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Newman News Term 2 Week 11: From the Leader of Early Childhood

02 Jul 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

After a long 11-week term, that ended with the restrictions of lockdown, I would like to congratulate all our Marian students on their efforts and attitude. It truly is a delight to come to work each day and be greeted by happy, smiling children. The very best part of my job is connecting with children, and I love hearing their stories and their successes.

There will be lots of successes to celebrate in the Semester 1 reports, and I urge you to discuss your child’s report with them. Research tells us that children are more likely to succeed when they clearly understand their learning expectations and when their parents take an active part in their learning journey. Perhaps you could ask your child what they think their greatest success has been this year? And what goal they would like to set themselves for the remainder of the year? This can form the basis of regular talking points, as they continue to learn and grow across 2021.

Year 2 Liturgy 

Thank you to our Year 2 students and teachers for the beautiful liturgy that they prepared around the topic of Prayer. The children all sung enthusiastically and participated very reverently.

Pyjama Day 

To end the term, students and teachers were very eager to head to school in their pyjamas today! I know it was lovely to snuggle up in ugg boots and cosy clothing during this particularly cold weather. Hopefully, these holidays bring plenty more pyjama days for children and their families.

Reporting 

For more information regarding report please click here.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

Parent / Teacher Interviews 

Families will have received communication on Wednesday regarding the Parent / Teacher interviews, which are scheduled for Tuesday 20 July. These interviews are not compulsory and provide families with a formal opportunity to meet with their children’s teachers and discuss any concerns that they might have.

At the Marian Campus, we ask that parents attend the meeting without their children so teachers are free to discuss any concerns that they might have with the parents.

MercyCare School Holiday Program 

To register your inetrest in Mercy Care’s School Holiday Program for Newman College Students please click here 

Pre-Primary Drop-Off Process 

From the commencement of Term 3, Pre-Primary students will undertake a new before-school routine. This new routine will allow our Pre-Primary students to participate in the weekly Prayer Assemblies that are held each Wednesday morning, and help to prepare them for their transition into Year 1.

The new routine requires Pre-Primary children to line up in the undercover area on the marked red lines when the morning bell sounds at 8.45am. The school gate is open from 8.20am for access to the Campus and children are welcome to play on the playground and oval before school, but Pre-Primary students must be actively supervised by their parents/guardians until the morning bell.

When the morning bell sounds at 8.45am, we ask that you assist your child to line up in the undercover area with their school bag and await the arrival of their classroom teacher, who will accompany them to the classroom.

If you have any further questions regarding this new process, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.

Punctuality 

I ask parents to please ensure that their child is dropped and collected from school punctually.

Students should be on school grounds prior to the morning bell at 8.45am, so that they can enter the classroom at the start of the day with their classroom teacher. When children arrive late to class, this can be very disruptive to the teacher and upsetting for the child who will often have missed key information about their learning.

Likewise, we ask parents to collect their child promptly at the end of the school day. Pre-Kindy collection is at 2.45pm and Kindy – Year 2 students finish at 3.00pm.

If you anticipate that you are going to be late to collect your child, we ask that you call the Marian Campus office on 9387 9900, so that we can notify your child and their teacher. This prevents unnecessary stress for your child.

UWA Research Project

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has an exciting opportunity for Newman College to participate in research.

The overall aim of the research project is to examine first impressions towards children with and without autism to better understand the social experiences of children and help understand the stigma towards children on the autism spectrum. Experiencing social rejection at an early age can be very difficult for children, and research suggests that one factor that may impact children’s social lives are first impressions.

First impressions can influence how we respond to unfamiliar people, and so understanding the factors that impact how first impressions are formed can be very valuable information in developing programs that foster social inclusivity. This study also investigates how adults form impressions of children because adults who work with children, such as parents and teachers, can have great influence on children’s social decisions.

The project encourages children to learn about first impressions with the message of inclusivity and acceptance of other children’s differences.

At this stage, they are inviting parents and their children aged 6-11 years to participate in this study and would appreciate any help from Newman College families on this project. The results of this current study will be used to inform the design of a later study involving children who are on the autism spectrum.

