St Francis Xavier’s highly values pursuits of academic excellence. Teachers are committed to assisting all students to reach their academic potential through a range of academic endeavours, both inside and outside the classroom. These include Maths and Science Challenges, Public Speaking and Debating Competitions and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. All of these endeavours, in addition to many others, provide academic opportunities for our students.


Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 compete at school and Regional level to prove the quality of their speaking skills.


Students from Year 5 and Year 6 compete at school and Regional level to prove the quality of their debating skills.


This Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9 in Government, Independent and Catholic schools.


Stage 2 and Stage 3 students experience quality, fun, hands-on Maths experiences and competitions, which build a passion for Maths and Problem Solving. 


Students in Stage 2 and Stage 3 are introduced to the world of coding through programs like ‘Scratch’. As they become more proficient at ‘coding’ they then incorporate these skills into their classwork by creating animated displays and simple games related to their work.