From the Pen of the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
Last week our community was treated to a spectacular performance of 'Shrek – The Musical' by our Primary School students. While the immense talent was certainly on display, I was just as impressed by the level of participation. To have so many students playing parts large and small with such enthusiasm was a joy to witness. I congratulate every student who made such a remarkable event come to life.
Such an undertaking does not happen without a dedicated staff who sacrificed so much of their own time and effort to enable our students to have this experience. Our course the effervescent Shannon McDuff was the principle architect of the show and deserves our praise. But Shannon was backed up by a staff who went above and beyond and also warrants our admiration and thanks.
When we think of Xavier Catholic College we think of a well-rounded education, an education that provides a multitude of experiences through which students learn and grow. While it was a massive undertaking, the musical was another example of the kind of balanced education for which our College is renowned. Well done and congratulations to all.
Heads of College Address
Our first ever P-6 Musical was a huge success and I would like to thank our school community for the support they showed both in their attendance at the show and the general support to ensure all students were well prepared. Thanks to all the P-6 staff who worked to ensure that all three performances were professional and well organised. Thanks to the Musical Team for their tireless work towards preparing the students and the many additional hours spent on constructing the sets and organising costumes. Well done to all involved.
9-12 Years Swimming Carnival
The first of our swimming carnivals will be held this Friday at the Aquatic Centre. All parents are welcomed to attend to support their students as they compete for their respective houses.
Our Prep – 3 carnival will be held on Thursday 28th November at Elders Swim centre. Swimming lessons will continue throughout the term for all P-6 classes.
Additional iPad's P-3
As many parents would be aware, we have recently increased our iPad allocation in all classes across Prep to Year 3. We are now in a position where we have a 1:2 ratio in each of these classes. This significant improvement in our digital capacity will allow students to access technology more regularly towards better learning outcomes. This change will also mean that as a P-6 school we are able to access learning on many different platforms and provide students with the opportunity to access a variety of extension activities and supportive learning technologies.
Life Education Van
The feedback from students, staff and parents about our life education van visit was very positive. Our thanks to Kathy from Life Education for the time she spent with all our students. The students were very excited to inform me about what they learnt, and that Healthy Harold still remembered me from when I was at school.
Carols on the Green
The College will be hosting a Carols on the Green on the evening of Tuesday 3rd December. Please keep this date free in your calendar and stay tuned for more details.
Prep Information Evening
A reminder to all our current families that our 2020 Prep Information evening will be held in Campion theatre at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 12th November. This is always an informative evening and we hope to see all parents for this important step towards ensuring your child is prepared for their first year of school.
Senior Celebration Evening
One of the major events on our College Calendar is the celebration of the successes of our students across Years 10 to 12 at the Senior Celebration Evening. This year it will be held on Wednesday 30th October beginning at 7pm.
Students in Years 10 to 12 are expected to attend in their formal uniform, however we also extend a warm invitation to all students and family members. Those who attend will be treated to an Art Show in the foyer before the night begins as well as presentations from talented performers from across the College.
Yr 11 Visual Art excursion to Howard
Sports Awards Period 1
Year 3-7 (9-12yrs) Swimming Carnival
Year 5 Formation Day
Prep Swimming Lessons
Year 12 Exam Block
Melbourne Cup Day
Year 10 Retreat
Year 9 Retreat
Yr 10 SOR Houses of Worship Excursion
Graduation Mass 6.00pm -7.00pm
Year 12 Graduation Assembly
Year 10 & 11 Final Day
Last Day of Term
Uniform Shop Opening Hours – Purchase for 2020
The College Uniform Shop will be open from 10am to 1pm on Friday 29 November for Year 6/7 Transition Morning and Prep Orientation Morning.
Opening hours in December will be as follows: -
Monday 2nd 8.00 – 10.30am
Tuesday 3rd 8.00 – 11.00am
Wednesday 4th 8.00 – 11.00am
We recommend where possible you utilise these opening hours to order your 2020 uniforms as the Uniform Shop is very busy in January with long waiting times and no appointment times offered.
