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Newman News Term 1 Week 9 : From the Vice Principal

01 Apr 2021

Easter Liturgy

Across the PK-12 community, students celebrated the Easter story through the Stations of the Cross. Each liturgy gave students an opportunity to reflect on the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. The beauty of the Easter message is truly the belief in the resurrection, as all are invited to new life through a relationship with Christ.

This Lenten period students have opportunities to fast through the Caritas Fast fundraiser, give alms through project compassion and pray through Thursday morning Mass and Student-Led prayer. This is all in preparation for a relationship with Jesus and the reminder that this relationship can be life changing, just as it was for the first apostles and disciples over 2000years ago.

A special thanks to our families for their generosity, our staff for their work in walking with our students on their faith journey and our students for being open to the presence of God in their life.

From all of us here at Newman College we wish you and your families a happy and holy Easter. This year’s Marist theme is Breathe – The Spirit of Life, we encourage all families to be present and reflect on your time with family and friends.

Marian Campus Easter Liturgy

Lavalla Campus Easter Liturgy

Marcellin Campus Easter Liturgy

Start of Term 2  

School will return for all students on Tuesday 20 April. On Monday 19 April our staff will participate in Professional Learning and will work together to create our individual Professional Growth Plans, which help us to reflect on our performance, and continually improve.

Uniform Expectations

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Please click here to access uniform requirements and guidelines. Some changes were made at the end of 2020 and are reflected in this document.  If you need to purchase new uniform items, please ensure you give yourself adequate time.

Uniform Shop – School Holiday Opening Hours

  • Tuesday 13/4/21, 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14/4/21, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 16/4/21, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

8-10 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 

Interviews will be held in the Marist Auditorium on Thursday 29 April from 3.45pm – 8.00pm.  An email will be forwarded early next term with details confirming how to access bookings through our online booking system, Parent Teacher Online (PTO).

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.

 

01 Apr 2021

The Year 6 students participated in a Confirmation Retreat led by the 24:7 Youth Ministry Team. They were guided through a series of activities to deepen their understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The retreat is one of the final steps in their preparation to receive the Sacrament this year. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed working with the Youth Ministry Team and the experiences they offered.

Student Reflection

“Today has been a great experience with 24:7 Youth Ministry! We have learnt lots about confirmation through a series of games, fun videos and activities. We were divided into groups with an instructor that guided us through the day. We were given many opportunities to express our thoughts and ideas about confirmation.” Nikita Aylmore and Isabella Crisona

26 Mar 2021

Our Humanities Department has been very busy this week, organising some exciting activities and opportunities for our students in celebration of HASS Week. Our students have participated in games, and ASX Competition, a Geography challenge and a dress-up day. Students across PK-12 enjoyed dressing-up and showcasing their cultural heritage on Friday which coincided with Harmony Day.

Safe to say that all students have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful activities and opportunities on offer this week!

26 Mar 2021

One of my favourite memories in teaching came toward the end of my first year in the classroom. I was asked by the basketball coordinator of our school if I would be interested in coaching a team of Year 3 girls. At first, I wasn’t sure…I didn’t know much about coaching basketball, and I knew even less about Year 3 girls! But in the end, I decided to give it a go and just see what would happen. It ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made – I coached the team for three years until they graduated in Year 6, and went on to coach girls netball at my next school too. Even though we managed to get through our first season undefeated, (I just had to include that sorry!) it wasn’t the victories that made it enjoyable, it was the relationships I formed with the team, and being able to watch the great relationships they formed with each other. It was watching kids work together to support and encourage each other, and it was watching a team full of girls celebrate like they’d won a championship, when one of their teammates scored for the first time.

Many people say sport builds character, and it does…but in another way sports can be great for revealing character. It gave me the opportunity to see students in a different way, and the chance for students to be successful outside of the classroom. Many of our families are already involved in sporting activities, from netball, football and swimming, to tennis, basketball, and dance. They provide a great opportunity for our students to make friends and develop new skills, and play an important role in the development of our young people.

School Photo Day

Families should take note that the day for our school photos has been set for this year – Friday 7 May. More information will be made available to families around uniform requirements and the photo ordering process as we get closer to the date. It is important that all students attend on the day, as school photos become treasured memories over the years, and we would love for all students to be represented in their class.

