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Principal’s Message

As Principal of Xavier Catholic College I am pleased and honoured to write this letter of introduction to you about Xavier Catholic College. Our College opened in 2000 with our first intake of around 120 students in Years 7 under the leadership of foundation Principal Mr Eric Littler and an enthusiastic and committed staff of teachers and staff members. Throughout the first decade of the twenty first century our College community grew with each new building stage providing excellent facilities.

Our first graduating class of Year 12 students in 2005 achieved excellent academic results and have set the standards for the following graduating classes who also have excellent academic results and also very strong outcomes for students in Vocational Education and Training and career pathways.

This tradition of excellence in academic achievement was matched and bettered in 2011 when our College Dux Hayden Smith set a new high mark for the College with the exceptional ATAR result of 99.9 earned by Band 6 results in all subjects and 1st place in NSW in Studies of Religion. The outstanding success we achieve in the Higher School Certificate bears testimony to the students, staff and parent community that comprise Xavier Catholic College. Similarly the strong results in our vocational courses have resulted in school based traineeships, apprenticeships, national awards and valuable career pathways for many of students.

Xavier Catholic College is an active and committed Christian Community in the Catholic tradition and gives emphasis to self-discipline and responsibility, where pastoral care is central to our welfare and discipline structure and is the cornerstone of all our policies.

 Xavier Catholic College is a school where parents are supported and they, in turn support the school. We at Xavier believe that students will achieve success if the school and parents work in partnership with the students for common goals. Xavier Catholic College aims to be an open and welcoming place not only for the students but also for their parents and the whole community. Parents are always welcome to attend our College Assemblies each fortnight, our liturgies and College Masses and sporting carnivals and events. We welcome parent volunteers in our tuckshop, in coaching teams, in supporting cultural performances, on excursions and College trips away. Research shows that the more a parent is actively involved in College life the greater the chance of success for their children.

At Xavier we not only encourage a positive attitude to learning and a sense of satisfaction at having achieved to the best of one’s ability, but we also value respect for people the staff and the students. We are confident this will be the experience of all families and their students at Xavier Catholic College and we invite you all to join this wonderful community and the opportunities it offers.

Mr Michael Vella –¬†Principal