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Newsletter - Term 2, Week 2, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 2, Week 2, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/163162691035153/"><img alt="2018 Xcite newsletter.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Xcite%20newsletter.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong><br></p><div>Dear Parents and Carers<br>We are currently in the process of recruiting new members to the Xavier College Pastoral Board. Under the guidelines, the Board should be comprised of a minimum of 7 members and not more than 12 members.<br>Nominations are called for prospective members to this most important body within our school. If you are interested in nominating, please email Sue Gee at sgee@bne.catholic.edu.au and Sue will email you the nomination form.</div><div><br><strong>The Purpose of the School Board</strong><br>School Boards within the Brisbane Archdiocese are Boards of pastoral governance. A model of discernment called 'sharing wisdom' has been adopted as the most appropriate form of school governance in the Archdiocese. </div><div><br>The purpose of the School Board is to build, strengthen and nourish the school as part of the parish. The School Board is a structure intended to facilitate members of the school and faith community to share responsibility for the wellbeing of the whole of the school within the beliefs and values, teachings and traditions of the Church. </div><div> </div><div>The role of the Board is one of stewardship, developing the school in all its facets 'in trust' for the faith community. As stewards, the Board is called, through the Spirit, to serve the faith community by caring for and developing its school community. In this role, members of the Board are called to servant leadership, collectively accepting accountability for the school's well-being.</div><div><br><strong> Key Responsibilities of the School Board</strong><br>The Board is called to take the responsibility to:</div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mission and Vision</span><br>• Lead the school community in articulating and developing the mission and vision of the school based on</div><div>  Gospel values and Catholic ethos<br>• Seek on-going opportunities to assist the school community to understand and strengthen the mission of the</div><div>  school and wider Church<br>• Review and evaluate the mission and vision when appropriate<br>• Celebrate and affirm the school community and its identity as a unique community within the broader faith</div><div>  community.</div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Policy development</span><br>• Promote and ensure the implementation of Archdiocesan school policy<br>• Adapt Archdiocesan policy, when appropriate, to the specific context and culture of the school<br>• Develop and approve specific school-based policy and keep the Brisbane Catholic Education Office informed</div><div>  of such policy development.</div><div><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> Strategic Planning</span><br>• Collaborate with the school community to set goals within its mission and vision<br>• Develop and oversee a Strategic Plan for the school<br>• Establish its own annual operations plan<br>• Support of the school's educational leadership.<br><br></div><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support of the school's educational leadership</span><br>• Act as a consultative forum for the Principal on issues such as: curriculum, finance, property and maintenance,</div><div>  administration, human resources, parent education etc and to provide timely, appropriate advice as requested<br>• Provide avenues of support to the Principal and school executive for the management of the school through </div><div>  the establishment of a needs-based committee structure<br>• Advise upon and monitor, in conjunction with the Principal, school effectiveness within the cycle of school </div><div>  renewal<br>• Provide affirmation and encouragement to the Principal and school executive team<br>• Assist in harnessing the expertise, talents and resources of members of the school community and wider local </div><div>  community for the benefit of the school's development.<br></div><div><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> Collaboration and communication</span><br>• Support the Principal in modelling, developing and strengthening a school culture of participatory decision-</div><div>  making and collaboration<br>• Establish and sustain avenues of consultation and mutual communication with those affected by Board </div><div>  decisions and policy implementation<br>• Use processes of discernment and consensus in all areas of decision- making<br>• Communicate regularly with the Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education on the positive and negative impact of policy implementation, through the provision of regular reports<br>• Strengthen relationships between the parish and the school through joint planning of school-parish initiatives.</div><div><br> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Board sustainability</span><br>• Recruit, induct and regularly review its own membership in the model of pastoral governance, and within </div><div>  guidelines and assistance from the Executive Director of Catholic Education<br>• Develop on-going understanding of the spirituality and practices of 'Sharing Wisdom' as the foundation of </div><div>  pastoral governance<br>• Conduct its meetings within best practice of contemporary meeting procedures<br>• Develop processes to assess and appraise its performance and hence discern its own training and </div><div>  development needs<br>• Balance its commitments, expectations and ambitions with the demands on and needs of Board members in </div><div>  their own family and working lives.</div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Recruitment</span><br>All schools share the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Board should be composed of people who appreciate, value and share the educational mission and ethos of the Catholic Church.</div><div><br>When seeking Board members, it is important to reflect on the qualities and skills of benefit to the Board in carrying out its functions. </div><div><br>The following is a suggested list of key qualities and skills for members of Boards: <br>• Commitment to Catholic education in the parish and school <br>• Commitment to the vision and mission of the parish and school <br>• An understanding of the role of parish priest, principal and Board members <br>• Willingness to ask questions and seek clarification <br>• Ability to think strategically <br>• Willingness to support the contributions of other Board members <br>• Capacity to listen in an active and meaningful way<br>• Willingness to work co-operatively with others <br>• Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times. </div><div><br>I wholeheartedly ask you to consider nominating for our school Board and help us continue our journey of school improvement.</div><div><br>God bless,<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal<br></div><div><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></div><div><br>What a very busy start to the new term! Staff spent some time on Monday 16th April gaining an understanding of the requirements of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on students with a learning disability and how they can support students in their classes.  Our Learning Support team will manage this process and work with staff and parents to address this program.<br></div><div><br>We held a Prep to Year 12 Assembly on Wednesday morning to recognise the end of the Easter season and we thank the staff and students involved for bringing us this message.<br><br>Our College Captains also addressed the students and asked them to make sure that they looked at the banner in the carpark that highlights our motto “Create the Change”. As you will see the focus is on St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who encouraged people of her time to be the change they wanted to happen.<br><br><img alt="2018 Motto signB.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Motto%20signB.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br><br><strong>ANZAC Celebrations</strong><br></div><div>On Tuesday afternoon at 2pm the students gathered in GOA for an ANZAC Liturgy. We are thankful to the students from cadet groups who participated and made our ceremony a very special one.</div><div><br>On ANZAC Day students will have the opportunity to lay wreaths at a number of Services around the Hervey Bay area. We thank our school leaders and those students who will participate.<br><br><img alt="2017 Anzac DayB.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Anzac%20DayB.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br><br><strong>Choir</strong><br>As part of the ANZAC day celebrations in Hervey Bay both our Junior and Senior choirs will perform at the Dawn and Main service.  Thanks to Ms McDuff and Mrs Jensen for once again ensuring our choir students are well prepared for this event.  As a College we feel privileged to be given the opportunity to contribute to this important local event.