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K-9, Years 11 and 12 Reports

Date

Friday, 5 July 2019

4.00pm

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Family and friends are invited to attend the PP-Y2 Assembly on Friday 17 May. Students will receive Merit Certificates for their Academic achievements and the students from Year 2 Green will perform their item.

College Production – Masquerade

Masquerade was a moving, heart-warming play so magnificently performed by our students. Congratulations to our Director, Bethwyn Legg, cast and crew for their efforts over the last six months. The feedback from the community has been effusive particularly from our Catholic primary schools who attended a matinee performance. Thanks to the parents and friends who supported the production from making costumes to serving drinks and nibbles at intermission. The sum of our community is exemplified by the success of this play.

Marist Basketball Carnival Bendigo

One of the key strengths of being a Marist School is our membership of Marist Schools Australia, which comprises 53 schools across Australia. This week our Open Girls and Boys Basketball teams travelled to Bendigo Victoria for the Annual Marist Basketball Carnival. Our basketballers performed admirably on and off the court. Their attitude and commitment represented the very best of what our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Mathew 5:16) seeks to achieve. This event, however, is marked not only by competitive basketball but by family spirit which defines our group of schools. For many of our students this carnival is a glimpse into the window of the Marist world that shows that we are part of something greater. The aspirations and hopes that come with a Marist education is the same for all students world over. At the heart though is how we come together, form relationships and seek to make a difference. This week exemplified this intent and for our basketballers an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Easter Blessings

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s Easter message highlights the gift that are the words Peace be with you! The Lord does say, after all, that the peace he offers is not like the peace the world promises – it is something deeper, and truer, and profoundly life-giving. As I watched the Marian Easter Liturgy I reflected on the joy and happiness of our students in acting out the Easter story. Their joy brought me a great sense of peace to a time that has been challenging in the last few weeks.

As we move towards Easter I pray that our community seeks the peace that can be found through a commitment to faith and a relationship with Jesus Christ. I implore you to take the time with your children to attend your local parish for one or more of the Easter week liturgies. I hope you get the opportunity to feel the peace and hope I did at our Marian liturgy.

Wishing you all a peaceful and joy filled holiday.

I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all staff and students for their commitment to our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, this term. We have witnessed creativity, challenge and collaboration through our learning and wellbeing programs and through our engagement beyond the classroom.

Fitness Friday and the IDEAS Lab at Marian, STEM thinking and Solar Car Challenges at Lavalla through to our College Production, Interschool and Guild carnivals all gives us many reasons to celebrate!

I hope that the Easter break gives all families an opportunity for renewal as we take time to reflect on the journey of Christ and the hope he brings to us all.

Staff Movements

We wish Joanne Karagiannis every success in her new position at the Catholic Library WA along with Shaunna Kilcullen who commences parental leave. Aaron Richards is welcomed back after his LSL.

New staff commencing in Term 2 are Bridgeen McDermott, Michelle Wells, Davina Sankar and Katie Closey. We look forward to welcoming you to our College community.

During the holidays Clare Cole will marry Sam and Simon Martino will marry Kirsten. God bless you on this day with a lifetime of shared love and joy.

Uniform Options Review

Student leaders will participate in a workshop early next term regarding the introduction of trousers and shorts as formal uniform options available to girls across the College. This feedback will be shared with the Newman Parent Consultative Committee (NPCC) meeting scheduled for next term on Monday 13 May. I welcome any feedback from our parent community at the NPCC meeting or via email lisa.fogliani@cewa.edu.au

Code of Conduct

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. The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensuring confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with any member of the Senior Leadership Team. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of how we strive to partner positively with one another.

Professional Standards for the Safety and Protection of Children

In addition to writing to the College community about our Code of Conduct, we feel it is also appropriate to communicate the processes, policies and frameworks the College applies to ensure our school is a safe place for all children and that our staff are informed, assessed and cognisant of their responsibilities to this commitment.

