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Newman News Term 3 Week 4: From the Principal

15 Aug 2019

Feast of the Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption is a special day in the life our Catholic Church, as it is for the Institute of the Marist Brothers fms. This is the day chosen as their Feast Day at the time of their foundation by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and of Marist Education.

On Thursday 15 August we celebrated Mass for Pre Kindergarten – Year 6 in the Marist Auditorium and Years 7- 12 in the Gymnasium. Both occasions were purposeful and liturgically important as this Feast Day defines our College’s foundation. On this day we come to together as a Marist family to celebrate our faith and our community with Jesus’ mother Mary as our constant.

For many Christians today we are confronted by the challenges that life presents often in the uncertainties of the future. Pope Benedict XVI emeritus says that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person which gives life to a new horizon and a decisive direction.” For our students we want to provide opportunities that give them a purpose, a sense of agency and a direction to navigate the future ahead. Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption is one such encounter that will enable us all to reflect on our Christian story and the hope it provides for the future ahead.

Student Engagement

So many magnificent events have occurred over the last few weeks. The STEM Festival, Science and Humanities Week, Buddy Day, Year 7 Disco, our Primary Dancers performing at the Perth Concert Hall and the Catholic Arts Festival to name but a few. Further details of all these events can be seen in throughout Newsletter.

I had the great privilege to attend Prendiville College for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival to watch our Year 8 Band ‘Outbreak’ and ‘Newman Groove’. Both bands were incredible! The students’ love of music was clearly on show as exemplified by their energy and talents. To this end our Vision for Learning Shine through Discovery – let your light shine is clearly evident in all that we do.

Marian Campus Playgroup

We aspire to create the best possible learning opportunities for children at Newman College. As part of this commitment, we have launched the Newman College Playgroup. This new initiative provides young families with access to our wonderful learning facilities, along with educational oversight by the Newman College Leader of Wellbeing Early Childhood, Lisa McClue. A unique Playgroup setting offers families support with the first steps towards structured education for their child.

Families can apply to enrol in Newman College Playgroup by clicking here.

Newman Parent Consultative Committee (NPPC)

Last week, the NPCC meeting was both fruitful and insightful. We commenced the discussion and feedback on the development of our College’s next Strategic Plan. I piloted the following three questions:

  1. Identify three aspects of Newman College that engages your children in their learning.
  2. Identify three areas that you would like to see improved.
  3. What new initiatives or programs would you like to see?

The ensuing discussion was constructive and directive to the process and eventual development of the Plan. Next week I will repeat this process with the College Advisory Council and in the weeks ahead with our students. By mid September the timeline indicating a period of community consultation will be communicated.

Download NPCC Meeting Minutes

Student Voice

I will be holding a series of morning teas and lunches for students across the College this term to listen to their opinions on the direction of the College. As stated above, I will be trialing questions that will eventually become part of the consultation process for the development of the next Strategic Plan.

Catholic Education Staff Breakfast

Catholic Education WA recognizes staff who have given service to Catholic Education for 30 or more years. This year, Newman College celebrated with three members of staff who were presented with awards at this very special event. We congratulate:

  • Mrs Terri White, Education Assistant Arts
  • Mrs Lucy Zambonetti, Teacher of Year 5
  • Mr John Geekie, Leader of Wellbeing Year 10

Mitchell Bristow

As announced earlier in the week, Mr Mitchell Bristow, Head of Primary, has been appointed to the position of Principal at St Gerard’s Primary School Westminster, commencing 2020. We congratulate Mitchell on this wonderful achievement and we wish him every success and fulfillment in his new role and indeed into the future.

15 Aug 2019

The Lavalla Campus looks forward to welcoming parents to an evening of workshops facilitated by our dedicated and talented staff.

Parents will be able to select three sessions from a variety of workshops including Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy and Growth Mindset running between between 5.00pm – 7.00pm. These workshops aim to further support the partnership between the College and home in the education of the whole child.

15 Aug 2019

PK–12 celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more about the work of Australian Marist Solidarity.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young Australians with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. This year the ACYF will be held in Perth between 8 – 10 December. Young people between the ages of 14 and 35 from around Australia will be invited to:

  • Participate in high-quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Engage with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and faith formation.

Students in Year 9 from the College will be invited to apply to attend ACYF. This event will take the place of the Remar Embarkation camp this year.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

Social Justice

Newman College is supporting St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal by collecting blankets during Term 3. This winter, many families, including children, will be forced to spend the night without adequate warmth or in some cases, without adequate shelter.

