From the Pen of the Principal
The Term is moving quickly and we have already passed the halfway mark. Students and staff have been energetic in their application to learning and teaching, while the truncated co-curricular program is providing other avenues of excellence through the College Musical production preparations and some willing sporting fixtures.
Principal's Afternoon Tea
While health and hygiene remain a top priority, the easing of some Government restrictions have allowed more flexibility to resume a kind of ‘normal’. Last week we held our first our Principal’s Afternoon Tea for the year. These are normally held once per Term and are an opportunity for the College to say than you to students who exhibit the qualities the we hope all Xavier students display and often are an opportunity to recognise the ‘quiet achievers’ with our community. It is an acknowledgement that is shared around with a new group to recognise each time.
During the gathering I had the honour of distributing Xavier Ambassador Certificates as a way of formally recognising their contributions. The certificates list the kind of qualities were see in these young people and wish to promote, namely: Attendance and Punctuality; Tidiness and Personal Grooming; Participation; Respect for Others; Work Ethic; and Integrity and Honesty.
Mariarose Abraham, Sakina Baziani, Blake Begaud, Mitchell Betterridge, Mitchell Bonello, Hannah Bould, Charlotte Brydges, Hayden Buchanan, Maddison Challies, Jessie Courtney, Tegan Dawe, Claudia de Brenni, Grace Farrelly, Bailey Frampton, Amelia Frawley, Kasey Gamble, Liam Geale, Miah Glock-Lewis, Riley Grambower, Phoebe Grist, Maddison Harper, Lachlan Hatch, Paige Hopkins, Maddison Kenny, Gemma Lassey, Cooper Low, Nicholas Maddigan, Joshua Marxson, Mikayla Matheson, Zoe Matthews, Finnian McDonald, Kruiz McGennan, Poppy McIvor, Erykah Nelson, Thomas Payne, Aylah Petersen, Kailey Pritchard, Zachariah Ritchie-Robertson, Lily Ryan, Travis Sellke, Dakoda Smith, Charli-Ann Solito, Grace Stephenson, Amelia Stow, Emily Thompson, Cameron Tobin, Ebony Trembath, Jenna White, Larissa Wilson and Charlie Woolgar.
Student Voice Council
Also, with the new guidelines in place we were able to resume our Student Voice Council meetings. The Council has representatives from each House and in each Year Level from Year 6 to Year 12, so the total is around the 60 mark. The Student Voice Council provides an opportunity for students to raise ideas for school improvement, issues of concern and to comment on matters that the College is thinking of introducing or proposed school policies. I have to say meeting with Student Voice Council is a delight and a highlight for me. To hear the intelligent and well-thought through ideas of articulate and respectful young people really does give me hope for the future. They are wise beyond their years.
Values, Vision and Mission Statements Review
Values, Vision and Mission Statements Review
Last week I distributed a summary and discussion paper regarding the Values, Vision and Mission Statements of the College. My thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey which produced valuable and interesting data. In addition to the raw data I made an attempt to draw out issues, themes and questions that such data has brought to light.
The next step in the process will be to organise some focus groups of students, parents and staff to take a deeper dive into the material. The material has already been presented to the College Leadership Team and the College Pastoral Board. Further work will take place with staff at a Staff Meeting in the coming days and with students through the Student Voice Council.
Once again, I thank you for your support of Xavier Catholic College and hope you find the report interesting and thought-provoking.
Book Week Parade
Prep Come and Try Morning - Day 3
Y7-12 Wide Bay All Schools Touch
Y10 SETP Interviews
WBD 10-12 Yrs Athletics
RACQ Driver IQ Program
Narwari House Liturgy
Dirum and Buthu Art Activity
Narwari Extended PC
Xavier Athletics Yr 7 -12
P-Y3 Presentation with author Deano Yipadee
Y4-6 Presentation with author Deano Yipadee
WBD Cricket Trials
Father's Day Stall
Y11-12 SAR Fraser Island Hiking Excursion
P-6 Father's Day Breakfast & Liturgy
Y11 Leadership Development Day
From the Head of School – Primary: Mr Russell Davey
This term in Primary Years we are celebrating the joy of reading and the genuine fulfillment that can be taken from a good book. The theme for this year is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds and I t personally think this a wonderful way to view reading. A good book allows our minds to travel to far away places and to imagine a different way of looking at the world. Curiosity and the ability to let our minds run wild are wonderful characteristics to see in any child.
