Newsletter - Term 2, Week 3, 2017


Dear Parents/Carers
As a means of promoting consultation, communication and feedback, this year we are establishing a Parental Engagement Committee (PEC). Being a member enables you to contribute ideas for school/community operations, as well as get answers to questions or concerns you may have, in a small group setting. It is a known fact that being an involved parent can help to make your child's school experience be a more positive one. Meetings frequently serve an information function, but parents are encouraged to share global concerns or ask questions about the school curriculum, instruction, policies and procedures. The goal of the PEC is to broaden parent/community involvement in our school.

Parent Engagement Committees build parent engagement by:

  • providing the school leadership with advice on parent engagement and how to communicate with parents;
  • to hear about proposed changes to school policy, procedures and operations and provide feedback from a parent perspective;
  • developing strategies and initiatives to help the school leadership engage more parents in their children's learning at home and at school;
  • sharing information with, and supporting the work of the school leadership;
  • advise staff in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services; 
  • plan, conduct, and participate in information as well as formal programs and activities for parents and staff.

The Parent Engagement Committee (PEC) will meet once a Term for about 90 minutes. Nominations are called for parents of children in every Year Level. The College Leadership Team will review the nominees to ensure appropriate representation at both House and Year Levels. This will enable us to target particular areas if we are short of representation. This is your opportunity to help make a difference in our school and our community.

If you would like to nominate please contact Suzanne Gee on 41971263 or via email at Nominations close on Friday 19th May, with our first meeting to be held on Thursday 25th May at 5.30pm.
God Bless
Simon Dash
Preparing for 2018
This week sees the beginning of the promotion of the College to the community looking to enrol for 2018. There is an Information Evening tonight at 6.30pm in Campion Theatre as well as a ‘Xavier@Work’ morning on Friday from 9am. If you wish to attend or you know of people who may be interested in seeing the College and talking to staff please ask them to register at the College.
There will also be separate Information Sessions for Prep and Year 7 on Tuesday 30th May. The Prep evening will begin at 5.30pm and conclude at 6.30pm. The Year 7 evening with commence at 7pm and conclude at 8pm. We especially welcome our current year 6 parents who may be seeking more information about our year 7 program.
Camping and Retreat Program
Xavier is proud of the opportunities that we are able to offer student across the College and this week we highlight our Senior School Camping program. Students across year 6-11 took part in camps across the region enjoying a fabulous range of activities. Our Heads of House were instrumental in planning and organisation of our camps while we thank staff who gave up time with their own families to provide these opportunities.
Whilst on camp students had the opportunity to enjoy a range of sporting, cultural and personal development activities and at the same time build relationships with class mates and their teachers.

While years 6-11 were enjoying their Camps our year 12 students participated in their Annual Retreat program. Although most activities were held at the College the students did spend some time at Camp Pialba listening to a dynamic presenter, Sam Clear, from the ‘Walk 4 One’ foundation. His message was inspiring and aimed at encouraging them to look to the future with hope.  They also undertook a range of activities to assist them to connect to their spirituality. We thank Mrs Donnelly for facilitating the Retreat and Mrs Brennan and Mr. McDonald who worked with the students.
Junior Disco
It was a crazy and exciting night with Goa packed to the rafters with parents and students enjoying themselves at the annual Disco. Many of the staff were also sighted moving to the music and we give a special mention to Mrs Jensen and Ms Curran were lead the dancing for the participants

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Promoting Xavier in the Community
This weekend saw members of the College Leadership team working with many of our Senior and Middle School Leaders to promote our College. Located near Coles supermarket we had a stream of traffic going past us, with many stopping to chat, view our video presentation and take a balloon. It was great to see the many Xavier balloons walking around the Centre. Many people who stopped were impressed with our student leaders and the manner in which they were representing the College.

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NAPLAN next week
Students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake the NAPLAN testing next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There has been some changes to the timing of the tests so please be on the lookout for information from Mrs Smith with regard to year 3 and 5 and from Mr. Collier for year 7 and 9. Students in year 7 were briefed today.
Year 9 and 10 Trimester One
This trimester concludes next Friday 12th May with trimester Two commencing on Monday 15th May. Reports for this trimester will be ready by the end of May.
The Unreflected Life
The first two week so far this term have been remarkably quick and full of exciting and different activities, such as Liturgical celebrations of Easter, Xavier Day, Cross Country Carnival, ANZAC day, school camps, discos and the year 12 Retreat.  A famous Greek philosopher once said, “The unreflected life is not worth living.”  Over the past few weeks we have had much to reflect on and to celebrate.  Each of these extra curricula activities teach us about life and remind us that we are standing on the shoulders of all those who have gone before us.  It is our challenge to stop, discern and decide how we will live this life that demonstrates these values, attitudes and systems that our College and wider community believe in.  Today as I walked through the College grounds I had an opportunity to talk with two young men here at Xavier about the happenings in their life and what projects they were working on in class.  As we reflected and discerned we suddenly looked up and we had arrived at their destination.  Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus it was at this moment that I realised that Jesus was with us in our conversation and generosity of companionship.  Jesus wants to be a part of our lives and it is through these alternative educational opportunities that the College offers we notice Jesus waiting for us to respond to this invitation.   May you find the time to seek space away from your busy life so that you can think about the meaning of your life and what matters to you.  “Finding Jesus in all Things”  

Carmel Donnelly

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:
  • Holding first day morning tea (Meet and Greet opportunity)
  • Providing meals for school families experiencing a crisis
  • Providing information about the school to families
  • Assisting the College Board in planning and reviewing the Pastoral Care Policy of the College
  • Working closely with the Campus Minister
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 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. 
Carmel Donnelly
Year 10 spent 3 wonderful days at Glastonbury Creek. The students spent their time mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering. They displayed outstanding group cohesion and exemplary behaviour! A fantastic time was had by all.
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Last weekend saw local Theatre Company, Macabre, perform the musical ANNIE at the Brolga Theatre. The show was a resounding success, receiving many accolades. Xavier was represented by four students, Rachel Damms (year 9), Ruby Gibbs (year 6), Lily Spencer (year 5) and Isobel Moustakis (year 4).  The girls have been busy rehearsing since January, even had to give up their school camp for the show, and should be congratulated.

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Enhance the School Banking experience with the CommBank Youth app
The CommBank Youth app provides a hands-on experience, teaching your child to earn, save and spend their money responsibly. With the CommBank Youth app, your child can:

  • Check the balance of their Youthsaver account
  • View School Banking deposits in their transaction history
  • Track the number of Dollarmites tokens they collect
  • Set up savings goals and track progress
  • Create a list of chores/jobs they can do to earn pocket money.