Easter Liturgy & Raffle

Our Year 3 students will be hosting our Easter Liturgy next Thursday 1 April commencing 2.00pm in the Marist Auditorium. There will be a staging of the Stations of the Cross, followed by the drawing of our Easter raffle. Due to the COVID restrictions in place we encourage families to enjoy the liturgy via the YouTube live stream which can be accessed from the Newman College YouTube page under the Lavalla playlist. You can find the link here. However, parents of students are still welcome to attend in person also. At the conclusion of the Liturgy we will draw the prizes for the Easter raffle.

Guild Activity Day

On Wednesday this week, students from the Thomas More guild at the Marcellin campus came to visit our students and take part in a number of events as part of the guild activity celebrations. Students took part in activities ranging from reading and quizzes, to basketball and capture the flag. It was wonderful for our students to have the opportunity to connect with some of the older boys and girls of our school, and to share the different experiences they have each day. We are very grateful to Ms Jamie Pedler at the Marcellin campus for her assistance in getting everything organised.

Interschool Sport

Over the past two weeks, some of our students have had the opportunity to be involved in Interschool Sport. Students took part in the Interschool Swimming Carnival which was hosted by Newman College, and this week Mrs Richards and Mr Hunt took some of our Year 6 students to take part in the Interschool basketball at the Willeton Basketball Association. It really fills me with pride when we have these events and students take part in such a positive and enthusiastic manner. All students should be proud of their efforts and the excellent way they represented our school.  Click here to view the photo’s taken on the day.

Student Leaders Celebration

Last week, our Year 6 and Year 12 students, along with their families, came together for a special celebration at our PK-12 Community Mass. Students received a blessing from Father, and were recognised in the presence of God as our school leaders for 2021. Students then gathered for a short morning tea afterwards which was a good opportunity to come together and reflect on what has already been a busy term. I look forward to continuing to work with the outstanding young leaders of our campus and guiding them to make the difference they want to see in the world.

Musica Viva Incursion

Last Friday we were very lucky to have been joined by a team of musicians from Musica Viva, who delivered an amazing presentation called ‘Eastwinds,’ showing how music can link with improvisation and storytelling. Students were shown how to harness their creativity by expressing and sharing their experiences through music, and students were given the tools to create and connect with each other through making music on the spot. It was a thoroughly enjoyable presentation, and we owe a big thanks to our Music teacher, Mrs Annette Grayden, for organising.

New Swings

We were very fortunate last week to see the installation of our new swings in the playground! They have so far proved very popular, and we have even had to roster year groups across the week to make sure everyone gets a turn. Students have been spoken to many times this week about safe play in and around the swings area, and our student leaders have put together some posters to promote safe practices. Next time you are in the school, you can hop on and even give them a try yourself!

HASS Week

This week students at the Marcellin campus were celebrating HASS week, which is celebration of all things History, Geography, and Social Studies. We joined in the celebrations today, encouraging students to come dressed to school in the colours or national dress that reflects their country. This also coincides with Harmony Dad which we also celebrated. As a community rich with many cultures and backgrounds, it is important that we celebrate the unique diversity of our community and promote a healthy respect and love for one another. Needless to say, students enjoyed the chance to dress up and show off their colours! To read more and to view photos from the day click here.

Parent Reps 2021

I would like to take this opportunity to formally acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our parent representatives for 2021. As Easter draws closer, many teachers have been sharing stories with their children around the importance of acts of service. In the lead up to Easter we learn about how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, hoping to inspire them into acts of service. We really don’t need to look any further than our parent volunteers and reps here at our school to see this beautiful message being lived out right here in our own community. It is a selfless act to volunteer for the good of our community, and all families in our community should be grateful for their contributions.
The role of parent rep is largely a social role – it is about welcoming new families and arranging a social event or two throughout the year for the children of the year level, and perhaps even for the parents too. In the past, some families have come to rely on parent reps to deliver information such as sports days, or to be up to date on all the latest goings-on of the class or school, but this is not the responsibility of the parent rep. I would urge families if you have a query that is related to anything happening in the class or school, your first port of call should be the classroom teacher. The role of parent rep should be not be burdensome, and I am conscious of the great effort and lengths our reps already go to for some families.

