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Newman News Term 4 Week 9: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

09 Dec 2021

Term Dates – 2022

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Mini Marists 

Our Mini Marists from Year 6 connected with the Kuya Centre for Street Children in the Philippines. Students had a chance to connect with some of the children at the centre, who have been given an opportunity to be educated and given a second chance at life after living on the streets without any family support.. It was a timely reminder for our own students about the real meaning of Christmas – a time of great hope when we prepare for the coming of Christ and find those things that we can be so grateful for in our lives such as our friends and family.

Mini Marists

St Vincent De Paul Thank you 

The local members of the St Vincent de Paul wish to thank the students of Newman College for their generous donations of food goods for Christmas Hampers.  These hampers will be distributed to the needy in our nearby neighbourhoods. They are always received with gratitude by those who are struggling financially.  A big thank you to teachers Aleisha Bryson, Simon Martino and all the teachers who encouraged and co-ordinated the collection.  Thank you to the parents who, no doubt, paid for the goods.

Happy Christmas

Br John 
Wembley Conference President 

Student Christmas card making for residents of local nursing homes 

Some of our students were recently involved in a project to spread joy and happiness to people living in local nursing homes. Students created and decorated their own Christmas cards and included special Christmas messages inside to bring a smile to the residents. As you can see from the photographs, they were gratefully received.


Game Changers Launch 

After a successful year of Game Changers, we are excited to launch the Game Changers program for 2022. This Catholic youth ministry program for Year 7-12 students in Marist Schools seeks to form Christian leaders by making Jesus Christ known and lived among them. Students benefit from regular meetings, faith formation experiences and service opportunities.

Student Leaders Gathering 28-30 November 

At the end of November, 10 of next year’s student leaders attended the 2021 Student Leaders Gathering facilitated by Marist Youth Ministry. In addition to students from Newman College, this gathering also included students from Bunbury Catholic College and St Joseph’s School, Northam.

The 3-day event was developed to strengthen and empower next year’s school leaders and involved a variety of workshops and reflections specifically created for this group of students. The gathering concluded with Mass in the Marcellin Champagnat Chapel at Newman College.


Thursday Morning Community Mass 

Our Thursday morning Community Mass has become a significant part of the life of the College and we are very grateful for the support we receive from our community each week. We particularly appreciate the talented musicians who play and sing during Mass along with the support of their teachers Ava Bilton and Sean Davies.

I would also like to thank our community of priests who have supported our community so generously this year. Monsignor Kevin Long, Fr Ruben Cardona, Fr Israel Fr Garner Fr Christian Iridi, Fr Emmanuel Tv Dimobi.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mass at 8.10am on the first Thursday of Term 1 2022.

Sacramental Dates 2022 

The information regarding the sacramental dates for 2022 is now available from our neighbouring parishes. Please see the dates listed through the links below and contact the relevant parish office for more information.


Notices from Local Parishes

St Cecilia’s Church

Western Australia Young Salesians

09 Dec 2021


As we count down the days to Christmas, it is a timely reminder that in this period of Advent we take a moment to be grateful for who we are and the community in which we belong.  This is a time of great blessings, to ponder our year in preparation not only for Christmas but in our aspirations for the year ahead.

Over the last two weeks, we have celebrated our community and the achievements of our students in the Years 7-11 Awards Ceremony, Years 3-5 Awards Ceremony, Year 6 Graduation and the online Primary Christmas Carols.  Each event highlighted the wonderful family spirit that permeates our College.  As a Marist school we value each student for what they have contributed to the school and in our witness to their growth as young people.  2021 has been a successful year and to that end I am grateful for the ongoing support of our families in our collaboration.

Thank you to all our staff for their tireless commitment to creating a school where students want to be.  Last week I had lunch with some students in Year 7 reflecting on their first year of Secondary School.  Each student, without prompting, spoke glowingly about their teachers and the difference that they had made in their learning.   The common thread in the conversation was that notion that each teacher knew who they were and valued them.

Marist Schools Australia Incorporated  

An important milestone in the governance of our school will be reached on 1 January 2022 with the incorporation of Marist Schools Australia Limited as our governing body.  This new entity, established by the Marist Provincial Council of the Marist Brothers, will become the employer of all staff employed in the 12 Marist Colleges across Australia, currently owned by the Trustees of the Marist Brothers (TMB).  The Association of St Marcellin Champagnat will also be incorporated.

Newman College – Change in Registration 

All families would have received a letter today regarding the change in Registration for Newman College.
Should you have missed the SEQTA email, please click here to view.

Affirming Community Feedback 

I received an email from a warden who directs traffic on Hale Road in Woodlands.  He wrote to inform the College that he had interacted with a number of Newman College students each day as they crossed Hale Road on their way to and from school and he wanted to let me know that our students are, without exception, outstanding young people and a credit to their school and their parents.  He said that it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have this contact.

What a wonderful note on which to end the school year!

So as we conclude the year, we give thanks for each other and for our Marist community.  I encourage all families to take time to visit their local parish over the Christmas period to celebrate the birth of Christ and the hope and aspiration that his message brings to us all.

With best wishes to all for a very happy and holy Christmas and a peaceful and reflective holiday break.

Mr John Finneran


09 Dec 2021

It is simply amazing to me that we find ourselves at the end of another school year. Almost every family I have spoken to in the last few weeks has remarked on just how quickly time has passed, and how all of a sudden another year is behind us.

