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Newman News Term 4 Week 9: From the Vice Principal

09 Dec 2021

As the end of the school year draws to a close it is an appropriate time to sincerely thank all members of our Marist family. To our staff, parents, and students, we are grateful for your efforts, collaboration and perseverance. Together we made 2021 another productive and fruitful year, enabled by the Marist characteristics of the love of work, presence and simplicity, essential ingredients for growth.

Growth occurs in many forms, be it in the human mind, a muscle, the body, learning an instrument, attuning to a new friendship or relationship, or learning new skills and content. Regardless of where the growth happens, the same formula applies: stress+ rest = growth.  Those mathematicians and scientists out there are very familiar with balancing equations. What you do to one side of an equation will be reflected on the other. If there is too much stress and not enough rest, growth will be inhibited. Likewise, if there is too much rest and not enough stress, growth will be inhibited. Rest comes in many forms and is quite individual. Play, laughter and fun are excellent rest providers, as are prayer, sleep, self-reflection, silence, and meditation.

Our hope is that the holiday period provides all students and staff with a great opportunity for down time and rest. In many ways, learning stress is heightened as we conclude the year, but that’s okay – we can now look forward to a longer period of well-deserved rest and relaxation, to balance the equation.

We wish you all a happy, holy, and restful holiday break and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022, well-rested and ready for another wonderful year of growth.

Term Dates – 2022

Click here to view the term dates for 2022

Reporting

Newman College is committed to an academic reporting process which if fulsome, timely and accurate. Families may have noted that Semester Two reports contain both a Course Grade and a State Grade. In the past, students have received a state grade only, which is reflection of how your child has progressed against the achievement standards of the Western Australian Curriculum and the state cohort. As of Semester Two 2021, Newman College will also communicate a course grade. This grade reflects your child’s achievement in the learning program and assessments of the course delivered.

In many instances, your child will receive the same letter for both their course and state grade. However, there may the times where your child receives two different letter grades for the same subject. For example, a student in Year Ten Extension Mathematics may receive a State ‘A’ grade, but they receive a ‘C’ Course grade. This affirms that the student is demonstrating excellent achievement when compared to the state cohort. However, the student has received a ‘C’ Course grade as a reflection of their achievement within the extended curriculum they have accessed.
Please note that Religious Education, Year Nine Design Thinking and Year Ten Just Start It do not receive state grades.

Australian Curriculum judging standards are used to discern the end of year grade of student reports across the College. It is important to acknowledge the variety of inputs that are taken into consideration when reporting on each learning area. These inputs include, but are not limited to, formative and summative assessment, observations and running records. Learning attributes provide families and students with an insight into how students apply themselves to their learning and the classroom environment.

Families in Years K – 10 will have access to their reports from 4.00pm on Thursday 9 December.

Please ensure you can log into SEQTA to retrieve the reports. Any families leaving Newman College, including our class of 2021 students, are reminded to download all reports from SEQTA as files will be archived at the end of December and will no longer be accessible.

Thank you to all teachers for their preparation, professionalism, and attention to accurate and meaningful reporting as a critical element of our learning cycle.

Allwell Testing 

Allwell Reports for Years 2, 4, 8 and 10 will be available on SEQTA from 4.00pm on Thursday 9 December. Our current Year 6 and new Year 7 2022 Allwell results will be uploaded on SEQTA in 2022.

Christmas Carols 

Unfortunately, due to the forecast of very hot weather, we had to cancel our carols event that had been scheduled for Wednesday 8 December.  This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and family members.

Students did get the opportunity to sing their carols and a virtual concert was created.  This can be viewed on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the presentation.  Merry Christmas!!!!

Marcellin Awards Ceremonies

On Thursday 25 November, students in Years 7 – 11 came together to celebrate their many achievements.

Click here for a full list of Award Winners.

Booklists 

To provide students with consistent, predictable routines at the commencement of each day we will be moving Pastoral Care Group (PCG) to the beginning of the day. PCG class is critically important for relationship building, delivery of important messages and wellbeing programs, and for reiterating whole of school expectations in relation to our Newman College Norms.   This change has occurred after feedback from both students and staff on the effectiveness of the PCG classes in relation to the intent of the program. Period times for 2022 are listed below.

Booklists are available here.

Learning Support Audit

Associate Professor Dianne Chambers, a well-respected author, presenter, and lecturer from the University of Notre Dame, conducted an audit this year of our Learning and Education Support structures, processes and policies. We now have her report, and we look forward to planning the enaction of the recommendations as a priority in the near future. The executive summary can be found below. If you are interested in hearing more about the report findings, please contact me directly via lucie.McCrory@cewa.edu.au .

