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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 4, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-4,-2018-(1).aspxNewsletter - Term 1, Week 4, 2018<div><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:624px;" /><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PRINCIPAL'S ADDRESS</strong><br></div><div>Dear Parents and Carers<br>I recently read “The Goal of Life” by Father Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine Monk from the United Kingdom who is an expert in Meditation. Since then I have been practicing meditation as regularly as I can. I found the experience of stillness and quietness, trying not to think but to open my heart to the presence of God, invigorating but also disturbing. It made me realise just how frenetic life is in my day to day activity and how little time I put aside for quietness. I do not think I am alone in this regard. The pace of life today is hectic and even when we sit down we tend to be thinking about a thousand things at once, rarely allowing ourselves the time to empty ourselves and just be still.</div><div><br>I think the same issues confront the students. Life is busy for young people and when they have some time to themselves it is often filled with computer games or television or texting. To sit still in the quietness is a rare experience for most of our students. However, whether religious or not, such a practice is important to a person’s health and well-being. As a College we have a 10 minute weekly meditative practice called the ‘Examen”. But, I certainly realised from reading Father Laurence’s book that such practices should not be limited to the school curriculum. Perhaps families would consider setting aside a ‘quiet time’ each day – no television, no computers, no games, no texting – just to sit in stillness. It’s worth a try.</div><div><br> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Ash Wednesday</strong><br>On Wednesday, 14th February, our community begins its Lenten journey with an Ashes Service at the College.  Lent is a time of preparation for the gift of new life that we receive at Easter.  During this time, we are called to reflect upon our need for God and to address those things in our lives that distract us from the wholeness that only God can bring.</div><div><br>The great 20th Century author John Steinbeck once wrote: “All people’s sins are attempted shortcuts to love.”  Every person on this planet wants to feel valued, cared for, respected and loved.  We all desire to feel whole and complete.  Unfortunately, as part of our human condition, we all make the mistake of seeking this sense of peace by taking approaches that fall short of the mark.  We all take shortcuts.  At the time the shortcuts may look desirable, but in the end they do not bring the peace and wholeness that we truly seek.</div><div><br>During Lent we reflect on our lives.  We take the time to read the warning signs that indicate where we are off track.  Just as we take notice of the “Wrong Way – Go Back” sign on the highway, during Lent we are called to front up to the shortcuts we take and turn our lives to the only true source of happiness and peace – we are called to turn our lives to God.  The journey of faith that leads to God takes a lifetime – there are no shortcuts.  As our hearts sense the joy and completeness that our God brings, the shortcuts are seen for what they truly are – hollow and ultimately unsatisfying.</div><div><br>The God I believe in keeps no record of my “sins”.  The God I believe in believes in me more than I could ever believe in myself.  The God I believe in loves me and sees the beauty and wonder that has been created in me.  The God I believe in offers a constant invitation to experience the completeness that can only come through turning my heart to that unconditional love.  The more I manage to do this (as imperfect as my tentative action may be) the more the shortcuts seem hopeless, incomplete and flawed.  The God I believe in desires, not to punish me for my sins, but to liberate me from the lack of satisfaction that they bring.</div><div><br>To take this journey is to take the road less travelled.  But the peace each shaky step I take brings to me is enough to keep me headed along the long road with my heart open to God’s voice.  In many ways, our Lenten journey is a microcosm of the journey we take through our lifetime and reminds us of the truth expressed in the words of St Augustine: “Our hearts, O Lord, are restless, until they rest in thee”.</div><div><br></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Ash%20Wednesday.jpg" alt="2018 Ash Wednesday.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Anniversary of the National Apology</strong><br>Tuesday, 13th February, was the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation. I remember vividly in 2008, on a Wednesday morning, I tuned into the parliament to listen to Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, offer an apology to members of the ‘Stolen Generation’ on behalf of the parliament of Australia.  It was a powerful and appropriate speech that acknowledged that such symbolism must be backed up with substance, but hopefully forms the basis for the emergence of a new partnership built upon respect.  In summarising the speech to the students on that Wednesday morning, I made the point that the challenge of reconciliation is not a theory, nor a slogan, but a reality that needs to happen at the local level if our nation is to move forward.  The future of reconciliation will be lived out in communities like ours – and its success or failure will be defined by us.  But, reconciliation means more than tolerance – it is ultimately about celebrating our cultural differences as a sign of strength.  We are richer for that variety of cultural backgrounds reflected in our community.  Like all journeys, reconciliation will take time.  But, committing ourselves to walking that journey takes courage, faith and trust.  As a community, with God’s help, let’s continue on the path to healing:</div><div><br><strong><em>Prayer for the Journey of Healing</em></strong><br>Almighty and loving God, <br>You who created all people in your image,<br>Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.<br>You gave your only Son, Jesus, <br>who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.<br>We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession <br>of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship <br>that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.<br>We live in faith <br>that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.<br>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families <br>have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, <br>through the separation of children from their families.<br>We are sorry and ask God's forgiveness.<br>Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.<br>In your mercy and compassion <br>walk with us as we continue our journey of healing <br>to create a future that is just and equitable.<br>Lord, you are our hope.    Amen.</div><div><br>© Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission<br>National Council of Churches in Australia. 2003.</div><div><br>God Bless<br>Simon Dash<br>Principal</div><div></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CALENDAR OF EVENTS</strong></div><div>​<br></div><div>Please note the following up-coming events:<br></div><div><br>14/02/2018   Ash Wednesday Liturgy<br>14/02/2018   Year 7-12 Broncos Challenge Rugby League <br>15/02/2018   13/19 Years WB Cluster 1<br>15/02/2018   Year 11-12 AQU Snorkelling <br>19/02/2018   HB District Swimming Carnival<br>19/02/2018   Year 7 Retreat<br>22/02/2018   Year 6 Retreat<br>23/02/2018   Year 11-12 Drama Camp<br>23/02/2018   Year 10 English Grin & Tonic Production <br>28/02/2018   Lady Elliot Island Excursion<br>1/03/2018    Year 11 AQU Snorkelling<br>5/03/2018    P-6 Parent / Teacher Interviews</div></div><div><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">LATEST XAVIER FACEBOOK VIDEOS<br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div>If you missed the recent Secondary Swimming Carnival video or flashmob War Cry, please check them out by clicking the images below:</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1403797569746654/"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Swimming%20Carnival%20Video.jpg" alt="2018 Swimming Carnival Video.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></div><div><a href="https://www.facebook.com/299106990215723/videos/1402036369922774/"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20WarCry%20Video.jpg" alt="2018 WarCry Video.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></div><div><br>It is always amazing how quickly students return to school and settle in to a new school year.  After the extended break you could be forgiven for thinking that the start of the year would be reasonably unsettled.  In fact, the opposite has occurred with all classes quickly returning to school routine approaching each day with enthusiasm and a commitment to learning. I can honestly report that students are settled, focused and ready to learn.  They are a wonderful group of students who display every day the Christian values of compassion, service and respect for their neighbours, finding Jesus in all things as they go about their day.  As a parent body you should be very proud of your students and I encourage you to continue to communicate with the school so we can work towards the best results for your child. Some key events for the past two weeks are shown below: </div><div><br> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Opening Mass</strong><br></div><div>The P-12 College community came together with Father Regi and invited guests to celebrate our Opening Mass on Tuesday 6th February.  This key event in the College calendar was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our shared faith and remind ourselves of the importance of ‘Finding Jesus in all Things’.  We also stopped to recognise our Year 6 students who have entered their second year of College Leadership and induct our Middle School leaders.  Thanks to Mr Mcdonald, Mrs Brennan and their team for their organisation of our Opening Mass. <br></div><div><br></div><div><img alt="IMG_9825.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-4,-2018-(1)/IMG_9825.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" />  <br></div><div><img alt="IMG_9913.JPG" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-4,-2018-(1)/IMG_9913.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br><br></div><div><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2"></span></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">P-6 Open Classroom/Welcome BBQ</strong><br>A new initiative in the P-6 community this year was the introduction of class based Parent Information sessions. These sessions were very well attended by parents and demonstrated the strong parent involvement which we prioritise at Xavier.  The BBQ dinner was also very well received and gave parents the opportunity to meet and greet fellow parents.  Thank you to all parents who attended and supported the Open Classroom afternoon. We hope to continue to offer opportunities for parents to be involved in our College life. <br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Year 7 Camp</strong><br>Last week our Year 7 students and a number of staff headed off to Garapine, near Kybong to take part in the Year 7 ‘getting to Know You” camp. As discussed last year, we moved our Year 7 camp to earlier in the year to provide the opportunity for students and staff to get to know each other as well as build relationships that are vital to the learning and teaching process. This year, due to increasing enrolments, we have gone back to five classes in Year 7. We welcomed the Xavier Year 6 students from last year, but we also enrolled another 40 students from across the Fraser Coast as well as further afield. It was therefore important to hold the camp early in the year, to establish a ground work for successful relationships.