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Newman Newbies: From the Principal

04 Jul 2019

Every day I walk into Newman College I feel blessed to walk amongst a community of people who support one another. It is this unique quality that defines our College. Under each individual child sits a vast support network that seeks to challenge, collaborate, create and celebrate the learning of our students. This is a strength that exists to ensure that parents, staff and students all work together to set high expectations. At Newman College we hope to inspire every child to reach their potential by fostering an education in which they can Shine through Discovery.

Our youngest students have had the joy of celebrating their learning with family members during Term 2. Grandparents Day and Tinkering Day are features on our early learning calendar that encourage parents, guardians and grandparents to participate in our collaborative learning environment. The day is met with much enthusiasm by both the students and their visitors. The tradition of Mothers Day at Newman College remains extremely strong, with no better example of our Marist values and faith. ‘In the spirit of Mary’ is one of the Marist characteristics, with Mothers Day providing a grand occasion to showcase our love and support of one another. Fitness Friday and Coffee at the College continues to bring families together every Friday morning at the Marian Campus. Our Wellbeing Program drives a culture of inclusion and is helping to bring our families into the lives of our students.

As we bid safe travels to our students and staff heading to New York on the Arts Tour; and those journeying to New South Wales on the Humanities Tour, we acknowledge the many journeys and adventures our students have undertaken throughout Term 2, 2019. The outstanding commitment of our Netball team in Alice Springs at the annual Marist Netball Carnival; the Outdoor Education Camp for Year 9 students in Dwellingup; the Biology Camp for Year 11 students in the Perth Hills; the Design Thinking Course undertaken by members of staff at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore; the Year 12 Earth and Environment Tour to Kalgoorlie; Year 7 Camp to the Ern Halliday Recreational Camp; and our Year 6 Camp to Waroona. At Newman College we challenge our students to explore themselves through exposure to new cultures, ideas and environments. What an exciting plethora of opportunities await our students every term.

We celebrate the achievements of all students over the course of Term 2. From the achievements of our sporting teams throughout the winter NAS sports program, to the achievements at the ACC sports days. The triumph of our Ladies Hockey Team who went undefeated through the carnival was a particular highlight, as was the First XVIII AFL Team that won their division of the Jakovich Cup particularly exciting moments.

As we take time to pause at the midway point of the year, I encourage all families to be present to their children and the special time you can spend with one another. Embrace the connections to your own communities and know that you are always a welcome part of the Newman College community. I wish you well for the ensuing second half of 2019.

Reconciliation Action Plan

During Term 2, the College has been working towards the creation of its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP is not only a strategic intent of the College through its Annual School Improvement Plan, but a firm commitment to place reconciliation at the very forefront of thinking within our College Community.

The RAP Working Group consists of 19 individuals from the College community. Individuals have been drawn from our parent, student, alumni, and staff community across the PK-Y12 College. This representative group is tasked with developing a plan that will carry forward the College’s aspiration to lead our community in reconciliation ‘actions’.

The support of facilitator Christine Sindley of Waangara Marra Consulting has been welcomed and fostered by the RAP working group. It is our hope to launch the 2020 Newman College Reconciliation Action Plan during Term 4 this year.

04 Jul 2019

ALAN FITZPATRICK, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL WELLBEING SECONDARY

Inaugural Business Breakfast

On Tuesday 28 May, Year 12 General Pathway students had the opportunity to engage with the wider world of work at Newman’s inaugural Industry Networking Breakfast. Representatives from several industries generously volunteered to attend this event. During breakfast, the students were able to hear the experiences of their guests, ask them questions about their industry, and explore possible future career pathways.

Wellness Sessions

The Year 12 students were the first to participate in a series of Wellness Talks scheduled to run over the course of the year as part of the College’s Wellbeing Program. This session, run by the College Wellbeing and Counselling Team, was interactive and engaging, and provided tips for self-reflection, helpful self-talk and self-care. Ultimately, students were encouraged to value themselves for who they are as people (not their skills or abilities). It is hoped that the Year 12’s will carry this message forward with them in their final year of schooling and into their future endeavours!

Multicultural Week

The Language Department helped the Years 7-12 students celebrate Multicultural Week with a series of events scheduled during lunchtime this week. We saw some Greek dancing, an Aboriginal Dance performance, PCG quizzes and a Gelato van visit.

