Newsletter - Term 1, Week 3, 2017


Dear Parents and Carers
Last Friday’s Middle and Senior Years Swimming Carnival was a true immersion into the Xavier culture. The spirit and enthusiasm of the students gave me a great insight into both the passion students have for their House as well as their school. While it was very competitive, the smiles throughout the day illustrated a great deal of fun was being had. Such special events provide an insight into the deep sense of belonging that students have to their College family.

Congratulations to all and especially Narwari House for taking the title for 2017. I also wish to thank the staff who showed as much passion as the students for their Houses and put in a long day to ensure the carnival ran smoothly. A special mention must go to Mr Milne and Mr Tyrell who led the way in the organisation of the carnival.

This week we are back into the business of schooling and I know that teachers and students have high expectations for a very successful academic year. I’ve continued with my classroom visits and remain impressed by the calibre of teaching and the general culture of learning that is displayed through positive behaviour and attentiveness. With your support at home, we can keep this going and attain the best results possible for each and every child.

God bless

Simon Dash

From the Junior School

Dear Parents,
It always amazes me 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.  Being new to the school I can honestly report that the majority of 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.

Now that we are back into a normal school routine I would like to give you some general reminders about some the key information for P-5. Please see below:

  • Our P-5 assembly is held every Wednesday from 9.00 am onwards in the GOA centre.  Parents are very welcome.
  • The P-5 staff have introduced an assembly showcase this year.  Your class teacher will let you know when your child’s class will be presenting some of their learning on assembly. They will be the star of the show for that week.
  • Swimming lessons begin in Week 3.  A reminder to all parents to carefully read the information notes sent home by your class teacher and ensure your student has all the required equipment.
  • Many parents have been respecting the request to remain out of the pod areas until 8.30 am.  Thank you for doing so.  Can I also remind you that parents are not to enter pods until 3.00 pm in the afternoon?  It can be very distracting/exciting if Mum or Dad are standing near the classroom.
  • A reminder to parents that students can be dropped at the GOA centre from 8.10 am onwards in the morning.  Teachers are on duty from this time onwards.
  • You should have received a note from your teacher advising of those times they are available to meet to discuss any particular concerns you have.  Please contact your teacher if you are yet to receive any information.

Have a great week and please do hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns. 

Russell Davey
Head of School (Junior/Middle)

From the Senior School

iPad deployment to all Year 7 students and all things ICT
On Monday evening and Wednesday morning Mike Ritter and myself addressed year 7 parents about the use and management of their iPads. These devices will be issued to the students on Thursday as part of a “Boot Camp” where they will learn how to manage their device.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that the school is always available to support them in working with their son/daughter in managing the device at home, whether it be an iPad or a laptop.

The device is ‘owned’ by the school until the required time elapses which is 2 years for an iPad and 4 years for a laptop. It is paid for through fees and the Technology Levy over that time. We strongly encourage you to monitor the device at all times. This can be done through:

•    Checking emails, photos and videos.
•    Monitoring history of internet use.
•    Having realistic time limits for use, that are adhered to.
•    Devices are charged and stored overnight, under the supervision of the parent.
•    Knowing the passcode to open the device.

If you are not able to complete any of these activities, please make contact with your PC Teacher or Head of House to support you in doing so. A copy of the presentation used at our parent sessions can be found on the College website under LEARNING, DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT at the bottom of the page.

This week our House Liturgies were held and provided an opportunity to come together to meet PC teachers, share afternoon tea and gather in prayer. It was wonderful to see that many Junior school families were also able to join us on these evenings. I especially thank our Heads of House who put a great deal of thought and effort into making these nights a wonderful opportunity for our Xavier community.

Appointment of Middle School Leaders

This is a new initiative at Xavier as we believe there was a gap in opportunities for our Middle School students-we have Junior Leaders in Year 5 and our senior leaders. Applicants completed an Expression of Interest at the end of last year and this year were then invited to participate in an interview with their Heads of House and a member of the College Leadership team. As part of these interviews it was wonderful to see these keen and confident young people putting themselves forward to represent the College.

Across the four Houses there were over 40 candidates so it was a challenging job to select just 16 – 4 per House. The Appointed leaders are identified in this table. We wish them well in the work they will undertake this year.

We would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of all candidates who applied and thank them for their continued efforts in supporting their respective House. We look forward to working with our new leaders in their leadership positions in 2017.