If you and your child are interested in participating, please follow this link to provide your consent and answer some questions regarding your child’s development: http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJ83cMkCNuTJBZA

The link will also provide you with further information and guidance on how you and your child may participate in this exciting project.

02 Jul 2021

Term 3 Dates 

Monday 19 July Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (Staff Faith Formation PL)
Tuesday 20 July K-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interview Day
Wednesday 21 July PK-12 Student return
Friday 13 August Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (Staff PL)
Monday 16 August Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (CEWA Faith Day)
Thursday 23 September Y12 last day
Friday 24 September END OF TERM 3

Student Leadership 

Last Friday our student leaders in Year 6 gathered for breakfast with our Year 12 leaders. We used this opportunity to connect with each other and deliver a leadership workshop on ‘Knowing your values’. Students all know that part of leadership is being able to understand, relate, and lead others, but another key component is being able to understand ourselves, and the things that drive our thoughts and actions. Students were able to gain an understanding of what it means to have values and took part in an exercise that allowed to better understand those values that are important to them. The workshop was received well by students, and we are looking forward to our next one in Term 3 already!

Staff Professional Learning 

All staff will participate in Faith Formation Professional Learning on Monday 19 July and Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 20 July. I extend my thanks to staff for their professionalism in preparing for these important professional learning and parent engagement opportunities.

Return to School – Term 3 

Students in PK to Year 12 will return to the College on Wednesday 21 July.  Please ensure that all students adhere to College uniform and grooming expectations from the first day. Thank you in advance for your support.

Reporting 

All PK to Year 9 and Years 11 and 12 reports will be available to access via SEQTA Engage on Friday 2 July by 5.00pm.  Year 10 reports went live two weeks ago. Please find the SEQTA login instructions below.

SEQTA Login 
Download SEQTA Engage Login Instructions

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

The College will host Parent Teacher Interviews for  all students K-12 on Tuesday 20 July from 10.00am – 7.30pm.  

Primary interviews will take place in classrooms and Secondary interviews will take place in the Marist Auditorium.

  • Students from Years 3 to 12 are required to attend the interviews, they do not need to be in College uniform
  • Marian students are not required to attend the interviews

Download PTO Parent Instructions

Year 11 Dinner Dance

In light of the COVID lockdown this week, the College had to postpone our Year 11 Dinner Dance and Leadership Day. We have secured a new booking with AQUA for Friday of the first week back, 23 July. It is anticipated that students will engage in the leadership workshop at school during the day, will leave early and will then attend their Dinner Dance that evening. Attendance at the Dinner Dance is dependent upon attendance at the leadership workshop. Further information will be provided by the Leader of Wellbeing.

Urgent: Enrolment of Siblings 

A reminder that all parents are required to submit enrolment applications for siblings who wish to attend Newman.  The College does not hold records of siblings unless the families have submitted applications for each sibling. If you have not already done so, please submit sibling applications as soon as possible, especially if a sibling is hoping to commence at Newman Kindergarten or Year 7 in 2022 and 2023.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting Term 3 

The next meeting is being held on Monday 9 August, 7.00pm in the Auditorium Studios.

The NPCC meetings, convened by the Principal and attended by various members of the College Leadership Team, is a representative group, voice and forum to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. The NPCC serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. Whilst policy is determined and set by the College Executive and supported by the Advisory Council, the NPCC is a critically important group in providing input and feedback.

Start of Term 3

The College will have limited administration support on the Monday and Tuesday pupil free days of Week One next term. All enquiries need to come through the Marcellin Campus; our Administrative Staff are undertaking professional learning on both days.

Should a situation develop that forces the College to deliver remote learning to our students, we are well-placed to move into that space. Should this be the case, the College will contact families in advance of the return to school date for students.

Staffing Changes

Our Principal Mr Finneran has taken long service leave for the first half of Term 3. We also have several staff members taking long service leave and moving into promotional positions next term. A summary of these changes is provided below. Ms Jamie Pedler and Ms Ruth Ross are leaving our community this term to pursue opportunities in St George’s Anglican Grammar School and Mater Dei College, respectively. We would like to thank Ms Pedler for her significant contribution to the College in the areas of Health and Physical Education and Guild Coordination and Ms Ross for her contribution in Student Services. We wish them both the very best for their new challenges.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Yvette Pearce for her leadership of Year 11 over the first Semester and for her commitment to our students and the College. Ms Pearce has opted to focus on her teaching career and will therefore continue at the College as a teacher, across several learning areas.

