On Tuesday 22 September, the Spring Music Night was held over two concerts, showcasing varied programs from our instrumental and vocal ensembles from Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses.
Highlights included the Beating Hearts Drum Band, the Lavalla String Ensembles and Choir and selected soloists. Marcellin Campus featured the Special Instrumental Program Band and Choir, Concert Winds, Symphonic Winds, Chamber String Ensemble, Newman Voices, Glee and Chamber Choirs, Year 9 Rock band, Swazz Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. It was wonderful to finally be able to see our musicians perform on stage in front of an audience. Congratulations to all performers and thank you to the instrumental teachers, ensemble directors, support staff, backstage crew, student helpers and Marist Auditorium management for making this event possible.
Both concerts were recorded and can be viewed via the College’s YouTube Channel.
Margaret Goldsmith, Music Teacher Secondary
Year 12 Celebrations
On Thursday our final College Assembly was held where the school celebrated the Year 12 students’ time at Newman College. Please click here to view the Assembly speech.
In addition, we announced our new leaders at the Assembly.
2021 Student Leaders
Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leaders and, in particular, to Matao Owen and Taylah Sadgrove who have been appointed College Captains. Please click here to view the Student Leadership Team for 2021. I look forward to working with our new Leaders in Term 4 and into 2021.
Senior Leadership Team
Alan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary, will step down from his leadership position as of today. I thank Alan for the endeavour he has brought to this role over the past two years and we look forward to him continuing at Newman College in a teaching role. Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal, will assume associated responsibilities during Term 4.
On behalf of the College community I wish to congratulate Carla Pastorelli, currently Leader of Wellbeing Year 12, for being appointed to this position. Carla commences as Deputy Principal Secondary at the commencement of Term 1 2021.
This week at our Community Mass, Emilie Costley was initiated into the life of the Catholic Church with the Sacrament of Baptism and First Holy Communion. Congratulations to Emily, her family, sponsors and friends on a beautiful and moving Mass presided over by Monsignor Kevin Long.
Remar Gold Graduation
Congratulations to our Gold Rowers of 2020 who attended a Graduation Dinner on Monday evening. These students have been on the Remar journey for the past three years, developing a strong sense of community and service to others. We trust that our Remar students go out into the world as faith filled leaders and agents of change within their communities. Many thanks to the teachers and members of the Marist Youth Ministry who walked with our students over the last three years, and with special mention to Br Terry Orrell.
Spring Music Showcase
Congratulations to those students who performed last Tuesday evening at the Years 3-6 and Years 7-12 events.
This was the first performance since the advent of COVID-19 when students have had the opportunity to showcase their talents. Their joy and delight of such an opportunity was evident, indeed, letting their light shine.
Thank you to all staff who have contributed to the nurturing and development of these talents and for staging such impressive events. Thank you also to parents for the support of their children in the Arts Learning Area.
Year 7 2021 Parent Information Evening
On Wednesday evening we welcomed our new parents to Newman College for an information evening to assist in the preparation of their students commencing secondary school. There are limited opportunities for places in this cohort, as for other Secondary school year groups. Should a place be sought, parents are urged to contact the Registrar with urgency. Families of the Collee should note that sibling enrolments are prioritised.
Year 5 Project
This week Renae Zelich and I invited a small number of Year 5 students to celebrate the success of their class Project. The students wrote to me in June of this year requesting specific seating outside their classroom which would:
- Keep their uniforms cleaner and less creased by not having to sit on the ground
- Provide an outdoor flexible learning area
- Increase collaborative spaces for classmates
The students were able to provide a sound rationale, design and approximate costing. Congratulations to Year 5 on letting your light shine through applying our four pedagogical pillars to this project – challenge, collaborate, create and finally celebrating success.
Marian Athletics Carnival
Today we held our Marian Athletics Carnival. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment on display. This was a wonderful way to finish the term.
Thank you to the Marian Campus staff for staging a very successful event and to the many parents who attended in support of their children.
End of Term 3
I wish all families an enjoyable, restful and safe holiday break and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school in summer uniform on Tuesday 13 October.
Wherever the followers of Marcellin are present, working together in mission, this ‘‘family spirit’’ is the Marist way of communal living. Its well-spring is the love that Jesus has for all his brothers and sisters – all of humanity. Through this spirit we offer an experience of belonging and union in mission. Water from the Rock #32
Term 3 comes to an end in an exciting way for our students in 2020. For many, events from beginning of the year had been cancelled, yet this Term allowed for these events to return in some way for our students. This was only possible because of the outstanding work of our teachers, support of our families and commitment of our students. All reflected by our Marist Characteristic of “family spirit”.
