Newsletter - Term 2, Week 6, 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers,
Throughout the first part of this year we have been consulting and designing some aspirational documents which reflect the highest ideals of our College. These include ‘The Charter for a Xavier Staff Member’, ‘The Journey: A Xavier Graduate’ and the ‘Parents and Carers Commitment Code’. There are others which have been finalised and ready for publication. Each has been professionally laid out to form a suite of documents that reflect our highest goals and aspirations.

This week I would like to share with you the text that accompanies the Parent and Carers Commitment Code. I hope you will all agree it reflects the hope we all have for the school and parents to work in partnership and support the core values of Xavier Catholic College.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in the education, social and faith development of their children. At Xavier Catholic College we have a wonderful body of parents and carers who are involved in many aspects of school life. As a result, we have obtained a very high standard of education and civic responsibility in our students and this is highly valued by all members of our community.

The Parents and Carers Commitment Code has been developed to clearly articulate the expectations and aspirations for our school community.

The Code highlights the importance of the partnership between school staff, families and members of the wider community for the benefit of the students at school and reflects the school’s mission and vision.

The Code recognises and respects the diversity of individuals in a learning community and emphasises the importance of the role parents have as educators.
As Parents and Carers:

We Are All Individuals:

We accept that others may have different views, opinions and values.

  • We foster individual talents and accept differences in children.
  • We maintain confidentiality when dealing with issues related to other people’s children.
  • We accept and abide by decisions made by the staff as being professional, discrete and based on the best interests of all parties.
  • We encourage our children to accept responsibility for their own action and encourage them to be learning risk-takers.
  • We use appropriate channels and protocols to discuss concerns relating to children as set out in the Anti-bullying and Responsible Behaviour Policies.

We Value Teamwork:
  • We accept that we have a major role to play in the education of our children.
  • We value staff as professionals and recognise the strong partnership between home and school.
  • We are active members of the school by attending Parent/Teacher Meetings, supporting the co-curricular program and major school events including Information Nights and Celebration Nights.
  • We celebrate the educational and co-curricular successes of all students.
  • We maintain regular communication through school by reading the school newsletter, checking Student Planners, utilising the Parent Portal and initiating conversations with staff.
We Are Responsible Citizens:
  • We value the Catholic ethos of the school and support the Religious Education Program.
  • We are respectful and welcoming of people from other religious traditions.
  • We demonstrate our commitment to Catholic Education in the Ignatian Tradition through embracing the Touchstones: Conscience, Competence, Compassion and Commitment.
  • We treat all other community members with dignity and respect.
  • We set an appropriate example in matters of language and behaviour when at school, sport or any event associated with the College.
  • We ensure regular and punctual attendance of our children at school.
  • We ensure that our children are well nourished and well rested to maximise learning potential.
  • We understand the importance of the Retreat and Camp program and commit that our children will attend.
  • We encourage community involvement for our children.
We Aim/We Achieve:
  • We uphold the high expectations of the school community as outlined in the School’s Vision and Mission Statement.
  • We accept that we have a leadership role within the school especially as learning role-models and through parent groups.
  • We show and encourage a passion for learning.
  • We accept and embrace educational initiatives provided by the school.

God bless
Simon Dash

Student Leadership Process for 2018/19
Last week we began the process of selecting our senior school leaders for next year. Students spent time at their recent Camp discussing leadership and taking part in activities that not only developed their skills but also enabled them to observe each other to be able to make sound decisions when deciding the new student leadership team.

There has been a change to the structure for this year. We will still be appointing four College Captains and Vice Captains, however rather than 16 House Leaders- four from each House, students will nominate as Ministry Leaders.

The four Ministries are:
  • Praise and Worship
  • Arts and Culture
  • Justice and Action
  • College Life

In the past the leaders have selected a Ministry to be a part of, after their selection as a House Leader. This year will see them nominate for a particular Ministry. This will enable students with skills and interests relevant to the area, to put them to best use. These positions are not House-based, so membership is available across the cohort.

We are very pleased to report that 31 students nominated for Leadership positions, which is over one-third of the cohort and a great result that demonstrates a desire to be of service to others and a genuine interest in their College. Following ratings from their peers and staff, short listing will occur and students will be invited to an interview. These interviews will occur over the next two weeks.

Show Day
This Friday 25th of May is Fraser Coast Show Day so the College will be closed for the day. We hope everyone enjoys the extra day and can relax and spend time with family and friends.

A reminder for tomorrow's donation for free dress items. Junior school may wear a sports jersey, while the secondary school theme is 'Thrift Shop Thursday.'

