Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates

Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October – Year 12 Semester 2 Exams 
Monday 10 October – Staff PL day (COLLEGE CLOSED) 
Monday 10 October to Friday 14 October – Year 10 Adventure Camp, Karridale  
Monday 10 October – Year 7 Orientation Day 
Tuesday 11 October – Students PK-12 return (wearing summer uniform) 
Friday 14 October to Tuesday 18 October – Year 12 Exam Feedback days 
Friday 14 October – St John Henry Newman Feast Day 
Wednesday 19 October – Year 12 Graduation (Optus Stadium)- click HERE to purchase tickets 
Thursday 27 October – Grandparents Day Celebration – Lavalla and Marcellin (details below) 
Friday 28 October – Grandparents Day Celebration – Marian 
Monday 31 October to Fri 18 November – WACE exams 

It has been a wonderful term of celebration and activity. So much has happened in the community and I sincerely thank our staff, students and parents for the ongoing collaboration and flexibility that embodies our Marist sense of family spirit. I wish everyone a magnificent break and hope the holidays offer an opportunity for relaxation, fun and time spent with loved ones.  

I look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 11 October wearing full summer uniform, remembering to ensure College expectations regarding grooming are adhered to. 

ACC Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Newman College in the recent ACC Athletics Carnival. The hard work and dedication of both students and staff really paid off, with Newman ending the day in second place overall in A Division – a fantastic achievement. This is the College’s best achievement in over 30 years, and the effort put in by staff and students cannot be understated. articular thanks go to Matt Connell, Tom Williams and the wider PE Team for their dedication, coaching and organisation of the event. 

2023 Student Leaders 

After joining the leadership training program in Year 11 and completing the application and selection process, our new Student Leaders were introduced to the school during Assembly on Wednesday.  

Congratulations to all our Student Leaders for 2023. We look forward to developing your leadership skills and witnessing your contribution to the College Community. 

Guild: Aimee Byrne, Tasmyn Floate, Charlie Robinson, Nadia Monzu, Evie Liddell, Holly Agostino, Samuel Perkin, Evee Dennison, Ashlee Hale, Maud Buchanan, Caitlin Kojundzich, Mitchell Rogers, Rhyley Wake, Wesley Carren, Fabiana Di Donna, Benjamin Butson

Wellbeing: Kai Kazmer, Belle Jenkins

Sport Captain: Meg McAullay, James Hart

Social Justice: Sophia Brodie, Madeleine Irish

Arts: Poppy Corbett, Ethan Nguyen

Academic: Benjamin Borgas, Bethany Avins

F&L: Isaac Nolan, Grace Rose

College Captain: Michael Pethick, Indiana Lummis

Year 7 2023 Orientation Day  

Orientation day for our incoming 2023 Year 7 students provides an opportunity for them to become familiar with the College environment, meet some of their classmates and complete Allwell testing that will assist us in supporting them in transition.  Students will be given a tour of the College.  They will work with student leaders and participate in a series of games and activities designed to foster friendships.

Students gather in the Gymnasium at 8.30am and will be dismissed from the Gymnasium at 3.00pm. 

Year 10 Camp – Karridale

The Year 10 Adventure Camp is a significant and compulsory College event.  The camp is run in conjunction with Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and will see our Year 10 students enter an unfamiliar and somewhat remote environment. The experience provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to develop leadership, self-management skills, resilience, and personal independence. 

Grandparents Day

The College is hosting two events to celebrate our Grandparents – Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October.  Please click here for details.

Term 4 – Bathers and Rash Vest requirements 

As previously communicated, the College has introduced New College bathers and rash vests. 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 3-9 (2022) – College bathers and rash vests are compulsory.

Students may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests for the remainder of 2022; otherwise, new bathers and rash shirts 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.

Year 12 Game Changers – Graduation  

On Tuesday, 20 September, we celebrated the conclusion of students’ participation in the program with a graduation dinner. Please join me in congratulating Joshua Lee, Sonia Bruce, Joseph Martin, Jack Daley, Luis Felipe Uribe, Isabella O’Rouke, Aneika Short, Sharya Ferdinandusz, Emily Holland, Harrison Prudham and Joshua Downes.

