Dear Parents and Carers
It has been a whirlwind start to Term 2. In the last week of Term 1 and the first week of the holidays I had the privilege of attending the French Cultural Immersion. Loretta Swann did a brilliant job in planning out a rich and diverse set of experiences for the students and was ably supported by Lynette Pritchard and Lyle Gronow. Loretta has prepared a report that appears further in this newsletter.
During the first week of Term 2, I had the honour of attending the Jesuit Province gathering in Sydney where the new 2019 to 2024 Apostolic Plan was the centrepiece of the two days.
The five key priorities can be summarised as follows:
First Priority: Nourish our ministries through Ignatian Spirituality
We seek to express our life and mission in Christ through deepening our Ignatian spirituality. We seek to be open to the constant renewal to which this spirituality calls us. We seek to ensure that it permeates all aspects of our life and ministry, including our conversations and listening, the way in which we support each other as companions, and our discernment in decision making.
Second Priority: Heal Humanity and our World
We seek to be close to Christ who is revealed in the suffering and vulnerable of our world. We commit ourselves to reconciliation with God, with one another and with creation. With Christ we are called to a personal experience of closeness and companionship with all of humanity, especially those most in need.
Third Priority: Form the young in a faith seeking justice
We encourage outreach to and with the young. We seek to listen to them, inviting them to be creative, just and generous, encouraging them to be open to the journey of Christian faith. For our Church and nation, we wish to form a new generation, grounded in faith and justice as modelled by Christ.
Fourth Priority: Strengthen Jesuit and Lay partnership in mission
We seek to strengthen our Jesuit mission by deepening our collaboration and networking amongst all with whom we work, especially within each ministry and between our ministries. We seek to grow in appreciation of the reality that Jesuit and Lay vocations are distinct yet complementary. We seek to deepen companionship between all who share the mission of Christ.
Fifth priority: Serve Christ through the Church within our Jesuit and Ignatian Tradition
We serve Christ and the Church, of which we are but one part among many. We offer the spiritual and intellectual depth the Church seeks from us, ready to engage at those frontiers' others may have difficulty reaching. We are available to contribute to the needs of the people of God not just locally but also within the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
While I was in transit back to Hervey Bay most of Anzac Day, I was so pleased to hear that so many students volunteered their time to attend the March. It was even more meaningful to me as, during the French Trip we had the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the Somme and the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, the Adelaide Cemetery and the Australian Corps Memorial Le Hamel. At the Australian Corps Memorial there is a quote from the French Prime Minister, Georges Clemenceau, spoken on the 7 July 2018 carved in the stone which was incredibly moving:
“When the Australians came to France, the French people expected a great deal of you… We knew you would fight a real fight, but we did not know that from the very beginning you would astonish the whole continent….
I shall go back tomorrow and say to my countrymen: I have seen the Australians. I have looked in their faces. I know that these men will fight alongside of us again until the cause for which we are all fighting is safe for us and for our children."
Finally, our first week back concluded with the Senior Formal for 2019. Despite a little rain, the enthusiasm of our students was not diminished. It was a very special night for the young women and men of our College and their partners. For each of them, it represents a further step on their journey to adulthood as they enjoyed a special celebration in a very formal and dignified manner.
As the Seniors walked the red carpet, all dressed up in their stylish suits and dazzling gowns, they certainly looked like fine young ladies and gentlemen ready to take their place in the world. Congratulations to each of them on reaching this milestone. I express my thanks to all staff and students who worked so hard to make this a night to remember.
HEAD OF SCHOOLS' ADDRESS
French Study Tour
It has been wonderful hearing of the exciting journey that was had by both the staff and students who took part in the Study tour to France. Mrs Loretta Swann, with the support of Mrs Lynette Pritchard planned an innovative and informative program of activities for the students. The Homestay was a highlight for many. We thank Mrs Lyle Gronow for participating and supporting staff and students and Mr Dash for his leadership.
