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Newsletter - Term 3, Week 10, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 3, Week 10, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​​<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Xavier-Catholic-College-Hervey-Bay-299106990215723/"><img alt="Facebook banner newsletter.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Facebook%20banner%20newsletter.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a></strong></strong></strong></strong><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>Dear Parents and Carers<br><br><strong>Taking Stock</strong><br>Last week at assembly, I shared the following story with our students.<br>S<em>herlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep.</em><br><em>Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.</em><br><em>"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you </em><em>see."</em><em></em><em>Watson replied, "I see millions of stars."</em><br><em>"What does that tell you?"</em><br><em>Watson pondered for a minute.</em><br><em>"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets."</em><br><em>"Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo."</em><br><em>"Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three."</em><br><em>"Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant."</em><br><em>"Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow."</em><br><em>"What does it tell you, Holmes?"</em><br><em>Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke: "Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!"</em></p><p><em></em>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 recognise our blind spots. For our students, I wanted them to reflect on all the things in their lives for which they should be grateful. A ‘Gratitude’ mindset helps us stop and think of the simple things in life that we often take for granted. It reminds us to say ‘thank you’ for the things that often go unnoticed.<br><br>After three quarters of the academic year the students and staff of the College are looking forward to a well-earned break.  Term Three has been a busy and exciting one, filled with the challenges of study and many achievements.  As with any time that we take a rest from the hectic pace of the day-to-day, the break 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 always told, 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 them to improve.  To all who have taken up this challenge and stuck with it, I offer you my congratulations. I hope your gratitude mindset allows you to say thank you to God, your teachers, your parents and to yourself.<br><br>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 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 over this holiday break.  Let us all commence the final Term with the determination to be grateful, to improve and to see beyond our blind spots. <br><br>God bless<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal<br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></p><p>It has been a long and very busy term and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful and relaxing break. Term Four will be upon us before we know it, so enjoy the spring weather and recharge your batteries refreshed for the first day back on Monday 8th October.</p><p><strong>Greatly Enhancing Career Knowledge and Opportunities (GECKO)</strong><br>Over the last two weeks of the term our Year 10 students have been undertaking work experience and a range of activities that will enhance their career opportunities as well as build their personal development skills. Reports from the employers who have taken on one of our students have been glowing. Our students are great ambassadors for the College.<br><br style="text-decoration:underline;"></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>Year 3 & 4 Gala Day</strong><br>Our Year 3 and 4 students travelled to various venues last Friday and competed against other schools in the region in friendly competition across various sports.  With the sun shining and a general atmosphere of fun and cooperation the overwhelming feedback from the day was positive. Thank you to the many parents who came along to support their children and to the teachers who ensured the day ran so smoothly.  Ms Hatchett did a wonderful job of preparing students for this activity.  We look forward to the Year 5 & 6 Gala Day which will be held on the last day of Term 3. <br><br><br><strong>Year 5 Come and Try Day</strong><br>Xavier hosted the Year Five Star of the Sea students last Friday for the annual Year 5 Come and Try Day.  This dedicated day was focused on giving students from both schools the opportunity to experience life in the secondary environment. Students also spent time with our Senior Leaders and had the chance to investigate different areas of the school. Thanks to Mrs Love and the Year Five teachers from both schools for ensuring this day was successful and most importantly…fun!<br></p><p><img alt="2018 Year 5 Come and Try.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Year%205%20Come%20and%20Try.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br></strong> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Coaching Young People for Success</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On the last two days of term, Thursday and Friday all Year 9 students will take part in a program to assist them to focus on developing a Career Plan. They will undertake a range of activities and the culminating activity will be them making their subject selections for Year 10, 2019. We thank Mr. John Donnelly and his team for offering this program to the students.</p><p><br><strong>Prep Playground Project</strong><br>As many of you many have noticed work has begun towards the construction of a new Prep Playground.  This exciting project is the next stage in the College Master Plan and is being funded by our Parents and Friends Association. This is a very exciting development for our youngest students and we look forward to its completion in Term 4.  This will be completed in conjunction with the revitalisation of the internal furniture in Prep and Year 1. Thank you to the P&F for their support of this wonderful upgrade to College facilities. <br></p><p><br><strong>Opti-Minds</strong><br>The Year 4 Opti-minds team will be travelling to Brisbane on the 13th and 14th of October to compete in the state finals.  After taking out the regional competition the team is very excited to be involved in this wonderful event.  We wish Mrs Bryant and her team of creative minds all the best for this upcoming event. <br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>19/09/2018    Years 7-12 QLD Cricket Interschool T20 <br>19/09/2018    Year Level Assemblies<br>20/09/2018    Coaching Young People for Success - Year 9<br>20/09/2018    Year 7-12 Wide Bay Surf Lifesaving League <br>21/09/2018    Term 3 ends<br>21/09/2018    Year 5/6 Gala Day<br>22/09/2018    SCHOOL VACATION<br>28/09/2018    Hervey Bay Spring Orchid Show at Xavier College<br>01/10/2018    QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY Public Holiday<br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>Fraser Coast Inter-School Basketball</strong><br>The 2018 Fraser Coast Inter-school basketball competition wrapped up last Thursday with 2 Xavier teams competing in the final. The Open Girls team took on Urangan SHS in a close game with Xavier going down by a small margin. The Open Boys team took on Hervey Bay SHS in an extremely close game with the boys going down by just one point in what was a very exciting finish. Along with the 15 Boys team, all Xavier students who competed in this competition did so with the highest level of sportsmanship and fair play. They have all represented Xavier Basketball with great distinction. A very big thank you to past student Zac Lund for all his time and effort in coaching teams and to Mr Matthew Ninnes for convening the competition and coaching our teams. </p><p><img alt="2018 Interschool Basketball.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Interschool%20Basketball.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Primary Schools Cup - Netball</strong><br>Over the weekend 10 very excited Year 5 and 6 girls competed in the Primary Schools Cup Netball competition in Bundaberg. The team played very well throughout the day on Saturday placing 3rd in their pool which qualified them for Division 3 on Sunday. They had a great day on Sunday again finishing 3rd in their pool. The girls are to be congratulated on their sportsmanship and commitment over the weekend. They certainly were wonderful representatives of our school community. A special thankyou to Helen Hatchett for coaching the team for this competition.