Brother Robert Sutton, Principal of St Francis Xavier's College, discusses his school against the backdrop of Catholic Schools Week.
St. Francis Xavier's College is a comprehensive, co-educational senior high school with a population of just over 1000 students, serving the people of greater Newcastle.
The motto 'Christ My Light' animates the life of the College.
We are committed to providing a curriculum that caters for the diversity of student needs, one that is Catholic and imbued with gospel values.
Such a curriculum is holistic (mind, body, spirit), challenging, appropriate and is focused on excellence and has a keen sense of personal and social responsibility.
St Francis Xavier’s College offers a supportive environment where students have the opportunity to find their own niche.
As a Stage 6 school there is a focus on independent learning as students are prepared to transition into life after school.
In addition to teachers who are experts in their specialised fields, there is a full time careers adviser and a school counsellor available every day.
The College offers over 50 subjects on site and supports a range of subjects studied externally. Students seeking an ATAR, HSC, VET qualification and Life Skills Program are catered for. There are opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports at a competitive level, where students can pursue representative pathways. The annual Music Night and the College Production provide opportunities for those interested in creative and performing arts.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the College community as well as the wider community, particularly in the areas of social justice. There is an active St Vincent de Paul group. Also there are student groups who volunteer to assist in primary schools and teams of staff and students who volunteer to work on the Community Care Van.
Programs such as “Ready, Set, Succeed”, “What Works for Me?” and “Student Yoga” assist students with strategies to manage the demands of senior schooling.
An immersion experience in Cambodia is offered to a group of Year 11 students each year.
The College has been involved with the Combined Schools ANZAC Service where students collaborate with other senior student representatives from DEET and Independent Schools to produce and present a commemorative service to 1500 primary school students from the Newcastle and Singleton areas.
To conclude the students’ senior years a graduation mass and graduation dinner are held to farewell the students with their families and celebrate their final two years of formal education.