Leadership and Service Opportunities at Xavier

Student Representative Council (SRC)

An SRC is a group of students in a school elected by their fellow students to represent all students in the school and who organise ways for students to participate in school life. SRCs work democratically to represent the student body in school decision-making. Students work together, with help from a staff member, to improve school life and to contribute students’ ideas

Moree

Saturday, 15th September - Friday, 21st September 2018

Students will embark on a pilgrimage to the Northern NSW town of Moree and will be given an opportunity to experience and explore the former Cootamundra Girls Home, the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Site and also have a strong focus on the Freedom Rides and Stolen Generations. This Immersion experience will deepen students’ appreciation of the historical impacts of government policy on Aboriginal people past and present.

The Freedom Ride

Staff who have participated in the Moree Immersion experience in recent years include Mrs Warner, Mrs Muir, Ms Boyd, Mrs Milthorpe and Mrs Meredith. They would welcome your inquiries.

They are called on to be people of hope, a hope demonstrated by and through the example of staff.

Eden

Saturday, 15th September - Friday, 21st September 2018

Students will travel to Eden, via Cootamundra and Thredbo. They will connect with the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and explore the past, present, future and challenges facing Aboriginal Australians. This will be an opportunity for students to be immersed in Aboriginal Culture and activities.

Jigamy Farm

Staff who have participated in the Eden Immersion experience in recent years include Mrs Milthorpe and Mr Gosbell. They would welcome your inquiries.

They are called on to be people of hope, a hope demonstrated by and through the example of staff.

Barmah

Saturday, 15th September - Friday, 21st September 2018

Students will travel into the heart of the cultural lands of the Yorta Yorta people, and immerse themselves in the traditional practices and cultural customs of the traditional owners of this country.

Barmah National Park

Staff who have participated in the Barmah Immersion experience in recent years include Mr Thomas and Ms Atkins. They would welcome your inquiries.

They are called on to be people of hope, a hope demonstrated by and through the example of staff.

Santa Teresa

Saturday, 13th October - Saturday, 20th October 2018

Students will travel to Santa Teresa, an Arrernte indigenous community in the Northern Territory, located about 80 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs. This experience has traditionally involved girls only, as Santa Teresa has a rich feminine spiritual and cultural focus. Since 2007 women in the community have painted religious crosses which are exported to Catholic churches around the world. Students will immerse themselves in that local indigenous community and be of active service in support of the local community centre.

Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre

Staff who have participated in the Santa Teresa Immersion experience in recent years include Ms Boyd, Mrs Scott, Ms Baines, Mrs Ryan and Ms Guzowska. They would welcome your inquiries.

These Immersion experiences aim to provide an authentic opportunity to live the Catholic Social Justice values and to return to our community informed and enlightened. Students will be better equipped to consider the prospect of engaging with minority groups in our local community. We continue to look for opportunities to strengthen and promote healthy relationships and connections between our school and the local Aboriginal community.

In recognition of the National Reconciliation process, we commit ourselves:

  • towards authentic reconciliation;
  • to build connections with our local Aboriginal community;
  • to educate ourselves about the way the Aboriginal people of our nation are working to preserve their culture and spirituality; and
  • towards healing, and away from the brokenness of the intergenerational trauma that the Stolen Generations have created.

If you require any additional information at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact me or Darren Wighton (our Aboriginal Education Worker), and I look forward to receiving your ‘expression of interest’ form.

They are called on to be people of hope, a hope demonstrated by and through the example of staff.