</p><p><span></span><img alt="2018 Primary Schools Cup netball.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Primary%20Schools%20Cup%20netball.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong><br></strong> </p><p><strong>Term 3 comes to a close</strong><br>What a massive term it has been for Xavier Sport. On the back of highly successful campaigns from our QISSN and CONFRO teams during the mid-year break, Xavier launched into the athletics season with a very dominant Buthu claiming multiple trophies at our inter-school level. In the 13-19yrs district competition, Xavier once again claimed the Junior and Overall Champion trophies and many students competed at the Wide Bay trials with Sieanna Alexander and Isabella Jensen having very dominant results. 8 Xavier students gained selection in the Wide Bay team to compete at the upcoming state titles. </p><p>In other sports, Toby Powers had a hugely successful campaign at the Australian Cross-Country titles and our Oztag, Netball, Equestrian, Hockey and Touch Football teams have had success in their respective competitions. Our cricket teams have just begun their 2018 campaigns with strong wins on Monday in the 1st round of the major school competition. Good luck to our 6 Touch Football Teams who will compete at the QLD All Schools touch competition in Brisbane first week back next term. </p><p>Congratulations to all students on your sporting pursuits this term and as always, a very big thank you to all coaches and parents who make school sport possible.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">YEAR 5 COME AND TRY DAY</strong><br>On Friday 14th September Xavier hosted a Year 5 Come and Try day.  We had 40 Year 5 students from Star of the Sea join our 74 Xavier students experiencing what Xavier Secondary has to offer.<br><br>The theme for the day was coming together and have some fun. We started the day with some music and a game before students were placed into groups and the rotational activities began.  The students experienced 4 out of 6 rotations with the activities being, Music, French, Religion, Technology, Amazing Race, Maths and English Challenge.<br><br>During the breaks our Year 11 Leaders served a sausage sizzle and ice blocks before entertaining them in GOA with a basketball challenge and some outdoor games. <br><br>It was a fun and positive day for everyone.  Once again it proved what a great community Xavier Catholic College is and reinforced the friendly, caring and nurturing nature of our school.  <br><br>I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers involved for all their work in preparing and delivering fun and engaging lessons. <br></p><p><img alt="2018 Year 5 Come and Try2.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Year%205%20Come%20and%20Try2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><span><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS UPDATE</strong></span><br></p><p>Construction update<br>Construction is nearing completion at the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive intersection. During the September/October school holiday period, the Department of Transport and Main Roads will activate the new traffic signals and motorists will commence using the new Wide Bay Drive alignment.<br><br>The intersection is being opened in stages with some facilities becoming available during the holiday period. To begin, the left-turn slip lane from Wide Bay Drive and the pedestrian crossing facilities on the eastern side of the intersection will be operational. The leftturn slip lane into Scrub Hill Road and the western pedestrian crossing will be activated at a later stage in the project.<br><br>Information for schools<br>When school returns in term four, the school crossing supervisors will be available to assist students to safely cross Pialba–Burrum Heads Road on the eastern side the intersection.<br><br>Only one slip lane will be open to begin with. Traffic will be stopped on the slip lane approaches by the crossing supervisors. Students will then activate the pedestrian signals using the push button facilities. Students are to wait on the concrete islands until the green walk signal initiates and it is safe to cross.The eastern crossing of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road is being activated first. The western crossing will be made available at a later stage of the construction works. The western crossing will provide a single crossing of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road and will not be supervised.<br><br>For more information<br>Free call: 1300 728 390<br>Email: bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au</p><p><img alt="Roadworks September.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Roadworks%20September.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> </p><p><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCHOOL FEES INFORMATION</strong><br></p><p>The following extract is from the Schedule of Fees and Levies, available on the Parent Portal or the College Website.</p><p> <img alt="Issuing of Accounts.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Issuing%20of%20Accounts.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><img alt="" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><img alt="Payment Options (1) (003).jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Payment%20Options%20(1)%20(003).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br></p><p><img alt="" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><img alt="Payment Options (2).jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Payment%20Options%20(2).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br> <img alt="" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong><br></p><p><img alt="Capture.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Capture.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CRAFT FEST</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>Maryborough Artisans Inc will be hosting the 11th annual CraftFest, at the historic Maryborough City Hall, Q. 1-3 November.</p><p>CraftFest is known as a premier craft event on the Fraser Coast.  Over 50 artisans will be displaying and selling their creations during the Fest.  A “Placemat Challenge” is being held in conjunction with the event, and all entries will be folded and packed into the Care Packs for the Troops.  A collection bin will also be available for those visitors who would like to donate goods for the Care Packs, and all monetary donations will be receipted.</p><p>The Fest will be officially opened by our Patron, Barb Hovard, at 10am on Thursday 1st November.  </p><p>Entertainment will be by the students from St Mary’s College.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Entry is only $3 and profit from door takings will be used to purchase much needed items for our beneficiaries, The Maryborough Special School and the Maryborough Hospital. Light refreshments will be available daily.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="CRAFTFEST.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/CRAFTFEST.PNG" style="margin:5px;width:600px;" /></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">DRIVER’S EDUCATION COLLEGE</strong><br>We are a not for profit entity in Bundaberg who own and operate a unique driver education complex.<br> <img alt="drive 1.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/drive%201.PNG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></p><p><br> </p><p><img alt="Drive 2.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Drive%202.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TOUCH FOOTBALL</strong><br></p><p><img alt="Touch.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/Touch.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR FARMERS<br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><img alt="bbq2.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-10,-2018/bbq2.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p>