BUTHU                             DIRUM
Dakoda Smith                   Brooke Harvey  
Claire Drake                      Flynn Whelan
Amy Wyvill                       Brianna Skyring
Edward Beach                  Jakob Tietz

KONDARI                        NARWARI
Aylee Barker                    Amelia Frawley
Ella McMahon                  Henry Riley
Lachlan Relf                     Tasmyn Robb
Larissa Wilson                 Daniel Harding


09/02/2017    Year 7 iPad Deployment

14/02/2017    Year 12s University Showcase

15/02/2017    Opening Mass

16/02/2017    Year 11 & 12 Senior Local Immersion (Through until 19/2)

20/02/2017    Hervey Bay District Swimming Carnival

Introducing Brendan McDonald APRE P-12   -  (Religious Life of School & Identity)

The new APRE model introduced this year offers some very exciting possibilities for our college. In particular, it presents a great opportunity to promote and strengthen the Prep to Year 12 culture of our college. The concept of community is one of the hallmarks of Catholic education and I look forward to fostering a strong sense of community across the whole college. Xavier Catholic College’s rather unique status as a P-12 college on a single campus creates boundless opportunities to develop faith-building relationships amongst the Junior, Middle and Senior schools.

The main priority of the role of the APRE for Religious Life of the School and Identity is to bring to fruition the second element of the Brisbane Catholic Education’s model for Religious Education: Teaching people to be religious in a particular way. Religious education is at the heart of Catholic schooling. By embracing this vision, we can achieve our college mission of developing young men and women of competence, conscience and compassion with an attitude of excellence and service. 

In my nearly 20 years of teaching in Catholic schools I have been fortunate enough to experience a range of religious charisms. Having taught previously with the Marist brothers and the Christian Brothers and of course now teaching in a Jesuit Companion School, I have come to cherish the diversity of ways that people seek and find God. For the past six years I had held the position of Director of Ignatian Spirituality and I believe strongly that the APRE must be a leader in promoting the fundamental values of this charism to the students, staff and parents our college community. The nearly 500-year-old tradition established by St Ignatius of Loyola and St Francis Xavier provides us with a model of how to live a life of purpose according to the plan that God has for each and every one of us.

I look forward to journeying alongside you and your child this year and celebrating our faith every step of the way. If you ever wish to contact me, please do not hesitate to email me at

Introducing Amy Brennan APRE P-12 (Curriculum)
As APRE p-12 with a particular focus on teaching religion, I am excited about working across our whole school! I am teaching Years 4, 6 and 11 this year which is helping me to further develop my knowledge of the syllabus in action and also helps me in my quest to get to know students across the whole school. I play guitar and love to sing, so I am enjoying linking curriculum in the Junior years with relevant songs and sharing these with the students! Music is a great, fun way to learn.

Guided by BCE, the Vision that we have for Religious Education here at Xavier is one that “challenges students to be a religious voice in the world. The Vision gives greater prominence and a renewed orientation to the critical interpretation and evaluation of culture. Through vibrant and engaging Religious Education, students become active constructors of culture rather than passive consumers.”

Did you know that Religion classes encompass and reinforce skills and knowledge from most other teaching areas?

In learning about sacred texts we employ many literacy and language skills. In learning about the world ‘behind the text’ (ie the world as it was in the time of Jesus), we need to use historical, geographical, scientific, mathematical, sociological and environmental information! When we look ‘in front of the text’ and how religion is relevant in society today we explore many issues in society and consider politics, culture, tradition, social justice and much more!

We have a comprehensive Scope and Sequence document which outlines the progression of learning in Religion through the years from Prep right through to Year 12 (a copy of this is on the website).

Bringing these topics to life – making them engaging and appropriately academically rigorous for our students is both exciting and challenging. I am very grateful to be working with such skilled and knowledgeable teachers across the whole school in order to meet the challenge of realising the above Vision!

I look forward to working directly or indirectly with your child this year so please do not hesitate to make contact with me   –

Our Opening Mass for the 2017 school year will be held next Wednesday, 15th February at 9:30am in JPAC. At the conclusion of this Mass we will induct our new Year 5 and Year 9 student leaders. All year 7-12 students are required to wear full formal uniform on the day. All are welcome to join us for this special celebration of the Eucharist.


Who: All current altar servers and those who are interested in joining this important ministry.  (Servers need to have received the First Eucharist and are preferably in Yr 4 and above).

When:     Wednesday 8 March from 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Where:   St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pialba


  • To review current practices associated with altar serving.
  • To instruct in new practices.
  • To confirm details regarding 2017 involvement.
  • To catch up with Father Regimon.

What we will provide: Afternoon tea

What you need to bring: Your smiling face.

Please contact the Parish Office on or by phone on 4124 3334
Mrs Mead by email or by phone on 0403 871531

Year 12 Parent Information Evening
We would like to invite all Year 12 parents to attend the Year 12 Parent Information Evening on Thursday, 16 February at 6.30pm in the Campion Theatre. We will be discussing information about QCAA, OPs & QCS, Traineeships, QTAC applications for tertiary study, exam information, what to expect for the year and important dates, amongst other topics.