The list of parent reps for 2021 is as below:

  • Year 3 Blue: TBA
  • Year 3 Green: Carla Martinovich
  • Year 3 Red: Carla Martinovich
  • Year 4 Blue: Sarina Menzies
  • Year 4 Green: Kerry Picotti
  • Year 4 Red: Christie Blizzard
  • Year 5 Blue: Mychelly Anderton
  • Year 5 Green: Jo Crothers & Taryn Devlin
  • Year 5 Red: Hayley Andrews
  • Year 6 Blue: Angela Smith
  • Year 6 Green: Sarina Menzies
  • Year 6 Red: Alicia Mason
26 Mar 2021

As we enter the final week of Term 1, we naturally reflect on all we have accomplished in such a small time. Students and families across the PK-12 community have continued to demonstrate a generosity of spirit and awareness to the needs of the most vulnerable as we continue to fundraise for Project Compassion through our Easter Raffle and various community events. The Easter Raffle will be drawn during the Primary Easter Liturgy’s. See below for details of each Campus liturgy.

Year 6 Confirmation Retreat

The Year 6 students participated in a Confirmation Retreat led by the 24:7 Youth Ministry Team. They were guided through a series of activities to deepen their understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Click here to read more and to see more photos from the day.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

During Lent our Year 4-6 students have had the opportunity to participate in the rite of Reconciliation. Through this Sacrament we are reconciled with God and the people we have hurt, we receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and are strengthened on our journey. Many thanks to Fr Kaz from Floreat Parish and Fr Patrick from Scarborough Parish, who have celebrated Reconciliation with our classes.

Easter Liturgy

Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin will be commemorating our Lenten Journey with Easter Liturgy’s on Thursday 1 April. The liturgies will be a reflection on the Stations of the Cross.

  • Marian: 9.00am St Cecilia’s Church
  • Lavalla: 2.00pm Marist Auditorium
  • Marcellin: 2.25pm College Gym

Gamechangers 

Year 7 Gamechangers Retreat Day was held on Friday 26 March. It was a fantastic opportunity to build student capacity and understanding of what it means to belong to family and how we can let our light shine. Students gathered at St Joseph’s Subiaco with the 24/7 Youth Ministry and the Marist Youth Ministry team. Thank you to Br Terry, Aleisha Crump, Albert Zollo and the 24/7 Team for their support on the day.

Our Gamechangers groups across Year 7-12 continue to gather on Tuesday and Wednesday. Retreat Days for the other year groups will commence in Term 2. Year 10’s Friday Week 1 and Year 11’s Friday Week 2.

For more photos from Gamechangers please click here.

Thursday Morning Mass

We celebrated our final morning Mass for Term 1 in Week 8. Thank you to our Guild Coordinators, Jane Short REC Primary and local Priests for leading the celebrations this term. Looking forward to welcoming everyone back into the Champagnat Chapel for Thursday Week 1.

Student Led Prayer

Our Faith and Liturgy Captains, Sarah Kerr & Lucy Brennan continue to grow from strength to strength as they offer reflections for students on a Friday morning continue to grow from strength to strength as they offer reflections for students on a Friday morning in the Chapel. Each week the Captains choose a topic and invite students to reflect and pray together. All are welcome on Friday morning from 8.25am. Send your child along to start the day right. Below are some images from our most recent Student Led Prayer.

Prayer Assemblies

Marian and Lavalla have used their Prayer Assemblies in Term 1 to reflect on the Caritas stories of the people who are supported by our annual Project Compassion fundraiser. It has been a pleasure to see the students engage with the stories of these communities and reflect on how we can, from our position of privilege, help the most vulnerable in our community.

Prayer assemblies are celebrated every Monday 8.45am at Lavalla and Wednesday 9.00am at Marian.

