From the Pen of the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to Term 3 and what will hopefully be a more settled Term. For our first newsletter I thought it best to provide the community with some updates about all that is happening behind the scenes at the College.
Assemblies can occur if social distancing of adults is catered for.
Excursions, Camps and Formals can occur, but the providers must produce their COVID-19 Safe Industry Plan.
We can also resume Principal’s Afternoon Teas and Student Voice Council meetings.
Sport can now occur if the equipment cleaning guidelines are adhered to.
Meetings of adults can occur such as Staff Meetings. However, social distancing rules still apply (4 square metres per person).
All students must attend school excepting those deemed as medically vulnerable or who live with medically vulnerable people. Documentary evidence must be provided.
However, students who present cold or flu symptoms must stay at home until well.
Our COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE CONTROL PLAN distributed last Term remains in place for the foreseeable future.
ANNUAL PLAN TERM 2 PROGRESS REPORT
Like most schools, the interruptions that occurred during Term 2 have caused delays in reaching our targets.
Our Values, Vision and Mission Statements Review will recommence this Term with a view to finalising it by the end of 2020.
Interruptions affected our Literacy targets. The expectation is that this will improve dramatically this Term.
While some good work was achieved in the process of embedding Relationships and Sexuality Education into the curriculum, again we anticipate an acceleration is likely.
We now have plans drawn for the Woolooga church to be placed on site at Xavier with all the installation requirements. But are awaiting sign-off by the relevant Canonical Authorities.
Our application has been submitted for the construction of a 5-Bay Shed to House the Bus, Tractor, Boats and HPVs.
We have also submitted our application for Stage 1 of the LED Lighting changeover targeting the highest energy area of the Admin Building, JPAC and Goa.
We have nearly finalised tenders for our Revitalization Grant to install sliding glass walls (with one-way mirrors) in Room 46. This will provide a lesson observation facility as well as a large Examination Room.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP SELECTION
We are well underway with interviews for Captains and Vice Captains completed and announced. The interviews for other Leadership Positions will take place shortly.
We have ordered Senior Badges for the whole cohort to promote a culture where all Year 12 take on Leadership Responsibilities.
We are still keen to build on our progress of Student Leaders adopting a Primary Class. In addition, we are looking at building a culture were Leaders roster themselves on to assist in other ways (e.g. Playground duty or Bus Duty).
Russell Davey will undertake his 4 Year Appraisal on Monday 24 August.
I will undertake my 4 Year Appraisal on Tuesday 15th September.
In both cases surveys will be distributed in advance and interviews of staff, students and parents will take place on the day.
XAVIER LEARNING FRAMEWORK
While the disruptions have slowed down work in this area, we are still aiming to present the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) to staff as a basis to a future Xavier Framework.
This will dovetail with our lived experience of best practice as well as input from other models that align to the intent of the IPP.
This list is not exhaustive and there are many other ‘irons in the fires.’ Suffice to say, even with all the interruptions of Term 2, we have stayed focused on improving the College and the educational experience of our students.
From the Head of School – Primary: Mr Russell Davey
It has been wonderful to see students return quickly to the routine of school life at Xavier. As the new term has started, we have seen many of the different aspects of our school community which have been hold for a length of time, slowly return. My thanks to all parents for their continued vigilance and efforts to remain out of the pods wherever possible. It has certainly been noticeable and greatly appreciated. I have included some information below regarding some of the current and upcoming events occurring in P-6 over the coming weeks.
Book Fair / Week
Book Fair has been a going very well in the College library and many students have been very excited to make new purchases and demonstrate their love of reading. My thanks to all parents for supporting the book fair and continuing to ensure their children are regularly reading. We will continue to celebrate the love of books as the term progresses with several events occurring throughout the term. More information will be provided by Mr Bebington in the coming weeks.
Our P-6 Assemblies have retuned, and we are very excited to see many of our students showcasing their learning and celebrating achievements both within the classroom and across the school community. A reminder to all parents that you are very welcome to join us for Assembly which occurs at 9.05 am on a Wednesday morning each week in GOA (apart from those weeks where P12 events are scheduled on the College calendar – available on the parent portal).
Sacrament of Confirmation Parent Information Night
All parents of Year 3 students who wish for their child to receive the sacrament of Confirmation this year are invited to attend one of two information nights at St Joseph's Church, Pialba. The sessions will be held at 6:30pm on Monday 27th July & Wednesday 29th July. Your child must already be baptised in the Catholic Church to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For more information, please ring the parish office on 4124 3334.
