Primary Update Term 2 Week 11

Year 6 Red Assembly

In Week 9, the Year 6 Red class entertained the Lavalla Campus with an assembly all about the exciting new Years 3-6 building, and the process that went along with the construction. Whilst highlighting these amazing new facilities, Year 6 Red importantly reminded us about our Newman Norms and that it is through our own efforts and attitude that we create a successful learning environment for ourselves, and our peers. Thank you, Year 6 Red for this important message presented in an entertaining way.

Champagnat Day Celebrations

Champagnat Day, celebrated last Friday, was wonderful celebration of St Marcellin Champagnat and his connection with Newman College. Our students engaged in Mass to start the day, where they were able to learn more about who St Marcellin was, and what he accomplished in his life. As always, the students loved spending time with their buddies doing activities and participating in a fantastic lapathon – with beautiful weather! We also gathered to recognise and celebrate those students and staff members who were awarded with the special Marcellin Awards. Overall it was a wonderful day spent together as a Primary.

Newman Norms / Medals of Marcellin

Our new Newman Norms are now on our website and I encourage you to have a look at these expectations for our Primary students – Newman Norms – Newman College. Each week our staff and students will focus on one Norm, to discuss and unpack what that norm means for our students in their day-to-day school life.

In Week 8, Sienna (Marian) and Isabella (Lavalla) were drawn out of the raffle and congratulated for demonstrating our Newman Norm of Line up before going into class & enter the classroom quietly.

Harlem (Marian) and Kyle’s (Lavalla) names were drawn out of the raffle in Week 9 and congratulated for demonstrating our Newman Norm of Take responsibility for our actions and act honestly.

In Week 10, Zita (Marian) and Noah (Lavalla) were drawn out of the raffle and congratulated for demonstrating our Newman Norm of Raise our hand if we would like to speak.

Congratulations to all students who received a raffle ticket in Weeks 8, 9 & 10.

As it is the end of term, our winning faction (with the most ‘medals’) has been revealed at each campus! The results were very close amongst the factions. Our winning factions were:

Students in these factions received a prize of wearing free dress on the last day of Term 3. Congratulations to Brigid faction at both campuses.

The jars will now be emptied, and we start afresh at the start of Term 3!

URSTRONG – Lesson 4 Complete

Lesson 4 Review

All students through PK-6 engaged in URSTRONG Lesson 4 in Week 9. The areas of focus across our year levels in Lesson 4 were:

PK-2: This session anchors students in the ‘truths’ of friendship so they have realistic expectations. Students learn what respect looks and sounds like in their friendships.

Years 3 & 4: This session helps students identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships and the impact that body language has on our friends.

Years 5 & 6: This session teaches students, step-by-step, how to resolve conflict with a friend. They learn how to handle a friend’s negative reaction and what to do if the conflict is online.

Lessons 5-8 will be rolled out next term across the primary.

A reminder parents have access to a FREE URSTRONG parent membership. We hope that as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home.

Years 5 and 6 Speak Up Program

Our Years 5 and 6 students have been busy in class throughout Term 2 preparing their own original speeches as part of the “Speak Up” Program. The quality across these year levels was very high, and has culminated in the Speak Up finals on Wednesday of this week. The entire Lavalla Campus came together to hear some outstanding speeches from our eight finalists, who presented excellent speeches on a wide range of topics. The judging panel selected Vienna, Lucy and Lachlan to represent Newman College at the upcoming finals. Good luck to these students and well done to all Years 5 and 6 students.

Book Week

The theme for Book Week 2024 is Reading is Magic. Please see this letter from Mrs Le Dan for more information.

Lavalla Homework Club

Lavalla Homework Club will continue next term. This will begin in Week 2 and conclude in Week 9.

If your child has not attended previously, please email Mrs Alison Le Dan to confirm your child’s attendance in Term 3 –

Fathering Project

The Fathering Project at Marian Campus shared a wonderful event together on Friday evening of last week, with Bangers & Bingo! There was a huge turnout of dads, granddads and Marian students who had a brilliant time playing Bingo together and enjoying a sausage sizzle afterwards. A huge thank you to Matt Hamilton and his group of dads who organised and ran the event – a huge success! Keep your eyes out for the next Fathering Project later this year!

Primary Staffing

As we finish up Term 2, there are some staffing changes within the Primary. The following staff finish up their time with us at the end of Term 2:

Teachers: Molly Rowbottam, Grace Walker, Anne-Marie Terry

Education Assistants: Kate Wells, Kate Berridge

I wish to thank the above staff members for their time, commitment and passion for their roles throughout Semester 1 at Newman College. They will be missed, but we wish them all the best for the next chapter of their careers.

