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In the Xavier College Boarding House, we strive to foster a strong sense of community with all the freedom, responsibilities and obligations that this entails. This is evident in both the daily routines (where students are expected to participate in a number of tasks appropriate to each age level) and in the specially organised activities that may take priority over individual pursuits.
We actively promote leadership skills and a sense of independent responsibility. There are many different programs that operate within the boarding house that were designed to lead to personal growth in these areas.
The boarding house runs on a presumption of trust. There is no detailed catalogue of rules that must be followed at all costs; instead, there is a series of clearly explained expectations and principles that are designed to enable students to make reasonable choices in all situations. Consequently there is an important reliance on the conscience of each boy.
The Xavier boarding house seeks to enhance each boy's sense of respect for the members of his community. The relatively small size of the house ensures that students know one another well and are therefore in a position to contribute positively to the learning and development of their fellow boarders. This smaller scale also enables a degree of flexibility and a more personal approach in the administration of the house.
- Pastoral Care of Boarders
Boarding staff live adjacent to the Boarding House. In all, there are ten live-in staff members who work within the Boarding House – a ratio of one staff member to eight boys – which ensures that each boy receives individual attention. In addition a team of nurses, committed to your son’s wellbeing and supported by health professionals, provide excellent health care for your son.
The term "Pastoral Care" refers to the total care of the student. It is based upon the belief in the dignity of each boy and it is expressed through:
- The development of quality relationships between staff and students.
- Providing satisfactory learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
- The establishment of an effective care network, i.e., tutors, chaplains, counsellor, Careers guidance.
- The provision of experiences and structures that provide for the integrated spiritual and human growth of your son.
Sport is seen as an integral part of life here at Xavier, not for the sake of it but for the gains made in the area of growth, health and being in a team environment. Sport is compulsory for the first three terms while athletics is optional in fourth term.
In the interests of a balanced nutritional diet, our menus for our breakfast, lunch and dinner are regularly reviewed. As far as possible, seasonal produce is used to provide variety and freshness. All boarders are able to make specific requests and involvement in the food committee is welcomed.
A specifically designed study skills program is offered to every boarder, covering issues such as time management, project planning, speed reading, diary use and examination preparation. The program is designed strategically from Year 9 through to Year 12 and your son will be challenged to perform to the best of his ability.
- Health Centre
Medical attention is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Health Centre, which is attended by a Division 1 Registered Nurse. The school doctor is available to visit boarders in the Health Centre when this is necessary.
The school has a support system of: dentist, school doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist and chemist. The school nurse can make appointments to any of these services upon request and will usually accompany junior boys to doctor's appointments.
The House is divided into two sections: the Senior House and the Junior House. There is accommodation for 28 boarders in years 9 and 10 and 48 boarders in Years 11 and 12, making a total of 76 in all. Year 12 boys share a room with one other boy. Year 11 rooms accommodate four boys each. In years 9 and 10 the accommodation is a combination of balcony and open areas. Each House is well appointed and has its own common room, kitchen and television room. For after-hours study, the boarders have ready access to the school library, notebooks and the Internet. Boarders also have access to all facilities within the Stephenson Sports Centre.