“St Francis Xavier College is a Catholic community that is educative and supportive. We have a clear purpose: the development of a well-rounded Christian person of competence, conscience and compassion who will be of service in the world and who has the generosity to make a contribution. We recognise God’s presence in our lives by celebrating and pursuing excellence in the God-given gifts of our individuals and our community.”
St Francis Xavier College serves a broad spectrum of young men and women, working to develop each student’s full human potential, emphasising values of personal responsibility balanced by co-operation with others. Education is a life-giving power arising from the practice of careful and critical thought, balanced by commitment to fairness and justice, to excellence. The growth of each student intellectually, spiritually, personally and socially is seen as a shared responsibility for students, parents and school educators.
An integral part of each student’s development is his/her understanding and commitment to leadership, both within the school and within the community at large. In order to be true to the Mission Statement of the College, students are encouraged and supported in authentic leadership. Their voice is legitimate in decision making; their ideas are valued and acted upon; their contribution is esteemed and acknowledged.
The school motto “Via Veritas et Vita”, translated as “The Way, The Truth and The Life” comes from the Gospel of St John and presents Jesus as a role model for us all. His strength, sensitivity and courage are a source of inspiration for us all. Such qualities inspire us towards the pursuit of knowledge and the leadership of service in action.
At St Francis Xavier College, there are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and to participate in leadership activities. This document outlines those opportunities, the role descriptions for each position, as well as the process for nomination and election.
Student Leadership within the College is overseen by the Deputy Principals/Heads of Campus at Berwick, Beaconsfield and Officer.
The main bodies for student leadership in the College are the Student Leadership Executive, the House Executive on each Campus and the Student Representative Council (SRC). Leaders are selected by an election process which is closely overseen by the Heads of Campus.
The Leadership Executive is made up of the College Captains (male and female), Vice Captains (male and female), Sports, Justice, Arts, Liturgy, Debating, Environment and Yearbook Captains. All members of the Leadership Executive are Year 12 students.
The House Executive on each Campus is made up of the 16 House Captains, usually a male and a female from each House in either Year 9 (Berwick and Officer) or Year 12 (Beaconsfield). Each House Captain supports the participation of all students in the College House Program, which incorporates sport, art and debating activities.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the main body for raising and addressing issues and ideas of interest to students. Two representatives are elected from each House from Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.