Executive Summary 

The review of learning and education support at Newman College was undertaken as part of a regular review of processes and provisions offered at the school to support students with additional needs and disabilities. The remit for the researcher was to gather data by way of interviews with key stakeholders (leadership, teachers), examination of documents (policy, job descriptions and planning formats) and through focus group interviews (parents and students). These data were collected over the period of one month and provided an overview of the learning and education support services offered at Newman College and the perception of these services by key stakeholders.

The results from analysing the data are presented in aggregated form to ensure any one individual was not identified, although most who provided information were not concerned about their voices being heard (and welcomed this approach). The results indicated that there were many staff at the college who were exemplary in regards to their support of students with additional needs and disabilities, and that these staff should be highly valued by the college and their knowledge shared with all staff.

There were a number of areas identified that could be strengthened including: teacher expectations; planning; behavioural approach; role clarification; funding; communication; and training. Each of these areas are discussed in relation to measures that can be taken to improve processes at the college. There are four main recommendations that the researcher suggests are most critical for the college to consider. These are:

  1. Clarification of roles in the diversity team and employment of additional learning support personnel.
  2. Examination of behavioural expectations and consequences, including development of strategies to address anxiety across the college.
  3. Provide additional training for teachers in providing reasonable adjustments in the classroom.
  4. Communicate any changes/directions in the college clearly to parents.

It is hoped that these recommendations will assist the college in strengthening its use of evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities across all campuses and to ensure consistency in approaches taken.

Staff Farewells 

The following members of the College community will be leaving us to explore new pathways.  The College would like to thank them for their dedication, service and support they afforded to both students and staff.  Our wish for you is that your Marist spirituality continues to give you strength and that you take away fond memories of your time here at Newman College.

Paul Cranley, Torren Diletti, Debra Needham, Joe Ricciardone, Steven Tsocas, Edward York, Catherine Bagg, Suzanne Hunter, Teresa Fisher, Sofia Ward, Maree Grayden, Dixie Johnstone, Shannon Young.

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.

09 Dec 2021

This is the second last newsletter for the 2021 year. Our final newsletter will be published during Week 9 of Term 4.  The next few weeks will be busy for staff, students, and families alike as we embrace the activities that the end of year inevitably brings. We are finalising our student leaders in the Primary school, welcoming our new community members into the Newman family with our Kindergarten Orientation and Year 7 Transition Workshops this week. We would love for you to save the date for our PK-12 Christmas Carols evening on December the 8, hosted by our Primary students.

As you would be aware from the Principal’s announcement in the last edition of the newsletter, our Marian campus relocation and our new Primary school build will be occurring over the next two years. From 2022, we have appointed a Deputy Principal Primary, Mrs Lisa McClue. Lisa will exercise leadership of the PK to Year 6 Primary school. Ms Katya Anderson, Leader of Learning, will oversee the Teaching and Learning of the Primary school. Mr Stuart McClorey, Leader of Wellbeing, will oversee Wellbeing in the Primary school.

It is an exciting time for Newman College and this final amalgamation of our Marist school on to one campus is nearly fifty years in the making. The transitionary stage over the next two years presents as a perfect opportunity for the College to conduct alignment audits to ensure our learning, wellbeing, uniform, booklists, Guilds, technology, leadership structures, policies and internal processes and practices are consistent and appropriately sequenced from PK to Year 12. We look forward to engaging our parent and student community in discussions next year, to glean your insight into our historical practices and to honour and leverage our heritage as we move forward into this new space.

Key Dates – next fortnight

Click here to view the key dates for the next fortnight.

End of Year Reporting 

The College uses the Australian Curriculum judging standards across the College to discern the end of year grades of student reports.  Consideration is given to a variety of inputs such as, observations, running records, summative and formative assessments, to report on each learning area.  I thank our teaching staff for their diligence, accuracy, and professionalism used to prepare meaningful reporting as a critical element of our Learning Cycle.

Leaders of Wellbeing – Marcellin Campus 2022

We are pleased to confirm the following Leaders of Wellbeing for 2022:

  • Year 7  Mrs Rebecca Bramanto
  • Year 8 Miss Kelly Johnson
  • Year 9 Mr Jordan Naylor
  • Year 10 Miss Regan Dyer
  • Year 11 Miss Gemma Beekink
  • Year 12 Mr Mat Puljiz

2022 Staffing

The College congratulates existing members of staff on their new appointments for 2022.  We also look forward to welcoming new staff members to our College Community.

Please click here to view these appointments.

