Newsletter - Term 3, Week 6, 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers

The Magic Pebble
One thing that most teachers will report is that, from time to time, students will ask the question “Why do we have to learn this?”  More regularly is the question “How is this going to be useful to my life?”  The following story entitled “The Magic Pebble” illustrates that we can never predict the value of what we learn as it impacts further down the journey of life.

One night a group of nomads were preparing to retire for the evening when suddenly they were surrounded by a great light. They knew they were in the presence of a celestial being. With great anticipation, they awaited a heavenly message of great importance that they knew must be especially for them.

Finally, the voice spoke, "Gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them in your saddle bags. Travel a day's journey and tomorrow night will find you glad and it will find you sad."

After having departed, the nomads shared their disappointment and anger with each other. They had expected the revelation of a great universal truth that would enable them to create wealth, health and purpose for the world. But instead they were given a menial task that made no sense to them at all. However, the memory of the brilliance of their visitor caused each one to pick up a few pebbles and deposit them in their saddle bags while voicing their displeasure.

They travelled a day's journey and that night while making camp, they reached into their saddle bags and discovered every pebble they had gathered had become a diamond. They were glad they had diamonds. They were sad they had not gathered more pebbles.

(by: John W. Schlatter, A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul)

When speaking to students, I often remind them to keep their focus on their studies.  While all the many aspects of a well-rounded education are important, the need to identify academic goals is a priority.  Academic character is an important concept for school students.  Like sporting character, it is not defined by ability.  Rather it is defined by commitment.  Every student at Xavier Catholic College is expected to strive to use their God-given abilities to the fullest.  For some this will mean seeking and attaining A+’s, while for others it may mean an almighty effort is placed into the necessary work to attain a C.  It is not the natural ability of our students, but the level of commitment and dedication that defines the academic character of our College.  At times students may struggle to see the relevance of their studies and find it difficult to stay focused.  That’s when they need to remember the “magic pebble” and trust that, by remaining attentive to their studies, they will be benefited in the long term.  

Traffic Flow
Patience is a virtue! We have been challenged this year with road works that have put pressure on traffic flow around the College. When finished, the new intersection at the front of the College will be brilliant and ease the peak hour congestion. However, in the interim, things have been a little slower, particularly in the afternoons. I have received several reports of drivers lacking the appropriate etiquette, behaving aggressively and driving dangerously at pick up time. Can I ask all members of our community to be considerate when entering and exiting the College.  The reality is that it is a 20-minute logjam and being patient and courteous is the only way we can get through it. Road rage is unacceptable.

Likewise, with the road works going on, many have taken the sensible opportunity to do their drop-offs and pickups at the back of the College where the Council has created some car parks and a drive through area. However, to make this more efficient and effective, can I ask parents not to stop at the start of the drive through section when dropping off their children. This creates a blockage and a backup of cars onto the road. Please keep moving to the end of the drop-off area. This will ensure better traffic flow and a safer experience for all involved.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

God bless
Simon Dash


Book Week
We are celebrating Book Week this week and the joy of reading. The main event for the week is our Book Week parade on Wednesday morning. This will be an opportunity for all students to dress up as their favourite character from a book they love.  All parents are invited to join us for our Book week Assembly and share in what is always a wonderful morning. Thanks to Mr Bebington for organising our Book Week celebrations and ensuring that all students have an opportunity to be involved in activities throughout the week.

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P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
A reminder to all P-6 parents and carers that Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 7 and 8 of this term. These interviews are a very important part of ensuring a strong working relationship between home and school. I would encourage all parents to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss their current progress in the classroom.  Instructions on how to book these interviews on PTO have been sent to all parents and carers.  Please contact the College office if you are having difficulty using this system.

Prep Excursion – Cultural Centre
Our youngest students ventured out and about last Thursday with a visit to the local Cultural centre.  This morning adventure was a wonderful experience for the students, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  Thanks to the Prep teaching team and the staff at the Cultural centre for making this learning opportunity possible.

Year 1 – Church Visit
Thanks to Father Regi for hosting our Year 1 students on Friday at St Joseph’s parish. The students had a wonderful morning learning all about the key features of our local Church and Father Regi’s role in the community.  They also had the opportunity to have lunch at the beach and make the most of our glorious local environment.  Thanks to the staff at St Joseph’s and the Year 1 teaching team for organising this experience.

