Newsletter - Term 2, Week 6, 2017


Dear Parents/Carers

Earlier this week I spent time in Adelaide for the Jesuit and Companion Schools Association meeting. It is quite enriching to spend time with Principals across Australia, whose schools are so diverse, and share how each are living out the dream of Saint Ignatius. Xavier is certainly blessed to belong to such a special family and we gain so much from the sharing of ideas.

Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 25th May we will be holding our first Parent Engagement Committee Meeting commencing at 5.30pm in Campion Theatre.

Parents may be unsure as to whether to put their name forward. I want to assure you that all are welcome to attend and there are no strings attached in terms of ongoing commitments. It really is an open forum for parents to give their thoughts on the school's plans and to share their ideas or concerns about how to make school life better for all.

So I extend an open invitation for any parents/carers to come along regardless of whether you've put your name down yet. I know it will be a positive experience and your contributions will be most welcome.

I hope to see many of you there tomorrow night.

God bless
Simon Dash


Dear Parents,
Another week at Xavier College has rolled by and with that comes many exciting events and moments of celebration.  It is important that we take a moment to recognise the many and varied experiences that make up our P-12 college. We identify as a college with the importance of providing an education which caters for the whole student. We aim to give all students the opportunity to engage with our community both within the classroom and the extended school community. I have included a snapshot of the week ahead below.

We also remind you that the College is working to ensure that parents are aware that student attendance is an important element in academic success and student engagement. In this Newsletter you will find information that our Pastoral Care teachers are discussing with their classes. We ask that you take time to review this information and highlight key points with your child regarding their attendance.

Dirum Mission Week
This week we have recognised and celebrated Dirum Mission week.  The students have been involved in many activities including the Dirum Dash, Lolly Jar Guess, Jersey Day and Chalk Drawing.  We have also celebrated as a P-12 community at Wednesday assembly.  All funds raised will be donated to the Jesuit Social Services and Jesuit Refugee Services and the many aid programs they operate around the world. Thanks to all students and staff who have been involved in running these events.  We must also thank Mrs Beach and Mrs Robertson, the Dirum Heads of House for their organisation of Dirum mission week.

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Junior Choir
Our Junior Choir have a very busy Wednesday, starting the day with a rehearsal, followed by a performance at our P-12 assembly and then a bus trip to the local community Under 8’s day being held at Fraser Coast Anglican College for yet another performance.  Our thanks to Miss McDuff and Mrs Jensen for preparing our wonderful Junior Choir for this performance.


U/8’s Day XCC & SOS
As is tradition Xavier Catholic College and Star of the Sea will come together for the2017 Catholic Schools Under 8’s day tomorrow.  This year we are hosting the event and our P-2 staff have done a wonderful job of organising a day of exciting and enjoyable activities for our younger students.  P-2 parents are very welcome to attend on the day and are also invited to come along dressed in their best ‘Country to Coast’ outfit. Thanks to Miss Roffey and Mrs Gaedtke for their efforts in bringing the wonderful event together.

Careers Expo
Our Year 10 students travelled to Maryborough on Wednesday to attend the Fraser Coast Careers Expo. This is another element of the GECKO Program that is preparing them to complete their Senior Education and  Training (SET) Plan next term. We thank Mr. John Donnelly for the organisation of this event for students.

As I mentioned this is just a snapshot of some of the events which have occurred this week.  We have also had the ‘Front Room’ cafe visit our hospitality classes on Wednesday, our Year 3 students will travel to Fraser Island on Thursday and the Year 5 students will be coming together for their annual Retreat Day. Thanks to all the individuals who make all these opportunities for our students possible. 

Some general reminders for all parents:
  • Fidget toys are not to be brought to school.  As is the case with other toys this rule is in place to ensure no damage to personal property, unnecessary distraction in class or loss of the toy itself. 
  • A reminder to all P-5 parents that there are no staff on duty in the morning until 8.10 am.  If a student arrives between 8.00 am and 8.10 am they are to sit quietly and wait for the supervising teacher on the GOA veranda. No student should be on site before 8.00 am.
  • This Friday is the Fraser Coast Show Holiday.  There will be no school on Friday.

