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2020 Kindy Orientation

Date

Monday, 18 November 2019

9.00am – 10.30am

Venue

Marian Campus

Those children enrolled at Newman College for 2020 are invited to attend an Orientation Session. Children will spend time with their Kindergarten teachers to familiarise themselves with their classroom learning environment while parents will be provided with an Information Session with all the relevant information to ensure a smooth and successful transition for the children into the College.

A light morning tea will also be provided for parents by our Primary Social Committee.

We invite Pre Kindergarten parents to join us for a Parent Information Session.

Please contact the Marian Campus on 9387 9900 should you require any further information or assistance. We look forward to seeing you then.

Humanities Tour / Arts Tour

Over the Term 2 break, we saw two College tours take place; the Humanities Tour visited Sydney & Canberra while the Arts Tour visited New York. Reports from staff and students have been hugely positive and I know our students have taken away some great memories from their time away. I was also very pleased to receive feedback from members of the public about our students on these tours. Our students were complimented on the way they conducted themselves in public areas and the manner in which they carried themselves. While it is always nice to receive such positive feedback as a school, these comments really compliment the families in our community and the children they are raising.
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Year 12 Human Biology Excursion

This term, the Year 12 Human Biology class visited the Harry Perkins Institute. Students worked in the lab, where they set up and ran biotechnological processes to better understand how mutations can be identified. Click here to read more and see more photos from the day.

Science Week

In Weeks 3 and 4, Newman College was proud to be involved in celebrating National Science Week! Kicking off with a literal bang, all students from Kindy – Year 12 were treated to a spectacular rockets and explosions Science Show put on by Science Teachers Mr Spriggins and Mr Shuckstes.

The festivities continued, with students participating in a giant bubble-making challenge, a paper plane throwing challenge, a science-themed Kahoot competition and a wildlife show from WestOz Wildlife. Newman College was also fortunate enough to feature on Perth’s Channel 9’s Today Show, showcasing what’s on offer in Science in our Secondary School. Click here to see the Channel 9 live cross.

R U OK? Day Activities

Thursday 12 September was R U OK? Day – a day when we’re reminded to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs. At Newman College, we know that regular meaningful conversations can make a difference. You do not have to be an expert to ask how someone is going. This year in the build-up to R U OK? day we were shining a light on the times we should be asking our friends and loved ones this important question. We want everyone in our school community to know that if something is up with someone you know, if something is going on in their life or you notice a change in what they’re doing or saying, it’s time to trust that gut instinct and ask them “Are you OK?”

To spread this message, students on the Marcellin Campus were invited to wear yellow accessories on the day to show their support. They also enjoyed yellow cupcakes, a sausage sizzle and a variety of games at lunchtime.

Girls in STEM Day

On Friday 6 September, a group of Year 9 girls were selected to attend the annual Girls in STEM event at North Metropolitan TAFE which promotes and encourages opportunities for girls in STEM. Click here to read more and see more photos from the day.

Faction Cross Country Carnival

The Years 3-6 Faction Carnival was a great success, with students engaged all day in track and field events as well as novelty events and ball games. Students showcased their athletic skills and celebrated the achievements of their team. Click here to see more photos from the day.
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STEM Festival

Earlier this term, the Lavalla Campus was abuzz with energy and engagement as our students were challenged to think outside the box and create arcade games from recycled materials as part of our STEM Festival. The day was a celebration of student creativity and collaboration. Reflections from staff were glowing as the students’ projects continued to amaze with their levels of innovation. At lunchtime the students were treated to a Science show by Mr Spriggins from the Marcellin Campus. They watched with eager anticipation as he set off ‘bombs’ and rockets for his curious audience. Click here to see more photos from the day.

The students’ hard work was celebrated in a wonderful way as a selection of the arcade games were featured on Channel 9 News as part of their coverage of Science Week. Occasions such as this deserve to be highlighted in the wider community as the STEM Festival is another excellent example of how we continue to live out our Vision for Learning. Click here to see the Channel 9 live cross.
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Lavalla Parent Workshops

This Term, we welcomed parents to join in a variety of learning and wellbeing workshops being offered at the Lavalla Campus. Our dedicated teachers worked hard to formulate workshops in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and growth mindset.

