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 Newsletter - Term 2, Week 10, 2017


LEADERSHIP ADDRESS


Dear Parents and Carers
As we approach the end of a very busy Semester I want to express my deep thanks to you for your ongoing support of the College and your partnership with us in your children’s education. I also wish to express my personal thanks for making me feel so welcome in my first six months of leading this wonderful community.
It has been an energetic time for the College as we seek to take Xavier to new levels of excellence. Among the highlights in our efforts to continually improve our school have been:

  • The completion of an extensive Community Satisfaction Survey
  • The drafting of a new Responsible Behaviour Policy
  • The drafting of an Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • The development of a Curriculum Accountabilities Framework
  • The introduction of Principal’s Afternoon Teas to recognise our ‘Xavier Ambassadors’
  • The formation of a Staff Consultative Committee
  • The formation of a Parent Engagement Committee
  • The selection of representative for our Student Voice Committee (to commence next Term)
  • The remodelling of our Student Leaders Selection Process
  • The implementation of an online Bullying Survey for Year 6 to Year 12 students
  • Partnering with Curtin University and Tripod Education for staff professional growth
  • A focus on literacy skills through our Excellent Learning and Teaching Program
  • A review of our Camps Program with changes to be introduced in 2018
  • A review of our College Leadership Team Structures and Responsibilities
  • More focused marketing to ensure we are telling our story of success and achievement
While this list is not comprehensive by any means, it does serve to illustrate that the College is in a time of renewal and looking ahead with optimism about its next stage of development. Xavier Catholic College is a great school. But, like any great school, we are always looking at ways of improving and responding to the aspirations of our community.

My thanks to the parents, students and staff of the College for your willingness to embrace change. Some changes are easy to manage and prove very popular. Others are more complex and require more careful consultation, research and communication.

Next Semester may prove just as busy as we continue to work on fine-tuning and implementing some of the changes outlined above. We will also be reviewing a number of other areas with a view to having changes in place in 2018 and 2019.

This will include:
  • Our Middle Leadership Structures
  • Our Laptop and Devices rollout expansion
  • Our College Uniform and related Policies
  • Our response to the new Senior Syllabus documents and the introduction of the ATAR
  • Our communication platforms for Parents
  • The effectiveness of eDiary
Once again, I thank you for your support during this time of renewal and look forward to working with you to bring our changes to reality in building an even stronger school that is the pride of the Fraser Coast.

God bless
Simon Dash
Principal


LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR PATHWAY CONNECTING ENDEAVOUR WAY PARKING TO BACK GATE
We encourage our community to write to Councillor David Lewis to support the proposed pathway to connect to our back gate entrance. You can email him directly: david.lewis@frasercoast.qld.gov.au
The extract below can be pasted into the email and adjusted accordingly. Thanks for your support.

Dear Cr Lewis,

LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR
PATHWAY CONNECTING ENDEAVOUR WAY PARKING TO
BACK GATE ACCESS OF XAVIER

I/ we write in support of the proposed pathway connecting the new and existing parking to the back gate access of Xavier Catholic College and would appreciate this next stage of the park development be considered as a priority.

Yours sincerely,

[name(s)]
[address]
[contact no.]
[email]



HEADS OF COLLEGE ADDRESS

Dear Parents.
As we approach the end of the Semester we can look back on what has been an exciting and diverse term at Xavier Catholic College.  From the Cross Country that was rescheduled due to Cyclone Deb to the Queensland Youth Orchestra event on this Thursday, there has been a vast array of opportunities presented to our students.  As a school community, we look forward to a peaceful and relaxing break and hope you can spend some time with your family and loved ones in this time.  

P-2 Athletics Carnival
The inaugural XCC P-2 Athletics Carnival was a wonderful success.  After a nervous wait and some rain overnight the staff and students were very happy to see the sun come out on Friday morning.  Despite some light showers throughout the morning the students were all able to participate in a range of activities focused on participation and having fun.  A large parent contingent ensured they had plenty of support and there were many opportunities for that prized ‘photo opportunity’. The day ended with a sausage sizzle and the ever-popular Icy Cups.  Our thanks to Ms Hogan and all staff involved for what was a fantastic event.  The 3-6 Carnival will be held on Thursday 22nd June. (See sports section of this newsletter for a full order of events. We look forward to seeing the students in these year levels in action.