I personally still read every night as this was a habit that I shared with my parents when I was young and which enabled to me to improve my own vocabulary when I found myself struggling with English in secondary school. I would encourage all parents to spend some time reading with their children. Not only is this quality time with your loved ones it is also a great way to relax your own mind at the end of the day. As it often said “ A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…. An individual who never reads lives only one!
Our year students led the remainder of the school in our annual rug reading event last Wednesday. This amazing morning celebrates the joy of reading to younger students and give our Year 6 students another opportunity to live out their commitment as leaders of the Primary school. My thanks to all the Year 6 students (and supporting teachers) for an amazing morning. The looks on the faces of the younger students revealed just how much they enjoyed the experience.
Prep Come and Try Day
A reminder to all our current parents that our final Prep Come and Try day will be held on Friday 21st August from 9.00 am – 10.30 am. These events to date have been very successful and offer a wonderful opportunity to ensure your children are familiar with the Prep environment before they officially enter their first year of school.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will formally conclude at the end of Week 6. Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher if you were unable to make a booking via Parent Teacher Online. Communication is a key component of our school and parents are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child's progress. My thanks to all parents who have attended to date. The relationship between home and school is key to ensuring positive academic and social outcomes for students.
Planning for the K-2 and 9-12 Years Athletic's carnival are well underway. These events will be slightly different to previous years due to COIVID restrictions however the College is aiming to ensure all students and supporting parents are able to access what are always wonderful events in the College calendar. More specific information will be provided to all parents/carers in the coming weeks.
Pick Up/Drop Off Update
My thanks to all parents for continuing to respect the request I made earlier in the term regarding only entering pods when absolutely necessary. I appreciate the extra effort all parents have made to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and the wider community.
Please note that due to an increase in traffic within the pod areas the decision has been made to return to the drop off and pick up points outlined below. These arrangements are in place to ensure the ongoing wellbeing of all members of our community, particularly in light of recent developments regarding COVID-19. I would also ask parents to continue to respect the current physical distancing requirements when waiting for their students in the afternoon or dropping off in the morning.
Allocated Drop off/Pick up Locations
Drop off and Pick up at the Prep playground Gate
Drop off and Pick up at the Entrance to Early Years Pod - Library Side
Drop off and Pick up at Early Years Playground
Drop off and Pick up at the Entrance to Early Years Pod - Lake Side
Drop off and Pick up at front of GOA or back gate of the College
Drop off and Pick up at the front of GOA or back gate of the College
Drop off and Pick up at the front of GOA or back gate of the College
Staff are continuing to be vigilant with regular handwashing/sanitising occurring within the classroom and before/after lunch breaks. I can also advise that all classroom surfaces/playground spaces continue to be thoroughly cleaned each evening. All of these measures are precautionary however it is important that we maintain these conditions until the government provides a different course of action.
School Banking Returns This Friday
School banking will return this week on Friday 22st August.
Thank you to our volunteers who have offered to assist with the banking.
If you are keen to help out with the banking and can spare an hour Friday mornings from 9:30am, please contact Sarah Love at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
From the Head of School – Secondary: Ms Tameika Grist
We have certainly come through a busy few weeks in the Secondary School. Each of our Year levels have enjoyed a special ‘Mini-Retreat’ allowing a half day of activities and connection with their peers, a time of reflection and fun together, as a part of our ‘To see with 2020 Vision’ project. These days were a great opportunity to help re-establish bonds and community for our students as we manage life in this changed world.
Another of our School-wide initiatives in helping rebuild community and togetherness is a community art project happening at the moment across our College. Some early examples are seen here, and once every piece is collected, we are looking forward to some striking installations across the College.
We have also hosted our Year 5 and then a Year 6 ‘Transition to Secondary’ Day, both a part of our plan to help ready students for their journey into High School. We are encouraging all families considering Year 7 for 2021 to have their application in by 28 August.
The musical team are busily ploughing ahead with their rehearsals, and we commend all students and staff involved, for their commitment and dedication; I am definitely looking forward to the end product.
