Newsletter - Term 3, Week 10, 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers

Taking Stock
Last week at assembly, I shared the following story with our students.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep.
Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.
"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."Watson replied, "I see millions of stars."
"What does that tell you?"
Watson pondered for a minute.
"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets."
"Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo."
"Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three."
"Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant."
"Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow."
"What does it tell you, Holmes?"
Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke: "Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!"

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the detail that we forget to look for the obvious.  Like Dr Watson, stepping back and examining the big picture also requires us to reflect on what we are not seeing.  Taking stock of our progress requires us to recognise our blind spots. For our students, I wanted them to reflect on all the things in their lives for which they should be grateful. A ‘Gratitude’ mindset helps us stop and think of the simple things in life that we often take for granted. It reminds us to say ‘thank you’ for the things that often go unnoticed.

After three quarters of the academic year the students and staff of the College are looking forward to a well-earned break.  Term Three has been a busy and exciting one, filled with the challenges of study and many achievements.  As with any time that we take a rest from the hectic pace of the day-to-day, the break provides an opportunity to take stock of our personal and collective progress.  We are blessed to have many students who excel in a wide range of activities.  We celebrate their achievements.  In addition, we applaud those whose stories are not always told, but have achieved their personal goals.  For some, these goals have been reached in the classroom where dedication and persistence has paid dividends.  Not every child at Xavier Catholic College will be an academic world-beater, but every child can set goals that will challenge them to improve.  To all who have taken up this challenge and stuck with it, I offer you my congratulations. I hope your gratitude mindset allows you to say thank you to God, your teachers, your parents and to yourself.

Taking stock is not only about recalling our successes; it also involves facing up to those times where we have missed the mark; our blind spots.  As students reflect on Term Three, some will acknowledge that the effort may not have been enough.  This is not always determined by the result, but by the self-knowledge that the potential was there to do better.  As I have often told students, there is no such thing as failure at Xavier Catholic College; but there are opportunities to learn from our mistakes and to grow through our setbacks.  For those whose results, whatever they may be, leave them room for improvement, I hope there is time for reflection over this holiday break.  Let us all commence the final Term with the determination to be grateful, to improve and to see beyond our blind spots.

God bless
Simon Dash


It has been a long and very busy term and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful and relaxing break. Term Four will be upon us before we know it, so enjoy the spring weather and recharge your batteries refreshed for the first day back on Monday 8th October.

Greatly Enhancing Career Knowledge and Opportunities (GECKO)
Over the last two weeks of the term our Year 10 students have been undertaking work experience and a range of activities that will enhance their career opportunities as well as build their personal development skills. Reports from the employers who have taken on one of our students have been glowing. Our students are great ambassadors for the College.

Year 3 & 4 Gala Day
Our Year 3 and 4 students travelled to various venues last Friday and competed against other schools in the region in friendly competition across various sports.  With the sun shining and a general atmosphere of fun and cooperation the overwhelming feedback from the day was positive. Thank you to the many parents who came along to support their children and to the teachers who ensured the day ran so smoothly.  Ms Hatchett did a wonderful job of preparing students for this activity.  We look forward to the Year 5 & 6 Gala Day which will be held on the last day of Term 3.

Year 5 Come and Try Day
Xavier hosted the Year Five Star of the Sea students last Friday for the annual Year 5 Come and Try Day.  This dedicated day was focused on giving students from both schools the opportunity to experience life in the secondary environment. Students also spent time with our Senior Leaders and had the chance to investigate different areas of the school. Thanks to Mrs Love and the Year Five teachers from both schools for ensuring this day was successful and most importantly…fun!

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Coaching Young People for Success

On the last two days of term, Thursday and Friday all Year 9 students will take part in a program to assist them to focus on developing a Career Plan. They will undertake a range of activities and the culminating activity will be them making their subject selections for Year 10, 2019. We thank Mr. John Donnelly and his team for offering this program to the students.

Prep Playground Project
As many of you many have noticed work has begun towards the construction of a new Prep Playground.  This exciting project is the next stage in the College Master Plan and is being funded by our Parents and Friends Association. This is a very exciting development for our youngest students and we look forward to its completion in Term 4.  This will be completed in conjunction with the revitalisation of the internal furniture in Prep and Year 1. Thank you to the P&F for their support of this wonderful upgrade to College facilities.

The Year 4 Opti-minds team will be travelling to Brisbane on the 13th and 14th of October to compete in the state finals.  After taking out the regional competition the team is very excited to be involved in this wonderful event.  We wish Mrs Bryant and her team of creative minds all the best for this upcoming event.