Leaving

  • Jamie Pedler: HPE Teacher
  • Ruth Ross: Student Services Administration

Long Service Leave 

  • Lucy Zambonetti- Year 5 Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Stella Northey – Early Learning Sports Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • John Spriggins – Physics Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Allison McCartan – Leader of Learning Diversity Term 3
  • Gill Kennedy – Education Assistant Diversity Education Term 3
  • Cathy Benedetto – Canteen Assistant Term 3 and 4
  • Duncan Pugh – Health and Physical Education Teacher Term 3
  • Ann Joyce – Canteen Assistant Term 3
  • John Finneran – Principal first five weeks of Term 3

New Staff

  • Melissa Heaver – Year 5 Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Lara Vlahov – Early Learning Sports Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Joe Ricciardone – Physics Teacher Term 3 and 4

Promotional Positions

  • Simon Martino – Acting Vice Principal (5 Weeks Term 3)
  • Mathew Puljiz – Acting Leader of Wellbeing Year 11
  • Sarah Pagett – Acting Leader of Learning Diversity Education
  • Cristina Guzzomi – Student and Guild Leadership
  • Michael Sullivan – Guild Coordinator Thomas More
  • Aleisha Crump – Guild Coordinator Brigid
  • Hannah Parker – Leader of Ministry and Catholic Identity Secondary (5 Weeks Term 3)
  • Jane Short – Leader of Ministry and Catholic Identity Primary (5 Weeks Term 3)

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

02 Jul 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Champagnat Day

The students enjoyed a lovely Champagnat Buddy Day today, where they had the opportunity to celebrate a mass in the morning around the founder of the Marist Brother, St Marcellin Champagnat.
The students then engaged in Buddy activities across the morning, before enjoying a sausage sizzle lunch and some exciting afternoon activities.

Thank you to parents for their flexibility in the amended drop-off and pick-up procedures for the day.


St John Henry Newman Learning Hub – Official Opening and Blessing 

Last week saw the blessing and official opening of the St John Henry Newman Learning Hub. There were 20 Marian students who were invited to participate in the Liturgical Celebration, led by Archbishop Timothy Costello.

These students were excellent representatives of our Marian Campus, and certainly enjoyed the attention of the older students. A special thank you is extended to Ella Jones, for her beautiful reading and Sicily Moschopolous and Jack Truscott for their involvement in the entry procession.

Year 2 Blue Assembly

There are certainly some budding Scientists in 2 Blue! Last Friday’s assembly was showstopping, with multiple science experiments performed, including a bubbling volcano, slime and a lava lamp. It was wonderful to hear about the student’s depth of learning and understanding from the Science unit they have been undertaking in class.

Thank you to Mrs Young and 2 Blue for the educational and entertaining assembly.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

School Reports 

As the time for school reports approaches, I think it is important to consider what success looks like? In an age where everything is measured and summarised, we can often fall into the trap of measuring our success and our worth (or that of our students) based on a number or a grade.

However, it is important to remember that success looks different for everyone. Our College’s Vision for Learning “Shine through Discovery” strives to encompass this mentality. Each child is unique, and with that brings different strengths and gifts. A “D” grade in English might be a huge success for a student who has been working super hard behind the scenes to learn how to decode and read books, while a student who achieves a fantastic comment about their caring attitude and respectful nature, is also another celebration of success.

Please remember as you receive your child’s report, that teachers are meeting each child where they are at and striving to maximise each child’s potential. They are each on their own journey and success looks different for every individual.

This fantastic infographic also provides some context to the SCSA reporting system and reminds us that a ‘C’ grade is exactly where we expect students to be performing for their year level.  

Reports will be released via SEQTA at 4.00pm on Friday 2 July.

UWA Research Project

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has an exciting opportunity for Newman College to participate in research.