Wide Bay District sport have advised that they will not be holding any district Athletics Carnival this year. Whilst this disappointing for those students who move on to the next level it does allow us to now reschedule our K-2 and P-6 Athletics’ carnivals. I am happy to inform all parents that our carnivals have been rescheduled for the following dates and times. More information will be provided as these dates approach:
Friday 11 September (week 9)
Y3-6 Athletics - Pre-liminary events Discus & 800m
Thursday 17 September (Week 10)
Y3-6 Athletics - Carnival
Friday 18 September (Week 10)
Prep Come and Try Days
My thanks to all our current and prospective parents who attended the first Prep Come and Try day on Monday 20th July. It was lovely to see many of our prospective students and their parents enjoying the activities provided by the Prep team and the sunshine of a beautiful afternoon. Parents are welcome to come to as many of these sessions as they choose. The remaining sessions before we enter the orientation phase of our Prep program are:
Wed 5th Aug – 9.00 – 1.30 am
Friday 21st August – 9.00 – 10.30 am
P-6 Reports / Parent Teacher Interviews
A reminder to all parents that P-6 reports will be published on Friday 31st July at 3.00 pm. To coincide with this alternative reporting date Parent Teacher Interviews have been brought forward to Week 5 and Week 6 of Term 3 and extended to 25 min. I would encourage all parents to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss their current progress following the return to full time schooling.
STEM – Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics
An exciting development in the P-6 this semester has been the inclusion of STEM sessions into the learning program for all P-6 students. These sessions are being conducted as a rich task with a focus on thinking skills and the ability to problem solve. All students will have an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the key skills which align with this area of the curriculum. The sessions being conducted by Mrs Davey will also compliment the learning experiences being conducted in the classroom and allow students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the STEM related tasks.
Junior Choir / Mini Singers
All parents are advised that all choirs have now resumed.
Mini singers - Friday, second break, in the Primary Arts room.
Junior Choir – Wednesday, 7:45am, in the Primary Arts room.
Senior Choir – Tuesday, 7:45am, in the Primary Arts room.
Primary School - Excellence at XCC Award Recipients
These awards are for students who have demonstrated one or more of the following SAIL Expectations.
We are Safe
We Act Responsibly
We Interact Respectfully
We Love to Learn
From the Head of School – Secondary: Ms Tameika Grist
We warmly welcome returning students and new families to our community for Term 3. We are enjoying a settled start to the new Semester, with the hopeful prospect, of enjoying some of our planned community events being able to go ahead. If further changes need to occur we will adjust as necessary.
A letter of information regarding accessing student reports was sent to parents of Year 7 – 10 students Wednesday 22nd.
Secondary Parent Teacher/Student Conferences
The Parent Teacher/Student ‘Interviews’ form an integral part of giving further feedback about how students are progressing in each subject and the next steps they should be taking to continue to learn and improve in each subject.
Please follow the emailed information about how to book a time with each of your child’s teachers.
Regardless of what standard your son or daughter are at, remaining connected around their learning will positively impact their achievement.
Events to look forward to
One of the challenges of last Term was the extended isolation and break away from the connections that belonging to a school community can provide for students and families. Whilst many activities have not been put back on the calendar for this Term, a couple of things will be able to be enjoyed.
Two such highlights will be the School Athletics Carnival (the afternoon of the 27th August and the Friday 28th of August) and the School Musical 8th and 9th September. A big thank you to all the cast, crew and behind the scenes staff who have already invested many hours in preparation for the musical.
Mini-retreat Days Coming up for each Year Level
We were disappointed that COVID 19 meant cancelling our camps that would have otherwise been occurring this Term. Camps form an integral part of the social and spiritual connectedness across the College providing students with key opportunities for developing personally and building relationships with others.
As we cautiously celebrate the ability to come together as a community again, we have some opportunities for sharing in our community spirit again. Our Faith and Mission Team along with the House Deans will be hosting a ‘Mini’ Retreat’ for each Year group. These will occur in week 4 or 5 and involve students coming together for an afternoon of Year level activities from after First Break through to the end of the day.
Year 11s 2021
For parents of current Year 10s, please set aside Tuesday 18th August 7.00 pm, for a Parent information evening.
This evening will cover subject choices, Senior Education and Training Plan (SETP), ATAR, QTAC and important information regarding Senior Secondary years.
Further details will be emailed directly to parents.
It is with great pleasure that I announce our School Captains and Vice-Captains for 2020-2021.
Captain: Ethan Drury
Captain: Georgia McGovern
Vice-Captain: Jazmyn Hanily
Vice-Captain: Sarah Garty
I thank all those who were shortlisted for these positions and interviewed so well. Those who missed out will now be considered for the other Leadership positions.
