Newsletter - Term 4, Week 6, 2016


This weekend saw current and past staff, parents and families gather at three functions that were held to farewell Kerry Swann as he moves towards retirement at the end of this year. On Friday night Kerry led staff and friends on a tour of the College, where he shared the story of the College’s growth and development into the amazing school it is today. Saturday afternoon provided the opportunity for families who have had a long association with the College to come along and share in a family day.  Saturday evening was a more formal function with many past and foundation staff present for a dinner and presentation. As we move towards the end of the year and especially at our Middle School Celebration and Junior Spirit Night you will have the opportunity to farewell Kerry.

Farewell to your Year 12s

This week we pray for our Year 12 students who are undertaking their final assessments and exams in their school life at Xavier Catholic College. However, once these finish on Friday we can move into their final week where they will have the opportunity to celebrate their time at Xavier. The staff will provide the opportunity for them to enjoy some time together as a cohort as well as the opportunity to reflect on their journey. Their Retreat Day at Kingfisher is always a sad but affirming day that celebrates their achievements over their time at the College. Parents and families come together on Thursday evening for our Graduation Mass and dinner, while Friday morning allows the student body to farewell them at their final College Assembly.

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Middle School Celebration Evening

This important event will occur on Tuesday 22nd November at 7pm in JPAC and will see us celebrate our Year 9 students move from the Middle School into Senior School when they receive their Xavier pins. We look forward to welcoming all Middle School students and their families to applaud the students’ success in their pursuits over a range of fields – Academic, Spiritual, Cultural and Sporting as well as their participation in Community Service activities.

Religious Education Validation 

Over the past year our APREs having been working with a team of teachers across the College to have our Religious Education program reviewed and validated by peer schools and Brisbane Catholic Education. At a meeting all day last Thursday the team, lead by Mrs Amy Brennan and Mrs. Michelle White, presented our programs as well as the many ways we celebrate the Religious Life of the School to the panel. It was an affirming day and the team were rewarded with a ‘pat on the back’ for the work that they do. I would also like to thank the College team of Mrs Carmel Donnelly, Mr Brendan McDonald, Ms Alana Curran and Ms Tami Hammond for the work they did in support the Validation process.

2017 School Fees
The 2017 Schedule of Fees and Levies will be available on 16 November 2016. A school fees information pack will be emailed to all families and will be available on the Parent Portal and the College Website.
Reminder: Payment plans with a January 2017 start date must be received for processing by 2 December 2016.

Year 5 Camp at Yandina
This week our Year 5 students will be enjoying three days of camp at Marantha Camp in Yandina, on the Sunshine Coast. It is a wonderful venue with a great range of activities to keep them occupied and busy. The students will enjoy tennis, swimming, volleyball and a range of ball games. We thank the Year 5 teachers for organising this great adventure for the students and look forward to hearing about their visit in another Newsletter.

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11/11              Zone Swimming Carnival (10-12 years)
14/11              Immunisations: Yr 7&8 HPV3
14/11-18/11    Year 12s Final Week
14/11              Year 3-12 Choir Workshop
16/11              P&F Meeting
17/11              Prep-3 Elders Swimming Lessons
17/11              Year 12 House Farewells
17/11              Year 12 Graduation Mass and Dinner
18/11              P-12 Assembly (Year 12 Farewell)
21/11-25/11    Year 11 Exam Block
22/11              Middle School Celebration Evening

Last weekend we welcomed Father Regimon Gervasis back from his holidays! We look forward to officially introducing Fr Regi to our school community in the coming weeks.  The end of the school year brings many school events and liturgical celebrations so there will be many opportunities for staff and students to say ‘hi’ and make him feel welcome. 

Below is a list of upcoming dates of events that have a liturgical focus. You may like to add these to your calendar:

  • 11th November – Remembrance Day
  • 16th November – Year 12 Retreat at Kingfisher Bay Resort
  • 17th November – Year 12 Graduation Mass to be held at St Joseph’s Church, Pialba at 6pm. Students are to wear formal uniform.
  • 18th November – Year 12 Final Assembly & Liturgy. All students P-12 attend. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. 9am start.
  • 22nd November - Middle School Celebration Evening
  • 29th November – Junior School Spirit Night. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.
  • 30th November – End of Year Mass for P-9 students (incorporating the St Francis Xavier Feast Day) Mass to be held in Goa at 9.30am. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

Sacrament of Penance

There has been a change to the times for Reconciliation in the parish. The new time is Saturday evenings at 5pm. Fr Regi is happy for you to make an appointment should this time not suit - 4124 3334

Mass of Commemoration

A reminder that the annual Mass of Commemoration will take place at St Joseph's next Saturday 12th November at 9am. All are welcome to attend. The Mass is dedicated especially to those who have died in the past year since 1st November 2015. It is not too late to register names of people who have died outside our parish - contact the Parish Office with your details ASAP. 