The College uses Complispace, a risk and assurance platform, to ensure staff access professional learning, knowledge and assessment relating to policy and procedures. On a cyclic nature, all staff, teaching and non-teaching, are required to undertake the learning and assessment associated with topics including, but not limited to, mandatory reporting, professional boundaries and the meaning of child abuse and key risk indicators. The assessment of each learning module is monitored by the senior leadership team, and staff must complete each module and assessment in a timely manner.

Important processes, such as Mandatory Reporting, are required of all staff annually. This is one strategy of many, applied to all staff, to support child protection standards.

If you would like any further clarity or information regarding professional standards at Newman College, please phone or email me so I can provide you with further support.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

What is the NCCD?

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards), Australian students with disability must be able to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. To ensure this, students with disability may receive adjustments to access education, based on the professional judgement of teachers, in consultation with the student and/or their parents, guardians or carers.

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) gives Australian schools, parents, guardians and carers, education authorities and the community information about the number of students with disability in schools and the adjustments they receive. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 requires all schools to report the data collected for the NCCD to the Australian Government on an annual basis.

Download What is NCCD?

Save the Date – Newman Parents, Wednesday 12 June

Newman Parents is pleased to host Susan McLean, Cybersafety expert.

Responsible digital citizenship is a priority across all wellbeing programs for our students. Parent education is essential as we seek to partner together for the safety of our children. This session is designed to cater for all parents from Early Childhood through to upper Secondary. Keeping up with the latest online trends, apps, games and safety measures can be overwhelming, however, with guidance and education, keeping safe online can be done. Click here for more information on this topic.

 

On Tuesday 2 May, the Kindy Speech Reports were sent home. All Kindy parents are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to discuss the findings by the Speech Therapists, Sandra Gerbaz and Jeanette Morley.

Please click here to register your attendance at this presentation.

We journey together to be better followers of Jesus.

The students have enjoyed another amazing Term and should be proud of their efforts. The way they have each come together in their classes and worked with their new teacher this year has seen them progress in their learning, their confidence and their understanding of what it means to come to a faith filled school. The season of Lent calls us to examine our lives and to see how we can follow the Gospel to rise again with Christ. Our faith drives all that we do here at Newman College and one of the greatest benefits is the sense of belonging, the sense of community, the sense of connection. These elements provide the perfect building blocks for learning.

Sustainability

Commencing in Term 2, we would like to support our families to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic in children’s morning tea and lunches. We would like to encourage recyclable containers, paper and wax wraps to replace single use plastics and packaging. Teachers will share information about waste and environmental impacts in each class in an age appropriate way.

We will be supporting our students to sort their rubbish at lunch and recess into the big recycle bins supplied by the Town of Cambridge and continue to feed our hungry worms with the compostable waste.

Each year level will begin their gardening projects next Term. Family assistance is appreciated and welcomed and gardening advice from any Newman green thumbs would be well received. Watch out for further notes and information.

Our Sustainability Committee would like to propose a new initiative called Newman Exchange where we share, reuse and recycle things in our school community. This could start with our own “Little Library” where you can bring a book and take a book or share extra produce from your garden such as lemons. Let us know your ideas.

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Project Compassion this year. Your kind denotations will be received by those who are less fortunate and are greatly appreciated.

Walk for Water

To help our Years 3-6 students understand just how far some people need to walk for water each day, they participated in the walk for water event. This relay highlighted how fortunate we are and helped drive our Project Compassion fundraising efforts.

Solar Car Challenge

On Tuesday 9 April, a team of four students participated in the 2019 Synergy Solar Car Challenge Grand Final held at Optus Stadium. The team were faced with the challenge of assembling a solar car from a small solar panel and car parts. They had one hour to design and make their cars and they then put their cars to the test, racing them over a 20-metre track to see who was the fastest. Congratulations to the team, Swarom Kanvinde, Emily MacLaurin, Olivia Ralls and Stefano Rapanaro who showed great collaboration skills and persistence throughout the competition.

Save the Date – Mothers Day Events

Lavalla Campus – Monday 13 May

The Primary Social Committee will spoil our Lavalla Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Prayer Assembly dedicated to them at 9.00am hosted by Year 5 Red in the hall.

Marian Campus – Friday 10 May

The Primary Social Committee will also spoil our Marian Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Mothers Day Liturgy at 9.00am at the St Cecelia’s Church.

IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival

On Thursday 4 April, a group of Year 6 students participated in the 2019 IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival. The emphasis of the day was about giving everyone involved the opportunity to display skills learnt, promoting fair play, encouraging everyone to participate and of course to have fun! It was a busy day for all. Students played their way through seven games with lots of enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. Well done to everyone involved.

Primary Social Committee Easter Raffle Assistance

Thanks to the generous parent volunteers for their amazing efforts to wrap 280 Easter raffle egg prizes as part of our Primary Easter raffle in support of the Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 9 and 10:

Yash Sheth, Year 2: For leading by example to look after the new sports equipment #loveofwork

Drew Offenburg, Year 2: For helping others in need #IntheWayofMary

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Winter Uniform Expectations

Please click here to access the winter uniform requirements and guidelines.

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

Uniform Shop School Holiday Trading Hours

The College Uniform Shop will be opening on the School Holidays on the following days:

  • Wednesday 24 April, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 26 April, 12.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 9.00am – 2.30pm

If you have any enquiries regarding the uniform, please contact Diana Potter, Uniform Shop Manager, on 9204 9470 or diana.potter@cewa.edu.au

‘In these weeks of Lent, God has told us about his love and awoken in us a trust in him. Now, in this last set of readings as we enter Palm Sunday and Holy Week, God is showing us how to trust even when the presence of God seems far away, our strength diminished and our trust stretched. The readings of Holy Week could almost have a single heading: This is Your Life. As you walk through them, I encourage you to see where your life and the life of Jesus intersect, as indeed they do’ – Sr Hilda Scott OBS, Jambroo Benedictine Abbey.

Please click here to access the Mass times for Easter across the Archdiocese of Perth.

Years 7-12 Holy Week Liturgy

On Wednesday 10 April, the Marcellin Campus gathered as a community to recognise Holy Week and Easter by celebrating a Liturgy led by a group of Year 12 leaders. Students gathered were invited to reflect on the enduring challenge of the Easter story in our Christian tradition, and to place themselves in the continuing tradition which invites each of us to live the promise of Jesus’ resurrection in proclaiming the Gospel in our world.

PK-Year 2 Easter Liturgy

Our Marian Campus was led by the Year 2 students in the Easter Liturgy that portrayed the Passion of Christ. The students were able to see the true meaning of Easter and all joined in the story.

Reconciliation

The season of Lent has allowed our students in Years 4 – 6 to take part in the rite of Reconciliation. This Sacrament repairs our relationship with God, with each child being able to receive absolution before Easter. Thank you to Fr Chinh and Fr Kaz for celebrating this for us.

Plenary Council 2020

The staff and students of Newman College have been contributors to the listening and dialogue process of the Plenary 2020. Please see below an update from the Plenary Council, and an overview of the next steps in this watershed moment in the life of the Australian Catholic Church:

Late last week, the National Centre for Pastoral Research (NCPR) completed the statistical analysis and reported that more than 17,500 submissions had been lodged, thousands of which represented groups. In all, more than 222,000 people either made an individual submission or participated in a group discussion that culminated in a submission. Read more below or head straight to the story here.

The NCPR will continue its quantitative and qualitative analysis of the stories that people have shared over the coming weeks. From that analysis, which will include prayer and discernment, national themes for discernment will emerge and be announced in June. Reports will be published on each of the themes and allow ongoing involvement for the large numbers of people who participated during the Listening and Dialogue phase.

Click here for more information on the upcoming aspects of the Plenary Council.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out

On the afternoon and evening of Friday 24 May students on the Marcellin Campus (Years 7 – 12) at Newman College will have the opportunity to participate in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out.

The theme of the sleepout is homelessness and aligns with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2018–2019 Social Justice Statement, titled; A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, which was written in response to the growing problem of homelessness in Australia.

Students participating in the Sleep Out will take part in advocacy activities that explore homelessness in Australia, Catholic Social Teaching and what they can do, as individuals and as a community, to help address the issues connected to homelessness.