</div><div><br><strong>Camp Week for years 6 and 8 to 11</strong><br>We wish all students and staff a safe and happy camp experience next week as they head off on Wednesday 2nd May until Friday 4th May. I’m sure that there will be Facebook posts to show you some of the highlights.</div><div><br><strong>Rachel Sewell - Practicum Teacher </strong><br>Welcome to Rachel Sewell.  Rachel is a former student of Xavier who has returned to complete her final practicum for her teaching degree.  She will be working for the next six weeks in 4.1.  Both the students and staff of the primary years are very excited to have Rachel on board.</div><div><br><strong>Year 4 – Xavier Day </strong><br>As part of our Xavier Day celebrations our Year 4 students wrote cards to be delivered to some of the elderly residents in the local area via Meals on Wheels.  Mr Davey was very pleased last Friday to deliver to the Year 4 students many responses from those residents who received a card and Easter Egg as part of their regular delivery.  Well done to all the Year 4 teachers and students for this wonderful outreach activity. <br></div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">FROM THE APRE’s</strong><br><strong>Parish Sacramental Program</strong><br>This Thursday 26th April at 5:30pm, there will be a parent information evening at St Joseph’s Church, Pialba, for parents of children in Year 3 and above who have been baptised and wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation will be held on Thursday 24th May. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact the parish office on 4124 3334.</div><div> </div><div><strong>ANZAC Day Service Schedule</strong><br>This Wednesday 25th April is ANZAC DAY. Below is a listing of various services that are occurring around the Hervey Bay area. Students attending any of these services should wear their full school uniform with hat (Formal uniform for yr7-12). </div><div><br>Dawn Services </div><div>Hervey Bay will commence following the march from the RSL at 5.15 am. <br>Howard at 4:20am<br>Toogoom at 5:45am </div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mass</span><br>Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s church in Pialba from 8am. </div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Hervey Bay main march and Service of Commemoration </span><br></div><div>Students will gather in the RSL Club car park from 8.45 am with step off at 9.15 am via the Hunter Street exit. The service will commence once all marchers are assembled in Freedom Park. </div><div><br>We have been advised by the RSL subbranch, that due to Workplace Health & Safety concerns parents are requested to not join with their children during the march from the car park to Freedom Park. </div><div><br>Once at Freedom Park Xavier students and their teachers will occupy a space towards the seafront end of the park. Students will need to remain with staff until a parent collects them from this area. </div><div><br><strong>Burrum Heads</strong> march commences at 8.15 am, going from the Burrum Heads Road Boat Ramp to the Burrum Heads Hall. Those intending to march should assemble by 8.00 am.</div><div><br><strong>Howard march</strong>: assemble at 7am for a 7.20 start.<br></div><div><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">RECENT FACEBOOK VIDEOS</strong><br>Check out some of the recent events through our Facebook video posts. Featuring:<span style="color:#1c1e21;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:#ffffff;"> <br><br>Commonwealth Games, Queen's Baton bearer, Tom Hillhouse<br></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1464364623689948/"><img alt="Tom Hillhouse Baton Relay.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Tom%20Hillhouse%20Baton%20Relay.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a><br><span><span style="color:#1c1e21;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:#ffffff;">Rugby League Broncos Challenge Grand Final Match</span></span><br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1459677424158668/"><img alt="Rugby League Broncos Challenge Final.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Rugby%20League%20Broncos%20Challenge%20Final.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a> <br><span><span style="color:#1c1e21;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:#ffffff;"></span></span><span><span style="color:#1c1e21;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:#ffffff;">Year 3.3 Music students</span></span><br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1476272345832509/"><img alt="yr3 singers.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/yr3%20singers.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a><br><span><span style="color:#1c1e21;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:#ffffff;">Xavier Day community service projects</span></span><br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1455890171204060/"><img alt="Xavier Day Video.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Xavier%20Day%20Video.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></div><div>Please note the following date savers:<br></div><div><br>24/04/2018 Anzac Day Liturgy<br>24/04/2018 Year 7-12 AFL QLD Cup<br>27/04/2018 Year 10-12 Visual Art - Gallery Visit<br>27/04/2018 Year 10-12 Confro Trial vs Shalom<br>30/04/2018 Year 10 Starlab <br>01/05/2018 Year 8-12 A&TSI Girls to Women Program <br>02/05/2018 HB District Cross-country Carnival<br>02/05/2018 Year 6 and Years 8-11 Camps <br>07/05/2018 LABOUR DAY Public Holiday</div><div><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCIENCE NEWS</strong></div><div>On assembly we had the opportunity to congratulate and present badges to the four Xavier students who have been appointed as UQ Science Ambassadors for 2018.  UQ Science Ambassadors are high achieving students who have a strong interest in science and good communication and leadership skills. Their role is to bring science events, activities and opportunities to the attention of fellow students. They will be contributing to the college newsletter and meeting regularly to plan activities. </div><div> </div><div>The Xavier UQ Science Ambassadors for 2018 are:<br>Chelsea Aston, Eleanor Beach, Mikaela Gray and Dhriti Naidu<br><br></div><div><img alt="Science Ambassadors.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018/Science%20Ambassadors.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /> <br></div><div><strong>Science Ambassadors update</strong></div><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">University of Queensland Experience Science Excursion</span><br>On Tuesday 17th July, we are planning to take students from years 10, 11 and 12 Science classes and year 9 STEM, to Brisbane for a day of Science workshops and experiences. This UQ Experience Science excursion will be of interest to students who are planning to study a science related course at a University in the future. </div><div><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">What is Experience Science?</span><br></div><div>Experience Science provides students with the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life. The event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops. All workshops are held at the UQ St Lucia campus.</div><div><br>Depending on numbers, the cost for the day will be around $60. This will include a lecture, University tour and science workshops at UQ, morning tea, transport and a visit to the Brisbane museum and the Sciencentre.</div><div><br>Your Science teachers will have the relevant forms and information or you can email or see Mrs. Hopgood for more details. Forms and money will need to be submitted before the end of May. Numbers are limited to 45 students so students who confirm their attendance early will be given preference.</div><div><br> </div><div><strong>Sunflower Growing Competition</strong><br>This year, a group of students from Year 7, 9 (STEM) and 12 have been competing in the UQ Sunflower growing competition. They have grown their plants by seed. Flowers will be judged on the 15th of May. Prizes will be awarded across several categories. Students are encouraged to post photos of their plants and to share the progress of their plants with other students.</div><div><br> </div><div><img alt="sunflower 2 grace.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018/sunflower%202%20grace.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> </div><div><br><strong>Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge</strong><br>On Tuesday 8th May, a Xavier science representative team of 32 year 9 and 10 students will be competing against other schools in the Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge. This will be held at the PCYC. During this event, students will be working in teams to apply their knowledge and skills creatively to solve problems. We wish them well and hope they enjoy the day.</div><div><br><strong>XCATs</strong><br></div><div>Three teams of Year 11 and 12 students, the XCATs have been training for the regional Chemical analysis competition to be held on 2nd June at the Sunshine Coast. During X-cite, they will be competing against each other as they practice their skills.