Newsletter - Term 4, Week 5, 2017

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Dear Parents and Carers
Last week’s Senior Celebration Night was a wonderful occasion where we acknowledged the achievements of our older students who have excelled this year. During the evening, I was called upon to present the Principal’s Report for 2017. While I won’t reprint it in its entirety, I would like to share with you an extract that outlines the essence of the main theme: renewal and continuous improvement.
It has been an energetic time for the College as we seek to take Xavier to new levels of excellence.
Among the highlights in our efforts to continually improve our school have been:
• The completion of an extensive Community Satisfaction Survey
• The drafting of a new Responsible Behaviour Policy
• The drafting of an Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy
• The development of a Curriculum Accountabilities Framework
• The introduction of Principal’s Afternoon Teas to recognise our ‘Xavier Ambassadors’
• The formation of a Staff Consultative Committee
• The formation of a Parent Engagement Committee
• The formation of a Student Voice Committee
• The remodelling of our Student Leader Selection Process
• The implementation of an online Bullying Survey for Year 6 to Year 12 students
• Partnering with Curtin University and Tripod Education for staff professional growth
• A focus on literacy skills through our Excellent Learning and Teaching Program
• A review of our Camps Program with changes to be introduced in 2018
• A review of our College Leadership Team Structures and Responsibilities
• A review of our Middle Leadership Structures
• The establishment of a Xavier Catholic College Endowment Fund
• More focused marketing to ensure we are telling our story of success and achievement
• Our laptop and devices rollout expansion
• Our response to the new Senior Syllabus documents and preparation for the introduction of the ATAR system
• A review of our communication platforms for Parents
• The decision to return to Paper Diaries for students
• The decision to return Year 6 to our Primary Years
• The procurement of a College 28-seater Bus.

While this list is not comprehensive by any means, it does serve to illustrate that the College is in a time of renewal and looking ahead with optimism about its next stage of development. Xavier Catholic College is a great school. But, like any great school, we are always looking at ways of improving and responding to the aspirations of our community.
My thanks to the parents, students and staff of the College for your willingness to embrace change. Some changes are easy to manage and prove very popular. Others are more complex and require more careful consultation, research and communication. I thank you for your support during this time of renewal and look forward to working with you to bring our changes to reality in building an even stronger school.
We have placed a great deal of emphasis on continuous improvement and raising academic standards throughout the course of this year. Much of this has involved working with staff in their professional growth and development, looking at ways to analyse and utilise student feedback and providing resources for staff to focus on areas of improvement. Staff have engaged with this process wholeheartedly and we are seeing the signs in terms of learning outcomes.
Equally, our language around student expectations has been a focus. High expectations are the foundations of a successful learning culture. While every student is at a different point in their learning journey and possesses a unique set of gifts, every student can strive to be the best that they can be. Success is not always measured by the number of ‘A’s’ on a report card, but more by whether students are progressing and moving ahead in their learning. This takes self-discipline, organisation and resilience. These are the qualities on which I hope Xavier will build its reputation as a school of excellence and the school of choice on the Fraser Coast.
God bless,
Simon Dash

Senior Celebration Evening
Thank you to the many parents who came along and supported their children who were the recipients of awards last week. Apart from celebrating student success we also recognise adults who have made a significant contribution to Xavier through the awarding of the Magis Medal.This year saw two very deserving recipients in Mr Nathan Wilson and Fr Joseph Hien Van Vo for their outstanding contributions not only to our College but to our Parish and the broader Catholic Education community. The highlight of the evening was, the announcement of the Year 12 Major Awards.

Please see below the recipients of the major awards:

Eloise Rossetto

Todd Baldwin

Naomi Shanahan-Giaquinto

Josephine Fagan

Tessie White

Hayley Boonstra

Charlotte Boyd

Jessie Staples

Eloise Rossetto

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We look forward to seeing students and families at the Middle School Celebration evening on Tuesday 21st November at 7pm.
Sports Awards
After a busy evening the Middle and Senior school came together again on Thursday morning to recognise student sporting success. Many students who had represented the College at various levels – Wide Bay, District and Zone- were presented with a certificate and where applicable, a medal. Congratulations and well done to everyone.