</div><div><br>We thank Mrs Sarah Love for her organisation of this camp and the teachers, including the Year 7 Core Teachers, who gave up time with their families to provide this great opportunity for the students. <br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Year%207%20Camp.jpg" alt="2018 Year 7 Camp.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Year 12 Retreat</strong><br>As you read this Newsletter our Year 12 students are taking part in their annual Retreat. The aim of the Retreat is for students to develop the realization that a major goal of everyone in Year 12 is to be the best student and person they can be. Therefore, it is important for them to continue to develop their whole person and come to appreciate the worth of each individual and that of the whole group. This will enable them to address issues that affect the group and to contribute positively to the group as well as support each other as needed.</div><div><br>Students were fortunate to hear from many of our past students about how they faced challenges at the same age and shared strategies that helped them through Year 12 and into the next stage of their life. We thank Tom Stringer, Adam Donnelly, Dale Roffey, Morgan Dixon and Kelsey Fowler who were the Class of 2008, the second group of graduates from Xavier, for sharing their experiences.</div><div><br>We thank Mrs Donnelly, Mrs Brennan and Mr McDonald for the work they have done in developing the program as well as the staff who attended to facilitate the sessions.<br><br></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Year%2012%20Retreat.jpg" alt="2018 Year 12 Retreat.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Year%2012%20Retreat2.jpg" alt="2018 Year 12 Retreat2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">LENT</strong><br>Lent is the time for Christians to prepare for Easter and beyond. It’s a time to renew and deepen our faith through reflection and prayer, and to sacrifice something to learn what it means to rely on God and put our faith into action. During the days of lent we are encouraged to reflect on our own life, consider the needs of others and strengthen our relationship with God.  The following is a reflection on this point in the Lenten period and how we can make a significant difference in the lives of others.  We also take the time to look at the work of Project Compassion and the difference this is making in the lives of others.</div><div><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT – 1 March</strong></span><br>Mark 9:2-10  The Transfiguration</div><div> </div><div>The Transfiguration is quite a unique event in the life of Jesus. One evening Jesus took three disciples up a mountain to pray – probably not the first time Jesus had done this. They thought they knew what they were in for – when suddenly they were knocked to the ground by a blinding light. Jesus was transformed, his face and clothes dazzling like the sun – something of the divinity of Jesus had broken through.</div><div>There is a parallel in our own lives. Long hum-drum days can be pierced by a momentary insight of eternity. We realise with a new certainty that we are loved by God, that we have an eternal destiny, and that life is of immense value. This is true for every human being. Hence arises our duty to show respect for others and to support them in securing the basic needs of life.<br></div><div> </div><div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING</strong></div><div><br>Advertising space in the School Newsletter is available to our parents with businesses in the community. The annual cost to advertise in the school newsletter is $275.00.  Please contact Marion at Reception for further information, or to secure a place.</div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></strong></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CARE AND CONCERN COMMITTEE</strong></div><b><u></u></b><div><br>Xavier Catholic College has a group of parents who volunteer their time to welcome and help other members of the school community. They do this by: -<br>• Holding first day morning tea (Meet and Greet opportunity)<br>• Providing meals for school families experiencing a crisis<br>• Providing information about the school to families<br>• Assisting the College Board in planning and reviewing the Pastoral Care Policy of the College<br>• Working closely with the Campus Minister.<br><br></div><div>At all times we encourage you to explore the parent portal or to talk to your child’s classroom teacher or Pastoral Care teacher, as your first point of contact, about any questions that you may have. Each House has parent contacts and they range from P-12.  If you wish to contact any one of our parent contacts their details will be published each term in the College Newsletter.  We are in need of parent contacts in our P-6 area so if you would like to nominate yourself or to ask further information of what is involved please do not hesitate to contact myself, Carmel Donnelly (Campus Minister).  Confidentiality is utmost for our committee and any information shared with our parent contacts will not be passed on unless you so desire it.  <br>Carmel Donnelly<br>4197 1165. cjdonnelly@bne.catholic.edu.au</div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">House Parent Contacts</strong><br><strong>Narwari House Parents</strong><br>                                    Claire Sinclair (Cassandra Sinclair) 41295730<br>                                    Rachel Neck (Chelsea Neck) 41287859/0417768798<br>                                    Jo O’Neill (Will/Lucy/Kate O’Neil) 0422942289  <br>                                    Ellen Geldard (Connor, Lachlan & Matthew Geldard) 41286910/ 0400499508<br>                                    Mary Arnold (Riley/Corey/Joey Arnold) 0418729967<br>                                    Karen Grumley (Stewart and Lachlan Grumley) 41243034 / 0413306540. <br>                                    Cassie Wilson (Max/Anabele/Imogen Wilson) 0409761207. <br>                                    Kerrie Payne (Cameron Payne) 41280554/ 0407581389<br><strong>Buthu House Parents</strong><br>                                   Michelle Wiegmink (Reece Wiegmink) 41287941/0409890188<br>                                   Deanna Wyvill (Amy Wyvill) 41282176<br>                                   Karen Goffinet (Alex/Patrick Goffinet) 4128 7375/0421 322 121<br>                                   Allison McGovern (Madison/Georgia McGovern) 0411 416 943<br>                                   Shelly Hislop (Jordan/Lincoln Hislop) 0423 506 675.<br>                                    <br><strong>Dirum House Parents</strong><br>                                  Rachel Loague (Oscar Loague) 0417792179<br>                                  Melissa Lynch (Mya/ Noah) missyjane300@gmail.com  <br>                                  Helen Hatchett (Bryce/Charli/Summer/Sam Wilson) 0438347153<br>                                  Kellie Robinson (Nathan & Alysha Robinson) 0448623963</div><div><br> </div><div> <strong>Kondari House Parents</strong><br>                                  Michelle Begaud (Blake/Kyle Begaud) 0438242252<br>                                  Carole Dewhurst (Patrick/Freya Golik) 41206240/0400793188</div><div> </div><div> </div><div> </div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PARISH YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM MEETING</strong><br>When : Sunday 18th February<br>Time:  6pm – 8pm<br>Where:  John Paul Centre, Hillyard Street, Pialba<br>Who: Year 7 and above.<br>Please Bring a Plate to Share…..<br>Enquiries to Carmel Donnelly<br>0448488443   </div><div><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ALTAR  SERVERS  GATHERING</strong><br>Who: All current altar servers and those who are interested in joining this important ministry.  (Servers need to have received the First <br>Eucharist and are preferably in Yr 5 and above).<br>When:     Wednesday, 28 February, from 3.45pm to 4.45pm <br>Where:   St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pialba<br>Why:   <br>• To review current practices associated with altar serving<br>• To instruct in new practices <br>• To confirm details regarding 2018 involvement<br>• To catch up with Father Regimon </div><div>What we will provide:<br>Afternoon tea<br>What you need to bring: Your smiling face.</div><div>Please contact the Parish Office on herveybay@bne.catholic.net.au or by phone on 4124 3334<br></div><div><br> <br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">LEAP (Learning Extension and Acceleration Program)</strong></div><div><br>One of the many initiatives that we are implementing at Xavier this year is LEAP (Learning Extension and Acceleration Program). The overall goal of this program is to assist all students to reach their academic potential. The program aims to:<br>• Provide a stimulating education in a supportive environment;<br>• Create opportunities which promote knowledge, concept and skill acquisition;<br>• Encourage independent student enquiry and learning;<br>• Encourage students to develop and/or realise their potential;<br>• Encourage students to respect the successes of others; and<br>• Ensure that students take pride in their achievements.<br>There are many aspects of this program, some of which are listed below.<br>• Extension class groups in Core Classes across Year 7-10 <br>• Elevate Education- Study Skills and Organisation Program across Year 7-12.<br>• Studiosity – External Online Tutoring Program for students in Year 10-12.<br>• Year 12 Academic Support group<br>• Year 12 Senior Pathways Interviews<br>• Literacy Support Initiative across P-10<br>• Reading Intervention and Extension Program Year P-2<br>• Writing Intervention and Extension Program Year 3-6<br>• Optiminds – Creative Sustainability Challenge<br>• Readers Cup</div><div> </div><div>Some of these initiatives are new in 2018 and many have been a part of what we offer here at Xavier for some time. We are confident that all students will benefit from opportunities such as these to extend and enrich their own learning and experiences. </div><div><br></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Kindy%20Promo1.JPG" alt="2018 Kindy Promo1.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Kindy%20Promo2.JPG" alt="2018 Kindy Promo2.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /> </div><div><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">GREASE MUSICAL</strong></div><div>A reminder for those interested in the Xavier Musical this year, "Grease".</div><div> <br>• Show Viewing - Thursday Feb 15  (3:15pm Campion)<br>• Auditions from Feb 19. (direct link to part nominations by clicking the image below)<br>• Rehearsals from March 1.</div><div><br>Those selected to be part of the cast will need to commit to rehearsal on Thursday afternoons, from 3.15 – 4.45pm as well as some weekends and evenings particularly as we move closer to performances in late July and early August.  In a large venture such as this it is important that the cast makes every effort to attend rehearsals as required, so we can work together to create a fun and fantastic spectacle.</div><div><br>Cast members may be required to provide some costume items, however we will ensure that these are commonplace and easily accessed.  More individualised or 'exotic' costume items will be provided.  All cast members will be asked to pay a Production fee of $100. This will cover a Production shirt and refreshments during rehearsals.</div><div><br>Cast members will be asked to sing a Production Agreement that will outline College expectations with regards to participation as well as behaviour.</div><div><br>If you have any questions or specific queries that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact Mr. Damms at school or by email at pdamms@bne.catholic.edu.au. </div><div style="text-align:center;"><div><br></div><div><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaRm08OEWWIRAsx24YqTOZG9URU1WNTNXME84MTRYTFg3Tk1RMEFSM09OWS4u"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Grease%20Auditions%20promo.jpg" alt="2018 Grease Auditions promo.