Dominican Special Needs Youth Group (DOMS)

Members of our College community have continued with their commitment to assist the Dominican Special Needs Youth Group (DOMS) this year. This group, which operates once a month out of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Doubleview, provides friendship and hospitality to adults with special needs, who are former students of Newman College and other nearby Catholic Colleges. Now in its 26th year of operation, DOMS has already run three events this year including; a games night, an Aussie Bush Dance and a Quiz Night. A combination of present and former students, along with some of their parents, have come along to help run the events and enjoy the company of our members.

 

28 Jun 2019

MITCHELL BRISTOW, HEAD OF PRIMARY

Little Discoverer’s Playgroup

This term, the College launched the Little Discoverer’s Playgroup offering an opportunity for members internal and external to our community to come and begin their learning journey at the College. Participants enjoy a range of developmentally appropriate activities such as play dough, collage, dance, song and story time. The Playgroup has been incredibly popular and the College is currently exploring options around additional sessions being offered in Term 3. We look forward to welcoming new and existing families to the playgroup sessions and providing a further opportunity for families to be involved in our dynamic and child-centred community. Please monitor the website for future changes and additions.

Winter Music Night

On Tuesday 18 June, students from Years 3-6 participated in the Winter Music Night held in the Marist Auditorium. We enjoyed performances by the Year 3 Choir and Year 3 Strings, Lavalla Choir, Lavalla String Quartet and Lavalla String Ensemble, as well as excellent individual performances by student musicians across Years 4-6. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the many musical talents of our students and was a credit to their tutors, directors and Performing Arts leadership at Newman College.

Tinkering

On Thursday 6 June, Year 6 were involved in a STEM activity called TINKERING. Tinkering gives students the opportunity to be creative, think critically and collaborate in an inquiry-based approach to STEM-rich learning. The day allowed our Vision for Learning Shine through Discovery to be present as the students took apart various electronic devices, labelled the parts, and noted the purposes and complexities. Students then used the parts to create a natural disaster detector. We were very fortunate to have Year 6 parents and grandparents assisting the students.

Before / After School Care

The College is proud to be working with Mercy Care to provide daily before and after school care for Newman College students. The service caters for students from Kindy (if they have turned 4 {or as long as they are turning 4 that year} and there is a vacancy) to Year 6. For more information please contact Mercy Care on 0409 065 996 or email newman_oshc@mercycare.com.au

28 Jun 2019

DANIEL LYNCH, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL MISSION AND CATHOLIC IDENTITY

K-12 Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat Celebrations

On Friday 14 June, our K-12 community celebrated the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education. As an Australian Marist community, we give thanks for the life, witness and commitment of the Marist Brothers and those committed to Marist education who have served in our community, and across Western Australia.

Please CLICK HERE to view images of our Primary celebrations, and CLICK HERE for images of our Secondary celebrations.

 

Archbishop’s LifeLink Primary Launch

On Wednesday 5 June, Newman College hosted 478 students and teachers from 76 Primary Schools across the Archdiocese of Perth for the annual Archbishop’s LifeLink for Primary Launch. Visitors were welcomed by our Year 6 Student Council, with Ella Rose (Year 6) leading the Acknowledgement of Country, and the Year 5 and 6 Lavalla Dance Troupe sharing their Liturgical Movement piece titled: ‘Amazing’.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out

On Friday 24 May, 33 students from the Marcellin Campus (Years 7-12) attended the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out. Students and staff participated in activities that looked at the facts around homelessness in Australia. Participants learnt that many issues and factors can affect a person’s access to a home, which contributes to the 116,000 people who find themselves homeless in Australia. Students and staff shared a simple meal of soup together before hearing from two Archdiocesan groups, including Mrs Carol Mitchell from the Justice, Ecology and Development Office and Mr Damian Walsh from Catholic agency, The Shopfront. Mrs Mitchell and Mr Walsh spoke about homelessness from two interrelated views, one being justice and the other being practical support and care.