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Whale Parade
Xavier once again entered a float in the Whale Parade this year and I am happy to report that we had over 90 students present on Saturday evening.  With contributions on display from all classes our float looked amazing and the students had a fantastic time representing our College.  As a school we received the award for the best float – recycled materials.  Well done to Miss Forbes and her creative team and thanks to all members of our community who supported this event. 

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Father’s Day Stall, Breakfast & Liturgy
After the success of our Mother’s Day stall the P&F will be setting up and providing a Father’s Day stall for students to purchase a small gift.  Information about this stall will come home to all parents in the coming days.

We will once again be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast on Friday 31st August.  This will involve a simple breakfast for all the special men in the lives of our students and some games on the GOA oval. Following breakfast, a short liturgy will be held in GOA at 8.45 am.  All parents are invited to join us for this special event.

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New Prep Playground
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.

Parish Trivia Night Fundraiser

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.



Success for Keira Stephens at the Pan Pacific Para Games
Xavier Year 10 student, Keira Stephens, recently competed at the Pan Pac Para Games in Cairns where she received a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke. This is an outstanding result for Keira and a fine reward for her years of dedication and training. Congratulations!

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Hervey Bay District Secondary Athletics
Xavier had 97 students from Years 7-12 compete at the District Athletics Carnival Wednesday and Thursday last week. Xavier had some great success, but the most pleasing aspect of both days was the way in which our students represented this College. Their participation was outstanding, their respect for event staff was exemplary and their show of sportsmanship to their competitors was a consistent highlight. A big thank you to Mr Tyrrell, Mrs Collins, Miss Hogan, Mrs Pritchard & Mr Wellings for their work at the carnival.

Results from the carnival as follows…

Age Champions:
Sarah O’Donoghue – Runner Up
Robbie Borsboom – 3rd
Isabella Jensen – AGE CHAMP
Luke Greco – Runner Up
Mani Bowers – AGE CHAMP
Chantelle McCarthy – 3rd
Riley Grambower – AGE CHAMP
Toby Powers – AGE CHAMP
Lachie Hatch – 3rd
Lucinda Cullen – 3rd
Nathan Robinson & Casey Russell – equal 3rd
Maddy Smith – Runner Up

Junior Trophy (13yrs to 15yrs)
Xavier 1st

Senior Trophy (16yrs to 19yrs)
Xavier 3rd

Percentage Trophy
Xavier 3rd

Xavier 1st

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Touch Football
Teams are continuing to train for the upcoming QLD All Schools competition held in Brisbane from Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October. The 1st draft draw has been released and at this stage Xavier do not play any games on the Wednesday. Updated draws will be emailed to students as received.

Last Thursday the junior and senior netball teams competed in the Wide Bay regional round of the interstate netball competition, the Vicki Wilson Cup.  The senior team was undefeated in their pool, going down in the final play off to the reigning premiers, Shalom College, by 6 points.  The junior team had a great day of netball, winning 4 out of 6 pool games, and finishing the day with big smiles on their faces. We were lucky enough to have Miss Jessica Harris and Mrs Shelley Paech represent the school as our umpires, their expertise and commitment on the day was much appreciated.

A special thank you to Janelle Wilson and Tracy-Madonna Wylie who supported the teams throughout the day. As always, our girls represented our school with pride and enthusiasm, to make for another successful day of Netball.

Xavier teams continue to perform strongly at the inter-school basketball competition with games commencing each Thursday afternoon at 3:45pm at Hervey Bay State High School. Parents and friends are invited to come along and support our teams.