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a> </div></div><div><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">7/8 Maths Competition</strong><br>Xavier Catholic College is hosting the 7/8 Maths Competition this year, it will be held on Tuesday 14th August at 6pm. We would like students from year 7 and 8 that are interested in being in this competition to attend coaching on Wednesday second break in room 12 each week starting week 4. We will select the three teams from those students who have made the commitment to attend these coaching sessions.</div><div> </div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Year 7-12 Maths Tutoring Roster 2018</strong><br></div><div><table class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:98px;"> <br></td><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:107px;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Monday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" style="width:107px;"><strong>Tuesday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" style="width:107px;"><strong>Wednesday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" style="width:107px;"><strong>Thursday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" style="width:107px;"><strong>Friday</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Before School<br>(8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="2"><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>Mr Relf</strong><br>Library</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Staff Prayer<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>Mr Smith</strong><br>Library</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>Mrs Wright</strong><br>Library</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">First Break</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="2"><strong>Mrs White</strong><br>Room 4<br>10.35-11.05am</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"> <br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>Mr Riley</strong><br>Room P20<br>11- 11.20am</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>Mr Tyrrell</strong><br>Room 42<br>11-11.20am</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Second Break</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="2"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"> <br><strong>Mrs Buxton/Mrs Ritter</strong><br>Room 12<br>1-1.20am</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">After School<br>3:05 p.m.-4:00 p.m.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="2"><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>Miss Murtagh</strong><br>Library<br><strong>Mrs Glass</strong><br>Library</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>Miss Hourigan</strong><br>Library<br><strong>Mrs Ritter</strong><br>Library</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"> <br><br></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div> </div><div>Secondary Maths tutoring will commence in Week 3 Term 1. This is not one-on-one tutoring, it is group tutoring. Students are required to have work with them and ask the teacher for help with the questions that they are struggling with. Students may wish to attend to work on their homework/Maths Online or just to get into a good study habit. They can attend as many tutoring sessions as they like in a week.</div><div> </div><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR</strong></p><p>Congratulations to Hayden Kubler, Raemah Krause and Alex Pronk who represented Xavier in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition. Our students always impress at this event this year was no exception. The judges and Lions and Lioness members were delighted with their efforts in the interviews and with their speeches and outstanding conduct throughout the first round. Alex also won the Lions award for the evening and will progress to Round 2 in Maryborough on 3rd March. As the MC pointed out, all the students who enter are winners, simply for taking up the challenge to participate.<br></p><div><br></div><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Lions%20Youth%20of%20the%20Year.jpg" alt="2018 Lions Youth of the Year.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sports for Schools</strong></p><p>If you shop at Coles please collect the 'Sports for Schools' vouchers and place them in the boxes (soon to be at stores) or drop them into College reception. Our school will benefit with sports gear for P-12, so start collecting now!<br></p><div><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Sports%20for%20Schools.jpg" alt="2018 Sports for Schools.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>SPORTS NEWS</strong><div><strong>The Drought is Over" - Kondari Wins Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival</strong><p>After a few years without a win, the Kondari House has taken out the Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival held at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on Friday February 2<sup>nd</sup>. Despite the overcast and cool Summer's day, students participated enthusiastically in Championship, Participation and Novelty events throughout the day. A highlight event was the Big Splash with the 8 fastest boys and 8 fastest girls battling it out over 25m freestyle. Year 11 student, Tom Veitch and Year 10 student, Kasey Gamble were the winners of this event – by very small margins. War Cries were prominent throughout the day with the Kondari House judged marginal winners by our impartial judges on the day. A big thank you to the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre staff, parents, Xavier staff and students for making the day a great success. </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Age Champions</span>:</p><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Age</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Boys</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Girls</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">13</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Quinn Veale</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Takara Gibbons</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">14</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taj Wright</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Emma Wylie</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kyle Begaud</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Keira Stephens</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thomas Veitch</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kasey Gamble</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Open</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Will Kluck</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lucy Glass & Hannah Gamble</td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Overall Results</span>:</p><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>House</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Points</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong><strong><sup>st</sup></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kondari</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1138</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong><strong><sup>nd</sup></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Narwari</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1058</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Buthu</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">935</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Dirum</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">931</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Students who have been selected to compete at the Hervey Bay District Swimming Carnival on Monday 19<sup>th</sup> February have been notified and information sent home with these students.</p><p> <img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Swimming%20Carnival1.jpg" alt="2018 Swimming Carnival1.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Swimming%20Carnival2.jpg" alt="2018 Swimming Carnival2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20Swimming%20Carnival3.jpg" alt="2018 Swimming Carnival3.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wide Bay Cluster 1 Sports Trials</strong></p><p>Due to the excessive heat around the Wide Bay region, some of these trials have been rescheduled. Details for all sports as follows:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>THURSDAY 15 FEB TRIALS – PROCEEDING</strong></span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>12-18yrs SURFING – Agnes Water</li><li>13-19yrs SQUASH –Bundaberg</li><li>13-15yrs & 16-19yrs Boys/Girls VOLLEYBALL – Bundaberg</li><li>13-19yrs Boys/Girls SOFTBALL – Hervey Bay</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FRIDAY 16 FEB TRIALS</strong></span> – <strong>RESCHEDULED FROM Thursday</strong></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>16-19yrs BOYS CRICKET – Kingaroy</li><li>13-15yrs & 16-18yrs Boys/Girls TOUCH – Kingaroy</li><li>13-19yrs TENNIS – Gympie</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>TRIAL DATES TO BE CONFIRMED</strong></span><strong> (POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)</strong></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>14YRS Boys CRICKET -  Date & Venue TBC  mid Sept</li><li>15yrs Girls CRICKET – Date & Venue TBC mid Sept</li></ol><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday Sport</strong></p><p>Year 7 & 8 students will begin their Friday sport sessions this coming Friday. Students are reminded to bring a water bottle, hat and any other equipment needed that has been communicated to them.</p><p><br></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Roar Active Program</strong><br></p><p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018%20ROAR%20active%20program.jpg" alt="2018 ROAR active program.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div></div>
Newsletter - Term 1, Week 2, 2018http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-2,-2018.aspxNewsletter - Term 1, Week 2, 2018<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Xavier-Catholic-College-Hervey-Bay-299106990215723/"><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Facebook%20promo1.jpg" alt="Facebook promo1.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PRINCIPAL'S ADDRESS</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><br>Dear Parents and Carers</p><p>Welcome to the 2018 academic year! I extend a very special welcome to those who are new to our community. Thank you for choosing to join our Xavier family.</p><p>Despite the warm weather, the first week went very smoothly and it appears that our new and our returning students are settling quickly into their schoolwork. The beginning of a new school year is a time to dream big and set firm goals that, with resolute commitment, we can all strive to achieve.</p><p>During staff week I spoke to our teachers about our commitment to inclusivity and excellence. We are proudly inclusive at Xavier Catholic College, with students from diverse backgrounds and a variety of starting points on the academic spectrum. But, being inclusive should never prevent us from striving for excellence in all that we do. In the words of the great basketball coach, John Wooden: 'We are all absolutely equal in having the opportunity to make the most of what we have.'</p><p>John Wooden is one of my heroes. He was a teacher and a legendary coach of the UCLA basketball team. He took UCLA to 11 National Championships and set the record for the most consecutive wins. But, he was always a teacher first. He taught his players that success comes from within when one strives to be the best of which one is capable. He instructed his players to ignore the scoreboard and that, after a game, no one should know by their demeanour whether they had won or lost. </p><p>Later in life he coined his own definition of success: 'Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.' But, he stressed that the necessary ingredients to do this were faith and patience.