Catholic Education South Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Xavier College offers a Catholic Education to all who seek such an education in line with the information contained in our Enrolment Pack.

Whilst we celebrate that we are a Catholic College, we accept students from all faith backgrounds and those who do not identify with any religion or faith community.

  • Application for Enrolment form completed and accompanying information returned to the College with payment of the $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Application processed and if a position is available, you and your child will be invited to an enrolment interview.
  • You will be notified of an enrolment offer by letter as soon as possible after the interview.
  • If our enrolment offer is accepted, it will be confirmed by returning the Enrolment Acceptance Form with the non-refundable enrolment acceptance fee of $150.

Where the number of enrolments exceeds the available places in any year level, Xavier College will give priority for acceptance as follows:

  • Catholic enrolments from Catholic Parish Primary Schools
  • Catholic enrolments from other schools, with priority given to (a) siblings of students already at Xavier College and (b) children of old scholars
  • Siblings of those presently enrolled
  • Non catholic enrolments from Catholic Parish Primary Schools
  • Children enrolled at Christian Primary Schools
  • Children from families with religious affiliation
  • Other applicants

Xavier College accepts students at all year levels where places are available. The major intake is currently is at Year 8. From 2019, Xavier will introduce the first Year 7 intake which will replace Year 8 as the major intake.

For the latest information on the availability of places at Xavier, please contact the Registrar on
(08) 8523 0000 or email

The care of our students is a priority at Xavier. Your child will be placed in an Oratory or Home Class with students from Year 8 to 12 (Year 7 to 12 as from 2019). Their Oratory teacher will develop a relationship with you and your child from the very beginning through SPOT (Student, Parent and Oratory Teacher) interviews before they begin at Xavier and these are then held twice each year.

Each Oratory or House has a Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Pastoral Care that supports the teachers in ensuring your child’s journey at Xavier is one that develops not only their academic abilities, but also their confidence, self-esteem and sense of belonging.

Students also have access to a wide support network which includes the Assistant Principal of Pastoral Care, Counsellors, Careers/Transition/VET and Adaptive Education Coordinators.

Xavier College is located at 1 Kentish Road, Gawler Belt.  Students use a number of ways to get to our College, including car, public and chartered bus transport, or even on foot or by bike.

By Car

If coming from Gawler, follow Redbanks Road leading into Mallala Road, and then turn left into Kentish Road, Gawler Belt. If travelling on the Sturt Highway either from Adelaide or the Barossa, follow the exits onto Mallala Road. There is a student pick up and drop off zone within the College’s main car park.

By Charted Bus

Xavier College contracts three bus services. We have two coming from the southern side of our College including One Tree Hill, Munno Para, Davoren Park, Elizabeth, Craigmore and Andrews Farm, and we have a northern service starting at Saddleworth including stops in Riverton, Tarlee, Kapunda, Freeling and Roseworthy. Seats on all of our chartered buses are only confirmed once the bus pass has been purchased.

By Public Transport

Families living within the DECD Gawler & District College zone are provided a bus service that will take our students to Gawler & District College, where a shuttle bus then transports students to and from our College. This shuttle service is currently provided by Link SA, and a fee per trip is paid directly to Link SA. Link SA provides bus runs covering Gawler and Barossa areas. View routes, timetables and prices on

Adelaide Metro runs a number of public bus services within the Gawler Region, which include 491, 492, 493 and 494. Routes, timetables and prices can be found on These also link with the Gawler train stations. The closest train station to Xavier College stops at Gawler Central (next to Coles). Students can then either walk to our College, or catch an Adelaide Metro bus that stops near our College.

By Foot or Bike

There is a dedicated walking path over the Mallala Road bridge that the crosses over the Sturt Highway and leads into our College grounds.  We have a number of bike racks for students to place their bikes in.

Xavier College chooses to support students getting involved with the local community sporting clubs. Students also participate in inter-school competitions, internal swimming carnival, sports day and cross country events.

Students get the chance to represent the College in activities such as: Athletics, Swimming,
Cross-country, Gymkhana, a number of Carnivals, Bi-annual Musical, Pedal Prix, Eisteddfod, Bands, Choirs.

  • We currently have camps in Years 8 and 9 and a Retreat in Year 12.
  • In 2019, we will have a camp in Years 7,8,9 (separate) and Year 12 Retreat.
  • In 2020, we will have a camp in Years 7 and 9 and Year 12 Retreat.

We have a zero tolerance to bullying, however, a process of Restorative Practice (a system that gives the victim a voice) is used.

Indonesian is offered from Year 8.

Music is an integral part of the curriculum at Years 8-12 and all students have the opportunity to participate in performance groups including choirs, stage bands and instrumental groups. Individual tuition in a wide range of instruments and voice is also available at the College via the engagement of external tutors paid directly by the families.

Differentiation, Tournament of Minds, Cosmic Camp.

We have an Adaptive Education Team Coordinator, who does an excellent job in working with families to ensure individual learning education plans are implemented across all curriculum areas at Xavier.  We exclusively use fully qualified teachers for in-class support.  Psychologist, etc reports, must be provided to the school on enrolment or when updated.

1 hour on average for Years 7 and 8, however, we would like students to place an emphasis on reading. Our Student Hub is open until 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 4:30pm (on Fridays) for students to do homework.

No. We do not have specific age/year level areas. Our College is large enough for students to find comfortable/safe areas.

The canteen is open before school, recess and lunch every day. No pre-ordered lunches are available.

Some subjects require them, however, they are provided by the College as part of the school fee structure.

Yes. Parent permission and House Director approval is required for students in Years 7 – 10.
Year 11 and 12 students do not need parent permission, however must be referred via the House Director.

No boarding facilities are available for students.