Year 12 Ball – Wednesday 21 September 

After several changes to the date of the ball, the Year 12 cohort was finally able to come together to celebrate their final year of secondary school.  Students met at Frasers in Kings Park, where they enjoyed a night of fun, food, and dancing. We look forward to receiving photos and will communicate information on how to purchase them in the coming weeks

Year 7 2023 Parents Evening – Monday 12 September

The College welcomed parents of incoming 2023 Year 7 students to an information evening.  This presentation covered relevant information pertaining to the Year 7 College experience. We look forward to welcoming incoming students to their Orientation Day on Monday, 10 October. 

Fame Lab

Students in the Year 8 and 9 SHINE program were invited to participate in the Fame Lab Academy competition this year. The Fogarty Foundation has partnered with the Foundation for the WA Museum to establish FameLab Academy – a school initiative to encourage their interest in STEM and develop their science communications skills.

Students in the competition were involved in workshops to refine their science research skills, their ability to communicate complex Science concepts in clear ways and to use storytelling techniques to engage audiences in STEM contexts. In our intra-school heats the following students should be commended for their outstanding presentations – Holly Kallawk; Ethan Wynne; Hannah Woolfrey; Alyssa Petracca and Leyla Do.

The FameLab Academy National Finals, held in Perth on September 20, showcased some of the country’s brightest minds as they told science stories in just three minutes, with no props, no jargon, and no PowerPoint. Leyla Do in Year 9 represented Newman College at the National Finals on her topic ‘Factors Contributing to Height’. Leyla made it through to the finals from over 500 contestants and presented an entertaining and informative speech at the Heath Ledger Theatre.

Thank you to Ms Legg, Ms Bakeburg, Ms Hassell and Br Paul Murphy for their assistance for both the heats and Final competition.

Staff Movements 

Michael Sullivan (Mathematics Teacher Marcellin).  We wish him all the best in his future pursuits. 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

ACC Athletics Carnival 

Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Newman College in the recent ACC Athletics Carnival. The hard work and dedication of both students and staff really paid off with Newman ending the day in second place overall in A Division – a fantastic achievement. This is the College best achievement in over 30 years and the effort put in by staff and students cannot be understated. Particular thanks go to Matt Connell, Tom Williams and the wider PE Team for their dedication, coaching and organisation of the event. 

There were several notable performances on the day and full results are available here 

Year 12 Last Week  

The Year 12’s participated in a range of different activities across their last week of school. There was dodge ball, dress as what you wish to be when you grow up, the famous water slide and the farewell assembly. All activities were designed to celebrate the contribution the Year 12s have made to our College. The farewell assembly was an outstanding celebration of the Class of 2022 and provided an opportunity for students to reflect on their time at the College. The Year 12s left the Gym with a guard of honour formed by students in Years 3-11. This was a fantastic celebration of the Class of 2022. We wish them all the best as some of them now undertake ATAR exams before we officially farewell them from the College on Wednesday 19 October.

Year 12 Ball 

After delays due to Covid earlier in the year, and a late change of date because of the extra public holiday, our Year 12 Ball finally went ahead on Wednesday evening. 

Students looked stunning as they arrived at Frasers in Kings Park for a night of friendship, fun and food before getting up to dance the night away. 

It was a joyous and fun-filled evening that the Year 12s will remember for a long time. Special thanks to Matt Puljiz for his help in organising this event and supporting our Year 12 students during their final year at the College. 

2023 Student Leaders 

After joining the leadership training program in Year 11 and completing the application and selection process, our new Student Leaders were introduced to the school during Assembly on Wednesday.  

Congratulations to all our Student Leaders for 2023. We look forward to developing your leadership skills and witnessing your contribution to the College Community. 

