Our Story

History of Xavier College

Xavier College was officially opened to serve the Corpus Christi parish on 1 March 1999. The College opened with 160 students and 13 staff. The school opened in temporary buildings with the cutting of a red ribbon, by the inaugural Principal, Tricia Maidens, and parish priest, Fr Paul Roberts.

Our demountable buildings were located on the same site as the local Catholic primary, Corpus Christi Primary, in Andromeda Drive, Cranebrook. Construction commenced on the present Ninth Avenue site in 2004, with Xavier College operating simultaneously from both the Andromeda Drive and Ninth Avenue sites.

In 2008, the College was completed with the building of the administration block and new classrooms.

Today Xavier College is known for being a school where curiosity, imagination and love of learning are treasured. Students are nurtured and encouraged to be engaged and committed learners who develop skills in creative and critical thinking, and independent learning.

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Crest and Motto

The development of our crest and motto were the result of a consultative process with foundation parents, students and the wider community.

The medieval shield and the checkerboard background of the College crest are from Xavier’s own family crest dating back to the 1500s. The brush cross is a contemporary image that symbolises that Christ is at the heart of our school. The colour red symbolises His suffering and the blood He shed for our sake. The future is represented by the unfinished edges of the cross which stretch out beyond defined boundaries, as do the many opportunities for our students to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

The College motto – ‘For the Greater Good’ – comes from the Latin word ‘Magis’, meaning ‘more’. It provides a challenge for our students to live out their lives in such a way that the greater good is the key for making choices. Our patron, St Francis Xavier, and his companions used this phrase more widely to mean the universal good, or the better choice.


St Francis Xavier – Patron Saint of Xavier College, Llandilo

Xavier College is proud to take its name from St Francis Xavier, patron saint of Australia and of missionaries.

Francis Xavier was born on April 7, 1506 in the Kingdom of Navarre, which today is part of Spain and France. He was born to a wealthy family but later, after showing himself to be a fine student at the University of Paris, he joined another great man, Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the order of Jesuit priests.

Francis admired Ignatius so much that he joined the Jesuit order and followed in the work of Ignatius. He was a risk-taker and an adventurer who travelled thousands of miles to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Francis Xavier spread the Gospel message throughout India, parts of South East Asia, and as far north as Japan.

Francis Xavier died on 3 December 1552 of fever. He was attempting to set up a mission in China, but died before he could achieve this goal. Francis Xavier helped many people of many nations. He was never afraid to take on tasks which for others seemed too hard. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV declared Francis Xavier a Saint of the Catholic Church.

As we take our name from the patron saint of Australia, and of missionaries, we are part of a vision that is made up of many people from a varied set of backgrounds and cultures. St Francis Xavier challenges us to take risks and experience hardships for the sake of others. As Xavier ventured out to change the world, so too are students of Xavier College called upon to reach out to others in order to make a difference and to be influential in the future which they will inevitably shape.