</div><div><br><strong>Year 9 STEM</strong><br></div><div>Year 9 STEM is a single Semester elective subject that students can choose to study in year 9. During X-cite, some of these students will be presenting a Science demonstration to visitors of the Science lab. They are also keen to share the Big Bubble-making formula they have been perfecting and to take their demonstrations to students in the primary school.  To demonstrate their scientific investigation skills, they will also be working on an individual project which they will display later this year. If successful students will be eligible for a CSIRO Crest Award.</div><div><br><strong>Keen on Science?</strong><br></div><div>Students who wish to be more involved in science activities keep up to date with the Science News via the Newsletter. Please contact your science teacher or one of the science ambassadors and we can let you know what is happening.</div><div><br>Other future opportunities to become more involved in Science include a Crystal Making competition and the SCU Research Awards.<br>Contributed by Chelsea Aston, Eleanor Beach, Mikaela Gray and Dhriti Naidu</div><div><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">NEWS FROM 7.3</strong><br>Our class has started reading the novel 'Wonder' which looks at a young boy with a facial deformity. This art activity had the students looking at their own faces and how they can be distorted by using a Picasso-style of art. We really enjoyed creating these images of ourselves and are very involved in the story of Auggie and the problems he has fitting in with other kids due to his appearance.<br></div><div>​</div><div><img alt="Wonder1.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Wonder1.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><img alt="Wonder2.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Wonder2.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="Wonder3.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Wonder3.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /> <img alt="Wonder4.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Wonder4.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">EDSMART PAPERLESS FORMS</strong><br>Dear Parents/Carers<br>Our school has implemented EdSmart to assist with communication between school and parents.</div><div><br>EdSmart is an online system that replaces all the paper forms we send home for you to complete and return. By moving to an online system, the school anticipates making good savings in time and cost compared with managing a paper process.</div><div><br>The online system is extremely easy for parents to use. Instead of paper forms coming home in your child’s school bag, you will be sent an email notification, with a link to click that opens a secure web page version of the form to complete and submit. You can do this on your phone, tablet or computer. You do not need to download any apps or register.</div><div><br>The online system is a much more efficient way to capture all this information from you, and means teachers and the administration staff can easily keep track of who has returned their forms.</div><div><br>All of the data you submit in the forms is held in a secure database and is only accessible to selected school staff.</div><div><br>You can read more about EdSmart on their web site:<br><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">https://www.parentpaperwork.com/parents</span></div><div></div><div><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCHOOL FEE ACCOUNTS</strong><br></div><div>Family Account Statements will be forwarded to all families currently paying by payment plan on Thursday 26 April 2018.  Please use this statement to check that your payment plan is being received as expected.</div><div><br>Our Finance Department will assist you as much as possible, however the responsibility for ensuring  payment plans pay your account in full by 30 November 2018 remains with each family.</div><div><br> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRIMARY SCHOOL SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB  – Orders due Friday 4th May</strong><br></div><div>Issue 3 of Scholastic Book Club is out now and ready for orders.  If you missed out on receiving the catalogue, it is available online at <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/.</span></div><div><br>All orders are to be placed using LOOP, the Scholastic Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform.  LOOP is safe and easy to use and eliminates the need to return paper order forms to us.</div><div><br>Books will be delivered to your child’s classroom, unless you have marked the order as a gift.  Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our school.  We hope our students enjoy Scholastic Book Club and they find lots of fantastic titles to read!</div><div></div><div><br> </div><div><span style="margin:0px;line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;display:none;"></span><img alt="image002.png" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018/image002.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </div><div><br> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES</strong><br></div><div> </div><div>The College has a range of Sponsorship opportunities available to local businesses and members of the community.  Please contact the College on 4197 1177 should you wish to learn more.<br></div><div> </div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">UNIFORM SHOP</strong><br> </div><div>Girls formal ties and formal hats sizes 56 and 57 only have arrived at the Uniform Shop.  Please see Mandy or telephone 4197 1265.</div><div> <br><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong></div><div><br><strong>Matthew Hauser and Jordan Kerby at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</strong><br>It was thrilling to watch both Matt Hauser (2015 graduate) and Jorden Kerby (2009 graduate) compete at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The commitment they give to the demands of their respective sports is inspiring. The Xavier community offer both Jordan and Matt our heartfelt congratulations on the incredible way they represented our nation at these games. Well done Matt and Jordan.</div><div><br><strong>AFL Q CUP</strong><br>On Tuesday 24th April, Xavier will have a Year 10-12 boys AFL team play against Urangan State High School in the first round of the AFL Q Cup competition. This competition is also open to Year 7-9 boys and girls. Students are reminded of the importance to attend meetings and collect and return paperwork in order to meet the requirements of representing Xavier in sport.</div><div> </div><div><strong>Term 2 Friday Sport</strong><br></div><div>Year 7 & 8 students have commenced Friday sport for Term 2, with all options having a ‘fitness’ focus this term. Along with the Dance and Soccer program, students have selected to participate in either: Cardio Tennis, Martial Arts, PCYC Fitness, Walking for Fitness, School Gym and JPAC Fitness. It is hoped all students will have an enjoyable experience throughout this term’s program, challenging their own levels of fitness whilst having fun and making new connections with peers.</div><div><br><strong>Touch Football Season – 2018</strong><br></div><div>Trials for the Xavier touch football teams are occurring this week. This year, Xavier is entering six teams into major competitions. These teams and coaches will be as follows:<br>13 Girls – Helen Hatchett<br>13 Boys – Paul Barker<br>15 Girls – Blaire Roffey<br>15 Boys – Michael Tyrrell<br>Open Girls – Simone Collins<br>Open Boys – Nathan Milne</div><div><br>You will notice that this year, Xavier is not entering Open Mixed teams, but rather is entering separate Open Boys and Open Girls teams. This decision has been made based on changes to rules and criteria at the QLD All Schools Touch competition held in Brisbane in October. Schools are no longer able to nominate more than one team in any division. By entering separate gender teams in the Open division, it is hoped that all students will continue to enjoy the rich experience that is QLD All Schools touch and will have equal opportunities to develop their touch skills throughout their years at Xavier.</div><div><br> An information letter has been sent home with students who are trialling this week. This letter includes dates for the major competitions this year and an explanation of a ‘mini-tour’ that may occur prior to the competition in October.</div><div><br> It is hoped that the 2018 Touch Season will once again prove to be a rewarding experience for all students involved. </div><br></div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">YEAR OF YOUTH</strong><br></div><div></div><div><p> <img alt="Jesse.png" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018/Jesse.png" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br></p><p> <img alt="poster.png" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-2,-Week-2,-2018/poster.png" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br></p></div>
