Our College motto for the year is We Grow Together. We aspire to be a community that will grow with a differentiated learning program, grow our student wellbeing skills, grow our ability to work in positive learning partnerships, and to orient our words and actions towards Christ. We started the school year with our staff and students reflecting on our community of learners. In our College Strategic plan, we make a commitment to build a community of learners:
The start of the year has seen the Beaconsfield Campus staff coming together to reflect on our purpose and set direction for our work. We are working towards educating the whole child. Our staff are committed to ensuring our students are given the best opportunity to achieve. We recognise that achievement will look different for every person, however, it is the work of our staff to help each individual experience growth in their academic studies, their capacity to manage their wellbeing, and their growth in orientating towards Christ.
On Monday we gathered as a community to share our College and campus directions. We also shared common shared expectations and routines to support our everyday interactions and ensure we have a thriving learning environment. Everything we have put in place is to support student learning, and provide the best opportunity for success.
A strength of our college is the way we look to develop a culture of positive learning partnerships. Students and staff are all familiar with these College expectations.
We shared a student agreement with our Beaconsfield students on Monday. It is a student-friendly version of a range of our documents and policies that our parent community would be familiar with. It provided the opportunity to reinforce the everyday expectations that support a thriving learning environment. It is important that senior students start the year with clear expectations as a member of our community. This will ensure moving forward our conversations are focused on student learning.
Everything in the student agreement is not new for our students. The expectations noted are aligned across all 3 campuses.
The student agreement reminds students of the following expectations:
I would like to congratulate students on the way they have entered into their learning this week. There is a positive energy about their learning and we look forward to a great 2019.
This week we opened the new General Purpose Flexible Learning Area (GPFLA). This is a spectacular learning space that provides for collaborative and independent study. This year we will introduce Parent Learning Walks at the Beaconsfield Campus. This will give current parents the opportunity to see this space in action.
This year we have a wide range of House activities planned for our students at the Beaconsfield campus which include House Lunchtime Sports, House Athletics, House Debating, and House Cross Country. In consultation with our student Sports Leaders, Sports Coordinator and Campus Management Team, we have considered whether swimming is the best sport to involve the entire campus community. We reflected on student participation data over the last few years, and we began to think of a different campus House competition that would potentially engage with more students at the senior campus. Last year, only 11% of the approximate 1,300 students at the Beaconsfield Campus students participated in the House Swimming Carnival events.
This year the Beaconsfield House Swimming Carnival will be attended by only students who will be participating in races. In a similar way to how we currently run our House Cross Country, students who sign up for swimming events will compete in the House Swimming Carnival in 2019.
We have decided that a change of sport for this whole school carnival would be more engaging and exciting for all members of our campus community.
Student leaders are currently reviewing which sporting event will engage the majority of students, and how this would look for 2019. House membership is a strength of our College, and we want to continue to build this. We appreciate your patience at this time and hope that you understand that we intend to provide all of our students with an exciting House opportunity where they can express their House Spirit and have some fun.
Please note this change is only for the Beaconsfield Campus.
Thursday afternoons will be used for a variety of school-related activities for our Year 11 and 12 students. It is expected that:
If the Yr 11 or 12 student does not have any of the above scheduled, then they will be permitted to leave the College at the beginning of lunch time (1.30pm).
Concerns have been raised by local businesses again regarding school pick up and drop off of students. In particular, it is not appropriate to utilise the Fast Fuel petrol station opposite the Beaconsfield Campus to drop off or to wait for students after school. The Manager is concerned about the safety of not only our students, but for members of the community utilising the forecourt.
We appreciate that parking is a challenge for a short period of time after school, however we still need to respect local businesses and residents and ensure we park safely and respectfully in the local environs.
Failure to adhere will result in local businesses passing on vehicle registrations to the local police.
Welcome to the New Year. At St Francis Xavier College, the Careers Department aims to assist you in supporting your student’s career development.
There are many ways that we can assist. These include:
Students can book appointments online
Access to the Careers LibGuide here
We are located at the front of the LRC and are available for drop in appointments during lunchtimes.
If you have any queries in reference to the operation of the CCTV system at the College, please contact Mr John Fazzino – Deputy Principal: Mission.