Download the attached document for more information and an expression of interest form. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact Miss Clare Cole, Leader of Youth Ministry and Advocacy, on 92049416 or alternatively at clare.cole@cewa.edu.au

Download Letter of Interest Winter Sleep Out 2019

Project Compassion 2019

The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around hope and giving Lent 100%. The journey to Easter, that we have been undertaking, is also about hope. Hope in the resurrected Christ, in God’s eternal love and mercy. Through your generous support of Caritas Australia, you are demonstrating the power of hope. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and helps those in great need to shape a better future for their communities.

Newman College has once again demonstrated a willingness to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalised in our world. Your efforts towards Project Compassion bring hope to those around us. We thank you for your generosity. As we are still collating the donations from the three campuses, the final amount raised for Project Compassion will be communicated early next term. We thank you once again for your support.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday Morning Mass. Our Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees – Freedom for all

The annual Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees will take this coming Sunday 14 April, 2019 beginning at 1.00pm at St George’s Cathedral, Perth. This ecumenical event brings together advocacy agencies from Perth to stand in solidarity with refugees. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for families to contemplate the meaning of the Easter Resurrection in today’s world.

Photo caption: Members of the Ecumenical Social Justice Roundtable (ESJR)

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Doubleview Youth Mass and BBQ

Members of the Newman College family are invited to Our Lady of the Rosary Doubleview Parish for the Youth Mass and BBQ this Sunday 14 April. The Youth Mass begins at 5.30pm, with the BBQ to follow Mass. All families and young people are invited to attend whether you have been to the Parish or not. For more information please contact the parish doubleview@perthcatholic.org.au

24:7 Youth Group

  • For all youth in Years 6-12
  • St Joseph’s Subiaco every Friday 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Parish Upper room
  • Call Aidan Walsh 0487 403 456 or Angela Firth 0455 960 174 for more information

Floreat Youth Group

  • St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
  • Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Call Sebastian on 0403230395 or Emma on 0412310019 for more information.

Gospel for Sunday 31 March
– Luke 15: 1 – 3, 11-32

Sunday 31 March is Laetare Sunday, the halfway mark of Lent, and we pause for a breather. It is on this Sunday that our Gospel offers to us this most consoling image of God’s love in the Gospel of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 1 – 3, 11-32). “Prodigal” can mean lavish, even wasteful. We employ the term usually on the returning son, but it better depicts attitude of the boy’s father to his son.

I offer the following reflection from Fr Sean Cullen (Trust Lenten Program, Catholic Diocese of Wollongong) as we prepare for this Sunday:

This Gospel contains arguably the best known and loved story that Jesus told. Those who hear it and read it can find in it their own story. It is called the parable of the prodigal son, but could easily be called the parable of the merciful father. We can identify with all three characters in the parable. The father – who clearly represents an all loving and forgiving God – can be for us a model of selfless love. The younger brother is someone we can easily relate to, as he runs away to search for life and learns from his mistakes along the way. But it is the elder brother who we need to turn our attention to, because it was his blind-spot which Jesus was trying to highlight. The father loved both sons with all his heart, no matter what they did with their lives. Nothing they did could diminish his love for them.

As we reflect on the words of this Gospel, may we continue to be abundant, even ‘prodigal’ in the care, support and love we extend to one another.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

May we return to the words of Blessed John Henry Newman as we continue our Lenten journey:

There is nothing stable
but you O my God.
And you are the centre and life of all,
who change,
who trust you as their Father.
who look to you
and are content to put themselves
into your hands. Amen.
(John Henry Newman)

Project Compassion Update

To date, our College community has raised $5893.70.

Caritas Ks

On Wednesday 27 March, the Year 8 students participated in a Caritas Ks event, where they walked in solidarity with those who walk many kilometres for water. The students participated in two activities:

  • Students walked laps of the oval carrying water buckets of different sizes to understand that some people travel long distances for a minimal amount of water and that some people have to carry a heavier load.
  • Students participated in a relay where they had a bucket containing 6L of water. Students had to soak a sponge and pass it down their PCG line and empty it into an empty bucket. Once they had completed the task, we measured the amount of water that they had salvaged and discussed water scarcity.