The Newman College Community endeavours to imitate Mary’s tenderness and concern for others, particularly the manner in which she lived out her faith with courage in the face of great pain and adversity. Donating a blanket is a simple way to follow Mary’s example and to live the Gospel Message to “Love your neighbour” (Mark 12:31). By doing so, families will be standing in solidarity with those who are on the margins this winter. This appeal is one of the many Social Justice activities and projects students and families are able to support throughout the year. We thank you for your support.

Donations

Blankets should be in good condition, recently cleaned and free from pet hair. Donations can be made at all three College Campuses:

  • Marcellin: Champagnat Chapel
  • Lavalla: Reception
  • Marian: Reception

The final day to donate is Friday 30 August, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the appeal, please feel free to contact Clare Cole-Carter, Leader of Youth Ministry and Advocacy clare.cole@cewa.edu.au or 9024 9416

REMAR Gold Retreat

On Friday 2 August, the Year 12 Remar Gold Caravel embarked on their very last retreat before our graduation. Click here to read and see more photos from the day.
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Veritas Night

Veritas is an annual gathering of Catholic young people in Western Australia aged 12-35. It exists as a state wide festival, which aims to provide young people in Western Australia with an opportunity to deepen their faith and take an active role in the Church and community.

This year the event took place at John XXII College on Friday 9 August and attracted close to 900 young people. The theme of the festival was Christ is Alive. Year 9 students from the College were accompanied to the festival where they met other young people, enjoyed live bands, heard from dynamic speakers and participated prayer. It was wonderful to see so many young people celebrating their faith together.
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Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Doubleview First Holy Communion – Saturday 21 September, 6.00pm

Due to number of requests from families to attend the Saturday night Sacrament of the First Holy Communion celebration, the Parish has decided to combine Saturday and Sunday masses so that all Year 4 children can celebrate together. Please contact Kaye Shervington, Pastoral Associate for further inquiries 0411 123 441 or doubleview@perthcatholic.org.au

Keep Australia Beautiful Week – 19 to 25 August

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held late August each year to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action. Click here to register your clean up or event for KAB Week. For further inquiries: contact (02) 8594 4077 or admin@kab.org.au

World Refugee and Migration Week – 19 to 25 August

It is not just about migrants but also about ourselves, our fears, our hopes. How is God encouraging and inviting us? Who are we becoming? What kind of society are we preparing for those who come after us? For the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Council has prepared a resource that is available online. Click here for further information. Click here to also read Fr Frank Brennan SJ’s Homily Reflection for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2019 (see page 20).

14 Aug 2019

The Year 7 Special Instrumental Program is being offered to students enrolled at Newman College for Year 7 2020 who show potential for learning and excelling on a chosen instrument. Entry is based on results of a musical aptitude test and a reference from their current Year 6 teacher.  If selected, students will be given the opportunity to learn a band instrument or voice for free for the duration of the program (one year), as well as attend weekly band and choir rehearsals. Instruments available include flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, double bass and voice.

All Year 6 students enrolled at Newman College for Year 7 next year will sit a music aptitude test during class on Wednesday 21 August. No preparation is required for the test.

Alternative testing dates for students absent at this time who wish to be considered for a place are invited to attend one of the following times at Newman College Marist Auditorium, Studio 1.

  • Friday 23 August, 3.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Monday 26 August, 3.30pm – 4.00pm (repeat session)

Parents will be informed via letter if their child has been successful in the test, inviting them to the next stage of selection.

For further information regarding the program, please contact Margaret Goldsmith, Coordinator of Music 9204 9488 or margaret.goldsmith@cewa.edu.au

14 Aug 2019

The past fortnight has seen the Lavalla Campus celebrate innovative learning experiences. I wish to extend my gratitude to the staff who work tirelessly to provide our students with opportunities to explore and create within flexible learning environments. Last week’s STEM Festival was a perfect example of such an opportunity and the students rose to the challenge set for them. The events outlined below are just some of the many reasons we have to celebrate as a community and for our students to continue to Shine through Discovery.

STEM Festival

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

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

On Wednesday, the College was represented by three Year 6 students in the interschool heats of the Freemasons Speak Up Competition. Maddy Carroll, Christian Di Biase and Olivia Ralls were selected as the three best speakers in our school finals last term and approached this week’s heats with enthusiasm and dedication. Congratulations to all three students who have made it through to the Preliminary Finals to be held on the 26 and 27 August.

Book Week

As Book Week approaches, Lavalla students have enjoyed an incursion from Storyteller, Glenn Swift. Leading into this year’s theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’, students are excited for next week’s author visit and the much anticipated annual Book Week dress-up and parade which will take place on Friday 23 August at 9.00am in the Marist Auditorium. We thank our dedicated Librarian, Mrs Alison Le Dan, for her preparation of all the events in celebration of Book Week.