We welcome the following staff members at the commencement of Term 3:

Sarah Francia (Pre-Kindy Red teacher, returning from Maternity leave), Maria Lynch (Italian Years 3-6) and Arden Lavelle (Years 3-6 EA). We are currently finalising the remaining Special Needs EA position.

Mr Kirry returns to his Years 3-6 Leader of Wellbeing role at the start of Term 3. I would like to make special mention and give my thanks to Mrs Jane Short, who has been in the Acting Leader of Wellbeing Role throughout Term 2, and has been outstanding.

End of Term 2

It is time to reflect on a busy, productive and exciting term as Week 11 concludes. There is much to celebrate from this term with individual student growth, achievement and engagement in their classrooms and school activities. Of note was the opening of the Years 3-6 building, which stands as a state-of-the-art facility for our students. With this Stage complete, we now look to the works ramping up for the new PK-2 and specialist classrooms over the coming months. We look forward to seeing the progress on the old Lavalla site throughout Term 3.

As we enter the holidays, I wish all Primary families a wonderful and relaxing Winter holiday break and look forward to seeing students back next term.

Ryan von Bergheim

From the Vice Principal Term 2 Week 11

Marist Netball Carnival

On Friday 14 June, our Marist Netball Squad headed to Sydney for the 27th Marist Netball Carnival. The team attended the opening mass on Sunday, followed by team photos and dinner at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill.  

The tournament was held at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, beginning with a round-robin competition. Our team competed in 5 games on Monday and 7 games on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they partook in their final two matches. Entering the semi-finals in 8th place, they faced Cardijn College, who were ranked 5th. Despite a strong second-half comeback, we narrowly lost by 2 goals. The squad then played St Patrick’s, the host school, in the final for 7th and 8th place. In another intense game, the team secured a win, finishing 7th – an improvement from last year’s 9th place. Sacred Heart College, Adelaide went undefeated throughout the tournament, winning the Champion School title for the second year in a row. 

The girls played exceptionally well, with various players receiving ‘Player of the Day’ awards, highlighting the talent across the team. Special congratulations to Madie Peou, who was named in the Highly Recommended Team, an honourary team recognising the best players at the carnival. 

Well done to the following students for representing the College;

• Tania Barilla
• Darcy Bird
• Clancy Boss
• Thalia Curley
• Sophia Fasolo
• Audrey Fitzpatrick
• Chloe Menzies
• Madeline Peou
• Ava Prentice
• Emma Richardson
• Isobel Robinson
• Madison Turnbull

A special thank you to Miss Tiyana Kerimi and Miss Jorja Clark, who coached and supervised the team leading up to, and during the carnival. We look forward to partaking in next year’s Marist Netball Carnival, hosted by Cardijn College and Sacred Heart College in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Champagnat Day

On Friday 14 June, our College community came together to honour our founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat. The day began with special Eucharistic celebrations across the College, fostering a sense of unity in faith and gratitude. Following this, we presented the prestigious Champagnat Awards to students and staff who exemplify the Marist Characteristics of Family Spirit, Simplicity, Presence, Love of Work, and In the Way of Mary. Congratulations to all our award recipients for their dedication and embodiment of these Marist values!

  • James Cunningham (Kindy)
  • Everest Kabir (Pre Primary)
  • Maggie Gregoriou (Year 1)
  • Harley Burns (Year 2)
  • Kairav Sunker (Year 3)
  • Aanav Patel (Year 4)
  • Krishav Gondariya (Year 5)
  • Jack Edwards (Year 6)
  • Bella Burnett (Year 7)
  • Charlie Steel (Year 8)
  • Greta Schwertfeger (Year 9)
  • Linus Keane (Year 10)
  • Campbell Smith (Year 11)
  • Oliver Laurent (Year 12)
  • Suzanne Pluske (Staff – Primary)
  • Bernie Roberts (Staff – Secondary)
  • Dave Ricci (Staff)

Year 11 Retreat, Leadership Day and Dinner Dance

Last week, our Year 11 students participated in two special days filled with enriching activities and meaningful discussions.

On Thursday, the Youth Ministry Team led a retreat program in the Marist Auditorium, focusing on life choices and character building. Students were challenged to appreciate the importance of resilience in overcoming life’s challenges and to understand the impact of their positive and negative choices.

Friday focused on themes of Dignity and Vulnerability, Leadership, and Legacy, presented by members of the College Executive. The afternoon provided an interactive session with a leadership panel featuring teachers and student captains, followed with time for legacy planning. The day concluded with a joyous Dinner Dance at Ambrose Estate.