Welcome to the Church
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Congratulations to Emilie Costley who recently received the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion at our Thursday Morning Community Mass. The Mass was led by Monsignor Kevin Long, who administered the Sacraments to Emilie. Thank you to Br Terry (Campus Minister) who was instrumental in Emilie’s preparation for the day.
Remar Gold Graduation
On Monday 21 September, our Remar Gold students graduated from the Marist Youth Ministry program. Parents and other significant people in the journey of the caravel attended the Marist Auditorium studios and were treated to an evening in which they were able to hear the experiences that the young Rowers held dear. There were lots of laughs, jokes and a rousing rendition of My Lighthouse to end the night. Thank you to all who have walked with the 2020 Gold Rowers on their journey. A special thanks to their helm, Genna Spadaccini for her commitment to the students in her care for the past three years.
Welcome to Game Changers
On Tuesday afternoon, Years 7 and 10 Game Changers students joined the Year 11 Blue Remar students for a Welcome to Marist Youth Ministry Social. We were fortunate to also be joined by two of our alumni, Liam Street and Sarah Ranieri who helped us learn the all important Newman College tradition of singing and dancing the actions to My Lighthouse. It was a wonderful way to welcome our Year 7’s into the Marist Youth Ministry community and beautiful display of family spirit.
Year 10 Lavalla Game Changers Retreat
Week 8 saw our Year 10 Lavalla Game Changers students here at school for their leadership camp. They were joined by Post School Marist Youth Ministers Georgia Martin and Dan Litjens who ran amusing sessions that reinforced the students understanding of topics such as leadership, faith and service. Highlights included the leadership and team building games, the ‘sherbet leadership creations’ and the time and space to learn and grow in community. Thank you to Miss Sophie Monisse who has been walking with these students on their journey this year as mentor.
On Sunday 20 September, 20 members of the Marist Association gathered to celebrate the Eucharist at St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco. We were warmly welcomed by Monsignor Kevin Long and the parishioners. After Mass, everyone gathered in the Parish centre to build community and share in our successes this Term. Thank you to St Joseph’s Parish and the Association members for demonstrating what it means to be part of the Marist family.
St John Henry Newman
During the holidays on Friday 9 October, we will celebrate the Feast of St John Henry Newman. Newman was canonised in 2019 and recognised as a Saint for his academic contribution to the Church. Newman is very well known in the Church as a theologian, a teacher and an educationalist. As a priest he visited the sick, the imprisoned, he was a friend to everybody on the streets, to people in high places and power, with the poor, the rich, the famous, the unknown.
To commemorate this Feast Day, Newman College will be celebrating Mass across Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin Campus in Term 4, Week 1. Students will also participate in activities relating to Newman’s life and learn about the contributions he made to the life of the Church.
As we conclude Term 3, now is the time to reflect on how lucky we have been in Western Australia and the fact that we were able to come together as a Marist community in the past few months. While staff and students are certainly looking forward to a well-deserved break, we can look back at many positive opportunities we have had to celebrate together whether it be our Wellbeing Week, the Guild Athletics Carnival, staff v student battle of the bands, Game Changers and many more.
I have been impressed with the resilience our students have shown and the growth mindset they exhibit. Our staff have worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves and engage in meaningful activities. I would like to acknowledge the Class of 2020 and wish them all the best as they depart for exams, TAFE, traineeships or enter the workforce. While 2020 has not played out as they may have wished, they have exhibited positive leadership to our younger students, and we will miss seeing them leave.
I wish our staff and families a safe & relaxing break and will leave you with this Irish blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Spring Music Night
Congratulations to all students who performed at Tuesday’s Spring Music Night. The night was an opportunity for our Music students to let their talents shine on stage in front of their family and friends.
For those who were unable to attend on the night, please click here to watch the recorded show.
Divergence Dance Showcase
Year 11 History Excursion
On Thursday of Week 9 the Year 11 ATAR History class visited the Holocaust Institute of WA. The students themselves described it as an eye opening experience that helped to explain events and actions related to the Nazis and World War 2, as well as modern issues today’. The group took part in a workshop that explained the evolution of the treatment of the Jews from mistrust and discrimination, through to the Final Solution. Students were asked to think in terms of individuals involved in the Holocaust and put themselves in the shoes of the European Jews. The morning ended with a moving talk by the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who told her mother’s story of persecution and survival in Eastern Europe.
Not only did the workshop help to support learning about Nazi history but it was a valuable lesson on how people need to be treated with respect and society must understand differences.
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- ACC Athletics Carnival
- First Aid Course
- Newman Churchlands Swimming Club
Pathways and Careers Update
Click here to see all of the upcoming list of events that may be useful for students and parents.