Guild: Aimee Byrne, Tasmyn Floate, Charlie Robinson, Nadia Monzu, Evie Liddell, Holly Agostino, Samuel Perkin, Evee Dennison, Ashlee Hale, Maud Buchanan, Caitlin Kojundzich, Mitchell Rogers, Rhyley Wake, Wesley Carren, Fabiana Di Donna, Benjamin Butson

Wellbeing: Kai Kazmer, Belle Jenkins

Sport Captain: Meg McAullay, James Hart

Social Justice: Sophia Brodie, Madeleine Irish

Arts: Poppy Corbett, Ethan Nguyen

Academic: Benjamin Borgas, Bethany Avins

F&L: Isaac Nolan, Grace Rose

College Captain: Michael Pethick, Indiana Lummis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

What an amazing production! From the acting to the orchestra, the sets to the costumes, this was an outstanding performance. Involving over 60 students from both Marcellin and Lavalla campuses, the show really did have to be seen to be believed! Despite the delay brought about by covid, we are so lucky that we were able to put this masterpiece together. 

Congratulations to all the talented students who took part in the production including those who helped behind the scenes to ensure it’s success. Particular thanks to all the dedicated staff who gave their time and skills to assist, to the Director, Dixie Johnstone who put together a masterful show and Yvonne Weiss Leader of Learning Arts, who guided and supported her team throughout all the changes. 

Peer Support Leadership Training 

On Tuesday 21 September, sixteen Year 10 students participated in our Peer Support Leadership Training program. This program provided our Year 10 students with the opportunity to develop their interpersonal, teamwork and problem-solving skills as they prepare to mentor our incoming Year 7 2023 students into the secondary school.  

They ran a number of icebreaker activities amongst the group reflecting on what others did well in leading these sessions and ways in which they could improve. They completed an online survey which allowed them to determine their top three character strengths. We then used this data to look at our strengths as a leadership group, and identified who to call upon to complement our own character strengths.  

The Year 10 Peer Support Leaders said the highlight of the day was when the Year 7 Guild Representatives joined us and spoke about their own difficulties and challenges when commencing Year 7 this year. The two groups worked together to formulate strategies and solutions to support our Year 7 2023 students in their transition into secondary school.  

The Peer Support Leaders for 2023 are: Ethan Allegret, Imogen Boss, Larni Cantelo, Saskia Chesson, Alyssa Coumbe, Amity Dale, Mikayla Della-Polina, Darcy Dolan, Sevy Forte, Nathaniel Hodgson, Charlotte Laurent, Ava Prentice, Keira Reynolds, Olivia Rubens, Emily Schrader, Hayley Swift 

The Peer Support Leaders are looking forward to supporting the Year 7 2023 students during our transition afternoons in Term Four.  

Year 7 2023 Orientation Day  

On Monday 10 October, Year 7 2023 students will be participating in an orientation day. This day provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the College environment, to meet some of their classmates and complete Allwell testing that will assist us in supporting them in transition.  Students will be given a tour of the College.  They will work with student leaders and they will participate in a series of games and activities designed to foster friendships. 

Students gather in the Gymnasium at 8.30am and they will be dismissed from the Gymnasium at 3.00pm.  

Year 10 Adventure Camp  

On Monday 10 October, our Year 10 students depart for their Adventure Camp in Karridale.  

During this camp, students are given the opportunity to challenge themselves to develop leadership and self-management skills, resilience, and personal independence. The experience is a highlight for many students and I know that they will have an amazing time. We look forward to them returning to the College with great memories and many stories to share. 

Monday’s Mock Trial Competition

On Monday night the Newman College Mock Trial Team competed in the final round of the Law Society’s Mock Trial Competition located at the Supreme Court of WA. The team presented a fantastic case for the Defence against Corpus Christi College’s Prosecution team in the crimimal trial. The case involved the team presenting the defence for a man accused of creating a false belief when he took his mask off on a busy Perth train and told people he was positive, but did not specify that he had Influenza and not Covid. Three students participated as the lead Barristers and the assisting Solicitor, whilst others played the role of the eye witnesses and Judge’s Associate. Well done to the team for a well presented case and for winning the round!

Year 12 Exams 

Year 12 ATAR and Curtin UniReady students will soon be sitting their exams and we wish them every success.  

It is important that all students familiarise themselves with the examination Rules and Procedures

Examination Rules and Procedures

Year 12 Semester 2 Exam Timetable 

Year 12 Exam Feedback Sessions

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony 

Year 12 Graduation Invitation 

Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I am sure that anyone who attended the College’s 2022 Production would agree that it was a magnificently staged event.

