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Drink bottle
Metal
$12

Lightweight tracksuit pants
Australian made
Limited stock
Sale price $50
Regular price $75

Uniform Shop items may be purchased at any time via the Qkr! app and collected from the Front Office of your Campus.

Uniform Shop opening times:
Monday and Thursday, 2:30pm to 4pm
Wednesday, 8am to 8:45pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Student Free Days)

Published on: 24 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt Campus - Careers Presentation Day

This week our Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended the annual Careers Presentation Day. We were fortunate to be able to host a number of our Old Scholars to come and talk to the students about their own career paths, why they chose the field they did and what it is they love about doing what they do.  This year we had a mechanical engineer, midwife, police officer, paramedic, marketer, entrepreneur, teacher, and more.  We are truly grateful for the support our Old Scholars provide for these events.

Published on: 23 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Year 9 Specialised Sports

In Year 9 Specialised Sports (elective PE), students were responsible for running a lesson for a small group of Year 7 and 8 students in a sport of their choice. In doing so, the Year 9 students demonstrated Respect and Affection whilst building new relationships with the younger members of our community. All students involved were outstanding.

Year 9 reflections:

In the coaching lesson, I enjoyed instructing the students on how to properly do a drill or improve their skills and having the opportunity to interact with and coach younger students on a sport that I love. In the coaching session, I also enjoyed watching students that were shy or inexperienced get better every time they did the drill or activity. From this coaching session, I learned many leadership skills including making sure to explain things in a way that younger kids can understand and to not rely on the plans entirely and being able to be flexible if something doesn’t go to plan. The final thing I learned was to be confident and sure of myself and explain things clearly because if I don’t then the kids won't understand. - Maddison O’Brien

In Year 9 Specialised Sports, I coached two groups of Year 7's with my partner, Amy. It was a great opportunity to be able to create our own Netball lessons and include what we wanted to teach. The whole experience was really enjoyable because we could have fun with the Year 7's and help them learn some skills in Netball at the same time. We played some games towards the end, and it was great to see so many of them having fun and having a laugh along with us. It is great that I now know a few of them and can say hi to them around the school. - Innay Smyth

Year 7 reflections:

I enjoyed this lesson as it was an opportunity to gain skills in various. - Max Thompson

It was nice to get taught by a younger generation because they have different ways of teaching and getting our attention. - Sahara Challen

I think it was good to play with people you don’t normally talk to. - Kaitlyn Uffelmann

Published on: 23 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Year 10 Elective PE Coaching

In Year 10 Elective Physical Education students have been learning about the barriers that prevent Australian adolescents engaging in physical activity and how they can improve this through various coaching roles. This has contributed to them creating fun and engaging lessons in lacrosse for our Year 7 and 8 students.

I have been able to create connections with younger students and had the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills. Learning about the decrease of participation in sport and the barriers faced by teenagers has encouraged us to create enjoyable lessons to maximise participation in Year 8 students for the sport of Lacrosse. - Ebony, Year 10 Coach

In PE we have been doing lacrosse with the Year 10s. We learnt how to scoop the ball up off the ground, shoot goals, and most importantly we learnt how to work as a team. I really enjoyed being able to play games and have friendly competition against my fellow classmates. - Aston, Year 8

We have learnt how to coach younger students and our peers in lacrosse. Coaching younger students has built up our resilience and has encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone and try something we are unfamiliar with. I highly recommend this unit for the younger years as it is a fun subject with lots to learn. - Emily, Year 10 Coach

Published on: 23 Jun 2022
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Xavier College Instrumental Music Program

The Instrumental Music Program provides the opportunity for students to learn to play a musical instrument/voice with an experienced tutor.

Lessons
Instrumental and/or vocal lessons take place once a week during school hours and are half an hour in length. Lessons are on a rotating timetable unless negotiated with the tutor and Head of Music. Priority regarding permanent instrumental time slots, such as lunch times, are given to senior students due to their study commitments. Longer lessons can be negotiated with the tutor.

Hire of Instruments
Xavier College can hire instruments to students for private use, particularly Brass and Woodwind.

All Year 7 students are given the opportunity to learn a concert band instrument during their classroom music lessons and are encouraged to continue if they enjoy the experience. Year 7 students who decide to continue with private individual lessons can continue to hire their concert band instrument from Xavier College free of charge for the duration of their lessons at the College.

Tuition Available
At Gawler Belt Campus we have instrumental tutors for saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, violin, and drums.

Our Two Wells Campus is currently offering lessons for piano and guitar.

