PARENT ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEEThis Thursday, 24th August, we will hold our second Parent Engagement Committee meeting.
In an effort to meet the demands of busy parents, this time we will commence at 3.30pm in Campion Theatre and aim to conclude by 5pm.
It is a great opportunity to hear what is happening at the school and to offer your thoughts as to our proposals for school improvement. It is also a great chance to bring forward your ideas or concerns that you would like the College to address.
Among the topics I would like to gain parents thoughts is the School Uniform and whether changes might be necessary. This could entail the Formal Uniform and what days it should be worn, along with any additional items that might be required such as a College jumper.
Additionally, I would like to hear from parents about the best methods of communication between the home and school and what information should appear on the Parent Portal.
This is great opportunity to have a voice in shaping the future of a great school into something even better. All parents are welcome to attend.
TAKING STOCKSherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend."Watson, look up and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars." "What does that tell you?" Holmes asked.Watson pondered for a minute, then replied "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Why, what does it tell YOU?"Holmes was silent for a minute then spoke. "Watson, you idiot. Somebody has stolen our tent."Sometimes we can get so caught up in the detail that we forget to look for the obvious. Like Dr Watson, stepping back and examining the big picture also requires us to reflect on what we are not seeing. Taking stock of our progress requires us to recognie our blind spots.
As we enter the final weeks of Term Three of the academic year, the students and staff of the College are entering into a very busy and demanding time. So far Term Three has been a busy and exciting one, filled with the challengess of study and many achievements. As with any time that we face the hectic pace of the day-to-day, the moment to stop provides an opportunity to take stock of our personal and collective progress. We are blessed to have many students who excel in a wide range of activities. We celebrate their achievements. In addition, we applaud those whose stories are not told in these pages, but have achieved their personal goals. For some, these goals have been reached in the classroom where dedication and persistence has paid dividends. Not every child at Xavier Catholic College will be an academic world-beater, but every child can set goals that will challenge themselves to improve. To all who have taken up this challenge and stuck with it, I offer you my congratulations.
Taking stock is not only about recalling our successes; it also involves facing up to those times where we have missed the mark; our blind spots. As students reflect on their progress so far in Term Three, some will acknowledge that the effort may not have been enough. This is not always determined by the result, but by the self-knowledge that the potential was there to do better. As I have often told students, there is no such thing as failure at Xavier Catholic College; but there are opportunities to learn from our mistakes and to grow through our setbacks. For those whose results, whatever they may be, leave them room for improvement, I hope there is time for reflection so we enter the final weeks of the Term with the determination to improve and to see beyond our blind spots.
HEADS OF COLLEGE ADDRESS
Dear Parents,It has been another busy week at Xavier filled with the excitement and the busyness of our college community.
ILLUMINATE WHALE PARADEOn Saturday night, staff and many students participated in the Illuminate Whale Parade. This wonderful community event was a huge success and as a college we were very happy to be involved. The floats entered were of all sizes and shapes with a dazzling array of lights and entertainment included. Xavier was very proud to receive First Place in the schools division and we were even prouder of the students who participated and the general feeling of good will on the night. Our congratulations to all involved with special thanks going to Mrs Jensen, Miss Curran, Mrs Gaedtke and Mr De Waard who led the way and put together the materials and choreography for the evening. Well Done!
BOOK WEEKThis week our Junior school has celebrated our annual Book Week. Mr Bebington, out Junior Years teacher librarian has put together a wonderful schedule of events to celebrate and recognise reading in our Junior Years. The highlight of this week was the Book Week parade which for the first time included a parade of our younger students through our Senior Years areas. Congratulations to all the staff and students for what has been a wonderful week filled with the joy of reading.
NAPLAN RESULTSOver the coming weeks, you will hear and read a lot of information regarding NAPLAN results and how each school is performing. As part of our normal school procedures a report will be sent to all parents outlining each student’s results for these tests. Parents should note that these tests are designed by the Federal Government, and are primarily aimed at providing schools with an indication on how students across Australia are performing in Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation, Writing, Reading & Numeracy. It is also important for parents to note that this report forms only one part of the total picture of your child’s overall achievement. As a College, we value the information these tests and reports provide however we also acknowledge the importance of developing future citizens of strong character and good moral conscience. As a Catholic school, we aim to provide our young learners with an education that caters for the whole student, combining academic rigour with a holistic view of educational needs.
This week and last our Year 11 Marine Science and Aquatic Practices students have been cruising around the Sandy Straits, using all of their fishing, crabbing,
boating and navigating knowledge and skills they have been learning in
the classroom. This excursion offers a perfect opportunity for the
students for explore our rich mangrove environments and further their
research for an extended marine investigation on adaptations.