A huge thank you to Mr Van Der Heever, Mr McClorey and Mr Husband for organising these memorable occasions for our Year 11 students.

Winter Music Night

The 2024 Winter Music Night was held on Monday 10 June featuring solos from our Marcellin Scholarship students, Marcellin and Lavalla Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles. Performances included the Clarinet Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Ukelele Club, Jazz Combo, Year 3 Strings, Chamber Strings, Lavalla Choir, Lavalla Rock School, Lavalla Strings, Concert Winds, Ruah, Certificate III – Top Deck. Congratulations to all who performed on the night and thank you to staff and parents for their ongoing support.

Semester One Reports

Semester One Reports are now available for viewing on SEQTA Engage. We encourage you to take the time to review the reports with your child/ren, discuss the report attributes and achievements, and celebrate their growth points. This is an excellent opportunity to set goals and address areas needing improvement together. By engaging in this process, you can help your child/ren recognise their strengths and identify strategies for academic growth. For discussion around your child’s results, please book an interview at our Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 16 July.

2025 College Term Dates

Please click here to access the 2025 College Term Dates. 

2023 Yearbooks

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Yearbooks have arrived at the College. Each family should have received a copy through their youngest child enrolled at the College. We hope you enjoy celebrating all the wonderful events and achievements featured in this publication.

Staff Movements

Staff Farewells
We thank the following staff for their contributions to our College:

  • Rachel Mowatt – Teacher Home Economics
  • Jenny Lindsay – Teacher Religious Education
  • Julia Farinaccio – Teacher Religious Education
  • Grace Walker – Teacher Italian
  • Monica Marziano – Teacher Italian
  • Kate Wells – Education Assistant Primary
  • Anna-Marie Terry – Numeracy and Literacy Support Primary
  • Molly Rowbottam – Teacher Early Childhood
  • Kate Berridge – Education Assistant Primary

Staff Returning from Leave
We welcome back the following staff who took leave in Term 2:

  • Justin Kirry – Leader of Wellbeing Y3-6
  • Heather Tate – Teacher Home Economics
  • Sheree Hart – Teacher Religious Education
  • Sarah Francia – Teacher Primary

New Staff Term 3
We are excited to welcome the following staff to our Newman College community

  • Doug Watson – Head Groundsperson
  • Maria Lynch – Italian Teacher
  • Jenna Childs – Education Assistant
  • Kane Varghese – Finance Officer
  • Nicole Gray – Social Worker
  • Danay Savva – College Psychologist
  • Tania Vandenberg – Canteen Assistant
  • Arden Lavelle – Education Assistant Primary

Parking – University Avenue

We understand that picking up or dropping off students can sometimes be hectic, but it is essential for everyone’s safety and convenience that vehicles are parked in designated bays. This helps maintain traffic flow, ensures emergency access, and prevents unnecessary congestion.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we strive to offer our students the highest quality education. Wishing everyone in our College community a happy and safe holiday.

From the Principal – Term 2 Week 11

Dear Parents and Guardians

End of Term

The end of Term 2 has arrived, and the first Semester is finished. Looking back on this term there have been so many highlights that reflect our vision to lead our students to ‘Shine through Discovery’. The move at Lavalla into the new Years- 3-6 building; the Year 11 Retreat and Dinner Dance; Year 7 and Outdoor Education camps; Champagnat Feast Day, Gamechangers and Marist Connect events, the Winter Music Night, Primary and Secondary carnivals and sport events; the Archbishop’s Lifelink Primary Launch at Newman, Year 13 (Class of 2023) Brunch, and the Medals of Marcellin are just a few of the opportunities where our students strove for personal best and engaged with our Marist Characteristics. My sincere thanks to our children and young adolescents, staff and parents who work together to make our Marist community.

Some Words About Success

Success looks different for all students, and is achieved in and out of the classroom, on and off the sporting arena and co-curricular pursuits. The achievements and successes of the term are the culmination of persistence, overcoming adversity, learning from failure, discipline, dedication and sacrifice. I see in so many of our students’ learning journeys the seeds of what Daniel Coyle refers to as ‘deep practice’. Coyle writes: Deep practice feels a bit like exploring a dark and unfamiliar room. You start slowly, you bump into furniture, stop, think, and start again. Slowly, and a little painfully, you explore the space over and over, attending to errors, extending your reach into the room a bit farther each time, building a mental map until you can move through it quickly and intuitively. Anyone who has played a ball sport or taken up a musical instrument can relate to deep practice. Making those next notes or next shot with the racquet is about taking in all the data, feeling or hearing the mistake of the last effort and planning to execute it better in the next kick or passage of music. I have regularly spoken with students about working just beyond the margin. Not inside it where you have already mastered learning and skill, not way beyond the margin where the gap is too big to bridge, but just at the point of stretch- stretching barely. That is the sweet spot of learning and gradual, personal success.