Newsletter - Term 3, Week 8, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 3, Week 8, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Xavier-Catholic-College-Hervey-Bay-299106990215723/"><img alt="Newsletter Reviews Header.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Newsletter%20Reviews%20Header.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>Dear Parents and Carer’s<strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Creating a Culture of Care</strong><br>Much of our Retreat and Personal Development Programs allow students to reflect and explore the kind of social skills that young people must develop to promote healthy relationships. Ultimately, it is an opportunity for students to appreciate their differences, talk about respecting those differences and to celebrate these differences as each young person journeys towards developing their own identity. Along the way, mistakes happen. But, in creating a culture of care and respect at Xavier Catholic College we find a way through the mishaps and misadventures of adolescence.<br><br>From time to time we hear in the media about law and order campaigns.  It’s the approach that says, “<em>Let’s get tough and crack down</em>”.  The same approach is sometimes called for in schools as a response to poor behaviour and inappropriate conduct.  As with most law and order approaches, those who advocate for a tough stance tend to see it differently when it is their own child who is seeking the mercy and compassion of the College for their own misdemeanours.</p><p>Xavier Catholic College sets firm standards in terms of behaviour and discipline.  We do not apologise for setting high expectations in this regard. But, such standards are best achieved through positive enculturation rather than through the threat of punishment or coercion.  Our desire is to create a <em>Culture of Care</em> that develops the ability to make responsible decisions in each and every student, rather than a <em>Culture of Control</em>, which seeks the outcome by imposing external punishment.  When a student graduates from our College our hope is that they have developed the skills to make sound judgements about their behaviour without having authority figures looking over their shoulder.  As a community that is founded on the life-giving message of the gospel, our desire to create a <em>Culture of Care</em> aligns well with our calling to be a faith community.    </p><p>For a Catholic School in the Ignatian Tradition, the cultural characteristics that every Jesuit School must strive to live out if it is to be authentic to its mission are very clear:</p><p><strong>Holistic Education</strong>: <em>integrated development occurs through quality teaching and learning</em><br><strong>Spirituality</strong>: <em>each person’s story is unique and sacred</em><br><strong>Faith in Action</strong>: <em>each person is called to respond out of a personal relationship with God</em><br><strong>Community</strong>: <em>a school forms a distinctive community</em><br><strong>Pastoral Care</strong>: <em>the dignity of each person as a child of God is at the heart of pastoral care</em><br><strong>Service of Others</strong>: <em>service of others is integral to becoming a follower of Jesus</em><br><strong>Being Just</strong>: <em>justice is integral to the vision of the Kingdom</em><br><strong>At the Margins</strong>: <em>Saint Ignatius, following Jesus, sought out the marginalised</em><br><strong>Compassion</strong>: <em>compassion is central to the life and teaching of Jesus and to the spirituality of Saint Ignatius and Saint Francis </em><br><strong>Stewardship</strong>: <em>God’s gifts are to be shared justly and used wisely, as exemplified by Ignatius</em><br><strong>Reflective Practice</strong>: <em>reflective practice leads to personal and communal growth.</em><br><br>The more these defining features are made clearly identifiable; the chances of bullying are greatly diminished.  Building up a community that is tolerant, respectful, responsible and values the dignity of each and every individual is a key response to addressing the problem of bullying and poor behaviour.  Much of the solution is found in building positive relationships within the community.  It is for this reason that our Responsible Behaviour Policy focuses on creating positive relationships and encouraging individuals to take responsibility for their actions.</p><p>Our focus on relationships and creating community is necessary in order to fulfil the task of education.  When you enrol your child at Xavier Catholic College you join a community. We are not a business dealing with individual clients. We are members of a community that is called to support and to challenge each student as they grow to maturity.  Of course, individuals grow at different rates and require different forms of support.  When we accept that we are in this together, we take a huge step to achieving our desired outcomes and goals.  </p><p>This approach is not only supported by our faith tradition but is also supported by educational research into the functioning of healthy organisations. The following quote comes from one of the world’s leading educationalists, Michael Fullan:</p><p><em>“Von Krogh et al (2000) emphasise that a culture of care (certainly not a business term!) is vital for successful performance, which they define in five dimensions: mutual trust, active empathy, access to help, lenience in judgement and courage.  Does that sound like soft stuff better suited to kindergarten?...</em><br><em>Not when you see the U.S. Army, KPMG, Gemini Consulting, Monsanto, British Petroleum, Sears and a host of other companies in “tough” businesses espousing quality relationships as vital to their success.”</em><br><em> (Quoted in <strong>Leading in a Culture of Change</strong> Fullan (2001) (p.158)).</em></p><p><em></em>Creating a <em>Culture of Care</em>, as the writer says, may sound like “soft stuff”.  But the evidence is that it works and leads to healthy, high functioning and happy communities.  </p><p><br>God Bless<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>R U OK Event</strong><br>Our Junior choir and Dance Academy students were lucky enough to be involved in the local R U OK event.  This important initiative which focuses on the need to recognise mental health was well received by the students and their performance on the day was a wonderful example of the talent here at the College.  Congratulations to all students and staff involved. <br></p><p> <img alt="2018 RUOK.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20RUOK.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Father’s Day Breakfast & Liturgy </strong><br>The special men in the lives of our students were recognised and celebrated last Friday with a breakfast followed by a liturgy.  A highlight of the morning was the annual student’s vs parent’s soccer match.  Although it was hotly contested it was a unanimous victory to the students on the day.  Thanks to all who attended and made it such a memorable morning.</p><p><img alt="2018 Fathers Day.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Fathers%20Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>Opti-Minds</strong><br>We had several teams compete recently in the regional Opti-Minds competition. All the competing teams performed admirably however the highlight of the weekend was a first place for our Year 4 team who will now move on the State finals in Brisbane.  Well done to the students involved and thank you to the staff who gave up their Saturday to allow students to participate. <br></p><p> <img alt="2018 Optiminds.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Optiminds.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p><strong>Queensland Core Skills Tests for 2018</strong><br>This is the penultimate time for this set of testing over 2 days which assist in the development of a student’s OP result. Many of our Year 12 students have been in JPAC for most of Tuesday and Wednesday completing the tests. From 2020 the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) with external exams will take over the role of the QCS tests.<br><br>We wish our Year 12 students all best with the outcomes of this testing and with their upcoming subject exams.<br><br><strong>Great Sandy Straits Houseboat Fieldtrips</strong><br>Last week and again this week our dedicated Marine Science and Aquatic Practices staff have taken the students in these subjects on a two-night, three-day tour on Houseboats. It is a wonderful experience for the students and gives them the opportunity to practice the skills they have been taught in class. We thank our staff for giving up time with their families to provide this for the students.</p><p><img alt="2018 Houseboats.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Houseboats.