The overall aim of the research project is to examine first impressions towards children with and without autism to better understand the social experiences of children and help understand the stigma towards children on the autism spectrum. Experiencing social rejection at an early age can be very difficult for children, and research suggests that one factor that may impact children’s social lives are first impressions.

First impressions can influence how we respond to unfamiliar people, and so understanding the factors that impact how first impressions are formed can be very valuable information in developing programs that foster social inclusivity. This study also investigates how adults form impressions of children because adults who work with children, such as parents and teachers, can have great influence on children’s social decisions.

The project encourages children to learn about first impressions with the message of inclusivity and acceptance of other children’s differences.

At this stage, they are inviting parents and their children aged 6-11 years to participate in this study and would appreciate any help from Newman College families on this project. The results of this current study will be used to inform the design of a later study involving children who are on the autism spectrum.

If you and your child are interested in participating, please follow this link to provide your consent and answer some questions regarding your child’s development: http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJ83cMkCNuTJBZA

The link will also provide you with further information and guidance on how you and your child may participate in this exciting project.

Happy Families – Dr Justin Coulson 

Imagine if you could hack your happiness neurotransmitters to make yourself and your family happier. You can! This week, boost your sense of reward (dopamine – the happy high chemical) with your children by:

  • Playing together
  • Experiencing (and celebrating) tiny wins
  • Completing a task together (music always helps)
  • Trying a new treat in the kitchen

Boost your sense of peace, harmony, and calm (serotonin) with your children by:

  • Breathing deep
  • Spending some time in nature
  • Going for a walk
  • Listening to a meditation playlist
  • Reading a calm story before bed

Boost your sense of superhuman strength (endorphins) by:

  • Running, jumping on the trampoline, or dancing to loud music
  • Watching something funny together
  • Creating a laughing club
  • Doing pretty much anything energetic

And boost your sense of connection (oxytocin) by

  • Touching or holding hands
  • Hugging
  • Saying nice things about each other
  • Counting blessings together

The above is an extract from a recent Justin Coulson ‘Happy Families’ email. Newman families are eligible for Justin’s online subscription, which is fully-funded by the College.
I encourage you to utilise this great resource.

Families can sign up for a Happy Families subscription via the following  clicking here. 

 

 

11 Jun 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Simultaneous Storytime

Mr Finneran took Marian students on an adventure into outer space during National Simultaneous Storytime. The book “Give me some space” by Australian author Phillip Bunting provided students with lots of laughs (apparently Uranus is the smelly planet) and plenty of excitement. You can view the full reading here.  Thank you to Mrs Alison Le Dan for her coordination of the event and of course Mr Finneran for his very enthusiastic reading performance.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2021

Artist in Residence Program 

We are very fortunate to have secured West Australian textile artist, Tanya Cain Abbs as our Artist in Residence this year. Tanya worked with Year 2 students last week in creating a traditional Japanese resist art called ‘Shibori’. Students created a sample design using Indigo dye before completing a tote bag as their final product. These artworks will form part of the PK-12 Art Exhibition later this year.

Artist in Residence Newman College Early Childhood Artist in Residence Newman College Early Childhood Artist in Residence Newman College Early Childhood Artist in Residence Newman College Early Childhood Artist in Residence Newman College Early Childhood

Pre Primary Liturgy

Thank you to our Pre Primary students and their teachers for the beautiful liturgy that they prepared and celebrated last week in St Cecilia’s Church. The children were very respectful and reverent.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

Kindergarten 2022 and 2023 

If you have not already submitted an enrolment application for your child to commence Kindergarten in 2022 or 2023, it is essential that you do so as soon as possible. It is still necessary to complete an application for each sibling, as they are not automatically enrolled.

Please contact our College Registrar, Jo Dunn registrar@newman.wa.edu.au to submit your application.

New Pre Kindergarten Class – Commencing 3 June 2021 

Due to strong demand, we will be opening a new Pre Kindergarten class on Thursday 3 June.

Pre Kindergarten is an excellent opportunity to expose your child to the routines of school and allow them to foster their social, emotional, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills prior to commencing Kindergarten.

Pre Kindergarten students can select from a 1-day or 2-day program on Thursday and/or Friday.