Tuition Fees
The cost of individual instrumental or vocal lessons is at the discretion of the instrumental tutor, however, will be approximately $300 per term, consisting of 10 lessons. This fee is payable directly to the tutor at the commencement of each term.

Further Information
The Instrumental Music Handbook and Agreement forms can be collected from the Music Department or the Front Office of the Gawler Belt and Two Wells Campuses. If you would like more information about instrumental music lessons for your child, or you would like to book lessons for your child, please contact either:
Leanne Savill - Gawler Belt Campus:  lsavill@xavier.catholic.edu.au
or
Ben Paparella - Two Wells Campus: bpaparella@xavier.catholic.edu.au

Leanne Savill
Coordinator - Music

Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Medical Authority, Medical Action Plans, and Ambulance Cover

Medical Forms

If your child needs medication to be administered during school time, including paracetamol, you will need to submit to the Front Office of your child’s campus, the following:

  • Medication Agreement for Education and Care form
  • Xavier College Medical Authority form
  • Your child’s medication. All medication must have 12 months expiry and be in its original packaging with a prescription label from the chemist with the student’s name on it and dosage instructions.

Please note: No student should have medication in their bag or locker. All documentation and medication must be submitted to your child’s campus’ Front Office for them to attend camps, retreats and excursions.

Medical Action Plans

A Medical Action Plan from your child’s doctor must be provided to the College for all students with medical conditions, including but not limited to asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and anaphylaxis. Please contact the Front Office of your child’s campus if you would like further information regarding medical action plans.

Administering Controlled Medication

If your child requires controlled medication, this will need to be submitted to the College in:

  • A Webster blister pack - each dosage is allocated to its own day and labelled Monday to Friday – Your local chemist can organise this for you, the chemist will require notice to provide this.
  • The medication must have your child’s prescription label at the top of the pack. The label must have the name of the medication, the dosage, and the time the medication needs to be administered.
  • All controlled medication needs to be signed in by the parent at the Front Office or signed out if you are collecting medication. Students cannot sign medication in or out.

You must submit a Medical Action Plan, a Medical Agreement Form and a Xavier College Medication Authority Form to the College if your child requires controlled medication to be administered during school time.

Ambulance Cover

The College has Ambulance cover for school-related incidents only. Students with pre-existing conditions, eg Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Epilepsy, Seizures, are advised that in the event of an attack, individual Management Plans will be followed and Ambulance attendance requested, if necessary. These incidents are not covered by the College’s Ambulance cover; therefore families will be liable for any costs incurred. Please provide your Ambulance cover details on your child’s medical information. If you have any queries, please contact the Front Office.

Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Two Wells - Head of Campus

For those who have been to the campus at Two Wells lately, you will have seen significant progress with Stage 2 of our building. It is exciting to walk inside and see our learning spaces really taking shape as we prepare for handover of the first section of the building to accommodate our growing community. The initial handover will include classroom spaces, offices, meeting rooms and work rooms.

While we prepare for this and the second stage continues, we are also planning for our gymnasium. This will be a double court gymnasium that incorporates a purpose built OSHC facility and will be located in close proximity to our new carpark and drop off area. Can’t wait!

Last week we had the pleasure of being involved in the presentation of student work in their iTime subject through a showcase event.  This is a subject that students have really embraced, and one that encompasses many areas of the curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity to develop great communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills by working on authentic real-world issues, such as pollution and the effect of plastics on the environment. It was amazing to walk through and hear the excitement and see the investment students had in their own learning, as well as hear them speak about their own personal development.

Thank you to everyone for your support with our Vinnies Winter Appeal. A significant part of our Catholic ethos means we approach our world with a “servant heart” – always looking for what we can do to assist others, and our environment. Our can appeal falls into this category, and it is heartwarming to see our students embrace this.

The College has been informed that during the holidays, there may be some roadworks commencing on the Meaney Road entrance from Mallala Road. Given the timing, there should not be an impact on College traffic.

As this is the last newsletter for this term, I would like to thank the whole community for their ongoing support and wish you all a safe and refreshing break. Finally, I would like to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to Mrs Danielle Monticelli as she prepares to take leave. We wish her and Matt all the best.

Janet Coomber
Head of Campus - Two Wells

Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Head of Campus

As a College we are delighted to be entrusted by parents and caregivers with the care of your children during their time at the College. As a Catholic College in the Salesian Tradition we are deeply devoted to educating the whole person across all the dimensions of what it is to be truly human.