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>Senior Education and Training Planning</strong><br>The Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan is a key part of the Queensland Government’s Education and Training Reforms for the Future​ initiative. It builds on the types of programs already provided for Year 10 students to help them review past achievements and choose a program of education in Years 11 and 12. <br><br>Over the term our Year 10 students have used their Personal & Social Development (PSDE) class time to undertake a variety of activities looking at pathways they may consider and the many options available to them.<br>Last week students and their parents met with a SETP mentor to investigate their preferred pathways and confirm their subject selections for Year 11, 2019. This process will enable the students to be supported as they move through their final years of schooling.<br><br><strong>Year 12 Xavier Formal</strong><br>What an amazing event! The weather was perfect, the setting was beautiful, and the variety of cars set the scene for the arrival of our Year 12 students and their partners. Oceans Resort was the new venue for the Formal and provided a great backdrop for photos and the red-carpet arrivals.</p><p><img alt="2018 Formal.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Formal.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><img alt="2018 Formal2.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Formal2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><br><strong>INSIGNIS - Year 12 Leaders Reflection afternoon</strong><br>A final step in the Year 12 Student Leadership Development Program was undertaken last week when the students gathered to take part in a Reflection afternoon aimed at them examining the skills and talents they have developed over their time as a Leader at Xavier. They also assessed the difference they made to their peers, other students, as well as the College in general.<br><br>The newly elected Year 11 student leaders will now pick up the duties of our Year 12 leaders to enable them to focus on their studies as they move to the next stage of their lives. We look forward to celebrating with them as they move towards graduation in Term Four.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong></p><table height="329" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:400px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:21%;">​<span>4/09/2018    <br>6/09/2018    <br>7/09/2018   <br>10/09/2018    <br>12/09/2018    <br>14/09/2018    <br>14/09/2018    <br>14/09/2018   <br>14/09/2018 <br>17/09/2018    <br>17/09/2018   <br>19/09/2018    <br>20/09/2018 21/09/2018 <br>21/09/2018   </span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<span><span>QCS Tests<br><span><span>Year 11 REL Cultural Cafe </span></span><br><span><span>Year 12 only Exam Block</span></span><br><span><span>GECKO - Year 10</span></span><br><span><span>Year 7 - 11 Assembly</span></span><br><span><span>Year 3/4 Gala Day</span></span><br><span><span>Technology Challenge </span></span><br><span><span>Year 5 Come and Try Day</span></span><br><span><span>Year 9 PSDE Australian Navy Cadets Talk</span></span><br><span><span>GECKO - Year 10</span></span><br><span><span>Year 11 Maths B KAP Exam</span></span><br><span><span>Year Level / Extended PC</span></span><br><span><span>Coaching Young People for Success - Year 9</span></span><br><span><span>Year 5/6 Gala Day</span></span><br><span><span>Term 3 ends</span></span><br></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong><br><strong>Toby Powers excels at Australian Cross-Country Titles</strong><br>Toby Powers has performed exceptionally well at the recent Australian Schools Cross-Country titles held in Maleny. Over a challenging 4km course, Toby ran superbly to finish in 7th position. This was then backed up a couple of days later where, as a part of the QLD relay team, Toby claimed gold in the Cross-Country relay event. Congratulations Toby on this outstanding achievement. You have represented yourself, your family and the Xavier community with great distinction.</p><p><img alt="Toby Powers 2018 National Cross country.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Toby%20Powers%202018%20National%20Cross%20country.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>QLD All Schools Touch Football</strong><br>All players have been given an information letter with details for the upcoming QLD All Schools Touch Football carnival. Payment and consent needs to be completed via Qkr! by the end of this term, Friday 21st September, at 9.00am. In addition, all players MUST complete the ‘Travel & Accommodation Form’ which players were given this week. Students who have not collected this paperwork, need to go to student reception to collect one.<br><br><strong>Wide Bay Surf Lifesaving League</strong><br>The annual Wide Bay Surf Lifesaving competition is being held at Bargara on Thursday 20th September. Students were asked to sign up for this event last week. Information and details will be communicated to these students soon.<br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PREP EXCURSION</strong><br>On Thursday 16th August Prep went on an excursion to the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre. The Preps had a lovely morning learning about their local area and the things that make it special. We looked at some beautiful paintings that had been created by local people. The Preps also looked at a range of woven baskets and totems that were created by different aboriginal elders.  <br><br>The Discovery Sphere was a popular attraction, and it taught us many different facts about the animals and plants that can be found on the Fraser Coast. Another highlight was looking at ‘Nala’ the enormous humpback whale statue and the other outdoor artworks. It was a wonderful morning and we thank the staff at the Cultural Centre for making us feel so welcome. <br></p><p><img alt="2018 Prep Excursion.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Prep%20Excursion.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCIENCE NEWS</strong><br><strong>S.T.E.M. Science Show</strong><br>As part of the Year 9 STEM course, each student was asked to select a science demonstration of particular interest to them. The students researched, prepared and performed their items as part of a Science Show for a class of Year 4 students. Through this activity students learnt about researching a question, writing a scientific method, preparing a risk assessment, communicating ideas and concepts and making modifications. The Year 9 students enjoyed sharing their passion for STEM subjects with the younger students.</p><p><img alt="2018 STEM Science Show.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20STEM%20Science%20Show.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>STEM students make a clock using potatoes</strong><br>Need new batteries for your clock? Don’t worry, Year 9 STEM students have been investigating ways to power a clock with potatoes and other fruits. After making potato clocks as a class, each student has designed and implemented an investigation about alternative battery designs. <br><br>Ethan investigated the best metals to use in a potato to produce the highest voltage; Chloe and Lachlan looked into the best fruit and vegetables to use to power their clock; Aiden has been investigating the effect of age and potato type on the energy produced; Emily-Jane and Dylan have been using a number of solutions with differing pH, such as coke and orange juice to run their clock; while Jacob has tested the effect of using a number of potatoes connected together on the output from this interesting type of battery.<br><br>Through this activity they are learning about constructing a hypothesis, designing a fair test and controlling variables, using excel to display data and to analyse data to draw conclusions. So, if you are looking for a sustainable alternative energy supply or to reduce your power bills, these students are the ones to ask.</p><p><img alt="2018 STEM Clock using Potatoes.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20STEM%20Clock%20using%20Potatoes.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>XCATS Roar at National Finals</strong><br>One of our Xavier’s Chemical Analysis Teams qualified for the RACI National Titration Competition finals and competed against schools across the state at UQ on the weekend. The team consisted of Poorna Jayasinghe, Ethan Makaresz and Kelsea Haupt. The competition required students to use a specialised technique to determine the amount of a chemical. The team produced the best results ever for a Xavier team with Poorna receiving a Silver Award and both Ethan and Kelsea achieving the highest standard of a Gold Award. Ethan was only 0.000006 moles from the exact answer; very impressive!!!! Congratulations on a wonderful result.