We have celebrated so much student achievement and commitment over the term in our Celebrate Assemblies. Congratulations to the students who have been recognised in these moments. Equally, I want to congratulate the many more students who do not appear on a stage for recognition. The real measure of success is not necessarily the accolade. Instead, it is the hard work behind it leading to deep learning through deep practice. Many students have worked exceptionally hard and have not necessarily been recognised this term. Their efforts, sometimes without affirmation, are truly admirable. The Semester report is the opportunity to look for the moments of personal progress with your child, be that coach and mentor who helps your young person recognise success behind the data and support them gently with the ‘stretch’.

Student Absentee Patterns – Pressure on Students

As we prepare for the second half of the year, I share this information with you. Today, the last day of term we have experienced a far greater number of absent students than our normal pattern would present. This pattern of large numbers of students being absent on the last day of term, the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat and days associated with ACC Carnivals is concerning. I ask all parents’ support in ensuring early holidays or absence from school on special event days is avoided. The impact of absence falls on all students and staff. Assessments and new learning are squeezed into tighter and tighter timeframes in the remainder of the term, which can only add unnecessary stress and burden to the students and staff, in general. Please make sure you plan to have your children at school until the end of the term.

Best Wishes

I wish all families a restful break and hope everyone finds some time to share special moments which is the beauty of Family Spirit.

Thank you to our dedicated staff who lead and support learning in any form across the College. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the beginning of Term 3 wearing their uniforms with pride and energised for another term of learning and engagement in College Life.


From the Vice Principal Term 2 Week 8

Champagnat Day Activities

We are excited to approach our annual Champagnat Day celebration which will take place on Friday, 14 June. This date has been chosen to accommodate our senior students who will be sitting exams during the actual feast day on 6 June. This adjustment maintains the tradition of celebrating Champagnat Day at a time that allows all students to participate fully.

This year, our celebrations will centre around the Mass and an awards ceremony. We will begin with a special Champagnat Day Mass, followed by the presentation of the Champagnat Awards to outstanding students from each year level and dedicated staff members. In addition, we will recognise several staff members with service awards for their contributions.

After the Mass and awards, our primary school students will participate in the Annual Lapathon. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to raise funds for LifeLink, supporting the Catholic agencies in Western Australia that provide essential assistance to those in need.

Traditionally, we have hosted various activities such as bouncy castles, food stalls, and other fun events following the Mass and awards. However, for the past three years, these activities have been affected by rain, limiting our ability to enjoy the day to its fullest.

To ensure better weather and greater enjoyment, we have rescheduled this part of the celebration to 15 August, coinciding with the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, the patronal feast day of the Marist Brothers. On this day, students will attend Mass and then enjoy a fete and a student-led concert in the afternoon. Due to current restrictions on inflatable amusements, we are planning an exciting fete where each class or year level will contribute a stall or activity.

For more information on Champagnat Day arrangements, please review 2024 Champagnat Day Information.

We look forward to celebrating these special days as a Marist community.

Marist Netball Carnival

The Marist Netball Team, coached and managed by Miss Jorja Clark and Miss Tiyana Kerimi, has been diligently preparing for their upcoming tournament in New South Wales. This morning, the team had an exciting match against the Marist “Old Girls” in the Gymnasium, followed by a delightful breakfast shared by both teams.

Our team departs for Sydney next Friday. Their itinerary includes a cultural day on Saturday, the opening Mass, team photos, and dinner on Sunday, and the tournament will take place from Monday, 17 June to Wednesday, 19 June. The team is set to return on Thursday, 20 June.

On behalf of the entire Newman College community, we extend our best wishes to the Marist Netball Team. We are proud of your hard work and dedication, and we look forward to cheering you on as you represent our school. Safe travels and good luck!

Team members:

  • Tania Barilla
  • Darcy Bird
  • Clancy Boss
  • Thalia Curley
  • Sophia Fasolo
  • Audrey Fitzpatrick
  • Chloe Menzies
  • Madeline Peou
  • Ava Prentice
  • Emma Richardson
  • Isobel Robinson
  • Madison Turnbull

Year 10 Preparation for Subject Selection

Throughout this term, our Year 10 students have been actively exploring their subject choices for Senior School. They have attended presentations from Learning Area leaders and reflected on their strengths and interests using their Careers Booklet.