Lavalla Parent Workshops

On Thursday 29 August (Week 6), Lavalla Campus looks forward to welcoming parents to an evening of workshops facilitated by our dedicated and talented staff. Parents will be able to select three sessions from a variety of workshops including Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy and Growth Mindset running between between 5.00pm – 7.00pm. These workshops aim to further support the partnership between the College and home in the education of the whole child. Further information will be sent to Lavalla families outlining the details early next week.

Year 7 Special Instrumental Program 2020

The Year 7 Special Instrumental Program is being offered to students enrolled at Newman College for Year 7 2020 who show potential for learning and excelling on a chosen instrument.

All Year 6 students enrolled for Year 7 next year will sit a music aptitude test during class on Wednesday 21 August. Click here to read more.

14 Aug 2019

Hands on learning was exemplified over the last fortnight, as our students participated in our STEM Festival, Science Week and Humanities Week activities. These are but a few examples of how our staff and students worked collaboratively to challenge one another. The STEM festival focused on sustainability, creativity and challenge. I extend my thanks to the students from Marcellin Campus who supported the learning experience for the Primary students. It is amazing to see what can be achieved by ‘thinking outside the box!’
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Need to Know

Pupil Free Days

  • All staff will be engaging in professional learning on Friday 16 August. This day is designed to support wellbeing strategies for our Staff. Staff wellbeing is named in our Strategic Plan as we recognise, that in order to support the wellbeing and learning of young people, teachers require tools and strategies needed to manage their own wellbeing.
  • Monday 19 August is a pupil free day that recognises the contribution that teachers in Catholic Education make to the holistic development of young people. It is hoped that all members of our community return for the second half of Term 3 refreshed and rested.

New Uniform Options

After a period of consultation with the NPCC, staff and student groups, the following options will be available to students in 2020.

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

These items will be available via the online store or from the uniform shop.

Thank you to Diana Potter, Uniform Shop Manager for her support and expertise as we seek to cater to the needs of all students and respond to feedback from our parent community.

 

Newman Parents  – Monday 16 September 

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

RSVP to Jo Dunn, Marketing and Communications Officer by Wednesday 11 September jo.dunn@cewa.edu.au

Code of Conduct

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the Code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensuring confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with any member of the Senior Leadership Team. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of how we strive to partner positively with one another.

13 Aug 2019

Guild Athletics Carnival

The 2019 Guild Athletics Carnival was held at the State Athletics Stadium on Thursday 8 August. We had an impressive number of students participating in all track and field events. Click here for the final results and more photos from the day.
Athletics Carnival

ACC Athletics Squad Training

A reminder that squad training has commenced and takes place on the following days:

  • Tuesdays 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursdays 7.10am – 8.10am followed by breakfast

Download 2019 ACC Athletics Training Schedule

The A Division ACC Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 18 September. Students in Years 7-10 will also compete in the annual NAS Athletics Meet on Tuesday 27 August. Both events will be at the State Athletics Centre (more information will be emailed closer to the competition dates). The NAS Athletics Meet gives students a further chance to press for Final Team selection.

We have Specialist Coaches in place for all track and field events. It is very important that the team commits to the program and each athlete gets to as many sessions as possible.

We are all looking forward to a very exciting and rewarding Athletics season!

Run Club

A reminder that all students from Lavalla and Marcellin are welcome to attend any of these sessions. It is recommended that students get to at least one session per week. Students will become more motivated if they get into a routine and feel themselves improving.

Sessions;

  • Tuesdays 7.10am – 8.10am followed by breakfast
  • Thursdays 7.10am – 8.10am followed by breakfast

This Semester there are 3 tiers to the program;

  • Lavalla Group: Coach Lenny Hughes (Level 4 Accredited National Athletics Coach)
  • Intermediate Group: Coach Torren Diletti (State Runner and 4 times ACC Cross Country Champion)
  • High Performance Group: Coach Ben Chamberlain (National Runner and 4 times ACC Cross Country Champion)

Students are to meet on the steps outside the PE office on the Marcellin Campus in their PE/Running uniform. Students are to bring their own bowl and spoon for our team breakfasts afterwards. Hope to see as many runners on the track as possible!
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Strength and Conditioning Program

Students in Years 7-12 are offered the opportunity to be a part of the Strength and Conditioning Program.

Sessions:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays Lunchtimes (School Gym)
  • Fridays 7.30am – 8.15am (at the new pool training facility) followed by breakfast

The focus of these sessions is to improve core strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility. This complements everything they might be doing at Club training and over time will improve speed, performance, confidence and help build resilience against injury.