We are grateful for the service of Joanna Moore (Marian Campus), Sara Stancati and Anna Owen (Marcellin Campus) and Denise Bendotti (Lavalla/Marcellin Campuses). We wish them well in their future endeavours.
Term 4 Week 1
- Year 12 Exams – Monday 5 – Friday 16 October
- Year 10 Camp – Monday 12 – Friday 16 October
- Year 7 2021 Orientation Day – Monday 12 October
- PK-Y11 Commence Term 4 – Tuesday 13 October
With the delay of moving to Phase 5 restrictions by the State Government, the following protocols will remain in place until 24 October.
- Assemblies and College community events : Whole school and campus assemblies are limited to ensure student numbers don’t exceed the 2m2 rule.
- Parent and caregiver meetings – Pre-arranged parent/caregiver meetings can proceed, adhering to physical distancing and hygiene protocols
- Parent and caregiver access – Parents are able to enter school grounds to drop off and pick up their children and to attend scheduled meetings with staff. Parents can enter classrooms at the invitation of the teacher.
Student attendance at school is compulsory, except for those who are recognised as medically vulnerable or who have medically vulnerable family members. If you are concerned about your own family situation, please contact Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal for additional clarity and advice.
The Government has stressed the importance of Western Australians to continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and to maintain good personal hygiene to better protect ourselves and the general health of the community.
In addition, students will be continually and explicitly taught the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and observing personal hygiene to a high standard (as developmentally appropriate).
If Students are Unwell
We ask that students who are presenting with a fever or flu like symptoms stay at home until their symptoms are clear. It is the responsibility of all families to ensure they support the wider College community.
Our Commitment to Child Safety
The College is committed to providing an environment that is safe for all children. We actively work towards and promote the principles of the Catholic Education’s Child Safe Framework. The framework upholds a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships, and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices. At times, we rely on partnership with parents to ensure all members of our community are safe, supported and cared for. Thank you to community members that have positively and openly supported this intent. If you are concerned about a child, please communicate with Campus Leaders, Leaders of Wellbeing or any member of the Senior Leadership Team.
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. Postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are also bound 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.
The 2020 PK-12 College Arts Festival “One Wild and Precious life” opens on Sunday October 25 with Divergence the Dance Showcase held in the Marist Auditorium. This is a ticketed event, due to COVID restrictions. Please book tickets through the College Website.
The Festival continues with the Marian Student Art Exhibition opening on Tuesday 27 September, and Lavalla and Marcellin Student Exhibitions opening on Wednesday October 28.
The Student Exhibitions will include a stunning display of student visual art and design work exhibited on the walls in the Marist Auditorium foyers, and in studio spaces. A craft installation activity, games and sausage sizzle will be run on the oval, hosted by our Student leaders for 2021, and supported by our hard working Arts Team and Festival Committee. Music performances also will be running through each event, featuring music students from respective campuses.
The Parent Soiree is back by popular demand, again featuring the talented line up of musicians from previous Soirees. Come and enjoy their contemporary playlist, canapes and beverages served by the College Senior Leadership team, while connecting with other parents in our PK-12 community. Book tickets through the College website
We invite our PK-12 families to attend their respective events this year as we work to celebrate our creative and Performing Arts programs as part of our 2020 Arts Festival, within social distancing guidelines.
Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK 12
Parent Support / Volunteers Required – to hang art and serve food at the Parent Soiree
This event would not be possible without the support from our entire PK-12 College community, we are in need of a number of parent volunteers to assist in the following roles.
Hanging of the Student Art (Marist Auditorium)
We require 3–6 volunteers each day to assist the Art Teachers. We understand it may be difficult to commit to a full day, so 2–3 hours would be fantastic.
- Lavalla and Marcellin Campus Art – Monday 19th October, Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October between 9.00am and 3.00pm
- Marian Campus Art – Thursday 22nd October and Friday 23rd October (possibly) between 9.00am and 3.00pm
Volunteers to serve food, Friday 30 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm (no experience necessary)
Your help would be greatly appreciated, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Janine Gatto if you are able to assist email@example.com | Phone/Text 0418 935 122
Our aim is to provide students with all the latest information that will help them to make decisions about future careers and life beyond school.Please contact Justin Farley, Pathways and Onsite Coordinator for any further queries Justin.Farley@cewa.edu.au | 9204 9457
Applying for University and TAFE
Recently the Year 12 students were provided with information on applying to University via TISC. Applications are now open and students have until 8 January 2021 to select their preferences. Please click here to visit the TISC website or contact the Pathways and Onsite Coordinator for further information.
Year 12 students interested in applying to TAFE next year are reminded that applications open on 1 September 2020 and close on 1 December 2020.
