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Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Vice Principal

27 Aug 2021

As Term 3 comes to an end, it is timely to reflect on the opportunities we have been fortunate enough to celebrate as a Marist Community. The College Production, Assumption Day, Wellbeing Week, Multi-Cultural Week, Athletic Carnivals to name a few. Staff work tirelessly to provide these opportunities that challenge and celebrate student engagement. It has been wonderful to witness the resilience and dedication the students have shown in this space.

As we farewell the Year 12s, we give thanks for the life they have breathed into our community, the way they have lived our Marist characteristics of Family Spirit, Simplicity, Presence, Love of Work and In the Way of Mary.  We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 at their Graduation on Wednesday 20 October.

‘What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God’.

Wishing you all a safe and restful break. We look forward to seeing everyone back re-energised and ready to learn in Term 4.

Term 4 Events PK-12, Weeks 1 and 2 

  • Monday 11 October – COLLEGE CLOSED – Staff PL
  • Monday 11 October – Year 7 2022 Orientation Day
  • Tuesday 12 October – PK-Y11 Commence Term 4
  • Monday 4 October – Friday 15 October – Year 12 Exams
  • Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October – Year 10 Camp
  • Friday 15 October – K-12 Feast of St John Henry Newman Celebrations
  • Friday 15 October – Tuesday 19 October – Y12 Feedback Days
  • Wednesday 20 October – Class of 2021 Graduation Event – Optus Stadium
  • Thursday 21 October – Y3-6 Dental Screening

Parents are reminded to check the College Calendar in advance for events specific to your child’s campus and year level.

COVID 19 Vaccinations 

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health announced new measures to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates in schools. All Western Australians aged 12 to 15 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health has also announced it is offering allocated times for school students aged 16 years and over and school-based staff to access WA Health clinics.  Please find attached a letter from the Chief Health Officer, providing details about the clinics, including information about consent.

Please CLICK HERE .

More information about clinic locations or if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, please visit the HealthyWA website.

VET students Years 10/11 and 12

The attached letter from CEWA and the Department of Health outlines requirements for students in Years 10/11 and 12 that are currently enrolled in VET qualification work placements in the Health industry.

Please CLICK HERE for full information.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students, staff and community safe.

Staff Movements 

We are grateful for the service of Paola Rich (Marian Campus), Renae Zelich and Scott Harvie (Lavalla Campus) Krystal Skelin, Yvette Pearce, Nina Stamatiou, Troy Holdaway, Michelle McGuinness, Torren Diletti and Reece Jones (Marcellin Campus). We wish them well in their future endeavours.

Carpark Notice 

Unfortunately, some cars in our College carparks have sustained unreported damage. If you witness any incidents we ask you to notify the College.

In the interests of safety, can we also ask you remind students to use the footpaths and crossings and avoid walking between parked cars.

Thank you in advance.

Code of Conduct 

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

27 Aug 2021

Staff Wellbeing Day – Friday 13 August – Pupil Free Day 

Wellbeing week for our students, gave them the opportunity to be involved in various activities that highlighted the importance of our 4 themes, Healthy, Connected, Present, and Gratitude.  On Friday our staff will come together to hear Brendan Spillane, an Australian Educator, speaker, and coach, facilitate a workshop on ‘The Wellbeing Challenge of Complex Times’ and will focus on our personal wellbeing and our impact on others.

CEWA Faith Day – Monday 16 August – Pupil Free Day

Speak Up Awards

Newman College is once again delighted to have representation at this event sponsored by the Grand Lodge of WA Freemasons.  The program endeavours to provide young students with the opportunity to learn, develop and practise public speaking skills.   Year 6 students, Harry Dolan, Liam White and Isabella Crisona will attend the heats on Tuesday 17 August. Please join me in wishing all participants the best of luck with the delivery of their speeches.

Lavalla Music Night – Tuesday 17 August, 6.30pm

The evening will consist of performances by students in Years 3-6 enrolled in the instrumental program, including the instrumental and vocal ensembles, and selected soloists. Parents and friends are invited to attend this free event. No tickets are required.