Places are strictly limited, so if you would like to enrol your child into this new class, please contact Gabbi Muir on 9387 9900 or marianadmin@newman.wa.edu.au as soon as possible.

Justin Coulson: Happy Families Subscription

Below is an extract from a recent Justin Coulson ‘Happy Families’ email. Newman families are eligible for Justin’s online subscription, which is fully-funded by the College. I encourage you to utilise this great resource. Details on how to access this service can be found below the article.

A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up.

The kids were given a few minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.

Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes everyone was holding their own balloon.

The teacher said to the children,

“These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness it will ultimately help us find our own.”

I know that parents spend a lot of time helping their children find happiness. But this week I’m going to make a different suggestion. Talk to your children about who you can help as a family. Then go and do something for someone else.

Perhaps it’s a meal. Maybe it’s some gardening. Or you might just visit someone lonely and take some cake and a drink to share.

Step outside the regular routine and do something – with your children – for someone else. And watch how it lightens your load and brings happiness to your family.

Families can sign up for a Happy Families subscription by clicking here. 

 

 

28 May 2021

Immunisations

Year 7 
A reminder that Year 7 students registered for the School Based Immunisation Program will receive their first dose on Monday 14 June, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diphtheria, and human papillomavirus (HPV).  Students are allowed to wear their sports uniform on this day.

Year 10 
A reminder that Year 10 students registered for the School Based Immunisation Program will receive their immunisation on Thursday 24 June, Meningococcal ACWY.  Students are allowed to wear their sports uniform on this day. Any queries regarding the immunisation program should be made to Community Health (CAHS), phone on (08) 9246 9443.

Marcellin Campus Winter Music Night

The College’s annual Winter Music Night will be held on Tuesday 15 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Marist Auditorium .

All are welcome to come along and be entertained Marcellin Campus’ instrumental ensembles, including Symphonic Winds, Concert Winds, Marcellin Chamber Strings, Newman Voices, Newman Jazz Combo and the College’s rock bands. The Year 7 Special Instrumental Program Band will make their debut performance and Newman’s newest vocal ensemble, “Ruah” will be launched. This is a free event. No tickets required. Queries, please contact the Coordinator of Music, Margaret Goldsmith: margaret.goldsmith@cewa.edu.au 

Photo Days Marcellin Campus

  • Years 10 to 12: Tuesday 22 June
  • Years 7 to 9: Wednesday 23 June
  • Year 7 to 12 Sports and Special Photo Day: Monday 28 June

Teacher Movements Year 5 Red – Semester Two

Ms Lucy Zambonetti, will be taking long service leave for Semester Two. As a result, Ms Melissa Heaver will be transitioning into the teaching role for Year 5 Red for Semester Two. Ms Heaver is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher who is excited to join the Newman College community. Ms Heaver has recently been working in Mercy College and is passionate about providing engaging learning experiences that meet students where they are at, whilst also promoting growth. A thorough handover process has been put in place to ensure that Ms Heaver has a strong understanding of all Year 5 Red students before her commencement in the role. As part of this handover process, Ms Heaver will be in the Year 5 Red classroom on several occasions before the end of term. Ms Heaver is looking forward to getting to know the Year 5 Reds and their families and as such will co-lead parent-teacher interviews this term. Ms Zambonetti has very kindly agreed to hold the parent interviews this term so that she can debrief with parents before her long service leave.

Semester One Reporting 

Year 10 reports will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 18 June @ 4.00pm. All other reports from Kindergarten through to Year 12 will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 2 July @ 4.00pm.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews K-12

Please note, on Tuesday 20 July the College will host the Parent, Teacher, Student Interviews for all students in K-12 from 10.00am until 7.30pm. Further information will be sent in the next newsletter, which will include PTO login instructions.

Term 3 Pupil Free days

  • Monday 19 July – Staff Formation Day
  • Tuesday 20 July – Parent/Teacher/Student interviews
  • Friday 13 August – Staff Professional Learning
  • Monday 16 August – College Closed CEWA Faith Day

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

28 May 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Mothers Day

I hope that all our Mothers enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day. It was wonderful to see the excitement and love of our early childhood students as they prepared gifts and cards in class. I, like most early childhood teachers, can attest to the joy that comes from hearing student responses on why they love their mums. There are often giggles from staff too, as we hear children’s interpretation of how old their Mum’s are, what their favourite food is and what they love to do. No doubt, these memories will be cherished by mothers for many years to come and I thank our teachers for the time they put into creating these with our students.