Secondary School Camps
By the time you are reading this Newsletter the students in Year 11 will be enjoying their Camp at Alexandra Heads with a focus on leadership. The students will take part in a variety of activities which will assist them to assess and develop their own skills as well as look at the qualities of a leader - someone they would like to lead their cohort over 2019/20. Following the Camp, students will have the opportunity to rate their classmates against a set of criteria. Leaders will be announced towards the end of term and receive their badges at the Catholic Education week Mass on Wednesday 31 July.
The students and staff of Xavier once again participated in many of the services which occurred across the Hervey Bay to recognise ANZAC day. It was wonderful to see so many students involved in this day of remembrance and we thank all the families who supported our College's participation in this special day.
Lest we forget.
Year 12 Formal
HOPE Children's Choir - Uganda
Last week the P-6 students and Senior choir were lucky enough to enjoy a performance by the HOPE choir from the small town of Mityana in Uganda. It was an amazing performance and we thank the students from this group for joining us and sharing a little of their joy with our community. Particular thanks to Shannon McDuff for organising this inspirational event.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
College Telephone System – Possible outage 11am – 12noon Friday 10 May 2019
Telstra will be changing the College telephone system to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) on Friday 10 May at 11am.
Pre-testing has been completed and we are not expecting any issues however, Telstra have advised that this process can take between 5 to 60 minutes and it may not be possible to call the College during this time - between 11am and 12noon on this day.
We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.
XCC SCHOOL REFUND POLICY
If you have any queries or concerns about attaining a refund please refer to the below policy document.
School Fees Refund Policy and Procedures.pdf
Hervey Bay District Cross-Country – WE NEED ALL TOP 6 PLACEGETTERS!
The HB District Cross-Country will be held on Tuesday 21 May at St James Lutheran College. Students who placed in the top 6 of their age group at Xavier Cross-Country have qualified to compete. These students are strongly encouraged to take up this opportunity and represent Xavier at these trials. Xavier's number 1 priority in these district events is to take up all opportunities to compete and to leave no lane or space empty. Information on these district trials will be communicated to students soon.
Congratulations to the Buthu House who has made it 3 in a row by taking out the Secondary and Overall trophies for Cross-Country. Dirum were the house champions for the primary carnival, upsetting their winning streak. The event was held on the last day of Term 1 with some showers and overcast sky providing the runners with some cooler conditions. All students are to be congratulated on their efforts throughout the day. A very big thank you to all parents and families who came to support the students and to Mr Jonathon Wedemeyer who, as always, did a fantastic job in preparing the course. Age Champions and results are as follows:
Year 7 & 8 Friday Sport:
Students have been given opportunities to select a sport this week. Students will complete 2 sessions of their chosen sport in Term 2 (followed by 2 athletic sessions in the lead up to Xavier Athletics Day) and then 5 sessions in Term 3. The focus for sport in Terms 2 and 3 is 'fitness development and athletics preparation'.
Xavier Touch Football
Training for all Xavier Touch teams will begin in coming weeks. Due to camps, teams will begin training at different times. Students need to listen to student notices for their training times.
An amazing French adventure!!!
After many months of fundraising, planning and preparation, the dream of a small, but very enthusiastic group of French students finally came to fruition. They were finally heading off on an adventure of a life-time - to see and experience firsthand all the places that they had heard so much about during their years of language studies.
After a very long and tiring 21-hour flight, our very excited crew finally landed in Nice on the French Riviera. The drive from the airport took us along the famous Promenade des Anglais lined with iconic palm trees and bustling with cyclists, roller bladers and locals out for their daily run. Just in sight were the long pebbly beaches which sprawled endlessly along the coastline. The next few days were filled with meanderings through the Old Town to check out market stalls bursting with delicious local produce and artisan gifts, a visit to Nice and Monte Carlo to view the Grimaldi palace and to witness the famous changing of the guard and a quick trip to Cannes, to explore the Palais des Festivals and to perhaps find a handprint of one of our favourite actors on the celebrated Boulevard de la Croisette. We even experienced mass in French at the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice.
