142 Years of Education

Xavier College is Melbourne’s leading day and boarding school for boys from Kindergarten to Year 12 and girls from Kindergarten to Year 5.

As a Catholic School in the Jesuit Tradition, we believe in striving for excellence in the whole person and look to create men for others.
Through over 140 years of teaching we have supported the education and growth of young men who have gone on to make a difference in Australia and the World, and maintain lifelong links between our graduates and the College – allowing current students access to a wealth of knowledge and contacts globally.
Through their Xavier journey, we strive to form exceptional Xavier graduates who are:

  • Authentic by their integrity, inquiry, reflection and conscience
  • Spiritual through faith, hope and love
  • Positive in their action, their diverse intelligence and competence, their leadership and accomplishment
  • Inspiring, courageous and committed in making a difference in the world
  • Resilient, embracing vulnerability and diversity and thriving on challenge and adversity
  • Empathetic, compassionate, with generous hearts, who value community and act for and with others

We are guided by principles that call us to:


Protect and develop the whole person

  • Having a personal concern and care (Cura Personalis) for the whole life of each member of our College community forming our students intellectually, spiritually, morally, aesthetically, physically, socially and emotionally
  • Protecting and safeguarding the wellbeing of all students in our care


Form men and women of faith to work for justice in the world

  • Forming members of our community to serve God in the world
  • Having a committed and practical concern for those in need, such that students, staff and parents make an explicit connection between their Catholic faith and their work for justice in the world


Pursue excellence in humanity

  • Welcoming all to Xavier College, where they can flourish and passionately pursue excellence in all things, encouraging each person to live out their vocation in life by developing their God-given gifts to the best of their ability


Seek discernment and wisdom

  • Developing a self-reflective disposition in members of our community, particularly in students, preparing them to make informed decisions in accordance with their conscience
  • Preparing the individual to find God in all things through the use of each person’s imagination and creativity, and the integration of faith and reason


Engage critically with the world

  • Courageously and respectfully engaging with world cultures and perspectives
  • Critically pursuing a depth of learning by reflecting on experience and being moved to action


Strive for the Magis

  • Developing a desire to strive for the Magis. The Jesuit ideal of Magis is a thirst for ‘depth’, for the greater good and for the most courageous response to the challenges of our time