Following the completion of the Year 12 Mid-Course examinations, which mark the half-way point of the HSC for the class of 2018, the Year 12 cohort this week embarked on their Academic and Spiritual Enhancement week.


This is a week that is constructed to provide significant learning and faith building opportunities for the students.  Last Sunday the students headed off, accompanied by a team of staff to begin their week in Sydney.


On arrival, the students were welcomed to the University of Sydney, where they enjoyed a campus tour and an introduction to the possibilities that exist as part of university studies; these included degree options, various entry pathways and exchange options, as well as elite athlete and scholarship opportunities.  In the evening, the students and staff attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in The Rocks and then shared dinner at a local restaurant.


On Monday and Tuesday, the students all attended a variety of subject specific sessions, working with experts and HSC writers and markers, to improve their understanding of their HSC subjects and their approach to exams.  Sessions ranged from visits to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation for physics and chemistry students, Art Express and the State Library for Art and Society and Culture students and the Museum of Human Diseases for Biology students.  In addition, all students experienced a session focused on their English papers, working with a senior marker from the HSC.


There was, of course, some time for sightseeing around Sydney, with the close proximity to the Harbour resulting in both early morning and evening strolls to the Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.  The students secured invaluable learning opportunities over the time spent in Sydney and they return to school next Term, enriched with further knowledge and understanding in their subjects.


From Sydney, the students travelled to Warrenbuyi Retreat Centre in Murrumbateman, where they were met by the Retreat team of staff to complete their week.  Here, students took the time and opportunity to focus on their own place, their goals and their journey so far. Working with our staff, Sacred Heart Parish Priest, Father Martin, and Chris Doyle, the students engaged in thoughtful and considered reflection, discussion and exploration of the important elements in their lives.  The Retreat provided a perfect balance to the busyness of the beginning of the week, with time to refocus on the remainder of the journey ahead.

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Year 12 Mid Course Exams will take place from Wednesday the 28th of March until Friday the 6th of March. These exams help to form the internal assessment mark of each Year 12 student contributing to their final HSC mark. For this reason, it is important that students take every opportunity they can to be successful in these exams. Students must advise the school if they are unwell on the day of the exam, particularly if students are unable to attend school on the day.

During the exam period, students are required to sign into the office when they arrive for an exam or to study and must sign out when they leave the school grounds. All students are encouraged to ensure that they bring the appropriate equipment to each exam. Borrowing of equipment will not be allowed during an exam. Students should look to bring multiple black pens, a ruler, calculator (for exams that allow), pencils and any other specific material as outlined by their subject teacher. All equipment needs to be in a clear pencil case or plastic sleeve. Water bottles are allowed, however, they must be clear, see-through bottles. Mobile phones will not be permitted in the exam room. Students are asked to leave these in their lockers during exams.

To help support our students in their preparation, study sessions will run from 3:40pm until 7:00pm on the following Wednesday nights; 21st March, 28th March, and 4th of April. A number of teachers have volunteered their time to be available to assist students in these study sessions across the three weeks. Dinner will also be available for those students who wish to utilise these optional study sessions.

A copy of the exam timetable students received on Monday can be found below.




28 March

9.00am –  11.10am English Advanced (20)

English Standard (84)



28 March

1.00pm – 3.05pm
1.00pm – 2.35pm
Business Studies (16)

Geography (11)

Drama (8)

Mathematics Extension (2)



29 March

9.00am – 11:05am PDHPE (56)
Thursday Afternoon 1:00pm – 3.05pm SOR2 (16)


3 April

9.00am – 11.05am Mathematics (12)

Mathematics General 2 (84)

Wednesday Morning

4 April

9.00am – 11.05am Biology (53)
Wednesday Afternoon

4 April

1:00pm – 2:35pm Industrial Technology Timber (20)
Thursday Morning

5 April

9.00am – 11.05am
9.00am – 10.35
Modern History (9)

Senior Science (20)

Visual Arts (23)

Thursday Afternoon

5 April

1.00pm – 3.05pm Chemistry (20)
Friday Morning

6 April

9.00am – 11:05am VET Construction (9)

Ancient History (6)

Physics (16)

CAFS (26)

Friday Afternoon

6 April

1.00pm – 3:05pm
1.00pm – 2.35pm

1.00pm – 2.05pm

Legal Studies (12)
Society and Culture (14)

Design and Technology (12)
Music (7)


Andrew Gibson


Leader of Curriculum

We would like to take this opportunity to say how immensely proud we are of each and everyone of you!

Yesterdays  ceremony was a wonderful way to mark your time and commend you on your final journey here at Xavier. Your achievements and participation within the Xavier community will always be remembered and cherished.

We wish you all the very best ahead of your HSC exams next month and know that you all have very bright futures ahead of you. We at Xavier, send you out to be the light within our world.

Here’s to you, the class of 2017!!

On Thursday September 21 our graduating class of 2017 had their farewell breakfast.
The students had an absolute ball dressing up! The Xavier year 12 leavers tradition!
Take a look at the images from the morning below!