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Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity

10 Sep 2021

With two weeks left of Term Three, our Year 12 students are coming to the end of their time at Newman College and assessments are being scheduled across the life of the school, it is an important time to reflect on the College’s Vision for Mission: to form good Christians and good citizens and our Marist theme for 2021 Breathe: The Spirit of Life. This calls us to pause and reflect on our life and what is most important. I encourage all staff, students and families to give thanks for our experience, to reach out to friends or family in lockdown around Australia who may be struggling and to remember that as Marist’s we follow Mary’s example and place our trust in God and the plan God has for us. By trusting in God, we can recognise God’s love, grace and compassion and finish the term with the hope that we can truly let our light shine.

Governor’s Prayer Breakfast 

Newman College has launched its Christian Service Learning Program, Living Marist, with Year 7 and 8 students. The purpose is to engage students in service activities that challenge them to reflect, discern and act in the community. Students have participated in a range of activities across, recently supporting Lavalla and Marian students. Congratulations to our students and keep up the good work. There actions espouse the Marist values of Family Spirit and Love of Work.

Marist Connect Night 

As Marist school we offer students opportunities to engage in formation that allows them to meet with students from other Marist schools. For the second time this year, students gathered, this time at Bunbury Catholic College to reflect on their future and what it means to follow God’s call in their life. One of our Yr11 students reflects below.

On the 7th of September, 5 of the year 11 Gamechangers members along with Mrs Parker and Mrs Day-Perkins took off to Bunbury Catholic College for a connect night. Connect nights are organized throughout the year and allow Year 11 and 12 students from Marist schools to come together to connect and share ideas centred on the Marist principals.

Bunbury Catholic College is a Marist school set in the South-West of Perth. Once there we met a group of Year 11’s and 12’s and with the help of the teachers began to discuss school life through the Marist traditions. We started connecting by looking at ourselves and how we live according to faith. This conversation grew and soon enough we were having fun and connecting through activities like making paper airplanes that had fun facts written on them about each of us. After throwing the paper planes we then had to match the fun fact to the person. This is harder than what it seems especially when you are meeting for the first time but it still makes for a great activity allowing all of us to share a little bit about ourselves!

After some initial activities, we shared a meal. Where we continued to connect over pizza and talking about how we see life after school and our plans for our future. Finally, we heard from Liam Street, an ex-Newman student and the Marist Youth Ministry Leader who spoke to us about vocation and what to think about when we finish at school. Once he shared his story about finding his vocation, it was over to the teachers who formed a Q&A panel where they shared their vocational experiences.
Thanks Bunbury Catholic College for a great evening.

– Sonia Bruce, Year 11 student. 

Thursday morning Community Mass 

very Thursday morning family’s are invited to join students and staff to celebrate the Eucharist with local priests from our parishes. The final two weeks of our Community Mass see Thomas More and Year 4 in Week 9 and Romero and Year 3 in week 10. It has been such a blessing to welcome our Year 2 students to our Community Mass in line with our Vision for Mission and their transition to Year 3.
Mr Sullivan, Thomas More Guild Coordinator sent the following message to families earlier this term.

On Thursday the 16th of September at 8.10am, the Thomas More Guild is participating in their community mass for years 7-12 at the Marcellin Campus Chapel. This is an important time for students across the Marcellin Campus as it will be the last mass that Year 12 students will be a part of before they commence their exams as well as marking the start of transition into 2022.

I wish to extend the invitation to all family members of students in the Thomas More Guild. This can be past students, pre-high school children, grandparents and extended family. As the new Co-Ordinator for Thomas More guild I want to foster a sense of family spirit across all year groups.

I understand that there may be other priorities such as work that may get in the way of attending the mass, however it would be great to see families come together particularly in these uncertain times.
We look forward to seeing you in the Champagnat Chapel at 8.10am.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of our Catholic faith. This year, students across the primary and secondary have had the opportunity to celebrate this sacrament in year groups. The secondary students have been led by priests from the Redemptorist Monastery led by Fr Edmond Nixon and primary students have been led by Fr Kaz Stuglik from Floreat Parish. The sacrament is an opportunity for students to seek forgiveness and reflect on God’s love and mercy in their lives. We encourage all our families to participate in this sacrament through their local parish.