Workshops offered were:

Growth Mindset – building resilience through the development of a growth mindset
Digital Literacy – the place and use of iPads at school and home, digital citizenship and online safety
Middle Primary Mental Maths – strategies and games for Years 3-4
Upper Primary Mental Maths – strategies and games for Years 5-6
Manga High – utilising Manga High for the development of mathematics skills with Years 5-6
Literacy – decoding text and comprehension strategies and their importance in literacy development

Book Week

Book Week at Lavalla was a wonderful celebration of reading and literacy across Years 3-6. Students enjoyed a variety of rich experiences including visits by authors, illustrators, storytellers, and embracing their creativity and love for books and characters with our annual Book Week parade. It was wonderful to see each of our students (and teachers!) display and share their costumes with the campus. Click here to see more photos from the Book Week events.
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Year 5 Leadership Workshops

Students in Year 5 hoping to be considered for nomination to Year 6 Student Council in 2020 have enjoyed partaking in three Leadership Workshops this Term. The sessions were themed as follows:

  • Vision for Learning
  • Wellbeing and Team building
  • Servant Leadership and Faith Formation

The student leadership process will continue moving into Term 4 as we work towards the election of the Year 6 Student Council in 2020.

It has been wonderful to see the students embrace this extra-curricular opportunity, attending before school weekly and participating with enthusiasm.
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Life Education Van

This Term, all classes have enjoyed visiting the Life Education Van in support of their classroom learning in Health Education. Students have explored the following modules:

  • Year 3 – Bcyberwise – focusing on cybersafety and exploring issues around security, sharing information and communicating respectfully.
  • Year 4 – Mind Your Medicine – developing students’ understanding of medicines and their safe use, as well as strategies for dealing with stress and conflict.
  • Year 5 – Decisions – exploring the decision-making process by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts and influences; particularly in preparing for making decisions about the use of drugs and alcohol and their health impacts.
  • Year 6 – Relate Respect Connect – exploring the importance of building positive, safe and respectful relationships both online and offline, as well as strategies for responding to unsafe or disrespectful situations.

Our annual visit from the Life Education Van is an invaluable inclusion to the Health curriculum and social-emotional learning taking place in classrooms.

PK–12 celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption

Thursday 15 August was the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Feast day was chosen for the Marist Brothers at the time of their foundation by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education.

To mark this significant Feast and Day of Holy Obligation in the life of the Church as well as the international Marist Institute, our PK-12 College Community celebrated the Feast of the Assumption across the College. As one of 54 Marist schools across Australia, the Feast Day of the Assumption is an annual opportunity for all members of the Newman College community to gather, give thanks, and to celebrate our shared Marist identity.

The Marian and Lavalla Campus students combined to celebrate Mass, Buddy Day activities and the annual Lapathon to raise money for the work of Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS). All funds raised from the Lapathon will be directed towards the Kuya Centre for Street Children in Manila. The Kuya Centre is one of the College’s partner organisations of the Year 11 Philippines Immersion. In November this year, our Year 11 Immersion students will present our donation to Sister Kate O’Neill, Director of the Kuya Centre, on behalf of the Newman College community.

Students on the Marcellin Campus gathered for Mass in the Gymnasium.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

This Term, Newman College supported the St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal by collecting blankets. This winter, many families, including children, have been forced to spend the night without adequate warmth or in some cases, without adequate shelter.

The Newman College Community endeavours to imitate Mary’s tenderness and concern for others, particularly the manner in which she lived out her faith with courage in the face of great pain and adversity. Donating a blanket is a simple way to follow Mary’s example and to live the Gospel Message to “Love your neighbour” (Mark 12:31). This appeal is one of the many Social Justice activities and projects students and families are able to support throughout the year.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

Year 11 Remar Blue Caravel Solidarity Retreat – Mullewa, WA

The Remar Blue Solidarity Retreat ran from Wednesday 28 August to Tuesday 3 September in Mullewa, Western Australia, a small farming town 470km North-East of Perth. Following preparation sessions, the students lived and worked alongside the community of Mullewa, where they had a packed itinerary that involved various services to the Mullewa community including helping to host their annual Agriculture and Wildflower Shows, working with the students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school and hosting their school disco. Click here to read more and see more photos from the trip.
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Building Bridges Interfaith Dialogue 2019

Each year, students in Year 11 are invited to participate in the Building Bridges project. The ‘Building Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue in Schools’ Program promotes mutual understanding and respect and ethical behaviour across our cultural and religious diversities, to develop competent global leaders for the 21st century. Click here to learn more about the Building Bridges Project.