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Junior Sports Awards
Last week we recognised at the P-5 assembly those students who have made a significant contribution to sport at Xavier Catholic College in the Junior Years.  Congratulations to each of the students below for their outstanding effort in 2018.  You have represented your college with pride and should be very proud of your achievements this year.
Isabelle Martiensen - Merit Award
Rhys Shepherd - Merit Award
Rhys Byrnes - Merit Award
Madison Fletcher - Merit Award
Addyson Frainey - Merit Award
Charlie Roberts - Merit Award
Blake Tomekovic - Merit Award
Caleb Berthelsen - Merit Award
Jasper Brien - Merit Award
Isabella Harris - Merit Award
Jordan Hislop - Merit Award
Finlay Ignatenko - Merit Award
Katelyn Relf - Merit Award
Mckenzie Taylor - Merit Award
Summer Wilson - Merit Award
Rhys Byrnes - Bronze Award
Madison Fletcher - Bronze Award
Jordan Hislop - Bronze Award
Katelyn relf - Bronze Award.
1:1 Parent Information Evening
A reminder to parents of students who will be in Year 4 in 2018 that an information evening will be held on Tuesday 7th November  regarding the implementation of iPads.  This session is designed to give parents in that year level an overview of this significant change to the school’s current program and the educational benefits of incorporating technology into the classroom. We will begin at 6.30 pm in the Campion theatre.
2018 Prep Information Evening
A reminder to all parents that our Prep information evening will be held on Wednesday 8th November.  Beginning at 7.00 pm this session will focus on the important information parents may need as their child/children approach their first year of formal schooling.  A question and answer session with the current Prep teachers will also occur. All parents of students who will be entering Prep in 2018 are encouraged to attend this session.
Year 7, 2018 Parent Induction Evening
On Thursday 9th November we will be holding our Parent Evening for those joining Year 7 next year. Current year 6 families are invited to stay until the conclusion of the parent session. However, those families who will be new to the College are asked to bring along their Year 6 students as following the Parent session you will meet with your Heads of house to learn a little about your House and also provide the opportunity for our Heads of House to meet your child.

Heads of School
Russell Davey & Kerry Sidaway

All Saints (All Hallows) Day
On this day, the Church acknowledges those millions who have died believing in the way of God and who now live in the presence of God forever. 

The Church has canonised some of these people over time.  That is why Catholic Christians, in particular, continue to seek the prayers and intercession of Saints to help them live the Way of Jesus. They do not pray to Saints, but ask Saints to pray for us.  Mass will be held at St Joseph’s Pialba at 5:30pm.

All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed)
Similar to All Saints Day, today Christians celebrate and remember all who have “gone before us, marked with the sign of faith”. 

Families remember their relatives who have died and pray for them. This day is part of the belief in the Church that our journey to God does not end with our earthly death: that even after death, some are still journeying to an eternal life in God. Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Mass will be held at St Joseph’s Pialba at 8am.

Our Year 10 students recently participated in the “Love Bites” program, which focuses on the topic of Healthy Relationships. Representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Wide Bay Sexual Assault unit, Centacare and Legal Services came and spoke with the students about what constitutes healthy relationships; the rights they have and the responsibilities that they have to others. The students came away from the day with some valuable information and were able to create some strong messages against violence to share with the rest of the school.

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XCats become City-Cats
In August, one of our two Xavier Chemical analysis teams qualified to represent the state in the National Finals for the RACI titration competition. Poorna Jayasinghe, Ethan Makaresz and Kelsea Haupt were the members of this team. Last weekend they competed at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. They represented our school very well and should be proud of their achievement. Each was awarded a Silver Badge in recognition of their achievements. Once again, we thank Mrs Perry for the extra behind the scenes lab work she does in providing the necessary equipment and solutions for the students to train with.

After the stresses of such a big competition the XCats had a tour around the University and featured in the live feed of the longest running experiment in the world (the Pitch Drop experiment). They then took the City Cat to Southbank and had a great time in the Sciencentre. The trip not only enabled the students to develop and test their science skills it also opened their eyes to the wide range of STEM-related careers and study options and gave them an insight into what studying at University will be like.