The Year 8 students worked well together to complete these activities and showed some real consideration in their answers to the discussion questions. Money is still coming in, however at this stage they have raised over $350.

24:7 Youth Group

  • For all youth in Years 6-12
  • St Joseph’s Subiaco every Friday 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Parish Upper room
  • Call Aidan Walsh 0487 403 456 or Angela Firth 0455 960 174 for more information

Floreat Youth Group

  • St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
  • Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Call Sebastian on 0403230395 or Emma on 0412310019 for more information.

Slavery-free Easter Chocolate

Pope Francis said “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”

It is estimated that up to 40 million people are trapped in slavery globally – 1 in 4 of these are children. They will never get an education and they will never taste the chocolate produced from the cocoa beans they pick. But people around the world are making decisions that could change this tragedy.

To buy slavery-free Easter chocolate look for any of these three certification symbols on the wrappers: FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. It’s delicious and you can buy it at ALDI, Haigh’s, Oxfam and other leading supermarkets and shops. Click here for more information and resources.

Thank you

The strength, resilience and support that pervades our College community has marked the tenor of the last week. Shock, confusion and uncertainty have been felt by many regarding the passing of Fr Joe Tran and the surrounding circumstances. Over the last few days our students, staff and families have been magnificent in their sensitivity and understanding. Our Years 7- 12 Assembly on Monday morning was as difficult and challenging a moment as I have ever experienced in school leadership. As I spoke to the students and staff, the question of why and how permeated my every thought. We do not have the answers to what has happened, but what we can do is seek to support each other and provide a space, a school, a community where every person is valued, trusted, supported, and protected.

The dignity of each human being is a critical tenet in our Christian story. The respect for the dignity of all people underpins our Marist charism, identified through the characteristics of presence and family spirit. As a College this can been seen in our relationships, in what we say and ultimately what we do. We will continue to develop, grow and nurture our young people to be respectful of each other, to be loving, and to be hope-filled.

Thank you to families for not only your words of encouragement and reflection but also for the questions of uncertainty and clarification. These have been welcomed and acknowledged. Thank you to Fr Mark Baumgarten, Assistant Priest Our Lady of Grace North Beach, for the beautiful way he celebrated our PK-12 Community Mass on Thursday morning. The prayerful nature of the Mass, coupled with the beautiful singing, truly reflected the very best of our College.

I would like to restate that Newman College, as a member of Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia, upholds the highest possible standards in relation to the safety and protection of children. Ms Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal, outlines the specifics in her newsletter article today.

Our prayer over the last few days – used with our students, staff and at our Newman Parents evening on Monday – was the peace prayer from St Francis of Assisi. I urge you to take the time to reflect on these words:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Newman Parents

We were delighted to have Dr Justin Coulson attend Newman College last Monday to facilitate two parent sessions. Over 70 parents attended the morning session for parents of Early Education students, ‘9 Ways to a Resilient Child’, and 220 parents attended the Newman Parents evening session, ‘Respectful Relationships: Love at Home’.

Newman Parents is part of the College’s commitment to parent partnership and being active participants in the education of their children, in collaboration with the College. Our next event is taking place on Wednesday 12 June – Cybersafety.

ACC Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all members of the ACC Swimming Team who performed well in the A Division Carnival on Wednesday. The good story is that we were competing in A Division for the first time in five years. Our placement of 5th out of 7 teams ensures we stay in this Division, thus providing a great platform for the future. Thank you to all coaches and staff for supporting our swimmers.

Capital Development

Parents would have received a letter from me yesterday advising of the approval to commence a major Capital Development Project on the Marcellin Campus – The Learning Hub, in Term 3 2019. Please click here to view the architectural ‘Fly Through’ of the proposed development.

Marist Basketball Carnival

The Marist Basketball Carnival commences in Bendigo Victoria on Sunday 7 April.

Our Open Marist Boys and Girls Basketball teams will travel to Bendigo Victoria next week to compete. This elite national competition brings together the very best Marist Schools across Australia for this prestigious Carnival. Our students have spent many months in preparation and we are hopeful of great results. The strength of the Carnival is in the Marist family spirit within each school and the relationships that are formed aside from the fierce competition. We wish them every success!