On Tuesday evening we celebrated the graduation of our Year 6 students with a beautiful mass in the Champagnat Chapel, and I imagine for those families in attendance, this year may have felt like it passed even quicker than most. When I used to teach in Year 6, I would remark to my students about the significance of graduation not only for them, but for their parents too. As adults leading busy lives, we tend to rush through things, pausing only to measure our lives in the ‘big’ moments. Watching our kids take their first steps, their first day of school, and now, their last days of primary school. It’s moments like these that really make us pause and wonder, “Where did all the time go?” and I’m sure there are many Year 6 families (and some others perhaps) who have been thinking that this last week.

This year’s Marist theme was Breathe the Spirit of Life (Rm 8:2). My prayer for everyone this Christmas season is that we all find time to do exactly that. To simple sit and be with our families. To turn off our devices, switch off the emails, and connect with those around us who are most important. To talk with each other, and perhaps even rediscover each other. The moments we have together are so precious, and there is nothing more important than making the most of these.

I would like to extend my thanks to all staff, students, and families for their support this year, and for making 2021 such an enjoyable year for all. I wish everyone a safe and happy break and look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022!

God bless 
Mr McClorey 

Term Dates – 2022

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Year 6 Graduation 

On Tuesday evening, staff, students, and families gathered to celebrate a beautiful mass for the graduation of our Year 6 students. This was followed an Awards ceremony in the Marist Auditorium, where we recognised a number of students who have worked consistently well over the course of the year. Students also celebrated with a wonderful day out at Adventure World today – a highlight of the Year 6 calendar for sure. We are very grateful for the work of our Year 6 teachers who helped guide and prepare students for this event, as well as all of the staff and families across the College that supported the event.

The full list of student award winners can be found here.

We wholly congratulate all of our Year 6 students and recognise their contributions to our college not just this year, but over all their time in the primary school. We wish them all the best as they prepare to continue their journey into Year 7!

Year 3-5 Awards 

On Tuesday morning this week, our campus came together in the Marist Auditorium to celebrate all of our major award winners across Year 3-5. There were three awards presented across each of the three classrooms:

Christian Endeavour – awarded to those students who demonstrate the Marist values in their words and actions; seeking to make Jesus real each day they are here in our community.

Academic Achievement – awarded to those students who have demonstrated a consistently high level of excellence in their learning; embracing the four pillars of challenge, collaborate, create and celebrate to achieve wonderful results, setting a fine example for their peers.

Personal Endeavour – awarded to those students who show a consistent level of grit, determination, and hard work in applying themselves to all that they do. These are the students who understand what it means to not only meet a challenge, but to overcome it too.

You can see a full list of our award winners here. 

Also, as part of our awards ceremony, we introduced our new student leaders for 2022. We are delighted to announce those students who will be taking up leadership positions next year as sports captains and student councillors. You can see a full list of our student leaders here.  

4 Green Assembly    

Two weeks ago, students from 4 Green came together to deliver a wonderful assembly with a very positive message about sustainability and looking after our environment. The 4 Green class spoke about the importance of looking after our natural resources, presenting information through dance and performance. This is such an important message for our young people especially, as they are the ones who are quickly becoming the stewards of our precious planet. We also recognised a number of merit certificate award winners on the day – it is great to see so many students finishing the year so strongly!


5 Blue & 5 Red Assembly 

Last week, students of 5 Blue and 5 Red came together to present as assembly item on the different types of governments we might see across the world…including here at Newman College! Students presented as if they were part of a competition to see which government would reign supreme, and although it looked close for a moment, luckily democracy won the day! Well done to our Year 5 students for delivering such a creative and engaging assembly item. We also celebrated more student success with our merit certificates. Well done to all students who received awards on the day.

Marcellin Champagnat Awards 

We have been very fortunate to recognise three outstanding individuals over the past few weeks who have received Marcellin Champagnat Awards.

Chloe Male – 5 Green 
Chloe has consistently showed compassion, presence and care for other students in the class and around the school. During Spelling Mastery, Chloe asked to sit next to another student who she noticed needs assistance and patiently re spells words for them when they get confused. She continuously tries her hardest in all activities and is always finding ways to help around the classroom. Recently we had a new student join our classroom and Chloe has spent every day slowing down during our class prayers to allow our new student to repeat after her so that they can learn the prayers as well. Chloe is very aware of other students and their needs in and around the classroom. She is always going out of her way to calm down students that she sees upset and often gives up her own things to assist the other student in calming down. You are a star Chloe!

Madeline Faulkner – 6 Blue 
Madeline encompasses the Marist Spirit in many ways. Madeline, like Mary, always puts others before herself. She serves others on a regular basis whether it is opening and holding the door for others, wiping down the desks or carrying other students swimming bags when they feel tired, just to name a few. She is empathetic and is always happy to do what is right in order to help. She notices when someone is feeling ‘out of sorts’ and always offers her help and a cheery smile. Everyone’s day is brighter when Madeline is around. Another student (Stella) from another class came up to me and said, “Madeline is just such a nice person.” That is how we all feel. We could not think of a more deserving recipient for the Marcellin Award.

Ava Di Pietro – 4 Green 
Ava has been nominated by both her teachers and fellow students. She is a happy, positive influence in the class and consistently seeks out ways to include others in all activities and to highlight their attributes and unique qualities. She is always supportive, helpful, and encouraging and takes the time to make sure that everyone is feeling valued. She leads by example and gives others the confidence to display and use their own talents and abilities. Ava is a ray of sunshine in Four Green and a real asset to the class and to Newman College.