As part of our endeavour to educate the whole person we value the importance of drawing upon the expertise of key specialists in their fields to present to our students with the view to providing them with the most current up to date information from global studies. In Week 10 of this term we have David and Katie Kobler booked in to present to our Year 8 and Year 10 students. David and Katie, who are the Directors of ‘Your Choicez’, together have an extensive background in youth work and adolescent development and have presented to over 300,000 students in live audiences at schools across Australia. During the presentation David and Katie provide students with a set of tools to assist them with building happy, healthy, and safe relationships.

Their presentations will touch on the following:

  • Positive self-image, establishing deeper connections with others in a world in which young people can often be districted by being immersed in a digital world
  • Evaluating the impact of social media and the way it can affect their understanding of themselves and the way they view relationships
  • Reframing asking for help as a positive course of action and a sign of strength, as well as identify the key people in their world they can turn to for help
  • Understanding the role that empathy can play in order to be an upstander for their friends and peers, rather than a bystander

John Cameron
Head of Campus - Gawler Belt

Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Administrative Information

Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Published on: 21 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Year 8 English Guest Speaker

On Thursday 19 May, three of the Year 8 classes were lucky enough to have Ethan White attend class as a guest to speak about his experience in media and producing his own TV show, Off the Couch with Ethan. Ethan is both an Old Scholar and is currently working as part of the Xavier College marketing team. Ethan talked about the ‘ins and outs’ of making a TV show, how to use green screens, what makes a good interview, and the basic structure of a news report.
The Year 8’s will now begin their last assessment for the semester where they will become the producers, directors, news readers, and interviewers themselves, using the awesome tips Ethan gave them to create their own informative presentation.

“It was cool to see some clips of Ethan’s TV show to learn how to make it fun and engaging.”
Chloe Neilson

“It’s good to know there are local types of news.”
Dean Crew

“Its was helpful to know the structure of a BTN to help us get a better grade.”
Isabella Young

Taryn Stevens
Acting Curriculum Leader - English

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Two Wells - Year 5 Drama

During their Semester 1 drama studies, the Year 5 students have been focusing on characterisation and portraying a character effectively when using the elements of drama. To demonstrate their understanding of the elements of drama they were required to research a famous person and learn as much as they could about their unique personality. Students then had to perform as their chosen person as part of a wax museum showcase, adapting their mannerisms, voice and even hand gestures to convince their audience. 

As part of this experience, Year 4 students came around to ask them questions, which they were required to answer in character. A fun experience for all!

Kayla Carbone
Teacher

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Bus Travel - No Gawler and District College Buses Friday June 10

Please be advised that Gawler and District College have notified that they have a pupil free day next Friday, 10 June. As a result, there will be no DECD buses running to or from Gawler and District College on this day. Affected students will need to arrange alternative transport.

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Year 7 Art, 'Place'

Students in Year 7 learnt about the elements of art and how a variety of artists use them to make artworks. They showcased their learning in a final artwork depicting their ‘Place’. A place that they feel connected to, much like some of the Indigenous artists they studied. Students aimed to show some of their key artists inspiration in the production of their works.

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Year 9 Art, 'Pop Bang Crash'

Students in Year 9 Unit One ‘Pop Bang Crash’ produced fantastic pop art inspired work involving their own pets, and explored and developed their skills using a wide range of art media. Students worked tirelessly on passion projects, which engaged them in their own pathway of learning as well as the skills and knowledge they were gaining through classwork. Their work is currently on display in the Hub for students to admire.

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Senior Art, 'Personal Aesthetics'

Students in Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts completed a ‘personal aesthetic’ mini canvas which saw them identifying what they appreciate and value in artworks. They then attempted to make a final piece which demonstrated their own aesthetic. Many students find completing a final piece a struggle as they wrestle with pouring all their ideas, learning and expertise into that ‘one special piece’. Creating a ‘mini piece’ allowed them to experience the artmaking process in a short time frame and they have already created their first final piece for the year, so they can tick off this achievement. The results of this task were outstanding – we look forward to presenting more of their success later in the year.

Published on: 03 Jun 2022
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Xavier College Instrumental Music Program

The Instrumental Music Program provides the opportunity for students to learn to play a musical instrument/voice with an experienced tutor.

Lessons
Instrumental and/or vocal lessons take place once a week during school hours and are half an hour in length. Lessons are on a rotating timetable unless negotiated with the tutor and Head of Music. Priority regarding permanent instrumental time slots, such as lunch times, are given to senior students due to their study commitments. Longer lessons can be negotiated with the tutor.

Hire of Instruments
Xavier College can hire instruments to students for private use, particularly Brass and Woodwind.

All Year 7 students are given the opportunity to learn a concert band instrument during their classroom music lessons and are encouraged to continue if they enjoy the experience. Year 7 students who decide to continue with private individual lessons can continue to hire their concert band instrument from Xavier College free of charge for the duration of their lessons at the College.