Following a question and answer time, students began a Review of Life, following Joseph Cardijn’s – ‘See, Judge, Act’. To see the issue for what it is, judge it in light of the Gospels and faith and then to come up with actions that individuals and groups can take to address the issue. Before the evening concluded, students and teachers completed the See and Judge sections of the review and collectively agreed to meet again to complete the Act section. Following prayer, students and staff settled down for the night, some choosing to sleep on a thin mat, others sleeping directly on the floor. The short experience helped participants gain a greater understanding of the issues of homelessness and a small insight into rough sleeping. It was a great evening and we thank all of those who participated and volunteered to assist.

   
28 Jun 2019

LISA FOGLIANI, VICE PRINCIPAL

This term, we have continually exposed students to the essential skills of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking which are increasingly important in an age of disruption and change. Discovering how we work with others, co-learning and co-constructing ideas is important in working with others and developing good working relationships.

Newman Parents

The College was very fortunate to secure ‘Australia’s foremost expert in the area of CyberSafety’ Susan McLean to speak at the Newman Parents meeting on Wednesday 12 June. This session focused on making parents aware of the dangers facing young people today and looking at effective parenting techniques that can be implemented. With the fast pace of technological development, Newman College is extremely grateful for the time Susan spent with our parent community and we are certain that they have taken away many useful points from her work.

If you would like further information on Susan McLean, she can be followed on Twitter @Cybercop1 or on Facebook as Susan McLean-CyberSaftey Expert. Susan also operates her own website cybersafteysolutions.com.au

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.

DISA Survey

In 2016, staff, students and parents participated in the DISA Survey. The purpose of the DISA is to provide schools with information on which to base judgements about areas for school improvement. DISA is an online tool that you can use to examine your school’s overall alignment and is comprised of three surveys customised for each of staff, parents, and students. This term, all staff, students and parents were invited to participate in the survey. The data collected will inform the College’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

28 Jun 2019

NYC Arts Tour Raffle

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2019 NYC Arts Tour Raffle (LS212876919):

1st Prize – Ticket No 1848 Elaine and Ed
2nd Prize – Ticket No 383 Bill Purdy
3rd Prize – Ticket No 81 Josh Mills
4th Prize – Ticket No 208 Rowena Edmondson
5th Prize – Ticket No 222 Rachel Dimattina
6th Prize – Ticket No 161 Hobson

All winners will be personally contacted. We wish our students safe travels on their upcoming Arts experience in New York!

 

14 Jun 2019

Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal

 

Our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) challenges our learners to strive for personal excellence. Each student will encounter difficulty, success, failure and achievement. Adopting a growth mindset supports children to accept challenges as opportunities, failing as learning and to value perseverance and determination. By changing our language to support growth instead of grades, and encouraging children to believe they can improve supports resilient, engaged learners.

High Achievers Assembly

The high achieving students from the Class of 2018 were welcomed back for a special assembly where they were formally recognised for their 2018 WACE achievements. Their results exemplified the commitment of cohort to individual and collective excellence supported by outstanding teachers and supportive families. Jai Taylor addressed the assembly and provided sound advice to the Years 10, 11 and 12 students about how to navigate their final years of school. This included cultivating relationships with both teachers and friends, having balance, working hard, participating in school life and setting goals. CLICK HERE to view the WACA Results Brochure.

Newman Parents

On Monday 25 March, the College was honoured to host Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most respected relationships speakers, authors, and researchers to support our Newman Parents. 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. The next event is taking place on Wednesday 12 June on the topic of Cybersafety.


05 Apr 2019

Daniel Lynch, Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity

 

‘Trusting in God is both the most difficult and the easiest thing we are invited to do. It is the most difficult, because we always want to be in control, driven, in part, by the expectations of others, or ourselves. We are created by God. We are made in God’s image’ – Sean Cullen

Lent is a precious time of retreat for Catholics across the world. We know that Lent is a time of renewal in faith, hope and love so that we can enter more fully into the celebration of the Sacred Triduum of Jesus’ last supper, his suffering and death on the cross, and his glorious resurrection. As a PK-12 College community, our recognition of Shrove Tuesday, and the commencement of our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday with liturgies across our three campuses invited each of us to walk with one another during this time of renewal and refocus.

Project Compassion

Project Compassion brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year’s Project Compassion theme is: GIVE LENT 100%. Each week of Lent, Caritas profiles a person who is involved in a Caritas project and always gives 100%. Click here to view these stories. Throughout Term 1, a number of activities have taken place across the three campuses to raise the College target of $20,000

Shrove Tuesday

Year 10 students sold pancakes on both the Marcellin and Lavalla Campuses on Shrove Tuesday (5 March) in support of Project Compassion. Students at the Marian campus also received pancakes, with the Kindy and Pre Primary students making theirs with the help of their teachers. A total of $816.85 was raised across the three campuses.

