Principal's Welcome

William Doherty - Principal, Xavier College

With passion and purpose, we seek to forge young men and women of character, of conscience, compassion and competent commitment. Within a spirit of excellence, we challenge our students to pursue their best, make a contribution and unlock their every potential.

For 140 years, we have been educating our students to strive for excellence in the development of their talent and potential through their intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, social and emotional formation. Xavier offers a nurturing space, valuing inclusiveness and teamwork, in which students strive to discern and to foster a passion for life and learning.

We recognise that their gifts must be used not simply for the enrichment of self, but for the betterment of others. We recognise that their heart is most on fire when they are making a meaningful contribution to the world through service. Therefore, in meaningful ways, we seek to fulfil the Ignatian ideal of forming ‘men for others’ through acting in faith, for justice, and with dignity, humility and respect.

We aspire to nurture Xaverians who are able and willing, through word and deed, to pursue a courageous response to the challenges of our time and the building of a better world for all.

About Our Principal

William has been a passionate educator across boy and co-curricular schools nationally and overseas.

Prior to his appointment as Principal of Xavier from 2018, William was the Deputy Headmaster of fellow APS school St Kevin’s College. He has undertaken other Executive positions as the Head of Middle School at SCECGS Redlands in Sydney.

His involvement in school pastoral leadership has been extensive, while also engaging in numerous curriculum roles such as at The Australian International School Singapore as Head of History and leading innovation with the implementation of the International Baccalaureate as the Middle Years Programme Coordinator.

He has considerable experience in boarding as a former Head of Middle School Boarding at The Armidale School, which added to his formative early years as teacher, coach and boarding master at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview.  

His seven years at Riverview contribute to a strong background in Ignatian teaching and practice.  He has taught across predominantly History as well as Religious Education and Geography departments, while also being actively involved as a sports coach in Rugby and Cricket amongst others.

Throughout his years in teaching and leadership, William has always sought to engender a passion for life, learning and the pursuit of excellence.  He values visionary cultures that care for every member while acting with passion, skill and innovation to realise their fullest potential.