We have a Pastoral Care Team which meets on a regular basis. This team is over seen by the Dean of Students and consists of the Dean of Studies, the 8 House Coordinators, the School Counsellor, the Learning Support Coordinator and the Careers Adviser.
A School counsellor is available to the students on site every day - Ms Gayna Turner (Mondays & Fridays) and Ms Renee Tyczynski (Tuesday to Thursday).
The information evenings, orientation days, the "Get to Know You Day" and "Meet and Greets" with House Coordinators are all designed to facilitate a smooth transition into the College.
St Francis Xavier’s College offers a range of extra curricula activities to provide students with opportunities to become involved, to learn about themselves, to meet people, to show initiative, to build interpersonal skills, to develop or build skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
Cultural pursuits include but are not restricted to music, music nights, choir, drama, an annual College Production, mock trial, Lion’s club "Youth of the Year", Battle of the Bands, Café "Blah, Blah" and the "Anzac Combined School Service"
Social Justice/Wider Community
- Vinnies: there is an active group at the College which meets weekly and organises activities to support those in need in the wider community.
- Community Care Van: the College has around 10 teams of staff and students who volunteer on Saturday afternoons in the Islington area to provide food and a gathering place for those in need.
- Cambodian Immersion: each year approx. 6 students and staff travel to Cambodia and provide help at a school “Lavalla” for disabled children.
- MAPS (Marist Asia Pacific): students support MAPS through fundraising and awareness raising
- Marist Youth Forums: students attend these annual events in Mittagong and other events as they arise.
- "Teaching religion in the primary schools" is a program that the students have expanded into a toy drive and Christmas party for one of the participating schools.
- Charities: the SRC and Solidarity Leaders determine which charities and organisations will supported each year and which they fund raise for and raise awareness around eg “Shave for a Cure”, Banana day, Pink Breakfast, Mental Health Awareness, White Ribbon Breakfast
To facilitate the transition into the College there are introductory information nights where staff present subject information to students and parents in small group settings.
An interview with the student and at least one parent takes place early in October with a staff member to discuss the chosen program of study.
There are separate orientation days for each of the associated schools late in term 4. Students from non associated schools receive an invitation to one of these days.
A “Get To Know You Day” takes place in week 4 for Yr 11 where activities are designed to help students become more familiar with those students in their Tutor Group and their House Group.
The Yr 11 Information evening early in Term 1 informs parents about how they can support their child and provides the forum to meet with their child’s Tutor Group Leader and other parents of the students in their child’s group. This provides the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice in a small setting.
A “Welcome Morning Tea” is provided for students from non associated schools around mid term 1 to enable these students to meet each other, student leaders and staff.
Yoga is offered free of charge to students one afternoon per week (Wednesdays from 3.30 – 4.30).
- Anzac Day is commemorated at a special service at the College 2 Yr 11 students work on a committee with 6 students from other representative high schools to present the "All Schools Combined Anzac Service" to primary schools in the Newcastle area.
- Commissioning Ceremony early in the year recognises the Students leaders for the year and formally commissions them into their roles.
- House Celebration Days: each House celebrates the life of their respective founder on separate occasions throughout the year.
- Retreat: this is a compulsory 2 day Retreat for Yr 12 and occurs during Week 5 of term 2.
- “Battle of the Bands”: different groups within the College audition to compete at this annual competition.
- College Production is staged in term 2.