Vinnies School Sleepout
People experiencing homelessness face complex issues. Homelessness is more than being without somewhere comfortable to sleep. Homelessness affects an individual’s ability to meet their most basic needs, impacting them emotionally, physically, psychologically, financially and socially. Homes are essential for the development and dignity of the individual.
Homelessness is a human rights issue. Without adequate housing or a home, an individual’s ability to access other basic rights such as the right to family life and privacy, the right to freedom of movement, the right to health and the right to education are compromised.
For children and young people, it’s about having a strong foundation to build on and become happy, healthy and productive members of their communities. It’s about giving them the opportunities to explore their potential.
This year due to coronavirus and the need to ensure safety and reduce risk we have decided to conduct our annual Saint Vincent De Paul sleepout in a distant manner. Rather than gather at school, students can participate from home in three ways that represent the common forms of homelessness; sleeping outside in the backyard, sleeping on the couch or even sleeping in the family car. It is imperative that your child discusses their choice to be involved and negotiates a suitable sleeping arrangement with your blessing, remember it could even be on the floor somewhere that isn’t your bed. We have scheduled the event to take place on Tuesday the 28th July and it is open to all secondary students. Students will need to register their participation via our on-line form, here is the link; SVDP Sleepout.
All participants will be asked to upload a photo of their resting place for the night and to also provide some reflection about how the experience was for them. This will also be done via an online form and will be emailed to registered participants on the morning of the sleepout, Tuesday 28th July. So, lets act compassionately and be in solidarity with others who are doing it tough.
Can you volunteer? - We need your help with the School Banking program!
Our students really enjoy participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program and to keep this program running we need your help.
The program requires a volunteer School Banking Coordinator to facilitate the banking and distribution of School Banking rewards. The School Banking is processed at the same time each week and will only take a small amount of your time. The Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help with the program will greatly benefit students as they develop vital saving skills and also help our school with fundraising.
As part of volunteering you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Attainment that details the activities that you are involved in. For example: cash handling, program facilitation, account reconciliation and more.
Currently, School Banking day is Friday. Changes to the day can be discussed based on the volunteer’s availability.
If you are interested in volunteering for this great program, please contact Sarah Love firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0741971177.
All parents who have previously registered their interest do not need to reply again as the school will be in contact shortly.
Welcome back to term 3. Please check that you have changed your child’s class over to their new year within the QKR! app. We also have new Peters ice cream’s available.
We invite anyone who might be interested in volunteering in the canteen. No experience, training is necessary. If you can spare a few hours a week, we would love to meet you. Pop in for a coffee and see how it all happens in the canteen.
Many thanks Liz Mee (Convenor)
Please see below for the Uniform Shop opening hours are:
7:30 to 10:30am
2:30 to 5:00pm
Weareco have advertised that there will be a price list commencing on 1 August 2020.
This have been published on the Parent Portal until Friday 31 July 2020 under Documents and Forms>Communications> Wearitto Xavier 2020.
Year 5 Retreat
Last Friday our year 5 students spent the day discerning how they can be Jesus in our world. All students were so engaged in the day and really participated well. A big thank you to our year 10 students, Alex Pacifique, Georgia Cassidy, Stella Ignatenko, Madison Peacock, Ella Barker, Tahlia Wilson, Charli Thompson and Andy Ritter who co-facilitated the day and provided so much fun and support to our year 5 students.
Maths Tutoring - Year 7-12 Semester 2
Before School8:00 - 8:30 am
First Break11:15 - 11:35 am
After School3:05 - 4:00pm
Mrs Ritter & Hourigan
Term 3: The Arts in Junior School
Term 2 in ‘The Arts’ was really amazing. In our setting, Primary School students participate in an integrated Arts program, where Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Media Arts are woven together and opportunities in each specific area are provided.
This term the themes for each year level are as follows:
Prep – Circus
Year 1 – Animal Party
Year 2 – Feathers, Fur and Fins
Year 3 – Symmetry in Dance and Art
Year 4 – The Future with One- and Two-point perspective art (expect some robot dance moves)
Year 5 – Pod Casting & Optical Illusion Art (continued)
Year 6 - Peeking Into The Past: Oldies and Goldies in Music & Pop Art
I look forward to an exciting Term of new experiences!
White Card Course 2020 (Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry)
After being postponed in March due to Covid 19, Xavier Catholic College hosted their 2020 White Card Course. This course offered to all students in Years 10-12 was delivered by SDS Training Maryborough. Twenty students took up this opportunity to complete the Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry Course. Within the next couple of weeks students will receive their Official Certificate and White Card which will allow them to obtain work experience or employment on construction sites. Every year students take up this great opportunity with many obtaining School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship in a variety of industries here in the Bay.
The Year 12 Hospitality class had lots of delicious fun learning how to make choux pastry last week.