2019 Newman Arts Festival

The Newman College Arts Festival is a celebration of the PK-12 Arts learning journey at Newman College held over three days (October 16, 17, 18). The event also showcases the artistic endeavours of the STEM learning area along with students’ instrumental, choir and drama performances.

Student Art Exhibition Opening Night

Wednesday evening is the official opening of the festival. We invite the Newman College and wider community to join us in celebrating student Art works created throughout the year and Art projects that have been inspired by collaborative workshops with the 2019 Artists in Residence. Opening night will also include a presentation of the student awards, including a people’s choice award. Food stalls, games and Art activities, for our budding younger artists will also be hosted on the oval.

Parent Soiree

The annual Parent Soiree is taking place on Friday 18 October. This is a great opportunity for families entering into the College in 2020 to join other parents to enjoy drinks and canapes, whilst celebrating the student works of the Arts festival. Guests will also enjoy live music by dynamic and modern band Nano Soul who will perform a combination of funk, soul, and classic hits with a twist.

  • Where: Marist Auditorium, 216 Empire Avenue Churchlands
  • Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Tickets: $35 Click here to purchase

Artists in Residence Program

The Newman College Artists in Residence Program for 2019 was another exciting and truly authentic arts experience for our students, teacher, parents and members of our Newman community. The workshops allowed for all to collaborate with industry professionals, strengthen and deepen their understanding of Arts skills and processes and build their cultural competency, cultural literacy and sensitivity around Aboriginal people; culture oral storytelling traditions, and connection to country.

We were pleased to welcome Andy Quilty (2018 Artist in Residence), and Contemporary Noongar Artists Bradley and Rohin Kickett as our 2019 Artists in Residence. Click here to read more.

Catholic Arts

The Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges seeks to provide students with specific ‘performance platforms’ where they have the unique opportunity to give of their very best and perform to a public audience. Open to both Primary and Secondary school students, the performance categories encompass choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance aspects of the Performing Arts. Approximately 18,000 students enter the Festival each year.

Newman College had the honour of performing the Acknowledgement of Country song, Koort Doodjarak Yewool (Heart Song) in collaboration with the Madjitil Moorna Choir accompanied by James Web at the closing concert on Monday 16 September at the Perth Concert Hall. We acknowledge Music Teacher, Nicole Boddy who wrote the lyrics and melody. This is a unique opportunity for the College, and I acknowledge the efforts of the staff and students involved in this initiative, in particular the leadership and creativity of Mrs Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK-12. Click here to view the performance.
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New Uniform Options

After a period of consultation with the Newman Parents Consecutive Committee (NPCC), staff and student groups, the following options are now available to students:

  • Skorts with a blouse will be available to students who would prefer this over the summer dress (Primary) and skirt (Secondary). Skorts can be worn all year.
  • Womens trousers for students in Years 7-12, are available for order and can also be worn all year.
  • The boys in Primary are able to wear shorts during summer and winter.

These items are available via the online store or from the Uniform Shop.

Newman Parents  Evening

Newman Parents was honoured to host Paul Dillon at Newman College this Term. Paul is the Director and founder of DARTA and he is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 – Monday 3 February – Thursday 9 April

  • Monday 3 February: K-6, 7 & 12 return
  • Tuesday 4 February: Years 8-11 return
  • Thursday 13 February: PK-12 Family Mass

Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

  • Tuesday 28 April: All PK-Y12 staff and students return
  • Friday 19 June: Champagnat Day (TBC)