On Tuesday 18 June, students and their families will attend the Careers Expo. This event provides opportunities to engage with Learning Area teachers and representatives from universities, TAFEs, and other institutions. In the evening, there will be a presentation outlining pathway offerings, SCSA requirements, and next steps for determining the right pathway.

The process culminates in Subject Selection mentoring sessions on 15 July. Each student will be guided by a College Executive or Middle Leader to make informed choices, aligning with our Vision for Learning: striving for individual excellence, valuing student voice, fostering metacognition, and recognizing each student’s unique gifts and talents.

These mentoring sessions also enable parents and guardians to positively partner with teachers, share responsibility for their child’s education, and actively support the College’s holistic approach to faith, learning, and wellbeing. Together, we celebrate the individual pathways and achievements of each student.

Please refer to the Pathways Section of the newsletter for further information provide by our Leader of Pathways & Partnerships, Mr Justin Farley.

From the Principal Term 2 Week 8

Dear Parents and Guardians 

It is wonderful to be back in our Newman Community after seven weeks of undertaking the Marist Pilgrimage and Professional Renewal Leave.  

At the Pilgrimage, I had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of St Paul and St Marcellin. St Paul’s three journeys into Asia Minor and Greece help spread the Gospel in those early years after Christ. The Paulene Church has formed our modern expression of faith and is evident in our own Marist Spirituality and Mission. Time spent in Champagnat country at the Hermitage, La Valla, Le Rossey and Lyon deepened my understanding of St Marcellin Champagnat’s vision, and work to make Christ known and loved to the forgotten and downtrodden in the most tumultuous times of the French revolutionary period. I hope to write more of these reflections in newsletters to come.  

I would like to thank Mr Michael Chiera and Mrs Beth Murphy whose leadership as Principal and Vice Principal in my absence was so positive and professional. Mrs Sarah Pagett assumed the role of Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning K-12 and Ms Nicki Winterbourn covered Sarah’s role as Leader of Learning Support. Michael, Beth, Sarah and Nicki performed outstandingly and received excellent support by the College Executive and the whole staff. I thank Mrs Glenda Gillespie who took care of the Director of Finance and Operations’ role while Mr Steve Halley-Wright was on long service leave.  

Feast Day of St Marcellin  

Yesterday, June 6 marked the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat. Our examination period falls on this date, so we will celebrate Champagnat Day fully next Friday (please see the Vice Principal’s section for details).  

St Marcellin faced many obstacles and uncertainties in his mission to provide education to young people, yet he remained steadfast in his commitment to making Jesus known and loved. As families and teachers, we are entrusted with the sacred task of shaping the hearts and minds of young people, we are grateful for the example of St Marcellin Champagnat, whose life continues to inspire us in our work as a Newman community. This year we celebrate the 25 Anniversary of the canonisation of St Marcellin Champagnat.  

In my pilgrimage, I was fortunate to be in Rome for this celebration and view the wonderful statue of Marcellin that sits on the outside wall of St Peter’s. Here is a wonderful reflection of the statue and I think it encapsulates our Marist Way. Happy Champagnat Day! 

The statue of Marcellin portrays his strength and determination. Upon his shoulders he bears the burden of universal childhood with tenderness and sensitivity. His essential human traits are given a Christian dimension though the symbol of the crucifix that he holds in his left hand. Children, especially those who are poor and neglected, are waiting upon the kind of educational setting that will assure them of being secure and loved. To create such a setting was Marcellin’s goal, and it radiates from the statue that brings to mind the image of the Good Shepherd. The positioning of feet and hands expresses an affective interplay, the good soil that receives both the word of God and the formative experiences of education. The child on the shoulders leans upon the head of Marcellin, a position from which to look out upon life. At the same time, the child’s foot reposes secure on Marcellin’s right hand. In its turn, the child-figure at the sculpture’s base leans against Champagnat’s foot to express a personal relation. The open book in the child’s hand recalls the educational opportunity in which the child will find delight; and the countenance bespeaks a special way of viewing life. The message: Marcellin’s humility and simplicity. 

Opening of Lavalla Building  

The joy of celebration continued this week with the first days of occupancy at Lavalla of the Year 3-6 building.  It is a superb facility supporting upper primary education and bringing us one step closer to One Campus One Community. We are planning the opportunity for families to view our new facility once the settling in process has taken place. 

Warm wishes for the weeks ahead.