Floreat Parish Youth Mass

On Sunday 19 September, Floreat Parish supported by 24/7 Youth Ministry will be celebrating a Youth Mass. This celebration is an opportunity for students who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation to come along and share in the Eucharist, games and light refreshments. We all encourage all our Year 6 families to come along and celebrate. The parish will be providing an experience for our young people every third Sunday. Mass commences at 9.30am at St Cecilia’s Church.

Ministers of Communion Preparation  

In line with our Vision for Mission: to form “good Christians and good citizens”, we have had some of our Year 11 students apply to participate in the ministering of Holy Communion. This means they will undertake training with Br Terry, reflecting on what it means to serve in the Church and the sacredness of the Eucharist. Congratulations to our students who have put their name forward to be leaders in this way at Newman College.

Special Marist Project: Marist Institute launches Global network

At Newman College we are proud to be part of Marist Schools Australia and an international community that shares a vision “to make Jesus Christ known and loved.” Recently, Newman College was asked to be part of the International Marist Institutes Global Network launch. On Wednesday 15 September, students from across the College will participate in creating a new logo for the network that seeks to demonstrate the diversity of our Marist community and its vision for our Marists communities to be “a place where we all belong!” Click here to learn more about this initiative and how it will help build a better place for young people in our world.

10 Sep 2021

Living Marist: Good Christians and Good Citizens Service Learning Program 

Newman College has launched its Christian Service Learning Program, Living Marist, with Year 7 and 8 students. The purpose is to engage students in service activities that challenge them to reflect, discern and act in the community. Students have participated in a range of activities across, recently supporting Lavalla and Marian students. Congratulations to our students and keep up the good work. There actions espouse the Marist values of Family Spirit and Love of Work.

Thursday morning Community Mass 

Every Thursday our PK-12 community are invited to attend Mass in the Champagnat Chapel, commencing at 8.10am. Mass is celebrated by our local clergy who support the College. Next week, Thursday 2 September, Marcellin Guild and Year 6 students will be hosting with Fr Ruben. We look forward to welcoming you to our weekly celebration.

Sacramental Preparation 

Across our Parish’s sacramental preparation programs are taking place. Our Lady of Grace is offering Family Faith Formation on Tuesday 31 August.  Fr. Greg Donovan will lead us in this session beginning at 7.00pm in the MPA at the school.  Please arrive 5 mins early to register your attendance. I encourage you to check your parish website to find out about sacramental preparation programs for your child.


Our Gamechangers students across Years 7 –12 continue to gather, learn about community, and gain a sense of who God is calling us to be. In an obvious way, our students in Year 11 Gamechangers have travelled to the regional community of Mullewa. This was an opportunity to learn about solidarity and serve in an authentic way. Read some of the student reflections below. Thank you to Br Paul, Paul Cranley and Hannah Parker who gave up time from their families to offer this experience for our students.

14 year 11 students embarked on an immersive journey to the country town of Mullewa, an out of the way town with not many people. Despite being such an exclusive community, our group was welcomed with open arms and hearts. We were given the opportunities to spend time with the children of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the local primary school as well as a variety of others through our time at the Youth Recreational Centre and the Agricultural Show.

On Tuesday, we first met with the OLMC students, a group of only 60 students from Pre-K to 6, who quickly grew in friendship with everyone from Newman. We spent the morning learning about the history of the town at the local cemetery, while simultaneously cleaning the graves, followed by a Newman led mass. After the mass, we ventured to the local district high school and planted trees with the younger students, before returning to the school grounds to help run a practice for the school’s sport carnival. Afterwards, we joined some of the kids from the district high school at the youth recreational centre for games of basketball and chasey, particular favourites of the students.

