Montfort Brothers of St.Gabriel

Xavier College BA Fiji

Historical Background:

Xavier College was established in 1953 as a boys' school by the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, to provide Christian education, particularly to the Indian youth in the western parts of Fiji and was entrusted to the Columban Fathers. In 1970 co-education was introduced to adapt to the changing signs of the time. At the request of the Archbishop of Suva, the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel took charge of the College in December 1987. Bro. Anslem was the first Montfort Brother Principal, from 1987 to 1998. He was follwed by Bro. George P. J. from 1998 to 2009. Bro. Francis is the present one.

From its inception the College has been one of the premier educational institutions in the country. Thousands of students who have passed through the gates of Xavier College are well placed in the society all over the world.

Vision:

All round quality education for every youth enrolled at Xavier College based on Christian Principles and values.

Mission:

Xavier College is committed to developing youth into upright, creative and loyal citizens imbibed with love and concern for others, with spiritual sensitivity and a sense of personal freedom and to equip them to earn a living and contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of Fiji in a homely and multi cultural school environment.

Mrs. Emi Rabukawaqa, Permanent Secretary for Education While speaking at the College Day Function on the 26th October 2008, said, "I pay tribute to the Columban Fathers who were pioneers of the school and I humbly applaud the Montfort Brothers who manage Xavier from 1987.

Xavier plays a leading role "not only in the work of the Church in the community but also in it being a bastion of education quality and excellence".

The success stories of Xavier could fill volumes. The initiative of the school to offer club activities, Cadet training and other enriching programmes that complement the academic curriculum is very highly commended by the Ministry of Education. At national level, the external examination results of the College far surpass that of nearly every school in the country. Not only this year, but also for several years.

Besides the pursuit of academic excellence, Xavier College is an appropriate arena for developing the values appropriate to multi-racial living. The school population is a multi-ethnic one thus the school has a great responsibility of inculcating values such as tolerance, understanding, co-operation, forgiveness and love of fellowmen. These virtues should come easily in this institution for it is built on the basic Christian tenet of love.

Physical Facilities

Xavier College has one of the best school settings in the country. The location, land scape, spacious play grounds, greeneries, well

designed and layed out buildings etc contribute a lot towards creating a suitable learning environment. There is a chapel at the entrance of the College for all students and teachers to begin the day with a prayer. The College has a standard size 400 meter athletic track, 3 soccer fields, two net ball courts, one volley ball court, one basket ball court, one tennis court, 4 badminton courts and 6 table tennis tables to promote sports and games. The library has more than 30000 books. The Montfort Hall has a seating capacity of 800 students. The Computer lab, video room, art room, social science room, Industrial arts building, Science Lab etc are very well equipped.

The $2.1 million Xavier College Auditorium Inaugurated on the 13 th July 2007 is rated as the best auditorium in Fiji by many. It has a seating capacity of 1600. All weekly school assemblies and functions are held there. Brother George Fitness Centre inaugurated on the 26 th September 2008 is another unique feature of Xavier College. The equipment worth $50,000 was donated by Colonial

Montfort Brothers have come and conquered every obstacle, persevered beyond expectation and produced such outstanding results. They have shown us that it can be done! Let's go and do likewise .The history of Xavier College, Ba , Fiji Islands

The property in which Xavier College is situated belonged to a businessman Sir Hugh Ragg. In 1946, he donated it to the Catholic Church to establish a Secondary school. The then Bishop Foley gave the property to the Marist Fathers. The Marist Fathers brought a few students from their secondary school in Cawaci and they were here from 1946 to 1951.The students were taken back to the secondary school in Cawaci in 1951. The present Arch Bishop of Suva his Grace Petero Mataca was here as a student during this period.

In 1952, the Columbian Fathers arrived in Fiji as missionaries and Bishop Foley handed over the property to the Columbans to start a secondary school as an outreach to the non Christian population of the Western part of Fiji. Frs. M.Cryan, G.Hurley and K.Fleming were appointed to it in December 1952. They started the secondary in Ba and named it Xavier College. The classes started in the new secondary school in February 1953 with 24 boys. Fr. Cryan was the Principal and only priests were on the staff for several years. The students were prepared for the Senior Cambridge Examination and the first batch appeared for it in 1956. Out of the 14 students 13 passed for the examination. Thus right from the start Xavier College has been achieving good results.

The Columbian Fathers worked really hard and built up the school. Through fund raising they added more buildings for the school. The school grew gradually and lay staff joined the school. In 1970 keeping with the modern trends in education Xavier became a coeducational school. In 1978 when the silver jubilee was celebrated the school had grown substantially and had a roll of 650 students. Xavier College was the only school managed by the Columbian Fathers and they were finding it hard to find personnel from their society to manage it. They were looking for a religious society to hand over the school to.

