Newsletter - Term 2 Week 8, 2019

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Dear Parents and Carers

Your input is critical to shaping the school and its future. We have had great successes in the recent times that came directly from the 2017 Community Satisfaction Survey feedback. For example, in addressing concerns about consistency we developed a P - 12 Responsible Behaviour Policy as well as a P - 12 Curriculum Accountabilities Framework.

A summary of some of our biggest changes introduced last year after receiving Parent Feedback include:

Responsible Behaviour Policy:  Our new Responsible Behaviour Policy was launched and implemented in 2018. Students were taken through an information session about it and have provided positive feedback regarding its clarity and consistency. It is built around two related philosophies – Restorative Practices and the Responsible Thinking Process.

Studiosity: To support our Year 10, 11 and 12 students we contracted the services of Studiosity who provide an online tutoring service.
Elevate Education: This year we introduced Elevate Education to our Secondary students who presented research and techniques that can improve study skills. This was well-received by students and we invited them back to present in 2019.

LEAP Program: We introduced a Learning Extension and Acceleration Program (LEAP) in all Core Classes in Years 7 - 10.  Our LEAP Program has enabled targeted teaching which challenges students based on their ability level and aptitude.

Maths Pathway: The introduction of the ‘Maths Pathway’ program for Year 7 students in 2018 has also been a great success. Data indicates that this new approach enabled the average student to advance their Maths knowledge by approximately 1.4 years in less than a year. With such great results and the positive feedback, we decided to expand the Program to include Year 8 students in 2019 and into Year 6 in 2020.

Device Expansion: Our Laptop and Devices rollout expansion included a NAPLAN-ready iPad for Year 4 students in 2018 and a change to the device for Year 7 students from an iPad to a Dell Latitude Laptop.


In order to keep improving we need to know what you and the wider community are thinking. To this end we are launching our 10-minute Market Research Survey. It will provide valuable information that will help shape our priorities. The questions are carefully sequenced even though you may think the order is a little strange – there is a method to our madness! Everything is confidential, and no individuals can be identified.

The link to the survey is:

Obviously, we are hoping that every parent will complete the survey. 

In addition, we are seeking to get non-Xavier community members to also complete the survey. To that end I am asking for you to share the link with friends and colleagues in the Hervey Bay area who do not have a connection to the College. This information about external community perceptions is also vital to us.

The survey will run for the next few weeks, but I encourage you to complete it as early as possible.

I thank you in anticipation of your support.


I am pleased to announce our 2019-2020 School Captains and Vice-Captains. 

The quality of applicants was immense which made the final decisions quite difficult. I believe this bodes well for the year ahead. 

In the process of selection each student’s application and interview was carefully considered. But an equally important factor was the responses gathered from students and staff. 

Our Captains and Vice-Captains for the 2019-2020 School year are:

Captains: Isabella McMahon and Jaspa Wright

Vice-Captains: Aylee Barker and Jaden Carpenter

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I congratulate these fine young people and wish them every success. 

I thank all those who were shortlisted. All were outstanding. 

We now go into the process of choosing our 8 House Leaders and 8 Ministry Group Leaders. 

With the calibre of applicants, we have seen thus far I am confident that student leadership at Xavier Catholic College will continue to blossom. 

God Bless

Simon Dash




Several students from P-6 celebrated their confirmation at St Joseph’s on Thursday night. It was a wonderful liturgy recognising the strengthening of each child’s commitment to their own faith and an important event for both the students and their families. I thank all staff who attended with thanks going to Mr McDonald and Mrs Brennan for their work as part of the parish sacramental team.  

Hervey Bay Readers Cup 

Year 5/6 Readers Cup saw 200 students visiting from across the Wide Bay. Xavier came second by 2.5 points.  A great day for the Wide Bay and a great day for Xavier.  We enjoyed the company of author Ross Watkins who also spent some time in the Library entertaining a couple of junior classes.

Xavier’s year 7 and 8 Readers Cup team of  Alysha, Finlay, Lily and Karrie beat 12 teams to be named Wide Bay Readers Cup champions for 2019. The fiercely competitive final was held at Fraser Coast Anglican College, with our team winning by 1 point from St Luke’s Anglican College Bundaberg. This team now get the chance to participate in the State Finals of the Readers Cup which be help in Brisbane during September.

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Prep Come and Try Day

This Friday the College will host the first of our Prep Come and Try Days for 2019.  Running from 9.00 am to 10.30 am in the Prep classrooms, this morning is an opportunity for students and parents to experience what it is like to be in a Prep classroom. We invite all future and prospective enrolments to attend. It is as simple as contacting the College on 4197 1177 to register your interest.