</p><p>It is my hope that every student has a successful year, in that they strive to become the best of which they are capable. With the support of their teachers and parents, I know this is possible. But, it will require commitment, patience and faith along the way.</p><p>Many of our initiatives that we are putting in place this year are designed to support students in their studies. Next week our Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be trained in how to use the 'Studiosity' online tutoring service. This is a significant investment to support students to go that step further in producing their best work.</p><p>Our new Curriculum Accountabilities Framework will help teachers plan and deliver lessons in a comprehensive and consistent manner. It will also ensure consistency in the way we design and deliver assessment.</p><p>Research indicates the significant impact of positive psychology and wellbeing programs on students' academic performance. To that end we have enlisted the resources of 'The Learning Curve' to deliver this program through our Pastoral Care system, Personal Development education and linking it into our Religious Education curriculum.</p><p>In the next few weeks our Secondary students will receive specialist study skills training through 'Elevate Education' with access to resources to assist them throughout the year.</p><p>The implementation of our new Responsible Behaviour Policy is designed to ensure good routines and consistency in our approach to behaviour education. It is also designed to protect the integrity of the teaching and learning environment by removing disruptive students and working with them on strategies to avoid disrupting in the future.</p><p>There are many other changes we are putting into place which I will outline in the coming weeks as they progress. Rest assured, our desire for continuous improvement is laying the groundwork for improved academic results for all students.</p><p>We start the year with some new faces on staff who have joined our community. We welcome: Sarah Love (Dean of Pastoral Care & Administration), Tracy Grambower (Dean of Inclusive Education), Paul Burke (Primary Learning Leader), Bryon Bailey (English & Humanities), Robert Bortolanza (Year 3), Simone Collins (HPE), Melanie Beety (Year 2), Ashley Crowley (Year 3), Geena White (English, History & Religious Education), Sarah Young (Year 5) and Rebecca Woolcock (Indigenous Student Support Coordinator). We also welcome back Stella O'Gorman (Year 5) who has been on leave.</p><p>The energy and enthusiasm of our new staff has been infectious and I am confident that they will make a mighty contribution to our teaching and learning culture. </p><p>We look forward with great optimism to what should be an outstanding year.</p><p> </p><p>God bless</p><p>Simon Dash</p><p>Principal</p><p><br></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></span> <br> </p><p>1/2     Year 9 Leaders Retreat afternoon<br></p><p>2/2    13-19 Years Swimming Carnival</p><p>6/2     Opening Mass<br></p><p>7/2     13-19 Years Hervey Bay Cluster 1 Sports Trials</p><p>7/2     Year 7 Camp</p><p><br></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HEADS OF SCHOOL ADDRESS</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>OPENING MASS – Tuesday 6</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> February 9.30 am</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">All parents and carers are invited to join us for our Opening Mass on Tuesday 6<sup>th</sup> February beginning at 9.30 am in the JPAC centre.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New students in Year 7 and Year 8-12 numbers</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year the College has had a significant increase in the numbers of students enrolling in Year 7, so much so that we have added another core class to the year level - we now have five Core Classes. We also welcomed 30 students into the College across years 8 to 12. We know that they will receive a warm Xavier welcome from all our students and staff.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>P-6 PARENT INFORMATION EVENING</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">All P-6 parents are invited to attend an open classroom session from 3.30 pm onwards on Monday 12<sup>th</sup> February.  This is an opportunity to meet your child's teacher and start the process of developing the essential parent teacher relationship.  Each class will also be holding a parent information session during this time and an informal welcome BBQ/Picnic will be held on the GOA oval from 4.30 pm onwards.  You are invited to join us with you picnic blanket for an early dinner.  Sausages and drinks will be available on the day.  You are also very welcome to bring you own picnic meal if you would prefer this option. A flyer with details about this event will be sent home in the coming days. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>YEAR 6 LEADERSHIP DAY</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of their introduction to their leadership responsibilities our Year 6 students have engaged this week in a leadership incursion focusing in unleashing their personal potential.  "Aspire Higher" is an engaging leadership and resilience training program specially designed for Year 6 students. Run over three high impact sessions the day consisted of many dynamic activities including whole cohort team builders, servant leadership initiatives and problem-solving activities.  We wish our Year 6 students the very best for the year ahead.  <strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>IGNATIAN STUDENT LEADERS' CONFERENCE</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It was my privilege to escort the College Captains and Vice -Captains to the annual Ignatian Student Leaders' Conference that was held at St. Ignatius College in Geelong, Victoria. The Conference is held a different school each year with representatives from the 10 Jesuit and Companion schools across Australia. The students share stories of their schools and also their experiences of leadership. They were fortunate to hear from the College's past leaders who shared how their experience as a leader at school had helped them as they moved through studies and into work. They also enjoyed some bonding time learning how to surf in the chilly Victorian water. I'm sure that they have connected via social media and will continue to share their journeys.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>CAMPS and RETREATS</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year sees a new time slot in the year for both our Year 7 Camp and Year 12 Retreat. Year 7 are off to Garapine, near Gympie from Wednesday 7<sup>th</sup> to Friday 9<sup>th</sup> Feb and Year 12 to Yandina from Monday 12<sup>th</sup> to Wednesday 14<sup>th</sup> Feb. This move is to ensure that the purposes of these activities can be fully realised and have an on-going benefit. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With more than 40 new Year 7 students it is important to have the Camp early to provide the time for the students to get to know each other and work together as a team. Mrs. Sarah Love is leading the Camp with Mr. Reagen Collier the Leadership representative.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Likewise, for our Year 12 Retreat, where a difficult and busy year can be made more manageable through the support of classmates. The Retreat will assist the students to not only work together but also recognise their own and each other's strengths to be able to draw on them when things get tough. We thank Mrs Donnelly and Mr. McDonald and the rest of the team that have put together a challenging program. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>HOUSE LITURGIES </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A particularly busy time this week with Year 9 laptop deployment, the rollout of the Responsible Behaviour Policy as well as our House Liturgies. Buthu and Dirum were held on Tuesday evening and Kondari and Narwari on Wednesday evening. It was a great opportunity for parents to see their child's Pastoral Care teacher, share an afternoon tea and then come together to pray.</p><p> </p><p><strong>LEAP (Learning Extension and Acceleration Program)</strong></p><p>One of the many initiatives that we are implementing at Xavier this year is LEAP <strong>(Learning Extension and Acceleration Program)</strong>. The overall goal of this program is to assist all students to reach their academic potential. The program aims to:</p><ul><li>Provide a stimulating education in a supportive environment;</li><li>Create opportunities which promote knowledge, concept and skill acquisition;</li><li>Encourage independent student enquiry and learning;</li><li>Encourage students to develop and/or realise their potential;</li><li>Encourage students to respect the successes of others; and</li><li>Ensure that students take pride in their achievements.</li></ul><p>There are many aspects of this program, some of which are listed below.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Extension class groups in Core Classes across Year 7-10 </li><li>Elevate Education- Study Skills and Organisation Program across Year 7-12.</li><li>Studiosity – External Online Tutoring Program for students in Year 10-12.</li><li>Year 12 Academic Support group</li><li>Year 12 Senior Pathways Interviews</li><li>Literacy Support Initiative across P-10</li><li>Reading Intervention and Extension Program Year P-2</li><li>Writing Intervention and Extension Program Year 3-6</li><li>Optiminds – Creative Sustainability Challenge</li><li>Readers Cup</li></ul><p> </p><p>Some of these initiatives are new in 2018 and many have been a part of what we offer here at Xavier for some time. We are confident that all students will benefit from opportunities such as these to extend and enrich their own learning and experiences. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><br></strong></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT ABSENTEES</strong></span></p><p>Dear Parents<br> Late last year the Absentee phone line was taken offline and is no longer available. <br>To ensure the safety of students and to provide accurate records, student absences and late arrivals should now be lodged via the Parent Portal, BCE Connect or by email to <a href="mailto://xavierabsentees@bne.catholic.edu.au">xavierabsentees@bne.catholic.edu.au  </a><br>This can be made easier by ensuring you download the BCE Connect App which can be downloaded from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bce-connect/id910824920?mt=8">App Store for Apple </a>devices or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.edu.catholic.bne.bceconnect01&hl=en">Google Play for Androids</a>. <br> <br> Alternatively, a written note is acceptable.<br> </p><p><br></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>CARE & CONCERN COMMITTEE --- WHAT THEY DO…</strong></span></p><p>Xavier Catholic College has a group of parents who volunteer their time to welcome and help other members of the school community. They do this by: -</p><ul><li>Holding first day morning tea (Meet and Greet opportunity)</li></ul><ul><li>Providing meals for school families experiencing a crisis</li></ul><ul><li>Providing information about the school to families</li></ul><ul><li>Assisting the College Board in planning and reviewing the Pastoral Care Policy of the College</li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with the Campus Minister</li></ul><p>At all times we encourage you to explore the parent portal or to talk to your child's classroom teacher or Pastoral Care teacher about any questions that you may have as your first point of contact. Each House has parent contacts and they range from P-12.  If you wish to contact anyone of our parent contacts their details will be published each term in the College Newsletter.  We are in need of parent contacts in our P-6 area so if you would like to nominate yourself or to ask further information of what is involved please do not hesitate to contact myself, Carmel Donnelly (Campus Minister).  