Xavier School celebrates its 60th anniversary in SY 2016-2017

Xavier School will celebrate another milestone this school year. In Chinese reckoning, five cycles of the 12 animal birth signs represent a full life that must be celebrated. As Xavier School marks 60 years of Jesuit education and formation in 2016, the entire community is invited to renew its identity as a Catholic, Jesuit, and Chinese-Filipino school, and in the shared mission of evangelization.

From its humble beginnings in 1956 in a converted warehouse in Echague, Xavier School has become one of the country’s leading institutions in basic education. With campuses in San Juan (est. 1960) and Nuvali (est. 2012), the school is well prepared to expand its ministry. The XCE and other international programs have become a unique and central element of the Xavier education, an aspect further enhanced with the introduction of the IB Diploma Program in 2010. Last year, the school successfully launched the K-12 program, utilizing a brand-new building exclusively for senior high school students.

Xavier School has also strengthened its ministry beyond its campus with the the formal takeover of the Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute-ERDA Tech, with ambitious plans of educating more underprivileged youths with relevant job skills. It also signed a cooperation agreement with Tiong Se Academy, one of the country’s oldest Chinese schools, to assist in institutional reforms. Through the FIT (Frontiers and Innovations in Teaching) conferences, the school is working for advancements in teaching methodology through creative use of technology. The school has also focused on encouraging greater engagement among students with the Xavier Explorations (XPlore) Program. This includes a service component that has focused on the GK Pope Francis Village for survivors of Typhoon Ondoy.

The school will mark the official start of the jubilee with the Mass of the Holy Spirit on June 10. Special guests have been invited to participate, including all sectors of the Xavier community. By returning to the wellsprings of our spirituality — St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and Paul Xu Guangqi – we hope that all Xaverians will discover a stronger passion for service in the years to come. 

The Jubilee logo

The central figure depicts a man beside a cross, standing on a boat, forging through the ocean waves. The image relates to the conventional iconography of St. Francis Xavier, who voyaged throughout Asia to spread the Gospel, and represents the enduring missionary spirit of Xavier School. The angular lines also form the Chinese characters for the number 60 to indicate the school’s jubilee.

The representation is set against a backdrop of yellow and blue, the school’s colors, with an impression of a shining sun rendered in the same style as found in the Philippine flag.  Taken altogether, the representation communicates the school’s continuing mission to shine the light of faith and for Xaverians to “let their light shine” (Luceat lux!) and contribute to national and social development.

The jubilee logo is partnered with the slogan “Xavier for Others, Forever,” an affirmation of the Xavier graduate’s commitment to the Jesuit principle to live as “men for others.” The diamond used in the XS60 visually reinforces the lifelong nature of this responsibility.

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