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Calling all Mums, Dads & Bubs.  Every Thursday the College has a free playgroup for current parents and members of our wider community to attend.  With many of our recent playgroup children moving on to Kindy there are many places available for children of all ages.  Playgroup begins at 9.00 am each Thursday morning in our GOA centre. All are welcome. 

Principal’s Afternoon Tea

​Harriet Everett
​Dinuk Wijesiri
​Marlee Kash
​Cooper Low
​Angus Woolgar
​Aylah Ikonen
​Chantelle Mears
​Joey Arnold
Lillie Sanderson​​​

​Sarah Feeney
​Hayden Gorry
​Shayla Blenheim
​Tom Vanner
​Talayla Rasmussen
​Harry Davies
​Ethan Harvey
Chloe Mesken​
​Harry Rayner
​Oliver Wright
​Patrick Goffinet
​Emily Glock-Lewis
​Bailey Gensch
​Hunter Murray
​Evee Reeves
​Liam Geale
​Dane Blanke
​Chloe Ryan
​William McKiernan
​Abbie Hendersen
​Jaiden Smith
​Larry Smith
​Tanzi Rowell
​Harrison Betterridge
​Mason Fauvel
​Lily Williams
​Holly Linderberg
​Katelin Whitbread
​Jye Cant
​Charlotte Everett
​Elliott Burns
​Xavier Shields
​Isabelle Frawley
​Lilly Spencer
​Luke Mannion

Mayor’s Visit

Last week Mayor George Seymour spent time with student leaders from across the school discussing some of the current issues/developments in our Wide Bay region.  Students had the opportunity to ask our Mayor questions about upcoming projects and his vison for our area.  The Mayor was very open with our young leaders and has agreed to return soon to listen to their feedback around pressing issues for our younger generations.  Thanks Mayor Seymour for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit our College. 

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Xavier Dance

Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 Xavier Dance group who took out the Secondary School Jazz Section at the Maryborough Eisteddfod this morning.  An amazing achievement and just reward for the effort that the girls have put into this program. Thank you to Miss McDuff for leading this activity and Mr Collier for driving the bus.

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K- 2 Athletics Carnival 

A reminder to all parents that we will host our K-2 carnival next Friday 21 June.  All parents are very welcome to attend this wonderful event and share with our youngest students the joy of participation and house spirit. We will begin with a March Past in GOA at 9.15 am.

Hervey Bay District Sports Athletics Carnival

Young Athletes Do Xavier Proud

Congratulations To the 61 Xavier Primary students who proudly represented the school at the recent Hervey Bay District Sports Athletics Carnival. The College placed third overall with Kawungan being the dominant school on the day. A special mention to Katelyn Relf who was named 12-year-old girl Age Champion for the Carnival. The following students were successful in earning a place on the HBDS team to attend the Wide Bay Trials in Bundaberg on Tuesday 25 June. We wish them all the best.

Jack Baker, Dylan Borsboom, Grace Collins, Madison Fletcher, Annika Greco, Lachlan Groves, Liam Houguet, Braidan Houliston, Millie Jackson, Katelyn Relf, Charlie Roberts, Blake Tomekovic and Keeley Ward. 


Next week our Year 12’s will begin their exam block.  All our students have been working hard, not just in Year 12 but in all grades with many submitting assessments or sitting exams this week and next. It is an anxious time for those doing exams/assessment, their parents, their extended families and teachers. I was reminded this week by our financial secretary about the power of prayer. Throughout my walks around the College and in classrooms I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our community are praying for them throughout these times.  I also invite you to pray for them and that all our little prayers do add up to something special and significant.  Mary, the mother of our Lord went through testing times, especially as she stood at the foot of the cross.  But she did not run away, she stayed, she wept, and she prayed. 

Here is a short prayer for our students doing exams and assessment from the ‘Today is my gift for you’ website...  

Loving God, I turn to you today. As my assessments and exams approach I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not
to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. 

Amen (

“No commonplace achievement will satisfy the great obligations you have of excelling”
Carmel Donnelly - Campus Minister



The Sacrament of First Communion will be held on Sunday 11 August and Sunday 18 August 2019. 
Parent information nights will be held on Thursday 13 June and Monday 17 June.
In the year when children turn 9 (Year 4), they are welcomed to the Lord’s Table and receive Holy Communion for the First Time.
This is the climax of their Christian initiation.  Children must be Baptised and have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation (in 2018 or earlier) to receive their First Holy Communion.  
Please contact the Parish Office for further information.  

Hervey Bay Catholic Parish
Ph 07 4124 3334


On behalf of my mum, Rita, and family, I would like to thank the Xavier Community for their support at the sudden passing of my father, Henry. The support has been overwhelming and a great comfort to us all at this time.