Environment Summit 

Last Tuesday, students from the 3 Green class represented our College at the Waste Management and Recycling forum hosted by Christine Tonkin MLA. There were a number of representatives from local councils in attendance, as well as the Minister for the Environment, Climate Action, and Commerce; Hon. Amber Jade Sanderson. Our Year 3 students gave a very engaging and fun presentation on how they had been ‘superheroes’ in their efforts to rebuild our garden patch and the small but meaningful things they have been doing this year to create awareness around sustainability and sound environmental practices. A big thank you to Mrs Gray and our very appropriately named ‘3 Greenies’ for all of their support of this event!

Lavalla Cricket Cup 

On Monday this week, Mr Finneran and Mr Martino came down to take part in the first ever Lavalla Cricket Cup. Students from Year 4 battled hard in warm conditions, and had a great time playing an afternoon of cricket. In the end, it was team Martino that ruled the roost. A big thanks to Mrs Tasha Richards for all of her organisation of the day, as well as to our Year 4 students who competed so positively and enthusiastically.

Pizza Pool Days 

This week our students in Year 3-5 have celebrated their final week at school with a wonderful afternoon enjoying pizza and the pool! As I was floating along with our Year 3 students on Monday (dominating in the pool volleyball 😛), I was struck by just how fortunate we are to enjoy such amazing facilities at our school, and the wonderful experiences these bring to our students. It was a great afternoon for all of our students, and I think teachers might have enjoyed a bit of a splash too!

Transition Day 

Last week, our Year 2 students joined us at the Lavalla campus as part of their transition over from Marian. Accompanied by our student leaders, they had a chance to attend one of our assemblies and visit and learn about all the important parts of our school including the Champagnat chapel, the library, and of course the play spaces. Later than afternoon, all students had the chance to meet their teacher for next year and find out who would be in their class. There was lots of excitement in the air, with students quickly debating who had the best teachers for next year (spoiler alert – we think they are all pretty good 😊 ). The feedback from parents around our transition afternoon was very positive, so we think it might be here to stay for next year too!

Leadership Day 

In week 8, our new student leaders from Year 5 and Year 11 attended a joint leadership workshop in preparation for next year. Students heard from Brother Tony Leon who presented to us what leadership looks like in the context of our Four Pillars of Learning, as well as take part in some games and activities that allowed us to get to know each other a little better. Students also examined the College’s vision for Learning, looking at the expectations and behaviours that they see as being most important from our students, as they seek to animate these amongst their peers next year. It was a lovely day out for all students, and we are very grateful to Deputy Principal of Wellbeing, Mrs Pastorelli, and Student Leadership Coordinator, Miss Cristine Guzzomi for all of their support and organisation of the day.

Lavalla Leadership Day 2021

Sing & Strings 

Two weeks ago, many of our instrumental and vocal students from across the campus came together to put on a wonderful showcase event. Coordinated by Miss Margaret Goldsmith, students took part in the Sing and Strings evening where we heard from our talented musicians in a variety of solo, duet, and ensemble performances. We also had some students performing vocally, and the choir took part too. We are very grateful for the support of all our music tutors over the year, as well as families who shown wonderful support of our Arts program through their attendance at events and encouraging their children to attend all rehearsals. I am already looking forward to our next event in 2022!

Sing and String

Robotics Incursion 

On Monday November 29 our Primary students in the SHINE program participated in a robotics and coding incursion. We were fortunate enough to have Bricks 4 Kids facilitate sessions with all of our SHINE students as they built, coded and tested their own creations. Students in Year 1 and 2 built their cricket walkers. The Year 3 and 4 students worked with Mindstorms EV3© to build, code and test their creations. The Year 5 and 6 students also worked with Mindstorms EV3© and experimented with their coding to create dancing actions and work with light sensors. The students were an excellent example of excellence as they engaged with the instructors, equipment and systems. Thank you to the staff that made the day possible: David Nelson, Katya Anderson, Justin Farley, Imogen Crostella and the outstanding staff from Bricks 4 Kids.


Christmas Carols 

Unfortunately, due to the forecast of very hot weather for our Christmas Carols evening, we had to cancel our carols event yesterday. With a predicted forecast of 38 degrees for 5pm we thought it would be safest to cancel, and instead, all classes recorded their carols instead. You can catch this event on our YouTube channel by clicking here.


In 2022, both Lavalla and Marian Campuses will not have a student booklist. Teachers will provision the resources for their class via the College’s internal ordering system.
The only thing parents at Lavalla (Year 3 – 6 2022) are asked to provide is a packed pencil case for their child for the beginning of the year. This would include the following items, which can be obtained through whichever stationary supplier you select:

  • Pencil case
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 4 x Glue Sticks
  • 4 x Lead pencils
  • Eraser
  • 2 x Blue Pens
  • 2 x Red Pens
  • Highlighter
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Textas
  • earphones
09 Dec 2021

As we begin to move towards the end of the school year, it Is very easy to start thinking about the year ahead.  However, we are still very much focused on helping all of our students to finish the school year well, and enter the summer break feeling good about their accomplishments across the year.