Please arrive at the front entrance of the Church in time to collect a personal token of remembrance before Mass begins. Morning tea will follow in the John Paul Centre.

SVDP Annual Christmas Appeal
Please donate a gift so that others in Hervey Bay can have a special Christmas too.  We are asking everybody to donate one gift for either a boy or a girl, label it with boy/girl and the age it is suitable for.  Please wrap in Christmas paper and give it to your classroom teacher or bring in to student reception. 
WHEN:  7th – 25th November

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Best of luck to Emily King, who is participating in the World Cross Triathlon Championships at the Snowy Mountains next week.

Congratulations also to Toby Powers, Todd Baldwin and Sieanna Alexander who represented Wide Bay last month in the Qld 13-19Yrs Schools Track & Field State Champs. All three of these students went through to the finals for their events.

Toby Powers 7th overall in Qld - 1500m
Todd Baldwin 10th overall in Qld - 1500m
Sieanna Alexander - 8th fastest in Qld - 100m - 16th overall in Qld - 200m

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It was with great excitement that ten Year 6 students attended the annual sitting of the Youth Parliament in Bundaberg on the 27th of October. Some lively debate was presided over by The Honourable Peter Wellington, MP, Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

The students gained a wonderful opportunity to learn about the etiquette and procedures of the Queensland State Parliament as well as some of the peculiarities of the political system. All students were given the opportunity to approach the bench and deliver their thoughts on the motions discussed on the day. We were admirably represented by the Youth Leader of the Opposition, Emma Wylie who addressed the parliament with a vision for Queensland in her opening address.

Speaking against the Government motion ‘that there should be a tax on junk food, that advertising for junk food should be banned and that schools should provide nutritious school lunched for free’, the Youth Member for Mossman, Charlie Thompson, the Youth Member for Pioneer, Cailey Veitch, the Youth Member for Pascoe, Ella Barker, the Youth Member for Moonie, Emma Skyring, and the Youth Member for Sutter, Harree Gregoris, presented excellent evidence that questioned the practicality of the Government’s propositions.

The house vote was questioned and with a cry of ‘Divide!’ from the Opposition, the house was tallied following the correct procedure. Luckily our Youth Parliamentarians showed much more decorum than our Federal Legislators and all members were present for the final vote.

In the Adjournment debates the Youth Member for Paroo, Isaac Goodfellow, rose to address the chamber on the issue of child abuse, Youth Member for Paroo, Jordan Roberts, spoke on smoking, the Youth Member for Styx, Andrew Ritter, spoke on cyber bullying and the Youth Member for Stone, Madison Peacock, rose to speak on the need for a place for teenagers to hang out together. 

The Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett, and the Member for Bundaberg, Leanne Donaldson, listened on appreciatively to the speakers throughout the day, only wishing that the State Legislature was as well behaved and articulate as the Youth Parliamentarians!
Thank you to parents for your assistance in coaching your children (and arriving at school at an early hour on the day)!

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Speech presented by the Member for Pioneer, Cailey Veitch, Xavier Catholic College.
Thank you Mr Speaker.
I rise to speak on the topic that schools must provide a free nutritional meal to students.  Schools should not have to provide a free healthy meal to students. I think this because it would cost a lot of money to do every day, you need a kitchen, food and chefs to prepare the meals also healthy and nutritional food costs a lot more than other food meaning the school would not have enough money to supply a free lunch every day. Where is this money going to come from? It would also be removing people’s choice because the range of food would be limited meaning people especially with allergies will struggle to find something to eat. Having a nutritional meal everyday would mean it would need to be fresh which means that if all the food is not eaten it will be thrown out which is wasting the money spend on buying that food. I believe it is a parent’s role to supply a healthy lunch. That is why I believe that schools should not have to prepare a free nutritional meal to students.
Thank you Mr Speaker.