Changes to University entry options for 2021
In response to the current situation and associated disruption to Year 12 students, some WA Universities have announced that alternative entry pathways will be available to Year 12 students. Interested parents and students can check the latest information at the addresses below.
• Curtin: Students can apply to a range of courses, using their predicted ATAR based on Year 11 marks. Applications are via the TISC website.
• ECU: Students can apply to a range of courses, using their predicted ATAR based on Year 11 marks.
• Murdoch: Year 12’s can apply using their predicted ATAR from Year 11.
• UWA: Some significant and generous changes that open several new pathways for Year 12’s.
Upcoming Careers Events
Many of these events have now moved to online delivery. Parents and students are advised to use the links below to check details for particular events.
|Skills West Careers and Employment Expo||Perth Convention Centre||23-24 October||http://skillswestexpo.com.au/|
|Parent Power Hour: Dealing with Exam Stress||Murdoch University||Tuesday 27 October||https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/online-event-parent-power-hour-exam-stress-tickets-113313499728?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
|Automotive Careers Open Day||Motor Trades Association WA, Balcatta||24 October||https://www.mtawa.com.au/|
Lavalla Athletics Carnival Records and Age Champions
Last week’s assembly provided the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the wonderful individual achievements of our Years 3-6 students from the Athletics Carnival.
We had two records broken on the day. Congratulations Ty Patterson Year 6 who broke the Year 6 Boys Turbo Jav with a throw of 32.62 metres and Maverick Patterson Year 3 who broke the Year 3 Boys Turbo Jav with a throw of 19.13 metres.
The Age Champions for each year group were also announced. Click here to see the full list of students.
IPSHA Athletics Carnival
On Thursday 17 September, the Interschool Athletics team competed in the IPSHA Athletics Carnival held at All Saints College. It was a fantastic day, with the Newman team achieving a lot of exceptional performances.
A highlight from the carnival was the final event of the day; the Year 6 100m Relay. All four students had competed in numerous events on the day and finished their final IPSHA Carnival with a wonderful win. Congratulations to the team of Sienna O’Rourke, Linus Keane, Hannah Seaborn and Cooper Trovarello.
A big thank you to Mrs Short and Jaxon Bilchuris for attending the day with the team and assisting the students with their events.
ACC Athletics Carnival
Our athletes battled extremely hard at this year’s A Division ACC Athletics Carnival and achieved our goal of remaining in A Division. This was a very pleasing result given our reduced squad this year. Click here to see all the results and more photos from the day.
This Term, the Year 11 Edge class have been working hard in class learning first aid. On Monday the students sat their Senior First Aid certificate with Kevin Emery from West Coast Water Safety. Students were taught how to deal with fractures, bandaging, CPR and how to use the defibrillators. The highlight of the day was Lachlan Goddard and Ella Geoghegan scoring 100% in the CPR practical assessment. A big thank you to Kevin for coming in and working with our students.
Newman Water Polo Flippaball Program
Newman Churchlands Swimming Club
Our athletes battled extremely hard at this year’s A Division ACC Athletics Carnival and achieved our goal of remaining in A Division. This was a very pleasing result given our reduced squad this year. Congratulations to Sacred Heart who were the overall winners.
We had many students competing up an age group and in unfamiliar events and it was only through this ‘Team First’ mentality that we were able to achieve what we did. There were plenty of PB’s on the day, with Imogen Boss (U14 Girls) and Luis Uribe-Carrero (U16 Boys) being respective Division 1 Age Champions. Congratulations also to William McAullay who finished in 3rd place (Open Boys).
The Athletics program is a large undertaking involving 150 students and many staff and coaches throughout the whole term. I would like to thank them all for their time and effort and in particular acknowledge the Health and Physical Education staff and Mrs Natasha Kriletich for their dedicated coaching throughout the term and expert marshalling on the day. Special mention to Mrs Lisa Webb who did a great job on best preparing our relay teams.
Other significant results;
- Olivia De Rossi – 1st U16 Girls Long Jump Div 1
- Liam Sartor – 1st U14 Boys Hurdles Div 1
- Leo Kriletich – 1st U14 Boys High Jump Div 1
- Tania Barilla – 1st U14 Girls Shot Put Div 2
- Ethan Penn – 1st Open Boys Long Jump Div 1
- Dean Morse – 1st U16 Boys 100m Div 2
- U15 Boys Relay – 1st
- U16 Boys Relay – 1st
All the results from the A Division ACC Athletics Carnival are now available on the ACC web site. Click here to access.
The ACC recorded the track events and posted to a Live YouTube Stream;
Mr Matt Connell, Head of Sport