Cricket Registrations

The WACA, in association with the College, are launching the new season with a promotional event at the College on Wednesday 21 August from 3.30pm. All students are invited to come along and join in a free fun training session with prizes, give aways and music. Students should express their interest by coming down to the PE office on each respective campus.

Download Cricket Flyer

13 Aug 2019

In the lead-up to Science Week 2019, students on both the Marian and Lavalla Campuses enjoyed a fun and engaging day where they had the opportunity to be challenged, collaborate, create and celebrate with their peers as part of the 2019 STEM Festival.

With the focus on sustainability, in particular the three R’s; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, students at Marian enjoyed working with their buddies to look at ways of making sure that our resources last a very long time or even forever! Some of the activities they took part in were; the oil spill activity, recycled musical instruments, water saving options and the marble run.

The Years 3-6 students were challenged to “Think Outside the Box” where they had to create an arcade game using cardboard, other recycled materials and imagination. Once complete, the students had the opportunity to put their games to the test with their peers. The challenge allowed the students to explore their interests and passions; teach critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork; and brought the community together to foster and celebrate child creativity.

The STEM Festival was a great opportunity for all students to explore and experience Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through engaging hands-on activities and to better understand STEM concepts. All of the notions mentioned shed light on our College’s Vision for Learning Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16)

12 Aug 2019

Beyond the Bounds of Newman College

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

Later this term, our Year 11 REMAR students will travel to Mullewa north of Geraldton, to serve in the local community. This will be followed in December by more students travelling to the Philippines on our social justice immersion. Such experiences empower students to gain the skills, confidence and agency to make decisions and create opportunities that impact their lives and the lives of others in a positive way. Moreover, it creates the space for our students and teachers to develop soft and firm skills including adaptability, decision-making, problem-solving, resilience and self-reflection. Critical to these experiences is the role of our teachers. We are very fortunate to have teachers who are passionate about their specialisation which enable such activities to occur. I challenge all our students to take the opportunities that are presented across PK-12. Such a challenge encapsulates our Vision for Learning Shine through the Discovery and its intent to let our light shine.
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Marist Schools Australia (MSA) Conference, Melbourne

This week I attended, with Ms Fogliani and Mrs McCartan, the MSA “Holy Today” Conference in Melbourne. Those attending the conference came from the 53 Marist Schools and Ministries across Australia. The central them Holy Today focused on how we can be present to God by actively listening and being present to those we are in relationship with. Pope Francis (2016) contends that listening is more than simply hearing. Hearing is about receiving information while listening is about communication….paying attention, wanting to understand, to value, to respect and to ponder what the other person says. This message resonates within the life of our College as we grow. Listening for example to our students and understanding their view and their experiences is fundamental to our future directions.

Bishop Homeming (Diocese of Lismore) in his keynote challenged us to practically consider how we can present to others by taking time to cultivate our relationship with God simply by asking ourselves “What kind of person does God want us to be?” This challenge can be achieved if we take the time to listen and be present. This is the intent of our Marist spirituality and the hope we have for our College community.

The other aspect of the Conference was the opportunity to present our vision Shine Through Discovery – Let Light Shine Mat 5:16. The central focus on our presentation was on building the capacity of teachers in the alignment of our learning framework across PK-12. The aim and result of this intent have been in creating a student experience of learning that will see them engaged and motivated to grow.
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Junior PALS Project 2019

Today I was part of an Arts experience, a song, movement and storytelling performance by the Year 4 and 5 students of the Lavalla Dance Troupe. This storytelling performance, choreographed and directed by Mrs Amy Raveendrakumar, was based on an abridged version of Dr Noel Nannup’s creation story, “The Carer’s of everything”.  The intent of this PALS Project was clearly communicated by these excellent performers as they told a story that encouraged us to reflect on Aboriginal culture and histories as we walk towards Reconciliation. This performance will also be part of the nation-wide Wakakirri Performing Arts Festival, semi-final, to be held in Perth on Wednesday 7 August at the Perth Concert Hall at 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
 

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting – Monday 5 August, 7.00pm in the Marist Auditorium Studios

I warmly invite parents and care givers to our NPCC meeting. The them of the meeting will be focused on:

  1. Early Childhood Initiatives
  2. Whole School Literacy
  3. Australian Catholic Youth Festival
  4. Strategic Plan, 2020 and beyond

CEWA Governance

An announcement was made this week by the Bishops of Western Australia to incorporate Catholic Education in Western Australia, with the new Company being known as Catholic Education Western Australia Limited. This change will strengthen legal, risk and financial compliance frameworks.

Although a member school of Catholic Education WA, Newman College is a congregational school owned and governed by the Trustees of the Marist Brothers. The incorporation of Catholic Education WA does not affect the governance of Newman College.

Wishing all families are great term ahead.

02 Aug 2019

Bridges inspire, instill confidence, tell us: “Come, cross me. See what’s over here.” – Leo Donovan SJ, ‘Why God calls us to build bridges’, America Magazine, July 31, 2019.

In an age characterised by all but a desperate need for solidarity, when the religious and secular bonds of community have become badly frayed, bridges real and metaphorical have become more important than ever. Pope Francis has repeatedly urged audiences around the world to engage in bridge-building (something he thinks is almost “more than human”). Newman College seeks to celebrate the questions and realities of our Catholic faith in a pluralistic and diverse context. We invite each family, student and member of staff on a journey that celebrates what it means to be ‘good news’ to each other as we seek to grow our community as a living and vibrant expression of the Gospel. Our Ministry Plan, Immersion opportunities, Youth Ministry and Advocacy opportunities, and our celebration of the sacraments seek to build living bridges which unite, foster connectedness, and create spaces where our faith is lived.

PK-12 Celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption – Thursday 15 August

As a Catholic school educating in the Marist tradition, our PK-12 community will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday 15 August. Please download the PK-12 letter to all families outlining the events of this day for all students.

Download 2019 Feast of Assumption Letter to Parents

Year 11 Marist Association Philippines Immersion – (Friday 22 November – Thursday 5 December 2019)

Philippines Immersion

Above: 2018 Philippines Immersion students Elizabeth Adams (2019 Social Justice Captain) & Matthew Giumelli (2019 College Captain) presenting their reflections of the 2018 Philippines Immersion at the Parent Information Evening.

The Marist Association Year 11 Philippines Immersion is a joint commitment between the Western Australian Marist schools St Joseph’s Northam and Newman College which is now into its fourth year. Following a period of application and interview, Mrs Carla Pastorelli (Leader of Wellbeing – Year 11) and Mr Tom Williams (Assistant Head of Sport) from Newman College will accompany the group with Mr Daniel Lynch in 2019.

In 2019, 20 students from Newman College applied for 16 places on the Immersion. Following both their application and a process of interview with Carla, Tom and myself, the following students will be attending the 2019 Philippines Immersion:

Jessica Ashwood, Samuel Beeton, Anastasia Berti, Kate Broderick, Grace Collins, Tegan Connelly, Charolotte Easden, Samuel Giumelli, Mitchell Harris, Meg Hobson, Damien Lockyer, Brodie Major, Jack Towie and Ruby Vance.

The students and staff from Newman College will be joined by the following members of the St Joseph’s Northam community:

Hannah Morrison (Year 11 student), Katie Harris (Year 11 student) and Mr Shane Bransby (Teacher)

The Philippines Parent and Student Information Evening was held on Thursday 25 July (Term 3 Week 1), with the program of formation and Immersion preparations taking place over Terms 3 and 4.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival & Veritas Night 2019

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young Australians with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. This year the ACYF will be held in Perth between 8 – 10 December. Young people between the ages of 14 and 35 from around Australia will be invited to:

  • participate in high-quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Engage with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and faith formation.

Students in Year 9 from the College will be invited to apply to attend ACYF. This event will take the place of the Remar Embarkation camp this year.

In preparation for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, students considering applying for ACYF will attend the Veritas Night, held at John XXIII College in Mt Claremont on Friday 9 August 6.00pm – 9.30 pm. Veritas is an annual gathering of Catholic young people in Western Australia aged 12-35. It exists as a state-wide conference and festival, which aims to provide young people in Western Australia with an opportunity to deepen their faith and take an active role in the Church and community. The event includes festivities including live bands, dynamic speakers, youth rallies, faith expos, Liturgy and workshops.

REMAR Gold Retreat

Today the Remar Gold Caravel gathered together for their final retreat of their 3-year Remar journey. The retreat is facilitated by Dan Litjens (Class of 2016) with support from Gold Helm, Mr Michael Van der Heever, Campus Minister, Br Terry Orrell, ex-students Josh Sampson (Class of 2018) and Sarah Whitton (Class of 2018), as well as Mrs Cole-Carter. The afternoon provides an opportunity to reflect on the previous years of the program with a specific focus on applying the on motto of the Gold crossing, ‘To be a witness in our community’.

ACRATH Bollywood Night

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH) is hosting ‘Bollywood Night’ to help raise awareness of slavery and slavery like condition. Book your tickets NOW by clicking here.

Download Bollywood Nights Flyer ACRATH 2019

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.