The Xavier College
Xavier College is a Catholic school for boys (3-18) and girls (3-9)
within the spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius Loyola. The College,
founded in 1878, is owned by The Society of Jesus.
Xavier College has three campuses: Kostka Hall (Brighton) years
5-8; Burke Hall (Kew) Early Learning Centre - 8; and the Senior
campus (Kew) years 9-12. Boarders are accepted from year 9.
The Xavier College also has a large camp site at Buxton near Marysville.
An extensive Outdoor Education Programme is provided for students
from years 5-9.
The Provincial of the Society appoints a College Council to develop
policy and assist the Principal in the overall management of the
school. Each Campus has a Head of School who is responsible for
the day to day management of the campus.
Xavier College is committed to internationalism and its Jesuit
philosophy is evident in a range of ways: membership of CIS; visits,
tours and student and teacher exchanges with schools worldwide;
and curriculum documentation exchanges with schools overseas. The
College Council has taken the decision to move towards adoption
of the International Baccalaureate Programme, commencing with the
Xavier College offers a breadth of curriculum in the first years
of school and the course of studies offered in years 5-10 reflects
the educational policy of encouraging students to have a broad,
cognitive education. Students are then fully prepared for the alternative
courses offered in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Computer literacy skills are taught from years 5-9 at Xavier College.
Computer laboratories and class sets of laptops are available for
the students. In years 10-12 all students have their own notebook
computer. All classrooms have network connections.
The performing arts are well supported. Class music is compulsory
to the end of year 8. There are many orchestras, bands, chamber
groups and choirs operating at various levels in the school. Media
and drama are compulsory in years 7 and 8 and are offered as electives
through to year 12. Theatre Studies is introduced at year 10 and
is offered as a VCE subject.
An extensive sporting program is offered with all boys expected
to participate in playing a summer and winter sport. The College
provides numerous sports fields and a sports stadium with swimming
pool, gymnasium and basketball courts.