Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough is an iconic beachfront hotel overlooking the soft white sands of Scarborough Beach and the sparkling blue water of the Indian Ocean, just a 30-minute drive from Perth Airport and only 15 minutes from Perth’s CBD. Dynamic facilities including a lagoon style pool with ocean views, tennis courts, a fully equipped games room, modern conference spaces and amazing dining options will cater to all guests including families, couples, friends & corporates. Click here to visit their website

Quest Scarborough

Quest Scarborough serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Scarborough accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays.

Quest Scarborough is located just 200m from the breathtaking Scarborough beach and local restaurants. From the hotel you will have easy access to popular destinations such as Wembley Golf Course, Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Perth CBD and Rottnest Island. Click here to visit their website

Quest Innaloo

Quest Innaloo serviced apartments offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Innaloo accommodation experience, perfect for both short and long stays. Quest Innaloo provides a brand new accommodation in Innaloo, perfectly positioned within close proximity to Westfield Innaloo Shopping centre and offers easy access to The Mitchell Freeway. Click here to visit their website

Karrinyup Waters Resort

With 68 units in 12 different styles and a park capacity of more than 750 guests, we have the experience to cater to almost any requirement.

All of our units are fully self contained. They include a bathroom with shower and toilet, reverse cycle air conditioning, kitchenette (microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, gas cook tops, cutlery and crockery), TV, dining table and chairs, linen and bath towels. Simply choose a bedding configuration and price point that best suits your requirements. Click here to visit their website

SeaShells Scarborough

Our stunning, newly refurbished pools complement our beachside location for times when you want a more low key experience.

Guests have a choice of two outdoor swimming pools, with sun lounges, outdoor entertaining areas and gas barbeques. Click here to visit their website

Ramada by Wyndham VetroBlu Scarborough Beach

Located in the heart of Scarborough’s entertainment precinct, our Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach hotel offers sweeping views of western Australia’s world-class beaches and breathtaking sunsets. We are a short drive from Perth’s CBD, and the Perth Transit Hub is steps away, making travel easy. Click here to visit their website

Vibe Hotel Subiaco

The brand-new Vibe Hotel Subiaco offers a new twist on an old WA favourite – celebrating Perth’s diversity of culture and cuisine and its fascinating history, incredible architecture and leafy laneways – without the bustle of a CBD stay. Click here to visit their website

Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

Transition Workshops 

Our 2023 Year 7 students have had their final workshop supported  by our Yr10 Peer Mentors. Mr Scott Smith Leader of Wellbeing Year 7 2023 and PCG teachers 2023, met with students and took them through what to expect in the life of a Newman College student. Congratulations to all students who attended as they showed a great Marist Spirit and energy in the way they engage with staff and students. 

Marble Bar Primary School Visit

The students of Marble Bar Primary School visited Newman College as part of their STEM Camp in Perth. 

Marble Bar introduced Virtual Reality technology to our Year 9 Design Thinking students through their multi award-winning Marble Bar Virtual Worlds gallery, whilst we showed the Marble Bar students the features of the John Henry Newman Learning Hub. 

After the sharing of ideas, students from both schools collaborated in some STEM experiments that were about sound, which was expertly run by Miss McKnight. 

Today’s events mark the beginning of a strong partnership with our Pilbara friends, and we look forward to collaborating with them more in the future. 

Year 9 Italian Class 

The year 9 Italian class had an excursion to Fremantle this week. 
They visited the welcome walls out the front of the Maritime Museum, the fisherman’s Warf and the cappuccino strip and learnt about how Italian immigration has influenced Western Australia. 
They enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch at the Italian Club of bread, cheese and cold meats for entrée, pasta for the main and gelato for dessert. 

Year 10 Edge Barista Training 

Earlier this week, the Year 10 Edge class attended a barista training course at local café Diamattina. During the course, the students learned the basics of coffee service, as well as taking orders and familiarisation with the many varieties of coffee that people may order in a café. In the future, the students will also be doing work experience at the Newman College Learning Hub café, as well as at Auditorium events. 