Next Friday, we will be holding a transition afternoon for the first time for all of our students from Kindy to Year 5. Students will be informed of their class and teacher for next year, and then given a chance to spend some time in the afternoon with their new teacher and classmates in their new classroom. This will give students a chance to experience their new environment for 2022, as well as begin to build a relationship with their teacher. We are looking forward to the afternoon, and I’m sure it will be well received by students too.

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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Remembrance Day 

Last Thursday, 11 November, students gathered together to take part in a commemoration of Remembrance Day. This is a special day where we remember the sacrifice of soldiers everywhere who have died in conflicts across the world, but especially World War I. Students from Year 6 led our ceremony, reading the poem In Flanders Fields, and reciting the Ode of Remembrance. I would like to thank all those students who took part in our commemoration showing reverence and respect, and especially to our Year 6 students for leading the ceremony for us all.

Lavalla Remembrance Day 2021

Leadership Retreat 

Last Friday, Year 5 students gathered in the hall to take part in their Leadership retreat. I must say, I have been quite impressed with the thoughtful, and mature approach our Year Five students have taken to the leadership process, and I know many students agonised long and hard over their leadership letters. Students had a great time at the retreat, balancing a mix of the leadership qualities we might see in superheroes, as well as recognising how the Fruits of the Holy Spirit can be drawn upon to demonstrate Christ centred leadership. Students will be presenting their speeches next week, and we will announce our student leaders for 2022 shortly thereafter.

Lavalla Leadership Retreat Y6 2021

Touch Rugby Carnival    

Last week several our Year 6 students, accompanied by supercoaches Mrs Richards and Mrs Biancuzzo, took part the IPSHA Touch Rugby Carnival. Students have been practicing hard over a number of weeks and had a great time at the carnival. Mrs Biancuzzo’s team went undefeated, while Mrs Richards’ team won all but one of their games, so there could be some future champions among our group! Most impressive though, was that the students improved with each game over the day, and the great sportsmanship and spirit of competition the students showed on the day. We are always very proud to hear of moments when our students represent our College so well.

Year 3 Fire & Emergency Services Incursion 

Last Friday, our Year 3 students were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Kelly Wyeth (Dad of Billie (Y3) and Austin (Y6)) who came with his team of Fire and Emergency Services personnel to talk with students about fire and fire safety. Year 3 students have been learning about heat transfer as part of their science program, and the different ways heat can move in and around objects. Mr Wyeth presented on some of the ways fire can move and spoke to students about some of the technology emergency services use to track fires, and how they can move so quickly through the environment. Fortunately for students, Mr Wyeth was able to bring the fire truck too meaning students were really able to gets hands on with their learning. We owe a big thanks to Mr Wyeth and his team for giving up their time, and helping to create a very real and authentic learning experience for our students.

Transition Day 

In our continuing efforts to cater to our student wellbeing needs and provide a settled transition into the new school year, we will be holding a transition session for all students in Kindy – Year 5 on Friday 26 November.

All students in Kindy to Year 5 will be informed who their 2022 classroom teacher will be, and they will then spend time in their new classroom, meeting with their teacher. This will provide students with an opportunity to ask questions about the 2022 school year and begin the important connection with their new teacher and classmates.

Class lists will be sent to families at 3.30pm on Friday 26 November. Please note that no changes to class lists will be possible. Families have been invited to contact myself, or their child’s current classroom teacher if they had any concerns regarding 2022 classroom placement. Additionally, all children have been asked who their friends at school are, and we have ensured that at least one of these named friends will be in each child’s 2022 classroom.

We will also welcome all our Year 2 students on this day where they will enjoy a day of orientation at the Lavalla campus. If you see any of our younger students please join us in making them feel welcome with a friendly smile or wave hello.


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Production Rehearsals 

Last week several students across our campus began preparing for the College production for 2022 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can have a read of their experiences below.

Hi! We are the Year 4 oompaloompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we are here to tell you about the rehearsal day we had in the auditorium. It was a great day. We all got to see what everyone from the camp had been working on. After watching some songs we got called out to get our lunch which was Chicken Treat. Then we went up to the steps and ate our lunch – it was delicious! We all had an icy pole too and then ended up creating a circle and going in to do tricks and dancing. After that we went and joined the rehearsals. We ran through about six songs, and when we weren’t performing our songs, we could watch the others. It was so cool to see what everyone was working and everything has been going really good so far. All of us are very excited and we had an incredible day.  

Berkley, Mila, and Avia – Year 4 

My favourite part of the camp day was having the opportunity to practice on stage. It made me feel very excited and happy and also very grateful that we had been chosen. Being in the auditorium was a great experience because we got to see all the other members of the cast and we realised that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was alive! We can’t wait for the performance day next year and would like to thank all the staff who work so hard to direct and encourage us.  

Elise – Year 4 

Swimming Lessons 

This week we commenced the first of our two weeks of swimming lessons. I think the combination of the warmer weather and refreshing water has meant many students have thoroughly enjoyed their time in the pool this week. We have spoken as a campus about the importance of listening to our swim teachers, and expressing our thanks to them at the end of each lesson which students have been doing. Let’s keep this up! Students have also done quite well with lost property! If your child is missing a towel, sock, or goggles please check the undercover area, or you can check in with Mrs Johnson in the office.

