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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 Senior Campus, also in Kew. At Kostka Hall, we enrol both Early Years (3-year-old Kindergarten to Year 4) and Middle Years (Year 5 to 8) students.
We educate 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 Kostka Hall campus caters for approximately 320 students at its Brighton location. Collectively, Xavier College educates over 2000 students every year.
The foundation buildings of Kostka Hall were purchased as part of an estate. Before the Campus could open in 1937, the Brighton property underwent extensive works to become suitable for school life. Since then, the property has seen the construction of numerous buildings to cater for the changing College. Just over 11 years ago, the Early Years Centre opened at Kostka Hall to accommodate Kindergarten and Early Years students. 4 years ago, the Middle Years areas were also refurbished.
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 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, Makers Space and the APS Sports program, as well as a number of clubs including 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.
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 Kostka 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 Kostka Hall Campus Reception for general inquries.
Address: 47 South Road, Brighton VIC 3186
Telephone: 03 9592 2127
Click here to download a map of Kostka Hall Campus.