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PK–12 celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption

Thursday 15 August was the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Feast day was chosen for the Marist Brothers at the time of their foundation by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education.

To mark this significant Feast and Day of Holy Obligation in the life of the Church as well as the international Marist Institute, our PK-12 College Community celebrated the Feast of the Assumption across the College. As one of 54 Marist schools across Australia, the Feast Day of the Assumption is an annual opportunity for all members of the Newman College community to gather, give thanks, and to celebrate our shared Marist identity.

The Marian and Lavalla Campus students combined to celebrate Mass, Buddy Day activities and the annual Lapathon to raise money for the work of Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS). All funds raised from the Lapathon will be directed towards the Kuya Centre for Street Children in Manila. The Kuya Centre is one of the College’s partner organisations of the Year 11 Philippines Immersion. In November this year, our Year 11 Immersion students will present our donation to Sister Kate O’Neill, Director of the Kuya Centre, on behalf of the Newman College community.

Students on the Marcellin Campus gathered for Mass in the Gymnasium.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

This Term, Newman College supported the St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal by collecting blankets. This winter, many families, including children, have been forced to spend the night without adequate warmth or in some cases, without adequate shelter.

The Newman College Community endeavours to imitate Mary’s tenderness and concern for others, particularly the manner in which she lived out her faith with courage in the face of great pain and adversity. Donating a blanket is a simple way to follow Mary’s example and to live the Gospel Message to “Love your neighbour” (Mark 12:31). This appeal is one of the many Social Justice activities and projects students and families are able to support throughout the year.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

Year 11 Remar Blue Caravel Solidarity Retreat – Mullewa, WA

The Remar Blue Solidarity Retreat ran from Wednesday 28 August to Tuesday 3 September in Mullewa, Western Australia, a small farming town 470km North-East of Perth. Following preparation sessions, the students lived and worked alongside the community of Mullewa, where they had a packed itinerary that involved various services to the Mullewa community including helping to host their annual Agriculture and Wildflower Shows, working with the students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school and hosting their school disco. Click here to read more and see more photos from the trip.

Building Bridges Interfaith Dialogue 2019

Each year, students in Year 11 are invited to participate in the Building Bridges project. The ‘Building Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue in Schools’ Program promotes mutual understanding and respect and ethical behaviour across our cultural and religious diversities, to develop competent global leaders for the 21st century. Click here to learn more about the Building Bridges Project.