with our parent contacts will not be passed on unless you so desire it.
If we can be of any assistance, or if you have any questions about our school, we would be very pleased to help you – just ring one of the following:
House Parent ContactsNarwari House ParentsClaire Sinclair (Cassandra Sinclair) 41295730Rachel Neck (Chelsea Neck) 41287859/0417768798Darlene Hogan (Daniel) 0419 firstname.lastname@example.orgJo O’Neill (Will/Lucy/Kate O’Neil) 0422942289 Ellen Geldard (Connor, Lachlan & Matthew) 41286910/ 0400499508Mary Arnold (Riley/Corey/Joey) 0418729967Karen Grumley (Stewart and Lachlan) 41243034 / 0413306540. Cassie Wilson (Max/Anabele Wilson/Imogen) 0409761207. Kerrie Payne (Cameron Payne) 41280554/ 0407581389Buthu House ParentsMichelle Wiegmink (Connor Wiegmink/Jenna/Reece) 41287941/0409890188Deanna Wyvill (Amy Wyvill) 41282176Karen Goffinet (Alex/Patrick Goffinet) 4128 7375/ 0421 322 121.Allison McGovern (Madison/Georgia McGovern) 0411 416 943 Dirum House ParentsRachel Loague (Oscar Loague) 0417792179Melissa Lynch (Mya, Noah)Helen Hatchett (Bryce/Charli/Summer/Sam Wilson) 0438347153Kellie Robinson (Nathan & Alysha Robinson) 0448623963Kondari House ParentsMichelle Begaud (Blake/Kyle Begaud) 0438242252Carole Dewhurst (Patrick/Rory/Freya Golik) 41206240/0400793188SENIOR IMMERSION
Over the weekend our Senior students joined forces with Rosie’s on the street in Logan Central. They spent time sharing the stories of patrons who attend this regular event, as well as preparing food and refreshing drinks to quench their physical thirst. They shared this experience with Orange Sky Laundry and the Street Doctor. This is all part of our Senior Local Immersion in and around Brisbane. “Men and Women for Others”, a “Faith that does Justice."
FREE MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE TUTORING
A reminder that Xavier staff offer free additional weekly Maths and Science tutoring. Below is the roster, which commenced in week 3.
Over the course of the weekend our Senior Drama students experienced shows at La Boîte Theatre, GOMA, QPAC and the Metro Arts Theatre. The first night students attended the stage production, Single Asian Female at La Boîte Theatre, Round House. They were fortunate enough to meet with the cast following the show. One of the questions that Drama asks and attempts to illuminate is 'What does it mean to be human'. Not a small question. The students have been tasked with examining current theatrical products and analysing how they reflect our human experience. They need to interrogate not only the thematic content of these productions, but the structure, staging, performance technologies and skills of performance that are employed to bring these messages or themes to life in the dynamic and living art form of drama on stage.
On Saturday at GOMA, the Senior Drama students were tasked with finding their favourite artwork, photographing it and observing how it impacted upon anyone who encountered it. They have to provide a physical report to demonstrate the reactions and to interpret what they mean.
Saturday afternoon, students attended the QPAC hosted production, ‘Ladies in Black’, which was a slick, home grown Aussie musical set in the 1950s. The high production values and mainstream content were a stark contrast to the bold and brash performance on the first night.
The final delight for our Senior Drama students...the weird and wacky Cargo Club at Metro Arts theatre. The show began in the laneway outside and moved into an open plan theatre where the performance literally occurred all around the audience.
The experimental, post-modern structure of the Cargo Club with its 'no-budget' funding model was a fantastic contrast to the other two shows. Interestingly, all three shows dealt with issues of identity, equality and multiculturalism - each in a unique style and with wide ranging production values. The perfect trio of performance experiences for budding student dramatists.
Thank you Mr Dunn for organising such a memorable and inspiring cultural experience for these students.
FRASER COAST YOUTH AMBASSADORIf you are aged between 12 and 25 and are passionate about the Fraser coast region - the youth ambassador program could be a great fit for you! Nominations are now open for the 2017 program.Further information and an application form is available from: www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/fraser-coast-youth-ambassadors with final applications closing, Tuesday, February 28 GENR8 & ALLEVE8 PROGRAMSThe first day of training for our GenR8 and AllevE8 programs was a resounding success with the trainers for both programs providing excellent feedback around student behaviour and enthusiasm.
These programs provide students career pathways into either the transport, logistics and supply chain industry, or Health Support. AllevE8 allows the opportunity to undertake a Certificate II in Health Support, contributing 6QCE points, and undertaking 20 days of valuable work experience in the field. .
FAMILY SCHOOL FEES ACCOUNTSThe school fees billing run for Term 1, 2017, has been emailed from SHERFinance@bne.catholic.edu.au. Payment will be due on this Friday, 24 February 2017.If your email address has changed or you didn’t receive your account by email in 2016, please provide your new contact details to the College Office.
Next week is a busy week for the Xavier Canteen. On Tuesday the 28th February (Shrove Tuesday), the tuckshop is offering $1 pancakes with maple syrup and ice-cream. They will be available from 7:30-8:00am.
Following this, the Online Ordering Competition will be drawn at the end of the month. Anyone who has ordered through the Qkr system online in the month of February, has gone into the draw for a $5 canteen voucher. The tuckshop would also like to remind and draw attention to some changes to the current menu. This particularly comes into effect for those ordering via the old bag system. Please check the new prices and menu items as we have made some changes and would not like for the children to miss out on a treat or part of their order. Two examples are the cost of sauce has been 50c for over a year now and also we no longer have pizza rounders but alternative vegetarian option. Thanks.
LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR