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As 111 Catholic campuses across South Australia welcomed more than 46,000 students to the 2021 school year, one northern college was celebrating a significant milestone.

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On February 1, Xavier College opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art campus at Two Wells, with almost 160 students enrolled in Reception to Year 6. The school will grow over the coming years to cater for more than 1000 students up to Year 12.

College principal Mark Flaherty said it had been a busy year of planning and construction to get the $10 million development completed on time.

“Over the past seven months the builders, Mossop Construction and Interiors, Edge Architects and the college leadership have worked tirelessly on the construction phase to bring their combined vision to life,” he said.

“Xavier College is delighted to now be writing another chapter in its 26-year history and extending our authentic learning environment at Gawler Belt to Two Wells.”

Head of Campus, Janet Coomber said the challenges of getting the school ready had been worth it when she saw the happy faces of the students arriving on the first day.

“Our passionate and accomplished teaching and support staff are really excited by the possibilities of the new campus,” she added.

“The Home Class structure we have introduced is designed so that the children under Xavier’s care are genuinely known by the staff and are given opportunities for leadership along the way.”

Located in the Liberty Estate, facilities at the campus include green screen technology, a hub space for larger gatherings, maker space and an Out of School Hours Care program that is open from 6.30am to 6.30pm each day during school terms.

Outside students can enjoy the outdoor kitchen and nature play areas.

Neralie and Andrew Wearn from Lewiston said they chose to send their children Ashlyn, (Year 4), Chase (Year 2) and Larni (Reception) to the Two Wells campus because it would focus on their individual needs.

“We were looking for a school that was going to allow all our kids to thrive, despite their different strengths and challenges,” Mrs Wearn said.

“The values of the school are identical to mine – they are very child centred and child focused. As a mum I feel if you look after a child’s wellbeing then the learning will follow.”

Mrs Wearn added that the facilities at the new campus were “amazing”.

“We are so happy with our choice of school and it is just a bonus that we are getting a new building,” she said.

In welcoming students, parents and staff to the new school year, Catholic Education SA director Dr Neil McGoran said he was excited for what 2021 would bring and detailed several schools that are expanding their offerings and facilities.

“That said, Catholic schooling is about much more than buildings and infrastructure. We are committed to working in partnership with families, raising the hearts and minds of young people,” he said.

See Dr McGoran’s message in the Back to School Feature, Page 17



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