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At Xavier College, we educate students from 3-year old Kindergarten all the way through to their Year 12 Valete celebrations. We have three campuses: Kostka Hall in Brighton, Burke Hall in Kew and the Senior Campus, also in Kew. At Burke Hall, we educate both Early Years (3-year-old Kindergarten to Year 4) and Middle Years (Year 5 to Year 8) students.
We enrol both girls and boys up until Year 4. In the Middle Years (Years 5 to 8), a time of the greatest growth intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually, we offer single-sex boys’ education.
The Burke Hall campus caters for approximately 770 students at its Kew location. Collectively, Xavier College educates over 2000 students every year.
The buildings of Burke Hall form part of a trio of mansions of the hill known as Studley Park. After the Studley Hall property was gifted to the Jesuits in 1920 through the generosity of Thomas Burke, the Xavier Preparatory School was first opened the following year. In recent years, extensive refurbishments, renovations and improvements have moulded the property into the beautiful site it is today.
Our aim is excellence in education and the formation of reflective, compassionate and articulate men and women of Christian faith, hope and love who will provide outstanding service and leadership in our world.
All Jesuit schools across the globe, including Xavier College, base their pedagogy and educational structures on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP). This model underpins what we do and why. It connects us globally to a unique model of thinking and learning that defines us as not only as a spiritual community, but also as a community of learners. It is based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and takes a deeply holistic view of our world.
It is not a method of teaching specifically, but an approach to teaching and learning that is deeply contemplative and is centred on relationships. The IPP is based on five principles: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action and Evaluation. It serves to provide the student with an understanding of humanity, his or her own place within that and an authentic desire to be of service.
The Early Years International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme promotes a transdisciplinary approach to education. Consistent with the characteristics of a Jesuit Education, we strive to develop inquisitive, communicative, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective girls and boys.
Our play based kindergarten program for 3 and 4-year-olds has also been rated as exceeding National Standards at both Kostka Hall and Burke Hall.
In Years 5 to 8, the curriculum is taught sequentially using an inquiry approach. The program gives students increased responsibility for their own learning, and emphasises intellectual development, negotiation skills and peer support. It allows students to progress according to their differing rates of accomplishment. There are also programs in Mathematics and English to extend students in their learning.
The Victorian Early Years Learning and Developmental Framework Curriculum also strongly influence the way in which we view our students and shape and deliver our programs.
The Learning Enhancement Program covers the individual needs of students during the Early and Middle Years. It focuses on a spectrum of learning difficulties, as well as gifted and talented programs, with support provided through consultations with staff, Homeroom teachers, specialist staff and external professionals.
Early and Middle Years students take part in an Outdoor Education program that focuses on the environment and sustainability. In Years 2, 3 and 4, students also attend overnight stays both on campus and in country Victoria. In Years 5 to 8, students enjoy extended overnight stays with increasing bushcraft and aquatic components.
Middle Years co-curricular activities include field trips to galleries and performances, debating, public speaking, Ride2School Day, Makers Space and the APS Sports program, as well as a number of clubs including Art Club, Lego Club, Library Club, Coding Club, Environment Club and Chess Club.
Over Xavier College’s three campuses, there are a total of 64 music ensembles. Students are able to choose from a wide range of musical instruments to learn and refine with the support of individual music lessons. At Burke Hall, over 65% of students learn a musical instrument.
Becoming “Men and Women for others” is an integral part of the Xavier College curriculum. The Ignatian Service program has all Middle Years students partake in community service placement throughout their education. Students care for their community in aged care facilities, specialist schools and in organisations such as Sacred Heart Mission, St Mary’s House of Welcome and Friday Night School.
To discover more about Burke Hall Campus or to inquire about sending your son or daughter to Xavier College, please book a tour or contact our Head of Admissions below.
Please contact Burke Hall Campus Reception for general inquries.
Address: Studley Park Road, Kew VIC 3101
Telephone: 03 9855 4100
Click here to download a map of Burke Hall Campus.