Newman Junior Netball 

It was very pleasing to hear recently of the success of one our Newman Junior Netball teams! The Year 5 Sapphires team recently won the premiership for Division One, beating a number of other teams along the way in what was a very successful season. It was a wonderful achievement for the girls. Congratulations to Agustina, Lucy, Sienna, Annabelle, Savannah, Livia, Emersyn, and Layla on their success

Newman Jr Netball 2021

Christmas Carols Evening – SAVE THE DATE 


19 Nov 2021

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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The season of Advent arrives Sunday 28 November following the Feast of Christ the King this week. The Feast of Christ the King invites us to let Christ become King of our hearts and minds. This means letting hope, joy, peace and love found in Christ, rule our heart. At Newman College, we encourage this in our community through our Vision for Mission to form “Good Christians and Good Citizens”.

Year 5 Altar Ministers

Our Year 5 Students were invited to consider the call to be Altar Ministers and 10 students responded and underwent training with Mrs Short and I over the past few weeks. They were recently commissioned at our Thursday morning Community Mass by Fr Christian Iridi. Congratulations to all the students and the families who supported them in this call to serve the community and their parish.

Alter Minister Y5 2022 Alter Minister Y5 2022 Alter Minister Y5 2022

Caritas Australia Student Panel Discussion

Our College was invited to participate in the Caritas Australia Student Panel Discussion. This was an opportunity for our students to discuss with other students from around Australia about different initiatives relating to social justice and share their dreams for a better future for the most vulnerable in our community. Four Year 10 students participated in the discussion and were outstanding in articulating their hopes for our school and how we can continue to support and raise awareness for those who struggle in our community.

Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat

The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat met for the final time in 2021 at St Joseph’s Subiaco Parish. This group involves a number of people who are staff, ex staff or ex students who seek to maintain a connection and receive formation within the Marist Tradition. 25 people gathered as Marist Br Tony Leon, facilitated a reflection “Marist Dreaming” on the Marist mission and gave staff an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God and the importance of living their faith within their community. The Marist Association is an important part of our formation program for staff as they seek to live out an authentic Christian witness to students in our community.

Marist Dreaming Marist Dreaming Marist Dreaming Marist Dreaming Marist Dreaming


Thursday morning Mass

All members of our community are invited to attend Thursday morning Community Mass commencing at 8.10am. Each week priests from local parishes will celebrate Mass for us being led by students from secondary and primary. We look forward to seeing you there.

19 Nov 2021

End of Year Celebrations

At Newman College, we shine through celebration of our faith, achievements, effort, and contribution. Celebration builds strong communities and plays a major role in social, emotional and academic growth, learning and faith development. It encourages a sense of belonging, group coherence and purpose.

In celebrating, we encourage intrinsic motivation to develop the attributes of courage and dedication, to achieve our full potential

To enrich the success of our community we celebrate the gifts, talents and achievements of each member and acknowledge the role that self-discipline, perseverance and determination contribute to striving for individual and collective excellence.

In our Vision for Learning ‘Shine through Discovery’ – let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) this pedagogical pillar Celebrate invites our students to recognise their own self worth.  Each child has gifts and talents and it is in the space we create in their learning that aims to invite them into participating whole-heartedly into their endeavours.

In our Strategic directions framework we have prioritised a culture of excellence that encourages our children to flourish, co-learning and co-constructing with their teachers in discovering and devising new methods and content to ensure that we always get our best learning experience.  It is worth noting that St John Henry Newman, as an academic, challenged his students to be excellent in all endeavours that they pursue.  It is this same intent that we endeavour to achieve at Newman College for our students.

Next week marks the start of end of year events where we celebrate the achievements of 2021, commencing on:

–        Thursday 25 November with the Years 7-11 Awards morning

–        followed on Tuesday 7 December with the Years 3-5 Awards and Year 6 Mass and Graduation.

–        Our final end of year event is on Wednesday 8 December with the PK-12 Christmas Carols on the Marcellin Campus Oval.

Marist Schools Australia Alumni Project

2022 marks the 150th year of Marist education in Australia. For a century and a half, Marists have contributed to the education of hundreds of thousands of young Australians. In a spirit of thanksgiving to God, Marists will recognise and celebrate the privileged work and service to the Church in Australia through our schools by so many dedicated and committed people.

One of the Projects for the sesquicentenary of Marist education in Australia will be the Marist Alumni Project. This project has been designed to identify and celebrate significant contributions Marist educated women and men have made to our nation over the past 150 years, echoing the dream of Saint Marcellin for Marist education, “to form good Christians and good citizens.”

The main outcome of this project is the creation of an Anthology of Outstanding Australian Marist Alumni. The Anthology is a way of recognising those alumni who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to Australian life. The intent of the Marist Alumni Project is to capture some of those who have truly made their mark on Australian society.

I will be working with the College Council and our Archivist to delve into Newman College’s history to discern the most appropriate nominations to put forward.

Tuition Fees

In determining the 2022 tuition fee increase, the College Finance Committee and Council were very conscious of the need to set fees at a level that provides the College with the essential income to meet its ongoing financial commitments now and into the future. In addition, we have faced the challenges presented with the changing funding agreements, resulting in a reduction in our transition funding and reduced State Government funding. Please click here to access the College fees and charges for 2022.

COVID-19 Staff Vaccinations 

As mandated by the Western Australian Government, I wish to inform families that Newman College is currently implementing this directive, ensuring that by the commencement of the 2022 school year all staff onsite at Newman College are double vaccinated against COVID-19.



Mr John Finneran


19 Nov 2021

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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All Saints and All Souls Day

The week began with November 1 and 2, where in the Catholic Tradition we celebre All Saints and All Souls Day. Pope Francis reminds us that “Saints are not super people who are born perfect, but rather ordinary people who follow God with all their heart”. An important reminder that all of us can be saints in the way we choose to live.