Under the leadership of Leader of Learning The Arts, Yvonne Wiese, and direction of Dixie Johnstone, this production demonstrates the imagination, dedication and hard work of our students and staff.  Our students were truly magnificent and I got to witness first hand back-stage the energy and passion they have for The Arts.  It is so important that we cultivate and nourish our Performing Arts Program in the years ahead.  Creating spaces like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory allow each child to test themselves and to grow their talent.  Thank you must also go to the parents and friends whose commitment to supporting their children exemplifies our Marist spirit.

I congratulate all involved in bringing this classic story to Newman College.

Graduating Class of 2022

On Wednesday we celebrated the final day of formal education for our Year 12 students with the Principal’s Assembly.  In my speech I spoke about what is the beginning of their journey onto a road that is unknown but full of promise and hope.  In contrast, the World has been mourning the recent death of the Commonwealth’s longest serving Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.  With the ending of the Queen’s journey, we now take time to reflect on her legacy and her impact on the world.  (Please click here to view the full speech.)

The assembly was live streamed throughout the College.  In addition, the Lavalla Primary school along with the Secondary students formed a guard of honour as the Year 12 students moved from the Gymnasium to the Auditorium.

We now look forward to the formal Year 12 Graduation ceremony in Term 4.

ACC Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Newman College in the recent ACC Athletics Carnival. The hard work and dedication of both students and staff really paid off, with Newman ending the day in second place overall in A Division – a fantastic achievement. This is the College’s best achievement in over 30 years, and the effort put in by staff and students cannot be understated. articular thanks go to Matt Connell, Tom Williams and the wider PE Team for their dedication, coaching and organisation of the event.

Student Leadership 2023

At Thursday’s assembly we also announced the Leadership Group for 2023.  Congratulations to Indiana Lummis and Michael Pethick who have been appointed College Captains and all those students who have been selected for leadership. I am confident that you will let your light shine in your new roles.

2022 Little Telethon Star

Congratulations to our very own Emily Siew, Year 3, who has been named one of the 2022 Little Telethon Stars. (Please click here to view the recent West Australian article)

We look forward to seeing more of Emily on the media as we lead up to the Telethon Weekend on 23 and 23 October.

Celebrating St John Henry Newman Feast Day

The Feast of St Henry Newman is celebrated on 9 October. To mark the significance of this occasion, our K-12 Community will come together for a combined Mass in the Marcelin Sports Complex on Friday 14 October.  Further details will be circulated to families, including the Primary Buddy Day.

End of Term

It has been a very busy term.  Once again our students, staff and families have been magnificent.  My prayer is that we take time to rest in preparation for the term ahead.  We keep in our prayers the Year 12 students who will be completing their Mock exams.

Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

Reflection:

“Their whole life will be an echo of what you will have taught them.” – St Marcellin Champagnat

Y12 Game Changers Graduation 

Game Changers were sent off on Tuesday night with a lovely evening of celebration filled with friendship, laughter, delicious food and shared memories. Our Year 12 Game Changers gathered for the last time as students at the college with their parents for a lovely evening to celebrate their time together as Game Changers.  

There were lovely presentations from students, that really highlighted to the benefits of their time in this group, such as the great perspective they gained from going on their trip to Mullewa last year, and the lasting bonds of friendship they created as leaders this year. Mr Finneran spoke of the ongoing benefits the students will take away from the program and the impact their positive actions will have on other people. Issy, our Marist Youth Ministry Regional Assistant, spoke of the exciting opportunities post school MYM has to offer and some of the initiatives she is planning to get running for next year.  

Most importantly, however, it was just a lovely night for all to come together, reminisce and celebrate the journey this group has taken over the years. Game Changers continues to offer our students an opportunity to think about the world outside of themselves and reflect on who God is calling them to be. I am grateful to Sophie Monisse, Adeline Hendricks and Aleisha Bryson for walking with these students since they began their journey in Year 10. 

Living Marist Service Learning 

Our Christian Service Learning Program, Living Marist, has been running throughout the year with Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The purpose of service learning is to engage students in activities that challenge them to reflect, discern and act in the community.  

