Newsletter - Term 4, Week 8, 2023

​From the Pen of the Principal

Dear parents and carers,

Last week we farewelled out Year 12 students with a Mass, Graduation Dinner and a final commissioning ceremony on Friday morning. They have been a wonderful group of young people and we will always be proud of them.

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(PHOTO: ©️ Brisbane Catholic Education, Xavier Catholic College, 2023)​

On Thursday night I had the opportunity to share a final message with our graduates and their parents. Hopefully it contained some wisdom to guide and inspire them. If not, I hope they got a laugh out of it.

CLICK HERE to view the Year 12 Farewell gallery on Facebook.

Below is an extract from my speech that I wish to share with you.

To all parents and caregivers, to the staff of the College and to our wonderful young graduates of 2023 – let me offer my own personal welcome. It is good to have the opportunity to address you for one last time. Often it befalls a Principal to offer some life advice on such a special day. So, I have scoured through my notebooks and put together the following important tips that I have learned over the years and wish to share with you. So here we go:

  • It doesn’t matter how nice the hand soap smells… you should never walk out of the toilet sniffing your fingers.
  • If you ever get caught sleeping on the job, slowly raise your head and say, ‘in Jesus name, Amen.’
  • If you get a loan at a bank you pay it for 30 years. If you rob a bank, you’re out in 10 years. Like and Subscribe for more financial advice.
  • Pro cooking tip: If you stir coconut oil into your kale, it makes it easier to scrape it into the trash.
  • Another pro tip: blow on the wine in your coffee mug to convince the rest of the zoom meeting that it is tea.
  • Amazing life tip: If you sleep until lunchtime, you can save the breakfast money.
  • Next point to remember is that light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
  • Finally, never forget, if you end up in court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

What I’d like to give is a few unconventional graduation thoughts and I’m calling it, “Whatever you Do - Do Not Follow Your Passions.” I told you it wasn’t going to be conventional. 

So, let us begin with ‘Do not follow your passions.’

Now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s a really dumb idea Mr Dash.” Because if you poll 1,000 people who are successful, they’ll all say that they love what they do. And so, the broad conclusion of the world is that if you do what you love, then you’ll be successful. Now it might be the case that if you’re successful, you love what you do. Or you just love being successful and love it that everybody loves you.
So, which one is it?

Well, I think for people my age to figure it out, you have to go back in time. You have to back up to before you were “successful” to a moment like now when you were graduating from school. And the first tricky thing about passions are they’re hard to prioritize. Which passion is it? Are you more passionate about maths or chemistry? Are you more passionate about history or literature? Are you more passionate about video games or K-pop or Taylor Swift? These are tough decisions. How do you even know? On the other hand, what are you good at? Are you better at maths or writing? That’s a much easier thing to figure out.

The second thing that’s tricky if you’re going forward in time with this ‘follow your passion’ idea is that what you’re passionate about at 18 is not necessarily what you’re going to be passionate about at 40. Now, this is as true for boyfriends and girlfriends as well as career choices.

The third issue with following your passion is you’re not necessarily good at your passion. Has anybody ever watched Australian Idol or The Voice? You know what I’m talking about. Just because you love singing doesn’t mean you should be a professional singer.

Year after year, thousands of aspiring Australian Idols show up with great expectations, only to learn that they don’t possess the skills they thought they did. What’s really amazing though, is not their lack of talent—the world is full of people who can’t sing. It’s their genuine shock at being rejected—the incredible realization that their passion and their ability have nothing to do with each other. 
Look, if we’re talking about your hobby, by all means let your passion lead you. But when it comes to making a living, it’s easy to forget the dirty truth: just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. 

Finally, and most importantly, following your passion is a very “me”-centred view of the world. When you go through life, what you’ll find is what you take out of the world over time — be it money, cars, stuff, accolades — is much less important than what you’ve put into the world. So, my recommendation would be, don’t follow your passion, follow your contribution. Find the thing that you’re great at, put that into the world, contribute to others, help the world be better and that is the thing to follow – your contribution that makes a positive difference to the lives of others.

So, congratulations, good luck. And please make for yourselves, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives. God bless.

