A Clear ‘Vision for Learning’
Over the last two years Newman College has sought to define our delivery of learning. A collaborative partnership with the University of Southern Queensland drove the creation of our Vision for Learning ‘Shine through Discovery’ – Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16). Our Vision for Learning inspires our faith driven community to Challenge, Collaborate, Create and Celebrate who we are and what we seek to achieve.
At Newman College we continually challenge ourselves to boldly embark on a learning pathway of discovery beyond the classroom to contribute to and become agents of change in the world. In an ever-changing society, people need the skills, experience, knowledge and confidence to face all of life’s challenges in order to become resilient learners who are willing to take risks to achieve their goals. Within a safe and positive environment, students feel confident to challenge themselves in developing their faith and learning.
At Newman College, we believe that education and learning are interactive, social processes. We believe that students learn best in an environment where they can interact with and experience the curriculum, therefore gaining knowledge and learning how to live. Teachers create a learning environment that maximises the learner’s ability to interact with each other through discussion, collaboration and feedback. Effective collaboration is frequent and ongoing; and when most successful, an integral part of daily routines.
At Newman College, we seek to foster innovation and creativity through contemporary and relevant practice. In a school where students ‘Shine through Discovery’, the development of critical and creative thinkers is paramount. Students become successful lifelong learners as they generate and evaluate knowledge, critically reflecting upon their assumptions and beliefs to bring about a new way to define their world. A growth mindset that draws from what is known to build a new understanding prepares students to enter and encounter the realities of today’s modern world.
At Newman College, we shine through celebration of our faith, achievements, contributions and efforts. Celebration builds strong communities and plays a major role in socialisation, learning and faith development. It encourages a sense of belonging, group coherence and purpose. To shine, we carry the confidence and self-esteem to achieve growth in our learning through discovery. In celebrating, we encourage intrinsic motivation to develop attributes of tenacity and perseverance, and achieve our full potential. Through celebrating our successes, we believe that self-esteem, motivation and engagement will enhance achievement.
A Dedicated ‘Ministry Plan’
The Newman College Ministry Plan seeks to animate the following areas of College life:
Providing faith formation opportunities through prayer, reflection, liturgies, sacramental practice and youth ministry.
Developing partnerships with local parishes which accommodate Youth groups and offer opportunities for Youth Ministry.
Sponsoring staff professional opportunities which empower their use of relevant pedagogies, catechetical understandings and Liturgy preparation.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH / ADVOCACY
The College is committed to supporting a number of Programs and Immersions that develop well rounded and empathetic students and teacher.