2022 Term Dates  

Term 1 

  • Staff commence: Tuesday 25 January
  • Students commence: K-6, 7 & 12, and New Students – Monday 31 January
  • Students commence: Years 8 – 11 students- Tuesday 01 February
  • Pupil Free Day – Labour Day (Public Holiday) – Monday 7 March
  • Term concludes for staff and students: Friday 8 April

Term 2

  • Pupil Free Day – Anzac Day: Monday 25 April
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Tuesday 26 April
  • Pupil Free Day – WA Day (Public Holiday) – Monday 6 June
  • Term concludes for staff and students: Friday 1 July

Term 3 

  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Faith Formation Day: Monday 18 July
  • Pupil Free Day – K-12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews: Tuesday 19 July
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Wednesday 20 July
  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Professional Learning: Friday 12 August
  • Pupil Free Day – CEWA Faith Day: Monday 15 August
  • Term concludes for Y12 students: Thursday 22 September
  • Term concludes for staff and students PK-11: Friday 23 September

Term 4 

  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Professional Learning: Monday 10 October
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Tuesday 11 October
  • Term concludes for Y11 students: Thursday 24 November
  • Term concludes for Y10 students: Friday 02 December
  • Term concludes for PK-9 students: Thursday 8 December
  • Staff Professional Learning: Friday 9 December
  • Staff Professional Learning: Monday 12 December

Pastoral Care Group 

To provide students with consistent, predictable routines at the commencement of each day we will be moving Pastoral Care Group (PCG) to the beginning of the day. PCG class is critically important for relationship building, delivery of important messages and wellbeing programs, and for reiterating whole of school expectations in relation to our Newman College Norms.   This change has occurred after feedback from both students and staff on the effectiveness of the PCG classes in relation to the intent of the program. Period times for 2022 are listed below.

College Main Switchboard

Please be advised, in order to answer incoming calls more effectively, we have changed the options order to select specific areas within the College.

  1. Enrolment Queries
  2. Student Absentees Secondary
  3. Sick bay
  4. Accounts
  5. Marian Campus (PK-2)
  6. Lavalla Campus (3-6)
  7. All other enquiries

Instrumental Program 

If you would like your child to learn an instrument through the College in 2022, please click on the applicable link below to complete an application form.  Forms must be submitted by 03 December 2021.

Pre-Primary – Year 2 

Year 3 – Year 12 

Queries should be direct to
Elaine Knight elaine.knight@cewa.edu.au or 9204 9485
Margaret Goldsmith Margaret.goldsmith@cewa.edu.au or 9204 9488

Bathers and Rash Vests – Non-negotiable changes

The College is introducing new College bathers and rash vests next year 2022, which will be available for purchase in January.  In keeping with College uniform expectations, students are required to adhere to the following changes relating to College bathers and rash shirts.

  • Years 1-2 – No change.  Students continue to wear their own personal bathers and rash vests.
  • Years 3-6 (2021) – College bathers and rash vests are compulsory.
  • Years 3-9 (2022) – College bathers and rash vests will be compulsory.

Students may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests during 2022, as a transition year.  Otherwise new bathers and rash shirt must be purchased.

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

The rationale behind this decision sits with sun safety and consistent, moderate, and protective bather choice for both boys and girls. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Each year almost 2000 Australians die from this almost entirely preventable disease. Our students find it difficult to apply fresh sunscreen on all parts of the body prior to the swimming lessons in HPE during Terms 1 and 4. The rash vest will provide additional protection during the swimming lessons.

Learning Support Audit

Associate Professor Dianne Chambers, a well-respected author, presenter, and lecturer from the University of Notre Dame, conducted an audit this year of our Learning and Education Support structures, processes and policies. We now have her report, and we look forward to planning the enaction of the recommendations as a priority in the near future. The executive summary can be found below. If you are interested in hearing more about the report findings, please contact me directly via lucie.McCrory@cewa.edu.au .

Executive Summary 

The review of learning and education support at Newman College was undertaken as part of a regular review of processes and provisions offered at the school to support students with additional needs and disabilities. The remit for the researcher was to gather data by way of interviews with key stakeholders (leadership, teachers), examination of documents (policy, job descriptions and planning formats) and through focus group interviews (parents and students). These data were collected over the period of one month and provided an overview of the learning and education support services offered at Newman College and the perception of these services by key stakeholders.

The results from analysing the data are presented in aggregated form to ensure any one individual was not identified, although most who provided information were not concerned about their voices being heard (and welcomed this approach). The results indicated that there were many staff at the college who were exemplary in regards to their support of students with additional needs and disabilities, and that these staff should be highly valued by the college and their knowledge shared with all staff.