Our Sports Carnival events have begun with the running of the 3000m and 1500 m this week, and we are anticipating great involvement and House Spirit next Thursday and Friday. Family and friends will able to support, a COVID register will be set up for you on the day. We will ask you to maintain the appropriate social distancing and hygiene habits during your visit.
Planning for End of Year events
We are currently discussing the necessary adjustments to all our normal end of year events.
The current Government COVID-19 requirements of providing adequate space for social distancing of 4 square metres per person at an event, will require an adjustment to how we would normally create end of year Graduations, Awards Nights, Graduation Mass and Dinner and Farewell Assemblies. We are mindful that changes to end of year events will be particularly felt by our Year 12 students and their families. We will remain in consultation with the students, as we aim to create special ceremonies that mark the end of their schooling years. We will be in communication with families via email in the coming weeks to discuss plans and alternatives that will meet the current restrictions for events.
A Prayer from our Campus Minister
As our year continues to roll along it is often difficult to feel that we can contribute or make a difference that is good enough or worthy. However, we can always pray for others, ourselves and our world anytime, any place and everywhere. Yesterday our Parish Youth Ministry Team met for the first time since March. It was good to know that even though we live in troubled times, our faith is strong and can be of great reassurance to so many. We finished our time together praying the rosary, all united in prayer and thanksgiving for the wonders our Lord gives and creates each day. Below is a prayer, “My Faith”… Please feel free to make this prayer your own.
You are with me through the hopes and fears,
the joys and sorrows of my life.
Empower me to connect with the message of Jesus
and with the Catholic communities that share his vision.
Help me to grow in my faith and understanding
of your word, your love and your call.
Assist me to choose the right path,
one which bears witness to you.
Be with me as I go out
and live your example in all I do.
Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit
and help me experience your love in my life.
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord
“I live not the courage to search through books for beautiful prayers… Unable to say them all or choose between them, I do as a child would do who cannot read. I say what I want to say to God, quite simply, and he never fails to understand.” St Therese of Lisieux
Blessings, Carmel Donnelly
BCE Listens: Students, parents and staff surveys
In 2018, the inaugural BCE Listens Survey was launched with the aim of helping school and system leaders better understand the views and experiences of key members of the community, that is students, parents and staff.
During Term 3 2020, Brisbane Catholic Education will ask its community of students, parents and staff for their thoughts, opinions and ideas about the organisation.
When: Monday 17 August - Monday 31 August 2020.
Who: All BCE school and office employees, BCE parents, and students from years 4 through to 12.
For the second time, as a system, Brisbane Catholic Education will gather an extensive amount of both quantitative and qualitative data about the perceptions and experiences of our key stakeholders. This rich data source will provide valuable information.
From the strategic and system levels, survey data will be used to inform the implementation of the next BCE strategic plan and other key strategic initiatives.
For schools, the survey reports and data will inform each School Improvement Framework process: school planning, reporting and school reviews.
For staff, knowing how people feel about certain topics will help schools and teams to take action to improve the world for the staff you work with.
Care and Concern Committee
Our Care and Concern committee is made up of parent volunteers which work closely with out Campus Minister, to help families in need. We have a food bank freezer with meals that have been made by parents for distributions to our families in need, as well as from time to time we are often given second hand uniforms, track pants, jackets, day uniforms and formal uniforms that we try to distribute to families who express need for assistance during financial hardship. If you know of someone who would benefit from a little love and compassion please encourage them make contact with Carmel Donnelly (Campus Minister) or one of our parent contacts from the committee listed below. Remember if you need a little help, please do not hesitate to contact Carmel Donelly directly. All conversations are private and confidential.
House Parent Contacts
Narwari House Parents
Anna Anderson (Jack Anderson) email@example.com
Claire Sinclair (Alex Sinclair) 41295730
Jo O'Neill (Kate O'Neil) 0422942289
Ellen Geldard (Lachlan & Matthew) 41286910/ 0400499508
Mary Arnold (Riley/Corey/Joey) 0418729967
Karen Grumley (Stewart) 41243034 / 0413306540.
Cassie Wilson (Max/Anabele Wilson/Imogen) 0409761207.
