St Francis Xavier College was established in response to an urgent need for Catholic education in southeast Victoria. At the direction of Bishop Fox of the Diocese of Sale, an interim Board of Management worked towards the establishment of a Catholic regional college. Within a short time land was purchased, and the school’s original buildings — three classrooms, a small office block and a canteen — were constructed. The first meeting for prospective students and parents was held in November 1977.
On 7 February 1978, St Francis Xavier College opened its doors to an initial intake of 72 students. The school prospered under the leadership of Principal Mr Robert Schneider and a staff of five and in 1987 a second campus was established in Cranbourne. This campus would go on to become St Peter’s College in 1994, a secondary school that still services families today.
Today, our College has grown into a three-campus educational institution with an enrolment of over 2800 students from 2000 families, a combined staff of over 350 people, and an extensive building complex. The College offers a comprehensive curriculum with values centred on the Gospel teachings of Jesus and the remarkable life of our patron, St Francis Xavier. Our Berwick and Officer Campuses, established in 2003 and 2012, provide innovative and quality education for students in years 7 to 9, while our Beaconsfield Campus offers a wide-ranging curriculum for senior students in years 10 to 12.