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Edition 13, 27 August 2015
Fr Chris Middleton SJ

Over the last fortnight National Science Week and Book Week have been recognized and promoted in a number of ways across the three campuses. It is important to encourage both Science and reading as keys to the balanced and holistic education that we seek to offer at Xavier. An appreciation of Science and a culture of reading also play a role in maximizing academic performance.

  • The Rector’s Assembly last week featured a series of student presentations, addressing a number of powerful themes broadly related to mental health, empathy, respect, leadership and courage.

  • The 2016 Sport Selection form is available online from 10 August  for all Years 8 - 11 students and can be found on each student’s ‘My Xavier’ page on the Portal. 

  • End of Year Xavier in Concert tickets are now available via TryBooking.

  • Last Thursday our campus held its annual Beef and Burgundy night, thanks to the wonderful efforts of our Burke Hall Fathers’ Association.  

  • Learning Progress Discussions are fast approaching, Thursday 10 September (4:00pm – 8:00pm) and Tuesday 15 September (1:00pm – 8:00pm).

  • I have thoroughly enjoyed my recent classroom visits. It’s been wonderful seeing the boys engaged in their learning and trying their best. 

  • We have had many activities this month that have raised awareness and propelled us to action on Social Justice issues, with a focus on homelessness, Indigenous, and sustainability issues.

  • The Dean of Operations & Middle Years has a responsibility for the administration of the campus (Kindergarten – Year 8).

  • Next week I will be taking some long service leave to travel to America for a five week stay.