Newsletter - Term 3, Week 4, 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We're listening!
Here at Xavier Catholic College we are committed to providing the best possible Catholic education for your child.
That commitment includes being open to feedback and ideas for improvement — so we're asking our parents and carers about their experiences of our school.
As partners in your child's education, what you think matters.
Below you will find a link to a short survey that will ask you about different aspects of Xavier Catholic College. The survey also has space for you to add your own comments.

2018 Parent Survey - Xavier Catholic College
Your responses will be anonymous, but they will be truly valued in helping us continually improve. We will ensure we provide our community with a summary of the survey findings later in the year as we will also be asking our students and our staff what they think.
Thank you for your time. 

God bless
Simon Dash


GREASE - The Musical
There is a great deal of excitement around the College this week as we are holding our College production of “Grease”. We have more than 50 students across the secondary school involved in the production in a variety of roles-actors, singers and dancers in the Chorus, backstage crew as well as the set design and construction crew and those involved in marketing and publicity. 

The students and staff have been rehearsing over the last 2 weekends to ensure everything is spot-on  for a great production.

We are also pleased to report that we are holding a Schools matinee performance on Thursday for Xavier students in years 5 and 6 who will be joined by students from Star of the Sea, Yarrilee and Gelndyne. The cast are excited to be doing the matinee as they know the students will be very excited at this iconic production.

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Catholic Education Week
Our Catholic Education Week Mass was a wonderful celebration and indeed a true community event. We were joined by many guests including the newly elected Mayor, George Seymour as well as by Mr Kerry Swann and his wife Loretta. Kerry was nominated for a BCE Spirit of Catholic Education award for his services to Catholic Education over 30 years. 

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Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to Mr. Nathan Milne, Dean of HPE & Sport and his team who ran a very smooth program of a great many events for the students to participate in. All students were able to find an event to take part in from the very serious events to a range of novelty events.

Buthu were the winners on the day.

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Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep – Year 6
Parent Teacher Interviews for Prep to Year 6 will take place from Monday 27 August to Friday 7 September - available times 7.00am – 8.15am and 3.00pm to 5.30pm. 

Bookings open Tuesday 14 August at 6.00pm and closes Friday 24 August at 8.00am.

Instructions for booking your interview times will be emailed to families prior to the opening time.

Please note: The parent information used in the booking system is MAIN contact only.  If you are not listed as the main contact in our College database and would like to book an interview, please contact the College on 4197 1177.

Year 4 News
Year 4 visited Mr Ninnes, teacher of Media in the Secondary school, to learn about stop motion and green screen technology. These skills will be useful for two upcoming units on plant growth and journalism. Mr Ninnes showed that the students have a free giant VFX screen to use with a clear blue sky.

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Year 6 Come and Try Day
Our Year 6 Come and Try Secondary day was a great success with over 140 Year 6 students from Xavier, Star of the Sea and neighbouring schools joining us a for a taste of what Xavier Catholic College has to offer. 

Upon arrival students were placed in groups and there was no time wasted before they were sent off for their first experience of secondary school life.  The students experienced 4 out of 6 rotations with the activities being, Food Technology, Drama, Media, PE, Science and Design Technology.

During the breaks the Year 6 Xavier students kindly invited the visitors to their eating and play area for games and all students were treated to a sausage sizzle and drink.

Before we said goodbye students had the opportunity to ask questions about next year and enrolling for 2019.
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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Year 7 PSDE
Our Year 7 students have had the opportunity to experience a day dedicated to our Personal & Social Development Education (PSDE) program.  This was a great opportunity for students to work in small groups and participate in a series of quality PSDE activities focused on “Team Work” as outlined below:

• Activity 1: Challenges – Students competed in several different activities to gather points for their teams.  The aim of this activity was for students to work together using the strengths of each individual team member.  Some of these included the tarp flip challenge, 9 dots, skipping and the water carrier challenge.

• Activity 2: Team building – Students worked through a series of tasks that developed an understanding of team qualities and applied these qualities in a team environment, these included the blind square and musical chairs.

• Activity 3: Problem Solving- Students carried out challenges to build an understanding of the importance of working as a team and working as an individual in a team, these included 21 and footbridge.

Students finished the day with whole group challenges including “It’s puzzling” using Lego to represent movie titles which the students tried to guess and standing in order from youngest to eldest without speaking.  The program was very successful with students not only learning about team building but also building stronger connections with each other as a cohort.


Last week Xavier celebrated ‘Catholic Education Week’ and were lucky enough to have Catholic singer/songwriter Michael Mangan along to share his fantastic music with us! He entertained and inspired the Primary School students during concerts on Tuesday and then played with the Music Ministry for our school Mass on the Wednesday.

The theme for Mass was taken from the challenge issued by Pope Francis for young people “discovering new horizons for spreading joy” and was a great celebration led by Fr Regi, which also included the commissioning of our School Captains and Leaders for 2018/19.

Congratulations to all our newly-commissioned student leaders and to all the students who contributed to making the Mass and the week a special one in the Xavier calendar!