Confidentiality is utmost for our committee and any information shared with our parent contacts will not be passed on unless you so desire it.  <br> <br>Carmel Donnelly<br><a href="mailto:cjdonnelly@bne.catholic.edu.au">cjdonnelly@bne.catholic.edu.au</a><br>41971165</p><p><br></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FREE MATHEMATICS TUTORING SERVICE</strong></span><br>Secondary Maths tutoring will commence in Week 3 Term 1. This is not one-on-one tutoring, it is group tutoring. Students are required to have work with them and ask the teacher for help with the questions that they are struggling with. Students may wish to attend to work on their homework/Maths Online or just to get into a good study habit. They can attend as many tutoring sessions as they like in a week.</p><p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-2,-2018/Maths%20Tutoring%20Timetable.jpg" alt="Maths Tutoring Timetable.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:624px;" /><br></p><p><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>XCC/SOS Shuttle Bus Travellers</strong></span><br>Students who travel on the shuttle bus between Xavier and Star of the Sea are reminded that the bus now departs Xavier at the end of the day from the primary pick up area between GOA and the Kindy. Primary students will be accompanied there by staff at the end of the day.<br><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>GREASE MUSICAL</strong></span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">We are very excited to announce that Xavier Catholic College has secured the performing rights for the timeless classic, Grease - School Edition.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Newsletter---Term-1,-Week-2,-2018/Grease-logo.jpg" alt="Grease-logo.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:226px;height:262px;" />The School Edition is shorter and more suitable in content for students, but retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make <em>Grease</em> a favourite amongst rock and roll fans of all ages. .  Many of the songs have undergone changes as well; the numbers are all shortened and edited for content/language. The School Edition as considered to be G-rated. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Performances will be on Tuesday 7<sup>th</sup> and Wednesday 8<sup>th</sup> August ,7.00pm – 9.30pm</p><p style="text-align:justify;">We have developed a timeline to get this Production underway:</p><ul><li> Meeting with students - Tuesday Feb 6 (second break).</li><li>Show Viewing - Thursday Feb 15  (3:15pm Campion).</li><li>Auditions from Feb 19</li><li>Rehearsals from March 1 <br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Those selected to be part of the cast will need to commit to rehearsal on Thursday afternoons, from 3.15 – 4.45pm as well as some weekends and evenings particularly as we move closer to performances in late July and early August.  In a large venture such as this it is important that the cast makes every effort to attend rehearsals as required, so we can work together to create a fun and fantastic spectacle.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cast members may be required to provide some costume items, however we will ensure that these are commonplace and easily accessed.  More individualised or 'exotic' costume items will be provided.  All cast members will be asked to pay a Production fee of $100 fee. This will cover a Production shirt and refreshments during rehearsals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cast members will be asked to sing a Production Agreement that will outline College expectations with regards to participation as well as behaviour.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you have any questions or specific queries that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact Mr. Damms at school or  via email at <a href="mailto:pdamms@bne.catholic.edu.au">pdamms@bne.catholic.edu.au</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">GREASE! - Book, Music and Lyrics By JIM JACOBS and WARREN CASEY</p><p style="text-align:center;">BY ARRANGMENT WITH ORiGiN THEATRICAL</p><p style="text-align:center;">www.origintheatrical.com.au<br></p><p> <br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>XAVIER CANTEEN</strong></span><br>Welcome back from the canteen, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who helped last year.  A reminder to update your QKR app and also check our new menus also accessible from the parent portal as there have been a few changes. We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the canteen, and we would love you to come in for coffee and a chat. The amount of time you are willing to offer is entirely up to you, but any time is greatly appreciated. <br><br>Many thanks</p><p>Liz Mee<br><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mary Ryan Book Club</strong></span><br>Calling all book-loving junior schoolers.... we have TWO NEW BOOK CLUBS starting in March!!<br></p><ol><li>BOOK MUNCHERS for readers in Year 3 and 4.</li><li>PAGE TURNERS for readers in Year 5 and 6. <br></li></ol><p>Each group will meet once a month on a Wednesday afternoon here at Mary Ryan's.<br> Membership for the whole year is $100 and includes:</p><p></p><ul><li>Each month's book club book for you to keep (that's 9 books from March to November);</li></ul><ul><li> A Book Journal for you to track your reading and record your literary thoughts;</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>Afternoon tea at each meeting (a drink, a cookie and fruit);</li></ul><ul><li> Discussion led by one of our enthusiastic staff members.</li></ul><p> If you're interested, come in and speak to our bookshop staff. Pre-payment is required as places are limited.<br><br> <br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>7-12 SPORT NEWS</strong></span><br>Welcome to the 2018 school year and what is hoped to be another memorable year of sport for Xavier.<br><br><strong>Years 7-12 Xavier Swimming Carnival</strong><br>This will be held on Friday 2<sup>nd</sup> February at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Students are required to be at the pool by 8:40am for roll marking. Limited buses will run from Xavier to the pool (and return in afternoon) for those students who require this service. Students are required to wear sun-safe clothing within their House's chosen theme and to remember hydration on the day. There will be extra tents on the hill this year to provide extra shade for students. Students will have restricted and periodical access to the canteen facilities at the pool and so it is encouraged that students bring their own lunch. Our 12 year olds in Year 7 will attend the day and will compete in championship, novelty and relay events. However, there will be no age champion for 12 year olds, as this will be determined at the Primary Swimming carnival held in Term 4 where 12 year old Year 6 students are in attendance. Parents and Family are very welcome to attend this Friday. <strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>PLEASE NOTE</strong>: this is a <strong>COMPULSORY</strong> school day and students are <strong>NOT PERMITTED</strong> to depart the pool early unless arranged prior to the day with their PC teacher and House Dean through a note of explanation from parent/caregiver. <br><br>Below is an estimated schedule of events for the day:</p><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong> Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Event</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>8:40 – 9:00am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Roll marking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>9:00 – 9:15am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Briefing and War Cries</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>9:15 – 9:40am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">12 & 13yrs Backstroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>9:40 – 10:05am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">14 & 15yrs Backstroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>10:05 – 10:30am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16 & Open Backstroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>10:30 – 10:55am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">12 & 13yrs Freestyle</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>10:55 – 11:20am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">14 & 15yrs Freestyle</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>11:20 – 11:45am</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16 & Open Freestyle</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>11:45 - 12:10pm </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">12 & 13yrs Breastroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>12:10 – 12:35pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">14 & 15yrs Breastroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>12:35 – 1:00pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16 & Open Breastroke</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1:00 – 1:10pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">The Big Splash & College War Cry</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1:10 – 1:40pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">13 – Open Butterfly</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1:40pm-2:20pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Relays</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2:20pm-2:30pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Presentations</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2:30 – 3:00pm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bus students return to College at 2:35pm Clean and Pack-up</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Hervey Bay District Cluster Trials 1</strong>:</p><p>Trials for the Hervey Bay School Teams for the following sports: Cricket, Softball, Touch, Squash, Surfing, Tennis and Volleyball will be occurring Wednesday the 7<sup>th</sup> February. Students have received an email with details of how to nominate through moodle. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Friday Afternoon Sport</strong></p><p>As has been communicated to students and parents (through email and College Facebook), Year 7 & 8's have an opportunity to participate in a Dance or Soccer program on Friday afternoons for the whole school year. As well as receiving hard copies, students were emailed the information and application form. These applications were due on Monday 29<sup>th</sup> January. Students who will not participate in either Dance or Soccer will select their sports for this term's Friday Afternoon Sport in coming days. Friday afternoon Sport will begin on Friday February 9 for Year 8's (Year 7's are on camp and will begin the following Friday February 16).</p><p>I sincerely wish all students at Xavier the very best in their school sporting pursuits in 2018.</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/get%20started%20sport%20vouchers.jpg" alt="get started sport vouchers.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Round 11<em> </em>of <em>Get Started Vouchers</em> <strong>opens on Wednesday 24 January 2018</strong>. </p><p>The program provides eligible children and young people aged 5 to 17 (inclusive) who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club with a voucher valued up to $150 for membership and/or registration fees. It should be noted that vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis; therefore there is no guarantee that an eligible child or young/person will obtain a voucher.</p><p>Parents of students can apply for registration for <em>Get Started Vouchers</em> at any time. Registration is valid for the entire program period so there is no need to register for each round.  </p><p>More information about the program is available at <a href="https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted">www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted</a>.</p><img src="file:///C:/Users/mninnes/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image006.jpg" alt="" style="width:601px;margin:5px;" /><img src="file:///C:/Users/mninnes/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image008.png" alt="" style="width:426px;margin:5px;" /><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Girls%20Cricket%20League.jpg" alt="Girls Cricket League.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>
