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Edition 16, 22 October 2015
Fr Chris Middleton SJ

This past week has had something of an arts focus for me.  I spoke at the National Gallery of Victoria on the Jesuit tradition of involvement in the Arts, and on Tuesday our Creative Arts exhibition opened.  The school function at the National Gallery was a prelude to viewing the ‘the Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great’ exhibition.  Fortuitously, there was a link between the Russian Empress and the Jesuits, as well as with some of the artists on show.


Dr Chris Hayes

This week we celebrated the Valete of our senior class of 2015.  While the rite of passage takes place each year with a new cohort completing their studies there are some consistencies in our hope for our graduates.

  • Valete is a particularly exciting period at the College, but it is invariably tinged with a degree of sadness as we formally farewell our graduating cohort. 

  • Last Saturday marked the final preparation for the Xavier Athletics squad as they competed in the APS Finals. After a few setbacks along the way and a solid but not convincing heats preparation, the team was looking to fire on all cylinders. 

  • Upcoming events at the Senior Campus from 26 October to 7 November 2015. 

  • Last week Burke Hall hosted Fr Weyms Sanchez SJ as he commenced his twelve-day tour of the Jesuit schools in Australia.  

  • In this last school term it is vital that students continue to work hard in all areas of their learning. Now is not the time to “turn off”. Much more is to be achieved throughout the final term.

  • Like all terms, Term 4 is particularly busy.  Can you believe that there are only 6 more weeks of school and 9 more Fridays until Christmas?

  • I have reminded all students from Foundation through to Year 8 to strive for excellence in their studies.  Just as you nourish your body with food you should nourish your intellect with knowledge.

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

  • Congratulations and thank you to the twenty-three Kostka Hall Early Years families who joined with the Burke Hall community to attend the Anglesea Recreation Camp last weekend.