Year 7 science 

All students across Year 7 science partook in a Solar Car Competition. Students were given 4 weeks to build a car from a kit provided and could change the wheel size, gear size, front or rear wheel drive, and solar panel angle to make their car the fastest. 
They then tested out their created Solar Cars in a 20-metre race to see which was the fastest car over the finish line. 
This year the winners go to science 7.4 with the team formed up of Angus, Beau, Sunny and Kyan. This team will now go on to represent Newman College in the interschool state final next year hosted by Synergy. Congratulations, and good work! 

SHINE World Scholar’s Cup 

Over two days in October, three teams from Newman College competed at the Perth round of the World Scholar’s Cup. The World Scholar’s Cup encourages a wide range of academic endeavors that invites collaboration and critical thinking in a wide range of disciplines.  

The competition involves four distinct challenges. The Scholar’s Bowl is where students solve analytical questions and multimedia challenges. Collaborative writing involves students responding to a range of writing prompts and collaborate on their individual pieces. Students also engage in a team debate, and a Scholar’s Challenge.  

The themes for 2022 were: 

  • To Edit a Planet (Science and Technology) 
  • Mistakes and Recoveries 
  • Out with the Old (Social Studies) 
  • The History of Succession (History) 
  • Second Chances, Second Glances (Art & Music) 
  • Reboots, Sequels and Reconsiderations (Literature and Media) 

There were so many outstanding achievements of our three teams this year, too many to include in this short report. The following teams should be commended not only for their outstanding achievements but their collaborative and creative spirit on the two challenging days. All teams have been invited to participate in the global rounds of the competition.  

Junior Team One: Arlo Gaunt, Anabel Raguseo and Lachlan Moir-Scott 

  • A silver medal for their team challenge (ranking ninth overall). 
  • Anabel Raguseo performed exceptionally well in writing. 
  • Lachlan Moir-Scott achieved gold medals in the following areas: Literature, Social Studies, Art and History.  
  • Arlo Gaunt achieved three silver medals and one gold medal for Literature, Art, History and Science.  

Junior Team Two: Hannah Woolfrey, Alyssa Petracca, and Micaela Buddle 

  • Micaela Buddle was awarded a gold medal for debating and the team bowl, and a silver medal for Social Studies. 
  • Hannah Woolfrey was awarded fifth place for writing, and two silver medals and one gold medal for History and Social Studies. 
  • The team overall placed fourth in writing and placed tenth overall.  
  • Hannah, Alyssa, and Micaela’s team also qualified for the global round.  

Senior Team: Ethan Wynne and Charlotte Laurent 

  • Ethan was awarded two silver medals in Science and Social Studies. 
  • Ethan and Charlotte’s team also qualified for the global round.  

Awards Assembly 

Thursday 24 November Years 7 – 11 students will gather in the Sports Complex for our Annual Awards celebration. This event will provide the opportunity for students to be recognised for their sporting, academic and cultural contributions. Parents of award winners will be invited to attend this significant event. The event will be recorded and shared on the College YouTube channel. 

Year 10 River Cruise 

On Wednesday 23 November students are invited to celebrate the annual River Cruise. This event is arrange as a way for students to come together and celebrate their year as a Marist community. Information has been sent by Mrs Sarah Ellam Leader of Wellbeing Year 10. We look forward to sharing photos of the successful event next newsletter. 

Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Kindergarten 2023 Orientation 

It was wonderful to welcome our 2023 students to the Marian Campus on Monday morning. Students and their parents had the opportunity to meet their Kindy teachers and spend some time familiarising themselves with their Kindy classrooms and classmates. Parents were also invited to an information session and morning tea in the Marian library, to assist them in their child’s transition into Newman College.  