Newsletter - Term 3, Week 2, 2017http://www.xavier.qld.edu.au/Our-Community/news-and-events/Pages/Newsletter---Term-3,-Week-2,-2017.aspxNewsletter - Term 3, Week 2, 2017<img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Open%20Day%20website%20image.jpg" alt="2017 Open Day website image.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>LEADERSHIP ADDRESS</strong><br><br>Dear Parents and Carers<br>This week our community has focused its attention on NAIDOC week and the wonderful contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make to the life of this nation.  As a school that views its diversity as ‘a source of strength and a sign of hope’ such a celebration is very important.  <br>The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages has been the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.<br><br>The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.<br><br>Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first significant European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.<br><br>Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.<br><br>As a community committed to reconciliation, we also offered our support to the Recognise Campaign. The campaign, which is governed by Reconciliation Australia, is spearheading the movement for constitutional recognition.  The Recognise campaign is recommending that Australians vote in a referendum to:<br><ul><li>Remove section 25 – which says the states can ban people from voting based on their race.</li> <li>Remove section 51(xxvi) – which can be used to pass laws that discriminate against people based on their race.</li> <li>Insert a new section 51A – to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to preserve the Australian Government’s ability to pass laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.</li> <li>Insert a new section 116A, banning racial discrimination by government.</li> <li>Insert a new section 127A, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were this country’s first tongues, while confirming that English is Australia’s national language.<br></li></ul> It is widely known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a significant health gap when compared with non-Aboriginal Australians, primarily due to poverty, unemployment, social exclusion, poor housing and poor educational outcomes.  There is also evidence that access to good health care is compromised.  The purpose of constitutional recognition is to recognise Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and remove legal remnants of discrimination.  According to the Lowitja Institute – Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, constitutional recognition will provide a sound foundation for addressing the social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing.  <br><br>Support of the move towards constitutional recognition would be a logical next step in terms of advocating for health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  <br><br>Late last year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of St John Paul II’s iconic words to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986.  In acknowledgement of the anniversary, all Australians were strengthened and emboldened by a message of hope and a blessing received directly from the Holy Father, Pope Francis.<br> <br>Pope Francis wrote, “This anniversary affords me the happy opportunity to express my deep esteem for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for your ancient cultural heritage”. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is built on mutual respect and dignity. <br> <br>Drawing upon St John Paul II’s words, Pope Francis reminds us that the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is precious, with much to offer the Catholic Church around the world.<br> <br>"Your culture, which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear. Do not think that your gifts are worth so little that you should no longer bother to maintain them. Share them with each other and teach them to your children. Your songs, your stories, your paintings, your dances, your languages, must never be lost."<br><br>God bless<br><br>Simon Dash<br>Principal<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HEADS OF COLLEGE ADDRESS</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>Dear Parents,<br><span><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Igloo.jpg" alt="2017 Igloo.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br>We have had a very calm start to the term with students returning to school ready to learn, full of enthusiasm and a persistent attitude when challenged.  One example of this persistent was demonstrated when Prep 3 arrived at school to find that the Milk Carton Igloo they had been building had completely collapsed.  We talk a lot about not giving up at Xavier and in this instance the Prep staff and students demonstrated this attitude without hesitation.  They set to the task with the able assistance from Mr Chris Relf and as you can see from the picture below, their persistence resulted in some amazing results.  Well done Prep.<br> <br>This week we recognise and celebrate several special occasions in the school’s calendar. Some details of these events are shown below: <br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">NAIDOC WEEK</strong><br>The 2017 theme for NAIDOC Week - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.  We will be holding many events across the college on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to recognise this significant event in the Australian social calendar.   These events will include activities focusing on Indigenous Language, Arts and Craft and Traditional Games. We will also come together as a P-12 community for our NAIDOC Week Liturgy on Wednesday 19th July, 9.15 am in the JPAC centre. Parents are very welcome to attend this special Liturgy.<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20NAIDOC%20Week.jpg" alt="2017 NAIDOC Week.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">BASTILLE DAY</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;">On Friday, we will celebrate Bastille Day, France’s National Day, and acknowledge the College’s connection to France and particularly the French language.  As part of a day of French themed activities, staff and students will be dressing up and enjoying some traditional French snacks.  The Junior Years' students will also experience some traditional French games/arts and craft and stories.  The Junior Years' parade will occur in GOA at approximately 9.45 am and parents are very welcome to attend this part of the day.<br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SVDP SLEEPOUT</strong><br>Students and staff will be sleeping out this week at the school to raise awareness for the homelessness.  The SVDP sleepout is an annual event and we thank Mrs Donnelly for her ongoing work towards raising awareness of social justice issues within our college. As a Jesuit school, we are called to act and recognise the poor and marginalised.  We thank all staff and students who are involved in the SVDP sleepout.<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20SVDP%20Sleepout.jpg" alt="2017 SVDP Sleepout.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br>Some key reminders for the coming weeks:<br><ul><li>Parent Teachers Interviews for Years 7-12 are being held on Tuesday 25 July from 3.30-7.30pm.  Bookings can be made through the Parent teacher Online booking system. Semester Reports, as well as Trimester 2 Reports for years 9 & 10, can be found on the ParentPortal. If you are having trouble accessing the portal or the booking system please contact the school.</li> <li>The Hervey Bay Primary District Athletics will be haled on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July.  Information has been sent home with students who have been selected to attend this carnival.</li> <li>Catholic Education Week Mass will be held in JPAC from 9.30 am onwards on Wednesday 26th July. All parents are welcome to attend.  <br></li></ul> <br>Heads of School – Russell Davey & Kerry Sidaway<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">FROM THE APRES</strong><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Catholic Education Week</strong><br>Next week schools across Queensland will be celebrating all that is wonderful about Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Sharing the Journey.” The week gives us pause to reflect on the holistic nature of Catholic education, with the aim of educating the intellectual, emotional and physical aspects of all students. The highlight of the week will be our college Mass at 9:30 am in the Goa Performance and Activity Centre. To kick off the week, students are invited to attend Mass this weekend at St Joseph’s Church, Pilaba in their school uniforms to represent the college. Masses are Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 7:00am and 9:00am.<br><br>Congratulations to Raemah Krause, Hayden Kubler and Brandon Govers who received their First Communion at the 9:00 Mass this past Sunday at St Joseph’s Church in Pialba. Following on from the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, this completes their initiation into the Catholic Church. It is a joy to see young people engaging in their faith life and seeking to share their faith in our Christian community.<br>  <br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Confirmation.jpg" alt="2017 Confirmation.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Jesuit Visitor</strong><br>This week, the college welcomed a special visitor, Fr Gerry Healy, SJ. He spent the week visiting classrooms to talk to students about a variety of topics, with a particular focus on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. The talks focussed on the sustainability of our planet with an emphasis on the need for balance among social, environmental and economic policies to guide our interactions with God’s creation. On behalf of the college, I would like to extend our warmest thanks to Fr Gerry for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his wisdom with our community.<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Fr%20Gerry%20Healy%20visit.jpg" alt="2017 Fr Gerry Healy visit.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">OPERATION RIMAU COMMEMORATION<img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Commemoration.jpg" alt="2017 Commemoration.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" width="203" height="298" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong><br>Recently some of the Hervey Bay community and cadets gathered at Dayman Park memorial to pay their respects to the 23 Z Special Unit operatives of Operation Rimau. Lachlan Relf and Meg Collier represented the College laying a wreath at the site.<br><br>Considered the tragic sequel to the successful Operation Jaywick, Operation Rimau was an aborted attack on Japanese shipping at Singapore Harbour in October 1944. The Z Special Unit operatives were sourced from the Fraser Island commando school, which trained more than 900 soldiers between 1943 and 1945. All 23 Z Special Unit operatives were killed during Operation Rimau, which was aborted just before the planned attack.<br><br> <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CAMPUS MINISTER </strong><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Magis Minis Cook up a storm</strong><br>On Monday afternoon some of our Magis Minis along with assistance from our senior Social Justice and Action team cooked up some beautiful soups for our annual SVDP school sleep out this week.  