Angela Hogan   |   Dean of House (Narwari) & Year 9 Co-Ordinator 


Please note the following events:
​Yr 10 Work Experience - Group A
​GECKO Group B
​Prep Come and Try Day (9.00am - 10.30am)
​Yr 5 & 6 Come and Try Day
​Yr 9 Bell Shakespeare Drama Performance
Yr 12 MAR Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort Excursion
​7-12 Assembly
​Yr 1 Historical Village Excursion
​Yr 10 Work Experience - Group B
​GECKO Group A
​Yr 12 Exam Block
​Yr 6 Retreat Day
​K-2 Athletics Carnival
​WEEK 10
​Yr 12 Exam Block
​Wide Bay District 10-12 yrs Athletics Carnival
​NAIDOC Liturgy​



Jaspa Wright – QLD Hockey Rep​
Congratulations to Jaspa Wright who was recently selected in the QLD Boys Hockey team. Jaspa competed strongly for the Wide Bay team at the State Titles where he was awarded the ‘Trenches Award’ by his team-mates, indicating the respect his peers have for him. Congratulations Jaspa! Also representing Wide Bay at this competition was fellow Year 11 student Garrett Moore. In addition, Phoebe Fraser and Ella McMahon will also play hockey for Wide Bay this year.

Touch Football
All six Xavier touch football teams have been training strongly in preparation for the first competition of the season, the Sunny Coast All Schools held at Glasshouse Mountains on Sunday 28 July. Students will receive information for this event this week. Please note that all uniform orders need to be placed by Friday 14 June 9am. All students have received information pertaining to uniform orders.

Last Friday our Xavier Open Cricket team competed in the Queensland Schools Competition. The students successfully defended 121 runs in their first match against USHS, with Zach Robertson top scoring on 51. Xavier were outscored in their second match against St. Patrick's, Gympie in the final over of the day. Isaac Kelsey scored an unbeaten 85 runs to go along with a hat-trick and final figures of 4 for 16 with the ball. A tremendous effort. Well done to the entire team.

K to 2 Primary Carnival 
On Friday 21st June, the Xavier Kindy students will join the Prep, Year One and Year Two students to participate in our K to 2 Carnival. With a focus on fun and participation for all, the students will rotate through the six events - Sprints, High Jump, Long Jump, Ball Games, Target Throwing and Vortex Throwing. We will have a break at 10.30 for the students to reenergise. A sausage on bread and popper will be provided to all the students. We welcome all parents and caregivers to come and support our little athletes. The carnival will begin at 9.15am in GOA and conclude at midday.

Secondary Athletics
A reminder that the Secondary Athletics Carnival is being held on Friday 28 June. All families in the Xavier community are invited to come and watch students compete in track and field events.
Please see schedule below for events (note that times are estimates):

Overview of Events

7 June
​10:40am - 11:20am
​3000m Events(not for Age Championship points)
11 June
​10:40am - 11.20am
​1500m Events (all age groups)
12 June
​Athletics Nominations
24 June
​10:40am - 11:20am
​13yrs Boys High Jump
25 June
​10:40am - 11:20am
​13yrs Girl High Jump
27 June
​12:00pm - 3:00pm
​200m Events (all age groups)
3 x Field Event Rotations (all age groups)
(see attached)
28 June 
​8:40am - 3:00pm
​Athletics Day
(see attached)​

Schedule of Events – Thursday 27 June

​13 (2006 - WHITE)
​14 (2005 - ORANGE)
​15 (2004 - BLACK)
​16 (2003 - PURPLE)
​Open (<2002 - PINK)​
​12:00 - 12:45

​High Jump (G)

Novelty (B)
​Discus (G)

Discus (B)
​Long Jump (G)

Long Jump (B)
​Triple Jump (G)

Triple Jump (B)
12:45 - 1:30
​Long Jump (G) 

Long Jump (B)

​High Jump (G)

Novelty (B)
​Javelin (G)

Javelin (B)
​Shot Put ( G)

Shot Put (B)
1:30 - 2:15
​Discus (G)

Discus (B)

​Novelty (G)

High Jump (B)

​Shot Put (G)

Shot Put (B)
​Javelin (G)

Javelin (B)
2:15 - 3:00
​Triple Jump (G)

Triple Jump (B)
Discus (G)

Discus (B)
​Novelty (G)

High Jump (B)



​Schedule of Events – Friday 28 June – ATHLETICS DAY

(2007 - GREEN)
(2006 - WHITE)

(2005 - ORANGE)

(2004 - BLACK)

(2003 - PURPLE)

(<2002 - PINK)

8:40 - 9:15

JPAC for roll-marking and Opening Ceremony (including War Cries)

9:15 - 10:15
(start 15's -
Opens on 800m
and 12's to 14's 
on Field, then swap)

(participation only)






​Shot Put (G)

