As we have begun this new school year I have been struck the sense of excitement and dedication of the staff and students as I have visited each campus. It is deeply consoling to see the students and staff strive for the magis, searching for depth in the very many different endeavours that take place across the College each day. I have been pleased to be able to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit on each campus asking for God’s blessing on all that we will do as the Xavier Community in 2014.
It is pleasing to see the way in which a school year begins at Xavier. Within minutes of the proverbial “opening bell”, students are in class and that busy hum of activity and purpose is clearly heard. It was hard to put thoughts of summer holidays behind us as we returned in the middle of a substantial heat wave, however I do thank the students for the way they have settled back into school life so readily. I also thank our grounds and maintenance staff for the beautiful presentation of our three campuses for the students’ return; to our administration staff who have worked so effectively to set up the template for the new year and to our teachers, our Ignatian educators who engage, challenge and affirm our students.