26 Mar 2021

It was another mammoth fortnight across all Year Groups at Newman College. Activities included the ACC (Division A) and IPSHA Swimming Carnivals, Pre-primary Farm Excursion, the NAS Senior Competition Day, Year 3 – 6 Music Incursion, Year 10 Allwell Testing and Careers Day, Years 3, 5,7 and 9 NAPLAN practice, Humanities and Social Science Week, Year 11 Outdoor Education Expedition, Year 10 Virtual Baby Program, NAS competitions, Newman Parents y-Safe Presentation, our annual Twilight Tour and the Year 12 Ball last night.

Particular congratulations and thanks must go to our Year 7 –12 Swimming Team, coaches and HPE staff. Newman placed 4th in the ACC A Division Swimming this year, we had numerous magnificent swims. This achievement is no easy feat and is down to hundreds of hours of sheer hard work and dedication. We look forward to our continuing success in this area.

It is great to see students involved in sport. Physical activity has an impact on cognitive skills such as memory, ability to direct focus, and attention. Participation in exercise has also been linked to a more positive attitude and enhanced wellbeing and commitment to desirable behaviours. These benefits are all significant elements when considering a student’s happiness, school performance and personal best achievements.

The Year 12 Students got their ‘shine on’ for the Ball last night. They looked nothing short of stunning and their positive attitudes and zest for fun created an atmosphere that I am sure they will remember for life.

The annual Twilight Tour was also a big hit, highlights were named as the new Learning Hub and display of student work. We had over 350 people register for the event. The level of curiosity and interest that Newman is generating in the local community and beyond is seriously affirming, and our teachers and students should feel proud. We have great aspirations for our students and indeed our school as we move into a new phase of learning, living and loving.

A big thankyou to our Newman Parents who organised for y-Safe to present to our parents and staff on Safety in the Online World. The event was recorded and can be accessed for two weeks here. Taryn Wren the presenter left many useful resources for us to work through. These can be accessed online. Our counsellors, psychologists and wellbeing staff will use these resources in the coming year to upskill our students in online safety.

More information on the services ySafe offer can be found in the following documents

End of Term 1 Information

All students finish on Thursday 1 April. We have prayer assemblies, liturgies and the stations of the cross planned for Holy Week. These reflective experiences will help to prepare us to enter into Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the right spirit and mind.

Start of Term 2 Information

School will return for all students on Tuesday 20 April. On Monday 19 April our staff will participate in Professional Learning and will work together to create our individual Professional Growth Plans, which help us to reflect on our performance, and continually improve.

Uniform Expectations

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Please click here to access uniform requirements and guidelines. Some changes were made at the end of 2020 and are reflected in this document.  If you need to purchase new uniform items, please ensure you give yourself adequate time.

Uniform Shop – School Holiday Opening Hours

  • Tuesday 13/4/21, 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14/4/21, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 16/4/21, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

Solar Energy Car Challenge – Gifted and Talented

The Solar Car Challenge is an annual competition which enables Newman College students to build their STEM, collaborative, and problem-solving skills.
As part of a STEM investigation in the Year 8 Science program students were provided with their own solar kits which they had to build and test. Year 8 students used the STEM investigation to develop their understanding around solar energy, circuits, and aerodynamics. Year 6 students participating in the Discovery Maths pathway were also introduced to concepts around solar cars and encouraged to investigate their car’s performance against their peers. After the respective investigations in class, the following two teams were selected based on their ability to build fast and effective solar cars:

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  • Year 6
    Taylor Kazmer, Theo Constantine, Chloe Rear and Joshua Hill.
  • Year 8
    Mitchell Squiers, Christian Hoang, Archie Green and Ashley Howsen.

The student’s efforts and skills were tested against a wide range of other schools on March 16 at St Mark’s Anglican School. The morning session was dedicated to the Year 6 teams, and in the afternoon the Year 8s competed. In the competition students were required to build, test, and alter their cars in 45 minutes. Our students demonstrated an outstanding ability to work collaboratively, deal with setbacks, and problem solve under pressure.

It is with great pleasure to report that the Year 6 team successfully made it to the semi-final on the day. The Year 8 team also built an incredibly fast car on the day and were awarded with third place overall. An outstanding effort for all students involved. On behalf of the students, I would like to thank Krystal Skelin and the Science department for their efforts and preparation in the lead up to the day, and Renae Zelich at the Lavalla campus. Also, an enormous thank you to Alex Gerreyn for his expertise on the day of competition.

