It sounds like the worst school on the worst corner of the worst suburb, and yet you pay about $25,000 a year to go there.
Xavier College is a prestigious Catholic boys school in Kew in Melbourne with an esteemed alumni — Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, AFL Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson, world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella and Formula One world championship winner Alan Jones.
Even Barry Humphries’ character Sir Les Patterson claims he was a student.
The school says it aims to produce “reflective, compassionate and articulate men” who will provide “outstanding service and leadership in our world”.
But it is often plagued with scandal, and online bullying is the latest transgression to rock the senior boys campus. Its students this week came under fire for taunting public school students on Facebook ahead of the VCE English exam, calling them “povos”.
One said he felt glad he went to a private school instead of a “poverty-stricken s–thole in Pakenham”.
But Pakenham year 10 student Liam Bottriel was quick to put the elitist bullies of Xavier College in their place. “It says more about how they’ve been brought up, than anything. It’s really sad,” he said.