Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates

Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October – Year 12 Semester 2 Exams 
Monday 10 October – Staff PL day (COLLEGE CLOSED) 
Monday 10 October to Friday 14 October – Year 10 Adventure Camp, Karridale  
Monday 10 October – Year 7 Orientation Day 
Tuesday 11 October – Students PK-12 return (wearing summer uniform) 
Friday 14 October to Tuesday 18 October – Year 12 Exam Feedback days 
Friday 14 October – St John Henry Newman Feast Day 
Wednesday 19 October – Year 12 Graduation (Optus Stadium)- click HERE to purchase tickets 
Thursday 27 October – Grandparents Day Celebration – Lavalla and Marcellin (details below) 
Friday 28 October – Grandparents Day Celebration – Marian 
Monday 31 October to Fri 18 November – WACE exams 

It has been a wonderful term of celebration and activity. So much has happened in the community and I sincerely thank our staff, students and parents for the ongoing collaboration and flexibility that embodies our Marist sense of family spirit. I wish everyone a magnificent break and hope the holidays offer an opportunity for relaxation, fun and time spent with loved ones.  

I look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 11 October wearing full summer uniform, remembering to ensure College expectations regarding grooming are adhered to. 

ACC Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Newman College in the recent ACC Athletics Carnival. The hard work and dedication of both students and staff really paid off, with Newman ending the day in second place overall in A Division – a fantastic achievement. This is the College’s best achievement in over 30 years, and the effort put in by staff and students cannot be understated. articular thanks go to Matt Connell, Tom Williams and the wider PE Team for their dedication, coaching and organisation of the event. 

2023 Student Leaders 

After joining the leadership training program in Year 11 and completing the application and selection process, our new Student Leaders were introduced to the school during Assembly on Wednesday.  

Congratulations to all our Student Leaders for 2023. We look forward to developing your leadership skills and witnessing your contribution to the College Community. 

Guild: Aimee Byrne, Tasmyn Floate, Charlie Robinson, Nadia Monzu, Evie Liddell, Holly Agostino, Samuel Perkin, Evee Dennison, Ashlee Hale, Maud Buchanan, Caitlin Kojundzich, Mitchell Rogers, Rhyley Wake, Wesley Carren, Fabiana Di Donna, Benjamin Butson

Wellbeing: Kai Kazmer, Belle Jenkins

Sport Captain: Meg McAullay, James Hart

Social Justice: Sophia Brodie, Madeleine Irish

Arts: Poppy Corbett, Ethan Nguyen

Academic: Benjamin Borgas, Bethany Avins

F&L: Isaac Nolan, Grace Rose

College Captain: Michael Pethick, Indiana Lummis

Year 7 2023 Orientation Day  

Orientation day for our incoming 2023 Year 7 students provides an opportunity for them to become familiar with the College environment, meet some of their classmates and complete Allwell testing that will assist us in supporting them in transition.  Students will be given a tour of the College.  They will work with student leaders and participate in a series of games and activities designed to foster friendships.

Students gather in the Gymnasium at 8.30am and will be dismissed from the Gymnasium at 3.00pm. 

Year 10 Camp – Karridale

The Year 10 Adventure Camp is a significant and compulsory College event.  The camp is run in conjunction with Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and will see our Year 10 students enter an unfamiliar and somewhat remote environment. The experience provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to develop leadership, self-management skills, resilience, and personal independence. 

Grandparents Day

The College is hosting two events to celebrate our Grandparents – Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October.  Please click here for details.

Term 4 – Bathers and Rash Vest requirements 

As previously communicated, the College has introduced New College bathers and rash vests. In keeping with College uniform expectations, students are required to adhere to the following changes relating to College bathers and rash shirts.

Years 1-2 – No change.  Students continue to wear their own personal bathers and rash vests.

Years 3-9 (2022) – College bathers and rash vests are compulsory.

Students may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests for the remainder of 2022; otherwise, new bathers and rash shirts must be purchased.

Years 3-10 (2023) – New-style College bathers and rash vests will be compulsory. No old bathers or rash vests can be worn.

Year 12 Game Changers – Graduation  

On Tuesday, 20 September, we celebrated the conclusion of students’ participation in the program with a graduation dinner. Please join me in congratulating Joshua Lee, Sonia Bruce, Joseph Martin, Jack Daley, Luis Felipe Uribe, Isabella O’Rouke, Aneika Short, Sharya Ferdinandusz, Emily Holland, Harrison Prudham and Joshua Downes.