Artist in Residence – Community Workshop – Wednesday 25 August, 6.00pm

The College is pleased to welcome acclaimed Western Australian textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs as part of the 2021 Artist in Residence Program.
Come along and enjoy a workshop with Tanya to learn the technique Shibori (a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric). All materials provided. Limited positions are available. No experience necessary.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with one of Western Australia’s most acclaimed artists.

The workshop will run for approximately 2 hours at a cost of $50pp. (RRP $160pp)

Click here to reserve your place. 

Uniform Shop Purchases

Please be reminded that at the commencement of Term 4 2020, the Uniform Shop was no longer accepting cash.  The Uniform Shop accepts all major credit cards and EFTPOS and operates a successful lay-by system with a small deposit. We do not accept American Express.
The Uniform Shop also accepts phone orders and payment (from parents) for collection by students.

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

12 Aug 2021

New Staff 

We welcome the following new staff to the College Community and Marist family.

  • Troy Holdaway – HPE Teacher
  • Edward York – Science Teacher
  • Melissa Heaver – Year 5 Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Lara Vlahov – Early Learning Sports Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Jo Ricciardone – Physics Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Alicia Nguyen – EA Lavalla Campus

Newman College Norms

Our Vision for Learning – Let Your Light Shine – reflects the Marist charism of Newman College and our unwavering belief that all members of our community can develop their unique abilities. To allow all members of our community to live out this vision to its truest potential, we respect and agree to a series of ‘non-negotiables’.

A non-negotiable is similar to a commitment. It is something that will be upheld, no matter the situation. Non-negotiables can be a very powerful force in a school community as they provide consistency and clarity in expectations and help to create a positive and collaborative culture.

Click here to view the Newman College Norms

Catholic Arts

The Performing Arts Festival is a unique opportunity, open to both Primary and Secondary school students, where they have the opportunity of performing to a public audience.  Categories include choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance.  Newman College supports this event to order to ensure our students have a platform where they can showcase their talents.  Thank you to students and staff who attended the Opening Mass last Thursday.  Best wishes to all competitors.

Assumption Day Celebrations

Our K-12 Community will come together to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Patronal Feast of the Marist Brothers on Tuesday 10 August.  Information has been sent home to all families providing specific information for Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin students along with the proposed schedule of the day.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting  

The next meeting is being held on Monday 9 August, 7.00pm in the Auditorium Studios.

The NPCC meetings, convened by the Principal and attended by various members of the College Leadership Team, is a representative group, voice and forum to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. The NPCC serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. Whilst policy is determined and set by the College Executive and supported by the Advisory Council, the NPCC is a critically important group in providing input and feedback.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)  

Teaching staff across the College participated in professional learning to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability. This ensures that all students have access to a quality learning experience at school and teachers can provide adjustments for students based on professional judgement, together with medical and professional diagnoses. I extend my thanks to Mrs Sarah Pagett, Learning Support, and the Diverse Learning Team for supporting staff in understanding this important resource and process.

Click here to access a resource for parents.

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

30 Jul 2021

Term 3 Dates 

Monday 19 July Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (Staff Faith Formation PL)
Tuesday 20 July K-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interview Day
Wednesday 21 July PK-12 Student return
Friday 13 August Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (Staff PL)
Monday 16 August Pupil Free Day – COLLEGE CLOSED (CEWA Faith Day)
Thursday 23 September Y12 last day
Friday 24 September END OF TERM 3

Student Leadership 

Last Friday our student leaders in Year 6 gathered for breakfast with our Year 12 leaders. We used this opportunity to connect with each other and deliver a leadership workshop on ‘Knowing your values’. Students all know that part of leadership is being able to understand, relate, and lead others, but another key component is being able to understand ourselves, and the things that drive our thoughts and actions. Students were able to gain an understanding of what it means to have values and took part in an exercise that allowed to better understand those values that are important to them. The workshop was received well by students, and we are looking forward to our next one in Term 3 already!