The Year 1 Unit hosted a beautiful Mothers Day Liturgy in St Cecilia’s Church last week, focused on our role model of motherhood, Mary, Mother of Jesus. The Liturgy was well attended by Marian mothers, with a very special presentation to wish them a lovely Mothers Day. Thank you to all the Marian families who attended this celebration, and to our Year 1 students and their teachers for all their preparation.

Our Kindergarten classes hosted a special Mothers Day event, where children sang songs to their mums and other significant mother-figures. The children then engaged in a short activity with their Mum, before the Mums all headed home with an incredibly special necklace that had been made for them, with much love from their child.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

National Simultaneous Storytime

Marian Campus is once again participating in National Simultaneous Storytime. Mr Finneran will be reading Pre-Primary to Year 2 students the Philip Bunting picture book “Give me some Space” on the morning of Wednesday 19 May.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Artist in Residence Program 

The College is pleased to welcome acclaimed Western Australian textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs as part of the 2021 Artist in Residence Program. Tanya will work with select groups of students in Years 2–12 to learn the technique Shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with one of Western Australia’s most acclaimed artists. The artist in residence program will commence in Week 5 with students in Years 2, 5, 6 and 9 and continue in Term 3 with Year 10, 11 and 12 students in visual art and fashion and textiles. The art works will be exhibited at the Students Art exhibition opening Tuesday 26 October.

Community workshops will be held in term three inviting families and friends to share in the Shibori workshop experience. More information regarding community workshops will be posted on the College website, social media pages and in the College newsletter.

Artist in Residence 2021 Shibori Newman College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 May 2021

Newman Parents – NPCC Meeting

Ms Lara Ognenis, our Gifted and Talented Teacher K-10, delivered a thorough presentation on Monday night to our Newman Parents Consultative Committee. She covered how we identify and extend students with gifted traits from PP to Year 9. Lara outlined the future vision for the space and the types of activities and competitions students are currently involved in. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend.

NPCC Newman College

Problem Solve It Parent Information Evening

Our Leader of Learning in Science, Ms Krystal Skelin, launched our new Problem Solve It Immersion on Tuesday night. The program has been recognised as a National Excellence Awardee, and Krystal and John Finneran will travel to Sydney to participate in this prestigious award ceremony. The student immersion lasts for three nights and four days during the Term 2 holidays and sees Year 9 and 10 students immerse themselves in thinking routines that can be employed to creatively solve real life problems. Newman has partnered with UWA, Republic Polytechnic Singapore and an Innovation Coach from RACWA for the experience. Places are limited. For more information, please email krystal.skelin@cewa.edu.au

NAPLAN

In 2020, one of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was the abandonment of the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. This important assessment of Australian students’ learning progress resumed on Tuesday.

The 2021 NAPLAN tests will provide useful external learning progress data for parents, teachers, and students to reflect upon in a manner that is proportionate with all other rich formative, summative and professional observational assessments that occur in our schools each day.

Artist in Residence

The College is pleased to welcome acclaimed Western Australian textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs as part of the 2021 Artist in Residence Program.  Tanya will work with select groups of students in Years 2–12 to learn the technique Shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric.  The art works will be exhibited at the Students Art exhibition opening Tuesday 26 October.

Community workshops will be held in term three inviting families and friends to share in the Shibori workshop experience. More information regarding community workshops will be posted on the College website, social media pages and in the College newsletter.

Artist in Residence 2021 Shibori Newman College

Extended Absences – change of procedure

In the event of planned extended absences, such as holidays and sporting representations, parents/guardians are requested to inform the Vice Principal, in writing with the reason for the absence, giving as much notice as possible. This is a new procedure that will streamline our PK –12 absentees. Please send notifications to lucie.mccrory@cewa.edu.au

Social Media

The College celebrates student achievements and other important events through our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages online. Please join our networks and stay abreast of life at Newman:

Study Techniques

It is mid Term 2 and an apt time to review our study techniques and routines. Regularly reviewing and revising what we have learnt is an important part in the process of knowledge consolidation.