Key upcoming dates for Xavier Kindy 2020 cohort
2020 Parent information Night at the Kindergarten Wednesday 30th October 6pm to 7pm
2020 Group A play afternoon Tuesday 26th November 3pm to 4pm
2020 Group B play afternoon Wednesday 27th November 3pm to 4pm
2020 Parent enrolment meetings Monday 2nd December to Thursday 5th December from 3pm to 6pm (book time at the Kindergarten)
2020 Parent enrolment meetings Monday 9th December to Wednesday 11th December 9.00am to 12.00pm (book at the Kindergarten)
Altar Servers Workshop
Who: To all children who are Year 5 and older and who have received First Eucharist and to all our current altar servers
When: Thursday 31st October at 4pm
Where: St Joseph's Church, Pialba
What you need to bring: Your smile
Contact the Parish Office on 41241334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ST Joseph's Catholic Parish: Music Ministry Workshop
Saturday 2nd November from 9am – 12pm at St Joseph's Church. This workshop will combine a rehearsal, learning new music and recruitment. If you are interested in joining our Music Ministry, please come along. Love of music is all you need. If you play an instrument, please bring it along and looking forward to seeing some of our new Shrek Jr starts possibly volunteer their talents in our parish. Contact the Parish Office for further information.
412413332 or email@example.com
Australian Mathematics Competition
The following students received distinctions in the recent Australian Mathematics Competition:
Year 3: Jett Robinson and James Naughton
Year 4: Finnian McDonald, Piper Spencer and Cianna Brenia
Year 5 Dinuk Wijesiri
Year 6: Pierce Mailer
Year 7: Max Cooper
Year 8: Ashleigh Relf and Adam Wylie
Year 9: Georgia Cassidy and Sam Challies
Year 10: Sarah Garty
Year 11: Lachlan Relf
Year 12: Lydia White
Best in School went to Finnian McDonald in Year 4
Maths Pathways – Year 7 & 8 Growth Gurus
Each fortnight we will be recognising the students who have mastered six or more new mathematical concepts for the cycle. These students have achieved rocket status for their growth rate.
Visual Art Workshop
The Year 11 Visual Art students have spent the first of a two-day workshop with local artist, Jo Williams. Using a range of traditional drawing media and under the guidance of Jo, the students responded to an intricate construction of diverse objects. Students worked hard all day and were delighted to discover how much they could accomplish through using different approaches to record what they could see. The workshop is part of the students' preparation for their work next year. They are so appreciative of the knowledge and guidance that Jo has given them so far and they are all looking forward to their next day in the studio.
School-based Apprentice - Matt Jones
Matt was successful securing a School Based Apprenticeship with Coast Marine Electrical earlier this year. Since starting Matt feels he has learnt so many new skills and is finding the job very rewarding. Matt has formed a strong relationship with his boss Shane and is appreciative of the time Shane spends on teaching him skills and techniques to complete the daily work goals. After Yr 12 Matt hopes to secure a full-time apprenticeship with Shane and complete his Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology. We wish Matt all the best in his career path and know with such a supporting employer he will be very successful.
School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SAT) – Jordan Visentin
Jordan started his Carpentry School-based Apprenticeship with O'Rourke Constructions in May this year. After completing work experience in year 10 in this industry, Jordan realised that he wanted to work in an outside environment and enjoyed learning the skills of the trade. Jordan is keen to finish his schooling and move into his full-time apprenticeship at the end of year 12. We wish Jordan all the success in his apprenticeship and know that he will make a great carpenter.
Primary Swimming Carnival
The Xavier Catholic College 9 to 12 years Primary Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday the 1st November at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. All year 4, 5 and 6 students are expected to attend the carnival as well as the students in year 3 (2010) and year 7 (2007) that have nominated for Championship events.
The program below outlines the order of events with approximate times. Parents and caregivers are welcome to come and support our swimmers.
Sausages on bread can be ordered on Qkr prior to the carnival. The Aquatic Centre Canteen will be also be available on the day.
The Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 Carnival will be held on the 28th November at Elders Swim Centre.