Staff Professional Learning 

All staff will participate in Faith Formation Professional Learning on Monday 19 July and Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 20 July. I extend my thanks to staff for their professionalism in preparing for these important professional learning and parent engagement opportunities.

Return to School – Term 3 

Students in PK to Year 12 will return to the College on Wednesday 21 July.  Please ensure that all students adhere to College uniform and grooming expectations from the first day. Thank you in advance for your support.

Reporting 

All PK to Year 9 and Years 11 and 12 reports will be available to access via SEQTA Engage on Friday 2 July by 5.00pm.  Year 10 reports went live two weeks ago. Please find the SEQTA login instructions below.

SEQTA Login 
Download SEQTA Engage Login Instructions

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

The College will host Parent Teacher Interviews for  all students K-12 on Tuesday 20 July from 10.00am – 7.30pm.  

Primary interviews will take place in classrooms and Secondary interviews will take place in the Marist Auditorium.

  • Students from Years 3 to 12 are required to attend the interviews, they do not need to be in College uniform
  • Marian students are not required to attend the interviews

Download PTO Parent Instructions

Year 11 Dinner Dance

In light of the COVID lockdown this week, the College had to postpone our Year 11 Dinner Dance and Leadership Day. We have secured a new booking with AQUA for Friday of the first week back, 23 July. It is anticipated that students will engage in the leadership workshop at school during the day, will leave early and will then attend their Dinner Dance that evening. Attendance at the Dinner Dance is dependent upon attendance at the leadership workshop. Further information will be provided by the Leader of Wellbeing.

Urgent: Enrolment of Siblings 

A reminder that all parents are required to submit enrolment applications for siblings who wish to attend Newman.  The College does not hold records of siblings unless the families have submitted applications for each sibling. If you have not already done so, please submit sibling applications as soon as possible, especially if a sibling is hoping to commence at Newman Kindergarten or Year 7 in 2022 and 2023.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting Term 3 

The next meeting is being held on Monday 9 August, 7.00pm in the Auditorium Studios.

The NPCC meetings, convened by the Principal and attended by various members of the College Leadership Team, is a representative group, voice and forum to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. The NPCC serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. Whilst policy is determined and set by the College Executive and supported by the Advisory Council, the NPCC is a critically important group in providing input and feedback.

Start of Term 3

The College will have limited administration support on the Monday and Tuesday pupil free days of Week One next term. All enquiries need to come through the Marcellin Campus; our Administrative Staff are undertaking professional learning on both days.

Should a situation develop that forces the College to deliver remote learning to our students, we are well-placed to move into that space. Should this be the case, the College will contact families in advance of the return to school date for students.

Staffing Changes

Our Principal Mr Finneran has taken long service leave for the first half of Term 3. We also have several staff members taking long service leave and moving into promotional positions next term. A summary of these changes is provided below. Ms Jamie Pedler and Ms Ruth Ross are leaving our community this term to pursue opportunities in St George’s Anglican Grammar School and Mater Dei College, respectively. We would like to thank Ms Pedler for her significant contribution to the College in the areas of Health and Physical Education and Guild Coordination and Ms Ross for her contribution in Student Services. We wish them both the very best for their new challenges.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Yvette Pearce for her leadership of Year 11 over the first Semester and for her commitment to our students and the College. Ms Pearce has opted to focus on her teaching career and will therefore continue at the College as a teacher, across several learning areas.

Leaving

  • Jamie Pedler: HPE Teacher
  • Ruth Ross: Student Services Administration

Long Service Leave 

  • Lucy Zambonetti- Year 5 Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Stella Northey – Early Learning Sports Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • John Spriggins – Physics Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Allison McCartan – Leader of Learning Diversity Term 3
  • Gill Kennedy – Education Assistant Diversity Education Term 3
  • Cathy Benedetto – Canteen Assistant Term 3 and 4
  • Duncan Pugh – Health and Physical Education Teacher Term 3
  • Ann Joyce – Canteen Assistant Term 3
  • John Finneran – Principal first five weeks of Term 3