Newsletter - Term 1, Week 10, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 1, Week 10, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20slider%20image%201.jpg" alt="2018 slider image 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:636px;" /></strong>​​​<br></strong></p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong><br></p><div>Dear Parents and Carers,<br>I hope the holiday break will be a happy and holy time for all.  We are now a few days away from Easter which is one of the most profound periods of the Church’s year as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is a time to rejoice that, in Jesus, God fully embraced humanity, in order that humanity could fully embrace God. The mystery of Easter has the power to transform lives and to see the world in a new way.  </div><div><br>While we focus on the last few days of Jesus death and his subsequent resurrection, this only makes sense when we consider the message of his whole life.  In Jesus’ words and actions, we are presented with a radical love that announces that God’s reign is breaking into history.  It is the kind of radical love that transforms lives and breaks through barriers. The outcast, be they a leper, a tax collector or a Samaritan, is invited into a relationship with Jesus as a full and complete human being. In many ways, Jesus announces that the artificial distinctions that are used to separate people and place their value on some kind of tiered scale do not represent God’s way of looking at human beings.  </div><div><br>Instantly, those who accept this invitation for a relationship are transformed from within as they now enter into that relationship as full human beings. Their mindsets are radically altered and their innate beauty as a creation of God begins to shine. Likewise, Jesus challenges those whose power relies on enforcing such artificial distinctions in order to maintain their status. He embodies a God of radical love for humanity. In Jesus we encounter the God who liberates through love. In announcing the reign of God, Jesus reveals a God that loves humanity so deeply that God desires to touch creation directly and completely. In Jesus, that God-initiated process of individual and social liberation begins. In Jesus, God touches creation.</div><div><br>Easter begins with God’s action and invitation. But, the acceptance of Easter into our lives is not an individual action that will be fulfilled in personal isolation in heaven. By accepting the invitation of Easter, we become connected to God’s activity in this world and God’s desire to transform this world. We join a communal acceptance of becoming agents of God’s radical love that seeks to transform the world. In this way, we allow ourselves to become Christ to our world and, through our communal actions, Christ continues to transform our world to bring it to full communion with God.</div><div><br>Easter signals a call to holiness. But as a wise church leader once said: </div><div>“<em>We are all indeed called to be holy, but it is not the holiness of the Old Testament, which implies separation from the wicked.  It is the scandalous holiness of Christ, who embraces the impure, the wicked, the weak, the failed and the dead. The God of Jesus was immersed in the plight of humanity – that is the meaning of the incarnation. Or as we have heard it said, ‘Humanity is good enough for God.’”</em></div><div><br>May the blessings and transformational power of Easter be with each of you.</div><div><br>God Bless<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal</div><div><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong><br><br><strong>Student Free day Monday 16th April</strong><br>The first day of next term is a student free day to assist with movement around the Commonwealth Games.  Staff will be at school undertaking some professional learning regarding catering for all learners in our classrooms.</div><div><br><strong>Years 6 and Years 8 to 11 Camps</strong><br></div><div>These year levels will attend Camp in Week Three – Wednesday 2nd May to Friday 4th May.  The Xavier Camp Program is a wonderful aspect of our College and fits under Personal and Social Development Education as it offers many opportunities for students.  On camp they will often undertake a range of challenging activities and learn new skills.  It also provides the chance to build relationships with staff outside the classroom.</div><div><br>Students have received all the necessary paperwork associated with the Camp, however, if you have not seen it please feel free to make contact with the appropriate House Dean.</div><div><br>The Camps will be held in a variety of locations:<br></div><div><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;text-align:center;">​​<strong>Year Level</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;text-align:center;"><strong>Location</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>​Theme</strong></div><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;text-align:center;"><strong>​​Coordinator</strong><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 6​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Woodford​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Aspire Higher​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 6 Teachers​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 8​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Maroochydore​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Digging Deeper​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Miss Hogan​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 9​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Noosa North Shore​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Adventure Camp​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mr McQuaid​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 10​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Glastonbury​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Personal Challenge​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mrs Wright​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Year 11​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Currimundi​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thinking Leadership​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ms Sullivan​</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div><br> </div><div><strong>Years 7-12 Parent/Teacher Interviews </strong><br>It was great to see so many parents coming along to speak with teachers about the progress of their students over the first term. This is a time when relationships are developed and classroom expectations set which enable a positive learning environment to be established.</div><div><br>If you were not able to attend please feel free to contact the respective teachers to check your student's progress. </div><div> <br></div><div><strong>Year 5 Camp</strong><br>Year 5 students and teaching staff spent three days at Maranatha Recreation camp in Week 8 of this term.  The students loved every minute of this experience and could not stop talking about the activities they undertook whilst on camp.  Raft Buliding, Jungle Ropes, Leap of Faith and Rocket Ball where just some of the challenges presented to our Year 5 students during their time on camp.  Despite a little bit of rain they continued to impress throughout the camp with their willingness to have a go and step outside their comfort zone.  Well done to all.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="DSCN1828 Yr5camp2.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/DSCN1828%20Yr5camp2.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /> <img alt="DSCN1792 Yr5.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/DSCN1792%20Yr5.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> <br><strong>Year 5/6 Gala Day</strong><br></div><div>All Year 5 and 6 students participated on Friday 23rd March in the first Hervey Bay Gala Day for the year.  This day out dedicated to sporting pursuits was well received by all involved and showed firsthand the Xavier spirit of which we are proud.  Congratulations to all teams and thankyou to Mrs Hatchett for her organisation of our representing teams at this event. It was a wonderful day for all involved. </div><div><br><strong>AFL Gala Day</strong><br>On the 16th March, 24 students from year 4 and 6 participated in the AFL Gala Day at Keith Dunne Oval.  The two boys teams played 3 games each while the four girls joined forces with the St James Team.  While no scores were kept, the day was a great success, allowing those who haven’t played a lot of AFL to participate alongside more skilled players.  Thank you to the parents who attended the day, supporting the Xavier teams.</div><div>  </div><div>A special thanks to Jack Ryan’s Dad for his guidance and support with the Division 2 team for the entire day.  It was pleasing to see lots of examples of great sportsmanship on the day and fun being had by all.<br> <br></div><div><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="AFL.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/AFL.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:220px;height:293px;" />    <img alt="AFL 3.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/AFL%203.