Questions to consider:

  1. Have you got a study routine in place that includes breaks and down time?
  2. Have you asked someone to keep you accountable to your study routine?
  3. Are you studying effectively?
  4. Is your learning space conducive to study?
  5. What does the research say about studying? Read the below except from the article written in Edutopia ‘5 Research Backed Studying Techniques’

5 HIGH-INTENSITY STUDY HABITS

Researchers have found that the following techniques increase sustainable learning and retention when incorporated in students’ daily study habits. These techniques are difficult and require effort, and they slow down learning. Initially the learning gains seem to be smaller than with some ineffective practices. However, these techniques lead to long-term mastery.

The book Make It Stick identifies several research-proven studying techniques.

  1. Pre-test: When students practice answering questions, even incorrectly, before learning the content, their future learning is enhanced. Research has shown that pre-testing improves post-test results more than spending the same amount of time studying.
  2. Spaced practice: Spacing out study sessions—focusing on a topic for a short period on different days—has been shown to improve retention and recall more than massed practice. The book How We Learn explains that spaced practice can feel difficult due to an initial forgetting of knowledge—reacquiring that knowledge takes effort.
  3. Creating flash cards that can be used for spaced practice and self-quizzing is effective. Students should create different piles when reviewing the flash cards. The cards they’re able to answer immediately should be placed in a pile to review three days later; those answered with some difficulty should be reviewed two days later; and those that they answered incorrectly should be reviewed the next day.
  4. Self-quizzing: Testing has a negative connotation in this era of standardized testing, but it is a form of active retrieval practice. Encourage students to make test questions for themselves as they learn a new concept, thinking about the types of questions you might ask on a quiz or test. They should incorporate these quizzes into their study sessions, answering every question, even those they believe they know well.
  5. Interleaving practice: Students may rely on blocked practice, studying a set of problems—such as multiplication problems—as a group until they feel mastery. A more effective method of studying is to work on a set of problems that are related but not all of the same kind—for example, a set of math word problems that call for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The consecutive problems cannot be solved with the same strategy. This is more effective than doing one multiplication problem after another.
  6. Paraphrasing and reflecting: Many of us have read a few paragraphs in a textbook only to realize that we didn’t retain a single concept or key point presented in those paragraphs. To show your students how to combat this, have them utilize intentional learning strategies. These include relating what is being learned to prior knowledge, thinking about how they would explain the content to a 5-year-old, and reflecting on and asking questions about the content.

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

13 May 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Term 2.

We were delighted to have been able to resume our teaching and learning program on Monday following the lockdown of the Perth and Peel Regions and we look forward to the further relaxation of restrictions this weekend. I take this opportunity to thank all students for their respect of and adherence to restrictions this week. They have been very accepting of switching to online events in some instances.

Thank you also to families for supporting the College in the implementation of restrictions and having your children well prepared. It was unfortunate that some events had to be cancelled (hopefully postponed) and others switched to online formats. We are most fortunate to have the technical expertise at Newman College enabling us to pivot to online events at such short notice. Please click here to view the Newman Covid page

ANZAC Events

One of the highlights of our first two weeks back at school was the observance and acknowledgement of Anzac Day. I attended all three ceremonies across the College, all of which marked the significant sacrifice that others have given, and continue to give, so that we may live out our lives in freedom and opportunity. All students showed a high level of respect and attention for such a solemn occasion.

At the Principal’s assembly on Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hearing from Mr Robert Wilton, retired serviceman for both the British & Australian Military Forces. He spoke about the impact of his service on his life and, in particular, his ‘daily renewable contract’.

Following Robert, during the Principal’s Address, I reiterated how our ceremony encapsulated his message. We have so much to be grateful and thankful for and it is this grace that it is incumbent on us to make the most of what we have. The term ahead is full of opportunity. Learning is such a gift – how we use it determines our success.

I put to the students – “Who do you want be?”