Students have participated in a range of activities, both in the community and at school; recently supporting Lavalla and Marian students. Congratulations to our students who have worked hard and shown great initiative. Keep up the good work! These actions espouse the Marist values of Family Spirit and Love of Work. 

The completed Service Learning booklets are due back at the beginning of Term 4 so there is still time for students to find opportunities for service in the community and add to their number of completed hours. 

Year 7 Game Changers Retreat

On the 7 September, a small group of driven year sevens embarked on their very first Game changers retreat. The day was filled with team-building challenges, opportunities for personal growth as young Marist leaders, and an introduction to what game changers is all about. We found fun and interactive ways to discover some key Marist role models, or ‘stars’, and even some celebrities who seem to live out the Marist values; simplicity, love of work, in the way of Mary, family spirit, and presence. We finished up the day by looking into ways we can live out these values at home and, quite literally, ‘planting the seeds for future growth’. This was encompassed in a ‘grow from home’ activity involving planting seeds in cups that the students decorated with goals. By the end of the retreat, the newest participants in the Game Changers program had a deeper understanding of what it means to be a young Marist and how they can grow to be the best versions of themselves and support each other in this journey. 

Br Bill Sullivan  

Last week we welcomed Br Bill Sullivan, Director of the Hermitage, Mittagong, into our Community. Throughout the year Br Bill works with our staff in faith formation and on this occasion he also offered a Parent Retreat.  

Called The Golden Thread; Sensing the Sacred in the Ordinary, this retreat-style  session gave participants an opportunity to pause, reflect, ask questions and develop a greater understanding of faith. 

Having Br Bill in our community is another way we seek to empower our staff to engage in their faith story, explore their own purpose and relationship with God. 

We look forward to welcoming Br Bill back to the College in 2023.  

John Henry Newman Mass  

October 9 is the Feast Day of St John Henry Newman. As the name chosen for our College it is an important day to celebrate our PK-12 community. On Friday 14 October our students from Kindy to Year 11 will gather to celebrate the Eucharist together. Primary students will then enjoy Buddy Day activities whilst those in Years 7-11 will return to normal classes. More information about these celebrations will be communicated to families in Term 4. 

Thursday Morning Community Mass 

Thank you to everyone who has attended our Thursday Morning Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel this term. It is wonderful to see so many community members coming together each week to celebrate Mass with our students and staff. 

Next term, following the John Henry Newman Mass in Week 1, and the Year 12 Graduation Celebration in Week 2, Community Mass recommences in Week 3 on Thursday 27 October and will be hosted by students in Catherine and Year 5 Blue. 

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

People listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. – Evangelii Nuntiandi 

As a Catholic community we strive to be witnesses to our young people and each other through our actions. The final two weeks of term 3 sees our attention drawn to our Year 12 students. Our prayer in the final two weeks is they finish and finish well, recognising the dignity of each other and celebrating the success of their time at Newman College. As a Marist community we like Champagnat, hope that their lives may be an echo of what they have been taught during their time at the College. 

Newman College Parents Morning Retreat: Golden Thread 

Our Marist Tradition offers our community so many different opportunities for formation. This term we are offering a Parent Retreat. Br Bill is the Director of the Hermitage located in Mittagong NSW. Throughout the year, he comes to Newman College to work with staff in faith formation. He is scheduled to return this term in Week 9 and once again spend the week with staff across the College. This time we are offering a Parent Retreat focussing on the Golden Thread. All are invited to attend, regardless of their religious experience. Please register here

Morning session: Thursday 15 September 9.00am – 11.00am  

Community Mass 

A warm welcome is extended to the whole Newman College community to join us for our regular Thursday morning Community Mass commencing at 8.10am in the Champagnat Chapel on the Marcellin Campus. The Mass is celebrated by a Priest from one of our local parishes and is hosted by both secondary and primary school students. The schedule for the next 2 weeks is as follows; 

Week 9 
Thursday 22 September, Fr Garner hosted by Catherine & Yr6 Blue 

Week 10 
Thursday 29 September, Mons Kevin Long hosted by Brigid & Yr6 Green