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Xavier Day - Celebrating St Francis Xavier

Every year, students from Prep to Year 12 at Xavier Catholic College Hervey Bay take a whole day participating in a variety of activities and community service to honour their College patron, St Francis Xavier. This year, celebrations were that little bit extra special as 2012 also marks the College’s 10 year anniversary.

The day began with an opportunity for the whole College to come together in worship with a liturgy honouring the life of St Francis. Students in Years 6 to 12 then embarked on a variety of Ignatian service activities across the College and Hervey Bay. These included: the College choir and band performing at Parklands and Baycrest nursing homes; students donating their time to Star of the Sea Primary School, Hervey Bay Special School and Long Day Day Care in Torquay; cleaning up the beaches at Pialba, Torquay and Scarness; planting trees and cleaning up at Eli Creek; writing letters to the Benenson Society (promotion of human rights) and to students at schools in East Timor; and cleaning the College grounds and repairing bins and picnic tables.

Students in Prep to Year 5 enjoyed a lunch on the lawn with their teachers and families, activities in class based around the life of St Francis, and a particular highlight for the young students was the cutting (and eating) of St Francis Xavier’s cake!

The day ended with two traditional Xavier Day events: a theatrical production of the life of St Francis, which was humorously performed by Year 6 students, and the karaoke party. The enthusiasm generated by each House group during karaoke was electrifying as each year level group rocked out to songs by Pink, AC/DC, The Beatles, Spice Girls and The Black Eyed Peas.