Strenna 2015 Graphic Artist
Designing the poster for the Strenna of 2015, the year of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Don Bosco is a big responsibility. The task was entrusted to a young man called Luke Pontassuglia. Here are some of his reflections on the work.
How did you get the job?
The idea was to have a Strenna chosen "by young people for young people". For that reason it was decided to entrust the task to a young person like me. During a visit to the Salesians in Vasto, Bro. José Luis Muñoz, Director of ANS, heard about some of my works from Fr George Zazza, former director of the oratory, and the parish priest, Fr Francesco Pampinella.
Xavier College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school situated in Gawler, South Australia with a current enrolment of over 930 students. Xavier College is named after St Francis Xavier, a Spanish missionary of the 16th Century who is also the patron of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. This link with the local Church is valuable in establishing the identity of the College.
1 Kentish Road, Gawler Belt SA
PO Box 1566, Gawler SA
Phone: (08) 85230088
Xavier College was born out of a long held dream of parishioners from the neighbouring parishes to have a regional Catholic Secondary College to which they could send their children. It first began to take shape in 1990, when the Gawler Region Study Group was formed and a group of dedicated parents and parishioners began working towards achieving their vision.
The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools gave approval for the College on September 15th, 1992. In July 1993 Archbishop Faulkner approved the name ‘Xavier College’ and in June ‘94 the College was given Federal Government approval for funding. The Founding Principal Father Dennis Handley was appointed later that same year, only months before the College was scheduled to open.
Fr Handley sdb must certainly have been God sent. Not only did he bring with him contemporary educational experience and the rich Salesian Charism, but he also carried with him the single-minded determination necessary to turn ideas into buildings, classrooms, courtyards, playgrounds and ovals.
With 83 year 8 students the College commenced in February 1995 at that stage with 5 relocatable classrooms, a science lab, a temporary information centre and the first stage of an administration building.
In 1996 there were over 200 students attending Xavier College and over the next 8 years student numbers grew rapidly, reaching 500 in 1998. The first lay principal, Mr Lynn Martin was appointed in 2004 and the current enrolment is 930 students.
In keeping with the Salesian ethos, the Pastoral Care of both students and staff is central to the In line with the Salesian charter for schools in Australia, Xavier aims to be: a home that welcomes, a parish that evangelises, a school that prepares for life and a playground where friends meet and enjoy themselves. The Pastoral Care program is designed around a House and Oratory (home group) structure. There are four House groups, each of approximately two hundred and forty students. Each House has ten Oratory groups which are vertically organised with students from Years 8 - 12. Students remain in the same Oratory Group throughout their time in the school. House based activities are central to the life of the College and all communication between school and home is channelled via this system. Staff professional appraisal and personal support is also structured under the auspice of the House.
Curriculum and Learning
At Xavier College an innovative curriculum is designed to spark student enthusiasm and energy. The school program motivates students with an amazing number of subject choices and a variety of themes. Catering for different student learning interests and styles, students are challenged with a range of learning outcomes to ensure all students are motivated to succeed. The use of information and communication technologies is incorporated across all aspects of the curriculum.
The senior school provides multiple educational pathways. Students are able to construct programs that make all Higher Education options achievable, as well as facilitate VET/Certificate accreditation in Finance Services, Information Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Engineering and Multimedia.
Students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including: Interschool Sports Competitions, Pedal Prix, Public Speaking, Drama and Music.
Beautifully designed and maintained school grounds and well equipped facilities make Xavier College an attractive and contemporary learning environment.
Xavier College is governed by a College Board which has the responsibility of approving the financial and development plans and policies that will guide the College. The Board is formed from the local faith community. Xavier College has a vision for Catholic Education that involves blending the technology of today with the expectations of tomorrow. All students attending the College will be well equipped to undertake the future in education or work, with a comprehensive and technological background.