By Brother Dan Skala, Headmaster
Welcome to our new school year! I find the beginning of the school year invigorating as the enthusiasm of students, faculty, and parents is very strong. There is a great deal of promise and a definite sense of purpose. All of us have plans to accomplish a lot and make this a great year. I am especially impressed with our freshman class of 263 boys who possess extraordinary gifts and talents. They have great potential and seem to be hard-working so we will hold them, like the rest of the school, to high standards. Of course, we will be sure to provide them with all the support they need to be successful. The faculty and administration is here to help the Class of 2014 dream big and achieve in the classroom, on the playing field, and on the performance stage. If they push themselves as other Xaverian Hawks who have come before them have, they will set new school records.
Although winning the prize is fun and very satisfying, Xaverian’s emphasis is on community and respect. Through the lively camaraderie of sports and activities our young men make strong friendships. I have already witnessed many small acts of kindness among the student body and faculty. Whether it’s helping a freshman open his locker or mentoring a younger classmate, this behavior creates a spirit of generosity and friendliness unique to our school. These gestures do not go unnoticed and have an impact that inspires all of us to do our best for one another. Everything we try to do at Xaverian helps us understand that we are part of something greater than ourselves and we belong to a special community. Everyone likes coming to school here. Really!
So I am excited to get on with the happy work of our school year. We will learn well and make some good friends. Yesterday we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit where the entire school prayed together for one another, and we took time to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. Now, we are ready for the wonderful things that our surely to happen at Xaverian this year.