All Souls Day is an opportunity to remember the people in our lives who have died and the important role they played in our formation. For the month of November, a prayer table has been set in the Chapel that will allow staff, students, and families to write the names of their loved ones and place it in our bowl. This bowl will be offered up on Thursday morning Community Mass, where we will remember those special people in the lives of our community.

Socktober for Catholic Mission 

Staff and students across the life of the College have participated in the annual “Socktober” celebrations. “Socktober” is an annual event initiated by Catholic Mission. This year fundraising and advocacy has a focus in Thailand where the Good Shepherd Sisters are supporting vulnerable families by providing for the nutritional, medicinal and educational needs of young children at their Kindergarten centre in Bangkok. Click here to access more information about “Socktober” and how Catholic Mission continues to support the most vulnerable in our global community.

It was a picture of colour on Friday morning as staff and students wore their colourful and crazy socks. Lavalla students played a soccer match against staff, where staff were 1-0 victors and Marian students lined up to shoot the handmade balls at Mrs McClue, Miss Anderson and Mr Martino. Year 8 students at Marcellin participated in a soccer competition with Brigid winning the Boys competition and Thomas More winning the Girls competition.

Thank you to our families, staff and students for living out the Catholic Social Teaching of ‘preferential option for the poor’, where we put the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the centre.

Altar Server Training 

Students have been training to be Altar Servers within the life of our College and their Parish. Training has taken place in the Chapel, where students have reflected on the purpose of serving, the role of the Altar Server and the importance of this ministry. We look forward to commissioning all students at next Thursday 11 November community Mass.

Marist Global Network 

Over three days, the Marist Institute launched its Marist Global Network of schools which Newman College is proud to be connected. Our College had a special role in creating a video that captures how we as a Marist community are connected to this global family. This network offers an exciting opportunity for staff, students and families as we continue to consider our place in the world and how we through our Family Spirit, can follow in the way of Mary, to make Jesus Christ known and loved.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Network, please head to this website. https://champagnat.org/en/marist-mission/schools/ 

Thursday morning Mass

Our Thursday morning Mass continues to grow in support from our families and students. All are welcome to attend Thursday from 8.10am. Mass concludes by 8.40am. The next 2 weeks, will be hosted by Marcellin and Year 4, followed by Mackillop and Year 3. We are also excited to be welcoming some of our Year 2’s to these celebrations. All families are welcome at this Eucharistic celebration each week.

05 Nov 2021

If you are like me, you will have rejoiced wholly and completely in the news of the safe rescue of Cleo Smith this week. I never thought I would be the type of person to become so emotionally involved in something outside of my own personal world, and yet like many people, I could not help but shed a tear at the wonderful news that she would be reunited with her family. I think this struck a chord with so many people, because within Cleo’s story, we could all see our own children. My message to students at our morning gathering this week was simple – go home and hug your Mum and Dad. Tell them you love them and tell them often. We never know what every new day will bring in our world, and moments or stories like this have a way of bringing everything into perspective.

Sometimes we grumble and groan or frustrate each other, but at the end of the day we also love each other too, and we need to take the time to share this with each other and share it often. I am sure there were many students who get an extra tight squeeze from Mum and Dad this week.

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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Arts Festival 

Last Wednesday we welcomed all families from across the College to our PK-12 Arts Festival held in the Maris Auditorium. It was amazing to see so many examples of beautiful artwork right across the all the years of our school – very inspiring for our younger students indeed. What I enjoyed most though, was watching the faces of our younger students, especially when they spotted their artwork, taking photos with Mum and Dad, beaming with pride about their achievements. Another highlight of the evening was the intimate space created by our solo and small group musicians who were playing at the entrance to the Auditorium seating. It was so beautiful to see the smiles on their faces as they played to a very receptive and respectful audience. It encouraged me to share this with all staff and students the next day – to find the joy in life and celebrate these moments as much as possible.


Last Friday, students all over the school wore their brightest and colourful socks to take part in Socktober for Mission month – an event that encourages students across Australia to kick goals on and off the pitch to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Thailand and around the world. Under the guidance of Mrs Short, our mini-Marists collected plastic bags, tape, and string to make their own soccer balls, just as kids in Thailand would do. They played some games with some of our younger students across the week, culminating in a staff vs students game on Friday afternoon. Against all odds, and despite fitness levels that would fail to reach even the most minimum of standards, the teachers reigned supreme winning 1-0.

We owe a big thanks for Mrs Short and our mini-Marists for their efforts over the week, and to all of our students who took part in the day so enthusiastically

Year 6 Family Life Incursion 

On Monday of last week, students from Year 6 gathered separately as boys and girls to attend the ‘Becoming a Man/Becoming a Woman’ presentation from the Catholic Marriage & Fertility Services. This is a part of both their Health and Religious Education learning. Students spent time connecting with their own story of life and exploring the changes that create both physical and emotional change. They learned about the reproductive systems, and how to care for themselves and others physically and emotionally. Students were encouraged to form healthy relationships with others, and to communicate openly with their parents. This was an important learning experience for students, and it was great to see so many students attend with a positive and mature outlook.

Well done to all of our students for taking part.