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What have the secondary students been up to?
As always, our students have been able to take part in a range of activities that not only enhance their learning but expose them to a range of cultural activities. Over the last ten days students have been involved in:
  • Senior Choir took part in the “Celebrate Youth” forum at Chandler Centre in Brisbane
  • Year 11 Biology Field trip to Fraser Island
  • Year 12 Religious Education classes have been visiting Masters Lodge retirement home to visit the residents
  • Year 12 Music Excursion to see “Addams Family” production at St Mary’s College, Maryborough.
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Prep Come and Try Day
Last Friday we welcomed 62 Kindy students from around the local area to our first Prep Come and Try Day for 2018.  Using the theme “My Colourful World” the morning was a wonderful success and both staff and students commented on how positive the experience was for the Kindy students who attended.  Thanks to Beach Road Kindy and Goodstart Dundowran who joined us on Friday and the many parents who attended with their Kindy-aged children.  Please register your interest at the office should you wish to attend one of the four remaining days over the coming months.
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Year 4 Excursion – SANDY STRAITS
Last Friday our Year 4 students boarded a charter boat and spent the morning cruising the Sandy Straits.  This excursion was linked to the topics the students have been covering in class and allowed them to see firsthand our local marine ecosystem.  Thanks to Mrs Bryant and the Year 4 teaching team for organising the day out and a special thanks to Mr Smith who attended and provided commentary throughout the day. 

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Under 8’s Day
On Thursday all of our P-2 students will travel to Star of the Sea to participate in the annual Star of the Sea and Xavier Under 8’s day.  This is a wonderful day out and an opportunity to celebrate with our youngest students.  Our thanks to Mr Wilson and the staff of Star of the Sea for hosting us in 2018. 

Please see note below with further information:
U8.jpgTo celebrate Under Eight’s Week this year we will once again be meeting with our Prep to Year 2 friends from Star of the Sea!  We will be travelling to SOS, and the theme is “Children Exploring Language and Culture”.  Our teachers, along with our secondary Early Childhood students, are organising many exciting activities around this idea, including craft, storytelling, gross motor fun, music and cultural experiences!

When:  Thursday 24th May, 9.00 - 12.15pm. Please be on time as we are travelling by bus to SOS.
Wear:  Play clothes - we may get messy, hats and joggers are essential, sunscreen can be applied before leaving home or on arrival at school.
Bring:  Morning tea in a NAMED disposable lunch bag, water bottle.

Year 3 complete their first NAPLAN tests
Last week, Year 3 students experienced NAPLAN testing for the first time.   All classes had done plenty of preparation and had no problem focussing and completing their testing.  The attitude of the students was very commendable.  Everyone had a smile on their face (especially after the tests were finished!) and the general attitude toward the experience of NAPLAN was very positive.    It was clear that everyone seemed to focus on doing the best that they could personally do and that is all that is expected.  We are proud of all student achievement that comes from a positive attitude!

To celebrate the end of NAPLAN, Year 3 put on a big party last Friday afternoon.  There was no shortage of food and this was a great way to finish a big and highly successful week.   Thank you to all parents for your amazing support throughout NAPLAN.

Mrs Jensen, Mr Bortolanza and Miss Crowley.
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Winter Uniforms
As we enter the colder months in Hervey Bay please be reminded that all students are only permitted to wear the College Track tops and bottoms when at school.  Alternative jumpers are not to be worn with the school uniform. Year 12 students are reminded that they are not permitted to wear their jerseys over the formal uniform.

If you are in the process of purchasing these items for your students or are awaiting an order please notify your child’s teacher via their student planner. 

Second Hand Uniform Sale
P&F are once again holding a second hand uniform sale. I will be held in the GOA foyer, o
n Monday, June 4,   2.30pm until 5.30pm.  Electronic payments are not available, with CASH ONLY sales accepted. Thanks.

The P&F are currently taking donations of uniforms and they can be dropped into the school office.  



Year 10 Fraser Coast Jobs & Careers Expo


P-12 Assembly (Dirum Mission Week)


Junior Choir Performance - St James Under 8s Day


Year 5 Retreat


Under 8's Day (hosted by SOS)




National Sorry Day


National Reconciliation Week


WB District Cross-country Carnival


Years 8-12 A&TSI Girls to Women Program


Years 11 & 12 RACQ Docudrama


Reconciliation Week P-12 Liturgy


Year 12 Marine Kingfisher Bay Excursion


Prep Come and Try Morning Day 2


Year 4 Healing Mass Attendance


Years 9-12 STEM Edison Workshops


P&F Second Hand Uniform Sale


Years 7-12 Oztag Fraser Coast High Schools Challenge


Year 12 RE Excursion to Masters Lodge


Student Voice Council Meeting (P1)


Years 8-12 A&TSI Girls to Women Program

Senior Hospitality students enjoyed a very informative and delicious excursion to Brisbane on Friday, 11th May. The day started with an amazing buffet lunch at the Sofitel followed by a 90 minute behind the scenes tour and Q&A with staff. After a river cruise to Northshore the students spent the evening taking in the sights, sounds and flavours of the Eat Street Northshore food markets. The students gained valuable insight into the Hospitality industry, street food and current food trends which will inform their future work in Hospitality.