Malina Blakely ( Ryan Blakely) firstname.lastname@example.org (0478 410 180)
Rachael Trevillion (Luke/Sadie/Abbie Trevillion) email@example.com
Nikita Falconer (Lilly & Mia Falconer) firstname.lastname@example.org (0432 265 632)
Buthu House Parents
Michelle Wiegmink (Reece Wiegmink) 41287941/0409890188
Deanna Wyvill (Amy Wyvill) 41282176
Karen Goffinet (Patrick 4128 7375) 0421 322 121.
Allison McGovern (Georgia McGovern) 0411 416 943
Shelly Hislop (Jordan/Lincoln Hislop) 0423 506 675.
Dirum House Parents
Rachel Loague (Oscar Loague) 0417792179
Melissa Lynch (Mya) email@example.com
Helen Hatchett (Charli/Summer/Sam Wilson) 0438347153
Kellie Robinson (Alysha Robinson) 0448623963
Kondari House Parents
Michelle Begaud (Blake/Kyle Begaud) 0438242252
Carole Dewhurst (Patrick/Freya Golik) 41206240/0400793188
Alison Keal (Archie/Angus/Seth) 0466250799
Emma Ilka (Shayli) 0403599406
Carmel Donnelly: firstname.lastname@example.org 41971165 (W) 0448448488443 (M)
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
Maths Pathway – Year 7 & 8 Growth Gurus
Each fortnight we will be recognising the students who have mastered six or more new mathematical concepts for the cycle. These students have achieved rocket status for their growth rate.
Villo Barton Bako
Chiara Di Pietro
Congratulations Corey Arnold
Corey is the first student at Xavier Catholic College to complete every module in Maths Pathway. This is a huge achievement as he has completed all Year 10 modules as well as 10A (which are the modules that prepare students for Mathematical Methods and Specialists) whilst only being in Year 9.
Corey will now work from the Beyond 10A program which focuses on breadth and extension work.
Year 1 Gardening
Year 1 have been planting vegetables in their garden plots this week. We have planted lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, snow peas and Asian greens. First, we prepared the soil and added some compost to the soil, then we planted our seedlings and watered them. We were very happy to see the rain this afternoon, as this will be very good for our veggies. We are learning about caring for our environment in Year 1 and look forward to harvesting our vegetables and cooking with them soon.
Year 3 Chickens
In Term three, year two have been learning about life cycles and information reports. To help us we welcomed 12 eggs and 3 day old chickens last Monday. When we arrived at school on Tuesday morning we got to watch our very first chicken hatch. It was super exciting. First there was a crack, then a beak and then a gooey chicken which very soon turned fluffy. Over the last 10 days we have watched the chickens hatch and grow. We have learned so much about them and they are so cute. We even got to show some of our brothers and sisters. They will leave us on Friday to go to new homes.
Write a Book in a Day Competition
On Tuesday Jenna Casey, Grace Collins, Max Cooper, Finlay Ignatenko, Bella Jones, Lily-May MacKinnon, Abbie McKie, Zara Royal and Lilian Spencer wrote and illustrated a book titled '3 keys', a story of love, mystery, and a flying cupid zombie. A long but valuable day for the students. Thanks to Mr Drew McLean and Ms Jody Nicholas for making the event happen. Read the book here: 3 Keys.pdf
From the Guidance Counsellors
Supporting Children to Develop Self Esteem
Self-esteem is liking yourself and who you are. At its essence, it is believing in yourself and knowing what your strengths are as a person. In childhood, self-esteem is supported by knowing that we are loved and feeling that we are a part of a family and community who values us as individuals. It is also strengthened by spending quality time with our families, through being encouraged to try new things, to recognise the things we are good at and receiving praise for doing things that are important to us.
Children feel good about themselves when given an opportunity to do things that provide them with a sense of success and accomplishment. However, there is also a wonderful opportunity presented by supporting children to build self-esteem by things they enjoy doing less or don’t do so well at. It is important to frame effort and willingness to have a go as alternate metrics of success. You can support your child’s development of self-esteem and resilience in the face of challenges by doing the following:
When your child is doing something challenging, encourage them to think calmly, listen to other people’s points of view and come up with possible solutions to try. This supports them to remain calm in difficult circumstances and builds capacity for problem solving.