There are still a very few limited places available across our 5-day, 4-day and 3-day Kindergarten program for 2023. If you know anyone who is considering Newman College for their kindy child in 2023, please encourage them to contact our Registrar, Ms Jo Dunn at as soon as possible.  

Marian Assembly  

Last Friday, Pre-Primary Green students led us in an amazing assembly that showcased their co-constructed Talk4Writing text “The Three Chickens Gruff” with a very grumpy onion that lived under the bridge. It is wonderful to see these examples of the students writing showcased, and brought to life through a dramatic representation of the story.  

Well done also to all our amazing Merit Award winners, who demonstrated in many ways the College’s pedagogical pillars of Collaborate, Celebrate, Challenge and Create.  

Lavalla Assembly

On Friday, students from 4 Blue presented a wonderful play called “The Pirates and the Monster”! This was a lovely story which shared the message that education will open a lot of ‘hidden passages’ and we can share in its treasures! We also acknowledged the efforts of students receiving the Catholic Performing Arts Awards. Congratulations to all students on their success over these past few weeks! 

Remembrance Day services 

Remembrance Day was respectfully marked across the College, with students at both Marian and Lavalla observing a minute’s silence in their respective Remembrance Day Services.  

Students at both campuses were reminded of the significance of the day, as we all continue to show our gratitude for the fallen service men and women who bravely fought to provide us with the freedoms that we enjoy today.  

Year 5/6 AFL Dockers Cup 

 The Year 5/6 AFL girls competed on Monday 31st October. The team went through the pool games undefeated. We then played IONA College in the final as they were also undefeated from their pool. 

 The final was a tense battle, with our girls coming away victorious. The team should be very proud of their display of sportsmanship and football skills, they played at a very high standard throughout the whole day. 

 A big thank you to Miss Tildi Sergeant for helping to coach the team on the day and the parents who came along and supported.

Swimming lessons 

This week, students across Year 1 to Year 6 began swimming lessons in our College pool. There have been lots of excited faces as they embark on this 2-week program that is run by the Newman Swim Club.  

There are also some items of lost property on each campus as a result of these lessons. You may wish to pop past and see whether any of these items belong to your child/ren.

2023 Transition Afternoon

Next Friday 25 November, students from Kindy to Year 5 will undertake a transition session, which is designed to provide students with a smooth move into their 2023 class.  

Students will be informed of their 2023 classroom allocation and will then spend a session with their 2023 classroom teacher and classmates. This session will be focused on familiarising students with their new learning space and undertaking some fun activities.  

Class lists will be distributed to families that afternoon, and parents are encouraged to support their child’s placement and successful transition by engaging in positive discussion about the process and excitement about the future possibilities for their child. No changes to class allocations will be possible, once class lists have been distributed.  

Year 3 Transition – 2023

On Friday 25 November, all current Year 2 students will attend a Transition Day at the Lavalla Campus, in preparation for 2023. 
The purpose of the day is to familiarise students with the Lavalla Campus, and will involve a range of lessons and activities that will allow them an experience of the Campus.  
Students should wear their blue Newman College sports uniform and bring their school bag containing recess, lunch, a water bottle and the College hat. 
Families can drop students off at the Campus from 8.15am, and students can assemble in the Lavalla Hall where their Year 2 teachers will be waiting. Students should be collected from Lavalla from 2.45pm. 

iPad Program – 2023

To enhance learning opportunities within the classroom, from 2023 Year 2 and 3 students will be provided with access to new College owned and controlled iPads. The iPad bundle will include use of the iPad with 256GB of storage, Logitech Rugged Combo, Touch Keyboard and Apple Pen. All software will be included. 

  • The iPads will be stored and charged at school in locked cabinets located in every classroom 
  • Students will have access to the same College owned iPad at school until the end of Year 6 
  • At the end of Year 6, students will be required to return the device to the College 
  • Parents and Students will be required to sign a Responsible User Agreement that outlines their obligations and responsibilities 
  • If a student leaves the school at any time before the end of Year 6, the device will be restored to factory settings and repurposed 
  • There will be an ICT levy of $300 per year on your child’s fee account 

Students in Year 3 to Year 5, will continue to utilise their BYOD iPad device as per the previous arrangement.   