Students interested in future careers in science are encouraged to be involved in activities such as the titration competition, excursions, competitions, science events and projects which will be available again next year.
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USC Science Research Awards Success
The University of the Sunshine Coast Science Research Awards competition was held on Thursday night.  A squad of Xavier students from year 7 and year 11 participated in the event. In this competition students were required to design, implement and report on an investigation of a self-determined scientific question.  
They needed to display the findings, from their science research project, as a poster.  Each student was also interviewed about their investigation and judged on their understanding and use of the scientific method.
Students also had the opportunity to enter the “3 Minute to Win it” part of the competition. To participate in this category the students had three minutes to report on their investigation in an engaging, clear and interesting way. 

Our representatives in the competition were:

Year 11
Raemah Krause
Maddison Smith
Chelsea Aston
Talia Carter
Poorna Jayasinghe

Year 7
Alexandria Pronk
Luke Mogor
Mia Porter
Keara Trembath              

Congratulations to all these students for the high standard of their entries, the effort they put into preparing for the event and their excellent behaviour, attitude and application during the evening of the competition. They were a credit to the College.

Our students also came away with some exceptionally good results.

Raemah Krause had two entries in the year 11 competition; one for Biology “Obtaining Energy” and one for Chemistry “A Drop to Drink”. Her Biology research earned her a Highly Commended and her Chemistry project was awarded Second Place.

Maddison Smith was awarded Third place for her Chemistry report “May the Surface Tension Force be with You”. Maddi also entered the “3 Minute to Win it” competition (open to both year 11 and 12 students) and was awarded Second Place. This is an outstanding result and we are very proud of these students and their well-earned achievements.

The competition is an annual event so we are looking forward to students entering again next year. We thank the organisers and facilitators, Susan Lanham and Marina Fitzpatrick from USC and the judges for their hard work to make the event so worthwhile.
No wonder carbide lamps were replaced by LED torches as head lamps and bike lights. Follow this link to see why.  Students in Year 11 have been studying the topic of Energy and have been looking at thermochemical reactions like this. They are experimenting with a number of compounds and fuels to measure the energy changes that occur during reactions.

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College Office opening hours have recently been extended in the mornings and will now be open from 7.45am to 4.00pm daily.  Student Reception opening hours are from 8.00am to 4.00pm.  Students should not be dropped off at School prior to 8.00am as no supervision is available before this time.
The Uniform Shop is offering extended afternoon opening hours during November, to accommodate fittings.  November hours are as follows:
MON      8.00am - 10.30am & 2.30pm - 5.00pm
TUES     8.00am -11.00am & 2.30pm - 5.00pm
WED      8.00am - 11.00am & 2.30pm - 5.00pm
THURS  8.00am- 10.30am & 2.30pm - 5.00pm

All Parents should have received a letter by email this week regarding the fee structure for 2018.  The link following outlines this information: 2018 Fee Structure

Term 4 is a very busy term.  Please see some of the key dates below for the coming weeks:
  • Fri 3/11/17 – 8-12yrs XCC Swimming Carnival
  • Mon 6/11/17 – Grandparents’ Liturgy
  • Tues 7/11/17 - Yr 4 Parent Information Evening
  • Wed 8/11/17 – Prep Parent Information Evening 
  • Thurs 9/11/17 – P-2 XCC Swimming Carnival
  • Thurs 09/11/17 – Year 7 Parent Induction Evening
  • Fri 17/11/17 – Year 12 last day
  • Tues 21/11/17 – Middle School Celebration Evening
  • Fri 24/11/17 – Years 10 and 11 last day
  • Tue 28/11/17 – Junior School Spirit Night
  • Wed 29/11/17 – Prep to Year 9 – last day
Kindergarten parent information evenings 
Wednesday 1 November 6pm to 7 pm
Wednesday 22 November 7pm to 8pm

Kindergarten ‘Come and Play’ morning
Friday 24th November 9am to 11am

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