New Staff

  • Melissa Heaver – Year 5 Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Lara Vlahov – Early Learning Sports Teacher Term 3 and 4
  • Joe Ricciardone – Physics Teacher Term 3 and 4

Promotional Positions

  • Simon Martino – Acting Vice Principal (5 Weeks Term 3)
  • Mathew Puljiz – Acting Leader of Wellbeing Year 11
  • Sarah Pagett – Acting Leader of Learning Diversity Education
  • Cristina Guzzomi – Student and Guild Leadership
  • Michael Sullivan – Guild Coordinator Thomas More
  • Aleisha Crump – Guild Coordinator Brigid
  • Hannah Parker – Leader of Ministry and Catholic Identity Secondary (5 Weeks Term 3)
  • Jane Short – Leader of Ministry and Catholic Identity Primary (5 Weeks Term 3)

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

02 Jul 2021

Newman Sienna Netball Club

On the June long weekend, the WA Association Championships will be again held at the Matthews Netball Centre.

Teams from all over the state will be in attendance, it’s the biggest netball carnival in WA and making these teams is a huge achievement. Teams will play seven games over two and a half days with a Grand Final on the Monday if they finish top 2 in their division.

It’s with pride that we have six players from NSNC representing Perth Netball Association on the weekend, including Meg McAullay, Lilly Ding, Audrey Fitzpatrick and Ruby Clay (all students from Newman College).

ACC Cross Country

On Thursday 27 May, over 80 students competed in the ACC Cross Country at Alderbury Reserve.

The team has been training twice a week since Week 1 and numbers at training have been at a record high. This commitment saw many PB’s broken and some outstanding individual results. All runners should be extremely proud of their efforts. We look forward to recognising our individual performers at our next assembly.

Newman was consistent all day and it was our depth of runners that lead to our best result in many years. At the end of the days Newman finished:

  • 3rd in the overall girls aggregate
  • 1st in the overall boys aggregate and
  • 3rd in the overall champion school.

This is a fantastic result as there are over 75 schools competing in the ACC. A big thank you to our head coaches Ben Chamberlain (Ex student) and Mr Diletti for all their passion and hard work in the lead up to the carnival. The students were well prepared and confident as they entered the race. We look forward to consolidating in 2022. Bring on Athletics season.

ACC Newman College
28 May 2021

Immunisations

Year 7 
A reminder that Year 7 students registered for the School Based Immunisation Program will receive their first dose on Monday 14 June, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diphtheria, and human papillomavirus (HPV).  Students are allowed to wear their sports uniform on this day.

Year 10 
A reminder that Year 10 students registered for the School Based Immunisation Program will receive their immunisation on Thursday 24 June, Meningococcal ACWY.  Students are allowed to wear their sports uniform on this day. Any queries regarding the immunisation program should be made to Community Health (CAHS), phone on (08) 9246 9443.

Marcellin Campus Winter Music Night

The College’s annual Winter Music Night will be held on Tuesday 15 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Marist Auditorium .

All are welcome to come along and be entertained Marcellin Campus’ instrumental ensembles, including Symphonic Winds, Concert Winds, Marcellin Chamber Strings, Newman Voices, Newman Jazz Combo and the College’s rock bands. The Year 7 Special Instrumental Program Band will make their debut performance and Newman’s newest vocal ensemble, “Ruah” will be launched. This is a free event. No tickets required. Queries, please contact the Coordinator of Music, Margaret Goldsmith: margaret.goldsmith@cewa.edu.au 

Photo Days Marcellin Campus

  • Years 10 to 12: Tuesday 22 June
  • Years 7 to 9: Wednesday 23 June
  • Year 7 to 12 Sports and Special Photo Day: Monday 28 June

Teacher Movements Year 5 Red – Semester Two

Ms Lucy Zambonetti, will be taking long service leave for Semester Two. As a result, Ms Melissa Heaver will be transitioning into the teaching role for Year 5 Red for Semester Two. Ms Heaver is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher who is excited to join the Newman College community. Ms Heaver has recently been working in Mercy College and is passionate about providing engaging learning experiences that meet students where they are at, whilst also promoting growth. A thorough handover process has been put in place to ensure that Ms Heaver has a strong understanding of all Year 5 Red students before her commencement in the role. As part of this handover process, Ms Heaver will be in the Year 5 Red classroom on several occasions before the end of term. Ms Heaver is looking forward to getting to know the Year 5 Reds and their families and as such will co-lead parent-teacher interviews this term. Ms Zambonetti has very kindly agreed to hold the parent interviews this term so that she can debrief with parents before her long service leave.

