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Edition 17, 6 November 2015
Fr Chris Middleton SJ

It was a tough week for our Xavier community: our students may have felt under scrutiny, staff felt let down and compromised, parents concerned about the school to which they have entrusted their children's education, old boys and friends of their school embarrassed and the Class of 2015 feeling under siege in the midst of their VCE exams.

Dr Chris Hayes

The quieter moments have given me time to reflect on the events of last week when the comments on social media by one of our Year 12 graduates caused our whole school community to be highlighted in a very poor light in the wider media

  • In his book The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser speaks eloquently about our human frustration with phases of uncertainty and confusion. He says that every worthy Christian endeavour will have its moments of ‘sweating blood in the garden’. The mistake would be to allow that confusion and tension to drive us to a hasty reaction that will relieve the tension but not necessarily be a response to God’s calling. 

  • As we continue to support our students doing VCAA exams and pray that they do their best, we are about to move into an exam block for students in Years 9-11.

  • Work Experience, Bond Scholarship winner and Year 12 end of year arrangements for Careers support

  • Our annual Mission Day coordinated by Year 7 students was held last Friday. Year 7 students focussed on raising funds for Colegio de Santo Inacio de Loiola (St Ignatius of Loyola College), following the visit of Fr Weyms Sanchez SJ from Kasait earlier in October.

  • Year 2 Sleepover
    On Friday 16 October, the Year 2 students stayed for an overnight sleep in St Louis House.

  • Last week the Year 5 boys went to the Werribee Open Range Zoo on an excursion. 

  • On Tuesday 23 November all our students – Foundation to Year 8 - will be involved in a transition day and all students will move to the next year level. 

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


  • Last week we welcomed our incoming Magdalena parents to Kostka Hall at the Information Evening held on Thursday 29 October.