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:390px;height:293px;" /><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>  <br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">YEAR ONE HABITATS<br></strong>In year one we have been learning all about the habitats that different animals live in and how that environment meets their particular needs. We sculpted an animal out of clay and made a diorama of their habitat in a shoe box. There were lots of different habitats - the Arctic, a rainforest, a desert, a coral reef and the Australian bush are some of our favourites. We also wrote an Information Report on our animal and illustrated it too. </div><div></div><div>We loved learning about habitats and think we might like to be scientists when we grow up!</div><div dir="rtl" style="text-align:right;"><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;"><img alt="habitat (003).jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/habitat%20(003).jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:280px;height:374px;" /></div><div style="text-align:left;"><img alt="habitat5.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/habitat5.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:280px;height:374px;" /><br> <br></div></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></div><div> </div><div>Please note the following end of term events:<br></div><div><br>30/03/2018   GOOD FRIDAY<br>31/03/2018   EASTER SATURDAY<br>01/04/2018   EASTER SUNDAY<br>02/04/2018   EASTER MONDAY<br>04/04/2018   Commonwealth Games to 15 April</div><div> <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LATEST FACEBOOK VIDEO</strong></span><br style="text-decoration:underline;">Click the image below to view the video of our students involved in Xavier Day service activities. Xavier Day provides our students the opportunities to educate and develop their civic responsibilities and understanding of social justice. The experience is about 'giving' and enacting change, traits we hope to instill in the graduates of Xavier.<br style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1455890171204060/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20xavier%20day.JPG" alt="2018 xavier day.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong></div><div><br><strong>Athletics - Alexander 4th fastest in Australia!</strong><br>Sieanna Alexander competed at the School National Athletics Titles in December of last year.  With the busyness of Term 1 sport, we wish a very belated congratulations to Sieanna for representing the QLD team at this competition with such great distinction.  Sieanna ran the 100m and 200m heats qualifying for the final in both events and finishing fourth in the 100m (missing out on a Bronze medal by nine-hundredths of a second) and seventh in the 200m.  In addition, she was a member of the Qld U16 Sprint-Medley (Swedish) Relay team who won Gold with Sieanna running the 200m leg.  This medal was a deserving reward for all the effort Sieanna and her team-mates have put into their training for this sport. </div><div><br>Congratulations Sieanna on this wonderful achievement.</div><div><img alt="IMG_6250 Sieanna 2.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/IMG_6250%20Sieanna%202.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> </div><div><strong>Swimming - Stephens Claims Six Gold Medals!</strong><br>Xavier had a number of Wide Bay representatives at the QLD School Swimming titles last week including: Kyle Begaud, Lachlan Gent, Takara Gibbons, Cailey Veitch, Thomas Veitch, Kasey Gamble and Keira Stephens.  All students swam with great commitment and energy throughout the competition.  Keira Stephens continued her brilliant form claiming six Gold medals in the Multi-Class 50 and 100 Freestyle, 50 and 100 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly and 50 Backstroke events.  To top it all off, Keira was also awarded the AWD Swimmer of the Championships.  This is a tremendous achievement for this multi-talented sportswoman who always competes with great integrity and spirit.  </div><div> </div><div>Congratulations Keira, Xavier is very proud of you and all Xavier students who competed at this competition.</div><div><br><strong>Boys AFL QLD Cup</strong><br></div><div>Two Xavier AFL teams (Years 7-9 and Years 10-12) will compete in Round 1 of the QLD AFL Cup early next term. Good luck to these teams.  The girls division of this competition will also occur in Term 2.</div><div><br> <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">XAVIER P-12 PARLAUF RELAY AND CROSS-COUNTRY</strong><br></div><div>To finish off Xavier Day on Wednesday 28th March, the annual running of the P-12 Parlauf Relays took placeon the secondary oval.  This involved a runner from each house and each year level competing as a team against the other three houses. Students ran with a baton and whichever team completed the most laps in ten minutes was deemed the winner. </div><div> </div><div>The K-12 Xavier Cross-Country was also held on Thursday 29th March. Please check out our facebook page for photos from the two events. <br></div><div></div><div><strong><br><br>Term 2 Friday Sport</strong><br>Year 7 & 8 students have selected sports for Term 2 Friday sport.  Along with the Dance and Soccer programs, students will be participating in seven fitness-based activities including: Cardio Tennis, PCYC Boys Fitness, PCYC Girls Fitness, Martial Arts, School Gym Circuit Training, Walking for Fitness.  These sessions will begin the first week of Term 2 on Friday 20th April.</div><div><br> </div><div><strong>Congratulations on a BIG Term 1 of Sport</strong><br>Term 1 has been a very busy term for sport.  Over 70 students have been selected to represent Wide Bay in a variety of sports through their successful participation in the Cluster 1 and 2 Sport Trials.  Kondari had a memorable victory in the Xavier Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival and Xavier won all three major trophies at the Hervey Bay District Swimming Carnival.  The Senior Fast 5 Netball team won the inaugural FCAC 5-a-side Netball competition with the Senior Boys Rugby 7 team winning the Plate final in the FCAC Rugby 7’s competition.  Both the 13 Boys and 15 Boys Rugby League teams will compete in the final of the Broncos Challenge Rugby League competition being held at Stafford Park on Wednesday 28th March, starting at 4.15pm.  Our QISSN netball team, Confraternity rugby league team, Oztag teams and Touch teams have also begun their preparations for the 2018 season.  With Cross-Country still to come this week, it has been a BIG term of sport. </div><div> </div><div>I would like to congratulate all Xavier students for their endeavours in sport this term and wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.</div><div><br> <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">RUGBY SEVENS</strong><br></div><div>On Saturday 17th March, 14 of our Under 15 & Open boys represented the School in the Fraser Coast Anglican College Rugby Sevens Tournament.  Despite this being some students first time playing sevens together, they adapted remarkably quickly to the demands of the abbreviated version of the game.  Due to prior commitments on the Saturday, many students were not able to attend the carnival, so we arranged for a few players from Hervey Bay High School to join our teams.  The boys played with a lot of patience and kept the ball alive in attack.  </div><div><br>Our Under 15’s team were unfortunately short for the weekend and therefore had a long day ahead of them, however they were able to be competitive right up to their last game.  Our Opens boys had a hard draw, playing against some well drilled teams, but were successful in finishing up as Plate winners (3rd overall) for their division. </div><div><br>Thank you to the students from Hervey Bay State High for helping out with our teams, FCAC for organising a great tournament, to the parents who gave excellent support, and to the boys for their superb effort.<br> </div><div><img alt="IMG_1094 Rugby sevens.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/IMG_1094%20Rugby%20sevens.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> ​<br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">DEBATING WIN #2</strong><br>Congratulations to our Junior Debating team – Jazmyn Hanily, Jasmine Miller, Lachlan Maag and Sarah Garty who won Round 2 in the Apex Debating Competition against FCAC.  They convinced the judges that the internet does NOT do more harm than good. Their rebuttal arguments were very well developed, giving them their victory.  Good luck to the team as they head into Round 3 with the topic: "<em>That rules and regulations stifle creativity". </em></div><div><br> <p style="margin:0px 0px 11px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="margin:0px;"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"><img alt="Debating.png" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/Debating.png" style="margin:5px;" /></font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="margin:0px;"></span> <br></p> <font size="3"></font><font color="#000000"></font><font face="Times New Roman"></font>​ <font size="3"></font><font color="#000000"></font><font face="Times New Roman"></font>​<br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">NARWARI MISSION WEEK</strong><br>Narwari Mission Week was a great success and raised not only funds, but awareness of the work Caritas does in our world and what the money we raised is used for.  