19/09/2018    Years 7-12 QLD Cricket Interschool T20
19/09/2018    Year Level Assemblies
20/09/2018    Coaching Young People for Success - Year 9
20/09/2018    Year 7-12 Wide Bay Surf Lifesaving League
21/09/2018    Term 3 ends
21/09/2018    Year 5/6 Gala Day
22/09/2018    SCHOOL VACATION
28/09/2018    Hervey Bay Spring Orchid Show at Xavier College
01/10/2018    QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY Public Holiday


Fraser Coast Inter-School Basketball
The 2018 Fraser Coast Inter-school basketball competition wrapped up last Thursday with 2 Xavier teams competing in the final. The Open Girls team took on Urangan SHS in a close game with Xavier going down by a small margin. The Open Boys team took on Hervey Bay SHS in an extremely close game with the boys going down by just one point in what was a very exciting finish. Along with the 15 Boys team, all Xavier students who competed in this competition did so with the highest level of sportsmanship and fair play. They have all represented Xavier Basketball with great distinction. A very big thank you to past student Zac Lund for all his time and effort in coaching teams and to Mr Matthew Ninnes for convening the competition and coaching our teams.

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Primary Schools Cup - Netball
Over the weekend 10 very excited Year 5 and 6 girls competed in the Primary Schools Cup Netball competition in Bundaberg. The team played very well throughout the day on Saturday placing 3rd in their pool which qualified them for Division 3 on Sunday. They had a great day on Sunday again finishing 3rd in their pool. The girls are to be congratulated on their sportsmanship and commitment over the weekend. They certainly were wonderful representatives of our school community. A special thankyou to Helen Hatchett for coaching the team for this competition.

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Term 3 comes to a close
What a massive term it has been for Xavier Sport. On the back of highly successful campaigns from our QISSN and CONFRO teams during the mid-year break, Xavier launched into the athletics season with a very dominant Buthu claiming multiple trophies at our inter-school level. In the 13-19yrs district competition, Xavier once again claimed the Junior and Overall Champion trophies and many students competed at the Wide Bay trials with Sieanna Alexander and Isabella Jensen having very dominant results. 8 Xavier students gained selection in the Wide Bay team to compete at the upcoming state titles.

In other sports, Toby Powers had a hugely successful campaign at the Australian Cross-Country titles and our Oztag, Netball, Equestrian, Hockey and Touch Football teams have had success in their respective competitions. Our cricket teams have just begun their 2018 campaigns with strong wins on Monday in the 1st round of the major school competition. Good luck to our 6 Touch Football Teams who will compete at the QLD All Schools touch competition in Brisbane first week back next term.

Congratulations to all students on your sporting pursuits this term and as always, a very big thank you to all coaches and parents who make school sport possible.

On Friday 14th September Xavier hosted a Year 5 Come and Try day.  We had 40 Year 5 students from Star of the Sea join our 74 Xavier students experiencing what Xavier Secondary has to offer.

The theme for the day was coming together and have some fun. We started the day with some music and a game before students were placed into groups and the rotational activities began.  The students experienced 4 out of 6 rotations with the activities being, Music, French, Religion, Technology, Amazing Race, Maths and English Challenge.

During the breaks our Year 11 Leaders served a sausage sizzle and ice blocks before entertaining them in GOA with a basketball challenge and some outdoor games.

It was a fun and positive day for everyone.  Once again it proved what a great community Xavier Catholic College is and reinforced the friendly, caring and nurturing nature of our school.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers involved for all their work in preparing and delivering fun and engaging lessons.

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Construction update
Construction is nearing completion at the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive intersection. During the September/October school holiday period, the Department of Transport and Main Roads will activate the new traffic signals and motorists will commence using the new Wide Bay Drive alignment.

The intersection is being opened in stages with some facilities becoming available during the holiday period. To begin, the left-turn slip lane from Wide Bay Drive and the pedestrian crossing facilities on the eastern side of the intersection will be operational. The leftturn slip lane into Scrub Hill Road and the western pedestrian crossing will be activated at a later stage in the project.

Information for schools
When school returns in term four, the school crossing supervisors will be available to assist students to safely cross Pialba–Burrum Heads Road on the eastern side the intersection.

Only one slip lane will be open to begin with. Traffic will be stopped on the slip lane approaches by the crossing supervisors. Students will then activate the pedestrian signals using the push button facilities. Students are to wait on the concrete islands until the green walk signal initiates and it is safe to cross.The eastern crossing of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road is being activated first. The western crossing will be made available at a later stage of the construction works. The western crossing will provide a single crossing of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road and will not be supervised.

For more information
Free call: 1300 728 390

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The following extract is from the Schedule of Fees and Levies, available on the Parent Portal or the College Website.

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Maryborough Artisans Inc will be hosting the 11th annual CraftFest, at the historic Maryborough City Hall, Q. 1-3 November.

CraftFest is known as a premier craft event on the Fraser Coast.  Over 50 artisans will be displaying and selling their creations during the Fest.  A “Placemat Challenge” is being held in conjunction with the event, and all entries will be folded and packed into the Care Packs for the Troops.  A collection bin will also be available for those visitors who would like to donate goods for the Care Packs, and all monetary donations will be receipted.

The Fest will be officially opened by our Patron, Barb Hovard, at 10am on Thursday 1st November. 

Entertainment will be by the students from St Mary’s College.

Entry is only $3 and profit from door takings will be used to purchase much needed items for our beneficiaries, The Maryborough Special School and the Maryborough Hospital. Light refreshments will be available daily.


We are a not for profit entity in Bundaberg who own and operate a unique driver education complex.
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