<br><br>It wasn’t all stressful competition. We also went to the South Bank Markets and enjoyed the most Scientific of all ice creams; one made using liquid nitrogen. After the competition and a Pizza lunch at the Uni student hangout of “The Vill”, we locked the students and ourselves in an Escape Room. We had 45 minutes to use clues and props to unlock locks to “escape”. Fortunately for the students they were able to solve the puzzles and escape in time to enjoy sitting their QCS test this week. <br>Thanks to the College community for the encouragement of our team and for financially supporting our fundraising Cake Stall. We particularly wish to express our appreciation to our wonderful Super- Labby, Mrs Perry. Mrs Perry is always such a help in supplying and preparing the equipment and chemicals for the training of the XCATs on top of her usual load. This year she even baked up a storm for the bake sale. <br></p><p><img alt="2018 XCATS.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20XCATS.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PARISH TRIVIA NIGHT</strong><br>Thank you to all who came along to our Trivia Night this past Saturday to raise funds for the various young people’s programs in the Hervey Bay City Catholic Parish. A great time was had by all! We are especially thankful to the El Shaddai group for providing a delicious dinner and for all of the donations from businesses across our community. Many of our students at Xavier will benefit firsthand from your generosity.<br> <img alt="Thank you Trivia.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Thank%20you%20Trivia.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">STUDENT LEADERS IN ACTION</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>As part of our Personal and Social Development in Primary, some of our College Leaders spent a lesson with the Year 6’s discussing the various social connection difficulties that can arise when becoming a teenager as well as throughout secondary school. The Leaders shared their own experiences providing advice as well as discussing the things they would do differently. The Leaders involved were Lochie Armstrong, Lochie Espulso, Jack Buckley, Grace Lunn, Alex Pronk, Keely Blenheim, Jade Dundas, Lucy Glass, Bronte Everett, Mollie Anderson and Lauren Flynn.</p><p>The Year 6 students enjoyed the time with the Leaders and said they got a lot out of the experience. One student said, “I really enjoyed talking with the Leaders and hearing how they got through their friendship problems”. Another said they liked knowing that things work out most times. The Year 6 teachers all agreed that the lesson was a success with all students being fully involved with the Leaders. They also said all of the students spoke positively about the lessons and were able to identify various ways the talk with the Leaders will help them.</p><p>The Year 6 students and Class Teachers are very appreciative to the College Leaders for providing their time to share their experiences with the Year 6’s.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">FRENCH NEWS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>Father’s Day Raffle- Senior French Students </strong><br>A huge thank you to all who supported our Father’s Day raffle and stall this year. Many thanks to the P and F for providing such a wonderful array of items for sale. The proceeds will go towards supporting the cost of our French Tour in 2019 for Senior French students. Congratulations to our lucky prize winners below. </p><p><br><strong>1st Prize</strong> – Half Day Quick Cat II Whale Watch Adventure Cruise valued at $110.00 <br><em>Winner - Kylie Elsey</em><br><strong>2nd Prize</strong> - $50.00 Voucher Bunnings + Toiletries Gift Pack – Nova Pharmacy <br><em>Winner- Ellsie Taylor- 2.2</em><br><strong>3rd Prize</strong> – Two Meal Vouchers – Hervey Bay Boat Club valued at $50.00 <br><em>Winner – Georgie Zarkovich- 3.2</em><br><strong>4th Prize </strong>– A box full of Father’s Day gift items. <br><em>Winner – Michael King</em></p><p>Hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day.<br>Lynette Pritchard – Senior French Teacher<br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCHOOL FEES NEWS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong>Below is an excerpt from our School Fees and Levies brochure, available on the Parent Portal via this link: </p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/enrolments/Documents/Fees%20and%20levies%20brochure%202018.pdf">Fees and levies brochure 2018.pdf</a><br></span><br>Please refer to this document for further information.<br> <img alt="Capture fees.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture%20fees.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CAR PARK ETTIQUETTE</strong><br>A friendly reminder to be courteous and respectful to other drivers and pedestrians while on School property.  This extends to ceasing the double-parking outside the Administration building.  This is a roadway and normal road rules apply.</p><p>Please remember that you can stagger your pick-up time to avoid some of the traffic congestion.  Our Junior Teachers remain on duty in the pick-up area until 3.30pm each day.<br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">INFORMATION COLLECTION NOTICE</strong><br>Please visit the Parent Portal if you need to amend your family details.  This includes new addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.  Please read the BCE Information Collection Notice relating to your personal information and how it is used, by going to the Forms and Documents section, Enrolments in the Parent Portal, to update your information.<br><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">LEGACY</strong><br>The Year 9 and 11 students were visited by 2 Legatees leading into Legacy Week.  Students were informed of the story of Legacy and the service they provide to over 65,000 widows and 1800 dependents in Australia.  Legacy was founded in 1923 by a small group of veterans who believed that they must accept a legacy of responsibility for the welfare of the wives and children of their comrades who had either died during the 1914 – 1918 war or subsequent wars.</p><p>Thank you, Dan and Barry, for your time and the sharing of your story. With such a worthy cause the students now have a better idea of where their money goes when they buy a badge or wristband during Legacy week.</p><p><img alt="2018 Legacy Visit.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Legacy%20Visit.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">UNIFORM SHOP</strong><br>Longer length senior polos have arrived, in all sizes starting from Large.  These are available now at the Uniform Shop.<br>                          <br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span><span><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">COMMUNITY EVENTS</span></strong></span>                                           <br> <img alt="Capture8.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture8.PNG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /> <br><img alt="Capture 8a.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture%208a.PNG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ORCHID AND GARDEN SPECTACULAR</strong><br><br></p><p><img alt="Capture 55.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture%2055.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HOLIDAY SWIM CLASSES<br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="Capture 1.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture%201.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">FRASER COAST LIBRARIES INFORMATION</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong><em>“Fraser Coast Lines in the Sand: Inspiration for Readers and Writers”</em></strong> is an annual festival being held from the 14-16 September 2018 and is a great opportunity to bring some of the best Australian writers and thinkers to the region. </p><p>During the writers and readers weekend there will be best-selling, award winning authors holding free and paid workshops, lectures/conversations, meet and greets and book signings. Of particular interest to our junior writers and artists are the workshops of Thomas Hamlyn-Harris, Introduction to Visual Storytelling - Comics and How Do You Read Wordless Books - Comics? Both sessions are suitable for 12 years+. </p><p>For more information on these workshops and more great opportunities our program can be viewed online at bit.ly/LITS2018 or at your local library branch.</p><p>For bookings please visit your local library branch or go to <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4">frasercoastlibraries.eventbrite.com</span>  or <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"><a href="http://facebook.com/LibrariesFC">facebook.com/LibrariesFC</a></span><br></p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEALING MASS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><img alt="Capture 3.PNG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-8,-2018/Capture%203.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br>​</p>
