Newman Newbies: From the Deputy Principal Learning and Staff Development

We have had a full curriculum-based activity program for our PK-12 community during Term 3. Our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, has supported quality learning and teaching experiences for staff, students and parents in our community. Term 3 has been highlighted by activities in the following areas:

  • Students from Years 7 – 12 have worked collaboratively with Marist Youth Mentors in the Homework Club to prepare for assessments and examinations with support of their teachers.
  • Year 10 students have launched the “Just Start It” entrepreneurial program which explores design thinking skills and creative start up ideas.
  • Our Outdoor Education program has challenged students to take risks, explore leadership and self-management skills and to collaborate with staff and peers in different environments ranging from the coast, to the track or on a mountain bike.
  • The College is very involved in the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools which includes individual and group performances in Music, Art, Drama and Dance.
  • Belonging to teams, groups and clubs support Wellbeing and in turn learning outcomes. Our Athletics Teams have trained tirelessly to ensure our best performance at the ACC Athletics Carnival and Interschool events.
  • Our touring netball team represented the College in Warragul, Victoria at the Marist Netball Carnival. The staff and students participated in the spirit of the carnival and formed new friendships with other students from Marist schools and Colleges.
  • We celebrated Science and Maths Weeks during Term 3, which involved a range of STEM activities for students and staff in which to participate.
  • Multicultural Week gave the College community opportunities to understand, acknowledge and explore cultures and traditions that are part of our diverse College population.
  • Our students from Education Support made and sold gifts for Fathers Day as part of their Business and Enterprise program.

Learning is the fundamental component of all that we live and breathe at Newman College. Co-Curricular activities help to balance student life to ensure an environment where learning is maximised. Term 3 is a critical time to challenge students, ahead of exams, assessments and the eventual conclusion to the school year. We look forward to Term 4 when we can celebrate all that we achieve as a community across the year.

Term 4 – Preparing for Exams

Term 4 is a busy time for students and families. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on the goals they have set for the semester and year and evaluate their progress and achievements. Year 12 students, in particular, encounter their final examinations. This is a culmination of their learning journey at Newman College. For all students achieving WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) is a significant milestone. For those undertaking examinations in the ATAR pathway, it is important to maintain a balanced lifestyle and maintain hobbies and exercise. Completing past exam papers and asking teachers for feedback are high yield strategies that maximise achievement.