St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton is a Catholic co-educational senior secondary environment catering for students in Years 11 and 12 in the greater Newcastle region. It is a college steeped in the Marist tradition, where the school motto 'Christ My Light' animates the very life of the college, encouraging the students to become young women and men who are ready to meet the challenge of being active and hope-filled citizens, contributing readily to the wider world for the greater good.
As an educational community, St Francis Xavier’s College believes in a holistic approach to learning, based in the principles of the Catholic faith and reflecting the values of the Gospel. The college offers students a diverse array of opportunities to develop and showcase their talents in a multitude of fields including creative and performing arts, sport, industry and academic pursuits. The curriculum is rigorous and diverse, offering students in excess of 50 different courses onsite as well as the potential to complete courses through distance education.
Every student is encouraged to actively engage with the extracurricular life of the college so that they can realise their full potential. Of particular significance to the St Francis Xavier’s College community is our commitment to social justice initiatives, such as the DARA van and Cambodia immersion, as these opportunities provide avenues for students to find meaningful connections with their world.
One of the fundamental tenets of the college is a belief that relationships are central to learning. To this end, St Francis Xavier’s College has well established programs that are directly focused on community and wellbeing. Year 12 retreats, orientation days, information evenings on contemporary issues, house celebration days and after-hours study in the college library are important to the fabric of the college. Individual support is also emphasised through the provision of daily, onsite student counselling, a full-time Careers Advisor and school staff who are highly experienced in the welfare needs of Years 11 and 12 students.
Facilities continually evolve at the college to cater for the demands of an increasingly diverse curriculum. More recently, The MacKillop Centre, a special needs initiative for students with disabilities, and a Hospitality Centre for students studying in the VET Hospitality framework have been constructed.