Assembly had two special visitors with Spud the Leprechaun and Blessed Edmund Rice visiting the school to share their story. The Year 12 students gave the teachers a touch up in the first volleyball game, but with the assistance of the umpire, the staff came back to win the second game.  The demand for icy cups was extraordinary but we were able to keep all our customers happy.  Carnival Games and Face Painting were a huge hit in the Primary School, and a Year 4 student won the Easter Raffle.  As always, the Jelly Eating brings the crowds to watch all the action and cheer our eaters on.  Our first ever bake sale was a sell out with staff and students jostling to get the baked goods before they all ran out. </div><div><br>Thanks to all the Narwari staff for organising the activities and to everyone for supporting our week and making it a great success.</div><div> </div><div><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PROPOSED TRIP TO FRANCE – 2019</strong><br></div><div>Parents of students currently studying French in years 10 and 11 are invited to attend an information evening, regarding our proposed trip to France in 2019.  Costs, itinerary and dates will be available on the evening.  The following arrangements will apply.</div><div><br>Date: April 19<br>Time: 6.00 pm<br>Venue: Room 48, Montmartre Language Centre   </div><div><br>Lynette Pritchard – French Teacher</div><div><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">XAVIER PLAYGROUP</strong><br></div><div>Playgroup will re-commence next term on Thursday 26th April and will run through until Thursday 21st June.</div><div><br> <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">DEBUTANTE BALL</strong><br></div><div>St Mary’s Parish – 89th Debutante Ball will be held on Friday 24th August at the Maryborough Town Hall.  This is an event steeped in tradition and has been running consecutively for 89 years, making it the oldest debutante ball in Queensland.  </div><div><br> If you would like to be part of this event please attend the information session on Tuesday 17th April at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Maryborough at 6pm.  This event is open to ALL YEAR 11 GIRLS regardless of denomination or school and you must be available for dance practise and etiquette lessons on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8pm commencing 27 May.  </div><div><br> If you require additional information please contact Lisa Stewart 0408-375-443.</div><div><br> </div><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>EASTER SERVICE TIMES</strong></div><div> </div><div> <img alt="Holy Week advert.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-10,-2018/Holy%20Week%20advert.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br></div><div> <br></div><div><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:center;">   <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><em>ELDERS SWIM CENTRE</em></strong></p><p 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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 8, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-8,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 1, Week 8, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Header%20Week8.jpg" alt="Header Week8.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" />​​​​​​​​​​</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong><br></p><div>Dear Parents/Carers,<br><br></div><div><strong>Parental Engagement Committee</strong><br></div><div>As a means of promoting consultation, communication and feedback, last year we established a Parental Engagement Committee (PEC). Being a member enables you to contribute ideas for school/community operations, as well as get answers to questions or concerns you may have in a small group setting. It is a well-known fact that being an involved parent can help to make your child's school experience be a more positive one. Meetings frequently serve an information function, but parents are encouraged to share global concerns or ask questions about the school curriculum, instruction, policies and procedures. The goal of the PEC is to broaden parent/community involvement in our school.</div><div><br>Parent Engagement Committees build parent engagement by:<br></div><div><ul><li>providing the school leadership with advice on parent engagement and how to communicate with parents;</li><li>learning about proposed changes to school policy, procedures and operations and provide feedback from a parent perspective;</li><li>developing strategies and initiatives to help the school leadership engage more parents in their children's learning at home and at school;</li><li>sharing information with, and supporting the work of the school leadership;</li><li>advising staff in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services;</li><li>planning, conducting, and participating in information as well as formal programs and activities for parents and staff. <br></li></ul></div><div>The Parent Engagement Committee (PEC) will meet once a Term for about 90 minutes. <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ALL</strong> parents and carers are welcome to attend. This is your opportunity to help make a difference in our school and our community.</div><div><br>Our first meeting will be held on Monday 26th March from 3.30pm to 5.00pm in Campion Theatre.</div><div><br><strong>School Improvement Audit</strong><br>In June this year Xavier Catholic College will be undergoing an external audit based on the National School Improvement Framework. This will be a critical review from which a new Strategic Plan will be developed.<br>In preparation, we wish to hear from all parents, students and staff. Last year we launched a very successful Community Satisfaction Survey which helped shape many new directions for the College including our new Responsible Behaviour Policy.</div><div>​<br>This year we are partnering with the University of Southern Queensland for our data gathering. USQ have developed a survey tool which aligns with the National School Improvement Framework. The survey tool is called the Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment (DISA).</div><div><br>Your support in completing the survey is crucial to our future planning. Only when we hear all voices can we plan for long-lasting and sustainable improvement. Click the below image to complete the survey. <br><span></span><br>After this you will see a welcome page and you click on the dropdown box on the left-hand side to choose your survey (Parent, Student or Staff). The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and it will be open for the next few weeks to give people the time and opportunity to have their say.<span></span><br><br><div><a href="https://disasurvey.acelleadership.org.au/survey/b088fc38"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20DISA.jpg" alt="2018 DISA.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <br></div>My thanks to you in anticipation.</div><div><br>God Bless<br>Simon Dash</div><div><br><br><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></div><div>Please note the following upcoming events:</div><div><br>14/03/2018   Year 5 Camp<br>14/03/2018   P-12 Narwari Assembly<br>15/03/2018   Year 11/12 Legal Studies Supreme Court Brisbane visit<br>15/03/2018   Year 7-10 A&TSI Boys To Men Program <br>16/03/2018   National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence<br>16/03/2018   Year 6 Parish Mass at Howard <br>16/03/2018   Years 4-7 AFL Gala Day <br>17/03/2018   Year 7-12 FCAC 7's Rugby Union & 5-a-Side Netball<br>19/03/2018   St Joseph's Feast Day <br>20/03/2018   Holy Week Prayer Stations<br>21/03/2018   P & F Meeting AGM<br>22/03/2018   Holy Week Prayer Stations<br>22/03/2018   Year 7-10 A&TSI Boys To Men Program<br>22/03/2018   Principal's Afternoon Tea<br>23/03/2018   Year 5/6 Gala Day<br>26/03/2018   Holy Week Prayer Stations<br>27/03/2018   Year 7 Parent Evening for Maths Pathway<br>28/03/2018   Xavier Day & P-12 Parlauf Relay<br>29/03/2018   P-12 Cross-Country<br>29/03/2018   Easter Liturgy<br>29/03/2018   Holy Thursday<br>29/03/2018   Last Day of Term 1<br>29/03/2018   Year 7-10 A&TSI Boys To Men Program<br>30/03/2018   GOOD FRIDAY<br>31/03/2018   EASTER SATURDAY<br>01/04/2018   EASTER SUNDAY<br>02/04/2018   EASTER MONDAY<br>03/04/2018   SCHOOL VACATION<br>04/04/2018   Commonwealth Games to 15 April<br>16/04/2018   Student Free Day</div><br><br><br></div><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></div><div><strong><br><a href="https://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/nationalday/"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/nda-small-banner.jpeg" alt="nda-small-banner.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a><br></strong></div><div> <span style="margin:0px;"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"></font></span> </div><div> ​This Friday is 'National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence', and as a school we will be acknowledging this day of action. <br><br>As a Catholic School in the Ignatian tradition, Xavier Catholic College believes that a student’s wellbeing is paramount. That is, in order for students to learn to the best of their ability and to extend personal growth, they must have a safe and friendly environment in which to spend their time. <br><br>To read more about Xavier's Anti Bullying & Harrassment Policy, please follow the link to the document.