Year 12 Ball – Wednesday 21 September 

After several changes to the date of the ball, the Year 12 cohort was finally able to come together to celebrate their final year of secondary school.  Students met at Frasers in Kings Park, where they enjoyed a night of fun, food, and dancing. We look forward to receiving photos and will communicate information on how to purchase them in the coming weeks

Year 7 2023 Parents Evening – Monday 12 September

The College welcomed parents of incoming 2023 Year 7 students to an information evening.  This presentation covered relevant information pertaining to the Year 7 College experience. We look forward to welcoming incoming students to their Orientation Day on Monday, 10 October. 

Fame Lab

Students in the Year 8 and 9 SHINE program were invited to participate in the Fame Lab Academy competition this year. The Fogarty Foundation has partnered with the Foundation for the WA Museum to establish FameLab Academy – a school initiative to encourage their interest in STEM and develop their science communications skills.

Students in the competition were involved in workshops to refine their science research skills, their ability to communicate complex Science concepts in clear ways and to use storytelling techniques to engage audiences in STEM contexts. In our intra-school heats the following students should be commended for their outstanding presentations – Holly Kallawk; Ethan Wynne; Hannah Woolfrey; Alyssa Petracca and Leyla Do.

The FameLab Academy National Finals, held in Perth on September 20, showcased some of the country’s brightest minds as they told science stories in just three minutes, with no props, no jargon, and no PowerPoint. Leyla Do in Year 9 represented Newman College at the National Finals on her topic ‘Factors Contributing to Height’. Leyla made it through to the finals from over 500 contestants and presented an entertaining and informative speech at the Heath Ledger Theatre.

Thank you to Ms Legg, Ms Bakeburg, Ms Hassell and Br Paul Murphy for their assistance for both the heats and Final competition.

Staff Movements 

Michael Sullivan (Mathematics Teacher Marcellin).  We wish him all the best in his future pursuits. 


Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I am sure that anyone who attended the College’s 2022 Production would agree that it was a magnificently staged event.

Under the leadership of Leader of Learning The Arts, Yvonne Wiese, and direction of Dixie Johnstone, this production demonstrates the imagination, dedication and hard work of our students and staff.  Our students were truly magnificent and I got to witness first hand back-stage the energy and passion they have for The Arts.  It is so important that we cultivate and nourish our Performing Arts Program in the years ahead.  Creating spaces like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory allow each child to test themselves and to grow their talent.  Thank you must also go to the parents and friends whose commitment to supporting their children exemplifies our Marist spirit.

I congratulate all involved in bringing this classic story to Newman College.

Graduating Class of 2022

On Wednesday we celebrated the final day of formal education for our Year 12 students with the Principal’s Assembly.  In my speech I spoke about what is the beginning of their journey onto a road that is unknown but full of promise and hope.  In contrast, the World has been mourning the recent death of the Commonwealth’s longest serving Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.  With the ending of the Queen’s journey, we now take time to reflect on her legacy and her impact on the world.  (Please click here to view the full speech.)

The assembly was live streamed throughout the College.  In addition, the Lavalla Primary school along with the Secondary students formed a guard of honour as the Year 12 students moved from the Gymnasium to the Auditorium.

We now look forward to the formal Year 12 Graduation ceremony in Term 4.

ACC Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Newman College in the recent ACC Athletics Carnival. The hard work and dedication of both students and staff really paid off, with Newman ending the day in second place overall in A Division – a fantastic achievement. This is the College’s best achievement in over 30 years, and the effort put in by staff and students cannot be understated. articular thanks go to Matt Connell, Tom Williams and the wider PE Team for their dedication, coaching and organisation of the event.

Student Leadership 2023

At Thursday’s assembly we also announced the Leadership Group for 2023.  Congratulations to Indiana Lummis and Michael Pethick who have been appointed College Captains and all those students who have been selected for leadership. I am confident that you will let your light shine in your new roles.

2022 Little Telethon Star

Congratulations to our very own Emily Siew, Year 3, who has been named one of the 2022 Little Telethon Stars. (Please click here to view the recent West Australian article)

We look forward to seeing more of Emily on the media as we lead up to the Telethon Weekend on 23 and 23 October.