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Russell Davey & Kerry Sidaway
Heads of School

Invitation to the May Flower Festival (Flores de Mayo)
An invitation is extended to all students and their parents to attend the annual celebration of Flores de Mayo, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Wednesday 31st May.

The evening starts at 5pm in the John Paul Centre (alongside St Joseph’s church) with the praying of the Holy Rosary. At 5:30 there is a procession into the church followed by the celebration of Holy Mass. The evening ends with a shared meal, so please bring a plate of food to share.

For more information please contact either Shirley Savage (Legion of Mary) 41287064 or Amy Russell (El Shaddai) 41249750

State of Origin Jersey Day
Our annual State of Origin Colours’ day will be held on the day of Origin GAME TWO, JUNE 21st. Students are encouraged to wear either maroon or blue shirts on the day with their day uniform; school shoes, socks, shorts and hats are still to be worn as normal.

Any Year 7 – Year 12 student who is not going to participate will be required to wear their formal uniform as they usually would on a Wednesday. A gold coin donation will be required of all participating students, with proceeds going towards supporting parish youth programs. Please note that students are not allowed to wear Origin colours for Games 1 & 3; normal uniform rules will apply on these days.

Students from Year 4-12 have been invited to sit the Australian Mathematics Competition in Term 3
on Thursday 27th July Lesson 1 and 2.  A permission form was given to students who were interested on Monday 22th May, if your child has missed out on a letter and wish to participate in the competition please email Mrs Ritter on to organise nomination.
The competition cost $6.50 to enter.

Cameron Payne, a Grade 10 student, has been selected by the University of Queensland, on the recommendation of his science-teacher, Dr Gary Turner, to attend the Junior Physics Olympiad at the University of Queensland.

The 5-day course of lectures and experimental work at the Physics Department at UQ occupies the first week of the holidays at the end of Term 2.

Cameron said, on receiving the news on Thursday that "This is a wonderful opportunity, I'm excited about this amazing learning experience and a have heard that it's is loads of fun too. "

Dr Turner said that he had been pleased to recommend a thoughtful, determined student who had developed a keen interest in Physics during the projects in Motion and in Cosmology, in Trimester One.

Last Tuesday Xavier  hosted Round 2 of the Senior Apex Debating Competition. Eight teams competed on the evening including teams from Xavier Catholic College, Riverside Christian College, Fraser Coast Anglican College and Urangan State High School. The topic was “That May 8 ‘Mate’s Day’ should become the new Australia Day.” Our two senior teams competed with very short notice of the topic but did an outstanding job and both came first. The next round will be very competitive as the two Xavier teams will come head to head to debate the topic, “That education results in increased intelligence." We wish them all the best of luck in their preparations. This week our junior teams will travel to Riverside Christian College to argue the topic, “That parents should seek consent from children before posting their image online.” They have been busily researching during their lunch breaks with the help of their coaches and will no doubt represent the College very well. Good luck junior teams!

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UQ Women in Engineering is pleased to announce that the WE Explore Engineering - Regional event is happening again in 2017!

Students will be inspired by the journeys of female engineers during presentations at Engineering Futures Evening. They will then stay overnight in a college and spend the following day tackling three of our hands-on engineering workshops to discover why engineers are society's problem solvers.

Getting to UQ
Transportation will be provided to UQ from a designated pick-up area at Torbanlea, and Maryborough.

There will be a small fee to offset transport and accommodation. Bursaries will be available for students seeking financial assistance.
"Register now"

Date:  20 - 21 July 2017
Time:  Thursday, 20 July - arrive to UQ by 3pm.  Friday, 21 July - depart UQ by 2pm.
Pick-up and drop-off time from each location to be advised.
Venue:  The University of Queensland, St Lucia.