On Wednesday, we spent most of the day in the town hall, helping the various members of the Agricultural society prepare for the wildflower show. While we were helping, we managed to find a banner made by the Newman REMAR group back in 2005. Halfway through the day, we gave ourselves the time to spend lunch with the OLMC students. We then returned to the town hall for the wildflower set up. After we were finished helping, we then made another trip to the youth centre, this being the last time we would be able to.

On Thursday, we spent the day helping the members of the community in setting up the displays for the agricultural festival, a Royal Show equivalent for the people of Mullewa. Yet again, we went to have lunch with the OLMC kids, everybody was excited for the disco that night, but before the disco, the Newman students had to continue their help with the agricultural festival. After we were finished helping, we had a bit of a break, then we set out to set up the much-anticipated disco. Newman students had set up balloons, streamers and other decorations for the OLMC students. We all had fun at the disco, with a soundtrack full of good songs and some pretty cool dance moves. At the conclusion of the disco, we had some heartfelt goodbyes with the OLMC students, and after some clean up, the Newman students made their way back to the rec centre, excited to have their last sleep before returning home.

What really stood out to all of us through all this was hearing the impact Newman has on the community. Everywhere we went we heard of everyone’s past experiences with the college from previous visits, we even met Holly, who said she remembered the Newman visit to Mullewa she experienced back when she was in Kindy. In reflection, we are so grateful for Fr Rob, Holly and all of the students from both OLMC and the district high school, as well as the greater Mullewa community for being so welcoming to us all, we hope we have made as much of a memorable impact in your lives as you all have in ours. Mrs Parker, Br Paul, Liam, Mr Cranley, Mr Martino, thank you for organizing this event for us.  We all enjoyed this incredible experience and the chance to move forwards in our Marist journey.

Leila Arnold and Josh Lee 
Year 11 Students 

Perth Launch of the 2021/22 ACBC Social Justice Statement.

Newman College hosted the Justice, Ecology & Development Office (JEDO) within the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia to launch the Social Justice Statement for 2021/22 “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor”.  We welcomed Bishop Don Sproxton who shared with those gathered what this statement means in the lives of our community. As we reflect on this statement, a reminder for all of us is the importance of listening with a spirit of understanding, responding with a heart of compassion and love that starts with Christ at the center of our own lives and permeates through those we encounter.

Click here to read the full statement from the Bishops.

12 Aug 2021

Capital Development Project

I am delighted to confirm that our Capital Development Project, the St John Henry Newman Learning Hub, as well as modifications to S Block, are finished and ready for the commencement of students on Monday and Tuesday.  The completion of this Project realises the College’s commitment to contemporary and relevant pedagogy where learning programs are increasingly differentiated and individualised, as inspired through the pedagogical pillars of our Vision for Learning – Challenge, Collaborate, Create, Celebrate.

It has been a very challenging time for the school over the last 12 months and I again thank students and staff for their patience in the disruptions that occurred in 2020.  As practical completion only occurred in the last week it has been a massive effort to bring to fruition our learning spaces for the commencement of the school year.  There are still minor works to be completed over the next fortnight with limited disruption to the College timetable.  We will be showcasing these spaces at our forthcoming information evening and throughout the year.  I am sure our students across Years 3-12 will enjoy these wonderful contemporary learning spaces.

Newman College Learning Hub

Repairs and Maintenance

Across Lavalla and Marian Campuses respectively there are gazetted improvement that will occur during the course of Term 1.  These include a new playground at Lavalla, along with flexible glass dividing walls between classrooms.  At Marian over the holidays new grass was laid in the Pre-Primary playground and there was also a major turf renovation on the Marian oval.  In addition, there was programmed painting across different parts of all campuses.

Marian Campus Newman College

Newman College Bus

We are delighted to haven taken ownership of a brand new 27 seater bus for our College. This is a great resource for our entire school and will assist with transporting our students.