Lara Ognenis 
Gifted and Talented Teacher 

Happy Families Online Resource

The College extended complimentary membership to Dr Justin
Coulson’s Happy Families online resource to our entire school
community. 176 families have already signed up and are viewing the
extensive library of resources.

Launch your free membership today HERE

Upcoming Events

Monday 19 April 
Live Webinar | Pot, Pills & Parenting 

Happy Families Newman College

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.

 

26 Mar 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,

College Engagement

Last Tuesday we held our first twilight tour for 2021 on the Marcellin and Marian Campuses.  Over 400 people attended which was an all time high for this event over recent years.  Whilst our new building, the St John Henry Newman Learning Hub, was a key drawcard, the most impressive performance of the evening was that of our tour leaders – both students and staff.

I often reiterate to staff that the most powerful advertisement is not the staged picture on the back of a bus but in conversations students have with their families at the dinner table about their experience at school.  The honest and insight from our children and their voice is purposeful in providing feedback as to how they learn and how they engage at school.

At the Twilight Tour, the students were magnificent in authentically telling their story, about their experience of Newman College.  None more so than our two Year 7 students Levi and Olivia who spoke to a large audience in the Marist Auditorium about their first 8 weeks at the school.  Their passion, excitement and commitment to this community was exemplified by what they said.

The feedback from families has been incredible and gives us great hope about the future and the prospective students and families that may enter the College in the coming years.

Welcome Sundowner 

To celebrate the new school year, parents and guardians are invited to join together to welcome new families into our community and reconnect with each other following the holiday break. More details will be shared in the next edition of Newman News.

5pm, 7 May 2021
Founders Court
Newman College

Visit of Marist Schools Australia (MSA), Regional Director

It has been 15 months since our MSA Regional Director (from Victoria), Julie Ryan, has visited the College.  The purpose of the visit was to spend time in the College working with the Senior Leadership Team and presenting to our College Advisory Council.  As a religious institute entity, the governance of our College is overseen by Marist Schools Australia.  Their regular presence in our school is critical to our ongoing stewardship to ensure we provide a comprehensive PK-12 Catholic College educating in the Marist Tradition, in Perth Western Australia.

Lunch with Year 9 Girls

Julie Ryan took time out of her busy schedule to meet with a group of our Year 9 girls, who had set up a lunchtime meeting with the Principal, along with Leader of Wellbeing Regan Dyer.  Over a period of 18 years, Mrs Ryan has been Principal of two girls’ secondary colleges in Victoria and so was a very positive presence among us.  These lunches provide students with an opportunity to feedback to the Principal their experiences at Newman College.

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Year 12 Ball

The Year 12 School Ball was held last night.  It was an outstanding event exemplified by the energy, laughter and joy displayed amongst the cohort.  The leadership of this cohort in 2021 has been exemplary and the success of this Year 12 Ball was testimony to that end.

Easter Message

I wish every member of our community every blessing for Easter.  This time is one of reconciliation and renewal and I hope family members take the time to be present to each other.

 

John Finneran
Principal

26 Mar 2021

IPSHA Swimming Carnival

Last Thursday Newman hosted the IPSHA Swimming carnival competing against All Saints, John XXII and Loreto Nedlands. It was very pleasing to see a number of fantastic results on the day. The highlight and final event of the day was a combined relay with the top 2 swimmers from Year 4-6, Newman won this relay race showing how competitive we were in each year group on the day.

Well done to all swimmers in the Newman College Swim Team, thank you for your wonderful attitudes and team spirit at the carnival.

To view photos from the day, please click here. 

Mrs Tasha Richards
Health and Physical Education Teacher Years 3 ‑ 6

Guild Cross Country Carnival

Our Y7-12’s certainly showed their Guild spirit, sportsmanship and perseverance while competing in the annual Guild Cross Country Carnival. Well done to each student that participated and represented their Guild with pride. All participation points will contribute to the 2021 Champagnat Cup.

To view photos from the day, please click here. 