9:20 – 9:40am
9yrs (2010) Freestyle
9:40 – 10:00am
10yrs (2009) Freestyle
10:00 – 10:20am
11yrs (2008) Freestyle
10:20 – 10:40am
12yrs (2007) Freestyle
10:40 – 11:00am
9yrs (2010) Backstroke
11:00 – 11:20am
10yrs (2009) Backstroke
11:20 – 11:40am
11yrs (2008) Backstroke
11:40 – 12.00
12yrs (2007) Backstroke
12:00 – 12:20pm
9yrs (2010) Breast stroke
12:20 – 12:40pm
10yrs (2009) Breast stroke
12:40 – 1:00pm
11yrs (2008) Breast Stroke
1:00 – 1:20pm
12yrs (2007) Breast Stroke
1:20 – 1:40pm
Butterfly Championship Events
1:40 – 1:50
9yrs (2010) 25m novelty race
1:50 – 2:00pm
10yrs (2009) 25m novelty race
2:00 – 2:10pm
11yrs (2008) 25m novelty race
2:10 – 2:20pm
12yrs (2007) 25m novelty race
2:20 – 2:30
Presentation and clean up
Xavier Sports Awards Assembly
The Xavier Sports Awards assembly for Years 7-12 will be held on Thursday 31st October in JPAC from 9am to 9:45am. Families of students are warmly invited to attend.
Volunteer Soccer Stars
Vinnies Youth Hervey Bay/Maryborough is seeking Volunteers who are looking to make a real positive impact on the lives of young people in the area.
The program is a new exciting sporting experience, designed at providing sport to those who may have never had the opportunity to play soccer before. The program will help young people between the ages of 8-13 learn new skills, make friends and keep fit.
As a Volunteer Soccer Star you will play soccer and as well as other non-contact sports with the children that attend the program, helping to develop skills, socialise, try new experiences and help them develop as a person. You do not need to have played Soccer before, you don't need to be good at soccer, you just need to encourage the young Soccer Stars to have as much fun as possible. The program will be held fortnightly on a Saturday at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay, from 08:30am – 11:00am.
A bit about Vinnies... The St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the most recognised charitable organisations that offers 'a hand up' to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their destiny by providing practical support, advocacy and friendship.
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland is proactive in supporting child safety.
Be between the ages of 16-35
All perspective volunteers are required to undergo an initial suitability interview as well as undergo the Society screening and suitability checks including National Criminal History Check, eligible to hold a Blue Card and attend an induction. All checks and inductions are provided at no cost to you
Be committed to undertaking at least 6 months of volunteer work as a Volunteer Soccer Star.
Vinnies Youth welcomes expressions of interest from any person that meets the eligibility criteria.
Please email Ben Mason Ben.Mason@svdpqld.org.au for further information….
No prior experience is required, but any relevant experience is welcomed. There may be opportunities within the organisation to gain accredited qualifications, such as Mental Health First aid, First aid and CPR.
You will receive training from the organisation before you start in your role as a volunteer.
216 Squadron AAFC
AIM: To Develop Australian Youth in a Military
And Aviation Environment
Contact the Commanding Officer – PLTOFF (AAFC) Joanne Daly
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) are part of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). We aim to teach aviation and service related subjects, in a military-like environment, and to promote citizenship, character building and leadership amongst Australia's youth. 216 Squadron has been operating in Maryborough for over 60 years and is part of 2 Wing (2WG) Australian Air Force Cadets.
216 Squadron Parade each Thursday night 1800 – 2130hrs at the Army Drill Hall Maryborough
BECOME A CADET
Be turning 13-17 years old in the year you join
Must agree with and sign the AAFC Code of Conduct
Ready to experience amazing aviation related activities & adventures
BECOME AN OFFICER /INSTRUCTOR OF CADETS
Interest in youth development/ aviation/ RAAF
Wanting to be part of a dynamic Squadron and Wing team!
Ready to volunteer, train and have experiences that only the AAFC provides.
Parent/Recruit Information sessions will be held at the Maryborough Army Depot 6pm to 6.30pm
Thursday 24th October 2019
Thursday 31st October 2019
Thursday 7th November 2019