The next phase of the adventure was a trip to Avignon. The journey was punctuated by a stop to the picturesque Saint Paul de Vence, one of the oldest towns on the French Riviera. Next, was a whirlwind tour of the Fragonard perfume factory which saw many of us walk out with bags full of souvenirs for family and loved ones. We finally arrived in Avignon late in the afternoon for a warm reunion with homestay families. The week in this beautiful city passed very quickly with excursions every day to nearby tourist attractions such as the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct, the Haribo sweets factory, the Palace of the Popes, the Pont Saint-Benézet, the Carriere des Lumières - a former quarry with art-based multimedia shows, projecting images of the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh set to music and finally the Arles arena. Students were very spoilt by homestay families who treated them to special lunches, dinners and trips away during the weekend spent with them.
An early Monday morning departure saw us arrive in Paris with plenty of time to make a start on a tour of the city sights. Accommodation at the FIAP youth hostel, was popular with free WIFI, spacious rooms and a well - stocked canteen. Our schedule here was quite hectic with lots on the agenda…frogs' legs and snails at Montmartre, a fleeting visit to the Moulin Rouge area to practise our Can Can, a comprehensive tour of the very opulent Versailles castle, a climb up to the second level of the Eiffel, ( majestic even in the rain), an outing to the Louvre to view a selection of the most important masterpieces, and the compulsory evening cruise along the renowned river Seine to be treated to a magnificent light show from the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps, the most poignant and memorable of our outings was to the Somme region where students were visibly moved by stories of what our soldiers endured during battles waged here. Our group was also most fortunate to experience the majesty of the cathedral of Notre Dame before the terrible tragedy that befell it. However, our day at Disneyland was the highpoint for most of our group as they enjoyed the atmosphere of the happiest place on Earth.
During this tour, students immersed themselves in the culture and language of the country and made the most of the opportunities they were given to expand their horizons. Mr Dash, Mrs Gronow, Mrs Pritchard and I, appreciated the opportunity to accompany this group of students on their France study tour. We are certain that each of these students will have many happy and long-lasting memories of their 2019 French trip.
HPV Super Series
Xavier Catholic College was excited to participate in the Bundaberg Grillex HPV Super Series on Friday 26 April. The 6hr event was a fantastic warm up event for the Fraser Coast Tech Challenge in September. The weather was horrendous, our pit lane was a mud bath, our clothes were wet, and our windscreens were impossible to see through. However, this did not dampen our spirits. We never gave up! Ripped cables, amazing roll overs and accidents galore were all part of HPV experience. We had the most amazing day and although we never placed, the experiences we gained and the friendships that were formed will be remembered in years to come.
Skye Houliston and Casey Russell are both School-based Trainees, studying a Cert III in Sports & Recreation through National Rugby League Limited. Both students do paid work 1 day per week where they help assist in areas including setting up and running activities and refereeing at local Gala day carnivals. At the end of this year once they have completed their qualification both Casey and Skye hope to continue their careers as Professional Rugby League players. In doing the School-based Traineeship, both students will have the foundations to pursue a higher qualification in an industry that they are passionate about. They will both continue to instruct and coach, working with individuals and groups. We congratulate Skye and Casey for their passion and being great role-models and advocates for combining Vocational Education and Training into their Senior Studies
Loanda Moy | VET Links Officer/ Acting Youth Support Coordinator
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Junior School Scholastic Book Club… Orders due by Friday 10 May!
We are excited to have distributed our first Scholastic Book Club for the year. We hope our students enjoy browsing through the Issue 3 catalogue which offers a great selection of books, suitable for all ages and interests. If you wish to place an order, please submit all orders online using LOOP, the Scholastic Book Club Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform for parents. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our school. Happy reading!