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Secondary Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to Buthu House on winning the 2018 Secondary Inter-house Athletics Carnival held last Thursday and Friday. Both days saw near perfect weather for an athletics competition and the House spirit shone brightly through the many costumes, war cries and incredible levels of participation across the carnival.

A snapshot of the highlights are as follows:

Final Points:
1st Buthu 2362
2nd Dirum 2195
3rd Kondari 2172
4th Narwari 1784

Age Champions:
13 Girls – Sarah O’Donoghue
13 Boys – Seth Hatch
14 Girls – Isabella Jensen
14 Boys – Dylan Ilka
15 Girls – Riley Grambower
15 Boys – Tobias Powers
16 Girls – Danielle Sankey
16 Boys – Thomas Miller
Open Girls – Lucinda Cullen & Maddison McGowan
Open Boys – Nathan Robinson & Jaxon Crockford

War Cry Champions: Kondari

Thank you to all parents and families for attending and congratulations to all students for a terrific event.

Students who have qualified for the Hervey Bay District Athletics Carnival have been given information this week. Payment and consent for this event is to be completed through the Qkr! app by Tuesday 14th August 9am. The District Carnival is held Wednesday 15th August (1pm-5pm) and Thursday 16th August (8:20am-2:00pm).

More photos available on our College Facebook page.
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Wide Bay All Schools Hockey
Xavier had 2 teams (boys & girls) compete at the Wide Bay All Schools Hockey competition held in Maryborough last Wednesday. All students played some excellent hockey with the Xavier Boys team coming away as Champions. Well done to all students and thank you to Mrs Pritchard for coaching and managing the teams.

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Touch Football
Xavier has recently competed in the Sunny Coast All Schools competition (Sunday 29th July) and the All Hallows Girls Competition (Sunday 5th August) in Brisbane. Xavier teams competed very strongly against some of the region’s and state’s best touch schools and have come away with impressive results.

At the Sunny Coast All Schools, 13 Boys and 15 Girls both played semi-finals along with both the Open Boys and Open Girls teams finishing in the top 4 of their divisions. The 13 Girls and 15 Boys both had impressive wins and all teams will now build on this confidence heading toward QLD All Schools in October.

At the All Hallows carnival, the Open Girls team won the Shield Division and both the 15 Girls and 13 Girls teams played in the finals. Congratulations to all students and thank you to the following coaches: Mr Barker, Miss Hatchett, Miss Roffey, Mr Tyrrell and Mrs Collins.

Congratulations also goes to the following students who recently represented Wide Bay at the U15 State Touch Football competition: Phoebe Fraser, Aylee Barker, Taj Wright, Harry Armstrong and Jack Roderick.

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The QLD All-Schools Touch Competition is held in Brisbane from Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October. Earlier in the year, Xavier was investigating the possibility of taking all teams down one day earlier for warm-up matches before the tournament commences. It has been decided that this will not go ahead this year. As a result, families are encouraged to make their accommodation arrangements. It is not yet known whether Xavier will have games on Wednesday the 10th as the draw has not been released yet. Draw information will be communicated to students as soon as it becomes available.

Hervey Bay District Athletics Carnival
45 students represented Xavier at the recent Hervey Bay District athletics Carnival. We placed 5th out of the 13 schools in the district. A number of students proudly wore the ribbons they received on the day for placing first, second or third in their events. Eleven students have been selected to represent Hervey Bay District at the Wide Bay Trials. Congratulations Corey Arnold, Dylan Borsboom, Grace Collins, Billy Doggen, Charlotte Everett, Madison Fletcher, Liam Houguet, Katelyn Relf, Carina Robb, Blake Tomekovic and Abby Veale.

We wish them all the best at the Wide Bay Trials occurring in Gympie on the 29th August.

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Hervey Bay District u/12 Girls Rugby League Representative
Kiana Kerr was the only student to trial out from Xavier Catholic College and make the Hervey Bay Girls under 12 Rugby League Team.  On the 28th and 29th of July she competed at the Wide Bay School Trials in Bundaberg. The Hervey Bay team won 2 games and lost 2 games. She also showed great sportsmanship by playing 3 games for Maryborough as they were short of players. The Maryborough coach was very grateful. Kiana was unsuccessful for selection into the Wide Bay team however, she played hard, scored a try and had a great time. We congratulate her for her effort.

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Oztag 2018
Congratulations to our five Xavier Oztag teams that recently competed in the 2018 QLD Oztag All Schools Tournament on the Sunshine Coast. Competing over three days students vied for selection into QLD Oztag merit sides.