Career Information
Careers in Sport – below are some career options relating to Sport and Fitness:

  • Sport and Exercise Science – Exercise and sport sciences and clinical exercise physiology are some of the fastest growing careers in the world.  Graduates work as clinical exercise physiologists, exercise and sport scientists, bio-mechanists, cardiac scientists, respiratory technicians, strength and condition specialists, health promotion officers, corporate health and fitness advisors, and sport and exercise science researchers.
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences – How is the human body and its health influenced by diet and exercise?  What drives people to consume high levels of fats, salts and sugars and what are the impacts?  This degree provides a framework and way of thinking to answer questions such as these. Graduate entry roles include nutrition assistant, fitness or weight loss consultant or research assistant.  
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Public Health – Apply your understanding of community and population health to promote physical activity and recreation in the community.  Career opportunities include working in a health agency, health department, aid and advocacy agency or sporting organisation.  
  • Bachelor of Sport Studies – This program combines core sport and sport science knowledge with complementary studies such as tourism, leisure and event management; public relations; marketing; small business management; or outdoor leadership studies.  This program is designed to help you be job-ready for a changing sport and fitness employment market.  Career opportunities include: school sports programs, community/council sporting event management, coaching and training, outdoor recreation, and various sport-related small business opportunities.

Universities offer a variety of sport related programs.  Please check your preferred universities to check for program location, duration, study mode, OP/Rank and prerequisites. 

Annie Sexton

Guidance Counsellor Grades 8-12

Family School Fees Accounts
We are currently in the process of setting up the school fees billing run for Term 1, 2017.  We anticipate the statements for Term 1 will be forwarded to parents by email on Friday 10 February.  The email will come from Payment will be due on 24 February 2017.

If your email address has changed or you didn’t receive your account by email in 2016, please provide your new contact details to the College Office.

Did you know you can use the Qkr! Application to order and pay for student Tuckshop orders or pay for school events.  Simply download the app and start using now.

When you start school for the new year, you will need to ensure your children’s details such as Class / Grade and Year level are correct. All instructions for the use of Qkr! are available on the School Shops page on our Parent Portal under the Tuckshop section. 

For more information about Qkr! including resetting forgoten passwords, you can go to their website at

Xavier Canteen
XCC Canteen Staff would like to welcome back all XCC families new and familiar. A big thank you to our new and existing volunteers, without you we would not be able to do what we do. If volunteering is something you may be interested in, please do not hesitate in calling Liz directly at the canteen on 4197 1264. We are happy to have you one day a week or one day a term, whatever suits you. Our online ordering system, Qkr, has been updated and will prompt you to update your children's classes. Please take the time to download the App as we have made some changes to our menu and pricing. We are excited to announce that starting this week we will be running a competition for anyone who orders online through the Qkr ordering system. Each order will receive a free entry into a lucky draw, with a winner being announced at the end of each month. The lucky winner will be awarded a $5 canteen voucher. Good luck!

Library News… Junior School Book Club… Orders due this Friday 10th February!
We are excited to have distributed our first Scholastic Book Club for the year.  Hopefully you have all had a chance to view it by now… if not, it is available online at  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!

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Graham Bebington (Teacher Librarian)
Malina Blackley (Library Aide)

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eSafety support
The eSafety Commisioner has released a website with info about apps, online behaviours, and cyber safe behaviours, which can be helpful to parents and our students. If you are interested check out:

Narwari Wins Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival
The Narwari House has taken out the Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival held at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre last Friday. It was a sunny and hot day and as a result 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 12 students, Todd Baldwin and Tessie White were the inaugural winners of this event – by very small margins. War Cries were prominent throughout the day with the Buthu House judged clear winners by our impartial judge on the day. A big thank you to the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre staff, parents, staff and students for making the day a great success. 

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For more great photos go to: Xavier Facebook Page

Age Champions:

​Age ​Boys ​Girls
​13 ​Taj Wright ​Tiarna Lyons
​14 ​Kyle Begaud ​Chantelle McCarthy
​15 ​Tom Veitch ​Kasey Gamble
​16 ​Will Kluck ​Lucy Glass
​Open ​Todd Baldwin ​Tessie White

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Overall Results:

​Place House
​1st ​Narwari ​1404
​2nd ​Dirum ​1135
​3rd ​Buthu ​1044
​4th ​Kondari ​922

Students who have been selected to compete at the Hervey Bay District Swimming Carnival on Monday 20th February have been notified by email.

Friday Sport

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.

Hervey Bay Basketball Sign On
Online registrations are now open for the 2017, Term 1 and 2, Summer Season. Divisions exist in U13, U15, U17, Mixed Social, Women’s, Men’s B and Men’s A. Fixtures commence 08/02/2017 at Hervey Bay PCYC.