<br><a href="/Our-Community/news-and-events/Documents/Anti_Bully_Brochure_XAVIER_FINAL.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Anti_Bully_Brochure_XAVIER_FINAL.pdf</a> <br>  <strong><br><br>Parent Teacher Interviews for Years 7 to 12</strong><br></div><div>I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and guardians to log into the College Portal and access their student's Term One Interim Reports and where necessary book a time to meet with teachers about your son/daughter’s progress this term.<br><br>The interviews will be held in GOA on Tuesday 20th March from 3.30pm to 8.00pm. It is a great time to celebrate success and address any concerns so that the students are in a great position to have a successful year. </div><div>​<strong><br>Parent Teacher Interviews P-6</strong><br>Parent teacher Interviews will conclude for Term 1 at the end of this week.  A very big thank you to all parents who have engaged in this important process and taken the opportunity to discuss their student/students’ progress in the classroom.  Please do not hesitate to contact the College should you wish to discuss a matter further or if you wish to book a follow-up appointment with a teacher.  </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Year 5 Camp</strong><br>Year 5 students and their class teachers head off on camp this week to Maranatha on the Sunshine Coast.  Challenging students to achieve their best and asking students to form connections with their classmates are just two of the key themes for this activity-based camp.  It is a wonderful experience and we look forward to hearing about their adventures at Assembly next week.  Thanks to all the staff who have been involved in putting together the camp program. </div><div><br><strong>Sporting Success at XCC</strong><br>Congratulations to Colton Blyth who has been contesting the 2017/2018, 7 to 9 years Queensland Gatorade Triathlon series. On the weekend of 3rd and 4th March, the 7th and final round was held in Raby Bay.<br><br>Colton competed in 6 of the 7 rounds finishing with 1 Bronze, 1 Silver and 4 Gold medals. His combined points score saw him finish the series on equal points with his nearest competitor and this result led to him sharing the 2017-2018 series championship Gold Medal. Well done to Colton for what is truly an amazing achievement. </div><div><br>Please continue to share with the College stories of student success.  Whether it be on the sporting field, in the Arts or another area we are always keen to hear about students who are striving to do their best. </div><div> <br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Colton%20Bryce%20Triathlon.jpg" alt="Colton Bryce Triathlon.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;height:468px;" /><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br><br></strong><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ENROLMENTS OPEN FOR PREP AND YEAR 7 SIBLINGS FOR 2019</strong><br>Applications for Enrolment for ‘Non-Xavier’ siblings of our current families going into Prep and Year 7, 2019 are now being taken.  </div><div><br>We encourage our current families, if they have not already done so, to submit their enrolment application as soon as possible to ensure that your place is confirmed before we open enrolments to the wider community.<br></div><div>This process is being conducted to ensure all of our current families have prior access to a Prep or Year 7 position in 2019. </div><div><br>You are able to submit your application as a hard copy or <a href="/enrolments/Pages/Apply.aspx">online via our website</a>. A Prospectus with an enrolment application is available from the Front Office. We are also conducting a <strong>Principal’s Tour on Thursday 22nd March </strong>between 9am to 12 noon. If you would like to come along, please ring to register your name.</div><div><br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">OFFICE OPENING HOURS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS</strong><br>The School Office will be closed from 30th March to 6th  April, 2018.  The Office re-opens from Monday 9th April to Thursday 12th  from 9.00am to 3.00pm.  The office will re-open at midday,  Monday 16th April, which is a Pupil-free day.</div><div><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">XAVIER DAY 28 MARCH, 2018</strong></div><div style="text-align:left;"> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-4 ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"><em></em></span>Xavier Day will be celebrated by our school community on Wednesday 28th March.  Parents and families of students from P-6 are invited to share in our celelbrations this year by coming along for our <em>"Lunch on the Lawn".  </em>Bring along a picnic lunch and a blanket and join your child/children for an early lunch from 10.35-11.15am.  We would love to see you there!<br></div><div><br><br><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">THIS WEEK IS </strong><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">NARWARI MISSION WEEK</strong><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"> - REMAINING ACTIVITIES</strong><br></div><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></div><div><table class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:184px;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:294px;">​<strong>PRIMARY SCHOOL</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:254px;"><strong>SECONDARY SCHOOL​</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:184px;">​THURSDAY 15 MARCH<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:294px;">​Prep - Year 2 Carnival Games - 1st Break<br>(Goa)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:254px;">​<span>Icy Cups on sale all week. <br>Easter Raffle on sale all week.</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:184px;">​FRIDAY 16 MARCH<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:294px;">​Face Painting - 1st Break<br>(Goa)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:254px;">​Jelly Eating Competition<br>Easter Raffle Drawn<br>(Outside Stage)</td></tr></tbody></table><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Narwari%20Mission%20Week%202018.jpg" alt="Narwari Mission Week 2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PARENT PORTAL NEWS</strong></p><p> Please log on and check your details.</p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Parent%20Portal%20Details.JPG" alt="Parent Portal Details.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>LEADERSHIP THROUGH LIONS</strong><br><span><span lang="EN-GB" style="margin:0px;"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lions%202018b.jpg" alt="Lions 2018b.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 15px;" /></span></span>On 3rd  March students from the Fraser Coast area competed in the Regional Finals of the Lions Youth of the Year Competition, held in Maryborough. This long running competition develops leadership qualities in young people and includes a panel interview, a five-minute prepared speech and two impromptu speeches. <br><br></div><div>Congratulations to Year 12 students, Raemah Krause and Alexandria Pronk, who made it through to the finals and were outstanding representatives of our College. </div><div> </div><div>Both girls demonstrated commitment, confidence and courage under pressure. They spoke convincingly and articulately in response to the impromptu topics which included: <br><ul><li>If you were the Queensland Premier for the day what would be your top priorities?</li><li>What needs to change in the Australian Curriculum?</li></ul></div><div>Well done Alex and Raemah on continuing the tradition of Xavier students being held in high regard and esteem by the Lions and Lioness members of our community.<span lang="EN-GB" style="margin:0px;"></span><br><br>​<strong>Would you like to enter in 2019? </strong></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lions%202018a.jpg" alt="Lions 2018a.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>The Lions program encourages leadership, friendship, personal development, citizenship, sportsmanship, public speaking and academic achievement. It provides students with the opportunity to experience the interview situation, meet other young people, meet leaders in the community, present their own leadership qualities and speaking abilities and be introduced to Lions community involvement. It also fosters communication and understanding between students, teachers, parents and members of the wider community.</div><div><br>Moreover, it showcases the best of what this College has to offer: students who present their views with passion, who demonstrate strong commitment and resilience, who conduct themselves with great sportsmanship, poise and dignity and without doubt, students who are seen by the wider community as worthy Ambassadors of the College.