Help your child learn new things and achieve goals. If your child is younger, this might mean praising and encouraging them when they learn something new, like riding a bike. When they are older, it might be taking them to sport and helping them practise skills.
Celebrate big and small achievements and successes. And remember to praise your child’s effort, not just their results.
Keep special reminders of your child’s successes and progress. You can go through them with your child and talk about your special memories, and the things they have achieved.
Teach your child that failing is a part of learning. For example, if they get an answer wrong on a test, say ‘You’re doing better with your maths with each week that passes. I can see how hard you’re trying to learn it.’
Teach your child to treat themselves kindly when they do fail. You are their most important role model here. For example, ‘I tried a new recipe, and dinner looks a bit funny. But that’s OK. It smells delicious.’
When you feel lost and have no map to tell you where you are, look at it as though you are on a road to discovering something new. Check in with your own GPS, gain perspective and enjoy your journey into the unknown.
Secondary Athletics - Spectators now welcome
We are now pleased to be able to welcome any spectators who may wish to watch students in the Secondary Athletics Carnival on Thursday (27th) and Friday 28th of August next week. Spectators will be required to sign in and register contact details. A sign-in desk will be set-up just outside JPAC (oval side). Spectators will then be given a coloured wristband to wear to indicate they have signed in. Spectators will also need to sign out on departure.
Below is an approximate schedule of events…
Schedule of Events – Thursday 27th August
13 (2007 – WHITE)
14 (2006 – ORANGE)
15 (2005 – BLACK)
16 (2004 – PURPLE)
Open (≤2003 – PINK)
12:00 – 12:45
(+100m 12’s and 11’s)
High Jump (G)
Long Jump (G)
Long Jump (B)
Triple Jump (G)
Triple Jump (B)
12:45 – 1:30
(+100m 10’s and 9’s)
High Jump (G)
Shot Put (G)
Shot Put (B)
1:30 – 2:15
High Jump (B)
2:15 – 3:00
High Jump (B)
Schedule of Events – Friday 28th August – ATHLETICS DAY
(2008 – GREEN)
(2007 – WHITE)
(2006 – ORANGE)
(≤2003 – PINK)
8:40 – 9:15
JPAC for roll-marking and Opening Ceremony (including War Cries)
9:15 – 10:15
(start 15’s – Opens on 800m and 12’s to 14’s on Field, then swap)
800m (participation only)
10:15 - 10:45
100m (participation only)
10:45 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:15
12:15 – 1:00
400m (participation only)
1:00 – 1:45
Relay Marshall (can run in 13’s relay)
1:45 – 2:30
2:30 – 2:45
WAR CRIES and THE XAVIER GIFT (Boys and Girls races)
2:45 – 3:00pm
Good luck to all 6 Xavier touch football teams who will compete at this weekend’s Wide Bay All Schools Touch Football Carnival held in Bundaberg. A reminder this is a non-spectator event and all students will be travelling by bus. The bus departs Xavier at 6am SHARP and is expected to return at approximately 7:30pm. A dinner stop at Bundaberg McDonalds has been planned on the return trip.
Waste to Art Competition
Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road intersection upgrade
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is undertaking detailed design for an upgrade of the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road intersection in Urraween.
The Queensland Government has allocated $2 million to design an upgrade that includes signalising the intersection. The installation of tra! c signals will improve safety at the intersection by controlling motorist movements. Pedestrian and cyclist facilities will also be upgraded to improve safety for these vulnerable road users.
Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road approaching the intersection and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road south of the intersection will be duplicated to four lanes to accommodate major traffic movement at the intersection.
TMR is aware of community concerns relating to access to private property and businesses on Pialba-Burrum Heads Road within the vicinity of the works site and we will review relevant accesses as part of the design.
A layout of the proposed changes is included below.
Members of the community are encouraged to contact the department to provide feedback on the preliminary plan.
Discussions will enable the department to understand the community’s views on the planned scope of works.
Once the scope is finalised the department will be better positioned to complete a final design for the intersection.
There is currently no funding allocated to construct upgrades at the intersection, however, a completed design will position the project to progress quickly should funding become available.
For more information
Free call: 1300 728 390*