There were a number of areas identified that could be strengthened including: teacher expectations; planning; behavioural approach; role clarification; funding; communication; and training. Each of these areas are discussed in relation to measures that can be taken to improve processes at the college. There are four main recommendations that the researcher suggests are most critical for the college to consider. These are:

  1. Clarification of roles in the diversity team and employment of additional learning support personnel.
  2. Examination of behavioural expectations and consequences, including development of strategies to address anxiety across the college.
  3. Provide additional training for teachers in providing reasonable adjustments in the classroom.
  4. Communicate any changes/directions in the college clearly to parents.

It is hoped that these recommendations will assist the college in strengthening its use of evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities across all campuses and to ensure consistency in approaches taken.

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.

19 Nov 2021

Key Dates – next fortnight

Click here to view the key dates for the next fortnight.

Learning Support Audit 

Associate Professor Dianne Chambers, a well-respected author, presenter, and lecturer from the University of Notre Dame, conducted an audit this year of our Learning and Education Support structures, processes and policies. We now have her report, and we look forward to planning the enaction of the recommendations as a priority in the near future. The executive summary can be found below. If you are interested in hearing more about the report findings, please contact me directly via lucie.mcclory@cewa.edu.au 

Executive Summary 

The review of learning and education support at Newman College was undertaken as part of a regular review of processes and provisions offered at the school to support students with additional needs and disabilities. The remit for the researcher was to gather data by way of interviews with key stakeholders (leadership, teachers), examination of documents (policy, job descriptions and planning formats) and through focus group interviews (parents and students). These data were collected over the period of one month and provided an overview of the learning and education support services offered at Newman College and the perception of these services by key stakeholders.

The results from analysing the data are presented in aggregated form to ensure any one individual was not identified, although most who provided information were not concerned about their voices being heard (and welcomed this approach). The results indicated that there were many staff at the college who were exemplary in regards to their support of students with additional needs and disabilities, and that these staff should be highly valued by the college and their knowledge shared with all staff.

There were a number of areas identified that could be strengthened including: teacher expectations; planning; behavioural approach; role clarification; funding; communication; and training. Each of these areas are discussed in relation to measures that can be taken to improve processes at the college. There are four main recommendations that the researcher suggests are most critical for the college to consider. These are:

  • Clarification of roles in the diversity team and employment of additional learning support personnel.
  • Examination of behavioural expectations and consequences, including development of strategies to address anxiety across the college.
  • Provide additional training for teachers in providing reasonable adjustments in the classroom.
  • Communicate any changes/directions in the college clearly to parents.

It is hoped that these recommendations will assist the college in strengthening its use of evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities across all campuses and to ensure consistency in approaches taken.

2022 Term Dates  

Term 1 

  • Staff commence: Tuesday 25 January
  • Students commence: K-6, 7 & 12, and New Students – Monday 31 January
  • Students commence: Years 8 – 11 students- Tuesday 01 February
  • Pupil Free Day – Labour Day (Public Holiday) – Monday 7 March
  • Term concludes for staff and students: Friday 8 April

Term 2

  • Pupil Free Day – Anzac Day: Monday 25 April
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Tuesday 26 April
  • Pupil Free Day – WA Day (Public Holiday) – Monday 6 June
  • Term concludes for staff and students: Friday 1 July

Term 3 

  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Faith Formation Day: Monday 18 July
  • Pupil Free Day – K-12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews: Tuesday 19 July
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Wednesday 20 July
  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Professional Learning: Friday 12 August
  • Pupil Free Day – CEWA Faith Day: Monday 15 August
  • Term concludes for Y12 students: Thursday 22 September
  • Term concludes for staff and students PK-11: Friday 23 September

Term 4 

  • Pupil Free Day – Staff Professional Learning: Monday 10 October
  • Students commence: PK-12 students – Tuesday 11 October
  • Term concludes for Y11 students: Thursday 24 November
  • Term concludes for Y10 students: Friday 02 December
  • Term concludes for PK-9 students: Thursday 8 December
  • Staff Professional Learning: Friday 9 December
  • Staff Professional Learning: Monday 12 December

 

Booklists and BYODD (Bring Your Own Dedicated Device) Info 

The College has partnered with Winthrop Australia to provide a comprehensive educational bundle for designated devices for our students:
Years 3 – 6: Click here BYODD bundles (iPad) 
Years 7 – 12: Click here BYODD bundles (Surface Pro)  

Any queries can be directed to Mr Tom Brajdic, Leader of ICT  tom.brajdic@cewa.edu.au 

OfficeMax will provide resources for the learning and teaching program across the College in 2022. Details of booklists will be shared with families in the weeks ahead. Secondary student booklists will include the pre-purchased levy that covers all eBooks and eLearning subscriptions.

