Newsletter - Term 4, Week 4, 2018

SENIOR CELEBRATION EVENING 2018

The 2018 Senior Celebration Evening recognised those students in our College community who had demonstrated the highest level of application and effort, as well as achievement in their studies and co-curricular endeavours. Credit was also given to students in recognition of their Community Service and Spiritual involvement.

Prior to the commencement of the evening, students, parents, staff and guests enjoyed an Art display, and the screening of the Film & Television Showreel. During the evening program we enjoyed performances by the College Choir and Grease Musical cast that showcased the many talents of Xavier students.

As has become customary, the ‘Magis Medal’ was awarded, this year saw a very deserving recipient in Mrs Tracey Moore for her outstanding contributions to our College. The highlight of the evening was, the announcement of the Year 12 Major Awards.

Recipients of the Principal’s Awards for 2018:

• James Briffa
• Jack Buckley
• Lauren Flynn
• Lachlan Grumley
• Poorna Jayasinghe
• William Kluck
• Raemah Krause
• Hayden Kubler
• Jake Lund
• Ethan Makaresz
• Cody Marsden
• Maddison McGowan
• Alexandria Pronk
• Maddison Smith
• Julia Sullivan


THE MAJOR AWARD WINNERS FOR 2018:

XAVIER MEDAL & CALTEX ALL-ROUNDER
Alexandria Pronk

EDMUND RICE SPORTING EXCELLENCE AWARD
William Kluck

THE CAMPION AWARD FOR CULTURAL EXCELLENCE
Hayden Kubler

THE WARD/MACKILLOP COMMUNITY SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Alexandria Pronk

THE IGNATIAN SPIRITUAL AWARD
Lauren Flynn

THE CLAVIUS AWARD FOR VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Hayden Kubler

THE CLAVIUS AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Ethan Makaresz

PIERRE DE COUBERTIN AWARD
Jake Lund

BCE SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD
Jake Lund

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SAVE THE DATE
Year 6 Final Assembly – Tuesday, December 4, 9.00am.  Join us to celebrate our wonderful Year 6 cohort.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
05/11/2018     Year 12 Exam Block
05/11/2018     Prep Swimming Lessons
06/11/2018     Year 11 MSC1 Mangrove Excursion
07/11/2018     Year 10 Retreat


SPORTS NEWS

Queensland Athletics Titles
Xavier had several students representing the Wide Bay team at the QLD School Athletics Titles held in Brisbane last week. These students are: Sieanna Alexander, Luke Greco, Isabella Jensen, Toby Powers, Nathan Robinson and Amy Wyvill. All students performed incredibly well with Sieanna, Isabella and Toby all having top 10 finishes in their respective events. Congratulations to all students involved.

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All School’s Triathlon
Over the weekend, Toby Powers and Harry King competed in an All Schools triathlon meet in Brisbane. This event serves as a trial for regional teams in the wider Brisbane area and other athletes in the other regions of the state are also invited to compete. Both Toby and Harry performed very strongly with Harry finishing in 1st place in the intermediate division. Well done to both boys.

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FRENCH NEWS

Welcome to our visitors from Saint Joseph in Avignon
As part of our international exchange program, Xavier has established a sister school connection with another Jesuit school, Saint Joseph’s in Avignon, in the south of France. Thirty-six of these students and three of their teachers arrived in Hervey Bay last Friday and were very warmly welcomed into the homes of their very generous host families from Xavier Catholic College.  As many of you are aware, Xavier Catholic College students were hosted by the staff and students from this school in April last year and our next group of students will depart for their French experience in March/April 2019.  All students will be billeted with a host family providing them with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country as is happening now with our visiting French students.  Many of our past Xavier French students are still communicating with their homestay brothers, sisters and families and planning return visits as a consequence of their Avignon experience.

Our visiting students have a very busy program and will be on excursion or attending classes with their homestay brothers and sisters in the next few weeks. Last week, they were introduced to aspects of our Indigenous culture by Uncle Les from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander department of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Our visitors learned how to throw a boomerang and how to play a didgeridoo and create rhythm with clapsticks. An encounter with the whales has been a highlight for many and the students have also spent time enjoying our beautiful beaches. Many of the host families have also planned excursions to Rainbow Beach, the Sunshine Coast and other tourist attractions to provide our guests with a real insight into the many treasures that South East Queensland has on offer. Hosting these students also provides host families with opportunities to make international connections and to gain an insight into life in southern France.  

We wish all of our visitors and our host families all the very best for this unique experience.
Lynette Pritchard

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MATHS NEWS

Australian Mathematics Competition
In Term 3, 89 Xavier students from Years 4-12 sat the Australian Mathematics Competition. Of these students, 32 students received a credit (in the top 50 % of Australia), 11 distinctions (in the top 25% of Australia) and Matt Maag who received high distinction, being in the top 1% of Australia. At assembly these students received a certificate from Mr Dash. Dinuk Wijesiri from Year 4 also received a certificate for the best in the school. Well done!

All students will receive their official certificates in the near future.
 
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Fraser Coast Inaugural 7-12 Maths Competition
On Tuesday 16th October Xavier hosted the Inaugural Fraser Coast Maths Competition for students from Years 7-12. Xavier entered three teams:  a Junior, Intermediate and Senior team.  The competition consisted of two parts: a problem-solving section and a maths relay. Our teams worked well together and placed fourth, third and first respectively. Well done to all three teams.

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Year 7 Maths Pathway Update
The introduction of our Maths Pathways program in Year 7 this year has proven to be incredibly beneficial. Results show that our Year 7’s have an average improvement of 1.42 years of Maths in less than a year. This compares with a previous growth rate of 0.56 years of learning per year before the introduction of the program.

As a result, we have made the decision to further roll out this program to Year 8 in 2019 and to Year 6 students in 2020 (when the first group with devices reaches Year 6).

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SCIENCE NEWS

Last week seven of Xavier’s most capable Science students participated in the University of the Sunshine Coast Science Research Awards. Poorna Jayasinghe, Lachlan Hall, Maddi Smith, Raemah Krause, Lauren Flynn, Chelsea Aston and Hayley Westendorp presented their research along with over 30 other students from Hervey Bay and Maryborough. The students were required to display their research project on a poster board and were individually interviewed by judges about their project. Congratulations to all of these students who prepared very well for the event. They represented the College to a high standard and we are very proud of their efforts. Special mention and congratulations go to; Raemah Krause who was awarded a Highly Commended for her “Living Together” project and to Maddi Smith who also competed in the “3 Minute to Win it” category. Maddi had 3 minutes to explain her findings to an audience and won the People’s Choice Award for her entertaining and informative presentation.


Our Year 12 students who entered this competition gained some very worthwhile experience in readiness for their University studies in future years.

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TMR UPDATE

We have been advised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads that all traffic lanes and lights leading into the College should be fully operational from Wednesday.  We thank TMR for their work in making this happen in a timely manner.