At Newman College we have a vision that frames the canvas of what is possible: Shine Through Discovery – Let Your Light Shine. What is your light? How will it shine?

Take every opportunity this term to be the best person God intends you to be in whatever pursuit you endeavour. Let us be mindful of those around the world who are suffering at this moment. Let us keep them in our prayers. (Please click here to read the Principal’s Address in full.)

Further information about our three Anzac Day ceremonies (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) can be found in other parts of this Newsletter

Year 6 Camp

We were fortunate to have been able to go ahead with the Year 6 Camp this week, albeit with relevant restrictions put in place by Forest Edge Recreation Camp. I visited the Camp last evening and the enjoyment and high spirits of the students was evident. I thank the Year 6 teachers for ensuring this very important event continued, even with the COVID restrictions in place.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPCC)

We warmly welcome all families to attend our first NPCC meeting of the year on Monday 10 May.

Featured on the meeting agenda will be an overview of our Annual School Improvement Plan for 2021 with a presentation from our Gifted and Talented Teacher K-10, Ms Lara Ognenis.

Lara will speak about our Strategic Intent for this year “To develop extension learning pathways that enhance the opportunities for gifted and talented students.” The strategies we have put in place to enable the College to achieve this intent are:

  • Implementation of a K-10 GATE program utilsing contemporary, evidence-based practices
  • Upskill teaching staff on strategies to extend gifted and talented students within mainstream classrooms.
  • Explore external and internal opportunities (competitions, programs, electives) that enable Newman students to be challenged academically at a state and national level.

I look forward to seeing you there.

 

We look forward to the term ahead.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

30 Apr 2021

Highlights from past two weeks 

New Staff

We wish to welcome Ms Sarah Francia to our College Community. Ms Francia is the classroom teacher for Year 1 Red. Jordan Day-Perkins returns this term as the Year 1 Red Classroom teacher. We hope you will join with us in making them feel welcomed and supported.

ANZAC Assembly

Year 2 Blue students and staff led us in our ANZAC Prayer Assembly last Wednesday. Thank you to Naomi Shepherd for coming to share her story with us. Staff and students were enthralled with her reflection of her contribution of service, past and present, that she has given to the Armed Forces.

Important Information for the next two weeks

Photo Day

A reminder to all families that our photo day is on Friday 14 May. It is very important that all students attend wearing the correct uniform on this day. Years 1 and 2 must wear full winter uniform, Pre-Primary students must wear full PE uniform.

We hope that all students can be present at school this day, as school photos often become a treasured memory that are looked upon with great fondness and affection in the years to come.

Mother’s Day

As part of the Business and Enterprise Program, Education Support Students will be creating a Mother’s Day stall selling items they have created and made, on Friday 7 May from 8.00am. These items make beautiful gifts and is a great opportunity to buy that special little something for Sunday.

We encourage all families to join us for our Mother’s Day Liturgy on Thursday 6 May at St Cecilia’s Church from 9:00am, presented by Year 1.

Family Fun Friday

Activities will recommence on Friday 7 May. We encourage parents to participate in this initiate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Apr 2021

Gamechangers 

Our Marist Youth Ministry Program, Gamechangers, across Year 7-12 has begun gathering again in Term 2. Our Year 10 and Year 11 groups have had the opportunity to gather at St Joseph’s Subiaco to take part in a reflection day that focus’ on the themes relevant to the groups.

Newman College Gamechangers

Sacramental Retreats 

Our Year 3 students gathered in the Marist Auditorium to participate in their Reconciliation Sacramental retreat. This experience helps to prepare them for their upcoming sacrament and further helps their understanding of forgiveness and mercy. Thanks to 24/7 Youth Ministry for facilitating the day and to Jane Short and the classroom teachers for preparing the students.

Thursday Community Mass  

Our week 2 Thursday Community Mass was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. We look forward to welcoming staff, students and families back to our Champagnat Chapel in Week 3, Thursday 6 May at 8.10am to celebrate.

Week 3 Mass is hosted by Thomas More Guild and Year 5 students. Week 4 Mass will be hosted by Brigid Guild and Year 6 students. Hosting students are expected to attend.