Any questions regarding the iPad program should be directed to Tom Brajdic at 

iPad safety and security 

We continue to encounter challenges with student’s appropriate use of digital devices on a regular basis.  Many of these challenges occur outside the school setting but become problematic when they affect a range of Newman students. Further, many of these problems could be avoided with appropriate controls being implemented by families on their child’s device. 

The College utilises a Cyberhound appliance that allows us to allow/block websites and filter internet traffic looking for inappropriate or concerning language the students have used. Additionally, we also have mail filtering for all emails sent and received to the Newman email domain which looks for inappropriate content. However, with Apple iMessage the College cannot pick up inappropriate content due to the way that the iMessage service works, whereby Apple encrypts the message when it is send it and it only gets unencrypted on the recipients end. 

Parents can disable iMessage for their child. Parents should be establish their child’s device as a “child” account that you create through Apple family. This will allow you to disable built in apps including iMessage and FaceTime.  

Other services like FamilyZone also allow parents to control usage, by locking the app during certain times of the day. However, your child would still be able to see the messages outside of those hours. There’s more information on how iMessage keeps your messages safe here and how you can block built in apps on Apple Family here.  

Families are reminded that students ARE NOT permitted to use any messaging service during the school day, and we ask parents to support this policy by not contacting or replying to their child through their iPad at any point during the school day.  

Year 6 Ceremony and Awards 

Primary Christmas Carols and Awards evening 


As we move closer to the end of the year, we recognise that the students are starting to get tired and ready for the summer holidays. During this week, we have taken the time to remind students about the importance of still following school routines and ensuring they are being respectful and polite to their peers and staff.  

This gives us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves as Marists and our Marist Theme for the year; “Known and Loved, Dignity For All”.  We are being called not simply to recognise the dignity of all, but let the world know about it by the way we live our lives for and with others.  

Mrs Edwina Battersby 

Leader of Wellbeing PK-6 

Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates – College Calendar

  • Mon 21 to Fri 24 November – Marian and Lavalla Swimming Lessons 
  • Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 Nov – Year 11 Exam Feedback days  
  • Wed 23 November – Y10 River Cruise 
  • Thu 24 November – Y7 to 11 Secondary Awards and Principal’s Assembly, 8.45am, Marcellin Gymnasium.   
  • Thu 24 November – Y11 last day 
  • Tue 6 December – Y3 Pizza Pool 
  • Tue 6 December – Y6 Mass and Graduation, 5.30pm, Marist Auditorium 
  • Wed 7 December – Y4 Pizza Pool 
  • Wed 7 December – Kindy to Y5 Awards and Carols Evening (Compulsory Event) 
  • Thu 8 December – Y5 Pizza Pool 
  • Thu 8 December – Y6 End of Year Celebration, Adventure World 

This week we introduced 2023 students into both entry points of the College. Our budding Newman Beings for Kindy in 2023, and our incoming Year 7 students joined the campuses on Monday and Tuesday respectively. We thank everyone involved with these transition activities and we look forward to welcoming the new families into our Marist family in the coming months. As with all things, finishing well is connected to starting well. We ask all our students to focus on finishing the 2022 school year well. We still have three weeks to go, and lots of magnificent learning experiences are planned to see out the year. 

This weekend marks the feast day of Christ the King. We are reminded on this feast day that faith in Christ, the King of love, provides an avenue for hope, love, freedom, and ultimately inner peace. The power in Christ as King, is not the power of earthly wealth or riches. It is the power to rise above, to liberate from evil, to defeat temptation and therefore avoid the pain of sin. The power of love draws good from evils. Love can melt a hardened heart. Love brings peace to the bitterest conflict and ignites hope amid darkness. The state of grace offered through love is never forced, it respects our freedom. Christ came “to bear witness to the truth” (Jn 18: 37), that being the link between love and inner peace. In our consciences, we get to make the choice. To choose good or evil. To choose truth or illusion. The Marist characteristic most closely linked to this notion of love is Presence, in essence to show love to those around us, we must be present to our community and those closest to us, present with both our time and attention.  