Semester One Reports
Teachers have been working very hard across the school to finalise assessment and prepare reports for Semester One.  This process is now approaching completion and reports will start to become available as outlined below.

  • Year 9 and 10 should have already received their trimester report.
  • P-5 reports will be available on the Parent Portal on Friday 23rd June 2017.  An email will be provided to parents on how to access these reports in the coming days.
  • Senior Reports (Year 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12) will go out the 2nd week of Term Three.  Parent Teacher interviews for Years 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12 are scheduled for Tuesday 25th July from 3.30-8.00pm in the GOA centre. Parents of students in these year levels will also receive an email with instructions on how to access reports on the Parent Portal and book interview times with teachers.
JERSEY DAY
Jersey was celebrated this week.  Wearing their state colours with pride the school was awash with Origin Fever.  As this article is being written the result for Game 2 is yet to be decided but as a staunch Queenslander I am quietly confident.  GO QUEENSLAND!
 
REMINDER - VISIT BY QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA (QYO)
A reminder that the QYO will be visiting Hervey Bay on Thursday.  During this time they will be performing for our students, running workshops with our music students and playing a concert for the community. A concert for the public will be held on Thursday 22nd June at 7pm in GOA. It is a free concert and a wonderful opportunity to hear a world class orchestra without the travel.



Xavier Ambassadors
Congratulations to those attendees of today's Principal’s Afternoon Tea. Each term Mr Dash aims to recognise our ‘Xavier Ambassadors’, for their continued application to upholding outstanding, attendance, punctuality, tidiness , participation, respect for others, work ethic, integrity and honesty. Thank you to Mrs McLean's hospitality class for preparing the delicious food.




Some general reminders for Term 3:
  • School returns on Monday 10th July.  This is a normal school day with all students to return
  • Round 1 of enrolment applications for 2018 will close shortly.  Please make sure you submit any relevant enrolment applications ASAP.
  • The office will be opened over the holidays between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.  Please direct any enquires to the staff on duty during this time.
Heads of School – Russell Davey & Kerry Sidaway


FROM THE APRES

The feast of Corpus Christi

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.

The Jews quarrelled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:51-58)

This past Sunday the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ). This marks a time when we focus on the sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is truly present in the consecrated Eucharist. The Eucharist is an invitation for each of us to come into an intimate communion with the Trinity. Sometimes, we travel through life carrying burdens that weigh us down and leave us with heavy hearts. The Eucharist offers freedom from burdens as we place ourselves in Christ’s loving embrace. Our faith teaches us that God’s spirit is within each of us. It is not something we have to acquire, rather it is something that we release from within. The action of consuming the Body and Blood of Christ, just as Jesus did with his disciples as they shared the Passover meal, reminds us Jesus’ promise to be with us until the end of time. Perhaps this Sunday is the perfect time to accept the invitation to come to the table of Christ and share in this sacred meal.

St Aloysius Gonzaga
Wednesday 21st June is the feast day of St Aloysius Gonzaga. St Aloysius was a Jesuit priest who lived in 16th century Italy. Born into a noble family, Aloysius turned his back on a life of luxury and fortune and committed himself to a life of service in the name of Jesus. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at the age of 18 and spent the next few years serving in a hospital in Milan administering to people suffering from the plague. Sadly, Aloysius contracted the disease himself and died at the age of 23. Whilst he lived what most would agree was a short life, there is no denying what a remarkable life it was. Aloysius was canonised in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII and is the patron saint of a range of causes including: students, the blind, AIDS patients and their carers. Xavier Catholic College has named its Year 4-7 classrooms in honour of this great saint.