Celebrating St John Henry Newman Feast Day

The Feast of St Henry Newman is celebrated on 9 October. To mark the significance of this occasion, our K-12 Community will come together for a combined Mass in the Marcelin Sports Complex on Friday 14 October.  Further details will be circulated to families, including the Primary Buddy Day.

End of Term

It has been a very busy term.  Once again our students, staff and families have been magnificent.  My prayer is that we take time to rest in preparation for the term ahead.  We keep in our prayers the Year 12 students who will be completing their Mock exams.

Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Marian Assembly 

Year 2 Blue took us through their wonderful narrative about the gingerbread man, that had been co-authored by the class. Their dramatic retelling of the story was certainly an indication of the wonderful talents of the class and their enthusiasm for bringing the story to life. Well done Miss Ferris and 2 Blue on a wonderful assembly.  

STEM Festival / St John Henry Newman Buddy Day 

As part of the celebration of St Joh Henry Newman, Kindy to Year 6 students will be involved in a day of STEM activities on Friday 14 October

The STEM activities will be designed to complement the National Curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by demonstrating the link between what’s taught in the classroom with the wider world. 

Students will be given the opportunity to put their creative thinking into action, learn how to collaborate effectively, challenge their designs and celebrate successes and failures. Across the day, students will live out our Vision for Learning “Shine through Discovery” with hands on STEM challenges.  

This year we have focused on incorporating the following areas into the STEM Festival. 

  • 2022 National Science week theme. “Glass: More than meets the eye.” 
  • 2022 Marist theme “Known and Loved: Dignity for All”. 

Each class will work with a buddy class and complete a design thinking activity throughout the day. The challenges will be focused on the integration of the above areas.  

Information regarding drop-off and pick-up for the Buddy Day, will be distributed on Monday 10 October, 2022.

Grandparents Day

The College is hosting two events to celebrate our Grandparents – Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October. Please click here for details.

Athletics Carnival 

The Athletics carnival was held on Friday 9th September and it was a wonderful day for all of the Pre-Primary to Year 6 students. The winning Faction and the Athletics age champions were announced on Monday. Congratulations to all of the students that received an award. 

The winning faction was Knox, captained by Livia Bogdanov and Roman Vladich. 

The Spirit award went to Brigid, captained by Emersyn Duck and Hamish Macgregor. 

The final placings were: 

1st– Knox 

2nd– Brigid 

3rd– Delany 

4th– Marcellin 


GirlsYear 3Year 4 Year 5Year 6
1stLila AdaminiAmelie SantoroJessica AvinsLivia Bogdanov
2ndAmelia HeathShylah DaveyLola VoglAnnabelle Adamini
3rdBowie ButtonEvie BryantRose FerraroKaydee Van Deventer
1stJack McCaghDavid Van Der ValtJordy VladichHamish Macgregor
2ndZechary HuangLachlan AndersonOtis KeaneDylan Hookway
3rdSebastian FleayLewis MacgregorStefan MoschopoulosDeion Fernando


There were also a number of records broken on the carnival day, many of these records had been held for a number of years so it is an incredible achievement.

Lila AdaminiYear 3Girls35.28 seconds200m
Lila AdaminiYear 3Girls3.62mLong Jump
Lila AdaminiYear 3Girls6.8mTriple Jump
Jessica AvinsYear 5Girls25.02mTurbo Javelin
Rose FerraroYear 5Girls1.2mHigh Jump
Lola VoglYear 5 Girls31.45 seconds200m

IPSHA Athletics Carnival 

On Thursday 15th September, the IPSHA Athletics team competed against other IPSHA schools. The students showed tremendous sportsmanship and athleticism and should be very proud of their efforts. 

Some of the IPSHA records were broken on the day, a remarkable achievement. 

Amelie SantoroYear 4Girls10.94 seconds60m Hurdles
Jessica AvinsYear 5Girls29.32 metresTurbo Javelin
Lola VoglYear 5Girls15.2 seconds100m
Year 5 RelayYear 5Mixed1.03.13100m Relay
Jessica Avins
Otis Keane
Jordy Vladich
Lola Vogl

Student Wellbeing 

A few weeks ago, I attended the first of our Zero2Hero presentation evenings which was on resilience. The seminar discussed a number of topics including skills parents can use to help their children through life’s challenges and develop resilient young minds. The evening was well received with hundreds of our parents in attendance. There were three main things that stood out for me on the evening. 

