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2020 Year 7 Transition Program

Date

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Tuesday 29 October, 3.30pm – 5.00pm: Getting to Know Each Other
Tuesday 12 November, 3.30pm – 5.00pm: Getting to Know the School

Venue

Marist Auditorium

The College’s Orientation and Transition Program is based not only on familiarisation of the physical structure of the College but, more importantly, providing personal connection with students entering Year 7 and with Secondary school staff.

The College is offering two transition sessions where students can experience subject delivery within a Secondary context. These sessions are workshop based and attendance is optional.

The Years 7–11 Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 6 December. Parents of those students receiving awards will be notified prior to the event.

Goodluck to all students sitting their Semester 2 Exams (2 – 7 December).

At Newman College we celebrate our fellowship and friendship as a Year 10 cohort on a River Cruise during Term 4. Attendance is by invitation of the Principal.

Goodluck to all students sitting their Semester 2 Exams (11 – 23 November).

Inspired by the College’s Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, an international partnership with Republic Polytechnic Singapore has been established for students in Years 9 and 10 to travel to Singapor to take part in an intensive learning immersion.

Newman College recognises the challenge and importance of creating resilient, global thinkers; students who are agile, collaborative and embracing of the demands of the 21st Century.

As a result of participating in the Singapore learning immersion, students will:

  • Develop their 21st Century skills in critical thinking and real-world problem solving
  • Develop as global citizens and how to collaborate with young people from different cultures
  • Gain an appreciation for the excitement of a global industry learning hub.

Reports can be accessed via SEQTA

For any assistance please contact Mandy Keeling mandy.keeling@cewa.edu.au

Final Assembly Year 12 Students

On Thursday we recognised and celebrated the commitment, hard work, diligence and effort of our Year 12 students over their time at Newman College. Our Sports Centre was alive with students from Years 5-12 celebrating the leadership of our College and the ceremonial handing over from the Class of 2019 to the Class of 2020. Our Graduation Assembly is a symbol of hope for our College community: of what is doable, what is achievable, what is possible. It was a festive occasion underpinned by speeches and a collage of photos that reflected the wonderful contribution Year 12 students have made to the life of our College.

Our Guest Speaker, Ms Celia Hammond MP, Federal Member for Curtin, spoke of the mark our students can make in the world. She encouraged the 2019 graduate class to take the opportunities that they will be afforded in the years ahead…. and “to let their gifts and talents shine.” Ms Hammond also reminded the students that their exams are still ahead; to continue to work hard and ‘give it your best shot’.

It has been a great year for our leaving class. I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Rebecca Bramanto Leader of Wellbeing Year 12 for her own leadership. Her commitment to this cohort has been unconditional. The care, hope and support she has offered them has been commendable. Thank you to PCG teachers and all teachers of Year 12 students.

For Year 12 and all our Marist community, the heart of who we and what we represent is in how we are present to each other in the relationships that we form, we cultivate, and we celebrate. Being present to each other in service and in love engenders the family spirit that underpins the culture of this school. Over the next four weeks Year 12 will complete their mock exams and will have their Graduation from the College in Week 2 of Term 4.

We pray for them in this time and wish them every success for their last exam period and the completion of their courses.

2020 Leadership

We also celebrated the right of passage of the leadership of our College to Year 11 students as they take the Leadership baton forward. I would like to thank and acknowledge all our Year 11 students who participated in our Leadership Formation Program for 2020. Leadership is about honesty, integrity, confidence, inspiration, delegation, decision making, commitment, accountability, creativity and empathy. Congratulations to Anastasia Berti and Mitchell Harris who have been appointed as College Captains for 2020 and all those students who have been selected for leadership. I know that you will let your light shine! (The full list of student leaders for 2020 can be found in another part of this newsletter).

Catholic Performing Arts Closing Concert

Vice Principal, Lisa Fogliani, and I attended the Closing Concert on Monday 16 September. We were delighted to see some of our Newman students perform, in particular the Newman College Massed Choir & Madjitil Moorna Singers perform their outstanding rendition of the Acknowledgement to Country, Koort Doodjarak Yewool (A Heart Song), accompanied by piano, guitar and didgeridoo. My sincere thanks to the many staff who prepared our students for their performances and to families who ensured students attended the numerous rehearsals and events during the course of the Festival. Click here to watch the performance.

Marian Campus Athletics

The Marian Campus Athletics Carnival was held on Thursday and we were most fortunate to have been blessed with magnificent weather. All enjoyed a wonderful community event, with lots of participation and talent on display. I thank the families who attended and supported this very enjoyable day. Click here to access further information and photos from the day.

Lavalla Grandparents Day

It was lovely to see so many grandparents attend our Lavalla Grandparents Day on Wednesday. Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking their family members through their classroom and viewing their work. Thank you to all those families who supported this very important event. Further information and photos are available in the Primary School part of this newsletter.

Marist Brothers Community Churchlands

During the last part of this Term, two Marist Brothers who have been closely associated with the Newman College community have passed away, Br Nello Facci and Br Bill Dillon.

• This week, Br Nello Facci, 67 years a Marist Brother, was laid to rest from our Champagnat Chapel. In his Eulogy, Br Peter Carroll, Australian Provincial Leader of the Marist Brothers spoke of his life, that he gave unstintingly and generously to the service of God and to God’s people, especially the young. Br Nello Facci was a member of the Marist Brothers Churchlands Community and had moved more recently to Mercycare for specialised care. Br Nello served in a number of communities across Australia, including Subiaco and Newman College. The Requiem Mass was a truly fitting celebration and I thank our students for their prayerful and respectful presence and the College Choir whose performance was magnificent.