Blessings and Peace,
Simon Dash

Acting Head of Primary – Mrs Sarah Love

The end of year is always a busy time for both staff and students.  We have assessments being completed, report cards being written, Christmas themed activities, end of year assemblies, preparations for Carols on the Green, last day liturgy and final year level incursions and excursions. These events are well supported by parents and are a part of our tradition and I look forward to finishing the year on a high, celebrating our carols night and Year 6 farewell assembly with the Xavier community. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all parents and staff for your support and encouragement this year.  I had big shoes to fill in Russell Davey’s absence, but I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and have enjoyed my time acting in the role of Head of Primary.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and may you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always!​

Head of Secondary – Mrs Ursula Witham-Young

As per the Queensland Government mandate, student mobile phones are not to be used at school from 2024. Students’ mobile phones are to be placed in their locker when the first bell rings at 8:40am for the duration of the school day. As a parent, if you need to contact your child, we ask you either email them or, if urgent, ring through to the office so a message can be relayed. No smart watches are to be worn to the College.  It might be a great idea to organise bank debit cards for your son or daughter to prepare them for our upcoming changes. Students will still be able to use Qkr! and of course cash. 

Collaborative Planning Days 2024
In 2024 our Secondary Collaborative Planning days will be Friday, 26 April and Monday, 8 July. These days are student free and allow staff to plan for the upcoming semester units. No supervision is provided for students on these days. ​


Carols on the Green
Please join us for the Xavier Catholic College K-6 Carols on the Green. Bring a blanket/chair and picnic or buy dinner from the many food vans available. Food vans: Binney's Tornado Potatoes, Smokin' Pizza, Hot Baked Potatoes - Fraser Coast, Maltdb and Billy Beans Coffee. Prizes will be awarded to the best Christmas dressed boy and gi​rl as well as the best dressed parent! More information on the event has been posted on the College Facebook page.

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(IMAGE: ©️ Brisbane Catholic Education, Xavier Catholic College, 2023)​​

Xavier Catholic College Alumni
It was a trip down memory lane for some of our Xavier Catholic College recently. Students from the Class of 2013 gathered for a 10 year reunion on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Some former students enjoyed a tour of the College to see what’s changed and what’s still the same since they were last on campus. Photographed are Letitia Donnelly, Kate Freshwater, Julie-Anne Doan, Curtis Ahrens, Dean Murphy, Mike Bailey and Morgan McCutcheon after their tour of the College. 

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(PHOTO: ©️ Brisbane Catholic Education, Xavier Catholic College, 2023)​​​

A larger group then got together for a meal at Enzo's. 

Graduates can of course join the official alumni page on Facebook by following this link.​


Instrumental Music Electronic Applications

Hello Again Avid Arts Supporters.

First of all, a huge, big thank you to all those families who have already submitted an application form for Instrumental Music tuition for 2024. We’ve had a great response so far but there are still plenty of places left in the program for next year.

My purpose today, however, is to introduce the new, easy-access, electronic application process for instrumental music. No more downloading forms and returning them physically to the school. Now, signing up for Instrumental music is as easy as signing up for Tik Tok! (Even easier probably).

Simply navigate to the Extra Curricular section of the Parent portal and look for a tile / button labelled “Instrumental Music”.

A click here will launch the form to capture your information. Once submitted, the instrumental teacher will contact you to discuss your student’s experience and suitability for the program. 

Once you have had the green light from the teacher, it is simply a matter of paying the fee using the Qkr! app and your student is on the road to musical joy. 

Please note though, that one of the differences of this new system is the payment process. Families will no longer be billed for Instrumental Music through the school fees pathway. Instead, payment needs to be made via Qkr! before tuition begins. You can pay by term or pay for a whole year. How easy is that!

If you have already submitted a paper form thank you! No need to re-do the process, we have got your back and will transfer your information into the new system.

This promises to make access to an Arts experience and education so much easier for all. 

Thanks again for your support this year and I look forward to another big year of the Arts in 2024.

Please note, students already involved in the music program who want to continue with it in 2024 MUST also complete the online application process.

Kind regards,
Jonathan Dunn​


Queensland Athletics
Congratulations to Year 11 student Kai Peacock for running qualifying times in the 100m and 200m events for the 2023 Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Perth in December and the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Adelaide next April. After a busy season on the track, Kai has decided not to compete at the All Schools Athletics Championships in Perth, but will focus on Adelaide in 2024.

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(PHOTO: ©️​ Tammy Peacock, 2023.)

Cover Image:  ©️ Brisbane Catholic Education, Xavier Catholic College, 2023)​​

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