Semester One Reporting 

Year 10 reports will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 18 June @ 4.00pm. All other reports from Kindergarten through to Year 12 will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 2 July @ 4.00pm.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews K-12

Please note, on Tuesday 20 July the College will host the Parent, Teacher, Student Interviews for all students in K-12 from 10.00am until 7.30pm. Further information will be sent in the next newsletter, which will include PTO login instructions.

Term 3 Pupil Free days

  • Monday 19 July – Staff Formation Day
  • Tuesday 20 July – Parent/Teacher/Student interviews
  • Friday 13 August – Staff Professional Learning
  • Monday 16 August – College Closed CEWA Faith Day

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

28 May 2021

Newman Parents – NPCC Meeting

Ms Lara Ognenis, our Gifted and Talented Teacher K-10, delivered a thorough presentation on Monday night to our Newman Parents Consultative Committee. She covered how we identify and extend students with gifted traits from PP to Year 9. Lara outlined the future vision for the space and the types of activities and competitions students are currently involved in. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend.

NPCC Newman College

Problem Solve It Parent Information Evening

Our Leader of Learning in Science, Ms Krystal Skelin, launched our new Problem Solve It Immersion on Tuesday night. The program has been recognised as a National Excellence Awardee, and Krystal and John Finneran will travel to Sydney to participate in this prestigious award ceremony. The student immersion lasts for three nights and four days during the Term 2 holidays and sees Year 9 and 10 students immerse themselves in thinking routines that can be employed to creatively solve real life problems. Newman has partnered with UWA, Republic Polytechnic Singapore and an Innovation Coach from RACWA for the experience. Places are limited. For more information, please email krystal.skelin@cewa.edu.au

NAPLAN

In 2020, one of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was the abandonment of the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. This important assessment of Australian students’ learning progress resumed on Tuesday.

The 2021 NAPLAN tests will provide useful external learning progress data for parents, teachers, and students to reflect upon in a manner that is proportionate with all other rich formative, summative and professional observational assessments that occur in our schools each day.

Artist in Residence

The College is pleased to welcome acclaimed Western Australian textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs as part of the 2021 Artist in Residence Program.  Tanya will work with select groups of students in Years 2–12 to learn the technique Shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric.  The art works will be exhibited at the Students Art exhibition opening Tuesday 26 October.

Community workshops will be held in term three inviting families and friends to share in the Shibori workshop experience. More information regarding community workshops will be posted on the College website, social media pages and in the College newsletter.

Artist in Residence 2021 Shibori Newman College

Extended Absences – change of procedure

In the event of planned extended absences, such as holidays and sporting representations, parents/guardians are requested to inform the Vice Principal, in writing with the reason for the absence, giving as much notice as possible. This is a new procedure that will streamline our PK –12 absentees. Please send notifications to lucie.mccrory@cewa.edu.au

Social Media

The College celebrates student achievements and other important events through our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages online. Please join our networks and stay abreast of life at Newman:

Study Techniques

It is mid Term 2 and an apt time to review our study techniques and routines. Regularly reviewing and revising what we have learnt is an important part in the process of knowledge consolidation.

Questions to consider:

  1. Have you got a study routine in place that includes breaks and down time?
  2. Have you asked someone to keep you accountable to your study routine?
  3. Are you studying effectively?
  4. Is your learning space conducive to study?
  5. What does the research say about studying? Read the below except from the article written in Edutopia ‘5 Research Backed Studying Techniques’

5 HIGH-INTENSITY STUDY HABITS

Researchers have found that the following techniques increase sustainable learning and retention when incorporated in students’ daily study habits. These techniques are difficult and require effort, and they slow down learning. Initially the learning gains seem to be smaller than with some ineffective practices. However, these techniques lead to long-term mastery.