• Br Bill Dillon was a dedicated supporter and worker within the Education Support Centre at Newman College up until 2004. He was also an active member of the Vinnies. Br Bill passed away peacefully soon after celebrating his 90th birthday in Melbourne.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marist Brothers Communities, both locally in Churchlands and across Australia.

Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity

As previously advised to all families, Mr Daniel Lynch, Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity has been appointed to the position of Director of the Office of the Archbishop, commencing 28 October 2019. He will conclude his tenure in this community at the end of this Term.

Daniel has been a valued member of our College and has made a remarkable contribution to the growth of our faith community. He has reframed Catholic Identity PK-12 and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our Marist Ministry Plan. The calibre of his work has been widely recognised within the life of the Catholic Church here in the Archdiocese of Perth which has ultimately led to this remarkable opportunity.

We wish Daniel every blessing and success as he embarks on this next stage of his career.

Proposed International Marist Education Network

Globally, the Marist family is exploring the concept of an International Marist Schools Network. Echoing calls from the last Marist General Chapter held in Colombia in 2017 and the Marist International Mission Assembly held in Kenya in 2014, a group has been convened of Marists in leadership positions from different regions throughout the world to lead a process of consultation and discernment.

On the Feast of the Assumption 2019, people working in and associated with Marist schools in 80 countries across the globe are invited to respond to a short survey which has been translated into the four major language groups used by Marists: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Marist educators throughout the world are being invited to:

  • Imagine the reality of an international network of Marist schools as a global family with an evangelizing action rooted in the world of school and education;
  • Explore together the benefits this could bring to the children and young people whom Marists serve, as well as to their families.

Parents and Guardians are being invited to complete a short online survey. The survey has ambitious participation targets, which underscore the critical importance of every Marist educator’s voice – 100% of Marist Principals, 100% of Marist teachers and staff, 15% of students, 5-10% of parents, and an open invitation to all Marist Brothers and those Marist lay teachers who have moved to new employment or have retired. Similar to our own Australian Plenary Council consultation, the data gathered will be processed through computerised qualitative research tools, in this case undertaken by the internationally renowned Creativity Laboratory at the Marist University in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

I therefore invite parents and guardians to participate in the survey (please click here), which will be open until 15 October 2019.

Thank you

Thank you to all staff, students and their families for a wonderful Term. We are indeed blessed with the opportunities afforded to us in this community. I am so pleased at the way our students embrace their learning and the relationships that they have formed with each other. I pray that we take the time to enjoy the break and come back refreshed in Term 4.

As Term 3 comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to wish staff and students a wonderful break that is well deserved. Our students have worked hard throughout numerous assessments, celebrated our achievements and built Guild Spirit at our carnivals.

We wish the Class of 2019 all the best as they embark on their final school assessments and prepare for their ATAR exams and/or life after Newman.

We congratulate our Year 11 students who will now become the leaders of the College and represent our community in the closing months of 2019.

We acknowledge the hard work of our staff, in particular, those who will be leaving us at the end of the term.

A reminder that Term 4 sees the College uniform revert back to summer standards. It is important that we all start the new term in a positive manner. Students are reminded that they need to ensure their uniform meets the expectations of the College from day one. Please use these holidays to have a haircut, replace damaged items and ensure uniforms are comfortable and fit appropriately.

Counselling & Wellbeing Team

Thursday 12 September was R U OK? Day – the National day of action to encourage and empower everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” to support those struggling with life.

The Marcellin Campus took part in a range of awareness raising and wellbeing activities. Students got involved by wearing stickers, watching a video about the 4-step process for checking in with a friend, and participating in games at lunchtime. We hope this highlighted our whole-school approach to students being both supported and connected with others. Our goal is for us all to check-in with each other regularly throughout the year.

As we move into the break and our Year 12 students conclude their time here at the College, we would like to congratulate them on this wonderful achievement. The Counselling Team wishes all students an enjoyable and restful break and we look forward to seeing you in Term 4.

Pathways and Careers Update

Click here to see all of the upcoming list of events that may be useful for students and parents.

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Write A Book In A Day Competition

During Book Week, 22 students from Years 7-10 participated in the ‘Write a Book in a Day Competition’. The day required the groups of students to write a whole book in a single day; the competition was challenging to say the least!

It was by all means a very fun and productive challenge. It was amazing to just spend a day with friends and exercise the creative side of our brains to come up with a story fitting to a set list of criteria, all in one school day. You would think having to write a 4000 word story would be a boring school activity, but it was the complete opposite. It was a day full of snacks, laughter, banter, and collaboration.

My team of 10 had all participated in the challenge last year, and it only got better this year. I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone to take up this competition when they see the opportunity arise next year. You definitely won’t regret it. It’s truly a memorable day and event, and I will definitely continue to participate in this activity when the chance arises again.

Dylan Arto, Year 10 Student

Author Visit – Mark Smith

On Monday 23 September, Mark Smith came to Newman College to speak to the Year 8 students about his experiences and motivations as an author. Mark explained his early experiences as a frustrated and disobedient teenager. He revealed that, through an accident that left him unable to do physical activity, he had to learn to read and thus decided to become a teacher and then an author. He spoke about his many rejections at the beginning of his writing career and how he had to learn to write properly before he could get his short stories published. He then transitioned into a novel writer and has now published three books.

The experience helped me to learn about the process an author has to go through to have their book published. Mark is an amazing author and has written three amazing books in ‘The Road to Winter’ series. Overall, it was a very informative and engaging presentation.

Kai Kazmer, Year 8 Student