Our 5 teams were:

​Year 12 Mixed
​Year 10 Girls
​Year 10 Boys
​Year 9 Girls
​Year 8 Boys
​Bailey Baker
​Grace Farrelly
​Elias Broome
​Georgia Cassidy
​Logan Baker
​Joshua Claridge
​Kasey Gamble
​Nicholas Claridge
​Crystal Kosmidis
​Caleb Berthelsen
​Lucinda Cullen
​Riley Grambower
​Matthew Cramer
​April Lunn
​Jasper Brien
​Lucy Glass
​Rahni Mason
​Max Doyle
​Ruby Lunn
​Jonty Brien
​Luke Harrison
​Teagan McCloskey
​Ethan Drury
​Alyssa McGrath
​Ruben Broome
​Will Kluck
​Sarah Murphy
​Joshua Eastwood
​Chloe Muller
​Thomas Davies
​Griffin Lowe
​Emily Thompson
​Joel Glass
​Cayley Phillips
Lachlan Geldard
​Cody Marsden
​Tahlia Torrisi
​Jett Kruger
​Seairra Scott
​Matthew Geldard
​Isaac Palmero
​Madison Wakely
​Brock Shepherd
​Caitlin Smith
​Seth Hatch
​Alex Pronk
​Taya Walters
​Kobi Shepherd
​Tarah Smith
​Tae Scott
​Danielle Sankey

Taj Wright
​Charli Thompson​Brady Smith
​Isaak Watt
Brendan Vagne
​Mackenzie Wakely

Three of our five teams made it to the finals. Congratulations to our Year 8 boys and Year 10 girls who made it to the quarter finals, and our Year 12 mixed team who made it to semi-finals. Special thanks to Mr Michael Thompson, Mrs Lynette Pritchard, Miss Kate Duffield and Mrs Gerry Glass who assisted Mrs Kath Thompson over the weekend. 

Special congratulations go to Jonty Brien, Danielle Sankey and Will Kluck who were selected in the QLD Oztag merit teams. Excellent effort!

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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 any one of our parent contacts their details are published below.  Confidentiality is utmost for our committee and any information shared with our parent contacts will not be passed on unless you so desire it.

House Parent Contacts:
Narwari House Parents
Anna Anderson (Jack Anderson)
Claire Sinclair (Cassandra Sinclair) 41295730
Rachel Neck (Chelsea Neck) 41287859/0417768798
Jo O’Neill (Will/Lucy/Kate O’Neil) 0422942289
Ellen Geldard (Connor, Lachlan & Matthew Geldard) 41286910/ 0400499508
Mary Arnold (Riley/Corey/Joey Arnold) 0418729967
Karen Grumley (Stewart and Lachlan Grumley) 41243034 / 0413306540
Cassie Wilson (Max/Anabele /Imogen Wilson) 0409761207
Kerrie Payne (Cameron Payne) 41280554/ 0407581389
Carmel Donnelly (Jeremiah Donnelly) 0448488443
Malina Blakely (Ryan Blakely) (0478 410 180)
Rachael Trevillion (Luke & Sadie Trevillion)
Nikita Falconer (Lilly & Mia Falconer) (0432 265

Buthu House Parents
Michelle Wiegmink (Reece Wiegmink) 41287941/0409890188
Deanna Wyvill (Amy Wyvill) 41282176
Karen Goffinet (Alex/Patrick Goffinet) 4128 7375/0421 322 121
Allison McGovern (Madison/Georgia McGovern) 0411 416 943
Shelly Hislop (Jordan/Lincoln Hislop) 0423 506 675
Dirum House Parents
Rachel Loague (Oscar Loague) 0417792179
Melissa Lynch (Mya/Noah)
Helen Hatchett (Bryce/Charli/Summer/Sam Wilson) 0438347153
Kellie Robinson (Nathan/Alysha Robinson) 0448623963

Kondari House Parents
Michelle Begaud (Blake/Kyle Begaud) 0438242252
Carole Dewhurst (Patrick/Rory/Freya Golik) 41206240/0400793188
Alison Keal (Archie/Angus/Seth Keal) 0466250799
Emma Ilka (Dylan/Shayli Ilka) 0403599406


Parish Youth Ministry Team
When: Sunday 19th August 4pm – 6pm
Where: John Paul Centre (next to the Catholic Church)
Who: Year 7 and upwards
Pizza and drinks supplied…
RSVP: Carmel Donnelly 0448488443
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All parents and friends are invited to attend this year’s Fund Raiser Trivia Night at Xavier Catholic College on Saturday, September 1st, from 6.00pm in the Goa hall.

Proceeds from the event will provide support to our young people’s projects within the Hervey Bay City Catholic Parish such as Children’s Liturgy, Sacramental Program, altar servers and Parish Youth Ministry Team.

Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner (supplied by El Shaddai Parish Group) and a complimentary drink (wine or beer) upon arrival. A cash bar will be available throughout the night.

Tickets will be sold individually or tables of 10 will be available. All tickets must be pre-purchased through the Qkr! App. Download the app, search Xavier Catholic College, then select ‘School Event’s Tickets’. For any enquiries please contact the College directly on 4197 1177.

There will be a number of raffles and prizes on the night!

If you are a business owner who would like to donate a prize to be raffled off as part of the fundraiser, please contact Brendan McDonald at or on 4197 1177.


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