The book Make It Stick identifies several research-proven studying techniques.

  1. Pre-test: When students practice answering questions, even incorrectly, before learning the content, their future learning is enhanced. Research has shown that pre-testing improves post-test results more than spending the same amount of time studying.
  2. Spaced practice: Spacing out study sessions—focusing on a topic for a short period on different days—has been shown to improve retention and recall more than massed practice. The book How We Learn explains that spaced practice can feel difficult due to an initial forgetting of knowledge—reacquiring that knowledge takes effort.
  3. Creating flash cards that can be used for spaced practice and self-quizzing is effective. Students should create different piles when reviewing the flash cards. The cards they’re able to answer immediately should be placed in a pile to review three days later; those answered with some difficulty should be reviewed two days later; and those that they answered incorrectly should be reviewed the next day.
  4. Self-quizzing: Testing has a negative connotation in this era of standardized testing, but it is a form of active retrieval practice. Encourage students to make test questions for themselves as they learn a new concept, thinking about the types of questions you might ask on a quiz or test. They should incorporate these quizzes into their study sessions, answering every question, even those they believe they know well.
  5. Interleaving practice: Students may rely on blocked practice, studying a set of problems—such as multiplication problems—as a group until they feel mastery. A more effective method of studying is to work on a set of problems that are related but not all of the same kind—for example, a set of math word problems that call for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The consecutive problems cannot be solved with the same strategy. This is more effective than doing one multiplication problem after another.
  6. Paraphrasing and reflecting: Many of us have read a few paragraphs in a textbook only to realize that we didn’t retain a single concept or key point presented in those paragraphs. To show your students how to combat this, have them utilize intentional learning strategies. These include relating what is being learned to prior knowledge, thinking about how they would explain the content to a 5-year-old, and reflecting on and asking questions about the content.

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

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.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

13 May 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Term 2.

We were delighted to have been able to resume our teaching and learning program on Monday following the lockdown of the Perth and Peel Regions and we look forward to the further relaxation of restrictions this weekend. I take this opportunity to thank all students for their respect of and adherence to restrictions this week. They have been very accepting of switching to online events in some instances.

Thank you also to families for supporting the College in the implementation of restrictions and having your children well prepared. It was unfortunate that some events had to be cancelled (hopefully postponed) and others switched to online formats. We are most fortunate to have the technical expertise at Newman College enabling us to pivot to online events at such short notice. Please click here to view the Newman Covid page

ANZAC Events

One of the highlights of our first two weeks back at school was the observance and acknowledgement of Anzac Day. I attended all three ceremonies across the College, all of which marked the significant sacrifice that others have given, and continue to give, so that we may live out our lives in freedom and opportunity. All students showed a high level of respect and attention for such a solemn occasion.

At the Principal’s assembly on Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hearing from Mr Robert Wilton, retired serviceman for both the British & Australian Military Forces. He spoke about the impact of his service on his life and, in particular, his ‘daily renewable contract’.

Following Robert, during the Principal’s Address, I reiterated how our ceremony encapsulated his message. We have so much to be grateful and thankful for and it is this grace that it is incumbent on us to make the most of what we have. The term ahead is full of opportunity. Learning is such a gift – how we use it determines our success.

I put to the students – “Who do you want be?”

At Newman College we have a vision that frames the canvas of what is possible: Shine Through Discovery – Let Your Light Shine. What is your light? How will it shine?

Take every opportunity this term to be the best person God intends you to be in whatever pursuit you endeavour. Let us be mindful of those around the world who are suffering at this moment. Let us keep them in our prayers. (Please click here to read the Principal’s Address in full.)