20/08/2018    Book Week
21/08/2018    Year 10 Information Night
21/08/2018    P-12 A&TSI Annual Health Checks
21/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Boating Practical Group 1
21/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Boating Practical Group 2
21/08/2018    FCEA Awards Ceremony
22/08/2018    Primary Book Week Parade
23/08/2018    Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Competition
23/08/2018    "Love Your Bookshop Day"
23/08/2018    Year 11 SOR Houses of Worship Excursion
23/08/2018    Year 12 AQU Boating Practical
23/08/2018    K-3 Family Reading Night Pyjama Party
24/08/2018    Year 12 Formal
24/08/2018    Rug Reading
27/08/2018    P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
27/08/2018    Father's Day Stall
28/08/2018    SETP Interviews
28/08/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Houseboats Excursion Group 1
31/08/2018    P-5 Father's Day Breakfast
31/08/2018    P-5 Father's Day Liturgy
31/08/2018    Year 12 QTAC Information Session
01/09/2018    Parish Fundraiser Trivia Night
03/09/2018    P-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
03/09/2018    Year 8 Retreat
03/09/2018    Year 11 AQU MAR Houseboats Excursion Group
04/09/2018    QCS
06/09/2018    13/19 years WB District Track & Field
06/09/2018    P & F Meeting
07/09/2018    Year 12 only Exam Block


This week your child in Primary School should be bringing home an order form for Hot Dogs. The orders need to be in by Friday 24 August and will be delivered to the classroom Friday 31 August first break.

Funds raised will go to our Charity - St Vincent de Paul.


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Hosting Saint Joseph’s students from Avignon, France
As part of our international exchange program, Xavier has established a sister school connection with another Jesuit school, Saint Joseph’s in Avignon, in the south of France. As many of you are aware, our students were very warmly received by the staff and students from this school last April during our 2017 French tour. All students were billeted with host family providing them with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country. Many of our students are still communicating with their homestay brothers, sisters and families and planning return visits as a consequence of this experience.

This year the staff and students from Saint Joseph’s will be visiting us at Xavier providing us with an opportunity to repay their generosity. There will be 35 students on the tour who will be approximately 15 to 17 years old and they will be staying with us in Hervey Bay from around the 13th to the 27th of October. We are asking Xavier families if they could billet one or two of these students for that time.  Most days these students would be on excursion or attending classes and they would travel to and from school with their homestay brothers and sisters. This would provide host families to make international connections and to gain an insight into life in southern France.  

If you would be prepared to assist with the hosting of these students, could you please let me know by contacting me at the College on 41971177 or at

French Trip 2019 - Fundraising - $ 100 board
Thank you to all who supported our recent fundraiser at both performances of the Xavier Musical.
Congratulations to our lucky winners of $100 each:
Karen Goffinet
A Chambers


National Youth Science Forum
Lydia White has recently been accepted into the National Youth Science Forum. This program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.  During the program, held in Canberra in January, Lydia will
•    visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
•    go on site tours,
•    listen to lectures,
•    take part in workshops,
•    go to social events, and
•    participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures. Congratulations Lydia!

Huge thanks also to Rotary for their support, promotion and sponsorship of this program, as part of their Youth Program.

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When the school carpark gets a little like this please remember to be patient!
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Latest information from the Department of Transport and Main Roads: (We thank our community for their patience and understanding during the work).

Night works
The department will be undertaking night works during the first two weeks of September to install the final asphalt surface on Pialba-Burrum Heads Road. Asphalt works will be undertaken at night to minimise the impact on daytime traffic through thisbusy intersection. The night works are scheduled
to be undertaken Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 6am. Some minor daytime works will also
be undertaken during this time. Residents should anticipate increased noise levels during this time. TMR apologises for any inconvenience and thanks the local community for its continued support and cooperation.

Pedestrian update
During August the temporary pedestrian pathway on Pialba-Burrum Heads Road will be moved onto the new Wide Bay Drive alignment to enable removal of the temporary concrete barriers and completion of construction works. Pedestrians will continue crossing Pialba–Burrum Heads Road in the same location as they do currently.
Pedestrians are encouraged to observe project signage for updates and guidance on approved pathways
during this time.

Motorist update
During August traffic will be moved onto the recently formed outside lanes of Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, to construct concrete centre medians. Minor changes will be made to the pedestrian crossing on Pialba–Burrum Heads Road at this time. Project signage will be updated to advise when changes have occured.

Project details
The $26 million project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government and involves:
- Reconfiguring Wide Bay Drive and Scrub Hill Road to a cross intersection layout.
- Installation of traffic signals to improve safety and efficiency for motorists and pedestrians.
- Installation of dedicated pedestrian and cyclist facilities to improve safety.

For more information
Free call: 1300 728 390*
Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Wide Bay/Burnett District
Locked Bag 486
Bundaberg Qld 4670

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