Year 4 Excursion – Child vs Wild 

Last week our Year 4 students endured some rainy weather as they embarked on their excursion to King’s Park to take part in the ‘Child vs Wild’ learning experience. Students learned about the fragility and harshness of the Australian bush, as well as the importance of respecting and protecting our natural environment, while learning how to explore it safely. The program also introduced students to bush skills, with activities such as shelter building, finding drinking water, and delivering simple first aid. By all accounts, students had a wonderful time even if the rain did dampen things a little!

Mathletics 1,000,000 point party! 

This afternoon, the 3 Red class celebrated the amazing achievement of reaching 1,000,000 points in Mathletics this year with a pizza lunch and party. This was a great achievement from the class, as students had to work as a team throughout the year to achieve their goal. A number of certificates were awarded to those students who  done especially well over the year. A special mention must go to the top 3 mathletes from 3 Red – Leo Goggin, Julian Cameron, and Joel Costley who were also the top 3 mathletes across the school. It was great to celebrate such a fine achievement with the class today!

Year 7 Transition Workshops 

On the 26 of October, future 2022 Year 7’s had their first ever transition workshop in preparation for entering high school next year. Mr Martino and Mrs Pastorelli welcomed all the Lavalla and new students to the Marcellin Campus. The Year 7’s were split into eight groups which were turned out to be their guilds, and then taken to do social activities such as: question and answer, create your own handshake and a whole group social activity. The activities were run by the Year 10 and 11 peer leaders group. The Year 7’s left happy, after creating new friendships with peers from other schools, and we are looking forward to our second workshop which is coming up soon.

Isabella Crisona & Clancy Boss – 6 Blue 

Swimming Lessons 

All students will be participating in daily swimming lessons from Monday 15 November until Thursday 25 November. The swimming lessons are conducted by qualified swimming instructors provided by Newman Swimming Club. Lessons for Lavalla students have been scheduled between 9.20am and 11.55am.

Please avoid making external appointments for your child during these lesson times:


Parents are not permitted within the swimming pool area during lessons.


​Students will require the following:

  • School bathers  & rash shirt (compulsory)
  • Rash Shirt
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Towel
  • Thongs
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming Bag / Waterproof bag for wet items

Newman College Bathers and Rash Shirts are available for purchase from the College Uniform Shop.

Students are welcome to wear their sports uniform for the duration of swimming lessons.

Please direct any questions to your child’s classroom teacher.

Christmas Carols Evening – SAVE THE DATE 


05 Nov 2021

Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton to Newman College 

Today we had the pleasure of hosting the Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton at the Marian Campus.  His pastoral visit coincided with his visit to St Cecilia’s Wembley Parish.  Our relationship with the Parish, and our Parish Priest, Fr Kaz, is an integral part of growing the faith life of our school.  At our Early Education campus, introducing students to parish life is exemplified by our prayer liturgies and our Early Childhood Education Religious Education curriculum.

This week, for example, we celebrated All Saints Day and All Souls Day with a beautiful liturgy in the Parish.  Year 2 presented to their peers the litany of saints focussing on St Marcellin Champagnat, St John Henry Newman, and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.  The invitation to prayer in the liturgy created a sense of what it means to be a part of our Marist community which celebrates family spirit, simplicity and presence through the relationships we develop.

In recent weeks the Australian Catholic Church held its first Plenary Council Meeting.  The aim of this significant event in the Australian Church is to invite Catholics into a participatory spirituality that reflects our place in the world.  At the heart of this intent remains the relationships that are formed through community that is in communion with each other.

In 2021 our Strategic Priority Area, A Catholic School in the Marist Tradition, focussed on the strategic intents, Faith Formation and Community Outreach, Advocacy and Service.  The outcome of these intents is to invite our young people to participate in their faith by how they build community through their presence and service.  The introduction of our Gamechangers Christian Leadership Program and our service program in Years 7 and 8 and the growth of our mini Marist program in the Primary school highlights our commitment to service and living faith in a practical and tangible way.

Significantly, the highlight every week in our school is our PK-12 Family Mass where students, families and staff gather to celebrate and give thanks for our community.  I warmly invite all families to consider coming to our Mass which commences at 8.10am every Thursday in the Champagnat Chapel.


Arts Festival 

For anyone who attended the opening of the Student Art Exhibition, I am sure you would agree that this was an excellent display of incredible talent and skills of our students.  I take this opportunity to thank the teachers for their dedication to this learning area ensuring that our students ‘let their light shine’ through nurturing and developing such talents.

Congratulations to staff and students on a magnificent showcase.

Parent Soiree 

Thank you to all those who attended the Soiree on Friday 29 October.  It was a lovely way to finish the year and for the College leadership to show its appreciation for the collaboration and support received throughout the year.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPCC) 

Thank you to those parents who attended our last NPCC meeting on Monday evening.  We had the opportunity to review our Annual School Improvement Plan and provide feedback about our strategic intents for 2022.

In 2022 we will be providing the NPCC meeting as an online option to hopefully increase attendance.

Click here to view the NPCC minutes.

Consolidation of PK-6 at the Churchlands Campus 

As families are now aware through correspondence circulated two weeks ago, plans are progressing to ensure a mid 2022 commencement of the build.  We continue to test our plans with staff, students and families who have volunteered to be part of the design process.  It is hoped that we will have a digital flythrough towards the end of November that we can share with the community.

