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Edition 19, 3 December 2015
Fr Chris Middleton SJ

Towards the end of 1914, one the strangest moments in the First World War occurred, one that I like to present as not simply an incident in war but as something that exemplifies this paradox of the human condition. Pope Benedict XV, on 7 December 1914, had begged for an official truce between the warring governments.

Dr Chris Hayes

As the school year draws to a close and the preparations for Christmas and a holiday break seem to occupy our thoughts I wanted to express my deep gratitude to the staff, parents and students for the faith and commitment shown to our school community.

  • We use the word ‘form’ deliberately at Xavier, for ours is an education that involves a process of holistic growth and development. It can be and is often described as an education of the head, hands and above all, the heart. Fr Nicolas SJ describes Ignatian discernment as being open to the movement of one’s heart. 

  • It’s the day Blues fans have been waiting for with Jack Silvagni selected to play for the club where his father Stephen and grandfather Serge became champions. Carlton Football Club took Jack with the father and son pick 53 in the National AFL Draft last Tuesday Night.

  • Recent advise provided by mail to year 12 boys and parents and a list of courses requiring the UMAT for 2016

  • Thanks to all our families for their generous contributions to the St Vincent de Paul and Marillac House Christmas appeals.  Your gifts will make a substantial difference to Christmas celebrations for some families in need in our Bayside community.

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


  • The end of year reports contain many commendations and congratulations for the efforts and achievements that all students made this year.  Advice on areas to continue to work on is also highlighted in these reports, which will be available online on Monday 7 December.