Bathers and Rash Vests – Compulsory  

We are introducing new College bathers and rash vests next year, which will be available in January. Bathers and rash vests are currently compulsory for all students in Years 3 to 6. From 2022 College bathers and rash vests will be compulsory for all students in Years 3 to 9. Students may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests during 2022, as a transition year. From 2023 all Year 3 to 10 students will need the new College bathers and rash vest.

The rationale behind this decision sits with sun safety and consistent, moderate, and protective bather choice for both boys and girls. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Each year almost 2000 Australians die from this almost entirely preventable disease. Our students find it difficult to apply fresh sunscreen on all parts of the body prior to the swimming lessons in HPE during Terms 1 and 4. The rash vest will provide additional protection during the swimming lessons.

Newman College Norms 

At Newman College we understand what effective learning environments and relationships look like, in our context. We continue to speak to our community about our norms, created by our PK to Year 12 teachers and upper school student leaders. We want all our members to feel safe to learn and grow, and to clearly understand what is expected, and what they can expect of others. Together, within a supportive community, students can feel safe to explore their potential and let their light shine.

Download the Newman Norms Child friendly version
Download the Newman Norms Secondary version

Diversity Education Unit 

Students have been busy creating a beautiful range of Christmas items for purchase – Christmas cards, gift tags, gift bags, wooden chopping boards, to name a few.  These items can be purchased from our Administration offices on all campuses.

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.

05 Nov 2021

Please note, details of these key dates are correct at time of publishing this newsletter.

The College calendar can be accessed by using the following link.

 College Calendar 

Download Term 4 Secondary

Download Term 4  Primary

22 Oct 2021

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope students and families enjoyed the well-earned down time during the holidays and that the examinations were not too onerous for our Year 12 ATAR students. We have a busy term ahead to bring the year to a spectacular close. There is much to celebrate.

Key Dates – next fortnight

Click here to view the key dates for the next fortnight.

Newman Parents – Monday 1 November 7.00pm

An invitation is extended to all parents and guardians to attend the next Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting (NPCC).

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.

Dance Showcase (Temporum) – Sunday 24 October

Temporum’ translates to moments and seasons in time. The show features items from a variety of moments throughout time.

Performers include those students studying dance from Years 9-12, and our Intermediate and Senior Dance Troupe students.

Tickets can still be purchased by clicking here.

Arts Festival

Our student artwork from Primary and Secondary will be displayed in the Auditorium.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday 27 October @ 5.00pm in the Marist Auditorium.

The exhibition can be viewed by our community from Wednesday 27 October until Friday 29 October.

Universal Design for Learning 

This week our PK – 12 staff came together to learn more about the principles of Universal Design for Learning.  Associate Professor Dianne Chambers led us through the professional learning. Dianne is an expert in this space, she is an author and a lecturer at Notre Dame and works with international organisations, such as UNESCO, to inform best practice teaching and learning for catering to diverse needs. Dianne has recently conducted an audit of our Learning Support and Education Support structure and provisions. One of the recommendations of her report was that the College look at adopting UDL as an approach to teaching and learning. UDL caters well to those with learning difficulties, and what is helpful for children with learning difficulties, is helpful for all students. We will be releasing a summary of Dianne’s report in a subsequent newsletter.

 

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.

22 Oct 2021

✨Student Art Exhibition✨

Make sure you mark this important college event in your calendar – we’d love to see you and your family join us for what is sure to be a FANTASTIC family event showcasing some of the many talents of Newman College students.

Wednesday October 27 from 5PM at our Marist Auditorium

 

21 Oct 2021

✨The Newman College Temporum ✨

Dance Showcase is being forged, refined and polished into a stunning dance program for the Newman College Community.

‘Temporum’ translates to moments and seasons in time.

The show features items from a variety of moments throughout time, performed by dance students studying dance from years 9-12, as well as our Intermediate and Senior Dance Troupe students.

Doors will open at 9:40am for a 10:00am curtain.

The program is expected to conclude by 12:30pm. Please note that the call time for dancers is 8:30am.

There will be an interval midway through the program where refreshments and coffee may be purchased.

 

21 Oct 2021

✨CALLING ALL NEWMAN COLLEGE PARENTS! ✨

We are thrilled to invite all our Newman College parents, guardians and grandparents along to our annual Parent Soiree taking place next Friday 29 October from 6pm in our Marist Auditorium.

Come along and take part in our first parent social event since COVID!

Guests will enjoy canapes, beverages and live entertainment whilst also enjoying the company of their fellow Newman College parents.

All guests will also go in the running for a $300 door prize from College Partner WINC!

21 Oct 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.