Tuition Available
At Gawler Belt Campus we have instrumental tutors for saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, violin, and drums.

Our Two Wells Campus is currently offering lessons for piano and guitar.

Tuition Fees
The cost of individual instrumental or vocal lessons is at the discretion of the instrumental tutor, however, will be approximately $300 per term, consisting of 10 lessons. This fee is payable directly to the tutor at the commencement of each term.

Further Information
The Instrumental Music Handbook and Agreement forms can be collected from the Music Department or the Front Office of the Gawler Belt and Two Wells Campuses. If you would like more information about instrumental music lessons for your child, or you would like to book lessons for your child, please contact either:
Leanne Savill - Gawler Belt Campus:  lsavill@xavier.catholic.edu.au
or
Ben Paparella - Two Wells Campus: bpaparella@xavier.catholic.edu.au

Leanne Savill
Coordinator - Music

Published on: 01 Jun 2022
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Two Wells - Middle School Artists

Joseph Trimboli - Year 7 

Art Peice: My Place - Home 
Medium used: Colour Pencil, Acrylic Paint and Black Fine Liner 

For our Art Project this term we have been working on capturing a place which is important to us. I chose to create a piece which I have titled 'Home'. I took inspiration from the art techniques shown in the work of Howard Arkley and Vincent Van Gogh. My landscape piece shows my home where I have created many memories with my family, it is a special place to me. I enjoyed using a range of mediums to create my piece. 

Piper Kennison - Year 6

Art Piece: 2 Point Perspective Identity City Scape
Medium used: Coloured Pencil and Fine liners

One of our art projects this term was to create a Two Point Perspective City Scape. We had to plan out ways to show our identity through our art piece. To do so we focused on adding detail to the buildings and hidden surprises throughout our art which reflected things that we liked or told a story about ourselves. We feel proud of the work we have submitted because we put a lot of effort into it and believe it shows who we are. 

Nathaniel Smith - Year 8 
Art Piece: Original Piece - Paul Walker 
Medium used: Lead Pencil and Black Sharpie

This year in art we have had the chance to experiment with a range of mediums in art. I found that I liked using charcoal and lead the most when creating my art works (I have a love hate relationship with charcoal!). I used Lead to complete a portrait drawing of Paul Walker, I have always liked the Fast and Furious Movies. Art is a calming activity for me. 

Maddelenah Porcelli - Year 6
Art Piece: 2 Point Perspective Identity City Scape
Medium used: Coloured Pencil and Fine liners

Published on: 01 Jun 2022
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Gawler Belt - Pedal Prix

Three teams from Xavier competed in Round 2 of the 2022 Pedal Prix season, held at Tailem Bend. Our riders, family members, and volunteers had a great day as the race was facilitated magnificently and the weather was perfect.

All of our teams competed well and achieved a greater number of laps than in the same race last year, which demonstrates improved fitness and effort.

Cerberus, our fastest vehicle was driven by Cooper Heerebout, Nick O’Connor, Patrick Costello, Travis Hillard, Flynn Wandel, Kurtis Eland, and Spencer Strawbridge and earned a very worthy 16th position in a field of 36 senior teams. Racing at this level is competitive and this vehicle rolled a couple of times after dicing with determined competitors.

GreenEdge, our intermediate vehicle was brought in at 29th position in this same field. This is very respectable given that many of these riders could have competed in a younger race class. Well done to Kieran Hillard, Dean Crew, Levi Nusbajtel, William Menadue, William Stewart, Cameron Hayward, and Eamon Fopp for training well and trying hard.

Veyron, our introductory vehicle came 33rd in their field of 37 vehicles. Veyron is safe and robust but is no greyhound, so well done to Joseph Dwyer, Taylor Hillmer, Eddie Grummel, Luca Renshaw, Blake Wandel, Mack Filsell-Schubert, and Daan Barrett for having a go and enjoying themselves on the track.

As usual we thank all of our parent volunteers who assisted in many ways on the day and the Xavier Maintenance crew who always support us with equipment.

Rob Welsh
Library Technician

Published on: 01 Jun 2022
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Two Wells - National Simultaneous Storytime

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students came together on 25 May to celebrate the 2022 National Simultaneous Storytime event. At approximately 11:00am, students gathered to listen live to the author, Josh Pyke, read aloud his book, Family Tree. The story captures a heartfelt celebration of family, community, and the seasons of life, to cherish and to share. A special thank you to the wonderful students who volunteered their time to help set up the Breakout Space.

Published on: 01 Jun 2022
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