Instrumental Program

Research from neuroscience shows that music can enhance the function of the brain in children. Musical endeavours like singing and learning to play an instrument, stimulates the brain. This full brain workout leads to improved brain structure with the formation of additional neural connections.  

The Music Department is now accepting applications for instrumental/vocal lessons for 2023. We offer lessons on piano, voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass and ukulele. 

Please click on the applicable application link below.  Applications must be submitted by Friday 2 December. 

If your child is currently enrolled in instrumental lessons program, you must complete an application form to continue lessons next year.  

Pre-Primary – Year 2  

Year 3 – Year 12

Please read terms and conditions carefully.  

Queries should be direct to: 

Elaine Knight or 9204 9485 
Margaret Goldsmith or 9204 9488 

Yvonne Wiese or 9204 9472 

End of Year Reporting 

The College uses the Australian Curriculum judging standards across the College to discern the end of year grades for student reports.  Consideration is given to a variety of inputs such as observations, running records, summative and formative assessments, to report on each learning area.  I thank our teaching staff for their diligence, accuracy, and professionalism used to prepare meaningful reporting as a critical element of our Learning Cycle. 

Please ensure you have your details to log into SEQTA in order you can retrieve the reports. Any families leaving Newman College, including our class of 2022 students, are reminded to download all reports from SEQTA as files will be archived at the end of December and will no longer be accessible. 

Any log in queries should be directed to the Student Data Administrator 

Allwell Testing 

The Allwell Test is a test that can report the ability of a student against the following components: 

  • General reasoning 
  • Verbal reasoning 
  • Non-verbal reasoning 
  • Mathematics 
  • Reading comprehension 
  • Spelling 
  • Writing 

Years 2, 4 and 8 2022 Allwell results will be uploaded to SEQTA on Friday 18 November and results will be available for viewing from 4.00pm. 

Leaders of Wellbeing 2023 

We are pleased to confirm the following Leaders of Wellbeing for 2023. 

PK – 2 Edwina Battersby 

Year 3 – 6 Justin Kirry 

Year 7 Scott Smith 

Year 8 Jo Smith 

Year 9 Luke O’Mara 

Year 10 David Husband 

Year 11 Sarah Ellam 

Year 12 Gemma Beekink 

New Staff/Staff Movement 

A very warm welcome to our new staff 

Secondary Drama Teacher – Josh Lang 

Secondary English Teacher –  Alida Kempen 

Design and Technology Technician –  Joshua Gabriel 

Primary Teacher  – Amy Dawson 

Education Assistant  – Caroline Napier 

Ms Caroline Fuhr will be finishing as a Dance teacher effective the end of the year and will be taking a role in Iona Presentation College. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours. 

2023 Term Dates 

Term 1 

  • Monday 30 Jan – Staff Commence 
  • Tuesday 31 Jan – Staff Professional Learning Day (College Closed) 
  • Wednesday 1 Feb – Students Commence: K-Y7 and New Students Y8 -11 (Orientation) 
  • Thursday 2 Feb – Students Commence: Y8-12 
  • Monday 6 March – Labour Day – Public Holiday (College Closed) 
  • Thursday 6 April – Term concludes for staff and students 

Term 2 

  • Monday 24 April – Marist Faith Formation Day (College Closed) 
  • Tuesday 25 April – Anzac Day – Public Holiday (College Closed) 
  • Wednesday 26 April – PK-12 Students return 
  • Monday 5 June – Western Australia Day – Public Holiday (College Closed) 
  • Friday 30 June – Term concludes for staff and students 