Year 9 Religion
In Year 9 RE, we have been building our writing skills along with our RE syllabus content. The result has been insightful and well-constructed responses - one of which I'd like to share with you below. Thank you to Ella McMahon who has been able to link the teachings and actions of the Catholic church with our own community activities to look at the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Issue: Refugee & Asylum Seeker
Catholic Social Teaching: Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’ ‘Treat others as you wish to be treated.’ These messages are repeated throughout the bible numerous times, whether they are told by Jesus through a parable or expressed in the 10 Commandments. The Catholic Church is demonstrating these messages by upholding the Catholic Social Teaching ‘Preferential Option for the poor and vulnerable.’ This social teaching is in place to remind us to care for the poor and the vulnerable, whether they are homeless of Hervey Bay, the starving and sick of Africa, or, the group I will be focusing on, the asylum seekers of Nauru. Over one thousand asylum seekers who fled from their countries because of war, poverty or fear of persecution are currently being held in the detention centres on Nauru. There, they are living in danger, fear and their human rights are abused. The Catholic Church is trying to help these asylum seekers in any ways it can. The Jesuit Refugee Services are an organisation established by the Catholic Church that aids asylum seekers and refugees. JRS have the mission to ‘accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees.’ They have helped and possibly saved the lives of over 600,000 asylum seekers worldwide. They are even present here, in Hervey Bay, in our school, where only last week we gave up our lunch break and partook in the circle of silence, a sign of solidarity with refugees. Asylum seekers are people, they are our neighbours, and the Catholic Church loves them too. God called on us to treat them as we would have ourselves be treated, together, JRS and the Catholic Church do just that.



CAMPUS MINISTER
St Vincent de Paul Sleepout
On Tuesday 18th July we are holding our annual sleepout.  This night is an opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our society and to find out ways you can help others in our community.  We will share a simple soup and bread for dinner and light toast for breakfast.  A letter is at student reception for more information but you will be sleeping on the floor of a classroom without a mattress and we will be listening to guest speakers as well as doing activities that will assist us in developing our understanding of those who help those in need within our community.

If you have participated in this event before, please do not take a letter of interest.  However if you have never done this before and are keen to learn more please take a letter and return permission slip as soon as possible.  Limited places.


READING HERO
This week, the Preps were excited to meet yet another Reading Hero. Kerrie Payne from Woolworths told us all about the things you need to be able to read if you want to work in a shop. She read a story about manners to the Preps and then presented us with a box full of fresh fruit for our fruit break the following day. The fruit was shared all together and you’ve never seen fruit, fly off a plate so fast! Thank you Kerrie and thank you Woolworths.

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Bring in the sneakers, formal shoes and sports shoes you don’t need any more and help us send the biggest shipment to Weipa ever! Please, no other types of shoes. Shoes can be dropped off at student reception any time. New socks in all sizes gratefully accepted!
Please contact Tami Hammond (thammond@bne.catholic.edu.au) or 4197 1177 for more information
Thank you!


BASTILLE DAY
Next term, on Friday 21 July, (second week back), all Xavier students will be celebrating Bastille Day, France’s National Day. All students will be encouraged to come in costume – either as a French personality, a combination of the French colours (red, white and blue) or an outfit reflecting a period of French culture or history. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual and group costumes in each year level.

The day will begin with a special parade, the singing of the national anthem and group presentations reflecting the significance of this special day. Secondary students will be involved in a range of rotational sporting activities like petanque (French bowls), lacrosse and French waiter’s races during the day. There will be a separate program of activities organised for the Junior school students. Morning tea (chocolate éclairs and croissants) will be provided for all students. Lunch (quiche and garlic bread) will be provided for all year 6, 7 and 8 students and any students studying French in years 9, 10, 11 and 12. The afternoon will be devoted to athletics events in preparation for the athletics carnival.

In order to assist with the catering, we need to appeal to your generosity to provide us with donations of quiches and garlic bread for lunch for our years 6-12 French students.
If you can assist, either Quiche, garlic bread, or both please email the details of what you can provide, along with your childs name and class to lynette.pritchard@bne.catholic.edu.au by Friday July, 14.

Un grand merci,
Lynette Pritchard – French Teacher


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Term 3 School Fee Accounts will be emailed on 21 – 22 June 2017
from SHERfinance@bne.catholic.edu.au
Payment will be due the first Friday of term – 14 July 2017.