Years 7-12 Caritas Fast

Students were invited to participate in the Caritas Fast held on Wednesday 13 March. Over 150 students participated in the Fast which saw them forgo their usual meals throughout the school day. The students were given barley sugars at recess and a handful of cold, cooked rice at lunch and a muffin at the end of the day. This small amount of food aimed at helping students appreciate how little some people in our world have to eat. It was a fantastic day which helped raise $3630.95 for Project Compassion.

Pre Primary – Year 2 Walk for Water

On Tuesday 12 March, students on the Marian Campus took part in the Walk for Water initiative to help them understand how some children around the world walk for many kilometres just to get water each day. Students watched the story of Thandolwayo from Vietnam who risks her life each day just to bring water back for her family? Click here to hear her story.

PK-12 Family Mass

This is the third year that this important whole-of-College annual event has been celebrated. The evening gave families and staff the opportunity to come together as an intentional Catholic-Marist community, and to share the Eucharist together as we begin this year as a united community. The evening was also an opportunity for the College to commission the Year 6 and Year 12 student leaders for 2019.

Year 10 Damascus Day

The Newman College Ministry Plan seeks to invite all students into an experience of prayer and ongoing Christian discipleship. Across Years 3–10, all students are afforded an opportunity to experience an annual retreat day. The Year 10 Damascus Day, run by the Perth-based Youth Mission Team, was an opportunity provided to all students in Year 10 to stop, withdraw and reflect on the opportunities and abundance they are called into on their own personal journey, and the collective journey of the cohort.

Year 12 Retreat

During this important time of quiet reflection and time away from the usual school routines whilst on Retreat, the Year 12 students had an opportunity to seriously reflect upon their lives. Several aspects of personal growth and awareness were considered such as self-esteem, relationships and responsibilities, as well as developing a broader sense of community. While on Retreat students had opportunities to explore and deepen their spirituality and faith experiences through small group sharing, reflective prayer and celebrating the Eucharist.

Student Reflections

“This retreat has been a valuable experience to me as you get to hang out more with people you didn’t realise you would get along with so much, while still having the time to be with your mates too”.

“I came to Year 12 Retreat with the intention of just relaxing for a few days and to get away from schoolwork, but I ended up being able to really open up and get so much more out of it than I expected”.

“Year 12 Retreat encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and get a richer understanding of my year group, it was an amazing experience”.

Year 11 Philippines Immersion – 2018

On Saturday 24 November, 16 Year 11 students and 3 accompanying staff members embarked on the 2018 Year 11 Philippines Immersion. The Philippines Immersion is another practical way in which our Marist communities at Newman College and sister school St Joseph’s School seek to build opportunities for solidarity, community engagement, relationships and connections between Western Australia and the Philippines. Since returning, these students have presented their experience of the Immersion to the PK-12 Newman College staff, and at the first Principal’s Assembly.

Please click here to view a video reflection prepared by the students.

Please click here to view and listen to an original poem, prepared by the students, with accompanying images to reflect on the experiences of the immersion.

As the year continues, our students will have a range of advocacy opportunities to promote justice and share their insights to grow a wider awareness among our College community.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Baumgarten. 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. Click here to see a short video of the choir performing.

05 Apr 2019

Alan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

Wellbeing Program – Term 1 2019

The Years 7-12 Wellbeing Program focuses on building students’ faith, self-belief and self-esteem. It has been designed to develop key life skills to help students cope with challenges in school and beyond. We are committed to developing the ‘whole’ person; socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Download Term 1 Years 7-12 Wellbeing Program

ACC Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 27 March, the Years 7-12 squad competed in the 2019 A Division Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) Swimming Carnival held at HBF Stadium, Claremont. This was the first time in many years that Newman was in A Division and the team really stepped up and pushed hard all day finishing 5th overall (only 20 points off 3rd place). This is an outstanding achievement and proves the College is now back in a position to mix it with the big schools. It was a total team effort with most swimmers swimming ‘personal bests’. It was wonderful to once again collaborate and work with Head Coach Ralph McManis and the Newman Swim Club who guided the team through a very rigorous training program providing them the best opportunities for development and success.

