St Francis Xavier's College (SFX), Hamilton, is a comprehensive, co-educational senior College catering for Years 11 and 12.
SFX has a high quality, broad curriculum focused on 21st century skills and learning that caters for the diversity of student needs, enables students to successfully meet the requirements of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and prepares them to transition to a range of post-school options.
Focusing on a holistic approach to education that helps students to develop a keen sense of personal and social responsibility, teachers are highly skilled in the delivery of the Stage 6 curriculum and the requirements of the HSC.
Offering a diverse range of over 50 different courses onsite, students also have the opportunity to complete courses through distance education and to engage with a range of co-curricular activities in the areas of performing arts, sport, public speaking and community involvement.
New buildings and the refurbishment of existing facilities means students have access to four science laboratories, the College library and music centre. Classrooms are air-conditioned to provide a year-round optimum learning environment and the campus also includes a multi-purpose hall, a small theatre, Chapel, canteen, a special collaborative learning centre and a new hospitality complex that also serves as a pre-school café for staff and students.
The College provides specialist learning support for students with a disability, delivering discrete HSC Stage 6 life courses and also provides professional development and guidance to teachers to formulate adjustments to support students with a disability who are engaged in a mainstream HSC program.
SFX also has well established programs that are directly focused on the welfare of all students including Year 12 retreats, orientation days, road safety presentations, house celebration days and after-hours study in the College library. Individual support is also provided by having daily, onsite student counselling, a full-time Careers Advisor and school staff who are highly experienced in the welfare needs of Year 11 and 12 students.
SFX has a vibrant Aboriginal student population who are supported and encouraged in their endeavours and studies by the College. All students of the College are educated in Aboriginal culture, spirituality and traditions and the College employs Aboriginal Support Teachers who work with individual students through a mentoring program and the provision of tutoring. The school is focused on the ongoing process of reconciliation and inclusion of Aboriginal culture in the life of the school, offering Aboriginal Studies to all students.