The first thing that Claire Eaton mentioned in the evening was around ‘The Big 6 questions’ which are the questions young people and adolescents are starting to ask themselves as they grow and develop: 

  • Who am I? 
  • Where do I fit in? 
  • Who am I important to? 
  • What’s important to me? 
  • What am I good at? 
  • What is my purpose? 

It is good to know what is on the minds of our children. These questions can often pop up for kids at bedtime, when the busyness of the day has washed away, and we are finally alone with our thoughts for the day. We are encouraged to normalise these questions, and talk about them with our children to lessen the fear they may have around some of these topics. It is also ok to model to our children that is ok not to now the answer to these questions yet, but that in time, these answers will come. 

We also heard on the night, how critical thinking interrupts resilience building, which in turn can increase feelings of fear and worry. To avoid this, Claire spoke about ‘above the line’ and ‘below the line’ thinking – different ways of approaching an obstacle or difficulty, saying that “the next thought is where the power is”. Sometimes as parents, it is really easy to jump in the pit with our children, but by redirecting their thoughts, or exploring other ways we can look at what’s happening, we can help our kids to develop their resiliency, and the way they could approach problems in the future.  

Finally, and simply, the most important gift we can give our children is our time. This means being present with our children every opportunity we get. Not just physically, present, but emotionally and spiritually present too. Turning off the phone or our own devices, and really spending quality time listening to, speaking with, or simply being with our kids. This time spent now will pay off in the future – much like a bank account every moment we are present to our children now, will pay off for us in the future.  

It was a wonderful, informative, and good humoured evening, and we look forward to hosting the team again soon. 

Stuart McClorey 

Leader of Wellbeing PK-6 

Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity


“Their whole life will be an echo of what you will have taught them.” – St Marcellin Champagnat

Y12 Game Changers Graduation 

Game Changers were sent off on Tuesday night with a lovely evening of celebration filled with friendship, laughter, delicious food and shared memories. Our Year 12 Game Changers gathered for the last time as students at the college with their parents for a lovely evening to celebrate their time together as Game Changers.  

There were lovely presentations from students, that really highlighted to the benefits of their time in this group, such as the great perspective they gained from going on their trip to Mullewa last year, and the lasting bonds of friendship they created as leaders this year. Mr Finneran spoke of the ongoing benefits the students will take away from the program and the impact their positive actions will have on other people. Issy, our Marist Youth Ministry Regional Assistant, spoke of the exciting opportunities post school MYM has to offer and some of the initiatives she is planning to get running for next year.  

Most importantly, however, it was just a lovely night for all to come together, reminisce and celebrate the journey this group has taken over the years. Game Changers continues to offer our students an opportunity to think about the world outside of themselves and reflect on who God is calling them to be. I am grateful to Sophie Monisse, Adeline Hendricks and Aleisha Bryson for walking with these students since they began their journey in Year 10. 

Living Marist Service Learning 

Our Christian Service Learning Program, Living Marist, has been running throughout the year with Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The purpose of service learning is to engage students in activities that challenge them to reflect, discern and act in the community.  

Students have participated in a range of activities, both in the community and at school; recently supporting Lavalla and Marian students. Congratulations to our students who have worked hard and shown great initiative. Keep up the good work! These actions espouse the Marist values of Family Spirit and Love of Work. 

The completed Service Learning booklets are due back at the beginning of Term 4 so there is still time for students to find opportunities for service in the community and add to their number of completed hours. 

Year 7 Game Changers Retreat

On the 7 September, a small group of driven year sevens embarked on their very first Game changers retreat. The day was filled with team-building challenges, opportunities for personal growth as young Marist leaders, and an introduction to what game changers is all about. We found fun and interactive ways to discover some key Marist role models, or ‘stars’, and even some celebrities who seem to live out the Marist values; simplicity, love of work, in the way of Mary, family spirit, and presence. We finished up the day by looking into ways we can live out these values at home and, quite literally, ‘planting the seeds for future growth’. This was encompassed in a ‘grow from home’ activity involving planting seeds in cups that the students decorated with goals. By the end of the retreat, the newest participants in the Game Changers program had a deeper understanding of what it means to be a young Marist and how they can grow to be the best versions of themselves and support each other in this journey. 

Br Bill Sullivan  

Last week we welcomed Br Bill Sullivan, Director of the Hermitage, Mittagong, into our Community. Throughout the year Br Bill works with our staff in faith formation and on this occasion he also offered a Parent Retreat.  

