From the Principal – Term 2 Week 4

Culture of School Improvement

As a school committed to continuous improvement, we are pleased to share updates on our ongoing progress. Currently, we are conducting interviews for Year 7, 2027, and are heartened by the interest shown in Newman College. This reflects the reputation of the College in delivering strong student outcomes across faith, wellbeing, and academics, demonstrated in our Year 12, 2023 WACE achievements, the best academic results the College has achieved in its history (summary below).

Your ongoing feedback as valued members of the Newman College community is essential in our journey of improvement. Through initiatives like the Leuven and DISA surveys, we gather valuable insights into our strengths and areas for growth as a Marist school. We appreciate those who have participated in these surveys and encourage others to share their thoughts as soon as possible (survey links below).

The dedication of our educators, the support of families, and the hard work of our students are integral to shaping the ongoing success of Newman College. Your continued support is appreciated as we strive for continuous improvement and excellence to deliver the best educational outcomes for our children.

DISA Survey click here.

Leuven Survey click here.

Year 7 Camp

Last week, I had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the positive outcomes delivered through the enriching experience of Year 7 Camp. The camp serves as a pivotal moment in our students’ journey, providing them with invaluable opportunities for personal growth and social development.

During the camp, students engaged in a diverse range of activities designed to foster teamwork, communication, and resilience. From the exhilarating flying fox and boot camp course, to the hands-on experiences in canoeing and bushcraft, each activity challenged students to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges alongside their peers.

It was heartening to see students form new friendships and connections within their cohort, further enhancing their sense of belonging and identity as ‘Newman Beings.’ The camaraderie and mutual support exhibited throughout the camp reflected the strong community spirit that defines Newman College.

Led by qualified instructors, working in collaboration with our dedicated Newman College teachers, the camp offered a safe and enriching environment for all participants. The program’s emphasis on teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills was evident as students worked together to overcome obstacles and achieve shared goals.

As I observed the students participating in activities such as canoeing, commando courses, orienteering and scavenger hunts, I witnessed their growth and development firsthand. These experiences not only provided memorable moments and new adventures but also instilled essential life skills that will serve them well in their academic, social, and personal journeys.

The Year 7 Camp stands as a testament to the commitment of Newman College to holistic education, empowering students to thrive and excel in all aspects of their lives. It was inspiring to see the positive impact of this transformative experience on our students, reinforcing the values of teamwork, resilience, and growth that are at the core of our Vision for Learning.

Mother’s Day Celebrations

This week, Newman College embraced the spirit of Mother’s Day with heartfelt celebrations that honoured the invaluable role of mothers, grandmothers and mother figures in our lives and within our community.

Yesterday, our Community Mass resonated with the theme of ‘Mothers’ from a Marian perspective. Father Hygenis, in his uplifting homily, celebrated the remarkable contributions of mothers and mother figures to our lives and to the fabric of Newman College. Drawing from our Marist charism of ‘In the way of Mary,’ Our founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat emphasised the importance of interacting with one another with gentleness and grace, embodying the spirit of “Strong Minds, Gentle Hearts”. The occasion was made even more special with hand-crafted Mother’s Day gifts, lovingly created by students in Education Support, available for purchase, as well as cupcakes and refreshments, adding a special touch to the celebrations.

Today, the Mother’s Day liturgy at Marian campus was a vibrant and joyous affair. The lively liturgy included a heartfelt play, captivating liturgical dance performances, and touching homages to mothers. The gospel reading centred on Mary’s profound ‘yes’ to Jesus, inspiring us all to embrace Jesus’ invitations and deepen our connection with Him in our daily lives and interactions with others. The culmination of the Marian liturgy was a delightful surprise video featuring students from Pre-kindergarten to Year 12 expressing gratitude to their mothers and mother figures, acknowledging their unwavering support and love.

To all the mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures in our Newman College community, we extend our warmest wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day. Your love, dedication, and nurturing spirit are cherished and celebrated not just today, but every day. Thank you for all that you do!

Michael Chiera

Acting Principal