Newsletter - Term 3, Week 6, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-6,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 3, Week 6, 2018<p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">​​<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Xavier-Catholic-College-Hervey-Bay-299106990215723/"><img alt="Facebook banner newsletter.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Facebook%20banner%20newsletter.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /></a></strong></strong></strong><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS</strong><br><br>Dear Parents and Carers</p><p><strong>The Magic Pebble</strong><br>One thing that most teachers will report is that, from time to time, students will ask the question “Why do we have to learn this?”  More regularly is the question “How is this going to be useful to my life?”  The following story entitled “The Magic Pebble” illustrates that we can never predict the value of what we learn as it impacts further down the journey of life.<em><br></em></p><p><em>One night a group of nomads were preparing to retire for the evening when suddenly they were surrounded by a great light. They knew they were in the presence of a celestial being. With great anticipation, they awaited a heavenly message of great importance that they knew must be especially for them. </em><em><br></em></p><p><em>Finally, the voice spoke, "Gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them in your saddle bags. Travel a day's journey and tomorrow night will find you glad and it will find you sad." </em><em><br></em></p><p><em>After having departed, the nomads shared their disappointment and anger with each other. They had expected the revelation of a great universal truth that would enable them to create wealth, health and purpose for the world. But instead they were given a menial task that made no sense to them at all. However, the memory of the brilliance of their visitor caused each one to pick up a few pebbles and deposit them in their saddle bags while voicing their displeasure. </em><em><br></em></p><p><em>They travelled a day's journey and that night while making camp, they reached into their saddle bags and discovered every pebble they had gathered had become a diamond. They were glad they had diamonds. They were sad they had not gathered more pebbles. </em></p><p><em></em>(by: John W. Schlatter, A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul)<br><br>When speaking to students, I often remind them to keep their focus on their studies.  While all the many aspects of a well-rounded education are important, the need to identify academic goals is a priority.  Academic character is an important concept for school students.  Like sporting character, it is not defined by ability.  Rather it is defined by commitment.  Every student at Xavier Catholic College is expected to strive to use their God-given abilities to the fullest.  For some this will mean seeking and attaining A+’s, while for others it may mean an almighty effort is placed into the necessary work to attain a C.  It is not the natural ability of our students, but the level of commitment and dedication that defines the academic character of our College.  At times students may struggle to see the relevance of their studies and find it difficult to stay focused.  That’s when they need to remember the “magic pebble” and trust that, by remaining attentive to their studies, they will be benefited in the long term.  <br><br><strong>Traffic Flow</strong><br>Patience is a virtue! We have been challenged this year with road works that have put pressure on traffic flow around the College. When finished, the new intersection at the front of the College will be brilliant and ease the peak hour congestion. However, in the interim, things have been a little slower, particularly in the afternoons. I have received several reports of drivers lacking the appropriate etiquette, behaving aggressively and driving dangerously at pick up time. Can I ask all members of our community to be considerate when entering and exiting the College.  The reality is that it is a 20-minute logjam and being patient and courteous is the only way we can get through it. Road rage is unacceptable.</p><p>Likewise, with the road works going on, many have taken the sensible opportunity to do their drop-offs and pickups at the back of the College where the Council has created some car parks and a drive through area. However, to make this more efficient and effective, can I ask parents not to stop at the start of the drive through section when dropping off their children. This creates a blockage and a backup of cars onto the road. Please keep moving to the end of the drop-off area. This will ensure better traffic flow and a safer experience for all involved.</p><p>Thank you for your assistance with this matter.</p><p>God bless<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong><br></p><p><strong>Book Week</strong><br>We are celebrating Book Week this week and the joy of reading. The main event for the week is our Book Week parade on Wednesday morning. This will be an opportunity for all students to dress up as their favourite character from a book they love.  All parents are invited to join us for our Book week Assembly and share in what is always a wonderful morning. Thanks to Mr Bebington for organising our Book Week celebrations and ensuring that all students have an opportunity to be involved in activities throughout the week. </p><p><img alt="Book Week 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Book%20Week%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong>P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews</strong><br>A reminder to all P-6 parents and carers that Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 7 and 8 of this term. These interviews are a very important part of ensuring a strong working relationship between home and school. I would encourage all parents to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss their current progress in the classroom.  Instructions on how to book these interviews on PTO have been sent to all parents and carers.  Please contact the College office if you are having difficulty using this system. <br><br><strong>Prep Excursion – Cultural Centre</strong><br>Our youngest students ventured out and about last Thursday with a visit to the local Cultural centre.  This morning adventure was a wonderful experience for the students, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  Thanks to the Prep teaching team and the staff at the Cultural centre for making this learning opportunity possible.<br><br><strong>Year 1 – Church Visit</strong><br>Thanks to Father Regi for hosting our Year 1 students on Friday at St Joseph’s parish. The students had a wonderful morning learning all about the key features of our local Church and Father Regi’s role in the community.  They also had the opportunity to have lunch at the beach and make the most of our glorious local environment.  Thanks to the staff at St Joseph’s and the Year 1 teaching team for organising this experience. </p><p><img alt="Year 1 Church excursion 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Year%201%20Church%20excursion%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong>Whale Parade</strong><br>Xavier once again entered a float in the Whale Parade this year and I am happy to report that we had over 90 students present on Saturday evening.  With contributions on display from all classes our float looked amazing and the students had a fantastic time representing our College.  As a school we received the award for the best float – recycled materials.  Well done to Miss Forbes and her creative team and thanks to all members of our community who supported this event.  <br></p><p><img alt="Whale parade 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Whale%20parade%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong>Father’s Day Stall, Breakfast & Liturgy</strong><br>After the success of our Mother’s Day stall the P&F will be setting up and providing a Father’s Day stall for students to purchase a small gift.  