Called The Golden Thread; Sensing the Sacred in the Ordinary, this retreat-style  session gave participants an opportunity to pause, reflect, ask questions and develop a greater understanding of faith. 

Having Br Bill in our community is another way we seek to empower our staff to engage in their faith story, explore their own purpose and relationship with God. 

We look forward to welcoming Br Bill back to the College in 2023.  

John Henry Newman Mass  

October 9 is the Feast Day of St John Henry Newman. As the name chosen for our College it is an important day to celebrate our PK-12 community. On Friday 14 October our students from Kindy to Year 11 will gather to celebrate the Eucharist together. Primary students will then enjoy Buddy Day activities whilst those in Years 7-11 will return to normal classes. More information about these celebrations will be communicated to families in Term 4. 

Thursday Morning Community Mass 

Thank you to everyone who has attended our Thursday Morning Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel this term. It is wonderful to see so many community members coming together each week to celebrate Mass with our students and staff. 

Next term, following the John Henry Newman Mass in Week 1, and the Year 12 Graduation Celebration in Week 2, Community Mass recommences in Week 3 on Thursday 27 October and will be hosted by students in Catherine and Year 5 Blue. 

Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Today’s Athletics carnival was a wonderful celebration of community spirit and sportsmanship. Joining together to undertake a range of athletic events, students displayed fantastic team spirit. Some of my favourite moments of the day centred around students congratulating one another after their races and cheering one another on. Whilst we celebrate student success when they win their events, a massive goal of their athletics carnival is to instil our students a sense of sportsmanship and team spirit.  

Significant work happens behind the scenes to make these events run smoothly. My sincere thanks are extended to Mrs Tash Richards and Mrs Lara Vlahov for their hard work in preparing the students and coordinating the carnival. The day was an enormous success, that ran very smoothly thanks to their hard work and attention to detail. 

Congratulations to Brigid Guild on winning the Spirt Award. All results of guilds and champions will be released when scores are tallied up.

Speak up Awards 

The Speak Up awards are sponsored by the Grand Lodge of WA Freemasons and are  held teach years for students across Western Australia, in years 4, 5, or 6.  

Three Newman College students were successful in getting to the Preliminary Final round. They spoke fantastically and were excellent role models for our College. Congratulations to: 

  • Grace Taylor  
  • Isla Kalebic  
  • Stefan Moschopoulos 

Father’s Day

Last week, in celebration and recognition of fathers, father figures and other significant men in the lives of our students, the College hosted two Father’s Day events. Students from Lavalla and Marcellin were invited to attend the Community Mass on Thursday morning, before staying to enjoy a light morning tea together.  

Marian students, joined with their Dad to enjoy a sausage sizzle breakfast, followed by a beautifully prepared Liturgy dedicated to our Fathers, and to St Joseph – father of Jesus.  

A big thank you is extended to the mothers and grandmothers that assisted on the Friday morning, in cooking and preparing the sausage sizzle. It was so lovely to have our parents back on campus for an event, and to be able to celebrate our community spirit in such an affirming way.  

Thank you to the teachers from our Year 2 Unit who prepared our Marian students for the liturgical celebration, and our students who participated in the liturgy also.  

Lavalla Assembly 

Last Friday, students from 3 Blue presented a wonderful version of the story of the Good Samaritan set to music from the 80’s. It was a very contemporary way to share a very important that message – that Jesus calls on us to show love and kindness to eevryone we encounter, not just our family and friends. This can be tricky sometimes, but it is who we are called to be by being part of a Marist community. We also acknowledged the efforts of a number of students, including those from our extra-curricular Coder Dojo club who completed their projects this week. Congratulations to all students on their success over these past few weeks! 

Marcellin Award 

This week’s Marcellin Award was presented to Chole Male in 6 Blue. Chloe was nominated by a number of teachers, for the kind hearted and gracious way in which she supports and offers help to others. Like Marcellin Champagnat, Chloe is a highly relational, invitational and patient young person who has made a significant impact in our community. Well done Chloe on setting such a great example to us all. 

Year 5 Incursion 

Last Thursday, students from Year 5 took part in an incursion run by the Electoral Education Centre. Students had the chance to learn about our preferential voting system, and even had the chance to put their knowledge to the test in the form of a mock election. Students also had the chance to learn about compulsory voting, enrolments, and the different types of ballot papers that exist. It was a very informative incursion, and we thank our Year 5 teachers for organising this event.