ART COMPETITION
Let your creative mind draw, paint, print, photograph, sculpt or combine media to capture:

Life is Beautiful

Xavier Art Prize, exhibition held Wednesday 16th August 3:30 - 6:30pm, GOA Performance & Arts Centre.
Entries close 9th August 2017.


Xavier Mural for Stocklands

Congratulations to all the students who participated in creating the mural for Stockland Shopping Centre. We are one of four schools who took up the challenge of creating a mural depicting life in Hervey Bay. Keep your eyes out for it in the transit centre at Stocklands. It will be hung over the next month.

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STATE OF ORIGIN FUNDRAISER
We invite you to come enjoy the 'big game' tonight at Hoolihans in support of the children of Tassariki Primary School in Vanuatu. Xavier has kept strong ties with Tassariki, visiting annually as a part of Marine Studies tour and delivering classroom supplies donated by our school and students. Come and contribute to this fundraising event to make a positive impact.

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SPORTS NEWS

XAVIER GIRLS TO COMPETE IN QISSN TOURNAMENT
The Xavier Open Girls Netball will travel to Brisbane during the first week of the school holidays to compete in the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball (QISSN) Tournament. This is the 11th  year that Xavier has played in the competition. In the lead up to the tournament the squad has experienced great success in a series of matches played against Fraser Coast schools. The team will be hoping that their recent form will ensure that they experience success in Brisbane. The team is:

Breanna Houliston (C)
Karlee Harrison (VC)
Chloe Matheson (VC)
Tamara Anderson
Ciara Battle
Lucinda Cullen
Grace Farrelly
Madi McGovern
Riley O’Rourke
Bianca Spina

Coach: Kate Duffield
Manager: Stacy Sullivan

The team is very appreciative of the sponsiorship they have received from Hervey Bay RSL, Xavier P&F and Xavier College. We wish the team all the best!

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JUNIOR ATHLETICS 3-7
Parents of Year 7 students, a reminder for the Junior Athletics Carnival this Thursday 22nd June. Just to clarify, the U/12 students will be participating at the Athletics carnival and the U/13 students will be involved in the Personal & Social Development Education (PSDE) activities. The reverse/opposite will occur when we hold our secondary carnival in Week 3 next Term.

A few logistics that would need to be outlined for Thursday:

  • CLOTHING FOR THE DAY: We will be allowing students to wear appropriate free dress if they are attending the PSDE day. The normal rules will apply for those attending the sports carnival (U/12) - i.e. Students are to wear their house shirts, and hats.
  • LUNCH: Normal lunch times will apply to all Year 7 students and we ask that they bring along their individual lunches. The Tuckshop will be available for those participating in the Athletics carnival too.
  • IF THE CARNIVAL CANCELS: If the carnival was to be cancelled due to weather, normal school day (including classes and uniform) would apply for Year 7 students.
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Order of Events Year 3-7 Athletics Carnival

9.10am              

             

Boys     

8  

 

Long Jump

Pit 1

Boys     

9


Long Jump

Pit 2

Girls     

8

 

Shot Put

Pit 1

Boys     

11

 

Shot Put

Pit 2

9.10am              

Event    No.         

Age

 

Event

Heats

             

             

             

             

             

             

1            

     9      

 

Boys 200m  

1

2            

10   

 

Boys 200m  

1

3            

11

 

Boys 200m

1

4

12

 

Boys 200m

1

5            

     9               

 

Girls 200m  

1

6            

10                  

 

Girls 200m 

1

7            

11                  

 

Girls 200m 

1

            8

    12

 

Girls 200m

1

9.40am              

 

 

Boys to Ball Games - JPAC                  

 

9.40am              

             

             

             

Boys     

9                     

 

      Shot Put                         

Pit 1     

Boys     

10                  

 

      Long Jump                    

Pit 2     

Boys     

11                  

 

High Jump           

Oval    

Boys     

12                  

 

Long Jump          

Pit 1     

9.40am              

 

 

Girls Sprints                    

 

             

             

              

             

