Xavier is dedicated to offering students the opportunity to participate in a major theatrical and musical production on a triennial basis. Such opportunities allow students across all year groups explore, discover, and understand the joy and craft of theatrical productions.
Fostering collaboration, creative problem solving, confidence and communication skills students gain invaluable experiences, capacities, new friendships and memories that extend well beyond the immediacy of any performance. Dedicated production staff pride themselves on attention to detail and high standards of production. Consequently, students can immerse themselves on stage, in the band, stage crews, front-of-house, box office, sound and lighting, and all the other facets of theatrical production, assured of an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Past shows include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disco Inferno, Life is a Cabaret, Footloose, Fame.
Private Instrumental Tuition
Xavier offers students access to on-site private music tuition before, during and after school. Tuition is open to all students from Years 7-12. Students can study:
- Keyboard Piano
- Guitar - Acoustic, Electric, Bass
- Woodwind - Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
- Brass - Saxophone, Trumpet
- Percussion - Drums
- Voice - Contemporary
Group or individual private lessons are 30 minutes in duration with fees payable directly to the instrumental teacher. Costs for tuition vary depending on the instrument and tutor. As far as possible, lessons are timetabled on a rotational basis to minimise disruption to curriculum subjects. Every effort is made to timetable lessons outside of class time for students in Years 11-12.
Students wishing to learn an instrument not currently available can let their wishes be known via an email request. A teacher will be sourced when an adequate number of students is reached.
'The Xavier Collective'
The Xavier Collective is our award winning vocal ensemble. Being part of a vocal ensemble gives students the opportunity to build skills and confidence alongside like-minded peers across different Year levels. This group fosters the skills required to become a great singer including vocal confidence, carrying harmonies, blending vocal tone and creatively interpreting music. Students explore an exciting and diverse repertoire for various school and local performances as well as competitions. Vocalists of all levels and experiences are welcome to join. Rehearsals occur once a week over lunchtime.
Art Studio Afternoons
Open Art Studio programme
Our Open Art Studio programme offers students the opportunity to utilise the Xavier art studios at least one afternoon per week, select weekends and holiday periods. This time encourages students to further invest in and extend their art, photography and digital media projects and studies, as well as exploring individualised artmaking under the tuition of highly skilled teachers and practising artists.
All Visual Arts, Photography and Digital Media students are welcome to utilise this opportunity to extend their studio access and artmaking practice in a dynamic, creative and collaborative environment, surrounded by like-minded and passionate artists.
Gifted and Talented Enrichment Program
At Xavier High School Albury, students who demonstrate exceptional skills and aptitude in Music are offered the opportunity to participate in a Gifted and Talented (GATE-way) Music program. The program runs for 2 hours each fortnight with limited places offered by invitation only.
GATE-way Music sets out to challenge and extend students, providing enriched engagement within the Performing Arts. Students participate in an advanced ensemble performing music from a variety of styles. Songwriting and arranging skills are expanded by collaborating with external artists, alongside current music technologies and audio engineering utilising our school recording studio.
Kool Skools Recording Project
Xavier is proud to be an annual participant in and contributor to the Kool Skools recording project. In partnership with AlburyCity students are invited to write and submit an original composition for possible performance and recording at Studio 52 Collingwood, culminating in a professional CD compilation. The final collection of songs and performance is adjudicated by our senior music staff.
The Kool Skools Project began in 2009 as a way for AlburyCity to support young songwriters and musicians to develop their craft. It assists in building confidence, experience, and industry knowledge, providing an incentive to write and perform. This is a unique opportunity for students to experience recording in a professional studio with the final CD compilation being launched at a gala event hosted by AlburyCity in late August/September.
Kool Skools serves as a highly valuable platform for young people to share their music and collaborate with other local musicians and industry professionals. Many students have continued to grow their individual or band profiles beyond this initial experience, taking up further opportunities and careers in the music industry.