Further information about our three Anzac Day ceremonies (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) can be found in other parts of this Newsletter

Year 6 Camp

We were fortunate to have been able to go ahead with the Year 6 Camp this week, albeit with relevant restrictions put in place by Forest Edge Recreation Camp. I visited the Camp last evening and the enjoyment and high spirits of the students was evident. I thank the Year 6 teachers for ensuring this very important event continued, even with the COVID restrictions in place.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPCC)

We warmly welcome all families to attend our first NPCC meeting of the year on Monday 10 May.

Featured on the meeting agenda will be an overview of our Annual School Improvement Plan for 2021 with a presentation from our Gifted and Talented Teacher K-10, Ms Lara Ognenis.

Lara will speak about our Strategic Intent for this year “To develop extension learning pathways that enhance the opportunities for gifted and talented students.” The strategies we have put in place to enable the College to achieve this intent are:

  • Implementation of a K-10 GATE program utilsing contemporary, evidence-based practices
  • Upskill teaching staff on strategies to extend gifted and talented students within mainstream classrooms.
  • Explore external and internal opportunities (competitions, programs, electives) that enable Newman students to be challenged academically at a state and national level.

I look forward to seeing you there.

 

We look forward to the term ahead.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

30 Apr 2021

Champagnat Cup

This year Newman College will be hosting Bunbury Catholic College and St Josephs Northam on Friday week 3 for the Champagnat Cup. This is a tri-school competition across Marist Netball, Marist Basketball boys and the First XVIII football team. Newman currently hold the Champagnat Cup after being undefeated last year. All students are invited to spectate the games during recess and lunch. Good luck to all players and coaches involved.

Friday Night Lights

Friday 7th May is Friday Night Lights at Shenton College. This is a tri-school competition for our Marist Boys and Girls Basketball. Schools involved are Newman College, Churchlands SHS and Shenton College. Games start at 5pm in the Shenton College gym. Food trucks will be available from 5pm so it is a great excuse for the whole family to come down, have some dinner and support our players. It would be great to have a big presence of support from Newman. Good luck to all players and coaches.

Newman Sienna Netball Club

This Saturday the Newman Sienna Netball Club begins its 2021 season and for the first time in the Club’s history we will be represented in the Years 9-12 competition Division 1.

It’s been many years in the making to have players of this quality represent our Club at the highest level and we believe that with our depth of talent we can be here competing against the best players in the Association for years to come.

The team is as follows:-

  • Adelaide Berry                                 (Newman College)
  • Charlotte Gale                                  (Churchlands SHS)
  • Amber Grover                                  (Newman College)
  • Ellie Jones                                           (Newman College)
  • Sarena Kriletich                                (Newman College)
  • Saoirse Larkin                                    (Newman College)
  • Tayla Sadgrove                                 (Newman College)
  • Jasmine Stewart                              (Churchlands SHS)
  • Ashleigh Warner                              (Newman College)

Coach: Natasha Kriletich               (Newman College Staff)

The Club is extremely proud of this group’s achievement and wish them all the very best for their season opener on Saturday 1st May @ Mathews Netball Centre.

 

30 Apr 2021

Gamechangers 

Our Marist Youth Ministry Program, Gamechangers, across Year 7-12 has begun gathering again in Term 2. Our Year 10 and Year 11 groups have had the opportunity to gather at St Joseph’s Subiaco to take part in a reflection day that focus’ on the themes relevant to the groups.

Newman College Gamechangers

Sacramental Retreats 

Our Year 3 students gathered in the Marist Auditorium to participate in their Reconciliation Sacramental retreat. This experience helps to prepare them for their upcoming sacrament and further helps their understanding of forgiveness and mercy. Thanks to 24/7 Youth Ministry for facilitating the day and to Jane Short and the classroom teachers for preparing the students.

Thursday Community Mass  

Our week 2 Thursday Community Mass was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. We look forward to welcoming staff, students and families back to our Champagnat Chapel in Week 3, Thursday 6 May at 8.10am to celebrate.

Week 3 Mass is hosted by Thomas More Guild and Year 5 students. Week 4 Mass will be hosted by Brigid Guild and Year 6 students. Hosting students are expected to attend.