Term 3 

  • Monday 17 July – Staff Professional Learning Day (College Closed) 
  • Tuesday 18 July – PK-Y10 Parent Teacher Interviews  
  • Wednesday 19 July – PK-12 Students return 
  • Friday 11 August – Staff Wellbeing Day (College Closed) 
  • Monday 14 August – Staff Catholic Faith Day (College Closed) 
  • Wednesday 20 September – Y12 last day 
  • Friday 22 September – Term concludes for staff and students 

Term 4 

  • Monday 9 October – Staff Professional Learning Day (College Closed) 
  • Monday 9 October – Y7 2024 Orientation Day 
  • Tuesday 10 October – PK-12 Students return 
  • Thursday 23 November – Y11 last day 
  • Friday 1 December – Y10 last day 
  • Thursday 7 December – PK-Y9 last day 
  • Friday 8 December – Staff Professional Learning Day (College Closed) 
  • Monday 11 December – Staff Professional Learning Day (College Closed) 
  • Tuesday 12 December – Staff final day (College Closed) 


Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

Building Leaders at Newman College

The most powerful marketing strategy in our community is the conversation that is had at the dinner table between students and their families.  These conversations generally predicated on the day these students have with particular reference to their teachers.  As a parent, I have heard about so many teachers and enjoy hearing how engaged my children are in their learning.  It is the hope in our community that student engagement which leads to growth is underpinned by good teaching. 

At our recent Newman Parents Committee Meeting, a question was put to me about why there has been a significantly high turnover of teachers.  There are a few reasons that I put to the group that I would like to share with the wider community.

  1. Promotional positions:  Newman College is committed to developing teachers and leaders.  In recent days we were awarded the Educator 2022 5-Star Innovative School Award (see Educator Award below).  This program is indicative of how we develop leadership.  The fruits of such a program are better learning experiences for our students.  What it also does is give leaders the opportunity to move into promotional positions, either in our school or in other communities.  This year we have seen 9 teachers and leaders appointed to promotional positions across the sector.  This includes myself as Director of School Improvement for Marist Schools Australia, Lisa McClue as Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel Karrinyup, Jenny Miraudo as Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning at Corpus Christi College Bateman, Katya Anderson as Head of Primary at Corpus Christi College Bateman, to name just a few. 

In addition, Stuart McClorey, former Leader of Wellbeing Primary, is our new Director of Mission and Catholic Identity.  Mr Simon Martino, former Director of Mission and Catholic Identity, has been appointed Deputy Principal Secondary.

  • Commensurate experience:  We have teachers who have been in our community for a significant time and made the decision to move to other Colleges to deepen their experience as teachers.
  • Opportunity:  Post COVID-19 restrictions, there has been a general teacher shortage across the country.  Consequently, there are more opportunities for teachers to move when positions become available.

The benefits of recruitment are that we have appointed outstanding teachers and leaders who will commence in our College in 2023.  Newman is a good school of choice for employees and I am looking forward to seeing our continued growth in 2023.

Educator Award

In recent weeks Newman College was awarded the Educator 2022 5-Star Innovative School Award presented to only 5 Western Australian Schools.

The Award was for our Middle Leadership Program, Leadership Accelerator – Drive to Excel.  We partnered with The Liminal Space – Dr Shane Glasson, and Brendan Spillane Consulting to create and deliver this bespoke ‘Leadership Acceleration’ course that runs over nine days. This model uses cutting edge research to develop our leaders individually first, then as a collective, aligned with the College’s strategic intent.

Congratulations for our Middle Leaders for the way in which they immersed themselves in the course.

Finish of 2023

With 3 weeks to go until the end of Term, we look forward to the Christmas festivities.  Advent commences 27 November.  This is a really important time in our liturgical year as we prepare for the birth of Christ.  Across our College, we look forward to our liturgies and our prayer is that we finish well.

John Finneran