ACC Swimming Carnival Recap 

The College had a fantastic result in Wednesday’s A Division ACC Swimming Carnival, finishing 4th overall at HBF Stadium. All swimmers gave their absolute all, with most recording personal best times. Although we do have our share of individual superstars, it was the depth of our relay squads (Division 1 and 2) which ensured such a successful outcome.

Read more. 

NAS Senior Carnival

Last Friday our senior teams competed in the inaugural One Day Summer NAS Carnival at various venues around Perth. Our Basketballers, Volleyballers, Touch Rugby and Girls AFLW players battled hard against the 4 other NAS schools in a round robin format in challenging 38 degree temperatures. There was plenty of exciting and challenging competition throughout, with many pleasing results. Congratulations to our Senior Boys and Girls AFLW teams for winning premierships and special mention to Senior Girls Basketball and Boys/Girls Touch Rugby for being runners up. Big thank you to all coaches, umpires, players, the ACC and opposition Schools for making the day such a success!

Good luck to all Year 7-10 NAS Sporting teams competing in next week’s finals. All players should check in on their SEQTA Team Forum to review fixtures and confirm their availability.

Individual Accomplishments

Congratulations to all the Year 2 students from Newman College who have just come first in their Tball division.

  • Congratulations to Year 7 Student Oliver Wikstrom and the Scarborough boys U13’s Tennis Club Who were victorious at last Sunday’s Pennants Finals Competition! Working their way through singles and doubles matches competing against fierce competition (in some rounds much older than them!)It got down to a nail biter doubles tie breaker at the end of the competition, fortunately the Scarborough boys U13’s were triumphant! Oliver has been playing tennis for 6 years prefers playing singles – we cannot wait to follow this young athlete on his sporting journey and wish him luck for the NAS competition in Term 2.Oliver Wikstrom Newman College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Mar 2021

Last Thursday Newman hosted the IPSHA Swimming carnival competing against All Saints, John XXII and Loreto Nedlands. It was very pleasing to see a number of fantastic results on the day. The highlight and final event of the day was a combined relay with the top 2 swimmers from Year 4-6, Newman won this relay race showing how competitive we were in each year group on the day.

Well done to all swimmers in the Newman College Swim Team, thank you for your wonderful attitudes and team spirit at the carnival.

Mrs Tash Richards
Health and Physical Education Teacher Years 3 ‑ 6

18 Mar 2021

When I think back to my first year teaching, it feels like a complete blur. I began my teaching career at St. Mary’s Primary School in Kalgoorlie, and I can recall getting to the end of the Term One and wondering what just happened! I wondered if I had taught anything, the time had gone so quick! It wasn’t until the parent teacher interviews at the end of that term that I realised (thankfully!) that my students had been learning. I also got married during that time too which I don’t think helped slow time down either (side note – I am still apologising to my wife to this day for our ‘Kalgoorlie honeymoon’).

I am sure many families can relate to the feeling of time getting away from us, or seeming to pass quickly. It is important in the moments that we do have, to be present to our children and to those important to us in our lives. To simply sit and be. Every night when I get home, I try to put aside all the worries of school and everything else to read with my children. It is hard some nights – reading with young children often means spending only half your time reading, and half of your time in conversation, but it is this time that we also most treasure. In the busyness of our lives it is very easy to say “I’ll read with you tomorrow night”, or “we can go the museum next week instead”  – I am guilty of this myself – but before we know it these moments will be lost. I would encourage families over these next few weeks to look for those moments where you can ‘slow time down’ – when you can disconnect from all the other distractions in life and spend time with your child. Whether it’s reading a book together, or taking a trip somewhere special, life is about creating special moments together, and time spent together makes a wonderful difference in the lives of young children.

Assembly 

 

In this edition of the Newsletter, we find ourselves in the unique position of celebrating two assemblies in two weeks! Last week’s assembly was a celebration of those students who have made an excellent start to the year, as well our Swimming Age Champions and Runners-up. It is great to see so many students making such a great effort to begin the year.

This morning, we celebrated the success of even more students, as 6 Green presented the first item of the year. Their portrayal of how simple acts can make a big difference to others was the perfect message to begin the year. Making a difference is not about grand gestures; it is about doing small things really well, and looking for those opportunities to think beyond ourselves and serve others. Congratulations to 6 Green on an excellent assembly item, and to all our merit award recipients this week.