Staff Celebrating 30 Years Service to Catholic Education 

Each year, CEWA, acknowledges and celebrates those staff members who have given extended and dedicated service to Catholic Education.  This year the event was celebrated with a breakfast at the Crown.  We had 4 members of staff who were acknowledged:  Liliana Bellandi, Josie Parker, Bernie Roberts and Sharon Wills.

School fees 

Our school fee schedule and letter will be communicated to families in the next fortnight.

COVID-19 Staff Vaccinations 

Families would be aware by now that all school staff in Western Australia are to be fully vaccinated before the commencement of the 2022 school year as mandated by the Western Australian Government.  Newman College will be following advice by Catholic Education WA in implementing this directive.



Mr John Finneran


05 Nov 2021

I had the great privilege of attending our Year 12 graduation event at Optus Stadium on Wednesday evening, and it was so beautiful to see families, staff, and students gather together to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Class of 2021. Graduation is one of those special moments that can become a real marker in life, meaning we can sometimes drift through the busyness of life and it is only during the significant moments we pause to reflect on all things, and sometimes even wonder how we got here so quickly.

Our first words, first steps, first day of school, last day of primary school, are all wonderful moments to take stock and reflect on the journey our children (and us as parents) have been on. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the primary graduation of our own students in just a few short weeks, and I’m sure the celebration and emotion in the air during that occasion will match what we saw on Wednesday.

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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St. John Henry Newman Feast Day 

Last week we had the most wonderful opportunity to gather as a whole school community in the Marcellin gymnasium to celebrate the Feast Day of St. John Henry Newman. It was such a beautiful sight to see the oldest and youngest students of our College in the one building, and the rendition of Sub Tuum at the conclusion of mass was one of the best I have heard in my time at Newman College. Following mass, students were able to partner up with their buddies to take part in some wonderful activities centred around designing and creating a square foot garden prototype as part of our STEM Festival.

It was a great day of learning, inspired by St. John Henry’s rich life as a scholar and master of learning, as well as a beautiful day of community. Thank you to all teachers and families for their support on the day, as well as our Leader of Learning, Miss Katya Anderson, for her contributions in organising the day.

Year3 Blue Assembly

This morning we celebrated a wonderful assembly with 3 Blue presenting an amazing ABBA inspired item on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was a very creative way to demonstrate to students the importance of forgiving others, and how God is always there to show love and forgiveness to us.

We also acknowledged our participants and award winners in last term’s ‘Have Sum Fun’ online maths competition, as well as a host of students who have already impressed their teachers this term with merit awards.

With only one term left to, we hope all of our students can continue to work hard and finish strongly in their learning right up until the last day!

Marcellin Award 

This week we awarded the Marcellin Award to Billie Wyeth in Year 3. Billie showed great leadership skills and courage when she spoke to our whole school at assembly this morning about her experiences with Dyslexia, and how this has impacted her learning. She shared a video with the school which helped to give students an understanding of dyslexia, and her honest, touching reflections resonated with students across the school. October is the month where we can raise awareness of dyslexia and other related learning disorders.

We congratulate Billie for sharing her personal message with us today, and inspiring her classmates to think of others. You are a very deserving recipient of the Marcellin Award Billie!

New Staff Welcome 

This term we welcome Miss Imogen Crostella to our primary staff. Miss Crostella worked on our campus in Term 2 alongside Mrs Fitz, in the 4 Blue classroom, completing her final pre-service teaching placement. Miss Crostella is going to be here this term in place of Mrs Anita Jurat and will work with students in the Learning Support role. Mrs Jurat has unfortunately had to take some time off from school this term as she spends some time recovering from a personal health issue.

We hope that you will join us in keeping Mrs Jurat in our thoughts and prayers, but also welcome Miss Crostella should you see here in and around the school.

Year 5 Student Leadership Workshops 

We were so proud today to welcome almost 75 Year 5 students along with their teachers to the first of our leadership workshops for our forthcoming Year 6 leaders. Students have been invited to nominate for a sports captain or student councillor position, and have been invited to attend two workshops, as well as a retreat day as a way to develop their understanding around what it means to lead others. This morning students explored a number of topics including the importance of understanding our values, and how just the littlest moments in life can make the biggest difference. I am very excited about the commitment and desire of our students to affect great change in our community.

Our next leadership workshop takes place at 8.00am next Friday in the library.

Year 5 Family Life Incursion 

This week, students from Year 5 gathered separately as boys and girls to attend an incursion from the Catholic Marriage & Fertility Services who presented the workshop, ‘I am Nature’s Greatest Miracle’. This presentation gives students a gentle introduction to puberty which is an important part of being human. Students were encouraged to embrace their uniqueness and to appreciate the great gifts God has given us by keeping their bodies and minds healthy. All students were also encouraged to speak to their parents about the presentation, and to listen to their advice.

Next week, the year 6 students will take part in their own workshop titled, ‘Becoming a Man; Becoming a Woman’.


Ipad & Internet Safety 

Over the past couple of weeks there have been some instances of students accessing age-inappropriate materials at home on their devices, and this information being picked up by our own CyberSafe software at school. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of monitoring your child’s online activity at home, and making adjustments where possible to limit your child’s access to inappropriate or dangerous materials. For information on how to check your child’s internet history you can follow this useful link here. You can also make some very simple and easy adjustments to your child’s iPad to limit their access to different types of innappropriate materials including web content, apps and games by clicking this link . If you have any questions about our IT safety systems or other ways you can protect your children, please feel free to reach out to myself, or the IT Support team here at the school.