Collette Bond, Deputy Principal - Head of Campus

Collette Bond, Deputy Principal - Head of Campus

Welcome to Berwick Campus

Our Berwick campus is a semi-private, co-educational Catholic secondary school in Melbourne’s south east. Opened in 2003, this campus was established with a vision to provide quality Catholic education and serve the areas of Berwick, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and wider south east Melbourne. The campus motto is pathways for all, reflecting our mission to create a unique path to success and wellbeing for all students.

Values

Guided by Catholic school values and creating a culture of excellence, the staff at Berwick emphasise helping students develop more than their academic potential, but also their character. Teachers and students collaborate to grow personally and become people for others. With a vision to become the best secondary school in Berwick, our culture sets a good foundation for students to thrive in both their schooling and in life.

In everything, we believe in providing a solid foundation for students. We echo the words of the parable of the sower:

‘’Then he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.’’
— Matthew 13:3-8 (NIV)

Curriculum

The early high school years are crucial for students, and we proactively work to create a Catholic school curriculum that is inclusive and always evolving to best meet students’ needs. Whether in the classroom, at an excursion or on the sports field, our focus remains the same: create a purposeful and deliberate pathway for all students.

Some of the programs offered at our Berwick campus include: Year 9 electives; Hands-On Learning; Individual Support Programs (ISP); SIS Sport; Literacy & Numeracy workshops; Instrumental Music; Debating and Public Speaking; and Horticulture. We also offer extension programs such as Tournament of Minds and da Vinci Decathlon.

Facilities 

We know how important it is to create a learning environment that encourages and motivates students. Our facilities are designed to keep up with the modern requirements and evolving needs of Catholic secondary school students. Facilities are contemporary and are set up to aid creativity, collaboration, and curiosity.

Our end goal is consistent across all campuses: facilitate positive learning experiences and develop students that are guided by a strong sense of belief and hope. Our ambition is to impact with intent; we want to be more than just a school in Berwick. Our ambition is to help students grow and play a positive role in the world they live in.

Reach out to our College administration team via email or phone to book a personalised tour if you are looking for a school in Berwick or are interested in learning more about St Francis Xavier College.

Catholic Values, Enriching Culture 

Our College goal is consistent across all campuses: facilitate positive learning experiences and develop students that are guided by faith and a sense of hope. Our ambition is to impact with intent — we want to extend beyond being a Berwick catholic school and help students play a positive role in the world they live in.

St Francis Xavier College aspires to be one of the best schools in south east Melbourne. We hope to ensure that we are a catholic school Berwick, Narre Warren, Cranbourne and Clyde parents can fully trust to create a fulfilling education journey for their children.

Reach out to our College administration team via email or phone if you are interested in learning more about St Francis Xavier College or booking a tour of the Berwick campus.

Key Information

Transport options

Our Berwick Campus is located at 75 Ridgemont Drive, Berwick 3806, and can be accessed via a number of transport options. Students are recommended to use either Berwick or Beaconsfield Railway Station via the Pakenham Line when travelling by train. Students wishing to take the bus are advised to use 836, 846, 888, 889 and 899 bus routes.

We run an extensive fleet of private buses for parents seeking catholic school transportation. These buses run from Ventura Transit to assist families in getting students to and from school, at an annual subsidised cost of $920 per student. Find out more here.

Cars are permitted to enter the school to pick up students, with internal boom gates opening at 3.25pm. Right hand turns are not permitted into or from Ridgemont Drive during school zone times. Cars will need to turn at the roundabout on the corner of Ridgemont Drive and Flowerfield Court so they are positioned to do a left hand turn.

Some students may be eligible for a Travel Conveyance Allowance, a financial support program aimed at assisting with the cost of transport. Check your eligibility here.

Uniform and books

The College Uniform Shop is located at the Beaconsfield campus, and uniform items can also be ordered online. Full uniform fittings are by appointment only, and can be made via the College’s parent portal PAM. The Uniform Shop operates cashless. Opening hours can be found here.

The necessary books for each student are uploaded online and can be ordered directly from Campion Education here. Books can also be purchased through the Sustainable School Shop

Bell times

Classes begin at 8.45am, and students are dismissed at 3.25pm Monday to Friday.

Term dates for the College can be found here.

Feeder schools

Catholic primary schools in Berwick and surrounding areas that we recommend include:

Tours

St Francis Xavier College offers a Talk and Tour with each Head of Campus. Tours commence from each Campus’ Reception Office at 9.30am, and we ask that interested parents and families please register to attend.

Fees

St Francis Xavier College is aimed to be very well-priced compared to other Melbourne catholic schools and private schools in berwick. Families pay an Education Fee per student, which covers the cost of the Digital Learning Program, incursions, excursions and compulsory camps. Families also pay a Building Development Fund fee per family to assist the College in its building programs. The full breakdown of fees can be found here.

We recommend that families pay via Direct Debit, but families may also pay directly to the college using EFTPOS, credit cards or cheques, and also by using BPay and Centrepay. Families may receive a discount on their fees if there are multiple children attending the College, or if fees are paid by specified early dates.

Families may consult with the school’s Finance Manager to apply for financial assistance or to discuss their options around payments.

Resources

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Head of Campus Talk & Tours

Tuesday 11th October 2022 , 9.30am

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