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On Thursday Shannon escorted a group of enthusiastic choir students to Chandler for an evangelical singing workshop. The students enjoyed a wonderful day.  Many thanks and congratulations to Shannon for organising this successful excursion.

On Friday, 20 students travelled to St Mary’s College, Maryborough, to watch their production of “The Addams Family”. The show was great fun and thoroughly enjoyed by our students. A huge shout out to ‘Coach Captain Sidaway’ for her support for these events and time given up to drive these groups to their respective venues.


Year 8 English 1 Productions have just completed filming episode one of their original mysterious web series “Gone and Forgotten”. Starring Georgia Cassidy (Veronica), Freya Golik (Angela), Thomas Hillhouse (Nicholas), Isaac Goodfellow (Ethan) and Isabella Jensen (Ms Ree), the series follows the incredible journey of four teens who start in detention and end up…somewhere else! To solve the mystery and finding a way home, the intrepid team need to learn to work together. Directed by Jonty Brien and April Lunn and written by Stella Ignatenko, Jordan Roberts, Isabella Jensen and others future collaborators, the whole team are excited to announce the release the first episode: Detention! Stay tuned for more updates!

Episode 1 can be viewed here.

Australian Mathematics Competition
Students from Years 4 -12 have been invited to sit the Australian Mathematics Competition in Term 3, Thursday 9th August during Lessons 1 and 2.  A letter was given to students who were interested on Monday 14th May.  If your child has missed out on a letter and wishes to participate in the competition, they can collect a letter from student reception.

The competition cost is $6.50 to enter. It is to be paid via Qkr! and final payment is to be made by Friday 22nd June 2018.

If you have any queries please email me:
Janine Ritter (Director of Mathematics)


This week Year 11 Marine Science students have been working through their PADI Open Water SCUBA certification with Mark from Karma Dives. It has been a challenging but rewarding course for the students and Mark has been impressed with the skill level of the trainees. Bring on the open water!

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Xavier Catholic College is seeking a suitably qualified Information Technology Support Officer to provide systems maintenance support to the College administration and curriculum networks and the Library/Resources Centre, as well as providing support for the staff and students of Xavier Catholic College.​

Applications must be lodged via the Employment page of the Brisbane Catholic Education website (Job No. 03215_17/05/18) and close at 9:00 am Friday 1st June 2018.  Full details are available on the site, including a letter to the applicant outlining relevant information, role descriptions and pay scale.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested, the following link  Information Technology Support Officer  will take you to the advertised position.

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test
The UMAT is a prerequisite for applications to many universities in Australia for careers in Medicine, Dental Surgery and Clinical Sciences.  If you are considering a career in any of these programs and you are a grade 12 student – you must sit the UMAT.  Check your preferred university guidelines for entry requirements.  Please register by 5.00pm AEST Friday 1 June 2018.  The test date is Wednesday 25 July 2018.  You can register online at:   If you need any help or have any queries please come and see me or email  

University of Sunshine Coast:  Fraser Coast Campus Open Day is 23 June 2018
This is a wonderful opportunity to explore your study options, check out the local campus, and talk to real students and lecturers about future study possibilities.

Bastille Day Celebrations
We will hold our annual school Bastille Day celebrations again early in Term 3. Please be aware that this year’s Bastille Day at Xavier will not include dressing in costume.  Students will wear the normal  uniform for the respective day that festivities will be held.

The libraries are very excited to have two events coming up that are funded as part of the Young Innovators Symposium mentor program.
  1. Calling Young Innovators!📢
Young entrepreneur, Scott Millar will be visiting the Fraser Coast on the 8th and 9th of June, 2018 to deliver #FREE interactive and practical workshops to help take your business from ideation to creation.
Brisbane tech-head prodigy Scott Millar is being compared to a young Steve Jobs after turning a school project into a thriving business, becoming a CEO at the age of 17. Full story:
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Bookings are essential and can be made by visiting

2. Would you like to explore the process of creating your own eBook or audiobook? Join award-winning publisher Ocean Reeve and learn the process in editing, formatting, booktitle registration and how to market your book, including the pivotal Six Steps of Success!
Bookings for Maryborough visit
Bookings for Hervey Bay visit