28 Jan 2021

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2020 for their individual and collective WACE results. It was a challenging year, and they should be commended for their dedication and efforts. We look forward to recognising High Achievers and Award winners in front of the student body on Wednesday 3 February at the High Achievers Assembly. Below are a number of highlights from our data analysis:

  • 22.3% of all ATAR students received an ATAR above 90
  • 92.3% of University-bound students were offered a place in main round offers
  • 88% of University-bound students received an offer for their first preference
  • 98.8% of students attained a WACE
  • 47 Certificate courses were achieved
  • 1 Subject Certificate of Excellence (Top 0.5% in the state) was achieved
  • 23 Distinction and Merit Awards were achieved
  • Newman College had the highest performing students in the state in:
    Religion and Life
    Modern History
    Outdoor Education

The success of a cohort is maximised by each student being placed in a pathway that is commensurate to their ability and interests. In 2021 there will be a continued focus on working in partnership with students and families to ensure that students select the most appropriate courses and pathways to meet their goals.

Download 2020 Results Brochure 



28 Jan 2021

Lucie McCrory Newman CollegeIt is with great excitement that I begin as Vice Principal of Newman College this year. The Marists have an inspiring tradition and I look forward to learning about the history of the school, its students, staff, parents, and distinct culture. I am particularly excited to be back working in the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 space. It is a privilege and a blessing to see the full spectrum of student growth, from entry to graduation. I look forward to developing relationships with this wide variety of learners and teachers.

I have a passion for the craft of teaching and learning and a keen interest in the ‘future of education’. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner in the school of life, and plan to actively encourage those around me to find their unique gifts, untapped potential and ‘let their light shine’ (Matthew 5 : 16).

A school is a learning organisation that should inspire a curiosity for learning, it is a place of growth. The underlying mechanism to enable this growth lies in some form of actualisation of the human potential. Pursuits in this realm require a Christ-centred and improvement focused approach to life, an understanding of the value in failure and the provision of experiences that are developmentally appropriate to the journey-point of the individual.

I look forward to playing an important collaborative role in leading the learning at Newman, for its next phase of life. We will shine through discovery, towards excellence and innovation. On that note…have you seen the new Learning Hub on the Marcellin campus? Impressive. Opportunities galore. Watch that space.

Dr Lucie McCrory


28 Jan 2021

Never has the momentum of change been as evident as in 2020. As the Learning Hub Development nears completion, Newman College has embarked upon a significant renewal process that will deliver ongoing benefits to students for years to come.  The formal commissioning of the Learning Hub will take place early next year.

The year has seen three other significant and long-term planning decisions approved, with work currently being executed.

  • Marist Schools Australia approved the expansion of the Learning Hub Development Project to include W Block. This decision will see two new classrooms developed in W Block, along with the creation of a new Education Support Centre including life skills area.
  • S Block has been included in the scope of work for the Learning Hub. The central spaces will be refurbished, providing a learning experience that is consistent with the new Learning Hub. This includes the creation of new breakout areas, entrances to classrooms, lecture theatre, soft furnishings, meeting rooms, office, and main entries.
  • The approval of an exciting landscape design to accompany the major building program has also been approved. The magnificent design draws from the recent collaborative artwork created by students alongside local Noongar artists during our 2019 Artist in Residence program. This reflective space draws together the history of our Marist origins and our location on traditional Whadjuk land.

These projects have commenced and will run in conjunction with the Learning Hub Development, due for completion ahead of the commencement of the 2021 school year.

Accompanying the new built environments is the commitment to appoint the spaces with new furniture. A significant furniture program has now been completed and will see new furniture installed throughout the Learning Hub, W Block and S Block. Further upgrades will be made to classrooms in B Block and T Block concurrently.

On Wednesday 4 November, Leaders or Learning and Leaders of Wellbeing were taken on a guided tour of the new Learning Hub. The excitement was evident in all, as the realisation of the significance and grandeur of the project was realised. We are now just a short journey to the finish line, with students and staff set to experience a learning environment that will be the envy of the State.


06 Nov 2020

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

Orientation packs will be provided during this session.

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

30 Sep 2020

Those children enrolled at Newman College for 2021 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.