A big thank you to Mrs Liz Mee who volunteered her time to assist us.  One of the most amazing things that Mrs Mee commented on was that all the students were such cheerful givers of their time.  Thank you for your donations of ingredients and a big thankyou also to Rueben D’Arney who completed the onguard training to be a part of this afternoon of cooking.  A community of men and women for and with others.  <br><br>Blessings<br>Carmel Donnelly<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Magis%20Minis%20Soup.jpg" alt="2017 Magis Minis Soup.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>     <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ROADWORKS ON ENDEAVOUR WAY</strong><br>The asphalt will be laid on the new carpark on Endeavour Way at the back of the College on Saturday22 July, 2017.  This will have to be left for a week before the line marking is done during the week beginning 31 July, 2017.<br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR PATHWAY CONNECTING ENDEAVOUR WAY PARKING TO BACK GATE </strong><br>We encourage our community to write to Councillor David Lewis to support the proposed pathway to connect to our back gate entrance. You can email him directly: david.lewis@frasercoast.qld.gov.au<br><br>The extract below can be pasted into the email and adjusted accordingly. Thanks for your support. <br><br>Dear Cr Lewis,<br><br>LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR <br>PATHWAY CONNECTING ENDEAVOUR WAY PARKING TO<br>BACK GATE ACCESS OF XAVIER<br><br>I/ we write in support of the proposed pathway connecting the new and existing parking to the back gate access of Xavier Catholic College and would appreciate this next stage of the park development be considered as a priority.<br><br>Yours sincerely,<br><br>[name(s)]<br>[address]<br>[contact no.]<br>[email]<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">UNIVERSITY OPEN DATES</strong><br>Below are open days for some Queensland Universities.  For further information or for information on other tertiary options, please visit the relevant websites:<br><br><table class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="font-size:1em;width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>Australian Catholic University<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><span>Brisbane<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span>​</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><span>Saturday 22 July   <span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span>​</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><span><a href="https://openday.acu.edu.au/">https://openday.acu.edu.au/ </a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>Bond University<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span>Gold Coas<span style="display:inline-block;">t</span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span>Saturday 22 July<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><a href="https://bond.edu.au/open-day">https://bond.edu.au/open-day </a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>Central Qld Uni<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span>Brisbane<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span>Thursday 10 August<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><a href="https://www.cqu.edu.au/campaigns/open-days">https://www.cqu.edu.au/campaigns/open-days</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span><span>Central Qld Uni<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span>Bundaberg <span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span>Saturday 12<span style="display:inline-block;"> August</span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><span><a href="https://www.cqu.edu.au/campaigns/open-days">https://www.cqu.edu.au/campaigns/open-days</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Griffith</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​All Campuses</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Sunday 23 July</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<a href="https://www.griffith.edu.au/college">h<span>ttps://www.griffith.edu.au/college</span></a><span><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>James Cook<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Townsville</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Sunday 13 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><a href="https://www.jcu.edu.au/open-day">https://www.jcu.edu.au/open-day</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​QUT</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Gardens Point</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Sunday 30 July</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><a href="https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/qut-open-day">https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/qut-open-day</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>QUT<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Caboolture</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Sunday 20 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span><span><a href="https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/qut-open-day">https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/qut-open-day</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​University of Queensland</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​St Lucia</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sunday 6 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​<span><a href="https://future-students.uq.edu.au/campus-tours">https://future-students.uq.edu.au/campus-tours</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​University of Queensland</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Gatton</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sunday 20 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​<span><span><a href="https://future-students.uq.edu.au/campus-tours">https://future-students.uq.edu.au/campus-tours</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>University of Southern Qld<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Toowoomba</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sunday 13 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​<span><a href="https://www.usq.edu.au/openday">https://www.usq.edu.au/openday</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span>​<span>University of Southern Qld<span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Ipswich</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Saturday 2 September</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1"><span><span><a href="https://www.usq.edu.au/openday">https://www.usq.edu.au/openday</a><a href="https://www.usq.edu.au/openday"><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></a></span></span><span><span><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​University of Southern Qld</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Springfield</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sunday 20 August</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1"><span><span><a href="https://www.usq.edu.au/openday">https://www.usq.edu.au/openday</a><a href="https://www.usq.edu.au/openday"><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></a></span></span><span><span><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></span></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​University of Sunshine Coast</td> <td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sippy Downs</td> <td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Sunday 23 July</td> <td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1"><span></span>​<span><a href="http://www.usc.edu.au/open-day">http://www.usc.edu.au/open-day</a><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table>               <br>The Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) will be held at the RICC Brisbane Showgrounds on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July between 10am and 4pm.  TSXPO offers a wealth of information:<br><ul><li>Find out the latest careers, courses and study options available</li> <li>Advice on how to enrol</li> <li>Opportunity to speak to admission staff</li> <li>Meet with interstate and overseas exhibitors</li> <li>Compare course offerings between different providers</li> <li>Information on bursaries and scholarships</li> <li>Costs involved with courses and studies</li> <li>Attend a variety of seminars</li> <li>GAP year and overseas work experiences</li> <li>and a whole lot more! <br></li></ul>  Visit the TSXPO website for more information.  http://www.careersevent.com/tsxpo/  <br><br>Annie Sexton<br>Guidance Counsellor (Grades 8-12)<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Xavier crew add some sparkle to "SPACE"! </strong><br>Last Friday, Xavier students, Lachlan Grumley. Andrew Love and Cameron Payne traveled to St Joseph's Primary School, Childers, to volunteer their sound and lighting expertise for the school musical 'SPACE'.<br>Twila Whittingham, the musical director, said the "sound and lighting Equipment from Xavier added the sparkle and shine to the fantastic night....and gave every one of those 75 students a memory that will be part of them forever."<br><br>"Our three young Xavier Gentlemen were Phenomenal. What an absolutely shining testament to Xavier Catholic College and themselves. They displayed the utmost of patience and their skills were clearly visible to all who saw them "in action."<br><br>Cameron Payne said "We had an amazing time, hitting the ground running at 7:30am and didn't stop until after 9 that night. What an experience, the show was fantastic! Thank you to the wonderful staff at St Joeys for welcoming us with open arms. The St Joeys students did an amazing job."<br> <br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20SPACE.jpg" alt="2017 SPACE.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TUTORING ROSTER</strong><br>We encourage our students to take advantage of our free tutoring sessions. These sessions have changed slightly from Semester One. <br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Tutoring%20timetable%20S2.jpg" alt="2017 Tutoring timetable S2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">RECYCLED FASHION</strong><span><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Recycled%20fashion2017.jpg" alt="Recycled fashion2017.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br>Year 12 Creative Arts students have been working on a collaborative task this term based on the theme of waste in clothing manufacture. The scenario devised was that the world has suffered a man made disaster as a result of poor management of manufacturing processes and waste disposal. Students had to come up with a garment that did not rely on new materials for its manufacture. The garment is made of used fabric that has been printed and dyed. The embellishments are all waste products from manufacturing processes, with the idea of reusing materials that might otherwise end up in land fill. The students enjoyed the process of working together to produce this garment and have become more aware of the cost to the environment of the current trend for fast fashion.<br> <br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">ART COMPETITION</strong> <br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Art%20competition.jpg" alt="2017 Art competition.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TUCKSHOP HELP</strong><br>We are calling for assistance from parents and guardians to offer some of their time to assist in the tuckshop lunch preparations. Either pop in during the day or you can contact Liz Mee via email. lmee@bne.catholic.edu.au <br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS</strong><br>As you know volunteers are an integral part of our school. Many parents are already volunteering in our school community and contributing to helping our students in many different ways.<br><br>The below process is for those parents who would like to volunteer or who are volunteering but have NOT completed the volunteer training this year.