Information about this stall will come home to all parents in the coming days. <br><br>We will once again be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast on Friday 31st August.  This will involve a simple breakfast for all the special men in the lives of our students and some games on the GOA oval. Following breakfast, a short liturgy will be held in GOA at 8.45 am.  All parents are invited to join us for this special event. </p><p><img alt="Fathers Day gifts 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Fathers%20Day%20gifts%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p> <br><strong>New Prep Playground</strong><br>As many of you many have noticed work has begun towards the construction of a new Prep Playground.  This exciting project is the next stage in the College Master Plan and is being funded by our Parents and Friends Association. This is a very exciting development for our youngest students and we look forward to its completion in Term 4.  This will be completed in conjunction with the revitalisation of the internal furniture in Prep and Year 1. <br><br><strong>Parish Trivia Night Fundraiser</strong><br></p><div style="text-align:center;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><img alt="trivia.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-4,-2018/trivia.jpg" style="margin:5px;border:0px #333333;width:245px;box-sizing:border-box;" /><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;">All parents and friends are invited to attend this year’s Fund Raiser Trivia Night at Xavier Catholic College on Saturday, September 1st, from 6.00pm in the Goa hall. </div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;">Proceeds from the event will provide support to our young people’s projects within the Hervey Bay City Catholic Parish such as Children’s Liturgy, Sacramental Program, altar servers and Parish Youth Ministry Team.</div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;">Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner (supplied by El Shaddai Parish Group) and a complimentary drink (wine or beer) upon arrival. A cash bar will be available throughout the night. </div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;">Tickets will be sold individually or tables of 10 will be available. All tickets must be pre-purchased through the Qkr! App. Download the app, search Xavier Catholic College, then select ‘School Event’s Tickets’. For any enquiries please contact the College directly on 4197 1177.</div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;">There will be a number of raffles and prizes on the night!</div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;">If you are a business owner who would like to donate a prize to be raffled off as part of the fundraiser, please contact Brendan McDonald at <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="color:#005594;text-decoration:underline;box-sizing:border-box;">bmmcdonald@bne.catholic.edu.au</span> or on 4197 1177.</div><p><br> </p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong></p><p><strong>Success for Keira Stephens at the Pan Pacific Para Games</strong><br>Xavier Year 10 student, Keira Stephens, recently competed at the Pan Pac Para Games in Cairns where she received a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke. This is an outstanding result for Keira and a fine reward for her years of dedication and training. Congratulations!</p><p><img alt="Keira Stephens Silver 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Keira%20Stephens%20Silver%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong>Hervey Bay District Secondary Athletics</strong><br>Xavier had 97 students from Years 7-12 compete at the District Athletics Carnival Wednesday and Thursday last week. Xavier had some great success, but the most pleasing aspect of both days was the way in which our students represented this College. Their participation was outstanding, their respect for event staff was exemplary and their show of sportsmanship to their competitors was a consistent highlight. A big thank you to Mr Tyrrell, Mrs Collins, Miss Hogan, Mrs Pritchard & Mr Wellings for their work at the carnival.<br><br>Results from the carnival as follows…<br><br><strong>Age Champions</strong>:<br>Sarah O’Donoghue – Runner Up<br>Robbie Borsboom – 3rd<br>Isabella Jensen – AGE CHAMP<br>Luke Greco – Runner Up<br>Mani Bowers – AGE CHAMP<br>Chantelle McCarthy – 3rd<br>Riley Grambower – AGE CHAMP<br>Toby Powers – AGE CHAMP<br>Lachie Hatch – 3rd<br>Lucinda Cullen – 3rd<br>Nathan Robinson & Casey Russell – equal 3rd<br>Maddy Smith – Runner Up<br></p><p><br><strong>TROPHIES:</strong><br>Junior Trophy (13yrs to 15yrs)<br>Xavier 1st<br><br>Senior Trophy (16yrs to 19yrs)<br>Xavier 3rd <br><br>Percentage Trophy<br>Xavier 3rd<br><br><strong>OVERALL TROPHY</strong><br>Xavier 1st <br></p><p><img alt="District Sport.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/District%20Sport.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong>Touch Football</strong><br>Teams are continuing to train for the upcoming QLD All Schools competition held in Brisbane from Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October. The 1st draft draw has been released and at this stage Xavier do not play any games on the Wednesday. Updated draws will be emailed to students as received.<br><br><strong>Netball</strong><br>Last Thursday the junior and senior netball teams competed in the Wide Bay regional round of the interstate netball competition, the Vicki Wilson Cup.  The senior team was undefeated in their pool, going down in the final play off to the reigning premiers, Shalom College, by 6 points.  The junior team had a great day of netball, winning 4 out of 6 pool games, and finishing the day with big smiles on their faces. We were lucky enough to have Miss Jessica Harris and Mrs Shelley Paech represent the school as our umpires, their expertise and commitment on the day was much appreciated.<br><br>A special thank you to Janelle Wilson and Tracy-Madonna Wylie who supported the teams throughout the day. As always, our girls represented our school with pride and enthusiasm, to make for another successful day of Netball. <br><br><strong>Basketball</strong><br>Xavier teams continue to perform strongly at the inter-school basketball competition with games commencing each Thursday afternoon at 3:45pm at Hervey Bay State High School. Parents and friends are invited to come along and support our teams.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong><br><br>20/08/2018    Book Week<br>21/08/2018    Year 10 Information Night<br>21/08/2018    P-12 A&TSI Annual Health Checks<br>21/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Boating Practical Group 1 <br>21/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Boating Practical Group 2 <br>21/08/2018    FCEA Awards Ceremony <br>22/08/2018    Primary Book Week Parade<br>23/08/2018    Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Competition <br>23/08/2018    "Love Your Bookshop Day"<br>23/08/2018    Year 11 SOR Houses of Worship Excursion<br>23/08/2018    Year 12 AQU Boating Practical <br>23/08/2018    K-3 Family Reading Night Pyjama Party <br>24/08/2018    Year 12 Formal<br>24/08/2018    Rug Reading<br>27/08/2018    P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews<br>27/08/2018    Father's Day Stall<br>28/08/2018    SETP Interviews<br>28/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Houseboats Excursion Group 1<br>31/08/2018    P-5 Father's Day Breakfast<br>31/08/2018    P-5 Father's Day Liturgy<br>31/08/2018    Year 12 QTAC Information Session <br>01/09/2018    Parish Fundraiser Trivia Night<br>03/09/2018    P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews<br>03/09/2018    Year 8 Retreat<br>03/09/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Houseboats Excursion Group <br>04/09/2018    QCS<br>06/09/2018    13/19 years WB District Track & Field<br>06/09/2018    P & F Meeting<br>07/09/2018    Year 12 only Exam Block<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">KONDARI MISSION WEEK – JUNIOR SCHOOL</strong><br><br>This week your child in Primary School should be bringing home an order form for Hot Dogs. The orders need to be in by Friday 24 August and will be delivered to the classroom Friday 31 August first break.<br><br>Funds raised will go to our Charity - St Vincent de Paul.