             

9            

      8              

 

100m    

              

10          

      9              

 

100m    

  

11          

10                  

 

100m    

              

12          

11                  

 

100m    

              

13          

12                  

 

100m    

  

10.10am              

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

Boys     

12                  

 

Shot Put               

Pit 2     

Boys     

11                  

 

Long Jump          

Pit 1     

Boys     

10                  

 

Shot Put               

Pit 1     

10.40am              

 

 

Girls to Ball Games - JPAC                  

 

             

             

             

             

Girls     

      8              

 

Long Jump          

Pit 1     

Girls     

10                  

 

Long Jump          

Pit 2     

Girls     

11                  

 

Shot Put               

Pit 1     

Girls     

12                  

 

High Jump           

Oval    

10.40am              

 

 

Boys Sprints                  

 

             

             

             

             

             

14          

8     

 

100m    

              

15          

9     

 

100m    

              

16          

           10        

 

100m    

              

17          

      11            

 

100m    

              

18          

           12        

 

100m    

              

11.10am              

Girls     

      11            

 

High Jump           

Oval    

             

             

             

Girls     

      10            

 

Shot Put               

Pit 1      

Girls     

       9                                      

 

Long Jump          

                    Pit 1

Girls     

      12            

 

Long Jump          

Pit 2      

11.40am                 

800 M     

                

                

                

                

                

                

                

Event       No.         

Age          

Event      

 

Track       

19            

 9              

Girls 800m            

 

1          

             20

                 10

             Girls 800m

 

1

21            

11             

Girls 800m            

 

1          

22            

12            

Girls 800m            

 

1          

            23

                  9

              Boys 800m

 

1

24            

10            

Boys 800m            

 

1          

25            

11            

Boys 800m            

 

1          

26            

12            

Boys 800m            

 

1          

12.15pm                 

Boys       

12            

High Jump             

 

Oval         

                

                

                

Boys       

8               

Shot Put                  

 

Pit 1       

Girls        

        9                        

Shot Put                  

 

Pit 2       

Girls        

11            

Long Jump             

 

Pit 1       

12.45pm                 

LUNCH           

 

 

1:30 pm

RELAYS

 

Event No.

Age

Event

Heats

27

8 Years Girls

4 x 100m

1

28

8 Years Boys

4 x 100m

1

29

9 Years Girls

4 x 100m

1

30

9 Years Boys

4 x 100m

1

31

10 Years Girls

4 x 100m

1

32

10 Years Boys

4 x 100m

1

33

11 Years Girls

4 x 100m

1

34

11 Years Boys

4 x 100m

1

35

12 Years Girls

4 x 100m

1

36

12 Years Boys

4 x 100m

1

2:15pm

CLEAN UP OF AREAS/PRESENTATIONS


FRIDAY SPORT NEWS
This term for Friday Sport, a group of students took on the challenge of Wrestling, and building successful mindset traits of humility, work ethic, commitment, dedication, pride and mental toughness that come from training in the ring.
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QUEENSLANDER!
One of our past Indigenous students at Xavier, J’maine Hopgood, will play in the Under 18s Queensland team as the curtain-raiser for State of Origin on Wednesday night.
This selection news comes on the back of J'maine recently earning the captaincy of his Penrith Panthers' SG Ball side. His effort and commitment to the sport is now being rewarded with his Queensland selection, and recent contact extension with Penrith for a further 2 years.
It's the biggest moment in his rugby career, with the 17-year-old joining the ranks of Ronaldo Mulitalo from the Cronulla Sharks, Travis Turnbull from the Western Mustangs and Reihana Marsh from the Gold Coast Titans.
"It means the world for me. This will be my biggest game to date," he said.
Hopgood moved to the Western Suburbs of Sydney in February to secure a spot on the Panther's starting side. Prior to his stint, he won two player of the year awards while with the Caloundra Sharks in the Sunshine Coast.
Congratulations J’Maine you are doing yourself, your family, your home footy club and Xavier Catholic College proud.

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USC Open Day
Fraser Coast Campus
Saturday 8 July
10am - 1pm
All welcome

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