August 29 – QCSAugust 29 – Year 9 Parent Information Evening (Campion Theatre)August 30 – Year 11 Study of Religion Houses of Worship TourSeptember 1 – Junior School Preformances 11:30am and 1:30pmSeptember 1 – Junior School Father’s Day Breakfast & LiturgySeptember 1 – Xavier@work morning/Principal’s tourSeptember 1 – Year 11 Hospitality Excursion to EAT@Dan & Steph’sSeptember 4 – Year 12 End of Term 3 Exam BlockSeptember 4 – XCC Healing MassSeptember 5 – Year 10 Parent Information EveningSeptember 6 – Year 4 Camp Underwater World OvernightSeptember 7 – Brisbane Writer’s FestivalNovember 6 – Junior School Grandparents’ Day Liturgy
FROM THE APRES
VIETNAM VETERANS' REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
PARENT PORTAL UPGRADEXavier Catholic College is excited to announce the upgrade of our Parent Portal is due to occur next week.Our
Parent Portal is the main channel of communication with our parent
community. Stay up to date with important school information!
XAVIER ART PRIZEOn Wednesday 17 August the Xavier Language Centre was transformed into an art gallery with creative works from the Xavier community. This years’ theme was ‘Life is Beautiful’ and artists submitted works of art from a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and photography. Visitors to the exhibition were entertained by the talents of Year 9 Xavier singer, Rachael Damms. Well-known local Visual Art teacher and panel member, Venetia Stiles, generously judged the entries and prizes were awarded to:
Open 1st. Kath ThompsonHighly Commended. Grace WaningYear 10 - 111st. Tory-Lea FoxHC. Tory-Lea FoxYear 8 - 91st Henry RileyHC. Lily HunterYear 5 - 71st Isabella HarrisHC. Ashleigh Relf and Ella BarkerYear 3 - 41st. Matthew SinnHC. Eve OrrPrep – Year 21st. William MossHC. Cianna BreniaMany thanks to Xavier staff and students who assisted with the hanging of the masterpieces, the catering and ensuring everything ran smoothly. We look forward to another great exhibition in 2018.
XCATS IN BUNDABERG
Last Wednesday, Xavier was represented by two teams in the RACI National Chemical Analysis Competition. The competition required the participants to determine the concentration of solutions using a technique called titration. The students performed very well in a field of 47 teams from schools throughout Wide Bay.
The Year 12 team consisted of Amber Hatch, Teala Larsen and Ruby Mogor. Their results earned them a very respectable 16th Place. Poorna Jayasinghe, Ethan Makaresz and Kelsea Haupt were the members of the Year 11 team. They were given 4th place and were selected to compete in the National Finals later in the year.
Congratulations to both teams for your dedication to training and your behaviour and performance on the day. We wish the Year 11 team best wishes as they prepare for the finals. The titration will be a much more complicated process next time so they will be hard at work in the lab again.
A special thank you to our fantastic lab assistant, Mrs. Perry, who worked very hard to expertly prepare the solutions and equipment for the students to practice with during the training sessions and for her support on the day.
KAREN MURPHY CUPLakeyta Feste and Ella Webb have been playing in the Karen Murphy Cup for Girls Rugby League in a Barbarians team. Unfortunately Ella injured herself and has been unable to play in the last couple of rounds. Lakeyta played through to the semi-finals last week, which they unfortunately lost in. Congratulations to both the girls for participating in this inaugural competition.
WIDE BAY RUGBY LEAGUE
Fantastic effort by Skye Houliston who competed in the Wide Bay Schools U15 Girls Rugby League State Championships in Maroochydore last weekend. It was great for her to be involved in the 1st carnival ever held. Skye was lucky enough to be captain of the Wide Bay team, and was appreciative of the opportunity.
SVDP CLOTHES DRIVE
in dresses, shirts, scarves, jumpers, shorts, jeans and clean clothes
for the Magis Minis clothes drive. Please no stains or holes because
they need to be worn. Bins will be located in the following locations;
GOA, Library, Language Centre and Student Reception from 30th August
until the 13th
WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARNThe Woolworths Earn and Learn program is back for 2017 and once again Xavier College is participating.The
program works like this – if our community saves their stickers when
they shop at Woolworths we can use these to ‘purchase’ educational
resource items from Modern Teaching Aids at the end of the promotion.
The program runs from 26 July – 19 September.Staff, grandparents,
neighbours and friends can all support our school by collecting
stickers and placing them on a sticker sheet and dropping them into the
boxes marked ‘Xavier College” at each Woolworths store or in the box in
the college foyer.Last year we were able to supplement our PE
equipment for junior school and this year we would love to be able to
use the resources in other learning areas.