<br> </p><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;box-sizing:border-box;">KONDARI MISSION TERM</strong><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></div><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> </div><div style="text-align:center;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><a href="http://www.vinnies.org.au/donate#%21state=qld&appeal=16"><img alt="Kondari Mission Term Week 6.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Kondari%20Mission%20Term%20Week%206.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:340px;" /></a> </div><div style="text-align:center;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><img alt="Kondari Mission Term Week 6a.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Kondari%20Mission%20Term%20Week%206a.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> </div><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">FRENCH NEWS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>Hosting Saint Joseph’s students from Avignon, France</strong><br>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. As many of you are aware, our students were very warmly received by the staff and students from this school last April during our 2017 French tour. All students were billeted with host family providing them with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country. Many of our students are still communicating with their homestay brothers, sisters and families and planning return visits as a consequence of this experience.<br><br>This year the staff and students from Saint Joseph’s will be visiting us at Xavier providing us with an opportunity to repay their generosity. There will be 35 students on the tour who will be approximately 15 to 17 years old and they will be staying with us in Hervey Bay from around the 13th to the 27th of October. We are asking Xavier families if they could billet one or two of these students for that time.  Most days these students would be on excursion or attending classes and they would travel to and from school with their homestay brothers and sisters. This would provide host families to make international connections and to gain an insight into life in southern France.  <br><br>If you would be prepared to assist with the hosting of these students, could you please let me know by contacting me at the College on 41971177 or at lynette.pritchard@bne.catholic.edu.au.<br><br><strong>French Trip 2019 - Fundraising - $ 100 board</strong><br>Thank you to all who supported our recent fundraiser at both performances of the Xavier Musical.<br>Congratulations to our lucky winners of $100 each:<br>Karen Goffinet<br>A Chambers</p><p><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCIENCE NEWS</strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong><strong>National Youth Science Forum</strong><br>Lydia White has recently been accepted into the National Youth Science Forum. This program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.  During the program, held in Canberra in January, Lydia will<br>•    visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,<br>•    go on site tours,<br>•    listen to lectures,<br>•    take part in workshops,<br>•    go to social events, and<br>•    participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.<br><br>The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures. Congratulations Lydia!</p><p>Huge thanks also to Rotary for their support, promotion and sponsorship of this program, as part of their Youth Program.<br></p><p><img alt="Science Lydia 2018.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Science%20Lydia%202018.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CAR PARK SAFETY</strong><br>When the school carpark gets a little like this please remember to be patient!<br><img alt="Car park.jpg" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Car%20park.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TMR UPDATE</strong><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 6px;color:#1d2129;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Latest information from the Department of Transport and Main Roads: (We thank our community for their patience and understanding during the work).</p><p style="margin:6px 0px;color:#1d2129;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Night works<br>The department will be undertaking night works during the first two weeks of September to install<span class="text_exposed_show" style="font-family:inherit;display:inline;"> the final asphalt surface on Pialba-Burrum Heads Road. Asphalt works will be undertaken at night to minimise the impact on daytime traffic through thisbusy intersection. The night works are scheduled<br>to be undertaken Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 6am. Some minor daytime works will also<br>be undertaken during this time. Residents should anticipate increased noise levels during this time. TMR apologises for any inconvenience and thanks the local community for its continued support and cooperation.</span></p><div class="text_exposed_show" style="color:#1d2129;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="margin:0px 0px 6px;font-family:inherit;">Pedestrian update<br>During August the temporary pedestrian pathway on Pialba-Burrum Heads Road will be moved onto the new Wide Bay Drive alignment to enable removal of the temporary concrete barriers and completion of construction works. Pedestrians will continue crossing Pialba–Burrum Heads Road in the same location as they do currently.<br>Pedestrians are encouraged to observe project signage for updates and guidance on approved pathways<br>during this time.</p><p style="margin:6px 0px;font-family:inherit;">Motorist update<br>During August traffic will be moved onto the recently formed outside lanes of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, to construct concrete centre medians. Minor changes will be made to the pedestrian crossing on Pialba–Burrum Heads Road at this time. Project signage will be updated to advise when changes have occured.</p><p style="margin:6px 0px;font-family:inherit;">Project details<br>The $26 million project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government and involves:<br> - Reconfiguring Wide Bay Drive and Scrub Hill Road to a cross intersection layout.<br>- Installation of traffic signals to improve safety and efficiency for motorists and pedestrians.<br>- Installation of dedicated pedestrian and cyclist facilities to improve safety.</p><p style="margin:6px 0px;font-family:inherit;">For more information<br>Free call: 1300 728 390*<br>Email: bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<br>Website:<span> </span><a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/&h=AT2WNWq-1Dpi_NE2FJDoEIPQK25kDaHL6QhVZK-VWTvFbb9aeOQhKIr1bn4fAPTKI39vj3wWVurLn7vhBzyXGI-b_ZyFUm7ySJenJQHJGkHXxfGV3kYdWDNqs0xp8DN15Y2lZ86sSFbJ4clzHnYrijtgwKibsAfml-G4by6g2nyaU9ZC6mQwxanR1ojaTuNcQyP2kYGlfx4VfRtTJ3ILPbJLPaCO0sAsyYefVs7yRP60ItV7ORvIILIm7RMfgwysyLWdORvW3-PeQDToocHyT0egR4L-J3H8QENnm-oqYD_JOEiriTd4dozylZ8Lvslj3_T7JAH266KXamsyZCQdAagoZs8CeGnwm-ttiaQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow" data-lynx-mode="async" data-ft="{"tn":"-U"}" style="color:#365899;font-family:inherit;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">www.tmr.qld.gov.au</a><br>Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads<br>Wide Bay/Burnett District<br>Locked Bag 486<br>Bundaberg Qld 4670</p></div><p style="margin:0px 0px 10.66px;color:#333333;line-height:20.8px;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;box-sizing:border-box;"><img alt="Roadworks newsletter.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Roadworks%20newsletter.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:618px;" /><strong style="text-decoration:underline;box-sizing:border-box;"><br></strong> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10.66px;color:#333333;line-height:20.8px;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;box-sizing:border-box;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;box-sizing:border-box;"><br></strong> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10.66px;color:#333333;line-height:20.8px;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;box-sizing:border-box;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;box-sizing:border-box;">COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong></p><div style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;"><div style="box-sizing:border-box;"><img alt="Orchard Show.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Orchard%20Show.JPG" style="margin:5px;border:0px #333333;width:624px;box-sizing:border-box;" /> <br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></div></div>

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