Marcellin Award 

Last week we awarded the Marcellin Award to Austin Wyeth in Year 6. Austin received his award for the great fortitude and positivity he displayed in light of a recent setback. Unfortunately, Austin was unable to take part in the swimming carnival this year due to an injury he received earlier in the year. Unfortunately, the exact same thing happened to Austin last year too! However, he was able to brush this off to support his classmates and his faction, helping to lead Marcellin faction throughout the day and encourage his friends to give their best. There is a great lesson in this from Austin – we cannot always choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond. Austin showed us all that even in the face of adversity, we can still be positive and make the best of a bad situation. Well done on setting a great example Austin.

This week we awarded the Marcellin award to one of the quiet achievers of our campus – someone who consistently gives their best each day in how they interact and show care for those around them. Olivia Perchard in Year 4 shows so much love and care for her peers and classmates. She is polite, respectful, and always thinking outside of herself to make school a better place for her friends and teachers. Her example is beautiful – it shows that being a leader and making a difference isn’t about grand gestures; it’s about doing the small things well and doing them often. Olivia, you truly know what it means to be a Newman College student. Congratulations!

Swimming Age Champions 

Two weeks ago, we celebrated the Lavalla Swimming Carnival with Knox faction taking out the Champion faction on the day, with Brigid recognised for their positive efforts with the Spirit Award. We also saw some amazing individual efforts on the day too, and at last Friday’s assembly we recognised our age champion and Age Champion runners-up. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 3 Boys

1st place: Lewis Macgregor
2nd place: William Burton
3rd place: Dara Devlin

Year 3 Girls

1st place: Kayla Haarhoff
2nd place: Demi Boyce
3rd place: Lilah O’Halloran

Year 4 Boys

1st place: Griffin Chester
2nd place: Caleb McCluskey
3rd place: Mack Vulinovich

Year 4 Girls

Equal 1st place: Jasmine Colman & Emma Howat
2nd place: Layla Bornmann
3rd place: Arlia Della Franca

Year 5 Boys

1st place: Lucas Christie
2nd place: Deion Fernando
Equal 3rd place: Mitchell Short & Cooper Warwick

Year 5 Girls

1st place: Kaydee Van Deventer
2nd place: Savannah Bornmann
3rd place: Niamh Devlin

Year 6 Boys

1st place: Jensen Rutherford
2nd place: Theo Constantine
3rd place: Jaspar Martin-Booth

Year 6 Girls

1st place: Madelyn Bertolini
2nd place: Clancy Boss
3rd place: Emma Gilbert

Personal grooming standards 

As we are well and truly into the school year now, it is a College expectation that all students attend school in the correct uniform – this means appropriate footwear, wearing the College bucket hat when out playing, and wearing sports uniform on the correct days. Many students dress appropriately for school each day and do a wonderful job of representing our school with pride. It is important however, that all students make the effort to look smart, and come to school prepared to take part in the day’s activities. Wearing the correct uniform is a great way to demonstrate commitment to the school, build community pride, and create a sense of belonging.

Students (especially boys) are also reminded of the College expectation when it comes to haircuts. I would argue there are some boys on our campus who fall short of the current expectation, and it is important that we work together to maintain our standards. Students are reminded that:

  • Hair should be of a consistent length all over (e.g. no undercuts or long sweeps)
  • Hair must be of blade length number 3 or longer
  • Extreme hairstyles are unacceptable

Full details of the Newman College uniform and personal grooming standards for both boys and girls can be found in the College diary, on the school website, or by clicking on the link here.

Primary Easter Raffle

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Newman Parents – ySafe Cyber Safety Education Session

Newman College is looking forward to welcoming Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety education, ySafe to Newman Parents this term. This practical, strategy-rich session will cover the most important points that all families need to know regarding online safety, covering key information about social media and gaming, screen time recommendations and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home for kids of all ages.

When: Monday 22 March 2021, 7.00pm

Where: Newman College, Marist Auditorium

To register for this free session please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Newman College Parents