Term 3 – Wednesday 22 July- Friday 25 September

  • Monday 20 July: Staff Faith Formation / Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 21 July: K-12 Parent Teacher Interviews / Pupil Free Day
  • Wednesday 22 July: All PK-Y12 students return
  • Friday 14 August: Staff Wellbeing Day/ Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 17 August: CEWA Faith Day (College Closed)

Term 4 – Tuesday 13 October – Friday 4 December

  • Monday 12 October: Staff Professional Learning/ Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 13 October: All PK-Y11 students return
  • PK-Y9 Final Day (TBC)

Beyond the Bounds of Newman College

The world is a big place and we need our students to cast their eyes and expectations into their place in it. The great strength of our College is the plethora of opportunities our students have to engage with the world. Such opportunities were exemplified over Term 3 when we had students participating on the Arts Tour to New York and another on the Humanities Tour to Sydney and Canberra. Both Cultural Tours highlight our desire for students to seek new ways of learning, seeing and thinking about the world.

Later in the Term, our Year 11 REMAR students traveled to Mullewa north of Geraldton, to serve in the local community as part of their solidarity camp. This will be followed in December by more students travelling to the Philippines on our social justice immersion.

Such experiences empower students to gain the skills, confidence and agency to make decisions and create opportunities that impact their lives and the lives of others in a positive way. Moreover, it creates the space for our students and teachers to develop soft and firm skills including adaptability, decision-making, problem-solving, resilience and self-reflection. Critical to these experiences is the role of our teachers. We are very fortunate to have teachers who are passionate about their specialisation which enable such activities to occur. I challenge all our students to take the opportunities that are presented across PK-12. Such a challenge encapsulates our Vision for Learning, Shine through the Discovery and its intent to let their light shine.
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Junior PALS Project 2019

Early this Term, students in Years 4 and 5 were part of an Arts experience; a song, movement and storytelling performance based on an abridged version of Dr Noel Nannup’s creation story, “The Carer’s of everything”. The intent of this PALS Project was clearly communicated by these excellent performers as they told a story that encouraged us to reflect on Aboriginal culture and histories as we walk towards Reconciliation. In August, the students performed the item as part of the nation-wide Wakakirri Performing Arts Festival, semi-final, held in Perth at the Perth Concert Hall.

Student Voice

In Week 4, I held a series of morning teas and lunches for students across the College to listen to their opinions on the direction of the College. I trialed questions that will eventually become part of the consultation process for the development of the next Strategic Plan.

Hon Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training – Visit to Newman College

In Week 6, the Hon Sue Ellery, Minster for Education and Training WA, visited our school to discuss our mobile phone policy. Students, teachers and parents from Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to seek feedback on what we do at Newman College and how the voice of our community will be used as part of a wider consultation to develop a policy for schools across WA.

In our local context, put simply, phones are out of sight unless they are used for explicit learning. The Minister unpacked this with our students who were excellent in their presentation and discussion. The confidence and reflection on display exemplified the intent of our school to animate our students to have a voice and to be critical thinkers. The wider issues of social media and student interaction were also discussed as was our approach to the education of students and families.
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Learning happens in a variety of spaces; places where our interactions with one another shift from the formality of the classroom to the sporting field, playground or workplace learning experience. The great strength of our PK-12 College community, is how students come together to support learning and Wellbeing initiatives. This term, students from Marcellin Campus have supported the Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival, Marian Campus Early Childhood initiatives and our very successful STEM Festival. The collaboration the students encounter during these opportunities reflects the intent of our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery and how we seek to develop skills of communication and conversation between students and peers. I extend my sincere thanks to our teaching staff who plan and prepare for these authentic and meaningful experiences.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 –  Monday 3 February – Thursday 9 April

  • Monday 3 February: K-6, 7 & 12 return
  • Tuesday 4 February: Years 8-11 return
  • Thursday 13 February: PK-12 Family Mass

Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

  • Tuesday 28 April: All PK-Y12 staff and students return
  • Friday 19 June: Champagnat Day (TBC)

Term 3 – Wednesday 22 July- Friday 25 September

  • Monday 20 July: Staff Faith Formation / Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 21 July: K-12 Parent Teacher Interviews / Pupil Free Day
  • Wednesday 22 July: All PK-Y12 students return
  • Friday 14 August: Staff Wellbeing Day/ Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 17 August: CEWA Faith Day (College Closed)

Term 4 – Tuesday 13 October – Friday 4 December

  • Monday 12 October: Staff Professional Learning/ Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 13 October: All PK-Y11 students return
  • PK-Y9 Final Day (TBC)

CDP Update

The College has entered the final stage of planning prior to the commencement of the Learning Hub building project. Five organisations have accepted the opportunity to tender for the building contract, with the tender closing next Thursday 19 September. Following approval of the preferred builder to proceed, it is likely that possession of the site will be handed to the contractor at or around the commencement of Term 4.