Vocational Education & Training Achievements - Ashlyn Skene.
Ashlyn was successful in obtaining a Traineeship and is currently completing a Certificate II in Business, working at Kmart, Hervey Bay. Ashlyn decided to do this traineeship because she saw an opportunity to gain paid work, learn new skills and attain a qualification while being employed and attending school. She wanted to experience the business side of companies and learn from those who work in it. Ashlyn enjoys the fast-paced work, the different departments and meeting people. She hopes to attain employability skills and complete her qualification.
From the Junior School Guidance
Counsellor - Mindfulness
Mindfulness is paying attention to what’s happening right now, moment by moment.
Mindfulness can boost emotional and physical wellbeing, and help with stress, anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness can help children handle the stress of study, work and play as they get older.
Our minds are constantly active. You might be watching television – but also thinking about the past, or worrying about something, or wondering what you’re going to have for dinner.
Mindfulness is about stilling your active mind. It has been defined in several ways, including:
giving your complete attention to the present on a moment-by-moment basis
paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.
It’s about being more aware as you live and experience each moment – as the moment happens. It can be a useful way of calming yourself, focusing and concentrating on what you’re doing.
You can be mindful of your internal world – for example, sensations, breath and emotions. Or you can focus on what’s around you – for example, sights, sounds and smells.
You can be mindful anywhere and with anything. For example, you can be mindful while you’re eating, walking, listening to music or sitting.
You can use everyday moments to build and practice mindfulness. The more you practice, the more benefit you’ll get.
You can also encourage your child to build mindfulness. In many ways, this is just about getting your child to do what she naturally does. Young children are naturally mindful because every new experience is fresh and exciting for them. Older children and teenagers can learn mindfulness.
Encouraging your child to be in the here and now can give him skills to deal with the stress of study, work and play as he gets older.
There are many ways to help your child build and practise mindfulness. For example:
Colouring in is a great way to get your child focused on a task.
Walking through nature with the family can get your child interested in exploring the beauty of nature. Your child could collect and examine autumn leaves, or she could feel the sand beneath her toes during a walk on the beach.
Taking photographs or drawing something interesting or beautiful – like a sea shell or an insect – encourages your child to look closely at details.
Looking after a vegetable patch encourages your child to notice how plants grow.
Listening to music and focusing on the instruments or lyrics is a great way for your child to focus on the present without distraction.
Mindfulness meditation is a highly focused type of mindfulness. It combines meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment to help you notice the way you think, feel and act.
You can do mindfulness meditation with an instructor, or you can use a guided mindfulness meditation app or CD.
If you or your child is interested in mindfulness meditation, it’s important to not focus on negative or upsetting thoughts while you do it. If you think this could be an issue for you, an experienced counsellor can help you understand how you think and help you focus on positive thoughts.
Mindfulness: the evidence
There’s clear evidence that practicing mindfulness can have health benefits for adults.
For example, studies suggest that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can reduce stress and improve other mental health issues. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) can help people with depression stay well and stop them from getting depressed again. It can work just as well as an antidepressant.
Being ‘present’ and less anxious can boost social skills and academic performance. It can also help people manage emotions.
There isn’t as much research into mindfulness with children and teenagers yet, so we don’t know how well it works with them. But there’s growing evidence that mindfulness helps with learning, decision-making, emotional intelligence, self-confidence and connectedness to others.
Children and teenagers seem to enjoy and appreciate mindfulness activities, and schools are introducing mindfulness-based exercises into their day-to-day routines.
Tanya Gripske - Primary Guidance Counsellor
Interhouse Athletics Carnival – Date Claimer
We are very pleased to announce that the Secondary Interhouse Athletics Carnival has been scheduled for Thursday 27th (1/2 day) and Friday 28th August. This will be a wonderful opportunity for secondary students and staff to come together and celebrate Xavier in a fun and celebratory atmosphere. Please mark this date in your calendars and all families of students are invited to come along and support. More specific details on program, house themes and other important information will be communicated closer to the date.
Touch Football is back!
Students started training for touch football last week with all 6 teams nominated for 2 competitions this year:
1.Wide Bay All Schools: Saturday 22nd August at Shalom College in Bundaberg. As a part of the Covid-safe plan for this competition, no spectators will be permitted and so all students will be required to catch the bus. More details to come.
2.QLD All-Schools: scheduled for October 7 to 11. Details for what teams will be included in this competition are still yet to be communicated from event organisers.
All Year 7 & 8 students completed their first session for Friday sport last Friday. Students were able to choose from a range of sports that focus on fun and fitness development throughout the term. All students are encouraged to try their best and be supportive of their peers to gain maximum benefit from these sessions.