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.