In 1987, at the invitation of the Arch Bishop His Grace Petero Mataca the school was handed over to the Montfort Brothers. On the 5th of December 1987 in a function organized in the college it was officially handed over to the Brothers. The superior of the Columban Fathers Fr. Dobey was present to hand over the school to the superior of the Brothers Bro. Antony Francisco. Bros. Anselm, Francis Abraham and Paul Kado were the first group of Brothers to take charge of the college. Bro. Anselm took over as the first Brother Principal from the last Columbian Principal Fr. Daniel Ahern.

The community of Brothers adjusted well to the local situation. The staff, students and parents were very supportive. A special mention should be made of Mr. Dijendra Singh who continuously supported and assisted the Brothers as the President of the ParentsTeachers Association. Bro. Anselm with his vast experience in the field of education was an instant success as the first Brother Principal. The Brothers introduced the house system in the college. The students were divided into four houses. Channel house was named after the patron saint of the pacific Saint Peter Chanel. Columbian house was named after the Columban fathers who founded the college. Marist house was named after the Marist Sisters who were on the staff from 1977 to 1997. Montfort House was named after Saint Montfort the founder of the Montfort Brothers who manage the college now.

The Brothers have been working tirelessly with the staff, students and parents to improve the infrastructure and to make the college more successful. Many extra curricular activities were introduced and the staff and students actively participated in them. Speak in English, sports clubs, service clubs and cadet training are some of them. Cadet training programme was introduced in 1995 and the passing out parade attracts about two thousand spectators. For a small town like Ba it is a very large number by any means.

Bro.George was appointed to Xavier College in 1996 and in 1997 he succeeded Bro. Anselm as the Principal. He worked very hard to take Xavier to greater heights. Many a times the school had 100% passes in all three examinations. During his tenure in 2003 the golden jubilee of the college was celebrated. In 2007 the Xavier Auditorium was inaugurated by the Arch Bishop of Suva His Grace Petero Mataca. It was a project that was built with the cooperation and support of the staff, students, parents , former students and many benefactors under the leadership of Bro.George . Bro. George introduced computer studies as a subject. In January 2010 Bro.George was permitted by his superiors to do further studies in Manila.

In January 2010, Bro. Francis took over as the third Brother Principal. He is continuing the great tradition set by his predecesors. Agriculture is introduced as a subject this year. The other Brothers who have worked in Xavier are Brothers Britto and Jacob. Hundreds of teachers have contributed tremendously for the excellence Xavier has achieved. The former students of the college are spread across the globe as successful professionals, academics and businessmen. Xavier has been growing with the times. At present we have 723 students with a few more girls than boys. There are 36 teachers and 19 streams from Form 1 to Form 7. Bro. Sahayaraj has joined the Brothers community towards the end of the year and will be on the staff from January 2011.

In the school we have a theme for every year and this year's theme is 'Avail opportunities'.

Our Vision is :

' All round quality education for every youth enrolled at Xavier College based on Christian principles and values'.

Our mission is :

' Xavier College is committed to developing youth into upright, creative and loyal citizens imbibed with love and concern for the others, with spiritual sensitivity and a sense of personal freedom and to equip them to earn a living and contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of Fiji in a homely and multi cultural school environment'.

The subjects offered in the college are as follows:

Forms 1 and 2

Forms 3 and 4

English

English

Mathematics

Mathematics

Social Science

Social Science

Basic Science

Basic Science

Health Science

Commercial Studies

Fijian / Hindi

Fijian / Hindi

Woodwork / Home Economics

Introduction to Technology / Home

Basic Drawing

Agriculture / Office Technology



Forms 5 and 6

Form 7

English

English

Mathematics

Mathematics

Physics

Physics

Chemistry

Chemistry

Biology

Biology

Accounting

Accounting

Economics

Economics

Computer Studies

Computer Studies

Geography

Geography

Agriculture

Agriculture

Introduction to Technology

Introduction to Technology

Home Economics

Home Economics

The students appear for three Government examinations. They are Fiji Junior Certificate Examination at Form 4 level, Fiji school Leaving Certificate Examination at Form 6 level and Fiji Seventh Form Examination at Form 7 level. The Government has decided to abolish the Fiji Junior Certificate examination from 2011 onwards. In 2009 Xavier had 100% passes in all three examinations. Since the examinations are held in November each year we are awaiting the results for 2010.

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Address

Xavier College & St.Thomas School, Lautoka

P B No. 198 Ba. Fiji Islands

Ph.No: 00679 - 6674021, 6670342

Fax: 000679 - 6676006

Email: xavier@connect.com.fj

fijifrancis@yahoo.com

Community (2014 - 2015)

Bro. Francis Abraham - LS & Principal of St.Thomas School, Lautoka

Bro. George Vazhayil - Principal of Xavier College & Bursar

Bro.Antony Rex - Asst.