Shot Put (B)
​Long Jump (G)

Long Jump (B)
Javelin (G)

Javelin (B)
​Novelty (G)

Novelty (B)
​High Jump (G)

Discus (B)
10:15 - 10:45
(participation only)





10:45 - 11:30
​Javelin ( G)

Javelin (B)
​Shot Put (G)

Shot Put (B)
​Triple Jump (G)

Discus (B)
High Jump (G)

Discus (B)
Long Jump (G)

Long Jump (B)
​11:30 - 12:15
​Novelty (G)

Novelty (B)
​​Javelin (G)

Javelin (B)
​Shot Put (G)

Shot Put (B)
​Triple Jump (G)

Triple Jump (B)
​Discus (G)

High Jump (B)
​12:15 - 1.00
(participation only)





​1:00 - 1:45
​Relay Marshall
(can run in 13's

Relay Marshall

​Triple Jump (G)

Triple Jump (B)
​Long Jump (G)

Long Jump (B)
​Discus (G)

High Jump (B)
​​Novelty (G)

Novelty (B)
​1:45 - 2:30



​2:30 - 2:45     
(P-12)  ​          ​        ​  ​    WAR CRIES and THE XAVIER GIFT (Boys and Girls races)
​2:45  - 3:00pm            Presentations
 ​ ​ ​​


October Show Dates for SHREK MUSICAL 16 – 18 October.

If you are able and willing to help with the Musical, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact:  Shannon McDuff | P-6 Music Teacher


Students from Year 3-12 have been invited to sit the Australian Mathematics Competition in Term 3, Week 3, Thursday 1 August Lesson 1 and 2. 

A letter was given to students in Year 7-12 who were interested last week.  If your child has missed out on a letter and wishes to participate in the competition, they can collect a letter from student reception.

An email was sent home to all parents of students in Year 3-6.
The competition costs $6.50 to enter. It is to be paid via QKR, final payment is to be made by Friday 21 June 2019.

If you have any queries, please email:



Xavier Catholic College held our VET Industry Night here at Frankie’s Restaurant on Wednesday 29 May. Our school-based apprentices/trainees (SATs), along with their parents, employers and registered training organisations were invited to come and celebrate the success of our Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. 

Our Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students planned and ran the event as part of their assessment. The night showcased the excellent work of our hospitality students. The food was sensational, and the service provided by students was professional. Sincere thanks to our hospitality staff and students for making this event so special.

A presentation was delivered on how VET has developed at Xavier and why we embrace SATs as a genuine pathway for many of our students. We pride ourselves on individualised pathways for successful post-school transitioning for all students. We express our gratitude to all employers who have employed our students and thank those who were able to attend our Industry Night. We started supporting SATs in 2004 with our very first hairdressing school-based apprentice, we have just recently signed up our 180th SAT. 

Our Industry night was a true celebration bringing together students, parents, employers, trainers, members of the wider community, and the school in one place to enhance successful post-school transitioning.

Loanda Moy   |   VET Links Officer/ Youth Support Coordinator

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Expressions of Interest are being called for the position of Teacher Aide in the College’s Technology department, for one day per week, term-time, commencing 22 July 2019.  The position is classified at Level 2 of the School Officers salary scale.

The position would suit a person with a trade background and involves assisting manual arts and furnishing studies students.

Please forward your application to the Acting College Administration Officer,, by Monday 24 June 2019.  Any queries regarding the duties of the position should be directed to John Donnelly in the first instance.

University Open Days 2019

University of Sunshine Coast
​Fraser Coast Campus
Sunshine Coast
Sunday 23 June, 10am-1pm
Sunday 21 July, 9am-​1pm
Sunday 4 August, 10am-1pm

University of Queensland
St Lucia Campus
Sunday 4 August, 9am-3pm
Sunday ​18 August, 9am-3pm

Griffith University
​All campuses
​Sunday 11 August, 9am-2pm

Queensland University of Technology
​Gardens Point Campus
​Sunday 28 July, 9am-3pm

Australian Catholic University

​Brisbane Campus
Other Campuses
​Saturday 27 July, 9am-2pm
Refer to website

University of Southern Queensland
​Saturday 27 July
Sunday 18 August
Saturday 24 August

Central Queensland University
Other Campuses
​Saturday 10 August
Refer to website

JMC Academy
​Brisbane​Saturday 10 August

Annie Sexton - Guidance Counsellor (Year 7-12)


*Any queries regarding school photos should be directed to Academy on the phone number below.
Message from Academy Photography
Families wishing to order any of the additional photos listed below need to do so ‘online’.
All photos ordered will be sent to the parent home address.
Please go to and enter secure shoot key as follows.

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School Captain photos = D5SKPPM5
School Leaders’ photos = G5E4KW3F

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