<br><br>Please be aware the College is legally required to ensure all volunteers have completed the Volunteer Student Protection training before they engage in any volunteer duties.<br><ol><li>Complete the Volunteer Student Protection training online. <a href="/Our-Community/news-and-events/Documents/How%20to%20complete%20the%20Volunteer%20Student%20Protection%20online.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="How to complete the Volunteer Student Protection online.pdf" />How to complete the Volunteer Student Protection online.pdf</a></li> <li>Print off and return a completed registration sheet to either Libby Gaedtke or Melinda Fowler to indicate you have completed the training. Both Libby and Melinda can be found in Manresa. Alternatively ask at front reception or call the College.</li> <li>Libby or Melinda will provide you with a Xavier Volunteer Handbook and go through some important information about volunteering at Xavier.</li> <li>Melinda or Libby will help to work out where you would like to volunteer in our school.<br></li></ol> If you have any question or require additional information please do not hesitate to contact either Libby Gaedtke, Melinda Fowler or Alicia Miles.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Library News… Junior School Book Club… Orders due Friday 28th July!</strong><br>We are excited to have distributed Issue 5 of Scholastic Book Club this week.  It’s jam-packed with over 350 titles at low prices, with something to interest everyone.  Hopefully you have all had a chance to view it by now… if not, it is available online at http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/.  All orders are to be placed using LOOP, the Scholastic Book Clubs Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform for Parents.  This is a safe and easy method which eliminates the need for paper order forms and cash payments.  Each Book Club 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!<br><br>If you have any questions, please contact us:<br><br>Graham Bebington (Teacher Librarian)<br>Email: <a href="mailto://Graham.Bebington@bne.catholic.edu.au">Graham.Bebington@bne.catholic.edu.au </a><br>Malina Blackley (Library Aide)<br>Email: <a href="mailto://mblackley@bne.catholic.edu.au">mblackley@bne.catholic.edu.au</a><br> <br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Loop%20book%20club.jpg" alt="Loop book club.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">SPORTS NEWS</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>XAVIER BASKETBALL</strong><br>Well done our Xavier basketballers in their opening encounter of the Fraser Coast Schools Competition. A 57-6 win for our Middle School boys and 25-5 win to the Senior squad. Tremendous defensive effort from both sides and wonderful team passing display. Thanks to the coaches Ms Nicholson, Mr Ninnes, and Xavier Alumni, Zac Lund.<br><br>Intermediate Team : Jack Sinn 14pts, Levi Snell 12pts, Dylan Mannion 9pts, Jasper Wright 8pts, Isaac Donnell 6pts, Mitchell Bowers 4pts and Garrett Moore 4pts.<br>Open Team: Jack Savage 8pts, Ben Barker 4pts, Patrick Stewart 4pts, Tom Cadden 4pts, Lachie Espulso 2pts, Jaiden Davis 2pts, Jeremy Hinton 1pt.<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Basketball%20Week%201.jpg" alt="2017 Basketball Week 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>WIDE BAY REPS</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;">Robbie Borsboom and Harry Armstrong recently competed at the State U/12 Rugby League titles in Townsville. Robbie began with a stellar opening match against Northern, earning best and fairest on field, but unfortunately his carnival was cut short when he broke his thumb during the 2nd game. Harry also earned a best and fairest nod for his performance in Game 3 against Met North. Definitely bright futures in the sport, well done boys.<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Wide%20Bay%20Football.jpg" alt="Wide Bay Reps.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">2017 ALL Schools Oztag</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;">Last weekend Xavier Catholic College competed in the 2017 ALL Schools Oztag competition at the Sunshine Coast. Only in its second year, the tournament has doubled in size. Our Open Mixed, Year 9 Boys and Year 9 Girls teams played three days of Oztag against schools from all over the state, as far away as Cunnamulla and Palm Island.<br><br>The Year 9 Boys teams were represented by students in Grades 9, 8 and 7. Playing their games with one or no subs, the boys played with an attitude of consistency, working hard and never never giving up. Fantastic ball handling skills, length of the field try-saving chases and commitment to working as a team saw them win a number of their games. They should be very proud of their efforts throughout the entire tournament.<br><br>The Year 9 Girls team was also represented by students in Grades 9, 8 and 7. The girls played a strong tournament at a level well above their previous carnival. They can all hold their heads high as most of their games came down to the wire and were often drawn or lost right on full time. The girls made it to the finals but were knocked out by the team that ended up winning the Grand Final. As a whole, they exceeded their coach’s expectations – well done.<br><br>The Open mixed team played a very fast-paced game with many spectacular tries and tags being taken. Special mention goes to our Year 10 girls playing in the Open Mixed team. They competed in the Year 12 Boys competition, only once playing against another mixed team. These girls held their own in the boys’ competition, scoring a number of tries along the way – well done girls! Overall the Opens made their way to the Plate Grand Final. They fought hard but unfortunately didn’t walk away with a win. However, each of them can be proud of their own game and the leadership and support they gave to our younger players – well done team!<br><br>Attending staff were very impressed with the level of commitment and hard work shown by all players at each game, along with the support they gave other Xavier teams in each of their games. As manager, I would like to give special thanks to Mr Michael Thompson, Miss Kate Duffield, Mr Craig Glover and Mr Troy Brien for their assistance in helping our Xavier students enjoy a fantastic weekend of Oztag. Many thanks must also go to the parents for their help and support throughout the weekend to create a fantastic carnival enjoyed by all.<br><br>Mrs Kath Thompson<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20All%20Schools%20OzTag.jpg" alt="2017 All Schools OzTag.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Sunny Coast All Schools Touch</strong><br>Xavier will have 6 teams competing at the Sunny Coast All Schools touch carnival on this Sunday 23rd July at Glass House Mountains. Students have been training Tuesday and Thursday mornings for some time now and are well prepared to play to potential this Sunday. A big thank you to our 5 volunteer referees: Jodie Houlistion, Phillipa Wright, Bel France, Meg Moore and Cree Forster. Good luck to all our hard working touch football students.<br><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Middle/Senior Athletics</strong><br>A reminder of the schedule of events for athletics over the next 2 weeks:<br><br><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0" style="font-size:1em;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​DAY</th> <th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​TIME</th> <th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​EVENTS</th></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Thursday 20th July</th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10:40-11:20am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​1500m Events<br>(All Age Groups)</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Friday 21st July</th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​12:45-3:00pm</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​3 x Field Event Rotations<br>(All Age Groups) </td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Monday 24th July </th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10:40-11:20am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​3000m Events<br>(Not for Age Championship points)</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Tuesday 25th July</th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10:40-11:20am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​800m Events<br>(All Age Groups)</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Thursday 27th July<br></th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">1:30-3:00pm<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​200m Events<br>(All Age Groups)<br>All-Age Shuttle Relay<br></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Friday 28th July</th> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8:40am - 3:00pm</td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Athletics Day</td></tr></tbody></table>  <br>Families are invited to come and watch students compete at any of the above dates. We look forward to seeing you there.<br> <br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">TRIVIA NIGHT<br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20SOS%20Trivia%20Night.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:615px;height:729px;" /><br><br></strong>All parents and friends are invited to attend this year’s Parish Youth Ministry Fund Raiser Trivia Night at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School on Saturday 29th July, from 6:00pm. <br> <br>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.<br> <br>Tickets will be sold individually or tables of 10 will be available. All tickets must be pre-purchased. Please call Star of the Sea Catholic School on 4125 1220 to purchase your ticket.<br> <br>There will be a number of raffles on the night and some of the prizes include:<br> <br><ul><li>2 nights accommodation (including breakfast and ferry transfer) for 2 people at Kingfisher Bay Resort</li> <li>Fraser Island Eco Sail Adventure Family Pass onboard Blue Dolphin</li> <li>4 x $25 vouchers toThe Torquay Hotel</li> <li>3 x Family Passes to theHervey Bay Aquarium</li> <li>$100 Gift Voucher from VIP Lawns & Gardens</li> <li>1000 Business Card Package from The Sticker Company</li> <li>$20 Gift Voucher from Ron Morgan</li> <li>$70 Hair Package Voucher from All About You Hair Design                                            <br></li></ul> <br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">MS SWIMATHON</strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;">Please join and support this MS Swimathon team! Anyone, any age, any fitness, we have a team of all ages.<br>Swim a little, swim a lot, or stay dry and count laps...and moral support!<br><br>Hervey Bay event Sunday 17th September, 2017.<br><br>You will find Chunky Dunks Team on the website this Friday, go to:   <br><a href="https://www.msswimathon.com.au/swim-locations/hervey-bay">https://www.msswimathon.com.au/swim-locations/hervey-bay</a><br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/MS%20Swimathon.jpg" alt="MS Swimathon.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Get Started Vouchers </strong><br>Get Started Vouchers - funding to help young people participate<br>Round 10 opens for voucher applications on 12 July 2017.<br><br><a href="https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/">https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/</a><br><br><strong>Refer a young person for a Get Started Voucher</strong><br>Where you know a child/young person who does not have access to a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card but requires financial support to join their local sport or recreation club, you may wish to refer them to the program. <br><br><img src="/Our-Community/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2017%20Little%20Athletics.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br><br>

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