30 Sep 2020

COVID Update

I take this opportunity to affirm the resilience and perseverance teachers, support staff and students have demonstrated during the uncertainty of recent weeks. Our response to advice, information and to individual and community concerns has sought to support all people. If you are concerned about your family situation, you are welcome to contact me for additional clarity and counsel lisa.fogliani@cewa.edu.au

If Students are Unwell
The College asks that students who are presenting with a fever, flu or cold like symptoms stay at home until their symptoms are clear.  It is the responsibility of all families to ensure they support the wider College community.

Protective Measures
Staff and students have been briefed on personal hygiene protocols to ensure the highest standard of hygiene and care. These expectations have been explicitly taught to students and the College has secured hand sanitizer for every classroom and the entrance to classroom blocks and significant facilities. Teachers also carry sanitizer to distribute to their students. Cleaning supplies have also been distributed to teachers to ensure desks and surfaces are wiped down between classes.

The College cleaning contractors have been instructed to action antibacterial cleaning procedures and additional staff on site regularly clean high touch areas.

As per advice, primary playgrounds are cleaned with disinfectant following recess and lunch.

Other measures in place include, but are not limited to;

  • Students not gathering in large groups (for example year groups or campus groups)
  • Continued social distancing protocols in shared spaces
  • Lockers are currently not being used to avoid congregating in small spaces
  • Changerooms in Secondary are currently not being used.
  • Excursions, camps and events are suspended until further notice
  • Canteen, Uniform Shop are operating with specific protocols in place to reduce numbers

Parents and Visitors to the College
We thank all parents for their support by utilizing the kiss and ride processes in place to ensure adults aren’t gathering around the College.

College Events and Parent Engagement
We are preparing and planning to continue our commitment to engagement and College events. Our Easter Liturgy, ANZAC Day Assembly and Mothers Day Liturgy are examples of how we are aspiring to create shared experiences between the College and families during this unprecedented time. Please know we are working towards the creation of assemblies, parent information evenings and parent teacher interviews that foster collaboration, creativity and keep families informed and connected to the College.

Newman Parents – A Night with Justin Coulson

As we continually strive to engage remotely with our parent community, Justin Coulson will present his session Inside the Mind; Raising an emotionally intelligent Child via a live stream. Parent engagement and education is an important part of our commitment to being connected to parents, especially during these challenging times. I hope you can join us at 7.00pm on Wednesday 20 May. The link to the live stream will be sent to all families closer to the presentation.

Reporting and Assessment

Our remote learning plans for both Primary and Secondary, featured formative assessment as the dominate mode of assessment for learning and feedback. This has also ensured that teachers have gathered evidence of learning to inform our Semester 1 reports.

Semester 1 reports include learning attributes and a progress grade that is aligned to judging standards. The judging standards describe the standard of achievement students should attain by the end of the school year. More information regarding reporting and judging standards will be shared with families in the weeks ahead.

Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 Examinations are scheduled for Weeks 6 and 7 of this Term. The examination experience is important for students to practice their skills of time management, stamina and pace. More information will be shared with students by their respective Leaders of Wellbeing.

New and Returning Staff

We welcome back the following staff from long service leave:

Mrs Pauline Murphy (Pre Kindy, Marian Campus), Mr Tony Murphy (Science and Mathematics, Marcellin Campus) and Mrs Allison McCartan (Leader of Learning Diversity, K-12)

We welcome to our College community and Marist family Miss Cassandra Hall as Leader of Youth Ministry and Advocacy K-12 and Mrs Meeta Nurkunasegran who joins the Science Department on Marcellin Campus. Miss Hall replaces Mrs Clare Cole-Carter and Mrs Nurkunasegran replaces Mrs Janette Goodwin, who have both commenced their maternity leave.

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. Postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are also bound 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.

08 May 2020

We have had some outstanding results in this year’s ATAR. 27 students received an ATAR >90 with our median ATAR score being 81.35. Congratulations to Alexandra Cavanagh who was our 2019 DUX and also received the highest ATAR of 99.7, followed closely by Michael Adamos who received a score of 99.1. Congratulations also to Jordan Leckie who received a Subject Certificate of Excellence for Mathematics Applications.

Download 2019 Results Brochure