The ACC of WA conduct a series of sporting carnivals with the broad aim to provide a culmination to school physical education programs and programs for students with disabilities in Years 7-12. The carnivals provide students the opportunity to further develop their skills whilst representing their school in a variety of sports.

Years 7-12 Science Competitions 2019

During 2019, the Science Department coordinates a range of Science competitions and events for students. These competitions are tailored to all year levels with some even tailored to specific disciplines, meaning there is something on offer for everyone! Download Science Competitions 2019

Homework Club

Homework Club runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.15pm – 6.00pm in the Siena Learning Centre. Supervised by teachers from various departments and past student mentors, students have the opportunity to attend subject focused workshops, examination planning sessions and the ability to meet with other students to work on homework and studying.

Year 11 and 12 Guest Speakers

Over the course of Weeks 6 and 7, Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to hear presentations from guest speakers Dr Jane Genovese and Mr Rob Pike on the following topics:

Dr Jane Genovese, Learning Fundamentals

Dr Jane Genovese from Learning Fundamentals presented evidence-based study hacks and tips to our Year 11 and 12 cohorts. In this session, students were taught active study techniques and strategies to help them take visual notes, become more organised and develop better focus strategies. Students also learnt how to identity their own procrastination patterns, find out what might be behind them, and how to motivate themselves at any time to get their work done.

Mr Rob Pike, Safe Driving

“Your choices define your future, in a positive or negative way, it’s your choice!” Rob Pike, a high-level athlete with plans of a sporting career, was in the back seat of his friend’s car when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Rob, the only survivor of the crash, shared with our students what it is like growing up with great ambitions and how a tragic accident changed his whole life and the future he had pictured for himself. Rob’s remarkable survivor story and details of the accident’s causation factors, left everyone inspired and thinking about the type of driver they want to be. https://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/

Bullying No Way!

On Friday 15 March, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) was recognised on our Marcellin Campus (Years 7-12). Students were invited to wear an orange accessory to show their support while some of the student leaders handed out information cards and stickers on the day.

 
05 Apr 2019

 

Mitchell Bristow, Head of Primary

 

Teachers work tirelessly to develop social and emotional skills in each student, to help them understand the core concepts of Literacy and Numeracy, to engage them through the Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery and grow them in their faith. This occurs every day and is a remarkable feat. One challenge that we must work in partnership with parents, is building student independence. This is a critical skill that will support them in all of their future pursuits. It is a fine balance between letting them take on challenges by themselves, supporting them without “doing” it for them and helping them bounce back when they make mistakes. As a PK-12 College, we continually challenge our students to become independent learners, independent individuals and confident young men and women.

Fitness Friday and Coffee at the College

This term the College launched a new initiative at the Marian Campus (Pre Kindy – Year 2), Fitness Friday. Every Friday students can enjoy a selection of activities including Lego Club, Cosmic Yoga, Running Club and Dance Aerobics. Fitness Friday coincides with another new community engagement initiative, Coffee at the College. The College is continually looking for ways to create opportunities for parents to interact, contribute and belong to the extended Newman College community.

Years 3-6 Eco Ninjas

Last year a group of dedicated students formed a sustainability committee called the Eco Ninjas on the Lavalla Campus (Years 3-6 Campus). The team have been working to improve the campus by reducing waste, growing vegetables and to inform students about sustainability and the environment. The Ninjas have recently received a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant of $1000 and look forward to using these funds to continue to improve our school.

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place every Monday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm for students in Years 3-6. Students have the opportunity to complete work, work with teachers and complete their homework.

CoderDojo Club

CoderDojo is held every Tuesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. This coding club brings together students from Years 3-12 and are taught how to code and program.

IPSHA Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 21 March, Newman College hosted the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Swimming Carnival. Students in Years 4-6 competed against other Catholic Primary Schools and represented the College with pride while demonstrating excellent teamwork and sportsmanship.

IPSHA conduct a series of sporting carnivals for students in Years 3-6 with the focus on participation. There are no shields or points awarded. It is about giving students the opportunity to compete against students from other primary schools, promoting fun and enjoyment, encouraging everyone to participate and highlighting the importance of fair play and healthy competition.