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Xavier College

Jesuit Education

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.

Xavier College is a Catholic school founded in 1878 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). It belongs to a worldwide network of over 2000 Jesuit educational institutions.

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.

With passion and purpose, we seek to forge young men and women of character, conscience, compassion and competent commitment. Within a spirit of excellence, we challenge our students to pursue their best, make a contribution and unlock their every potential.

For 140 years, we have been challenging and educating our students to strive for excellence in the development of their talent and potential through their intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, social and emotional formation. Xavier offers a nurturing space, valuing inclusiveness and teamwork, in which students strive to discern and realise their gifts and to foster a passion for life and learning.

We aspire to nurture Xaverians who are able and willing, through word and deed, to pursue a courageous response to the challenges of our time and the building of a better world for all.

Early Years (3-year-old Kindergarten to Year 4)

Our Early Years curriculum offered in a coeducational setting at Burke Hall Campus (Kew) and Kostka Hall Campus (Brighton) from 3-year-old Kindergarten to Year 4.

We enrol both girls and boys up until Year 4. From Year 5, we offer single-sex boys’ education.

The design, content and delivery of the Early Years Curriculum is based on the Ignatian Philosophy and the characteristics of a Jesuit Education within the framework and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

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 smaller campuses at Burke Hall, Kew and Kostka Hall, Brighton, allow us to develop strong personal relationships with students and work in partnership with parents. Our individualised programs give students the opportunities to learn in flexible groupings that may consist of a whole class, small groups or individually in their Homeroom and in specialist subjects.

Middle Years (Year 5 to Year 8)

Our Middle Years program is offered at Burke Hall Campus (Kew) and Kostka Hall Campus (Brighton) from Year 4 to 8.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Years (Year 9 to Year 12, including boarding)

At our Senior Campus in Kew, we educate students from Years 9 to 12 (Senior Years), also providing them with the opportunity to board.

In the years since the foundation stone was first laid in 1872, the grounds have continued to be upgraded and refined. More recently, the Senior Campus constructed the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art facility for the Arts.

In the Senior Years, we challenge the students to have the courage to ‘do what we say’. This means to act in a way that is faithful to the ethos of our school, our tradition and our story.

In Years 9 and 10, an extensive range of course options enable students to tailor their studies according to their emerging interests and talents. The curriculum is designed to increase students’ understanding of the disciplines they are considering for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), so that they can make fully informed choices moving into their final years.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from a wide range of courses to complete their VCE. Vocational Education and Training (VET) units and some university studies are also offered. Xavier College’s excellent academic results at the VCE level reflect the school’s commitment to excellence both in teaching standards and expectations of students.
With assistance from the Careers Education program, all students acquire by their final year not only a sound knowledge of specific subject disciplines, but a realistic appreciation of their individual interests and intellectual capabilities.

Becoming ‘Men and Women for Others’ is an integral part of the Xavier College curriculum. The Ignatian Service program has all Senior Years students partake in community service placement throughout their education.

Boarding House

Boarding has been an inherent part of the College since it first opened its doors over 140 years ago. The Xavier boarding experience is based on strong family and Catholic values.

Today at Xavier, we accommodate up to 76 boarders from Year 9 to Year 12.

The size and location of the house is significant. The boarding house is centrally located at the very heart of the campus and we are committed to keeping our numbers low. This means we know every student and every family.

Many members of the Boarding House staff are also teachers, meaning they are able to assist with both general and subject-specific content. The College also offers a supervised study program for all boarders.

At Xavier, we enrol the family, not just the child.

Xavier College

135 Barkers Road
KEW, VIC 3101
Phone: +61 3 9854 5411



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Key Details:

  • Type: Catholic
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Boys
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Early Learning: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • Indigenous Education: Yes
  • International Baccalaureate: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes


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