In addition to the Learning Hub project, the footings for the new Lavalla / Marcellin bridge were installed this week. The bridge will be completed during October, with associated upgrades to pedestrian paths taking place shortly after. It is expected that the bridge will be in use by late October / early November.

Furthermore, the major upgrade to the artificial cricket wicket practice area and storage shed is now complete. This will see the College cricketers enjoy new facilities, with wonderful access to equipment which is now housed directly adjacent to the practice area. The shed also delivers upgraded storage facilities for the Outdoor Education program, replacing the older Sea Containers.

The College is very excited about the current program of works which will see all students benefit from the investment into these areas. For further information on the Learning Hub Project please click here.

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

The closing concert for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival will be held on Monday September 16 at the Perth Concert Hall. Newman College has the honour of performing the Acknowledgement of Country song, Koort Doodjarak Yewool (Heart Song) in collaboration with the Madjitil Moorna Choir accompanied by James Web.  We acknowledge Music Teacher, Nicole Boddy who wrote the lyrics and melody. This is a unique opportunity for the College, and I acknowledge the efforts of the staff and students involved in this initiative, in particular the leadership and creativity of Mrs Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK-12. Congratulations to all students who performed during the festival and for the support of their families. Click here to see a full list of all awards.

Newman Arts Festival Parent Support / Volunteers Required

The 2019 Newman Arts Festival is taking place in Term 4 Week 1 (Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 October). The three-day event will showcase 2D and 3D artworks produced by our PK-12 students, performances by our dance, drama and music students, free activities and a Parent Soiree.

This event would not be possible without the support from our entire PK-12 College community. We are in need of a number of parent volunteers to assist in the following roles:

Volunteers to hang student art, Monday 14 October (non-school day) and Tuesday 15 October, between 9.00am and 3.00pm
Require 3 – 6 volunteers each day to help the Art Teachers hang numerous pieces of student art. We understand it may be difficult to commit to a full day, so 2 – 3 hours would be fantastic.

Volunteers to serve food, Friday 18 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Assist with serving food at the Parent Soiree (no experience necessary).

Volunteers to serve drinks, Friday 18 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Assist with serving drinks at the Parent Soiree (RSA required).

Your help would be greatly appreciated, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Janine Gatto if you are able to assist thegatts@iinet.net.au | Phone/Text 0418 935 122

Newman Parents Evening – Monday 16 September

Newman Parents is honoured to host Paul Dillon at Newman College. Paul is the Director and Founder of DARTA and is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

Topic: ‘Risk taking’: Why do teens do the things they do? What can parents do to keep them as safe as possible?

RSVP to Jo Dunn, Marketing and Communications Officer jo.dunn@cewa.edu.au

Pupil Free Day – Monday 14 October

A reminder to all families that Monday 14 October is a Pupil Free Day with the exception of Year 12 students sitting exams and all students in Year 10 who will depart for their camp on this day.

Year 7 2020 Orientation Day – Monday 14 October

The Year 7 2020 Orientation Day will take place on Monday 14 October.

Download Year 7 2020 Transition and Guild Letter

The College will also host the Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening on Monday 14 October commencing at 6.30pm in the Marist Auditorium.

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.

On Monday 9 September, 75 members of our community enjoyed working with 2019 Artist in Residence Andy Quilty at the Community Workshop. The workshop was divided into two sessions; Session 1 exploring new drawing processes and experimental techniques. Session 2 monoprinting using a range of different tools allowing the participants to become active print makers.

Andy encouraged everyone to be free and take risks in their own art journey

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.