</div><div><br>The National Youth will win $5000 and a considerable travel prize which would normally amount to two or three weeks travel. If you are in Year 11 and are interested in entering the 2019 competition please attend the upcoming meetings advertised in the notices or contact Ms Kliendienst: jo.kliendienst@bne.catholic.edu.au</div><div><br><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">JUNIOR DEBATING WIN</strong><br>Congratulations to our Junior Debating team, Jasmine Miller, Sarah Garty, Jazmyn Hanily and Lachlan Maag who won the first round of the Apex Debating Competition at Aldridge State High School. The team debated the topic: “That the internet does more harm than good”. As the negative team, they needed to show all the benefits and positives the internet brings to our lives. Their win was a great start to the debating season, particularly as Lachlan and Jasmine had not debated before. Their success was a result of enthusiasm, team effort, research and rehearsals over many lunch breaks. On Tuesday 13th March, they took on Fraser Coast Anglican College students arguing the topic: “That peer pressure is beneficial to the individual”. We wish them the best of luck! <br></div><div><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Junior%20Debating%202018.jpg" alt="Junior Debating 2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;height:472px;" /><br> <br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SENIOR LOCAL IMMERSION</strong><br>At the beginning of this month six senior students took the risk and immersed themselves into the life of our <span></span>marginalised members of society in and around Brisbane.  In the coming newsletters they will share this experience and how they have<span><span></span></span> been changed by the people they met, the activities they took part in and the experience as a whole.  In this, The Year of Youth, we are reminded that Jesus himself is the Lord of <span><span><span><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lord%20of%20risk.jpg" alt="Lord of risk.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;" /></span></span></span>risk and we too are asked to be more in our world, by taking responsibility for it and transforming our world. </div><div> </div><div>A big thank you to Hervey Bay RSL for their support and for the time that these students, Brianna Bagnall, Julia Sullivan, Hayley Kuilboer, Maddi McGovern, Eleanor Beach and Mikaela Gray, gave of themselves by participating in this immersion.  </div><div> </div><div>This opportunity will be offered once more this year in October so please, if you have a child in year 11 or 12 who would love to be a part of this experience, please support them when it is advertised.  </div><div><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"></span>  <br><br></div><div><img alt="Senior Immersion 1.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-8,-2018/Senior%20Immersion%201.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:630px;height:473px;" /><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Rosies%202018%20Immersion.jpg" alt="Rosies 2018 Immersion.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> <br><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CARE AND CONCERN COMMITTEE GATHERING</strong><br>This Sunday the Care and Concern committee will be gathering at Arkarra Tea Gardens for afternoon tea and a catch up.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the afternoon.  If you are interested in assisting in this committee please feel free to come and join us.  Please RSVP as per below.</div><div><br>Date: <strong>Sunday 18th March</strong><br>Time: <strong>2 pm – 4pm</strong><br>Where: <strong>Arkarra Tea Gardens</strong> (28-34 Panorama Dr, Dundowran Beach QLD)<br>RSVP: <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;">cjdonnelly@bne.catholic.edu.au</span> 41971165</div><div><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PARISH YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM MEETING</strong><br><strong>WHEN:</strong> Sunday 18th March<br><strong>TIME:</strong>  6pm – 8pm<br><strong>WHERE:</strong> John Paul Centre next to the Church<br><strong>WHO:</strong> Year 7 and above<br><strong>RSVP:</strong> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;">cjdonnelly@bne.catholic.edu.au</span> 0448488443<br>It will be a simple rice meal to reflect Lent.</div><br><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL EXCURSION</strong></span><br>The annual Alliance Française French film festival has become one of the most popular events on the excursion calendar for our language students. This excursion took place last Friday 9th March, when our year 10, 11 and 12 French students set off to Brisbane for a voyage into the world of French cinema and an immersion into the language and the culture of the country for a short time. <br><br>Our first film was Belle et Sebastien 3, Le Dernier Chapitre. This is a heart-warming story of a 12 year old boy, Sebastien, who chooses not follow his father and his new wife to Canada. Instead he chooses to remain in the French Alps with his grandfather to watch over his dog, Belle, who has now become a mother to three beautiful pups. When a stranger arrives claiming to be Belle’s rightful owner, Sebastien finds himself in a position where he must protect his best friend and her little ones. <br><br>The next stage of our language adventure came in the form of a more serious movie, La Melodie. Plucking at the heart strings in this movie, we follow the story of Simon Daoud, a down-on-his-luck musician who, despite his talents, winds up teaching a sixth grade orchestra class. As far as depictions of contemporary Parisian middle school life go, this is a realistic one, with Simon’s multicultural class of rambunctious, trash-talking 12 year olds proving a test for his patience, yet one in which he ends up seeing potential, especially in a shy but gifted boy, Arnold. Simon makes a promise to his class to take them to perform at the Paris Philharmonic. Will they make it?<br><br>A wonderful day with exceptional behaviour and involvement from the students!! Many thanks to Madame Adriana Sardoni for her invaluable assistance on the day. <br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/French%20Film%20Festival%202018.jpg" alt="French Film Festival 2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SPORTS NEWS</strong></span></div><div><strong>Xavier Cross Country</strong><br>The K-12 Xavier Cross Country will be held on Thursday 29th March at the College grounds. All races will start and finish on the secondary oval. A draft schedule for the day is as follows:</div><div><br>09:00 – 09:30   Holy Week Liturgy (JPAC)<br>09:30 – 12:30   K-6 Cross Country Events <br>09:30 – 10:35   Normal classes (Yr 7-12)<br>10:35 – 11:20   Morning Tea<br>11:20 – 12:25   Normal classes (Yr 7-12)<br>12:25 – 12:40   2nd break<br>12:40 – 02:30   12yr to Open Cross Country Events<br>02:30 – 03:00   P-12 Presentations in JPAC</div><div><br>This is a compulsory school day where the Xavier spirit shines through. Students are being taken through the course during their HPE lessons. More details on this event will be communicated soon. </div><div>​<br></div><div><strong>Wide Bay Cluster 2 Trials</strong><br>Congratulations to all students who have been selected in Hervey Bay District teams to participate at the Wide Bay Cluster 2 Trials on Monday 19th March. Students have either been handed hard copies of paperwork (at their HB trials) or have been emailed paperwork. Both the Parent Consent Form (handed into Sports Box) and Qkr payment are due by Wednesday 14th March.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Wide Bay Reps</strong><br>A number of Xavier students have been selected in Wide Bay teams already in 2018. Congratulations to all students on your selections. Parents are welcome to send in photos of students participating in Wide Bay teams to Nathan Milne at <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;">nmilne@bne.catholic.edu.au.</span></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Oztag & Touch Football</strong><br>Both the Oztag and Touch Football seasons are about to commence. Due to a clash of competitions on Sunday 29th July (both Sunny Coast All Schools Touch and QLD All Schools Oztag competitions being held), trials for Xavier Oztag and Touch Football teams will occur over coming weeks. Students who wish to play in both Touch and Oztag on this weekend will be communicated options once teams have been finalised.</div><div></div><div> <br><br> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HERVEY BAY CATHOLIC PARISH</strong><br></div><div><b><u></u></b></div><div><b><u></u></b></div><div><b><u><img alt="Opening new horizons for spreading joy.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-8,-2018/Opening%20new%20horizons%20for%20spreading%20joy.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></u></b> </div><div><b><u>​<br>NDIS WORKSHOPS<br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NDIS%20flyer.JPG" alt="NDIS flyer.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br>BAY BREAK</u></b><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bay%20Break%202018.jpg" alt="Bay Break 2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;" /><br></div>

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