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To begin the 2018 academic year, the Senior Campus held a VCE Awards Ceremony to recognise student excellence in 2017. High achievers including Xavier College Duces Michael Culvenor and Daniel Crowley, alongside Ob Insigne Meritum Award, The Alexander Donovan Proxime Award recipient Nicholas Chan, shared their thoughts and offered some advice to students at the Senior Campus.
Our VCE Results from 2017 can be seen here.
“I realised that the only thing I could regret was knowing I could have done more. For every student, there are only so many hours in the day that can be given to study. It can sound cliché, but if you can go to sleep every night knowing you did your best, you put in every hour you could, your results will not disappoint you.”
“To every student sitting here today, whether it’s a Year 9 Maths test or your VCE exams, give it everything you have. You’ll never have anything to regret.”
“I’ve had a lot of time to do some thinking. I was here at the Senior School for 4 years, and at Xavier for 8 years, so a few natural questions awaited me at the end. What did it mean? What did it signify? How different of a person am I after 8 years at the College? What story do I have to tell?
There was of course some raw numbers, things I could count.
I attended 1640 days of school. The bell rang for 4 seconds, 16 times a day, for each of those days, meaning I spent 1750 minutes listening to the bell.
All of these numbers can tell a lot of the story, but they only go so far. What I have come to realise is that there is no way I could compactly capture my whole Xavier story – there were no easy answers to those questions that awaited me. You see, Xavier shapes us to be more than just an accumulation of minutes or hours, more than any tally or sum, more than any words could ever elucidate. Though service, voluntary masses, supporting our mates, getting to know our teachers, exploring our academic passions, fist-pumping Mr Molino, playing sport, music and debating with out mates, hanging out in the Library, we learn lessons and grow in ways that can’t be quantified. The most special part about being a Xaverian, is that at the end of it, no words, no numbers, no story will quite do, because there’s just so much to it all.”
“Friends can either be your biggest asset or your biggest distraction during exam period. But I wholly encourage you to engage with your friends. Don’t study by yourself everyday; organise a study session at the library or at someone’s house. Ask them to read your essay, ask them to show you theirs.”
“To all the students here, I'd encourage you to make the most of your relationships. To all the students in Year 12: take a moment to stop and think about the fun you’ve had, about the people who made your time at Xavier. Because it’ll be gone before you know it.”